Razorlight are an English rock band formed in 2002. They are primarily known in their home country, having topped the charts with the 2006 single America and its parent self-titled album, their second.
Following a signing race the band finally settled with Mercury Records and then were steered by Richard O'Donovan. The band started to become very popular on the London music scene. Large demand caused the band to play extra shows, including a 7,000+ capacity gig at Alexandra Palace. The album was heavily marketed in the UK.
Up All Night was re-issued in April 2005, including the previously unreleased single "Somewhere Else", which peaked at Number 2.
In July 2005, the band performed at Hyde Park, London as part of the Live 8 series of concerts. However, the band came under fire for being the only band that did not donate their extra revenue to charity. The band subsequently claimed that due to their "fledgling status", they were unable to make such a commitment.
Razorlight supported Queen + Paul Rodgers on July 15, in front of 60,000 people. This gig had been rescheduled following the July 2005 London bombings. In December of the same year, they supported Oasis, at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. They also supported The Rolling Stones at their gigs in Cologne and Paris.
During the Christmas season the band played an intimate show at the Railway Inn in Winchester. They were supported by up and coming London band Captain Phoenix, who are fronted by drummer Andy Burrows' younger brother Ben.
In November 2006 the band had to be hospitalised after traces of radioactive poisoning was detected on their plane. Their British Airways return flight from Moscow was a scheduled route used by Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko.
In 2007, Razorlight were nominated for two BRIT Awards - one for 'Best British Band' and the other for 'Best Song', "America". They were also nominated for two NME Brit Awards for 'Best Band' and 'Best Album'.
Razorlight released their second album Razorlight on July 17, 2006, in the United Kingdom and it debuted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart a week later. It received mixed reviews, Q magazine giving it a rare 5/5 rating, whilst Pitchfork Media gave it 2.8/10. The leading single from the album, "In the Morning" was released as a single on July 3, 2006, which peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart. To date, it is their third biggest single after "Somewhere Else", which peaked at #2, and "America", which peaked at #1. It also reached #2 on iTunes' top songs chart.
|UK Singles Chart||UK Download Chart||Irish Singles Chart||US Modern Rock.|
|2003||Rock ‘N’ Roll Lies||56||-||-||-||Up All Night|
|Rip It Up||42||-||-||-|
|2004||Stumble and Fall||27||-||-||-|
|Rip It Up (re-release)||20||-||-||-|
|2006||In The Morning||3||5||-||-||Razorlight|
|Before I Fall to Pieces||17||17||37||-|
|2007||I Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got||44||-||-||-|
|2008||Wire To Wire||-||-||-||-||Slipway Fires|
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