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Lipps, Inc. (pronounced like "lip sync") was a band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The group was best known for the chart-topping 1980 worldwide hit single "Funkytown", which hit No. 1 in 28 different countries around the world and was certified as double-platinum in sales.[2]

The group originally consisted of lead vocalist Cynthia Johnson and a changing lineup of session musicians, including guitarist David Rivkin, guitarist Tom Riopelle and bassist Terry Grant. Steven Greenberg, the creator of the act, wrote and produced most of the group's music.[3]


Contents 1 History 2 Awards and recognitions 3 Discography 3.1 Albums 3.1.1 Studio albums 3.1.2 Compilation album 3.2 Singles 4 See also 5 References 6 External links


History[]

Lipps Inc.'s first release was a 1979 single, "Rock It", on Greenberg's own Flight imprint. The act released its debut album Mouth to Mouth in late 1979.

The second single from this album, "Funkytown", spent four weeks at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts in the United States. The 7" single sold over two million copies within a few months and was awarded a platinum record within the same year of its release .[4] It reached #2 in the United Kingdom[5] and was a hit throughout the world.

Lipps Inc.'s later singles failed to match the band's initial success (the only other Hot 100 entry was "Rock It", which peaked at #64); however, more dance hits were released throughout the 1980s, including "How Long?" in 1981 (originally a hit for Ace), which reached #4 on the U.S. dance chart. After the third album, Designer Music, Johnson left the band and was replaced by Margie Cox and Melanie Rosales. Lipps Inc. released its final album, 4, in 1983 before disbanding two years later.

Awards and recognitions[]

Three Billboard Music Awards, 1980 Platinum and Double-Platinum Status with Funkytown Inductee into Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Discography[]

Albums

Studio albums

List of studio albums with year of release and chart positions


Title

Year

Peak chart positions


US [4]

US

R&B

[4]

AUT [6]

CAN [7]

GER [8]

NLD [9]

NOR [10]

SWE [11]

Mouth to Mouth 1979 5 5 7 12 11 23 21 10 Pucker Up 1980 63 37 — — — — 40 46 Designer Music 1981 — — — — — — — — 4 (Lipps Inc. album) 1983 — — — — — — — — "—" shows the album did not chart or did not have a release in that chart's country.

Compilation album


Title

Album details

Funkyworld: The Best of Lipps, Inc. Released: 1992 Label: Island Records

Funkytown Released: 2003 Label: Universal Music Enterprises


Singles

List of singles with year of release and chart positions


Title

Year

Peak chart positions


US [4]

US

Dance

[4]

US

R&B

[4]

AUT [6]

GER [12]

NLD [9]

NOR [10]

SWE [11]

"Rock It" 1979 64 20 85 — — — — — "Funkytown" 1980 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 "Designer Music" — 11 — — — — — — "All Night Dancing" 1981 — 1 — — — — — — "How Long" — 4 29 — 32 30 — 16 "Jazzy" — — — — — — — — "There They Are" — — — — — — — — "Tight Pair" 1982 — 4 — — — — — — "Addicted To The Night" — 8 78 — — — — — "Hold Me Down" 1983 — 11 70 — — — — — "Choir Practice" — 8 — — — — — — "Hit the Deck" — 32 — — — — — — "Does Anybody Know" 1984 — 32 — — — — — — "Power" 1985 — — — — — — — — "Gossip Song" — — — — — — — —

See also[]

Book icon Book: Lipps Inc.

List of artists who reached number one in the United States List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance chart

References[]

1.^ Jump up to: a b Huey, Steve. "Lipps, Inc. – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 2.Jump up ^ http://cynthiajohnson.net/index.php/bio 3.Jump up ^ http://www.funkytown.com 4.^ Jump up to: a b c d e f Allmusic - Funkytown Charting 5.Jump up ^ UK Charts Search 'Funkytown' 6.^ Jump up to: a b Discographie Lipps, Inc. (in German). austriancharts.at. Accessed on August 10, 2013. 7.Jump up ^ RPM search results for "Lipps Inc.". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Accessed on August 11, 2013. 8.Jump up ^ Suche nach "Lipps, Inc." (Album) (in German). charts.de. Accessed on August 10, 2013. 9.^ Jump up to: a b Discografie Lipps, Inc. (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Accessed on August 10, 2013. 10.^ Jump up to: a b Discography Lipps, Inc. norwegiancharts.com. Accessed on August 10, 2013. 11.^ Jump up to: a b Discography Lipps, Inc. swedishcharts.com. Accessed on August 10, 2013. 12.Jump up ^ Suche nach "Lipps, Inc." (Single) (in German). charts.de. Accessed on August 10, 2013.

External links[]

Photo gallery of Lipps, Inc. Band Biography on Billboard.com

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