Category:Jive Records artists
Recording artists released by Jive Records
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Recording artists released by Jive Records
The following 102 pages are in this category, out of 102 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Jive Records – Jive Records was an American record label under the RCA Music Group formed in 1981 by Zomba Records. JIVE's best-selling artists worldwide were the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. The Jive brand is being exclusively 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 company. It was relocated to London, England, four years later; their first client was a young Robert "Mutt" Lange. Zomba originally wanted choosing instead to focus on their songwriters and producers while allowing other established labels to release the material. Its name was inspired by a type of music that originated in South Africa. Davis had hoped that Zomba's connection with Mutt Lange would help alleviate the difficulties Arista was having finding potentially successful rock acts. He was immediately impressed: Together, they began grooming musicians for what would eventually become Whodini. After two days, the group recorded its hit single "Magic's Wand." While the group would eventually leave JIVE, the early success allowed the label to focus throughout the 1980s. In 1987, JIVE cut distribution ties with Arista, effectively separating them from Davis's authority, who eschewed hip-hop. By the late 1990s, JIVE began signing Britney Spears. All three achieved massive success as the 2000s dawned, becoming the three best-selling acts in the label's history. In 1991, Barry Weiss became president of JIVE Records.Jive Records – Primary businesses
2. Aaliyah – Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, Aaliyah performed alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film's 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 a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001. Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, settled out of court. Aaliyah's music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases. Aaliyah has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide.Aaliyah – Aaliyah in 2000
3. Kris Allen – Kristopher Neil "Kris" Allen is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, Allen self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes. Allen's Idol song, "No Boundaries" and his version of "Heartless" both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allen's self-titled album was released on November 17, 2009, by Jive Records. The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200. Allen's major-label album Thank You Camellia was released on May 22, 2012, the lead single "The Vision of Love" was released March 26, 2012. He released his fifth album, Letting You In, on March 18, 2016. He was born to Kimberly and Neil Allen. He is the elder of two sons; Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach. Allen's interest in music began early. Additionally, Allen also plays the piano. His musical influences, as stated in his Idol confessionals, include the Beatles, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, Pat Monahan, Michael Jackson. He played publicly before trying out for Idol even opening for earlier Idol contestant Sean Michel on multiple occasions. Allen has described his decision to audition before giving up his pursuit of a music career. During college, Allen participated in Christian missionary work including in Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.Kris Allen – Allen in New York City, June 2009
4. American Juniors – American Juniors is an American reality television singing competition series, broadcast for one season, in 2003, on the Fox Network. In this way, American Juniors more closely resembled S Club Search, which had produced the group S Club Juniors. The show spawned American Juniors, which disbanded in 2005 after lackluster sales. The show was taped in Hollywood, California. Two thousand teenagers auditioned for the show. From there, a selected group of their parents were flown out to Hollywood to participate in "Hollywood Week." During "Hollywood Week", several cuts took place, eliminating all but 20 of the teens who originally auditioned. These kids were shown 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. She was eventually followed by her younger sister, Tori Thompson, Chauncey Matthews, Danielle White. Nonetheless, the producers were satisfied of the teen demographic. A second season was planned for fall 2003, then called off.American Juniors – American Juniors
5. David Archuleta – David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became 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. In October 2010 Archuleta released The Other Side of Down, featuring single "Something ` Bout Love". 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 Original Pilipino album, composed of several covers of Filipino songs. The album was certified gold in the Philippines as of June 2012. Begin, was released in the United States. His sixth album, No Matter How Far, was released on March 26, 2013. A jazz musician. His mother is from Honduras and his father is of Spanish–Basque, Danish, Irish, German, Iroquois descent.David 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. In 2003, the self-titled debut album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. Her second release achieved a platinum certification and others top 10 singles. . She cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Blue Magic as her musical influences. She is currently working on her own publishing company titled Written Entertainment. Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was born on October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, New York. Her mother, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former singer. Her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s. Up, she joined the choir. She went to Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied different dance styles, including tap, ballet, modern, hop. Ashanti danced at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Black Spectrum Theater. She also performed at the 1994 Caribbean Awards and dancing with Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. She also performed in the 1989 Disney film Polly alongside stars Phylicia Rashad. By the time Ashanti hit puberty, her mother was sending out demo tapes of her singing and dancing.Ashanti (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 A. J. McLean, Brian Littrell. The group rose with Backstreet Boys. In the following year they released their U.S. album which continued the group's success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with Black & Blue. After a two-year hiatus, they released a 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 released their first independent album, Like This. The group also released their first documentary movie, titled Backstreet Boys: Show'Em What You're Made Of in January 2015. The Backstreet Boys have sold over million records worldwide, making the best-selling boy band in history, one of the world's best-selling music artists. They also received a star on April 2013. A. J. McLean were natives of Orlando, Florida, who later discovered Nick Carter through auditions. The three, realizing that they could harmonize together, decided to form a trio.Backstreet 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 has released five albums. In 2008–2011 she played the main part in the French musical TV series Chante!. Priscilla Betti was born into a family 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 jeune" for the record company BMG. Priscilla went to New York and met her idol Britney Spears. Spears presented her for her single "Quand je serai jeune". Cette Vie nouvelle, was released in June 2002. It was certified Silver in France for sales of 50,000 copies. Her second album, Priscilla was released only six months after the first one, in December 2002. The album's first single, "Regarde-moi" was certified Gold in France for sales over 250,000 copies. Priscilla was certified Gold. Une Fille comme moi, was released in early 2004. The first single, "Toujours pas d'amour", peaked at number five on the French singles chart.Priscilla Betti – Priscilla Betti
9. Michael Bolton – Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. He became better known for his series of pop rock ballads, recorded after a stylistic change in the late 1980s. He was born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, George Bolotin. He has a brother, Orrin, a sister, Sandra, both older. His family was Jewish, all of his grandparents had been immigrants from Russia. His parents were divorced when he was very young. Bolton began recording in 1975. This first album was self-titled using his original family name of Bolotin. Early in his musical career Bolton focused with his Blackjack once opening for heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne on tour. Indeed, in 1983, he auditioned with Black Sabbath. Their next collaboration was when Bolton co-wrote "I Found Someone" in 1985. 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."Michael Bolton – Bolton in Barcelona, Spain, January 2010
10. Boogie Down Productions – Boogie Down Productions was a hip hop group, originally composed of Josh Bell, Ethan Osman, KRS-One, D-Nice, DJ Scott La Rock. DJ Scott La Rock was murdered on August 1987, five months after the release of BDP's debut album, Criminal Minded. The membership of BDP changed continuously throughout the only constant being KRS-One. BDP as a group essentially ended because KRS-One began performing under his own name rather than the group name. In Violence, KRS-One writes: "BDP in 1992 is KRS-One, Willie D, Kenny Parker! BDP is not 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 including BDP, are believed to be from the Bronx. While Criminal Minded contained vivid descriptions of South Bronx life, BDP changed after Scott's death. 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 sometimes overshadowed by the political hip hop group Public Enemy. BDP used this riff in the song "Remix for P is Free," and it was later resampled by artists such as dead prez. BDP referenced reggae in a way that helped to solidify Jamaica's place in hip-hop culture. This subgenre of hip-hop is widely misinterpreted as promoting violence and gang activity.Boogie Down Productions – Boogie Down Productions
11. Crystal Bowersox – Crystal Lynn Bowersox is an American singer-songwriter and actress, the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. Bowersox was the female finalist in three years. Farmer's Daughter, was released on December 14, 2010 by Jive Records. She released All That for This, on March 26, 2013. Karl, were born in Elliston, Ohio to Kelly Lynn Bowersox and William Lester Bowersox. She was diagnosed at age six. Bowersox later attended the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo, Ohio. Bowersox played flute in the school marching band. She performed her professional gig at the age of 10. Bowersox appeared at local bars in Toledo, The Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio. At the age of 17, Bowersox moved to Chicago looking for opportunity. Bowersox most commonly played as a busker including the Washington and Lake Redline stops. Bowersox frequented open mics, such as the In Uncommon Ground Clark and Grace, Devon locations. Bowersox also played extensively in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. 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, England.Crystal 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, Gary Wiseman. "High School Never Ends". Bowling for Soup has its origins in Texas, where Jaret Reddick and other members of the band grew up. Burney and Chandler soon formed the Folkadots, while Wiseman formed the Wiseman. Burney and Chandler, along with Morrill, also formed the Slaw. Around this time, Reddick formed Terminal Seasons. Not too long after, Jaret Reddick and Lance Morrill formed coolfork!, which Chris Burney later joined. The band was by 1993 playing such venues as the Refuge. Morrill was replaced by friend Gary Wiseman of Gary and the Wisemen. The band's name was derived by Steve Martin. The group released its first EP, Tell Me When to Whoa, through FFROE later that year. The album sold over 10,000 copies, prompting Jive Records to sign the band. Let's Do It for Bowling for Soup's major label debut, was released on Jive in 2000. The album mostly contained re-recordings of the group's previous material along with a new tracks and a cover of Bryan Adams' song "Summer of' 69".Bowling 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, Jamie Mathias. Former members include Jason James; both were on bass. They started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. 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 change, followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, the band secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. The band has stated that their music is influenced by classic metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer. The band is part of the Cardiff 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 Kerrang! Undertook a U.S. tour with Rob Zombie. Scream Aim Fire, was released on 29 January 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. Fever, was released on 26 April 2010 and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.Bullet 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 often classified as R&B, worship music. Raised in Athlone, _ Cape_Town, Cape Town, South Africa, during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records. In 1975 his cover of "Please Stay" by The Drifters reached number 2 in South Africa. His cover of "I Love How You Love Me" by The Paris Sisters reached number 4. "I'll be Home" reached number 16 in 1976. Some Pacific Express songs were later released on the 1988 7th Avenue album. All three releases were issued by Mountain Records. In the early 1980s he moved to the United Kingdom, where he remained for seventeen years. In 2001, Butler was featured in a album, a jazz tribute to Bob Marley produced by Lee Ritenour, A Twist of Marley. In 2006, Butler was a featured vocalist on the album Gospel Goes Classical, produced by University of Alabama at Birmingham music professor Henry Panion. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award for his single "Going Home". Also in 2008, Butler guest-starred alongside the late Teena Marie on the track Sudan, talking about the disasters of Darfur.Jonathan Butler – Jonathan Butler in 2007
15. Nick Cannon – Nicholas "Nick" Scott Cannon is an American rapper, actor, comedian, entrepreneur, record producer, radio and television personality. On television, he began before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild'N Out, America's Got Talent. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost Roll Bounce. As a rapper Cannon released his debut self-titled album with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. Kelly. In 2007 Cannon played the role of the fictional footballer TJ Harper in the film Goal II: Living the Dream. In 2006, he recorded the singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for the planned album Stages, never released. He married American R&B / singer Mariah Carey in 2008. Cannon filed for divorce after six-years of marriage. The divorce was finalized in 2016. He was born in San Diego, California. He was largely raised by his paternal grandfather, whom both his biological father called ` dad'. Growing up in Lincoln Park, a gang-ridden neighborhood in Southeast San Diego Cannon avoided gangs and spent most of his time playing basketball. He received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable program. His self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single "Your Pops Don't Like Me". In 2005, he formed Can-I-Ball Records, with plans to release his second studio album, entitled Stages, later that year.Nick Cannon – Nick Cannon at Time 100 Gala on May 7, 2010
16. Aaron Carter – Aaron Charles Carter is an American singer. Born in Tampa, Florida, he released his self-titled debut album in 1997. Carter has since appeared on Dancing With the Stars, the Broadway made several one-off performances. He released Fool's Gold as the album's single on November 24, 2015. The family was originally from New York City, where his older brother Nick, of the band Backstreet Boys, was born. In addition to his Nick, Carter also has three sisters: twin sister Angel, B.J. and Leslie. He is named after his paternal grandfather, his maternal grandfather, Douglas "Charles" Spaulding. He attended the Ruskin School in Florida. Carter left the band after two years because they were interested in alternative rock while Carter was interested in pop. He made his first appearance, singing a cover of The Jets' "Crush on You", when opening for the Backstreet Boys in Berlin in March 1997. In the fall of 1997, he released his first single, "Crush on You". His full-length album was released on December 1, 1997. The eponymous album achieved gold status in Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada, Germany, was released in the United States on June 16, 1998. Aaron's Party was released in the United States on September 26, 2000 under the Jive label. The album was certified 3x platinum by RIAA.Aaron 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. Carter is best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys. Carter starred in his own reality shows, House of Carters and I Nick Carter. Carter gained fame as a teen idol. Carter is also the only brother of singer Aaron Carter. Nickolas Gene Carter was born in Jamestown, New York, where Jane Elizabeth Schneck and Robert Gene Carter, owned a bar called the Yankee Rebel. Several years later, the family managed the Garden Villa Retirement Home, where they added to the family. Carter's siblings are Bobbie Jean, twins Aaron and Angel. Carter's father has Ginger Carter, from a previous marriage. His parents divorced in 2003. His father had a son, Kaden Brent, in June 2005. Carter performed such as the Florida State Lottery and The Money Store. Carter played the lead role at Miles Elementary School. Carter also made an appearance as a child playing on a slip and slide. Sandy, placed him in his first group called "Nick and the Angels".Nick 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, occasional actor. He also served as a judge for America's Best Dance Crew. Chasez was born in Bowie, Maryland. He was raised as a Mennonite. He has a younger brother, a younger sister, Heather. Chasez attended the former Robert Goddard Middle School and then Bowie High School. He always danced when he was a child. He chose selecting the song "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx. Chasez was soon stayed until the show's cancellation in 1996. Since there was another Mouseketeer named Joshua, Chasez went by his last initials, "JC", to avoid confusion. He sings the lead on it on Euge Groove's debut CD. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake were the two lead singers of what would become the popular boy NSYNC. The group became popular in Europe in 1996. In 1998, the band released * NSYNC which sold 11 million copies and became very popular in the United States. After the band had a series of legal struggles with manager Lou Pearlman, they signed with Jive Records.JC Chasez – Chasez at Bryant Park in September 2007
19. Ciara – Ciara Princess Wilson, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and fashion model. It was at this time Ciara was noticed for her songwriting. In 2002, she met producer Jazze Pha. With his help, Ciara signed a record deal with LaFace Records. In 2004, she released her debut album Goodies, which spawned three hit singles: "Goodies", "1, 2 Step", "Oh". The album earned her four nominations at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Ciara released Ciara: The Evolution, in 2006 which spawned the hit singles "Get Up", "Promise", "Like a Boy". The album was certified platinum. Fantasy Ride, released in 2009, was considerably less successful than Ciara's first two albums. However, it produced the international single "Love Sex Magic" featuring Justin Timberlake, which earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Ciara released her fourth studio album Basic Instinct, met with low sales and continued a downward trend in her commercial performance. In 2015, she released Jackie, which included the singles "I Bet" and "Dance Like We're Making Love". The album sold 19,000 copies, which made it her lowest first-week album sales to date. In 2013, she had a recurring role in The Game. Since making her musical debut in 2004, she has attained Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles, including a number one.Ciara – Ciara
20. Crustified Dibbs – R.A. Thorburn better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, is an American rapper. Thorburn began his career at age 12, building a reputation locally for his lyrical skills. After a nine-label war for his services, R.A. signed to major label Jive Records at age 18. Eventually the label parted ways. Night of the Bloody Apes, was never released. Thorburn was featured on all three of Rawkus's Soundbombing albums, well as the platinum-selling WWF Aggression album. After a brief stint on Capitol Records, R.A. signed with independent Nature Sounds and released his official debut, Die, Rugged Man, Die. In 2013, R.A. released his second album, Legends Never Die. The album was released by Nature Sounds. In addition to his hip career, he has been active as boxing commentator and film critic. Thorburn has contributed to Vibe, King, Complex, Rides, XXL, The Ring, among others. Thorburn wrote and also hosts the web series "Film School" on MTV's Film.com. In 1992, he signed then in the mid-1990s signed with Priority Records/EMI. He began recording independently in the early 2000s.Crustified 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 Dr. Toefinger, left in 2004. They are best known for their single "Sandwiches", which reached number 29 in the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The group were nominated at the Detroit Music Awards in 2002. Rolling Stone called them "a group to watch..... this dynamic duo never ceases to amaze with creative use of found sound, foreboding vocals, bizarre costumes". The group run Detelefunk, on which they release their own music and that of other artists. Both of the Pubahs started in music with Toth starting to play drums in various local bands at age 16. Vocalist Goudy began DJing at a similar age, having been influenced by Jeff Mills' mix shows. While both were active on the Detroit scene, they did not meet until they both happened to be working in the same restaurant in Michigan. In 2001, they released their debut studio album, Funk All Y' all, on Intuit-Solar. 2003's "The Clapper" and 2004's "Big Onion", followed on Poker Flat Recordings. Galactic Ass Creatures from Uranus, was released in 2004. At the same time, Toth was replaced by The Mysterious Mr O. After that, they continued to tour. In 2006, they hired Domguè as guitarist for their live shows.Detroit Grand Pubahs – Detroit Grand Pubahs performing live.
22. D-Nice – He discovered Kid Rock in 1988, landing a deal with Jive Records. D-Nice currently works as a DJ well as a photographer. He shot the album covers for albums such as Carl Thomas' 2007 album Much Better and Pharoahe Monch's 2011 album W.A.R.. . He has a daughter named Dylan Coleman-Jones with Kelli M. Coleman, Executive Vice President for GlobalHue. In August 2008 he married actress Malinda Williams but the couple separated in October 2009. The divorce was finalized on June 14, 2010. Official website AllmusicD-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 music career in 2000, under the pseudonym Bucklyte. Burton went on to work as a model for the Sean John clothing line. In 2007, Burton signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label. Burton released three singles to 2009. The first, his commercial debut single "Who the Fuck is That?", featuring Akon and T-Pain, charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Berry was acquitted on all charges. Burton grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. His twin brother died at birth. When Burton was five, his sister witnessed their father committing suicide by shooting himself. He formed 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. They released the single "So Fly". The group was dropped from the label soon after. Under the name Dolla, Burton signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label in May 2007.Dolla (rapper) – Dolla
24. E-40 – Earl Stevens better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor from Vallejo, California. The founder of Sick Wid It Records. He has released twenty-two studio albums to date, has also done guest appearances on a host of other rap albums. Initially an underground artist, his 1995 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", produced by Lil Jon. Earl "E-40" Stevens graduated on June 19, 1985. E-40 made his rap debut with the EP Let's Side as a member of The Click. The EP was was released on Sick Wid It Records, an independent label founded by E-40. 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, a regional distributor. After a show at Grambling State University, the emcee and his cousin B-Legit decided to attempt a career in rap. Together, with his Suga-T, they released their 1993 mainstream radio hit Captain Save a Hoe. They teamed up with D-Shot, E-40's brother, to form the group MVP or Most Valuable Players. E-40's gospel uncle helped them put out the record.E-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 to an English mother and a Bajan father. Sadly he's here. So, in honour of him, I called Livvi Franc; Livvi because it's my nickname, Franc because it's a funkier version of Frank." When Franc was five, the family moved to Barbados, because her parents decided that Franc and her elder sister, should experience their Barbadian heritage. They would return during the summer holidays. Franc learned the guitar at fifteen and sang in school talent shows and pagaents growing up. Franc's first manager discovered her when a friend of Franc's who babysitted for her gave one of Franc's 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 auditioning. She finally signed with Jive Records, after singing an Etta James song for them. Prior to signing with Jive, Franc attended workshops on it. She had attended Queens College in Barbados. Franc's debut single, "Now I'm That Bitch" was released in the summer of 2009. The song topped the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs became a top 40 hit in New Zealand and the UK.Livvi Franc – Livvi Franc
26. Fu-Schnickens – Fu-Schnickens were an American hip-hop trio. The Fu-Schnickens' popularity was significant in hip hop history. Their best-known track is 1993's "What's up, Doc?", which featured basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. Fu-Schnickens was composed of Chip Fu, Poc Fu. Fu stood for schnicken was a made-up word that meant coalition. In 1993, Fu-Schnickens began work on its second album. The group recorded a fast-paced song called "What's up, Doc?" which featured a sample of Bugs Bunny saying his famous catchphrase. But the group could not get clearance from Warner Bros. so the song was shelved. Meanwhile, the NBA star Shaquille O'Neal was a media sensation. In many interviews, he stated that the Fu-Schnickens were his favorite hip hop group. This prompted the group to contact O'Neal for a collaboration. Although the group had not yet completed work on its album, the song was quickly released as a single to capitalize on O'Neal's popularity. The single was a top-40 hit in the summer of 1993, which briefly propelled the group into the mainstream. Nervous Breakdown, did not arrive until 1994. F.U.Fu-Schnickens – Fu-Schnickens
27. Funk MobbFunk Mobb – From left to right: G-Note, K-1 and Mac Shawn in the studio. From the albums linear notes.
28. Groove Armada – Groove Armada is an English electronic music duo, composed of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay. They achieved success with their singles "I See You Baby" and "Superstylin"'. The group has released eight studio albums, four of which have charted in the UK Albums Chart top 50. The song has been found on numerous chill out compilations. It also included "At the River", re-released as a single. An album of remixed tracks from Vertigo entitled The Remixes followed in 2000, along with their contribution to the Back to Mine mix series. An additional track was later released on their website entitled "Fairport". Their song "Madder" was used in the 2003 video game: Hoodlum Havoc. Following the successful Soundboy Rock singles, an updated best-of set titled Greatest Hits was released in October 2007. This was accompanied by GA10: a 2CD rarities collection released in November 2007 to celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band. Groove Armada also released a collaboration through Strictly Rhythm, via Beatport, in April 2008. In the same year, Groove Armada engaged in a deal with Bacardi to distribute their 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. The single, released on 23 November 2009, was "I Won't Kneel", featuring Groove Armada's new vocalist, Saint Saviour. The album was released in Europe on 28 February.Groove Armada – Groove Armada performing in 2007
29. GS Boyz – GS Boyz were an American hip hop group from Arlington, Texas, formed in 2005. The members of GS Boyz were friends at Bowie High School in Arlington. Its music video topped the countdown on BET's 106 & Park in February 2009. The group also released a remix of "Stanky Legg" with Trina. "Stanky Legg" is based on a dance movement from Dallas TX. According to Shaheem Reid of MTV News, the "Stanky Legg" dance is part of Dallas's "D-Town Boogie" scene. The GS Boyz performed the dance on Snoop Dogg's talk show on MTV, Dogg After Dark. They asserted to the world that they composes more than only "dance songs". . BET Awards 2009: Best Rap GroupGS Boyz – GS Boyz
30. Buddy Guy – George "Buddy" Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. In the 1960s, Guy began a musical partnership with the harmonica player Junior Wells. Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. Clapton once described him as "the best player alive". In 1999 Guy wrote Damn Right I've Got the Blues, with Donald Wilcock. Guy's autobiography, When I Left Home: My Story, was published in 2012. Guy was raised in Lettsworth, Louisiana. He began learning to play the guitar using a two-string diddley bow he made. Later he was given acoustic guitar, which, decades later in Guy's lengthy career, was donated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 1950s Guy began performing with bands in Baton Rouge. While living there, he worked at Louisiana State University. Soon after moving on September 25, 1957, Guy fell under the influence of Muddy Waters. In 1958, a competition with West Side guitarists Magic Sam and Otis Rush gave a record contract. Soon afterwards he recorded for Cobra Records.Buddy Guy – Buddy Guy performing and interacting with the crowd
31. Jennifer Love Hewitt – Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, television producer, author, television director, singer and songwriter. Hewitt began her acting career as a child by appearing in television commercials and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. She rose to fame for her role as Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox teen drama Party of Five. She later starred in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer and its 1998 sequel. She later starred on the Lifetime drama series The Client List from 2012 to 2013. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the pilot movie. 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, she is primarily known in the genre. Her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 is the 1999 release "How Do I Deal", which peaked at number 59. She has also contributed music to the promotion or soundtracks of acting projects. Hewitt was identified as the "number one reader choice" on the November 1999 and May 2009 covers of Maxim magazine. TV Guide named her the sexiest woman on television in 2008. She was born to Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. Hewitt grew up in Nolanville, in Central Texas, has close kinship ties in parts of Arkansas.Jennifer 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, Jamie Follesé. Lovesick Electric, was released on October 27, 2009. They gained widespread attention for their 2011 double platinum single, "Tonight Tonight". Hot Chelle Rae was formed by singer/rhythm guitarist Ryan Follese and his childhood friend Nash Overstreet. Ian Keaggy joined on drums. The band had been "catfished" by a MySpace user who used a picture of the name Chelle Rae. They liked the name so much they named the band after her. Because of musical backgrounds, they were accepted a label signing in 2008 to "JIVE Records". Their debut single "I Like To Dance" dropped in mid 2009 becoming a hit. They released their 1st album "Lovesick Electric". Having good dance riffs and poppy lyrics, they began to tour the U.S. In 2010, their released the "Bleed" EP. "Bleed" had been a single off of "Lovesick Electric". The EP also included a single titled "Heart Hurts".Hot Chelle Rae – Hot Chelle Rae performing in 2010
33. Allison Iraheta – Allison Iraheta is an American singer from Los Angeles, California, the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, she won the Telemundo Quinceañera: Mamá Quiero Ser Artista. Following the conclusion of Idol, she was signed with 19 Entertainment and Jive Records. Her album Just Like You was released on December 1, 2009. Iraheta is currently the lead singer in the band Halo Circus. She was born to Salvadoran immigrants who moved to the United States before she was born. Iraheta is the youngest in the family, with two older siblings, Carlos Iraheta. According to her family, Iraheta has been singing since she was a toddler. She attended Los Angeles' Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. She auditioned in San Francisco in 2009. Made it to the Hollywood audition rounds. Judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson declared Iraheta to be "one to watch during the semifinals. For her performance, she earned unanimous praise with Abdul praising her for being able to "sing the telephone book". She was the vote-getting female of Group 2 and, along with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, advanced directly from the semifinals. She kicked off her run with a well-received performance of Michael Jackson's "Give In to Me".Allison 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 Ashley Tisdale. On 20 November 2012 Jade won the fourth season of the first female to win the Australian series. Samantha Jade Gibbs was born in Western Australia. Her father, Kevin Gibbs is of Anglo-Indian descent, while her mother, Jacqueline Deans Gibbs was of Scottish descent. Jade also has two younger brothers, Thomas "TJ" Gibbs. Her mother died on 8 June 2014 after a short battle with cancer. At age nine she won a talent show after singing "Amazing Grace". She attended Hampton Senior High School. They moved to Los Angeles. In 2004, she began recording a few demo tracks. 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 track "Step Up" for the 2006 dance film Step Up. The song was produced by rapper Wyclef Jean. The single which had little promotion appeared for one week on the Billboard Pop 100 peaking at number 92.Samantha Jade – Jade at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards
35. Tom Jones (singer) – Sir Thomas Jones Woodward OBE is a Welsh singer known by his stage name Tom Jones. His performing range has included pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, gospel. In 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music. He was born Thomas John Woodward, at 57 Kingsland Terrace, Pontypridd, in Glamorgan, South Wales. His parents were Thomas Woodward, Freda Jones. His maternal grandmother, Ada Jones, was born in Pontypridd, to parents from Somerset and Wiltshire. He attended Wood Road Infants School, Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School. He began singing at an early age: He would regularly sing in his school choir. He gained confidence through his singing talent. At 12 Jones was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Many years later Jones said: "I spent two years in bed recovering. It was the worst time of my life." During convalescence Jones listen to music and draw. Jones's bluesy style developed out of the sound of American soul music. His early influences included blues and R&B singers Little Richard, as well as Elvis Presley.Tom 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 certified chef. 2003's Tasty, earned the singer commercial prominence and produced the hit single "Milkshake", her most well-known song. Kelis released the album Flesh Tone in 2014. She has been recognised at the Brit Awards, Q Awards, Grammy Awards ceremonies. Kelis Rogers was raised in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Her first name is a portmanteau of her father's name, her mother's name, Eveliss. Her father Kenneth was formerly a professor at Wesleyan University. Her mother Eveliss is a Rican fashion designer who inspired Kelis to pursue her singing career. Kelis has Kelis being the third born of the four girls. As a child, she played violin, piano, saxophone while attending Manhattan Country School, a private school. At the age of 13, she shaved off all of her hair. A sales associate at a clothing store before graduating high school. Afterwards, a friend introduced Kelis to The Neptunes; they formed a strong bond, and, with their support, she landed a record deal with Virgin Records. She was finished within a year. As of 2006, the album had sold 249,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.Kelis – Kelis performing in 2011
37. R. Kelly – Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly debuted with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly". Style has influenced numerous hop contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play professional basketball, when he was signed in 1997. Kelly has written, remixed albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone". In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. He has sold over million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s. He has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames "King of R&B" and "King of Pop-Soul". Kelly is listed as also the most successful R&B artist in history. Robert Sylvester Kelly was born at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in Chicago. Kelly is the third of four children. Kelly's single mother, Joanne, was a singer.R. 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, 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, which he formed with DJ Scott La Rock in the mid 1980s. 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 Violence Movement, after the death of Scott La Rock. Lawrence Parker was born in New York in 1965. By the time he met counselor Scott Sterling, he was also writing graffiti as KRS-One. Together he and Sterling, a.k.a. DJ Scott La Rock eventually created Boogie Down Productions, releasing their debut album, Criminal Minded, in 1987. Still, KRS-One "dissed" the song with the BDP record "South Bronx." BDP's "The Bridge Is Over." Many conceded he had won the battle. Parker and Sterling decided 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. They then decided to call themselves "Boogie Down Productions".KRS-One – KRS-One
39. Nick Lachey – Nicholas Scott "Nick" Lachey is an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, television personality. Lachey has released four solo albums: SoulO, What's Left of Me, Soundtrack of My Life. Lachey is also known for his recurring role as Leslie St. Claire on the television Charmed. He was born in the son of Cathalyn and John Lachey. Lachey is the brother of actor Drew Lachey, alongside whom he has worked closely. Lachey attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Lachey started his professional singing career with friend Justin Jeffre in the mid-1990s singing in a group quartet throughout the park. He was a member of boyband 98 Degrees along with his brother, Drew, Jeff Timmons. Their album was the self-titled 98 Degrees; however, the band's first real success came with their follow up album 98 Degrees and Rising. 98 Degrees has sold over million records. During the summer of 2003, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, starring Lachey and then-wife Jessica Simpson began airing on MTV. The couple starred in the special The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour, which aired in 2004 and was compared to The Sonny & Cher Show. In 2005, Newlyweds won a People's Award for Favorite Reality Show before wrapping shortly after. On November 2003, his solo debut album, SoulO, was released. Despite being released during the success of Newlyweds, the album was a commercial failure.Nick 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. Lil Mama was also a talent show judge for seven seasons on America's Best Dance Crew. She experienced Billboard placement with the release of VYP, which spawned the hit single "Lip Gloss". She was also cast for the role of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, in the VH1 biographical CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which aired in October 2013. Lil Mama was born Niatia Jessica Kirkland in Harlem, in 1989. She was raised in New York where she attended Edward R. Murrow High School. Kirkland is the third child and daughter of eight kids. Being the eldest daughter of eight, she acquired her nickname "mama". Kirkland faced financial struggles at an early age. As one of sisters, she started to express herself artistically through poetry and dance. Tara, died on December 15, 2007 following a four-year battle with breast cancer. In 2006, Kirkland signed a recording contract with Jive Records. In 2007, she was featured in Dr. Luke's remix of Avril Lavigne's song, "Girlfriend". Her first album VYP was released in late April 2008. The album spawned four singles: "Lip Gloss", "G-Slide", "Shawty Get Loose" and "What It Is".Lil 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 released Welcome Home, in 2006. Brian has five top 20 solo singles on the US Christian chart. On April 2015, Littrell was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his bandmate Kevin Richardson. Brian Thomas Littrell was born in Harold Baker Littrell, Jr.. He is a cousin of Backstreet Boys member Kevin. Up, Littrell played in 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 Silver's while performing at weddings. He later planned on attending Cincinnati Bible College on a full scholarship to become a minister. While a junior in high school, Littrell changed plans and accepted the offer to join what would become the Backstreet Boys. An open surgery in 1998 closed the hole he had in his heart, as he said in 2007. His cousin, called Littrell to join the Backstreet Boys on April 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.Brian 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, Bosh Berlin; plus Cory Becker. Brothers Lillian Berlin, Bosh Berlin grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis. Future Living Things guitarist Cory Becker was a friend. In the early 2000s the band released it on their own Ozark Mountain Blood label. The band eventually signed with Dreamworks Records. Living Things released their critically major-label debut album Ahead of the Lions in 2005. The single "Bom Bom Bom" reached Billboard's US Modern Rock and US Mainstream Rock charts. Reportedly, two albums worth of material recorded during the interim remains unreleased. In 2010 Lillian Berlin composed the original score for The Runaways, starring Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lillian Berlin has attracted controversy due to his political beliefs and writing's. In 2003, he was stabbed while crowd surfing, because of anti-George Bush remarks. At the 2009 SXSW festival Lillian Berlin got arrested for burning money with nine homeless men while on stage. The Los Angeles Times music blog "Pop and Hiss" got over his SXSW stunt. An excerpt from this book was turned into a short film broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in November 2005.Living Things (band) – Living Things
43. Ms. Melodie – Ms. Melodie, the stage name of Ramona Parker, was an American emcee. She was for a time married to KRS-One. She participated in the 1989 "Self" piece created by the Stop the Violence Movement. AllMusic said that her single, "Hype According to Ms. Melodie", was "excellent". The rest of BDP appeared in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I'm Gon na Git You Sucka. She was the older sister of former BDP Harmony. She was married from 1987 to 1992. She had two sons. Parker died at the age of 43 of undisclosed causes. Ms. Melodie on 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, she garnered further attention by appearing in Hip Hop: Atlanta. Number one on the US Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums charts. Michelle's The Rebellious Soul Musical, directed by a Golden Globe winner Idris Elba, debuted on August 19, 2014. In 2014, Michelle received her own reality TV show K. Michelle: My Life. Michelle became the first ever African American to have an deal with Jack Daniels to begin developing her own drink. She was born Kimberly Michelle Pate. Michelle graduated from Overton High School in 2000. Michelle earned a music scholarship by yodeling at her audition. Michelle was crowned the Freshman Attendant of the Homecoming Court at the age of 18. Michelle is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority having pledged FAMU's Beta Alpha chapter in the Fall of 2001. Michelle reports that she stopped attending classes for a short time to have a boy in September 2004, then returned to finish college. Michelle was accepted into several law schools but decided to forgo law school to pursue music full-time. The father of her son ended up marrying her sorority sister.K. Michelle – K. Michelle
45. Miguel (singer) – Miguel Jontel Pimentel, better known as Miguel, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Raised in Los Angeles, he began creating music at age thirteen. After signing to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his album, All I Want Is You, in November 2010. Although it was performed poorly upon its release, the album became a sleeper helped Miguel garner commercial standing. After Jive's dissolution in 2011, he released Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012 to critical acclaim. On June 2015, Miguel released Wildheart, which also received universal critical acclaim. Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic styles into his music, has been compared to vocalists Babyface and Prince. Miguel was raised in Los Angeles, California. He is one of two sons born to an American mother. Miguel's parents divorced when he was eight years old. 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 four-track recorder he took from his uncle. Miguel is also close high school friends with rapper Blu, who also lived in San Pedro. Miguel signed a deal in 2000.Miguel (singer) – Miguel Performing in 2013
46. Mobb Deep – Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo from the Queensbridge Houses in New York City that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The duo is "one of the most critically acclaimed East Coast Hip-Hop groups." The group is best known for its hardcore delivery as exemplified by their hit track "Shook Ones." Mobb Deep has become one of the most successful rap duos in hop, having sold over three million records. Mobb Deep's net worth is $ million USD. Two of their albums have been critical successes; The Infamous and Hell on Earth. The group briefly has since reunited. Havoc and Prodigy first met each other in New York City. Originally dubbing the Poetical Prophets in 1990, the duo later changed its name to Mobb Deep in 1992 to "reflect their reputation on the streets." In 1993, when Havoc and Prodigy were nineteen, they released Juvenile Hell, promoted by the single "Peer Pressure." In 1993 Havoc made a guest appearance on the critically acclaimed 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 major success with their second album, The Infamous, released in 1995. Mobb Deep catapulted through Havoc and Prodigy's straightforward narration of street life. In this album, Mobb Deep portrayed the struggles of living in New York City's Queensbridge Houses where Havoc grew up.Mobb 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, Lance Bass. Although NSYNC announced the start of a "temporary hiatus" in spring 2002, the band has not recorded new material since then. In 2007, Lance Bass confirmed that the group had "definitely broken up." They have sold 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, met with Lou Pearlman in 1995 to talk about forming a second group. Pearlman said that he would finance the group if Kirkpatrick would find other male singers. This prompted Kirkpatrick to call a friend he had met while working at Universal Studios. Then, Fatone and Kirkpatrick approached Lou Pearlman for more suggestions. 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 Channel's Mickey Mouse Club. Soon, they decided to even out their sound by recruiting Jason Galasso as their singer. NSYNC received its name after Justin Timberlake's mother commented on how "in sync" the group's singing voices were. The group's name is also a play on the last letter of each of the original members' names: JC.NSYNC – NSYNC
48. Nivea (singer) – Nivea B. Hamilton, who performs under the mononym Nivea, is an American singer whose recordings reached the Billboard charts during the early 2000s. She is known most for her singles "Don't Mess with My Man" and "Laundromat". She released three studio albums: an independently released extended play Nivea: Undercover. Nash was born in the youngest of three sisters. Nivea admired the music of Mariah Carey. Nivea appeared on Mystikal's 2000 single "Danger". Her debut solo "Don't Mess with the Radio", followed in 2001. On September 2001, her self-titled debut album was released in United States and later in other countries. The album reached the Top 100 of the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. Another single, "Run Away" was released in December 2001. Her album was re-released on December 2002. In 2003, "Don't Mess with My Man" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance with Vocals. Nivea's third American single "Laundromat" featured singer R. Kelly. Fourth single "25 Reasons"/"Ya Ya Ya" was released for airplay in 2003. In 2004, Nivea released the Lil single "Okay".Nivea (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, actress. She was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group Choice in 1995. The label saw potential in only Pink, offering her a solo deal. Choice disbanded in 1998. Pink rose as an artist with her debut solo album, Can't 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". 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. She pursued direction for her second album, Missundaztood. Pink's third album, Try This, earned the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. 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 a collaborative album, Rose Ave. with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me. Noted for having "a strong signature voice and a literally acrobatic ability on stage", Pink has received mostly positive reception from music critics.Pink (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. Cheryl Song, were two of the show's most popular dancers. Because of this popularity, they were invited to compete in the American Bandstand contest. Since the two programs rarely co-mingled dancers, this was a 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 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 the London production of Starlight Express. He also performed, recorded with artists such as k.d. lang, Coolio, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sara Lee and Ani DiFranco. He was also a regular on a program that continues to be rerun on cable years after it was filmed. In 2008, he completed his full-length album, Across the Water, for German label, White Noise. Redd's first foray into classic rock was complemented to club music. Redd was recently featured in a "Rockumentary" on Soul Train on VH1. His follow-up to "Breathe," 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 inaugural celebration for Barack Obama.Eric Redd – Eric Redd
51. Rednex – The band originally consisted alongside Bobby Sue, Ken Tacky, Billy Ray and Mup. Pat Reiniz also served as the band's producer. The name "Rednex" was chosen as a deliberate misspelling of the word "rednecks". The band originally consisted alongside Bobby Sue, Ken Tacky, Mup. In 1994, Rednex retitled "Cotton Eye Joe", as a dance track, which became an international hit single. Edenberg was soon replaced after the "Cotton Eye Joe" release. However, "Cotton Eye Joe" remains the group's only U.S. hit as of 2013. Two more tracks of the album, "Wild'N Free" and "Rolling Home", became moderate hits. A promotional one-off single, the Nicole cover version "Ein Bisschen Frieden", has been labeled as "Collo Rossi" for the release. In 1996, Rednex have been featured on single "Children", as part of the supergroup "Hand in Hand for Children". Later female 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 started working on new material. In 1997, the remaining four men released one more single, "Riding Alone", out of Sex & Violins, two years after the previous release "Rolling Home". In Fall 1998, Whippy became the female vocalist. They released their single "The Way I Mate" in 1999.Rednex – 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 group's name refers to "a certain confidence, combined with individuality and talent that any girl might possess", rather than material items. The group is managed by Tina Davis. The album saw the release of a promotional-single titled "24" featuring "He Ain't wit Me Now" and "Swagger Right". The group later unofficially disbanded after all members of the group pursued different endeavors. Signed to his label Richcraft, Jive Records in 2007. Lyndriette was signed at the age of 15 when she first met Harrison. Christina "Brave" Williams as signed to his label as a solo artist. Brave presented to Harrison an idea he couldn't refuse - a group. After carefully handpicking each member, Brave created 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 TG4. The group released an EP disbanded before they could release their first LP Time for the New. Streeter was later signed onto the RichCraft label as Se7en. Audra Simmons joined the group through an open audition. Once RichGirl was formed, the members began living together in Atlanta.RichGirl – 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, The Human Jock Box. They are not to be confused with The Skinny Boys. The Skinny Boys started their career on the independent label Bush, run by Rhonda Bush. Its first release was a 12-inch "Awesome" b/w "Skinny Boys" in 1985. The New York City-based label Warlock Records signed the group in 1986. It released two more singles, "Jockbox" and "Unity", as well as an album, Weightless. Featured on Weightless were a handful of human beatbox songs such as "Jockbox" and "Get Funky". The group had a handful of releases including Skinny & Proud and Skinny. The single "Jockbox" has taken 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, actress. She rose to fame in 2007 after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series' history. 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. The second single, "S.O.S.", became Sparks' first number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. In 2009, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 91st Artist of the 2000s Decade. In 2012, Sparks was ranked at number 92 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Following the release of Battlefield, Sparks branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in acting and Broadway, designing perfumes. She made guest appearances on several television series, beginning with The Suite Life on Deck in 2009, later in Big Time Rush in 2010. That year, Sparks made her Broadway debut in the musical In The Heights, starring as Nina Rosario. She made her debut in the musical Sparkle. After a five-year hiatus, Sparks released #ByeFelicia. Sparks' third studio album, Right Here Right Now, was released in August 2015. Sparks was born to professional football player Phillippi Sparks. Sparks has a younger brother, Phillippi "PJ" Sparks, Jr. who plays football at Arizona Christian University.Jordin 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. Spears's first and second studio albums...Baby One More Time and Oops!... I Did It Again, became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling 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 self-titled third studio album, Britney, played the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone, which yielded the worldwide success of the single "Toxic". In 2007, Spears's much-publicized personal issues sent her career into hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released later that year, spawned singles such as "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me". Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the following year, at which point she was placed under a still ongoing conservatorship. Spears's sixth studio album, Circus, included the international chart-topping single "Womanizer". Her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, became her first to yield three top-ten singles in the United States. She released her eighth studio album Britney Jean in 2013. Later that year, Spears began the four-year residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. In 2016, Spears released her ninth studio album, Glory.Britney 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 begun 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, a young fan was killed in a fight. The killing occurred shortly after Scott La Rock, a founding member of Boogie Down Productions, was killed in a shooting. A music video was created, 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, featured the following: Boogie Down Productions Stetsasonic Kool Moe Dee MC Lyte Doug E. Fresh Just-Ice Heavy D Public Enemy The song samples "You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & I'll Be Straight" by the JB's. Recording of the track took place 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, Pugz Atomz. DJ Kay Slay also produced a version of "Self Destruction" that samples the original more heavily. It features MCs Sheek Louch, Busta Rhymes, Papoose, Jay Rock.Stop the Violence Movement – "Self-Destruction"
57. Sevyn Streeter – In 2012, she changed her name to Sevyn Streeter. Streeter was born on July 7, 1986 to Tim and Karen Streeter. At a young age, Streeter admired the music of gospel singer, Yolanda Adams. 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, put together by Chris Stokes and T.U.G. Entertainment, where Stokes served as their manager. Davida, Ashley, Keisha fell after a series of successful auditions. The TG4 is shorthand for TomGirls 4 Eva. "We're like four Tom Girls," said Amber, who tied for the winning slot on Apollo Kids when she was 10. ` When you act like a boy, you're a tomboy. We act like guys but love being girls, so we're tom girls." The group's only major single was "Virginity", which peaked on the US Billboard R&B chart in 2002. Their single from the album was "2 Minutes", which a music video was filmed for. It failed to chart on any Billboard chart. The group also appeared on the B2K album Santa Hooked Me Up.Sevyn 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 personnel changes with Froese being the only continuous member until his death in January 2015. Noted electronic music artist, composer Klaus Schulze was briefly a member in an early lineup. In the late 1970s, this lineup was stable and extremely productive as well. Tangerine Dream's recorded output has been prolific, having released over hundred albums. Their "Virgin Years," so-called because of their association with Virgin Records, produced albums that helped define what became known as the Berlin School of electronic music. 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 explore other styles of electronica. Even with live recordings, many fans were introduced to Tangerine Dream by their film soundtracks. They also composed the score for the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Froese's 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 well as creative differences with Froese. A number of other members were also part of Tangerine Dream for shorter periods of time. Unlike session musicians, these players also contributed during their tenures.Tangerine 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 band's original line-up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, bassist Brad Walst. In 2003, Barry Stock was recruited as the band's lead guitarist. In 2013, Gontier was replaced by My Darkest Days' vocalist Matt Walst, also bassist Brad Walst's brother. The band has a string of one songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. Three Days Grace has its origins in a five-piece band called "Groundswell", formed in 1992. Wave Of Popular Feeling. The band's line-up consisted of lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer Neil Sanderson, bassist Brad Walst, rhythm guitarist Joe Grant. 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, Walst regrouped as "Three Days Grace". Once in Toronto, the band became acquainted with local producer Gavin Brown. The band gave several years of material which they had created, he"... picked out what he called ` the golden nuggets"', according to Gontier. The band polished the songs, created a demo album, which they gave to EMI Music Publishing Canada. The band was soon signed after being sought out by the company's president.Three 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 in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. Comes Around". 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. He has also collaborated with other artists, including "Give It to Me" and "4 Minutes". The eponymous tour for the albums originated the film Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, named after the accompanying band in his live performances. In 2016, Timberlake voiced the lead character in DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, which soundtrack includes his fifth Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single, "Can't Stop the Feeling!". Time named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. His other ventures include the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality. He was born in Charles Randall Timberlake, a Baptist church choir director. Timberlake grew up in Shelby Forest, a small community between Memphis and Millington. He has two half-brothers, Jonathan and Stephen, from Charles' second marriage to Lisa Perry. Timberlake was inspired to become a performer by Janet Jackson, saying "She didn't just sing her song," fascinated by exuberance." At the age of 11, he appeared on the show Star Search, performing music songs as "Justin Randall". He then recruited Chasez to be in an all-male group, organized by boy manager Lou Pearlman, that eventually became NSYNC.Justin 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, actor. He is best known for his hit songs like "The Ghetto" and "Blow the Whistle". Too Short is credited as being one of the pioneer rappers of West Coast hop. His rap lyrics are primarily about pimping, promiscuity. Shaw grew up in South Central Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s, his family moved to Oakland, California. He was a drummer in the band at Fremont High School in Oakland. In the mid 1980s, Shaw produced custom songs with his high school friend, Freddy B. In the early 1990s his beats came from mid-to-late 2000s, a TR-909 was used. In 1985, Freddie B. formed the label Dangerous Music to regionally distribute his music and with others formed rap group The Dangerous Crew. 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 primarily collaborative, including work with Tupac Shakur, Pimp C. 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.Too 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. Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005. In 2007, T-Pain released his second Epiphany, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Thr33 Ringz, was released in 2008. T-Pain has also released a string of hit singles, including "I'm Sprung", "Buy U a Drank", "Bartender", "Can't Believe It", "5 O'Clock" 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 imprint Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005. Najm was raised in Tallahassee, Florida. His name is short for "Tallahassee Pain", was chosen because of the hardships he experienced while living there. He has expressed his lack of interest in the concept of religion. At age ten, Najm turned his bedroom into a studio, using a keyboard, a beat machine and a four-track recorder. T-Pain joined the group Nappy Headz in 2004 and later recorded "I'm Fucked Up", a cover version of Akon's single "Locked Up". Recording artist Akon immediately signed T-Pain to Konvict Muzik, his label. After being discovered, T-Pain began singing instead of rapping. T-Pain subsequently released his debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, on December 6, 2005.T-Pain – T-Pain at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Paradise, Nevada.
63. A Tribe Called Quest – MC Jarobi White, left the group after the release of their debut album. He continued to contribute to the band sporadically before rejoining for their 2006 reunion. 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. The group is regarded as a pioneer of hip-hop music, having helped to pave the way for innovative artists. 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. Phife Dawg were childhood friends who grew up together in New York. Initially, Q-Tip performed as a solo artist -- under the MC Love Child --, occasionally teaming up as a rapper and DJ duo. While the duo frequently made demos with Phife— known as Crush Connection at the time—, Phife only became a full member once White joined. The group's final name was coined by the Jungle Brothers, who attended the high school as Q-Tip and Muhammad. Q-Tip made two separate appearances on the Jungle Brothers' debut album, Straight Out the Jungle, in the songs "Black is Black" and "The Promo". Geffen decided against offering the group a recording contract, the group was granted permission to shop for a deal elsewhere. After receiving lucrative offers for multi-album deals from a variety of labels, the group opted for a modest deal offered by Jive Records.A Tribe Called Quest – A Tribe Called Quest in 2008
64. Whodini – Whodini is a hip hop group, formed in 1981. Whodini made significant inroads on urban radio. They were contemporaries of other hop groups such as the Fat Boys, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa and Warp 9. The group was managed by brother of Joseph "Run" Simmons of Run-D.M.C. The bulk of production on their releases was done by Larry Smith, a bass player who also handled much of Run-D.M.C.'s early work. "Magic's Wand" also has the distinction of being one of Whodini's most-sampled songs. Many of these songs were also groundbreaking in hip culture, as each one of the songs told a unique story from the urban perspective. The album ended up being certified for platinum-level sales upon its release. On May 2011, a deluxe version of Escape was released on CD with nine bonus tracks. "Last Night" was introspective. Drummer of Pendulum, was featured on the album. The group was involved in the first Fresh Fest tour, the first hip tour to play large coliseums nationwide. In July 1986 they appeared in front of an audience of 18,000. 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 albums.Whodini – Whodini, 1996
65. 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. On June 2013, BET honored Wilson with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Justin Timberlake. With Robert, he often sang in church before their father's Sunday sermons, accompanied on piano by their mother. He also sang in his junior high school's choir, a precursor to his musical career with The Gap Band and later his solo career. He attended high school at Booker T. Washington. He attended Langston University and would go on to become drum major in the Langston University Marching Pride. After 15 albums The Gap Band announced their retirement in 2010. According to Wilson's website, rapper Snoop Dogg nicknamed him "Uncle Charlie". Shante, renewed their vows outside of Los Angeles, CA. A few years later, Michael Paran persuaded Wilson to embark on a solo career. In 2004, Paran successfully negotiated a multi-album deal for Wilson with Jive Records. The album, 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, he worked with Eurythmics on their album We Too One, co-writing the hit song "Revival". Wilson performed the song with the band on the British television chat show Wogan in August 1989.Charlie Wilson (singer) – Charlie Wilson performs at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago (April 2010) (photo by Raymond Boyd)
66. Will Young – He also came in World Idol performing his single "Light My Fire". As a teenager, he studied politics before moving to London, where he studied musical theatre at Arts Educational School. He put his studies on hold in late 2001 to become a contestant on Pop Idol. After winning the following year, Young released his debut album From Now On which went straight to number one. Friday's Child enjoyed greater success, eventually going platinum five times in the UK and spawning three top five singles. His albums have spawned many songs that have accomplished top ten positions in the UK, four of which went to the number one spot. He has also undertaken numerous concert tours. Young has also accumulated the estimated worldwide sale of over eight million albums. Young's net worth was estimated at # million in April 2012. Alongside his career, he has acted in film, on stage and in television. For his performance in the 2013 London revival of the musical Cabaret, Young was nominated in a Musical. He has also participated in philanthropy and released books Anything is Possible, his autobiography Funny Peculiar. Born six weeks prematurely, Young is ten minutes older than Rupert. Young also has Emma. He was born into an middle-class family, whose paternal ancestry has strong ties to the British government and military services.Will Young – Will Young performing in 2011