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Maluma Biography

Juan Luis Londoño Arias, popularly known as Maluma, is a Colombian singer and composer of reggaeton. Juan was born on January 28, 1994, in Medellín, Colombia. He is the son of Marlli Arias and Luis Londoño and brother of Manuela Londoño. In fact, his artistic name is made up of the first two letters of the names of his mother, father, and sister.  “Maluma”.

As a child, he was passionate about soccer, which he practiced until he was 8 years old and reached the lower divisions of Atlético Nacional and La Equidad. He studied at the Hontanares school, where he began to show a great interest in music. When he was in tenth grade, he won a song contest singing the song “Tengo Ganas” by Andrés Cepeda, and since then he began to show the great skills he had for music.

In 2009, he composed the song titled “No Quiero” which later he would record it in a studio. Being a professional musician was not in his plans. However, after being listened by a group of music producers who offered him to record an album, he decided to start his musical career. In 2010, he began to receive vocal technique classes and after graduating as a bachelor he launched himself fully into music with the aim of becoming a recognized singer of the urban genre.

In 2011, Maluma published his first single titled “Farandulera”, with which he began to be recognized in Colombia, even without having signed a record contract with any company. This song quickly became popular on radio stations and the Internet, so it began to attract music production companies and in mid-2011 signed a contract with the music company Sony Music. After signing his contract, Maluma’s musical career began growing and recorded the second single in his career titled “Loco”. A few months later, he released his song “Obsesion” which was one of the most talked about and accompanied by a video recorded on the Antioquia railroad.

Maluma also recorded what was his third single called “Pasarla Bien” which was the first song by Maluma that managed to position itself among the first 5 places in the National Report of Colombia, in which it took third place. These songs, along with others, were part of the compilation of hits that the singer released at the beginning of August 2012 on his first album as singer titled “Magia” which exceeded ten thousand copies sold and gave him the gold certificate by of the Colombian Association of Producers of Phonograms. In 2012, he also won his first Shock Awards nomination, in the category Best New Artist.

In 2013, Maluma already was popular in many Latin America countries and the United States, so he released another of his singles entitled “La Temperatura” which managed to position in a short time among the first 40 positions of some Billboard music charts. Later in 2013, Maluma was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards, in the category of best new artist, and at the Grammy awards ceremony, Maluma performed the song “La Temperatura”. In 2013, the singer also won the award for best radio song in the Shock Awards, for his single “La Temperatura”, and was nominated for the award as best Latin American artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards and candidate for the best new award artist of the Nuestra Tierra Awards.

Around 2014, Maluma Launched 3 singles: “Adiccted”, “Carnival” and “La Curiosidad” which were great national success and La Curiosidad managed to overcome the borders since it was an international success to position itself in the Latin popularity list Pop Song among the first 40 songs, in the first 50 of the Hot Latin Songs list and in the first 50 of Billboard’s Latin Airplay. He also participated as a collaborator in songs such as: “Olé Brasil” by Elvis Crespo and “Te Viví” by Jorge Villamizar.

On June 21, 2014, Maluma kicked off his musical tour called “Pretty Boy / Dirty Boy Tour” performing in Peru, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, the United States, Ecuador, and Venezuela. During that tour, he would be asked to perform at the Juventud Awards, where he performed the song “La Temperatura” and in that same month, he announced his participation as a coach in the program La Voz Kids Colombia. A month later, he was part of the coaches of the Kids Choice Awards of the Nickelodeon channel.

In January of 2015, the singer launched a compilation of his greatest hits entitled “PB.DB. The Mixtape ” which sold more than one hundred thousand copies, which merit to receive the diamond certification, which is the highest recognition granted by the Colombian Association of Producers of Phonograms, being the first national artist of the urban genre to receive such certification.

In April 2015, he released his single “El Tiki” which quickly achieved a spot in the list of 50 positions of Latin Digital Songs, Billboard and was nominated for the best urban song in the Latin Grammy of that year. Two months later, he released one of his most important singles in his career ” Borro Cassette “, which was ranked number 3 on the Hot Latin Songs musical list, becoming the first song of the artist to be among the top positions of the most important list of Latin songs, and also meant high positions in several lists from Billboard magazine, Latin Airplay Tropical Songs, Latin Pop Songs and Latin Digital Songs.

Later in 2015, he was again part of the coaches of La Voz Kids. On October 8, of that same year, he was presented at the award ceremony of the first edition of the Latin American Music Awards where he performed his song “Borro Cassette” and in which he was nominated for the new artist of the year award. 2015, was a year full of success for the artist, so he decided to enter the market using other types of strategies, so he launched his urban clothing collection in October, through Amelissa a sales company by catalog.

On October 30 of that year, Maluma released his album “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” in which, the singer counted on the collaboration in some of his songs by international artists such as Alexis & Fido, Cosculluela, Arcángel, Farruko, The Micha and Leslie Grace. His album managed to quickly position himself in the first place of the most downloaded albums on iTunes Ecuador, United States, Colombia, Guatemala; in position number two in Mexico, Peru and Argentina, and in position three in Chile. Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, also reached the number one position on Billboard’s main list of Latin albums, after exceeding 3,000 copies sold; for that reason, Maluma became the first Colombian artist of the urban genre to reach that position in such a popular list. To promote his album, Maluma started a concert tour at the end of 2015 in some cities of Colombia. By the beginning of 2016, the artist continued with the promotional tour of his album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy and performed concerts in Nicaragua, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and for the first time he came to the European continent where he made concerts in several cities of Spain.

At the end of January 2016, Maluma made a musical collaboration with the singer Thalía in his song “Desde Esa Noche”. In the month of February, he released his song “El Perdedor” along with a collaborative version with the singer Yandel, with this song he reached the top 5 of the Latin Songs and was the second song of the artist to reach the number 1 position of the Latin Airplay Chart.

At the end of 2016, he released his song “Cuatro Babys” in collaboration with Noriel, Bryant Myers, and Juhn, which reached over one hundred million views on YouTube in a month. In 2016, Maluma was recognized as one of the most famous Latin artists in the world, for being the composer with the most songs that year.

On April 21, 2017, Maluma premiered his song “Felices Los 4” which was a total success since it exceeded one billion views on YouTube. In addition, that same year, he collaborated with the singer Felipe Peláez in the song “Vivo Pensando en Tí”.

Maluma is one of the most important Colombian singers of the urban genre worldwide, thanks to the versatility in each of his songs where he mixes reggaeton with other musical genres and for their interest in social work to go against racism and support for LGBT communities.



  • Magia: 2012.
  • Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy: 2015.
  • X: 2017.



  • Farandulera (2011)
  • Loco (2011)
  • Obsesión (2012)
  • Pasarla bien (2012)
  • Primer amor (2013)
  • Miss independent (2013)
  • La temperatura (2013)
  • Addicted (2014)
  • La curiosidad (2014)
  • Carnaval (2014)
  • Ya no es niña (2015)
  • El tiki (2015)
  • Borró cassette (2015)
  • El perdedor (2016)
  • Sin contrato (2016)
  • Cuatro babys (2016)
  • Un polvo (2016)
  • Colaboraciones con otros artistas:
  • Se acaba el tiempo (Remix) (2013) Con Maximus Well y J Álvarez.
  • Juegos prohibidos (2013) Con Nicky Jam.
  • Salgamos (2013) Con Kevin Roldán & Andy Rivera.
  • Duele tanto (2014) Con Pipe Peláez.
  • Olé Brazil (2014) Con Elvis Crespo.
  • Te viví (2014) Con Jorge Villamizar y Elvis Crespo.
  • La invitación (2014) Con Pipe Bueno.
  • Amor en práctica (remix) (2014) Con J Álvarez, Ken-Y y Jory.
  • Imagínate (remix) (2014) Con Alexis & Fido.
  • Princesinha (2014) Con Lucas Lucco.
  • Bandida (2015) Con Danny Romero.
  • La tierra del olvido (2015) (2015) Con Carlos Vives, Fonseca, Fanny Lu, Andrea Echeverri, Cholo Valderrama, Coral Group y Herencia de Timbiquí.
  • ¡Quédate lejos! (2014) Con Ha*Ash.
  • Un beso (remix 2) Con Baby Rasta & Gringo.
  • Desde esa noche (2016) Con Thalía.
  • Vente pa’cá (2016) Con Ricky Martin.
  • Chantaje (2016) Con Shakira.
  • Me llamas (2016) Con Piso 21.
  • Sin contrato (remix) Con Don Omar y Wisin.
  • Me gusta (2017) Con Alkilados.
  • Felices los 4 (2017).
  • Me Partiste el Corazón (2017).




  • Best Radio Station Song “La temperatura”, 2013.
  • People’s Artist and Best Urban Artist, 2014.
  • Best Radio Station Song “Addicted”, 2014.
  • People’s Artist, 2016



  • Best Latin American Artist, en 2016



  • Best Urban Interpretation “La Temperatura”


MTV Europe Music Awards

  • Colombian Artist of the Year, 2014
  • Colombian Artist of the Year, 2016



  • Favorite Artist, 2014
  • National Favorite Artist and Favorite Song “Borro Cassete”, 2016.



  • MTV Millennial Awards 2014, 2016.




Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle Biography
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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.


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.


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)

LP (Singer) Biography
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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.


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

Lady Gaga Biography
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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

Elton John Biography
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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.


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.


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

Cardi B Biography
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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.


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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