An introduction to the musical oeuvre of 'Real Housewives' star Erika Jayne
Erika Jayne, best known as the singer, actress, and no-nonsense personality on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," has made headlines again lately - but this time it's not sparring with Lisa Vanderpump.
In November, 49-year-old Jayne announced that after 21 years of marriage, she would file for divorce from her husband, 81-year-old power broker attorney Tom Girardi, citing irreconcilable differences. Girardi has been in legal hot water with former customers who claim they have been drawn out of millions of settlement funds. “At some point I had about 80 million or 50 million in cash. It's all gone, ”Girardi admitted in the autumn. "I have no money."
The Times' Matt Hamilton and Harriet Ryan reported Thursday, "Where all the money went is an issue of intense speculation, and neither Jayne nor Girardi's agents responded to requests for comment. Some creditors have pointed to his much younger wife. Girardi has Jaynes Attempts to become famous as a recording artist with songs called 'PAINKILLR' and 'XXpen $ ive', and as a reality TV character who boasts of losing $ 40,000 a month in clothes, hair and makeup signed. "
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The two met when Jayne, then a single mother aged 28, was a cocktail waitress at Chasen in West Hollywood, where Girardi was a regular. After Jayne played the role of a high profile lawyer, he embarked on a successful career as an electro-pop diva. She spent the last 2000s and 2010s releasing house hits like "Pretty Mess" and "How Many F -" which climbed to # 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. She had counted seven of her nine No. 1 club hits before joining the cast of "Real Housewives" in 2015. "Some people call me cold," she says in the show's intro role. "But this is not ice - these are diamonds."
Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi. (Wally Skalij; Amy Cantrell / Los Angeles Times; handout)
The Real Housewives franchise has a long history of stars with vanity pop projects. Few can forget "Tardy for the Party", Atlanta Alumna Kim Zolciak's 2009 novelty banger produced by her co-star Grammy winner Kandi Burruss. Then in 2010 came the "Money Can't Buy You Class", a crash course on New York high society, given by the former Countess Luann de Lesseps.
But unlike the other women on Housewives, the Jayne train never really slowed down. In 2018 she published an all-rounder called "Pretty Mess", which became the New York Times bestseller. and in early 2020 she played Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of "Chicago".
Here is a brief overview of Jayne's musical work:
"Roller Coaster" (2007)
Beginner's luck? The singer's first single, "Roller Coaster," peaked at # 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart - the first of nine songs to top the charts. Fill it up, smoke it up, pump it up.
"Pretty Mess" (2010)
Despite her club fame, Jayne doesn't sing as much as she purrs. and on "Pretty Mess," the title track of her 2009 debut LP, she reassures her fans that if she's kidding, she's there. ("Everything I am, I bought," she groans in the racy video.) The album also includes Sheila E., who is considered the drummer on the track "Time to Realize", as well as producer and co-writer Peter Rafelson and Eric Kupper, who previously worked with pop legends Madonna, Britney Spears and Cher.
"Party People (Ignite the World)" (2011)
Then-President of Italian American Lawyers Assn. Tom Girardi premiered the music video for "Party People (Ignite the World)" during the group's 2011 annual Supreme Court Night. The partygoers, many well-respected members of the Southern California legal community, weren't so pleased. Jayne's provocative dance routine was described as "rock and soft porn," according to a report published on the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.
"Get It Tonight" feat. Flo Rida (2013)
In the late 2000s, house music proved to be a boon for rapper Flo Rida, who made dance pop gold with Kesha on "Right Round" and "Feel It" with DJ Felli Fel, Pitbull, Sean Paul and T-Pain. Neither Rida nor Jayne saw as much success with their joint single, but at least they will always have the memories.
"How many F-" (2016)
A "Hollaback Girl" for the nouveau riche "How Many F -" sounds like it was specially developed in a lab to sync with "RuPaul's Drag Race". It was also Jayne's first release since appearing on Real Housewives - and it drips with both gum and poison.
"XXpen $ ive" (2017)
Jayne is the first to affirm, "It's expensive to be me in the profanity-filled video." Tom Girardi said on an episode of Real Housewives, "I like the fact that it's called 'XXpen $ ive'." He added, pretty proactively, "It kind of suits you."
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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