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Pop Music Artists
Transcript of Pop Music Artists
Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29 1958. He started his career in Motown with the band Jackson 5. In the end of the 60s and at the beginning of the next decade he was a member of Jackson 5, in 1971 he started his first solo career with the record “Off the Wall”. From then on he was one of the most successful artists in the history of the black music and one of the most successful solo artists in the history of music.After many successful songs Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009.
After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.
The Spice Girls consists of five singers - Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell. The group was initially the brainchild of a father and son management duo, Chris and Bob Herbert, who were keen to form a “girl band” that was capable of competing with the “boy bands” - such as Take That, Boyzone and Westlife - who dominated the British pop music scene in the early 1990s.
The Beatles were a rock and pop band from Liverpool, England that formed in 1960. During their career, the group primarily consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and skiffle, the group worked with different musical genres, ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. The band broke up in 1970, because John Lennon died.
The Rolling Stones
The epitome of pomp-rock in the Seventies and Eighties, Queen rocked radio and sports stadiums alike with booming, highly produced anthems like "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You." Onstage, the English quartet used elaborate sets smoke bombs, and flashpots — none of which were quite as captivating as the band's lead singer, Freddie Mercury, whose preening and over-the-top vocals helped make Queen wildly popular.
Estimates of ABBA’s worldwide sales vary from 300 – 400 million, making them the second most successful band of all time, after The Beatles. They were the first mainland European act to become regulars on the British, American and Australian pop charts. This helped pave the way for many other European acts and established Sweden in the mainstream music industry.
After sweeping the European charts, it took almost two years for the Florida vocal group Backstreet Boys to bring its teen-friendly music and arena-ready choreographed moves back to its home country. Selling over 55 million records worldwide in three years, the group embodied the late-'90s pop explosion.
Britney Jean Spears was born in McCom to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, Britney tried out for The All New Mickey Mouse Club, but was turned down due to her young age. This directed her to an off-Broadway show, "Ruthless", for a 2-year run as the title character. At age 11, she again tried for The All New Mickey Mouse Club and, this time, made it as a mouseketeer alongside many stars of today. Her big break, however, came when she was signed as a Jive Recording Artist in the late 90s. With the release of her debut album, "...Baby One More Time" in early 1999, Britney became an international success, selling 13 million copies of "Baby" and 9 million of her sophomore album, "Oops!...I Did It Again" was released in May of 2000.
Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on September 27, 1984. At 16, she moved to Manhattan and began work on her debut album. She dropped out of high school after the 11th grade when she secured a record deal. When Avril was almost 18, she released "Complicated" from her debut album titled: "Let Go," which went 6x platinum. As a petite skater girl from a small town, Avril has shown she is independent, full of confidence and determination, providing a good combination to make "Complicated" and Avril a musical breakthrough. "Complicated" went to number #1 on Billboards Top 100 while also earning her 5 Grammy nominations, MTV music awards, MTV European music awards and many more.
The longest performing rock band of all time, the Rolling Stones have greatly influenced rock and roll throughout the decades. Beginning as part of the British Rock Invasion of the 1960s, the Rolling Stones quickly became the “bad-boy” band with an image of wild behavior. After five decades together, the Rolling Stones have amassed eight #1 singles and ten consecutive gold albums.
Elvis Presley began his career as first performer of rockabilly, an up-tempo fusion of country music and rhythm and blues with a strong backbeat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing 'black' and 'white' sounds, made him popular - and controversial - as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog" later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop music. To date, he is the only performer to have been inducted into three separate music 'Halls of Fame'.
Stevie Wonder, born Steveland Morris, was made blind as the result of a hospital error soon after his birth. He began playing the harmonica at five, started piano lessons at six and then took up the drums at eight. For once in his life he ain't superstitious.
Prince is one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time, and also one of the most mysterious. In the Eighties, at a time when other megastars such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna, were delivering an album every three years or so, Prince remained prolific to an almost inhuman degree. A byproduct of his inexhaustible output was Prince's tendency toward wayward, self-indulgent career moves (like changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol in the Nineties) that sometimes alienated even his most ardent supporters.
New York-born Alicia Keys began taking piano lessons at age seven at her mother's insistence. She proved to be such a prodigy that she was later accepted into he prestigious Professional Performance Arts School of Manhattan, where she majored in choir. Not only her musical talent but also her grades proved to be so exceptional that she was allowed to graduate, as valedictorian, at age 16. In 1998, she signed with Arista Records, and wrote, produced and recorded her own albums. In 1999, she left Arista to join J Records, headed by legendary music impresario Clive Davis, and her success has been meteoric. Her 2001 debut album, "Songs in A Minor," sold six million copies and garnered five Grammys. Her album "Diary" won her four more Grammys in 2005.
Destiny's Child rose to become one of the most popular female R&B groups of the late '90s, eventually rivaling even TLC in terms of blockbuster commercial success. Their accomplishments came in spite of several abrupt personnel changes, which were accompanied by heated, well-publicized feuds in the media and the courts. In fact, for a time, Destiny's Child were known for that drama just as much as their music. Once the group stabilized again, though, they emerged with even more hitmaking power than ever before.
Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, and actress. At an early age, she began performing and singing Christian music, following in her parents’ footsteps. Later, Katy began to focus on mainstream music, and first gained recognition with her debut album, One of the Boys, in 2008. Three of the songs were hit Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs. Perry’s third album produced five number number one singles: “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and “Last Friday Night. Her California Dreams Tour earned nearly $60 million worldwide, and she has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards. She has sold 81 million digital tracks in the United States and 11 million albums worldwide. She has also began an acting career in 2011, appearing in The Smurfs as the voice of Smurfette. She also released her concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me, in July 2012.
One Direction is a band made up of five guys who all auditioned for The X Factor UK as solo artists in 2010 and did not make the cut. The guys were brought back to form a group by mentor Simon Cowell and took third place in the competition. One Direction was introduced to the US on a Spring 2012 tour with Nickelodeon act Big Time Rush and quickly sold out dates for their first headlining tour through 2013. They also sold out a show at Madison Sqaure Garden in minutes. One Direction has dominated American TV with appearances on Today and Saturday Night Live. It is estimated their empire is worth about $1 billion.
Nicki Minaj is an American singer and rapper. She was from Trinidad and Tobago, but moved to Queens, New York when she was five. After releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009, she was signed to Young Money Entertainment in August 2009. She released her debut album Pink Friday in November 2010. Her first album became a success, reaching to number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum. She also became the first female artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her single “Your Love” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, becoming the first female artist to top the chart since 2002. Minaj was named the 2011 Rising Star by Billboard. Her follow-up album Pink Friday, Roman Reloaded was released on April 3, 2012.
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