Karen O
American singer and musician
Karen O
Karen Lee Orzolek, better known by her stage name Karen O, is the vocalist for New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN and Sizzy Rocket Reflect on Their 'Steal the Night' Tour
Huffington Post - 7 months
Chloe Chaidez and Sizzy Rocket just wrapped up their wildly successful 'Steal the Night' tour. Audiences all across the country were mesmerized with dreamlike vocals and an electric energy on stage that packed a punch. I recently had the opportunity to chat with the two artists about a wide variety of subjects including cycling, the MTA, liberation and KITTEN's pledge campaign for an upcoming second album (which can be found here). Thanks for the interview guys! What are some interesting memories you two have while growing up? When did you decide to get involved in the music business? Was there anybody in particular that you looked up to that made you decide you had to become performers? Chloe Chaidez: As funny and dated as this may sound, I remember as a kid growing up watching music videos on VH1. I especially liked whenever they did a "70's" or "80's" marathon. When I was around 13 I started going to show's at an all ages venue in downtown LA called The Smell. When I ...
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Karen O crafts theme song for 'Tomb Raider' game
Yahoo News - over 1 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Karen O is teaming up with Lara Croft.
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Karen O sings Google Doodle song
CNN - almost 2 years
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Karen O sings Google Doodle song
CNN - almost 2 years
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Karen O sings first Google Doodle song
CNN - almost 2 years
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Karen O sings journalist Nellie Bly's praises in Google Doodle song
CNN - almost 2 years
Tuesday's Google Doodle pays tribute to journalist Nellie Bly with a melodic ode sung by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O.
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The Carpetbagger: Pharrell’s Hat and Karen O’s Brain Tricks
NYTimes - about 3 years
The best-song nominees taking part in the telecast include the man behind “Happy” and one of the composers of “Moon Song.”     
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Oscars 2014: Karen O, U2, Idina Menzel to perform at ceremony
LATimes - about 3 years
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The Carpetbagger: Karen O, Inspired by ‘The Jerk’
NYTimes - about 3 years
The frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is up for an Oscar for best song, which she says was inspired by a scene between Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.     
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Karen O and Ezra Koenig Team for Dreamy 'Moon Song' – Song Premiere
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Karen O's contribution to the soundtrack for Spike Jonze's acclaimed film Her "The Moon Song" is one of the more homemade tracks to land a Best Original Song Oscar nomination In the context of the film it's just a song that two non-musicians – the characters played by Joaquin Phoenix...
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Pharrell Williams To Perform On Oscar Telecast
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards. Oscar producers said Tuesday the producer-performer will sing his nominated song "Happy." There was no word on whether his Grammy Award-stealing hat would make an appearance. Williams wrote "Happy" for "Despicable Me 2." It's nominated for original song along with U2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," ''Let It Go" by Idina Menzel from "Frozen" and Karen O's "The Moon Song" from "Her." The 40-year-old Williams has been on quite a run with prominent roles in the recent hits "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" and with four Grammy wins, including producer of the year. The Oscars will be presented March 2. ___ Online: http://oscars.org
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Best Original Song Candidate Has Nomination Pulled
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Nestled among tracks from U2 Pharrell Karen O and a monster Disney ballad was a peculiar addition to the nominees for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars "Alone Yet Not Alone" the theme song to a Christian film of the same name sung by evangelical author and radio host Joni Eareckson...
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Early Buzz: Trent Reznor, Karen O and more newsmakers
USA Today - about 3 years
Today's headlines also include 'House of Cards' and Tegan and Sara.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Karen O
    THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 33
    She described her approach: O has also collaborated with James Iha on his second solo LP Look to the Sky in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Target used a version of the song Marshmallow World sung by O. On May 5, 2015, a song by Karen O in tribute to Nellie Bly was used as part of a Google doodle commemorating Bly's 151st birthday. The same year, Microsoft approached O to pen a theme song for Square Enix's game Rise of the Tomb Raider, which resulted in the song "I Shall Rise". O was featured in the track "Cut Me Up" by Har Mar Superstar for the soundtrack to the 2005 horror film House of Wax. For the movie Jackass 2, O collaborated with electronic artist Peaches and Johnny Knoxville to record a track entitled "Backass"; for Jackass 3D, she covered the Roger Alan Wade's "If You're Gonna Be Dumb" under the alternative title of "If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough". In 2007, she also contributed vocals to a version of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" for the I'm Not There movie soundtrack. At the end of episode 409, "Brothers Cinco", of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! she performed a short song. She also has a song titled "Strange Love" on the album "Frankenweenie Unleashed!"
    She also lends vocals to the song "GO!" on Santigold's 2012 album Master of My Make-Believe.
    More Details Hide Details On the collaboration project with N.A.S.A. on The Spirit of Apollo, she appears on the track "Strange Enough", together with Ol' Dirty Bastard and Fatlip. O's vocal approach has been described as "ethereal", and has been described as "yelping" at times.
    In 2012, she collaborated with experimental rock group Swans on the song "Song for a Warrior" on their album The Seer.
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    O has dated Spike Jonze and Liars lead singer Angus Andrew. In 2011, she married director Barnaby Clay.
    More Details Hide Details Their son Django was born in August 2015. O supported Little Kids Rock, a national non-profit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools, by painting a custom Fender Stratocaster and donating it for an auction to raise money for the organization. Albums Singles
    In 2011, she contributed vocals on the song "Pinky's Dream" on the David Lynch debut album Crazy Clown Time.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    O and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner co-wrote "All is Love", which was nominated for the "Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media", a songwriter's award, at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details O also contributed "The Moon Song" to Jonze's 2013 film Her. O and Jonze were nominated in 2014 for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "The Moon Song". In 2004 Karen O, using the moniker Marshmellow, directed the music video for "We Fenced Other Gardens with the Bones of Our Own" by the Liars, fronted by her then boyfriend Angus Andrew. The following year, she directed the "Blessed Evening" video for Foetus with her then-boyfriend Spike Jonze working as cinematographer. In 2006, she directed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs video for "Cheated Hearts". Under the moniker Kids With Canes, O and her now-husband Barnaby Clay directed the music video for the Tiny Masters of Today song "Hologram World", released in 2008. O also contributed vocals to the song and served as choreographer of the video, in which she appears with Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase, as well as Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers, Russell Simins from the Blues Explosion, and Sam James from The Mooney Suzuki.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    In 2009, she contributed backing vocals, screaming animal sounds, and noises to the songs "Gemini Syringes", "I Can Be A Frog", and "Watching the Planets" on The Flaming Lips album Embryonic.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    She began working on a small side project called Native Korean Rock and the Fishnets with fellow NYC musicians in 2008.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    In 2006, she was named one of rock's hottest women by Blender.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, O placed #3 on Spinner.com's Women Who Rock Right Now. In February 2010, she won a Shockwaves NME Award for the Hottest Woman.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on November 22, 1978.
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