Victoria Louise (Pixie) Lott (b. January 12, 1991) is an English pop singer, songwriter, dancer and actress as well as the occasional model and fashion designer.
Born in Kent and attending the prestigious Italia Conti stage school until she was 18 (where she received roles in stage productions The Sound of Music
and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
), she first came to prominence in mid-2009 with her debut single "Mama Do", which was the first time a British female in the Turn of the Millennium
who was not from a Reality Show
or Talent Show
scored a debut number one. She released her debut album, Turn It Up
, in September that year. It peaked at number six on the British albums chart and eventually went two times platinum. She released her follow-up album, Young Foolish Happy
in November 2011. As of 2012, it has been certified Gold.
Though she is known throughout the UK, Europe and parts of Asia as being a popstar, in North America she is better known for her role as Judy in the Fred
movie (her film debut).
- Turn It Up (2009)
- Young Foolish Happy (2011)
- TBA (Working Title Motown Feel) (2014)
Tropes about this musician and actor include:
- 419 Scam: Her official site and her Facebook page are constant victims of this trope, especially the malware part. Her Facebook page is not recommended to visit, you may get malware from this.
- Album Title Drop:
Turn it up, turn it up for the people that say/we're moving on and we'll be okay...
- Ambiguously Bi: In late 2009-early 2010, when Pixie was still single, she said something along the lines of "keeping her options open" and "seeing boys and girls" in a couple of interviews. Then there is this photo, where she kissed a female friend in a nightclub to the delight of many male onlookers.
- Approval Of God: She posted a fan-made video of her song "Dancing on My Own" (which is not a cover of the Robyn song) on her Facebook page, inviting her fans to "share it around".
- Ascended Extra: A backing dancer from the "What Do You Take Me For" video had people wanting to know her identity. In any case, here's her photo◊ (she's the one with a somewhat mardy expression and cropped black hair).
- Audience Participation Song: "Rolling Stone" is this by design, with its middle eight full of na-na-na-s.
- Back to Front: The music video for "Can't Make This Over".
- Black Sheep Hit: This could be said for her first three singles (ie. "Mama Do", "Boys and Girls", "Cry Me Out"). They pointed to a retro-styled album, but the rest of Turn It Up was standard pop. This confused many fans and critics who believed she was a New and Improved Duffy.
- Blind Without 'Em: She wears contact lenses, and once told of an incident when she left them behind when holidaying in Europe. When she's "off-duty", she wears normal glasses, as seen here.
- Break Up Song: Being a pop artist, she has quite a few of these: "Cry Me Out" (which is more of a Take That to her former lover), "Jack", "Broken Arrow", "Catching Snowflakes", "Dancing On My Own", "Turn it Up", "Without You", "My Love", "Everybody Hurts Sometimes", "Black as Rain", "We Just Go On" ...
- B-Side: "Mama Do" had "Want You" and "Use Somebody" where "Boys and Girls" had "If I Changed". All of her other B-sides are either acoustic versions or remixes.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For someone presented as a fashion-loving, not-too-bright popstar, she's actually very industrious. She's only ever cancelled one show proper, and that was due to the death of her nan. Unfortunately, her promotional tour of Australia in 2009 suffered due to a bad case of the flu.
- The Cameo: Stevie Wonder plays harmonica in "Stevie on the Radio". Working with him was definitely a fangirl moment for her.
- Cat Girl: Has a penchant for wearing cat ears.
- Celeb Crush: Has admitted to having ones on Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson and Russell Brand.
- Celebrity Endorsement: For Nokia, Baby G watches, Guitar Hero, Citroen, Samsung and of course Lipsy and Rock 'N Rose.
- She also recorded a Cover Version of Shanice's "I Love Your Smile" for Colgate.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Oh, God, yeah. Her Twitter page contains a lot of references to "catties" with added "wowops" and "agagas". Her supermodel boyfriend Oliver Cheshire isn't immune to this either.
- Charity Motivation Song: Recorded an anti-bullying track called "Get Weak" at the age of fifteen. However, the song wasn't properly released until late 2010. She also featured on the song "I Got Soul" for Warchild.
- Cover Version: Does this a fair bit, mostly with acoustic covers. Her most famous one is her cover of the Kings of Leon track "Use Somebody", which actually charted at #52 on UK iTunes around the same time "Mama Do" debuted at number one.
- Cut Song: This thread contains a comprehensive list of songs which did not make Turn It Up. As expected from an album 4-5 years in the making, there are quite a few.
- Also, the song "Young, Foolish, Happy" was originally on the album-of-the-same-name's track listing, but it was cut in favour of adding another song called "Love You to Death".
- Dancing Is Serious Business: The videos for "Mama Do", "All About Tonight" and "Turn It Up".
- Dating What Mama Hates: Basically the whole point of "Mama Do".
- Deliberately Monochrome: The video for "Cry Me Out".
- Development Hell: Pixie's third studio album is headed this way after record execs apparently nixed it.
- The Ditz / Dumb Blonde: Gives off this vibe, but see Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Dramatic Wind: In the video for "Broken Arrow".
- Dream Team: Wrote and sang backing vocals for Selena Gomez on the song "We Own The Night". She's also duetted with Lionel Richie, G-Dragon and T.O.P, Stan Walker and David Bisbal.
- Even the Girls Want Her:
“Most of the propositions I get are from girl fans. They go mad for me... they turn up at gigs and signings with banners and say, ‘Can you go on a date with me?’ There’s loads of them.”
- Everyone Loves Blondes
- The Fashionista: So much so she has even contributed designs to high-end UK fashion label Lipsy and accessory chain Rock 'N Rose.
- Gate Construction: Was never involved in one herself, but has often been a pundit on such things.
- Genre Roulette: The album Turn It Up is a perfect example of this. She switches from soul/R&B ("Mama Do", "Cry Me Out", "The Way the World Works") to electronic dance music ("Here We Go Again") to straight pop balladry ("Nothing Compares", "Hold Me In Your Arms") and pop-rock influenced songs ("Jack").
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The lyrics for "Kiss The Stars":
- Gorgeous Period Dress: Dons a feathery, 1920s-style ball gown for a few scenes in the "Gravity" video. She also has a '20s Bob Haircut for those scenes.
- Grief Song: Pixie has stated that "Nothing Compares" is meant to be this.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her image flip-flops between this and the "Sexy Popstar".
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Despite her supposedly family-friendly image, she's prone to being this. Her official biography even stated at one stage that she was "still buzzing from the novelty of being able to go clubbing without her older sister's ID." However, like her "sexy" image, she seems to have toned down this aspect of her image in the past year or so.
- Hotter and Sexier: Subverted. She was already 'sexy' when the video for her debut single "Mama Do" was released, though oddly enough she chose a more conservative look for her subsequent videos (although she was, and still is, notorious for wearing hotpants, even in winter). The video for "What Do You Take Me For" goes back to her 'sexy' roots, and even pushes the boundaries of her usually family-friendly nature.
- How We Got Here: The videos for "Can't Make This Over" and "Broken Arrow".
- Important Haircut / Faux Symbolism: Went from having long golden locks during the Turn It Up era to a cropped hairdo while promoting Young Foolish Happy, possibly to signify some sort of change in her image.
- Intercourse with You: Implied in "Coming Home", "Kiss The Stars" and "Perfect".
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Turn It Up Louder contained ten extra tracks plus one remix (of the single "Broken Arrow") and alternate cover art. A previous "deluxe edition" released around Christmas 2009 came with six bonus tracks, including a rendition of "Silent Night".
- Listing Cities: In "Want You":
I could be stuck in L.A, you might get a late call from New York... I could be off to Tokyo, ATL then Paris then back home...
- Madonna-Whore Complex: Played with in the video for "Mama Do". She starts out in a completely white atmosphere, portraying innocence, before being "dragged down" to a more seedy world.
- May-December Romance: This video (a recreation of a sketch originally performed by Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren) pairs her with Rowan Atkinson.
- Melismatic Vocals: She lists Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as her vocal inspirations, and plays up this trope whenever she can.
- Mistaken for Servant: Was mistaken for a Leeds City Council employee at one point in 2010-2011!
- Mistaken Identity: Early in her career, people often mistook her for Little Boots. The fact that they are both blonde electropop singers called Victoria doesn't help matters...
- Ms. Fanservice: Most of her wardrobe utilised this trope (especially at the time "Mama Do" was released), though she seems to have toned it down in the past couple of years.
- Mood Whiplash: In Young Foolish Happy, from the soul/R&B-influenced "Nobody Does It Better" to the electropop "Kiss The Stars", then back to the soul/R&B in "Stevie on the Radio".
- Nice Hat: She wears a floppy black hat in the "Broken Arrow" video.
- Nice Girl: Seems rather grounded, and has never been in involved in a showbiz scandal, despite her sometimes provocative dress. She's also been known to smile a lot.
- Obfuscating Stupidity / Smarter Than You Look: In school, she was a straight-A student. However, due to her sudden rise to fame, she was forced to quit stage school even though she had effectively finished all her studies.
- Odd Friendship: With Rihanna (who she toured with at one stage), the lads from boy bands JLS and One Direction, and even David Hasselhoff.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Pixie's mum is "Bevsta" to everyone. Even her own kids. Well, sometimes.
- Pixie as well. I mean, who's ever heard of Victoria Lott? Outside her fanbase, of course.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Pixie often flip-flops between singing in a "standard" Mid-Atlantic (ie, general American) accent and her natural Essex accent - even during a song. She seems to prefer singing in her own accent in more recent years.
- Pet the Dog: Agreed to marry a random fan who proposed to her at a festival, rather than turn him down in front of many onlookers.
- Product Placement: The video for "Broken Arrow" features a Citroën and a Samsung MP3 player.
- Record Producer: Worked with a variety of producers on Turn It Up, including the omnipresent RedOne, but these days she seems to be sticking to Mads Hauge, Phil Thornalley and Toby Gad.
- Retraux / Genre Throwback: She was initially marketed to cash in on the Soul Revival with songs like "Mama Do", "Boys and Girls" and "Cry Me Out". Now the Soul Revival's died down, she's being marketed as a straight pop artist.
- This may change again as she's now working on a "Motown Soul" album.
- Sequel Song: Her feature on the Tinchy Stryder song "Bright Lights" was recorded first, but released after Young Foolish Happy, which contained "Bright Lights Pt II". This undoubtedly confused many listeners and critics.
- Silly Love Songs: Has a lot of these. Some include "Love You to Death", "Gravity", "Hold Me In Your Arms", "Perfect" and "You Win".
- Singer Namedrop: Pixie and Jason Derulo do this for each other at the beginning of "Coming Home".
- Also, Pusha T does this at the beginning of "What Do You Take Me For?":
Pixie Lott, Pusha T, Rusko, what's it gonna be?
- Singing To Herself: The Sims 3 version of "Mama Do", where she creates a Sim version of herself and later duets with her.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Pixie's thick Essex accent often takes people, who are used to her soulful vocals, by surprise.
- She's Got Legs: And she knows it - a lot of Pixie's outfits draw attention to her legs.
- Spiritual Successor: Believe it or not, at the time of her debut Pixie was compared to Lady Gaga. She was also compared to Amy Winehouse, Sugababes, Duffy, Adele and Joss Stone due to her soulful sound. Nowadays she is more often compared to Katy Perry and Jessie J.
- Stage Name / Awesome McCoolname: Her real name is Victoria. She got called Pixie by her mum as a little girl because she was supposedly a very cute baby.
- Surreal Music Video: "Kiss The Stars" — which looks a lot like Katy Perry's video for "E.T".
- Title Track: "Turn it Up" for, well, Turn It Up. Young Foolish Happy was also meant to have one before it was cut.
- Three Minutes of Writhing: "All About Tonight", "What Do You Take Me For", "Mama Do".
- Unplugged Version: Acoustic tracks of both covers and original songs are not uncommon.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: She's never had one proper, but she's had a few near-misses.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: In "What Do You Take Me For", "Dancing On My Own" and "Bright Lights Pt II".
- What Could Have Been: A song on the Updated Re-release, "Coming Home", featured Jason Derulo. It was recorded with the intention of it being a single, however Jason was signed to a different label, and friction between the two record companies ultimately caused the single release to be cancelled.
- Overlapping with Development Hell: "Can't Make This Over" was also scheduled to be released as a single, with a music video filmed and released to YouTube. However, the release was cancelled a few weeks later. It's also rumoured that "My Love" and fan-favourite "Here We Go Again" were going to be given the single treatment but plans were ultimately scrapped.
- Also overlapping with a seeming case of Development Hell: Pixie recorded a duet with Joe Jonas in early 2010. As of 2012 it hasn't seen the light of day.
- Her duet with the two kids from Big Bang was supposed to gain a worldwide release with its own music video. This was announced in April 2012. As of July it's safe to say it's been cancelled.
- Also, whatever happened to her replacing Britney Spears in that Sweet Baby Jesus movie?
- Wolverine Publicity / Advertised Extra: She gets a "feature" credit in the Selena Gomez song "We Own the Night" when her "feature" is her singing backing vocals with the occasional ad-lib.
- Woman in White: She's this in "Mama Do" before switching to a leather-clad Good Bad Girl image.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Cry Me Out".
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: The title of a song that was once free to download on her Myspace called "What U Do".
- Zettai Ryouiki: Varies through all the classes in all her songs. Definitely B-Class in "Gravity" and D-Class in "Turn It Up".