Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Katy 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: "I Kissed A Girl," "Hot n Cold," and "Waking Up in Vegas." Perry's third album produced five number number one singles: "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T.," and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." Her California Dreams Tour earned nearly $60 million worldwide, and she has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards. In 2013, Katy released her fourth album, Prism, which debuted as no.1 on the Billboard charts.
Singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York. Aguilera began her career as a cast member on The All New Mickey Mouse Club. She rapidly rose to stardom following the release of her hit single, "Genie in a Bottle," which earned her a Grammy Award for best new artist. Her other hit singles include "What a Girl Wants," "Come on Over Baby," "Lady Marmalade" and the sexually charged "Dirrty." In recent years, Aguilera has served as a coach and mentor on the singing-competition show The Voice.
In 1978, Prince released his debut album, For You, which was followed by Prince (1979), Dirty Mind (1980) and Controversy (1981)—all of which created controversy due to their fusion of religious and sexual themes. The singer found international success with the release of his 1982 album, 1999, and went on to create the film and album Purple Rain (1984). By the time he released his 11th studio album, Batman, in 1989, Prince had become one of America's most commercially successful pop artists.
The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (lead guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Nikolai Fraiture (bass) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums, percussion).
Upon the release of their debut album Is This It in 2001, the group met wide critical acclaim. Since then, the band has maintained a fan base in New York City and elsewhere in the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Ireland, Canada, France, Brazil and Australia. A number of members have embarked on a variety of side projects, though they regrouped for a fifth album, titled Comedown Machine, released on March 26, 2013. They have sold over 5 million albums.
Born in Flatwoods, Kentucky, Billy Ray Cyrus, once known for his country singing, hunky good looks and mullet hairstyle, went on to a career as an actor. His first album hit the top of the pop and country charts, driven in part of the success of "Achy Breaky Heart." In 2006, he took the role of the father of two in the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, which launched him into a new realm of fame.
Born in 1949, Steve Perry played in several bands before joining Journey in 1977. The band achieved tremendous pop rock success with its 1981 album Escape, which featured the now-classic "Don't Stop Believin'." As the group's lead singer, Perry became one of the era's most famous singers. He also had some hits on his own, including "Oh Sherrie." Perry left Journey in 1987, and except for a brief reunion, he remains a solo artist.
On September 23, 2008, Lovato released her debut album, Don't Forget. Several of the songs on the album were co-written by the Jonas Brothers. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. In promotion of this album, Lovato went on tour with the Jonas Brothers on their 2008 Burning Up Tour as the opening act. On July 21, 2009, Demi Lovato released her second studio album, Here We Go Again. Lovato released the 2011 album Unbroken, which featured the hit "Skyscraper." She put out her next record, Demi, two years later.
Nick Jonas was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1992. He began his career in theater as a young boy and was offered a recording contract as a teenager. Jonas formed the boy band the Jonas Brothers with two of his siblings and found great success while working with the Disney Company. Beyond the band, Jonas has gained notoriety as a solo artist and expanded his acting career to TV and movies.
Blind Melon is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California by musicians Rogers Stevens and Brad Smith, West Point, Mississippi transplants and Shannon Hoon, a native of Lafayette, Indiana. Active from 1990 to 1999 and 2006 onward. Best remembered for their 1993 single "No Rain", the group enjoyed critical and commercial success in the early 1990s with their neo-psychedelic take on alternative rock. After releasing two charting albums on Capitol Records and touring extensively, the band went on hiatus until officially disbanding four years later and embarking upon new projects. In 2006, the remaining members reunited and recruited new vocalist Travis Warren from the band Rain Fur Rent, producing a fourth album, For My Friends. Warren departed two years later, but again rejoined in 2010, allowing the group to return to performing and recording.
New Kids on the Block is an American boy band from Boston,Massachusetts. The band currently consists of brothers Jordanand Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. New Kids on the Block enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide. They won two American Music Awards in 1990 for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. The group disbanded in 1994. After secretly reuniting in 2007 and recording a new CD, the group released that new album entitled The Block, and embarked on a concert tour in 2008. The group was on tour with the Backstreet Boys in 2011–12 as NKOTBSB. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 9, 2014.
Born on February 19, 1963, in London, England, Seal went on to score a major U.K. hit, "Killer," before releasing his 1991 debut album. He's become an internationally renowned singer/songwriter with albums like Human Being and hits like "Crazy," "Prayer for the Dying" and "Kiss From a Rose," which won multiple Grammy Awards.
Born in Texas in 1987, actress/singer Hilary Duff came to fame as the title character on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. Wildly popular with the 'tween set, Duff turned herself into a popular franchise with films like The Lizzie McGuire Movie and A Cinderella Story. She also released several pop albums—her debut record, Metamorphosis, went triple-platinum—and her own clothing lines: Stuff by Hilary Duff and Femme for DKNY Jeans.
Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino-American hip hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. They are considered to be amongst the main progenitors of West Coast rap and Hip hop in the early 1990s, being critically acclaimed for their first three albums. The band has also been important for the advocacy of medical and recreational use of cannabis in the United States.
Jonathan Mortimer Smith (born January 17, 1971), better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, entrepreneur, DJ and actor. He was the frontman of the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, which he formed in 1997, and they released several albums until 2004. He then went solo and released a new album in 2010 titled Crunk Rock. He was also featured on Celebrity Apprentice during its 11th and 13th seasons.
Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962), best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has been married to model Elaine Starchuk and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.
Crazy Town (also known as CxT) is an American rap rock band, formed in 1995 by Bret Mazur and Seth Binzer. The band is best known for their 2000 hit single, "Butterfly", which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. As a group they have released three studio albums, The Gift of Game in 1999, Darkhorse in 2002 and The Brimstone Sluggers in 2015.
Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of the band members use pseudonyms and wear their own unique mask, most of which are based on the common hockey goaltender design. The band members currently consist of Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Danny, Funny Man, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears. Their third studio album, titled Notes from the Underground, was released on January 8, 2013. Their fourth studio album, Day of the Dead, was released on March 31, 2015. The group had the album available for pre-order on February 17. Up to the release of the album, the band released five new singles off of the album, "Usual Suspects", "Gravity", "How We Roll", "Live Forever", and "Disease".
Plain White T's (read as "plain white tees") is an American pop punk band from Lombard, Illinois, formed in 1997 by high school friends Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, Ken Fletcher and Steve Mast. The group had a mostly underground following in Chicago basements, clubs and bars in its early years. The band is best known in the USA for the number-one hit song "Hey There Delilah", which achieved platinum status in 2007 and earned two Grammy nominations, as well as "1234" and "Rhythm of Love", which were certified platinum in 2009 and 2011.
Roberto Agustin Trujillo (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβerto tɾuˈxiʎo]; born October 23, 1964) better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of American heavy metal band Metallica. He also was a member of crossover thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies, funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves, heavy metal band Black Label Society, and he has worked with Jerry Cantrell from the grunge band Alice in Chains, and Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. He is currently touring intermittently with experimental metal group Mass Mental.
Phil X is a prolific session guitarist, having played on albums by Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Orianthi, Rob Zombie, Chris Daughtry, Alice Cooper, Thousand Foot Krutch and many others. He wrote the song "Tired" and also played guitar on Tommy Lee's Tommyland: The Ride album. In 2011 Phil X substituted for Bon Jovi's lead guitarist Richie Sambora and filled in for Sambora on the US and Europe leg of the 2013 tour.
Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. They were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success. Their platinum-selling debut album, The Hurting, reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, while their second album, reached number one on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the US. Their second album contained two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "Shout" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"', the latter winning the Brit Award for Best British Single in 1986. Smith and Orzabal parted company in 1991, though Orzabal retained the Tears for Fears name throughout the remainder of the 1990s. The duo re-formed in 2000 and released an album of new material in 2004. Since 2013, the duo have been working on their seventh album. To date, Tears for Fears have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, including more than 8 million in the US.
Reginald Lucien Frank Roger "Reggie" Watts (born March 23, 1972) is a German-born American musician, singer, beatboxer, actor, keyboardist, comedian, and entertainer. Watts' improvised musical sets are created using only his voice, a keyboard, and a looping machine. Watts refers to himself as a "disinformationist", claiming to disorient his audiences. He performs regularly on television, radio, and in live theater. He appeared on the IFC television series Comedy Bang! Bang!, which began airing in 2012. He currently leads the house band for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer and songwriter. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured "Passionate Kisses", a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, which garnered Williams her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994. Williams recorded and released only one other album in the next several years (Sweet Old World in 1992) before her greatest success came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album presenting a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country, and Americana into a more distinctive style that still managed to remain consistent and commercial in sound. It went gold and earned Williams another Grammy while being universally acclaimed by critics. Since Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she has released a string of albums that have also been critically acclaimed, though none has sold in the numbers of her 1998 breakthrough. She was also named "America's best songwriter" by TIME magazine in 2002.
Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals). Switchfoot first gained mainstream recognition with the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. This recognition led to their major label debut, The Beautiful Letdown, which was released in 2003 and featured the hits "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move". It went on to sell over 2.6 million copies. They have since been noted for their energetic live shows, and their seventh studio album Hello Hurricane received a Grammy award in 2011 for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.
Aaron Richard Bruno is an American rock musician who is best known as the founder and lead singer of Awolnation. He is a former member of the post-grunge band Home Town Hero, the indie-pop group Under the Influence of Giants, and Insurgence. Awolnation is an American electronic rock band, formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno. Their first EP, Back from Earth, was released on iTunes on May 18, 2010. They released their first studio album, Megalithic Symphony, on March 15, 2011; it featured their most notable hit, "Sail", which peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart, and #5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The song has been certified 6× platinum by the RIAA and has sold 5,500,000 copies in the United States. As of December 16, 2014, the album has been certified Gold. The band's second studio album, Run, was released on March 17, 2015. Upon release, the album received harsh, often critical, but positive reviews, and currently holds a 68 out of 100 based on 6 critics on Metacritic.
Maybe the only musician who can say that both his parents have toured and recorded with Stanley Clarke, his mom was actually on a gig with Stanley the day Jimmy Paxson Jr. was born. No longer an infant, Jimmy has toured and/or recorded with Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Edgar Winter, Robben Ford, Rick Derringer, Ronnie Montrose, Sophie B. Hawkins, Rod Stewart, Tony Hawk's Anarchy Orchestra and many more. Jimmy's mother Sunnie Paxson played with Stanley throughout the 80's and appears on the "Find Out" album and Jimmy's father Jim Paxson Sr. toured and recorded with Stanley and Mike Garson, including Garson's 1991 album "Admiration."
Mark William Lanegan is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Lanegan began his musical career in 1984, forming the grunge band Screaming Trees with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel. During his time in the band, Lanegan also started a low-key solo career and released his first solo studio album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. Since 1990, he has released a further six studio albums and has received critical recognition and moderate commercial success. Lanegan has also collaborated with various artists and bands throughout his career, including with Kurt Cobain of Nirvana prior to the group's breakout success with their album, Nevermind.Following the dissolution of The Screaming Trees in 2000, he became a member of Queens of the Stone Age and is featured on five of the band's albums. Lanegan has a distinctive baritone voice that has been described "as scratchy as a three-day beard yet as supple and pliable as moccasin leather" and compared to Tom Waits.
Matt Chamerlain received his first set of drums at age 15, and studied with David Garibaldi, Murray Spivack, Chuck Flores, and Greg Bissonette. His first notable work was with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, with whom he toured and recorded from 1988 until 1991. In 1991 he briefly joined the band Pearl Jam and toured with them before the release of their début album Ten. After a season in the house band for Saturday Night Live, he moved to Seattle to start the out groove band Critters Buggin which is currently active. He has worked on combining live and looped drums, often creating loops on the fly and then playing along to them. Chamberlain has contributed his drumming to the tours and albums of Tori Amos, Morrissey, Fiona Apple, Dido, Sean Lennon,Macy Gray, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Tim and Neil Finn, David Bowie, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, the Saturday Night Live Band, Robbie Williams, Kanye West, Garbage, Shakira, John Mayer, Chris Isaak, Dave Navarro, Kevin Max and William Shatner. In 2005 he released a self-titled solo album on Web Of Mimicry Records.
William Reese "Will" Owsley III, known professionally as Owsley, was an American singer-songwriter. His two solo albums have won critical acclaim, and his debut album was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was the song "Threaten Me With Heaven" (posthumously). Owsley was also a record producer, a recording engineer, and the guitarist in Amy Grant's touring band.
The Mowgli's are an American alternative rock band from southern California. They are named after a former band member's dog Mowgli, itself named after the character from Rudyard Kipling's novel The Jungle Book. Four of the members are from the Calabasas area of northern Los Angeles County. Singer/guitarist Colin Dieden is from Kansas City, guitarist/singer Josh Hogan is from Oklahoma City, and guitarist Spencer Trent is from Nashville. Their song "San Francisco" reached number 13 on Billboard's alternative chart in 2013.
Taryn Manning is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and fashion designer. Manning made her film debut in the teen drama Crazy/Beautiful (2001), followed by a lead part opposite Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002), which garnered her mainstream attention. She then appeared in 8 Mile (2002), White Oleander (2002), A Lot Like Love (2005), and Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she earned critical acclaim. Manning has also had recurring roles in television on Sons of Anarchy and Hawaii Five-0, as well as a leading part as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.
Alternative hip-hop collective the Wylde Bunch earned favorable comparisons with OutKast for their funk-inspired, melodic approach. Formed in Los Angeles, the group's sprawling lineup -- MCs Tazzo, Speed, Rico, and Yung Dame, guitarist Pops, bassist V. Ray, drummer Ish, keyboardist Daniel, trumpeters Janey and B., saxophonist Corey, and backing vocalists Ken Folk and Byg Sexy. They continued playing together off and on during their respective collegiate careers, ultimately recording a home demo that earned significant attention in the local rap underground. After a copy landed with Arista A&R exec Kawan Prather, the Wylde Bunch signed to cut their 2004 debut LP, Wylde Times at Washington High. They also landed tracks on the soundtracks of the popular video games NBA Live 2005 and Madden NFL 2005, and successfully sued rapper Coolio for non-payment on an episode of television's Judge Joe Brown. The group resurfaced in 2006 with a pair of EPs (In the Meantyme... and Wylde Bunch).
Emily Jordan Osment is an American actress, singer, and songwriter born in Los Angeles, California. After working in several television films in her childhood, Osment expanded her repertoire into pop music and alternative/indie rock where she has recorded teen pop hits like "I Don't Think About It", "If I Didn't Have You" alongside her Hannah Montana co-star Mitchel Musso, and "Once Upon a Dream". Osment entered the world of music recording soundtracks for movie singles and Disney albums. According to an interview at the 2008 Grammys she was writing some songs together with Eve 6. In 2009 she signed with the Wind-up Records label and released "All the Way Up", the first single from her EP debut. Osment's debut album, Fight or Flight was released on October 5, 2010 via Wind-up Records. The lead single "Let's Be Friends" was released on June 8, 2010 and the second single "Lovesick" was released on October 19, 2010.
Formed in late 1997, Orgy consists of vocalist Jay Gordon, guitarist Ryan Shuck, guitar synthesist Amir Derakh, bassist Paige Haley, and drummer Bobby Hewitt. Their debut album, Candyass, was released in 1998. Their cover of New Order's "Blue Monday" and second single, "Stitches," instantly pushed them into the mainstream. Their experimental sci-fi sophomore effort Vapor Transmission, which hit number 16 on Billboard's Top 200, followed in 2000. Orgy's third album Punk Statik Paranoia was released in 2004. The band eventually went on hiatus.. In 2010, it was announced that Gordon was going to continue on under the Orgy name without any of the original members. The new lineup, consisting of guitarists Carlton Bost and Ashburn Miller, bassist Nic Speck, and drummer Jamie Miller, resumed touring and working on new material in 2012.
John Fields, Producer (Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys, Daryl Hall, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers).
Ryan Hewitt, Engineer (Lady Gaga, Harry Connick, Jr., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Cocker, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash).
Damien Lewis, Engineer (Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey).
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