Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Life and career 1958–75: Early life and The Jackson 5 Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana, showing floral tributes after his death In an interview with Martin Bashir, later included in the 2003 broadcast of Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson acknowledged that his father hurt him when he was a child, but was nonetheless a "genius", as he admitted his father's strict discipline played a huge role in his success. Jackson (center) as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1972 1975–81: Move to Epic and Off the Wall 1982–83: Thriller and Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Time described Jackson's influence at that point as "Star of records, radio, rock video.
Madonna (entertainer)Madonna Louise Ciccone (/tʃɪˈkoʊneɪ/ chi-KOH-nay) (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. One of the most prominent cultural icons for over three decades, she has achieved an unprecedented level of power and control for a woman in the entertainment industry. She attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Life and career 1958–81: Early life and career beginnings Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. Tony Ciccone with his wife Joan, pictured in 2009 1982–85: Madonna, Like a Virgin, and marriage to Sean Penn —Madonna on the backlash for "Like a Virgin" 1986–91: True Blue, Who's That Girl, Like a Prayer, and Dick Tracy
Mariah CareyLife and career 1970–87: Early life and struggles "It's been difficult for me, moving around so much, having to grow up by myself... my parents divorced. —Carey, on the difficulty of her childhood 1988–92: Recording debut and career beginnings Carey exiting the Shepherd's Bush Theatre after promoting her single "Vision of Love" on The Wogan Show, in 1990 1993–96: First marriage, Music Box and Daydream "The writing partnership that her and I had and I can't speak for her other songwriting partners, but if you could see us in the room I would hit a chord and play a little melody on the piano and she would say, 'Oh, that's nice,' and she would sing that melody and then she adds a little bit to it. —Afanasieff, on his songwriting partnership with Carey.
Boyz II MenBoyz II Men are an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and acappella harmonies. Formerly a quartet featuring Michael McCary, they are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet. During the 1990's, Boyz II Men gained international success throughout the globe. History 1985–1990: Beginnings The delay before recording their own material and reported personality conflicts led founding member Marc Nelson to leave the group, making Boyz II Men into the quartet that would find international fame: Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman. 1991: Cooleyhighharmony The album's liner notes identified unique nicknames for each member of the group. Boyz II Men's first single, the Dallas Austin-produced "Motownphilly" featured a rap cameo by Michael Bivins that gives the story of how he met Boyz II Men.
Oasis (band)Following the recording of the band's seventh album Dig Out Your Soul (2008), Starkey left and was replaced by Chris Sharrock on Oasis' last tour as a collective band. During the tour the brothers' increasingly deteriorating relationship ultimately led to Noel Gallagher announcing in August 2009 that he would be leaving the band after a backstage altercation with Liam before a festival appearance. The band, comprising the remaining members of Oasis and led by Liam Gallagher, decided to continue working together under the name Beady Eye, while Noel went on to form his solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the Best Album of the Last 30 Years as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners; they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
Spice GirlsBand history 1994–96: Formation and early years 1996–97: Spice and breakthrough 1997–98: Groundbreaking success, Spiceworld and Halliwell's departureBackstreet BoysIn 2012, the group announced that Richardson had rejoined them permanently, and in the following year they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released their first independent album, In a World Like This (2013). History Formation and early years: 1992–1994 In the course of all this, Lou Pearlman in 1992 placed an ad in the Orlando Sentinel to compose a vocal group. McLean, who was the first to audition for Pearlman in his living room, became the group's first member. In January 1993, Pearlman held an open casting call and hundreds of young performers auditioned at his blimp hangar in Kissimmee. Eventually, Carter, Dorough, and Richardson were selected after meeting Pearlman's expectations. Littrell flew from Kentucky to Orlando to formally join the group on April 20, 1993, a day after receiving a phone call from Richardson about it. Debut album, worldwide success, and sophomore album: 1995–1997 Their popularity grew in Europe.
U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns. U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band; and, in 2005, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. History Formation and early years (1976–80) "We couldn't believe it. —The Edge, on winning the CBS competition Footnotes