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Justin Bieber Biography

Justin Drew Bieber, known in the music world as Justin Bieber, is a Canadian singer and songwriter, renowned for being one of the most famous singers in the world. He was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, Canada and is the son of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Pattie Mallette.

As a child, he showed an interest in hockey, football, and chess, but always maintained his interest in music for himself. As he grew up, he learned to play the piano, the drums, the guitar, and the trumpet in a self-taught way. At the age of 12, he participated in a singing contest in Stratford, where he won second place in the song “So Sick” by R & B singer Ne-Yo.

At the end of 2008, the mother of Justin Bieber uploaded some videos in which he appeared performing songs by Usher, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, and Ne-Yo. Mr. Scooter Braun, an executive in the music industry, discovered Justin Bieber when he accidentally saw him in some videos on YouTube, admiring all his talent. In addition, he later became his manager. Braun reunited Justin with Usher in Atlanta, where he signed a musical contract with the Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG) record label and a recording with Island Records offered by L.A. Reid.

He released his first single titled “One Time” on July 9, 2009, which was presented on the radio when he was recording his debut album. The song reached the twelfth position in the Canadian Hot 100 chart in its first week of release and subsequently reached the seventeenth position in the Billboard Hot 100 list. The song was very successful in international markets.

“The world is very big and everyone will be waiting for you to get lost in it”

In the month of November 2009, Justin Bieber released his first album titled “My World” which received positive reviews and a platinum certification by the RIAA. The singer became the first artist to have seven singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100, concluding that this album definitely took him to stardom. In Christmas that same year, he sang for President Barack Obama and his family in the White House and at the end of the year, he was invited to an episode of the American television series True Jackson, VP.

In January 2010, Justin Bieber was presented at the Grammy Awards gala. On March 23 of that same year, he released his second album titled “My World 2.0” which reached number one on the Billboard in its first week, something that had never been achieved in a singer of his age, since the time of Stevie Wonder. In addition, in that album, it was emphasized by the international success “Baby.” In June 2010 he started his first tour called “My World Tour.”

Justin Bieber won the American Music Awards Artist of the Year Award in 2010 and was nominated for the 53rd Grammy Awards in the categories of Revelation Artist and Best Pop Album. On April 10 of that same year, he participated as an artist guest on the Saturday Night Live program. On July 4, on the occasion of the celebration of Independence Day of the United States, he gave a concert at the fireworks show at the Macy’s department store in New York, where he played “Baby” and “Somebody to Love.” The second single from his album My World 2.0, entitled “Somebody to Love” was released in April along with a remix of the same song, in collaboration with Usher. This simple one reached the tenth position in the musical lists of Canada, in the United States and in some countries it was placed in the twenty-first positions.

On September 12, 2010, he received the MTV Award for the best revelation artist for his single Baby. The following month he announced that he would publish an acoustic album called “My Worlds Acoustic” finally he released it on Black Friday in the United States. The album featured acoustic versions of their songs from previous albums and a new song titled “Pray.”

For the month of November 2011, Justin Bieber released his second studio album entitled “Under The Mistletoe” being number one on the Billboard 200 US chart. That same year he was listed by Forbes magazine as the third most influential celebrity of the world. At the end of 2011, he began recording his third studio album called “Believe.” On May 29 of the same year came the second promotional single called “Die in Your Arms” and was placed on the list of several countries, in the first hundred hit songs.

On June 19, 2012, the commercial launch of “Believe” was made in the United States, but in the United Kingdom and Canada, it was in previous days. On May 11 of that same year, on the celebration of Mother’s Day in North America, she published through iTunes the song “Turn to You” dedicated to her mother. In addition, he sought to collect funds for as single mothers.

For March 7, 2013, Justin Bieber had some health problems after fainting behind the scenes at the O2 Arena in London, during his performance he complained of respiratory problems and was taken to a hospital. In October of that same year, he announced that he would release a new song every Monday for ten weeks.

On January 23, 2014, Justin Bieber was captured in the city of Miami, along with the singer Khalil, on suspicion of driving intoxicated and resisting arrest without violence. Police said he confessed to having used alcohol, smoked marijuana, and prescription drugs. He was released on bail. On July 9 of that year, he was charged with vandalism in California, after throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house.

For August 28, 2015, Justin Bieber released the single titled “What Do You Mean?” which reached the number 1 position in more than 20 countries. On October 23 of that year, he released the second single from the album titled “Sorry” as an instant download, with the pre-order of the album in iTunes. The song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. On November 13 he released his album “Purpose” and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming his sixth album to debut at the top of the list. It was the fourth best-selling album of that year.

On July 22, 2016, Justin Bieber released a new single with Major Lazer and MØ titled “Cold Water.” He debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the third debut number two on the list.

Justin Bieber repeated the formula of his song “Sorry” and on August 17, 2017, he released his new song called “Friends” online.

 

ALBUMS

  • 2010: My World 2.0.
  • 2011: Under the Mistletoe.
  • 2012: Believe.
  • 2015: Purpose.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

  • 2000: CSI: Las Vegas
  • 2009: True Jackson VP.
  • 2010: Silent Library.
  • 2010: School Gyrls.
  • 2010: CSI: Scene investigation.
  • 2011: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. – Musical, Documental.EU.
  • 2011: Justin Bieber: Rise to fame. – Documentary film. The UK.
  • 2011: Almost Famous IV. – Documentary film. The UK.
  • 2012: The X Factor USA.
  • 2012: Justin Bieber: All around the World. -A documentary, musical.
  • 2013: The Simpsons.
  • 2013: Believe. – Documentary film.
  • 2015: Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. – Documentary comedy.
  • 2016: Zoolander 2 – Comedy.
  • 2017: Objective: Hasselhoff. – Thriller.
  • 2017: Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life. – Documentary film.

 

AWARDS

  • MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Male Artist: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist 2010.
  • BET Award for New Artist 2010.
  • American Music Award for Artist of the Year: 2010 and 2012.
  • American Music Award for Favorite Male Rock / Pop Artist: 2010, 2012 and 2016.
  • American Music Award to Favorite Rock / Pop Album, by My World 2.0: 2010.
  • MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Pop Artist 2011.
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan Award for Best New Video, for “Baby”: 2011.
  • MTV Video Music Awards Award for Best Male Video 2011.
  • CMT Music Awards Award for Collaborative Video of the Year, by That Should Be Me (with Rascal Flatts): 2011.
  • Billboard Music Award to the Public’s Favorite 2011.
  • Billboard Music Award for Best Artist in Streaming 2011.
  • Billboard Music Award for Best Pop Album, for My World 2.0: 2011.
  • Billboard Music Award to Top Social Artist: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • American Music Award to Favorite Rock / Pop Album, by Believe 2.0: 2012.
  • Billboard Music Award for Male Artist 2013.
  • Philippine Walk of Fame 2014
  • ASCAP Award for Most Interpreted Song, by Beauty And A Beat: 2014.
  • MTV Video Music Awards Award for Best Visual Effects 2015.
  • American Music Award for Collaboration of the Year: 2015.
  • People’s Choice Awards for Best Song, for “What do you mean”: 2015.
  • Latin American Music Award to Favorite Artist – Crossover 2016.
  • Grammy Award for the best dance recording 2016.
  • Brit Award for Male International Artist 2016.
  • Billboard Music Award for Best Male Artist 2016.
  • Billboard Music Award for Best Artist in Social Media 2016.
  • American Music Award to Favorite Pop / Rock Song, for Love Yourself: 2016.
  • American Music Award to Favorite Rock / Pop Album, by Purpose 2016.
  • Danish Music Award to Årets Internationale Hit 2016.
  • MTV Europe Music Awards to Song of the year, for Sorry: 2016.
  • Much Music Video Awards for Favorite Artist or Group: 2016.
  • ASCAP Award for Song most performed, by Cold wáter and Sorry: 2017.
  • ASCAP Song of the Year Award, for Love yourself: 2017.
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards for Male Artist of the Year 2017.
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards to Dance Song of the Year, for Let Me Love You and Cold Water: 2017.
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards for Male Artist of the Year 2017.
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards to best fans 2017.
  • Billboard Latin Music Artist of the Year Award, crossover: 2017.

Justin Bieber has received two Brit Awards, a Bambi Award, and his followings Res voted for prizes that include 12 American Music Awards, 20 Teen Choice Awards, and 21 MTV Europe Music Awards. In addition, he has won a Grammy Award and has 14 Guinness World Records.

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Nipsey Hussle

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Nipsey Hussle Biography

Ermias Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), better known as Nipsey Hussle, was an American rapper, businessman, and community activist, who rose to fame in 2018 with his debut album Victory Lab. Nipsey began his career towards the mid-2000s releasing several successful mixtapes such as Slauson Boy Volume 1, Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series and The Marathon. His fame came to him, along with his first Grammy nomination, with his debut album in 2018. He had previously created his label All Money In No Money Out (2010).

Following his death, he received two posthumous Grammys for the songs Racks in the Middle and Higher. He was known for his social work on behalf of the Crenshaw community.

Early years

He was born in Los Angeles, United States, on August 15, 1985. Son of Angelique Smith and Eritrean immigrant Dawit Asghedom, he grew up in Crenshaw, a neighborhood located south of Los Angeles, with his siblings Samiel and Samantha. He attended Hamilton High School but dropped out before graduating. Since he was little he looked for a way to help around the home, so over time, he began to work selling different products on the street.

After leaving school he became involved in the world of gangs, however, he turned away from it when he realized that it was not what he expected for his future. Decided then to dedicate himself to music, he sold everything that linked him to the gangs and worked for a time to buy his own production tools. After finishing his studies, he began to write and produce his own mixtapes, which he sold from a car. After finding inspiration from a trip he took to Eritrea with his father and spending time in prison, Nipsey turned fully to his career and business. He always looked for ways to start and help the community in which he grew up: giving jobs, helping students, renovating public spaces, etc …

Community activist

Nipsey was admired for his work at Crenshaw because instead of moving or investing in hedge funds, he preferred to help the community by boosting the local economy.

Career

In late 2005, Nipsey Hussle released his first mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1, independently, to great local success. By then he already had a fan base at the regional level, so it took him a while to sign a contract with the Epic Records and Cinematic Music Group labels. Later, the first volumes of the Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series appeared, with which he expanded his popularity. Burner on My Lap, Ridin Slow, Aint No Black Superman, Hussle in the House and It’s Hard out Here, were some of the songs included in the series.

By 2009, Nipsey would make a name for himself collaborating with Drake on Killer and with Snoop Dog on Upside Down. He also released Bullets Ain’t Got No Name vol.3 and in 2010, he left Epic and opened his own label All Money In No Money Out. Under this label, he would soon release The Marathon, a mixtape in which hits such as Love ?, Mr. Untouchable, Young Rich and Famous and Late Nights and Early Mornings appeared. He also created The Marathon Clothing at that time, a sports and casual clothing brand that was based in his neighborhood. He then released the mixtape The Marathon Continues (2011), participated in the We Are the World 25 for Haiti campaign, and was featured in the popular XXL Magazine Annual Freshman Top Ten.

In 2013 came Crenshaw, a mixtape that would become famous because Jay-Z himself bought 100 copies for $ 100 each.

Victory Lap

After many delays, Nipsey would release his long-awaited debut album Victory Lap, on February 16, 2018, to great success. It was praised by critics and received a Grammy nomination for best rap album of the year. It was such a success that many singles entered the Billboard and Itunes charts. However, Nipsey did not enjoy much fame.

Death

Hussle was assassinated on March 31, 2019, outside his store in South Los Angeles. He was shot multiple times by a man he had previously clashed with, he was arrested and charged with murder on April 2 of the same year. After his death, many personalities expressed the pain caused by the news. It is worth mentioning that the Mayor of Los Angeles himself gave his condolences to the family, recognizing Hussle’s social work in Crenshaw.

He was the partner of actress Lauren London and was the father of two children.

Sales strategies and greatest hits

Hussle was known for his sales strategies, since, he used to upload his singles in free download and then sell some limited editions for a cost of 100 to 1000 dollars. It promoted the sale of his work with campaigns such as Proud2Pay and Mailbox Money, in which he gave special incentives (autographed photos, dedication calls, tickets to his studio, and special events) to buyers. His revolutionary ideas promised him a fruitful career.

Some of his greatest hits

  • Rose Clique
  • Forever On My Fly Shit
  • Thas Wat Hoes Do Proud of That (with Rick Ross)
  • Face the world
  • Bless, 1 of 1
  • Where Yo Money At
  • Fuck Donald Trump
  • Higher
  • Young Rich and Famous
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LP (Singer)

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LP  Biography

Laura Pergolizzi (March 18, 1981) Singer and songwriter. She was born on Long Island, United States. She is artistically known as LP. She began singing in the late 90s and in 2001 she made her debut with the album Heart-Shaped Scar. This was followed by Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol in 2004 and Forever For Now in 2014. She is famous for having written songs like Love Will Keep You Up All Night by Backstreet Boys, More is More by Heidi Montag, and Cheers (Drink to That) by Rihanna.

In 2017, she rose to fame for her single Lost On You and since then she is considered one of the references of the pop-rock scene of the moment.

Early life

Her mother is Irish and her father Italian. She attended the Walt Whitman Institute in the 1990s and then moved to New York, where she began to become known as an artist by adopting the name LP (her initials). Back then, she would work with a band performing before 100 or 50 people per event. She finally made her debut, in 2001, with Heart-Shaped Scar, an eleven-song album that included songs like Love Somebody, Kiss It All Goodbye, and When I’m Not With You, among others.

Career

After her debut, LP made several appearances in the United States, achieving moderate success. In 2004, she released her second album Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol through Lightswitch Records. The album consisted of eleven songs, including tracks like Wasted, Get Over Yourself, and Change of Scenery.

Despite the tour she went on to promote the album and the good reviews it received, the work failed to stand out. Two years after its release, LP participated in the South by Southwest conference, drawing the attention of several record labels, among which she would choose Island Def Jam as her future home. However, a year later she moved to SoBe Entertainment, an independent label where she continued to work with what she had developed from her previous label. One of these songs was Love Will Keep You Up All Night, which was included in the Backstreet Boys album Unbreakable (2007).

Starting in 2009 she started writing songs for other artists. She co-wrote the single More is More and the tracks Hey Boy, Love It or Leave It and Twisted from Heidi Montag’s album Superficial (2010) and the song Standing Where You Left Me, included on Erik Hassle’s debut album Pieces ( 2010). That same year she signed a contract with the RedOne label and soon after gained recognition for Cheers, a song included on Rihanna’s fifth album Loud (2010). She also worked with Cristiana Aguilera on the song Beautiful People.

In 2011 she co-wrote Afraid to Sleep, a song that was performed on The Voice by finalist Vicci Martinez, reaching number 10 on the iTunes top. That same year he left Red One and joined Warner Bros. Records, releasing under this a year later his live album Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios (2012). In this, they appeared subjects like Into the Wild, Levitaror, and Tokio Sunrise. With this new album, she performed at various music festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, Bumbershoot, Lollapalooza, and Tropfest and also at Hyde Park in London and Sonic Boom in Tokyo.

Forever for Now and hit Lost on You 

Thanks to the success that she achieved with the album, that year she would be chosen artist of the week by Vogue. In the next two years, she focused on the recordings of her next album, which would have several collaborations with Isabella Summers, Billy Steinberg, Claude Kelly, and Josh Alexander, among others. On June 3, 2014, she released her hit album Forever for Now, which was promoted with the singles Night Like This and Someday. A year later, he returned with Muddy Waters, a promotional single from his fifth album Lost on You, released in December 2016. The album included songs like Strange, When We’re High, No Witness, and Lost on You, a song that went viral in Europe in early 2017. In addition to Lost on You, in 2016 LP released the EP Death Valley.

In 2017 she performed Otto Knows’s Back Where I Belong alongside Avicii for one of Netflix’s episodes of Sense8 and collaborated with Mylène Farmer on the single N’oublie pas. The single quickly became number 1 on the French music charts. In August 2018, she released the single Girls Go Wild, and a few months later, she released her sixth studio album Heart to Mouth (2018). This latter consisted of twelve songs, including the promotional theme Girls Go Wild and the hit Recovery. Upon its release, the album achieved good results, ranking No. 2 on the U.S. Heatseekers Albums and No. 6 on the Polish Albums and Czech Albums.

It was recently announced that LP would be participating in the tribute album to Chester Bennington (lead singer Linkin Park), performed by his previous band Gray Daze.

LP’s partner is fellow singer Lauren Ruth Ward since 2015.

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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga Biography

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (March 28, 1986). Pop singer. Known worldwide as Lady Gaga. She was born in Manhattan, New York, United States. Her mother, Cynthia Louise Bissett, vice president of the mobile operator Verizon. Her father was businessman Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr. Director of an internet network company.

Early life

She grew up in the exclusive Upper East Side of Manhattan, in a Catholic family. For this reason, her parents enrolled her in the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a religious and elitist school. She was very fond of music since she was a child, she learned to play the piano and, at thirteen, she wrote her first song. She was a participant in open mic nights. Her favorite singers were Queen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and David Bowie. Upon completion of high school, she entered New York University’s Tisch School of Art to study music. But she did not finish her studies, she abandoned them to start her musical career.

Musical beginnings

She began by performing melodic songs on the piano in clubs and small bars in New York. Her first production was made by her with producer and composer RedOne, they called it: Boys, Boys Boys. This production was not successful. A little heartbroken, she decided to return to her parents’ house and began to perform in a New York club, in burlesque, avant-garde, and dance performances. At that time, her life knew drugs and uncontrolled parties. In 2007 she began working with Lady Starlight, they began to perform in venues in downtown New York. They participated in the American music festival «Lollapalooza». Again, she focused her life on music, later, she got Sony / ATV to release her single. Using her writing skills, she wrote songs for Britney Spears. Also, she worked for Interscope, her role was to compose for the New Kids on the Block, Fergie, Akon, and the Pussycat Dolls. Simultaneously, Stefani was performing on the Lower East Side with cover bands such as Mackin Pulsifer and SGBand.

While she persisted, unsuccessfully, in contacting and seeking support in some record companies, the situation would change when meeting the music producer Rob Fusari. He promoted her musical career, thanks to his support they built a strong working relationship, and this led to a sentimental relationship. It was Fusari who gave her her stage name, Lady Gaga, in honor of the song Radio Gaga by Queen, one of Stefani’s favorite groups.

At a recognized event, Akon, who already knew Lady Gaga as her songwriter, heard her sing and decided to offer her a contract for his record label, Kon Live Distribution. Gaga certainly accepted it. Thus began Lady Gaga to be known as a singer. At this stage, she had the collaboration of Fusari and other producers such as RedOne and Martin Kierszenbaum.

Debut and Career

The young singer debuted with her album, The Fame. A mix of electropop; the synthpop of the 80s and dance sounds. The success was imminent, it was one of the best-selling albums in 2009 worldwide, with more than 12 million copies, and it reached the Top 1 in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland.

Her vision was great, she not only wanted to release a single, but an album. Lady Gaga’s first album, Just Dance, appeared in April 2008, just around the time of her separation from Fusari, it caused a stir. It was number one in countries like the United States; more than 400,000 digital downloads are estimated, including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For this work, the brand new artist was nominated for a Grammy for the first time. In October 2009, she was awarded the Rising Star of 2009 award from Billboard magazine.

At the end of the same year, Lady Gaga released her second studio album, called The Fame Monster. Later, she presented her first single, Bad Romance, at Alexander McQueen’s Spring / Summer 2010 fashion event. The impact couldn’t have been better. Bad Romance was number one in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Peru, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, and Denmark, and its promotional video, admired for the innovative elements and excellent paraphernalia, exceeded 200 million visits on YouTube, becoming the most viewed in history.

On the album The Fame Monster. There was the song Paparazzi. The video was a boom. Lady Gaga’s songs were tuned in on radio stations and the artist was featured in well-known magazines. Thanks to her fame, she embarked on her first tour: The Fame Ball Tour; this tour had an admirable reception, it sold out stadiums and large venues. Later, she was nominated for the Grammy Awards. The videos of her were irreverent and gave a lot to talk about, they swept on television and especially on the Internet. Platinum blonde appears in Just Dance; with a lightning bolt on her cheek, inspired by David Bowie from Aladdin Sane, another of her references.

On the other hand, on Poker Face she incorporates her sexiest and most futuristic style. Poker Face won three nominations on MTV Video Music Awards 2009, including the best video of the year. His videos can be summarized as extravagant hairstyles, excessive makeup, sidereal or cosmic style wardrobes, or simply exuberant, increasingly sophisticated scenography, choreographies close to pornography.

Gaga style

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Her way of being was linked to her music, she was an eccentric girl and eventually gave explosive statements to the press, she declared herself a hermaphrodite. All these scandals made her more and more popular, and she was the focus of all eyes on her. Her next single was Telephone, played in a duet with Beyoncé. She also premiered Alejandro and Dancer in the Dark. Gaga embarked on her second world tour, The Monster Ball Tour, she officially announced it on October 15, 2009. Described by Gaga as the “first electropop opera”, the tour would be present on all five continents. It would end in Spain in two only concerts, in Barcelona and Madrid. The tickets were sold in just three days. Billboard announced that the song Telephone, from the album The Fame Monster, peaked at number one on the Pop Songs chart, being the only singer in history to get the sixth consecutive number one from it.

In 2010, the news spread that her ex-boyfriend and producer Rob Fusari sued for the company Rob Fusari Productions, demanding the payment of a total debt of 30 million dollars, for being the co-author and co-producer of Paparazzi, Beautiful, Dirty, Rich, Disco Heaven and Retro, Dance, Freak. On the other hand, Lady Gaga was the main protagonist of the MTV Video Music Awards gala, receiving eight Awards. In short, ‘Time’ chose her as the artist of the year.

Born This Way

Gaga began production on the album: Born This Way. A mix of electronic music with rock ‘n’ roll, and pop. It sold more than a million copies in its first week after its release in the United States, topping the Billboard 200. In addition, Born This Way received three Grammy Award nominations. Gaga separated from her manager Troy Carter, in June 2014, along with her new manager Bobby Campbell and she joined Artist Nation. This music star declared in a documentary about her life, Five Foot Two, that she suffers from fibromyalgia, a disease that attacks muscles and bones, and it has cost her time off stage. Although, she is still extremely optimistic.

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Elton John

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Elton John Biography

Elton John (March 25, 1947) is a singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born in Pinner, Middlesex, UK. His birth name is Reginald Dwight. His parents were Stanley Dwight, an army officer, and Sheila Eileen Dwight.

Early life

The people who encouraged Elton to start in the world of music were his grandmother and his mother, who one day surprised him by performing a song on the house piano. They immediately knew that the boy had a great musical talent. At the age of four, he was already performing simple melodies, and at seven he was singing at family parties. His favorite artists were Elvis Presley, Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.

 

Elton studied at the Royal Academy of Music thanks to a scholarship after graduating from high school. He also was part of the choir. Although after a few years he got bored with classical music and began to try rock music. At age 15, he got his first job as a pianist in a downtown pub, where he received the nickname Reggie. He used to perform songs by Ray Charles and Jim Reeves.

Musical beginnings

In 1964 Elton decided to form the band Bluesology. In the musical circle, he met singer Long John Baldry. As a tribute to him and the saxophonist Elton Dean, he adopted the stage name, Elton John. In 1969, he joined the band Argosy, made up of Roger Hodgson, Caleb Quaye, and Nigel Olsson. Two songs were recorded in the group: Mr. Boyd and Imagine, composed by Hodgson, songs that were published under the DJM label in the United Kingdom and Congress in the United States. Elton managed to publish his first single, I’ve been loving you too long. Besides, he began producing brilliant songs with the help of lyricist Bernie Taupin, who has been considered one of the most prolific duos in the world of pop music. Fifteen of his songs topped the North American charts.

Career

Later in 1969, he edited his first LP, Empty Sky, which was followed by Elton John, thanks to his knowledge of classical music he integrated lyricism and his own style. In the following years, he published a total of eleven albums. In the 70s his career took off, he signed an eight million dollar contract with MCA, wrote the song Whatever gets you through the night with John Lennon, and also sang with the former Beatle at Madison Square Garden. Although not everything was easy, he had certain conflicts with his collaborator Bernie Taupin, this breakup and problems with drugs led him to a serious emotional crisis that almost cost him his life when he tried to commit suicide. After emotional recovery he continued singing, and selling out venues, he toured continuously.

 

In 1987, he began to suffer from throat ailments that led him to undergo a vocal cord operation in Sydney, Australia. He reappeared with Reg Strikes Back in 1988. Elton is committed to the fight against AIDS, which is why he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation. His commitment against AIDS is due to his homosexuality, which he declared at that time. Although at first, he declared himself bisexual.

Fame

In 1993 he released the album The one, thanks to which he received a double-platinum record. In 1994, he was hired to write the soundtrack for the Disney film The Lion King, with which he won a Grammy, a Golden Globe, and the Oscar for the best original song, shared with Tom Rice, author of the lyrics. In 1995 he celebrated his 25th anniversary in the world of music and released Made in England (1995). The murder of his friend Gianni Versace and the death of Princess Diana of Wales in 1997 dealt two blows.

 

At Lady Di’s funeral, he sang a new version of Candle in the wind, originally written in memory of Marilyn Monroe. This tribute to his friend Lady Di broke all sales records, becoming the best-selling single in the history of music, with 33 million copies worldwide in just three months. Elton John gave the benefits of the album to the NGOs in which Diana collaborated. For this song, he obtained in 1998 the Grammy for best male pop singer.

 

Between 1997 and 1999 Elton released The big picture, in homage to Gianni Versace, and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, it was a pop version of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera that premiered on Broadway, in 2001. It received the Grammy for best musical. He was responsible for the composition of the lyrics for the musical Billy Elliot. In 2005 he created the musical Lestat with Bernie Taupin. A year later, he released Captain and the kid, his album number 44. In 2007, he turned 40 of artistic career, to celebrate it, he released a special DVD with his live performance at Madison Square Garden, the same day of his birthday.

 

He was an author involved in the politics of his country, in 2008 he gave a concert in New York to raise funds for the campaign of Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States. Elton has received a large number of awards and distinctions. Not only has he made a living from music, but he also purchased a London football team, Watford. In 2014 with the approval of the law that allowed equal marriage in the United Kingdom, Elton married in the Windsor City Council the Canadian David Furnish with whom he had a sentimental relationship since 2005.

 

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Cardi B

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Cardi B Biography

Belcalis Almanzar (October 11, 1992) rapper, songwriter, and actress. She was born in New York, United States. Her stage name is Cardi B. Cardi B is the daughter of a Dominican father and her mother from Trinidad and Tobago. During her childhood and adolescence, she lived in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Bronx. The girl became part of various street gangs, which led her to have an extremely turbulent life, she had a boyfriend, a member of a gang, with whom she lived for some time and was constantly assaulted by him. She attended Musical Theater and Technology High School.

 

To help her family with household expenses, she was a cashier in a store, but at 19, she got a job as a stripper, to fit in better in this environment, and to have more money, she had to undergo numerous plastic surgeries to increase her breasts and buttocks. Cardi intended to study for a bachelor’s degree, but she dropped out of university due to lack of time. In 2013, she began to become a social media personality, primarily on Vine and Instagram. She began to have great popularity.

Career

Two years later, she took advantage of this situation to launch herself into fame starring in the sixth season of the reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York. By this time she was known by her stage name. In 2015 she decided to debut in the music world by remixing Shaggy’s single Boom Boom. At the same time, she continued to intervene in the sixth season of the Love & Hip Hop: New York program. In March 2016, she released her first mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1, under the auspices of the KSR label. It achieved a significant position on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart and the 27th on the Independent Albums chart.

 

The following month, she appeared on an episode of Kocktails with Khloé, the episode was inspired by the moment when she confessed to her mother that she was a stripper. In early 2017, she released a second mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2, and after finishing the seventh season of Love & Hip Hop: New York she was contacted by Atlantic Records to sign a contract. So, she began opening for The Lox during their Filthy America… It’s Beautiful Tour. Thanks to her success, Cardi was nominated for two BET Awards. Cardi subsequently released her first commercial single, Bodak Yellow, and it quickly became a viral hit.

Breakthrough with Bodak Yellow

In a matter of three months, the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Cardi became the second female rapper in history to chart No. 1 as a solo artist. Besides, she managed to lead for three consecutive weeks, equaling Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do as the female singer with the longest reign of 2017, she was also the solo rapper with the most weeks in the first position of all history. Her success was remarkable, she was nominated in nine categories at that year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, of which she managed to win five, including Best New Hip Hop Artist and Best Single for Bodak Yellow.

 

Cardi B collaborated with rappers G-Eazy and ASAP Rocky on the song No Limit, a hit in the United States after reaching position 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. A month later, she released her single MotorSport in conjunction with major artists. Like Migos and Nicki Minaj, the single was at # 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their third consecutive song to do so. Thanks to Bodak Yellow she took home the Best Hip Hop Song of the Year award at the Soul Train Music Awards, as well as garnering two Grammy Award nominations in the categories of Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

 

At the beginning of 2018: No Limit, MotorSport, and Bodak Yellow were within the first 10 positions, for this reason, the artist became the third rapper in history to position her first three songs in the top ten of the count simultaneously, only after The Beatles (1964) and Ashanti (2002). Her single Bartier Cardi debuted at position 14. Soon after, Cardi announced a collaboration with Bruno Mars on a remix of their song Finesse, from their album 24K Magic (2016).

 

The song was an instant hit and debuted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, as a result, Cardi had five songs simultaneously within the top forty. She made an intervention, considered flawless, at the sixtieth Grammy Awards. Later, she received the Best New Artist award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Cardi announced that her debut album would be out in April. Days later, she revealed her name: Invasion of Privacy. The artist has stated that she has been inspired by the artists Missy Elliott and Tweet as her main sources of inspiration.

 

She also mentioned that her outfits and her show are inspired by Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Ivy Queen. It is remarkable that, at the beginning of her, Cardi felt a great attraction to make aggressive music, following the line of the rappers Khia and Trina. However, she also wanted to create music that was suitable for most women; especially issues of infidelity, or problems with other women. Many record companies have admired her tone of voice, characterizing it as a nasal, strong, and provocative voice, which, combined with her strong New York accent, makes her suitable for rap.

 

On the other hand, Cardi’s way of being: reckless, without fear of acting under any circumstance, generates great synergy with the public. This rapper is recognized as a feminist. In addition to this, she assures that her past has allowed her to learn many things and she does not try to hide it; she openly states that she is a prostitute stripper. In 2017, she began a relationship with the rapper Offset from the group Migos, then they got engaged on the Saturday Night Live program, and at the same time, Cardi announced that she was expecting her first child. The following year she won an award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards for her song titled with her stage name.

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