Girl in Red

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girl in red
Girl in Red at End of the Road 2019
Girl in Red at End of the Road 2019
Background information
Birth nameMarie Ulven Ringheim
Born (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 22)[1]
Horten, Norway
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, music producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • synthesizer
Years active2017–present
LabelsAWAL
Associated acts
Websiteworldinred.com Edit this at Wikidata

Girl in Red (stylized in all lowercase) is the indie pop music project[6][7][8][9] of Norwegian singer-songwriter and record producer Marie Ulven Ringheim (born 16 February 1999). She rose to prominence with her homemade bedroom pop songs about romance and mental health featured on the early EPs Chapter 1 (2018) and Chapter 2 (2019).[10][11] Her debut studio album If I Could Make It Go Quiet, was released through AWAL on 30 April 2021.[12]

Girl in Red has been cited as a queer icon by Paper,[8] and a "phenomenon" who is "one of the most astute and exciting singer-songwriters working in the world of guitar music" by The New York Times.[13] She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2020 Norwegian Grammy Awards. In January 2021, her singles "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" (2017) and "We Fell in Love in October" (2018) were certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Early life[edit]

Marie Ulven Ringheim[14][15] was born in the town of Horten, Norway on 16 February 1999.[16] She grew up in the town with her sisters and her divorced parents,[17] and described it as "quiet and kinda boring" in an interview with Triple J in October 2019.[18] Her mother worked with technology and her father worked as a policeman.[13] Her grandfather could play the guitar and piano; however, she grew up without instruments in the home.[10] Ulven received her first guitar as a Christmas gift from her grandfather in 2012, but didn't start playing it until 2013 after losing interest in fingerboarding.[18] She credits her grandfather for sparking her interest in music.[18] While in high school, Ulven was curious about becoming a teacher before she was introduced to the guitar and songwriting at the age of 14.[8] She had taught herself piano, guitar and music production from the comfort of her bedroom.[19] Ulven began by writing and releasing Norwegian music and planned to study music, but never concluded that she was going to become a musician.[8]

Career[edit]

2015–2017: SoundCloud and "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend"[edit]

After getting a Blue Yeti microphone from her father in 2015,[18] Ulven began writing and releasing Norwegian music to SoundCloud under the moniker of "Lydia X".[8][20] She stopped attending guitar lessons after six months once her teacher refused to acknowledge her interest in songwriting and producing.[18] Ulven coined the stagename "Girl in Red" after attempting to identify herself in a crowd to a friend via text.[21] Using the new moniker, she published her debut single "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" on SoundCloud in November 2016,[22] where it got about 5 thousand streams within five months.[23] Following the single's feature on the Norwegian music website NRK Urørt, "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" amassed thousands of streams and gained Ulven a large online following.[24]

2018–2019: Chapter 1 and Chapter 2[edit]

Girl in Red in Los Angeles in September 2019

Ulven's 2018 singles "Summer Depression" and "Girls" gained millions of views and streams online.[25] In early 2019, she won her first award when she was presented with "Norwegian Newcomer of the Year" at the 2018 GAFFA Awards.[26] Ulven released "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" on Apple Music in March 2018.[27] After the release of Ulven's debut EP, Chapter 1, on 14 September 2018. "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" was listed at number 9 on The New York Times list of "The 68 Best Songs of 2018".[28][29] Ulven opened for Clairo in Dublin and Paris in September 2018 and released "We Fell in Love in October" in November 2018 which peaked at 14 on the US Rock Charts in October 2019.[30][31][32] In October 2018, the song "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" won "Årets Urørt" at the P3 Gull awards.[33] She performed the song as an interval act at the award ceremony in 2018, alongside names like Astrid S, Dagny, and Emilie Nicolas.[34] Ulven embarked on her first North American tour supporting Conan Gray in March 2019.[35] She released her second EP, Chapter 2, as well as Beginnings, a compilation of her entire single catalogue into one exclusively vinyl album on September 6, 2019 under AWAL.[36][37][38] She embarked on her first international headlining "World in Red" tour in October 2019, performing in cities such as Dublin and San Francisco.[6][23] Ulven was nominated for "Newcomer of the Year" at the 2019 P3 Gull awards.[39]

2020–present: If I Could Make It Go Quiet[edit]

In December 2019, Ulven signed a worldwide recording contract with British music distribution company AWAL.[40][41] In a rare phenomenon for most new label signees, her entire existing discography, which had all originally been self-released, was subsequently registered under this label on all digital music platforms. Ulven appeared on the front cover of both Gay Times and Dork in December 2019,[42][43] as well as the cover of NME in January 2020.[16] She provided the single "Kate's Not Here" for the original soundtrack of the 2020 supernatural horror film The Turning.[44] Ulven was nominated for the Newcomer of the Year award and, as a result, the Gramo scholarship at the 2020 Spellemannprisen, also known elsewhere as the Norwegian Grammy Awards.[45] In May 2020, Ulven was included in the annual Dazed 100 list after her single "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" clocked 150 million streams.[46] In mid 2020, she became a popular symbol of queer identification on the online platform TikTok, where users would adopt the common phrase, "Do you listen to Girl in Red?" as a way of asking if someone was a lesbian.[47][48] In November, she released the standalone holiday single "Two Queens in a King Sized Bed",[49] shortly before she was awarded Artist of the Year at the 2020 P3 Gull Awards.[50]

Ulven released her debut studio album, titled If I Could Make It Go Quiet, on 30 April 2021.[51] The album has thus far been supported by four singles, "Midnight Love", in April 2020,[52] "Rue" in August 2020,[53] "Serotonin" in March 2021,[12] and "You Stupid Bitch" in April 2021.[54] The cover artwork for the album was made by the Norwegian painter and artist Fredrik Wiig Sørensen. Originally an oil painting on a 80x80 cm canvas, by the title of The Antizero. Ulven named Taylor Swift as one of her biggest musical influences.[55]

Personal life[edit]

Ulven now resides in the Grünerløkka district of Oslo and she is gay.[56] She studied music production and songwriting at Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology.[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
NOR
[57]
AUS
[58]
BEL
(FL)

[59]
FIN
[60]
GER
[61]
NL
[62]
NZ
[63]
SWE
[64]
UK
[65]
US
[66]
If I Could Make It Go Quiet
  • Released: 30 April 2021
  • Label: AWAL
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, cassette, LP, CD
2 10 11 30 19 7 31 31 7 67

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
NOR
Vinyl

[67]
Beginnings[68]
  • Released: 6 September 2019
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Vinyl
6

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Chapter 1[28]
  • Released: 14 September 2018
  • Label: AWAL, Human Sounds Records
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, cassette
Chapter 2[36]
  • Released: 6 September 2019
  • Label: AWAL
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL
(FL)
Tip

[59]
CAN
Rock

[69]
JPN
Over.

[70]
NZ
Hot

[71]
UK
Sales

[72]
UK
Indie.

[73]
US
Alt.
Air.

[74]
US
Rock

[75]
"I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend"[A] 2017
Chapter 1
"Will She Come back" Non-album singles
"Dramatic Lil Bitch"
"Say Anything" 2018
Chapter 1
"She Was the Girl in Red" Non-album single
"Summer Depression"
Chapter 1
"4am"
"Girls"
"We Fell in Love in October"[B] 4 [C] 14 Non-album single
"Watch You Sleep" 2019
Chapter 2
"I Need to Be Alone"
"Dead Girl in the Pool" [D]
"I'll Die Anyway"
"Bad Idea!"
"Midnight Love" 2020 If I Could Make It Go Quiet
"Rue" 22
"Two Queens in a King Sized Bed" 20 Non-album single
"Serotonin" 2021 19 42 8 32 31 7 20 If I Could Make It Go Quiet
"You Stupid Bitch" 36
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Malibu" (with Lokoy) 2018
Can We All Go To Bed

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Hot

[71]
US
Rock

[75]
"Body and Mind" 2021 29 36 If I Could Make It Go Quiet

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Kate's Not Here" 2020 The Turning (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Something New" Moominvalley 2 (Official Soundtrack)

Television[edit]

Year Television program Notes
2021 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Musical guest (episode 1454)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Organization Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
BBC 2020 Sound of 2021 Girl in Red Nominated [79]
Dork 2019 Hype List 2020 First [80]
GAFFA Awards (Norway) 2018 Norwegian Newcomer of the Year Won [26]
Best Norwegian Hit "Girls" Nominated [81]
Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2019 General Award Girl in Red Won [82]
P3 Gull 2018 Untouched of the Year "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" Won [33]
2019 Newcomer of the Year Girl in Red Nominated [39]
2020 Artist of the Year Won [50]
Spellemannprisen 2020 Newcomer of the Year Nominated [45]
Gramo scholarship

Tours[edit]

Headlining

  • The World in Red Tour (2019)[6][83]
  • Make It Go Quiet Tour (2022)[84]

Supporting

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" was originally published on girl in red's Bandcamp and SoundCloud in September 2017, before being released on Apple Music in March 2018.[76][27]
  2. ^ "We Fell In Love In October" was released in a 2-song EP with the song "Forget Her".
  3. ^ "We Fell in Love in October" did not enter the UK Independent Chart, but peaked at number 19 on the UK Independent Singles Breakers Chart.[78]
  4. ^ "Dead Girl in the Pool" did not enter the Ultratop Top 50, but spent 4 weeks as an extra tip on the Ultratop Bubbling Under chart.[59]

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