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The Pretty Reckless Premiere Debut Single, “Make Me Wanna Die”

The Pretty Reckless which stars Gossip Girl singer, Taylor Momsen, has been together for over a year now, but with summer approaching, so is the launch of their debut album. 

“Making a record is more than a dream of mine, it’s a need and necessity” she states with disarming sincerity. “I’ve been writing songs since I was five, and no matter how big our record becomes, I just want to play and sing and write.”

Listing their influences as Courtney Love, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin, The Pretty Reckless completed by guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins – recorded their forthcoming debut album last year with producer Kato Khandwala, who has previously worked with All Time Low, Paramore and Madina Lake. With the frontwoman’s filming commitments taking up a lot of her time, the record became a true labour of love.

“I’d be shooting all day and the going to work on the record starting at midnight untile five in the morning,” says sixteen year old Momsen. “It was spread out over a year, and when we finished it really was a case of ‘Wow, the record’s done, finally!’.”

The World’s first taster of The Pretty Reckless takes the form of their gritty, snarling new single Make Me Wanna Die, taken from the recent Kick-Ass soundtrack. Having racked up an impressive number of plays on big name radio stations around the globe, the band are determined to make their dream of rock stardom a reality.

“We’re playing the whole of the Warped Tour, and I’m going to work around my filming schedule so we can tour as much as is physically possible”, Taylor enthuses.“We want to play to the UK so badly, I cannot tell you! Our favourite bands are English so we can’t wait to come over!”

Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen Flies Solo On Set
April 24, 2010, 11:16 pm
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Taylor Momsen says she and her cast mates have a good on-set relationship, but do not socialise outside of work hours.

She said: “I’m not really close with my cast. We’re all cordial and nice to each other, but we’re not really friends outside of the set.”

The teenage star, who also sings in band The Pretty Reckless, also revealed she prefers music to acting because it’s “personal”.

She said: “I’ve been acting since I was two. I don’t dislike it by any means, but it’s a job to me. It can never be as personal as music, because you’re playing a character and saying someone else’s words. Music is who I am.”

Although Taylor is happy to have a more professional relationship with her ‘Gossip Girl’ co-stars, Chace is keen to have fun with them.

The 24-year-old actor recently revealed he likes to go out with the rest of the cast and in particular go to bars and sing karaoke.

Taylor Momsen Company Cover Girl
April 18, 2010, 12:50 pm
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Taylor Momsen is featured in the upcoming issue of Company UK. The cover girl dishes on looks, shopping, and her co-star, Chase Crawford.

Do you feel pressure to look good? Sure, there’s a pressue, I walk out of the house and I get my photo taken and it’s all over the internet and everyone’s judging it. But I haven’t changed. I still dress how I want regardless of what people are saying. And I speak the way I’m going to speak and do the things I want to do. If people don’t like it, it’s not my problem.

What’s your secret when you’re having a bad body day? I dink water! Usually it’s because I’ve eaten too much salt and my face is all puffy, so I drink water and it always makes me feel better.

Do you fancy any of the Gossip Girl guys? No, and I’m not even looking at guys right now. I’ve got so much other stuff going on that it’s not really important.

Will you be going to rehab like other child stars? Honestly, no. I care too much about my job. I really don’t care about fame and tabloids and all that sh*t. It’s so easy to buy into it, but it will destroy you. I really care about acting, I’ve done it since forever, it’s part of who I am. I also really care about music and my band, which keeps me happy. I think when you lose sight of what you love, that’s when you can fall off track.

Are you a fan of British high street? I have to admit I don’t know much about it. Topshop is over here and I’ve done a little of online shopping there. I can’t go into the store without getting mobbed so I have to shop online.

Taylor Momsen To Take A Season Off From Gossip Girl
April 10, 2010, 12:41 am
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Outspoken teen star Taylor Momsen — who plays Upper East Sider Jenny Humphrey on The CW’s Gossip Girl — will be noticably absent from the teen soap next season. A source close to the show confirms to Entertainment Weekly Gossip Guy Michael Ausiello that Momsen will be written out of an “unspecified number” of episodes of the show’s upcoming fourth season. Producers call Taylor’s exit “creative” decision, brought on by something “big” that happens in this season’s finale.

Sounds juicy…..

The Pretty Reckless Album News
March 31, 2010, 2:01 am
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The Kick-Ass: Music From The Motion Picture soundtrack album featuring “Make Me Wanna Die” by The Pretty Reckless is available now on iTunes and Amazon MP3! For a preview visit then get your copy today!

The Pretty Reckless debut album is reportedly going to be released June 22nd, right in time for the Warped Tour kick off of which they will be touring.

Taylor Momsen “I Smoke, So What?!?”
March 21, 2010, 10:07 am
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Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen doesn’t care if anyone thinks she’s got an attitude.

“I don’t read that crap that describes me as having an attitude, but I don’t know why that’s a bad thing,”  she tells  Parades Jeanne Wolf.  “Attitude is in the eye of the beholder. I didn’t get into this to be a role model for 7-year-olds. I have no interest in doing that, you know? If parents don’t like some of the stuff I do then they shouldn’t let their kids watch me.”
Like her smoking.  “I smoke, so what? Why do people give a s— what a 16-year-old girl who they’ve never met does? It’s not like I’m sitting there going, ‘Kids, you should go buy a pack of cigarettes.’ When I walk outside with a cigarette and someone takes a picture of it and puts it on the Internet, its not my problem. I’m just living my life and I’m not gonna live my life for other people.”

In other news, smoking kills. Don’t do it kids.

Taylor Momsen “I’m not some cute girl”
March 7, 2010, 3:19 am
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Taylor Momsen chatted with NOTW about her unique style that she wears so proudly: ‘Clothes are a form of self-expression. I don’t care what other people think. I’ve had lots of people say I’m disgraceful because I should act like a role model for other young kids but I’m not a role model. I’m an actress, I’m a singer and I don’t want to be a role model. If you like me that’s fantastic, but if you don’t, stop giving me a hard time.

I’ve always been into my own look and love what I wear. I’m not like a lot of other actresses. I don’t use a stylist and mostly do my own hair and make-up. When I get dressed up I always wear what I want to. Fashion is a big part of me but I always believe it’s not what but how you wear clothes. I’m not some cute girl that’s been stamped out of a Disney studio and I’m proud of that. Some people like me for it, others hate it. I’m used to that. I’ve had it all my life.