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The Cardigans

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The Cardigans performing in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 2006
Background information
Origin Jönköping, Sweden
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock, indie rock, indie pop
Years active 1992–present
(hiatus: 2007–2011)
Labels MCA, Mercury, Minty Fresh, Stockholm, Universal
Associated acts A Camp, Righteous Boy, Paus, Brothers of End
Website www.cardigans.com
Members Lars-Olof Johansson
Bengt Lagerberg
Nina Persson
Magnus Sveningsson
Peter Svensson
The Cardigans are a Swedish rock band formed in Jönköping, Sweden, in 1992, by guitarist Peter Svensson, bassist Magnus Sveningsson, drummer Bengt Lagerberg, keyboardist Lars-Olof Johansson and lead singer Nina Persson, with the line-up remaining unchanged to this day.

Their debut album Emmerdale (1994) gave them a solid base in their home country and enjoyed some success abroad, especially in Japan. It was not until their second album Life (1995) that an international reputation was secured. Their popularity rose when their single “Lovefool”, from the album First Band on the Moon (1996), was included in the soundtrack to the 1996 film version of Romeo + Juliet. Other singles included “Erase/Rewind” and “My Favourite Game” from the album Gran Turismo (1998). After a two-year hiatus the band returned recording and releasing their fourth album Long Gone Before Daylight (2003) a mellower country-laden record. Their last album Super Extra Gravity (2005), a continuation of the country music infused by pop sensibility and further maturing in the band’s sound, was the best-selling Swedish album of that year.[citation needed] After a 2006 tour, the band embarked on a long five-year break from musical activities, before reuniting in 2012 to play several concerts. Overall the band sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

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Fugees

The Rap Translators, also later known as Tranzlator Crew, Refugee Camp
Origin South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, soul, reggae fusion
Years active 1992-1997, 2004–2006
Labels Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Website www.thefugees.com
Past members Lauryn Hill
Wyclef Jean
Pras Michel
Fugees /ˈfuːdʒiːz/ (sometimes The Fugees; formerly Tranzlator Crew) were an American hip hop group who rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae. The members of the group were rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer/producer Lauryn Hill, and rapper/producer Pras Michel. Deriving their name from the term refugee, Jean is Haitian, while Hill and Michel are American.

The group recorded two albums—one of which, The Score (1996), was a multi-Platinum and Grammy-winning success and contains their hit single “Killing Me Softly”—before disbanding in 1997. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers; Michel focused on soundtrack recordings and acting, though he found commercial success with his song “Ghetto Supastar”. In 2007, MTV ranked them the 9th greatest Hip-hop group of all time.

Little Big Town

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Little Big Town performing live on February 28, 2008. (L-R: Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman)
Background information
Origin Homewood, Alabama, United States
Genres Country
Years active 1998–present
Labels
Mercury Nashville Monument Equity Capitol Nashville
Website www.littlebigtown.com
Members
Karen Fairchild Kimberly Roads Schlapman Phillip Sweet Jimi Westbrook
Little Big Town is an American country music vocal group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its foundation: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman (née Kimberly Roads), Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. Their musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all four members alternating as lead singers; Westbrook and Sweet also play rhythm guitar.

After a recording deal with the Mercury Nashville Records label which produced no singles or albums, Little Big Town released its self-titled debut on Monument Records in 2002. It produced two minor country chart singles before the group left the label. By 2005, the group had been signed to Equity Music Group, an independent record label owned by Clint Black. Their second album, The Road to Here, was released that year, and received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). A Place to Land, their third album, was released via Equity, then re-released via Capitol Nashville after Equity closed in 2008. Three more albums have followed for Capitol: The Reason Why (2010), Tornado (2012), and Pain Killer (2014). All of their albums have accounted for 18 singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the No. 1 singles “Pontoon” and “Girl Crush”, along with the top 10 hits “Boondocks”, “Bring It On Home”, “Little White Church”, “Tornado”, and “Day Drinking”.

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Jars Of Clay

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Greenville, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Christian rock, pop rock, alternative rock, acoustic rock
Years active 1993–present
Labels Essential/Silvertone, Gray Matters/Nettwerk
Website jarsofclay.com
Members Dan Haseltine
Stephen Mason
Matthew Odmark
Charlie Lowell
Past members Matt Bronleewe
Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.

Jars of Clay consists of Dan Haseltine on vocals, Charlie Lowell on piano and keyboards, Stephen Mason on lead guitars and Matthew Odmark on rhythm guitars. Although the band has no permanent drummer or bassist, Jeremy Lutito and Gabe Ruschival of Disappointed By Candy fill these roles for live concerts. Past tour band members include Aaron Sands, Scott Savage, and Joe Porter. Jars of Clay’s style is a blend of alternative rock, folk, acoustic, and R&B.

The band’s name is derived from the New International Version’s translation of 2 Corinthians 4:7:

“ But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. ”
This verse is paraphrased in their song “Four Seven”, which appears as a hidden track on the CD release of their self-titled album.

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Density Child

Also known as Girl’s Tyme (predebut)
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres
R&B soul pop
Years active 1990–2006
Labels
Elektra Columbia
Website destinyschild.com
Past members Beyoncé Knowles
Kelly Rowland
Michelle Williams
LaTavia Roberson
LeToya Luckett
Farrah Franklin
Destiny’s Child was an American R&B girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1990 in Houston, Texas, Destiny’s Child members began their musical endeavors as Girl’s Tyme comprising, among others, Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. After years of limited success, they were signed in 1996 to Columbia Records as Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child was launched into mainstream recognition following the 1999 release of their best-selling second album, The Writing’s on the Wall, which contained the number-one singles “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name”. Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Roberson and Luckett attempted to split from the group’s manager Mathew Knowles, citing favoritism of Knowles and Rowland.

Both Roberson and Luckett were soon replaced with Williams and Farrah Franklin; however, in 2000, Franklin left, leaving the group as a trio. Their third album, Survivor, which contains themes the public interpreted as a channel to the group’s experience, contains the worldwide hits “Independent Women”, “Survivor” and “Bootylicious”. In 2002, they announced a hiatus and re-united two years later for the release of their fourth and final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004). Destiny’s Child has sold more than 60 million records worldwide to date. Billboard magazine ranks the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time, the ninth most successful artist/band of the 2000s, and placed the group 68th in its All-Time Hot 100 Artists list in 2008.

Blond Redhead

Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, dream pop, psychedelic rock, nu-gaze, experimental rock, noise rock (early)
Years active 1993–present
Labels Smells Like, Touch & Go, 4AD
Website www.blonde-redhead.com
Members Kazu Makino
Amedeo Pace
Simone Pace
Past members Maki Takahashi
Toko Yasuda
Vern Rumsey
Blonde Redhead is an alternative rock band composed of Kazu Makino (vocals, rhythm guitar) and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace (drums and lead guitar/vocals, respectively) that formed in New York City in 1993.

The band’s earliest albums were noted for their noise rock influences, though their sound evolved by the early 2000s with the releases of Misery is a Butterfly (2004) and 23 (2007), which both incorporated elements of dream pop, shoegaze and other genres.

TLC

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(left to right) Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
Background information
Also known as
TLC-Skee 2nd Nature
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Hip hop R&B Pop funk urban soul
Years active 1990–present
Labels
LaFace Arista Epic
Members Tionne Watkins
Rozonda Thomas
Past members Lisa Lopes (deceased)
TLC is an American R&B girl group whose original recording line-up consisted of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, the group was very successful during the 1990s and early 2000s in spite of numerous spats with the law, each other, and the group’s record label and management. They scored ten top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including number-one singles “Creep”, “Waterfalls”, “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty”. The group also recorded four platinum albums, including CrazySexyCool (1994) which still remains the only album by a female vocal group in history to receive diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). TLC also became the first R&B group in history to receive Million certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for FanMail (1999).

Having sold over 65 million records worldwide, TLC is the best-selling American girl group of all time. VH1 ranked TLC as the greatest female group, placing them at number 12 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios, as well as the seventh most successful act of the 1990s. TLC accolades include five Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and five Soul Train Music Awards.With meaningful lyrics and a memorable sound its no surprise to see how this female power trio rose to fame. Twenty years after their debut, TLC was honored with Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 17th MOBO Awards and Legend Award at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan.

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