Gomez's star quality must have been evident from birth - she was named after the singer huge Latin star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. It was her mother Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Teefey, a former theatre actress, who inspired her to act. She received her first break on Barney & Friends in 2002, before being discovered by Disney when they were conducting a global casting call. She made two pilots which floundered before she was cast in the series Wizards of Waverley in 2008. During the series, she also kick-started her musical career. Typically cautious, she has said she decided to form a band to support her rather than go solo. She said she had decided to name them ‘Selena Gomez and the Scene’ to mock disparagers who criticised her for wanting to launch herself into music.
Like most Disney stars, she has proved to be multi-talented. She's definitely more Christina and Justin than Britney, even though she has frequently cited Britney as a hero. But like her Disney Club alumni, she's also entered into a relationship with a fellow child star, who eerily has the same name as Britney's first love. Her and Justin were surprisingly low-key about their burgeoning romance until they were each other's official dates at the Vanity Fair party during the 2011 Oscars. Since then they have made several public appearances together for the benefits of their admirers, as well as been snapped together during their more private moments.
The star became the youngest ever person to become a UN ambassador in 2009, and has since travelled throughout the world, raising awareness of poverty and famine in countries that her fans may not have heard of before. However, despite Gomez's wholesomeness, the actress is also paving her way into more adult roles. She recently warned fans that they should avoid her upcoming projects because they will see a different side to her. She's appeared in publicity shots for the project wearing bikinis and has said that the film has made her do things that she never expected to do on screen, like smoke and drink.
But Selena has a close relationship to her fans who have turned her into one of the most talked about singers in recent years. The television star turned actress most recently crowdsourced her self-titled perfume, which will go on sale at Macy's. Fans were encouraged to send in their suggestions, with most of them saying that they wanted a poem which they could wear everyday, at either school or at the gym. She told MTV News that the scent represents her as much as it does her fans: "It's still very much me. I think it represents what I like. It's refreshing and young, but it's kind of older as well." Gomez might have her eyes firmly set on her career but she also wants to grow with her fans.
Born and raised in a working class area of Saint Michael parish in south-west Barbados, Rihanna was the eldest daughter of Monica Braithwaite and Ronald Fenty. Her father struggled with addictions to crack cocaine and alcohol, leading to her parents’ divorce when Rihanna was 14, after which she maintained contact with her father, but continued living with her mother and two younger brothers, Rorrey and Rajad. Like many teenage girls, she formed a singing group with friends and dreamt of becoming a pop star.
However, unlike many teenage girls, Rihanna also benefitted from good connections.When she discovered two US record executives were holidaying on her home island, an audition for her group was arranged by mutual friends. History has forgotten the other two members of Rihanna’s singing group, but in Miss Fenty,record execs Carl Sturken and Eric Rogers saw something marketable. Jay Z did too. He signed her to Def Jam during his brief tenure as president allowing for the release of two albums of reggae-tinged R&B that would make her name.
The caribbean influences in Rihanna’s early releases made her a refreshing novelty for R&B fans, but if that was all she had to offer, no doubt by now “Rihanna” would be just another footnote in pop history, alongside Ashanti, Amerie, or Christina Milian (remember them?). But Rihanna had something else. Perhaps inspired by her oft-cited idol Madonna, she has demonstrated an ability to shapeshift in a way that is always uncannily ahead of the trend.
The Rolling Stones, originally composed of members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart (Stu) were formed in Great Britain in 1962 by members Jagger, Richards, and Jones. The Rolling Stones were influenced, as were many other British rock bands, by American music: Blues, jazz, R&B (rhythm and blues), and rock and roll. Aesthetically pitted against The Beatles "boy next door" image, the Stones were marketed as "the bad boys" of rock. As the anonymous and origin-less saying goes, "The Stones want to spend the night together while the Beatles just want to hold your hand." Encouraged and cultivated by their flamboyant band manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' bad boy image became a defining characteristic of the band. In fact, one press campaign in particular led to the writing of a famous headline: "Would you let your daughter go with a Rolling Stone?"
In addition to six albums of groundbreaking hip-hop, OutKast’s career has been instrumental in moving the business and creative epicenter of hip-hop music in the United States from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia.
OutKast is part of a larger musical collective, the Dungeon Family, which consists of OutKast, four-man group the Goodie M.O.B., and production team, Organized Noize Productions. Their impact can be seen in new acts around the world, whether it’s in the style of dress, vocal delivery, or instrumentation.
OutKast’s collective discography is characterized by experimentation, which is unusual for a best-selling rap group. Each of their albums displays an increasingly unique sound that is an exploration and expansion of their influences, which include electro, funk, soul, reggae, and traditional hip-hop. Despite this constant push to test genre boundaries, the group has remained accessible with have several Billboard hits, including “Hey Ya!” - a classic, British Invasion-styled pop song, “The Way You Move” - a hip-hop/R&B hybrid, and “Ms. Jackson” - a song about failed relationships featuring a reversed snare sample as a prominent part of its instrumentation.
Benjamin and Patton met at Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA, while both were students at Tri-Cities High School. They bonded over music and similar styles, which led to a creation of a rap group called 2 Shades Deep. The duo performed at local talent shows and caught the eye of Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Patrick “Sleepy” Brown - a trio of Atlanta-based producers who eventually became Organized Noize.
Wade and Murray invited Benjamin and Patton to their basement home studio. It was in this basement that the genesis of a shift in hip-hop was created. Benjamin and Patton, along with Murray and Wade, began creating hip-hop music that mixed samples, beat machines, live instrumentation, and a unique, southern slant on composition that was very different compared to the music coming out of the Northeast. Along with fellow Atlanta artists (including CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo, Joi Gilliam, and Sleepy Brown), Benjamin, Patton, Wade and Murray formed the collective known as The Dungeon Family, named after the aforementioned basement studio.
2 Shades Deep eventually changed their name to OutKast, and promptly began to record the songs that became Southerplayalisticadillacmuzik.
The band originally formed with Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie in 1967. But it wasn’t until 1975 that guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and then-girlfriend and musical partner, Stevie Nicks, joined and the best-known incarnation of the group came together.
Looking to replace recently departed guitarist, Bob Welch, Fleetwood heard Buckingham-Nicks’ self-titled album, and liked it enough to ask for an introduction to Buckingham. Fleetwood invited him to join Fleetwood Mac, but he would only agree on one condition: Nicks would become a member of the band as well.
The new lineup included three members who could write songs and sing lead vocals - Christine McVie, Buckingham and Nicks, who all brought different sensibilities to their lyrics. The new band broke through with the self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac (1975), which sold over five million copies.