Category:Jive Records artists
Recording artists released by Jive Records
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Recording artists released by Jive Records
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1. Jive Records – Jive Records was an American record label under the RCA Music Group formed in 1981 by Zomba Records. Formerly headquartered in New York City, the label was best known for a string of successes with hip hop artists in the 1980s, and also in teen pop and boy bands during the 1990s, jIVEs best-selling artists worldwide were the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears. Today, the Jive brand is being used under the Sony Music France division under the name JIVE Epic France. In 1971, South African musicians Clive Calder and Ralph Simon began a publishing and it was named Zomba Records and relocated to London, England, four years later, their first client was a young Robert Mutt Lange. Zomba originally wanted to record labels, choosing instead to focus on their songwriters and producers while allowing other established labels to release the material. Later that decade, the opened offices in the US. In 1981, Zomba formed JIVE Records, whose operations began with the release of British dance and pop music such as Q-Feel, A Flock of Seagulls and its name was inspired by township JIVE, a type of music that originated in South Africa. Davis had hoped that Zombas connection with Mutt Lange would help alleviate the difficulties Arista was having finding potentially successful rock acts. By 1982, Calder was introduced to Barry Weiss, a college graduate who took Calder out to hip-hop clubs in New York City for his job interview with Zomba. He was immediately impressed, Together, they began grooming musicians for what would eventually become Whodini, after two days, the group created and recorded its hit single Magics Wand. While the group would eventually leave JIVE, the success allowed the label to focus on hip-hop artists throughout the 1980s. In 1987, JIVE cut distribution ties with Arista, effectively separating them from Daviss authority, who eschewed hip-hop. As the 1980s drew to a close, the label entered a deal with RCA Records, by the late 1990s, JIVE began signing pop acts Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and Britney Spears. All three achieved massive success as the 2000s dawned, becoming the three best-selling acts in the labels history, in 1991, Barry Weiss became CEO and president of JIVE Records. After two decades, he left JIVE in March 2011 for Universal Music Group, the company was later reorganized with some artists moving to a restructured Epic Records, while others stayed with JIVE as it moved under the RCA Music Group. In April 2011, it was reported that Jay-Z had outbid executives at JIVE to acquire independent record label Block Starz Music. On October 7,2011, it was announced that JIVE, along with Arista and J Records would be shut down to refresh, all artists on those labels were moved to RCA Records. JIVE Records remains active in France as JIVE Epic, serving as the label for international popJive Records – Primary businesses
2. Aaliyah – Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, at the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankersons Blackground Records, Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Aint Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. After facing allegations of a marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her album, One in a Million. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die and she contributed to the films soundtrack, which spawned the single Try Again. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal, Try Again earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned and she released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001. On August 25,2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single Rock the Boat. The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and toxicology tests revealed that he had traces of cocaine, Aaliyahs family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Aaliyahs music has continued to achieve success with several posthumous releases. Aaliyah has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide and she has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames Princess of R&B and Queen of Urban Pop. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16,1979, in Brooklyn, New York, and was the younger child of Diane and Michael Miguel Haughton. She was African American, and had Native American heritage from a grandmother, at a young age, Aaliyah was enrolled in voice lessons by her mother. She started performing at weddings, church choir and charity events, when she was five years old, her family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she was raised along with her older brother, Rashad. She attended a Catholic school, Gesu Elementary, where in first grade, from then on, she was determined to become an entertainer. In Detroit, her father working in the warehouse businessAaliyah – Aaliyah in 2000
3. Kris Allen – Kristopher Neil Kris Allen is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes, Allens Idol coronation song, No Boundaries and his version of Heartless both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allens post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17,2009, the album debuted at number eleven on the U. S. Billboard 200. The albums lead single, Live Like Were Dying, was released on September 21,2009, Allens second major-label album Thank You Camellia was released on May 22,2012, and the lead single The Vision of Love was released March 26,2012. Allen released his studio album, Letting You In, on March 18,2016. Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Kimberly and Neil Allen and he is the elder of two sons, his younger brother, Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach. Allens interest in music very early. Additionally, he himself to play the guitar at age 13. His musical influences, as stated in his Idol confessionals, include the Beatles, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, Pat Monahan, John Mayer, Allen played publicly for several years before trying out for Idol, even opening for earlier Idol contestant Sean Michel on multiple occasions. He has described his decision to audition for American Idol as a last hurrah before giving up his pursuit of a music career. After high school, Allen moved to Conway, Arkansas, to attend the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a business major and a member of Chi Alpha campus ministries. During college, he participated in Christian missionary work around the world, including in Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. Allen also served as a leader for New Life Church in Conway and Little Rock, AR. He dropped out of college in the middle of his year to pursue music professionally, performing in local bars. Allen planned to go back to college to finish his degree and get a real job, Kris stated that If I had not made it through in American Idol, I would have gone back to college and gotten my business degree. Allen realized during college that he wanted to play music professionally and he worked as a shoe salesman at a sporting goods store during the day to make ends meet and continued playing gigs in Little Rock and Fayetteville at night. In 2007, Allen wrote and self-produced an album entitled Brand New Shoes with college friends and bandmates Michael Holmes and Chase Erwin. The albums title makes reference to Allens days as a shoe salesman, Allen auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky, with his brother Daniel, who did not make it to HollywoodKris Allen – Allen in New York City, June 2009
4. American Juniors – American Juniors is an American reality television singing competition series that was broadcast for one season, in 2003, on the Fox Network. However, unlike American Idol, the goal of the competition was not to find a single winner, in this way, American Juniors more closely resembled the British series S Club Search, which had produced the group S Club Juniors. The show spawned the singing group American Juniors, which disbanded in 2005 after lackluster sales, the show was taped in Hollywood, California. Two thousand children and teenagers auditioned for the show, from there, a selected group of kids and their parents were flown out to Hollywood to participate in Hollywood Week. During Hollywood Week, several took place, eliminating all but 20 of the children. These kids were shown on TV during 2 top-20 episodes, which each showcased 10 kids, for each top-20 episode, America voted for the 5 kids they wanted to see in the top-10. Once the top-10 was formed, America voted each week for the one contestant they wanted to put into the group, the results were aired the following evening with the next round beginning the following week. Taylor Thompson was the first contestant voted into the group and she was eventually followed by her younger sister, Tori Thompson, Chauncey Matthews, Lucy Hale, and Danielle White.9 million viewers on June 3, though the numbers dropped 40% toward the end of July. Nonetheless, the producers were satisfied of the teen demographic. A second season was planned for fall 2003, later postponed to the summer after American Idol, the show led to the creation of the five-member group American Juniors. The group made a appearance on the December 2003 American Idol Christmas special. Their debut album American Juniors was released on October 26,2004, the group American Juniors disbanded in 2005, after having received relatively little publicity. She returned to her musical roots after a number of years in 2014 with the release of the country album Road Between for Disney Music Groups Nashville label, in 2011, Tori and Taylor Thompson resurfaced on NBCs The Voice as a singing duet. They were selected and coached by Cee Lo Green but were voted off in the first live show, katelyn Tarver released a short-length album as well as her debut album Wonderful Crazy and her debut EP A Little More Free. She also got her big break in acting as Jo Taylor in Big Time Rush, jordan McCoy was signed to Diddys label, Bad Boy Records, having only released demos. She is currently part of the revival of the girl group, Dream. American Juniors at the Internet Movie DatabaseAmerican Juniors – American Juniors
5. David Archuleta – David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes, in August 2008 Archuleta released Crush, the first single from his self-titled debut album. The album, released three months later, debuted at two on the Billboard 200 chart, it has sold over 750,000 copies in the U. S. In October 2010 he released an album, The Other Side of Down. On March 28,2012, Archuleta left on a hiatus to be a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. As of February 2012, Archuleta has sold 1,108,000 albums and 3,327,000 tracks in the United States, in March 2012, Archuleta released his fourth album, Forevermore, exclusively in the Philippines. This was his first Original Pilipino Music album, composed of covers of Filipino songs. The album was certified gold in the Philippines as of June 2012, Archuletas fifth album, Begin, was released on August 7,2012, in the United States. His sixth album, No Matter How Far, was released on March 26,2013, Archuleta was born on December 28,1990 in Miami, Florida, to Lupe Marie, a salsa singer and dancer, and Jeff Archuleta, a jazz musician. His mother is from Honduras and his father is of Spanish–Basque, Danish, Irish, German and his family moved to the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, when he was six years old. He now lives in Murray where he attended Murray High School and he graduated from Murray High School in 2009. Archuleta earned his Eagle Scout award in 2010 of the Boy Scouts of America, when Archuleta, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was 21, he volunteered for two years as a full-time missionary in Santiago, Chile. Archuleta is also a graduate of Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Salt Lake City, Archuleta started singing at the age of six, inspired by a Les Misérables video. That musical is what started all of this, he said and he started performing publicly at age ten when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition, singing I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton, he won the Child Division. In 2003, when he was years old, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star SearchDavid Archuleta – Archuleta at the 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day on August 28, 2010
6. Ashanti (singer) – Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. Ashanti is known for her eponymous album, which featured the hit song Foolish. In 2003, the debut album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. Her second release achieved a certification and other top 10 singles. Later that year, she was acclaimed as the Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B by her label and capped off her debut by winning eight Billboard awards. Ashanti cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, since 2013, she is currently working on her own publishing company titled Written Entertainment. Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was born on October 13,1980, in Glen Cove and her mother, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former singer. Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana, in this nation, women have power and influence and her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s. Growing up, Ashanti took dance lessons and joined the church choir, Ashanti went to Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied different dance styles, including tap, jazz, ballet, African, modern, and hip hop. She danced with the Senior Pro Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, and she also performed at the 1994 Caribbean Awards and dancing with Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Ashanti also performed in the 1989 Disney television film Polly alongside stars Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jomecia Moore, by the time Ashanti hit puberty, her mother was sending out demo tapes of her singing and dancing. The family could not afford to go to a studio and record a demo, so when labels called. While attending high school, she began to write songs, as a teenager, she performed in a local talent show and at the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Carolines Comedy Club, and Greek Fest 2000. In her first major singing performance, Ashanti performed Yolanda Adamss More Than a Melody and she also appeared in a number of big-name music videos, in addition to other dance work. Ashanti got her first taste of acting as an extra in Spike Lees Malcolm X. She was also one of the students in the 3-2-1 Contact Extra, What Kids Want To Know About Sex and she also had a couple of minor appearances in music videos, such as KRS-Ones MCs Act Like They Dont Know as well as 8-Offs Ghetto Girl. When Ashanti was 16, she was discovered by P. Diddys Bad Boy Records, initially, she went to Bad Boy Records and sang one of Mary J. Bliges songs in front of P. Diddy and Biggie Smalls. After being impressed by her ability, Diddy had her sign to a development dealAshanti (singer) – Ashanti in February 2012
7. Backstreet Boys – The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie D, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. The group rose to fame with their international album, Backstreet Boys. In the following year released their second international album Backstreets Back. They rose to superstardom with their studio album Millennium and its follow-up album. After a two-year hiatus, they regrouped and released a comeback album Never Gone, after the conclusion of the Never Gone Tour in 2006, Richardson left the group to pursue other interests. The group then released two albums as a quartet, Unbreakable and This Is Us, in 2012, the group announced that Richardson had rejoined them permanently. In the following year they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released their first independent album, the group also released their first documentary movie, titled Backstreet Boys, Show Em What Youre Made Of in January 2015. The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the boy band in history. They are the first group since Sade to have their first nine albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and they also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22,2013. Howie Dorough and AJ McLean were natives of Orlando, Florida, the three, realizing that they could harmonize together, decided to form a trio. Cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, both from Lexington, Kentucky, sang in church choirs and festivals when they were children. Richardson moved to Orlando in 1990, where he worked at Walt Disney World, eventually, he met Dorough, Carter, and McLean through a co-worker, and the four decided to form a group. In the course of all this, Lou Pearlman in 1992 placed an ad in the Orlando Sentinel to compose a vocal group, McLean, who was the first to audition for Pearlman in his living room, became the groups first member. In January 1993, Pearlman held a casting call and hundreds of young performers auditioned at his blimp hangar in Kissimmee. Eventually, Carter, Dorough, and Richardson were selected after meeting Pearlmans expectations, Littrell flew from Kentucky to Orlando to formally join the group on April 20,1993, a day after receiving a phone call from Richardson about it. Thus, April 20 became their anniversary date, Pearlman decided to call them Backstreet Boys, after Orlandos Backstreet Market, an outdoor flea market near International Drive which was also a teen hangout. The Backstreet Boys had their very first performance at SeaWorld Orlando on May 8,1993, the group then continued to perform in various venues during summer 1993, from shopping malls, restaurants, to a high-profile charity gala in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaBackstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys, September 14, 2012. L to R: Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean
8. Priscilla Betti – Priscilla Betti, whose real name is Préscillia Betti, is a French singer, dancer and actress. She released her first single at the age of 12, and has released five albums, in 2008–2011 she played the main part in the French musical TV series Chante. Priscilla Betti was born on August 2,1989 into a living in Nice. She has no relationship with the composer Henri Betti and the opera singer Freda Betti. On September 25, she recorded her first single Quand je serai jeune for the record company BMG and that same year, Priscilla went to New York and met her idol Britney Spears. Spears presented her with a disque dor for her single Quand je serai jeune, Bettis first album, Cette Vie nouvelle, was released in June 2002. It was certified Silver in France for sales of 50,000 copies and her second album, Priscilla was released only six months after the first one, in December 2002. The albums first single, Regarde-moi was certified Gold in France for sales over 250,000 copies, Priscilla sold over 100,000 copies in France, and was certified Gold. Bettis third album, Une Fille comme moi, was released in early 2004, the first single, Toujours pas damour, peaked at number five on the French singles chart. The album peaked at eight on the album chart, and was certified a Gold disc in France. Bettis fourth album, Bric à brac, was released in the summer of 2005 and it peaked at number 20 on the French albums chart. Starting from February 2008 Betti played the part in the musical TV series Chante. on the channel KD2A. The fourth and last season aired in 2011, songs from the first season were released as Bettis fifth album, Casse comme du verre, in December 2007. The album peaked only at number 111 on the French albums chart, in the fall of 2014 Betti made her stage debut as the lead in a stage adaptation of the musical Flashdance which was shown in Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris until March 2015. 1999, Annie 2004, Albert est méchant 2008-2011, Chante. also known as Studio 24 Priscilla cest moi, Priscilla une étoile montante, Rouchon Ed. Pilot et Torta, Soleil Productions Ed, official fan site Priscilla Betti at the Internet Movie DatabasePriscilla Betti – Priscilla Betti
9. Michael Bolton – Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. He became better known for his series of pop rock ballads, Bolton was born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Helen and George Bolotin. He has a brother, Orrin, and a sister, Sandra and his family was Jewish, and all of his grandparents had been immigrants from Russia. His parents were divorced when he was very young and this first album was self-titled using his original family name of Bolotin. Early in his career he focused on hard rock, with his band Blackjack once opening for heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne on tour. Indeed, in 1983, Bolton auditioned for, but was denied, narrowly missing the Top 10 on the US pop chart, Branigan took the song to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks in 1983. The two sought to work each other again, and their next collaboration was when Bolton co-wrote I Found Someone for Branigan in 1985. Her version was only a hit, but two years later, Cher resurrected the song, and with it her own singing career. Bolton co-wrote several other songs for both singers, Bolton would achieve his greatest success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a singer on the adult contemporary/easy listening charts. One of his first major hits was his 1987 interpretation of the Otis Redding classic the Dock of the Bay, reddings widow, Zelma Redding, said she was so moved by Boltons performance that it brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, always interested in soul and Motown classics, Boltons success with that song encouraged him to tackle the standard Georgia on My Mind, with which he had another hit. In 1991, Bolton released the album Time, Love & Tenderness which featured his Grammy Award-winning cover version of When a Man Loves a Woman, as a songwriter, he has written and collaborated on several songs for other artists as well. Boltons last Top 40 single in the US in his own right was the 1997 hit Go the Distance and he hired conductor Larry Baird for his 2001 tour. In 2006, Bolton and his then fiancee Nicollette Sheridan sang a duet, The Second Time Around, in March 2007, Bolton toured South Africa for the first time. He was the act at Jacaranda 94.2 FMs two-day concert. For Over the Rainbow, an album which was recorded in five days, Bolton recorded the song New York, New York and this was for an episode of the TV series, Challenge Anneka. The proceeds from the album went to childrens hospices across the UK, Bolton performed a duet entitled Il Mio Amico with the Italian singer Anna Tatangelo at the Sanremo Music Festival 2008Michael Bolton – Bolton in Barcelona, Spain, January 2010
10. Boogie Down Productions – Boogie Down Productions was a hip hop group, originally composed of KRS-One, D-Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock. DJ Scott La Rock was murdered on August 27,1987, five months after the release of BDPs debut album, Criminal Minded. The name of the group, Boogie Down, derives from a nickname for the South Bronx section of The Bronx, the membership of BDP changed continuously throughout its existence, the only constant being KRS-One. From those beginnings, BDP members and collaborators included Lee Smith, Scott La Rock, D-Nice, Kenny Parker, Mad Lion, DJ Premier, Just-Ice, ICU Channel Live, McBoo, Ms. Melodie, Heather B. Scottie Morris, Tony Rahsan, Willie D. RoboCop, Harmony, DJ Red Alert, Jay Kramer, D-Square, Rebekah Foster, Scott Whitehill, Scott King, Chris Tait and Sidney Mills. BDP as a group essentially ended because KRS-One began recording and performing under his own rather than the group name. Original member Lee Smith, who has co-producer credit on the original 12” South Bronx single, was the last to be jettisoned by KRS-One. In the liner notes on BDPs 1992 album Sex and Violence, KRS-One writes, BDP in 1992 is KRS-One, Willie D, BDP is not D-Nice, Jamal-ski, Harmony, Ms. Melodie, and Scottie Morris. They are not down with BDP so stop frontin, steve Flash Juon of RapReviews. com claimed that this initiated the ultimate breakup of the group. The origins of hip-hop to many, including BDP, are believed to be from the Bronx, a rival hip-hop collective known as the Juice Crews lyrics were misunderstood to contain a claim in the song The Bridge that hip hop was directly a result of artists originating from Queensbridge. The Bridge Wars, however, were only short-lived, and after the death of Scott La Rock prior to the second album. While Criminal Minded contained vivid descriptions of South Bronx street life, producer Lee Smith was dropped and KRS-One adopted the Teacha moniker and made a deliberate attempt at creating politically and socially conscious Hip-Hop. BDP was hugely influential in provoking political and social consciousness in Hip-Hop however the group was overshadowed by the political hip hop group Public Enemy. Jamaican inspirations The Jamaican influence present in Criminal Minded is well illustrated by the use of the Mad Mad or Diseases riddim started in 1981 with reggae star Yellowmans song Zunguzung. BDP used this riff in the song Remix for P is Free, as an album regarded by many as the start of the gangsta rap movement, Criminal Minded played an important role in reaffirming the social acceptance of having Jamaican roots. BDP referenced reggae in a way that helped to solidify Jamaicas place in modern hip-hop culture, the influence of BDP in the creation and development of gangsta rap highlights the cultural significance and impact of the type of music BDP and other early hip-hop artists like it created. This subgenre of hip-hop is most closely associated with hard-core hip-hop and is misinterpreted as promoting violence. This misinterpretation or stigma is closely related to Boogie Down Productions, for instance, the cover art of Criminal Minded displays the two artists in this group brandishing drawn guns and displaying other firearmsBoogie Down Productions – Boogie Down Productions
11. Crystal Bowersox – Crystal Lynn Bowersox is an American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. She was the first female finalist in three years, Bowersoxs debut album, Farmers Daughter, was released on December 14,2010 by Jive Records. Bowersox released her album, All That for This, on March 26,2013. Bowersox and her twin brother, Karl, were born in Elliston, Ohio to Kelly Lynn Bowersox. Her parents divorced when she was two years old, at age six, Bowersox was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She attended Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio and later attended the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo and she was in choir and played flute in the school marching band. Bowersox performed her first professional gig at the age of 10 and she appeared at local bars in Toledo, most popularly Papas Tavern, and The Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio. At the age of seventeen, she moved to Chicago, where she played music as a busker at train stations, including the Washington and Lake Redline stops. She frequented open mics, such as the In One Ear show at the Heartland Cafe, and Uncommon Ground Clark and Grace and she also played extensively in Chicagos Lakeview neighborhood. According to Bowersox, she lived in poverty at this time, in 2006, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs chose Bowersox to represent Chicago folk musicians in the Sister Cities program Experience Chicago, held in Birmingham. In 2007, Bowersox traveled internationally on an independent small cafe tour, including Memphis, Oaxaca City, Ankara and she gave birth to a son, Anthony Levi Mason, in 2009, according to Bowersox, his father left her six weeks into her pregnancy. Bowersox auditioned for American Idol in Chicago, Illinois and she sang Piece of My Heart. Guest judge Shania Twain commented that she had a raw, natural talent, on March 2,2010, Bowersox was hospitalized due to Diabetic ketoacidosis from type 1 diabetes, forcing a last minute switch in scheduling to give her extra time to recuperate. Bowersox confirmed the illness on the May 19,2010 results show during an interview with host Ryan Seacrest, the men competed that day instead of the women. She sang the next day and impressed all of the judges, the following week, her strong performance prompted Simon Cowell to state, Right now, you are the one everyone has to beat. After Siobhan Magnuss elimination from the top 6 of American Idol, Bowersox is the first female contestant to make it to the finale since Jordin Sparks won the title in 2007. She is also the first contestant in American Idol history to have one of their songs played on the show. During her time on Idol, Bowersox dated Tony Kusian, on the final performance day, in Simon Cowells final critique on American Idol, he called her performance of Up to the Mountain outstanding and by far, the best performance and song of the nightCrystal Bowersox – Crystal Bowersox
12. Bowling for Soup – Bowling for Soup is an American rock band originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1994. The band consists of Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler, the band is best known for its singles Girl All the Bad Guys Want,1985, Almost, and High School Never Ends. Bowling for Soup has its origins in Wichita Falls, Texas, Burney and Chandler soon formed the Folkadots, while Wiseman formed Gary & the Wiseman. Burney and Chandler, along with Morrill, also formed the band Slaw, around this time, Reddick formed the band Terminal Seasons. Not too long after, Jaret Reddick and Lance Morrill formed coolfork, the band was in full swing by 1993, playing such venues as the Refuge. Morrill left the band in 1998 and was replaced by friend Gary Wiseman of Gary, the bands name was derived from a comedy act by Steve Martin. In 1996, Bowling for Soup relocated to Denton, Texas and in 1998 recorded their second album, third overall. The group released its first EP, Tell Me When to Whoa, the album sold over 10,000 copies, prompting Jive Records to sign the band. Bowling for Soups major label debut, was released on Jive in 2000, the album mostly contained re-recordings of the groups previous material along with a few new tracks and a cover of Bryan Adams song Summer of 69. Drunk Enough to Dance is Bowling for Soups second album with Jive Records and it was recorded at Tree Sound Studios and Sonica Recording in Atlanta and Big Time Audio in Dallas, Texas. One of the two singles, Girl All The Bad Guys Want, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 in the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category. Reddick considers the Grammies one of his moments, not for the nomination. A re-release in 2003 added Punk Rock 101, a cover of 1980s new wave band A Flock of Seagulls I Ran, an acoustic version of the song Belgium exists at the end of the album, as well as at the very end of the initial release. The cover of I Ran was used as the theme song of the anime television show Saint Seiya. The band appeared in the 2002 film Crossroads, playing at a graduation party, a Hangover You Dont Deserve followed two years later, and has become the bands only Top 40 album. Sales of the album were driven in part by the radio airplay of the single 1985. Mitch Allan, lead vocalist of SR-71, contributed backing vocals to the song,1985 became Bowling for Soups biggest hit in the U. S. reaching No.23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single from A Hangover You Dont Deserve, titled Almost, did chart on the UK Singles Chart, Top 100, and No.23 on U. SBowling for Soup – Bowling for Soup in 2008
13. Bullet for My Valentine – Bullet for My Valentine, often abbreviated as BFMV or B4MV, are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck, Michael Paget, Michael Thomas, former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James, both were on bass. They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their career by covering songs by Metallica. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released, two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine, financial difficulties dictated the name change, which was followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, the secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. The band has stated that their music is influenced by metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene, the album entered the U. S. Billboard 200 at number 128. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, the band made appearances at the Download Festival and Kerrang. XXV, and undertook a U. S. tour with Rob Zombie, Bullet for My Valentines second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was released on 29 January 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The bands third album, Fever, was released on 26 April 2010, on February 8,2013, the band released their fourth studio album, Temper Temper, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200. The band has sold one million albums in the United States. Awards category of Best British Band with three wins and they started playing Nirvana and Metallica cover songs. In 1999, the released their first ever EP, Better Off Alone. They released another two-track EP in 2002, You/Play with Me, the EP was financed through the Pynci scheme for new Welsh musicians and the release garnered radio airplay on BBC Radio 1s broadcast at Newports T. J. s. Jeff Killed Johns music followed the nu metal trend set by such as Korn. Shortly after, the band released another two-track EP titled Eye Spy, in 2003, their second EP was released titled Dont Walk Away. This was a promotional CD and was shipped to different record companies, bassist Crandle left the band on the eve of entering the recording sessions for the bands self-titled EP and was replaced by Jason James. In late 2003, they released their final EP before record labels began to notice their potentialBullet for My Valentine – Bullet for My Valentine performing at Ursynalia 2013 Festival, Warsaw, Poland.
14. Jonathan Butler – Jonathan Kenneth Butler is a South African singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music. Born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, during Apartheid, racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records. His first single was the first by a black artist played by radio stations in the racially segregated South Africa and earned a Sarie Award. He began touring at the age of seven when he joined a stage show. In 1975 his cover of Please Stay by The Drifters reached number 2 in South Africa, the same year his cover of I Love How You Love Me by The Paris Sisters reached number 4. Ill be Home reached number 16 in 1976, in 1978 he found the inspiration and encouragement to begin expressing himself as a composer and songwriter when he joined Cape Towns best known jazz/rock outfit, Pacific Express. Two albums were recorded with the Express personnel, and some Pacific Express songs were released on the 1988 7th Avenue album. All three releases were issued by Mountain Records, Butler was signed to Jive Records in 1977, and in the early 1980s he moved to the United Kingdom, where he remained for seventeen years. His single Lies, also reached the UK Official Singles Chart, peaking at number 18, spending 12 weeks, in total, in 2001, Butler was featured in a compilation album that was a jazz tribute to Bob Marley produced by Lee Ritenour, A Twist of Marley. Butlers contribution to the album was a cover of No Woman No Cry. Butler maintained a loyal following in the 1980s and 1990s, in South Africa. In 2006, Butler was a featured vocalist on the album Gospel Goes Classical, produced by University of Alabama at Birmingham music professor Henry Panion. This recording, featuring arrangements by Panion, Tommy Stewart, Michael Loveless, and Ray Reach, rose to No.2 on the Billboard Gospel chart and he was also nominated for a Grammy Award for his single Going Home. Also in 2008, Butler guest-starred on George Dukes Album Dukey Treats, alongside the late Teena Marie on the track Sudan, talking about the disasters of DarfurJonathan Butler – Jonathan Butler in 2007
15. Nick Cannon – Nicholas Scott Nick Cannon is an American rapper, actor, comedian, entrepreneur, record producer, radio and television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild N Out and he acted in the films Drumline, Love Dont Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce. As a rapper he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single Gigolo, in 2007 he played the role of the fictional footballer TJ Harper in the film Goal II, Living the Dream. In 2006, Cannon recorded the singles Dime Piece and My Wife for the planned album Stages, Cannon married American R&B/pop singer, Mariah Carey in 2008. He filed for divorce in December 2014, after six years of marriage, the divorce was finalized in 2016. Cannon was born on October 8,1980, in San Diego, Cannon was largely raised by his paternal grandfather, whom both he and his biological father called dad. Growing up in Lincoln Park, a notorious neighborhood in Southeast San Diego, Cannon avoided gangs. Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his fathers local cable access program. As a teenager, Cannon formed the rap group Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad with his friend Steve Groves, they opened for the likes of Will Smith, LFO,98 Degrees, and Montell Jordan. After signing with Jive Records in 2001, he was featured alongside Romeo Miller and 3LW on the Jimmy Neutron and his debut self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single Your Pops Dont Like Me. In 2005, Cannon formed his own label, Can-I-Ball Records, with plans to release his second studio album, entitled Stages. The albums first single, Can I Live, a pro-life song, was released in July 2005 followed by the second single Dime Piece in March 2006. It was never released because of Nick Cannons acting career, in 2009 Nick Cannon formed a new label after cancelling his old label Can-I-Ball Records entitled NCredible Entertainment. In 2010, Cannon created a parody of hip hop pioneer Slick Rick entitled Slick Nick, on December 6,2011, Nick Cannon released his debut mixtape entitled Child of the Corn. The albums second single Looking for a Dream was released on February 11,2014, the music video was released on VEVO on February 13. On November 16,2016, Nick Cannon released his second mixtape The Gospel of Ike Turn Up, prior to the release of the mixtape, a music video for the single If I Was Your Man was released on November 7,2016. The song features Jeremih and the video features a cameo appearance by Chili of TLC. On December 2,2016, Nick Cannon released a single called Hold On on iTunes, in 2005, Cannon created, produced, and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild N OutNick Cannon – Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala on May 7, 2010
16. Aaron Carter – Aaron Charles Carter is an American singer. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen, born in Tampa, Florida, Carter began performing at age seven and released his self-titled debut album in 1997. Carters next album, Oh Aaron, also went platinum, in 2002, followed by his 2003 Most Requested Hits collection. He has since appeared on Dancing With the Stars, the Broadway play The Fantasticks, Carter released a single, Fools Gold, on April 1,2016 and an EP titled LøVë on February 10,2017. Aaron Charles Carter was born on December 7,1987, at the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, the family was originally from New York City, where his older brother Nick, of the boy band Backstreet Boys, was born. In addition to his brother Nick, he also has three sisters, twin sister Angel, B. J. and Leslie, Carter is named after his paternal grandfather, Aaron Charles Carter, and his maternal grandfather, Douglas Charles Spaulding. Carter attended the Frank D. Miles Elementary School and the Ruskin School in Florida, on February 21,2008, Carter was arrested in Kimble County, Texas, when he was pulled over for speeding, and authorities found less than two ounces of marijuana in his car. Carter began his career at the age of seven, as the lead singer of Dead End. He left the band two years because they were interested in alternative rock while Carter was interested in pop. Carter made his first solo appearance, singing a cover of The Jets Crush on You, the performance was followed by a record contract, and in the fall of 1997, he released his first single, Crush on You. His first full-length album was released on December 1,1997, the eponymous debut album achieved gold status in Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada, and Germany, and was released in the United States on June 16,1998. Carters next album, Aarons Party was released in the United States on September 26,2000 under the Jive label, the album sold more than three million copies in the United States and was certified 3x platinum by RIAA. The album included the hit singles, I Want Candy, Aarons Party, Thats How I Beat Shaq and Bounce and he also made several guest appearances on Nickelodeon and performed as opening act in several concerts for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. In December of that year the album went platinum and he began dating teen actress Hilary Duff, in March 2001, he made his acting debut, guest starring on an episode of the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. That same month, he and fellow teen star Samantha Mumba performed a concert in MGM studios live on Disney Channel, titled Aaron Carter, Aarons part of the concert was released to DVD that same month as Aarons Party, Live in Concert. In April 2001, he made his Broadway debut, playing JoJo the Who in Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens, play Along Toys also created an Aaron Carter action figure in conjunction with the albums release. Oh Aaron also went platinum that year and a live concert at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was released to DVD as Oh Aaron. Carters next album, Another Earthquake, was released on September 3,2002, during the Rock, Rap, the album featured the patriotic-themed America A. O. and the ballad Do You RememberAaron Carter – Carter performing at the Gramercy Theatre in 2014
17. Nick Carter (musician) – Nickolas Gene Nick Carter is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, record producer, author and video director. He is best known as a member of the pop group the Backstreet Boys and he has made occasional television appearances and starred in his own reality shows, House of Carters and I Nick Carter. He gained fame in the mid 1990s and early 2000s as a teen idol and he is also the older and only brother of singer Aaron Carter. Nickolas Gene Carter was born in Jamestown, New York, where his parents, Jane Elizabeth Schneck and Robert Gene Carter, several years later, the family moved to Ruskin, Florida and managed the Garden Villa Retirement Home, where they added to the family. Carters siblings are Bobbie Jean, Leslie, and twins Aaron, Carters father has a daughter, Ginger Carter, from a previous marriage. His father remarried to Ginger R. Elrod in 2004, and had a son, Kaden Brent and he performed in several commercials, such as the Florida State Lottery and The Money Store. He played the role in the fourth grade production of Phantom of the Opera at Miles Elementary School. He also did a video called Reach For The Book. He also made an appearance in the 1990 Johnny Depp film Edward Scissorhands as a child playing on a Slip N Slide, one of his dance teachers, Sandy, placed him in his first group called Nick and the Angels. Between 1989-1993, Carter covered a number of popular songs by other artists, including Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and Uptown Girl. These recordings ended up on a release called Before the Backstreet Boys 1989–1993 by Dynamic Discs. It is revealed that through several auditions, Nick met AJ McLean and Howie Dorough, after a troubled upbringing, he put in a winning performance on the 1992 New Original Amateur Hour at age 12. At 11 years old, Carter also auditioned for Disneys The Mickey Mouse Club and he was not chosen right away to be a part of the Backstreet Boys because his mother Jane wanted him to join The Mickey Mouse Club so that he could stay in school. A week later, he was asked to join the group and was given the choice of either joining The Mickey Mouse Club with a $50,000 contract or this new music group, Nick chose to go with the group instead. The Mickey Mouse Club was cancelled a few years later, after he joined the group, he had his own personal tutor on tour. At only 13 years old, Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, the group has recorded several albums, beginning in the mid-1990s, the latest being 2013s In a World Like This. In March 2016, the announced that they will begin an exclusive headlining residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas called Backstreet Boys. In 2002, when the Backstreet Boys expressed a desire to leave their management company, The FirmNick Carter (musician) – Nick Carter performing in Canada on August 19, 2012
18. JC Chasez – Joshua Scott JC Chasez (/ˈʃɑːzeɪ/ is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and occasional actor. He also served as a judge for Americas Best Dance Crew, Chasez was born on August 8,1976, in Bowie, Maryland. He was raised as a Mennonite and he has a younger brother, Tyler, and a younger sister, Heather. Chasez attended the former Robert Goddard Middle School and then Bowie High School and he always danced when he was a child. As a child, Chasez was extremely shy, but when a friend bet him $20 to enter a talent show, he won the contest and soon realized he had a knack for performing and that he really enjoyed singing. In 1989, his mother Karen Chasez noticed an ad in the Washington Post announcing auditions for Disneys The Mickey Mouse Club. He chose to audition, selecting the song Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx, Chasez was soon cast as a performer in the fourth season and stayed until the shows cancellation in 1996. Since there was another Mouseketeer named Joshua, Chasez went by his first and last initials, JC and he wrote the song Give In To Me when he was 18 in 1994 and he sings the lead on it on Euge Grooves debut CD. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake were the two singers of what would become the popular boy band NSYNC. The group was formed in 1995 and became popular in Europe in 1996, in 1998, the band released its debut album *NSYNC which sold 11 million copies and became very popular in the United States. After the band had a series of struggles with manager Lou Pearlman. They released their studio album No Strings Attached in 2000. They held this record until 2015 when Adele surpassed the sales record with her third album 25. Singles from the No Strings Attached album included Bye Bye Bye, This I Promise You, It Makes Me Ill, the band produced their third studio album, Celebrity in 2001, which sold 1.8 million copies in the first week. After the groups Celebrity Tour in 2002, the decided to take a hiatus. During this time, Chasez produced his own album, Schizophrenic, the band never formally disbanded, but since 2004, they have not reunited for any musical purposes, and there have been mixed reactions as far as whether the reunion would happen. In August 2013, JC rejoined with Timberlake and the rest of NSYNC for a performance at the MTV Awards. During NSYNCs scheduled hiatus, Chasez pursued work as a songwriter and producer and his first solo single, Blowin Me Up, co-produced by Dallas Austin, was released on the 2002 Drumline soundtrackJC Chasez – Chasez at Bryant Park in September 2007
19. Ciara – Ciara Princess Wilson, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. It was at this time Ciara was noticed for her songwriting, in 2002, Ciara met music producer Jazze Pha. With his help, she signed a deal with LaFace Records. In 2004, Ciara released her studio album Goodies, which spawned three hit singles, Goodies,1,2 Step, and Oh. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. She released her studio album, Ciara, The Evolution, in 2006 which spawned the hit singles Get Up, Promise. The album reached number one in the U. S. and was certified platinum and her third studio album, Fantasy Ride, released in 2009, was considerably less successful than Ciaras first two albums. However, it produced the international top-ten single Love Sex Magic featuring Justin Timberlake, the following year, Ciara released her fourth studio album Basic Instinct, which was met with low sales and continued a downward trend in her commercial performance. In 2011, she signed a new deal with Epic Records. In 2015, Ciara released her sixth album Jackie, which included the singles I Bet, the album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and sold 19,000 copies, which made it her lowest first-week album sales to date. Ciara has also transitioned into acting in 2006 she made her film debut it All Youve Got, followed by Mama, I Want to Sing. in 2013, Ciara had a recurring role in the US TV series, The Game. Since making her debut in 2004, Ciara has attained eight Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles. She has also earned awards and accolades, including three BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MOBO Awards, and one Grammy Award. To date, Ciara has sold over 23 million records worldwide, Ciara was born in Austin, Texas on October 25,1985, the only child of Jackie Harris and Carlton Harris. An army brat, she grew up in Germany, New York, Utah, California, Arizona and she was named after the Revlon fragrance Ciara which was introduced in 1973 and is still sold today. During her teens, Ciara and her family moved to Atlanta, in her mid-teens, Ciara formed the all-girl group Hearsay with two of her friends. The group recorded demos, but as time went on, they began to have differences, despite this setback, Ciara was still determined to reach her goal and signed a publishing deal as a songwriter. Her first success was the song, Got Me Waiting for R&B singer Fantasia Barrinos debut album and it was when she was writing songs that she met music producer, Jazze Pha, whom she called her music soulmateCiara – Ciara
20. Crustified Dibbs – Thorburn, better known by his stage name R. A. the Rugged Man, is an American rapper. He began his career at age 12, building a reputation locally for his lyrical skills. After a nine-label bidding war for his services, R. A. signed to major label Jive Records at age 18, eventually R. A. and the label parted ways. His first album, Night of the Bloody Apes, was never released. Since then, he has worked with the likes of Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, and Notorious B. I. G, as well as producers Erick Sermon, Trackmasters, DJ Quik, The Alchemist, J-Zone, and Ayatollah. He was featured on all three of Rawkus’s Soundbombing albums, as well as the platinum-selling WWF Aggression album, after a brief stint on Capitol Records, R. A. signed with independent label Nature Sounds and released his official debut, Die, Rugged Man, Die. In 2013, R. A. released his second album, the album was released on April 30,2013 by Nature Sounds. In addition to his hip hop career, Thorburn has been active as boxing commentator and he has contributed to Vibe, King, Complex, Rides, XXL, The Source, The Ring, among others. He wrote and produced the cult film Bad Biology, and also hosts the web series Film School on MTVs Film. com, in 1992, Thorburn signed with Jive Records, then in the mid-1990s signed with Priority Records/EMI. His contract was absorbed by Capitol Records but he began recording independently in the early 2000s. He has worked with MCs such as The Notorious B. I. G and he was featured on all three of Rawkus’s Soundbombing albums, as well as the platinum-selling WWF Aggression album, performing the theme song for Chris Jericho. In Ego Trip Vol.1, Issue 3, the Notorious B. I. G. was quoted as saying, I thought I was the illest, in 2004 he released his first album Die, Rugged Man, Die on the Brooklyn-based label Nature Sounds. Rolling Stone Magazine recently compared Thorburns rap flow to that of a blue-eyed Biggie Smalls, when reviewing his song On the Block, Vibe Magazine said, I love this song. A horror film fan, Thorburn has written three screenplays with cult film director Frank Henenlotter and is writer-producer of the Henenlotter film, Bad Biology. The film has a score by Josh Glazer with additional production by Prince Paul. Thorburn is working on his debut, a film based on his family, God Take. Thorburns second studio album Legends Never Die was released on April 30,2013, guest appearances include Brother Ali, Masta Ace, Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Hopsin, Eamon and Krizz Kaliko. His first single of the album was The Peoples Champ, the second single was Learn Truth FeatCrustified Dibbs – R.A. the Rugged Man in 2013
21. Detroit Grand Pubahs – The Detroit Grand Pubahs are an American musical group from Detroit, Michigan, comprising Paris the Black Fu and The Mysterious Mr O. One of the members, Dr. Toefinger, left in 2004. They are best known for their 2000 single Sandwiches, which reached number 29 in the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, the group were nominated for Outstanding Funk Artist / Group at the Detroit Music Awards in 2002. Rolling Stone called them a group to watch and this dynamic duo never ceases to amaze with creative use of found sound, foreboding vocals, and bizarre costumes. The group run their own label, Detelefunk, on which they release their own music. Both of the Pubahs started in music at an early age, vocalist Goudy began DJing at a similar age, having been influenced by Jeff Mills radio mix shows. After leaving school, Toth took a job as an engineer at a local recording studio, while Goudy continued to DJ and sing as one half of Heckle and Jeckle. While both were active on the Detroit scene, they did not meet until they happened to be working in the same restaurant in Michigan. They got together and started producing music, their first release was Sandwiches – released in 2000 on Throw Records – and as its popularity spread, in 2001, they continued to tour their live act and released their debut studio album, Funk All Yall, on Intuit-Solar. More singles, 2003s The Clapper and 2004s Big Onion, followed on Poker Flat Recordings, the Pubahs second album, Galactic Ass Creatures from Uranus, was released in 2004. At the same time, Toth left for other adventures and was replaced by The Mysterious Mr O, after that, they continued to tour. In 2006, they hired Domguè as saxophone player and Mo T as guitarist for their live shows, for some live shows, a new drummer, Emeric Di Paolo, plays with them. The third album, Nuttin Butt Funk, was released in 2008 on their own label Detelefunk, Funk All Yall Galactic Ass Creatures from Uranus Nuttin Butt Funk Madd Circus BUttFUnkula and the Remixes from Earth Detelefunk Vol.1 The Mad Circus E. P. The Galactic Ass Creatures from Uranus Ride BUttFUnkula and the Remixes from Earth Vol.1 BUttFUnkula and the Remixes from Earth VolDetroit Grand Pubahs – Detroit Grand Pubahs performing live.
22. D-Nice – He discovered Kid Rock in 1988, landing him a deal with Jive Records. D-Nice currently works as a DJ as well as a photographer and he shot the album covers for albums such as Carl Thomas 2007 album So Much Better and Pharoahe Monchs 2011 album W. A. R. He has a daughter, Ashli Lyric Jones, from a previous relationship, in August 2008 he married actress Malinda Williams but the couple separated in October 2009. In February 2010 the couple filed for divorce and the divorce was finalized on June 14,2010D-Nice – D-Nice in June 2005
23. Dolla (rapper) – Roderick Anthony Burton II, better known by his stage name Dolla, was an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Burton embarked on his career in 2000, with hip hop group Da Razkalz Cru. The group quickly disbanded, and Burton went on to work as a model for the Sean John clothing line, in 2007, Burton signed to Akons Konvict Muzik label. Burton released three singles from 2007 to 2009, the first, his commercial debut single Who the Fuck is That. Featuring Akon and T-Pain, charted on the Billboard Hot 100, on May 18,2009, Burton was shot to death at the valet stand of the Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles, and Aubrey Berry was arrested for his murder. Berry was acquitted on all charges, Burton was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 25,1987 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Burton had a brother, but his twin brother died at birth. When Burton was five, he and his sister witnessed their father committing suicide by shooting himself and he formed a rap group, Da Razkalz Cru, going by the name Bucklyte with Scrapp Deleon then known as Scrappy and SAS. They would later make up The Gang with a rapper named Streetz and they signed with Elektra Records in 2003 and released the single So Fly. So Fly did not bring the success that was desired and the group was dropped from the soon after. Under the stage name Dolla, Burton signed to Akons Konvict Muzik label in May 2007 and his song Feelin Myself was featured on the Step Up in 2006 and was a bite of the Mac Dre song of the same name. He made his debut with the single Who the Fuck Is That, which was his highest chart appearance, reaching #82 on the Billboard Hot 100, the edited version substituted the profanity with heck. He followed his debut single up with a promo single Im Fucked Up in the summer of 2008. A third single, entitled Make a Toast, featuring Julian and it has peaked at #101 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song Make a Toast was released again with the feature of Lil Wayne and his final appearance was in Ciaras video for her single Never Ever. After recording a song called So Fly with fellow rapper, T. I, a video was released on YouTube with the artists together a week before his death. On October 20,2008, he was arrested in Atlanta on weapons charges, Burton flew to Los Angeles to record the rest of his debut album, and he was shot on May 18,2009, at approximately 3,10 pm by 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry. Burton was with Scrapp Deleon and friend DJ Shabbazz when the incident occurred and he was pronounced dead at the hospitalDolla (rapper) – Dolla
24. E-40 – Earl Stevens better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Vallejo, California. He is a member of the rap group The Click. He has released studio albums to date, appeared on numerous movie soundtracks. Initially an underground artist, his 1995 solo album In a Major Way opened him up to a wider audience, beginning in 1998, he began collaborating with more mainstream rappers outside of the Bay Area. He rose to even higher popularity in 2006 with his single Tell Me When to Go which was produced by Lil Jon. Earl E-40 Stevens graduated from Dr. James J. Hogan Senior High School in Vallejo, E-40 made his rap debut in 1986, with the EP Lets Side as a member of The Click. The EP was co-produced by Mike Mosley and Al Eaton and was released on Sick Wid It Records, in 1992 they released second album, Down and Dirty, and in 1993 E-40 made his solo album debut. Federal, a nine-track LP/14-track CD produced by Studio Ton and released by Sick Wid It Records in association with SMG, after a talent show at Grambling State University, the emcee and his cousin B-Legit decided to attempt a career in rap. Together, and with his sister Suga-T, they released their 1993 mainstream radio hit Captain Save a Hoe and they moved back to Vallejo and teamed up with D-Shot, E-40s brother, to form the group MVP or Most Valuable Players. E-40s gospel singing uncle helped them put out the record, Suga-T was then added to the group to form The Click. Thus, six solo albums were to follow, beginning with In a Major Way in 1995 as well as remastered versions of E-40s independent Sick Wid It recordings from previous years. In a Major Way was regionally well-received, with guest spots by such rappers as Tupac Shakur and Mac Mall, as well as his son Droop-E. His collaboration with southern rappers continued in 1998, when he was given guest appearances on albums by Southern rappers, including Lost by Eightball, in 2003, E-40 began hosting E-Feezy Radio, a weekly program San Francisco hip-hop radio station KMEL that showcased Bay Area hip hop. KMEL regularly broadcast the program until 2008, after completing a deal with Jive Records he signed with Lil Jons BME Recordings and Warner Bros. After the signing, he appeared on Lil Jons single Snap Yo Fingers, also featuring Sean P of YoungBloodz, which became a hit reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Afterwards, his single Tell Me When To Go, featuring Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak, became popular throughout the United States, publicity for E-40 was achieved through the MTV special My Block, The Bay. He later released U And Dat in April 2006, featuring T-Pain and Kandi Girl and his album My Ghetto Report Card debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 200 on March 14,2006. Released through Sick Wid It/BME/Warner Bros, Records, the album was produced by Lil Jon, Rick Rock, and E-40s son, Droop-EE-40 – E-40
25. Livvi Franc – Olivia Charlotte Waithe, better known by her stage name Livvi Franc, is a British Barbadian singer-songwriter. Franc was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England to an English mother, Francs stage name was inspired by her late maternal grandfather, Frank Wilson, she explained to Flavour Magazine that he had noticed me playing the piano and predicted I was going to be a musician. So, in honour of him, I called myself Livvi Franc, Livvi because it’s my nickname, when Franc was five, the family moved to Barbados, because her parents decided that their daughters, Franc and her elder sister, should experience their Barbadian heritage. They would return to England during the summer holidays, Franc wrote her first song at age eleven and learned the guitar at fifteen and sang in school talent shows and pagaents growing up. Francs first manager discovered her when a friend of Francs who babysitted for her gave her one of Francs cassette tape demos, Franc then went on to record proper demos in studio in Barbados and Miami, where she met her next manager. Soon after, she was in New York meeting label heads and she finally signed with Jive Records, after months of negotiations, after singing an Etta James song for them. Prior to signing with Jive, Franc had gone three years of artist development and attended workshops on it. She had attended Queens College in Barbados, jordin Sparks recorded a song written by Livvi Franc, Walking On Snow, Franc has also written for Cheryl Cole, Kelly Clarkson, Marié Digby, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Cher Lloyd. Francs debut single, Now Im That Bitch was released in the summer of 2009, the song topped the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and became a top 40 hit in New Zealand and the UK. Another song, This Is a Raid appeared on the reboot of Melrose Place, Franc released her second single named Automatik. Produced by RedOne, the peaked at #6 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. During the end of 2010, the album was shelved by Jive and so Livvi left Jive Records. In a UStream session, Franc said she is delaying working on her own album, Franc has listed Nelly Furtado, Alicia Keys, Alanis Morissette as her influences and System of a Down as one of her favourite bands saying ‘I listen to everything. ‘It’s all the different sides of me come together… There are a couple of tracks with a reggae vibe. It’s different and it all falls into place, notes ^a signifies promotional single Official websiteLivvi Franc – Livvi Franc
26. Fu-Schnickens – Fu-Schnickens were an American hip-hop trio. Similar to Das EFX for its lyrics and near-constant allusions to pop culture staples. The Fu-Schnickens popularity was brief but significant in hip hop history and their best-known track is 1993s Whats up, Doc. which featured basketball star Shaquille ONeal. Fu-Schnickens was composed of Chip Fu, Moc Fu, and Poc Fu, Fu stood for unity and schnicken was a made-up word that meant coalition. The three friends from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, first gained attention after performing at a hip hop event at Howard University, after which the group was signed by Jive Records. The groups debut single, Ring the Alarm, hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart in 1992, which sparked anticipation for the groups debut album, F. U. Furthermore, with the hit singles La Schmoove and True Fu-Schnick, in 1993, Fu-Schnickens began work on its second album. The group recorded a song called Whats up, Doc. which featured a sample of Bugs Bunny saying his famous catchphrase. But the group could not get sample clearance from Warner Bros. so the song was shelved, meanwhile, the then-rookie NBA star Shaquille ONeal was a media sensation. In many interviews, he talked about his love of hip hop music and this prompted the group to contact ONeal for a collaboration. ONeal recorded a verse that was added on to the already-recorded Whats up, Doc. with the group and ONeal saying Whats up, although the group had not yet completed work on its album, the song was quickly released as a single to capitalize on ONeals popularity. The single was a hit in the summer of 1993. The groups second album, Nervous Breakdown, did not arrive until 1994, Fu-Schnickens is also notable for its many references to martial arts films and Asian culture before Wu-Tang Clan, which eventually helped make such references popular in hip hop music. Dont Take It Personal Nervous Breakdown Greatest Hits Ring the Alarm La Schmoove True Fuschnick Whats Up Doc, Breakdown Sum Dum Munkey Fu-Schnickens at AllMusic Fu-Schnickens Music VideosFu-Schnickens – Fu-Schnickens
27. Groove Armada – Groove Armada are an English electronic music duo, composed of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay. They achieved chart success with their singles I See You Baby, the group has released eight studio albums, four of which have charted in the UK Albums Chart top 50. Groove Armada first formed in the mid-1990s after both Cato and Findlay had been introduced by Catos wife and soon started their own club, also called Groove Armada, after a 1970s discothèque. By 1997 they had released a few singles, including 4 Tune Cookie and the song that first brought them fame, At the River. The song went on to be one of Groove Armadas best-known tracks and has found on numerous chill out compilations. It also included At the River which was re-released as a full-fledged single, an album of remixed tracks from Vertigo entitled The Remixes followed in 2000, along with their contribution to the Back to Mine mix album series. An additional bonus track was released on their website entitled Fairport. Their song Madder was used in the 2003 video game Rayman 3, a greatest hits album, entitled The Best of Groove Armada, released in 2004 – the last of their releases with Pepper Records – before their studio album Soundboy Rock was released in 2007. Following the successful Soundboy Rock singles, an updated best-of set titled Greatest Hits was released in October 2007 and this was accompanied by GA10,10 Year Story, a 2CD rarities collection released in November 2007 to celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band. The band has spoken in-depth about the compilation, and cited it as an emotional experience, Groove Armada also released a collaboration with The Japanese Popstars through Strictly Rhythm, via Beatport, in April 2008. In the same year, Groove Armada engaged in a deal with Bacardi to distribute their new 4-track EP using a file sharing platform called B-Live Share, during 2009, Findlay and Cato repeatedly confirmed the existence of a pending new album. While on the Bacardi Express tour in Australia, Findlay said it will be called Black Light and is going to be the side of Groove Armada. The first single, released on 23 November 2009, was I Wont Kneel, featuring Groove Armadas new vocalist, the albums second single, Paper Romance, was released on 22 February 2010, and the album was released in Europe on 28 February. Andy Cato stated on the official Groove Armada blog that Ideas were flowing, go, Not Forgotten, Look Me In the Eye Sister, Superstylin got even larger. Groove Armada headlined Uber Cool festival at Jersey Live on 3 September, the duo embarked on a series of secretive living room sets, performing intimately across the country for audiences of close friends. Little information was given about these performances, but the tour kicked off in Brighton in late January,2011. In February 2014 the EP Pork Soda was released and it included three brand new tracks, Pork Soda, Hyde & Freak and Jack in Black. From 1995 to 2000, Andy Cato was part of the house music projects Mothers Pride and QattaraGroove Armada – Groove Armada performing in 2007
28. GS Boyz – GS Boyz were an American hip hop group from Arlington, Texas, formed in 2005. Alexander, the Founder of MWN Music Group, the members of GS Boyz were friends at Bowie High School in Arlington. GS Boyz had many hits in its early stages, including Hit the G-Spot, Twisted, He Dont Deserve You. Signed to Yung Jocs label Swagg Team Entertainment in November 2008, before signing with a major label, the groups debut single Stanky Legg peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Its music video topped the countdown on BETs 106 & Park in February 2009, the group also released a remix of Stanky Legg with Trina. Stanky Legg is based on a movement from Dallas TX. According to Shaheem Reid of MTV News, the Stanky Legg dance is part of Dallass D-Town Boogie scene, the GS Boyz performed the dance on Snoop Doggs talk show on MTV, Dogg After Dark. They asserted to the world that they more than only dance songs. BET Awards 2009, Best Rap GroupGS Boyz – GS Boyz
29. Buddy Guy – George Buddy Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records, Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazines 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. His song Stone Crazy was ranked 78th in Rolling Stones list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, Clapton once described him as the best guitar player alive. In 1999 Guy wrote the book, Damn Right Ive Got the Blues, Guys autobiography, When I Left Home, My Story, was published in 2012. Guy was born and raised in Lettsworth, Louisiana and he began learning to play the guitar using a two-string diddley bow he made. Later he was given a Harmony acoustic guitar, which, decades later in Guys lengthy career, was donated to the Rock, in the early 1950s Guy began performing with bands in Baton Rouge. While living there, he worked as a custodian at Louisiana State University, soon after moving to Chicago on September 25,1957, Guy fell under the influence of Muddy Waters. In 1958, a competition with West Side guitarists Magic Sam, soon afterwards he recorded for Cobra Records. He recorded sessions with Junior Wells for Delmark Records under the pseudonym Friendly Chap in 1965 and 1966, leonard Chess, Chess Records founder, denounced Guy’s playing as noise. In the early 1960s, Chess tried recording Guy as a solo artist with R&B ballads, jazz instrumentals, soul and novelty dance tunes, Guy’s only Chess album, I Left My Blues in San Francisco, was released in 1967. Most of the songs belong stylistically to the eras soul boom, with orchestrations by Gene Barge, Chess used Guy mainly as a session guitarist to back Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and others. In 1965, Guy participated in the European tour American Folk Blues Festival, in 1972, he established The Checkerboard Lounge, with partner L. C. Guys career took off during the revival of the late 1980s. It was sparked by Claptons request that Guy be part of the 24 Nights all-star blues guitar lineup at Londons Royal Albert Hall, Guy subsequently signed with Silvertone Records. Guy performs a month of shows each January at his Chicago blues club, in 2015, British blues fan Alan Harper published a book entitled Waiting for Buddy Guy, Chicago Blues at the Crossroads. While Guys music is often labelled Chicago blues, his style is unique and his music can vary from the most traditional, deepest blues to a creative, unpredictable and radical gumbo of the blues, avant rock, soul and free jazz that changes with each performance. As the New York Times music critic Jon Pareles noted in 2004, Mr. Guy,68, mingles anarchy, virtuosity, deep blues and hammy shtick in ways that keep all eyes on himBuddy Guy – Buddy Guy performing and interacting with the crowd
30. Anthony Hamilton (musician) – Nominated for 10 Grammy awards, he is also known for the song Freedom from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton. Hamilton started singing in his churchs choir at age 10 and he attended South Mecklenburg High School where he sang in their award winning choir under the direction of Mark Setzer. In 1992, he met producer Mark Sparks who encouraged Hamilton to leave Charlotte, Hamilton co-wrote the 1999 hit U Know Whats Up for singer Donell Jones. In 2000, he joined soul singer DAngelos international tour in promotion of the Voodoo album, on which he was a backup singer. On March 25,2016, he released his studio album What Im Feelin featuring guitarists Gary Clark, Jr. and Vince Gill with tracks produced by Mark Batson, Salaam Remi. After one week, the project ranked number two on the Billboard R&B chart, representing his highest career debut, Hamilton works with the background singers the HamilTones, often performing soul renditions of Hip-Hop tracks. Po Folks is the single from the multi-platinum Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz album. Nappy Roots and Hamilton have a song together called Bluegrass Staind with Mark Ronson that was released through Elektra Records, Hamilton was featured on Jadakiss 2004 hit Why and two of 2Pacs remixed songs. Hamilton contributed to 2002s Thugz Mansion and 2006s Dear Mama, Hamiltons first compilation album, Soulife, was composed of songs recorded during the early part of his career. These previous works were released in June 2005, aint Nobody Worryin, his gold-selling third studio album, was released on December 13,2005. Hamilton was featured on a track from The RH Factors 2003 album Hard Groove called Kwah/Home and he appeared on Angie Stones Stay For A While in 2004. He made a guest appearance on blues singer-guitarist Buddy Guys 2005 album Bring Em In, contributing vocals to a version of Bob Dylans 1969 Lay Lady Lay. At the 2006 BET Awards, Hamilton won the BET J Cool Like That Award, comedian Dave Chappelle had Hamilton as a musical guest on his show Chappelles Show in episode 6, Season 2 that premiered on Comedy Central. He made a guest appearance on the UPN show All of Us in Season 2, Hamilton made a cameo as a soul singer in the film American Gangster, to whose soundtrack he contributed. During the 2008 BET Awards, Hamilton performed Al Greens Tired of Being Alone during a tribute to Greens career, later in 2008, he was featured on The Recession the certified Gold selling album by Young Jeezy. In July 2011, Jill Scott released her hit single So In Love featuring Hamilton, the track spent 19 weeks at the number one spot on the Urban AC charts. 2012 found Hamilton on two successful Def Jam releases, Big K. R. I. T. s Live from the Underground and Life Is Good by Nas, which debuted at #1 on Billboard 200. Later on in 2012 Hamilton was featured on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained in the track Freedom in a duo with indie soul singer Elayna BoyntonAnthony Hamilton (musician) – Anthony Hamilton
31. Jennifer Love Hewitt – Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, television producer and director, singer/songwriter and author. Hewitt began her career as a child by appearing in television commercials. She rose to fame for her role as Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox teen drama Party of Five and she later starred in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer and its 1998 sequel. From 2005 to 2010, Hewitt starred as Melinda Gordon on the CBS supernatural drama Ghost Whisperer and she later starred on the Lifetime drama series The Client List from 2012 to 2013, and was previously nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the pilot film. From 2014 to 2015, she starred as Special Agent Kate Callahan on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, in addition to acting, she has served as a producer on some of her film and television projects. As a singer, Hewitt has been signed by Atlantic Records and Jive Records and she has released four studio albums, including Love Songs, Lets Go Bang, Jennifer Love Hewitt and BareNaked. Her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 is the 1999 release How Do I Deal and she has also contributed music to the promotion or soundtracks of acting projects. Hewitt was identified as the number one choice on the November 1999. TV Guide named her the sexiest woman on television in 2008, Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae, a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. Hewitt grew up in Nolanville, in Central Texas, and has close ties in parts of Arkansas. After their parents divorced, Hewitt and her older brother Todd were raised by their mother, Patricia Mae Hewitt died on June 12,2012, aged 67, following a battle with cancer. As a young girl, Hewitt was attracted to music, which led to her first encounters with the entertainment industry, at the age of three, she sang The Greatest Love of All at a livestock show. The following year, at a hall, she entertained an audience with her version of Help Me Make it Through the Night. By age five, she had tap dancing and ballet in her portfolio, at nine, she became a member of the Texas Show Team. In Los Angeles, she attended Lincoln High School where her classmates included Jonathan Neville, after moving to Los Angeles, Hewitt appeared in more than twenty television commercials, including some for Mattel toys. Her first break came as an actor on the Disney Channel variety show Kids Incorporated. She later appeared in the action video short Dance. Workout with Barbie, released by Buena Vista and she played Pierce Brosnans daughter in a pilot for NBC called Running Wilde, which featured Brosnan as a reporter for Auto World magazine, whose stories cover his own wild auto adventuresJennifer Love Hewitt – Hewitt at the premiere of 27 Dresses in 2008
32. Hot Chelle Rae – Hot Chelle Rae is an American dance-rock band formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005. The band consists of Ryan Follesé, Nash Overstreet, and Jamie Follesé and their debut album, Lovesick Electric, was released on October 27,2009. They gained widespread attention for their 2011 double platinum single, Tonight Tonight, in 2005, childhood friends Ryan Follese and Nash Overstreet formed a band. Dubbing themselves Miracle Drug, they began releasing songs and playing shows with Ryans brother Jamie on drums, Jamie soon became the bands drummer, with bassist Ian Keaggy later joining. After encountering a stalker fan on MySpace named Chelle Rae, the changed their name to Hot Chelle Rae. In 2008, they signed to Jive Records, the following year, the band released their debut single I Like To Dance. In October 2009, the bands first album Lovesick Electric was released, in 2011, the band released their single Tonight Tonight which hit the Billboard Top 10. Their second single I Like It Like That was released in November,2011 and they released their second studio album, Whatever on November 29,2011. It reached number 48 on the US Billboard 200,25 in Australia and 21 in New Zealand, honestly was released as the third and final single from the album in March 2012. In March 2012, the band supported Taylor Swift on the Australian, in the summer of 2012, the band toured with Demi Lovato. The band toured Australia and New Zealand through October to November with their Whatever World Tour, british singer Cher Lloyd supported the band on this leg of the tour, along with Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer and New Zealand boyband Titanium. In November 2012, they released their cover of Jingle Bell Rock with some added to it. Hot Chelle Rae premiered a new single, Hung Up on January 25,2013 and it was officially released on February 12,2013. The band also announced that their studio album would be released in early 2014 as well as a new single. On October 31,2013, Ian Keaggy announced that he would no longer be a part of Hot Chelle Rae and that same day, Hot Chelle Rae released the unofficial version of Recklessly for the fans. On February 7,2014, the released their new single. Hot Chelle Rae have continued to tour the US throughout the year, on October 1,2014, Hot Chelle Rae released Recklessly. The album contained Hung Up, Dont Say Goodnight, Recklessly, in 2015, Hot Chelle Rae took an unexpected, unannounced hiatusHot Chelle Rae – Hot Chelle Rae performing in 2010
33. Allison Iraheta – Allison Iraheta is an American singer from Los Angeles, California, who was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, Iraheta won the Telemundo competition Quinceañera, Mamá Quiero Ser Artista, following the conclusion of Idol, Iraheta was signed to a record deal with 19 Entertainment and Jive Records. Her debut album Just Like You was released on December 1,2009 and she is currently the lead singer in the band Halo Circus. Iraheta was born in Glendale, California, to Salvadoran immigrants who moved to the United States before she was born and she is the youngest in the family, with two older siblings, Jacki and Carlos Iraheta. According to her family, she has been singing since she was a toddler, in 2001, she began taking voice lessons with Raphael Enriquez at the Los Angeles Music and Art School, a non-profit community school of the arts in East Los Angeles. Before rising to prominence, she was a frequent performer at the local Latin Electronics Store La Curaçao, Iraheta attended Los Angeles Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Iraheta auditioned for the season of American Idol in San Francisco in 2009. She sang A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin and made it to the Hollywood audition rounds, judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson declared Iraheta to be one to watch in this competition after her rendition of Hearts Alone during the semifinals. For her performance, Iraheta earned unanimous praise from the judges, Iraheta was the top vote-getting female of Group 2 and, along with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, advanced directly from the semifinals. Iraheta kicked off her run in the finals with a performance of Michael Jacksons Give In to Me. Once again, Abdul praised Iraheta for being a rock star, the following week, Iraheta performed Blame It On Your Heart by Patty Loveless. Iraheta received rave reviews from the judges, but landed in the Bottom 3 for the first time, on Motown Night, Iraheta performed a cover of the Temptations Papa Was a Rollin Stone. The performance earned an ovation from mentor Smokey Robinson, as well as further praise from the judges. DioGuardi enthusiastically lauded Iraheta for having a voice comes from God. you cant teach that. You sing like youve been singing for 400 years, on Top Downloads night, Iraheta performed No Doubts Dont Speak while accompanying herself on the guitar and ended up in the Bottom 3 again. For her performance during Top 8 week, Iraheta sang Bonnie Raitts I Cant Make You Love Me, Jackson compared her to first season winner Kelly Clarkson, and DioGuardi commented, You know what. After covering I Dont Want to Miss a Thing during Movie Night and you are the girls only hope Abdul compared her to fellow contestant Adam Lambert, saying that the two possessed the same special sauce. During the second Top 7 Night, Iraheta performed a version of Donna Summers Hot StuffAllison Iraheta – Iraheta in March 2010
34. Samantha Jade – Samantha Jade Gibbs is an ARIA Award-winning Australian singer, songwriter, actress and former child model from Perth, Western Australia. She has written tracks for artists including JoJo and Ashley Tisdale, on 20 November 2012 Jade won the fourth season of The X Factor Australia, the first woman to win the Australian series. She subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia and released her winners single What Youve Done to Me, Samantha Jade Gibbs was born in Perth, Western Australia. Her father, Kevin Gibbs is of Anglo-Indian descent, while her mother, Jade also has two younger brothers, Alex and Thomas TJ Gibbs. Her mother died on 8 June 2014 after a battle with cancer. Jade began modelling at the age of four and at age nine she won a talent show after singing Amazing Grace and she attended Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School and Hampton Senior High School. In 2002, Jades friend sent her demo to a producer in Los Angeles, California. The following year, they moved to Los Angeles, in 2004, she signed with US record label Jive Records and began recording a few demo tracks. That year, a song she co-wrote, Secret Love, was recorded by JoJo for the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shark Tale, in 2006, Jade recorded the title track Step Up for the 2006 dance film Step Up. The song was written by Diane Warren and produced by rapper Wyclef Jean, the single which had little promotion appeared for one week on the Billboard Pop 100 peaking at number 92. In 2007, Jade released her follow-up single Turn Around and it was sent to mainstream radio in the United States on 14 August 2007, as the lead single from Jades debut album, My Name is Samantha Jade. After three years with the label, My Name is Samantha Jade was never released, in 2007 Jade co-wrote and sang back-up vocals on the track Positivity on Ashley Tisdales debut album Headstrong. The following year, Jade co-wrote and sang vocals on the song Cant Walk Away on Tiffany Evans album Tiffany Evans. Jade was later dropped from Jive Records and attempted to continue to work on music independently with American record label Affinity West Entertainment. Jade recorded the controversial Golden Touch album for the label which would result in issues regarding the release of the album. In 2010, Jade made her debut in the film Beneath the Blue. The film was released in 2009, Jade notably recorded a track the following year with David Guetta and Laidback Luke for David Guettas fourth studio album One Love which was released in August. The track did not make the final track-listing but is featured as a track on certain international releasesSamantha Jade – Jade at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards
35. Tom Jones (singer) – Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE is a Welsh singer known by his stage name Tom Jones. Joness powerful voice has been described as a full-throated, robust baritone and his performing range has included pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical shape shifter, who could slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty. Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music. Jones was born Thomas John Woodward, at 57 Kingsland Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd, in Glamorgan and his parents were Thomas Woodward, a coal miner, and Freda Jones. His maternal grandfather, Albert Jones, was Welsh, and his grandmother, Ada Jones, was born in Pontypridd, to parents from Somerset. Jones attended Wood Road Infants School, Wood Road Junior School and he began singing at an early age, He would regularly sing at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir. Jones did not like school or sports, but gained confidence through his singing talent, at 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Many years later he said, I spent two years in bed recovering and it was the worst time of my life. During convalescence he could do little else but listen to music, Joness bluesy singing style developed out of the sound of American soul music. His early influences included blues and R&B singers Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Jackie Wilson and Brook Benton, as well as Elvis Presley, in March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16. The couples son, Mark, was born in the month following their wedding, to support his young family Jones took a job working in a glove factory and was later employed in construction. Joness voice has been described as a full-throated, robust baritone and he became the frontman in 1963 for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group. They soon gained a following and reputation in South Wales. In 1964, the group recorded several tracks with producer Joe Meek, who took them to various labels. Later that year, Decca producer Peter Sullivan saw Tommy Scott and the Senators performing in a club and directed them to manager Phil Solomon, the group continued to play gigs at dance halls and working mens clubs in South Wales. One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Wales, Jones was spotted by Gordon Mills, Mills became Joness manager and took the young singer to London, and also renamed him Tom Jones, to exploit the popularity of the Academy Award-winning 1963 film. Eventually, Mills got Jones a recording contract with Decca and his first single, Chills and Fever, was released in late 1964Tom Jones (singer) – Jones singing at House of Blues, Anaheim, California, 10 March 2009
36. Kelis – Kelis Rogers better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer, songwriter and chef. Her third album, 2003s Tasty, earned the singer commercial prominence and produced the hit single Milkshake, her most well-known song. Kelis Was Here, her album, was the subject of further label disputes and she took a hiatus from music after its release. She released the album Flesh Tone in 2010 and her sixth, Food, Kelis has been recognised at the Brit Awards, Q Awards, NME Awards, and Grammy Awards ceremonies. She has sold six million worldwide and has had particular success in the United Kingdom. Kelis Rogers was born and raised in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan and her first name is a portmanteau of her fathers name, Kenneth, and her mothers name, Eveliss. Her father Kenneth was an African American jazz musician and Pentecostal minister and her mother Eveliss is a Chinese-Puerto Rican fashion designer who inspired Kelis to pursue her singing career. She has three sisters, Kelis being the third born of the four girls, as a child, Kelis sang in church choirs and played violin, piano, and saxophone while attending Manhattan Country School, a private school. At the age of 13, Kelis shaved off all of her hair, laGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she formed the R&B trio BLU. Kelis was also a bartender and an associate at a clothing store before graduating high school. Afterwards, a friend introduced Kelis to The Neptunes, they formed a strong bond, Kelis began recording her debut album, Kaleidoscope, in mid-1998 and was finished within a year. Produced by The Neptunes and released by Virgin Records in 1999, as of 2006, the album had sold 249,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its lead and most notable single, Caught Out There, became a top ten Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit, during this time, Kelis featured on Ol Dirty Bastards U. S. top 40 single Got Your Money. The album performed better in Europe, where Caught out There was a moderate hit, a second single, Good Stuff, reached number 19, the third, Get Along with You, was less successful, reaching number 51. The British Phonographic Industry certified Kaleidoscope gold for sales of 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom, where it reached number 43 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2001, Kelis won the BRIT Award for International Breakthrough Act, Kelis and the Neptunes output at this time was heralded as foreshadowing an innovation in contemporary R&B, but she later said, I was never an R&B artist. People coined me one but thats because, especially if youre in the States, if black and you sing. Her colorful style in clothing and hair received considerable attentionKelis – Kelis performing in 2011
37. R. Kelly – Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s, in 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for I Believe I Can Fly and his distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play basketball, when he was signed in 1997. Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for artists, including Aaliyahs 1994 debut album Age Aint Nothing. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jacksons song You Are Not Alone. In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, in March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s and he has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames King of R&B and King of Pop-Soul. He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years and also the most successful R&B artist in history. Throughout his career, Kelly has won awards, including a Guinness World Records as well as countless of other awards like Grammy, BET, Soul Train, Billboard, NAACP. Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8,1967 at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in Hyde Park, Kelly is the third of four children. Kellys single mother, Joanne, was a singer, Kellys father was absent throughout his sons life. Kellys family lived in the Ida B, wells Homes public housing project in Chicagos Bronzeville neighborhood. Lena McLin described Kellys childhood home, It was bare, there was no father there, I knew that, and they had very little. Kelly began singing in the choir at age eight. Kelly grew up in a full of women, whom he said would act differently when his mother. At a young age Kelly was often abused by a woman who was at least ten years older than himself. I was too afraid and too ashamed, Kelly wrote in his autobiography about why he never told anyone, at age 11, he was shot in the shoulder while riding his bike home, the bullet is reportedly still lodged in his shoulderR. Kelly – Kelly at the premier of Chapter 13-22 of Trapped in the Closet in 2007.
38. KRS-One – Lawrence Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York. KRS-One rose to prominence as part of the group Boogie Down Productions, following the release of the groups debut album, Criminal Minded, La Rock was shot dead, but KRS-One continued the group, effectively as a solo project. He began releasing records under his own name in 1993, KRS-One is politically active, having started the Stop the Violence Movement, after the death of Scott La Rock. Lawrence Parker was born in The Bronx, New York in 1965, by the time he met youth counselor Scott Sterling, he was also writing graffiti as KRS-One. DJ Scott La Rock, created Boogie Down Productions, releasing their album, Criminal Minded. KRS-One began his career as one third of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, or BDP. After being rejected by radio DJs Mr. Magic and Marley Marl, still, KRS-One dissed the song with the BDP record South Bronx. Next, a round of volleys would ensue with Shans Kill That Noise. KRS-One, demonstrating his nickname The Blastmaster, gave a performance against MC Shan. Many believe this live performance to be the first MC battle where rappers attack each other, Parker and Sterling decided to form a rap group together, initially calling themselves Scott La Rock and the Celebrity Three. That was short-lived, however, as the two peripheral members quit, leaving Parker and Sterling and they then decided to call themselves Boogie Down Productions. Success is the Word, a 12-inch single produced by David Kenneth Eng and Kenny Beck, was released on indie Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records, Boogie Down Productions released their debut album Criminal Minded in 1987. The album, whose cover pictured BDP draped in ammunition and brandishing guns, is credited with setting the template for the burgeoning genres of hardcore. Scott La Rock was killed in a shooting later that year, following the fatal shooting of Scott La Rock in 1987, KRS was determined to continue Boogie Down Productions through the tragedy, releasing the album By All Means Necessary in 1988. He was joined by beatboxer D-Nice, rapper Ramona Ms. Melodie Parker, KRS-One was the primary initiator behind the H. E. A. L. Compilation and the Stop the Violence Movement, for the latter he would attract many prominent emcees to appear on the 12-inch single Self Destruction, after five largely solo albums under the name Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One decided to set out on his own. On his first solo album, 1993s Return of the Boom Bap, Parker worked together with producers DJ Premier, Kid Capri and Showbiz and his second album, 1995s KRS-One, featured Channel Live on Free Mumia, a song in which they criticize Black Civil Rights Activist C. Other prominent guest stars on KRS-One included Mad Lion, Busta Rhymes, Das EFX, in 1991, KRS-One appeared on the alternative rock group R. E. M. s single Radio Song, which appeared on the bands album Out of Time, released the same yearKRS-One – KRS-One
39. Nick Lachey – Nicholas Scott Nick Lachey is an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and television personality. He has released four albums, SoulO, Whats Left of Me, A Fathers Lullaby. He is also known for his role as Leslie St. Claire on the television series Charmed. Lachey was born in Harlan, Kentucky, the son of Cathalyn and he is the brother of singer and actor Drew Lachey, alongside whom he has worked closely. He attended grade school at Clovernook Elementary School in North College Hill, Ohio and he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the fall of 1992, he enrolled at the University of Southern California, Lachey started his professional singing career at Kings Island with friend Justin Jeffre in the mid-1990s singing in a group quartet throughout the park. Lachey was a member of boyband 98 Degrees along with his brother, Drew, Justin Jeffre and their debut album was the self-titled 98 Degrees, however, the bands first real success came with their follow up album 98 Degrees and Rising. 98 Degrees has sold over 10 million records,98 Degrees performed a one-off summer reunion show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the Summer Mixtape Festival on August 18,2012, their first concert in more than a decade. During the summer of 2003, the reality show, Newlyweds, Nick and Jessica, starring Lachey, the couple starred in the television special The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour, which aired in 2004 and was compared to The Sonny & Cher Show. In 2005, Newlyweds won a Peoples Choice Award for Favorite Reality Show before wrapping shortly after, on November 11,2003, his solo debut album, SoulO, was released. Despite being released during the success of Newlyweds, the album was a commercial failure, Lachey took a recurring role on series Charmed between 2004 and 2005. Whats Left of Me was released on May 9,2006, the album was certified Gold, after selling more than 500,000 copies domestically. The first single from the album was the track, Whats Left of Me. The song became a hit, reaching a position of number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for Whats Left Of Me featured former MTV VJ, Lachey recorded Ordinary Day for the Oprah Winfrey-produced film, For One More Day. Lachey began working on his solo album in 2007. Lachey also starred in a well known TV series, One Tree Hill and it was announced in January 2010 that Jive Records had put his new album on hold indefinitely. In June 2010, Lachey confirmed that he had parted ways with Jive Records, taking the Stage, a musical reality show documenting the lives of high school students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, premiered on MTV in March 2009Nick Lachey – Lachey in March 2012
40. Lil Mama – Niatia Jessica Kirkland, better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. A rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, spokesperson, dancer and actress and she experienced Billboard placement with the release of her debut album, VYP, which spawned the hit single Lip Gloss. She was also cast for the role of Lisa Left Eye Lopes, in the VH1 biographical film CrazySexyCool, The TLC Story, Lil Mama was born Niatia Jessica Kirkland in Harlem, in 1989. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York where she attended Edward R. Murrow High School, Kirkland is the third child and eldest daughter of eight kids. Being the eldest daughter of eight, she acquired her nickname lil mama, Kirkland faced personal and financial struggles at an early age. As one of eight brothers and sisters, she started to express herself artistically through poetry and her mother Tara, died on December 15,2007 following a four-year battle with breast cancer. In 2006, Kirkland signed a contract with Jive Records. In 2007, she was featured in Dr. Lukes remix of Avril Lavignes song and her first studio album VYP was released in late April 2008. The album spawned four singles, Lip Gloss, G-Slide, Shawty Get Loose, the album sold 19,000 copies in the first week, debuting at number 25 on the Billboard 200. Lil Mama served as a judge on the dance contest television series Americas Best Dance Crew. She joined the circle in 2008 at the age of nineteen. Since the release of her first album, Lil Mama has been in the working on new music. She released the singles Dough Boy featuring Mishon, On & On & On and she has since released two singles entitled Scrawberry and Hustler Girl featuring Clyde McKnight. In 2009 she announced the title of her new album as Voice Of The Young People, I Am That. On October 7,2012 RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records, with the shutdown, Lil Mama will release her future material on the RCA Records brand. Voice Of The Young People, I Am That will have guest appearances including Soulja Boy, Khalil, Angel Haze, LoLa Monroe, Teyana Taylor, Trina, Keke Palmer, Nas, Chris Brown among others. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Lil Mama came onstage while Jay-Z, while Jay-Z was ending his final verse, Lil Mama left her seat in the audience, got onto the stage, and started bobbing her head to the beat. Jay-Z was surprised but continued to perform, right before this moment, Beyonce had even tried to hold her from going up. O. ALil Mama – Lil' Mama at the Black Girls Rock! New York City tour 2011
41. Brian Littrell – Brian Thomas Littrell is an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys. He is also a CCM singer and released an album, Welcome Home. Brian has five top 20 solo singles on the US Christian chart, on April 10,2015, Littrell was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his cousin and bandmate Kevin Richardson. Brian Thomas Littrell was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Jackie and Harold Baker Littrell and he has an older brother Harold, and is a cousin of fellow Backstreet Boys member Kevin. Growing up, Littrell played in both Little League and the Babe Ruth League, at 15, Littrell had aspirations to become a basketball player, but at just 1.73 m he struggled with his height. Besides school, he worked at Long John Silvers while performing at weddings, Music was always important to him, and he later planned on attending Cincinnati Bible College on a full scholarship to become a music minister. While a junior in high school, Littrell changed plans and accepted the offer to join what would become the Backstreet Boys, an open heart surgery in 1998 closed the hole he had in his heart, as he said on his Hour of Power interview in 2007. After that he founded the Brian Littrells Healthy Heart Club for kids, Kevin Richardson, his cousin, called Littrell to join the Backstreet Boys on April 19,1993. Littrell flew over to Orlando the next day and officially joined the group, in the beginning, there was no success in the United States, even though the first single had been a hit on Orlando radio stations. The band manager Lou Pearlman marketed the Backstreet Boys in Europe and they became hugely popular in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States in the late 1990s and the early 2000s. During this time they released four albums, Backstreet Boys, Backstreets Back, Millennium and Black & Blue followed by a greatest hits album, The Hits, Chapter One. After a three-year gap, they released their album, Never Gone followed by Unbreakable, This is Us. In the following year, McLean, Richardson and Dorough joined the lawsuit which resulted in a number of settlements. In October 2009, Littrell became infected with the H1N1 virus, for a long time, Littrell had wanted to record Christian music—what he calls pop positive music. His first solo album, Welcome Home, was released on May 2,2006, the album peaked at No.74 on the Billboard 200 and No.3 on the Christian charts, and has sold over 100,000 copies. Three singles were released from the album, the first, Welcome Home, reached No.2 on the US Christian charts and No.1 on Reach FMs Top 40 chart and the R&R Christian Inspirational Chart, staying there for three weeks. The second single was Wish and, in 2007, the third single, during this time, he maintained his duties as a member of the Backstreet Boys. In the summer of 2005, his single, In Christ AloneBrian Littrell – Brian Littrell in June 2011
42. Living Things (band) – Living Things were an American punk rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band consisted of the brothers Lillian Berlin, Eve Berlin and Bosh Berlin, brothers Lillian Berlin, Eve Berlin, and Bosh Berlin grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis. Future Living Things guitarist Cory Becker was a childhood friend, in the early 2000s the band had Steve Albini record their first album titled A. D. H. D. and released it on their own Ozark Mountain Blood label. The album gained the attention of record labels, and the band eventually signed with Dreamworks Records. Living Things released their critically acclaimed debut album Ahead of the Lions in 2005. Produced by Steve Albini, the album ranked #42 on Rolling Stone magazines top 50 albums of the year, the single Bom Bom Bom reached Billboards US Modern Rock and US Mainstream Rock charts. The band released their critically acclaimed album Habeas Corpus in 2009. Reportedly, two albums worth of material recorded during the interim remains unreleased, in 2010 Lillian Berlin composed the original score for The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lillian Berlin has attracted controversy due to his beliefs and writings. In 2003, he was stabbed in the leg at a concert in Kansas City while crowd surfing, in July 2004, he was shot at by three men behind a Dallas rock club, and later that year he was arrested for protesting at the 2004 Republican National Convention. At the 2009 SXSW music festival Lillian Berlin got arrested for burning money with nine homeless men while on stage. Berlin and his band made a video of it and tried to stage a protest on Wall Street on April 15,2009 to protest Wall Streets bailout. The Los Angeles Times music blog Pop and Hiss got into a war of words with Berlin over his SXSW stunt, an excerpt from this book was turned into a short film directed by Floria Sigismondi and broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in November 2005. In 2010 Living Things, released a series of three EPs recorded by Bill Skibbe and Chris Woodhouse titled Malocchio, Economic Hitmen, and Har Megiddo. Also in 2010 the band announced via Spin. com that their album would be a triple album produced by Steve Albini to be released in 2011. In the summer of 2010 Living Things released a video for the song Har Megiddo. Lillian Berlin stated that Ray Kurzweils philosophy on singularity was the inspiration for the video, the band broke up in August 2010Living Things (band) – Living Things
43. Ms. Melodie – Ms. Melodie, the stage name of Ramona Parker, was an American emcee. She was associated with KRS-Ones group Boogie Down Productions and was for a married to KRS-One. She was described by Vibe as one of the ladies who could sonically spar with the fellas, spit raw lyrics, rhyme from a females perspective and she participated in the 1989 Self Destruction piece created by the Stop the Violence Movement. AllMusic said that her single, Hype According to Ms. Melodie, Ms. Melodie and the rest of BDP appeared in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film Im Gonna Git You Sucka. Her only album, Diva, was released the year by Jive/RCA Records and was largely produced by KRS-One, with contributions from Sam Sever. The single Wake Up, Wake Up reached the Top 20 of Billboards Hot Rap Singles chart and she appeared in the music video for Queen Latifahs single Ladies First, Diva,1989 She was raised in the Flatbush section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. She was the sister of former BDP member Harmony. She was married to KRS One from 1987 to 1992, Parker died on July 17,2012, at the age of 43 of undisclosed causes. Ms. Melodie at the Internet Movie Database Ms. Melodie at Allmusic Ms. Melodie at Find a GraveMs. Melodie – Ms Melodie and KRS One in 1988
44. K. Michelle – Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, television personality, guitarist and pianist. In 2012, Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in VH1s reality series Love & Hip Hop, Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, starring these shows landed her a new deal to Atlantic Records. The album saw success, debuting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200. Michelles The Rebellious Soul Musical, directed by a Golden Globe winner Idris Elba, in 2014, Michelle received her own reality TV show K. Michelle, My Life. Michelle then released her second album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart. which debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200 and she became the first ever African American to have an endorsement deal with Jack Daniels to begin developing her own drink. On March 25,2016, she released her third album More Issues Than Vogue, which debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, Michelle was born Kimberly Michelle Pate. As a child, Kimberly learned to play piano and guitar, and took lessons from Bob Westbrook. She graduated from Overton High School in 2000 and she earned a music scholarship to Florida A&M University by yodeling at her audition. She was crowned the Freshman Attendant of the Homecoming Court in late 2000 at the age of 18 and she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority having pledged FAMUs Beta Alpha chapter in the Fall of 2001. She reports that she stopped attending classes for a time to have a baby boy in September 2004. The father of her son ended up marrying her sorority sister and she graduated from FAMU with honors and was accepted into several law schools but decided to forgo law school to pursue music full-time. Michelles age was reported in her college yearbook as 18 in late 2000 and her age was reported as 31 in 2015 by The Source magazine, which would put her birth year at 1984. AllMusics biography of her gives a year of 1986. The editor of GossipWeLove. com commented on the discrepancies in reported birth year, registering disbelief that Michelle could have entered college, Michelle formed a college friendship with Basketball Wives actress Royce Reed who was born in 1981. In 2009, Michelle began her career when she signed a contract deal with Jive Records. After signing a deal, she released the single, titled Fakin It. In the same year, the song garnered quite some attention from the public eye, the Missy Elliott-assisted single attained a slight attention, when it peaked at number 100 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop SongsK. Michelle – K. Michelle
45. Miguel (singer) – Miguel Jontel Pimentel, better known as Miguel, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Raised in Los Angeles, he began creating music at age thirteen, after signing to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his debut studio album, All I Want Is You, in November 2010. Although it was underpromoted and performed poorly upon its release, the became a sleeper hit. After Jives dissolution in 2011, he moved to RCA Records and released his studio album. On June 29,2015, Miguel released his studio album, Wildheart. Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic styles into his music, Miguel was born and raised in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. He is one of two born to a Mexican American father and an African American mother. Miguels parents divorced when he was eight years old, at a young age, Miguel was introduced to the older R&B his mother listened to, and his fathers musical tastes, including funk, hip hop, jazz and classic rock. At age five, Miguel wanted to become a dancer, however, at 13 he began pursuing a career in music. At 14, he was writing songs and developing ideas with a recorder he took from his uncle. Miguel is also high school friends with rapper Blu, who also lived in San Pedro. Miguel signed a deal with Drop Squad in 2000. In 2004, he auditioned to be part of the group Fatty Koo, later in 2004, Miguel was signed by independent record label Black Ice and started working on his studio album, Young & Free. It was scheduled to be released on November 30,2006, Black Ice released the single Getcha Hands Up with a video debut on 106 & Park, but Miguel decided to change his sound and image and walked away from Black Ice Records. He later said in an interview for LA Weekly, We shot a video, I have a fitted hat on and a white T-shirt and baggy jeans. I was 19 years old and it was the first time anyone had given me money. For nearly a year, Miguels manager at the time submitted several songs to music mogul Mark Pitts, record that no one was ever supposed to hear—Pitts scheduled a meeting with Miguel in October 2007. The following month, Miguel signed a contract with Jive RecordsMiguel (singer) – Miguel Performing in 2013
46. Mobb Deep – Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo from the Queensbridge Houses in New York City. The group consists of Havoc and Prodigy and is one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast Hip-Hop groups and they are known for their dark, hardcore delivery as exemplified in Shook Ones. Mobb Deep has become one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop, Mobb Deeps net worth is $10 million USD. Two of their albums have been successes, The Infamous. The group briefly disbanded in 2012 but has since reunited, in 1993, Havoc and Prodigy, released their debut album, Juvenile Hell, which was promoted by the single Peer Pressure. Also that year, Havoc made a guest appearance on the Black Moon album Enta Da Stage on a song titled U Da Man, in 1994 the duo released a single titled Shook Ones Part 1. The group saw its first major success with their album, The Infamous. Mobb Deep catapulted to the top of the hardcore hip-hop scene through Havoc, in this album, Mobb Deep portrayed the struggles of living in New York Citys Queensbridge Houses where Havoc grew up. Following the release of The Infamous, Mobb Deep became some of the most prolific artists of the East Coast, the production of this album was very dark and sample-based thanks to Havoc, who produced the beats from this point forward. Furthermore, the hit single Shook Ones Pt. II, a remix to the hit Shook Ones, jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, and fellow Queensbridge rapper Nas. Nas as well as Method Man and Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan appear on Hell on Earth. In 1996, they appeared on the Red Hot Organizations compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan and Fat Joe among many other prominent Hip Hop artists. This compilation was meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men and this compilation was heralded as a masterpiece by The Source Magazine. 1997 Mobb Deep was featured on Frankie Cutlass Politics & Bullsh*t album track title Know Da Game which also features Kool G Rap, in 1998, the duo collaborated with reggae dancehall artist Bounty Killer on the track Deadly Zone for the soundtrack to Blade. In 1999, they released the highly anticipated Murda Muzik album which and this resulted in delays in the official album release. Shortly afterward, Prodigy released his solo album H. N. I. C in which he collaborated with fellow artists like. Mobb Deep was part of the infamous East Coast vs West Coast Hip Hop rivalry that was fueled and increasingly promoted by the private media. The beef started when Snoop Dogg and the West Coast group, Tha Dogg Pound, released New York, New York which Mobb Deep, along with Capone-N-Noreaga and this song was released during rapper Tupac Shakurs final days of incarcerationMobb Deep – Mobb Deep in 2013
47. NSYNC – NSYNC was an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich. NSYNC consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass.42 million copies in one week, blige, country music supergroup Alabama, and Gloria Estefan. Although NSYNC announced the start of a hiatus in early 2002. In 2007, Lance Bass confirmed that the group had broken up. They have sold over 70 million albums during their career, becoming the eighth-best-selling boy band in history, rolling Stone recognized their instant success as one of the Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments of all time. Chris Kirkpatrick, who had missed the cut for the Backstreet Boys, Pearlman said that he would finance the group if Kirkpatrick would find other young male singers. This prompted Kirkpatrick to call Joey Fatone, a friend he had met while working at Universal Studios, then, Fatone and Kirkpatrick approached Lou Pearlman for more suggestions. Pearlman looked through some tapes they had, and one of Justin Timberlake from The Mickey Mouse Club caught his eye, Timberlake soon joined the group and recommended his friend JC Chasez, who also was a cast member on Disney Channels Mickey Mouse Club. Soon, they decided to out their sound by recruiting Jason Galasso as their bass singer. NSYNC received its name after Justin Timberlakes mother commented on how in sync the groups singing voices were, the groups name is also a play on the last letter of each of the original members names, JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC. After several weeks of rehearsals, the set up a showcase. However, at the last minute, Galasso dropped out and he was not fond of the groups musical direction, claiming that being a teen idol was never a goal of his. In need of a bass, the group auditioned several people without success, Timberlake soon called his vocal coach, who suggested a 16-year-old from Mississippi named Lance Bass. Bass flew to Orlando to audition and was accepted into the group. He was nicknamed Lansten so they could keep the name NSYNC, Pearlman hired Johnny Wright, manager of the Backstreet Boys, to manage the group. NSYNC sent him a two-song demo-tape including Ill Be Back for More and We Can Work It Out, the group performed for him and a group of BMG executives. Although the record company had concerns with the bands name and Basss dancing abilities. After being signed to BMG Ariola Munich, the group was sent to Sweden to begin working on their album with the help of producers such as Denniz Pop, Max MartinNSYNC – NSYNC
48. Nivea (singer) – Hamilton, who performs under the mononym Nivea, is an American singer whose recordings reached the Billboard charts during the early 2000s. Nivea is known most for her singles Dont Mess with My Man and she released three studio albums, Nivea, Complicated and Animalistic and an independently released extended play Nivea, Undercover. Nash was born in Savannah, Georgia, the youngest of three sisters and she sang in a church choir and admired the music of Mariah Carey. She appeared on Mystikals 2000 single Danger and her debut solo single, Dont Mess with the Radio, followed in 2001. On September 25,2001, her debut album was released in United States. The album reached the Top 100 of the U. S. Billboard 200 albums chart, another single, Run Away was released in Japan in December 2001. In August 2002, she released her single in the U. S. Dont Mess with My Man featuring Brian and Brandon Casey. Her album was re-released on December 10,2002, in 2003, Dont Mess with My Man was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Niveas third American single Laundromat featured singer R. Kelly, fourth single 25 Reasons/Ya Ya Ya was released for airplay in 2003. In 2004, she released the Lil Jon-produced single Okay, the music video for Okay featured the artist YoungbloodZ and Lil Jon who were also featured on the song. In May 2005 she released her second album Complicated, a second single, Parking Lot was released shortly before she got pregnant with her first child. Jive Records subsequently dropped promotion for the project, although she appeared on Soul Train the following year and performed Complicated, jive gave up on the project and decided to focus on other new artists at the time. In 2006, Nivea signed a new contract with Formula Records, the album was primarily produced by her then-husband, The-Dream. The albums only single was Watch It, originally, Nivea was planning release it in the US in 2007 but no label picked up on the project. Nivea was in talks to sign with Capitol Records but nothing came about, Nivea then proceeded to release various songs on MySpace such as I Might, Look Back and Zodiac which had fans believing they were getting a new album, although nothing came of it. In 2010, she released a single titled Love Hurts. Also that year, she appeared on a few mixtapes including Sir Will, additionally, she released another video for her cover of the Sade hit, Stronger Than Pride, also the lead single off her EP. In September 2011, she released her first EP Nivea, Undercover which featured a set of acoustic covers and her fourth studio album, Purple Heart was set for a May 2012 release, however nothing was released and no info on the album had been released since summer 2011Nivea (singer) – Nivea at the photoshoot for Sister 2 Sister magazine, August 2011
49. Pink (singer) – Alecia Beth Moore, known professionally as Pink, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group Choice in 1995, the label, LaFace Records saw potential in only Pink, offering her a solo deal. Pink rose as an artist with her solo album, Cant Take Me Home. It was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits, There You Go and Most Girls and she gained further recognition with the Moulin Rouge. Soundtrack Lady Marmalade, which gave Pink her first Grammy Award as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, Pink took control in early 2001 insisting she wanted to work with her childhood hero, Linda Perry. Pink took more control and pursued a pop direction for her second album. It sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and yielded three United States top-ten singles, Get the Party Started, Dont Let Me Get Me, Pinks third album, Try This, generated considerably lower sales, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Pink revived her popularity with her fourth and fifth albums, Im Not Dead and Funhouse, with the latter containing her second United States number-one hit. Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits, so Far. which featured Fuckin Perfect and the chart-topping single Raise Your Glass. In 2014 Pink recorded an album, Rose Ave. with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me. Recognized for her signature vocals and acrobatic performances, Pink has sold over 60 million albums worldwide. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and six MTV Video Music Awards, in 2009, Billboard named Pink the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, vH1 ranked her number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year award in 2013. At the 63rd annual BMI Pop Awards, she received the BMI Presidents Award for her achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture. Alecia Beth Moore was born on September 8,1979, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to nurse Judy and insurance salesman Jim Moore and she has described her background as Irish-German-Lithuanian-Jew. Although a healthy baby at birth, she developed asthma that plagued her through her early years. Pink attended Central Bucks High School West, when Moore was a toddler, her parents began having marital problems, and before she was 10 her parents had divorced. Pink developed her voice early in life, in high school, Pink joined her first band, Middleground, but it disbanded upon losing a battle of the bands competitionPink (singer) – Pink performing live during Truth About Love Tour in April 2013
50. Eric Redd – Eric Redd is an American recording artist, songwriter and dancer. He has parlayed his success as a teen-age regular on Soul Train into a four-decade career that includes the 2017 club hit, “Right Time. Eric Redd is also a lead vocalist with the rock band. By the time he was 16, Redd had become a regular on Soul Train, sharing the stage with such as Rosie Perez, Miki Howard. Redd and his partner, Cheryl Song, were two of the show’s most popular dancers, because of this popularity, they were invited to compete in the American Bandstand dance contest. Since the two programs rarely co-mingled dancers, this was a singular honor, after graduating high school, Redd won a scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied dance. After touring with the company for two years, he left to appear in the original German cast of Cats, during much of this time, he was known as “Erique” Redd, as there was already another Eric Redd in the European entertainers union. He next appeared in another Andrew Lloyd Webber production, the London production of Starlight Express. It was there, in 1991, that Redd turned increasingly to singing, landing a contract on Jive Records UK and he also performed, toured and recorded with artists such as k. d. lang, Coolio, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sara Lee and Ani DiFranco. He was also a regular on All Star Workouts, a program that continues to be rerun on cable years after it was filmed, in 2008, he completed his first full-length album, Across the Water, for German label, White Noise. Redd’s first foray into rock was complemented by his return to club music. Redd was recently featured in a Rockumentary on Soul Train on VH1 and his follow-up to Breathe, a 6-song EP entitled,54, for Carrillo Music was released in 2011. In 2012, Eric had the honor of being the featured vocalist with the band The Source at the celebration for Barack Obama. That same year he released the single Dont Care on the Carrillo Label with a different style of companion video by Visualist/Director Pete Stern. In 2013, he turned to a more Electronic meets RnB sound, during that same time he was featured with his penned track Go On on the newly released C. T. A. 2014 began with the April release of his single, All Over produced by Tedeschi Trucks Band bassist, born out of this collaboration was Redd’s new Live act, “The Eric Redd Movement” which began doing shows throughout the U. S. that summer. He was then asked to sing the anthem to represent the Alzheimers Association Day at Yankee Stadium. He closed out 2014 with the release of “Give it Away” written by Caribbean music producer Xolani Heylon, UK Producer Liam Keegan featured Redd on his March 2016 release, “You Can Feel it” which led to more live shows in Europe and abroadEric Redd – Eric Redd
51. Rednex – Rednex is a Swedish musical group, known for their unique sound comprising modern dance, pop and Eurodance sounds mixed with classical country music, folk, and bluegrass elements. The band originally consisted of the lead singer Mary Joe, alongside Bobby Sue, Ken Tacky, Billy Ray and Mup. The group enjoyed success throughout the 1990s with novelty hits such as Cotton Eye Joe, Old Pop in an Oak, The Spirit of the Hawk, pat Reiniz also served as the bands producer. Rednex was initially the brainchild of Swedish producers Janne Ericsson, Örjan Öban Öberg, and Patrick Edenberg, the name Rednex was chosen as a deliberate misspelling of the word rednecks. The band originally consisted of the lead singer Mary Joe, alongside Bobby Sue, Ken Tacky, Billy Ray, in 1994, Rednex reworked the traditional folk song Cotton-Eyed Joe, retitled Cotton Eye Joe, as a dance track, which became an international hit single. Edenberg was soon replaced by BB Stiff after the Cotton Eye Joe release, the groups debut studio album titled Sex & Violins followed, spawning several more hit singles including Old Pop in an Oak and the ballad Wish You Were Here. However, Cotton Eye Joe remains the groups only U. S. hit as of 2013, two more tracks of the album, Wild N Free and Rolling Home, have been released and became moderate hits. A promotional one-off single, the Nicole cover version Ein Bisschen Frieden, has released and labeled as Collo Rossi for the release. In 1996, Rednex have been featured on the charity single Children, later female lead singer Ljungberg was fired, partly due to disagreements with the other band members and went on to pursue a solo career. The rest of the band took a break from live performance, in 1997, the remaining four men released one more single, Riding Alone, out of Sex & Violins, two years after the previous release Rolling Home. Next to that, in 1997, also Arstrand started a project called Explode, a progressive power metal band. In Fall 1998, Whippy became the new female vocalist and they released their first single The Way I Mate in 1999. Soon after that release, Arstrand left the band, reducing the quintet to a quartet, the album spawned a third and final single, the ballad Hold Me for a While, which became a moderate success. In 2000, in the wake of Napsters rising presence in the music industry, the group would become an entertainment group rather than just a band, so not to be solely dependent on record sales. As he presented this idea to the performers during the recording of Hold Me For A While in Kenya. Nilsson replied, We will not become a circus act. The aftermath of conflict resulted in the whole band, all four members, Löfgren, Olander, Nilsson and Landgren. As of January 2001, the group now consisted of the lead singer Scarlet from EnglandRednex – Rednex during the video recording of "The End" in Budapest in September 2012. Joe Cagg, Dakotah, Dagger and Ace Ratclaw
52. RichGirl – RichGirl was an American R&B vocal girl group consisting of four members, Audra Simmons, Christina Brave Williams, Kristal Lyndriette Smith and Amber Se7en Streeter. The groups name refers to an attitude and confidence, combined with individuality and talent that any girl might possess. The group was formed with the help of record producer Rich Harrison, the group draws inspiration from groups such as Destinys Child, Spice Girls, SWV, En Vogue, TLC, and artists such as Beyoncé, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. Although the group never released a full debut LP, work on a debut album had begun in 2009 with a planned release in 2010 and 2011. The album saw the release of a promotional-single titled 24 featuring Bun B. following unsuccessful attempts to chart, the girls released their one and only full album release on Valentines Day 2011 with a mixtape Fall in Love with RichGirl. The group later disbanded after all members of the group pursued solo careers. RichGirl was formed with the help of Rich Harrison, and signed to his label Richcraft, Lyndriette was signed to a production company at the age of 15 when she first met Harrison. They kept in contact, and when Harrison decided to start the group, he offered her a spot, He knew me so by the time the idea came to him, he had me in mind. Christina Brave Williams met Harrison at the age of 16, Brave presented to Harrison an idea he couldnt refuse - a girl group. After carefully handpicking each member, Brave created the name and the creed for a group the world would later know as RichGirl, Amber Sevyn Streeter signed a deal with Interscope when she was 15 as a member of the Chris Stokes girl group, TG4. The group released an EP called Virginity -EP in 2002 and disbanded before they could release their first LP Time for the New, Streeter was later discovered by Harrison on MySpace, and signed onto the RichCraft label as Se7en. Audra Simmons relocated to Los Angeles to launch a solo career, Audra said that she was waiting tables by day and singing at night, thats when I found out about Richgirl I was the only girl they found through the actual auditioning process. Once RichGirl was formed, the members living together in Atlanta. RichGirl began to work on their debut album in 2009. Sevyn described the album as motivational, empowering, fun and honest, in addition to Harrison, the group has recorded with Bryan-Michael Cox, and production duos The Underdogs, Dre & Vidal, and KP and Malay. The group performed a 15-minute set, which included their single, He Aint wit Me Now, snippets from their debut album, RichGirl saw their first official release with the promotional-single, 24s featuring Bun B on February 5,2009. The song managed to peak at number eighty-three on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2009, the group released their official debut single, He Aint wit Me Now on June 2,2009. The song features production from the groups founder Rich Harrison, and was accompanied with a video directed by Ray KayRichGirl – The group would gain constant comparisons to American R&B girl group Destiny's Child. Most critics note the group's songs " 24's " & " Swagger Right " to Destiny's Child's " Soldier ", also produced by the groups founder, Rich Harrison.
53. The Skinny Boys – Skinny Boys are an American hip hop group originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, with members Shockin Shawn, Superman Jay, and The Human Jock Box. The Skinny Boys were influenced by the more prominent hip hop pioneers The Fat Boys. They are not to be confused with the British rock band, the Skinny Boys started their career on the independent record label Bush, run by Rhonda Bush. Its first release was a 12-inch single Awesome b/w Skinny Boys in 1985, the New York City-based label Warlock Records signed the group in 1986. That year it released two singles, Jockbox and Unity, as well as an album, Weightless. Featured on Weightless were a handful of human beatbox songs such as Jockbox, the group went on to sign with Jive Records and had a handful of releases including Skinny & Proud and Skinny. The single Jockbox has taken on a life as the theme song of the hit Comedy Central television series Workaholics. 1986, Weightless 1987, Skinny & Proud 1988, Skinny The Skinny Boys - The Unkut InterviewThe Skinny Boys – The Skinny Boys
54. Jordin Sparks – Jordin Brianna Sparks is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame in 2007 after winning the season of American Idol, at age 17. Her self-titled debut studio album, released later that year, was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold two million copies worldwide. The song earned Sparks her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Sparks second studio album, Battlefield, debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. Its lead single, Battlefield, reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the second single, S. O. S. became Sparks first number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Throughout her career, Sparks has won awards, including an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, an American Music Award. In 2009, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 91st Artist of the 2000s Decade, in 2012, Sparks was ranked at number 92 on VH1s list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. As of February 2012, she has sold 1.3 million albums and 10.2 million singles in the United States alone, following the release of Battlefield, Sparks branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in acting and Broadway, and designing perfumes. She made guest appearances on television series, beginning with The Suite Life on Deck in 2009. That year, Sparks made her Broadway debut in the musical In The Heights and she made her feature film debut in the musical film Sparkle. In October 2010, Sparks released her first perfume, Because of You, which was followed by her second perfume, Fascinate, in March 2012, with her third perfume, Ambition, in November 2012. After a five-year solo music hiatus, Sparks released her first mixtape, the release of the mixtape marks the first release under Sparks new recording deal with Louder than Life/Red Associated Labels, a joint deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Sparks third studio album, Right Here Right Now, was released in August 2015, Sparks was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jodi Sparks and former professional football player Phillippi Sparks. Sparks has a brother, Phillippi PJ Sparks, Jr. who plays football at Arizona Christian University. Her father is African-American and her mother is Caucasian and she grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, New Jersey, while her father played as a defensive back for the New York Giants. After living in New Jersey, Sparks attended Northwest Community Christian School in Phoenix through the eighth grade, Sparks attended Sandra Day OConnor High School until 2006 when she was homeschooled to better concentrate on her singing. Sparks is an evangelical Christian and attends Calvary Community Church in Phoenix, on her American Idol biography, she thanks her parents and God for her win. She won an award for best young artist of the year in Arizona three years in a row, prior to Idol, Sparks frequently performed the national anthem at various local sporting events, notably for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona DiamondbacksJordin Sparks – Sparks performing at the USO Show at Camp Buehring in 2011
55. Britney Spears – Britney Jean Spears is an American singer, dancer, and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions, Spearss first and second studio albums. Baby One More Time and Oops. I Did It Again, became international successes, with the former becoming the album by a teenage solo artist. Title tracks. Baby One More Time and Oops, I Did It Again broke international sales records. In 2001, Spears released her third studio album, Britney. She assumed creative control of her studio album, In the Zone. In 2007, Spearss much-publicized personal issues sent her career into hiatus and her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released later that year, and spawned singles such as Gimme More and Piece of Me. Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the year, at which point she was placed under a still ongoing conservatorship. Spearss sixth studio album, Circus, included the international chart-topping single Womanizer and her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, became her first to yield three top-ten singles in the United States. She released her studio album Britney Jean in 2013. Later that year, Spears began the four-year residency show, Britney, Piece of Me, in 2016, Spears released her ninth studio album, Glory. In 2017, she announced that her show would develop into a world tour, Britney. Spears is regarded as a pop icon and credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and she became the best-selling teenage artist of all time and garnered honorific titles including the Princess of Pop. In 2009, Billboard ranked her as the 8th overall Artist of the Decade, the Recording Industry Association of America lists Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 34 million certified albums. She has sold 100 million albums and over 100 million singles worldwide making her one of the music artists of all time. According to Billboard Spears has sold about 22.38 million singles in digital downloads in US and is the fourth best-selling female artist since Nielsen SoundScan began. Forbes reported that Spears was the highest paid musician of 2012, with earnings of $58 million. Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, the child of Lynne Irene Bridges and James Parnell SpearsBritney Spears – Spears at the 102.7 KIIS FM Wango Tango concert in Carson, California, May 2013
56. Stop the Violence Movement – The Stop the Violence Movement was formed by rapper KRS-One in 1987 in response to violence in the hip hop and African American communities. In 1987, during a concert by Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy, the killing occurred shortly after Scott La Rock, a founding member of Boogie Down Productions, was killed in a shooting. KRS-One responded to these deaths by forming the Stop the Violence Movement to advance a vision of hip hop that would restore what he called hip hops original principles to the music industry. Composed of some of the biggest stars in contemporary East Coast hip hop, a music video was created, and a VHS cassette entitled Overcoming Self-Destruction—the Making of the Self-Destruction Video was also released. Self-Destruction was produced by KRS-One and D-Nice of Boogie Down Productions, fresh Just-Ice Heavy D Public Enemy The song samples You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & Ill Be Straight by the JBs. Recording of the track took place in Los Angeles from February 7 to February 9 at the Los Angeles Recording School, KRS-One once again relaunched his campaign in the late 2008 in order to provide his new years resolution. This version includes Twista, Syleena Johnson, Phil G, Crucial Conflict, Kenny Bogus, Straw, DJ Kay Slay also produced a version of Self Destruction that samples the original more heavily. It features MCs Sheek Louch, Busta Rhymes, Papoose, Bun B, Uncle Murda, and Jay RockStop the Violence Movement – "Self-Destruction"
57. Sevyn Streeter – Amber Denise Streeter, known by her stage name Sevyn Streeter, is an American singer and songwriter, best known for being a member of the girl groups TG4 and RichGirl where she was known as Se7en. She signed to Atlantic Records and released her debut single I Like It in 2012 and her her debut extended play Call Me Crazy, But. was released on December 3,2013. It sold over 17,000 copies within its first week and spawning her first top 40 hit single It Wont Stop, the single achieved gold certification from RIAA marking it as her biggest selling single to date. In 2015, her extended play Shoulda Been There, Pt.1 was released. The extended play was preceded by two singles Dont Kill the Fun and Shoulda Been There and her upcoming debut studio album Girl Disrupted is scheduled to be released in Spring 2017. The album has been preceded by the release of five singles Prolly, My Love for You, D4L, Before I Do and Fallen. She has written songs for such as Chris Brown, K. Michelle, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Ariana Grande, Trey Songz, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Brandy. Streeter was born on July 7,1986 in Haines City, Florida to Tim, by age 14, she had her first recording session. Streeter received her first record deal at the age of 15, performing in the girl group TG4, entertainment, where Stokes served as their manager. He offered Sevyn Streeter the first spot in the T. U. G. /A&M group after she opened for B2K and IMx at a concert in Orlando, Davida, Ashley, and Keisha fell in line after a series of successful auditions. The name TG4 is shorthand for TomGirls 4 Eva, were like four Tom Girls, said Amber, who tied for the winning slot on Apollo Kids when she was 10. When youre a girl and you act like a boy, youre a tomboy, were girls and we act like guys but love being girls, so were tom girls. The groups only single was Virginity, which peaked at number 88 on the US Billboard R&B chart in 2002. Their second single from the album was 2 Minutes, which a video was filmed for. It failed to chart on any Billboard chart, the group also appeared on the track, Sexy Boy on the B2K album Santa Hooked Me Up. The group parted ways with their label and their album. After Davida Williams departed from the group to focus on her career, they renamed the group Tomgirls 4 Eva. Amber was later discovered by Rich Harrison on MySpace, and signed onto the RichCraft label as Se7en, Amber Se7en Streeter signed a deal with Jive Records and the RichCraft label in 2007 as a member of Rich Harrisons girl group, RichGirlSevyn Streeter – Sevyn Streeter, Beverly Hills, California on June 25, 2015
58. Tangerine Dream – Tangerine Dream are a German electronic music collective founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many changes over the years, with Froese being the only continuous member until his death in January 2015. Noted electronic music artist, drummer, and composer Klaus Schulze was briefly a member in an early lineup. The best known and most constant line-up of the group, which worked during their most influential period, was a trio with Froese, Christopher Franke. In the late 1970s, Johannes Schmoelling replaced Baumann, and this lineup was stable, Tangerine Dreams recorded output has been prolific, having released over one hundred albums. Their Virgin Years, so-called because of their association with Virgin Records and these and later albums were influential in both the development of electronic dance music and also new-age music, although the band themselves disliked that term. From the late 1990s into the 2000s, Tangerine Dream continued to other styles of electronica. Even with their studio and live recordings, many fans were introduced to Tangerine Dream by their film soundtracks. The group created over sixty soundtracks which include those for the films Sorcerer, Thief, Risky Business, The Keep, Firestarter, Legend, Near Dark, Shy People, and Miracle Mile. They also composed the score for the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Froeses most notable association was his partnership with Christopher Franke, Franke joined Tangerine Dream in 1970 after serving time in the group Agitation Free, originally to replace Schulze as the drummer. Franke stayed with the group for 17 years, leaving in 1987 because of exhausting touring schedules as well as differences with Froese. A number of members were also part of Tangerine Dream for shorter periods of time. Unlike session musicians, these also contributed to compositions of the band during their tenures. Some of the notable members are Steve Schroyder, Michael Hoenig, Steve Jolliffe, Klaus Krieger. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, Tangerine Dream was often joined on stage by Zlatko Perica or Gerald Gradwohl on guitars, Jerome Froese left in 2006 after a concert at the Tempodrom in Berlin. Until late 2014, Tangerine Dream comprised Edgar Froese as well as Thorsten Quaeschning, for concerts and recordings, they were usually joined by Linda Spa on saxophone and flute, Iris Camaa on drums and percussion, and Bernhard Beibl on guitar. In 2011, electric violinist Hoshiko Yamane was added to the lineup, in late 2014, Bernhard Beibl announced on his Facebook page that he would stop collaborating with Tangerine Dream. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Tangerine Dream would no longer be touring with Linda Spa or Iris Camaa, Edgar Froeses death in January 2015, however, left this a short-lived line-upTangerine Dream – Tangerine Dream performing in 2007
59. Three Days Grace – Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto, the bands original line-up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, in 2003, Barry Stock was recruited as the bands lead guitarist. In 2013, Gontier left the band and was replaced by My Darkest Days vocalist Matt Walst, the band has a string of number one songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. Three Days Grace has its origins in a band called Groundswell, formed in Norwood, Ontario. Groundswell released one album, Wave of Popular Feeling. The bands line-up consisted of lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer Neil Sanderson, bassist Brad Walst, lead guitarist Phil Crowe, most of the members were attending high school when the band formed. By the end of 1995, the band had broken up, in 1997, Gontier, Sanderson, and Walst regrouped as Three Days Grace. According to Gontier, the name refers to a sense of urgency, once in Toronto, the band became acquainted with local producer Gavin Brown. The band gave him years of material which they had created. Brown and the band polished the songs, and created a demo album, the record label wanted to hear more material, and with Brown producing, the band created the song, I Hate Everything About You, which attracted the interest of several record labels. The band was signed to Jive Records after being sought out by the companys president. The band moved to Long View Farm, a studio in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, the self-titled album was finished in Woodstock, New York and released on July 22,2003. It was met with mixed to favourable reviews, dave Doray of IGN said of the album, Mistakes. To support the album, in 2003 Three Days Grace released its first single. The song received airplay and rapidly became a widely recognizable song. After Barry Stock joined as lead guitarist in late 2003, Three Days Grace toured continuously and extensively for two years in support of their major label debut. The release of I Hate Everything About You was followed by two single releases, Just Like You and Home. About this time, Gontier developed an addiction to the prescription drug OxyContin, while in treatment, Gontier began writing lyrics for songs regarding how he felt and what he was going through in rehabilitationThree Days Grace – Three Days Grace at X-Fest 2006 in Indianapolis
60. Justin Timberlake – Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search, in the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. With his first two albums exceeding sales of 10 million copies worldwide, he was established as one of the most commercially successful singers of the decade, furthermore, he produced records and collaborated with other artists. For his live performances, including the concert tour for the albums, he began performing with his band The Tennessee Kids, composed by instrumentalists. Timberlake voiced the character in DreamWorks Animations Trolls, which soundtrack includes his fifth Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single. Among numerous awards and accolades, Timberlake has won ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and 2013. His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Lynn Harless and Charles Randall Timberlake, a Baptist church choir director. Timberlake grew up in Shelby Forest, a community between Memphis and Millington. He has two half-brothers, Jonathan and Stephen, from Charles second marriage to Lisa Perry and his half-sister Laura Katherine died shortly after birth on May 12,1997, and is mentioned in his acknowledgments in the album NSYNC as My Angel in Heaven. He was inspired to become a performer by Janet Jackson, saying She didnt just stand there and sing her song, fascinated by her energy, at the age of 11, Timberlake appeared on the television show Star Search, performing country music songs as Justin Randall. Timberlake then recruited Chasez to be in a singing group, organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman. The boy band NSYNC formed in 1995, and began their career in 1996 in Europe, Timberlake and Chasez served as its two lead singers. In 1998, the rose to prominence in the United States with the release of their self-titled debut studio album. Their second album No Strings Attached sold 2.4 million copies in the first week, nSYNCs third album Celebrity was also financially successful. Upon the completion of the Celebrity Tour, the group went into hiatus in 2002, in late 1999, Timberlake appeared in the Disney Channel movie Model Behavior. He played Jason Sharpe, a model who falls in love with a waitress after mistaking her for another model and it was released on March 12,2000. The rise of his own stardom and the decline in the popularity of boy bands led to the dissolution of NSYNC. Band member Lance Bass was openly critical of Timberlakes actions in his memoir Out of Sync and his debut solo studio album Justified was released in November and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 439,000 copies, fewer than previous N Sync releasesJustin Timberlake – Timberlake at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2013
61. Too Short – Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by the stage name Too Short, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs like The Ghetto, Too Short is one of the very few musicians to have been able to collaborate with both 2Pac and The Notorious B. I. G. during the height of their careers. Too Short is credited as being one of the rappers of West Coast hip hop. His rap lyrics are primarily about pimping, drug use, Shaw was born and grew up in South Central Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s, Shaw and his moved to Oakland. He was a drummer in the band at Fremont High School in Oakland, in the mid 1980s, Shaw produced custom songs for people with his high school friend, Freddy B. In 1985, Too Short had his first release, Dont Stop Rappin which, along with the following three releases, featured raw, simple drum beats from a LinnDrum drum machine. This was also one of the first hip hop records to use the word bitch - a word which one of the rappers trademarks and was the focus of subsequent raps such as Aint nothing. In the early 1990s his beats came from mostly a TR-808 and from mid-to-late 2000s, in 1985, Too Short and Freddie B. formed the label Dangerous Music to regionally distribute his music and with others formed rap group The Dangerous Crew. Dangerous Music became Short Records, and then Up All Nite Records, with his 1989 release, Life Is. Too Short, he began using replayed established funk riffs with his beats. Subsequent work was collaborative, including work with Tupac Shakur. One of his notable collaborations during this period was on the track The World Is Filled. on the classic Notorious B. I. G, album Life After Death, he comes in on the third verse after Diddy and Biggie. Being featured on the album introduced him to an audience as well. He also appeared on TWDYs hit single Players Holiday from their 1999 debut album Derty Werk as well as the Priority Records compilation Nuthin, after these appearances, he began working on his eighth album, Cant Stay Away. The album included guest appearances by 8Ball & MJG, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Combs, E-40, Daz Dillinger, Lil Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit. Too Short relocated to Atlanta in 1994, but he did not begin working with a diverse variety of Southern artists until 2000. However, he didnt totally give up on his trademark funk grooves or sexually explicit style, new albums released 2000-2003 were You Nasty, Chase the Cat, Whats My Favorite Word. and Married to the Game. These albums all charted well, as they all were in the top 71 of the Billboard 200Too Short – Too $hort at Martin Luther's Rebel Soul Fest at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, July 2008
62. T-Pain – Faheem Rashad Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Tallahassee, Florida. His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005, in 2007, T-Pain released his second album Epiphany, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. His third album, Thr33 Ringz, was released in 2008, T-Pain has also released a string of hit singles, including Im Sprung, Im n Luv, Buy U a Drank, Bartender, Cant Believe It,5 OClock and more. T-Pain has earned two Grammy Awards, alongside artists Kanye West and Jamie Foxx respectively, T-Pain is the founder of the record label imprint Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005. Najm was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida and his stage name is short for Tallahassee Pain, and was chosen because of the hardships he experienced while living there. Najm was brought up in a Muslim household, but he has expressed his lack of interest in the concept of religion, at age ten, Najm turned his bedroom into a music studio, using a keyboard, a beat machine and a four-track recorder. T-Pain joined the rap group Nappy Headz in 2004 and later recorded Im Fucked Up, recording artist Akon heard the song and immediately signed T-Pain to Konvict Muzik, his label. After being discovered, T-Pain began singing instead of rapping, T-Pain subsequently recorded and released his debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, on December 6,2005. The album reached number thirty-three on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified Gold by the RIAA, for reaching sales of 500,000 units. The album was preceded by the single, Im Sprung. The second single, Im N Luv, featuring Mike Jones, was released in December 2005 and reached five on the Hot 100. The third and final single from the album, Studio Luv, was released in October 2006, in mid-2006, T-Pain began work on his second album, now with the Zomba Label Group as well as Konvict Muzik and Jive Records. The album, titled Epiphany, was released on June 5,2007, the album sold 171,000 records in its first week, reaching number one on the Billboard 200. The record has since sold 819,000 records in the United States, the album was preceded by the lead single Buy U a Drank featuring Yung Joc in February 2007. The single reached number one on both the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming his first single to top charts. The albums second single, Bartender, featuring Akon was released in June 2007 and reached five on the Hot 100. The third and final single from the album, Church, was released in October 2007, while promoting his second album, T-Pain made guest appearances on multiple songs by other artists. T-Pain was featured on Im a Flirt by R. Kelly with T. IT-Pain – T-Pain at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Paradise, Nevada.
63. A Tribe Called Quest – A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip-hop group formed in 1985 and originally composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, MC Jarobi White, left the group in 1991 after the release of their debut album and he continued to contribute to the band sporadically before rejoining for their 2006 reunion. Along with De La Soul, the group was a part of the Native Tongues. The group released six albums between 1990 and 2016, the band broke up in 1998 after releasing their fifth album. In 2006, the group reunited and toured the United States, in 2016, they released their sixth album, which was still incomplete when Phife Dawg died suddenly in March 2016, and was completed by the other members after his death. The group is regarded as a pioneer of alternative hip-hop music, the Source gave the groups debut album a rating of five mics, the first time the magazine gave out this rating. In 2005, A Tribe Called Quest received a Special Achievement Award at the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, in 2007, the group was formally honored at the 4th VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg were childhood friends who grew up together in Queens, initially, Q-Tip performed as a solo artist under the name MC Love Child, occasionally teaming up with Ali Shaheed Muhammad as a rapper and DJ duo. While the duo frequently made demos with Phife, then known as Crush Connection, the groups final name was coined in 1988 by the Jungle Brothers, who attended the same high school as Q-Tip and Muhammad. Q-Tip made two appearances on the Jungle Brothers debut album, Straight Out the Jungle, in the songs Black is Black. Geffen decided against offering the group a contract, and the group was granted permission to shop for a deal elsewhere. After receiving lucrative offers for multi-album deals from a variety of labels, Jive Records was then known as an independent rap label that partly owed its success to building the careers of artists Boogie Down Productions and Too Short. Less than a year after signing with Jive, the released their first single, Description of a Fool. Their debut album Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm was marked by a lyrical approach. Peoples Instinctive Travels was initially met with mixed reviews, count Dracula of The Village Voice called the album upliftingly dope and so sweet and lyrical, so user-friendly. You could play it in the background when youre reading Proust, the Source gave it five mics, the magazines highest possible rating. However, Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone wrote that the album is one of the least danceable rap albums ever, the album only gained momentum after the release of the singles Bonita Applebum and Can I Kick It. and went gold six years later. After its release, White left the group for personal reasons, a remastered 25th anniversary edition of Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is now available on Legacy Recordings and RCA RecordsA Tribe Called Quest – A Tribe Called Quest in 2008
64. Weezer – Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, consisting of Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner. Weezer has sold 9.2 million albums in the US, after signing to Geffen Records in 1993, the band released its debut self-titled album, also known as the Blue Album, in 1994. Backed by successful music videos for the singles Buddy Holly, Undone – The Sweater Song and Say It Aint So, both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s. Following the tour for Pinkerton, bassist Matt Sharp left the band, in 2001, Weezer returned with another self-titled album, also known as the Green Album, with new bassist Mikey Welsh. With a more pop sound, and promoted by singles Hash Pipe and Island in the Sun, after the albums release, Welsh left the band and was replaced by current bassist Scott Shriner. Weezers fourth album, Maladroit, was released in May 2002 to mostly positive reviews, in June 2008, Weezers third self-titled album, also known as the Red Album, featuring TR-808s, synths, Southern rap, and baroque counterpoint, was released to mixed reviews. Its lead single, Pork and Beans, became the third song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Weezers seventh and eight albums Raditude and Hurley, featuring more pop production and songs co-written with other artists, achieved further mixed reviews. The bands ninth and tenth albums, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, vocalist and lead guitarist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, bassist Matt Sharp and guitarist Jason Cropper formed Weezer in 1992. The band had its first practice on February 14 of that year, Weezer signed with Geffen Records on June 25,1993 and the group recorded its debut album with producer Ric Ocasek at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. During the recording, Cropper left the band and was replaced by guitarist Brian Bell, Weezer was released in May 1994. Geffen originally did not wish to release a single, to see what sales could be generated by word-of-mouth alone, DJ Marco Collins of the Seattle radio station The End started playing Undone – The Sweater Song, leading Geffen to release it as the first single. The music video was directed by Spike Jonze, filmed in an unbroken take, it featured Weezer performing on a sound stage with little action, bar a pack of dogs swarming the set. The video became an instant hit on MTV, Jonze also directed the bands second video, Buddy Holly, splicing footage from the 1970s television sitcom Happy Days with Weezer performing in a remade Arnolds Drive-In. The video achieved heavy rotation on MTV and went on to win four MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Music Video, the video was also featured on the companion CD for the Microsoft Windows 95 computer operating system. A third single, Say It Aint So, followed, Weezer is certified triple platinum in the United States, making it Weezers best-selling album. It is certified platinum in Canada. In 1994, Weezer took a break from touring for the Christmas holidays, Cuomo traveled to his home state of Connecticut and began recording demos for Weezers next albumWeezer – Weezer performing in 2015 at the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut. From left to rightː Brian Bell, Scott Shriner, Patrick Wilson, and Rivers Cuomo.
65. Whodini – Whodini is a hip hop group that was formed in 1981. The Brooklyn, New York-based trio consisted of vocalist and main lyricist Jalil Hutchins, co-vocalist John Fletcher, ecstasy, and turntable artist DJ Drew Carter, a. k. a. Whodini was among the first hip hop groups to cultivate a high-profile national following for hip hop music and they were contemporaries of other hip hop groups such as the Fat Boys, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa and Warp 9. The group was managed by Russell Simmons, brother of Joseph “Run” Simmons of Run-D. M. C, the group signed with London-based independent record label Jive Records in 1982, they enjoyed a string of hits for several years, mostly charting on urban and R&B radio stations. The bulk of production on their releases was done by Larry Smith, in 1983, the group recorded the self-titled album Whodini, and its first single Haunted House of Rock was a Halloween-themed number that even today is still played in some clubs. Magics Wand also has the distinction of being one of Whodinis most-sampled songs, in 1984, the group released Escape, which included Five Minutes of Funk, The Freaks Come Out at Night, the instrumental Featuring Grand Master Dee, Big Mouth, and the relationship-driven Friends. Many of these songs were also groundbreaking in hip hop culture, the album ended up being certified for platinum-level sales by the R. I. A. A. Selling over one million albums upon its release, the instrumental version of Five Minutes of Funk was used as the theme music for WNYC TV show, Video Music Box, an influential early hip hop music video show. The vinyl album is out of print and the CD is also out of print. On May 17,2011, a version of Escape was released on CD with nine bonus tracks. In 1986, the group released Back in Black and a number of songs from the album received heavy local New York airplay, such as Funky Beat, “Fugitive” was guitar-driven funk and Last Night was introspective. Paul Kodish, drummer of Pendulum, was featured on the album, from 1982 to 1986, the group was at its most productive, they toured with the more successful bands such as Run-D. M. C. LL Cool J, the Fat Boys, and other prominent hip hop, R&B, the group was involved in the first Fresh Fest tour, which was the first hip hop tour to play large coliseums nationwide. In July 1986 they appeared at Philadelphias Spectrum Stadium in front of an audience of 18,000. They were the first Rap Act and Break Dance troop to Tour in the UK and Europe and they played all over Europe to full venues as no one had seen this kind of music before. By 1987, the group had earned its share of gold singles and they even began to sample, as a snippet of Cheryl Lynns Got to be Real is heard on the song Now That Whodinis Inside the Joint. This new school style had been similarly done almost a year previously on the selling debut albums by L. L. Cool J and the Beastie Boys, as many groups had turned to the kind of rap and rock music that crossed over easilyWhodini – Whodini, 1996
66. Charlie Wilson (singer) – Charles Kent Charlie Wilson, also known as Uncle Charlie, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, producer and the former lead vocalist for The Gap Band. As a solo artist he has nominated for eleven Grammy awards and six NAACP Image Awards, received a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award. In 2009, he was named Billboard magazines No.1 Adult R&B Artist, on June 30,2013, BET honored Wilson with a Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented to him by Justin Timberlake. Charlie Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on January 29,1953, he was the son of the Reverend Oscar Wilson, a minister in the Church of God in Christ. With his older brother Ronnie and younger brother Robert, Wilson often sang in church before their father’s Sunday sermons and he also sang in his junior high schools choir, which was a precursor to his musical career with The Gap Band and later his solo career. He attended high school at Booker T. Washington and he attended Langston University and would go on to become drum major in the Langston University Marching Pride. From the start of his career, Charlie and his brothers, Robert and Ronnie, helped define and popularize an upbeat form of music that was infectious. After 15 albums The Gap Band announced their retirement in 2010, according to Wilsons website, rapper Snoop Dogg nicknamed him Uncle Charlie. Snoop and his wife, Shante, renewed their vows in April 2008 at Wilsons 20 acre ranch outside of Los Angeles, CA. The event inspired the video to Wilsons hit There Goes My Baby. A few years later, Michael Paran persuaded Wilson to embark on a solo career,1 Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary single, “Without You. ”. In 2004, Paran successfully negotiated a deal for Wilson with Jive Records. The album, which was certified gold by the R. I. A. A, produced the hit single, “Charlie, Last Name Wilson. Since then, Wilson has consistently topped the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary chart with singles from his follow up albums through P Music/Jive Records. In 1989, Wilson worked with Eurythmics on their album We Too Are One, providing backing vocals on several tracks, Wilson performed the song with the band on the British television chat show Wogan in August 1989. Wilson has also been a vocalist and contributor/collaborator to dozens of songs in the hip hop, rap, Wilson appeared on The Biggie Duets together with R. Kelly on the song Mi Casa. He has worked with Snoop Dogg on numerous projects and their first collaboration was Snoops 1996 album Tha Doggfather, on which Wilson appeared on four songs, Doggfather, Snoop Bounce, Groupie, and Snoops Upside Ya Head. Wilson also worked with 2Pac and The Dogg Pound on an unreleased song Just Watching, as well as Wanted Dead Or Alive and he was also featured on the Grammy-nominated single Beautiful from Snoops 2002 album Paid tha Cost to Be da BossCharlie Wilson (singer) – Charlie Wilson performs at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago (April 2010) (photo by Raymond Boyd)
67. Will Young – His double A-sided debut single Anything Is Possible / Evergreen was released two weeks after the shows finale and became the fastest-selling debut single in the UK. Young also came in place in World Idol performing his single Light My Fire. As a teenager, Young studied politics at the University of Exeter before moving to London, Young put his studies on hold in late 2001 to become a contestant on Pop Idol. After winning the competition the year, he released his debut album From Now On which went straight to number one. Fridays Child followed and enjoyed success, eventually going platinum five times in the UK. His following albums Keep On and Let It Go and Echoes also went multi-platinum and his albums have spawned many songs that have accomplished top ten positions in the UK, four of which went to the number one spot. Young has also undertaken numerous concert tours and he has also accumulated multiple honours, including two BRIT Awards from 12 nominations, and the estimated worldwide sale of over eight million albums. Youngs net worth was estimated at £13.5 million in April 2012, alongside his music career, Young has acted in film, on stage and in television. For his performance in the 2013 London revival of the musical Cabaret and he has also participated in philanthropy and released books Anything is Possible, On Camera, Off Duty and his autobiography Funny Peculiar. Will Young was born on 20 January 1979 in Wokingham, and is the second-oldest child of Robin Young, a director of an engineering firm, and Annabel Young. Born six weeks prematurely, he is ten minutes older than his twin brother and he also has an older sister, Emma. Young was born into an affluent, middle-class family, whose ancestry has strong ties to the British government. Aretas was later stationed in Trinidad and eventually took charge of the Trinidadian government, aretas became the sixth Governor of Prince Edward Island in 1831, and three years later was knighted by King William IV. His first appearance on stage was at the age of four when he played a fir tree in a production and had one line to speak. At Horris Hill, Young was head chorister in the school choir, at thirteen, Young and his brother were enrolled in Wellington College, Crowthorne, a public boarding school. Young appeared in school productions and often gave speeches in assembly. He became captain of the basketball and athletics teams, and also represented the school in the triple jump, long jump, football. The only sport he says he felt uncomfortable playing was cricket, Young left school with ten GCSEs, but achieved disappointing A-Level results and had to enroll in DOverbroecks College, Oxford, to re-sit his examsWill Young – Will Young performing in 2011