Veronicas (The) Biography
In 2005 The Veronicas released their debut studio album, titled The Secret Life of... which peaked at No. 2 on the Australian charts and gained an Australian ARIA certification of 4x platinum for 280,000+ sales. The album spawned five singles, led by "4ever", three of which were top ten singles in Australia.
In 2007, the duo released their second studio album, Hook Me Up, which also peaked at No. 2 on the Australian charts and earned an Australian ARIA certification of 2x platinum for 140,000+ sales. The album garnered four Australian top ten singles. The album's title track, "Hook Me Up", was The Veronicas' first No. 1 single in Australia, while "Untouched" was an international top ten hit.
Following a lengthy hiatus (broken only by the July 2012 release of the Top 40 single, 'Lolita'), The Veronicas released "You Ruin Me", the first single from their self-titled third album in September 2014. The song debuted at number one on the ARIA Charts, becoming the girls' second chart topping single and their first to debut in the top spot. The Veronicas was released online and in CD format on 21 November 2014.
In 2001, the identical twins made their first recordings with Brisbane producer, Stuart Stuart at Analog Heart Records. Stuart produced an EP in a more electronic style, and a year later, a second batch of songs in the pop rock style that the group initially became known for. In 2004, Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso were introduced to the Music Director of The Bell Hughes Music Group (BHMG), Hayden Bell. Bell invited them to sign a publishing agreement with Excalibur Productions (a subsidiary of BHMG). Bell took them to meet the executives at Engine Room (a subsidiary of PBL (Packer) Group) and they were immediately signed to a production deal. To further develop their song writing skills, Bell connected them with several internationally acclaimed songwriters and producers including Clif Magness (who has written with Avril Lavigne), Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Cyndi Lauper), Max Martin (Britney Spears, Katy Perry, P!nk), Eric Nova, Dead Mono and Vince DeGiorgio, where they created a catalogue of over 50 songs.
Meetings were then arranged with Warner Bros. Records in the USA. Seymour Stein and senior executives recognised that Bell had indeed discovered and developed a musical talent, signing them quickly to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records/Sire America, for a reported sum of 2 million dollars.
Issue (No. 167) of the Veronica comic book which featured The Veronicas.
Regarding how they chose their name, Jess Origliasso stated: "The name is something we thought about for a short time and we wanted it to be a girl's name, but we didn't want it to be 'the Jesses.' We were very conscious of not wanting to make it a twin thing, because we don't think that's really cool." "We didn't want it to be called 'the Lisas,' either," singer Lisa Origliasso added. "So one day we saw the movie Heathers, and there's a line where Christian Slater asks, 'Are you a Heather?' and Winona Ryder's character [Veronica] answers, 'No, I'm a Veronica,' and so we went with that, because she was this kind of cool, unique chick with an attitude."
However, Archie Comics launched legal action against the group for trademark infringement in relation to the character Veronica Lodge, in an attempt to stop them from using the name. Archie comics had asked Warner Music Group to hand over all publicity rights and to pay US$200 million in damages. Of this amount $20 million was for damages and $180 million as a penalty against Warner. In a statement with The New York Times Michael I. Silberkleit, chairman of Archie Comics Publications, Inc. stated,
The importance is the image of Archie, which everybody knows is good, clean, wholesome stuff,[...] Preventing unauthorized use of the name will protect both the characters and customers who have paid for licensing rights[...]"
A settlement was reached that included a cross-promotion deal, including an appearance in an issue of Veronica Lodge's comic book. The issue (No. 167) featured a card with a code allowing a free download of their single "4ever" in MP3 form. A few months later, Archie and Friends (No. 100) featured The Archies meeting The Veronicas. The next issue of Archie and Friends (No. 101) also featured The Veronicas, with Archie as their biggest fan.