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MegaRotz
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MegaRotz in 2008.
Origin Vershando, Lashardia
Genres Lashardian hip hop, Lashpop, dance
Years active 1995–present
Labels Akai Music Group
Associated acts Sox, Olia Janisöpfleg
Members 555
Little Bird
Kraze
Former members Malisa

MegaRotz is a Lashardian rap group currently consisting of rappers 555, Little Bird, and Kraze. The group also formerly consisted of vocalist Malisa, before her departure from the band in 2010.

Throughout their time as a group, they became known for their Lashpop-inspired approach to Lashardian hip hop, and for their numerous dance club hits. 

HistoryEdit

1995–2004: Early career and BE BiGEdit

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MegaRotz in 2003.

The group was first formed in 1995, while members 555, Little Bird, and Kraze were attending a performing arts high school together in their hometown Vershando. They started out performing exclusively Lashardian hip hop music. Following their graduation from high school, the three moved to Ubenmoor to pursue a music career.

The group originally was unsuccessful in Ubenmoor, only booking a small amount of gigs at clubs and being rejected from every record label they auditioned for. In 2002, the group was discovered by record producer for Akai Music Group, Sox. Despite liking them, he felt something was missing and added Malisa to the group as the lead female vocalist, signing the group as a quartet.

The group released their debut single "Loose" in 2003. The song was heavily inspired by Lashpop and was in English, two rare qualities for Lashardian hip hop music. However, the song was still extremely successful, making the Top 5 of the Lashardian singles chart and being a hit in Lashardian clubs. Their debut studio album BE BiG, was released the following year and peaked at number-two on the Lashardian albums chart. It also produced the hit singles "Broke" and "Free".

2004–2006: GlamorousEdit

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MegaRotz performing in 2006.

The group began writing and recording for their second studio album in 2004, shortly after the release of their debut. The lead single from their second album "Elephant" was released in 2005, and became their highest charting single at the time, reaching number-two. The album, titled Glamorous, was released later in the same year.

The second single from the album, also titled "Glamorous", was released in 2006, and became the group's first number-one single. The album also produced the hits "Take It Off" and "Now".

2006–2010: The Fother MuckersEdit

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MegaRotz performing in 2010.

The group revealed that their third studio album was in its early production stage in 2006. After not releasing any music or announcing progress on their third album for two years, Malisa revealed in 2008 that the upcoming album would be her last with the group before she embarked on a solo career. The reason for the delay was Malisa's reluctance to leave the group, but was persuaded by 555.

In 2009, they released the lead single from their upcoming album "Cry", which was the group's first ever ballad. The following year, their third studio album, titled The Fother Muckers, was released, and went on to reach the number-one position on the Lashardian albums chart. The album also produced the single "Farewell", released as Malisa's final song with the band.

2010–2013: Malisa's departure and CandlelightEdit

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MegaRotz performing in 2013.

Following Malisa's departure from the group, they began working on their fourth studio album and first as a trio. They decided not to replace Malisa in respect to her. According to 555, despite her not being in the group anymore, Malisa still had a large part in the album's writing and production.

The album's lead single "Fighter", was released in 2011, and was the first song recorded by MegaRotz to contain lyrics in Lashardian. While the song was successful, it did not reach the levels of success that the band's previous work had, reaching the Top 20 on the Lashardian singles chart. The album, titled Candlelight was later released in 2012, and reached number-three on the albums chart. It also produced the single "In Your Head".

2013–present: Me & My FriendsEdit

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MegaRotz performing in 2014.

In 2013, the group revealed that their upcoming fifth studio album would be a collaborative album with other musicians. Malisa revealed in an interview that she'd be performing guest vocals on three songs on the album. The lead single called "Fire" featured Malisa, and was released in 2014. The song was a success, charting in the Top 10 of the Lashardian albums chart.

The album, titled Me & My Friends, was released in 2015 and contained collaborations with Olia Janisöpfleg, Monika Radöbark, Anastasia Pricharcha, and others. It peaked at number-two on the Lashardian singles chart and also produced the hit single "Repeat" featuring Pricharcha. MegaRotz competed in Mösikalifestivali 2016 along with Janisöpfleg with the song "Scream & Shout". They placed fifth in their semi-final and were eliminated.

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • 555 – vocals, piano (1995–present)
  • Little Bird – vocals, percussion (1995–present)
  • Kraze – vocals, DJ (1995–present)

FormerEdit

  • Malisa – vocals (2002–2010)

DiscographyEdit

Studio AlbumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Year Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
LAS
2004 BE BiG
  • Label: Akai Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
5
2006 Glamorous
  • Label: Akai Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
2 LAS: Gold
2010 The Fother Muckers
  • Label: Akai Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
1 LAS: 3x platinum
2013 Candlelight
  • Label: Akai Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
3
2015 Me & My Friends
  • Label: Akai Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
2 LAS: Gold

SinglesEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
LAS
"Loose" 2003 5
  • LAS: Platinum
BE BiG
"Broke" 2004 9
  • LAS: Gold
"Free" 10
"Elephant" 2005 2
  • LAS: 2x platinum
Glamorous
"Glamorous" 1
  • LAS: 4x platinum
"Take It Off" 2006 1
  • LAS: 2x platinum
"Now" 3
  • LAS: Platinum
"Cry" 2009 6
  • LAS: Platinum
The Fother Muckers
"Farewell" 2010 12
"Fighter" 2011 17 Candlelight
"In Your Head" 2012 32
"Fire"
(MegaRotz featuring Malisa)
2015 6
  • LAS: Platinum
Me & My Friends
"Repeat"
(MegaRotz featuring Anastasia Pricharcha)
7
  • LAS: Gold
"Scream & Shout"
(MegaRotz featuring Olia Janisöpfleg)
2016 29 Mösikalifestivali 2016

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Category Nominated work Result
2004 Lashardian Music Awards Breakout Artist Won
Best Hip Hop Song "Loose" Won
2006 Lashardian Music Awards Artist of the Year Won
Best Band, Duo, or Group Won
Best Hip Hop Song "Glamorous" Won
Best Hip Hop Album Glamorous Won
Asmatic Music Awards Best Lashardian Musician Nominated
LRI Song of the Year Song of the Year "Take It Off" Nominated
2010 Lashardian Music Awards Best Band, Duo, or Group Won
Best Hip Hop Album The Fother Muckers Won
Best Hip Hop Song "Cry" Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
2013 Lashardian Music Awards Best Hip Hop Song "Fighter" Nominated
Best Hip Hop Album Candlelight Nominated
Best Band, Duo, or Group Nominated
2015 Lashardian Music Awards Best Hip Hop Song "Fire" Nominated
Best Hip Hop Album Me & My Friends Nominated
Best Band, Duo, or Group Nominated

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