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LMFAO is an electro pop duo with Redfoo (full name Stefan Kendal Gordy) and his partner SkyBlu’s (Skyler Austen Gordy). Redfoo is actually SkuBlu’s uncle, meaning that Redfoo’s dad music mogul Berry Gordy, is also SkyBlu’s grandfather. RedFoo & SkyBlu both grew up in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood Pacific Palisades, when together they formed the group “LMFAO” in 2006.
The duo says its original name was Sexe Dude (read as Sexy Dudes) and the two eventually changed it at the advice of their grandmother. The group’s name is an Internet slang abbreviation for “Laughing My F*cking Ass Off”, but the duo themselves have says that their band’s name stands for “Loving My Friends And Others.”
LMFAO began their career performing as part of the electro club scene in LA, which at the time featured DJ/producers like Steve Aoki and DJ AM. The duo started generating a local buzz through their performances and radio play. Once they had recorded some demos, Redfoo’s friend “will.i.am” introduced them to Interscope head Jimmy Iovine who gave the green light for them to be signed to Interscope/will.i.am Music. Interscope A&R and will.i.am manager Neil Jacobson told HitQuarters that the demos sounded like “finished records” and that so little artist development work was needed it was essentially a “turnkey operation” for the label.
LMFAO released “Party Rock EP” on the iTunes music store later in July 1, 2008, and released their full album on July 7, 2009. The album charted at number 33 on the Billboard 200 and number two on the U.S Dance Chart. Los Angeles Times described Party Rock as “14 virtually interchangeable odes to night life.”
Their first single was “I’m In Miami Bitch”, which was released in the December of 2008, and peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.37 in Canada.
In early 2009 a little known DJ/producer ‘DJ Inphinity’ created a bootleg using the Silvio Ecomo remix of DJ Chuckie’s 2008 hit “Let the Bass Kick” and the a cappella of LMFAO, creating the mixed tune “Bass Kick in Miami”. The bootleg was spread across the internet and became a huge success at the Miami Winter Music Conference 2009. A few weeks later the song became the theme song for the E! television show Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and “Get Crazy (song)” was used for Jersey Shore in 2009.
LMFAO were a featured storyline on MTV’s The Real World: Cancun in August 2009, which covered the group’s appearance in Cancun during 2009 Spring break.
In the middle of 2010, they were featured in David Guetta’s hit song “Gettin’ Over You”, which was an international hit, peaking top ten in 11 countries and three of them at #1, including in the UK (United Kingdom). It also peaked 31 on the U.S. Hot 100 and 12 in Canada. They then recorded their 2nd album, “Sorry for Party Rocking” in the remainder of 2010 and it was released later on June 17, 2011, in the U.S. The 1st single taken from the album, “Party Rock Anthem”, was released on January 25, 2011 and features British singer Lauren Bennett formerly of the girl pop group, “Paradiso Girls” and producer GoonRock, and showcases the iconic “Melbourne Shuffle” dance in its popular video. The song is by far the most successful of LMFAO’s career, peaking at #1 in the United States, Canada, the UK, and over 10 other countries, as well as the top 10 in many others. The second single from Sorry for Party Rocking was released on May 27, 2011, and is titled, “Champagne Showers,” and it features English singer/songwriter Natalia Kills. The third single, “Sexy and I Know It”, was released later on October 3, 2011 and reached #1 on the iTunes charts worldwide and #1 on the Australian and Canadian “Hot 100.” Also, later on in 2011, LMFAO embarked on their first Asian tour. They performed in Singapore, Manila, Philippines, Taipei, Taiwan, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and among lots other cities. Also, on June 30, 2011, LMFAO performed a set on the Isle of MTV 2011 Malta Special on the Fosos (Granaries) in Floriana, Malta, in front of a crowd of around 50,000, together with Far East Movement and Snoop Dogg.
Furthermore, the group LMFAO is focused on growing their Party Rock clothing line and is also one of the opening acts for American singer Kesha’s “Get Sleazy Tour”, along with Spank Rock and Natalia Kills, for the third and fifth legs of the tour in 2011. On August 13, 2011, they opened for Kesha at the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu hot air balloon festival in Quebec, Canada, attracting close to 100,000 fans. On August 29, 2011, LMFAO filmed a video for their new single “Sexy and I Know it” in Venice Beach, California. Pornographic actor Ron Jeremy is featured in the video, which focuses thematically on male genitalia. Actors Simon Rex and Wilmer Valderama, playwright Daniel Kanengieter (as Shufflebot) and mixed martial artist Alistair Overeem also make cameo appearances. The song achieved similar success to “Party Rock Anthem”, topping charts all over the world. “Sexy and I Know it” became the duo’s second number one in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The group guested on the first elimination show of the 13th series of Dancing with the Stars on September 20, 2011, which is broadcast live.
In October 2011, LMFAO’s song “Party Rock Anthem” was used in a Halloween house light show when a Southern California man timed lights to the popular song. After the YouTube video of the house went viral, even receiving news coverage, the duo visited the house and recorded a Kia commercial featuring the house. In December 2011, the group played “Party Rock Anthem” on live national television broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”. On February 5, 2012, the group appeared with Madonna at the Super Bowl XLVI during the Bridgestone Halftime Show. They performed during her song “Music” which contained a mash-up with “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy and I Know It”. During the commercial break they also appeared in a Budweiser ad featuring their remix of Madonna’s single “Give Me All Your Luvin’”, which is included on the video game FIFA Street and on the deluxe edition of her new album MDNA. Also, in 2012 Redfoo is being sued by a previous management company for $7 million, claiming breach of contract.
In August 16 2012 LMFAO performed at Wargaming private party in Cologne.
NRJ Music Awards – International Group/Duo of the Year – LMFAO
NRJ Music Awards – Favorite music video of the year – “Party Rock Anthem”
2012 Kids Choice Awards – Favorite song of the year – “Party Rock Anthem”
2012 Billboard Music Awards – Top 100 Song – “Party Rock Anthem”
2012 Billboard Music Awards – Top Digital Song – “Party Rock Anthem”
2012 Billboard Music Awards – Top Pop Song – “Party Rock Anthem”
2012 Billboard Music Awards – Top Rap Song – “Party Rock Anthem”
2012 Billboard Music Awards – Top Dance Song – “Party Rock Anthem”
2012 Billboard Music Awards – Best group/duo – LMFAO
MTV Movie Awards – Best Music – “Party Rock Anthem” for the movie “21 Jump Street”
2012 MuchMusic Video Awards – International Video of the Year – "Sexy and I Know It
VEVOCertfied Awards – 100,000,000 views – “Party Rock Anthem”, “Party Rock Anthem”, “Sorry For Party Rocking”, “Shots”, and “Champagne Showers”