18th February Birthday today: Dr Dre, John Travolta, Juelz Santana, Matt Dillon and Juice Newton

Dr. Dre

From Wikipedia
Dr. Dre
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Dr. Dre in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Andre Romelle Young[1]
Born February 18, 1965 (age 48)[2]
Compton, CaliforniaU.S.
Origin Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Record producerrapper,entrepreneur
Instruments Vocals, synthesizer, keyboards,turntablesdrum machine,sampler
Years active 1984–present
Labels AftermathInterscope (current)
Kru-CutRuthlessPriorityDeath Row (former)
Associated acts N.W.AWorld Class Wreckin’ Cru,2Pac50 CentAbove the Law,EminemGameKendrick Lamar,Nate DoggSnoop DoggTha Dogg PoundThe D.O.C.Xzibit
Website drdre.com

Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO ofAftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner of, and an artist on, Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop DoggEminemXzibit50 CentThe Game and more recently Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. In 2011, Dr. Dre was ranked as the third richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbeswith a net worth of $250 million.[3]

Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-EIce CubeMC Ren, and DJ Yella, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single “Let Me Ride“. That same year he produced Death Row labelmate Snoop Dogg‘s quadruple platinum debut Doggystyle.

In 1996, he left Death Row to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. He produced a compilation album titled Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath in 1996, and released a solo album titled 2001 in 1999, for which he won the Grammy producer’s award. During the 2000s, he focused on production for other artists, while occasionally contributing vocals to songs. Dr. Dre signed Eminem and 50 Cent to his record label in 1998 and 2003 respectively, while contributing production on their albums. Dr. Dre has also had acting roles in movies such as Set It OffThe Wash and Training DayRolling Stone ranked Dre at 56 on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All-Time”.

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John Travolta

 

From Wikipedia
John Travolta
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John Travolta in 2013
Born John Joseph Travolta
February 18, 1954 (age 59)[1]
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Jumbolair subdivisionOcala, Florida
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer, producer, writer, pilot
Years active 1969–present
Religion Roman Catholic (1954–1975)
Scientologist (1975–present)
Spouse(s) Kelly Preston (m. 1991)
Children
  • Jett Travolta (1992–2009)
  • Ella Bleu Travolta (b. 2000)
  • Benjamin Travolta (b. 2010)
Website
www.travolta.com

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta’s acting career declined through the 1980s. His career enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction, and he has since continued starring in more recent films such as Face/OffLadder 49, and Wild Hogs. Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty.

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Juelz Santana

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Juelz Santana
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Santana on July 26, 2005
Background information
Birth name LaRon Louis James
Born February 18, 1982 (age 31)
HarlemNew York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, actor
Years active 1995–present
Labels Skull GangRoc-A-FellaDef Jam,E1
Associated acts Skull GangThe Diplomats,Cam’ronJim JonesLil Wayne,Chris BrownLloyd Banks
Website www.myspace.com/juelzsantana

LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982),[1] better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is an American rapper and actor. He hails from Harlem, New York City and is member of East Coast hip hop group The Diplomats. He appeared on Cam’ron‘s 2002 singles, “Oh Boy” and “Hey Ma”. In 2003, his debut album From Me to U was released by Roc-A-Fella Records; his next album What the Game’s Been Missing! contained the top-ten single “There It Go (The Whistle Song)“. He is currently working on his long awaited third studio album Born to Lose, Built to Win set to be released in 2014.[2]

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Matt Dillon

From Wikipedia
Matt Dillon
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Dillon at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Matthew Raymond Dillon
February 18, 1964 (age 49)
New Rochelle, New YorkU.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1979–present
Partner(s) Cameron Diaz (1995–1998)[1]
Family Kevin Dillon (brother)

Matthew Raymond “Matt” Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director. He began acting in the late 1970s, and gained fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s. He has appeared in films such as Little Darlings (1980), My Bodyguard (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), The Outsiders (1983), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles(1992), Beautiful Girls (1996), There’s Something About Mary (1998), Wild Things (1998), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), Crash (2005),You, Me and Dupree (2006), and Armored (2009). In 2013, he appeared in the comedy film The Art of the Steal as an art thief alongside Kurt Russell.

In 1990, he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for Drugstore Cowboy and in 2006 won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for Crash and the San Sebastián International Film Festival Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award. “Crash” won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005. In 2011 he received the special “Tomislav Pinter Award” at Avvantura Festival Zadar (Croatia) upon his presence at the filmfestival.

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Juice Newton

From Wikipedia
Juice Newton
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Background information
Birth name Judy Kay Newton [1]
Born February 18, 1952 (age 61)
Origin Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States
Genres Countrypoprock
Occupations Singer
Instruments VocalsAcoustic Guitar,Percussion
Years active 1975–present
Labels Capitol RecordsRCA Records
Associated acts Kenny RogersDolly Parton,Rosanne CashCrystal Gayle,Alabama (band)Eddie Rabbitt

Judy Kay “Juice” Newton (born February 18, 1952) is an American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop and Country Best Female Vocalist categories (winning once in 1983), as well as an ACM Award for Top New Female Artist and two Billboard Female Album Artist of the Year awards (won consecutively). She has several Gold and Platinum records to her credit, including JuiceQuiet Lies and her first Greatest Hits album. During the 1980s, Newton charted 14 Top-10 hits across the Billboard CountryAC, and Hot 100 charts, with many of the recordings achieving crossover success and six of the songs hitting the No. 1

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