Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; the duo released their first album, In the Garden, in 1981 to little fanfare, but went on to achieve global success with their second album Sweet Dreams, released in 1983. The title track was a worldwide hit, topping the charts in various countries including the U. S; the duo went on to release a string of hit singles and albums before they split up in 1990. By this time Stewart was a sought-after record producer, while Lennox began a solo recording career in 1992 with her debut album Diva. After a decade apart, Eurythmics reunited to record their ninth album, released in late 1999, they reunited again in 2005 to release the single "I've Got a Life", as part of a new Eurythmics compilation album, Ultimate Collection. The duo have won an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1984, the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1987, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1999, in 2005 were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
Eurythmics have sold an estimated 75 million records worldwide. In 2017, the group was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, were nominated again in 2018. Lennox and Stewart met in 1975 in a restaurant in London, they first played together in 1976 in the punk rock band The Catch. After releasing one single as The Catch in 1977, the band evolved into The Tourists. Stewart and Lennox were romantically involved; the Tourists achieved some commercial success, but the experience was an unhappy one. Personal and musical tensions existed within the group, whose main songwriter was Peet Coombes, legal wranglings happened with the band's management and record labels. Lennox and Stewart felt the fixed band line-up was an inadequate vehicle to explore their experimental creative leanings and decided their next project should be much more flexible and free from artistic compromise, they were interested in creating pop music, but wanted freedom to experiment with electronics and the avant-garde.
It was in a hotel in Wagga Wagga, while playing around with a portable mini-synthesizer that Lennox and Stewart decided to become a duo. Calling themselves Eurythmics, they decided to keep themselves as the only permanent members and songwriters, involve others in the collaboration "on the basis of mutual compatibility and availability." The duo signed to RCA Records. At this time and Stewart split as a couple. During the period that Lennox and Stewart were in The Tourists, as Eurythmics, they were managed by Kenny Smith and Sandra Turnbull of Hyper Kinetics Ltd, they recorded their first album in Cologne with Conny Plank. This resulted in the album In the Garden, released in October 1981; the album mixed psychedelic and electropop influences, featured contributions from Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit, drummer Clem Burke, Robert Görl, flautist Tim Wheater. A couple of the songs were co-written by guitarist Roger Pomphrey; the album was not a commercial success. Lennox and Stewart activated their new Eurythmics mode of operation by touring the record as a duo, accompanied by backing tracks and electronics, carted around the country themselves in a horse-box.
During 1982, the duo retreated to Chalk Farm in London and used a bank loan to establish a small 8-track studio above a picture framing factory, giving them freedom to record without having to pay expensive studio fees. They began to employ much more electronics in their music, collaborating with Raynard Faulkner and Adam Williams, recording many tracks in the studio and playing live using various line-up permutations. However, the three new singles they released that year all performed badly on initial release in the UK. Although their mode of operation had given them the creative freedom they desired, commercial success was still eluding them and the responsibility of running so many of their affairs took its toll on both of them. Lennox suffered at least one nervous breakdown during this period, while Stewart was hospitalised with a collapsed lung. Eurythmics' commercial breakthrough came with their second album, Sweet Dreams, released in January 1983; the successful title track featured a dark and powerful sequenced synth bass line and a dramatic video that introduced the now orange crew-cut Lennox to audiences.
The song reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of the year's biggest sellers, topped the U. S. charts. The band's fortunes changed immensely from this moment on, Lennox became a pop icon, gracing the covers of numerous magazines including Rolling Stone, their previous single, "Love Is a Stranger", was re-released and became another chart success. The video for the song saw Lennox in many different character guises, a concept she would employ in various subsequent videos; the album's working title was Invisible Hands, inspiring the name of U. K. independent company Invisible Hands Music – known for releasing music by Hugh Cornwell, Mick Karn and Hazel O'Connor. The album featured a cover of the 1968 Sam & Dave hit "Wrap It Up", performed as a du
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. They started out by releasing remixes of songs by indie artists; the EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which became a top twenty single in several countries. They are best known for their singles "Closer", "Don’t Let Me Down", "Roses", they have won a Grammy award, two American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and eight iHeartRadio Music Awards. Their debut EP, was released in October 2015 and featured the single "Roses" which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. "Don't Let Me Down", featuring American singer Daya, became their first top 5 single on the Billboard chart and won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 59th awards ceremony. Their single "Closer", featuring American singer-songwriter Halsey, became their first number-one single on the Billboard chart; the duo's second EP, was released in November 2016. Their debut studio album, Memories...
Do Not Open, was released in April 2017 and topped the US Billboard 200 chart. Their second album, Sick Boy, was released in December 2018; the Chainsmokers were made up of Pall and former DJ Rhett Bixler. The Chainsmokers were re-formed as an EDM DJ duo in 2012 under the management of Adam Alpert in New York City. Pall attended New York University for art history and music business while Taggart had been attending Syracuse University and was an intern at Interscope Records before the two met. Taggart had taken an interest in being a DJ and released some original songs on the website SoundCloud. Taggart was informed by someone working for Alpert that a duo, being managed by Alpert, had an open spot after Bixler left, which prompted Taggart to leave Maine in order to go to New York City. Pall, who had grown up as a DJ and had been working at an art gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan at the time, was introduced to Taggart by Alpert. In April 2013, The Chainsmokers released a remix of "Medicine" by Daughter and it reached number 1 on HypeMachine.
The duo started out by making remixes of indie bands. In 2012, they collaborated with Indian actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra on the single "Erase", followed by "The Rookie" in early 2013. During an October 2016 television interview, ABC News Nightline reporter Nick Watt asked Pall and Taggart "What's with the name?" Pall replied that, "At the time of conception, it was.. it was just like I was in college. You know I enjoyed smoking weed and you know it was just like such a'yeah the domain's open'. I don't have to have any, underscores." Taggart added "It's just a name." The duo's first live performance was opening for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in September 2014. Their single "#Selfie", released for free in December 2013, was picked up by Dim Mak Records who re-released it in January 2014 and streamed it to Republic Records; the duo achieved breakthrough success as the single charted internationally and peaked on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Pall has described the song as "life-changing" for the pair.
On August 5, 2014, the Chainsmokers released "Kanye", featuring sirenXX, the follow-up to "#Selfie". Seven months they released "Let You Go", featuring the American synthpop group Great Good Fine Ok, they signed with Disruptor Records, a joint venture label with Sony Music Entertainment by their manager Adam Alpert, in April 2015. On May 18, 2015, The Chainsmokers released the single "Good Intentions", their follow-up single, "Roses", was released a month on June 16. "Roses" became a commercial success and has been certified multiplatinum in several countries, including the duo's native United States where it reached the top 10 of the Billboard chart. Further singles included "Waterbed", a collaboration with Dutch DJ Tiësto entitled "Split", "Until You Were Gone", released on September 18, 2015; these songs, except "Split", were featured on the group's debut EP, released on October 23, 2015. A week the song "New York City" was released as the fifth and final single from the EP. On February 5, 2016, the duo released a new single, "Don't Let Me Down", featuring vocals from American singer Daya, which won a Grammy award.
Two months they released the single "Inside Out", featuring the Swedish singer Charlee. On March 19, 2016, the group played at Ultra Music Festival, where they publicly denounced presidential candidate Donald Trump. On July 29, 2016, they released "Closer", featuring American singer Halsey, which peaked at number one in the United States and United Kingdom, in addition to charts in eleven other countries; the track was performed at the 2016 MTV VMAs. The performance was met with negative reception; the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Us Weekly referred to the performance as the worst of the night. Taggart himself stated in an interview with Billboard that "It sounded like shit.""All We Know", featuring Phoebe Ryan, was released on September 29, 2016. In October 2016, the Chainsmokers were ranked 18th on DJ Magazine's annual list of the "Top 100 DJs" after debuting on the list at 97th in 2014, they released their second extended play Collage on November 4, 2016. On January 13, 2017, the duo released "Paris", certified gold in Canada and the US.
On the same day, they announced that they were working on their debut studio album, scheduled for release in April. The Memories Do Not Open Tour was announced on the same day, featuring 40 North American cities beginning in April alongside support from Kiiara and Emily Warren, they announced on Instagram that they would be taking a fan, Tony Ann, a Berklee College of Music student, with them on the tour because they were impressed with his piano cover of their song "Paris". The official vid
Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles, 22 of them Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones: "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", an acclaimed cover of "Always on My Mind", "Heart". Other hit songs include a cover of "Go West", "Opportunities" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" in a duet with Dusty Springfield. At the 2009 Brit Awards in London, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the number one dance duo/group over the 40 years since the chart's inception in 1976. In 2017 the duo received NME's Godlike Genius Award. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe met in a hi-fi shop on King's Road in Chelsea, London, in 1981.
Tennant had purchased a Korg MS-10 synthesizer which sparked a conversation with Lowe, working in the shop at time. Discovering that they had a mutual interest in dance and electronic music, they began to work together on material, first in Tennant's flat in Chelsea from 1982, in a small studio in Camden Town, they claim their band name was taken from friends who worked in a pet shop in Ealing, were known as the "pet shop boys". In August 1983, Tennant, an assistant editor at Smash Hits, went to New York to interview Sting. While there he arranged to meet Hi-NRG producer Bobby Orlando, gave him a demo tape containing "It's a Sin" and "Opportunities". From 1983–84, Orlando recorded 11 tracks with Tennant and Lowe including "West End Girls", "Opportunities", "It's A Sin", "I Want A Lover", "I Get Excited", "Two Divided By Zero", "Rent", "Later Tonight", "Pet Shop Boys", "A Man Could Get Arrested" and "One More Chance". In April 1984, the Orlando-produced "West End Girls" was released, becoming a club hit in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
On 2 November, it was voted "Screamer of the Week" by listeners of Long Island, New York, radio station WLIR. It was a minor dance hit in Belgium and France, but was only available in the United Kingdom as a 12" import. In March 1985, after long negotiations, Pet Shop Boys cut their contractual ties with Bobby O, with a settlement giving Bobby O significant royalties for future sales. Hiring manager Tom Watkins, they signed with the London-based Parlophone label. In April, Tennant left Smash Hits magazine - where he had progressed to the position of deputy editor - and in July, a new single, "Opportunities", was released, reaching number 116 in the UK; the B-side to this single, "In the Night" resurfaced, in a longer remixed version, as the opening track to the duo's first remix album, Disco, in 1986. This version was used as the theme for the UK television series The Clothes Show. Unperturbed by the low chart position, the band returned to the studio in August to re-record "West End Girls" with producer Stephen Hague.
Released in October 1985, this new version entered the charts at a low position, but began a slow rise so that, by January 1986, it achieved the top spot. It was subsequently number one in the United States, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand and Norway and sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide. It remains the most-heard Pet Shop Boys song to date. After the success of "West End Girls", Pet Shop Boys released a follow-up single, "Love Comes Quickly", on 24 February 1986; the single reached number 19 in the UK Singles Chart and was followed by their debut album, Please, on 24 March. In June 1986, the band announced a European tour. Please started Pet Shop Boys' penchant for choosing one-word album titles, which Neil Tennant has since stated is now a Pet Shop Boys "signature thing", akin to e.e. cummings' use of lower case letters. New versions of their second single, "Opportunities", the album track "Suburbia" were released in 1986, followed by a remix album, Disco. In September 1986, Pet Shop Boys performed "Love Comes Quickly" and "West End Girls" at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.
1987 started with Pet Shop Boys receiving both a BRIT Award and Ivor Novello Award for "West End Girls". On 15 June, they released what became their second number one single, "It's a Sin"; the single caused some controversy: Tennant's school, St. Cuthbert's Grammar School, in Newcastle upon Tyne, chastised him in the press, while Jonathan King accused them of plagiarising the Cat Stevens song "Wild World". Pet Shop Boys sued King and won damages, which were donated to charity; the video to "It's a Sin" saw their first collaboration with director Derek Jarman. The continued success of "It's a Sin" was followed by the release of "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" on 10 August. Co-written with Allee Willis and featuring Dusty Springfield on vocals, the single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although the duo had wanted to release this track on their debut album, they had been unable to track down Springfield and were reluctant to record it with any other female singer, despite their record company's suggestions.
Springfield's manager contacted them in 1986, following the release of Please, towards the end of that year, she travelled to London to record "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" with them. It was the fi
Karmin was an American pop duo consisting of Amy Renee Noonan and Nick Noonan. Starting as a novelty act that released covers on YouTube, they signed in 2011 with Epic Records. In May 2012, Karmin released their debut EP Hello, which spawned the singles "Brokenhearted" and "Hello" and received mixed reviews. Rolling Stone named Karmin's lead singer Amy as the winner of "Women. In March 2014, the duo released Pulses; the album's lead single, "Acapella", charted in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, went Gold in the United States. They have since released music independently, their second album Leo Rising was released on September 9, 2016. In 2017, the duo took a break on Karmin to focus on another project, Qveen Herby, Amy Noonan's new alter ego; the project moves away from pop in favor of more of hip-hop/rap sounds. Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which they graduated in 2008. Heidemann is a graduate of Seward High School in Nebraska.
Noonan graduated from Old Town High School in Maine, where he was a member of the concert band and jazz ensemble. The duo has been a couple since September 2005 and in March 2016 confirmed that they had married; that month, Amy changed her Twitter name from "Amy Heidemann" to "Amy Noonan". The duo's popularity grew from an appearance on the daytime talk show as well as exposure on YouTube, achieving more than 320 million views between two channels; the name of the band is a homophone made from the Latin word carmen meaning "song", the word karma, making the name Karmin. Karmin signed with Epic Records, in late June 2012 entered the studio to record their debut studio EP, released on May 7 via digital download. On February 26, 2013, the duo released a studio cover of Drake's song "Started from the Bottom" as a promotional single, they released the single digitally for free download. The single "Acapella" was released in July and debuted at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and two weeks peaked at number 72.
On October 28, 2013, they announced their 2014 Pulses tour, released the full-length album Pulses on March 25, 2014. In 2014, after the release of their debut album Pulses and the attendant tour, Karmin left Epic Records. In an interview with Billboard, Heidemann said: "We were hungry to try a more musically honest approach. We wanted to be a little bit nerdier than we think they had hoped". Six months after the release of Pulses, in September 2014, Karmin released a single with rapper George Watsky titled "No Flex Zone", inspired by the song "No Flex Zone" by Rae Sremmurd, it was produced by Nick Noonan. That year, Karmin began work on their second album, Leo Rising. Two digital singles were released in 2014: "Sugar" on October 8, followed by "Yesterday" on October 24, 2014. Another single "Along the Road" was released on March 25, 2015 and was slated to be the lead single off the project, was relegated as a promotional release. In 2016, Wild Culture released the Sugar EP in collaboration with Karmin.
It features three remixes of "Sugar" and a remix of Riley Pearce's single "Brave". The album Leo Rising was released on September 9, 2016. At the beginning of 2017, Amy Noonan revealed in a livestream that a Leo Rising tour would not be held in 2017, if there was one it would be in 2018, she revealed that alongside the launch of a new website, new music was in the works. In 2017, all of Karmin's social media was rebranded to Qveen Herby and a small preview stating "Karmin Is Dead, Long Live the Queen." was posted. Noonan soon formally announced her solo career and launched the new website "Qveenherby.com". The music video for Qveen Herby's first single "Busta Rhymes" was released on June 1, 2017, followed by the release of EP 1 a day later; the EP received positive reviews from critics, who praised Herby's rebranding as an artist and the exploration of R&B and hip hop music. The EP experienced fair success, peaking at #37 on the US Billboard Independent Albums Chart and #13 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.
Byker Grove is an English television series which aired between 1989 and 2006 and was created by writer Adele Rose and producer Andrea Wonfor. The show was broadcast at 5:10pm after Newsround on CBBC on BBC One, it was aimed at an older teenager and young adult audience, tackling serious and sometimes controversial storylines. The show ran between 1989 and 2006, was set in a youth club in the Byker district of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. In 1987, Wonfor approached soap writer Adele Rose. Together they created a single pilot episode featuring children aged 8–11 at an out-of-school club. In autumn 1988, Wonfor gained the backing of Anna Home Head of the Children's Department at BBC Television. Home gave the go ahead for a run of a series of six 25-minute episodes to be broadcast by the BBC; the age of the main characters was raised to 12–16 after support from first producer-director, Matthew Robinson. The first series centred on young teenagers crossing the bridge from childhood to adulthood. Byker Grove launched the careers of Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly who are otherwise known as Ant & Dec as well as the actress Jill Halfpenny, Donna Air, former CBBC presenter Andrew Hayden-Smith and Emmerdale actors Dale Meeks, Charlie Hardwick, Chelsea Halfpenny, Laura Norton and Victoria Hawkins.
Appearing in the series was the now glamour model Francoise Boufhal and Charlie Hunnam, who starred in the American TV series Sons of Anarchy and co-starred in Pacific Rim. Founder producer/director was Matthew Robinson who, after Byker Grove, became executive producer of EastEnders, Head of Drama BBC Wales and now runs Khmer Mekong Films in Cambodia. Byker Grove was home to writers such as Catherine Johnson and Matthew Graham; the first writer was Adele Rose - in Series 1 she wrote episodes 1–4 and 6. The most prolific was Brian B. Thompson, who wrote 50 episodes over 12 series. Byker Grove gave Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper his first break into TV drama when he directed four episodes in 1997. Byker Grove was not filmed in the Byker area of Newcastle; the actual youth club set was in Benwell, in the west area of the City, Byker being in the east. Byker Metro station and other landmarks in the real Byker are used for filming backdrops; the youth club building seen on-screen is The Mitre, which used to be a pub.
After the success of the first series, The Mitre was bought by the BBC's London property department which granted Zenith Television a permanent licence to film the series there. The building housed production offices, make up suite and costume department; the final series started on 7 October 2006 on the CBBC Channel. Richard Deverell, head of CBBC, was interviewed on Newsround about the decision to axe Byker Grove. On 11 March 2008, it was reported that Gallowgate Productions TV, the TV production company owned by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, purchased the rights to Byker Grove after the production company that made it went into liquidation in 2007. According to reports, the reason Ant & Dec decided to purchase the rights was to stop a digital channel showing repeats featuring the duo during their time in the series, though this has neither been confirmed or denied by the duo themselves; the cast and crew from the first 10 years of the show held their first reunion on 19 May 2012 in the Quayside area of Newcastle upon Tyne and on a river boat cruise.
The party guests included Donna Air, Charlie Hardwick and Andrew Hayden-Smith. Jill Halfpenny and Si King were absent due to work commitments. Byker Grove was not intended for young children, but aimed at a young adult and teenage audience as it tackled some controversial subjects such as drug addiction, child abuse, teen pregnancy and abortion. Although some of the action took place outside the youth club, the series was unusual among dramas in that the characters were shown in school. One of the major settings was the foster home run by the kindly but strict Lou Gallagher, the longest-running character. In November 1994, Byker Grove became the first British drama to broach the subject of "coming out of the closet" when Noddy Fishwick kissed his close friend Gary Hendrix at the back of a cinema; this scene caused outrage in the British tabloids, a Sun editorial calling for producer Matthew Robinson to be sacked. However the BBC backed the storyline which received countrywide support from gay teenagers, many teachers, parents.
The 2004 series saw the character of Bradley agonising over his sexuality and coming out of the closet as gay to his girlfriend Sadie, after a romantic holiday together had failed to live up to their expectations. The series depicted life as unjust, with bad things happening to good people, such as Flora's death from a brain tumour, Greg's fall from the roof of the Grove which left him paralysed from the waist down, Jemma Dobson being electrocuted by a faulty electricity mains socket and youth leader Geoff Keegan's death in an accidental gas explosion. Byker Grove confronted viewers with repercussions for the characters' actions permanent; these ranged from the comical to the tragic. P. J. was blinded during an illicit and unsupervised paintballi