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The Veronicas' America paranoia
Australian duo The Veronicas thought everyone was against them when they tried to crack the US.

The Veronicas felt they were being "f**ked over" when they tried to make it in the US.

The Australian duo - made up of twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso - thought everyone was against them when they first signed to their US label.

Lisa said: "Suddenly, we were on the other side of the world. Our parents didn't come over, we didn't have any friends. All we had was this big record deal, and a lot of people would have lost the plot in that situation. We went through the whole process of people trying to f*** us over, tell us what to wear. And at the start, that was hard."

The 24-year-old siblings found it difficult to focus on their on their trademark electro-pop songs because record executives wanted them to develop an R'n'B undertone similar to 'Rehab' singer Rihanna.

Jessica explained: "We were being influenced by things such as electro-pop, which, at the time in America, was an underground thing - there was no Katy Perry or Lady Gaga at that point. But when we expressed a desire to do that, they were, like, 'No, no, we want to hook you up with the guy who did Rihanna's stuff.'

"It wasn't easy at all. We were told that none of our songs were hits, and they wouldn't get released in America. A couple of months after it was released as we wanted it, the biggest station in New York picked 'Untouched' up. And then it sold 1.5m downloads. That's embarrassing for them."

written by news desk on 9/15/2009 8:00:00 AM

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