Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles (Beyoncé Giselle Knowles) was born in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981. She is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny's Child and went on to sell over 50 million records worldwide with the group.

Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles, designs their glittering costumes. Solange Knowles, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts.

She and her group were discovered by Whitney Houston. One of her favorite songs is "Lovefool" by The Cardigans. Her favorite item of clothing is a pair of path work metallic boots. She writes & produces many of the group's songs, including smash hits "Jumpin Jumpin", "Bootylicious", "Nasty Girl", "Independent Women", "Happy Face" and "Apple Pie a la mode".

After a series of commercial successes with the group, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in June 2003. The album became one of the most-successful albums of that year, spawning the number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy". It earned Knowles five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004, and its reception signaled her viability as a solo artist. The disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005 facilitated her continued success; she released her second album, B'Day, in 2006, which contained the UK number-one singles "Déjà Vu" and "Beautiful Liar", and the worldwide hit "Irreplaceable". Her third solo album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, was released in November 2008, and spawned the worldwide hit, "If I Were a Boy", and the US number-one hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".

Beyoncé has cited a variety of classic artists who influenced her music. She grew up listening to songs of Anita Baker and Luther Vandross, the latter whom she eventually collaborated with. She was exposed to the jazz music of Rachelle Ferrell, after singing Ferrell's songs during her voice lessons. She also cites influences from American artists Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Selena, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross, Donna Summer and Tina Turner, with whom the former and latter she co-performed during the 46th Grammy Awards and the 50th Grammy Awards, respectively.


Dangerously in Love (2003–2005)

1. "Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay-Z)
2. "Naughty Girl"
3. "Baby Boy" (featuring Sean Paul)
4. "Hip Hop Star" (featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown)
5. "Be with You"
6. "Me, Myself and I"
7. "Yes"
8. "Signs" (featuring Missy Elliott)
9. "Speechless"
10. "That's How You Like It" (featuring Jay-Z)
11. "The Closer I Get to You" (duet with Luther Vandross)
12. "Dangerously in Love 2"
13. "Beyoncé Interlude"
14. "Gift from Virgo"
15. "Daddy" (hidden track)

B'Day and The Beyoncé Experience (2006–2007)

1. "Déjà Vu" Featuring Jay-Z
2. "Get Me Bodied"
3. "Suga Mama"
4. "Upgrade U" Featuring Jay-Z
5. "Ring the Alarm"
6. "Kitty Kat"
7. "Freakum Dress"
8. "Green Light"
9. "Irreplaceable"
10. "Resentment/Encore for the Fans"

bonus tracks

11. "Creole" (Japan bonus track)
12. "Lost Yo Mind" (Pre-order bonus track)
13. "Back Up"

I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008–present)

Disc 1
I Am…

1. "If I Were a Boy"
2. "Halo"
3. "Disappear"
4. "Broken-Hearted Girl"
5. "Ave Maria"
6. "Satellites"
7. "Save the Hero"

Disc 2
Sasha Fierce

1. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
2. "Radio"
3. "Diva"
4. "Sweet Dreams"
5. "Video Phone"
6. "Why Don't You Love Me"

For more detail, visit her official website : www.beyonceonline.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) is a Barbadian singer, model and fashion designer born on February 20, 1988. She is currently signed to the Def Jam Recordings label. She has attained five Billboard Hot 100 number ones thus far, four as a solo artist and one as featured artist, and is currently tied with fellow singer Beyonce Knowles as the female solo artist with the most number ones in this decade.

Rihanna broke into the business in 2005 with the release of her debut album Music of the Sun, which features her hit single "Pon de Replay". Less than a year later, Rihanna released A Girl Like Me and earned her first number-one single, "SOS". In 2007, Rihanna released her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. The album has yielded seven hit singles, including four worldwide number one singles: "Umbrella", "Don't Stop the Music", "Take a Bow", and "Disturbia". Since the release of her debut album, Rihanna has amassed twelve top 40 hit singles in the U.S.

Rihanna’s musical inspirations includes Alicia Keys, Beyoncé Knowles and Mariah Carey. She appeared on the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing as herself.


Music of the Sun was her debut studio album, released by Def Jam Records on August 30, 2005 in the United States.

Standard Edition

1. "Pon de Replay"

2. "Here I Go Again"

3. "If It's Lovin' That You Want"

4. "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)"

5. "That La, La, La"

6. "The Last Time"

7. "Willing to Wait"

8. "Music of the Sun"

9. "Let Me"

10. "Rush"

11. "There's a Thug In My Life"

12. "Now I Know"

Bonus tracks

13. "Pon de Replay" (Remix; featuring Elephant Man)

14. "Should I?" (Japanese & UK editions only)

15. "Hypnotized" (Japanese edition only)

A Girl like Me was released through Def Jam Records on April 19, 2006 in Japan, on April 24 in the United Kingdom, and on April 25 in the United .

Standard Edition

1. "SOS"

2. "Kisses Don't Lie"

3. "Unfaithful"

4. "We Ride"

5. "Dem Haters"

6. "Final Goodbye"

7. "Break It Off"

8. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

9. "Selfish Girl"

10. "P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)"

11. "A Girl Like Me"

12. "A Million Miles Away"

13. "If It's Lovin' That You Want (Part II)"

Bonus tracks

1. "Who Ya Gonna Run To?"

2. "Pon de Replay" [Full Phat Remix]

3. "Coulda Been the One"

Good Girl Gone Bad was her third studio album, released on June 4, 2007 in most European countries and on June 5, 2007 in the United States.

Standard Edition

1. "Umbrella"

2. "Push Up on Me"

3. "Don't Stop the Music"

4. "Breakin' Dishes"

5. "Shut Up and Drive"

6. "Hate That I Love You"

7. "Say It"

8. "Sell Me Candy"

9. "Lemme Get That "

10. "Rehab"

11. "Question Existing"

12. "Good Girl Gone Bad"

Bonus Tracks

13. "Cry"

14. "Haunted"

For more details, visit rihanna's official website: http://www.rihannanow.com/news/reloaded/

Friday, January 9, 2009


Paramore is an American rock band that formed 2004 consisting of Hayley Williams (lead vocals/keyboard), Josh Farro (lead guitar/backing vocals), Taylor York (rhythm guitar), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar), and Zac Farro (drums).

The quintet's sweet melodies and earnest charm eventually caught the interest of Florida's Fueled by Ramen label, which signed the band in April 2005. Working with James Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Underoath) and Mike Green (Yellowcard, the Black Maria), Paramore recorded their full-length debut, All We Know Is Falling, and their second album Riot! in 2007, which was certified platinum in the US and gold in the UK and Ireland.

The majority of Paramore's recordings come from collaborations between lead vocalist Hayley Williams and lead guitarist Josh Farro — Farro first writes the music, afterwards taking it to Williams for a melody and lyrics, and from that point the song worked out between the two. Once the foundation is laid out, the remaining band members help to work on sound and arrangement. The duo's songwriting has had its critics, being called "contrastly cliched and weak at points", while others have said the songs are "ridiculously catchy" and "sing-a-long worthy".

Joshua Martin had written after an interview with Williams, "The band isn't just a short pop-punk girl with red hair and a spunky attitude. Their music is like them, it's aged differently. It's sped up, and slowed down. It's emo without being whiney, or bratty. Almost a very literal anti-Avril Lavigne." Alternative Press magazine had commented that the band was "young sounding", while consistently being "honest". Paramore's first album All We Know is Falling had an arguably more "formulaic pop-punk" sound that was "delivered particularly well" and the combination of the two had created a "refined rock infused pop/punk album." The band's second release, Riot! was said to explore a 'diverse range of styles," however, not straying far from "their signature sound."

Paramore's new song "Decode" is the lead single for the novel-based Twilight film. Another song called "I Caught Myself" is also featured on the film's soundtrack. The band began shooting the video October 13 and singer Hayley Williams posted photos on the band's website of them on the set.

Visit their official website: www.paramore.net/

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