Before Beyoncé was dominating the music charts as the unstoppable force that she is, she was just the fresh-faced lead singer of the all-girl trio, Destiny’s Child. Paul McCartney spent his younger years taking the world by storm alongside his Beatles bandmates. Prior to owning all of those suits and ties, Justin Timberlake was the platinum blonde,
Before he was “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin was a teenage triple-threat back in his native land of Puerto Rico. After five years and 11 albums with his boy band, Menudo, Martin found himself conflicted between his homosexuality and his designated role as the band’s sex symbol. His subsequent departure from the group allowed him the freedom to pursue dreams of solo success, releasing Spanish-language albums when he wasn’t busy acting in plays, telenovelas, soap operas, and even Broadway shows. His 1999 first English-language, self-titled album was not only certified platinum seven
Stevie Nicks has earned her place in music history and her title as the Queen of Rock ‘n' Roll. Between the Fleetwood Mac’s success and Nick's solo work, the Singer has released 16 albums, selling more than 140 million copies. While she was still a part of the band, Nicks released her 1981 solo record, Bella Donna, which was certified platinum within its first three months on the charts. Her unique vocals aside, Nicks’ love of mid-set wardrobe changes, makeup, and use of delicate
If it weren’t for Diddy signing R&B group B2K to Bad Boy Entertainment, the world may have never experienced the magic that is “Bump, Bump, Bump” or dance flick You Got Served. But the time came for the boys to part ways with their frontman, giving rise to Omarion Grandberry’s music career. With the help of some of
Not many musicians experience going platinum with their very first record, but alternative rockers Matchbox Twenty are one of the few exceptions. Their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, featured several 1996 Top 40 Radio hits, like “3 A.M.” and “Real World.” Lead singer Rob Thomas’ sultry vocals and songwriting prowess became more and more polished over time, eventually landing him in the studio with famed guitarist Carlos Santana for their triple Grammy-winning hit, “Smooth.” During Matchbox Twenty’s hiatuses between records, Thomas took on several independent projects. He released ...Something to Be in 2005 and 2009’s Cradlesong during his time away from the band. Thomas was awarded the first ever Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame for “young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry.”
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