Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen television series Degrassi. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape and he released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Waynes Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake released his studio album Thank Me Later in 2010. They were followed by two mixtapes, with the trap-influenced If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, and a collaboration with Future for What a Time to Be Alive, in 2015. The former was certified platinum in the U. S. Drake released his fourth album, Views, in 2016. The dancehall-influenced Views sat atop the Billboard 200 for ten nonconsecutive weeks and its single One Dance topped the chart in several countries, including the U. S. the UK and Canada, where it became his first number-one single as the lead artist.
This saw Drake leading the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 simultaneously for eight weeks and it achieved quadruple platinum status in the U. S. and earned over 1 million album-equivalent units in the first week of its release. The single Hotline Bling secured him his second and third Grammy win, for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song, Drake released the critically acclaimed multi-genre More Life in 2017. More Life, described by Drake as a playlist, was his seventh number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Drake owns several Billboard chart records and he has the most charted songs among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week. Drake has the most number one singles on the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, alongside his Grammy Award wins, Drake has won three Juno Awards and six BET Awards. Drake has developed other ventures, including his OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator Noah 40 Shebib, Drake acts as a producer, producing under the pseudonym of Champagne Papi.
Using the OVO moniker, Drake has his own clothing line and he is currently acting as the global ambassador for NBA franchise, the Toronto Raptors. Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24,1986, in Toronto and his father, Dennis Graham, is an African American and a practicing Catholic from Memphis and worked as a drummer, performing alongside country musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Bass guitarist Larry Graham and the late songwriter Teenie Hodges are his paternal uncles, Drakes mother, Sandi Graham, is a white Jewish Canadian who worked as an English teacher and florist. Drake attended a Jewish day school, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, Drakes parents divorced when he was five years old. After the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto, as a child, he witnessed his fathers arrest while visiting him in Memphis
Mary J. Blige
Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, model, record producer and actress. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, for her part in combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s and its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards. Blige made Time magazines Time 100 list of individuals around the world in 2007. As of 2013, Blige has sold more than 50 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide, Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. The magazine lists her 2006 song Be Without You as the top R&B song of the 2000s, in 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Moreover, she is ranked number 100 on the list of 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, in 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in The 100 Greatest Women in Music. Blige earned high remarks for her work in film and she starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages.
She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her contribution to the film The Help. In partnership with the Home Shopping Network and Carols Daughter, Blige released her My Life perfume, the perfume broke HSN records by selling 65,000 bottles during its premiere. The scent went on to win two FiFi Awards, including the Fragrance Sales Breakthrough award, in 2017, she stars in the period drama film Mudbound directed by Dee Rees. Blige spent her years in Richmond Hill, where she sang in a Pentecostal church. Blige moved to Schlobohm Houses in Yonkers, New York, immediately north of New York City, Blige dropped out of high school in her junior year. Pursuing a musical career, Blige spent a period of time in a Yonkers band named Pride with band drummer Eddie DAprile. In early 1988, she recorded a cover of Anita Bakers Caught Up in the Rapture at a recording booth in the Galleria Mall in White Plains. Her mothers boyfriend at the played the cassette for Jeff Redd. Redd sent it to the president and CEO of the label, Harrell met with Blige and in 1989 she was signed to the label, becoming the companys youngest and first female artist.
After being signed to Uptown Records, Blige began working with record producer Puff Daddy and he became the executive producer and produced a majority of the album. Derived from Bliges past occupation as a 4-1-1 operator, it was an indication by Blige of being the real deal, the music was described as revelatory on a frequent basis
Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s, in 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for I Believe I Can Fly and his distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play basketball, when he was signed in 1997. Kelly has written and remixed songs and albums for artists, including Aaliyahs 1994 debut album Age Aint Nothing. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jacksons song You Are Not Alone. In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, in March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s and he has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames King of R&B and King of Pop-Soul.
He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years and the most successful R&B artist in history. Throughout his career, Kelly has won awards, including a Guinness World Records as well as countless of other awards like Grammy, BET, Soul Train, Billboard, NAACP. Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8,1967 at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in Hyde Park, Kelly is the third of four children. Kellys single mother, was a singer, Kellys father was absent throughout his sons life. Kellys family lived in the Ida B, wells Homes public housing project in Chicagos Bronzeville neighborhood. Lena McLin described Kellys childhood home, It was bare, there was no father there, I knew that, and they had very little. Kelly began singing in the choir at age eight. Kelly grew up in a full of women, whom he said would act differently when his mother. At a young age Kelly was often abused by a woman who was at least ten years older than himself. I was too afraid and too ashamed, Kelly wrote in his autobiography about why he never told anyone, at age 11, he was shot in the shoulder while riding his bike home, the bullet is reportedly still lodged in his shoulder
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, opinion, events and it is known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses and burlesque shows. It created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985.
The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, San Francisco, London and he re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, circuses and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901.
Billboard covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good taste
Drunk in Love
Drunk in Love is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé featuring her husband, rapper Jay Z. The duo along with Detail, Andre Eric Proctor, Rasool Ricardo Diaz, Brian Soko, Jerome Harmon, columbia Records released Drunk in Love as one of the two lead singles from Beyoncé on December 17,2013. The song is dominated by trap beats in chunks and bass and its lyrics, which depict female sexuality, are sung by Beyoncé in a sensual and confident way. Many music critics called the song a follow-up to Beyoncés and Jay-Zs song Crazy in Love, Drunk in Love peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending eight weeks in the top ten. It reached the top ten in France, New Zealand, at the 57th Grammy Awards, Drunk in Love won Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. The songs music video was directed by Hype Williams and shot in black-and-white in Golden Beach, the visual features scenes of the pair singing the song together. Drunk in Love was performed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and it was added to the set lists of the second European leg of Beyoncés The Mrs.
Carter Show World Tour in 2013 and the pairs joint On the Run Tour in 2014. Numerous remixes and cover versions of the song were made, most notably the official rework by rapper Kanye West, the music video won Best Collaboration and was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Drunk in Love was written by Beyoncé, Detail and Jay-Z, production of the song was handled by Boots and Beyoncé as well as Detail. Drunk in Love was recorded at Jungle City Studios and at Oven Studios in New York City, Detail approached Beyoncé with a beat he had created called Drunk inspired by different situations from being affected by alcohol. Beyoncé further helped in the production of the song, adding elements that Detail had missed and she and Jay-Z free-styled their verses for the song and Timbaland contributed keyboards. J-Roc, Dre Moon, Brian Soko and Rasool Ricardo Diaz contributed to the production of the song, elaborating on the conception of the song, Beyoncé said, We just kinda had a party.
It was so great, because it wasnt about any ego, in 2014, rapper Future claimed that he had previously recorded a demo version of the song. He worked together with Detail who persuaded him to record vocals for the track as it would convince Beyoncé more easily to record it, several days later, Detail informed Future that Beyoncé was in the studio recording Drunk in Love. When Beyoncé released her album, the track was scrapped from the listing of Honest. Drunk in Love was subsequently included on Beyoncés self-titled fifth studio album Beyoncé which was released on iTunes Store with no promotion having taken place beforehand, following the albums release, Billboard reported that Drunk in Love would be sent to urban contemporary radio in the US exclusively. XO impacted CHR, hot adult contemporary and rhythmic radio in the US on December 16,2013 as the first single from the album. Drunk in Love impacted urban radio stations on December 17,2013
Tremaine Aldon Neverson, better known as Trey Songz, is an American singer and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released in 2005 through Atlantic Records and his follow-up album, Trey Day, spawned his first top 20 single, Cant Help but Wait. Songz released his third album Ready in 2009 and a single from the album, Say Aah, Ready was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards. The following year saw Songzs highest charting song to date, Bottoms Up featuring rapper Nicki Minaj from his studio album, Passion. In 2012, Songz released his first number one album, Chapter V, the albums lead single titled Heart Attack was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Following that Songz released his studio album, Trigga in 2014, promoted by the top 40 songs, Na Na. He has sold an overall 14 million records worldwide in singles, tremaine Aldon Neverson was born on November 28,1984, in Petersburg, Virginia. He is the son of April Tucker, who was seventeen when he was born and he recognized his vocal abilities at the age of 14.
Reluctant to sing, he began performing with encouragement by friends, after graduating from Petersburg High School in 2003, Songz moved to New Jersey to begin recording his debut album, though recording did not actually begin until 2002. While recording his album in 2004, Songz released multiple mixtapes under the alias Prince of Virginia. One of the featured a answer track to R. Kellys Trapped in the Closet. The song gave Songz some notoriety and his debut album, I Gotta Make It was released on July 26,2005. It debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 copies in its first week of sales and it has sold 300,000 records in the US. Songzs debut single, Gotta Make It, featuring Twista, was released in March 2005 and reached #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it garnered success in the R&B/urban community but failed to make a mark in mainstream music. After promotion for his debut concluded, he was featured on the single from Twistas fifth album. The single, Girl Tonite, reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Trey aimed for the album to be more mainstream-oriented than his debut album.
His second studio album, Trey Day, was released on October 2,2007, the album reached #11 on the Billboard 200, selling 73,000 copies in its first week. It has since sold 400,000 records in the US, the album was going to be released on May 8,2007, but was continually delayed in order for a successful single to precede the album, as the lead single failed to impact charts
Robin Charles Thicke is an American singer and record producer. Thicke has worked with artists, such as Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, K. Michelle, Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, Kid Cudi and Mary J. Blige. Thicke worked on such as Ushers Confessions and Lil Waynes Tha Carter III, while releasing his own R&B singles in the US including Lost Without U, Magic. He rose to fame in 2013 with his single Blurred Lines. He is the son of actor Alan Thicke and actress Gloria Loring, in 2013 and 2014, their separation and divorce was covered extensively by the tabloid press including Thickes efforts to reconcile with Patton. Thicke was born on March 10,1977, in Los Angeles and they divorced when he was seven. Thicke has a brother, who worked as a voice actor in the mid-1980s. Thicke played a role in The Wonder Years, Season 2. As a child, Thickes parents were supportive of his inclinations, his father helped him to write. The demo ultimately was paid for by jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, Thickes demo made its way to R&B artist Brian McKnight, who was impressed enough by Thicke to invite him into the studio to work with him.
Thicke was signed to McKnights production company, Anyway, a song co-written with Thicke, was featured on McKnights second album I Remember You, Thickes peers jokingly nicknamed him Brian McWhite. Thicke moved out on his own at age 17, during his year of high school. As Thickes list of credits grew so did his parents confidence in his decision, according to Thicke, Knight invested in the ability of the young songwriter early on by purchasing studio equipment for him. He co-wrote the song When You Put Your Hands on Me for Christina Aguileras debut album and co-wrote and produced three songs for Mýas sophomore release, Fear of Flying. In 1999, Thicke co-wrote the song Fall Again with Walter Afanasieff, which was intended to be a track on Michael Jacksons 2001 album Invincible, but it failed to be presented as a completed song. The demo Michael recorded in 1999 was released on November 16,2004 as a track of his limited edition box set The Ultimate Collection. As an artist, he recorded and performed solely under his surname and he would continue to do so until 2005.
As Thicke told Billboard, I decided I was going to save money to make my album, in 2002, Thicke released his debut single When I Get You Alone
We Belong Together
We Belong Together is a song by American singer Mariah Carey from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi. The song was released on March 29,2005, through Island Records and we Belong Together was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, and Johntá Austin, and produced by the former three. As the song lyrics from Bobby Womacks If You Think Youre Lonely Now. We Belong Together is built on a piano arrangement with an understated backbeat. The lyrics chronicle a womans desperation for her lover to return. Following her decline in popularity between 2001 and 2005, critics dubbed the song her musical comeback, as many had considered her career over and we Belong Together earned her several music industry awards and nominations throughout 2005–06. The song broke records in the United States and became Careys sixteenth topper on the US Billboard Hot 100. Billboard listed it as the song of the decade and the ninth most popular song of all time, additionally, it broke several airplay records, gathering both the largest one-day and one-week audiences in history.
We Belong Together topped the charts in Australia and reached the top two in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, the songs music video was filmed as a two-part story with Its Like That, which featured Carey at her bachelorette party. The video for We Belong Together is a continuation focusing on Careys wedding to an older and powerful man, rumors arose of the videos connection to her 1993 marriage to Tommy Mottola. In Europe the song was performed at the Live 8 charity concert, the Fashion Rocks in Monaco, Carey performed the song on both her Adventures of Mimi and Angels Advocate Tours. Carey had produced back-to-back commercially and critically unsuccessful albums, after the albums release, and its succeeding tour, Carey began conceptualizing and working on a new project, eventually titled The Emancipation of Mimi, her tenth studio effort. We Belong Together became a song that critics considered Careys return to form, by November 2004, Carey had already recorded several songs for The Emancipation of Mimi.
Island Records chairman L. A. Reid suggested Carey that she compose a few more singles to ensure the projects commercial success. Noting that she had some of her best work with Jermaine Dupri. Carey headed to Atlanta to collaborate with Dupri where the duo wrote and produced Shake It Off and Get Your Number, which were eventually released as the albums third and fourth singles. Carey returned to Atlanta for a meeting with Dupri, during this trip, Carey. In an interview with Billboard, Carey described her sentiments regarding the song during the production stage, I had a great feeling about it when we finished writing the song, and I was flying back from Atlanta at some crazy hour of the morning
Hotline Bling is a song by Canadian rapper Drake, which serves as the lead single from his fourth studio album Views. While the song itself is credited as a bonus track to the album it is present on all editions of the album. Music critics were complimentary about the presentation of Drakes emotional side, as well as its production, a music video directed by Director X was released two months later, it subsequently gained popularity on YouTube and spawned several parodies. It was included on several year-end critics polls, Hotline Bling reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Drakes highest-charting single in the United States, until One Dance reached #1 in 2016. Hotline Bling reached three in Canada and the United Kingdom. The song won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song at the 2016 American Music Awards and it received two wins at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance. Hotline Bling is a R&B and pop song written by Drake and Nineteen85, the song was composed in D minor with a tempo of 135 beats per minute in common time with a chord progression of Bbmaj7 – Am7.
The songs instrumental heavily samples R&B singer Timmy Thomas 1972 song Why Cant We Live Together, on October 4,2015, Drake announced a music video for the track via his Instagram account. The video was financed by Apple Inc. and released on October 19,2015 via Apple Music under a timed exclusivity agreement, the Director X-directed video was inspired by the work of American artist James Turrell. X has stated that he hopes that the video inspires men to dance more, the video features Dominican model Damaris Lopez who appears at the beginning of the video. Rap-Up wrote that Drake shows just how suave he can be with his moves in this video, evan Minsker of Pitchfork called it a pretty minimal clip. The site named Hotline Bling the seventh best music video of 2015, the video, which has inspired many memes and parodies, including a commercial from T-Mobile during Super Bowl 50 featuring Drake himself, helped the song rise in chart position according to NME. The song was parodied in the Saturday Night Live episode Donald Trump/Sia, as of March 2017, the music video has received over 1.18 billion views on YouTube, and is the sites 34th most-watched video.
Rhian Daly of NME described the simple and minimal production as secondary to Drake’s emotions. Rolling Stone ranked Hotline Bling at number 3 on its year-end list to find the 50 best songs of 2015. Billboard ranked Hotline Bling at number 2 on its critics poll for 2015, In a trio of freebies Drake plopped on SoundCloud in July. Backed by a tropical, groovy melody, Hotline Bling finds Aubrey Graham giving a rap a hard pass, the record caught some drama, initially being referred to as a remix to Virginia rapper D. R. A. M. s Cha Cha. Still, the Toronto MVP got his dance on for the video parodied by everyone from presidential candidate Donald Trump to Toronto Councillor Norm Kelly
Be Without You
Be Without You is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Blige for her studio album. Produced by Cox and Ron Fair, it was released as the albums first official single in late 2005, ranking among the most played songs on US radio in the year 2006, the single was certified double-platinum by the RIAA in 2007. With 15 weeks at one and a 75-week span on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It is one of Mary J. Bliges most successful singles to date, the song was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year and won the Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance categories at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Be Without You is an R&B and hip hop song written in the key of D minor with a tempo of 73 beats per minute. The song follows a progression of Dm – B♭maj7 – C – Dm – Gm7 – C – A7. The music video for Be Without You was directed by Matthew Rolston and was shot on locations in New York City in October 2005. Starring Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard in the role of Bliges boyfriend the video first aired on November 28,2005.
It peaked on AOL Videos Top 11 on the spot on the January 21,2006 entering the chart the first time. Theres a Live At Launch Exclusive Performance available for download from January 2006 and it won the Video of the Year award at the 2006 BET Awards on June 27,2006 and was nominated for Best R&B Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The video begins in a black and white city where Blige is standing on top of the building as the song begins, then, it shifts into a bathroom where Blige cleans out the mirror. In the 1st scene, Blige is typing the lyrics on her laptop, the next scene shows a color appeared where Blige is falling in love with her boyfriend and sleeping with him. Then, the scene goes to a kitchen where Blige. Meanwhile, she is seen in a scene where she is standing next to a group of candles. Then and her boyfriend breaks up after having a fight, after 2 candles started melting, the final scene as the black and white changes to a color scene where a knock was on the door. Blige opens it and it was her boyfriend and she hugged him at the end of the song.
The single debuted at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at three in February 2006, Bliges third highest peak of her career after 2001s Family Affair
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Formerly a quartet including bass Michael McCary, they are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris, during the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet. McCary left the group in 2003 due to issues and contractual agreements. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success and this began with the release of the number one single End of the Road in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide. End of the Road would set a new record for longevity, staying at one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks. Ill Make Love to You topped the charts in Australia, as of 2016, One Sweet Day still holds the all-time record with sixteen weeks at the top of the Hot 100. Consequently, Boyz II Men are top ranking members with regard to time spent at one in Billboard history. Furthermore, when On Bended Knee took the one spot away from Ill Make Love to You.
These achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard magazines fourth most successful group of the 1990s. Boyz II Men continue to perform worldwide, as a trio and their most recent studio album, was released in 2014. In 1987, Wanya Morris, who sang in the choir along with the members of Unique Attraction, joined the group. In 1988 Baldi and Walker all left the group due to graduation and they recruited Shawn Stockman after seeing him perform a solo in the schools choir. Now with a permanent lineup of members the group would rehearse in the schools bathrooms, due to the excellent acoustics. They found inspiration in New Editions harmonies and routines, and eventually renamed the group Boyz II Men, after one of New Editions songs, Boys to Men, from their 1988 album Heart Break. After they sang New Editions Can You Stand The Rain for him, Bivins and he gave the group his number and told them to give him a call. Nate eventually called Bivins, and he agreed to manage and helped produce the group and this song, released as a single on June 30,1992, would become Boyz II Mens biggest hit.
It reached the one position on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 22, remaining there for a record-setting 13 weeks. The success of End of the Road instantly transformed Boyz II Men from up-and-coming R&B stars into mainstream music celebrities
Faheem Rashad Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American rapper, singer and record producer from Tallahassee, Florida. His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005, in 2007, T-Pain released his second album Epiphany, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. His third album, Thr33 Ringz, was released in 2008, T-Pain has released a string of hit singles, including Im Sprung, Im n Luv, Buy U a Drank, Cant Believe It,5 OClock and more. T-Pain has earned two Grammy Awards, alongside artists Kanye West and Jamie Foxx respectively, T-Pain is the founder of the record label imprint Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005. Najm was born and raised in Tallahassee and his stage name is short for Tallahassee Pain, and was chosen because of the hardships he experienced while living there. Najm was brought up in a Muslim household, but he has expressed his lack of interest in the concept of religion, at age ten, Najm turned his bedroom into a music studio, using a keyboard, a beat machine and a four-track recorder.
T-Pain joined the rap group Nappy Headz in 2004 and recorded Im Fucked Up, recording artist Akon heard the song and immediately signed T-Pain to Konvict Muzik, his label. After being discovered, T-Pain began singing instead of rapping, T-Pain subsequently recorded and released his debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, on December 6,2005. The album reached number thirty-three on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified Gold by the RIAA, for reaching sales of 500,000 units. The album was preceded by the single, Im Sprung. The second single, Im N Luv, featuring Mike Jones, was released in December 2005 and reached five on the Hot 100. The third and final single from the album, Studio Luv, was released in October 2006, in mid-2006, T-Pain began work on his second album, now with the Zomba Label Group as well as Konvict Muzik and Jive Records. The album, titled Epiphany, was released on June 5,2007, the album sold 171,000 records in its first week, reaching number one on the Billboard 200. The record has since sold 819,000 records in the United States, the album was preceded by the lead single Buy U a Drank featuring Yung Joc in February 2007.
The single reached number one on both the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming his first single to top charts. The albums second single, featuring Akon was released in June 2007 and reached five on the Hot 100. The third and final single from the album, was released in October 2007, while promoting his second album, T-Pain made guest appearances on multiple songs by other artists. T-Pain was featured on Im a Flirt by R. Kelly with T. I