Simone Sherise Battle (June 17, 1989 – September 5, 2014) was an American singer, dancer and actress. She was a finalist on The X Factor in 2011 and a member of the girl group G.R.L. from 2012 until her death in 2014. The group was best known for their singles "Vacation", "Ugly Heart" and "Wild Wild Love" with Pitbull. Following her death, the group dedicated their single "Lighthouse" to Battle.

Simone Battle
Battle in 2013
Battle in 2013
Background information
Birth nameSimone Sherise Battle
Born(1989-06-17)June 17, 1989
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 5, 2014(2014-09-05) (aged 25)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • actress
Years active2006–2014
Formerly ofG.R.L.

Outside of her music work, she starred in several music videos and the film We the Party (2012) alongside Snoop Dogg.

Career Edit

2006–2011: Career beginnings and The X Factor Edit

Battle made her television debut in 2006, having small roles on shows including Zoey 101 and Everybody Hates Chris. In 2008, Battle was featured as the main character in the Mary Mary music video "Get Up". Battle also appeared as a background dancer in the Cali Swag District music video "Teach Me How to Dougie" in 2010.

In 2011, Battle auditioned for the American singing competition The X Factor in front of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl and L.A. Reid. Battle sang "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls. After receiving three yeses from the judges, Battle had made it through to Bootcamp. She was mentored by Cowell after becoming one of the Top 32 finalists in the girls category. Battle chose to be part of the live shows with Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow, Drew, and Tiah Tolliver. After making it to the top 17, Battle and Tolliver were eliminated from the girls category during the first week by Cowell. He had also noted Battle as being one of his favorite contestants that he has mentored. Battle's performances on The X Factor were:

Episode Theme Order Song Original artist Result
Audition Free choice "When I Grow Up" The Pussycat Dolls Through to bootcamp
Bootcamp 1 Group performance 1 Not aired Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Group performance 2 Advanced
Bootcamp 3 Solo performance "Your Song" Elton John Through to judges' houses
Judges' houses No theme "Help!" The Beatles Through to live shows
Week 1 13 "Just Be Good to Me" The S.O.S. Band Eliminated

2012–2014: Solo success, acting roles, and formation of G.R.L Edit

In 2012, Battle starred opposite Mandela Van Peebles, Moisés Arias, and Snoop Dogg in her film debut We the Party. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics.[1] We the Party was Battle's first and final full-length film. In 2012, Battle played Olivia in the short film Meanamorphosis.[2][unreliable source?][3][unreliable source?] The film was released on April 27, 2012.

Battle with G.R.L. in 2013

Upon Steve Jones' announcement that she had been eliminated from the competition, Battle promoted the online release of her debut music video "He Likes Boys".[4]

In August 2012, Battle was initially part of The Pussycat Dolls' proposed new lineup after their past members disbanded in 2010. Her addition to the group was announced during the opening of the Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse at the Keating Hotel in San Diego, California.[5] Antin later announced in February 2013 that they would continue instead as the "next generation" of the Dolls as a group called G.R.L.

Death Edit

Battle was found dead on September 5, 2014, at the age of 25. The cause of death was ruled as suicide.[6] A spokesperson for Battle stated that she suffered from depression due to financial issues.[7][8]

Tributes Edit

Simone's death led to a wide amount of media coverage and responses from fellow entertainers, co-workers, fans, and friends on social media. Many of Battle's co-workers and fellow entertainers including Robin Antin,[9][unreliable source?] Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell, Pitbull, Cirkut, Dr. Luke, Mel B,[10] Cheryl, and fellow G.R.L. members Natasha Slayton, Emmalyn Estrada and Lauren Bennett paid tribute to Battle by writing about her on their social media.[11] The hashtag #RIPSimone was commonly used in posts about her, which trended worldwide on Twitter, as well as "Simone Battle".

Musical tributes Edit

Battle's band G.R.L. released the single "Lighthouse" as a tribute to Battle. The music video features clips and photos of Battle throughout her life.

Discography Edit

Battle released four singles and one music video as a solo artist and released one extended play, two singles (including one as a featured artist), two promotional singles, and three music videos with G.R.L.

Singles Edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Rain" 2008 N/A
"Just a Boy" 2009
"Material Girl"
"He Likes Boys"[20] 2011
(as of a member of G.R.L.)
2013 97 The Smurfs 2
"Show Me What You Got"
(as of a member of G.R.L.)
2014 G.R.L.
"Wild Wild Love"
(Pitbull featuring G.R.L.)
30 10 30 25 22 90 6 Globalization
"Ugly Heart"
(as of a member of G.R.L.)
107 2 2 3 11 G.R.L.

Music videos Edit

Song Year Director
"He Likes Boys" 2011 Shane McLafferty
"Vacation" 2013 Hannah Lux Davis
"Wild Wild Love" 2014 David Rousseau
"Ugly Heart" Chris Marrs Piliero

Covers Edit

Year Title
2008 "Like a Star"
"Saving All My Love for You"
2010 "Tik Tok"
"Teenage Dream"
2011 "Rolling in the Deep"
"Someone like You"
"Santa Baby"
2012 "Take Care"

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 We the Party Cheyenne Davis Feature film debut; lead role
Meanamorphosis Olivia Short film
2014 What We Need Linda Short film

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Everybody Hates Chris Girl #2 Episode: "Everybody Hates Greg"
Zoey 101 Girl Episode: "Hot Dean"
2011 The X Factor Herself Reality competition; 5 episodes
2012 106 & Park Herself/Correspondent [25]

Music videos Edit

Year Song Director Album
2008 "Get Up" Lenny Bass The Sound
2010 "Teach Me How to Dougie" Yolande Geralds The Kickback
"Text" Kevin Shulman Mann's World

References Edit

  1. ^ "We the Party". April 6, 2012.
  2. ^ YouTube.
  3. ^ "Meanamorphosis (2012)". IMDb. April 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Simone Battle, Eliminated 'X Factor' Contestant, Releases Gay-Themed 'He Likes Boys' Music Video". The Huffington Post. October 26, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Leach, Robin (August 28, 2012). "Photos: New Pussycat Dolls lineup revealed as Robin Antin expands empire". Las Vegas Weekly. The Greenspun Corporation. Archived from the original on August 30, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Simone Battle's Death Ruled a Suicide due to financial issues". People. September 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "'X Factor' Star Dead -- Singer Simone Battle from 'G.R.L.' Dies at 25 ... From Apparent Suicide". TMZ. September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Simone Battle X Factor grl Suicide Depression". Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Instagram". Archived from the original on December 24, 2021.
  10. ^ Forrester, Katy (September 7, 2014). "Devastated Mel B pays tribute to Simone Battle after apparent suicide bid - star is still in shock". mirror.
  11. ^ "G.R.L.'s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull, Simon Cowell". Billboard. September 6, 2014.
  12. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the US:
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography G*R*L". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  14. ^ ">> IRMA << Welcome to our site >>". Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "DISCOGRAPHY G.R.L." New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  16. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  17. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Canada:
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie G*R*L". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  19. ^ "2014-05-17 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive - Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  20. ^ "Simone Battle - He Likes Boys". Uploaded by HeLikesBoysHD. October 24, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  21. ^ "Gold/Platinum Database - Music Canada" (To access certifications, enter the artist/title or search by date of the item you are looking for into one of the search parameters.). Canadian Recording Industry Association. November 24, 2014.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  23. ^ "Certified Awards Search: GRL". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (Enter "GRL" into the search parameter) on July 10, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  24. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles 8 September 2014". nztop40. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  25. ^ "Correspondent 4: Simone Battle". 2012. Archived from the original on January 14, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2012.

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