George Michael, Bjork, Baby Bash, Nine Inch Nails
George Michael is the stage name of Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. He was born in London, England on June 25,1963. His father was Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur who moved to England in the 1950s and changed his name to Jack Panos. George Michael’s mother, Lesley Angold Harrison, was an English dancer who died from cancer in 1997. In 1981, George Michael formed the band Wham!. By the end of 1983, Wham! was rivaling Duran Duran and Culture Club as Britain’s biggest pop act. Notoriety and column inches were duly achieved with their antics of placing a shuttlecock down their shorts, and their first album Fantastic reached number one. After a few successful years with the band, George Michael struck out on a solo career. The result was his first solo album released in 1987 and titled Faith. The album was an instant commercial success in the United States, selling more than 1 million copies in its debut, the most copies ever sold in a week by a British pop artist. George Michael has since produced four more studio albums, two compilation albums and released thirty four singles. He has sold over 110 million records worldwide, encompassing 12 British number one singles, 5 British number one albums, 10 US number one singles, and 2 US number one albums.
Bjork is the stage name of Bjork Guomundsdottir. was born on November 21, 1965 and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her musical career began when she was eleven with her study of classical piano in elementary school. One of her instructors sent a recording of Björk singing Tina Charles’ song “I Love to Love” to RÚV, then the only radio station in Iceland. The recording was broadcast on radio nationally; after hearing it, a representative of the record label Fálkinn contacted Björk to offer a record contract. An album, Björk, was recorded and released in 1977. In 1993, Bjork released her sophomore album titled “Debut”. Debut topped Billboard’s Top Heatseekers albums chart and peaked at number 61 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Bjork has since gone on to release five more albums which include Homogenic (1997), Medúlla (2004) and Volta (2007). She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. For her performance in Dancer in the Dark, Björk won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. She was ranked number thirty six on VH1’s “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” and number eight on MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”. Her most recent album, Volta, was released worldwide on 8 May 2007.
Baby Bash is the stage name of professional rapper Ronnie Ray Bryant. He was born on October 18, 1975 in Vallejo, California. Bash’s debut album entitled Savage Dreams was released on the independent label Dope House Records in 2001. It soon caught the attention of Universal Records, who signed him later that year. In 2003, Baby Bash released his first album on a major label, Tha Smokin’ Nephew, and Super Saucy in 2005. In 2007 he released the album Cyclone. Singles released from the album include “Cyclone” featuring T-Pain, “What Is It” featuring Sean Kingston, and “Don’t Stop” featuring Keith Sweat. The month of the album release, Baby Bash became Myspace’s number one Latin artist and the single Cyclone had over 750,000 digital and ringtone sales prior to the album’s release. On December 31, 2007, Baby Bash performed at the halftime show of the Brut Sun Bowl game between South Florida and Oregon. Baby Bash continues to write lyrics for singers such as Paula DeAnda, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and Frankie J. Baby Bash has also worked with Australian artist Kate Alexa, who on March 3, 2008 released the song “Teardrops,” which is a cover of Womack & Womack’s song.
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 by Trent Reznor. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. The touring band features a revolving lineup that often rearranges songs to fit a live setting. Written, arranged, and performed by Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails‘ first album Pretty Hate Machine debuted in 1989. The album spawned three singles, the most successful being “Head Like a Hole”. Nine Inch Nails has since released seven more albums, three live albums and twenty three singles. Nine Inch Nails has received four awards from 25 nominations, including two Grammy Awards for the songs “Wish” and “Happiness in Slavery” in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Nine Inch Nails have received two Kerrang! Awards honoring the band’s overall contributions since 1988. The band was ranked as the 94th “Greatest Artist of All Time” by Rolling Stone in 2004 and has sold over twenty million copies of it’s albums. Reznor announced on October 8, 2007 that Nine Inch Nails had fulfilled its contractual commitments to Interscope Records and was now free to proceed as a free agent. On March 20, 2009, two unreleased songs, ‘Not So Pretty Now’ and ‘Non-Entity’ (both left over from the With Teeth sessions) were released as a free download.