The Veronicas is an award winning Australian group led by identical twin sisters Lisa Marie Origliasso and Jessica

Louise Origliasso. Jess and Lisa were born December 25, 1984 in Brisbane.

Born to Italian (Sicilian) parents, they grew up in Albany Creek, (northwest of Brisbane, Australia) where they attended Ferny Grove State High School and Wavell State High School. At an early age the girls expressed interest in performing; they participated with small local papers in shows on television. Jessica and Lisa also performed in small parts on various television shows including a recurring role in the short-lived 2001 Australian children's series "Cybergirl", where they portrayed twin sisters: Lisa played the character 'Sapphire', while Jessica appeared as 'Emerald'. On Jessica's 18th birthday she received her first guitar, with this the girls began writing and singing songs. They became Teal which they formed with friends Tracy Woods and R.Viknes and began to experiment with different sounds and genres, releasing a song "Baby It's Over", this only received very minor airplay in Brisbane. In 2004, Lisa and Jessica were introduced to the Music Director of The Bell Hughes Music Group (BHMG), Hayden Bell. After producing some demo recordings with the twins, Bell invited them to sign a publishing agreement with Excalibur Productions (a subsidiary of BHMG). In the process, Bell helped facilitate their progression in musical style from acoustic pop to the more rhythmic rock pop approach that is now their trademark. On the strength of these demos, Bell took them to meet the executives at Engine Room (a subsidiary of PBL (Packer) Group) and they were immediately signed to a production deal. To further develop their song writing skills, Bell connected them with internationally acclaimed songwriters and producers including Cliff Magness (who has written for Avril Lavigne), Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Cyndi Lauper), Eric Nova, Dead Mono and Vince DeGiorgio, where they created a catalogue of over 50 songs. Meetings were then arranged with Warner Bros. Records in the USA. Seymour Stein and senior executives recognized that Bell had indeed discovered and developed a unique musical talent, signing them quickly to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records/Sire America, for a reported sum of 2 million dollars. Bell then took one of The Veronicas songs titled "All About Us" and placed it with t.A.T.u, the Russian girl group, and it became a massive hit in Europe. In Australia, he placed their song “What’s Goin’ On” with Casey Donovan and the song “Faded” for Kate DeAraugo. Both of these artists were winners of the Australian Idol Competition. Another track was also placed by Bell on the Japanese pop singer MIz’s album.

Their name came from Archie Comics character Veronica Lodge; when Archie Comics found out, they sued the duo for trademark infringement over their band name, but the two parties settled and have agreed on a cross-promotion deal. The Veronicas dislike being called a female duo, however, and everyday they work to separate themselves from the music business. "We like being called a band or group. We don't want to be a pop duo group with two girls singing about relationships, we have everything that a rock band would have, so we are a band," says Lisa. The group was featured prominently in an issue of their namesake Veronica's comic book as a result of their cross-promotion deal with Archie Comics. The issue (#167) featured a card with a code allowing a free download of their single "4ever" in MP3 form. A few months later, Archie and Friends (#100) featured The Archies meeting The Veronicas. Then the next issue of Archie and Friends (#101) also featured The Veronicas, with Archie as their biggest fan. They also appeared in the Free Comic Book Day Comic "Archie's 65th Anniversary Bash!" The Veronicas debut album, entitled The Secret Life of..., was released in Australia on October 17, 2005, entering the ARIA Album charts at the position of #7. Since then it has peaked at #2 and gone 4x Platinum - due to the success of the album, five singles have been released in Australia. 'The Secret Life of...' spent a year in the ARIA album charts without ever leaving the top 40. In September 2006, the album was nominated for 3 ARIA awards including; "Best Pop Release", "Highest Selling Album" and "Best Breakthrough Album". The Veronicas won "Best Pop Release" but lost the other two to other nominees, the girls also performed their 2nd single "Everything I'm Not" on the night. The album was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2006, it debuted at #133 on Billboard 200 and #3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart - only two singles have been released in the United States off the album. A special DVD was released with the US version as a limited edition exclusive. The limited edition included two extra songs and videos, and was only available online. However, copies have been found to have been shipped to several stores in Australia as well. Other releases in the U.S. include Sessions@AOL which features their songs Heavily Broken and Revolution live in the AOL studios, also released was The Veronicas: Mtv.com Live EP which also features live performances of their songs including a new song, entitled "Stay". The album has also had success in other countries such as New Zealand where it debuted at #5, in Switzerland a peak of #61 and it also reached the position of #75 on the Dutch Album Charts. In Belgium the album reached the peak of #11 and the girls won the award of Best International New Artist at the TMF Awards of 2006. "When It All Falls Apart" spent a record of 17 weeks of MTV Asia's Pop 10 Chart, in which 7 of then were at the number 1 spot. The song was recorded in Simlish and is featured in the The Sims 2 expansion pack Seasons. In early 2007, The Secret Life of... was released worldwide. 4Ever is also a very famous Girl Power song in the US, played at many parties and special events. Lisa and Jessica are the faces of Choice Calvin Klein[5] and Australian hair product company nu:u.[4] Blender named included them in their list of hottest

women in rock in 2006.[6] The sisters sang the title song on the short-lived television show Related which had featured songs from their debut album. They appeared as The Veronicas in an episode that aired 6 February 2006. In March 2006, their debut single "4ever" was featured in the Amanda Bynes comedy She's the Man. It was featured in the promotional television spots, the film itself and the soundtrack. The girls have also appeared on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood" as guest stars. The twins also have a fashion line in the making to expand their empire and because of their interest in fashion, which is to be released at Target (Australia) stores on August 25, 2007 in Australia. The range will be called The Veronicas for Target.[7] [8] On December 2, 2006, The Veronicas released a CD/DVD, entitled Exposed... The Secret Life of The Veronicas in Australia. This release features live performances from their Australian 2006 Revolution tour and a DVD featuring parts of the sisters' lives throughout 2005-2006, including footage that had previously not been seen, and their music videos. The album debuted at #6 on the ARIA DVD Charts accrediting platinum in its first week. The second week it rose to its peak of #3 and was accredited Double Platinum. There is no word on whether or not this album will be released overseas. [edit] 2007-Present: Hook Me Up The duo's new single "Hook Me Up" from their second album was added to Australian radio on August 27, 2007. "Hook Me Up" was produced by Greg Wells (Timbaland, Mika, OneRepublic). The Veronicas second album also titled "Hook Me Up" was released on November 3, 2007 which contains 12 tracks. The album in its entirety was leaked on the internet 3 days before its initial release. "Untouched" is the second single off the album, and was made available in stores and online on December 8, 2007. Hook Me Up has no US release, and the group is not planning on releasing it in the US anytime soon. In their track-by-track album interview they stated that their favourite song on their new album is Revenge Is Sweeter {Than You Ever Were}. The Veronicas have toured Australia showcasing their latest album and will be performing live at Australian Open 2008, at Melbourne Park to kick start the Men's Final game at Rod Laver Arena. The twins spoke to The Bulletin in 2007 about what they had learned from being in the spotlight, with Jess saying, "We've learned that our opinions matter as much as anyone else's. We should stand up and express ourselves at all times." [9] [edit] Discography [edit] Albums Album Chart positions Certification AUS NZ BEL NED SUI U.S. The Secret Life of... Released: October 17, 2005 Label: Warner Bros. Records 2 5 11 75 61 133 4x platinum (ARIA)[10] Hook Me Up Released: November 3, 2007

Label: Sire, Warner Bros. Records 2 — — — — — Platinum (ARIA)[11] [edit] Singles Year Title Chart positions[12] Album AUS BEL GER NZ NL ITA 2005 "4ever" 2 26 29 7 50 42 The Secret Life of... "Everything I'm Not" 7 — — 10 — — 2006 "When It All Falls Apart" 7 19 — 7 16 — "Revolution" 18 — — — — — "Leave Me Alone" 41 — — — — — 2007 "Hook Me Up" 1 — — — — — Hook Me Up "Untouched" 2 — — — — — The Dutch positions are for the Mega Single Sales chart. [edit] Year end positions 2005 "4ever" #15 (Top 100 Singles), #2 (Top Australian Singles) "The Secret Life of..." #46 (Top 100 Australian Albums), #18 (Top Australasian Albums) 2006 "When It All Falls Apart" #11 (Top Australian Singles), #28 (Digital Tracks), #32 (Top 100 Physical Singles), #42 (Top 100 Singles) "Everything I'm Not" #13 (Top Australian Singles), #38 (Digital Tracks), #39 (Top 100 Physical Singles), #48 (Top 100 Singles) "Revolution" #30 (Top Australian Singles) "The Secret Life of..." #7 (Top Australian Albums), #10 (Top 100 Australian Albums) "Exposed... The Secret Life of The Veronicas" #15 (Top Music DVDs) 2007 "Hook Me Up" #4 (Top 50 Australian Artists Singles), #22 (Digital Tracks), #20 (Top 100 Physical Singles), #22 (Top 100 Singles) "Untouched" #19 (Top 50 Australian Artists Singles), #41 (Digital Tracks), #78 (Top 100 Singles) "Hook Me Up" #8 (Top 50 Australian Artists Albums), #28 (Top 100 Albums) [edit] Awards Main article: List of The Veronicas awards [edit] Tours In late 2005, The Veronicas supported American musician Ryan Cabrera on a tour through the U.S. along with The Click Five.[5] In early 2006, The Veronicas had their first headlining tour in the U.S. supported by October Fall and Jonas Brothers. This tour was sponsored by shoe company Keds who The Veronicas are also campaigners of. In April 2006, The Veronicas had their first Australian tour, in which all their shows were sold out. In June 2006, The Veronicas performed at a showcase in London in front of only 200 fans, which was their first UK show. In June 2006 The Veronicas were an opening act (along with Ashley Parker Angel) for the Ashlee Simpson U.S. summer tour, but after the first few shows Lisa and Jess had to pull out after Lisa became ill with throat nodules and needed surgery. In August 2006, The Veronicas returned to Australia for a line of promotional appearances and a new tour, Revolution Tour, in bigger arenas, celebrating 1 year of being in the Music Industry since the release of 4ever.[1]

In October 2006, The Veronicas were part of the Coke Live Tour in Australia with Evermore, End Of Fashion, After The Fall and The Hot Lies.[1] In November and December 2007, The Veronicas toured Australia. "The Hook Me Up Tour", also featured Dean Geyer on all dates except Perth. The Veronicas will be performing live at Australian Open 2008, Melbourne Park from 6.00pm to kick start the Men's Final game. [edit] References ^ a b c d The year of the Veronicas. Retrieved on September 18, 2006. ^ a b c d Biography: The Veronicas. Retrieved on June 30, 2007. ^ Official Website: About. Retrieved on June 30, 2007. ^ a b Move Over Kylie: here come The Veronicas.. Retrieved on March 31, 2006. ^ a b Veronicas to hit the road.. Retrieved on September 30, 2005. ^ Hottest Women of...Rock!. Retrieved on December, 2006. ^ The Veronicas hit Target. Retrieved on June 13, 2007. ^ http://www.target.com.au/theveronicas/ ^ http://bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=177760 Double act 2007-01-16 ^ Accreditations - 2006 Albums. ARIA Charts. Retrieved on December 23, 2007. ^ Top 50 Albums Chart. ARIA Charts. Retrieved on December 23, 2007. ^ The Veronicas - Music Charts. Retrieved on June 30, 2007. [edit] External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: The VeronicasOfficial American Website Official Australian Website The Veronicas at MySpace [hide]v • d • eThe Veronicas Studio albums The Secret Life of... · Hook Me Up Live albums Exposed... The Secret Life of The Veronicas EPs Sessions@AOL · The Veronicas: Mtv.com Live EP Singles "4ever" · "Everything I'm Not" · "When It All Falls Apart" · "Revolution" · "Leave Me Alone" · "Hook Me Up" · "Untouched" Related articles Awards · The Hook Me Up Tour Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Veronicas" Categories: 1984 births | Living people | Italian Australians | People from Brisbane | Sicilian Australians | Queensland musical groups | Australian pop singers | Bands with female lead singers | ARIA Award winners | Australian singersongwriters | Sibling duos | Identical twins | Pop punk groups | ItalianAustralian singers | The Veronicas ViewsArticle Discussion Edit this page History Personal toolsLog in / create account Navigation Main Page Contents Featured content Current events Random article Interaction About Wikipedia Community portal Recent changes Contact Wikipedia Donate to Wikipedia Help Search Toolbox What links here Author- Wikipedia Typed by- Shopper