Justice Crew is an Australian music and dance group consisting of members Lukas Bellesini, Paul Merciadez, John Pearce, Lenny Pearce, Samson Smith and Solo Tohi. Although the group is Australian, members Samson and Solo are from New Zealand; the group formed in 2009 as a dance troupe and rose to fame the following year, as winners of the fourth season of Australia's Got Talent. Justice Crew subsequently signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia and became recording artists. Justice Crew are now independent music artist as of early 2018. Justice Crew's first three singles—"And Then We Dance", "Friday to Sunday" and "Dance with Me"—achieved moderate success on the ARIA Singles Chart; the group earned their first number-one single with "Boom Boom", certified six times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. Subsequent singles "Best Night" and "Everybody" were top-ten hits, "Que Sera" became their second number-one single. Since becoming recording artists, Justice Crew have been nominated for eight ARIA Music Awards and toured with international artists Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, One Direction and Pitbull.
The members of Justice Crew were in two separate dance troupes, but they merged as one group in 2009. Justice Crew learnt all their dance moves from YouTube videos such as Michael Jackson's, they entered the 2009 World Hip Hop Dance Championships competition held in Las Vegas, as one of the several groups who represented Australia. Justice Crew placed 13th in the competition. After being inspired by Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity, Justice Crew decided to audition for the fourth season of Australia's Got Talent in 2010, they wanted to "encourage young people to follow their dreams and believe that anything is possible." Justice Crew won the season and were awarded a prize of $250,000, with each member receiving $28,000. In August 2010, it was announced that Justice Crew had signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia, their debut single "And Then We Dance", released on 27 August 2010, peaked at number 26 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales of 70,000 copies.
It was followed by the release of their first video album titled And Then We Dance on 27 September 2010. The album featured a documentary of Justice Crew's first dance experiences as individuals and how they came together as a group, it showcased their dance routines and individual tricks. Justice Crew's second single "Friday to Sunday", released on 17 December 2010, peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum for sales of 140,000 copies. Justice Crew's third single "Dance with Me", which features American rapper Flo Rida, was released on 29 March 2011 to moderate success; the following month, Justice Crew and Jessica Mauboy were the supporting acts for Chris Brown's Australian leg of his F. A. M. E. Tour. Justice Crew embarked on the Dance with Me Live Tour, their first headlining concert tour, across Australia in August 2011 and ended in September 2011. After the release of their fourth single "Sexy and You Know It", Justice Crew toured with Janet Jackson on the Australian leg of her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour in October 2011.
Justice Crew released their first compilation album Justice Crew Party Mix on 18 November 2011, which features a DJ mix of five of their songs and fourteen songs from other artists, as well as a bonus DVD. The album debuted at number five on the ARIA Compilation Albums Chart. From January to February 2012, Justice Crew embarked on their Sexy and You Know It Live Tour across Australia. In April 2012, Justice Crew and Johnny Ruffo were the supporting acts for One Direction's Australian leg of their Up All Night Tour; the group's fifth single "Boom Boom", released on 2 July 2012, became their first number-one single on the ARIA Charts and was certified six times platinum for sales of 420,000 copies. On 1 October 2012, it was announced that Justice Crew had signed to Pitbull's record label Mr. 305 Inc. a joint venture with RCA Records, to release "Boom Boom" in the United States. The group's seventh single "Best Night", released on 30 November 2012, peaked at number seven on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum.
Their next single "Everybody", released on 11 October 2013, peaked at number six and was certified double platinum. Justice Crew represented Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam on 26 October 2013, performing a mix of "Boom Boom" and "Best Night". On 24 January 2014, they released a cover of "I Am Australian" with Dami Im, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel Willemse, Samantha Jade and Taylor Henderson, to coincide with the Australia Day celebrations; the song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Justice Crew embarked on the #HypeTour, their third headlining concert tour, across Australia in April 2014 with special guest Jai Waetford. In May 2014, Justice Crew released their tenth single "Que Sera", which debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and remained at number one for nine consecutive weeks, it was certified five times platinum for sales of 350,000 copies. The group's eleventh lead single "Rise & Fall" was released on 24 October 2014, debuted at number 11, their debut studio album Live by the Words was released on 28 November 2014, debuted at number seven on the ARIA Albums Chart.
Justice Crew embarked on the Live & Local Tour, their fourth headlining concert tour, across regional New South Wales in January 2016. This was followed by the'What We Do' tour throughout September and October 2016. In January 2019, Justice Crew competed in America's Got Talent: The Champions, but were eliminated in the first episode. On 18
Joe Robinson (musician)
Joe Robinson, is an Australian guitar player and vocalist. A self-taught musician from Temagog, NSW, he is best known for his virtuoso guitar abilities and for winning the 2008 season of Australia's Got Talent. Robinson was born in Australia, he started playing piano at the age of six, only because he was told his fingers were too small to play the guitar. Aged ten, he began to play the guitar, he outgrew his guitar teacher in less than 12 months, started to teach himself from the internet. When he was eleven years old, Joe began touring with different Australian artists, including Tommy Emmanuel, who became his mentor; when Robinson was 13, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. In 2006 he recorded his debut album, titled Birdseed, produced by Parris Macleod at Cloud Studios in Wyong, New South Wales. At the age of seventeen, Robinson won the Australia's Got Talent grand finale on 1 July 2008, performing a fingerstyle cover of "Classical Gas." In August 2008, Joe travelled to Nashville, TN and recorded his second album, "Time Jumpin'", with producer Frank Rogers.
"Time Jumpin'" was released in 2009. On 19 July 2009, Robinson was awarded the 2009 Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and won the instrumental category among seniors in the same competition as well as the male instrumental categories Contemporary, Jazz and Original Works in the class of 16- to 24-year-old contestants. In September 2009 he formed the Joe Robinson Electric Project with Sam Marks on drums and Chris Haigh on bass, embarking on an Australian national tour. Joe was the opening act for Australian music icon John Farnham in a series of six consecutive shows at the Burswood Theatre in Perth in October 2009 as part of Farnham's comeback tour. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he was invited to perform at the prestigious Bonnaroo Music Festival in June 2010. Joe Robinson was named "Best New Talent" in Guitar Player magazine 2010 Reader's Poll. Lenny Breau and Tommy Emmanuel have inspired him to develop his own harmonic technique.
In September 2010 Joe performed at Live on the Green in Nashville, TN alongside "The Wailers." In November, Robinson began "The Houdini tour" in Europe traveling through Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Italy. From the beginning, Robinson’s concept of this tour was to "escape the expectations" of him as a performer, he added vocal selections and brought along two musicians from the United States - bassist Bernard Harris and drummer Marcus Hill. After the monthlong acclaimed European performances, Robinson continued on to Japan for a stint of anticipated solo appearances in Tokyo and Osaka through mid-December, his first time in Japan proved to be lauded and well received for the 19-year-old musician. From those shows he landed a recording contract with P-Vine Records. Returning to his Australian homeland for the holidays, Robinson resumed his tour on 5 January in Eumundi and ended it on 29 January in Melbourne. Joe spent much of 2011 in the studio recording his third album featuring vocal bass material and a rhythm section Keith Carlock and Michael Rhodes bass.
The first single, "Out Alive," was released in Australia on 2 December 2011 with the full CD "Let Me Introduce You" released through Australian label ABC on 20 January 2012. Robinson toured Australia to promote the release, including a five performances at the Woodford Folk Festival in late December 2011. In 2012 Joe released the "Toe Jam." EP on which he wrote and played most of the instruments. Upon completion of the EP, Joe and his two musicians, Sam Marks and Marcelo Bakos toured the US headlining shows in New York, Chicago, DC, Boston. While in Boston, Joe gave a seminar at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Joe returned to Australia in late 2012 for a series of headline dates and festivals, which included the Festival of the Sun in Port Maquarie, NSW. Robinson released his new EP through the independent distributor MGM. Robinson spent the majority of 2013 touring North America. Headlining clubs all over the North East as well as stints in Texas and the West Coast. After a short headlining run in China and Japan, he spent most of the summer playing festivals including Canada ‘s Ottawa Bluesfest, Nashville's Live On The Green with Robert Randolph and Fender's celebration event leading up to the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden In 2014, Joe released the “Gemini Vol.1” EP.
Although a strong vocal performance carries the EP, it is his driving guitar - a mix of blues, jazz, R&B all his own - that ties it to his previous releases. Robinson played every instrument on the self-produced EP, lending a level of intimacy to the album. Following up “Gemini Vol.2” was released October 31, 2015. Joe played all the instruments and mixed the 4 song EP. Touring extensively with his solo show in 2016, Joe collaborated with ‘Guitar Army’, a trio of triple threat guitar players and singers. 2017 sees Joe working on his much anticipated 4th full length album. 2007 Birdseed 2009 Time Jumpin' 2012 Let Me Introduce You 2012 Toe Jam EP 2014 Gemini Vol.1 EP 2015 Gemini 2019 Undertones Kempsey, New South Wales St Paul's College, Kempsey Australia's Got Talent Chet Atkins Jerry Reed Tommy Emmanuel Official Website YouTube Myspace
Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members, lead singer and pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion were at University College London and came together from 1996 to 1998, during which time the band changed names from Pectoralz, to Starfish Coldplay. Creative director and former manager Phil Harvey is referred to as the fifth member by the band, they recorded and released two EPs: Safety in 1998 and The Blue Room in 1999. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. Coldplay achieved worldwide fame with the release of the song "Yellow" in 2000, followed in the same year by their debut album Parachutes, nominated for the Mercury Prize; the band's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, was released to critical acclaim and won many awards, including NME's Album of the Year. Their next release, X&Y, the best-selling album worldwide in 2005, received positive reviews, though some critics felt it was inferior to its predecessor.
Their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, the best-selling album worldwide of 2008, was produced by Brian Eno and released to positive reviews, earning three Grammy Awards. In October 2011, Coldplay released their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, which topped the charts in over 34 countries, was the UK's best-selling rock album of 2011, received mixed reviews. In 2014, they released their sixth album, Ghost Stories, which received mixed reviews and topped several national album charts. In December 2015, the band released their seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams, which reached the top two in most major markets, but received mixed reviews. Coldplay have won numerous awards throughout their career, including nine Brit Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, seven MTV Europe Music Awards and seven Grammy Awards from 29 nominations, they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. Three of their albums: Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head and X&Y are among the best-selling albums in UK chart history.
In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the fourth-best artist of the 2000s. Coldplay have supported various social and political causes, such as Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International, they have performed at charity projects, including Band Aid 20, Live 8, Global Citizen Festival, Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, One Love Manchester, The Secret Policeman's Ball, Sport Relief and the UK Teenage Cancer Trust. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland first met during their orientation week at University College London in September 1996; the pair spent the rest of the university year planning a band forming a group called Pectoralz. Guy Berryman, a classmate of Martin and Buckland joined the group. By 1997, the group, who had renamed themselves Starfish, performed gigs for local Camden promoters at small clubs. Martin had recruited his longtime school friend Phil Harvey, studying classics at the University of Oxford, to be the band's manager.
Coldplay have since accepted Harvey as the fifth member of the group. The band's line-up was completed. Champion had grown up playing piano, guitar and tin whistle; the band settled on the name "Coldplay", suggested by Tim Crompton, a local student, using the name for his group. By 1997, Martin had met Classics student Tim Rice-Oxley. During a weekend in the English village Virginia Water in Surrey they asked each other to play their own songs on the piano. Martin, finding Rice-Oxley to be talented, asked him to be Coldplay's keyboard player but Rice-Oxley refused as his own band, was active. Days after, this event would shape the second line-up of Keane and keep Coldplay's unaltered, thus leaving both bands as quartets. In 1998, the band released 500 copies of the EP Safety. Most of the discs were given to record friends. In December of that year, Coldplay signed to the independent label Fierce Panda, their first release was the single "Brothers & Sisters", which they had recorded over four days in February 1999.
After completing their final examinations Coldplay signed a five-album contract with Parlophone in early 1999. After making their first appearance at Glastonbury the band went into the studio to record a second EP, titled The Blue Room. Five thousand copies were made available to the public in October, the single "Bigger Stronger" received BBC Radio 1 airplay; the recording sessions for The Blue Room were tumultuous. Champion was fired from the band, but Martin pleaded with him to return after kicking him out, because of his guilt, went on a drinking binge; the band worked out their differences and put in place a new set of rules to keep the group intact. Inspired by bands like U2 and R. E. M. Coldplay decided. Additionally, the band determined; the band planned to record their debut album in the space of two weeks. However and other live performances caused the recording to spread out between September 1999 and April–May 2000; the album was recorded at Rockfield Studios, Matrix Studios, Wessex Sound Studios with producer Ken Nelson, although the majority of Parachutes' tracks were recorded at Liverpool's Parr Street Studios.
The mixing process on all songs for the album was done by American engineer Michael Brauer in
John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed. After their split, Mayer continued refining his skills and gaining a following. After his appearance at the 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, Columbia Records, which released his first EP, Inside Wants Out, his following two full-length albums—Room for Squares and Heavier Things —did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Your Body Is a Wonderland". By 2005, Mayer had moved away from the acoustic music that characterized his early records, begun performing the blues and rock music that had influenced him as a musician, he collaborated with blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton. Forming the John Mayer Trio, he released a live album in 2005 called Try!, his third studio album Continuum in 2006.
Both albums received critical acclaim, Continuum earned Mayer a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. He won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change"; that album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a Battle Studies World Tour. After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on his fifth studio album and Raised, which drew inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon. However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, forced him to cancel the planned tour; the album received a favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work. Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, that year released his sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, which incorporates country music influences. By 2014, he had sold a total of over 20 million albums worldwide. After developing an interest in the Grateful Dead and connecting with Bob Weir, Mayer formed Dead & Company with three former Grateful Dead musicians.
The band's performances have been well-received, with tours in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Mayer's secondary career pursuits extend to television hosting and writing, he has performed at charity benefits. He is a watch aficionado, contributing to the watch site Hodinkee, has been on the jury at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. Mayer was born on October 1977, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Richard and Margaret Mayer, he grew up in nearby Fairfield, the middle child between older brother Carl and younger brother Ben. His father is Jewish, Mayer has said that he relates to Judaism; as a middle school student, Mayer became close friends with future tennis star James Blake, they played Nintendo together after school. He attended the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk for his junior year. After watching Michael J. Fox's guitar performance as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Mayer became fascinated with the instrument; when he turned 13, his father rented one for him.
A neighbor gave Mayer a Stevie Ray Vaughan cassette. According to Mayer, his fascination with Vaughan started a "genealogical hunt" that led him to other blues guitarists, including Buddy Guy, B. B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Otis Rush and Lightnin' Hopkins. Mayer started taking lessons from a local guitar-shop owner, Al Ferrante, soon became consumed, his singular focus concerned his parents, they twice took him to see a psychiatrist, who determined him to be healthy. Mayer says that his parents' contentious marriage led him to "disappear and create my own world I could believe in". After two years of practice, he started playing at bars and other venues, while still in high school. In addition to performing solo, he was a member of a band called Villanova Junction with Tim Procaccini, Joe Beleznay and Rich Wolf; when Mayer was seventeen, he was stricken with cardiac dysrhythmia and was hospitalized for a weekend. Reflecting on the incident, Mayer said, "That was the moment the songwriter in me was born", he penned his first lyrics the night he left the hospital.
Shortly thereafter, he began suffering from panic attacks, says he feared having to enter a mental institution. He continues to manage such episodes with anti-anxiety medication. Mayer considered skipping college to pursue his music, he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in 1997 at age 19. At the urging of his college friend Clay Cook, they left Berklee after two semesters and moved to Atlanta. There, they formed a two-man band called LoFi Masters, began performing in local coffee houses and club venues such as Eddie's Attic. According to Cook, they experienced musical differences due to Mayer's desire to move more towards pop music; the two parted ways and Mayer embarked on a solo career. With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out; the EP includes eight songs with Mayer on lead guitars. For the opening track, "Back To You", a full band was enlisted, including the EP's co-producer David "DeLa" LaBruyere on bass
"Superheroes" is a song written by Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan of Irish pop rock band The Script with songwriter James Barry. The song was recorded by the band for inclusion on their fourth studio album, No Sound Without Silence; the track was first released by Columbia Records on 22 July 2014 as the lead single promoting the album. The single was released in Ireland on 29 August 2014 and in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2014. According to The Script lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, "Superheroes" is a song written for "the unsung heroes out in the world"; the song, which calls out "people who are going through the hardest of times but can keep their head held high", has drawn comparisons by some music critics to "Firework" performed by American singer Katy Perry, in terms of the song's lyrical themes. "Superheroes" was the first song written by the band for their fourth studio album, setting a musical template for the production of the new album. The track features additional guitar played by producer Andrew Frampton, a long-time collaborator with The Script.
A snippet of "Superheroes" was first played during a Google Hangouts session hosted by the band on 18 July 2014, where they unveiled their fourth studio album, No Sound Without Silence. The snippet was one of four to be played during the session, with snippets from No Sound Without Silence album tracks "The Energy Never Dies", "Man On a Wire" and "No Good In Goodbye" being played during the session. "Superheroes" was the first full track to be lifted from the album, premiering on BBC Radio 1 during The Radio 1 Breakfast Show on 21 July 2014. The track was set to be released as a promotional single for airplay on United States Contemporary hit radio on 28 July 2014. "Superheroes" was first released as the sole track on the band's twelfth single on 22 July 2014, serving as the first single released in promotion of No Sound Without Silence. The track was additionally distributed by video hosting service Vevo for streaming media the same day. A music video to accompany the release of "Superheroes" directed by Vaughan Arnell was released on 4 August 2014.
The music video was shot in South Africa over a period of a few days. The location of the video's principal photography was inspired by the song itself, with Danny O'Donoghue stating that, "We spent a few days there and spent a lot of time with the people in the township, because they are our superheroes". Reception to the song upon the release of the "Superheroes" single has been positive. National American daily newspaper USA Today named the track as "song of the week" on 22 July 2014, with music critic Brian Mansfield writing "The Script continues to display its biggest strength: making pop music with heart and power". Rachel Sonis of music website Idolator wrote "Superheroes is a self-proclaimed "ultra-catchy" tune that, after a few spins lives up to that description". Kevin, editor-in-chief of Spin Media website Direct Lyrics commented positively on the song, stating "there is no way The Script aren't reaching #1 with this", further describing it as "epic in every way". Reactions to the song on social media was largely positive, with Capital reporting that fans had "hailed" the track as "beautiful" upon the track's first play on its radio network.
In addition, 4Music stated that the song was an "anthemic" "stomper". Adapted from "Superheroes" liner notes. "The Script - Superheroes" Official Music Video on YouTube
John Peter Farnham AO is an English-born Australian rock/soft rock singer. Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1967 until 1979, billed as Johnny Farnham, but has since forged a career as an adult contemporary singer, his career has been as a solo artist, although he replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer of Little River Band from 1982 to 1985. In September 1986, his solo single "You're the Voice" peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts. The associated album, Whispering Jack, held the No. 1 position for a total of 25 weeks and is the 2nd-highest-selling album in Australian history. Both the single and the album had top-ten success internationally, including No. 1 in Sweden. Farnham has become one of his country's best-known and most popular performers, he is the only Australian artist to have a number-one record in five consecutive decades, with singles: "Sadie" in 1967, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in 1970, "Age of Reason" in 1988. Along with touring with numerous artists, including Jimmy Barnes, The Seekers and international acts like Stevie Nicks and Lionel Richie, he released collaborative albums including with Tom Jones on Together in Concert and Olivia Newton John, including Highlights from The Main Event, Two Strong Hearts Live, Friends for Christmas.
Farnham has been recognised by many honours and awards, including 1987 Australian of the Year, 1996 Officer of the Order of Australia, 19 ARIA Awards, including his 2003 induction into the Hall of Fame. From 1969 he was voted by TV Week readers as the'King of Pop' for five consecutive years. Aside from his recording career, Farnham performed on stage with lead roles in Australian productions of Charlie Girl, Pippin and 1992's Jesus Christ Superstar, he starred in his own TV series and specials, including It's Magic, Bobby Dazzler, Farnham and Byrne, as a guest on numerous other popular shows such as The Don Lane Show and Hey Hey It's Saturday. Australian rock historian Ian McFarlane described him as "the most successful solo artist in the history of Australian rock and pop... Farnham has retained an affable sense of humour and a simple, unpretentious'everyman' charm which makes him one of the most respected celebrities in Australian entertainment history." John Peter Farnham was born in Dagenham, England, on 1 July 1949, to John Peter Farnham and Rose Farnham.
His sisters are Jean and Jaquiline, his younger brother is Steven. Farnham spent his first ten years in the United Kingdom before his family emigrated to Australia in 1959 to live in Melbourne, Victoria, he attended school at Lyndale Primary School and Lyndale High School. As Johnny Farnham he performed with local band The Mavericks on weekends, while still attending school, from 1964; the band had a five-song repertoire. In late 1965, he was asked to join band Strings Unlimited as lead singer. In 1966, after making the state finals of the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds, they recorded a three-track demo tape with Farnham on vocals, Stewart Male on lead guitar, Barry Roy on rhythm guitar, Mike Foenander on keyboards, Joe Cincotta on bass and Peter Foggie on drums. On 29 April 1967, Strings Unlimited performed as a backing band for pop singer Bev Harrell in Cohuna. Harrell's manager and then-boyfriend, Darryl Sambell, was impressed with Farnham's vocals and offered to become his manager. Performing in Sambell's home town of Adelaide, Farnham recorded a light advertising jingle "Susan Jones" for flight company Ansett-ANA and was offered a solo record contract working with EMI under house producer David Mackay.
Farnham's first commercially successful recording was a cover of British novelty song "Sadie". However, EMI's in-house producer, David MacKay, so the single was released in November 1967; the B-side, "In My Room" was written by Farnham. By arrangement with Sambell, Melbourne radio DJ Stan Rofe pretended that he disliked "Sadie" before playing it; the song gave Farnham recognition in Australia. Rofe continued, it remained there for 6 weeks. Selling 180,000 copies in Australia, "Sadie" was the highest-selling single by an Australian artist of the decade and became the biggest-selling single in Australia at that time. Rofe was a writer for Go-Set, a teen-oriented pop magazine, another writer for the magazine, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, praised Farnham's efforts. Go-Set ran a pop poll to determine the'King of Pop', first won by Normie Rowe for 1967–1968. Farnham's 1968 singles were "Underneath the Arches" and "I Don't Want to Love You". In 1969, Farnham released his album Everybody Oughta Sing a Song, which peaked at No. 12 on the Australian albums charts.
His next single was a cover of Harry Nilsson's "One". When TV Week sponsored the'King of Pop' awards, readers would forward their votes from coupons, he recorded a cover of the B. J. Thomas hit "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which became his second No. 1 hit in December 1969 and remained at top spot for seven weeks into January 1970. Farnham's next album
Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Richie's style of ballads with the Commodores and in his solo career launched him as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s. Beginning in 1968, Richie was a member of the soul band the Commodores; the Commodores became established as a popular soul group. Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", the breakup ballad "Sail On". Richie launched a solo career in 1982 and his 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the Grammy winning U. S. number-one song "Truly", the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love". The album sold over 4 million copies, his 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. He co-wrote the 1985 charity single "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson, which sold over 20 million copies.
Over the course of his musical career, Richie has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He has won four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year in 1985 for "We Are the World" which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, Album of the Year in 1984 for Can't Slow Down, Producer of the Year in 1984 and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Truly" in 1982. Richie has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won one. In 1982 he was nominated for Best Original Song for the film Endless Love. In 1986 he was nominated for and won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for "Say You, Say Me", featured in the film White Nights; the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of the Johnny Mercer Award. Richie was born and raised in Tuskegee, the son of Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. and Alberta R. Foster He grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, he graduated from East Campus, in Joliet, Illinois.
A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. Richie considered studying divinity to become a priest in the Episcopal Church, but decided he was not "priest material" and decided to continue his musical career, he is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for band members, an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968, he became a saxophonist with the Commodores, they signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores became established as a popular soul group, their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House." Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", the breakup ballad "Sail On".
By the late 1970s, Richie had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit No. 1 in 1980, produced Rogers' album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of "Lady,", played at Latin dance clubs. In 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Australia, New Zealand and US pop music charts, became one of Motown's biggest hits, its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. Richie's 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the U. S. number-one song "Truly", which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores and launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s, the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love".
The album sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars; the album contained the number-one hit "All Night Long" a Caribbean-flavored dance number, promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith. In 1984, Richie performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of, the ballad "Hello", a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots. Richie had three more top ten hits in 1984, "Stuck on You", "Running with the Night" and "Penny Lover", as well as writing & producing "Missing You" for former labelmate and duet partner Diana Ross. In 1985, Richie performed "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights; the song won an Oscar for his efforts and reached No. 1 on the U. S. charts, staying there for four weeks, making it the number-two song of 1986 according to Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 chart, behind the charity single "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends.
He collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA