Robert Anthony Plant is an English singer and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in the history of rock music. Plant enjoyed great success with Led Zeppelin throughout the 1970s and developed a compelling image as the charismatic rock-and-roll front man, similar to contemporaries such as Roger Daltrey of the Who, Freddie Mercury of Queen, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Jim Morrison of the Doors. With his mane of long blond hair and powerful, bare-chested appearance, Plant helped to create the "god of rock and roll" or "rock god" archetype. Although Led Zeppelin dissolved in 1980, Plant collaborated with Jimmy Page on various projects through this period, including forming a short-lived all-star group with Page and Jeff Beck in 1984, called the Honeydrippers, they released an album called The Honeydrippers: Volume One, the band had a No. 3 hit with a remake of the Phil Phillips' tune "Sea of Love", plus a follow-up hit with a cover of Roy Brown's "Rockin' at Midnight".
A powerful and wide vocal range has given him a successful singing career spanning over 50 years. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 15 on their list of the 100 best singers of all time. In 2011, Rolling Stone readers ranked Plant the greatest of all lead singers. In 2006, magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time". In 2009, Plant was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock. Robert Anthony Plant was born on 20 August 1948, in the Black Country town of West Bromwich, England, to Robert C. Plant, a qualified civil engineer who worked in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Annie Celia Plant, a Romanichal woman, he grew up in Worcestershire. Plant gained an interest in roll music at an early age; when I was a kid I used to hide behind the curtains at home at Christmas and I used to try and be Elvis. There was a certain ambience between the curtains and the French windows, there was a certain sound there for a ten-year-old.
That was all the ambience I got at ten years old... I think! And I always wanted to be a curtain, a bit similar to that, he left King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys in Stourbridge in his mid-teens and developed a strong passion for the blues through his admiration for Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and early rendition of songs in this genre. I suppose I was quite interested in Romano-British history. I was a little grammar school boy and I could hear this kind of calling through the airwaves, he abandoned training as a chartered accountant after only two weeks to attend college in an effort to gain more GCE passes and to become part of the English Midlands blues scene. "I left home at 16", he said, "and I started my real education musically, moving from group to group, furthering my knowledge of the blues and of other music which had weight and was worth listening to". Plant's early blues influences included Johnson, Bukka White, Skip James, Jerry Miller, Sleepy John Estes. Plant had various jobs while pursuing his music career, one of, working for the major British construction company Wimpey in Birmingham in 1967 laying tarmac on roads.
He worked at Woolworth's in Halesowen town for a short period of time. He cut three obscure singles on CBS Records and sang with a variety of bands, including the Crawling King Snakes, which brought him into contact with drummer John Bonham, they both went on merging blues with newer psychedelic trends. In 1968, guitarist Jimmy Page was in search of a lead singer for his new band and met Plant after being turned down by his first choice, Terry Reid, who referred him to a show at a teacher training college in Birmingham. In front of Page, Plant sang Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love", leading Page to the end of his search; as recalled by Plant and Page:Plant: I was appearing at this college when Peter and Jimmy turned up and asked me if I'd like to join the Yardbirds. I knew the Yardbirds had done a lot of work in America – which to me meant audiences who would want to know what I might have to offer – so I was interested. Page: When I auditioned him and heard him sing, I thought there must be something wrong with him personality-wise or that he had to be impossible to work with, because I just could not understand why, after he told me he'd been singing for a few years he hadn't become a big name yet.
So I had him down to my place for a little while, just to sort of check him out, we got along great. No problems. With a shared passion for music and Page developed a strong relationship, began their writing collaboration with reworkings of earlier blues songs. Plant received no songwriting credits on the band's first album because he was still under contract to CBS Records at the time. Plant brought along John Bonham as drummer, they were joined by John Paul Jones, who had worked with Page as a studio musician. Jones called Page on the phone before they checked out Plant, Page hired Jones immediately. Dubbed the "New Yardbirds" in 1968, the band soon came to be known as Led Zeppelin; the band's eponymous debut album hit the charts in 1969 and is credited as a catalyst for the heavy metal genre. Plant has commented that it is unfair for people to think of Zeppelin as heavy metal, as a third of their music was acoustic. In 1969, Led Zeppelin I was released; this was the bands' first album. Plant stated that "During Led Zeppelin I, as far as I was concerned I thought that I was g
Bette Midler is an American singer, actress and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s, she came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following. Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of "The Rose", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "Do You Want to Dance", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "From a Distance". In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform a show titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in 2010. Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, she has since starred in a number of hit films, which include: Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, Big Business, Hocus Pocus, The First Wives Club, The Stepford Wives, Parental Guidance.
She starred in For the Boys and Gypsy, winning two additional Golden Globes for these films and receiving a second Academy Award nomination for the former. In a career spanning half a century, Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, she has sold over 30 million records worldwide, has received four Gold, three Platinum, three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Midler's latest work included appearing on Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began preview performances on March 15, 2017 and premiered at the Shubert Theatre on April 20, 2017. It was her first leading role in a Broadway musical. On June 11, 2017, Midler received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role in Hello, Dolly!. Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, where her family was one of the few Jewish families in a Asian neighborhood, her mother, was a seamstress and housewife, her father, Fred Midler, worked at a Navy base in Hawaii as a painter, was a housepainter.
Both parents were born in New Jersey. She was named after actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, Midler uses one, she attended Radford High School, in Honolulu. She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss Election, "Most Dramatic" in her senior year. Midler left after three semesters, she earned money in the 1966 film Hawaii as an extra, playing an uncredited seasick passenger named Miss David Buff. Midler married artist Martin von Haselberg on December 16, 1984, about six weeks after their first meeting, their daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, an actress, was born on November 14, 1986. Midler relocated to New York City in the summer of 1965, using money from her work in the film Hawaii, she studied theatre at HB Studio under Uta Hagen. She landed her first professional onstage role in Tom Eyen's Off-Off-Broadway plays in 1965, Miss Nefertiti Regrets and Cinderella Revisited, a children's play by day and an adult show by night. From 1966 to 1969, she played the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.
After Fiddler, she joined the original cast of Salvation in 1969. She began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the Ansonia Hotel, in the summer of 1970. During this time, she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first album in 1972, The Divine Miss M, it was during her time at the Continental Baths. In the late 1990s, during the release of her album Bathhouse Betty, Midler commented on her time performing there, "Despite the way things turned out, I'm still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of'Bathhouse Betty' with pride."Midler starred in the first professional production of the Who's rock opera Tommy in 1971, with director Richard Pearlman and the Seattle Opera. It was during the run of Tommy. Midler released her debut album, The Divine Miss M, on Atlantic Records in December 1972; the album was co-produced by Barry Manilow, Bette's arranger and music conductor at the time.
It reached Billboard's Top 10 and became a million-selling Platinum-certified album, earning Midler the 1973 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. It featured three hit singles—"Do You Wanna Dance?", "Friends", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"—the third of which became Midler's first No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit. "Bugle Boy" became a successful rock cover of the classic swing tune introduced and popularized in 1941 by the Andrews Sisters, to whom Midler has referred as her idols and inspiration, as far back as her first appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Midler told Carson in an interview that she always wanted to move like the sisters, Patty Andrews remembered: "When I first heard the introduction on the radio, I thought it was our old record; when Bette opened at the Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Maxene and I went backstage to see her. Her first words were,'What else did you record?'" During another Midler concert, Maxene presented her with an honorary bugle. Bette recorded other Andrews Sisters hits, including "In the Mood" and "Lullaby of Broadway".
Her self-titled follow-up album was released at
1994 in music
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1994. 1994 in British music 1994 in Norwegian music 1994 in country music 1994 in heavy metal music 1994 in hip hop music 1994 in Latin music 1994 in jazz January 19 – Bryan Adams becomes the first major Western music star to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. January 25 – Alice in Chains release their Jar of Flies album which makes its US chart début at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first EP to do so. January 29 – The Supremes' Mary Wilson is injured when her Jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside Los Angeles, USA. Wilson's 14-year-old son is killed in the accident. February 1 – Green Day release their breakthrough album Dookie, ushering in the mid-1990s punk revival. Dookie achieves diamond certification. February 7 – Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon is forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony because of his loud and disruptive behavior. Hoon is charged with battery, resisting arrest, destroying a police station phone.
February 11 – The three surviving members of The Beatles secretly reunite to begin recording additional music for a few of John Lennon's old unfinished demos, presented to Paul McCartney by Yoko Ono, with Jeff Lynne producing. The track, "Free As A Bird", is released as a single in late 1995 as part of the exhaustive Beatles Anthology project, reaching #2 in the UK and #6 in the United States. February 14 – The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons. February 23 – Eddie Van Halen, Chris Isaak, B. B. King attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino takes place in Paradise, Nevada, USA. February 26 – The Sanremo Music Festival ends with victory for Aleandro Baldi in the "Big Artists" category, for the song "Passerà" March 1 Selena becomes the first Tejano music singer to win a Grammy Award. Nirvana play their final concert, in Munich. Frank Sinatra receives the Grammy Legend Award. Sinatra's acceptance speech is cut short. Other artists criticize the producer's decision during the show, Billy Joel takes extra time to perform his song, The River of Dreams, noting that he is wasting valuable air time.
March 3 – In Rome, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma after overdosing on Rohypnol and champagne. March 5 – Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, home. March 7 – The United States Supreme Court decision Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. rules that parody can qualify as fair use. The case was spurred by 2 Live Crew releasing a parody of the Roy Orbison hit "Oh, Pretty Woman" without a license from the publishing firm Acuff-Rose Music. March 8 – Nine Inch Nails release their second studio album The Downward Spiral, it would go on to sell over 3 million copies and be credited with helping bring industrial rock music into the mainstream. March 13 – Selena releases her final Spanish album Amor Prohibido, its production had been delayed because of the launch of Selena's fashion clothing line and boutiques, her "Selena Live!" tour in support of Live!. March 18 Courtney Love calls the police, fearing that her husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate twenty-five boxes of ammo from Cobain's home.
Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones, March 30 – Pink Floyd embark on what would be their last world tour before their breakup. The record-breaking tour supports their Division Bell album, with the band playing to 5,500,000 people in 68 cities and grossing over £150,000,000. March 31 – Madonna on Late Show with David Letterman: Madonna appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, making headlines with her foul-mouthed, profanity-laced interview. Robin Williams describes the segment as a "battle of wits with an unarmed woman." April 8 – The body of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, is found. Cobain's death, three days before, is declared to be suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot. April 11 – The Offspring release Smash, which goes on to become the best selling independent album of all time and one of the most influential albums of the 90s. April 25 Blur releases Parklife, its first album reaching #1 in UK, where it was certified "quadruple platinum". Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November 1993.
April 26 – Grace Slick pleads guilty to having pointed a shotgun at police officers on March 5. April 27 – The legendary Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco with a concert headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins. April 30 The 39th Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Dublin, which becomes the first-ever country to win three consecutive contests, its winners are Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan with "Rock'N' Roll Kids", written by Brendan Graham. The interval features the first-ever public performance of Riverdance, featuring Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, which developed into the world-famous stage show. May 2 – A Los Angeles jury finds Michael Bolton, along with co-writer Andy Goldmark and Sony Music Entertainment, guilty of copyright infringement over the song "Love Is a Wonderful Thing"; the song is ruled to be too similar to a song of the same name by The Isley Brothers. May 3 – The Rolling Stones arrive by yacht to a press conference in New York City to announce the Voodoo Lounge Tour kicking off in the summer.
May 6 Pearl Jam files a complaint against Ticketmaster with the U. S. Justice Department charging that the company has a monopoly on the concert ticket business. To help promote his new album, Alice Cooper releases a three-part comic book that followed the album The Last Temptation. May 9–13 – 1994 International Rostrum of Composers May 10 Tupac Shakur begins serving a 15-day s
The Corrs are an Irish band that combine pop rock with traditional Irish themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Sharon and Jim, they are from County Louth, Ireland. The Corrs have released seven studio albums and numerous singles, which have reached Platinum in many countries, have sold 40 million albums worldwide. Talk on Corners, their most successful album to date, reached multi-Platinum status in Australia, in the UK it was the highest selling album of 1998; the band is one of only a handful of acts who have held the top two positions in the UK album charts, with Talk on Corners at number one and Forgiven, Not Forgotten at number two. The latter was the third highest selling album in Australia in 1996, their third studio album, In Blue, went to number one in seventeen countries. The Corrs have been involved in philanthropic activities, they have performed in numerous charity concerts such as The Prince's Trust event in 2004 and Live 8 alongside Bono of U2 in 2005.
The same year, they were awarded honorary MBEs for their contributions to charity. The band was inactive for 10 years because Jim and Caroline were raising families, while Andrea and Sharon were pursuing solo careers while raising families of their own. According to Sharon, it was uncertain. However, rumours of a reunion sparked in early 2015 and in a radio interview with Chris Evans in June 2015, Andrea confirmed that The Corrs were working on a new album and would play the BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park festival, their sixth studio album, White Light, was released on 27 November 2015, was accompanied by a European tour. After two years, their seventh studio album, Jupiter Calling, was released on 10 November 2017; the Corrs are from County Louth in Ireland. While Caroline and Andrea were still attending school and Sharon began playing as a duo at McManus's, their aunt's pub. In 1990, Jim and Sharon added their younger siblings, their career took off in 1991. Jim and Caroline each had small parts as musicians, while Andrea had a speaking part as Sharon Rabbitte.
John Hughes noticed them when they agreed to become their manager. In 1994, the American ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith, invited them to perform at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in Boston after seeing them play a gig at Whelan's Music Bar in Dublin. After an appearance at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, The Corrs joined Celine Dion's worldwide Falling Into You Around the World Tour as a supporting act. Jason Flom, Atlantic Records's head of A&R, recommended that they meet David Foster, a Canadian musician, producer and arranger; the Corrs played live for Foster and he agreed to sign them to Atlantic Records. They extended their stay in the US for over five months to record their debut album, Not Forgotten, it featured six instrumental selections among its Celtic-influenced tracks. The album sold well in Ireland, Japan and Spain. Major success in the US and the UK, was not forthcoming; the album reached Platinum status in the UK and Australia, 4× Platinum in Ireland, making it one of the most successful debuts by an Irish group.
The Corrs' next album, 1997's Talk on Corners, was produced by Glen Ballard, respected for his collaboration with Alanis Morissette. The Corrs collaborated with Carole Bayer Sager, Oliver Leiber, Rick Nowels and Billy Steinberg, it was successful in Ireland and the UK and entered the Australian album charts at number 3. After the band recorded a version of "Dreams" for a Fleetwood Mac tribute album, they re-released Talk on Corners, with new remixes of "What Can I Do?", "So Young" and "Runaway". The special edition topped the charts worldwide and again reached multi-Platinum status in the UK and Australia. In June 1998, The Corrs participated in the Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia charity concert; the concert was held in Modena and was hosted by Luciano Pavarotti. Other performers included Celine Dion, Spice Girls and Stevie Wonder; the concert aimed to raise money to build the Pavarotti and Friends Liberian Children's Village, to provide refuge for children in Liberia. The following year, The Corrs received a BRIT Award for Best International Band.
They performed live on MTV's Unplugged on 5 October 1999 at Ardmore Studios, County Wicklow, Ireland. The resulting CD and DVD sold 2.7 million copies and featured live performances of released songs, plus a new song, "Radio" featured on their third album, In Blue. In 2000, The Corrs returned to mainstream success with their third album. Unlike their previous albums, In Blue moved towards mainstream pop. In Blue hit number one in its first sales week in the UK, Australia, Switzerland and debuted at No. 2 in France and Norway. It climbed to the top spot during its second week in Spain; the Corrs worked with Alejandro Sanz on In Blue, recording "Una Noche", a duet between Sanz and Andrea Corr. In return, The Corrs performed "Me Iré" with him on El Alma Al Aire; the Corrs collaborated with Robert Lange to produce a mainstream hit single, "Breathless", which reached number 20 in the Billboard Hot 100, number seven in Australia, number three in Ireland and New Zealand, topped the charts in the UK. The album went straight to number one in the Irish Albums Chart, the third highest single-week sales in
Das EFX is an American hip hop duo. It consists of emcees Skoob, they named themselves "DAS" standing for "Dray and Skoob" and "EFX" meaning "effects". They rose to popularity in the early 1990s due to the duo's stream of consciousness lyrical delivery, which became one of the most influential lyrical styles in hip hop music at the time, their style combined intricate rhymes, sometimes mixed with made up words, delivered with a fast-paced flow and numerous pop culture and hip hop culture references. Skoob hails from Brooklyn, New York City while Dray hails from Teaneck, New Jersey, but the two met at Virginia State University in 1988 and began performing together. Das EFX caught the attention of EPMD at a local talent show where, despite losing the competition, they did well enough to convince EPMD to sign them to a recording contract; the duo gained critical and commercial fame with the release of their landmark debut album Dead Serious, which highlighted their unusual rapping style. Dead Serious went platinum and its lead single, "They Want EFX," reached the top ten on the U.
S. Billboard R&B the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and # 1 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Follow-up singles "Mic Checka" and "Straight Out the Sewer" did not chart on the Hot 100, but reached #1 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, respectively; the duo made a guest appearance on the remix of Ice Cube's smash hit single "Check Yo Self". The song reached # 1 on the Rap Tracks chart; the track peaked at #36 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1993 and sold over one million copies in the U. S; as their career progressed, Das EFX's once-distinctive and unique lyrical delivery was imitated by several other artists and became more commonplace. Derailed by the popularity of their own style, the duo slowed down their fast-paced flow, eliminated the iggedy suffix and downplayed their cartoonish content on their second album, Straight Up Sewaside. Around the time of their third album Hold It Down, Das EFX found themselves caught in the middle of EPMD's ugly breakup, they ended up siding with PMD, they returned in 1998 with the album Generation EFX and followed up in 2003 with the album How We Do.
After a hiatus, the group went on an international tour with DJ Rondevu in 2006. In 2007, the duo appeared on the remix of Nas' "Where are They Now" and continued to tour the globe on a regular basis, they toured again in 2010, are working on a new album. Das EFX continues to perform today to a much smaller yet devoted cult following. From the time of their debut in 1992 to 1993, several elements of their style were adopted by other hip-hop artists, including Lords of the Underground, Fu-Schnickens, Kris Kross, Common and to a lesser extent, Public Enemy; the 1996 BLACKstreet song "No Diggity", with "diggity" meaning "doubt", bears a title phonetically identical to the track "No Diggedy" on DAS EFX's 1995 release Hold It Down. This became a popular catchphrase at the time. Jay-Z's early style is described by Vibe as "a distinctly Das EFX-type, stiggety style" on his 12" single "Can't Get With That" although Jay-Z predated Das EFX with this style on the song "The Originator" alongside old school rap legend The Jaz AKA Jaz-O in 1990.
Some hip-hop pundits maintain that Das-EFX exploited the tongue twisting style as a gimmick and that they are erroneously credited with originating a style, established years before their debut. Their refrain of "Chiggedy-check yo self before you wriggedy-wreck yo self" from their feature on Ice Cube's hit single "Check Yo Self" became a catchphrase in 1993; the song appeared in the videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on the radio station Radio Los Santos. In an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, David Silver can be seen reciting the lyrics to "They Want EFX." Comedian Dave Chappelle has made numerous references to DAS EFX's unique style and lyrics in sketches of his popular Chappelle's Show. In one sketch, a teenage Chappelle tells his girlfriend "I riggity-realize that I liggity-love you." In another, Chappelle as President Bush announced that a country named "Riggity-Row" will join the Coalition of the willing. In yet another sketch, Chappelle as a news presenter announces the opening lyrics of "They Want EFX" as a special report.
Dead Serious Straight Up Sewaside Hold It Down Generation EFX How We Do Old School Throwback http://www.hip-hopvibe.com/2012/11/26/album-review-krazy-drayz-showtime/ http://www.dubcnn.com/2013/03/13/krazy-drayz-of-das-efx-interview-march-2013/ Interview with DAS EFX from 2003 Interview with DAS EFX from 2007 Krazy Drayz 2009 Interview DAS EFX interview at underyourskin http://www.krazydrayz.com/
Boyzone are an Irish boy band. Their most famous line-up was composed of Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch. Boyzone have had 21 singles in 22 singles in the Irish charts; the group have had six UK No.1 singles and nine No.1 singles in Ireland with 12 of their 24 singles in the UK being in the UK Top 2. Boyzone are one of the most successful bands in the United Kingdom. In total, Boyzone had 19 top 5 singles on the Irish Singles Chart, 18 top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, nine No. 1 Irish hit singles and six No. 1 UK hit singles and five No. 1 albums, with 25 million records sold by 2013 worldwide. They were put together in 1993 by Louis Walsh, known for managing Johnny Logan and Westlife. Before recording any material, Boyzone made an appearance on RTÉ's The Late Late Show; the group split in 1999. Boyzone made a comeback in 2007 with the intention of just touring; the band have sold 2 million records since their return. Gately died on 10 October 2009 of natural causes while on holiday in the Spanish island of Majorca with his civil partner, Andrew Cowles.
In 2012, the Official Charts Company revealed the biggest selling singles artists in British music chart history, with Boyzone placed at 29th and the second most successful boy band in Britain, behind Take That. To date, Boyzone have released seven compilation albums. According to the British Phonographic Industry, Boyzone has been certified for 6 million albums and 7.1 million singles in the UK. Boyzone will be going on tour in late 2018 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. An album to celebrate the anniversary will be released in 16 November 2018. On 28 April 2018, it was announced that the band would split for good after their anniversary celebrations, expected to end during 2019. In 1993, an advertisement appeared in many Irish newspapers calling for auditions to form a new Irish "boy band" group; the advertisements were sent out by theatrical manager Walsh, looking to make an "Irish Take That" following on from their success. The auditions were held in The Ormond Center, in Dublin, in November 1993.
More than 300 people replied to the advertisement. At the auditions the applicants were asked to sing the song "Careless Whisper" by George Michael; each audition would be watched again to judge the applicant's performance. Out of the 300, 50 were selected for a second audition. For the second audition the applicants where asked to sing two songs, including one of their own choice with a backing tape. Mikey Graham sang "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meat Loaf, Keith Duffy sang "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, Ronan Keating sang "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens, Stephen Gately sang "Hello" by Lionel Richie. Out of this 50, 10 were selected for a third audition. In the end, Gately, Richard Rock, Shane Lynch and Mark Walton were chosen. Graham was rejected but would join after the departure of Rock, who left citing musical differences with Ronan Keating. Keating faced opposition from his parents and teachers, he was planning to move to New York to study in college on a sports scholarship and pursue his dream to win an Olympic medal for athletics.
In the end Ronan decided to go along with Boyzone. Duffy's parents were against their son throwing away a solid and promising career and joining the band. Louis Walsh set about trying to get a deal with a good record company but it would take many rejection letters before they would be signed. In 1994 Lynch and Duffy were involved in a car crash. Walsh was furious, drew up contracts for all the bandmembers to sign, leading to their activities being restricted. With some of the original lineup leaving and others being brought into the group, it took some time before Boyzone settled down into its most recognisable five-member line-up of Shane Lynch, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy. Boyzone played through 1994 in pubs and clubs all over Northern Ireland before Polygram signed them up in 1994 and released the cover version of the Four Seasons' hit "Working My Way Back to You", featuring Graham and Gately on lead vocals, it reached No. 3 in the Irish Charts. The release of their cover version of the classic Osmonds' hit, "Love Me for a Reason", broke into the British charts.
The song was included in their 1995 hit debut album Said and Done. The album reached the No. 1 spot in Ireland and the UK. In 1995, the singles "Key to My Life", "So Good" and "Father and Son" were released, which all got the attention of new fans in Europe, their second album, A Different Beat, was released in 1996. It was the album that would bring the band worldwide success, sold 2 million copies worldwide; the song "Coming Home Now" was released as a single. Boyzone had their first UK No. 1 single, a cover of the Bee Gees' hit "Words". The album contained the hit singles "A Different Beat" and "Isn't It a Wonder". In 1997, Boyzone released three singles: "Isn't It a Wonder", "Picture of You", "Baby Can I Hold You/Shooting Star"; the group performed "Let The Message Run Free" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1997, co-hosted by Keating, in Dublin and tried to break the US market with their version of "Mystical Experience", which they recorded in Spanish. Ronan Keating – who by now had emerged as the lead singer and frontman – won the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting in 1997 for "Picture of You".
Their third studio album, Where We Belong, was released in 1998 and featured Boyzone's writing abilities. It contained the hit singles "All That I
AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal, however the band themselves describe their music as "rock and roll". AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership subsequently stabilised around the Young brothers, singer Bon Scott, drummer Phil Rudd, bass player Mark Evans. Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. In February 1980, a few months after recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning; the group considered disbanding but stayed together, bringing in Brian Johnson as replacement for Scott. That year, the band released their first album with Johnson, Back in Black, which they dedicated to Scott's memory; the album launched them to new heights of success and became one of the best selling albums of all time.
The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States. The band fired Phil Rudd as drummer in 1983, Simon Wright filled his place until quitting in 1989, being in turn replaced by Chris Slade; the band experienced a commercial resurgence in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994; the band's studio album Black Ice, released in 2008, was the second highest-selling album of that year, their biggest chart hit since For Those About to Rock reaching No.1 on all charts worldwide. The band's line-up remained the same until 2014 with Malcolm Young's retirement due to early-onset dementia and Rudd's legal troubles. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring due to worsening hearing loss, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose stepped in as the band's vocalist for the remainder of that year's dates. Long-term bass player and background vocalist Cliff Williams retired from the band at the end of their 2016 Rock or Bust World Tour.
The group has not disbanded and unconfirmed reports of a new album continue to circulate. AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, making them the tenth highest-selling artist in the United States and the 14th best selling artist worldwide. Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the third highest-selling album by any artist, the highest-selling album by any band; the album has sold 22 million units in the US, where it is the sixth-highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and were named the seventh "Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time" by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Producer Rick Rubin, who wrote an essay on the band for the Rolling Stone list, referred to AC/DC as "the greatest rock and roll band of all time". In 2010, VH1 ranked AC/DC number 23 in its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
Brothers Malcolm and George Young were born in Glasgow, Scotland living at 6 Skerryvore Road in the Cranhill area. The Big Freeze of 1963 was the worst winter on record in Scotland with snow eight feet deep. A TV advertisement at the same time offered assisted travel for families for a different life in Australia. Fifteen members of the Young family left Scotland by plane in late June 1963. Before moving into a house at 4 Burleigh Street in the suburb of Burwood they stayed at Villawood Migrant Hostel in Nissen huts, where George Young met and became friends with another migrant, Dutchman Harry Vanda. George was the first to learn to play the guitar, he became a member of one of Australia's most successful bands of the 1960s. Malcolm followed in George's footsteps by playing with a Newcastle, New South Wales, band called the Velvet Underground, their older brother Alex Young chose to remain in Britain to pursue musical interests. In 1967, Alex formed and played bass in the London-based band Grapefruit—initially called "The Grapefruit"—with three former members of Tony Rivers and the Castaways, John Perry, Geoff Swettenham, Pete Swettenham.
Malcolm and Angus Young developed the idea for the band's name after their sister, Margaret Young, saw the initials "AC/DC" on a sewing machine. "AC/DC" is an abbreviation meaning "alternating current/direct current" electricity. The brothers felt that this name symbolised the band's raw energy, power-driven performances of their music. "AC/DC" is pronounced one letter at a time, though the band are colloquially known as "Acca Dacca" in Australia. The AC/DC band name is stylised with a high voltage sign separating the "AC" and "DC" and has been used on all studio albums, with the exception of the international version of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. In November 1973, Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC and recruited bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans, Colin Burgess, ex-Masters Apprentices drummer. Pushing hard for the band's success were Australia's roadie Ray Arnold and his partner Alan Kissack. Gene Pierson booked the band to play at Chequers nightclub on New Year's Eve, 1973. By this time, Angus Young had adopted his characteristic school-uniform stage outfit.
The idea was his sister. Angus had tried other costumes: Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang. In its early days, most members of the band dressed in some form of satin outfit. On stage, Evans was replaced by the band's first manager, Dennis Laughlin, ori