Luke Steele
Luke Steele
Luke James Steele, is the vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band The Sleepy Jackson. Steele is also a member of the pop duo Empire of the Sun.
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Empire of the Sun: 'We Want To Give Something Good Into The World'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Known for their otherworldly aesthetic and psychedelic visuals, Australian electronic-duo Empire of the Sun is intent on spreading a positive message with their third album Two Vines. There is a lot of distortion in the world, says Luke Steele (one half of the duo, and also frontman for indie rock band The Sleepy Jackson), and he doesn't want to add to it. "We grew up on John Lennon, The Beach Boys, all that great stuff. It just seems that the blueprint for artists these days is to sing about trash and girls to take off as much of their clothes as legally possible for TV." -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Empire Of The Sun's Sophomore Tour Is Just As Glittery As Promised
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Not even Beyonce can compete with ten-pronged metallic headdresses, a smattering of rave-ready face paint and a genre of music described as "sci-fi synth pop." No, those theatrical assists belong to Empire of the Sun, the Australian electronic music duo comprised of longtime collaborators Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, who took the stage just after dark at Jay Z and Budweiser's Made in America Festival on Aug. 31 in Philadelphia. The fantastical act, only seen in outrageous costumes -- think intergalactic David Bowie for the EDM generation, but with Cirque Du Soleil backup dancers and even more face paint and feathers -- debuted in 2008 with "Walking On A Dream." The title track and "We Are The People" helped the album go gold, and they spent the next two years on the summer festival circuit. But it took them 18 months, until May 2013, to make new tunes and perform live again. The sophomore record,"Ice On The Dune," is the second stage of Empire of the Sun's attempt at gl ...
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Kaleidoscope Music Festival Slashes Its Prices in Half
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Have you heard about the Kaleidoscope Music Festival? It's happening this weekend (August 23-25) in Eugene, Oregon, and has an impressively diverse bill of electronic, hiphop, and rock bands. In fact, it's so diverse that I haven't heard of a lot of the acts playing it, but the headliners include Bassnectar, Nas, and Empire of the Sun. I could take or leave the first two, but I saw Empire of the Sun at Sasquatch and it was pretty nuts. Empire of the Sun is the new project from the Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele, and if this over-the-top album cover gave you trouble, Empire of the Sun is going to give you plenty more. The music's nothing special—electronic-tinged danceable lite-rock—but the stage show is an absolute spectacle, with dancers, costumes, and general weirdness abounding. Here's some footage shot at Bonnaroo this year: So that'll be happening down in Eugene, and it's probably worth checking out since Empire of the Sun don't have any Portland sho ...
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Group Stuns After 5 Years Off
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- Empire of the Sun, "Ice on the Dune" (Astralwerks) Empire of the Sun's new album opens with the instrumental track "Lux," using drums of epic grandeur to build the anticipation for a record we have waited five years to hear. That's followed by "DNA," a surefire single and the strongest track on "Ice on the Dune." The voice of lead singer Luke Steele – who has co-written songs for Usher and Beyonce – blends nicely as he sings "be my DNA" over a brilliant beat, which results in a pounding chorus The Australian electronic duo's sophomore album and follow-up to 2008's "Walking on a Dream" is polished. It seems like almost every song could be a summer anthem. The lyrics are loved up, and even in the slower moments on the record, Empire of the Sun gets it right. The title track is dreamy and smooth, as Steele sings: "Let's go running away, we can always be together," and "I'll Be Around" hits you with Fleetwood Mac style. Wherever you dance this summer, you ...
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Luke Steele's Empire strikes back
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
LUKE Steele is having a mascara malfunction.     
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Is Google Like Gas or Like Steel?
NYTimes - about 4 years
The F.T.C. decision permits Google to continue to use its own judgment in analyzing search requests and presenting pertinent results, a victory for online expression.
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Steel company exec urges a better WV business climate
Charleston Daily Mail - over 4 years
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Timothy Duke, Steel of West Virginia Inc.s president and chief executive officer, made it clear to Business Summit attendees that the state needs to do more to be competitive. Duke was one of several manufacturing executi...
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Album review: Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself'
LATimes - over 4 years
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. In a 2010 interview, Usher Raymond IV was asked about his then-recently unveiled new hairstyle, a so-called “faux-hawk” that was popular at the time. The multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning R&B singer known the world over as simply Usher replied with a bold statement on his work to come. “I'm a consumer of culture and love mixing styles and inspirations, both in my music and my style.” He then said he was working on a new creation that "combines several music genres to create a new sound experience. “I love that people are talking about the new hair,” he added. “It represents who I am now and the creative movement of Revolutionary Pop.” Two years later, Usher has changed his hairstyle and survived another messy divorce, and the question now comes as to whether his new, seventh, record, “Looking 4 Myself,” represents his predicted Great Leap Forward into a new realm of revolutionary pop. Few artists, after all, can claim to ...
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Usher Artwork & Track List For His New Album “Looking For Myself” Plus Billboard Magazine Cover
24 Hip Hop - almost 5 years
If you are a big Usher fan then we have some good news for you’ he’s ready to release his new album “Looking For Myself” which is set to release June 12th. And if you really want to get excited’ this is going to be a deluxe edition with four bonus tracks.The popular signer is also on the cover of Billboard Magazines latest issue. Check out Usher on the Billboard Cover below: Here’s The Tracklist For The New Album 1. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop 2. Scream 3. Climax 4. I Care For U 5. Show Me 6. Lemme See (feat. Rick Ross) 7. Twisted (feat. Pharrell) 8. Dive 9. What Happened To U 10. Looking 4 Myself (feat. Luke Steele) 11. Numb 12. Lessons For The Lover 13. Sins Of My Father 14. Euphoria These are the bonus tracks : 15. I.F.U. 16. Say The Words 17. 2nd Round 18.Hot Thing
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Usher Reveals Cover Art and Tracklisting for 'Looking 4 Myself'
Ace Showbiz - almost 5 years
The cover art features a side view of Usher, while the tracklisting reveals Rick Ross, Pharrell Williams and Luke Steele as his featured guests.
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Empire of the Sun / Miami Horror Sound Academy, Toronto ON September 13 - Exclaim!
Google News - over 5 years
Originally the creation of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, the Australian duo haven't released an album since their 2008 debut Walking on a Dream -- a silence one might attribute to Littlemore's previous disappearance. But what the group lacked in new
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Steele shines - The Star
Google News - over 5 years
BARNSLEY goalkeeper Luke Steele has been nominated for the Player of the Month in the Championship for August. The former Manchester United shot-stopper kept two clean sheets in five league outings and also saved two penalties in a 2-1 away win over
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New music: Boom Bip – New Order - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
For Hollon's third solo album Zig Zaj, however, electronic textures are mixed with post-rock, with guests such as Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos, Money Mark, and Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele bringing a more down tempo feel
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Empire Of The Sun's Luke Steele: 'Our new record will be more Hollywood' - NME.com
Google News - over 5 years
Empire Of The Sun singer Luke Steele has told NME that songs on their second album will be much "bigger" than the pop duo's 2008 debut 'Walking On A Dream'. Now he has shed further light on how the second album will sound. The new songs are grander,
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Solid Steele - The Star
Google News - over 5 years
BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill paid tribute to keeper Luke Steele after another solid display between the posts by the Reds' on-song shot-stopper. Steele pulled off a couple of smart saves as the Reds picked up a deserved point at Millwall
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Luke Steele
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 34
    His vocals are featured on the Steve Aoki song "Neon Future" from Neon Future I as well, which was uploaded to the latter's SoundCloud profile on 2 October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The ARIA Music Awards of 2009 nominations were announced on 8 October 2009 and Empire of the Sun received six nominations. The winners were announced on 26 November 2009 and Empire of the Sun won in four categories: album of the year, best pop release, single of the year and best group. In 2010, the band was nominated in three categories but did not win any awards. The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).
  • 2012
    Age 32
    He also appears on Usher's song "Looking 4 Myself", from the 2012 album of the same name.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    Steele co-wrote and co-produced the track "Rather Die Young" on American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles's 2011 album 4.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    In a 2010 interview with Sunday Times, Steele described his plans for the future.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    Steele was also featured on "What We Talkin' About", the first track of Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 3, released on 8 September 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 28
    In August 2008, Steele embarked on his first national solo tour and performed—in an intimate acoustic guitar mode—songs from both The Sleepy Jackson albums, as well as a selection of new songs from his other projects.
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    Steele also spent time in 2008 recording with Daniel Johns of Silverchair at Johns' home studio in Newcastle, Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Although no plans were made to release the recordings, it was revealed that the collaboration was named "Hathaway/Palmer". Steele described the project: "It kind of started out a White Album thing because we don't have a band, it was acoustics. And from there it kind of went a bit haywire. It's pretty pop. I guess it's quite low down; there's country songs."
    Steele and his father Rick collaborated on an album released in February 2008 entitled Through My Eyes.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    Pnau feature Steele on their track "With You Forever", from their third album Pnau, released in October 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    The following year Steele provided vocals on a track on Paul Mac's album Panic Room. While in New York City in 2006, Steele contributed a track called "I'm Moving On" to Yoko Ono's 2007 remix album Yes, I'm a Witch.
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    In 2006, Steele became engaged to a magazine editor, Jodi (aka "Snappy Dolphin"), who also joined The Sleepy Jackson for the band's 2008 national tour.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2008, the couple had their first child, a daughter named Sunny Tiger.
  • 2003
    Age 23
    Steele's first notable collaboration was the band Nations by the River, formed with Ohad Rein (Old Man River), Edo Kahn, and Dove Kahn (both from Gelbison) during a Gelbison/Sleepy Jackson tour in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details They released an album through EMI called Holes in the Valley on 7 June 2004.
  • 2000
    Age 20
    Steele and Littlemore met in 2000 when introduced by Steele's A&R executive Simon Moor, in a bar in Sydney, Australia. At the time, both were signed with EMI and had been working on independent projects. The two became instant friends and shortly afterwards decided to begin a collaborative music project together. Their first collaboration was "Tell the Girls That I'm Not Hangin' Out", which appeared on The Sleepy Jackson's 2003 debut album, Lovers.
    More Details Hide Details The pair only decided to get serious about making an album in 2004 when Steele went to Littlemore's studio north of Sydney and they began writing material together. Steele was living in Perth and Littlemore in Sydney. For the next few months, the pair continued to write songs for the project independently and organised meetings in Sydney to decide on the album's overall musical direction and style. After several months of consulting on material, Littlemore and Steele went into the studio to record their debut album. Titled Walking on a Dream, the album was released on 4 October 2008. Prior to its release, six tracks were put up on the social networking site MySpace for fans to listen to. The album opened at number eight on the ARIA Chart and peaked at number six. Their first single, titled "Walking on a Dream", was released digitally on 30 August 2008. The single received airplay from many Australian radio stations and reached #10 on the ARIA Singles Chart, breaking the record for the longest time taken for a single to reach the top 10. It was released as a free single on 21 April 2009. The second single released off the album, entitled "We Are the People", peaked at number twenty-four on the ARIA Charts. In September 2009, the song was used in an American advertising campaign for Vizio televisions. The third single, "Standing on the Shore" was released on iTunes on 12 June and then for general release on 23 June.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 18
    The Sleepy Jackson was established in 1998, featuring Steele on vocals and guitar, his brother Jesse on drums and Matthew O'Connor on bass.
    More Details Hide Details Both their self-titled debut EP and a subsequent single, "Miniskirt," were independently released. Jesse left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Paul Keenan. In late 2000, The Sleepy Jackson began a national tour with Jebediah. In March 2001, on the eve of the band's deal with EMI Records, the band toured with Magic Dirt and Motor Ace, adding Ronan Charles on keyboard. Steele eventually completed the tour as a solo performer after the other band members left the tour and returned home. In 2001, EMI released Caffeine in the Morning Sun, which Steele recorded in Sydney with session musicians. In addition to playing solo shows, Steele recruited Malcolm Clark (drums), Justin Burford (guitar) and Rodney Aravena (bass). The Sleepy Jackson relocated to Sydney where they recorded another EP, Let Your Love Be Love (2002). Songs from this EP, and Caffeine in the Morning Sun, were compiled into a self-titled mini-album for release in the UK market in February 2003. The band toured extensively in 2003, playing in Australia, the United States and Europe. Between live appearances, the band worked on recordings for their debut album Lovers. By the end of 2003, Burford and Aravena left the band.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on December 13, 1979.
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