AFI is an American rock band from Ukiah, formed in 1991. The band's lineup stabilized in 1998 with lead vocalist Davey Havok and backing vocalist Adam Carson, bassist Hunter Burgan, guitarist Jade Puget. Burgan and Puget play keyboards and contribute programming and backing vocals, while Havok and Carson are the sole remaining original members. A hardcore punk band, they have since delved into many genres, starting with horror punk and following through post-hardcore and emo into alternative rock and gothic rock. AFI has released ten studio albums, ten EPs, one live album and one DVD; the band first reached substantial commercial success with their fifth album, The Art of Drowning, which peaked at number 174 on the Billboard 200. They broke into the mainstream with their sixth, Sing the Sorrow, which peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 51 weeks; the album was supported by popular singles "Girl's Not Grey" and "Silver and Cold", both of which peaked at number seven on America's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2003.
"The Leaving Song Pt. II" was released as a single, reaching number 16 on the chart. Sing the Sorrow was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2006 and is AFI's best-selling release, having sold over 1.26 million copies as of September 2009. AFI's seventh album, Decemberunderground, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and featured the hit single "Miss Murder", which topped the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another single, "Love Like Winter", reached number four on the Modern Rock Tracks chart; the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2013. Decemberunderground was followed three years by Crash Love, four years by Burials; the band's tenth and latest album, AFI, was released on January 20, 2017, peaked at number five on the Billboard 200, making it their second-highest chart position. Their latest release is The Missing Man EP from December 2018. While still in high school in Ukiah, Davey Havok, Mark Stopholese and Vic Chalker formed a band called AFI in November 1991.
While the meaning of the initialism "AFI" stems from the full title "A Fire Inside," band members have stated that the name originated from the titles "Asking for It" and "Anthems for Insubordinates." At the time, the band did not know. Stopholese suggested Adam Carson, who had a drum kit join the band. Stopholese learned guitar and Chalker learned bass, but Chalker was soon replaced by Geoff Kresge and AFI made its first EP in recording Dork with the now defunct band Loose Change, which included future AFI lead guitarist Jade Puget. AFI's beginnings were somewhat inauspicious, as Davey Havok laughed in a 1999 interview, "We were amazed that we got our shit together enough to put out a split 7-inch with Jade's band at the time."AFI disbanded when its members attended different colleges, one of, UC Berkeley where members of the band lived and practiced for a time in the basement of the Delta Chi fraternity house on Channing Way. Kresge moved to New York where he played with street punk band Blanks 77.
The members of the band decided to pursue playing in AFI full-time after enjoying an positive experience and enthusiastic crowd response at a reunion show at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California, in 1993. Between 1993 and 1995, the band released several vinyl EPs independently, their first full-length, Answer That and Stay Fashionable was released July 4, 1995, on Wingnut Records, was produced by Tim Armstrong. The album featured fast and upbeat hardcore songs, with humorous lyrical themes, which are well-vocalized in songs such as "Nyquil", "Cereal Wars", "I Wanna Get a Mohawk"; the album's cover is a parody of the film Reservoir Dogs's promotional poster. The album title takes. Audio samples from both films/shows and European Vacation are featured in several of the album's tracks, namely "Don't Make Me Ill" and "High School Football Hero". AFI signed on to Dexter Holland of The Offspring's label, they would remain with the label until the release of the 336 EP. Around this time they coined the term'East Bay hardcore' to describe their genre of music.
In 1996, AFI released their second album, Very Proud of Ya. The songs "Cruise Control" and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" from Very Proud of Ya were used in the 1996 independent film Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore, first screened in 1997 and featured Havok in a small role. Two songs from their previous album, "Yurf Rendenmein" and "Two of A Kind", were re-recorded for this album. After several tours in support of the album Very Proud of Ya, Kresge decided to leave the group, his spot was filled by Hunter Burgan for the remaining Very Proud of Ya tour dates. Burgan went on to help AFI record Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes and was invited to become the full-time bassist. Future AFI lead guitarist Jade Puget provided background vocals and additional guitar on Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, with his name credited as'Jade "The Playah" Puget', making it the first album to feature all four current members of the band; the release of Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes is notable because AFI started to gather a larger following.
When asked about the band's beginnings, Davey Havok stated to Revolver Magazine, "T
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, drummer Andy Hurley; the band originated from Chicago's hardcore punk scene, with which all members were involved at one point. The group was formed by Wentz and Trohman as a pop punk side project of the members' respective hardcore bands, Stump joined shortly thereafter; the group went through a succession of drummers before landing Hurley and recording the group's debut album, Take This to Your Grave. The album became an underground success and helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase through heavy touring, as well as some moderate commercial success. Take This to Your Grave has been cited as an influential blueprint for pop punk music in the 2000s. With Wentz as the band's lyricist and Stump as the primary composer, the band's 2005 major-label breakthrough, From Under the Cork Tree, produced two hit singles, "Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Dance, Dance", went double platinum, transforming the group into superstars and making Wentz a celebrity and tabloid fixture.
Fall Out Boy received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2006 Grammy Awards. The band's 2007 follow-up, Infinity on High, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 260,000 first week sales, it produced two worldwide hit singles, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and "Thnks fr th Mmrs". Folie à Deux, the band's fourth album, created a mixed response from fans and commercially undersold expectations. Following the release of Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits, the band took a hiatus from 2009 to 2012 to "decompress", exploring various side projects; the band regrouped and recorded Save Rock and Roll, becoming its second career number one and included the top 20 single "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark". The same year, the band released the EP PAX AM Days, consisting of 8 punk-influenced tracks that were recorded during a two-day session with producer Ryan Adams; the band's sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, spawned the top-10 hit "Centuries" and the single "Uma Thurman" which reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This was followed by their first remix album Make America Psycho Again, which featured the remixes of all original tracks from American Beauty/American Psycho by a different artist on each song, including Migos and Wiz Khalifa. The band's seventh studio album Mania peaked at No. 1, making it the band's fourth No. 1 album and the group's sixth consecutive top 10 album. In 2018, Fall Out Boy received their second Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album for MANIA. Fall Out Boy was formed in 2001 in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Illinois by friends Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman. Wentz was a "visible fixture" of the small Chicago hardcore punk scene of the late 1990s, performing in various groups such as Birthright and First Born, as well the metalcore band Arma Angelus and the more political Racetraitor, "a band that managed to land the covers of Maximumrocknroll and Heartattack fanzines before releasing a single note of music". Wentz was growing dissatisfied with the changing mores of the community, which he viewed as a transition from political activism to an emphasis on moshing and breakdowns.
With enthusiasm in Arma Angelus waning, he created a pop punk side project with Trohman as an "easy and escapist" project. Trohman met Patrick Stump a drummer for grindcore band Xgrinding processX and a host of other bands that "never managed", at a Borders bookstore in Wilmette. While discussing Neurosis with a friend, Stump interrupted the conversation to correct their classification of the band in a conversation that soon shifted to the new band. Stump, viewing it as an opportunity to try out with "local hardcore celebrity" Wentz, directed Trohman to his MP3.com page, which contained sung-through acoustic recordings. Stump intended to try out as a drummer. While Wentz wanted Racetraitor bandmate Andy Hurley in the group as drummer, Hurley appeared uninterested and too busy; the band's first public performance came in a cafeteria at DePaul University alongside Stilwell and another group that performed Black Sabbath in its entirety. The band's only performance with guitarist John Flamandan and original drummer Ben Rose was in retrospect described as "goofy" and "bad", but Trohman made an active effort to make the band work, picking up members for practice.
Wentz and Stump argued over band names. After creating a short list of names that included "Fall Out Boy", a fictional character from The Simpsons and Bongo Comics, friends voted on the name; the band's second performance, at a southern Illinois university with The Killing Tree, began with Wentz introducing the band under a name Stump recalled as "very long". According to Stump, an audience member yelled out, "Fuck that, no, you're Fall Out Boy!", the band were credited in the show under that name by Killing Tree frontman Tim McIlrath. As the group looked up to McIlrath, Trohman and Stump were "die-hard" Simpsons fans, the name stuck; the group's first cassette tape demo was recorded in Rose's basement, but the band set off for Wisconsin to record a proper demo with 7 Angels 7 Plagues drummer Jared Logan, whom Wentz knew through connections in the hardcore scene. Several more members passed through the group, including drummer Mike Pareskuwicz of Subsist and guitarist T. J. "Racine" Kunasch. While Stump at this point felt unintereste
American Idiot is the seventh studio album by American rock band Green Day, released on September 20, 2004 by Reprise Records. Following disappointing sales of their previous album Warning, the band took a break before recording their next album, titled Cigarettes and Valentines; the recording process was cut short when the album's master tapes were stolen, rather than re-recording that material, the band decided to start over. A concept album dubbed a "punk rock opera" by the band members, American Idiot follows the story of Jesus of Suburbia, a lower-middle-class American adolescent anti-hero. Through its plot, the album expresses the disillusionment and dissent of a generation that came of age in a period shaped by tumultuous events such as the Iraq War. Recording sessions were split between two California studios between 2003 and 2004. American Idiot marked a career comeback for Green Day following a period of decreased success, it charted in 27 countries, peaking at number one in 19, sold 16 million copies worldwide.
The album spawned five successful singles: "American Idiot", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Holiday", "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Jesus of Suburbia". American Idiot was well received critically and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2005, its success inspired a planned feature film adaptation. It has been praised in the years following its release, appearing on several year-end and decade-end lists. Green Day, which formed in 1986 and spent early years touring punk rock clubs, emerged in the early 1990s as one of the most popular rock acts, their third album and major-label debut Dookie sold upwards of 20 million copies. Subsequent releases were hits, including the multi-platinum successes Insomniac and Nimrod, their subsequent album Warning, released in 2000, was considered a significant commercial disappointment, despite positive reviews. In early 2002, the band embarked on the Pop Disaster Tour, co-headlining with Blink-182; the tour created momentum for the trio, who began to be viewed as "elder statesmen" of the pop punk scene at the time, which consisted of bands like Good Charlotte, Sum 41, New Found Glory.
By this time, things had come to a point regarding unresolved personal issues between the three band members. The band was argumentative and miserable, according to band member Mike Dirnt, needed to "shift directions". In addition, the band released a greatest hits album, International Superhits!, which they felt was "an invitation to midlife crisis". Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong called Dirnt and asked him, "Do you wanna do anymore?" He felt insecure, having become "fascinated and horrified" by his reckless lifestyle, his marriage was in jeopardy. Dirnt and Tré Cool viewed the frontman as controlling, while Armstrong feared to show his bandmates new songs. Beginning in January 2003, the group had weekly personal discussions, which resulted in a revitalized feeling among the musicians, they settled on more musical input from Cool and Dirnt, with "more respect and less criticism". The band had spent much of 2002 recording new material at Studio 880 in Oakland, California for an album titled Cigarettes and Valentines, creating "polka songs, filthy versions of Christmas tunes, salsa numbers" for the project, hoping to establish something new within their music.
After completing twenty songs, the rough demo master tapes were stolen that November. The musicians insisted they had no leads on its whereabouts until 2016, when during an interview with NME Armstrong and Dirnt stated that they recovered the material, that the band is now using the tapes for ideas; the band consulted longtime producer Rob Cavallo about. Cavallo told the members to ask themselves. Armstrong said that the band members "couldn't look at ourselves and say,'That was the best thing we've done.' So we decided to move on and do something new." The band members agreed to spend the next three months writing new material. American Idiot was born out of two incidents: the loss of the aforementioned recordings and an occasion when the trio each individually crafted their own ambitious thirty-second songs. Armstrong recalled, "It started getting more serious. We kept connecting these little half-minute bits until we had something." This musical suite became "Homecoming", the group subsequently wrote another suite, "Jesus of Suburbia".
It changed the development of the album, the trio began viewing songs as more than their format—as chapters, movements, or a feature film or novel. Soon afterward, Armstrong penned the record's title track, which explicitly addresses sociopolitical issues; the group decided that they would steer the development of the album toward what they dubbed a "punk rock opera."Prior to recording, Green Day rented rehearsal space in Oakland. Armstrong invited Cavallo to help guide their writing processes. Cavallo encouraged the idea of a concept album, recalling a conversation the two had a decade prior, in which Armstrong expressed his desire for their career to have a "Beatles-like arc to their creativity." During the group's sessions at Studio 880, the members of Green Day spent their days writing material and would stay up late and discussing music. The band set up a pirate radio station from which it would broadcast jam sessions, along with occasional prank calls; the band demoed the album sufficiently so that it would be written and sequenced before they went to record.
Hoping to clear his head and develop new ideas for songs, Arms
Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million, her debut studio album, Let Go, emphasized a skate punk persona in which she has since been referred by critics and music publications as the "Pop Punk Queen", due to her achievement and impact in the industry. Lavigne is considered a key musician in the development of pop punk music, since she paved the way for female-driven, punk-influenced pop music. Since her professional debut, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide, making her the third-best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, behind Celine Dion and Shania Twain. Lavigne's breakthrough single, "Complicated", reached number one in several countries worldwide and led to Lavigne becoming the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album in the United Kingdom, her second studio album, Under My Skin, became Lavigne's first album to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, going on to sell 10 million copies worldwide.
The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne's third studio album, reached number one in seven countries worldwide and saw the international success of its lead single "Girlfriend", which became her first single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Her fourth and fifth studio albums, Goodbye Lullaby and Avril Lavigne, saw continued commercial success and were both certified gold in Canada, the United States, other territories. In addition to music, Lavigne voiced Heather, a Virginia opossum, in the animated film Over the Hedge, made her screen acting debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, in 2009, she released her first perfume, Black Star, followed by Forbidden Rose in 2010, Wild Rose in 2011. Lavigne has been married twice: to Deryck Whibley from 2006 to 2010, Chad Kroeger from 2013 to 2015. Lavigne was born in 1984 at Belleville, Canada, she was named "Avril" by her father after the French word for the month of April. He and Lavigne's mother recognized their child's vocal abilities when she was two years old and sang "Jesus Loves Me" on the way home from church.
Lavigne has an older brother, a younger sister, both of whom teased her when she sang. "My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep and he thought it was annoying." She is the sister-in-law of Japanese band One OK Rock bassist Ryota Kohama. Lavigne's paternal grandfather Maurice Yves Lavigne was born in Quebec. A member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, he married Lucie Dzierzbicki, a French native of Morhange, in France in 1953, their son, Jean-Claude Lavigne was born in 1954 on the RCAF Station Grostenquin in Grostenquin, Lorraine. When Jean-Claude was a child, the family moved to Ontario, in 1975, he married Judith-Rosanne "Judy" Loshaw; when Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Greater Napanee, Ontario, a town with a population of 5,000. In school, she was sometimes kicked out of class for misbehaving, her parents supported her singing. Her father bought her a microphone, a drum kit, a keyboard, several guitars, converted their basement into a studio.
When Lavigne was 14 years old, her parents took her to karaoke sessions. Lavigne performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, she began writing her own songs. Her first song was called "Can't Stop Thinking About You", about a teenage crush, which she described as "cheesy cute". In 1999, Lavigne won a radio contest to perform with the Canadian singer Shania Twain at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, before an audience of 20,000 people. Twain and Lavigne sang Twain's song, "What Made You Say That", Lavigne told Twain that she was going to be "a famous singer". During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folksinger Stephen Medd, he invited her to contribute vocals for his 1999 album, Quinte Spirit. She sang on "Temple of Life" and "Two Rivers" for his follow-up album, My Window to You, in 2000. In December 1999, Lavigne was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario.
Fabri sent out VHS tapes of Lavigne's home performances to several industry prospects, Lavigne was visited by several executives. Mark Jowett, co-founder of a Canadian management firm, received a copy of Lavigne's karaoke performances recorded in her parents' basement. Jowett arranged for Lavigne to work with producer Peter Zizzo during the summer of 2000 in New York, where she wrote the song "Why". Lavigne was noticed by Arista Records during a trip to New York. In November 2000, Ken Krongard, an A&R representative, invited Antonio "L. A." Reid head of Arista Records, to Zizzo's Manhattan studio to hear Lavigne sing. Her 15-minute audition "so impressed" Reid that he signed her to Arista with a deal worth $1.25 million for two albums and an extra $900,000 for a publishing advance. By this time, Lavigne had found that she fit in with her hometown high school's skater clique, an image that carried through to her first album, but although she enjoyed skateboarding, school left her feeling insecure.
Having signed a record deal, with support from her parents, she left school to focus on her music career. Lavigne's band was ch
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, dancer and philanthropist. Born and raised in Barranquilla, her first studio albums and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s. According to Billboard, she has sold over 10 million albums in Latin America alone by 2001. Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service in 2001, its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became one of the most successful singles of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno and Oral Fixation, Volume Two, the latter of which spawned the best selling single of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie". Shakira's eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf and Sale el Sol, received critical praise, her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka", which featured a South African band Freshly Grounds, became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time with 10 million downloads. With over 2 billion views, it is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube.
She has four of the twenty top-selling hits of the 2000s, more than any other artist. Shakira has received numerous awards, including 3 Grammy Awards, 13 Latin Grammy Awards, 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and sold over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists. From 2012 to 2015, she was listed among world's top 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes. In 2017, she was listed as one of the world's greatest leaders by Fortune, ranked at 27th, she is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Born on 2 February 1977 in Barranquilla, she is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado, her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City. Her father emigrated to Colombia at age 5; the name Shakira is Arabic for "grateful", the feminine form of the name Shakir. From her mother, she has Italian ancestry.
She attended Catholic schools. She has eight older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage. Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, wrote her first poem, titled "La Rosa De Cristal/The Crystal Rose", when she was only four years old; as she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got that typewriter at the age of seven, has continued writing poetry since then; these poems evolved into songs. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was killed in a motorcycle accident; when Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which accompanied belly dancing. She started dancing on the table, the experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer, she enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers at her Catholic school, but in second grade, she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong.
The music teacher told her that she sounded "like a goat". At school, she was sent out of the class because of her hyperactivity, she says she had been known as "the belly dancer girl", as she would demonstrate every Friday at school a number she had learned. "That's how I discovered my passion for live performance," she says. To instill gratitude in Shakira for her upbringing, her father took her to a local park to see orphans who lived there; the images stayed with her, she said to herself: "One day I'm going to help these kids when I become a famous artist."Between the ages of 10 and 13, Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla and gained some recognition in the area. It was at this approximate time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Ariza convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for Shakira in a hotel lobby. Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director.
However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause". Undaunted and still convinced that Shakira had talent, Vargas set up an audition in Bogotá, he arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance. She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums. Shakira's debut album, was recorded with Sony Music Colombia in 1990 when she was only 13 years old; the songs are a collection made by her since she was eight, mixed pop-rock ballads and disco uptempo songs with electronic accompaniment. The album was featured "Magia" and three other singles. Though it fared well on Colombian radio and gave the young Shakira much exposure, the album did not fare well commercially, as only 1,200 copies were sol
Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. known professionally as Nelly, is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly embarked on his music career with Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics, in 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar, of which the featured title-track and the single "Ride wit Me" were top ten hits; the album went on to peak at number one. Country Grammar is Nelly's best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States. His following album Nellyville, produced the number-one hits "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma". Other singles included "Work It", "Air Force Ones", "Pimp Juice" and "#1". With the same-day dual release of Sweat and the compilation Sweatsuit, Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart.
Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays. It produced the singles "Party People", "Stepped on My J'z" and "Body on Me". In 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, "Just a Dream", was certified triple platinum in the United States, it included the singles "Move That Body" and "Gone". Nelly won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, he has two clothing lines and Apple Bottoms. He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as "one of the biggest stars of the new millennium", the RIAA ranks Nelly as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history, with 21 million albums sold in the United States. On December 11, 2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade. Nelly was born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. in Austin, the only son of Cornell Haynes and Rhonda Mack. Haynes' father was serving in the Air Force for much of his childhood.
When he was seven, his parents divorced. Haynes moved with his mother from St. Louis to Missouri as a teenager. While in high school, Nelly formed the St. Lunatics, with his friends Ali, Murphy Lee and Slo'Down, his half brother City Spud; the group enjoyed moderate local popularity with their single "Gimme What Ya Got" in 1997. Despite being popular in Missouri and the surrounding areas, the group struggled to achieve success outside of St. Louis and the group agree to let Nelly go solo, after a major record deal failed to appear. In 1999, Nelly was signed to Universal Music Group by A&R Kevin Law. Law told HitQuarters that few people at the record company liked Nelly when he was first signed, with the feedback he received from his colleagues on the rapper's music being "extraordinarily negative". Nelly was unusual for being a rapper from the Midwest at a time when hip-hop was dominated by the East Coast, West Coast and the South; the label used this to their advantage by branding Nelly as a star of the Midwest, hoping to inspire pride in the people of St Louis and the surrounding regions.
Nelly was signed with St. Lunatics. Nelly signing to the label opened the door for the St. Lunatics to reunite and join the label shortly after. Kevin Law and Country from Fo'Reel Entertainment decided to do a solo record with Nelly first and return to St. Lunatics the following year; the label released his debut album Country Grammar in 2000. The success of its title track as a single led to the album debuting at number three in the Billboard 200 in the U. S. Other singles from the album included "E. I.". The album was certified 9× platinum by the RIAA on April 27, 2004. In 2002, Nelly's second album Nellyville was released, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 Music Albums. Other singles included "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland, with over 7,6 million records sold worldwide, "Work It" featuring Justin Timberlake, "Air Force Ones" featuring Murphy Lee and the St. Lunatics, "Pimp Juice", "#1"; this album was successful and was certified 6x multi-platinum on June 27, 2003. "Hot in Herre" won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance in 2003.
In 2003 Nelly released Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention. It featured; the music video of a Tip Drill Remix became a source of controversy due to perceptions of misogynistic depictions of women. The controversy forced Nelly to cancel an appearance at a bone marrow drive at Spelman College, an black college in Atlanta, Georgia. Similar claims of misogyny surrounded Nelly's single "Pimp Juice". RIAA have certified the album Platinum. For the Bad Boys II soundtrack album, Nelly contributed the single "Shake Ya Tailfeather" featuring Diddy and Murphy Lee. Another number-one hit, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. On September 14, 2004, Nelly released two albums and Suit. Suit, an R&B-oriented album, debuted at number one on the Billboard albums chart, Sweat, a rap-oriented album, debuted at number two. From Suit, the slow ballad "Over
Kelendria Trene Rowland is an American singer, songwriter and television personality. Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. During their hiatus, Rowland released her debut solo album Simply Deep, which sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and included the number-one single "Dilemma" with Nelly, as well as the UK top-ten singles "Stole" and "Can't Nobody". Rowland ventured into acting, with guest appearances in television shows and starring roles in successful films, Freddy vs. Jason and The Seat Filler. Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second album Ms. Kelly, which produced the international hits "Like This" and "Work". In 2009, Rowland hosted the first season of The Fashion Show, was featured on David Guetta's number-one dance hit "When Love Takes Over"; the song's global success influenced Rowland to explore dance music on her third album Here I Am, which spawned the international top-ten hit "Commander" and the US R&B/Hip-Hop number-one "Motivation".
In 2011, she returned to television as a judge on the eighth season of The X Factor UK, in 2013, became a judge on the third and final season of The X Factor USA. Following the release of Rowland's fourth album Talk a Good Game, she married her manager, Tim Weatherspoon, gave birth to their son, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon, in 2014. Since Rowland has continued her television career by hosting Chasing Destiny in 2016 and starring as a coach on The Voice Australia since 2017. Throughout her career, Rowland has sold over 30 million records as a solo artist, a further 60 million records with Destiny's Child, her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including four Grammy Awards, one Billboard Music Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards. Rowland has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of Destiny's Child, as a solo artist she has been honored by the American Society of Composers and Publishers and Essence for her contributions to music. In 2014, Fuse ranked Rowland in their "100 Most Award-Winning Artists" list at number 20.
Kelendria Trene Rowland was born on February 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Doris Rowland Christopher Lovett. Kelly has an older brother named Orlando; when she was six, her mother left her father, an abusive alcoholic due to PTSD from Vietnam and Rowland went with her. At the age of eight, she relocated to Houston. In 1992, Rowland joined a girl group named Girl's Tyme. Rowland's addition made it a six-member group. West coast R&B producer, Arne Frager, flew to Houston to see them and brought them to his studio, The Plant Recording Studio, in Northern California; as part of efforts to sign Girl's Tyme to a major label record deal, Frager's strategy was to debut them on Star Search, the biggest talent show on national TV at that time. They lost the competition to Skeleton Crew. In 1995, Rowland moved in with best friend Beyoncé's family. Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Beyoncé's father, cut the original lineup from six to four with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993; the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B groups of the time, such as SWV, Dru Hill, Immature.
They auditioned before record labels and were signed to Elektra Records, only to be dropped months before they could release an album. Taken from a passage in the Biblical Book of Isaiah, the group changed their name to Destiny's Child in 1993. Together, they performed in local events and, after four years on the road, the group was signed to Columbia Records in late 1997; that same year, Destiny's Child recorded their major label debut song "Killing Time", for the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black. The following year, the group released their self-titled debut album, spawning hits such as "No, No, No"; the album established the group as a viable act in the music industry, amassing moderate sales and winning the group three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The group rose to fame after releasing their multi-platinum second album The Writing's on the Wall in 1999; the album featured some of the group's most known songs such as "Bills, Bills", "Jumpin' Jumpin'" and "Say My Name", which became their most-successful song at the time, would remain as one of their signature songs.
"Say My Name" won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. The Writing's on the Wall sold more than 15 million copies worldwide becoming their breakthrough album. Along with their commercial successes, the group became entangled in much-publicized turmoil involving the filing of a lawsuit by Luckett and Roberson for breach of contract; the issue was heightened after Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin appeared in the video of "Say My Name", implying that Luckett and Roberson had been replaced. Luckett and Roberson left the group. Franklin would fade from the group after five months, as evidenced by her absences during promotional appearances and concerts, she attributed her departure to negative vibes in the group resulting from the departure. After settling on their final lineup, the trio recorded "Independent Women Part I", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Charlie's Angels, it became topping the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven consecutive weeks.
The success skyrocketed them to fame. That year and Roberson withdrew their case against their now-former bandmates, while maintaining the suit ag