Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American pop singer, songwriter, As Cyndi Lauper actress and LGBT rights activist. She achieved success in the mid-1980s with the release of the album She's So Unusual and became the first female singer to have four top-five singles released from one album. The Top 5 hits "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "She Bop", "All Through the Night" and number-one single "Time After Time" became some of the most important and influential singles of the 80s. The album earned Lauper two 27th Grammy Awards in 1985, including Best New Artist. She continued success with their follow-up, True Colors, which launched several more hits including the number-one single "True Colors", and earned her two nominations at 29th Grammy Awards.
Lauper has since released 11 albums, her most recent the acclaimed grammy nominated Memphis Blues which was Billboards biggest selling blues album of 2010. Lauper has also released over 40 singles, and as of 2011 had sold more than more 50 million albums worldwide, 1 million DVDs and 20 million singles. Throughout her career, Lauper has won numerous awards, including Grammy, Emmy, MTV VMA, Billboard and AMA, which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. In 1999, Lauper ranked #58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll by VH1.
Lauper was a founding member of Blue Angel, who released their debut album in 1980. The album was unsuccessful, causing Lauper to file for bankruptcy and the band's break up. In 1983, her debut solo album, She's So Unusual, was released. The album was a major success, achieving platinum and gold certification around the world and spawning the hits "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time" and "She Bop".
In 1985, Lauper released "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough", a single from the soundtrack to The Goonies, and her second album, True Colors, was released in 1986. True Colors was another successful album, along with the single of the same name and "Change of Heart". A starring role in the film Vibes in 1988 led to the release of "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)", which was a hit in Australia and New Zealand. Lauper's third album, A Night to Remember, was released in 1989. This album was less successful, despite the popularity of the first single, "I Drove All Night".
In 1992, Lauper appeared in the English version of Starmania, a French rock opera. She released a single from the musical, "The World Is Stone", which was a major hit in several countries, particularly France. Her album Hat Full of Stars was released in 1993, attaining gold certification in Canada and France, and platinum in Japan. Lauper's greatest hits compilation, Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some, was released in 1994, with the re-recorded version of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" reaching number four in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. A compilation of Lauper's music videos and an interview was released at the same time on VHS. In 1996, she released Sisters of Avalon, and an original album of Christmas songs, Merry Christmas...Have a Nice Life in 1998.
In 2001, Lauper planned to release another album, Shine, but the record company folded. An extended play version of the album was released to counter Internet piracy, and the full album was released only in Japan. In 2003, Lauper released her seventh studio album, At Last, and a live version in 2004 on DVD, Live... At Last.
In 2005, Lauper released The Body Acoustic, featuring new acoustic versions of her hits, such as a duet of "Time After Time" with Sarah McLachlan. Lauper's 2008 album, Bring Ya to the Brink, was her first release in seven years containing original material, and met with considerable success. In December 2008, she recorded the duet "A Christmas Duel" with Swedish pop band The Hives, released in Sweden only, where it reached number 4. Her most recent album is Memphis Blues, released in 2010. It turned out to be her highest-charting album on Billboard 200 since 1986 True Colors.