Pages in category "Nu-disco musicians"
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The following 63 pages are in this category, out of 63 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Alcazar (band) – Worldwide, Alcazar sold over 12 million records between 2001 and 2004. Alcazar have also had success around the world with their song Crying at the Discoteque, having charted in USA, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Alcazar disbanded in August 2011 after a concert at Stockholm Pride. They reunited again in 2013 ahead of Melodifestivalen 2014, the group formed in 1998 with three members, Andreas Lundstedt, Tess Merkel, and Annika Kjærgaard. Their first single, Shine On, was a hit in Sweden, but it was with their release, Crying at the Discoteque. Both singles appeared on their album, Casino, written and produced by fellow Swedes Alexander Bard, later editions of Casino contain a cover of The Human Leagues hit Dont You Want Me, which also served as the third single off the album. In the United States, Alcazar gained moderate success, Crying at the Discoteque peaked at No.44 and Dont You Want Me peaked at No.30 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play. In December 2002, Lundstedts boyfriend at the time, Magnus Carlsson and their second album, Alcazarized, was released in Sweden in 2003 and became a big hit. It was released internationally in 2004 with new artwork and a slightly different track list. In September 2004, Alcazar released This Is the World We Live In, the song samples Diana Rosss 1980 hit single Upside Down and re-uses the lyrics and melody from Genesis 1986 single Land of Confusion. Their follow-up single, Physical, also sampled an older hit, the singles were followed up by the album Dancefloor Deluxe, which was released in Sweden in August 2004. In the winter of 2004/2005 they released the Christmas single Here I Am, Alcazar enjoyed considerable success in 2004 in their home country, Sweden. 2005 saw the release of the single Start the Fire, during the making of its music video, Kjærgaard had an accident in which she broke her foot. In the autumn of 2005, the decided to take a break. Andreas moved on to musicals and played the lead in Saturday Night Fever and it all turned out to be a very successful combination and a few months later the New Alcazar was formed. In January 2008, their first and comeback single We Keep on Rockin, written, the single quickly turned into a hit and only a week after the release the single passed gold status in sales. In March 2009, the new album Disco Defenders was released in Sweden, CD one,12 brand new tracks including We Keep on Rockin´, Burning, Harlem Nights, and Stay the Night. CD two,11 best of songs, among them Crying at the Discoteque, This Is the World We Live In, Disco Defenders received great reviews from the Swedish critics. In 2010, Alcazar recorded a duet with British pop group Same Difference and it was included on Same Differences second album The Rest Is History
2. Calvin Harris – Adam Richard Wiles, known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released in June 2007 and its lead single Im Not Alone became his first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart. Harris rose to prominence with the release of his third studio album 18 Months in October 2012. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the US Billboard 200 chart, Harris released his fourth studio album Motion in November 2014. It debuted at two in the UK and at number five in the US, and became Harriss second consecutive number one album on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The albums first three singles Under Control, Summer and Blame all topped the UK chart, Harris has collaborated with numerous other recording artists. His collaboration with Rihanna We Found Love became an international success, Harris later collaborated with Rihanna on the singles Where Have You Been and This Is What You Came For. Harris currently holds the record for the most top 10 songs from one album on the UK Singles Chart with nine top 10 entries. In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on the top 10 of Billboards Dance/Electronic Songs chart and he also became the first British solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify. Harris has received ten Brit Award nominations—three for Best British Male and he received the British Academys Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was named Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Additionally, Harris topped Forbes list of the worlds highest-paid DJs for three years from 2013 to 2015. One of the most successful musicians in contemporary British popular culture, Harris runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records. Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries and his parents, David Wiles, a biochemist, and Pamela, a homemaker, married in Oxford before moving to the Dumfries suburb of Georgetown. He has a sister, Sophie, and an older brother. He attended Dumfries High School, and after leaving school he stacked shelves in supermarkets and he was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and began recording bedroom demos in 1999. When Harris was 18 he released two songs Da Bongos and Brighter Days, both were released as 12-inch club singles and CD-EPs by the label Prima Facie in early 2002 under the name Stouffer. With these singles to his credit, Harris moved from Scotland to London, Only one of his songs was released during his time in London, Let Me Know with vocalist Ayah Marar on the Unabombers 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol.2. With the lack of job opportunities and money, Harris returned home to Dumfries, Harris signed contracts with Three Six Zero Group, EMI and Sony BMG in 2006 after he had been discovered on the social networking website Myspace
3. Little Boots – Victoria Christina Hesketh, better known by her stage name Little Boots, is an English electropop singer-songwriter and DJ. She was previously a member of the band Dead Disco, since performing as a solo artist she has released three albums, Hands, Nocturnes and Working Girl and a number of associated EPs and remixes. Hesketh has toured both as a DJ-only act as well as with a full band. Hands reached number five on the UK Albums Chart and the singles New in Town, Hesketh was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. Her father has a car business and her mother is a writer. The oldest sibling with three brothers, she was raised in Thornton, Lancashire, from the age of five, Hesketh played the piano and began lessons at six with Ruth Birchall, later taking lessons from Arthur Lingings and eventually winning a music scholarship. During this time she was taught how to play the flute, was a member of the school choir, trained initially in classical singing by Janet Wunderley, by the age of thirteen Hesketh was writing her own songs. Hesketh attended the private Rossall School in Fleetwood, and then Blackpool Sixth Form College, reaching the third round, she was eliminated by the producers of the show and did not reach the panel of judges. She stated, It gave me a skin and it made me realise that it wasnt a short cut to getting where I wanted to be. She subsidised her course by playing awful, schmoozy lounge versions of Norah Jones songs in hotels around the north-west and it paid me loads of money, but its not what I wanted to be doing she said. It was during her time at Leeds University that Hesketh, along two of her fellow students, formed the all-girl band Dead Disco, Hesketh herself eventually becoming the lead singer. While studying at the University of Leeds, Hesketh answered an advertisement posted by Lucy Catherwood. With Dead Disco, Hesketh sang lead vocals and played synth, while Catherwood and Franceon played guitar and bass, Working with Ford in his London attic studio, the band issued a limited release of their debut single The Treatment in April 2006 on the record label High Voltage. Their second release City Place was a release through Playlouder Records. With the success of several sell out gigs and an appearance at the Leeds Festival, however, it was around this time that Hesketh herself began to write songs not in keeping with the bands indie style. Choosing a new direction, Hesketh left Dead Disco, they officially revealed their disbandment on their Myspace blog in December 2008. Before I used to think, What would a jazz performer do. Or What would the band do. —Now its so easy because its What would I do
4. Kylie Minogue – Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson, since then, Minogue has been a recording artist and has achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the entertainment industry. Minogue has been recognised with several nicknames including Princess of Pop. She is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Minogue has for many years worked and lived in London. She signed to PWL in 1987 and released her first studio album Kylie the next year, in 1992, she left PWL and signed with Deconstruction Records and where she created her self-titled studio album and Impossible Princess, both of which received positive reviews from critics. Returning to more mainstream dance-oriented music, Minogue signed to Parlophone and her 2001 single Cant Get You Out of My Head became one of the most successful singles during the 2000s, selling over ten million units. It is recognised as her song and was named the catchiest song ever by Yahoo. Her album Fever was a hit in countries, including the United States. In 2005, while Minogue was on her Showgirl, The Greatest Hits Tour, after treatment, she resumed the tour under the title Showgirl, The Homecoming Tour, which critics viewed as a triumph. Minogue resumed work as an actress and appeared in the films Moulin Rouge, Jack & Diane, and Holy Motors. In 2014, she appeared as a judge on the series of The Voice UK. Her other ventures include product endorsements, children books and fashion, as of 2015, Minogue has had worldwide record sales of more than 80 million. She has mounted several successful and critically acclaimed concert world tours and she was appointed OBE by Charles, Prince of Wales in 2008. She was appointed by the French government as a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture, Minogue was awarded an honorary Doctor of Health Science degree by Anglia Ruskin University for her work in raising awareness for breast cancer. In November 2011, on the 25th anniversary of the ARIA Music Awards, in December 2016, Billboard ranked her as the 18th most successful dance artist of all-time. Kylie was born to Ronald Charles Minogue and Carol Ann Jones in Melbourne, Australia and her father is a fifth generation Australian, and has Irish ancestry, while her mother came from Maesteg, Wales. Jones had lived in Wales until age ten when her mother and father, Millie and Denis Jones, just before Kylies birth, Ron qualified as an accountant and worked through several jobs while Carol worked as a professional dancer. Kylies younger brother, Brendan, is a cameraman in Australia, while her younger sister Dannii Minogue is also a singer
5. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters is an American pop group formed in 2001. Forged in the scuzzy, gay nightlife scene of New York and its members include Jake Shears and Ana Matronic as vocalists, Babydaddy as multi-instrumentalist, Del Marquis as lead guitar/bassist, and Randy Real as drummer. Scissor Sisters incorporates diverse and innovative styles in their music, but tends to sway towards pop rock, glam rock, nu-disco, the band came to prominence following the release of their Grammy-nominated and chart-topping disco version of Comfortably Numb and subsequent debut album Scissor Sisters. The album was a success, particularly in the UK where it reached number one, was the album of 2004, was later certified platinum by the BPI. The band released their studio album Magic Hour in May 2012. Scissor Sisters has performed around the world and have become well-recognized for their controversial, in 2004, Bono, lead vocalist of rock band U2, described Scissor Sisters as the best pop group in the world. They have also collaborated with Global Cool in 2007 on one of their green lifestyle campaigns and they began producing music together, with Babydaddy composing music and Shears writing lyrics. The duo released a couple of singles to little success and began appearing at clubs on New Yorks Lower East Side. On a trip to Disneyland, the pair met Ana Ana Matronic Lynch at a screening of Michael Jacksons Captain EO, during a subsequent teacup ride, they discovered that they had a lot in common. Shears later remarked, I really thought she was a freak, Matronic invited the pair to appear at Knock Off, which they did on September 21,2001. Shears dressed as his character Jason the Amazing Back-Alley Late Term Abortion whilst Matronic, dressed as a reject from Andy Warhols Factory, joined the pair on stage and sang. Shears and Babydaddy felt she was effective and asked her to join the band on a permanent basis. The trio then began appearing at clubs, dropping the word Fibrillating from their name. They primarily played electroclash, which was popular at the time in the club scene of New York with bands like Peaches. They were soon joined by Derek Del Marquis Gruen on lead guitar and they were joined by a fifth member, Patrick Paddy Boom Seacor, on drums who felt the need to explain to his mother that its not a gay band. There gay members, but it doesnt matter and its about the music and about performance. In 2002, the signed with a small New York record company called A Touch of Class for a two-single deal. Their first single Electrobix dealt with gay mens obsessions with working out but proved to be less popular than its B-side, a cover version of Pink Floyds progressive rock classic Comfortably Numb
6. Big Bang (British band) – Big Bang are a British electronic music duo that came to prominence in the late 1980s. The band consists of Laurence Malice and Iain Williams, based in London, the duo were signed to Swanyard Records and spearheaded the music genre known as big beat. Big Bang were formed during the part of 1988. Laurence and Iain had previously been in a band together called You You You along with the vocalist Karen OConnor and you You You gave their first concert at a secret location in Charing Cross Road, London, in early January 1987. So secret was the venue, members of the band have since forgotten what it was called, the show was arranged as an unannounced warm-up gig before their debut at the Camden Palace on 13 January. The band billed their first series of concerts as ‘Stage 1’ of their ‘World Domination Tour and their appearance at the Camden Palace attracted over 1,000 people on what the Met Office recorded as probably being Englands coldest night of the 20th Century. The band received an invitation to appear at The Party, on the bill were some of the best known names in the music industry including Elton John, George Michael, Bob Geldof, Meat Loaf, Ben E. King and Kim Wilde. The show was televised to over 100 million viewers worldwide, due to the volume of acts who performed at the event, You You You were allotted an appearance at the After-Party show held at a theatre in London’s West End. On 12 July, You You You made a guest appearance on the Channel 4 TV show Network 7 and their pop video for Head over Heels directed by Steven Chivers was premiered on the show and Karen was interviewed by presenter Magenta Devine inside a specially built caravan. On 17 December, You You You gave a special Christmas Show at the Hippodrome and it would become the bands last ever live performance. In February 1988, You You You signed a deal with Orinoco to record a single for Major Productions under the guidance of Orinoco Studios owner Tom Astor, the Lager Brothers - Ken Thomas and Zeke Manyika - produced two tracks with the band. In July the project came to a halt after Karen quit the band to concentrate on her acting career, soon after the split Laurence and Iain created Big Bang as a duo using session vocalists for recordings and live performances. The single You You You recorded titled How Can This be Love was never released, the track was penned by Williams and co-produced by Fiachra Trench and Iain Williams. The 9-minute recording based on repetitive chord structures was an experiment in producing a rhythmic, minimalistic dance track aimed specifically for the dance clubs. In 1985, Iain produced and co-wrote the single The Boys Were There released on the Fridge nightclub indie label, Latex Records, Big Bang signed to Swanyard Records at the start of 1989. The label was founded by Margarita Hamilton owner of Walton Castle and they released their first record on Swanyard Records in June 1989, an Arabic inspired version of the ABBA classic Voulez-Vous b-side Cold Nights In Cairo. It reached #101 in the BBC national chart, the single was produced by Big Bang and Steev Toth. Both 7 and 12 versions were released, the band used session vocalists on all their recordings
7. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor is an English singer, songwriter and model. She first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the singer of the indie rock band Theaudience. After the group disbanded, Ellis-Bextor went solo, achieving success in the early 2000s. Her music is a mixture of pop, disco, nu-disco. Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in September 2001, the album reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. The record experienced international success, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide and it produced four singles, three of which reached the top three in the UK. In 2003, Read My Lips won the Edison Award for Best Dance Album, Ellis-Bextors second album, Shoot from the Hip, was released in October 2003. The album reached number 19 in the UK and produced two top ten singles, Trip the Light Fantastic, her third album, was released in May 2007 and reached number seven in the UK. The album produced three singles, one of which reached the top ten in the UK, in 2009, Ellis-Bextor released the Freemasons collaboration Heartbreak and her first extended play, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, iTunes Live in London. Her fourth studio album, Make a Scene, was released in April 2011, in 2014, Ellis-Bextor released her fifth studio album, Wanderlust which became her highest charting album since Read My Lips, peaking at number 4 in the UK. Coinciding with the release, the lead single, Young Blood. As a young girl, she appeared on several Blue Peter items and she is the half-sister of Jackson Ellis-Leach, her bands drummer. She attended St. Stephens School and later Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, among her earliest public performances were with the W11 Opera childrens opera from the age of thirteen, and she is now a patron of the organisation. She is a supporter of Fulham F. C. At the age of four, Ellis-Bextor appeared on the BBCs Thats Life and she began her musical career in 1997, singing lead vocals in indie band Theaudience. Theaudience released four singles, including the UK Top 40 hits I Know Enough, and A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed, videos for the bands singles were directed by her father, Robin Bextor. While in Theaudience, readers of Melody Maker voted Ellis-Bextor number one in a poll of most sexy people in rock, the band split in 1999 after demos for a planned second album were rejected by their label Mercury Records, who then dropped the band. After Theaudience split, Ellis-Bextor took a year off from singing, in 2000, Ellis-Bextor collaborated with Italian DJ Spiller, adding vocals to his then-instrumental club track Groovejet, her first recorded work since that with Theaudience
8. Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair is a dance music project created by American DJ Andy Butler in 2008. Consisting of a rotating cast of performers and musicians, the work within the genres of house music, disco, techno. Originally based in New York City, now based in Ghent, Belgium, Hercules and Love Affair were founded following Butlers collaboration with Anohni to produce the song Blind, which was a hit single. Initially signing to DFA Records, for their eponymous 2008 debut album, a new album is due in 2017. Andrew Butler was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and has described growing up in a violent household without any role models and he developed an early love for Greek mythology, which later inspired him to name his band after the mythological hero of Hercules. Interested in music, he played the piano, and began composing classical pieces from the age of thirteen, Butlers interest switched to focus on dance music after buying a record by the band Yazoo. As he later related, I started DJing because I needed to get out of the house, I was, like, Take me to the club or theres going to be a really ugly situation at home today. I found a lot of freedom in the nightclub to express myself, I am a gay man and I grew up with a certain struggle and because of that, I have a story to tell. In the late 1990s, Butler moved to New York City to attend Sarah Lawrence College, in the city he befriended the musician Anohni—then working under her birth name of Antony Hegarty—and in 2004 convinced her to perform vocals for a song he had written, titled Blind. At the time, she described it as curious. In 2007, after Anohni had won the Mercury Prize for her work with Antony and the Johnsons, Butler approached her with the Blind demo, and they agreed to release it. Butler decided to do so under the name of Hercules and Love Affair because it reflected his interest in Greco-Roman mythology, it referenced Hercules, according to Butler, stayed on the island, looking for his boyfriend. I just thought this was super-beautiful, the strongest man on earth looking for his lost love, strong men can have strong feelings. And they can experience those feelings and experience pain and express pain —, DFA Records agreed to release the song, with DFA founder Tim Goldsworthy stating that We had slight reservations that ‘Blind’ would be a one-hit wonder. But then he played us some bits he had been playing around with at home, the single was first released in the United Kingdom in March 2007, where it made the Top 40. It was awarded Best Song of 2008 by Pitchfork Media and came in at sixth place in Resident Advisors Top 30 tracks of that year, while Entertainment Weekly called it the second best song of the year. At this point, Butler decided to establish Hercules and Love Affair as a musical project, stating his intent to release music with a rotating cast of performers. The bands self-titled debut album was released in Europe through DFAs parent company, EMI, however, although Anohni would appear on five of the albums tracks, she did not participate in the bands live performances
9. Justice (band) – Not to be confused with the American hip hop emcee Just-Ice. Justice is a French electronic music duo consisting of Gaspard Augé, the duo is the most successful group on Ed Banger Records and is managed by the labels head, Pedro Winter. Justice is known for incorporating a strong rock and indie influence into its music, the bands debut album † was released in June 2007 to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album and came in at number 15 on Pitchforks Top 50 Albums of 2007. It was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, losing out to The Reminder by Feist, the bands remix of the MGMT song Electric Feel won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009. In September 2009, it was announced that Justice would be moving to WMG/Atlantics newly relaunched Elektra Records label, the band reportedly started to work on its second album in mid-2010. The first single entitled Civilization was released on 28 March 2011, the band released its second album, Audio, Video, Disco, on 24 October 2011. This was followed by the album on 7 May 2013. Justice announced their album, Woman, through their Facebook page. Justice first produced tracks together for Musclorvisions Hits Up to You, the compilation included two of their songs, and a track by Augés alter-ego Microloisir. Justice first came to prominence through its 2003 remix of Simians track Never Be Alone, the remix resulted in the group being signed to Ed Banger and became a hit in clubs and on the Internet. The track was re-released in 2006 with additional remixes, the duos prolific remix work continued, as it turned in mixes for Franz Ferdinand, Mystery Jets, Soulwax, and Mr. Oizo. Justice won the award for Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 for Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends. Augé and de Rosnay were not present at the ceremony, Justices debut album, titled †, was released on Ed Banger Records on 11 June 2007. The album was released in the United States on Downtown/Ed Banger, the album was preceded by the D. A. N. C. E. EP, released on 28 May 2007, which featured the tracks Phantom, D. A. N. C. E. was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. On 1 November, Justice received the Video Star award at the European Music Awards in Munich and was named the Best French Act of the Year, Justice was chosen to do a mix for the Fabriclive series in 2008, but Fabric rejected it. De Rosnay said that, hey werent ready for something like this, now titled Justice Xmas Mix, the mix is available on the Internet
10. Petra Marklund – Petra Linnea Paula Marklund, known also by her previous stage name, September, is a Swedish singer, songwriter, and television presenter. In Sweden, Marklund had her biggest success with the Swedish-language single Mikrofonkåt and it became her first number-one hit in her native country, held the top position for 11 consecutive weeks, and was certified 8x Platinum. It was included on the fourth September studio album, Love CPR, Marklund released her first Swedish-language studio album, Inferno, in 2012 under her own name, to distinguish from September. Lead single Händerna mot himlen was certified 6x Platinum as per 5 May 2015 and she was the host of Swedish sing-along show Allsång på Skansen from 2014 to 2015. Her second Swedish-language studio album Ensam inte stark was released in November 2015, Marklund was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Her mother is Slovenian, who had a background and even entered in a Slovenian Music Contest, and a Swedish father. Her sister is a fashion designer, when Marklund was a child, her family used to call her the September child, hence her stage name. Marklund started recording music in studios at the age of 12, in 1998, she was discovered by Swedish producer and songwriter Hans Edler. She recorded her first album Teen Queen, produced and written by Edler, however, the album was unsuccessful and received negative reviews. When she was 17, she sang in a rock band and she had said that she used to play guitar outside shops so she could get money to buy lollies. 2 June 2003, at the age of 18, she had released her debut single La La La, the single was a success in her homeland in Sweden, where it peaked at number 8 for twenty two weeks. The second single that was released was We Can Do It, the song peaked at number 10, staying in the charts for twelve weeks. Due to the success of both the singles, the self-titled album September was released on 11 February 2004 in Sweden, then released later in 2004. The song peaked at number 36 on the charts, becoming a least success, as a result, September released her last single September All Over. The song peaked at number 8, and stayed in the charts for ten weeks, after a silence for a while, September later signed to her current label CatchyTunes, and later released the single Satellites on 6 July 2005. Satellites was Septembers first single from her studio album In Orbit and peaked at number 4 on the Swedish Single Charts. It also manage to chart in Finland, peaking at number 18, the song currently stands at number 139 in the Swedish All-time best performing in the Singles Chart being certified as Platinum. Her second single was Looking For Love, which had peaked at number 17 on the Swedish Charts, breaking Septembers top ten singles, September later released her third single Flowers on the Grave, which was released on 1 March 2006