Dion in November 2012
|Birth name||Céline Marie Claudette Dion|
|Born||30 March 1968
Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
|Genres||Pop, dance, rock, adult contemporary|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter-composer, actress|
|Labels||Epic, 550, Columbia|
Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC OQ ChLD (French pronunciation: [selin djɔ̃] ( ); born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990, she released the English-language album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.
Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Following a series of French albums in the early 1980s, she signed on to CBS Records Canada in 1986. During the 1990s, with the help of Angélil, she achieved worldwide fame after signing with Epic Records and releasing several English albums along with additional French albums, becoming one of the most successful artists in pop music history. However, in 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment in order to start a family and spend time with her husband, who had been diagnosed with cancer. She returned to the top of pop music in 2002 and signed a three-year (later extended to almost five years) contract to perform nightly in a five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada.
Dion’s music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is renowned for her technically skilled and powerful vocals. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Falling Into You and Record of the Year for “My Heart Will Go On“. She is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time, the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era, with her albums Falling Into You and Let’s Talk About Love bothcertified Diamond in the US, and is the only female artist to have two singles sell more than a million copies in the UK. In addition, her 1995 album D’eux, is the best-selling French-language album of all time. In 2004, after surpassing 175 million in album sales worldwide, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards for becoming the best-selling female artist of all time. According to Sony Music Entertainment, Dion has sold over 220 million albums worldwide. She remains as one of the three Canadian artists who have reached the list of best-selling music artists, along with Bryan Adams and Shania Twain.
Clapton performing at Hyde Park, London in June 2008
|Birth name||Eric Patrick Clapton|
|Also known as||Slowhand|
|Born||30 March 1945
Ripley, Surrey, England
|Genres||Rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock,hard rock, blues|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, artist|
|Labels||Surfdog, Warner Bros., Reprise,Polydor, RSO, Atco, Apple|
|Associated acts||The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Powerhouse, Robert Cray, Cream, Free Creek, the Dirty Mac, Blind Faith, JJ Cale, the Plastic Ono Band, Santana, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Derek and the Dominos, Sheryl Crow, the Beatles,Phil Collins, the Rolling Stones, Kate Bush, Luciano Pavarotti, the Band,Freddie King, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, Brian Wilson, John Mayer,Roger Waters, Dire Straits, Elton John, George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Paul McCartney, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble|
Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds andCream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time“ and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”.
In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop.” For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla“, recorded by Derek and the Dominos, another band he formed, and Robert Johnson‘s “Crossroads“, recorded by Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven“, which featured in his Unplugged album.
Clapton has been the recipient of 17 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.
Hammer at TechCrunch in July 2008.
|Birth name||Stanley Kirk Burrell|
|Also known as||M.C. Hammer, Hammer, Hammertime, King Hammer|
|Born||March 30, 1962
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Occupations||Rapper, entrepreneur, actor, dancer|
|Labels||Capitol Records/EMI Records,Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records, Full Blast Music|
|Associated acts||Jon Gibson, 2 Bigg MC, Vanilla Ice, B Angie B, Doug E. Fresh,Teddy Riley, Deion Sanders, Big Daddy Kane, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Tupac Shakur, Johnny J, Young Boss, D’Angelo, Psy,Paperboy, Rick Ross, P. Diddy|
Stanley Kirk Burrell (born March 30, 1962), known professionally as M.C. Hammer (and later simply Hammer), is an American rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman and occasional actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. Remembered for his rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known for hit records (such as “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit“), flashy dance movements, choreography and eponymous Hammer pants. Hammer’s superstar-status and entertaining showmanship made him a household name and hip hop icon. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.
A multi-award winner, M.C. Hammer is considered a “forefather/pioneer” and innovator of pop rap (incorporating elements of freestyle music), and is the first hip hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album. Hammer was later considered a sellout due in part to overexposure as an entertainer (having live instrumentation/bands, choreographed dance routines and an impact on popular culture being regularly referenced on television and in music) and as a result of being too “commercial” when rap was “hardcore” at one point, then his image later becoming increasingly “gritty” to once again adapt to the ever-changing landscape of rap. Regardless, BET ranked Hammer as the #7 “Best Dancer Of All Time”. Vibe‘s “The Best Rapper Ever Tournament” declared him the 17th favorite of all-time during the first round.
Burrell became a preacher during the late 1990s with a Christian ministry program on TBN called M.C. Hammer and Friends. Additionally, he starred in a Saturday morning cartoon called Hammerman in 1991 and was executive producer of his own reality show called Hammertime which aired on the A&E Network during the summer of 2009. Hammer was also a television show host and dance judge on Dance Fever in 2003, was co-creator of a dance website called DanceJam.com, and is a record label CEO while still performing concerts at music venues and assisting with other social media, ministry and outreach functions. Prior to becoming ordained, Hammer signed with Suge Knight‘s Death Row Records by 1995.
Throughout his career, Hammer has managed his own recording business. As a result, he has created and produced his own acts including Oaktown’s 3.5.7, Common Unity, Special Generation, Analise, One Cause One Effect, Teabag, Dom Kimberley, Geeman, DRS, Pleasure Ellis, B Angie B, Stooge Playaz, Ho Frat Hoo! and Wee Wee, among others. A part of additional record labels, he has associated/collaborated/recorded with VMF, Tupac Shakur, Teddy Riley, Felton Pilate, Tha Dogg Pound, The Whole 9, Deion Sanders, Big Daddy Kane, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Jon Gibson, as well as others. In 1992, Doug E. Fresh was signed to M.C. Hammer’s Bust It Records label. In late 2012, Hammer appeared with Psy at the 40th American Music Awards and during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest performing a mashup of “Gangnam Style” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” together which was released on iTunes.
Jones performs at Farm Aid, Oct 2, 2010
|Birth name||Geetali Norah Jones Shankar|
|Born||March 30, 1979
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, pop, blue-eyed soul, blues,folk, country, adult contemporary|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, actress|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar, bass|
|Associated acts||The Little Willies, Billie Joe Armstrong, Wax Poetic|
Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is the daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is Anoushka Shankar‘s half-sister.
In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album Come Away with Me, a fusion of country music and pop with elements of jazz which was certified diamond album, selling over 26 million copies. The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. Her subsequent studio albums Feels Like Home, released in 2004; Not Too Late, released in 2007, the same year she made her film debut in My Blueberry Nights; and 2009’s The Fall all gained Platinum status, selling over a million copies each and were generally well received by critics. Jones’ fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts, was released on April 27, 2012.
Jones has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazine’s artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart. Throughout her career, Jones has won numerous awards and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboardnamed her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade.
in Shampoo (1975)
|Born||Henry Warren Beaty
March 30, 1937
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, screenwriter|
|Family||Shirley MacLaine (sister)|
Beatty has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, and has won the Best Director Award and the Academy’s highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. He has been nominated for 18 Golden Globe Awards and won six, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2007. Beatty is the only person to have been nominated for best producer, director, writer and actor in the same film — doing so twice (for Heaven Can Wait and Reds).