Clarkson at the 57th Presidential Inaugurationin Washington D.C., January 2013
|Birth name||Kelly Brianne Clarkson|
|Born||April 24, 1982
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Pop rock, pop, country|
|Associated acts||Reba McEntire|
Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop-rock singer-songwriter. In 2002, she rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as “The Original American Idol.” Her debut single, “A Moment Like This“, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and broke the record for the biggest jump to number one in the chart’s history; it became the best-selling single of the year in the country. She became the runner-up of World Idol the following year.
Clarkson’s debut studio album, Thankful (2003), has been certified 2× platinum and sold over 4.5 million copies internationally. Its lead single, “Miss Independent,” became an international hit, earning Clarkson her first Grammy nomination. She developed a rock-oriented sound with the release of her sophomore album, Breakaway (2004). It has been certified 6× platinum and sold over 15 million copies worldwide, earning Clarkson two Grammy Awards, including one for the hit single “Since U Been Gone.” She later took full creative direction of her third album, My December (2007), which has been certified platinum. Its lead single, “Never Again,” became a top ten hit. Clarkson’s fourth album, All I Ever Wanted (2009), debuted at number one, and became a critical and commercial success. Its worldwide hit single, “My Life Would Suck Without You“, surpassed “A Moment Like This” for the biggest leap to number one on a single week in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart from number 97, a record it still holds today. Her fifth album, Stronger (2011), generated international chart-topping singles, “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” with the latter being the best selling American Idol single to date with over five million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, making Clarkson the first and only artist to win the award twice. In 2012, Clarkson released Greatest Hits – Chapter One; its lead single, “Catch My Breath,” became her twenty-fourth entry on the Hot 100 and eleventh million-selling single. Clarkson’s sixth album and first Christmas-themed release, Wrapped in Red (2013), became the best-selling holiday album of the year, making her the first American female artist to achieve this feat.
In a career spanning over a decade, Clarkson has accumulated ninety-one number ones on the Billboard charts and eleven international number one singles, and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. She is known for her vocal versatility and range. Her music has mainly dealt with themes of heartbreak, independence, and self-empowerment for women and young teens. Apart from her work in music, Clarkson has also ventured into television and film. Clarkson’s film debut was in the romantic musical From Justin to Kelly (2003) and she also appeared in American Dreams as Brenda Lee, in Reba, on The Voice as a guest advisor, on Duets as a mentor and judge. Clarkson’s musical work has also gained her numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and a Women’s World Award. In 2012, Clarkson was ranked nineteenth on VH1‘s list of “100 Greatest Women in Music.” In 2013, Clarkson was ranked number 105 on Joel Whitburn’s “Top 500 Artists Of All Time,” number 5 on both “Top Billboard 200 Female Artists” and “Adult Contemporary Artists,” number 27 on “Top Billboard 200 Artists,” and number 75 on Billboard’s “Hot 100: Top 100 Artists.” Billboard also ranked Clarkson as the 14th-best-selling artist of the 2000s and one of the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187.
Streisand in 1966
|Born||April 24, 1942
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Broadway, jazz, traditional pop,adult contemporary|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, author,actress, film producer, director|
Barbra Joan Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand, /ˈstraɪsænd/; April 24, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, author, actress, writer, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards,eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.
She is the best selling female artist of all time, with more than 71.5 million albums in the United States and 245 million records sold worldwide. She is the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America‘s (RIAA) Top Selling Album Artists list, the only female recording artist in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock and roll genre.
After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, by the end of the decade, Streisand ventured into film starring in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Other notable films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were and A Star Is Born for which she received her second Academy Award for composing the music to the picture’s main song, “Evergreen“. By the 1980s, Streisand established herself as one of the film industry’s most notable figures by becoming the first woman to direct, produce, script and star in her own picture.
According to the RIAA, Streisand holds the record for the most top ten albums of any female recording artist – a total of 32 since 1963. Streisand has the widest span (48 years) between first and latest top ten albums of any female recording artist. With her 2009 album, Love Is the Answer, she became one of the rare artists to achieve number one albums in five consecutive decades. According to the RIAA, she has released 51 Gold albums, 30 Platinum albums, and 13 Multi-Platinum albums in the United States.
in The Apartment (1960)
|Born||Shirley MacLean Beaty
24 April 1934
Richmond, Virginia, United States
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, author, activist|
|Spouse(s)||Steve Parker (m. 1954–1982; divorced; 1 child)|
|Family||Warren Beatty (brother)|
Shirley MacLean Beaty (born 24 April 1934), known professionally as Shirley MacLaine, is an American film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author. She has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy twice, for her roles in The Apartment and Irma la Douce, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama twice for Terms of Endearment andMadame Sousatzka. She was honored with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998. She was nominated for an Academy Award five times before winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983 for her role as Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment. She won the 1976 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special – Comedy-Variety or Music for Gypsy in My Soul in addition she has also won two BAFTA Awardsfrom seven nominations.
In 2012 she received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in the US film industry, by the American Film Institute, and in 2013 received the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
MacLaine’s younger brother is actor Warren Beatty. Known for her New Age beliefs and interest in spirituality and reincarnation, she has written a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her spiritual beliefs as well as her Hollywood career.
|Doug “Cosmo” Clifford|
Clifford performing with Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 2006
|Birth name||Douglas Clifford|
|Born||April 24, 1945
Palo Alto, California, United States
|Genres||Rock, roots rock, country rock,blues rock, swamp rock,southern rock, rock and roll|
|Instruments||Drums, Vocals, Washboard|
|Labels||Fuel 2000, Fantasy Records|
|Associated acts||Creedence Clearwater Revival,Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Don Harrison Band|
Douglas Ray “Cosmo” Clifford (born April 24, 1945, Palo Alto, California), is an American rock drummer best known for playing with the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. After Creedence Clearwater Revival dissolved in 1972, Clifford and former CCR bassist Stu Cook joined Don Harrison in the Don Harrison Band. Clifford also issued a solo album called Cosmo in 1972.
An early influence on Clifford’s playing was The Beatles, with their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 being of particular significance. “They were a quartet and we said, wow, we can do that. If these guys from England can come out and play rock ‘n’ roll, we can do it. We bought Beatle wigs. We went to the drama store, and I guess they were Three Stooges wigs at that time.”
In 1995, Clifford and Cook formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, performing live cover versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.