Hawke Flying

Published by Billboard Magazine


Pip Brown, the talented New Zealander known as Ladyhawke, is spreading her wings around the globe.

The alternative/pop singer recently signed with London-based management company IE Music (which represents Robbie Williams), and her September 2008 debut release, “Ladyhawke” (Modular/Universal), peaked at No. 16 on the United Kingdom’s Official Charts Co. May 9 listing. The album has been certified gold (100,000 copies shipped).

Ladyhawke’s U.K. breakthrough came with the single “My Delirium,” which in December cracked the OCC’s top 40. “That track was a turning point for us,” says Glen Goetze, A&R manager at Ladyhawke’s label, the Sydney-based Modular Recordings. “Until then, we had been plugging away and gradually building.”

“My Delirium” has also given Ladyhawke her biggest Australian success, peaking at No. 8 in late April and helping the album to an Australian Recording Industry Assn. gold certification (35,000 shipped).

Booked by X-Ray Touring, the singer spends much of her time in Los Angeles but has homes in London and Sydney. She won’t see much of those during a busy summer, playing U.K. festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park and V. “Ladyhawke” had a low-key U.S. release in December, hitting No. 41 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. “The focus will start to move in that [U.S.] direction now,” Goetze says.