Bitter:Sweet is an electronic/trip-hop duo with jazz-like qualities from Los Angeles. The band is composed of Shana Halligan, who provides vocals and lyrics and composes the songs, and Kiran Shahani, who produces and composes the songs.
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They have been listed on the Top 10 on the iTunes Store electronic chart and have been placed on radio station KCRW's Top 5 Most Requested CD for the week of March 20, 2006. Additionally, they have been featured on the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada, in Episode 2 ("I Am a Tree") of Season 3 of Grey's Anatomy, in Episode 7 ("The Ringer") of Season 1 of Moonlight, in Episode 1 of Lipstick Jungle ("Pilot"), in Episode 17 ("Sleeper") of Season 7 of Smallville, in Episode 13 ("Betrayed") of Season 7 of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, the advertisements for Samantha Who? and Victoria's Secret (featuring the track "Dirty Laundry"), in the movies Because I Said So and Shoot 'Em Up, in a Zune advertisement (and the device itself), and also placed on MSN's list for "Ones to Watch". The song "Dirty Laundry" also appears on a commercial for the show "Greek" in the United Arab Emirates.
The duo was formed when Halligan answered an ad listed on Craigslist for a singer posted by Shahani, who, along with Rick Torres, had previously founded the Supreme Beings of Leisure. Their 11-track debut album, The Mating Game, was released April 4, 2006 under Quango Music Group.
In early 2007, Bitter:Sweet's The Mating Game won in The 6th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album. In summer of 2007, Bitter:Sweet released The Remix Game, featuring reworked versions of tracks from The Mating Game by renowned producers such as Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, Jed Smith and Skeewiff. These tracks were previously available only on vinyl, or unreleased.
In early February 2008, It was announced that the duo would release an album of new material called 'Drama', due for release June 3, 2008. A 30 second preview for their new song 'The Bomb', which was used as the theme music for Lipstick Jungle, could be heard on their MySpace page. On September 4, 2008 'The Bomb' was added to the download list for the game Tap Tap Revenge. An instrumental version of 'The Bomb' was used in the trailer for Tony Gilroy's Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. A slightly modified version of the song was used for the 2010 ad campaign for the Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah. Furthermore, 'Dirty Laundry' from the album 'The Mating Game' was used as an intro for the German television series 'Doctor's Diary' which started airing 2008.
In addition, Shana Halligan has recently performed and recorded with Nouvelle Vague and is featured on Serj Tankian's Imperfect Harmonies released in September 2010. She is also featured in Buckethead's "Waiting Hare", alongside Serj Tankian.