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Madonna at the premiere of I Am Because We Are at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Madonna Louise Ciccone
August 16, 1958 (age 57)
Bay City, Michigan, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names
Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
(Catholic confirmation name)
Alma mater University of Michigan
Singer songwriter actress businesswoman author director record producer philanthropist dancer
Years active 1979–present
Home town Rochester Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Net worth U.S. $520 million (May 2015 estimate)
Sean Penn (m. 1985; div. 1989)
Guy Ritchie (m. 2000; div. 2008)
Partner Carlos Leon (1995–97)
Children 4
Relatives Christopher Ciccone (brother)
Musical career
Pop electronic rock
Vocals guitar
Sire Warner Bros. Maverick Live Nation Interscope
Associated acts
Breakfast Club Emmy
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Madonna Louise Ciccone (/tʃɪˈkoʊni/; Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]) (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions, which have generated some controversy. Often referred to as the “Queen of Pop”, she is cited as an influence by numerous other artists around the world.

Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire Records (an auxiliary label of Warner Bros. Records) in 1982 and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Throughout her career, Madonna has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Into the Groove”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.

Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by her film roles, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), and Evita (1996); the latter earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. However, most of her other films have been panned by critics. Her other ventures include fashion design, writing children’s books, and filmmaking. She has been acclaimed as a businesswoman, particularly after she founded entertainment company Maverick (including the label Maverick Records). In 2007 she signed an unprecedented US $120 million 360 deal with Live Nation.

Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) listed her as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second best-selling female artist in the United States, with 64.5 million certified albums. According to Billboard, Madonna is the top touring female artist of all time, grossing over a billion dollars from her concerts. She was ranked at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart. Madonna became one of the five founding members of the UK Music Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.

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Leo Sayer


Leo Sayer in 2009
Background information
Birth name Gerard Hugh Sayer
Born 21 May 1948 (age 67)
Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, UK
Pop rock pop rock soft rock disco
Musician singer-songwriter entertainer
Vocals guitar harmonica
Years active 1973–present
Labels Chrysalis (United Kingdom)
Warner Bros. and Rhino (United States)
Universal (Aus)
Associated acts Roger Daltrey
Notable instruments
Leo Sayer (born Gerard Hugh Sayer; 21 May 1948) is a British-born singer-songwriter musician, and entertainer (now an Australian citizen and resident) whose singing career has spanned four decades.

Sayer launched his career in the UK in the early 1970s and became a top singles and album act on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s. His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom all reached the Top 10 – a feat first registered by his first manager, Adam Faith. His songs have been sung by other notable artists, including Cliff Richard’s, “Dreamin'”.

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Joan Jett


Joan Jett in 2013.
Background information
Birth name Joan Marie Larkin
Also known as Joan Jett
Born September 22, 1958 (age 57)
Origin Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Rock, hard rock, punk rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, musician, actress, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1975–present
Labels Blackheart, Epic, Boardwalk, MCA, CBS, Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Runaways, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Notable instruments
Gibson Melody Maker
Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin; September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song “Cherry Bomb”. The Blackhearts’ record “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982. Their other popular recordings include “Crimson and Clover”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me”, “Light of Day”, “Love Is All Around” and “Bad Reputation”.

Jett has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has three albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold, and has been a feminist icon throughout her career. She is considered by the Toronto Sun as the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll.[8] She is also known as the Godmother of Punk.[9] In 2015, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Grace Jones


Jones in performance, 2011
Born Grace Beverly Jones
19 May 1948 (age 67)
Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica
Other names Grace Mendoza
Alma mater Onondaga Community College
Singer songwriter lyricist model record producer actress
Years active 1973–present
Home town Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Religion Pentecostalism
Atila Altaunbay (m. 1996)
Children 1
Relatives Noel Jones (brother)
Website Facebook Grace Jones
Musical career
R&B disco reggae electronic new wave
Instruments Vocals
Island Manhatan Capitol Wall of Sound/PIAS
Grace Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican singer, lyricist, supermodel, record producer, and actress. She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and raised by her grandparents. At 13 she moved with her siblings to their parents’ home in Syracuse, New York. Jones started out as a model, initially in New York state, then in Paris, working for Yves St. Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Stern working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer.

In 1977 Jones secured a record deal with Island Records; she moved into dance and new wave music, often collaborating with the Compass Point All Stars. She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with “Pull Up to the Bumper”, “I’ve Seen That Face Before”, “Private Life”, “Slave to the Rhythm” and “I’m Not Perfect”. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).

She appeared in some low-budget films in the U.S. during the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1984 she made her first mainstream appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas, and subsequently appeared in the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill as May Day. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl.

In 1983, Jones’ One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated for Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lorde, Róisín Murphy, Brazilian Girls, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx.

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Evelyn “Champagne” King

Also known as Evelyn King
Born July 1, 1960 (age 55)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres R&B/Soul, Disco, Post–Disco, Pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–present
Labels RCA (US, Canada, UK)
EMI America
RNB Entertainment Group
Associated acts Thelma Houston, Cheryl Lynn, Kashif, The System
Evelyn “Champagne” King (born July 1, 1960) is an American R&B/Soul, disco and post–disco singer. She is best known for her R&B single “Shame” which was released in 1978. King had other hits from the late– 1970s through the mid–1980s including; “I’m in Love” (1981) and “Love Come Down” (1982).

The Beatles 1970/1972

The Once Paul McCarney officially left The Beatles, then the attorneys came out and everyone was suing each other and no one had any money for The Beatles royalties were frozen.

All four had hit songs on the charts.


  1. John Lennon; Instead Karma
  2. Paul McCarney; Maybe I’m Amazed
  3. George Harrison; My Sweet Lord, What Is Life
  4. Ringo Starr; Early 1970


  1. John Lennon; Imagine
  2. Paul McCarney; Another Day, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  3. George Harrison;
  4. Ringo Starr; Beaucoups Of Blues

The former Beatles made hits, but it’s not like was.

It’s not their fault, they had money problems and having trouble with The US Government staying in The USA, to worry about hit records !!!

Bonnie Tyler

Birth name Gaynor Hopkins
Born 8 June 1951 (age 64)
Skewen, Neath, Wales
Rock pop country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975–present
RCA Columbia Hansa EastWest CMC Sony Stick Music Celtic Swan Recordings
Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer. She is known for her distinctive husky voice, resulting from an operation to remove vocal nodules in the mid-1970s. Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles “Lost in France” and “More Than a Lover”. Her 1978 single “It’s a Heartache” reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In the 1980s, Tyler ventured into rock music with songwriter and producer Jim Steinman. He wrote Tyler’s biggest hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart'”, the lead single from her 1983 UK chart topping album Faster Than the Speed of Night. Steinman also wrote Tyler’s other major 1980s hit “Holding Out for a Hero”. She had success in mainland Europe during the 1990s with German producer Dieter Bohlen, releasing three albums. In 2003, Tyler re-recorded “Total Eclipse of the Heart” with singer Kareen Antonn. Their bilingual duet topped the French charts.

Her latest album Rocks and Honey was released in 2013 and features the single “Believe in Me” which she performed representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Both “It’s a Heartache” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” are among the best-selling singles of all time, with sales in excess of six million each. Her work has earned her three Grammy Award nominations and three Brit Award nominations, among other accolades.

Annie Lennox

Birth name Ann Lennox
Born 25 December 1954 (age 61)
Origin Aberdeen, Scotland
Pop pop rock rock soul blue-eyed soul new wave R&B synthpop electronica adult contemporary jazz
Singer songwriter activist humanitarian ambassador
Vocals piano
Years active 1976–present
RCA Arista (1981–2009)
Island Decca (2010–)
Associated acts
The Catch The Tourists Eurythmics
Annie Lennox, OBE (born 25 December 1954), born Ann Lennox, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics. With a total of eight Brit Awards, including Best British Female Artist six times, Lennox has won more than any other female artist. She has also been named the “Brits Champion of Champions”.

Lennox embarked on a solo career in 1992 with her debut album, Diva, which produced several hit singles including “Why” and “Walking on Broken Glass”. To date, she has released six solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection (2009). Aside from her eight Brit Awards, she has also collected four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Into the West”, written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, notable for raising money and awareness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa. In 2011, Lennox was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her “tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes”. On 4 June 2012 she performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Lennox performed the song “Little Bird” during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London on 12 August 2012.

Lennox has been named “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2012, she was rated No. 22 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. She has earned the distinction of “most successful female British artist in UK music history” due to her commercial success since the early 1980s. As of June 2008, including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide.

Angie Stone


Angie Stone Stockholm 2010
Background information
Birth name Angela Laverne Brown
Born December 18, 1961 (age 54)
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Genres Soul, neo soul
Occupations singer-songwriter, record producer, actress
Instruments Singing, keyboards
Years active 1979–present
Labels Arista, J, Stax, Saguaro Road
Associated acts The Sequence, Vertical Hold, Mantronix, Devox, Joss Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Dr. Dre
Angie Stone (born Angela Laverne Brown; December 18, 1961) is an American recording artist, producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1970s as member of the hip hop trio The Sequence. Soon after, Stone began working with futuristic rap group Mantronix and singer Lenny Kravitz. In the early 1990s, she became a member of the R&B trio Vertical Hold.

In 1999, Stone released her solo debut album Black Diamond on Arista Records, which was certified gold and spawned the R&B single “No More Rain (In This Cloud)”. After the transition to J Records, she released another gold selling album, 2001’s Mahogany Soul, which included “Wish I Didn’t Miss You”, Stone’s most successful single. She has since released five albums: Stone Love (2004), The Art of Love & War (2007), Unexpected (2010), Rich Girl (2012), and Dream (2015). Stone has appeared on television shows such as VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club and TV One’s R&B Divas, and starred in movies such as The Fighting Temptations, Pastor Brown and School Gyrls.

Stone has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. She has been most successful on the R&B charts, with four top 10 albums, including a number one, and 10 singles, including a top 10. She has sold over 9.4 million albums in the U.S. and over ten million worldwide.[citation needed]

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Alicia Bridges

July 15, 1953 (age 62)
Origin Lawndale, North Carolina, United States
Genres Disco
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1977–present
Alicia Bridges (born July 15, 1953) is an American singer who co-wrote and performed her international hit “I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)” in 1978.

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