Olivia (singer)

Olivia Theresa Longott (born February 15, 1980) is an American singer, known for being the first lady of hip-hop group G-Unit. She is also known as a cast member on the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York.

Olivia Longott
Olivia performing in 2007
Olivia performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameOlivia Theresa Longott
Also known asO.O., Lady O
Born (1980-02-15) February 15, 1980 (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OriginJamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, hip hop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active2000–present
LabelsJ (2000-2004)
G-Unit/Interscope (2004-2007)
Def Jam (2007-2008)
Universal Motown (2008-2010)
Universal Republic (2010-2012)
Wonda Music

Early lifeEdit

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Longott is of mixed Indian, Cuban, and Jamaican descent.[1][2] She studied music at Bayside High School, in Queens and at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York. She began her performing career in her teenage years.

CareerEdit

J Records (2000–2004)Edit

In 2000, Olivia became the first artist signed to Clive Davis' J Records. Her self-titled debut album Olivia was released in 2001 and featured the singles "Bizounce" which made #15 on the charts,[3] and "Are U Capable". The album debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200.

G-Unit (2004–2007)Edit

 
Olivia in 2006

Olivia was signed to G-Unit from 2004 to 2007. Her best known song from this period is "Candy Shop" with 50 Cent. She also released the singles "So Sexy" and "Twist It" (with Lloyd Banks) on the label.

2007–presentEdit

In 2007, it was announced Olivia and G-Unit Records had parted ways. Her second studio album Behind Closed Doors was shelved, but leaked a year later on several mixtape websites.[4] In 2009, Olivia did a feature for Congolese singer Fally Ipupa on his song "Chaise Électrique" which was on the top of the Congolese and African Hits. On April 12, 2011, she released her first music video for "December" the first single from her then-upcoming album, Show the World. The song peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart, higher than her G-Unit debut single, "Twist It".

In December 2011, she released her second single "Walk Away". During this time, she became a cast member on VH1's Love & Hip Hop, which chronicled her career struggles as an independent artist.

Olivia declined a record deal from label EMI and in April 2012, signed a deal with Jerry Wonda's Wonda Music. She has since released two promotional songs: "Soldier Girl" (featuring Mavado) and "Sun Don't Shine" (featuring Sean Kingston).[5][6] In 2013, Olivia's song "Where Do I Go from Here?" hit iTunes at the No. 10 spot on the R&B/Soul charts.[7]

After a seven year hiatus, Olivia returned to Love & Hip Hop: New York for its tenth anniversary season.[8]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Conspiracy X Lisa
2015 Supermodel Tia Rivers
The Man in 3B Jerri
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Saturday Night Live Herself / musical guest Episode "Hilary Swank/50 Cent"
2011–2012, 2013, 2019–present Love & Hip Hop: New York Herself Main role (seasons 1–2)
Supporting role (season 3, 10–present)
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 50 Cent: Bulletproof Additional voices
Music video roles
Year Title Artist
2004 "Shorty Wanna Ride" Young Buck
"Let Me In"
"On Fire" Lloyd Banks
"I'm So Fly"
"Karma"
"How We Do" The Game
2005 "Candy Shop" 50 Cent
"Window Shopper"
"Hustler's Ambition"
"Outta Control"
"Just a Lil Bit"
"Curious" Tony Yayo
"So Seductive"
"Look at Me Now / Bonafide Hustler" Young Buck

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ogunnaike, Lola (October 2005). Sole Sister. Vibe. Vibe Media Group. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved September 24, 2007.
  2. ^ Olivia Speaks On Why She Really Left G-Unit!. YouTube. 3 November 2009.
  3. ^ Artist Chart History. Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2007.
  4. ^ "Behind Closed Doors (the Album We Never Received) Mixtape by Olivia Hosted by DJ Tre'i Starzz, G-unit, DJ Whoo Kid". www.datpiff.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  5. ^ HipHopDX (30 April 2012). "Olivia Signs With Jerry Wonda's Wonda Music Label, New Album On The Way". HipHopDX.
  6. ^ "New Music: Olivia f/ Sean Kingston – 'Sun Don't Shine'". Rap-Up.
  7. ^ "Olivia Discusses Kissing Maino, New Boyfriend And Love & Hip Hop Drama". Necole Bitchie.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06.
  8. ^ "Video: Super Trailer - VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: New York" - Premiering Monday, December 16 at 8PM | TheFutonCritic.com". www.thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.

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