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In many ways the ideal East Coast hardcore rapper, 50 Cent endured
substantial obstacles throughout his young yet remarkably dramatic
life before becoming in early 2003 the most-discussed figure in rap,
if not pop music in general. Following an unsuccessful late-'90s run
at mainstream success (foiled by an attempt on his life in 2000) and a
successful run on the New York mix-tape circuit (driven by his
early-2000s bout with Ja Rule), Eminem signed 50 Cent to a
seven-figure contract in 2002 and helmed his quick rise toward
crossover success in 2003.
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Formed by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and former Tool guitar
tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle is an extension of the alt-metal
fused with art rock style popularized by Tool in the early to
mid-'90s. While similar to Tool in intensity and melancholy, A Perfect
Circle is less dark and more melodic with a theatrical, ambient
quality that incorporates occasional strings and unusual
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If you're expecting a '90s dance version of 1985's "Voices Carry" to
pop up anywhere in Aimee Mann's repertoire, don't bother. The organic,
earthy acoustic trills of Mann's solo sound are a world apart from the
synthesized New Wave of 'Til Tuesday, the ?80s band with which she
initially gained fame. Instead, her songs are quiet, minimalist folk
tunes that glisten like acoustic gems, free of embellishments and
frills. Near-whispers and softly sung vocals float listlessly, giving
a bittersweet edge to Mann's melancholic lyrics. Hers is the sort of
music that existed long before Lilith Fair came along and equated folk
with tea candles and herbal tea.
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Alanis Morissette was one of the most unlikely stars of the mid-'90s.
A former child actress turned dance-pop diva, Morissette transformed
herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter, in the vein
of Liz Phair and Tori Amos. However, she added enough pop sensibility,
slight hip-hop flourishes, and marketing savvy to that formula to
become a superstar with her third album, Jagged Little Pill.
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The Alicia Keys official website says she possesses an "old soul," and
the hard facts seem to back up the implied claim of wisdom and
experience that transcend Alicia Keys' youth. Barely in her twenties,
Keys is responsible for an extremely hot debut, Songs in A Minor. The
release, which she wrote and produced for Clive Davis' J Records,
blends diverse influences, including R&B, hip-hop, classical, and
jazz. The day the album went on the market, it sold more than 50,000
copies. Label executives confidently predicted similarly favorable
numbers for the first week's tally.
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As the principal architects of Southern rock, the Allman Brothers Band
forged this new musical offshoot from elements of blues, jazz, soul,
R&B and rock and roll. Along with the Grateful Dead and Cream, they
help advance rock as a medium for improvisation. Their kind of jamming
required a level of technical virtuosity and musical literacy that was
relatively new to rock & roll, which had theretofore largely been a
Amy Grant was not only one of Christian music's most influential
performers, but also became a secular pop star in the late '80s and
early '90s. This dichotomy drew ire from some in the fiercely
protective gospel/CCM community, while it affected her image in the
secular world as a Christian first and attractive pop star second. But
Grant herself never gave in to either side. Despite personal adversity
and numerous controversies, she continued to be successful in both
music worlds, while ultimately being true to herself.
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A folk singer in punk's clothing, Ani DiFranco battled successfully
against the Goliath of corporate rock to emerge as one of the most
influential and inspirational cult heroines of the 1990s. A resolute
follower of D.I.Y. ethos, Ani DiFranco released her records through
her own label Righteous Babe, slowly but steadily building a devout
grass-roots following on the strength of a relentless tour schedule;
an ardent feminist and an open bisexual, her songs tackled issues like
rape, abortion and sexism with insight and compassion, the music's
empowering attitude and anger tempered by the poignant candor of
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Avril Lavigne's 2002 debut Let Go gave young women a defiant voice and
set it to music they could rock out to. Fourteen million albums and
eight Grammy nominations later, the Canadian chanteuse returns with
Under My Skin but if you're expecting a whole lot of the same, you've
got another thing coming. This is not a girl who rests on her laurels.
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Toronto, Canada's quirky musicians Barenaked Ladies were never ones to
follow a trend. They were more interested in making someone laugh than
being astute and serious. Most of all, a friendship consumed this band
and that bond cemented their place in alternative rock.
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In terms of both record sales and career longevity, Barry Manilow is
one of the most successful adult contemporary singers ever. That
success hasn't necessarily translated to respect (or even ironic
hipster appreciation) in most quarters; Barry Manilow's music has been
much maligned by critics and listeners alike, particularly the
romantic ballads that made his career, which were derided as maudlin
schlock even during his heyday.
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As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys
received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, who
accused them of cultural pirating, especially since they began as a
hardcore punk group in 1981. But the Beastie Boys weren't pirating --
they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the
do-it-yourself aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren't that far apart.
Of course, the exaggerated b-boy and frat-boy parodies of their
unexpected hit debut album, Licensed to Ill, didn't help their cause.
One of the most inventive and eclectic figures to emerge from the '90s
alternative revolution, Beck Hansen was the epitome of postmodern chic
in an era obsessed with junk culture. Drawing upon a kaleidoscope of
influences -- pop, folk, psychedelia, hip-hop, country, blues, R&B,
funk, indie rock, noise rock, experimental rock, jazz, lounge,
Brazilian music -- Beck created a body of work that was wildly
unpredictable, vibrantly messy, and bursting with ideas.
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Although Billy Joel never was a critic's favorite, the pianist emerged
as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the latter half of
the '70s. Joel's music consistently demonstrates affection for
Beatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies.
His fusion of two distinct eras made him a superstar in the late '70s
and '80s, as he racked an impressive string of multi-platinum albums
and hit singles.
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For a guy who doesn't care much about the idea of ?stardom,? Blake
Shelton has made quite a name for himself during the past couple of
years. Awards from Billboard, Country Weekly and Music Row magazines,
a No. 1 smash single, a chart-topping video and a Gold record all
ensued from his astonishing album debut. But for Blake Shelton, those
are just happy accompaniments to his main mission, making country
music that matters.
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The new-school punk trio Blink 182 was formed near San Diego,
California around guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge, bassist Mark Hoppus,
and drummer Scott Raynor. Originally known as simply Blink, the band
debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP, Fly Swatter. After releasing
the album Buddha in 1994, the trio signed to Grilled Cheese/Cargo and
released Cheshire Cat the following year.
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Blue Man Group is a creative organization dedicated to creating
exciting and innovative work in a wide variety of media. Founded in
1987 by Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, and Chris Wink, The Blue Man Group
first made waves in the underground performance art scene in New York
City. Donning identical black jumpsuits, skullcaps, and vivid blue
greasepaint, the trio performed regularly in Central Park, Dixon
Place, Performance Space 122, and the Wooster Group's Performing
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By now Blues Traveler has been an undeniable influence for several
generations of fans and bands alike. On their new album "Truth Be
Told" the band taps into a new well of creativity to produce what an
early critic dubbed ?their finest set of songs to date". Anchored by
Blues Traveler founding members John Popper, Chan Kinchla and Brendan
Hill, and energized by the now "official" addition of band members Tad
Kinchla (bass) and Ben Wilson (keys) the band headed into the studio
with three years of cohesive live performances and songwriting as a
five piece band.
Where would Rock 'n Roll be without Bob Dylan? Bob Dylan was born
Robert Allen Zimmerman, on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He grew
up in the town of Hibbing, MN, where as a child he wrote poems. He
taught himself how to play piano and guitar in his early teens and
formed a couple of bands, Golden Chords and Elston Gunn and His Rock
Boppers. Bob Dylan loved the early rock of Elvis Presley, Little
Richard as well as the country and folk singers Hank Williams and
John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on
March 2nd, 1962, and grew up in nearby Sayreville. He spent much of
his teenage years cutting classes to play guitar and sing in local
rock bands. Jon -- he dropped the "h" from his name around this time
-- had a music industry connection in cousin Tony who owned the Power
Station, a well-known New York City recording studio. He was hired as
a janitor, and later began recording demos at the studio, backed by
members of the E Street Band, among others.
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Born Oct. 28, 1972, in the tiny Ohio River town of Glen Dale, W.Va.,
Brad Paisley seemed destined for a life of music. By the age of 10,
Brad Paisley was playing well enough to accompany himself. He soon
began singing in church and at civic meetings for the Lion's Club and
the Fraternal Order of Elks. Next, he formed his first band, Brad
Paisley & the C-Notes, with his guitar instructor, local musician
Clarence "Hank" Goddard. At 12, Brad Paisley wrote his first song,
"Born on Christmas Day." His junior high school principal heard it and
asked him to do it at the next Rotary Club meeting. In the audience
that day was Tom Miller, program director for WWVA, Wheeling's country
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The undisputed kings of the '90s' line-dancing craze, Brooks & Dunn
are not only the biggest-selling duo in country music history, they've
also sold more records than any other duo period, save for Simon &
Garfunkel. Ronnie Dunn was the quietly intense singer with the soulful
voice, while Kix Brooks played the part of the high-energy showman.
Neither had been able to break through as a solo act, but together
they hit upon a winning formula of rambunctious, rocked-up honky tonk
with punchy, danceable beats, and alternated those cuts with smooth,
pop-tinged ballads. The combination made them one of the most popular
country artists of the '90s, and they were still going strong as the
new millennium dawned.
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Chris Isaak clearly loves the reverb-laden rockabilly and country of
Sun Studios. In particular, he transfers the sweeping melancholy of
Roy Orbison's classic Monument singles ("Crying," "Oh, Pretty Woman,"
"In Dreams") to the more stripped-down, rootsy sound of Sun. His
stylized take on '50s and '60s rock & roll eventually made him into a
star in the early '90s, thanks to the hit single "Wicked Game."
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Influenced by other comic geniuses including Richard Pryor and Redd
Fox, Chris Rock is one of the funniest celebrities in the country.
After paying dues as a stand-up comedian, he began appearing on the
much-loved skit showcase In Living Color and working in film. With a
show-stealing cameo in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! (where he dropped the
timeless line "how much for a rib?") and his spot-on portrayal of
Pookie the crackhead in New Jack City, Rock's star was on the rise.
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After Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera was the most popular female
singer of the late-'90s teen pop revival. Unlike many of her
contemporaries, Aguilera was a technically skilled singer with a
genuinely powerful voice, belting out her up-tempo dance numbers and
ballads with a diva's panache. Born Christina Maria Aguilera on
December 18, 1980, on Staten Island, her parents were of Irish and
Ecuadorian stock and her father's military career meant the family
moved quite a bit during her childhood.
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As the runner-up to Fox TV's second American Idol: The Search for a
Superstar competition, vocalist Clay Aiken wowed television audiences
in 2003 with his Southern charm, sweet demeanor, and bright, glorious
voice, and became a pop star. Originally, Clay Aiken planned to try
out for the reality TV series The American Race, but went ahead and
auditioned for the talent contest to please an encouraging friend. Out
of 7,000 hopefuls, the Charlotte, NC, native won the hearts of the
judges as well as millions of fans across the globe.
Coldplay secured a permanent position in Britain's music elite by
writing beautiful, simple songs that gently pulled at the heartstrings
of a nation. Somewhere in between the confident, vulnerable guitar
playing of Jonny Buckland, the melodic bass line of Guy Berryman,
thoughtful drumming of Will Champion and lead Chris Martin's stark,
tenor vocals are answers for the soul. Although melancholy stands
behind every Coldplay song, each one is also steeped in an unusual and
sincere optimism rarely found in English bands.
Cold Play Tickets
The four members of Cold Play met whilst attending the University
College of London around 1996. They formed the band together over a
span of a few months; and from then on, its history.
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Along with Kurt Cobain, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows will go down as
one of rock's most recognizable voices of the nineties. Breathtaking
in its range, his voice is more notable for its ability to convey
nearly the entire spectrum of human emotion -- from elation to
desolation. Eschewing fashion and production wizardry, the band's
debut, August and Everything After, concentrated on powerful,
intensely honest songwriting and timeless Roots Rock. It made a
considerable impact on those within blasting radius of twenty- and
thirty-somethings -- things just got a little more real.
Creed emerged from a good-sized pack of post-grunge contenders to
become one of the biggest-selling rock bands in America during the
late '90s. At a time when many other Seattle disciples were lapsing
into inactivity or experimenting with less commercially established
sounds, Creed carried the torch of straightforward, grungy hard rock
without apology, and they were amply rewarded, selling millions upon
millions of albums in just a few years' time.
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Peoria, IL, native Dan Fogelberg has built a devoted following over
the years with his laid-back, folky singer/songwriter style. A pianist
since 14, Dan Fogelberg switched to guitar and played local
coffeehouses while majoring in art at the University of Illinois,
where he met ex-student and REO Speedwagon manager Irving Azoff.
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Dave Chappelle is a one of a kind comic that is smart enough to notice
the lines he?s crossing, just so that he can go further the next time
around. Racy and brash, Dave?s humor is no-holds-barred and, as a
result, has made him one of the most successful comics of the past
decade with more 40 appearances on national programs like ?The Late
Show with David Letterman? and ?Late Night with Conan O?Brien.? Dave?s
comic wit is so sharp, you?d think he?s been doing this ever since he
was a kid.
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The Dave Matthews Band was formed in 1991 in Virginia by vocalist and
guitarist Dave Matthews. The other Dave Matthews Band members include
Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moor, Boyd Tinsley, and Carter Beauford. The
band's mix of rock, jazz, folk, and world music allowed them great
local success in Virginia and eventual success when touring around the
U.S. mostly at clubs and colleges. The band's love of the musical form
is apparent in their enthusiasm to play.
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Musicians evolve at the risk of losing their audience -- fans always
prefer known quantities to variables. David Bowie is one performer
who's made a career out of defying rock convention so flagrantly and
with such finesse that fans not only forgive him for it, they worship
him. From the fey folk of his pre-Space Oddity days to the
right-angled, martinet funk of "Fashion" and Tin Machine's bloated
Hard Rock, David Bowie's only constant has been his inconstancy.
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Def Leppard, in many ways, was the definitive hard rock band of the
'80s. There were many bands that rocked harder, and were more
dangerous, than the Sheffield quintet, but few others captured the
spirit of the times quite as well. Emerging in the late '70s as part
of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the group actually owed more
to the glam-rock and metal of the early '70s -- their sound was equal
parts T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen and Led Zeppelin.
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Originally a product of Britain's New Romantic movement, Depeche Mode
went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s;
one of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely
around the use of synthesizers, the group began their existence as a
bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more
dramatic sound which ultimately positioned them as one of the most
successful alternative bands of their era.
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Destiny's Child rose to become one of the most popular female R&B
groups of the late '90s, eventually rivaling even TLC in terms of
blockbuster commercial success. Their accomplishments came in spite of
several abrupt personnel changes, which were accompanied by heated,
well-publicized feuds in the media and the courts. In fact, for a
time, Destiny's Child was known for that drama just as much as their
music. Once the group stabilized again, though, they emerged with even
more hit making power than ever before.
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Singer/pianist Diana Krall got her musical education when she was
growing up in Nanaimo, British Columbia, from the classical piano
lessons she began at age four and in her high school jazz band, but
mostly from her father, a stride piano player with an extensive record
collection. "I think Dad has every recording Fats Waller ever made,"
she said, "and I tried to learn them all." Diana Krall attended the
Berklee College of Music on a music scholarship in the early '80s,
then moved to Los Angeles, where she lived for three years before
moving to Toronto.
Dido was born on December 25, 1971, in London, England. Her unusual
name can be attributed to the African warrior queen she was named
after. The daughter of a literary agent and a poet (Dido's mother used
to write poems as a hobby), she grew up without the luxury of
Don Henley Tickets
Out of all of the Eagles, Don Henley had the most successful solo
career. After the group broke up in 1982, Don Henley released his
first solo album, I Can't Stand Still. Although it wasn't as
successful as an Eagles record, the album performed respectably,
launching the number three single "Dirty Laundry" and going gold.
Building the Perfect Beast followed two years later and established
Don Henley as a solo star in his own right.
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Duran Duran is largely responsible for bringing New Wave and New
Romantic music to the mainstream. Taking their moniker from the film
Barbarella, Duran Duran personified the 1980s by utilizing an exciting
new concept called the music video. Anyone watching MTV back then was
introduced to five English dandies from Birmingham who were
jet-setting all over the globe. Duran Duran's signature style of
seductive pop music is rooted in Funk rhythms, crafty Pop
arrangements, and Glam rock melodies. The band first broke with the
serpentine hit "Is There Something I Should Know."
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With his stripped-down approach to traditional honky tonk and
Bakersfield country, Dwight Yoakam helped return country music to its
roots in the late '80s. Like his idols Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and
Hank Williams, Dwight Yoakam never played by Nashville's roots;
consequently, he never dominated the charts like his contemporary
Randy Travis. Then again, Travis never played around with the sound
and style of country music like Dwight Yoakam. On each of his records,
he twists around the form enough to make it seem like he doesn't
respect all of country's traditions.
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Eric Patrick Clapton was born on 30 March 1945 in his grandparents'
home at 1 The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England. He was the illegitimate
son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929, d. March
1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (b. 21 March 1920, d. 1985), a
24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in England. Before Clapton was
born, Fryer returned to his wife in Canada. Pat's parents, Rose and
Jack Clapp*, cared for young Eric.
Although the band's name may suggest a sudden vanishing, the music of
Evanescence is poised for longevity. Fallen, the Wind-up Records debut
of this talented quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas, is an emotional,
ethereal work of undeniable potency guided by the heavenly vocals of
Amy Lee. "We're definitely a rock band," says the 20-year-old Lee.
"But the twist is that the band's music is epic, dramatic, dark rock."
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While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their
career, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as
Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo
in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock
act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations,
the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac were drummer Mick
Fleetwood and bassist John McVie -- the rhythm section who provided
the band with its name. Ironically, they had the least influence over
the musical direction of the band.
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While he was drumming with Nirvana, Dave Grohl was recording original
songs at home that never received public release. Those tapes would
become the foundation of Foo Fighters, the band he formed in 1995,
after the death of Kurt Cobain. Like Nirvana, Foo Fighters melded
loud, heavy guitars with pretty melodies and mixed punk sensibilities
with a sharp sense of pop songwriting.
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George Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the
entertainment industry today. He is the co-creator, writer, producer
and star of the ABC network and Warner Bros. Television produced
sitcom, ?George Lopez.? Lopez?s CD ?Team Leader? was released on Oglio
Records/Warner Bros. to great public acclaim. The CD was nominated for
a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. His previous best-selling
CD ?Right Now Right Now? was released in 2001. In May 2004, George?s
autobiography ?Why You Crying?? was released on the
Touchstone/Fireside division of Simon & Schuster.
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A blues-rock guitarist who draws his inspiration from Elmore James,
Hound Dog Taylor, and Chuck Berry, George Thorogood never earned much
respect from blues purists, but he became a popular favorite in the
early '80s through repeated exposure on FM radio and the arena rock
circuit. George Thorogood's music was always loud, simple, and direct
-- his riffs and licks were taken straight out of '50s Chicago blues
and rock & roll -- but his formulaic approach helped him gain a rather
large audience in the '80s, when his albums regularly went gold.
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The Gipsy Kings are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds
of progressive pop-oriented flamenco, called Sevillana in Spain, to
the world. The band started out in Arles, a village in southern France
during the '70s when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of
renowned flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins
Jacques, Maurice and Tonino Baliardo, whose father is Manitas de
Plata. They originally called themselves Los Reyes and started out as
a gypsy band traveling about playing weddings, festivals, and in the
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As one of the biggest new stars to emerge during the mid-'80s, singer
Gloria Estefan predated the coming Latin pop explosion by a decade,
scoring a series of propulsive dance hits rooted in the rhythms of her
native Cuba before shifting her focus to softer, more ballad-oriented
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The three words that aptly sum up the Goo Goo Dolls career to date -
aspiration, attainment and the ability to surpass all expectations -
are also the essential elements in the creation of Gutterflower, the
trio's brilliant new offering on Warner Bros. Records, featuring their
stunning new single "Here Is Gone."
Good Charlotte Tickets
The East Coast post-grunge quartet Good Charlotte is just barely
distinctive from the likes of corporate alternative rockers Blink-182
and Third Eye Blind, but the fresh five faces composing this quintet
from Maryland first started off in 1996, practically shy of strumming
a chord. Good Charlotte vocalist Joel Madden and his twin brother
guitarist Benji, who never sang or played an instrument in their
lives, were instantly inspired to form a band after seeing the Beastie
Boys on their 1995 Ill Communication tour.
Green Day Tickets
Out of all the post-Nirvana American alternative bands to break into
the pop mainstream, Green Day was second only to Pearl Jam in terms of
influence. At their core, Green Day was simply punk revivalists,
recharging the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs.
Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the
sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie,
their 1994 major-label debut.
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Arguably the only teen pop star with the potential to rival or surpass
the popularity of Britney Spears -- albeit with a very different
approach -- Hilary Duff made a name for herself on the enormously
successful Disney Channel/ABC Kids show Lizzie McGuire, which she
parlayed into careers as a pop singer and film actress. Like most
overnight successes, Hilary Duff paid her dues for a few years before
her big break.
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While they came into prominence as part of the late-'80s folky-singer/songwriter
revival, the Indigo Girls have had staying power where other artists
from the same era quickly faded. Their two-women-with-guitars formula
may not seem very revolutionary on paper, but the combination of two
distinct personalities and songwriting styles provides a tension and
an interesting balance.
Jackson Browne Tickets
In many ways, Jackson Browne was the quintessential sensitive
Californian singer-songwriter of the early '70s. Only Joni Mitchell
and James Taylor ranked alongside him in terms of influence, but
neither artist tapped into the post-'60s zeitgeist like Jackson
James Taylor Tickets
When people use the term "singer/songwriter" (often modified by the
word "sensitive") in praise or in criticism, they're thinking of James
Taylor. In the early '70s, when he appeared with his introspective
songs, acoustic guitar, and calm, understated singing style, he
mirrored a generation's emotional exhaustion after tumultuous times.
Just as Bing Crosby's reassuring voice brought the country out of the
Depression and through World War II, James Taylor's eased the
transition from '60s activism and its attendant frustrations into the
less political, more inward-looking '70s.
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Jerry Seinfeld?s unique brand of "observational humor" has made him
one of the most popular and most imitated comedians in America. Born
in Brooklyn, raised in Massapequa ("It's an old Indian name that means
'by the mall'") Seinfeld began hitting the club circuit the night he
graduated from Queens College; he performed stand-up for free at times
just to perfect his act.
Jessica Simpson Tickets
Just one listen to Jessica Simpson?s ?In This Skin?, you will sense
many things ? romance, love, sexuality, maturity, sweetness, and peace
of mind. Yet, the biggest thing that will stand out is the sound of a
woman discovering herself and staying true to her heart.
In 1997, all the critical accolades may have gone to Beck, but the
real pop success story of that year belonged to a 21-year-old woman
named Jewel Kilcher. Raised in Homer, Alaska, where she grew up in
what might best be described as an alternative "hippie" environment
(her parents, in fact, were a folk music duo before they divorced),
Jewel began performing at the age of eight. She seemed to have a
natural ability for music, and she later learned to play guitar while
on scholarship at the prestigious Interlochen Music Academy in
John Fogerty Tickets
John Cameron Fogerty achieved fame as the lead singer/songwriter and
guitarist in Creedence Clearwater Revival and has since gone on to a
chart-topping solo career. Born in Berkeley, CA, John Fogerty and his
brother Tom organized the group that would become Creedence as the
Golliwogs in the late '50s. As Creedence, they released nine Top Ten
singles, all written by John Fogerty, between 1969 and 1971, starting
with the standard "Proud Mary."
During its initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered
its musical approach and its personnel extensively while becoming a
top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist
Neal Schon (b. Feb. 27, 1954), a music prodigy who had been a member
of Santana in 1971-1972.
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Julio Iglesias was the most popular Latin singer of the '70s and '80s,
selling over 100 million albums around the world. Julio Iglesias is a
smooth, romantic crooner and his appeal translated to many different
countries in many different languages.
Keith Urban Tickets
Born in New Zealand, Keith Urban learned to play guitar as a
six-year-old in Australia, after a young woman asked to place an ad in
his dad's shop window offering guitar lessons. His parents made a deal
with her that they would advertise in return for lessons for their
young son. The boy had natural ability. By the time he was eight,
Keith Urban was winning talent shows. He also was involved in a youth
acting company which required him to sing, dance, and memorize lines,
all of which led to the ease on stage which would serve him well in
his music career.
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Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born on April 24, 1982, in the small town
of Burleson, Texas. Two factors contributed in setting her on the path
to stardom. First, the movie Jaws deterred her from her childhood
dream of becoming a marine biologist. Second, a teacher at Pauline
Hughes Middle School heard Kelly Clarkson singing in the hallway,
recognized her talent, and encouraged her to join the choir. Thirteen
years old at the time, Kelly Clarkson was a singing fiend from there
One of the unlikeliest success stories in rock at the turn of the
millennium, Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock shot to superstardom with his
fourth full-length album, 1998's Devil Without a Cause. What made it
so shocking was that Rock had recorded his first demo a full decade
before, been booted off major label Jive following his Beastie Boys-ish
1990 debut Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, and toiled for most of the
decade in obscurity, releasing albums to a small, devoted, mostly
local fan base while earning his fair share of ridicule around his
home state. Nevertheless, Rock persevered, and by the time rap-metal
had begun to attract a substantial audience, he had perfected the
outlandish, over-the-top white-trash persona that gave Devil Without a
Cause such a distinctive personality and made it such an infectious
Korn's cathartic alternative funk-metal sound positioned the group
among the most popular and provocative to emerge during the
post-grunge era. Korn began its existence as the Bakersfield,
California-based metal band LAPD, which included guitarists James "Munky"
Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch, bassist Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu,
and drummer David Silveria. After issuing an LP, the members of LAPD
in 1993 crossed paths with Jonathan Davis, a mortuary science student
moonlighting as the lead vocalist for the local group Sexart; they
soon asked Davis to join the band, and upon his arrival, the quintet
rechristened themselves Korn.
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In 1996, LeAnn Rimes burst out of nowhere with her debut single,
"Blue," which immediately captured the attention of country fans
across America. It wasn't just the fact that her rich, powerful vocals
were remarkably similar to Patsy Cline -- it was the fact that LeAnn
Rimes was only 13 years old. Like Tanya Tucker and Brenda Lee before
her, she had a hit with her debut single and was barely a teenager at
the time. It was quite an auspicious way to begin a career.
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There may have been other retro rock artists before Lenny Kravitz came
along, but he was one of the first to not be stereotyped to a certain
style as he?s tested such genres as soul, reggae, hard rock, funk,
folk, ballads and psychedelic over the years. Born to actress Roxie
Roker of the Jeffersons and a television producer father in New York
on May 26, 1964, Kravitz was raised in Los Angeles, where he found
himself in the midst of musical talent as a youngster due to his
parents? friendships with the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis,
Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Bobby Short, and among
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Linkin Park saw its beginnings in emcee/vocalist Mike Shinoda's small
bedroom studio, where he and Brad Delson recorded the band's first
material in 1996. The two had attended high school together, where
they met the band's drummer, Rob Bourdon. Shinoda hooked up with DJ
Joseph Hahn while studying illustration at Art Center College in
Pasadena. Meanwhile, attending UCLA, Delson shared an apartment with
bassist Phoenix, who left the band after college and returned a year
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LL Cool J might not have been rap's first artist, but he may well be
its most durable. In a career that's spanned more than 15 years, the
New York native has managed to navigate hip-hop's stormy waters and
create a body of work dotted with touchstones for up-and-comers in the
genre. Moreover, based on the evidence thus far, LL Cool J stands a
good chance of becoming the most respected actor ever to emerge from
the hip-hop landscape. Certainly, few artists in any style of music
have shown more ambition or a greater work ethic.
As the name implies, all of Lonestar's members drifted into Music City
from Texas. Dean Sams was working at the Country Music USA show at the
Opryland theme park when he began rounding up musicians for a band. By
late 1992, Sams had recruited singer-songwriter Richie McDonald and
vocalist John Rich, as well as two former members of the band Canyon
-- Michael Britt and Keech Rainwater.
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The object of cultish adoration for years, singer/songwriter Lucinda
Williams was universally hailed as a major talent by both critics and
fellow musicians, but it took quite some time for her to parlay that
respect into a measure of attention from the general public. Part of
the reason was her legendary perfectionism: Williams released records
only infrequently, often taking years to hone both the material and
the recordings thereof.
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Born and raised in New York by her mother, a former opera singer with
the New York City Opera and a vocal coach, Mariah Carey began singing
at age four. By the time she was in junior high school, she had begun
to write songs. After her high school graduation, she got her first
big break, singing backup for Brenda K. Starr, a break that led to her
signing with Columbia Records.
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"Marilyn Manson" (born Brian Warner on January 5, 1969), originally a
music journalist, is the vocalist and founding member of industrial
rock band Marilyn Manson. As a band, Marilyn Manson got their start in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1990 as "Marilyn Manson & the Spooky
Kids?. Marilyn Manson's early presentation had a more comic-bookish,
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Although she?s widely acknowledged as the premier female vocalist in
country music today, Martina McBride is not content to rest on her
impressive laurels, which include a shelf full of industry awards. The
petite powerhouse unveils a deeper, stronger, more confident sound on
her eighth studio album, Martina, proving that she may be in her
prime, but definitely not at her peak. Somehow, she?s managed to
improve upon near-perfection by focusing on what she does best:
delivering emotional performances of mature country songs with
poignant, timeless themes. Martina McBride continues to build on her
solid foundation of creating songs that instantly become today?s hits
and tomorrow?s standards.
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Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige came from humble beginnings. Born
in the Bronx, she spent her early childhood years in Savannah,
Georgia. Her family returned to New York when she was five years old,
and at the age of seven, she first began singing in a church choir.
Though Mary J. Blige has made reference to happy times in the church,
for the most part she experienced a tough upbringing in Yonkers'
Slowbam projects, which were nicknamed "Slow Bomb" by their tenants,
and for good reason.
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Upon the release of their debut album Yourself or Someone Like You in
the fall of 1996, Matchbox 20 was pigeonholed as one of the legions of
post-grunge guitar-bands that roamed the American pop scene in the
middle of the '90s. As their first single, "Push," climbed the charts,
it was widely assumed (at least by cynical critics) that they were a
one-hit wonder, but Yourself or Someone Like You continued to spin off
singles well into 1998. By that time, the group's blend of '70s arena
rock and early '90s American alterna-rock -- closer to Pearl Jam and
maybe REM than Nirvana -- had become the sound of mainstream American
rock. That transition slipped underneath the radar of many pop music
critics and fans.
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Mad season by Matchbox Twenty, the long-awaited second Melisma/Lava/Atlantic
release from Matchbox Twenty, stands as a great leap forward for one
of today's most compelling rock n' roll groups. Following the stunning
success of their explosive 1996 Lava/Atlantic debut, "YOURSELF OR
SOMEONE LIKE YOU," this soul-infused collection of modern classics
amply demonstrates the band's remarkably expressive range and power.
From the potent and powerful pop of "Black & White People" to the
turbulent "Angry" and "You Won't Be Mine," each of the new album's
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sound, as well as the singular mark of triple Grammy-winner Rob
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"The reason I put 'Lucky' as the first track," Melissa Etheridge says
of the title cut to her eighth album,? is also the reason I called the
album Lucky: I don't want anybody to have any false ideas that this
album is not an up album." She also could have called it When You Find
The One after its closing track, a lullaby-like paean to a new love.
Of the album's 13 new songs, nine of them bask in the glory of being
madly, deeply and hopelessly in love, injecting Lucky with a
lightheartedness not found on Melissa Etheridge's last outing, 2001's
Skin, which narrated the dissolution of a very public 12-year
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Michael Buble's introduction to the music of the swing era came to him
through his grandfather, who filled his grandson's ears with the
sounds of the Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and
others. As Michael Buble eagerly absorbed the recordings, he began to
realize that he wanted to be a singer and that this style of music,
virtually foreign to his own generation, was what he wanted to
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As Missy Elliott gets ready to drop her fifth incredible album in six
years, This Is Not A Test, there's no doubt that she's become one of
hip hop's cultural magnets in 2003, turning up in one of the most
talked about TV commercials of the year a Gap ad featuring Madonna, no
less and turning it out in this year's most infamous chorus line with
Christina, Britney, and, of course, Madonna.
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Modest Mouse is an American independent rock band. Modest Mouse was
formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by guitarist Isaac Brock,
drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy. Isaac Brock came up with
the name Modest Mouse after reading a book in which the author
described the working middle class as modest, mouse-like people.
The most compelling British pop star of the '80s, Morrissey (b.
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legendary pop group the Smiths were responsible for some of the most
thought-provoking and intelligent rock 'n' roll of the post-punk era.
Always quotable, always enmeshed in controversies regarding song
lyrics or deliberately provocative public statements, Morrissey proved
to be the wisest manipulator of the press since David Bowie had
invented Ziggy Stardust a decade earlier.
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The band that would become Motley Crue got it?s start in 1981 when two
musicians, Nikki Sixx, a bassist, and Tommy Lee, a drummer, combined
forced and started a new project. Mick Mars, a skilled guitarist, was
added to the newly formed group as was front man Vince Neil soon
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First rising to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000
Maniacs, Natalie Merchant subsequently enjoyed even greater success as
a solo performer as her plaintive vocals and literate, socially
conscious songs established her among the preeminent female performers
in contemporary pop.
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Neil Diamond built a career, first as a pop songwriter, and then as a
pop singer, that has withstood the changing fashions of music,
especially rock, over more than 25 years. Born in Brooklyn, Neil
Diamond was writing and recording in New York in his teens, though he
graduated from Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School and attended New
York University for a time. In 1965, he signed to Bang Records as an
artist while also working as a songwriter. In 1966, he reached the Top
Ten with his "Cherry, Cherry," while the Monkeys took his "I'm a
Believer" to #1. "Cherry, Cherry" was the first of five straight Top
20 hits, among them "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon."
When Nelly first debuted nationally in summer 2000, he seemed like a
novelty, but it quickly became apparent that he was, in fact, an
exceptional artist, a rapper with truly universal appeal. He wasn't
from the East or West Coast, and wasn't really from the Dirty South,
either. Rather, Nelly was from St. Louis, a Midwestern city halfway
between Minneapolis and New Orleans. His locale certainly informed his
rapping style, which was as much country as urban, and his dialect as
well, which was, similarly, as much Southern drawl as Midwestern
twang. Plus, Nelly never shied away from a pop-rap approach, embracing
a singalong vocal style that made his hooks incredibly catchy.
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Mike Kroeger, "We couldn't decide what to call ourselves and after
recording our first songs, we still didn't have a name. I was working
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When a group plays an industry show (where the label execs attend) a
recording contract is usually forthcoming. No Doubt's first crack at
the big time came just before Christmas in '87 at the Roxy in
Hollywood. But earlier that year, lead singer John Spence had shot
himself in an Anaheim park. Gwen Stefani made the move from backing to
lead vocals, but the group, still trying to recover, didn't do so
well. They decided to break up. But a couple of days later, they
reversed their decision.
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Ozzy Osbourne is all about thousands upon thousands of real people who
love a great time letting go. Getting crazy. Hearing the very best
loud and heavy music there is to hear. And not being enslaved like
sheep to the new trends and rules.
Pat Green was born in San Antonio and raised in Waco, Texas, the
eighth of nine siblings. His father was a stage actor, and Pat Green
fell in love with the musicals his father acted in.
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A diva in the tradition of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Whitney
Houston, Patti Labelle has been dishing out popular R&B/pop tunes for
close to forty years, accumulating gold records, fame, fans and wealth
in the process. From her early days as part of her self-titled
soul-group Labelle, to her departure to pursue a solo career, Patti
Labelle has remained as visible, and as talented, as her first day on
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Out of all the former Beatles, Paul McCartney by far had the most
successful solo career, maintaining a constant presence in the British
and American charts during the '70s and '80s. In America alone, he had
nine number one singles and seven number one albums during the first
12 years of his solo career. Although he sold records, McCartney never
attained much critical respect, especially when compared to his former
partner John Lennon.
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Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most
popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. After vocalist Andrew
Wood overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist
Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCready on lead
guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on drums.
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As the leader of Genesis in the early '70s, Peter Gabriel helped move
progressive rock to new levels of theatricality. In his solo career,
Peter Gabriel was no less ambitious, but he was more subtle in his
methods. With his first eponymous solo album in 1977, he began
exploring darker, more cerebral territory, incorporating avant-garde,
electronic, and world beat influences into his music. The record, as
well as its two similarly titled successors, established Peter Gabriel
as a critically acclaimed cult artist, and with 1982's Security, he
began to move into the mainstream; "Shock the Monkey" became his first
Top 40 hit, paving the way for his multi-platinum breakthrough So in
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Phil Collins' ascent to the status of one of the most successful pop
and adult-contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond was probably as
much of a surprise to him as it was to many others. Balding and
diminutive, Phil Collins was almost 30 years old when his first solo
single, "In the Air Tonight," became a #2 hit in his native U.K. (the
song was a Top 20 hit in the U.S.). Between 1984 and 1990, Phil
Collins had a string of 13 straight U.S. Top Ten hits.
Like the Grateful Dead before them, Phish have established an
impressive reputation of tireless touring, dazzling improvisation and
innovative rock 'n' roll.
Combining jagged, roaring guitars and stop-start dynamics with melodic
pop hooks, intertwining male-female harmonies and evocative, cryptic
lyrics, the Pixies were one of the most influential American
alternative rock bands of the late '80s. The Pixies weren't
accomplished musicians -- Black Francis wailed and bashed out chords
while Joey Santiago's lead guitar squealed out spirals of noise.
Radiohead was one of the few alternative bands of the early '90s to
draw heavily from the grandiose arena-rock that characterized U2's
early albums. But Radiohead internalized that epic sweep, turning it
inside out to tell tortured, twisted tales of angst and alienation.
Vocalist Thom Yorke's pained lyrics were brought to life by the
group's three-guitar attack, which relied on texture -- borrowing as
much from My Bloody Valentine and Pink Floyd as R.E.M. and the Pixies
-- instead of virtuosity.
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Randy Travis marks a generational shift in country music. When his
Storms of Life came out in 1986, country music was still wallowing in
the post-urban cowboy recession, chasing elusive crossover dreams.
Randy Travis brought the music back to its basics, sounding like
nothing so much as a perfect blend of George Jones and Merle Haggard.
He became the dominant male voice in country until the rise of "hat
acts" like Garth Brooks and Clint Black, releasing seven consecutive
number one singles during one stretch. He won the CMA's Horizon Award
in 1986 and was the association's Male Vocalist of the Year in 1987
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The origins of Rascal Flatts began with co-founders, Gary LeVox and
Jay DeMarcus, second cousins and close friends from Columbus, Ohio. "I
grew up in a very musical family," says Jay DeMarcus about his musical
roots. "My earliest memories are of us sitting around the living room
on Friday and Saturday nights and everybody coming around to the house
and picking up whatever instrument was lying around and playing music
all night long."
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Nothing about Reba McEntire?s entry into country music in 1976
foreshadowed the enormous achievements she would make as an
entertainer and businesswoman. From the mid-1980s until the late
1990s, she was clearly the dominant female presence in the country
format. By the time she fell victim to changing musical tastes, she
had already extended her talents to acting.
REM mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When
their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981 it
sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground.
While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the US during
the early '80s, REM brought guitar-pop back into the underground
lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics
and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band
simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Though there were no
overt innovations in their music, REM had an identity and sense of
purpose that transformed the American underground.
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Among the large contingent of talented songwriters who emerged in
Texas in the 1980s and 1990s, Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual
balance between sensitive story portraits ("Corpus Christi Bay") and
raucous barroom fun ("That Buckin' Song"). These two song types in
Robert Earl Keen's output were unified by a mordant sense of humor
that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become
known as alternative country music.
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Roderick David Stewart" (born January 10, 1945) is an English singer
from Scottish descent. Minutes before Rod Stewart was born in Highgate,
London, a German V2 rocket exploded into the Police Station right down
the street, maybe a sign that this baby was going to be a big hit.
Stewart was the youngest of five children born to Robert and Elsie
Stewart. His parents owned a newsagent's shop in North London, and the
family resided above the shop.
Over the course of their decades-spanning career, the Canadian power
trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly-regarded bands;
although typically brushed aside by critics and rare recipients of
mainstream pop radio airplay, the group nonetheless won an impressive
and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills
solidified their standing as musicians' musicians.
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Broadway star Sarah Brightman was the inspiration behind such stage
hits as Phantom of the Opera and Requiem, written in her honor by
ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber. Born August 14, 1960 in Berkhampstead,
England, Sarah Brightman began dancing at the age of three and ten
years later made her London theatrical debut in Charles Strouse's I
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Sarah McLachlan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1968 but wasn't
discovered by record executives until fronting a new wave band in
Vancouver in 1985. Her first album, Touch, was released in 1988 and
went gold in Canada, establishing Sarah McLachlan as a sensitive young
singer-songwriter with an affecting voice and a down-to-earth, shy
genuineness that immediately struck a chord with her ever-expanding
The Scorpions are a German-bred hard rock band became one of the
biggest attractions in the 1980's heavy metal scene with
radio-friendly hits like "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "No One Like
You," "Big City Nights" and "Winds Of Change." Founded by shrieking,
frizzy-haired vocalist Klaus Meine and flamboyant, spandex-clad rhythm
guitarist Rudolph Schenker, the Scorpions have had many
interchangeable sidemen over the years.
Eight years into their career, the Hives rose from garage rock
stalwarts to one of the trendiest bands of the early 2000s, along with
the Strokes and the White Stripes. Mixing arty contrivances such as a
strict black-and-white dress code and the guidance of a (possibly
imaginary) Svengali named Randy Fitzsimmons with Stooges-inspired
rock, the Hives -- Nicholaus Arson, Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt
Destruction, Vigilante Carlstroem, and Howlin' Pelle Almqvist --
formed in 1993 in Fagersta, Sweden, while they were still in their
teens. After signing with a subsidiary of the Burning Heart label in
1995, they released their debut EP, Oh Lord! When? How?, the following
Upon the release of their first album in the late '70s, Tom Petty &
the Heartbreakers were shoehorned into the punk/new wave movement by
some observers, who picked up on the tough, vibrant energy of the
group's blend of Byrds riffs and Stonesy swagger. In a way, the
categorization made sense. Compared to the heavy metal and art-rock
that dominated mid-'70s guitar-rock, the Tom Petty?s bracing return to
roots was nearly as unexpected as the crashing chords of the Clash.
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Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female
singer/songwriters who combined the stark lyrical attack of
alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach. Her music
falls between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the
stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition to reviving the
singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s, Amos revived the piano as a
rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album, Little Earthquakes, Tori
Amos built a dedicated following that continued to expand with her
second album, Under the Pink.
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"With every album, I try to better myself. I'm a perfectionist and
with the success of my last record, I wasn't sure about where my
growth should be - as a performer, as a vocalist. I always felt like I
held something back on my albums - on every album, I was playing a
'role'. This time, I decided to shake my fears and allow my
personality to come through. I've really 'lived' this album: I'm in a
healthy place right now. I'm 25-years old and I'm dealing with my
responsibilities as a man and I'm not afraid to speak, to be realistic
and talk about the issues men deal with [in relationships]."
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Velvet Revolver began with a spring 2002 jam session that reunited
ex-Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and
Matt Sorum (drums) on-stage. With the discovery that their chemistry
was still going strong, the Velvet Revolver trio began pushing around
some new music and auditioning singers for what became known as "The
Project." Early entries included ex-Buckcherry shouter Josh Todd, and
Neurotica's Kelly Shaefer; both became acquainted with the cutting
room floor. By early 2003, "The Project"'s existence -- and Velvet
Revolver?s quest for a singer -- was common knowledge, so much so that
VH1 sent cameras to document the search.
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Detroit minimalist rock duo the White Stripes -- Jack White, guitar
and vocals, Meg White, drums -- formed in 1997 (Bastille Day, to be
precise) with the idea of making simple rock & roll music. From the
red and white peppermint candy motif of the White Stripes? debut
singles, self-titled album, and stage show to their on-the-surface
rudimentary style, they succeeded wildly and immediately with that
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As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in
post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn't become a star until
the mid-'70s, Nelson spent the '60s writing songs that became hits for
stars like Ray Price ("Night Life"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron
Young ("Hello Walls"), and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away")
as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that
earned him a small, but devoted, cult following.
Yanni's grandiose keyboard style is both accessible and exciting, two
elements that have led to his success in the realm of
adult-alternative radio. His explosive, pop-influenced instrumentals
and romantic pianistic ballads have also made him a popular touring
and recording artist for the Private Music label.
Yes was the quintessential English art-rock band, with all the excess
and all the glory that entails. Loaded with too much virtuosity, too
many ideas and too many personnel changes for one band to deal with,
Yes has produced its share of spotty albums over the past 20 years.
Yet during its classic period (lasting between 1970's The Yes Album
and 1977's Going For The One), Yes was almost consistently inspired.