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George Michael

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George Michael performing during his 25 Live tour in 2008.

Birth name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Born 25 June 1963 (age 52)
East Finchley, London, England
Genres
Post-disco dance-pop blue-eyed soul pop
Occupations
Musician singer songwriter record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1981–present
Labels
Aegean Columbia Sony
Associated acts
Wham! Band Aid Boogie Box High Aretha Franklin Elton John Mary J. Blige Mutya Buena Whitney Houston
Website georgemichael.com
Notable instruments
Piano
John Lennon model “Z” Steinway
George Michael’s voice

from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 5 October 2007.
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (born 25 June 1963), known professionally by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to fame during the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop. He has also been characterised as a blue eyed soul singer, although his material draws more from middle of the road pop than soul music.

Michael has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has on its own sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All Time Artists list.

Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.

In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004. The documentary A Different Story, released in 2005, covered his career and personal life. In 2006, George Michael announced his first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007 and 2008).

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Fergie

Birth name Stacy Ann Ferguson
Born March 27, 1975 (age 41)
Hacienda Heights, California, United States
Origin California, United States
Genres
Hip hop pop R&B
Occupations
Singer songwriter rapper actress television host fashion designer
Instruments
Vocals piano guitar
Years active 1984–present
Labels
will.i.am Interscope
Associated acts
Wild Orchid The Black Eyed Peas
Website www.fergie.com
Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson (born March 27, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, television host, and actress. She is the female vocalist for the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, with whom she has achieved chart success worldwide. Her debut solo album, The Dutchess (2006), spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, three of which went to number one.

Ferguson was a member of the children’s television series Kids Incorporated and the girl group Wild Orchid. In 2001, she left the group and in the subsequent year began to team up with The Black Eyed Peas. With The Black Eyed Peas, she enjoyed a series of hits and albums before she released her solo debut album in September 2006 to success. The Black Eyed Peas enjoyed further success with the release of their third album with Ferguson, The E.N.D. (2009); they attained their first string of Billboard Hot 100 number one songs. She began touring in 2009/2010 with her group and she launched her debut fragrance, Outspoken, under Avon in May 2010 and has since released three more fragrances.

She continued success with The Black Eyed Peas and they released the album The Beginning (2010), which featured three singles, including two number one songs. As Ferguson’s five solo singles and six singles with The Black Eyed Peas have reached two million downloads in the United States, Ferguson was the artist with the most two-million sellers by the beginning of 2011.

David Guetta

Birth name Pierre David Guetta
Born 7 November 1967 (age 48)
Paris, France
Genres
EDM house progressive house electro house dance-pop
Occupations
DJ record producer remixer
Instruments
Piano Logic Pro
Years active 1984–present
Labels
What A Music Big Beat/Atlantic Parlophone Virgin Capitol Ultra Gum Fuck Me I’m Famous Jack Back GUT
Associated acts
Avicii Sebastian Ingrosso Steve Angello Alesso Redfoo Sia Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha Afrojack Chris Willis Kelly Rowland Sam Martin Skylar Grey Nicky Romero Showtek Chris Brown Fetty Wap Ludacris GLOWINTHEDARK
Website davidguetta.com
Pierre David Guetta (French pronunciation: [daˌvid geˈta]; born 7 November 1967) is a French DJ, record producer and remixer. He co-founded Gum Productions with Lisa Dodgson and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007).

Guetta achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album One Love which included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over”, “Gettin’ Over You”, “Sexy Bitch”, and “Memories”, the first three of which reached number one in the United Kingdom. The 2011 follow-up album, Nothing but the Beat, continued this success, containing the hit singles “Where Them Girls At”, “Little Bad Girl”, “Without You”, “Titanium” and “Turn Me On”. He is among the first DJs to get into the EDM scene and is known as the “Grandfather of EDM”.

Guetta has sold over nine million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. In 2011 Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the ‘DJ Mag Top 100 DJs’ fan poll.

In 2013, Billboard crowned “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.

Alannah Myles

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Alannah Byles
Born December 25, 1958 (age 57)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, Pop, Blues
Occupation Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 1989–present
Labels Atlantic Records
Website www.alannahmyles.com
Alannah Myles (born December 25, 1958) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and the daughter of Canadian broadcast pioneer William Douglas Byles (1914–1988), who was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 1997.

She changed her surname to Myles at age 19 after deciding to pursue a career in entertainment. Appearances in TV commercials paid for music demos which weathered countless rejections from her homeland, Canada, until she recorded masters for three songs; “Who Loves You” and a video demo for “Just One Kiss” directed by photographer Deborah Samuel. With matched financing from songwriting collaborator, Much Music (City TV) DJ and program director Christopher Ward and FACTOR, she signed her first record contract with Atlantic Records in 1987.

In fall of 1987, Warner Music Canada’s director of artists and repertoire (A&R) Bob Roper sent the three-song video package to all of Warner Music Group’s U.S. affiliates which garnered a seven-eight year contract from Atlantic Records (WMG) sight unseen by head of A&R Tunc Erim and Atlantic label founder Ahmet Ertegun. Myles quit a lucrative acting career, co-wrote and recorded the remainder of her first album with collaborator Christopher Ward and producer David Tyson. In 1989, Atlantic Records released her self titled debut album and Myles toured internationally for 18 months. Her first album was awarded the Diamond Award for sales of over one million units; she is the only Canadian debut artist to attain that award. Her first album was reported to have sold upwards of six million copies internationally and remains a classic-selling album to date.

Myles’ eponymous debut album achieved top 10 hits in several countries around the world beginning with “Love Is”, “Still Got This Thing For You”, The only single to hit number one in 1990 in Canada was “Lover of Mine”. Alannah’s fourth American 1990 single, “Black Velvet.” hit number one for two weeks with a bullet on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 Chart to become a worldwide classic radio hit. It also won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

In 1992, Myles was nominated for a second Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the title track “Rockinghorse”, the flip side of lead off single, “Song Instead of a Kiss” from her second CD Rockinghorse. “Song Instead Of A Kiss” was a 60-piece orchestrated ballad that reached number one on several radio stations around the globe but was met with little response in America, whose audiences were accustomed to “that slow southern style” of Black Velvet.[citation needed]

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The Beatles 2002/2004

I’m disappointed with Paul McCartney, because he wrote a song about John Lennon when he died, but nothing for George Harrison.

I know Ringo Starr doesn’t have the the talent of writing songs like the others, but he could have done something, so I’m disappointed in him as well.

The Beatles are dead Rest In Peace !!!

The Beatles 2000/2002

George Harrison is dead (Thursday, November 29, 2001) and now if Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr ever get together, then they can’t be called The Beatles.

Their was hope the three remaining Beatles can continue, since all three The Anthology double CD’s all went to number one, it might continue with recordings of John Lennon.

I’m sorry, I still wish that The Beatles would continue, and I felt shellfish, for keeping them together in my mind.

They have their own lives and I know that, and their families must grief for their lost, but I still miss them, and I still have their recordings and I lived through it and now I must move on to The Rolling Stones, for their nothing more to text about.
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The Beatles 1998/2000

Every performer and every musical group has a greatest hits album, many times over, but The Beatles never had one. I know that The Red Album and The Blue Album is supposed to be that, but it really wasn’t. Not until 1 came out was there an official greatest hits CD of The Beatles, I wonder why it took so long to be made, but I’m not complaining because it’s great and I’m happy to have it !!!

The Beatles 1996/1998

I’m so happy that two more double CD’s of The Beatles Anthology came out as well as the video version of The Beatles Anthology. I bought them all, before anyone else that I knew got it.

John Lennon Anthology came out in 1997, but I’m waiting for the other three Anthologies to come out, I wish it was soon !!!

The Beatles 1994/1996

1994

Theirs been rumors that their be a new Beatles album with new music by all four Beatles, including The Late John Lennon and everyone was waiting for its release. Time went by and no word about its release date. Then a new Beatles album came out, but wasn’t what the hype was about. The Beatles Live At The BBC was a disappointment to what we hoped to have new music from The Beatles.

The Beatles Live At The BBC was great for me. I just went in the CD store and bought it and I wouldn’t care if I had to come back for the case that it came in. I played it until my ears bleed out over and over again. I listened to the lnterview and the songs, until I can recite it note for note on the double CD, and I didn’t care what people think of me. I know I’m crazy, so why stick around and hear their remarks about me.

I live near a college frathouse, and at night they’d be playing Rap Music and drinking. Neighbors would complain, but I don’t. I got something better, each night I would play Grace Jones and Yoko Ono and the frathouse couldn’t hear their music.

Can they complain or call the police (that would be funny), no they have to lower their music and wait for me to do the same, which if their blessed, it be for another hour I want to listen to Weird Al Yankovic, Spike Jones, Latoya Jackson, just to name a few before I stop. It’s hard to find anything that can top me and seeing that I own their house, it wouldn’t be good to try it. However playing The Beatles Live At The BBC over and over and over again without stopping, might be too much for them, or maybe they were quite for a week or two, just to listen to it as well. The neighbors thanked me, but my tenants moved out, and I wonder why !!!

 

1995

Now the album that everyone was waiting for The Beatles Anthology 1 album with a new Beatles song, mainly written by John Lennon. This double CD was all I ever wished to have that year and I weared it down and I’m glad that I still have it and I hope the second one will come out soon !!!

The Beatles 1992/1994

The song Love Me Do is thirty years old and I have the 12″45 to prove it. On the 12″45 is the first time all three release recordings have been on one package plus an interview with Pete Best and Alan White  discussing the song together. Don’t you wish you were me and have this out of print 12″45 ???

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