Kicking off our top 20 are London-based synth-pop duo La Roux. They stormed the UK in 2009, with singles 'Quicksand' and 'In For The Kill' getting heavy rotation throughout the summer. Frontwoman Elly Jackson became an ice-queen pin-up and has been touted as the inheritor to Annie Lennox's cold crown, embracing androgynous pop while appearing on billboards and posters throughout Europe.
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La Roux's career started with under the radar remixes and releases on Kitsune before the debut dropped in June. Touted by music bloggers and journos on web and print, many were waiting for the pair to flop, but storming single 'Bulletproof' proved them wrong and paved the way for a summer of attention on the festival cicuit. Singles and remixes have kept you coming back, with new edits and cuts being scrobbled over the year.
Often mentioned in the same breath as Little Boots and Florence + the Machine, La Roux beat both in the heart and charts of Last.fm listeners, with over 4 ¼ million plays in the last twelve months. Touring heavily in 2009, you saw them play at festivals alongside Fever Ray and Metric, rounding out a summer of electropop. La Roux will be on tour long into 2010, starting in North America in January before playing throughout Europe.
Artist listening trend For the year (Oct ’08 — ’09)
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All listening activity
4 807 418 La Roux tracks were scrobbled this year.
Live in Concert
Events from the year (Oct ’08 — ’09)
26 751 people on Last.fm saw La Roux in 2009
- at 30 festivals
- at 115 gigs
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