Brandy Rayana Norwood, known simply by the mononym Brandy was born on February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi. In 1993 Brandy was offered a recording contract with Atlantic Records and on on September 27, 1994 she released her self titled debut album. It spawned four hit singles with “I Wanna Be Down”, “Baby”, “Best Friend”, and a remixed version of “Brokenhearted” and it was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA for more than four million copies sold. She followed that success with the release of her second album Never Say Never. The album made Brandy a star and earned her five Grammy-nominations. It has since gone on to sell fourteen million copies, making it Brandy’s best selling album. Brandy has released three more albums since then and has sold over twenty five million records to date. She has also starred in several films such as “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Double Platinum” and several television series appearences which include Thea, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, American Dreams, House, One On One and The Hills. Brandy has won over 100 awards as a recording artist including seven Billboard Music Awards, one Grammy and one American Music Award.
Johnny Cash was born J. R. Cash on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. By the age of five, Johnny Cash was working in the cotton fields, singing along with his family as they worked. His family’s economic and personal struggles during the Depression inspired many of his songs, especially those about other people facing similar difficulties. Cash was very close to his brother Jack, who was two years older. In 1944, Jack was pulled into a whirling table saw in the mill where he worked, and cut almost in two. He suffered for over a week before he died. In October of 1957, Johnny Cash released his debut album,With His Hot and Blue Guitar. The album contained four of his hit singles: “I Walk the Line,” “Cry Cry Cry,” “So Doggone Lonesome,” and “Folsom Prison Blues”. Over the course of his illustrious career Johnny Cash has released over forty-five albums. He has also received over forty awards which include seventeen Grammys, nine Country Music Awards and three Hall of Fame Inductions. Though primarily a country music artist, his songs spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll, as well as blues, folk and gospel. Johnny Cash died on September 12, 2003, while hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He was buried next to his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Basshunter is the stage name of Jonas Erik Altberg. He was born on December 22, 1984, in Halmstad, Sweden. Basshunter released his first albums, The Old Shit and The Bassmachine, through his own web site in 1999 and 2004 respectively. In April 2006, he signed his first contract with Warner Music, releasing his first single, “Boten Anna”. In Scandinavia, the song became a hit instantly and was the first ever Swedish language song to reach number one on the Dutch Top 40 Chart. In September of that same year he released his debut studio album (his third album total), “LOL <(^^,)>”.It peaked at number 41 on the Finland Albums Top 40. After the limited success of the album, Basshunter went back to the studio and in 2008 released “Now You’re Gone”. The album features English remakes of older Basshunter hits, and entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1. The album has sold an excess of three hundred thousand copies and has gone platinum in the U.K. In New Zealand, the album peaked at number one in its fifth week, and was certified Gold after six weeks selling over 7,500 copies. The album spent a total of two weeks at number one.
The Killers was formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2002. It consist of Brandon Flowers on vocals and keyboard, Dave Keuning on guitar, Mark Stoermer on bass and Ronnie Vannucci Jr on drums and percussion. The Killers played at small clubs in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the band’s lineup stable and its repertoire of songs expanding, the band attracted the attention of Alex Gilbert, a British representative for Warner Bros. Though Warner Bros did not like the band, he took the demo back with him, showing it to friend Ben Durling, who worked at UK indie label Lizard King. The Killers were then signed to the label and in June 2004 released their debut album entitled Hot Fuss. The album reached #1 in both the UK and Australia and was certified triple platinum in Canada. Singles from the album include, in order released, “Somebody Told Me”, “Mr. Brightside”, “All These Things That I’ve Done” and “Smile Like You Mean It”. It has been nominated for five Grammys and has achieved worldwide sales of more than six million units. In 2006 they released their second album “Sam’s Town”. It spawned the singles, “When You Were Young”, “Read My Mind” and “For Reasons Unknown”. In the US, the album opened at #2, selling 315,000 in its first week and went straight to #1 in the UK selling over 260,000 in a week. Riding the success of their two previous albums, The Killers released Day & Age in 2008. The album debuted at number one in the UK and at number six in the United Kingdom. It has since gone platinum in Australia and New Zealand and has gone gold in the United States.