Stoney is the debut studio album by American artist Post Malone. It was released on December 2016, by Republic Records; the album features guest appearances from Justin Bieber, Quavo and 2 Chainz. The production on the album was handled by DJ Mustard, Metro Boomin, Frank Dukes, Charlie Handsome, Rex Kudo, Foreign Teck, Pharrell Williams among others; the album experiments with hip hop, R&B, country and pop. Stoney debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 and peaked at number four. "Congratulations" was first released as the album's first promotional single on November 4, 2016. Stoney is certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. On August 14, 2015, Post Malone released his debut single, "White Iverson"; the single became his breakthrough song. Due to his success with that single, Malone collaborated with a number of prominent rappers such as Petal Aggression, Young Thug and Kanye West, among others. Malone and Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber verge into this friendship, when Bieber made Malone as one of the opening acts for his Purpose World Tour to support the release of his album, Purpose.
On June 9, 2016, Malone made his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing the song, "Go Flex". In June 2016, XXL editor-in chief Vanessa Satten, revealed that Malone was considered to be on XXL's "2016's Freshmen Class" magazine cover, she was "told by his camp that he wasn't paying attention to hip hop so much, he was going into more of a rock / pop / country direction." Malone denied these claims, saying: "My love of music should never be questioned... I shouldn't be chastised in whichever way I see fit." He went on to explain that his latest mixtape, as well as his upcoming album are both hip hop: "I have a hip-hop album coming out in August... I made a HIP HOP mixtape promoting my HIP HOP album."In May 2016, in preparation for the release of Stoney, Malone released his debut mixtape, titled August 26th. The name was a reference to the original release date for Stoney, the album suffered numerous delays; the album's lead single, "White Iverson", was released on August 14, 2015.
The song was produced alongside Rex Kudo. The song peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quintuple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; the album's second single, "Too Young", was released on October 9, 2015. The song was produced by Justin Mosely; the song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2017. The album's third single, "Go Flex", was released on April 21, 2016; the song was produced by Rex Kudo. The song was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; the album's fourth single, "Deja Vu", was released on September 8, 2016. The song features a guest appearance from Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber, while the production was handled by Frank Dukes and Vinylz; the song is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Congratulations" was first released as the album's first promotional single on November 4, 2016. It was sent to rhythmic radio as the album's fifth official single.
The song features a guest appearance from Southern hip hop rapper Quavo, while the production was handled by Metro Boomin and Frank Dukes, with additional production by Louis Bell. The song was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and became his biggest and first international hit. A live performance of "I Fall Apart" received significant attention on social media and sales for the song sent it into the top 20 on iTunes. Republic promptly sent the song to rhythmic radio as the album's sixth and final single, on October 17, 2017, despite "Rockstar" having been released as a single from his then-upcoming second studio album; as a single, “I Fall Apart” went on to peak at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's first promotional single, "Patient", was released on November 18, 2016; the song was produced by Louis Bell. The album's second promotional single, "Leave", was released on December 2, 2016; the song was produced by Rex Kudo and Charlie Handsome. Comparing the album to Malone's debut single, "White Iverson", Glenn Gamboa of Newsday wrote that he "follows through with that style on Stoney, but it pales in comparison to the inventiveness and the surprise of that track."
Neil Yeung of AllMusic commented that Stoney is "competent and listenable, but many others have tread this same path already. Post Malone has a way to go before standing out with his own unique voice, but there are signs on Stoney that it could happen." Stoney debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 with 58,000 album-equivalent units, of which 19,000 were pure album sales. In its second week, the album dropped to number 23 on the chart. On June 6, 2018, the album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over three million units. On the week of October 28, 2017, the album peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200. By the end of 2017, Stoney had sold 1,409,000 album-equivalent units with 122,000 being pure sales. In 2018 so far, Stoney has sold 1,044,000 album-equivalent units. Credits adapted from the album's liner notes, Tidal and BMI. Notes ^ signifies a co-producer ^ signifies a vocal producer "Deja Vu" features background vocals from Kaan Gunesberk "Cold" features background vocals from River Tiber "Go Flex" features background vocals from Charlie Handsome and Peter Lee Johnson "Leave" features background vocals from Peter Lee Johnson "Feeling Whitney" features
Whitney Houston (album)
Whitney Houston is the debut studio album by American contemporary R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston. It was released on February 1985, by Arista Records; the album had a slow commercial response, but began getting more popular in the summer of 1985. It topped the Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in 1986, generating three number-one singles — "Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love of All" — on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which made it both the first debut album and the first album by a solo female artist to produce three number-one singles; the album topped the albums charts in many countries, including Canada, Australia and Sweden, peaking at number 2 in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The album was certified diamond for shipments of 10 million units or more on March 16, 1999, 13× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on July 29, 1999, making it one of the top 100 best-selling albums in the United States, it has sold over 22 million copies worldwide.
In 1986, at the 28th Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston received four nominations. For the 29th Grammy Awards of 1987, the album earned one nomination for Record of the Year for "Greatest Love of All". In 2003, the album was ranked number 254 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In honor of its 25th anniversary, the album was reissued as Whitney Houston – The Deluxe Anniversary Edition on January 26, 2010, an expanded edition with five bonus tracks including the a cappella version of "How Will I Know" and the original 12-inch remixes, a booklet tracking the history of the original album, along with a DVD of live performances and interviews by Whitney Houston and Clive Davis. After seeing Houston perform in a New York City nightclub, Clive Davis believed the singer had the potential to crossover and be the next big superstar, he signed her in 1983 and the two began work on her debut album. Davis had a hard time finding songs for her. After elaborate showcases in New York and Los Angeles, many producers turned down the chance to work with her.
It took a year and a half for Jerry Griffith Arista's A&R chief and the one who had recommended Whitney to Davis, Davis to amass suitable songs for the album. The songwriter-producer Kashif offered to produce "You Give Good Love". Jermaine Jackson, who had emerged from the shadow of his younger brother Michael, produced three songs. Narada Michael Walden came in to revise and produce "How Will I Know", and Michael Masser covered the pop side of the tracks, producing four of his own compositions, including "Saving All My Love for You" and "Greatest Love of All", recorded in 1977 by George Benson as "The Greatest Love of All" and was the main theme of the boxer Muhammad Ali biopic "The Greatest" in the same year. After two years of recording, the album was ready for release. Budgeted at $200,000, it cost $400,000. In a positive review for The New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote, "along with an appealing romantic innocence, projects the commanding dignity and elegance of someone far more mature."
Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail said the "arrangements border on formulaic but such ballads as "Saving All My Love for You", "Greatest Love of All," and "Hold Me" are some of the loveliest pop singing on vinyl since the glory days of Dionne Warwick." Lacey added, "Houston has a silky, vibrant voice that moves between steely edges, or curls sensuously around the notes." Los Angeles Times complimented Houston on her excellent vocal ability, writing, "neither the listless arrangements nor the sometimes mediocre material of this debut LP hides the fact that Houston is a singer with enormous power and potential" on their reviews for 1985's releases. Don Shewey of Rolling Stone described her as "one of the most exciting new voices in years" and stated that: "Because she has a technically polished voice like Patti Austin's, her interpretive approach is what sets her apart" and "Whitney Houston is headed for stardom, if nothing else, her album is an exciting preview of coming attractions." But he expressed a little disappointment about undistinguished pop-soul tunes, commenting "many of the songs here are so featureless they could be sung by anyone.
They make what could have been a stunning debut promising." In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau complimented Houston's "sweet, statuesque voice", but called the songs "schlock" and believed "only one of the four producers puts any zip in—Narada Michael Walden, who goes one for one."Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic defined Whitney Houston as "the foundation of diva-pop" and stated that the ballads such as "Greatest Love of All" and "Saving All My Love for You", provided "the blueprint for decades of divas". However, he gave higher marks to the lighter tracks like "How Will I Know" and "Thinking About You", commenting these tracks "are what impresses some 20-plus years on" and "turns the album into a rounded record, the rare debut that manages to telegraph every aspect of an artist's career in a mere ten songs." Brad Wete, on a feature article to celebrate for Vibe magazine's 15th anniversary in September 2008, wrote "never before has an African-American woman earned such crossover appeal so early in her career.
Had an explosive solo debut" and commented "Whitney's prodigious pop set was a fresh serving of precocious talent compared to 1985's mildly flavored R&B buffet." Allison Stewart from The Washington Post stated that the album "provid
Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa. Longtime collaborator Cappadonna became an official member in 2007. Wu-Tang Clan are regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. Wu-Tang Clan has released four gold and platinum studio albums, their 1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang, is considered one of the greatest albums in hip hop history. The group has introduced and launched the careers of a number of affiliated artists and groups, collectively known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees. In 2008, About ranked them "the No. 1 greatest hip hop group of all time". Kris Ex of Rolling Stone called Wu-Tang Clan "the best rap group ever". In 2004, NME hailed them as one of the most influential groups of the last ten years. All in Together Now was never signed to a record label. See, me, GZA, ODB had a crew called FOI: Force of the Imperial Master, nah mean?
We made a song, called "All in Together Now", which became famous on tapes throughout Brooklyn, Downtown Staten Island, New York, all the way down to Miami. I remember Biz Markie, when he was famous and I wasn't famous, he was like: "Yo! I heard that shit! Your song with Ason Unique and The Specialist." I was the Scientist. So we never got. We never had a serious record deal under that title. Wu-Tang Clan was assembled in the early 1990s with RZA as the de facto leader and the group's producer. Method Man – who met RZA in 1990 after hearing a tape the producer recorded as Prince Rakeem – recalled: I went round his house. We went to the basement and I guess they was showin' off'cos I was there. There'd be his brother Devon on the decks. RZA was cuttin', Devon'd go cut off the light RZA's go cut on the light, Devon'd be cutting he'd go cut off the light, they was doing man. And Ol' Dirty was there and he'd echo every rhyme of RZA's while beatboxing,'cos, in style then; that was the beginning of Wu-Tang.
RZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard adopted the name for the group after Wu Tang. Their debut album loosely adopted a Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang theme, dividing the album into Shaolin and Wu-Tang sections; the group developed backronyms for the name, including "We Usually Take All Niggas' Garments", "Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game", "Wisdom of the Universe, the Truth of Allah for the Nation of the Gods". Wu-Tang Clan became known in 1993 following the release of the independent single "Protect Ya Neck", which gave the group a sizable underground following after their tour with Kat Nu and Cypress Hill. Though there was some difficulty in finding a record label that would sign the Wu-Tang Clan while still allowing each member to record solo albums with other labels, Loud/RCA agreed, releasing their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang, in November 1993; this album turned out to be critically acclaimed, to date is regarded as one of the greatest hip hop/rap albums of all time. The success of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers established the group as a creative and influential force in mid-1990s hip hop, allowing Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, RZA, Raekwon, U-God, Method Man, Ghostface Killah to negotiate solo contracts.
RZA spoke on the Wu-Tang Clan's unorthodox business model: We reinvented the way hip hop was structured, what I mean is, you have a group signed to a label, yet the infrastructure of our deal was like anyone else's We still could negotiate with any label we wanted, like Meth went with Def Jam, Rae stayed with Loud, Ghost went with Sony, GZA went with Geffen Records, feel me? And all these labels still put "Razor Sharp Records" on the credits Wu Tang was a financial movement. So what do you wanna diversify...? Your assets? RZA was the first to follow up on the success of Enter the Wu-Tang with a side project, founding the Gravediggaz with Prince Paul and Frukwan and Poetic; the Gravediggaz released 6 Feet Deep in August 1994, which became one of the best known works to emerge from hip hop's small subgenre of horrorcore. In November 1994, Method Man's solo debut album, was released, it was produced by RZA, who for the most part continued with the grimy, raw textures he explored on 36 Chambers. RZA's hands-on approach to Tical extended beyond his creating the beats to devising song concepts and structures.
The track "All I Need" from Tical was the winner of the "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" at the 1995 Grammy Awards. After the release of Tical, Ol' Dirty Bastard was the next member to launch a solo career, his debut album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version was released in March 1995, is considered a hip hop classic. The year 1995 saw the release of Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... and GZA's Liquid Swords, which would turn out to be the group's two most significant and well-received solo projects. Cuban Linx was a diverse, theatrical criminological epic that saw RZA move away from the raw, stripped-down beats of the early albums and towards a richer, cinematic sound more reliant on strings and classic soul samples; the album is notable in that it revived, expanded the Mafioso rap subgenre, which started to decline several years beforehand. Lavish living and the crime underworld are referenced throughout using quotes from the John Woo movie The Killer, with the mystique of the Wu-Tang Clan deepened by the adoption of crime boss aliases and the crew name Wu-Gambinos.
The album introduced a flurry of slang words to the rap lexicon, many artists have gone on to imitate its materialism. Cuban Linx featured all but one
Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper and songwriter, from Seattle, Washington. He has collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis as Ryan Lewis. Since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs, four albums. Macklemore and Lewis's single "Thrift Shop" reached number one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2013; the single was soon dubbed by Billboard as the first song since 1994 to top the Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label, although Macklemore, in a unusual recording contract, pays a nominal percentage of sales to use Warner Bros. Records's radio promotion department to push his singles, their second single, "Can't Hold Us" peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart's history to have their first two singles both reach the peak position. Macklemore and Lewis released their debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the U. S. Billboard 200.
The pair won four Grammy Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Their second album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, was released on February 26, 2016. In June 2017, he released "Glorious", a single featuring Skylar Grey; this marked his return to the music industry, as well as his first major single produced without Lewis since his mainstream breakthrough. His second solo studio album, was released on September 22, 2017. Ben Haggerty was born to Julie Schott, he was raised with his brother Tim in Seattle, Washington. He has Irish heritage. Haggerty was six years old. According to a YouTube interview, he listened to "parental advisory" music from the radio when he was an underage youth. Haggerty was 15; when he started to sing, Haggerty listened to "a lot of East Coast underground hip hop", with Hieroglyphics, Freestyle Fellowship, Living Legends, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and Talib Kweli being big influences on him. Interested in reaching a younger generation through his music, he was a part of a program focusing on education and cultural identity called "Gateways for Incarcerated Youth" where he facilitated music workshops.
Haggerty attended Nathan Hale High School. At Hale, he developed the stage name "Professor Macklemore" for an art project involving a made-up superhero, at Garfield, he started a hip-hop group called Elevated Elements with other students. Elevated Elements released an album titled Progress in 2000. Haggerty went on to earn a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College in 2009. In 2000, Haggerty recorded a mixtape titled Open Your Eyes under the name Professor Macklemore, which he distributed himself and released on October 21, 2000. Haggerty dropped "Professor" from his name and began working on his first official full-length album, called The Language of My World; the album was released on January 1, 2005, with its lead single, "Love Song", being announced the same day. "Love Song" featured singer Evan Roman, produced by Budo, who would go on to produce several more tracks for Macklemore. In 2006, Haggerty first met his future collaborator Ryan Lewis. Lewis, who would go on to release two albums with Haggerty as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, spent a few years working on Macklemore's promotion as a photographer.
The two musicians would soon become good friends but would not formalize their collaborative efforts until 2009. In the meantime, Macklemore kept busy as a solo artist, appearing on The Physics' song "Good" in 2009, as well as performing at the Seattle major arts and music festival Bumbershoot in 2008, 2009, 2001. Macklemore's second mixtape, The Unplanned Mixtape, was released on September 7, 2009, it would reach No. 7 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart. The mixtape was accompanied by the singles "The Town" and "And We Danced," the latter of which featured singer Ziggy Stardust. "The Town" was remixed by Sabzi of the Blue Scholars. In 2009, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized the collaboration as a duo Ryan Lewis, they released the EP The VS. EP, they released "Irish Celebration" in December 2009 in anticipation of the release of The Vs. EP. In March 2010, the duo released "Stay At Home Dad", a track that didn't quite make Vs. In October 2010, they created the VS. Redux EP. Macklemore used his experience with substance abuse to create the mixtape's song "Otherside", which samples the Red Hot Chili Peppers song of the same title.
On April 8, 2011, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed the song at the 2011 Mariners Opening Day in-front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 48,000 attendees. "Wings" was released on January 21, 2011, followed by "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton on August 16, 2011. In February 2011, Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis kicked off a multi-city tour in Seattle, which included three sold-out shows at Showbox at the Market, a Seattle music venue; that same year, the rapper appeared at many U. S. music festivals, including Bumbershoot, Outside Lands, Rock the Bells, SoundSet and Bonnaroo. Their album The Heist was released in October 2012 and debuted on the U. S. Billboard 200 at number 2 of the week dated October 27, 2012, selling over 78,000 copies. "Same Love" was released on July 18, 2012 and after "White Walls". In January 2013, Music Choice featured Macklemore in the brand new series "Primed", which focuses on emerging artists. In May 2013, Haggerty was featured on Clinton Sparks's single "Gold Rush", along with 2 Chainz and D.
A. The Heist World Tour began in August 201
Ryan S. Lewis is an American record producer, DJ, photographer, graphic designer, music video director and songwriter. Along with producing his own album titled Instrumentals, Lewis produced the albums The VS. EP, The Heist, This Unruly Mess I've Made as part of the duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. In 2006, Lewis befriended rapper Macklemore on Myspace and soon after became the behind-the-scenes partner of a successful duo, recording and mixing all of the duo's music, as well as directing the music videos for "Same Love", "Thrift Shop", "And We Danced", "Otherside", "Can't Hold Us", "Irish Celebration", "My Oh My", "Victory Lap", "Downtown", "Brad Pitt's Cousin" and "White Walls" and designing promotional graphics. Ryan Lewis was born on March 1988 to Julie and Scott Lewis. Lewis has two sisters and Laura, four years and two years older than he is, respectively. At an early age, he played guitar in rock bands with his childhood best friend Ryan Sanson, nursed a growing interest in music production around the age of 15.
He attended Ferris High School in Spokane and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington majoring in Comparative History of Ideas. Lewis became a professional videographer. In 2008 he released his debut extended play, with four alternative hip hop songs. In the same year, Lewis collaborated with Rhode Island-based emcee Symmetry in a self-titled work, released as an LP. Lewis first met Macklemore in 2006, but only in 2009 they formalized the collaboration with Macklemore as the duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and released the EP The VS. EP. In October 2010, he produced the VS. Redux EP and, in December, their debut single, "My Oh My". "Wings" was released on January 21, 2011, followed by "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton on August 16, 2011. Their album The Heist was released in October 2012. Released singles "My Oh My", "Wings", "Can't Hold Us" were announced to be included on the album – as was the song "Make the Money". "Can't Hold Us" was used as soundtrack for a Miller beer ad in UK and Ireland in June 2012.
"Same Love" was released on July 18, 2012, songs "White Walls" featuring Schoolboy Q and "Jimmy Iovine" featuring Ab-Soul were confirmed to be included on the album. The Heist debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 2. On October 30, 2012 Lewis appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show performing their single "Same Love" and again on January 18, 2013, performing their single "Thrift Shop", which they had sung on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on December 11, 2012; the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, giving them their first number 1 hit in the US. The Heist World Tour began in August 2012 to promote The Heist. On January 26, 2014, Macklemore performed "Same Love" at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, where Queen Latifah read marriage vows for 33 couples who lined the aisles, including Lewis's sister and her now husband. In January 2015, Lewis announced via Twitter that his third studio album will be released sometime in the second half of the year. On August 5, 2015, Macklemore released a song for free download titled "Growing Up," which features Ed Sheeran.
On August 27, 2015, the duo released a new song, "Downtown," featuring Eric Nally, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz. On January 22, 2016, the duo released "White Privilege II", the second single on This Unruly Mess I've Made. On June 15, 2017, Macklemore announced via his official Instagram. July 2017 saw the release of Kesha's song "Praying," which Lewis produced. List of awards and nominations received by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Official website
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers of all time, he was known for his unorthodox lifestyle, residing in a private amusement park he called Neverland Ranch, becoming the focus of tabloid scrutiny. Jackson's contributions to music and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades; the eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records, in the early 1980s, became a dominant figure in popular music, his music videos, including those for "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Thriller" from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool.
Their popularity helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Bad was the first album to produce five US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, he continued to innovate throughout the 1990s with videos such as "Black or White" and forged a reputation as a touring artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized complicated dance techniques such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name, his sound and style have influenced artists of various genres. Jackson is one of the best-selling music artist of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide, his other albums, including Off the Wall, HIStory rank among the world's best-selling. He won hundreds of awards, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, is the only pop or rock artist to have been inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame, his other achievements include Guinness world records, 15 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards, 13 number-one US singles. Jackson was the first artist to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades.
In the late 1980s, Jackson became a figure of controversy due to his changing appearance and behavior. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend; the case led to an investigation and was settled out of court for $25 million in 1994. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges. In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, Jackson died from an overdose of propofol and benzodiazepine given to him by his personal physician, Conrad Murray. Jackson's fans around the world expressed their grief, his public memorial service was broadcast live. In 2019, the documentary Leaving Neverland detailed renewed allegations of child sexual abuse and led to an international backlash against Jackson. Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, near Chicago, on August 29, 1958, he was the eighth of ten children in the Jackson family, a working-class African-American family living in a two-bedroom house on Jackson Street.
His mother, Katherine Esther Jackson, played clarinet and piano, had aspired to be a country-and-western performer, worked part-time at Sears. His father, Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, a former boxer, was a crane operator at U. S. Steel and played guitar with a local rhythm and blues band, the Falcons, to supplement the family's income, his father's great-grandfather, July "Jack" Gale, was a Native American medicine man and US Army scout. Michael grew up with five brothers. A sixth brother, Marlon's twin Brandon, died shortly after birth. Joe acknowledged that he whipped Michael, he recalled that Joe sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed, ready to physically punish any mistakes. Katherine Jackson stated that although whipping is considered abuse in more modern times, it was a common way to discipline children when Michael was growing up. Jackie, Tito and Marlon have said that their father was not abusive and that the whippings, which were harder on Michael because he was younger, kept them disciplined and out of trouble.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993, Jackson said that his youth had been lonely and isolating. In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by their father which included Jackie and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine. In 1965, Michael began sharing lead vocals with Jermaine, the group's name was changed to the Jackson 5; the following year, the group won a talent show. From 1966 to 1968 they toured the Midwest; the Jackson 5 performed at clubs and cocktail lounges, where striptease shows were featured, at local auditoriums a
Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, dancer. He is known for his stage performances, retro showmanship and for performing in a wide range of musical styles, including R&B, pop, reggae, hip hop, rock. Mars is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, piano, keyboards and horns, serve as backup singers and dancers. Born and raised in Honolulu, Mars moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. In the same year, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for various successful singles for Mars himself and other artists. Mars rose to fame in 2010 with the release of the successful singles "Nothin' on You" by B.o. B and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy, both of which featured his vocals on the hooks, his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and reached number one in Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
It spawned the international number-one singles "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade", "The Lazy Song". The former won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2011, Mars recorded the single "It Will Rain" for the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Mars' second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, peaked at number one in the US, Canada and the UK, winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, its singles "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man", reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2014, Mars collaborated with Mark Ronson on "Uptown Funk", which topped many music charts worldwide, including the US, Canada, New Zealand, the UK; the song won Record of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys. In 2016, Shampoo Press & Curl replaced The Smeezingtons on the composition of Mars' third studio album, the R&B-focused, 24K Magic; the record debuted at number two in the United States, Canada and New Zealand and received seven Grammy Awards, winning the major categories of Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year.
The album yielded the successful singles "24K Magic", "That's What I Like", "Finesse". Mars has sold over 180 million singles and 26 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, he has released seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since his career launched in 2010, attaining his first five faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. As a songwriter, he was included in Music Week and Billboard magazine as one of the best songwriters of 2011 and 2013, respectively. Mars has received several awards and nominations, including 11 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine American Music Awards, 10 Soul Train Awards and holds three Guinness World Records, he has appeared in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and Forbes magazine's lists of'30 under 30' in 2013, the world's most powerful celebrities in 2014, Celebrity 100 in 2018. Peter Gene Hernandez was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu.
His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent, is from Brooklyn, New York. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii as a child, was of Filipino, some Spanish, ancestry, his parents met while performing in a show in which his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed "Bruno" by his father because of his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars is one of six children and came from a musical family which exposed him to a diverse mix of music genres, including reggae, hip hop, R&B, his mother was both a singer and a dancer, his father performed Little Richard rock and roll music. Mars' uncle was an Elvis impersonator, encouraged three-year-old Mars to perform on stage. Mars performed songs by artists such as Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations. At the age of four, Mars began performing five days a week with his family's band, The Love Notes, became known in Hawaii for his impersonation of Elvis Presley.
In 1990, Mars was featured in the Hawaiian tabloid shopper MidWeek as "Little Elvis", appeared in a cameo role in the film Honeymoon in Vegas, performed in the halftime show of the 1990 Aloha Bowl. When Mars was 12 years old, his parents divorced, thus ending The Love Notes act and a steady source of income, he moved out of their parents house along with his father. They lived in the back of a car, on rooftops, in an abandoned bird zoo, Paradise Park, where Mars' father worked before it closed; the time Mars spent impersonating Presley had a major impact on his musical evolution and performing techniques. He began playing guitar after being inspired by American rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. In 2010, he acknowledged his Hawaiian roots and musical family as an influence, explaining: "Growing up in Hawaii made me the man I am. I used to do a lot of shows in Hawaii with my father's band. Everybody in my family sings, everyone plays instruments... I've just been surrounded by it." When he attended President Theodore Roosevelt High School in Honolulu he performed in a group called The School Boys.
After Mars' sister in Los Angeles, California played his demo for Mike Lynn, Lynn summoned Mars to