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Lady Sovereign

Real name: Louise Amanda Harman
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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Lady Sovereign was raised in northwest London's Chalkhill Estate. Although she says her upbringing could get dangerous or depressing in these surroundings, she was influenced by her mother's Salt-N-Pepa albums and words, and Sovereign began writing her own raps at the age of 14.

She began uploading some of her songs and a picture to various music Web sites. Then she dropped out of school and landed a job acting in an educational film about the life of an up-and-coming MC who also dropped out of Preston Manor High School at 16.

She capped off the year by meeting with the American hip-hop star and CEO of the labels Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records, Jay-Z. With Usher and L.A. Reid seated next to him, Jay-Z asked for one on-the-spot freestyle from Sovereign before offering her a contract with Def Jam. With the single "Hoodie", Lady Sovereign released her full-length debut, Public Warning, on Def Jam in 2006. Lady Sovereign is the first non-American female to ever be signed to Def Jam.

Lady Sovereign served as the host and spokesperson for Adult Swim and Chocolate Industries' Chocolate Swim.

On October 31, 2006, her debut album, Public Warning, was released, featuring "Random," "9 to 5," "Hoodie" and single, "Love Me or Hate Me," which was also released on the same day.

As of late 2006, "Love Me or Hate Me" is played in a Verizon Wireless advertisement for the LG Chocolate. It also appears on the Need for Speed: Carbon soundtrack, and is also the theme music for the show, The Bad Girls Club. "9 to 5" also appears on The Bad Girls Club, as well as being among the dozens of songs on the soundtrack of the Xbox360's version of EA Sports' FIFA World Cup 2006 video game and on the Ugly Betty soundtrack. Also "Random" appears on the Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix soundtrack. On October 17, 2006 "Love Me or Hate Me" became the first video by a British artist to reach #1 on the U.S. (and original) version of MTV's Total Request Live. "Love Me Or Hate Me" was released in the UK on 29 January 2007, with the album following on 5 February 2007.

While performing at Studio B in Brooklyn, New York, Lady Sovereign told the crowd she was experiencing money problems and battling depression before exiting the stage. However, in a later performance at Avalon in Los Angeles, she completed her set without incident. She later said that it was simply a bad day.

She recently was a guest on her Uncle Mad Al's radio show on Freeze FM, and mentioned that she was working on her new album scheduled to be released sometime in 2008.

In 2006 a fan named Zach Slow made online plea to raise $10,000 for a "random" night with Lady Sovereign. The effort garnered wide media coverage, and was successful in both raising the required funds and securing the agreement of the artist to attend.

The aftermath was acrimonious, with both sides exchanging insults in the San Francisco Chronicle . A local DJ known as "Jelly Donut", originally involved with the "random night" endeavor, attended a January 7, 2007 show in San Francisco. At the show, he dressed in a large jelly donut costume and organized fans to chant "Battle Jelly Donut" while they attempted to lift him onstage, ostensibly to "duel" Lady Sovereign. After much disruption, Lady Sovereign threw a drink on Jelly Donut, and spat towards his face. Security escorted Jelly Donut out of the concert.


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