Kerli Kõiv ([ˈkerli ˈkɤ.iv] ( listen); born February 7, 1987), usually referred to mononymously as Kerli, is an Estonian recording artist and songwriter. Born in Elva in the final years of the Soviet occupation, Kerli entered multiple singing competitions before being signed to Island Records in 2006 by LA Reid. In 2007, she released her debut self-titled extended play and in 2008, released her debut studio album, Love Is Dead, the latter of which charted on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the album, "Walking on Air", charted in many countries and was also featured as the iTunes Store's Single of the Week where it was downloaded over 500,000 times, a record at that time. In the years following, Kerli was featured on Almost Alice with the song "Tea Party" and she began to abandon her alternative rock sound and started to adopt a more electronic and dance-influenced sound, wherein she released a single with producer tyDi titled "Glow in the Dark" and also joined the Warner/Chappell Music songwriting team.