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Lostprophets at Pinkpop 2007
Lostprophets at Pinkpop 2007
Background information
OriginPontypridd, Wales, UK
GenresAlternative metal,[1] alternative rock. hard rock,[1] nu metal[2] (early material)
Years active1997-2013
LabelsSony BMG Music Entertainment
Columbia Records
Visible Noise
Past member(s)Mike Chiplin
DJ Stepzak
Ian Watkins
Jamie Oliver
Stuart Richardson
Lee Gaze
Mike Lewis
Ilan Rubin

Lostprophets were a rock band from Pontypridd, Wales. They were signed to the record label Sony BMG. They released five studio albums in their career and had two top ten hits in the UK, "Last Train Home" and "Rooftops". They won six Kerrang! Awards. They broke up in October 2013 after singer Ian Watkins was charged in December 2012 with raping a baby and other sex crimes.[3] In November 2013, he was convicted of attempted rape and sexual assault of a child.[4] On 18 December 2013, Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison.[5]

Lostprophets' first release was their 1997 EP Here Comes the Party. In 1999 Lostprophets were signed to a record label called Visible Noise. Their first album Thefakesoundofprogress was released on 27 November 2000. On 2 February 2004 the band's second album Start Something was released in the UK and South Korea. Six singles were released from the album. "Burn Burn" reached number seventeen in the UK Singles Chart. The band's third album, Liberation Transmission, was released in June 2006 and was the band's first album to enter the UK Albums Chart at No.1. The album was also successful in Japan. Kerrang! gave it five out of five stars. In 2009 Lostprophets did a cover of "Boys Don't Cry" on an album of The Cure covers given away free with NME. The Betrayed, the band's fourth studio album, was released in the UK on 13 January 2010. It reached number three in the UK Albums Chart. Their last album, Weapons was released on 2 April 2012. It reached the number five in the UK Albums Chart. It got mixed reviews.

HMV stopped selling Lostprophets' albums in 2013 after Watkins was convicted of trying to rape a baby.[6] The BBC will not play Lostprophets' music anymore.[7]

In June 2014, the remaining members formed No Devotion with American singer Geoff Rickly as their lead vocalist.

Discography[change | change source]

  • The Fake Sound of Progress (2000)
  • Start Something (2004)
  • Liberation Transmission (2006)
  • The Betrayed (2010)
  • Weapons (2012)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/music/sites/lostprophets/pages/lostprophets_biography.shtml Archived 2008-12-07 at the Wayback Machine BBC
  3. "Log In or Sign Up to View". www.facebook.com.
  4. Bennett, Owen (27 November 2013). "Lostprophets star Ian Watkins admits trying to rape two babies". Express.co.uk.
  5. http://news.sky.com/story/1184152/ian-watkins-gets-35-years-for-sex-offences
  6. Stevens, Jenny (28 November 2013). "HMV removes all Lostprophets albums from sale following Ian Watkins trial". NME.
  7. http://www.3news.co.nz/BBC-bans-Lostprophets/tabid/418/articleID/327859/Default.aspx[permanent dead link]