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Formed by singer/songwriter Martina Sorbara and her husband, bassist Dan Kurtz, Canadian electro-poppers Dragonette have drawn comparisons to the Scissor Sisters, No Doubt, and the Killers, thanks to the new wave sheen that dominated their early sound. However, as later albums like Bodyparts and the group's international hit "Hello," a collaboration with producer Martin Solveig proved, the group had a confident identity of their own. Prior to the formation of Dragonette, singer and lyricist Martina Sorbara (the daughter of a member of Ontario's provincial government, Finance Minister Greg Sorbara) had maintained a moderately successful solo career as an AOR/ adult alternative solo artist in the style of Sarah McLachlan or other delicate neo-folkies; Sorbara's debut solo album, The Cure for Bad Deeds, was released in 2002. She has since disparaged her former Lilith Fair-style musical efforts with the pungent phrase "tampon music"; just as notoriously, her father dismissed Dragonette in a quote to the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record as a "market-driven" phase that was "part of the raciness of current popular culture." Sorbara founded Dragonette in 2005 with Kurtz (formerly of the jazz and electronica-influenced Toronto-based jam band the New Deal), guitarist Simon Craig, and drummer Joel Stouffer. A self-released and self-titled demo that year attracted the attention of the U.K. office of Mercury Records, which offered the group a recording contract the following year. Moving their base of operations from Toronto to London (and losing Craig in the process, replaced by British guitarist Will Stapleton), Dragonette released their first single, "I Get Around," in April 2007. Three more singles followed, "Take It Like a Man," "Competition," and a gender-reversal cover of Calvin Harris' hit "The Girls" called "The Boys." Dragonette's debut album, Galore, was released in late summer 2007. The same year, Sorbara sang the lead vocals on the hit Basement Jaxx single "Take Me Back to Your House." Galore was released in the U.S. in 2008 via I Surrender Records. The band's second album, Fixin' to Thrill, a more focused and polished effort that charted in Canada's Top Ten, arrived in 2009. The following year, Dragonette released the Mixin' to Thrill remix album and collaborated with several dance producers on singles such as Kaskade's "Fire in Your New Shoes," Don Diablo's "Animale," and, most notably, Martin Solveig's "Hello." The single, which appeared on Solveig's 2011 album Smash, became a world-wide hit, topping the charts in five countries, reaching the Top Ten in ten other countries, and topping Billboard's Hot Dance Club chart in the U.S. early in 2011 (the song ultimately earned the group a Juno for Dance Recording of the Year in 2012). In 2011, Dragonette co-wrote and produced the song "Lucky Day" for Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts' solo album Cinderella's Eyes, and returned to the studio to work on their third album. Released in 2012, Bodyparts was the first Dragonette album to be produced by the band, as well as the first to be released in Canada and the U.S. at the same time. ~ Stewart Mason
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Albums by
Dragonette

Top Songs by
Dragonette

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   I Get Around
  3.   Pick Up the Phone
  4.   Let It Go
  5.   Fixin' to Thrill
  6.   Come On Be Good
  7.   Stupid Grin
  8.   Volcano
  9.   Our Summer
  10.   Live In This City
  11.   Lonely Heart
  12.   Ghost
  13.   Take It Like a Man
  14.   Gone Too Far
  15.   Another Day
  16.   True Believer
  17.   We Rule the World
  18.   Big Sunglasses
  19.   Liar
  20.   Let the Night Fall
  21.   My Legs
  22.   Competition
  23.   Riot
  24.   Rocket Ship
  25.   Giddy Up
  26.   Right Woman
  27.   Lay Low
  28.   Untouchable
  29.   Run Run Run
  30.   My Things
  31.   You're a Disaster
  32.   Easy
  33.   The Boys
  34.   Marvellous
  35.   You Please Me
  36.   Gold Rush
  37.   Black Limousine
  38.   Jesus Doesn't Love Me
  39.   Get Lucky
  40.   My Work Is Done
  41.   Okay Dolore
  42.   Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)
  43.   Don't Be Funny
  44.   Get Around
  45.   Boys and Girls
  46.   Shockbox
  47.   Hello

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