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Mini Viva

Mini Viva
Origin England
Genres Pop, dance-pop, electropop, synthpop
Years active 2008–2010
Labels Geffen, Polydor
Associated acts Frankee Connolly, Britt Love, M.O.
Website
Past members Frankee Connolly
Britt Love

Mini Viva were an English pop duo formed in 2008 by British songwriting and production team Xenomania. They were managed by 19 Entertainment and signed to Geffen and Polydor Records. Consisting of Frankee Connolly and Britt Love, the duo were due to release their debut album in 2010. Despite a successful first single and positive reviews, the group failed to gain further traction and confirmed their split in late 2010. They released three singles and toured in support of acts including The Saturdays and Diversity.

History

Mini Viva were formed by Xenomania in 2008, when Frankee Connolly and Britt Love attended an audition held by a label called Select Music UK. Xenomania took the duo to their headquarters in Kent, and they spent a year working with the production team before their launch. They were signed to Universal Music Group in May 2009, after performing "Left My Heart in Tokyo" in the office of Universal chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge.[1]

Mini Viva supported The Saturdays on their The Work Tour in 2009.[2] The Guardian featured the duo as the "New Band of the Day" on 17 July 2009.[3] They released their debut single, "Left My Heart in Tokyo", in September 2009. Produced by Xenomania, the song was named "the catchiest single of 2009" by NME magazine.[4] It reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the highest-charting single of the duo's career.[5]

They have stated that they are inspired by Rihanna and Lady Gaga.[6] Their second single, "I Wish", was released in December 2009 and peaked at number seventy-three on the UK Singles Chart, spending one week on the chart.[5] In March 2010, Mini Viva debuted their interactive webcast reality show Viva Mini Viva. In one episode, they said that their debut album was to be released in late 2010 and confirmed the album's name was not "Colloquial Obsession", as was rumored at the time.[7] The third single "One Touch", released in May 2010, only managed to chart as high as number 124.[8] During this period, they supported dance troupe Diversity on their UK tour. After the commercial failure of "One Touch", Viva Mini Viva ceased being uploaded.

It was reported in July 2010 that although the duo's future was unclear, they were still signed to Geffen Records.[9] However, in November 2010, Mini Viva confirmed speculation that they were splitting up, explaining that "sometimes things just don't work out the way you would like them to".[10][11]

As of February 2012, Love and Connolly are both working on their own solo careers. Love, as of October 2012, has released several songs on her Facebook, including "Come With Me" as a free single, was featured on "You Don't Want to Dance with Me" by Monarchy, and auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and was successful in getting to bootcamp, but failed to make it to judges' houses. Frankee is now a part of the female trio M.O., who released their debut single "Wait Your Turn" in October 2012.

Discography

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions
UK
[5][8]
FIN
[12]
IRE
[13]
"Left My Heart in Tokyo" 2009 7 7 23
"I Wish" 73 67
"One Touch" 2010 124

Promotional singles

Title Year
"Bedroom Viber" 2009

Other recorded songs

Xenomania confirmed five other songs recorded by Mini Viva.[14]

  • "Breakfast Club"
  • "Emotions of Love"
  • "Here 2 Party"
  • "I'm Hooked"
  • "Say What You Feel"

Tours

As supporting act:

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Viva Mini Viva Themselves Interactive online reality show.

References

External links

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