Cyndi Lauper

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Legal name: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper

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Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and LGBT rights activist whose career has spanned across five decades. Her debut solo album She's So Unusual (1983) was an instant commercial success. The album was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night", earning Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack from the motion picture The Goonies and her second record, True Colors (1986), which included the number one hit of the same name, and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number 3 and earned Lauper two nominations at the 29th Grammy Awards in 1987.

Since 1989, Lauper has released nine studio albums to varying critical acclaim, and has participated in several other projects. Her most recent album, the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2011, Lauper released an autobiography detailing her battle with child abuse and depression; the book became a New York Times Best Seller.

In 2013, Lauper completed writing both the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which led the 2013 Tony Awards with 13 nominations and six awards including Best Musical. The musical also won Best Score, making Lauper the first woman to win the composing category solo. In 2013, she became the first artist in over 25 years to top the dance charts with a Broadway single. In 2014, Lauper, as the producer, composer and lyricist, was awarded the Grammy for best musical theater album for Kinky Boots. That same cast album spent 51 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Over the course of her career, Lauper has released over 40 singles and (as of 2011) has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. She won the first-ever Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs and is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum's Women Who Rock exhibit, which illustrates the important roles that women have played in rock and roll history. Lauper has won at the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, MTV VMA, Billboard, and AMA awards. In 1999, VH1 ranked Lauper No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Lauper is also one of only twenty artists to achieve "GET" status by winning competitive Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards.

Lauper has been celebrated for her ongoing humanitarian work over the last 30 years, particularly as an advocate for gay and transgender rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were recognized in 2013, when the singer was invited as a special guest to attend President Barack Obama's second-term inaugural ceremony.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1983 She's So Unusual 4.5 16
1986 True Colors 6
1989 A Night to Remember 7
1993 Hat Full of Stars 4
1996 Sisters of Avalon 2
1998 Merry Christmas... Have a Nice Life! 2
2003 At Last 2
2005 The Body Acoustic 5
2008 Bring Ya to the Brink 2
2009 Floor Remixes 2
2010 Memphis Blues 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 The Best Remixes Compilation 1
1994 Twelve Deadly Cyns... and Then Some Compilation 6
1998 Wanna Have Fun Compilation 1
2000 Time After Time: The Best Of Compilation 2 2
2001 Feels Like Christmas Compilation 1
2001 Media Markt Collection: Cyndi Lauper Compilation 1
2002 Pop & Wave Compilation 1
2003 The Essential Cyndi Lauper Compilation 3
2003 The Great Cyndi Lauper Compilation 3
2005 The Best Of Compilation 1
2006 Collections Compilation 1
2007 The Very Best of Cyndi Lauper Compilation 1
2008 Gold: Greatest Hits Compilation 5 1
2009 Playlist: The Very Best of Cyndi Lauper Compilation 1
2009 True Colors: The Best of Cyndi Lauper Compilation 1
2009 Time After Time (The Cyndi Lauper Collection) Compilation 1
2014 She's So Unusual (A 30th Anniversary Celebration) Compilation 1
21 Grandes Sucessos (disc 1) Compilation 1
36 All-Time Favorites! Compilation 1
Grandes Sucessos Compilation 1
Greatest Hits Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1988 Live in Paris Live 1
2011 To Memphis With Love Live 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Rating Releases
2005 Hey Now! (Remixes & Rarities) Remix 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
2013 Kinky Boots: The New Musical Based on a True Story Soundtrack 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1983 Girls Just Want to Have Fun 2
1985 The Goonies 'R' Good Enough 2
1986 Change of Heart 1
1986 What's Going On 1
1989 My First Night Without You 1
1992 The World Is Stone 3
1993 Who Let In the Rain 1
1995 Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) 1
1995 I'm Gonna Be Strong 1
1999 Disco Inferno 1
2008 Into the Nightlife 1
Ballad of Cleo & Joe 1
Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1
She Bop 1

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