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Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten

Rachel Ashley Platten[1] (born May 20, 1981) is an American singer and songwriter. She released three independent albums between 2003 and 2014, before signing with Columbia Records in early 2015. She rose to fame in 2015 with the release of the single “Fight Song“, which peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, topped the charts in the United Kingdom and peaked within the top ten of multiple charts worldwide. Platten won an Emmy Award for the live performance of the song on Good Morning America. Her major-label debut album, Wildfire, released in 2016, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and featured the hits “Stand by You” and “Better Place.” Platten was born on May 20, 1981, in New York City to a mother of Irish ancestry, but grew up in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and attended the Mason-Rice Elementary School.[2] She was raised Jewish.[3][4]Platten studied classical piano from the age of 5 and then took up guitar in high school. She attended Buckingham Browne and Nichols high school, where she sang in the school’s singing group. At Trinity College, she was a member of the Trinity College Trinitones, the college’s first all-female a cappella group. As a part of a study abroad program, she went to Trinidad to do an internship at a diplomat’s office and at a record label. While she was there, she sang backup for a friend’s band in front of over 80,000 people at the International Soca Monarch finals in 2002. According to Platten, from that moment on she knew she had to pursue music full-time.[5] Platten graduated from...
30 Seconds To Mars

30 Seconds To Mars

Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards), Shannon Leto (drums, percussion) and Tomo Miličević (lead guitar, bass, violin, keyboards, other instruments). The band’s debut album, 30 Seconds to Mars (2002), was produced by Bob Ezrin and released to positive reviews but only to limited commercial success. The band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie(2005), which received multiple certifications all over the world, including platinum in the United States. Their next release, This Is War (2009), showed a dramatic evolution in the band’s musical style, as they incorporated experimental music as well as eclectic influences. The recording process of the album was marked by a legal dispute with record label EMI that eventually became the subject of the documentary film Artifact (2012). Thirty Seconds to Mars then moved to Universal Music and released the fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), to critical and commercial success. As of September 2014, the band had sold over 15 million albums worldwide.[1] Thirty Seconds to Mars has consistently enjoyed sold out tours and numerous headlining festival slots. The band is noted for its energetic live performances and for fusing many music genres.[2] They have been compared to the sounds of bands such as Pink Floyd, The Cure, Tool, and U2, for their philosophical and spiritual lyrics, concept albums and their use of experimental music. Thirty Seconds to Mars has received several awards and accolades throughout their career, including...
Harry Styles

Harry Styles

“Sign of the Times” is the debut solo single by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles for his self-titled debut studio album. It is his first single outside of the boy band One Direction. Released on 7 April 2017, by Erskine and Columbia Records, it was written by Styles, Ryan Nasci, Mitch Rowland and its producers Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, and Alex Salibian.[1] Musically, it was defined by critics as a multi-genre ballad, including pop rock, soft rock and glam rock. Its music video was released on 8 May. Early rumours about Styles going on a solo career sparkled in 2015, when it was reported that Sony Music wanted Styles to release a solo album during One Direction’s hiatus.[5] By the end of 2015, four new songs written and performed by Styles were registered on the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) online database, which was believed to be for his potential debut solo album at the time.[6] Shortly after, Styles signed up with American agent Jeffrey Azoff and moved to Columbia Records.[7] In September 2016, Styles was in the cover of Another Magazine, which led the media to expect a new album in the future.[7] In February 2017, chairman and CEO of Columbia Records, Rob Stringer, admitted that the album was close to finish and called it “authentic”.[8] A month later, it was reported that the album sounded like David Bowie and Queen, while also being revealed that he worked on the album with only one producer, Jeff Bhasker. It was also hinted that the lead single would be released in late April or early May...
Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Witness is the fifth studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It was released on June 9, 2017, by Capitol Records. Three singles preceded the album’s release: “Chained to the Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley on February 10, “Bon Appétit” featuring Migos on April 28, and “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj on May 19. “Save as Draft” was released as the fourth single on June 26, 2017. Witness received mixed reviews from music critics. It topped the charts in Canada, Spain, and the United States while reaching number two in Australia, Korea, Mexico, and New Zealand and the top five in nine other nations. Following the release of her fourth album Prism in 2013 and the end of the Prismatic World Tour in October 2015, Perry told The New York Times in February 2016 that she was in the “research and development phase” of a new album.[2] She decided to take a hiatus after the tour concluded to “give my mental health a break” before starting to write new songs the following June.[3] Perry felt “refreshed” after the hiatus, and had over 40 tracks “in progress” before the year ended.[4] In August, the singer stated that she aspired to make material “that connects and relates and inspires”[5] and told Ryan Seacrest that she was “not rushing” her fifth album, adding “I’m just having a lot of fun, but experimenting and trying different producers, and different collaborators, and different styles.”[6] The album marked a departure from long time producer and co writer Dr. Luke.[7] In February 2017, Perry stated that the album was “definitely a new era for me” and “an...
Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey

Daniel Jay “Danny” Gokey (born April 24, 1980) is an American singer and former church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third-place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol.[1][2] After his placing on the show, Gokey signed to 19 Recordings and RCA Nashville at the beginning of a career in country music, releasing the single “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me“. His debut album, My Best Days, was released in March 2010. After leaving RCA Nashville in November 2011, he moved his musical direction toward adult pop/contemporary Christian music genre and made a record/publishing deal with BMG in May 2013. His second full-length album, Hope in Front of Me, was released in June...