Tupac Amaru Shakur known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Shakur was born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City but relocated to Los Angeles in 1988, by the time he released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991, he became a central figure in West Coast hip hop, introducing social issues in the genre at a time when gangsta rap was dominant in the mainstream. Shakur achieved further critical and commercial success with his follow-up albums Strictly 4 My N. I. G. G. A. Z... and Me Against the World. That year, after suffering legal troubles and a robbery and shooting, Shakur became involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, his double-disc album, All Eyez on Me, released in 1996 became one of the best-selling albums in the United States. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas; the Notorious B. I.
G. Shakur's friend turned rival, was at first considered a suspect, but was murdered in another drive-by shooting several months later. Five more albums have been released since his death. Outside music, Shakur gained considerable success as an actor, with his starring roles as Bishop in Juice, Lucky in Poetic Justice, Ezekiel in Gridlock'd, Jake in Gang Related, all garnering praise from critics. Shakur is one of the best-selling music artists of all time having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Much of Shakur's work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality. Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16, 1971, into an African-American family in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City, his birth name was Lesane Parish Crooks. The following year, he was renamed after Túpac Amaru II, the 18th-century Peruvian revolutionary, executed after leading an indigenous uprising against Spanish rule.
His parents, Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland, were active members of the Black Panther Party in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lesane was born a month after his mother was acquitted of more than 150 charges of "Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks" in the New York Panther 21 trial. Many people in Shakur's life were involved with the Black Liberation Army, his godfather, Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, a high-ranking Black Panther, had been convicted of murdering a school teacher during a 1968 robbery, although his sentence was overturned. His stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, spent four years at large on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, beginning in 1982. Mutulu was wanted for having helped his friend Assata Shakur, Tupac's godmother, to escape from a penitentiary in New Jersey in 1979. Mutulu was caught in 1986 and convicted and sentenced to prison for the 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored truck, during which two police officers and a guard were killed.
Shakur had an older stepbrother, Mopreme "Komani" Shakur, a half-sister, two years his junior. Mopreme performed in many of his recordings. In 1986, the family moved from New York to Maryland. After completing his second year at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Shakur transferred to the Baltimore School for the Arts. There he studied acting, poetry and ballet, he performed in the role of the Mouse King in the ballet The Nutcracker. Shakur, accompanied by one of his friends, Dana "Mouse" Smith, as his beatbox, won many rap competitions and was considered to be the best rapper in his school, he was remembered as one of the most popular kids in his school because of his sense of humor, superior rapping skills, ability to mix with all crowds. Shakur developed a close friendship with Jada Pinkett. In the documentary Tupac: Resurrection, Shakur says, "Jada is my heart, she will be my friend for my whole life." Pinkett Smith calls him "one of my best friends. He was like a brother, it was beyond friendship for us.
The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime." A poem written by Shakur, titled "Jada", appears in his book, The Rose That Grew from Concrete, which includes a poem dedicated to Pinkett Smith called "The Tears in Cupid's Eyes." During his time in art school, Shakur became affiliated with the Baltimore Young Communist League USA. He began dating the daughter of the director of the local chapter of the Communist Party USA. In 1988, Shakur and his family moved from Baltimore to Marin City, California, a small unincorporated suburban community located 5 miles north of San Francisco, he attended Tamalpais High School in nearby Mill Valley. Shakur contributed to the school's drama department by performing in several productions. In an English class, Shakur wrote a paper, "Conquering All Obstacles," in which he said: our raps, not the sorry story raps everyone is so tired of, they are about. Our goal is have people relate to our raps, making it easier to see what is happening out there.
More important, what we may do to better our world. He began attending the poetry classes of Leila Steinberg in 1989; that same year, Steinberg organized a concert with Shakur's group, "Strictly Dope".
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Good Kid, M. A. A. D City is the second studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, it was released on October 22, 2012, by Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment. The album is Lamar's major label debut, after his independently released first album Section.80 in 2011 and his signing to Aftermath and Interscope the following year. Good Kid, M. A. A. D City was recorded at several studios in California, with producers such as Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy, Scoop DeVille, Jack Splash and T-Minus, among others, contributing to the album. Billed as a "short film by Kendrick Lamar" on the album cover, the concept album follows the story of Lamar's teenage experiences in the drug-infested streets and gang lifestyle of his native Compton; the album received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its thematic scope and Lamar's lyrics. It earned Lamar four Grammy Award nominations at the 56th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year; the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 242,000 copies in its first week – earning the highest first-week hip hop album sales of 2012 from a male artist, along with the best-selling debut from a male artist of the year.
It became Lamar's first album to enter the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number 16, entering the UK R&B Albums Chart at number two. The album was named to many end-of-the-year lists topping them, it was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in June 2018. By April 2018, the album had sold 1.7 million copies domestically. The album's release was supported by five singles – "The Recipe", "Swimming Pools", "Backseat Freestyle", "Poetic Justice" and "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe". All five singles achieved chart success, of varying degrees. Lamar went on a world tour between May and August 2013, featuring the other members of the hip hop collective, Black Hippy. After the release and success of his debut studio album Section.80, Lamar signed a major label record deal with Interscope Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, he told HipHopDX that he did not want to work with high-profile producers, but with those he had established himself with producers from Top Dawg's in-house production team, Digi+Phonics.
In an interview for XXL, Lamar said that the album would not sound like Section.80, but will return to his Compton roots: "I couldn't tell you what type of sound or where I be in the next five years as far as music... Back to the neighbourhood and back in that same space where we used to be, got inspired. So this album won't sound like Section.80."Lamar said that the album will showcase the influence of his hometown: "The kid that's trying to escape that influence, trying his best to escape that influence, has always been pulled back in because of circumstances that be". Before the album's title was revealed, fans had been calling Lamar's major label debut Good Kid, Mad City or Good Kid in a Mad City, as it was a nickname Lamar had given himself; the album's title refers to Lamar's childhood innocence, how Compton affected his life. After keeping the album title's acronym concealed, Lamar revealed M. A. A. D is an acronym with two meanings: "My Angry Adolescence Divided" and "My Angels on Angel Dust", with Lamar stating: "That was me, the reason why I don't smoke.
It was just me getting my hands on the wrong thing at the wrong time being oblivious to it."The cover artwork for Good Kid, M. A. A. D City features a baby Lamar, two of his uncles, his grandfather, with the adults' eyes censored. Though there is no confirmed explanation for why Lamar chose to do this, he explained that the reason why he had not censored his own eyes was that the album's story was told through his eyes, is based around his experiences; the uncle, holding Lamar is displaying the Crips gang sign with his hand, the poster above the head of the uncle features Lamar and his father. Recording sessions for the album took place at PatchWerk Recording Studios in Atlanta, Encore Studios in Burbank, TDE Red Room in Carson, "At My Mama's Studio" in Los Angeles; the first song that Lamar recorded for the album was "Compton". The track serves as the twelfth track on the album, acts as the standard edition's closing track. On August 15, 2012, Lady Gaga announced via Twitter, that she had collaborated with Lamar on a song called "Partynauseous", for the album, would be released on September 6.
However, on August 23, Gaga announced that the song was no longer being released on that date and apologized to fans for the delay. It was confirmed that Lady Gaga would not be featured on the album due to timing issues and creative differences; the song was revealed to be re-titled "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe". On November 8, Gaga released the version she was featured on, which had her singing the chorus and a verse. Lamar expressed he was surprised and happy that Gaga released her version of the song, as it displayed confidence in their work together. Good Kid, M. A. A. D City has a downbeat production, with atmospheric beats and subtle, indistinct hooks, it eschews contemporary hip hop tastes and features tight bass measures, subtle background vocals, light piano. Writers draw comparisons of the music to Outkast's 1998 album Aquemini. Andrew Nosnitsky of Spin cites the music's "closest point of reference" as "the cold spaciousness of ATLiens-era Outkast, but as the record progresses, that sound sinks into the fusionist mud of those sprawling and solemn mid-2000s Roots albums."
Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker finds its use of "smooth" music as a backdrop for "rough" scenarios to be analogous to Dr. Dre's G-funk d
Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Richie's style of ballads with the Commodores and in his solo career launched him as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s. Beginning in 1968, Richie was a member of the soul band the Commodores; the Commodores became established as a popular soul group. Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", the breakup ballad "Sail On". Richie launched a solo career in 1982 and his 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the Grammy winning U. S. number-one song "Truly", the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love". The album sold over 4 million copies, his 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. He co-wrote the 1985 charity single "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson, which sold over 20 million copies.
Over the course of his musical career, Richie has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He has won four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year in 1985 for "We Are the World" which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, Album of the Year in 1984 for Can't Slow Down, Producer of the Year in 1984 and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Truly" in 1982. Richie has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won one. In 1982 he was nominated for Best Original Song for the film Endless Love. In 1986 he was nominated for and won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for "Say You, Say Me", featured in the film White Nights; the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of the Johnny Mercer Award. Richie was born and raised in Tuskegee, the son of Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. and Alberta R. Foster He grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, he graduated from East Campus, in Joliet, Illinois.
A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. Richie considered studying divinity to become a priest in the Episcopal Church, but decided he was not "priest material" and decided to continue his musical career, he is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for band members, an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968, he became a saxophonist with the Commodores, they signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores became established as a popular soul group, their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House." Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", the breakup ballad "Sail On".
By the late 1970s, Richie had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit No. 1 in 1980, produced Rogers' album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of "Lady,", played at Latin dance clubs. In 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Australia, New Zealand and US pop music charts, became one of Motown's biggest hits, its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. Richie's 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the U. S. number-one song "Truly", which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores and launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s, the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love".
The album sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars; the album contained the number-one hit "All Night Long" a Caribbean-flavored dance number, promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith. In 1984, Richie performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of, the ballad "Hello", a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots. Richie had three more top ten hits in 1984, "Stuck on You", "Running with the Night" and "Penny Lover", as well as writing & producing "Missing You" for former labelmate and duet partner Diana Ross. In 1985, Richie performed "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights; the song won an Oscar for his efforts and reached No. 1 on the U. S. charts, staying there for four weeks, making it the number-two song of 1986 according to Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 chart, behind the charity single "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends.
He collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA
Jermaine Lamar Cole, known professionally as J. Cole, is an American rapper, singer and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany but raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early 2007. Intent on further pursuing a solo career as a rapper, he went on to release two additional mixtapes, The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights after signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint in 2009. Cole released his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011, it debuted at number one on the U. S. Billboard 200, was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, his next two releases, 2013's Born Sinner and 2014's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, received positive reviews from critics, both were certified platinum in the United States. The latter earned him his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. In December 2016, Cole released his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum in April 2017. His fifth album, KOD, was released in April 2018; the album debuted atop the Billboard 200, making it his fifth album to reach number one on the chart. Self-taught on piano, Cole acts as a producer alongside his hip-hop career, producing singles for artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Janet Jackson, as well as handling the majority of the production in his own projects, he has developed other ventures, including Dreamville Records, as well as a non-profit organization called the Dreamville Foundation. In January 2015, Cole decided to house single mothers rent-free at his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born on January 28, 1985, at an American military base in Frankfurt, West Germany, his father is an African-American veteran, who served in the U. S. Army, his mother, Kay, is a white American, a postal worker for the United States Postal Service. Cole's father abandoned the family during his youth.
At the age of eight months his mother moved with him and his older brother Zach to the United States, to Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole grew up in a multi-ethnic environment, when asked about how his ethnicity impacts him, Cole commented, "I can identify with white people, because I know my mother, her side of the family, who I love, but at the end of the day, never felt white. I can identify but never have I felt. I identify more with what I look like, because that's how I got treated not in a negative way". During his youth, Cole expressed an affinity for basketball and music, served as a first-chair violinist for the Terry Sanford Orchestra until 2003. Cole began rapping at the age of twelve, saw it as an ideal profession in 2000, when his mother purchased an ASR-X musical sampler as a Christmas gift. During this period, Cole heightened emphasis on improving his production skills beginning initial production under the pseudonym Therapist. Cole collaborated with local group Bomm Sheltuh and producing as a member of the group.
Upon graduating high school with a 4.2 GPA, Cole decided that his chances of securing a recording contract would be better in New York City. He accepted a scholarship to St. John's University. Majoring in computer science, Cole switched to communication and business after witnessing the life of a lonely computer science professor. At the college, Cole was the president of a pan-African student coalition, he graduated magna cum laude in 2007, with a 3.8 GPA. Despite graduating, Cole would receive his degree during a homecoming concert in 2015, revealing that he had owed money for a library book, causing the university to hold back from granting him his degree. Cole worked in various part-time jobs in Fayetteville, including a working ad salesman for a newspaper, a bill collector, a file clerk, a kangaroo mascot at a skate rink. After becoming musically inspired by Canibus, Nas and Eminem, Cole and his cousin worked on developing their basic understanding of rhyming and wordplay, as well as beginning to learn how to interpolate storytelling within their lyrics.
By 14, Cole had various notebooks filled with song ideas, was unable to produce beats further than sampling. Cole's mother purchased him the Roland TR-808 drum machine in order to further Cole's understanding of production. Over the next three years, he began posting songs on various internet forums under the moniker Blaza, but switched to the name Therapist. Cole expanded his production to create an entire CD's worth of instrumentals, traveled to Roc the Mic Studio, hoping to play it for Jay Z while he was in recording sessions for American Gangster. Cole waited for over three hours, before being dismissed by Jay Z. Cole used the CD as the backdrop for his debut mixtape, The Come Up. J. Cole released The Warm Up, on June 15, 2009 to positive reviews. Cole appeared on Jay Z's album The Blueprint 3, on the track "A Star Is Born." He is featured on both Wale's debut album, Attention Deficit and mixtape Back to the Feature, respectively. In January 2010, along with label mate Jay Electronica and Mos Def appeared on Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek's single, "Just Begun" for the follow-up of Reflection Eternal's album Train of Thought, titled Revolutions Per Minute.
Cole appeared on B.o. B's mixtape May 25, on the song "Gladiators", produced by The Alchemist. In early 2010, Cole was chosen as one of Beyond Race magazine's "50 Great Breakthrough Artists," he ranked 49, resulting in the cover story of the publication's #11 issue, a
Views is the fourth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on April 29, 2016, by Cash Money Records, Republic Records and Young Money Entertainment. Recording sessions took place from 2015 to 2016, with both Drake and his longtime collaborator and record producer 40 serving as the record's executive producers. 40 primarily handled the production on the album alongside each of these several other record producers such as Nineteen85, Maneesh Bidaye, Kanye West, Jordan Ullman, among others. The album contains the elements of genres such as R&B, hip hop and pop, among others. Views was supported by five singles: "Hotline Bling", "One Dance", "Pop Style", "Controlla", "Too Good"; the album received lukewarm reviews from critics, many of whom found it to be an overlong retread of Drake's previous work. Despite this, it spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200. Views became the first album to accumulate one-billion streams on Apple Music, it was certified quadruple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The album was nominated for Album of Best Rap Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. As of April 2018, Views sold 1.73 million copies and a total of 5.41 million album-equivalent units in the United States. The album's title was first announced as Views from the 6, as it first appeared from a report in a July 2014 article from Billboard. According to Drake on Twitter, "the 6" is a reference to his hometown of Ontario. On April 29, 2016, it was revealed; the cover artwork for Views was released via Drake's Twitter account on April 24, 2016, which features Drake sitting atop the CN Tower in Toronto. The fact that Drake was larger than life-size on the cover was discussed, CN Tower's Twitter account confirmed it to be photoshopped; the album cover and booklet were shot by Toronto-based photographer Caitlin Cronenberg. Drake premiered a single, titled "Summer Sixteen" through OVO Sound Radio on January 30, 2016; the track was produced by Boi-1da and Cubeatz. The song contains a slowed-down sample of "Glass Tubes" performed by Brian Bennett.
The cover art was designed by Filip Pągowski, a creator of the Comme des Garçons logo. The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, selling 215,000 copies in its first week, making it the highest debut sales of Drake's career; as of March 27, 2016, the single sold 358,000 copies in the United States. On April 4, 2016, the album was teased in London. On April 9, Drake released a trailer for Views on Twitter. Drake opened the "pop-up" stores, giving away free black and white T-shirts with "Views" written on the front. According to 40, mixes for the clean versions were finished, as well as having all sample clearances and credits finalized. On April 26, Drake revealed that Views would include 20 or more songs than any of his previous albums, excluding the bonus tracks. After his last "pop-up" store stop in his home city of Toronto, Drake released the album's cover artwork on social media. On April 29, the album premiered on Apple Music's OVO Sound Radio, following his interview with Beats 1's radio host Zane Lowe, released on both Apple Music and iTunes followed by a release on to other digital retailers and a physical release a week and a release on to other streaming services a week after that.
On May 14, Drake was the host and musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live, where he sang "One Dance" and "Hype". On September 26, Drake released a short film on Apple Music, titled "Please Forgive Me", which features several songs from Views; the album marks Drake's first full foray into Jamaican dancehall music, after having explored the genre in his 2015 mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. Of the five singles released from Views, three were dancehall songs, while elements of dancehall were seen throughout the rest of the album, as in "9" which sampled "Dying" by Jamaican singer Mavado. "Hotline Bling" was released as the album's lead single on July 31, 2015, the track was produced by Nineteen85. Despite the song being released as the official lead single for Views, "Hotline Bling" was included as the bonus track on the album."One Dance" was released as the album's second single on April 5, 2016. The song features guest appearances from British singer Kyla. Wizkid co-wrote and co-produced the track.
Nineteen85 produced the song, with co-production by DJ Maphorisa and Drake's longtime collaborator 40."Pop Style" was released as the album's third single on April 5, 2016. The song features guest appearances from American hip hop duo The Throne, while the production was handed by Sevn Thomas and Frank Dukes, with additional production by Drake's longtime collaborator Boi-1da, alongside 40. Upon the release, Drake removed The Throne's verses, re-recorded his own verses as a part of their replacement verses to this track."Controlla" was released as the album's fourth single in the United States on June 7, 2016. The song was produced by Boi-1da, with co-production by Supa Dups and Allen Ritter, with additional production by Di Genius; the leaked version features a guest appearance from Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan."Too Good" was released as the album's fifth single on July 26, 2016. The song features a guest appearance from Barbadian singer Rihanna, while the production was handled by Nineteen85, with additional production by Supa Dups.
In August 2014, a one-minute-long snippet, titled "Views from the Six" was leaked online. The snippet features a verse by Drake over the instrumental, used for the second half of the track, titled "U With Me?"
The E. N. D. is the fifth studio album by American group The Black Eyed Peas. It was released on June 3, 2009. Critics described the album as containing more anthemic and inspirational songs in the group's bid to appeal to a new generation of music listeners. Three promotional singles, "Imma Be", "Alive" and "Meet Me Halfway", were released through the iTunes Store in the three weeks running up to the album's release; the album gave the group their first and third US number one hits with "Boom Boom Pow", "I Gotta Feeling", "Imma Be" which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12, 14, 2 weeks respectively. "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" led the Hot 100 back to back, putting the band at number 1 on the chart for a record breaking 26 consecutive weeks. The third single, "Meet Me Halfway", along with the first two, topped several charts around the world including the United Kingdom and Australia; as of June 2011, the album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest commercial successes for the music industry in recent years.
The E. N. D. was nominated for six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year for "I Gotta Feeling", won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. To promote the album, the band embarked on The E. N. D. World Tour between September 2009 and November 2010; the album name was thought about around the time Fergie released The Dutchess. The album was titled Evolution, but, the name for what would become Ciara's second studio album; the album title was tentatively changed to From Roots to Fruits, before the group decided this title may be better suited for a future compilation album. The name was changed again to The Energy Never Dies, before being shortened to The E. N. D; the name was confirmed by will.i.am in an interview promoting the release of his third studio album, Songs About Girls. In an interview with Billboard magazine, will.i.am stated that The E. N. D. Stands for "The Energy Never Dies", which describes his model for a project that will be living and updated throughout its designated cycle.
"It's a diary of music that at any given time, depending on the inspiration, you can add to it," the artist/producer/songwriter explains. "I'm trying to break away from the concept of an album. What is an album when you put 12 songs on iTunes and people can pick at it like scabs? That's not an album. There is no album anymore." He described the music as "a lot of dance stuff, real melodic, soulful. We call it, electric static funk, something like that." Will.i.am remarked that the album had been inspired by a trip to Australia the sound of the Presets' "My People". "The energy on the Presets' small little stage was crazy energy. That song'My People' - that... is wild," will.i.am said, "That's the reason why this record sounds the way it does - my three months in Australia." "Boom Boom Pow" was released as the lead single on March 10, 2009. It reached the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it the group's first number-one song in there, it stayed at the top spot for twelve consecutive weeks, making it the second longest-running single to stay atop the chart in 2009.
It reached number one in Australia and the UK Singles Chart. The video for the song won the award for Best Short Form Music Video at the 52nd Grammy Awards; the song was named "Song of the Year" on Billboard's Hot 100 Year-End Chart for 2009. "I Gotta Feeling" was released as the second single released on June 16, 2009. It replaced "Boom Boom Pow" as the number-one song in America making them only the fourth group to replace themselves at number-one in the chart's history. "I Gotta Feeling" remained at the top spot for fourteen consecutive weeks, making it the longest-running single to stay atop the chart in 2009. The song reached number one in Australia and the UK; the song won Best Pop Performance by a Group with Vocals at the 52nd Grammy Awards. "Meet Me Halfway" was released as the third single on September 22, 2009. It was released as the third and last digital promotional single for The E. N. D. on June 2. The song is their third consecutive number one in Australia and UK, it peaked at seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it the group's third top ten single from The E.
N. D.. "Imma Be" was released on December 2009 as the fourth US single. The song reached number one on the US Hot 100, becoming the fourth top 10 single from the album and the third US number one single from the album and as a group; the song reached the top five in Canada, due to a significant increase in digital downloads after the group performed it at the 52nd Grammy Awards, as well as radio airplay. "Rock That Body" is the fifth single from the fourth international single. It was released in Australia in January 2010 and was released in the UK on March 15, 2010; the song was sent to US radio stations on May 11, 2010. The single peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their fifth top ten single from The E. N. D.. As of July 2010, the digital tracks from the album have sold a combined total of more than 18 million units in United States. "Missing You" began to have heavy airplay in Australia. The song reached number ten on the official French Airplay Chart and nineteen on the French Digital Chart.
On March 30, 2010, the performance of "Missing You" in Los Angeles was recorded and became the official video for the single in France. The song received moderate promotion in Brazil, having the same live music video as its official. "Alive" was the second promo single from the album as part of "The Countdo
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