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Who is Carly Rae Jepsen?

Who isCarly Rae Jepsen? The entertainment and music world knows her as a Canadian recording artist and singer-songwriter from Mission, British Columbia. In 2007, she placed third in the fifth season of Canadian Idol, and was a part of the Canadian Idol Top 3 concert tour.[1] Shortly after competing on Idol, she signed to Fontana and MapleMusic, and released her debut album, Tug of War, on September 30, 2008. Three years later, she released a new single, titled “Call Me Maybe“, which was released by 604 Records, and was followed by the release of her debut extended play, Curiosity, on February 14, 2012. “Call Me Maybe” was met with much success, reaching the #1 spot on both The Billboard and Canadian Hot 100. The single also went to number-one in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Jepsen signed with Interscope Records in 2012.
Jepsen cites a mix of classic rock and alternative bands as her musical influence, such as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Kimbra, La Roux, and Robyn.[2]

Life and career

Jepsen was born November 21, 1985 attended Heritage Park Secondary School in Mission, British Columbia and has since performed there post-graduation. She later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC before auditioning for Canadian Idol. After completing the Canadian Idol
tour, Jepsen retreated to B.C. to focus on writing, recording and
completing her band. Her demos attracted attention and she was
eventually signed a joint management deal with Simkin Artist Management
and Dexter Entertainment. A deal with Fontana/Maple Music quickly followed, leading Jepsen into the studio with producer/writer Ryan Stewart.[3]

2008–11: Tug of War

On June 16, 2008, Jepsen released her debut single and another single, a cover of John Denver‘s song “Sunshine On My Shoulders“. It is the only cover song on her debut album.[4]
On July 21, 2008, Jepsen added two new songs from the album to her
MySpace page: “Bucket” and “Heavy Lifting”. In August 2008, Jepsen’s
MySpace page announced that the album’s title would be Tug of War,
and it was released on September 30, 2008. The page also mentioned two
more songs that were included on the album: “Tug of War” and “Sweet
Talker”. The former was released as a single on iTunes on September 16,
2008, and has been receiving radio airplay on various stations across
Canada. She performed the latter as her Canadian Idol audition.[5]
A music video for “Tug of War” was released in January 2009. “Bucket”,
her second single, was released in May 2009, and the video for “Sour
Candy”, a duet with Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench
who has also help produce some of her songs including “Call Me Maybe”,
has also been released. All of Jepsen’s music videos have been directed
by Ben Knechtel. In spring 2009, she toured western Canada with Marianas
Trench and Shiloh.[6] She then went on a cross-Canada tour with Marianas Trench, The New Cities and Mission District.

2012–present: Curiosity and second studio album

Jepsen’s second album Curiosity was released on February 14,
2012. It was produced by Ryan Stewart and Kevin James Maher produced the
track “Dear Julien”. On the same day as the release, Justin Bieber made the announcement on the MuchMusic program New Music Live that Jepsen has been signed to School Boy Records, the label run by Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun.[7]
The lead single, “Call Me Maybe” (which gained notoriety after “Primetime” Sam Roberts played the track during “After Opie and Anthony Live” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio) is from her second studio album Curiosity was released on September 21, 2011 and was produced by Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench
and co-written by Jepsen, Ramsay and Tavish Crowe. “Call Me Maybe” is
the first song by a Canadian artist to reach the top of the digital
chart since Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in January 2010. It is also only the
11th song by a Canadian artist to reach No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart
since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital download sales in 2005.
The song has also peaked at #1 on Billboards Canadian Hot 100, being the 4th Canadian artist to do so, after Avril Lavigne‘s “Girlfriend“, Nikki Yanofsky‘s “I Believe“, and the Young Artists for Haiti version of “Wavin’ Flag“, originally by Canadian rapper K’naan.[8]
Jepsen is currently touring on the Shout it Out World Tour. She is the opening act for the pop-rock trio Hanson. In February 2012, Jepsen visited Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun in Los Angeles, California, where she subsequently signed to School Boy Records and Interscope. Her music will still be distributed by 604 Records in Canada. On March 23, 2012, Jepsen made her first American television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, performing “Call Me Maybe” (with Jared Manierka on keys), later joined by Justin Bieber. Carly was also the first Canadian Idol contestant to enter the UK charts, when Call Me Maybe debuted at number one.
Carly played at Citywalk at Universal Studios on April 14, 2012. 400
people who paid $5 were allowed to meet with the singer and get CDs
autographed by her.
Jepsen, 26, has been observed as either dressing “too young” for her
age, in an effort either to appeal to the pre-teen demographic, or keep a
“squeaky clean” image in contrast to her scandal-ridden contemporaries.[9][10]
On May 20, 2012 Jepsen performed “Call Me Maybe” at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.[citation needed] On May 22, 2012 she performed “Tug of War”, “Curiosity”, and “Call Me Maybe” at the first Q102 Springle Ball concert.[citation needed] On June 17, 2012 Jepsen performed “Call Me Maybe” at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards and later on she dueted “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida.[citation needed] On June 26, 2012 Jepsen’s duet with Owl CityGood Time“, was released as a digital download.[11] The song is expected to appear on both artists’ upcoming album. The song debuted at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, being his second top 20 hit single on the chart.

In October 2012, Jepsen will appear in the premiere episode of 90210 and perform a new song from her upcoming album.

Canadian Idol performances

Episode Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition “Sweet Talker” Carly Rae Jepsen N/A Advanced
Top 80 I Try Macy Gray Duets Advanced
Top 40 Breathe (2 AM) Anna Nalick N/A Advanced
Top 22 Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae 11 Advanced
Top 18 Sweet Ones Sarah Slean 4 Advanced
Top 14 Waiting in Vain Bob Marley & The Wailers 3 Advanced
Top 10 Inside and Out Bee Gees 3 Bottom 3
Top 9 Georgia on My Mind Hoagy Carmichael 5 Safe
Top 8 Torn Ednaswap 7 Safe
Top 7 Killer Queen Queen 3 Bottom 3
Top 6 Come To My Window Melissa Etheridge 4 Bottom 3
Top 5 Chuck E’s in Love Rickie Lee Jones 4 Safe
Top 4 My Heart Belongs to Daddy Mary Martin 1 Safe
I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good) Ivie Anderson 5
Top 3 At Seventeen Janis Ian 3 Eliminated
White Flag Dido 6

Discography

Studio albums

Extended plays

Tours

Opening act

Filmography

List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Canadian Idol Herself (Contestant) Season 5/Eliminated 3rd
2012 90210 Herself Cameo

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2010 Canadian Radio Music Awards[12] Song of the Year, “Tug of War” Won
Western Canadian Music Awards[13] Song of the Year, “Tug of War” Nominated
Juno Awards[14] New Artist of the Year Nominated
Juno Awards[14] Songwriter of the Year (With Ryan Stewart) Nominated
Much Music Video Awards UR FAVE New Artist Nominated
2012 Much Music Video Awards[15] Pop Video of the Year, “Call Me Maybe” Nominated
Much Music Video Awards[15] UR Fave Artist Nominated
Much Music Video Awards[15] Most Streamed Video of the Year, “Call Me Maybe” Won
Much Music Video Awards[15] Video of the Year, “Call Me Maybe” Won
Much Music Video Awards[15] UR Fave Video, “Call Me Maybe” Won
Teen Choice Awards[16] Breakout Artist Won
Teen Choice Awards[17] Summer Song, “Call Me Maybe” Won
Teen Choice Awards[17] Music Star Female Nominated
Western Canadian Music Awards[18] Pop Recording of the Year, “Curiosity” Pending





Who is Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg?

Who is Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg? The entertainment and acting world knows hims as Mark Wahlberg, he is an American actor, film and television producer, and former rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and became famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He was named No. 1 on VH1‘s 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90’s. Wahlberg is well known for his roles in films such as Fear (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), Rock Star (2001), The Italian Job (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Four Brothers (2005), The Departed (2006), Invincible (2006), Shooter (2007), Max Payne (2008), The Fighter (2010), Date Night (2010), and Ted (2012). He has also served as the executive producer of the TV series Entourage, Boardwalk Empire and How to Make It in America.

Early life

Wahlberg was born June 5, 1971 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of nine children,[2] with siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie (died in 2003 at age 44), and Donnie. Wahlberg’s mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse’s aide, and Wahlberg’s father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, was a Teamster who worked as a delivery driver. His parents divorced in 1982.[3] His father was of half Swedish and half Irish ancestry, and his mother is of Irish, English, and French Canadian descent.[4] Maternally, Wahlberg is distantly related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.[5] Wahlberg had a Roman Catholic[6][7] upbringing and attended Copley Square High School (but never graduated) on Newbury Street in Boston.

Assaults and conviction

Wahlberg had been in trouble 20–25 times with the Boston Police Department in his youth. By the age of thirteen, Wahlberg had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances.[8][9] At fifteen, he harassed a group of black school children on a field trip by throwing rocks and shouting racial epithets.[10]
When he was sixteen, Wahlberg approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man
on the street and, using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious
(while calling him “Vietnam fucking shit”). He also attacked another
Vietnamese man, leaving him permanently blind in one eye.[11][12]

For these crimes, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pled guilty to assault, and was sentenced to two years in state prison at Boston’s Deer Island House of Correction, of which he served 45 days.[11][13] In another incident, the 21-year-old Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack.[14]
Commenting in 2006 on his past crimes, Wahlberg has stated: “I did a
lot of things that I regret, and I have certainly paid for my mistakes.”
He said the right thing to do would be to try to find the blinded man
and make amends, and admitted he has not done so, but added that he was
no longer burdened by guilt: “You have to go and ask for forgiveness and
it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right by other
people, as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go
away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good
when I wake up in the morning.”[15]

After landing in prison following this assault, he decided to change
his ways. According to Wahlberg, “As soon as I began that life of crime,
there was always a voice in my head telling me I was going to end up in
jail. Three of my brothers had done time. My sister went to prison so
many times I lost count. Finally I was there, locked up with the kind of
guys I’d always wanted to be like. Now I’d earned my stripes and I was
just like them, and I realized it wasn’t what I wanted at all. I’d ended
up in the worst place I could possibly imagine and I never wanted to go
back. First of all, I had to learn to stay on the straight and narrow.”
Wahlberg first relied on the guidance of his parish priest to turn his back on crime. He told his street gang
that he was leaving them and had “some serious fights” with them over
it. The actor commented in 2009: “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life
and I’ve done bad things, but I never blamed my upbringing for that. I
never behaved like a victim so that I would have a convenient reason for
victimizing others. Everything I did wrong was my own fault. I was
taught the difference between right and wrong at an early age. I take
full responsibility.”[16]

Music career

Wahlberg first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful 1980s and 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block. Mark, at age thirteen, had been one of the group’s original members, along with Donnie, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight. However, he soon quit. It was his departure that eventually allowed Joe McIntyre to take his place as the fifth member of the group.

Wahlberg began recording as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with “Good Vibrations” from the album Music for the People. The record was produced by brother Donnie and later hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, later becoming certified as a platinum single. The second single, “Wildside”, peaked at No. 5 on Billboards Hot Singles Sales chart and at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.[17]
It was certified as a gold single. Marky Mark opened for the New Kids
on the Block during their last tour. The second Marky Mark and the Funky
Bunch LP, You Gotta Believe,
was not as successful as the prior, yielding only a minor hit single in
the title track. Wahlberg later collaborated with the late reggae/ragga singer Prince Ital Joe on the album Life in the Streets. The project combined rap and ragga vocals with strong eurodance music (as in the singles Happy People, German No. 1 hit United, Life in the Streets, and Babylon) courtesy of Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen as producers.

He was also featured in the Black Label Society music video for “Counterfeit God“, as a stand-in for the band’s bassist.[18]

Advertising career

Wahlberg first displayed his physique in the Good Vibrations music video and most prominently in a series of underwear ads for Calvin Klein shot by Herb Ritts, following it with Calvin Klein television advertisements.[19] Magazine and television promotions would sometimes feature Mark exclusively or accompanied by model Kate Moss. Annie Leibovitz also shot a famous session of Mark Wahlberg in underwear for Vanity Fair’s annual Hall of Fame issue.[20] He also made a workout video titled The Marky Mark Workout: Form… Focus… Fitness (ISBN 1-55510-910-1).

In 2012, he launched a line of sports nutrition supplements called “Marked”.[21]

Film career

Wahlberg dropped the “Marky Mark” moniker and began an acting career, making his debut in the 1993 TV movie The Substitute. His big screen debut came the next year, with the Danny DeVito feature Renaissance Man. A basketball fanatic, he caught the attention of critics after appearing in The Basketball Diaries in 1995, playing the role of Mickey alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film adaptation of the Jim Carroll book of the same name. He also starred in the 1996 James Foley thriller Fear.

He has earned many positive reviews after successful movies like Boogie Nights (as Dirk Diggler), Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, The Italian Job, and Four Brothers. His performance in I ♥ Huckabees was voted best supporting performance of the year in the 2004 Village Voice Critics Poll. Wahlberg was originally cast as Linus Caldwell in Ocean’s Eleven; Matt Damon played the role instead. The two later worked together in The Departed.[22] Wahlberg was also considered for a role in the film Brokeback Mountain. It was originally intended to star him and Joaquin Phoenix,
but Wahlberg was uncomfortable with the film’s sex scenes as was
Phoenix (whose role went to Heath Ledger) and Mark’s role ultimately
went to Jake Gyllenhaal.[23]

Wahlberg starred in the American football drama, Invincible, based on the true story of bartender Vince Papale. He is also the executive producer of the HBO series Entourage which is loosely based on his experiences in Hollywood. He also appeared as a foul-mouthed Massachusetts State Police detective in Martin Scorsese‘s critically acclaimed thriller, The Departed in 2006, which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and an NSFC Best Supporting Actor award. Wahlberg has confirmed that he was approached to star in a sequel to The Departed, but it is still early in development. The sequel would reportedly revolve around the Staff Sergeant played by Wahlberg.[24]

To prepare for his role in Shooter, Wahlberg attended long-range shooting training at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute near Pahrump, Nevada, and was able to hit a target at 1100 yards on his second day, a feat which usually takes weeks to achieve.[25] He has said in a number of interviews that he will retire at the age of 40 to concentrate on parenthood[26] and professional golf. However, in early 2007 he indicated that the latter was no longer the plan as “his golf game is horrible”.[27] He played Jack Salmon, a leading role in Peter Jackson‘s film of The Lovely Bones.[28] In 2007, he starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night, a movie about a family of police officers in New York City.

He starred in M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Happening as Eliot Moore, which premiered in movie theatres on June 13, 2008. The same year, he played the title role in Max Payne, based on a video game of the same name. While promoting Max Payne, Mark became involved in a playful feud with Saturday Night Lives Andy Samberg and threatened to “crack that big fucking nose of his”. Samberg had done an impression of Wahlberg in a Saturday Night Live skit titled “Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals”.[29][30]
However, Wahlberg later appeared in a follow-up skit parodying both the
original skit, Samberg’s impression of Wahlberg, and his own threats to
Samberg.[31][32]

Personal life

Family and relationships

In the early 1990s, Wahlberg dated former child actress Soleil Moon Frye.[33] Wahlberg and model Rhea Durham
have been together since 2001 and were married on August 1, 2009 at the
Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. The couple have four
children, Ella Rae (born September 2, 2003), Michael Robert (born March
21, 2006), Brendan Joseph (born September 16, 2008) and Grace Margaret
(born January 11, 2010). In a 2011 interview with USA Weekend, Wahlberg stated that he had taken his children to visit his old Dorchester neighborhood, saying “I want them to know that not everyone is as fortunate and how important it is to work hard and give back.”[34]

His father, a US Army veteran of the Korean War, died on February 14, 2008.[35]

Religion

Wahlberg is a committed Roman Catholic,[36]
who attends daily Mass, credits his faith and a priest from his
childhood for helping him turn his life around, and recognizes the
seriousness of his faith.[7]

Charity work

Actively involved in charity, Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in May 2001 for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs.[37]

Wahlberg is also active with The Good Shepherd Center for Homeless
Women and Children. In an interview, Mark said that it’s important to
let the homeless know that people care about them and are working to
help the impoverished get back on their feet.[38]

Wahlberg served on the Honorary Board of Jerry Sandusky‘s The Second Mile children’s charity before Sandusky’s 2011 arrest on child sex abuse charges.[39]

Tattoos

Wahlberg has four tattoos done by various artists including Paul Timman.[40] The tattoos include Sylvester the cat with Tweety Bird in his mouth on his ankle, a design of his initials “MW” with his surname “Wahlberg” on his upper right arm, and a Bob Marley tattoo with “One Love” on his upper left arm.[41] The final tattoo, which Wahlberg holds as his most meaningful, is the rosary tattooed around his neck, with a crucifix and the words “In God I Trust” resting over his heart.[41] On January 9, 2012 Wahlberg was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.
He spoke about his tattoos and stated he is in the process of having
them removed. Initially he was told it would take 8–10 laser treatments,
however he required over 30 treatments and is still in the process of
getting them removed. He cited his career and children as the reason for
the removal of the tattoos. His first tattoo was as a young teenager
and it was of a shamrock. As it was not professionally done, he said the
shamrock was not straight and had the Tweety Bird tattoo placed over it
after arriving in Los Angeles.

Discography

Filmography

List of acting performances in film and television
Title Year Role Notes
The Substitute 1993 Ryan Westerberg Credited as “Marky Mark”
Renaissance Man 1994 Private Tommy Lee Haywood
The Basketball Diaries 1995 Mickey
Fear 1996 David McCall Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Traveller 1997 Pat O’Hara
Boogie Nights 1997 Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
The Big Hit 1998 Melvin Smiley
The Corruptor 1999 Detective Danny Wallace
Three Kings 1999 Troy Barlow
The Yards 2000 Leo Handler
The Perfect Storm 2000 Robert “Bobby” Shatford
Planet of the Apes 2001 Captain Leo Davidson
Rock Star 2001 Chris “Izzy” Cole
The Truth About Charlie 2002 Joshua Peters
The Italian Job 2003 Charlie Croker Main role
Entourage 2004
2008
2009
2010
Mark Wahlberg “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
“Unlike a Virgin” (Season 5, Episode 2)
“Fore” (Season 6, Episode 5)
“Tequila and Coke” (Season 7, Episode 7)
I Heart Huckabees 2004 Tommy Corn Village Voice Film Poll—Best Supporting Performance
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Four Brothers 2005 Robert “Bobby” Mercer Main role
Invincible 2006 Vincent “Vince” Francis Papale Main role
The Departed 2006 Sgt. Sean Dignam Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Shooter 2007 GySgt. Bob Lee Swagger Main role
We Own the Night 2007 Captain Joseph “Joe” Grusinsky
Saturday Night Live 2008 Mark Wahlberg “Josh Brolin/Adele” (Season 34, Episode 5)
The Happening 2008 Elliot Moore Nominated—Worst Actor
Max Payne 2008 Max Payne
The Lovely Bones 2009 Jack Salmon
Date Night 2010 Holbrooke Grant
The Other Guys 2010 Detective Terry Hoitz Lead role
Cubed 2010 Mark Wahlberg “Episode #2.14″
The Fighter 2010 Micky Ward African-American Film Critics Association for Best Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Contraband 2012 Chris Farraday
Ted 2012 John Bennett
Broken City 2013 Billy Taggart filming
Pain & Gain 2013 Daniel Lugo pre-production
List of credits as producer
Title Year Role Notes
Entourage 2004–11 Executive producer
We Own the Night 2007 Producer
In Treatment 2008–10 Executive producer
How to Make It in America 2010–11 Executive producer
Boardwalk Empire 2010–present Executive producer
The Fighter 2010 Producer
Contraband 2012 Producer

Who is Bryan Ferry?

Who is Bryan Ferry? The entertainment and music world knows him as Bryan Ferry, Ferry  is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. Ferry came to public prominence in the early 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the band Roxy Music, who enjoyed a highly successful career with three number one albums and ten singles entering the top ten charts in the United Kingdom. Ferry began his solo career in 1973, while still a member of Roxy Music, which continues to the present day.

Biography

Before Roxy Music (before 1971)

Ferry was born 26 September 1945, Washington, County Durham, UK into a working class family (his father, Fred Ferry, was a farmer who also looked after pit ponies),[1] Ferry attended Washington Grammar-Technical School (now called Washington School) on Spout Lane from 1957 and achieved nine O levels, then studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne under Richard Hamilton.[2] His contemporaries included Tim Head[3] and Nick de Ville.[4] He became a pottery teacher at Holland Park school in London.[5] Ferry formed the band The Banshees, and later, together with Graham Simpson, the band The Gas Board.[6]

Roxy Music and solo years (1971–1983)

Ferry formed Roxy Music with a group of friends and acquaintances, beginning with Graham Simpson, in November 1970. The line-up expanded to include saxophonist/oboist Andy Mackay and his acquaintance Brian Eno, who owned tape recorders and played Mackay’s synthesiser. Other early members included timpanist Dexter Lloyd and ex-Nice guitarist David O’List, who were replaced respectively by Paul Thompson and Phil Manzanera before the band recorded its first album. (Early Peel sessions for UK radio station Radio 1 feature O’List’s playing.)[7]
Roxy Music’s first hit, “Virginia Plain”, just missed topping the charts, and was followed up with several hit singles and albums, with Ferry as vocalist and occasional instrumentalist (he taught himself piano in his mid-twenties) and Eno contributing synthesiser backing.
For many years, Ferry has collaborated with fashion designer Antony Price for clothing and image consultations. Price is famous for his shop on London’s Kings Road. He created suits recognised worldwide for their elegance, and gained fame when celebrities and rock stars dressed in his designs.[8] Indeed, one comment by Nicky Haslam about Ferry was that he was more likely to redecorate a hotel room than to trash it.[9]

After their second album, Eno left Roxy Music, leaving Ferry its undisputed leader. Ferry had already started a parallel solo career in 1973, initially performing cover versions of old standards on albums such as These Foolish Things (1973) and Another Time, Another Place (1974), both of which reached the UK Top 5. After the concert tours in support of Siren, Roxy Music temporarily disbanded in 1976 though band-members Paul Thompson, Phil Manzanera and Eddie Jobson took part in recording Ferry’s subsequent solo material. In 1976, Ferry covered a Beatles song, “She’s Leaving Home” for the transitory musical documentary All This and World War II. He went on to release three solo albums during this period, Let’s Stick Together (1976), In Your Mind (1977) and The Bride Stripped Bare (1978), but by this time his career had begun to wane.
Roxy Music reconvened in 1979, with Ferry, Manzanera, Thompson and Mackay (Jobson was no longer a member). The band recorded the albums Manifesto (1979), Flesh + Blood (1980) and Avalon (1982), the latter two reaching number one in the UK album charts.[10] The band also achieved their first and only UK number one single, “Jealous Guy“, released in 1981 as a posthumous tribute to its author John Lennon who had been murdered some months earlier. It was the only one of their singles not written by Ferry.
After lengthy tours to promote the Avalon album in 1982, Ferry decided to put Roxy Music on hold and continue as a solo artist.

After Roxy Music (1985–2001)

Ferry continued to record, and released his sixth solo album, Boys and Girls, in 1985. The album reached number one in the UK, his first and only solo recording to do so, and also became his biggest selling album in the US.
In July 1985, Ferry performed at the London Live Aid show, again accompanied by David Gilmour.[11] He was hit with technical difficulties on sound, the drummer’s drumstick broke at the start of the first song “Sensation” and Gilmour’s Fender Stratocaster went dead, so he had to switch to his candy-apple red Stratocaster for the rest of the performance.[12] The difficulties in sound were overcome for “Slave to Love” (featured on the soundtrack to 9½ Weeks) and “Jealous Guy”. As with other successful Live Aid acts, his current album, Boys and Girls, remained in the chart for almost a year.
After the Avalon promotional tours, Ferry was rather reluctant to return to life on the road; however, a change of management persuaded him to try touring again in 1988 to promote the previous year’s Bête Noire release. Following the tour, Ferry teamed up again with Brian Eno for Mamouna (collaborating with Robin Trower on guitar and as producer). The album took more than five years to produce, and was created under the working title Horoscope. During production, Ferry simultaneously recorded and released another covers album, Taxi in 1993, which proved to be a greater commercial and critical success than Mamouna would be when it was finally released in 1994. In 1996, Ferry performed the song “Dance With Life” for the Phenomenon soundtrack, which was written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page. In 1999 Ferry appeared with Alan Partridge (played by Steve Coogan) on BBC’s Comic Relief.
After taking some time off from music, Ferry returned in 1999. He began to perform a mix of 1930s songs and songs of his own, including several from the Roxy collection, and recorded them on the album As Time Goes By, which was nominated for a Grammy award.[13]

Roxy Music reunion and continuing solo career (2001–present)

Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson re-reformed Roxy Music in 2001 and toured extensively for a couple of years though the band did not record any new material. In 2002, with the help of Manzanera and Thompson, Ferry returned with his next studio album, Frantic, which also featured a collaboration with Brian Eno. The album was a mix of new original material and covers – something that Ferry had not attempted on a solo album since The Bride Stripped Bare in 1978.
In 2003, Ferry provided the entertainment for the Miss World election, a show with an expected 2 billion viewers worldwide.[14] In 2004, Ferry starred in the short film The Porter. In 2005, it was confirmed[15] that Roxy Music (Ferry, Eno, Mackay, Manzanera and Thompson) would be performing further shows at that year’s Isle Of Wight festival and that they would also be recording a further album of new and original songs, with no indication of when such a project would reach completion.[16] Brian Eno confirmed[17] that he has worked in the studio with Roxy Music once more and has co-written songs for the new album. However, Ferry later debunked the idea of a new Roxy Music album and stated that the material from these sessions will most likely be released as part of his next solo album,[18] and that “I don’t think we’ll record as Roxy again.”[19]
In October 2006, Bryan Ferry modelled clothing range Autograph with British retailer, Marks and Spencer. In 2007, Ferry released the album Dylanesque, a tribute album to Bob Dylan. The album charted in the UK Top 10, and Ferry undertook a UK tour.
On October 7, 2008, Ferry was honored as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards. He joined past Icons including Peter Gabriel, Ray Davies, Steve Winwood, Van Morrison, amongst others.[20]
In 2009, Ferry provided vocals on DJ Hell‘s record, U Can Dance. A new version of the track was recorded for Ferry’s new studio album, Olympia, released in October 2010. The album contained the material he had been recorded with his former Roxy Music bandmembers, and also featured an impressive cast of other musicians such as Nile Rodgers, David A. Stewart, Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Johnny Greenwood and David Gilmour, and also featured model Kate Moss on the front cover. The album recieved excellent reviews and made the UK Top 20 as well as entering the U.S. Billboard Charts, pushed by it’s lead single “You Can Dance”.

Personal life

Several of the women Ferry has been involved with have appeared as cover models on the Roxy Music albums. Ferry dated singer and model Amanda Lear, who was photographed with a black jaguar for the cover of the For Your Pleasure album. She later went on to date David Bowie.[21]
Ferry then began a relationship with model Jerry Hall. Hall appeared in several of Ferry’s music videos, including “Let’s Stick Together” and “The Price of Love.” Ferry first met Hall when she posed for the Roxy Music album cover for Siren in Wales during the summer 1975. Hall’s autobiography Tall Tales describes the photo session, and she elaborates on how the blue body paint she wore to look like a mythical siren would not wash off; Hall says that Ferry took her back to his house, claiming he would help her to remove the paint.[22] Her stay at Ferry’s Holland Park (London) home, following the album cover photo shoot, marked the start of their affair. Hall and Ferry moved in together, sharing homes in London and in the ritzy Bel Air section of Los Angeles. His relationship with Hall ended when she left him for Mick Jagger in late 1977. To this day, Ferry rarely speaks about Hall, but fans often speculate that his song “Kiss and Tell” from the Bête Noire album was Ferry’s response to Hall’s tell-all book about their relationship.[23] Ferry often refuses to discuss his feelings about Hall or talk about their romantic history during interviews. Bryan Ferry’s solo album The Bride Stripped Bare is widely believed[24] to contain allusions to his break-up with Hall—particularly the song “When She Walks in the Room”. Ferry’s original songs on the album were in fact written some time before the relationship ended, although it was recorded afterwards.
Ferry eventually settled down to married life with Lucy Helmore, and they had four sons, including huntsman and political activist Otis, Isaac, Tara and Merlin.Tara was performing in a rock band called “Rubber Kiss Goodbye” and simultaneously studying at Chelsea College of Art and Design, according to the Sunday Times (28 Sept. 2008). Merlin studied at Marlborough College for his “A” Levels.
Ferry and Helmore split in the early 2000s and were divorced in 2003. After their separation, British newspapers photographed Ferry with Katie Turner, 35 years his junior, naming her as his new ‘girlfriend’.[25] Ferry and Turner met while she worked as one of the dancers on Roxy Music’s concert tour in 2001 (and is featured on the DVD of the 2001 Hammersmith Odeon Show). She went on to appear with Ferry on several TV shows to promote the Frantic album, and also performed on the Frantic tour in 2002. After their break-up, Ferry had a relationship with Lady Emily Compton, a socialite.[26] In 2006, he resumed his relationship with Katie Turner for some time. Ferry is now in a relationship with Amanda Sheppard, who previously worked in public relations, until she quit her job in 2009 after Ferry offered to financially support her.[27]

Political views

In 2008, Ferry alluded to support for the Conservative Party, referring to himself as “conservative by nature,” but essentially apolitical. Without elaborating, he stated he was “proud” of his son Otis and declared the ban on fox hunting “futile.” He also alluded to an opposition to “left-wing bitterness” and the spectre of “political correctness,” but the model of free speech he cited was the anarchic 1970s and not the Thatcher era or a more distant past.[28] In a 2009 interview, Ferry stated: “I would support a Cameron government. I have met him, and he’s a bright guy. I hope they do well. I don’t like the way the present Government has done things, most of all putting my son in prison for four and a half months, totally unlawfully … and that’s not just my opinion: judges, all sorts, have said it was a stitch-up. It was politically motivated. The poor lad just wants to live the traditional country life.”[29]
Ferry is a supporter of the Countryside Alliance and has played concerts to raise funds for the organisation.[30]

In other media

In 1985, Ferry contributed the song “Is Your Love Strong Enough” to the Ridley Scott-Tom Cruise film Legend. The song (featuring guitar work by David Gilmour) plays during the end credits of the U.S. theatrical release, and was released with the Tangerine Dream version of the soundtrack on CD (although this is out of print and rare). A promotional music video was created, integrating Ferry and Gilmour into scenes from the film; this is included as a bonus in the 2002 “Ultimate Edition” DVD release.
In 2005, Ferry appeared in Neil Jordan‘s movie, Breakfast on Pluto, starring Cillian Murphy as a young Irish transvestite who goes to London in the glam 1970s to find his mother. Ferry, appearing in a bit part as Mr. Silky String, played a suave but creepy john who picks up the sexually ambiguous young man and, after a short conversation, attempts to strangle him in the front seat of his car.
Ferry is referenced in the comedy show The Mighty Boosh in the episode “Hitcher”, as Vince Noir’s adopted father and King of the Forest. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that ‘Brian Ferry’ actually resembles Terry Wogan.
The song “Which Way to Turn” from the album Mamouna, is the feature song in the 2007 Woody Harrelson movie The Walker. Ferry’s song “Slave to Love“, from the album Boys and Girls, was featured in Bitter Moon, a 1992 film directed by Roman Polanski; the entire song is also played in a scene in the 1986 movie Nine 1/2 Weeks by Adrian Lyne.

Discography

 Studio albums


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Who is Miley Ray Stewart?

Who is Miley Ray Stewart? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Miley Cyrus, she is the central character of the Hannah Montana media franchise. The character was originated in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana and also appeared in the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie. Miley is a normal teenage girl who, as her alter ego Hannah Montana, secretly leads a double life as a world famous pop star.

Character development

The character was originally named Chloe Stewart but was changed to Miley Stewart.[2]

Casting

Cyrus learned about the casting for a new Disney show at the age of
11 through a Nashville talent agent. She sent in a tape auditioning for
the show’s best friend role, but received a call asking her to audition
for the lead. After she sent in a tape and was flown to Hollywood for
further auditions, Cyrus was told that she was too young and too small
for the role. However, Cyrus’ persistence and ability to sing in
addition to act caused the show’s producers to invite her back for
further auditions. Producers eventually narrowed the large pool of
candidates down to three actresses, including Cyrus and Taylor Momsen, and gave the part to Cyrus, then twelve.[3] According to Disney Channel president Gary Marsh, Cyrus was chosen because of her energetic and lively performance and was seen as a person who “loves every minute of life,”[4] with the “everyday relatability of Hilary Duff and the stage presence of Shania Twain.”[5]

Cyrus’ casting also led to the casting of her real life father, Billy Ray Cyrus,
as the father of her character on the show. Cyrus was initially wary;
according to her mother and co-manager, Tish Cyrus, “Miley’s concern at
the time was, oh my gosh, people are going to think I only got this part
because of my dad.”[3]
However, worried that her family would otherwise have to be separated
as they had been when her father first landed the lead in the television
series Doc, Cyrus relented and helped audition her father for the part.[3]

Character backstory

Miley was born in the fictional town of Crowley Corners in Tennessee
on November 23, 1992 (Cyrus’s real birth date). Her family consisted of
her parents Robby and Susan Stewart and an older brother named Jackson.
She also has many relatives in her extended family including her
grandmother Ruthie Stewart, Aunt Dolly (played by Dolly Parton), Uncle Earl and Aunt Pearl, and a cousin named Luanne. The characterizations given to most of her family members poke fun at country bumpkin
stereotypes. She also had a pet pig named Luanne and a pet hamster
named Leslie. She has a horse named Blue Jeans, who came from Tennessee
to Malibu to live with Miley and her family.

Miley received a love for music from her father, who was a popular
country music star. Her parents recognized Miley’s potential and gave
her a guitar on December 25, 2000. This event is shown in the episode “I
Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak” when Miley views it on her laptop.[6]

By the time she was 12 years old, Miley had become a famous pop star under the stage name
“Hannah Montana.” She goes to great lengths to disguise herself as
Hannah in order to keep her true identity a secret, because she is
worried that if people knew her secret they would like her just because
she’s famous. The only people who knew she’s Hannah before revealing her
identity to the world in I’ll Always Remember You, outside of her family are her best friends, Lilly Truscott, Oliver Oken and her bodyguard Roxy. However, in the episode “Hannah Montana to the Principal’s Office” it is shown that the President of the United States knows her secret.

Personal life

Apart from her life as a pop star, Miley leads a very normal life. She is fond of camping[7] and hanging out at the beach, but is not at all athletic.[8] She has a fear of spiders[9] and visiting the dentist.[10]
She also occasionally struggles with her school work and her self
confidence. She often goes through over-the -top schemes to deal with
her problems.

School

In the first season, Miley is an 8th grader at Seaview Middle School, and in the second season she enters Seaview High School. She became a sophomore in early episodes in Season 3 and later, a junior during the season before the beginning of Season 4. Despite her father offering her the option of homeschooling, Miley decided to attend Public School in order to be a “normal kid,” a decision she sometimes finds herself regretting.[11] Due to her double life, she is often in awkward positions and is forced to lie in order to keep her secret.

Miley’s best friends are classmates Lilly Truscott (Emily Osment) and Oliver Oken (Mitchel Musso) who both learn her secret and help her keep it from their other classmates.

Relationships

Miley is especially close with her father, from whom she receives
much good advice and emotional support. She also values her
relationships with her best friends Lilly and Oliver. However Miley is
shown to be very uncomfortable with the fact that they’re dating and
even stops them from being a couple. Her relationship with Lilly
occasionally suffers the occasional setback, but they always make up. In
the episode ‘What I Don’t Like About You’, Miley is asked to choose a
side between a fight Lilly and Oliver had. But Miley, showing what a
kind friend she was, made a mini-Indiana Joannie movie, which made Lilly
and Oliver forgive each other. Miley’s relationship with her brother
Jackson is often hostile. The two siblings constantly fight and trash
talk each other. However, in a few private conversations, both Miley and
Jackson say that they love and appreciate each other, but they are both
unwilling to admit this in public.[12]

Miley also has several dating relationships, many of which are short lived.

Oliver Oken (played by Mitchel Musso):
Miley and Lily’s best male friend. “In I Honestly Love You (No Not
You)”, Miley believes that Oliver is in love with her when she overhears
him (while asleep in the hospital because of a broken ankle) say “I
love you”. However after a talk with her dad she thinks that Oliver will
move on and so will Lilly but when Lilly announces that she is in love
with Oliver, Miley ends up telling her the truth. Lilly and Miley hatch a
plan to get Oliver back but only to find out that he was practicing
saying “I love you” so he could say it to Lilly. They both say that they
love each other in the end of the episode. (It is mentioned in this
episode that neither Oliver nor Miley have romantic feelings for each
other). However, Oliver did used to have romantic feelings towards
Hannah Montana before he knew she was Miley. Miley,at first, didn’t want
to tell him who she was, just in case he had romantic feelings for her
as Miley, but when she eventually told him, he saw her as just a friend.

Leslie “Jake” Ryan (played by Cody Linley):
Jake is a famous television star. Miley and Jake meet when he briefly
attends Seaview Middle School. Jake is attracted to Miley because she is
the only person at school who is not starstruck by his arrival. Miley
at first denies having feelings for him, but she tries to “make him
jealous” by using another guy. It works in a fortunate result of her and
Jake kissing, but Jake tells Miley he has to go shoot a movie in
Romania and she stands him up. Jake then reappears in “Achy Jakey Heart
Part 1 and tries to win Miley back. She decides to give him a chance,
after Jake revealing feelings for her on live national TV. Miley soon
tells Jake that she’s Hannah Montana, because Jake told his secret to
Miley. Jake tries to play normal like Miley, but when he cannot handle
the pressure of not getting what he wants, the two decide to be just
friends, although it is revealed to the audience in “Jake… Another
Piece of My Heart,” that both Jake and Miley still have feelings for
each other, but neither one is willing to admit it. In “He Could Be The
One”, Miley chooses Jake over Jesse (her guitarist) because they have so
much history and she believes he could be the one. They then officially
start dating. It was unknown whether they were still together or not
because Jake had never been seen or mentioned since the episode “He
could be the one”. However,in the season 4 episode “California Screamin”
it is implied that the two are still together as Miley talks about Jake
quite often in the episode suggesting that they haven’t broken up. In
the season 4 episode “It’s the End of Jake As We Know It” Oliver gets a
picture texted to his phone of Jake cheating on Miley, so Miley beats
Jake up on the taping of a Christmas special with guest star Sheryl Crow. This ends their relationship for good.

Travis Brody (played by Lucas Till):
Travis is a childhood friend from Tennessee. It is said in the movie
that they both used to like each other when they were younger. The two
become reacquainted during Miley’s return to Tennessee in Hannah Montana: The Movie.
He discovers that Miley is Hannah Montana and the two kiss, assuming
that they get together. However, even though the movie does not show it,
it is implied that they broke up due to the fact that Miley went back
to California and their relationship would not work long distance. Also,
he is not mentioned during the episodes following the movie.

Jesse (played by Drew Roy):
Is a part of Hannah’s band in episode “He Could Be The One”. Hannah
pretends to like Jesse, so that Robby will be thankful of Jake. But she
starts to have real feelings for him. Miley then has to listen to her
heart and chose the guy who could “be the one.” She ends up choosing
Jake over Jesse. In the season 4 episode “Been Here All Along”, She goes
out on a date with Jesse (as Miley), but gets angry when he took a
phone call from his father, since she blow off her “father- daughter
day” with her dad, but when Jesse tells her that he took the call
because his dad is stationed in Afghanistan and they don’t get to talk
often, Miley is inspired to hold a concert as Hannah for military
families. In another episode in the 4th season Miley reveals to Jesse
that she is Hannah. Yet to her surprise he already knows. Jesse can’t
take the pressure of dating Hannah and Miley and ends it with Miley. In
the end of the episode, Jesse comes back to Miley and then she reveals
her secret to the whole world.

Music

Although she never plays instruments while performing as Hannah,
Miley can play the piano and the guitar. She owns several acoustic and
electric guitars, including a black strat copy she nicknamed “Whammy Bar Wally”[13] and a pink sparkle electric acoustic Stardust Series Daisy Rock guitar.[14] In Hannah Montana: The Movie, Miley plays a custom built Gibson acoustic guitar.

While her father is her main songwriter, Miley has written a few of
her own songs. In “She’s a Supersneak,” Miley writes the song “I Miss
You” about her mother after learning her father is dating another woman.
(In real life, the song was written by Miley Cyrus for her grandfather Ron Cyrus.) In Hannah Montana: The Movie, Stewart writes “Butterfly Fly Away” and “The Climb“.
Stewart wrote “Butterfly Fly Away” after an argument with Travis (Till)
and her dad breaking off his relationship for her. In the story, “The
Climb” began when she was in the hen house writing. Travis (Till) told
her that the song didn’t represent who she is or how she feels. Later in
a concert, she performs it live revealing the entire song with its new
lyrics. Then, in the episode “He Could Be the One” Miley wrote a song
called “I’m Just Having Fun”. While practicing with her band, Miley
decided the song needed lyrical innovation and revamping. Then, when she
was mad at her father; Miley altered the lyrics to a “I don’t care what
you say, I don’t care what you say, just ’cause your my daddy doesn’t
mean you get it your way”. She decided to give up on the song, but later
with her guitar player she finally made it into “He Could Be the One”,
inspired by Jake (Cody Linley)and
Jesse ( her guitar player ). In the 4th season, Miley writes a bunch of
new songs that are heard and played throughout the season. She made a
song with Iyaz called “Gonna Get This”.

Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana is Miley Stewart’s alter ego. The character was originally going to be named Alexis Texas, but the name was changed to Hannah Montana.[15][16] Hannah exists as a secret identity, an extremely popular and influential worldwide popstar.
Hannah’s many fans are not aware that she is really just a normal
teenage girl, and Miley tries to keep her two lives separate from each
other.

Appearance

Hannah’s blonde wig is the primary difference between her and the
brunette Miley, although Hannah also wears more extravagant clothes,
make-up, and sometimes large sunglasses. In the Hannah Montana story, the famous blonde wig was picked out for Miley by Roxy.[17] (In real life, the wig was not chosen until the second episode. The original wig seen in the pilot
was a slightly different style.) Miley Stewart also mentions that she
intentionally patterned Hannah’s look after her godmother Dolly Parton.[18]

Miley previously experienced an image crisis in “Yet Another Side of
Me” in which she grew concerned that Hannah’s look might become
outdated. After considering a “Techno Hannah,” “Half-Dolla Hannah,” (Hip hop) and the “Anti-Hannah,” (Grunge) Miley decides that her fans like her for who she is.

Starting in the third season, Hannah’s look changes slightly. Her wig
is shorter and wavy and her fashion changes as well. This is discussed
on the DVD Keeping It Real in the bonus feature “Miley’s Makeover – Hannah Gets a New Look.” Cyrus and her team describe the new look as an “’80s flavored style with the glitz and glam of modern fashion.” It is also revealed in Super(stitious) Girl, as part of Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana, that she wears a single pink glove during concerts and it is also shown in music videos like It’s All Right Here and Let’s Get Crazy
that she does. It symbolizes how Hannah Montana is growing up as well.
In season 4, she gets a new wig that’s long again but curlier.

Career

Hannah Montana’s music career is very successful although there have
been a few slips. In the pilot episode she is said to be continuing a
“smash tour” which was being sold out. In “Yet Another Side of Me,” Robby says that he has written 15 straight number ones for her. However, he may have been exaggerating since in “Miley Hurt the Feelings of the Radio Star” he says he has written 14 number ones for her.[19] Hannah also wins several awards including a Silver Boot “Booty” award for best country pop crossover with the song “True Friend,”[20] and an International Music Award for Female Artist of the Year.[21] She is also honored with her own diamond on the Hollywood Parade of Diamonds, a parody of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[22] She also sings for the Queen of England and the President of the United States (President Martinez in a crossover episode and mentioned performing for President Obama
and Sasha and Malia Obama in season 4’s “Hannah Montana to the
Principal’s Office”). Hannah’s greatest rival is fellow pop star Mikayla
(Selena Gomez) who is determined to steal Hannah’s fans.[23]

Beyond her music career, Hannah also does some acting. She guest stars on the television show Zombie High as Zaronda, Princess of the Undead. Jake Ryan’s character saves Zaronda from the portal to the underworld.[24] Hannah later stars in her own feature film, Rob Reiner’s Indiana Joannie and the Curse of the Golden Cobra, alongside Chace Crawford.[25] Hannah also endorses perfume and skin care products.[26]

As a well known celebrity, Hannah makes regular appearances on talk
shows and attends glamorous parties. Despite being fictional, Hannah
knows many real life celebrities, including some who are friends of
Miley Cyrus, such as Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers.

Discography

Live albums

Purpose

Miley has several reasons for creating Hannah. She is afraid that if
the kids at school discover she is famous they won’t treat her the same.[27] While she enjoys the attention of her fame as Hannah, she equally enjoys the option of “stepping out” of her role.[28] Miley also values her privacy and doesn’t want fans or paparazzi
photographers mobbing her when she goes out in public. In this way,
Hannah Montana presents a unique inversion of typical celebrity
experiences. While most celebrities become famous as themselves and
later need disguises to not be noticed in public, Hannah Montana became
famous while in disguise, and now has the freedom to be in public as
herself.

As a secondary benefit, Miley also sometimes uses Hannah for specific purposes such as spying.[29]
She also uses Hannah in other ways. In “Money for Nothing, Guilt for
Free,” Hannah raises money for a school charity drive in which Miley is
competing. In “Bye Bye, Ball,” Hannah performs at a restaurant in order
to get a baseball autographed for Jackson. And in “Ready, Set, Don’t
Drive,” Hannah obtains a drivers license after Miley fails the test.
Hannah also sometimes tries to use her dual personality as an excuse.
For example, in “You Gotta Not Fight for Your Right to Party,” Miley
asks Robby to only ground Miley, not Hannah, because “Hannah didn’t do
anything wrong.”

Beyond the show

Hannah Montana as a character has found fame beyond the television
show, primarily as a recording artist and music performer. Three of the
seven released soundtracks (Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, and Hannah Montana: The Movie) topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.[30] From September 2006 to October 2006, she performed several songs from Hannah Montana during the The Party’s Just Begun Tour as an opening act for The Cheetah Girls.
Then, from October 2007 to January 2008, Miley Cyrus performed in a
successful concert tour as Hannah Montana. The tour, called the Best of Both Worlds Tour, became a classic example of life imitating art
as Hannah Montana’s fictional popularity seen in the television show
became a real-life fan base which bought out every concert. The
popularity of Hannah Montana has also given Miley Cyrus the opportunity
to become a pop star in her own right.

Hannah also appears in Hannah Montana: The Movie, the Hannah Montana book series, and two other Disney Channel shows in cameo appearances. The character appeared in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode “That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana” along with Raven Baxter, and The Suite Life on Deck episode “Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana” which also includes characters from Wizards of Waverly Place. (Although the characters from Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana never interact)

Miley’s secret

Keeping Miley’s secret involves a two sided effort. As Hannah, she
must keep her fans unaware that she is really a normal kid, and as
Miley, she must keep her friends unaware that she is really Hannah
Montana. In interviews, Miley Cyrus spoke of the implausibility of being
able to keep a secret such as Miley and her family do in the show in a
world of intense media scrutiny. The show however, remains workable
primarily based on suspension of disbelief.

In the show, three other people (Robby, Lilly, and Oliver) also wear
disguises when around Hannah to prevent anyone from drawing a connection
to Miley (Jackson is himself, only as a childhood friend). Hannah also
typically swaps limos as she leaves concert venues to keep the paparazzi
from following her home.[31]
Miley must also rely on the silence of the people who know her secret.
These include her family members, Robby, Jackson, Mammaw Ruthie, Aunt
Dolly, Uncle Earl and Aunt Pearl, her cousin Luann, her friends Lilly
Truscott and her parents, Oliver Oken and his mother, Jake Ryan, Farmine
and Roxy, as well as Officer Diaria and his daughter Kelsey, Siena and
the President of the United States. (This group grows exponentially at
the end of Hannah Montana: The Movie.)

Despite these careful efforts, her father seems to enjoy writing
Hannah songs which explicitly speak of her double life, such as “The Best of Both Worlds,”
“Just Like You,” “The Other Side of Me,” “Rock Star,” “Old Blue Jeans,”
“Just a Girl,” “Supergirl,” and “Ordinary Girl.” In frustration of
this, Miley once complained “You might as well tattoo ‘I’m really Miley
Stewart’ on my forehead!”[13] Also, in the episode Get Down Study-udy-udy,
Rico has almost discovered Miley’s secret according to the “Bone Dance”
which was created by Miley by rewritting the lyrics of “Nobody’s Perfect” and her voice singing it

In Hannah Montana: The Movie, Hannah reveals herself as Miley
during a concert in Crowley Corners, Tennessee,(her hometown) but her
fans do not want her to stop being Hannah, and so they promise to keep
her secret. This event is actually mentioned in For (Give) a Little Bit
during an argument between Miley and Jackson, meaning that the movie
would fit right in the middle of season 3 as if it were a part of the
season.

Near the end of the series, in I’ll Always Remember You,
Miley reveals her secret on The Jay Leno Show by taking off her wig and
singing a song called “Wherever I Go” as Miley. She gets a standing
ovation and the episode ends with Miley smiling. Lilly and Robby also
take off their disguises.

 


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Who is Alexa Ellesse Vega?

Who is Alexa Ellesse Vega? The entertainment and acting world knows her as  Alexa Vega, she is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Shilo Wallace in the film Repo! the Genetic Opera. In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby & The Rockits which in September 2009 after airing one season was officially cancelled by ABC Family.

Early life

Vega was born August 27, 1988 in Miami, Florida. Her father is Colombian and her mother, Gina Rue, is an American former model.[1][2][3] Alexa has six siblings: paternal half-sister Margaux Vega (b. 1981), sister Krizia Vega (b. 1990), sister Makenzie Vega (b. 1994; starred in Saw and Sin City),
maternal half-sister Greylin James (b.2000), maternal half-brother Jet
James (b. 2005), and maternal half-brother Cruz Hudson Rue (b. 2009).
She moved with her family to California when she was four years old.

Career

Acting

Jo Harding in Twister.

In 1996, Vega starred as young Jo Harding in Twister. She guest-starred in numerous television shows and films, including ER, Follow the Stars Home, Ghost Whisperer, and The Bernie Mac Show. She became known worldwide in 2001 for her role as Carmen Cortez in Spy Kids. The first Spy Kids movie was a huge success, and subsequently two sequels, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
were filmed. During the shooting of the three films, she performed most
of her own stunts. Vega reprised the role in the 2011 sequel, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.
In 2003, she was named one of that year’s hottest teen celebrities in the July 2003 issue Vanity Fair. In 2004, Vega finished filming two films: Sleepover and State’s Evidence. The he following year she starred in the Lifetime television film entitled Odd Girl Out as a victim of cyber-bullying. She also filmed for another made-for-TV movie, Walkout. In June 2006, she finished filming Remember the Daze, which was released in limited theaters on April 2007. She also finished filming Repo! the Genetic Opera, which was released in 2008.[4] Vega has also been confirmed as the lead role in Helix, written and directed by Aram Rappaport, which began filming in Chicago in March 2008. Vega was originally cast in the 2009 Robert Rodriguez film Shorts, however, due to her being in Australia for the filming of Broken Hill, she had to be recast. She was replaced by Kat Dennings.
Vega made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray in 2007.[5]
In 2009, she played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family television sitcom Ruby & The Rockits, which also starred Patrick and David Cassidy. The series was not renewed for a second season.
Vega played Wick in the 2012 film The Devil’s Carnival, an upcoming film from director Darren Lynn Bousman and screenwriter Terrance Zdunich, who previously worked with Vega in Repo! The Genetic Opera.[6]
Vega plays the young heroine in Aerosmith‘s music video Legendary Child.[7]

Music

She recorded three songs for the soundtracks while playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. She released her debut single, “Isle of Dreams”, to coincide with the release of the second film. She also released “Game Over”, for the third film. Another song, “Heart Drive” featuring Bobby Edner, was also recorded for Spy Kids 3. She also has recorded songs for the movie Repo! The Genetic Opera, released in 2008.
Vega sang the song “Christmas is the Time to Say ‘I Love You’” in the ABC Family film Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe. The track appears on the compilation album Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas, which was released on November 3, 2009 by Walt Disney Records. The music video for the song premiered during the ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas programming block in 2009.

Personal life

Sean  Covel

Vega enjoys freshwater fishing, can speak Spanish fluently, is an experienced gymnast, and describes herself as a Christian.[8][9] Vega married film producer Sean Covel on October 10, 2010 in a ceremony held in his hometown of Lead, South Dakota. She wore an Ian Stuart gown[10] and was walked down the aisle by Robert Rodriguez. Vega is close friends with Nikki Reed, and was the maid of honor at Reed’s wedding to Paul McDonald on October 16, 2011.
In July 2012, Vega announced on Twitter that she had divorced Covel.[11] Citing irreconcilable differences, Vega and her ex already have a division of property based upon a “written agreement.” [12]

Filmography

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993–
1994
Evening Shade Emily Newton 6 episodes
1995 ER Bonnie Howe Episode: “Sleepless in Chicago
Chicago Hope Sara Wilmette Episode: “Every Day a Little Death
1996 Life’s Work Tess Hunter Pilot
1998 The Magnificent Seven Olivia Greer Episode: “Safecracker
To Have & to Hold Kelly McGrail 7 episodes
1999 Ladies Man Wendy Stiles No. 2 9 episodes
2002 All That Carmen Cortez Episode: “Spy Kids/ Play
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Jill Episode: “Magic Jordan
2003 Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls Herself Episode: Siblings “Eli vs. Kali
2009 Ghost Whisperer Serena 2 episodes: “Endless Love” & “The Book of Changes
Ruby & The Rockits Ruby Gallagher main character, 10 episodes
2010 The Middle Morgan 2 episodes: “The Break-Up” and “Worry Duty
2012 Unsupervised Christina Main Role
Royal Pains Hollister Episode: “Imperfect Storm”
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Nine Months Molly Dwyer
It Was Him or Us Young Carrie TV film
1996 A Promise to Carolyn Young Kay TV film
Twister Jo Harding (age 5)
Shattered Mind Sarah also known as The Terror Inside
The Glimmer Man Cole’s Daughter cameo
Ghosts of Mississippi Claire DeLaughter
1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Gina direct-to-video
1999 NetForce Susie Michaels Mini-series
The Deep End of the Ocean Kerry Cappadora
Run the Wild Fields Opal ‘Pug’ Miller
2001 Follow the Stars Home Amy Williams also known as A Second Chance (Australia)
Spy Kids Carmen Cortez first starring role
2002 Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams Main Role
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Main Role
2004 Sleepover Julie Corky first main billing role
2005 Odd Girl Out Vanessa Lifetime Original Movie
2006 State’s Evidence Sandy Direct to DVD, filmed in 2004
Walkout Paula Crisostomo HBO original movie
Marrying God Ivy Short film
2007 Remember the Daze Holly originally titled “The Beautiful Ordinary”
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera Shilo Wallace
2009 Innocent Ashley originally titled “Helix”
Broken Hill Kat Rogers
2010 Mother’s Day Jenna Luther Minor role, second film with Darren Lynn Bousman; third with Matt O’Leary
Cafe Sally
2011 From Prada to Nada Mary
Summer Song Ellie Main role, second film with Aram Rappaport
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World Carmen Cortez Main role
2012 The Pregnancy Project Gaby Rodriguez Lifetime Original Movie
The Devil’s Carnival Wick short, third film with Darren Lynn Bousman
The Clockwork Girl Tesla Main role, voice
The Mine Sharon Main role, shot in 2009
2013 23 Blast Ashley Main role
Machete Kills [13] KillJoy First non-Spy Kids film with Robert Rodriguez

Discography

Singles

Year Song Album Writer(s) Label
2002 “Isle of Dreams” Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Milan Records
2003 “Game Over” Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Robert Rodriguez & Rebecca Rodriguez
“Heart Drive”
2008 “Seventeen” Repo! The Genetic Opera (soundtrack) Terrance Zdunich & Darren Smith Lionsgate Records
2009 “Lost In Your Own Life” Ruby & The Rockits Shaun Cassidy Hollywood Records
“You are Where I Live” David Cassidy
“The Way It’s Gonna Be”
“Forever Your Song”
“Too High a Price”
“Possibilities” (with Austin Butler)
“Now When I Close My Eyes”
Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You[14] Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe Billy Squier Walt Disney Records

Soundtrack

Music videos

Year Title Album Director Source
2002 “Isle of Dreams” Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
2009 “You are Where I Live” Ruby & The Rockits Ted Wass ABC Family/ABCFamily.com
2009 “Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You” Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe/ABC Family Channel
2004 “Game Over”


Who is Allah Rakha Rahman?

Who is Allah Rakha Rahman? The entertainment and music world knows him as A. R. Rahman, he an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist.[3] Described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time,[4] his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations.
His extensive body of work for film and the stage earned him the
nickname “the Mozart of Madras” and several Tamil commentators and fans
have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (English: Music Storm).[5] In 2009, Time placed Rahman in its list of World’s Most Influential People.[6] The UK based World Music magazine Songlines named him one of ‘Tomorrow’s World Music Icons’ in August 2011.[7]
Having set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record Inn at Chennai,
arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios,
Rahman’s film scoring career began in the early 1990s with the Tamil
film Roja. Working in India’s various film industries, international cinema and theatre, Rahman has reportedly sold more than 300 million records worldwide of his film scores and soundtracks as of 2009 for over 100 film scores worldwide, making him one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists.[8][9][10]
In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered
particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and
thus contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is currently
one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has
also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and
raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities.

Early life

A. R. Rahman was born as A. S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to a musically affluent Mudaliar Tamil family.[11] His father R. K. Shekhar, was a film music composer and conductor for Tamil as well as Malayalam films. Rahman used to assist his father during recordings and play keyboard
for the songs. Rahman lost his father at the age of 9 and his family
had to rent out his father’s musical equipment as their source of
income.[12] Rahman was raised by his mother Kareema (born Kashturi).[13]
During these formative years, Rahman served as a keyboard player and an
arranger in bands such as “Roots”, with childhood friend and
percussionist Sivamani, John Anthony, Suresh Peters, JoJo and Raja.[3] Rahman is the founder of the Chennai-based rock group, “Nemesis Avenue”.[14] He mastered various music instruments like Keyboard, Piano, Synthesizer, Harmonium and Guitar.
His curiosity in Synthesizer in particular, increased because, he says,
it was the “ideal combination of music and technology”.[citation needed]
He began early training in music under Master Dhanraj.[15][16]
At the age of 11, he started playing musical instruments in the
orchestra of Malayalam composer and a close friend of Rahman’s father, M. K. Arjunan.[17] Soon he started working with other composers such as M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Ramesh Naidu, Raj-Koti[16] and also accompanied Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship with Trinity College, London, board of the Trinity College of Music.[13] Studying in Chennai, he graduated with graded examinations and a diploma in Western classical music via the college.[18] He was introduced to Qadiri Islam
when his younger sister fell severely ill in 1984. Subsequently, Rahman
along with other members of his family converted to Islam in 1989, when
he was 23 years old. He changed his name from A. S. Dileep Kumar to
Allah Rakha Rahman i.e. A. R. Rahman.[13][19]

Career

Film scoring and soundtracks

When he was nine, Rahman accidentally played a tune on piano during
his father’s recording for a film, which R. K. Shekhar later developed
into a complete song, “Vellithen Kinnam Pol”, for the Malayalam film Penpada. This track credited to his father, was sung by Jayachandran and penned by Bharanikkavu Sivakumar.[20] His film career began in 1992, when he started Panchathan Record Inn,
a music recording and mixing studio attached to the backyard of his
house. Over time it would become the most advanced recording studio in
India,[21] and arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios.[22] He initially composed scores for documentaries, jingles for advertisements and Indian Television
channels and other projects. In 1987 Rahman, then still known as Dileep
got his first opportunity to compose jingles for new range of watches
being launched by Allwyn.[23] In 1992, he was approached by film director Mani Ratnam to compose the score and soundtrack for Ratnam’s Tamil film Roja.[21][24] The debut led Rahman to receive the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards, an unprecedented win for a first-time film composer. Rahman has since been awarded the Silver Lotus three more times for Minsara Kanavu (Tamil) in 1997, Lagaan (Hindi) in 2002, Kannathil Muthamittal (Tamil) in 2003, the most ever by any composer.[25]


Roja’s score met with high sales and acclaim in both its original and dubbed versions, led by the theme song “Chinna Chinna Aasai” bringing about a marked change in film music at the time. Rahman followed this with successful scores for Tamil–language films of the Chennai film industry including Ratnam’s politically charged Bombay, the urbanite Kadhalan, Thiruda Thiruda and S. Shankar‘s debut film Gentleman, spurred by the popular dance song “Chikku Bukku Rayile“.[26][27][28][29] Rahman worked with director Bharathiraaja‘s Kizhakku Cheemayile and Karuththamma, producing successful Tamil rural folk inspired scores and delivered the grand saxophonic score for K. Balachander‘s Duet.[30][31] The 1995 film Indira and the romantic comedies Mr. Romeo and Love Birds all gained him considerable notice.[32][33][34] His fanbase in Japan increased with Muthu ‘s success there.[35]
His soundtracks gained him recognition in the Tamil Nadu film industry
and around the world for his stylistic versatility incorporating Western classical, Carnatic and Tamil traditional/folk music traditions, jazz, reggae and rock music.[36][37][38][39] The soundtrack of Bombay sold 12 million copies worldwide.[40] The “Bombay Theme“—from Ratnam’s Bombay—would later reappear in his score of Deepa Mehta‘s Fire and various compilations and media around the world. It was featured in the Palestinian film Divine Intervention in 2002, and in the Nicolas Cage film Lord of War, in 2005. Rangeela, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, marked Rahman’s debut for Hindi-language films made in the Mumbai film industry.[41] Many successful scores for films including Dil Se.. and the percussive Taal followed.[42][43] Sufi mysticism would inspire the track “Chaiyya Chaiyya” from the former, as well as the composition “Zikr” from his score for the film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero for which he created large symphonic orchestral and choral arrangements.[19] His score for the Chennai production Minsaara Kanavu garnered Rahman his second National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1997, and a South FilmFare Award for Best Music Direction in a Tamil film,
breaking a record with six consecutive wins in the latter category.
Rahman would go onto win the award a further three consecutive times.
Musical cues in scores for Sangamam and Iruvar employed Carnatic vocals and instruments such as the veena with leads of rock guitar and jazz.[44] In the 2000s Rahman created hit scores for Rajiv Menon‘s Kandukondain Kandukondain, Alaipayuthey, Ashutosh Gowariker‘s Swades and Rang De Basanti.[45] He composed songs with Hindustani motifs for Water (2005). By the end of 2003, Rahman had sold more than 150 million records of his film scores and soundtracks for over 50 film scores worldwide.[10][40][46]
Rahman has worked with Indian poets and lyricists such as Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Vairamuthu and Vaali. He has consistently produced commercially successful soundtracks when collaborating with particular film directors such as Mani Ratnam, who he has worked with since Roja, and the director S. Shankar in the films Gentleman, Kadhalan, Indian, Jeans, Mudhalvan, Nayak, Boys, Sivaji and lately for Enthiran.[47]
In 2005, Rahman extended his Panchathan Record Inn studio by establishing AM Studios in Kodambakkam, Chennai, thereby creating the most cutting-edge studio in Asia.[48][49] In 2006, Rahman launched his own music label, KM Music.[50] Its first release was his score to the film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal.[51] Rahman scored the Mandarin language picture Warriors of Heaven and Earth in 2003 after researching and utilizing Chinese and Japanese classical music,[52] and won the Just Plain Folks Music Award For Best Music Album for his score of the 2006 film Varalaru (God Father).[53] He co-scored the Shekhar Kapur project and his first British film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, in 2007.[54] He garnered an Asian Film Award nomination for Best Composer at the Hong Kong International Film Festival for his Jodhaa Akbar score.[55] His compositions have been sampled for other scores within India,[56] and appeared in such films as Inside Man, Lord of War, Divine Intervention and The Accidental Husband. In 2008, Rahman scored his first Hollywood picture, the comedy Couples Retreat released the next year, which won him the BMI London Award for Best Score.[57] Rahman scored the film Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, for which he won a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, becoming the first Asian to do so. The songs “Jai Ho” and “O…Saya
from the soundtrack of this film met with commercial success
internationally. In 2010, Rahman composed scores for the romance film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, blockbuster sci-fi romance film Enthiran and Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours. Rahman started off the year 2011 by scoring Imtiaz Ali‘s musical film Rockstar. The soundtrack became a phenomenal success and earned Rahman immense critical praise.[58]

Performing and other projects

Rahman has been involved in several projects aside from film. Vande Mataram,
an album of his original compositions released on India’s 50th
anniversary of independence in 1997, enjoyed great commercial success.[59][60][61] Vande Mataram is the largest selling Indian non-film album to date.[62] He followed it up with an album for the Bharat Bala–directed video Jana Gana Mana, a conglomeration of performances by many leading exponents and artists of Indian classical music.[63]
Rahman has written jingles for ads and composed several orchestrations
for athletic events, television and internet media publications,
documentaries and short films.[64] He frequently enlists the Czech Film Orchestra, Prague and the Chennai Strings Orchestra.
In 1999, Rahman partnered with choreographers Shobana and Prabhu Deva and a Tamil cinema dancing troupe to perform with Michael Jackson in Munich, Germany at his “Michael Jackson and Friends” concert.[65] In 2002, he composed the music for his maiden stage production, Bombay Dreams, commissioned by musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.[66] Finnish folk music band Värttinä collaborated with Rahman to write the music for The Lord of the Rings theatre production and in 2004,[25] Rahman composed the piece “Raga’s Dance” for Vanessa-Mae‘s album Choreography performed by Mae and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[67]

Since 2004, Rahman has performed three successful world tours to audiences in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and India.[25][68] He has been collaborating with Karen David for her upcoming studio album. A two-disc soundtrack, Introducing A. R. Rahman (2006) featuring 25 of his pieces from Tamil film scores was released in May 2006,[69] and his non-film album, Connections was released on 12 December 2008.[70] Rahman also performed at the White House State dinner arranged by US President Barack Obama during the official visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 24, 2009.[71] Rahman is one of over 70 artists who performed on “We Are the World 25 for Haiti“, a charity single to raise emergency relief funds in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[72] In 2010, Rahman composed “Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the formation of Gujarat State,[73]

Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam” as part of World Classical Tamil Conference 2010,[74] and the official theme song of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, “Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto“.[75] Rahman organised his first world tour, named A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour,
in 2010. The ongoing tour was kicked off on June 11 at the Nassau
Coliseum in New York and will span 16 major cities worldwide.[76]
Some of his notable compositions were performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2010.[77] In February 2011, Rahman collaborated with Michael Bolton for his new studio album Gems – The Duets Collection.[78][79] Rahman reworked on his song “Sajna” from the 2009 American film Couples Retreat to create the track.[80]
On 20 May 2011, English musician Mick Jagger announced the formation of a new supergroup, SuperHeavy, which includes Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and Rahman.[81] The band’s self-titled album is slated for release in September 2011.[82]
The album will see Mick Jagger singing in Rahman’s composition
“Satyameva Jayate”, which translates to “the truth alone triumphs”.[83]
In January 2012, it was announced the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg would join KM Music Conservatory
musicians in a 100-member concert tour of five Indian cities performing
Rahman’s compositions. The tour, named “Germany and India 2011–2012:
Infinite Opportunities’. Classic Incantations”, will mark the centenary
of Indian cinema and of Studio Babelsberg, the world’s oldest film
studio.

Music style and impact

Skilled in Carnatic music, Western classical, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,
Rahman has been noted to write film songs that amalgamate elements of
these music systems and other genres, layering instruments from
differing music idioms in an improvisatory manner.[19][84] Symphonic orchestral themes have accompanied his scores, occasionally employing leitmotif. In the 1980s, Rahman recorded and played arrangements on monophonic sound, synonymous with the era of his musical predecessors K. V. Mahadevan and VishwanathanRamamoorthy.
In later years his methodology changed as he experimented with the
fusion of traditional instruments with new electronic sounds and
technology.[19][85]
Rahman’s musical interests and outlook stem from his love of
experimentation. Rahman’s compositions, in the vein of past and
contemporary Chennai film composers, bring out auteuristic uses of counterpoint, orchestration and the human voice, melding Indian pop music with unique timbre,
forms and instrumentation. By virtue of these qualities, broad ranging
lyrics and his syncretic style, the appeal of his music cuts across the
spectrum of classes and cultures within Indian society.[86]
His first soundtrack for Roja was listed in Time‘s10 Best Soundtracks” of all time in 2005. Film critic Richard Corliss
felt the “astonishing debut work parades Rahman’s gift for alchemizing
outside influences until they are totally Tamil, totally Rahman.”[87] Rahman’s initial global reach is attributed to the South Asian diaspora.
Described as one of the most innovative composers to ever work in the
industry, his unique style and immense success transformed film music in
the 1990s prompting several film producers to take film music more
seriously.[88] The music producer Ron Fair considers Rahman to be “one of the world’s great living composers in any medium”.[89]
The director Baz Luhrmann notes

I had come to the music of A. R. Rahman through the emotional and haunting score of Bombay and the wit and celebration of Lagaan.
But the more of AR’s music I encountered the more I was to be amazed at
the sheer diversity of styles: from swinging brass bands to triumphant
anthems; from joyous pop to West-End musicals. Whatever the style, A. R.
Rahman’s music always possesses a profound sense of humanity and
spirit, qualities that inspire me the most.[90]

Rahman has introduced the 7.1 technology in south Indian movies to provide better output.[91]

Awards

Rahman was the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music.[92] He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four-time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South for his music and scores.[1] He has been conferred Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu for excellence in the field of music, special music achievement awards from the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Padma Shri from the Government of India.[93] In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music.[94] In 2007, Rahman was entered into the Limca Book of Records as “Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music”,[95] and the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the original composer of “Maa Tujhe Salaam”, from the album Vande Mataram – the song performed in the most number of languages worldwide (265).[96] He is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Rotary Club of Madras.[97] In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score,[98] the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards. Rahman has received honorary doctorates from Middlesex University and Aligarh Muslim University.[99][100] Later the year Rahman was conferred the honorary doctorate from Anna University in Chennai.[101] He has also won two Grammy Awards, for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for a Visual Media.[102] Rahman was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, in 2010.[103] Rahman’s work for the film 127 Hours
garnered him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and two Academy Award nominations for
Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song in 2011.[104][105][106] He is an Honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, presented to him by Trinity College London.[107]
On May 7, 2012, he was conferred Honorary Doctorate from the Miami University, Ohio. During the acceptance speech, he mentioned that he received a Christmas card from the US President’s family and an invitation for the dinner at White House.[108]

Personal life

Rahman and his wife

He is married to Saira Banu and has three children, Khatija, Rahima, and Ameen.[109] Ameen sings the track “NaNa” from Couples Retreat and his daughter Khatija the track “Pudhiya Manidha” from Enthiran.[110][111] Rahman is the uncle of composer G. V. Prakash Kumar, who is the son of Rahman’s elder sister, A. R. Reihana.[112] Prakash Kumar’s first work in film was singing on the Rahman composition “Chikku Bukku Rayile” from his score to the 1993 film Gentleman.[113] A. R. Reihana debuted in film singing on the track “Vidai Kodu Engal Naadae” from Kannathil Muthamittal
and is also a music director. Rahman’s younger sister Fathima is in
charge of his Music conservatory in Chennai. The youngest Ishrath has
her own music studio.[114] A. R. Rahman is brother-in-law of film actor Rahman.[115]
An atheist through much of his childhood, in 1989 Rahman converted to
Islam, the religion of his mother’s family. After the early death of
his father, his family went through hard times and Sufism had a great influence on his mother and slowly on his family.[116][117] During the 81st Academy Awards ceremony, he paid tribute to his mother, saying “There is a Hindi dialogue, mere pass ma hai, which means ‘even if I have got nothing I have my mother here’.”[118] He also began his own catchphrase, “Ella pughazhum iraivanukke“, in Tamil
which literally means “All praises dedicated to God”. The phrase was
popularized after Rahman uttered it prior to his speech at the 81st
Academy Awards ceremony.[119]

Humanitarian work

Rahman is involved in various charitable causes. In 2004, he was appointed as the Global Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a project by WHO.[25] He has shown support to charities including Save the Children, India, and worked with Yusuf Islam for his song “Indian Ocean”. The song featured a-ha keyboard player Magne Furuholmen and drummer Travis, Neil Primrose. The proceeds of the song went towards helping orphans in Banda Aceh, that was affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.[120] He produced the single “We Can Make It Better” by Don Asian alongside Mukhtar Sahota.[121] In 2008, Rahman opened his KM Music Conservatory
partnered with Audio Media Education facility to tutor and train
aspiring musicians in vocals, instruments, music technology and sound
design. The conservatory – with preeminent musicians on its panel and a
newly founded symphony orchestra – is located near his studio in Kodambakkam, Chennai, offering courses at Beginners, Foundation and Diploma level. Violinist L. Subramaniam is on its board of advisors.[122] Several of Rahman’s proteges from the studio have gone onto score music for feature films.[123] Rahman composed the theme music for a short film for The Banyan in 2006, in aid of destitute women in Chennai.[124] In 2008, Rahman with noted percussionist Sivamani created a song titled “Jiya Se Jiya”, inspired by the Free Hugs Campaign and promoted it through a video shot in various cities in India.[125]

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Who is Mary Frances Reynolds?

Who is Mary Frances Reynolds? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Debbie Reynolds, she is an American actress, singer, and dancer and mother of actress/author Carrie Fisher. Reynolds’ marriage to Eddie Fisher ended in divorce in 1959 when he went to marry her former (and later) friend Elizabeth Taylor. She is also a collector of film memorabilia.

Early life

Debbie Reynolds was born April 1, 1932 Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (née Harmon; 1913–1999) and Raymond Francis Reynolds (1903–1986), who was a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad.[1][2] Her parents were of Irish ancestry.[3] Reynolds was a Girl Scout and a troop leader (a scholarship in her name is offered to high-school age Girl Scouts). Her family moved to Burbank, California, in 1939, and she was raised in a strict Nazarene faith. At age 16, while a student at Burbank’s John Burroughs High School, Reynolds won the Miss Burbank Beauty Contest, a contract with Warner Brothers, and acquired a new first name.

Career

Reynolds regularly appeared in movie musicals during the 1950s and had several hit records during the period. Her song “Aba Daba Honeymoon” (featured in the 1950 film Two Weeks with Love as a duet with Carleton Carpenter) was a top-three hit in 1951. Her most high-profile film role was in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) as Kathy Selden. In Bundle of Joy (1956) she appeared with her then-husband, Eddie Fisher.

Her recording of the song “Tammy” (from her 1957 film Tammy and the Bachelor) earned her a gold record,[4] and was the best-selling single by a female vocalist in 1957. It was number one for five weeks on the Billboard pop charts. In the movie (the first of the Tammy film series), she co-starred with Leslie Nielsen.
In 1959, Reynolds recorded her first album for Dot Records, simply called Debbie, which included her own selection of twelve standards including “S’posin'”, “Moonglow”, “Mean To Me” and “Time After Time”. Bing Crosby paid tribute to Reynolds in the sleeve notes accompanying the album thus:

Someone recently said, and with reasonable accuracy I would think, that good singers make good actors. Evidence in support of this belief is available in the recent performances of Sinatra and Martin, for instance, but I would like to put forth also the proposition that the reverse is quite true: good actors make good singers. Assuming they can carry a tune. We all know that Debbie is better than a good actress — she’s VERY good, and we all know she can sing with a lilt and a listenable quality that’s genuinely pleasant and agreeable. Witness “Tammy”. It was small surprise to me then that when I listened to this beautiful album she has etched for Dot, I found myself captivated and enchanted. Quite obviously Debbie had spent a great deal of time selecting the songs to be included, because she’s made them her own, and invested them with a sincerity that’s inescapable — of contrasting moods to be sure, but the moods are there, and to me, mighty effective. And that, mes amis, is artistry.

Reynolds also scored two other top-25 Billboard hits with “A Very Special Love” (1958) and “Am I That Easy to Forget” (1960)

 — a pop-music version of a country-music hit made famous by both songwriters Carl Belew (in 1959), Skeeter Davis (in 1960), and several years later by singer Engelbert Humperdinck. She has released several albums of both her vintage performances and her later recordings.

During these years, she also headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms.
Her starring role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) led to a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She then portrayed Jeanine Deckers in The Singing Nun (1966).
In what Reynolds has called the “stupidest mistake of my entire career”,[5] she made headlines in 1970 after instigating a fight with the NBC television network over cigarette advertising on her eponymous television series; NBC cancelled the show.[5]
She continues to make appearances in film and television. She played Helen Chappel Hackett‘s mother, Deedee Chappel, on an episode of “Wings” entitled, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother”, which originally aired on November 22, 1994.[6] From 1999 to its 2006 series finale, she played Grace Adler‘s ditzy mother, Bobbi Adler, on the NBC sitcom Will &Grace (1998–2006), which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000. She also plays a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown film series as Aggie Cromwell. Reynolds made a guest appearance as a presenter at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997.
She is currently performing in her West End show Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous. In June 2010, her publicist Edward Lozzi secured her a role as a regular columnist for the weekly paper Globe, replacing Ivana Trump in answering reader queries.

Awards and nominations

Reynolds won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Catered Affair (1956).
She has received various nominations for awards including: an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for The Debbie Reynolds Show (1970), a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Mother (1996) and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for her role of Bobbi Adler in the sitcom Will & Grace (2000). In 1996 and 1997, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy, in the American Comedy Awards.
Her foot and hand prints are preserved at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard.
In November 2006, Reynolds received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Chapman University (Orange, California). On May 17, 2007, she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Nevada, Reno, (Reno, Nevada) where she had contributed for many years to the film-studies program. In her acceptance speech, she referred to the University as “Nevahda…Arizona”.[citation needed]

Film memorabilia

Reynolds has amassed a large collection of movie memorabilia, beginning with the landmark 1970 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer auction, and displayed them, first in a museum at her Las Vegas hotel and casino during the 1990s and later in a museum close to the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. On several occasions, she has auctioned off items from the collection.
The museum was to relocate to be the centerpiece of the Belle Island Village tourist attraction in the resort city of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but the developer went bankrupt.[7][8] The museum itself filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy[9] in June 2009.[7]

Todd Fisher, Reynolds’ son, announced that his mother was “heartbroken” to have to auction off her collection.[7] It was valued at $10.79 million in the bankruptcy filing.[8] The Vancouver Sun reported that Profiles in History has been given the responsibility of conducting a series of auctions beginning in June and continuing into December 2011.[10] Among the “more than 3500 costumes, 20,000 photographs, and thousands of movie posters, costume sketches, and props” to be sold are Charlie Chaplin‘s bowler hat and Marilyn Monroe‘s white “subway dress”, whose skirt is lifted up by the breeze from a passing subway train in the film The Seven Year Itch.[10]
On June 18, 2011, the subway dress was sold for $4.6 million dollars, far in excess of pre-auction estimates of $1-2 million.[11] Another Monroe dress, which she wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, fetched $1.2 million, four times the upper pre-sale expectation.[11]

Personal life

Eddie Fisher

Reynolds has been married three times.She and Eddie Fisher were married in 1955. They are the parents of Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. A public scandal ensued when Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor fell in love following the death of Taylor’s then-husband Mike Todd, and Reynolds and Fisher were divorced in 1959. In 2011, first on the Oprah show only weeks before Elizabeth Taylor’s death from congestive heart failure, Reynolds explained that she and Taylor happened to be traveling on the ocean liner “Queen Elizabeth” at the same time when they made up. Debbie sent a note to Taylor’s room, and Taylor sent a note in reply asking to have dinner with Debbie and end their feud. The two reconciled, and, as Debbie put it, “…we had a wonderful evening with a lot of laughs”. Reynolds said of Taylor in an interview with Popeater that “[Elizabeth] went through her younger years of just obtaining what she wanted, and later in life she became a little more aware of other people’s feelings” and also said of her legendary friend, “Elizabeth worked really hard all of her life and she raised her children really well. She worked really hard for HIV; I’ve worked hard for mental health. We both feel we’ve done our job and our commitment to the community” and “I’m very sorry for Elizabeth’s passing. She was the most glamorous star of our generation, and women liked her and men adored her, including my husband [Fisher]. She was a symbol of stardom and her legacy will go on forever”.

Harry Karl

Her second marriage, to millionaire businessman Harry Karl, lasted from 1960 to 1973. At its end, she found herself in financial difficulty because of Karl’s gambling and bad investments.

Richard Hamlett

Reynolds was married to real estate developer Richard Hamlett from 1984 to 1996. They purchased Greek Isles Hotel & Casino, a small hotel and casino in Las Vegas, but it was not a success. In 1997, Reynolds was forced to declare bankruptcy.[12]
Reynolds has been active in the Thalians Club, a charitable organization.
She resides in Beverly Hills next door to her daughter Carrie.
Her maternal grandmother Joan Harmon (September 5, 1883 – October 31, 1932) was an actress who worked on Broadway from 1929 until late 1930.
In keeping with the celebrity tradition of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival of Winchester, Virginia, Reynolds was honored as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 ABF that took place from April 26 to May 1, 2011.[13]

Filmography

Features:

Short subjects:

  • A Visit with Debbie Reynolds (1959)
  • The Story of a Dress (1964)

Television work

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Who is Russell Brand?

Who is Russell Edward Brand? The Comedy and entertainment world knows him as Russell Brand, he is an English comedian, actor, columnist, singer, author and radio/television presenter.
Brand’s childhood and early adulthood were marked with personal misfortune and addiction. After successfully exiting rehab, Brand achieved fame in the UK in 2003 for his Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Although he had previously acted in movies and television, his first major role was in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall which led to a starring role in 2010’s Get Him to the Greek. He has also been a voice actor for animated films such as 2010’s Despicable Me and the 2011 film Hop. He starred in the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film Arthur.
Brand is noted for his eccentricity and his controversies in the British media, including his dismissal from MTV for dressing up as Osama Bin Laden and controversies while presenting at various award ceremonies. The 2008 prank telephone calls he made to Andrew Sachs while co-hosting The Russell Brand Show with Jonathan Ross led to his resignation from the BBC and major policy changes in that organisation. His prior drug use and promiscuity influenced his comedic material and public image. He married American pop singer Katy Perry in October 2010.[4]

Early life

Brand was born June 4, 1975, in Orsett Hospital, Grays, Essex, England, the only child of Barbara Elizabeth and photographer Ronald Henry Brand.[5] Brand’s parents separated when he was six months old, and he was raised by his mother; he has described his childhood as isolated and lonely.[6] When Brand was seven, he was sexually abused by a tutor.[7] When Brand was eight, his mother contracted uterine cancer; a year later she contracted breast cancer.[8] Brand stayed with relatives while his mother underwent treatment.[8] When Brand was 14, he suffered from bulimia nervosa. He left home at age 16 because of differences with his mother’s live-in partner.[8] His mother had lymphoma during this time and he began using recreational drugs such as cannabis, amphetamines, LSD and ecstasy[8][9] Brand said during an interview on National Public Radio‘s Weekend Edition Saturday that he had “a strange relationship with his father, whom he saw sporadically and who took him to visit prostitutes during a trip to the Far East”.[10] After Brand’s parents divorced, his father remarried twice.[11] Later, he also began using cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. 

Brand attended Grays School Media Arts College, a comprehensive. He made his theatrical debut at the age of 15, playing the role of Fat Sam in a school production of Bugsy Malone, which prompted him to become an actor. He began working as an extra, and applied to study at the Italia Conti Academy. He was accepted, and Essex council funded his tuition for an introductory year, with potential funding for three additional years. Brand joined the Academy in 1991, but was expelled during his introductory year for his bad behaviour and use of drugs. Afterward, Brand had small acting roles in children’s show Mud and police dramaThe Bill.
In 1995, Brand applied for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Drama Centre London and was accepted to Drama Centre. He was expelled in the final term of his last year for smashing a glass over his head and then stabbing himself in the chest and arms after his hearing a criticism of his performance. After leaving Drama Centre, Brand decided to focus on comedy, and began writing material with Karl Theobald. They formed a short-lived double act, Theobald and Brand on Ice.

Career

Stand-up

Brand’s first significant stand-up appearance was at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000. Although he finished fourth, his performance attracted the attention of an agent, Nigel Klarfeld of Gagged and Bound Comedy Ltd.[12] That year, he also made his Edinburgh debut as one-third of the stand-up show Pablo Diablo’s Cryptic Triptych, alongside ventriloquist Mark Felgate and Anglo-Iranian comic Shappi Khorsandi.
In 2004, he took his first one-man show, the confessional Better Now to the Edinburgh Festival, giving an honest account of his heroin addiction. He returned the following year with Eroticised Humour. He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006. Brand drew on embarrassing incidents in his own life and the tabloid press’s treatment of him since he became famous. The show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live.

Secret Policeman’s Ball

Brand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at the 2006 Secret Policeman’s Ball. In March 2007, he co-hosted an evening of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs with Noel Fielding. In December 2007, Brand performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.
His second nationwide tour, in 2007, was called Russell Brand: Only Joking and released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin’ Life.
Brand began performing in the US, and recorded a special for Comedy Central titled Russell Brand in New York, which aired in March 2009.[13] Brand began touring the UK, America and Australia from January to April 2009 on a tour called Russell Brand: Scandalous.[14] In October, a further four dates that were performed in November were added to raise money for Focus 12, the drug charity for which Brand is a patron.[15] Russell Brand: Scandalous was released on DVD on 9 November 2009.

Presenting

Brand’s first presenting role came in 2000 as a video journalist on the MTV. He presented Dancefloor Chart, touring nightclubs in Britain and Ibiza, and hosted the tea-time request show Select. However, Brand was fired after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 11 September 2001 attacks and bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.[16]
After leaving MTV, Brand starred in RE:Brand, a British documentary and comedy television programme that aimed to take a challenging look at cultural taboos. It was conceived, written, and hosted by Brand, with the help of his comic partner on many projects, Matt Morgan. The series was shown on the now-defunct digital satellite channel UK Play in 2002.
In 2004, he hosted Big Brother’s Eforum on E4, a sister show to Big Brother 5. The show gave celebrity guests and the public the chance to have their say on the goings-on inside the Big Brother house. For Big Brother 6, the show’s name changed to Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Following Celebrity Big Brother 5, Brand said he would not return to host the Big Brother 8 series of Big Brother’s Big Mouth. In a statement, Brand thanked all the producers for “taking the risk of employing an ex-junkie twerp” to front the show. Of his time presenting the show, he said, “The three years I’ve spent on Big Brother’s Big Mouth have been an unprecedented joy”.[17]
Brand hosted a one-off special called Big Brother According to Russell Brand, in which Brand took a surreal, sideways look at Big Brother through the ages. On 8 January 2008, Brand was the fifth celebrity to “hijack” the Big Brother house,[18] in the E4 show Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack. Brand next returned to MTV in the spring of 2006 as presenter of the chat show 1 Leicester Square, which initially aired at 8 pm on Sundays before being shifted to a post-watershed time of 10 pm on Mondays, allowing for a more adult-oriented theme. Guests have included Tom Cruise, Uma Thurman, The Mighty Boosh, and Boy George. A second series began in September 2006 on MTV UK. After Big Brother 7 finished, Brand presented a debate show called Russell Brand’s Got Issues, on digital channel E4. The viewing figures for the first episode were seen as disappointing, being beaten by nearly all of E4’s main multi-channel rivals despite a big publicity and promotional campaign for the show. The poor ratings prompted the network to repackage the show as The Russell Brand Show and move it to Channel 4.[19] The first episode was broadcast on 24 November on Channel 4,[20] and it ran for five weeks.
Brand presented the 2006 NME Awards. At the ceremony Bob Geldof, who was accepting an award from Brand, said at the podium, “Russell Brand – what a cunt“, to which Brand replied, “Really it’s no surprise [Geldof]‘s such an expert on famine. He has after all been dining out on ‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘ for 30 years”.[21] Brand hosted the 2007 BRIT Awards and presented Oasis with an “Outstanding Contribution to Music” award at the event.[22] He also hosted one hour of Comic Relief. On 7 July 2007, he presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.
On 12 December 2007, BBC Four aired Russell Brand On the Road, a documentary presented by Brand and Matt Morgan about the writer Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road. Brand returned to Channel 4 to host Russell Brand’s Ponderland, in which he discussed topics like childhood and science through stand-up comedy. The show first aired on 22 October 2007, and continued for the next five nights. A second series began on 30 October 2008, drawing more than a million viewers, and was broadcast every Thursday night for four weeks, plus a Christmas special that aired in December.

2008 MTV Awards

Brand was later announced as the host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, which drew scepticism from the American media, as he was relatively unknown to the American public. Brand’s stint as host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards was not without controversy.[23] At one point, he said the night “marked the launch of a very new Britney Spears era”, referring to it as “the resurrection of [Spears]“. He also said, “If there was a female Christ, it’s Britney”.[24] Brand implored the audience to elect Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and later called then–U.S. President George W. Bush “a retarded cowboy fella”, who, in England, “wouldn’t be trusted with scissors”.[24][25] He made several references to the purity rings worn by the Jonas Brothers, but apologised for the comments later in the show.[26] These comments led to Brand receiving death threats by some offended viewers.[27] Brand claimed that MTV asked him to host the 2009 awards after the ratings for the 2008 show were 20% up from the previous year.[28]. Also in 2008 Brand hosted a one off stand up comedy show called Comedy Live Presents: Russell Brand and Friends shown on Channel 4 on 25 January 2008. Brand hosted the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on 13 September 2009, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[29][30] The ratings for the 2009 show were the best since the 2004 VMAs.[31] In 2011, Brand guest hosted an episode of the hit American sketch comedy Saturday Night Live.

Acting

In 2002, Brand appeared on the TV shows Cruise of the Gods and White Teeth. In 2005, he played Tommy in the BBC sitcom Blessed, which was written and directed by Young Ones creator Ben Elton. Brand auditioned for the part of Super Hans in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, but was rejected by the writers in favour of Matt King.[32]
In 2007, Brand appeared in Cold Blood for ITV, playing an ex-con called Ally. Brand played a recovering crack addict named Terry in the pilot for the ITV comedy The Abbey, written by Morwenna Banks.[33]
He voiced the Earth Guardian in Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind.

Russel Brand as Flash Harry in St Trinian’s

Brand had a small role in the 2006 movie Penelope, though his first major film role was as Flash Harry in the 2007 film St Trinian’s. He did not reprise the role for the sequel, St. Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.

Russel Brand and Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

His breakthrough role was in the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he played Aldous Snow, the boyfriend of the title character (played by Kristen Bell). Brand received rave reviews for his performance as Snow, and he revealed the character was changed from an author to a rockstar because of his audition.[34]
Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories, which was released on Christmas Day 2008.[35]

He reprised the role of Aldous Snow for a buddy comedy titled Get Him to the Greek, co-starring Jonah Hill.[36] He reunited with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow for the film.[37]
Brand had a role in Julie Taymor‘s version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as Trinculo.[38][39][40]
In 2010, Brand voiced Dr. Nefario in the Universal movie Despicable Me,[41] and guest starred in The Simpsons episode “Angry Dad: The Movie” as himself. Brand also starred in the 2011 live action/CGI animated film Hop, in which he voiced the film’s main protagonist E.B. Hop opened at number one at the Friday box office in the US, earning $11.4 million.[42] The same month, April 2011, he played the title character in a remake of Arthur,[43] written by Peter Baynham.
Brand is set to star as Lonny in a movie adaption of 80s musical Rock Of Ages, which is to be released in cinemas in June 2012. His other upcoming projects include a remake of Drop Dead Fred.[44] Brand will also appear in an Oliver Stone film.[45] Sandler has cast Brand in another film and will produce yet another, co-written by Brand and Matt Morgan, about a con-man posing as a priest; it is tentatively titled Bad Father.[46][47] and he is also set to star as Fred Mumford in a movie adaption of the hit 70s programme Rentaghost.

Radio

Brand’s radio career began in early 2002, when he hosted a Sunday afternoon show with Matt Morgan on London’s Indie Rock station Xfm. Brand was fired from the job after reading pornographic material live on-air.[48]
Brand co-hosted The Russell Brand Show beginning in April 2006 on BBC 6Music. In November 2006, the show transferred to BBC Radio 2 and aired on Saturdays from 9 – 11pm. The show regularly drew about 400,000 listeners.[49] In an episode of the show broadcast on 18 October 2008, Brand and fellow Radio 2 DJ Jonathan Ross made a series of phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs that crudely discussed Sachs’ granddaughter. Sunday tabloid The Mail on Sunday broke the story and regarded the phone calls as obscene. Both presenters were later suspended by the BBC due to the incident,[50] and Brand resigned from his show.[51][52] The BBC was later fined £150,000 by Britain’s broadcast regulator for airing the calls.[53]
Brand returned to radio when he and Noel Gallagher hosted a football talk show on 19 April 2009 for talkSPORT which led to a 250% boost in web traffic.[54][55]
Brand returned to talkSPORT in 9 October 2010, with a Saturday night show that will last 20 weeks. The show will feature clips and back-stage recordings from his Booky Wook 2 promotional tour. Brand will be joined by a host of guests, including the likes of Noel Gallagher and Jonathan Ross.[56]

Writings

From May 2006 till May 2009, Brand wrote a column for The Guardian that focused on West Ham United and the England national football team. A collection of the columns from May 2006 through June 2007 was released on 15 November 2007 in a book titled Irons in the Fire.[57] A second collection of the columns from June 2007 through May 2008 was released on 16 October 2008, titled Articles of Faith. The book also includes Brand interviewing Noel Gallagher, James Corden and David Baddiel about football.[58]

Brand’s autobiography, My Booky Wook, published by Hodder & Stoughton, was released on 15 November 2007 and received favourable reviews. The Observer commented that “Russell Brand’s gleeful tale of drugs and debauchery in My Booky Wook puts most other celebrity memoirs to shame”.[59]
Brand signed a £1.8 million two-book deal with HarperCollins in June 2008. The first book was Articles of Faith, with the second being Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal released on 30 September 2010.[60][61]

Music

Brand recorded a cover of The Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four” with composer David Arnold for the 40th anniversary of Sgt. 

Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall in which he appeared as Aldous Snow, lead singer of the fictional band Infant Sorrow.[62] He reprised his role as Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek and recorded sixteen songs for the soundtrack.
Brand appeared on the 2010 version of 3 Lions alongside Robbie Williams.[63]

Personal life

Brand lives in Los Angeles.[64] He had been a vegetarian since the age of 14,[65] and became a vegan on October 24, 2011.[66] PETA named him 2011’s Sexiest Vegetarian.[67] He dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion, describing himself as looking like an “S&M Willy Wonka“.[68] He has bipolar disorder,[69] has suffered from bulimia,[65] and also went through a period of self-harming.[70] Brand has shown interest in the Hare Krishna Movement and chants the Hare Krishna mantra for drug rehabilitation.[71] During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her show in October 2010, Brand talked about his love of Transcendental Meditation.[72][73]

Relationships

After a string of high-profile relationships, Brand developed a
reputation in the media as a ladies’ man. His dating life won him The Sun‘s Shagger Of The Year award in 2006,[74] 2007,[75]
and 2008. The award has been renamed “The Russell Brand Shagger of the
Year Award” in honour of Brand having won three years in a row.[76]

Brand first met American singer/songwriter Katy Perry in summer 2009 when Perry filmed a cameo for Brand’s film Get Him to the Greek (although the cameo did not make it into the final cut of the film).[77] Brand and Perry began dating after meeting again several months later in September 2009[78] at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards,
where Brand, as host, remarked “Katy Perry didn’t win an award and
she’s staying at the same hotel as me, so she’s gonna need a shoulder to
cry on. So in a way, I’m the real winner tonight.” Perry says she threw
a bottle of water at Brand to get his attention and then they went
clubbing together the same night.[79] The couple became engaged in December 2009 when Brand proposed to Perry while on a holiday in India.[80][81][82] The couple married on 23 October 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony, near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the same location where Brand proposed.[83][84]
After 14 months of marriage, Brand filed for divorce from Perry on 30
December 2011 in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.[85][86]
After Brand and Perry reached an agreement on financial issues, a judge
granted the divorce request in February 2012; however the divorce will
not become effective until July 2012 due to California law requiring a
six-month wait.[87]

Substance abuse and legal issues

Brand is a former heroin and sex addict and a recovering alcoholic. He has had numerous run-ins with the police, having been arrested 12 times.[89][90] During the time of his addiction, he was known for his debauchery. Brand was ejected from The Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh,[91] and he infamously introduced his drug dealer to Kylie Minogue during his time at MTV.[92] He has abstained from drug use since 2002 and is now a patron of the addiction charity Focus 12.[93] His abandonment of drugs and alcohol was instigated by his agent, John Noel, after Brand was caught taking heroin in a bathroom during his Christmas party.[94] Brand regularly attends AA and NA meetings[95] and cites his practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique as a significant factor in his recovery from drug addiction.[96]
On 16 September 2010, Brand was arrested on suspected battery charges after he allegedly attacked a paparazzo who blocked his and Perry’s way to catch a flight at the Los Angeles International Airport.[97][98] On 17 September 2010, he was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail. Footage of the incident was later sent to TMZ.[99] Perry later defended Brand’s actions, and offered an insight into the reasons for his outburst, posting on Twitter that, “If you cross the line & try and put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me.”
Also according to Katy Perry’s Twitter timeline, Brand was deported from Japan on Sunday 22 May 2011. Perry’s tweet included the hashtag #tokyodreamscrushed[101] The story was later picked up by the media.[89]

Filmography

Film credits
Title↓ Year↓ Role↓ Notes
St Trinian’s 2007 Flash Harry
Penelope 2008 Sam
Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 Aldous Snow
Bedtime Stories 2008 Mickey
Get Him to the Greek 2010 Aldous Snow
Despicable Me 2010 Dr. Nefario Voice
The Tempest 2010 Trinculo
Hop 2011 E.B./”Hoff Knows Talent” Production Assistant Voice/Live-action
Arthur 2011 Arthur Bach
Rock of Ages 2012 Lonny Barnett

Awards

Awards
Award↓ Award category↓ Year↓ Result↓
Time Out Best Stand-Up 2006 Won[102]
Loaded Laftas Best Stand-Up 2006 Won[103]
British Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2006 Won[104]
33rd Annual Television and Radio Awards Best Television Performer in a Non-Acting Role 2007 Won[105]
Channel 4 100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007 69th[106]
British Comedy Awards Best Live Stand-Up 2008 Won[107]
British Comedy Awards Outstanding Contribution to Comedy 2011 Won[108]

 

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Who is Jordin Brianna Sparks ?

Who is Jordin Brianna Sparks? The entertainment and music world knows her as Jordin Sparks. Sparks is an American pop/R&B singer-songwriter, model and actress from Glendale, Arizona who rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. Sparks won when she was 17 years old, making her the youngest winner in Idol history. She followed her American Idol victory with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, which has gone platinum in the U.S. and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.[2] Sparks’ single, “No Air” is the highest selling single by any American Idol contestant, selling about 4 million digital copies worldwide.[3] Due to the success of her debut album and its four top 20 singles, she has received numerous awards and nominations including an American Music Award in 2008 and her first Grammy nomination in 2009.
Sparks’ second album Battlefield was released in July 2009 worldwide and debuted at #7 in the U.S., three spots higher than her first album. The album’s lead single, also titled “Battlefield“, peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third top 10 single and fifth consecutive top 20 single. Sparks is the only Idol contestant to have their first five singles reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Battlefield” has sold almost 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks has sold over 9 million singles worldwide to date, making her one of the most successful idol winners. Battlefield’s second single, “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)“, was her first song to top the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play making it her first U.S. number one single.[4] Sparks followed her success in 2010 by making her debut on Broadway. Sparks starred as Nina Rosario in the Tony Award winning broadway musical, In The Heights.

Biography

Sparks was born December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona to Jodi Weidmann Sparks and former professional football player Phillippi Sparks. Sparks has a younger brother, Phillippi “PJ” Sparks, Jr., who plays football at Mountain Ridge High School. She grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, New Jersey, while her father played as a defensive back for the New York Giants. After living in New Jersey, Sparks attended Northwest Community Christian School in Phoenix through the eighth grade. Sparks attended Sandra Day O’Connor High School until 2006, when she was homeschooled to better concentrate on her singing.[5] Sparks is an evangelical Christian and attends Calvary Community Church in Phoenix. On her American Idol biography, she thanks her parents and God for her win.[6] She wears a purity ring that symbolizes her desire to remain a virgin until marriage. She won an award for best young artist of the year in Arizona for three years.
Before appearing on American Idol, Sparks participated in and won such talent competitions as Coca-Cola’s Rising Star, the Gospel Music Association Academy’s Overall Spotlight Award, America’s Most Talented Kids, Colgate Country Showdown, and the 2006 Drug Free AZ Superstar Search. Prior to Idol, Sparks frequently performed the national anthem at various local sporting events, notably for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Sparks also appeared with Alice Cooper in his 2004 Christmas show and toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. Smith in 2006. In 2006, Sparks was one of six winners of the Phoenix Torrid search for the “Next Plus Size Model”. She was flown to California, where she was used in a number of Torrid ads and promotional pieces.[7] A full-page ad for Torrid featuring Sparks ran in the December 2006 issue of Seventeen magazine.
On June 15th, 2011 Jordin had her first-ever bikini shoot for the cover of People Magazine Most Amazing Bodies issue. Jordin was interviewed by a couple media publications and when speaking about her weight loss and diet to Access Hollywood she says “My diet has pretty much remained the same, like if I want a piece of bread, I’m gonna have a piece of bread, but I’m making healthier decisions like instead of a bag of chips for a snack, I’ll see if I can find an apple, I’ve also upped my intake of vegetables and I’m drinking a lot more water.” [8][9][10]

American Idol

In the summer of 2006, Sparks auditioned twice for the sixth season of American Idol: once in Los Angeles (only auditioned for producers) and again in Seattle after winning Arizona Idol, a talent competition conducted by Phoenix Fox station KSAZ-TV. The Seattle audition is the one seen in the January 17, 2007 broadcast of American Idol, in which she earned a “gold ticket” and the right to appear in the Hollywood Round. American Idol judge Randy Jackson made the offhand prediction that, “Curly hair will win this year.”[11] While on the show, Sparks gained a loyal fan base known as “Sparkplugs”. On May 23, 2007, Sparks was crowned the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. She remains the youngest winner in American Idol history. Cowell said, “Jordin was the most improved over the whole season – didn’t start the best, but midway through this was the girl who suddenly got momentum.” He included that “Young girl, likeable, and the singer won over the entertainer [Lewis].”[12] Four selected songs Sparks had performed on American Idol, including the season’s coronation song, “This Is My Now“, were made available on her self-titled EP, released on May 22, 2007, the day before the grand finale.[13] The coronation song, “This Is My Now” peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sparks’ first top fifteen hit on the chart.[14] The following summer, Sparks took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2007 from July 6 to September 23, 2007 along with other contestants in the top ten.


Since her win in 2007, Sparks has returned to Idol five times. She performed twice on the seventh season of American Idol, once on the Idol Gives Back results show singing “No Air” with Chris Brown and again with “One Step at a Time” on May 21, 2008 for the finale. She performed “Battlefield” on the May 13, 2009 episode of American Idol. The following year, Sparks took part in a tribute to Simon Cowell with other former contestants at the Season 9 finale on May 26, 2010. Most recently, during Season 10, Sparks performed her new song “I Am Woman” on the Top 4 results show.

Performances/results

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition N/A Because You Loved Me Celine Dion N/A Advanced
Hollywood N/A Some Kind of Wonderful Soul Brothers Six N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Women) N/A Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman 6 Safe
Top 20 (10 Women) Dedication Week Reflection Christina Aguilera 6 Safe
Top 16 (8 Women) N/A Heartbreaker Pat Benatar 1 Safe
Top 12 Diana Ross If We Hold On Together Diana Ross 12 Safe
Top 11 British Invasion I (Who Have Nothing) Ben E. King 7 Safe
Top 10 No Doubt/artists who inspire Gwen Stefani Hey Baby No Doubt 9 Safe
Top 9 American Classics “On a Clear Day” Tony Bennett 5 Safe
Top 3
Top 8 Latin Rhythm Is Gonna Get You Gloria Estefan 6 Safe
Top 7 Country A Broken Wing Martina McBride 2 Safe
Top 6 Inspirational You’ll Never Walk Alone Rodgers and Hammerstein 6 Safe
Non-Elimination Week
Top 6 Bon Jovi Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi 2 Safe
Top 4 Barry Gibb To Love Somebody
Woman in Love
Bee Gees
Barbra Streisand
4
8
Safe
Top 3 Judge’s Choice (Simon Cowell)
Producer’s Choice
Contestant’s Choice
Wishing on a Star
She Works Hard for the Money
“I (Who Have Nothing)”
Rose Royce
Donna Summer
Ben E. King
1
4
7
Safe
Finale New Song
Previous Song
Coronation Song
Fighter
“A Broken Wing”
This Is My Now
Christina Aguilera
Martina McBride
Jordin Sparks
2
4
6
Winner

Recording career

2007–2008: Jordin Sparks

After winning American Idol, Sparks signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records, becoming the first Idol winner to join the label.[15] On August 27, 2007, she released her debut single, “Tattoo“,[16] which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sparks’ first top ten hit on the chart.[14] The song certified platinum in the United States[17] and Australia.[18] To date, “Tattoo” has sold over two million copies in the U.S.[19]
Sparks released her self-titled debut studio album on November 20, 2007,[20] which debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200. To date, it has sold over a million copies in the U.S[21] and was certified platinum by the RIAA.[17]No Air“, a duet with Chris Brown, was released as the second single from the album in February 2008. In the United States, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Sparks’ best-charting single to date.[14] It was also her first song to appear on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it reached number four.[14] To date, the song has sold over three million copies in the U.S, making Sparks the first American Idol contestant to reach the three million mark.[22] It also became Brown’s first song to hit three million. “No Air” also charted in Australia[23] and New Zealand,[24] where it reached number one, receiving platinum certifications in both countries.[18][25]
On February 3, 2008, Sparks sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLII.[26] She performed in a tribute to Aretha at the NAACP Awards in February, as well. She had previously performed in a tribute to Diana Ross in December 2007.
In support of the album, Sparks opened for Alicia Keys on the North America leg of her As I Am Tour, starting on April 19, 2008.[27] Before the tour, a career-threatening throat injury forced Sparks to cancel a few weeks of the shows. Officials revealed she was suffering an acute vocal cord hemorrhage and was ordered strict vocal rest until the condition improved.[28] Sparks was back on the road by April 30, 2008 and remained on the tour until June 18, 2008. Sparks later joined Keys for the tour leg in Australia and New Zealand in December 2008.[29][30]
The album’s third single, “One Step at a Time“, was released in June 2008. It peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Sparks her fourth top twenty hit on the chart.[14] This makes Sparks the only American Idol contestant to have her first four singles reach the top twenty of the Hot 100. It also charted in the top twenty in Australia,[23] Canada,[14] and the United Kingdom.[31] In New Zealand, the song reached number two[24] and was certified gold by the RIANZ.[25] In August 2008, Sparks co-headlined the Jesse & Jordin LIVE Tour with Jesse McCartney in the United States.[32]
Sparks received two MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best Female Video for “No Air” and Best New Artist at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.[33] While at the awards show, Sparks caused controversy by responding to a joke made by host Russell Brand during his opening monologue, in which he held up a silver ring, claiming to have relieved one of the Jonas Brothers of their virginity,[34] saying he would “take them more seriously if they wore it (the ring) around their genitals”. Sparks who also wears a promise ring, began her introduction of T.I. and Rihanna by saying “It’s not bad to wear a promise ring because not everybody, guy or girl, wants to be a slut.” In response to the controversy over her “slut” remark, Sparks told Entertainment Weekly that she doesn’t regret the remark, commenting that “I wish I would’ve worded it differently – that somebody who doesn’t wear a promise ring isn’t necessarily a slut – but I can’t take it back now.”[35] At the 2008 American Music Awards, Sparks won the award for Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary Category.[36]

2009–2010: Battlefield

On January 20, 2009, Sparks performed “Faith” at the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball, hosted by President Barack Obama.[37] Her second studio album, Battlefield was released in the United States on July 21, 2009.[38] The album’s title track was released as the lead single on May 25, 2009 and reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.[14] The song peaked in the top five in Australia,[23] Canada,[14] and New Zealand.[24] In the United States, Battlefield debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, peaking higher than her debut album’s position of number ten. However, the album was notably unsuccessful compared to her debut, only selling 177,000 copies in the U.S[21] and having failed to earn any chart certificates.
In support of the album, Sparks opened for The Jonas Brothers on the North America leg of the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009, starting on June 20, 2009.[39] She also opened for Britney Spears on the second leg of her Circus Tour in North America, beginning on August 24, 2009.[40] Sparks served as a replacement for Ciara.
S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)“, was released as the second single from Battlefield on September 15, 2009.[41] The song topped the U.S Hot Dance Club Songs chart, becoming Sparks’ first number one on the chart[14] and peaked in the top fifteen in the United Kingdom.[31] During this time, she recorded the duet, “Art of Love“, with Australian artist Guy Sebastian for his fifth studio album, Like It Like That. The song reached the top ten in Australia[23] and New Zealand[24] and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.[42] The third single from Battlefield, “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head“, was released in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2010.[43] The song reached a peak of #16 on the UK Singles Chart despite no physical release.
In May 2010, Sparks embarked on her first headlining tour in the United States, the Battlefield Tour.[44] It began on May 1, 2010 and ended on July 18, 2010, stopping in over 35 major cities in the United States. In support of the DVD/Blu-Ray re-release of the Disney animated film, Beauty and the Beast, Sparks recorded a cover of the film’s title track for the soundtrack.[45] A music video for the song was released on October 18, 2010.[46]

2010–present: Third studio album

In a October 2010 interview, Sparks revealed she had begun working on her third studio album.[47] During an interview with Good Day New York in November 2010, Sparks confirmed she would be recording the album in New York and Arizona.[48] In January 2011, it was reported that Sparks and John Legend were working on songs together in the studio.[49] In March 2011, Sparks recorded a music video for a song called “The World I Knew” for the film, African Cats, which was released on April 22, 2011.[50] To support her third album, Sparks will serve as an opening act for the NKOTBSB summer tour.[51] On May 5, 2011, it was revealed that Sparks’ lead single for her forthcoming album is titled “I Am Woman“.[52] On May 12, 2011, Sparks performed “I Am Woman” on the American Idol Top 4 results show.[53] “I Am Woman” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-two with 33,000 downloads sold.[54][55] It also debuted on the US Billboard Digital Songs at number fifty-seven.[56] Sparks performed “I Am Woman” on Regis and Kelly on June 14th.[57][58][59].

Other ventures

Clothing line

In April 2008, it was announced that Sparks would team up with cosmetics company, Avon, to become a spokesperson for the teen-focused line Mark. In November 2008, Sparks teamed up with Wet Seal to create her own clothing line. The collection, appropriately named ‘Sparks’, began with an assortment of holiday dresses delivering to stores just in time for the busy Thanksgiving weekend. The line launched on November 19, 2008 and comes in sizes XS to XL. Sparks said, “I am so excited that Wet Seal and I have been able to create a line of clothing that will appeal to more girls than ever before.”[60]

Acting

In 2009, she made her acting debut on Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck, guest starring as herself in the “Crossing Jordin” episode. The episode guest starring Sparks aired on October 23, 2009.[61][62] Sparks also guest starred on the hit Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush. The episode aired on June 18, 2010.[63]

Broadway

On May 3, 2010, it was announced that Sparks would join the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “In the Heights” as Nina Rosario. Sparks took part in the production from August 19 through November 14 for a consecutive 12 weeks.[64]

Fragrance

In October 2010, Sparks released her debut fragrance “Because of You….” This fragrance is currently being exclusively distributed at Dots, but by November will spread to other retail stores. The perfume is described as a “fruity floriental perfume” consisting of notes of “clementine, white imperial currant and orange blossom; a heart of nectarine, sharry baby orchid and coral charm peony; and a drydown of sheer musks, vanilla bean, Baltic amber and blond woods.” Sparks wanted this product to be affordable for her fans, yet still high end. “When I was starting this project, I really wanted it to be affordable. I looked at some other celebrity fragrances, and they were like $80. Even now, I look at a fragrance that’s $80, and I can’t bring myself to spend that much.”[65]

Charitable work

In 2007, Sparks was asked by a relative who works for SOS Children’s Villages USA in Florida to design a denim jacket festooned with Swarovski Crystal to support orphans. In February 2008, Sparks traveled to Ghana. She was part of the delegation of former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush to help with Malaria No More, an organization with a goal to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Sparks joined Mrs. Bush at the Maamobi Polyclinic, where the First Lady donated a number of treated bed nets to some local female traders in order to help combat the scourge of malaria in Ghana. While there, Sparks sang “Amazing Grace” to the durbar of chiefs who had gathered at the venue to give audience to Laura Bush. Sparks said, “Traveling to Ghana with Malaria No More gives me the incredible opportunity to see for myself what a difference a simple mosquito net can make in the life of a child.”

On May 20, 2009, Sparks became an endorser for the Got Milk? campaign, an American advertising campaign encouraging the consumption of cow’s milk On September 17, 2009, Sparks took part in the VH1 Divas special, a concert created to support the channel’s Save The Music Foundation[70] The concert was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York where Sparks performed the second single from her Battlefield album, S.O.S. (Let the Music Play), as well as “A Broken Wing” with Martina McBride. In February 2010, Sparks was one of the many artists who contributed to “We Are the World 25 for Haiti“, a charity single for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[71] Sparks teamed up with Pennyroyal Silver creator and designer, Tim Foster to create her very own necklace design for the company’s signature collection. Proceeds of the necklace funded medical units in Haiti.[72]
On February 3, 2010, Sparks and David Archuleta performed at the “X the TXT” event, held at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. All proceeds raised by the event went to a number of charities, including the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. The following day both Sparks and Archuleta delivered teddy bears to children at the hospital.[73] In June 2010, the “Thumbs Up to X the TXT” pledge campaign, established by “The Allstate Corporation”, made its way to Sparks’ Battlefield Tour, presented by Mike & Ike to encourage teens and their families not to text while driving. Fans at Sparks’ concerts made a pledge not to text and drive by adding their thumbprint to a traveling banner at each of her shows. The campaign began at Sparks’ Battlefield Tour on June 3, 2010 and ended on July 18, 2010.[74] Sparks is the main spokesperson for the “I’m M.A.D., Are You?” campaign. She also supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which helps to raise money for children with cancer.[75] Sparks traveled to Louisiana in June 2010 to visit the Gulf Coast oil spill with the Audubon Society to view the effects of the oil spill on the wildlife and marshes.[76] Sparks is also is a member of the National Youth Leadership Committee for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, along with Nick Jonas, Genvieve Ryan, and Brodi Conover.

Discography

Studio albums

EPs

Tours

Headlining

Joint tours

Opening act

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Reality/Variety Star[77] Won
2008 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding New Artist[78] Won
BET Pre-Awards Best Heartbreak Video (“No Air”)[79] Won
BET Awards Viewers Choice (“No Air“)[80] Nominated
Beautiful Face Award[81] Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Hook-Up (“No Air”)[82] Won
Choice Love Song (“No Air”)[82] Nominated
Choice Breakout Artist[82] Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video (“No Air”) Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist[83] Won
2009 Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (“No Air”)[84] Nominated
People’s Choice Awards Favorite Pop Song (“No Air”)[85] Nominated
Favorite Combined Forces (“No Air”)[85] Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (“No Air”)[86] Nominated
MTV Australia Awards Best Collaboration (“No Air”)[87] Nominated
2010 ARIA Music Awards Most Popular Australian Single (“Art of Love” with Guy Sebastian)[88] Nominated

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Suite Life On Deck Herself Episode: “Crossing Jordin
2010 Big Time Rush Herself Episode: “Big Time Sparks
When I Was 17 Herself Episode: 16
2011 BrainSurge Herself
Team Umizoomi[89] Voice Over

 

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Who is Countess Danielle Vaughn?

Who is Countess Danielle Vaughn?  The entertainment an acting world knows Countess Vaughn as an American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as Kim Parker on the UPN television sitcom Moesha and its spin-off The Parkers.

 Early life and career

Vaughn was born August 8, 1978 in Idabel, Oklahoma. She began her performing career at the age of three in 1981 singing at church. At age nine in 1988, she sang “I’ll Be There” to win the Star Search junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion. She was married to Joseph James, with whom she has a son Jaylin. During an appearance on the Mo’Nique Show, she shared that she also has a daughter.

Acting career

Vaughn began her acting career in 1988 with the role of Alexandria DeWitt on 227, followed by roles in Thea, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Roc. She also performed in several television specials including the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, The Magical World of Disney, theOrange Bowl Parade, the Easter Seals Telethon.

Outside of television, she performed in the off-Broadway musical Mama, I Want to Sing! Part 2. In 1998, Vaughn was honored with anNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Moesha. In 1992, Vaughn released her first album, Countess, featuring a variety of songs, including dance music and urban ballads. The album’s lone single, a cover of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”, charted in the top-100 of the Bilo’Nique. She starred in the UPN sitcom, The Parkers, until the show’s ending in 2004. In 2011, Vaughn made her return to situational comedy on the BET sitcom Let’s Stay Together. Vaughn portrayed the friend of the character Kita portrayed by Erica Hubbard.

Reality television

Celebrity Fit Club

Vaughn appeared in the third season of Celebrity Fit Club which premiered in January 2006 on VH1. On episode four,she announced that her and husband, James, were ending their marriage. During the course of the show, she became the first cast member to ever gain weight, with a weight gain of 4 pounds. It was said on the season finale that she was simply trying to lose weight at the wrong time.

Celebrity Rap Superstar

Vaughn appears as a contestant on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar which premiered August 30, 2007. She studied under Warren G for the show. On September 27, 2007, an illness caused her to be eliminated from the competition.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Trippin’ Anetta Jones
2001 Max Keeble’s Big Move Office Admin. Assistant
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988 227 Alexandria 13 episodes
1992 Fievel’s American Tails Monique (Voice) 1 episode
Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper Keisha 2 episodes
1993 Thea Charlene 1 episode
1993–1994 Roc Carolita 2 episodes
1996 Minor Adjustments Monique 1 episode
1996–1999 Moesha Kimberly Ann Parker 83 episodes
1997 Goode Behavior 1 episode
1999–2004 The Parkers Kimberly Ann Parker 111 episodes
2003 MADtv Herself 1 episode
2006 Cuts Kelli 1 episode
Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Dee Dee Voice
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc’s Street Dee Dee Voice
2011 Let’s Stay Together Chanteuse 1 episode

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
1989 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress Featured, Co-starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy or Drama Series or Special 227
1998 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Moesha
1999 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Moesha’c’
2000 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

 

 

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