Kid Rock

kid_rock_0320 Robert James Richie (born January 17, 1971 in Romeo, Michigan), known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American musician and actor. He has sold over 23 million albums since the release of his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast in 1990.

Jive Records released him from his contract in 1991, and in 1992 he signed with Continuum Records. He released 1993’s The Polyfuze Method and the 1994 EP Fire It Up!. Continuum Records didn’t have the resources to push him and eventually went bankrupt. Kid Rock then started his own label in 1994 called Top Dog Records. After releasing demo tapes and working as a janitor to pay for studio fees, he released Early Mornin Stoned Pimp in 1996, which became a local smash hit. He held a special showcase concert, with only Atlantic Records showing up; they signed them to a record contract.

Richie released his major label debut in 1998, Devil Without A Cause, which sold 11 million albums behind the hit songs “Bawitdaba”, “Cowboy”, “I Am The Bullgod” and “Only God Knows Why.” He released “History of Rock” in 2000, yielding the hit “American Bad Ass.” In 2001 he was a tabloid headliner as he began dating actress Pamela Anderson. He released “Cocky” in 2001 and the crossover hit “Picture” with Sheryl Crow. He released a self-titled album in 2003 and “‘Live’ Trucker” in 2006.

apr_kid_rock_071004_ms In 2006, Kid Rock married Pamela Anderson, and divorced her 5 months later. In 2007, Rock N Roll Jesus revived his career; it was his first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, on the strength of its hit singles “So Hott”,”Amen” and “All Summer Long.” The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on May 29, 2008. All Summer Long became his first Worldwide smash hit charting No 1 in Austria,Germany, and Switzerland. While placing in the Top 10 in Europe, UK, Sweden, The Netherlands and Ireland. The song made it to the Billboard Hot 100 despite the fact Kid Rock’s catalog isn’t available on Itunes. He and Rev Run of Run DMC fame will release an album together called “Running With The Kid”, the date hasn’t been determined. Kid Rock is backed by his 11 piece Twisted Brown Trucker Band formed in 1994.

 

Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast

Kid_Rock_2 Ritchie’s career began at age 11 when he danced at a mall for the fun of it as a member of the b-boy group The Furious Funkers. After the success of Run DMC and The Beastie Boys, he bought a cheap belt-driven turntable and honed his craft. In high school, Ritchie DJed at parties for beer. He eventually joined Bo Wisdom of Groove Time Productions, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan for a few shows. It was then that he was given his stage name; club goers dubbed him with the moniker “Kid Rock” after they had enjoyed watching “that white kid rock.”

In addition to DJing, Rock started rapping and joined hip hop group The Beast Crew comprised of The Blackman, Champtown, KDC, Crisp and Doc Rounce Cee. Rock also became friends with producer D-Nice of the legendary hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions. When Rock opened for BDP one night, D-Nice invited an A&R representative from Jive Records to see him perform. This meeting led to a demo deal, which developed into a full record contract. Against his parents’ wishes, Rock signed the deal at the age of seventeen. Despite his new record deal, he had a falling out with The Beast Crew when he signed over fellow member Champtown (the two have since made amends). Rock later became part of the Straight From The Underground Tour, where he found himself alongside several heavyweights of rap including Ice Cube, Too Short, D-Nice, and Yo-Yo.

In December 1990, Kid Rock released his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast on Jive Records. The lead single “Yo Da Lin In The Valley” was banned by the FCC for its fixation on oral sex, and received at the time the largest non-commercial radio fine of all time at $23,700 fined to SUNY Cortland Radio. Because of this Jive sat on the record and then released Kid Rock from their roster in 1991.

Restarting on an independent label

visits Dune Nightclub July 14, 2007 in Southampton, New York. In 1992, Kid Rock was picked up by an independent record label, Continuum Records, which released his second album The Polyfuze Method the following year. While the album saw some local college radio success at Central Michigan University with the track “Back From The Dead”, the lead single, “U Don’t Know Me”, failed to chart, and the music video received little airplay on any major music video channels. After releasing an EP called Fire It Up! in 1994, Continuum went bankrupt and Rock was left again without a record deal.

Rock started his own label, Top Dog Records, and released monthly demo tapes dubbed The Bootleg Series, which featured demos of him and other up-and-coming rappers in the Detroit area. He signed on Curt Hauer, Dave Long, and the Cook twins to be his “Top Dog Interns”. The interns would help him promote his shows and design his own merchandise line in the Detroit area. Around the same time, Rock formed his back-up band Twisted Brown Trucker, later recruiting Joe C, who he met at a 1994 concert, as part of the group. In 1995, Rock took a job as a janitor at Whiterooms Studios in order to pay studio fees. When he wasn’t working, Kid would record the material that would eventually make up his fourth album, Early Morning Stoned Pimp. The album was released in 1996 and Rock sold 14,000 copies out of the trunk of his car and after concerts.

While Rock was now popular in Michigan and controlling his own label, he felt he needed to get attention from a major label. In December 1996, Lava/Atlantic Records A&R man Andy Karp, traveled to Cleveland to see Rock perform at a small club called The Grog Shop. On March 30, 1997, Rock performed a special showcase concert, with Jason Krause on guitar, to attract major label attention. While many of the major labels were invited, the only attendees were Karp and Lava President Jason Flom Lava/Atlantic Records. Following the performance, record executives said they loved him but expressed doubts about the strength of his material. Kid Rock returned to the studio and cut a six song demo tape; the first two were “Somebody’s Gotta Feel This” and “I Got One For Ya”. After hearing the two songs, Jason Flom supported Karp in signing Kid Rock to a record deal for $100,000, without even hearing the rest.

Devil Without a Cause

KidRock_300 In 1997, Kid Rock added drummer/vocalist Stefanie Eulinberg to his band, joining Kenny Olson, Jason Krause, Jimmie Bones, Uncle Kracker, Mike Bradford, and Joe C. In August 1998, Atlantic released Devil Without a Cause behind the single “Welcome 2 The Party”. Kid Rock went on the Vans Warped Tour to support the album.

“Welcome 2 The Party” was ignored by audiences and Devil sat on the shelves collecting dust for eight months. While sales nationwide lagged, his performance on the 1998 Warped Tour in Northampton, Massachusetts stimulated regional interest in Massachusetts and New England. This led to substantial airplay in the summer and fall of 1998 on rock staples in Massachusetts WLZX and WAAF. In December 1998, after meeting Carson Daly, he got an offer to perform on MTV Fashionably Loud in Miami, giving the nation its first taste of Kid Rock. From there MTV took him under their wing as he performed on MTV’s Wanna B A VJ and was the DJ for TRL on the Spring Break Special as well as a judge on Say What Karaoke. This sparked him to gold status by April 1999.

In May 1999 he released the song “Bawitdaba” to radio outlets, and proceeded to blow up overnight. By June the album had gone platinum. Kid Rock went on the Limptropolis Tour with fellow rap-rockers Limp Bizkit and Staind in the same month, his first major tour. By the time he made his career defining performance at Woodstock 99 on July 27, 1999, he was double platinum. The following single “Cowboy” was an even bigger hit. It was an odd ball mix of southern rock and old school rap that found its way into the Top 40. Rock helped create one of the most memorable moments in MTV History with his 1999 Video Music Awards Medley with Run DMC and Aerosmith who rejoined to perform the seminal rap rock version of “Walk This Way”, that revived Aerosmith’s career in the 1980s. Rock’s next single, the southern rock ballad “Only God Knows Why”, became a top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts and a Top 10 on the Top 40 Charts. After the final single “Wasting Time” was released, Devil Without A Cause had gone seven times platinum and was nominated for three Grammy Awards. It was certified 11 times platinum by the RIAA on April 17, 2003.

The History of Rock

kid-rock-100After reacquiring the rights to his early material in 2000, Rock released The History of Rock, a collection of remixed and re-recorded songs. The only new track, “American Bad Ass”, sampled the Metallica track “Sad But True”. The song was later used as pro wrestler The Undertaker’s entrance song in the World Wrestling Federation.

In the summer 2000, Rock joined the Summer Sanitarium Tour with Metallica, Korn, Powerman 5000, and System of a Down. Kid Rock filled in for James Hetfield of Metallica to sing vocals of the songs “Enter Sandman”, “Sad But True”, and “Nothing Else Matters” and the turntables for “Fuel” for three shows after Hetfield injured his spine riding a jet ski on Lake Lanier the day before the Atlanta concert. Later that year, he joined Phish on stage for several cover songs at a concert in Las Vegas.

In early 2001, Rock inducted Aerosmith into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed “Sweet Emotion”. The same year, Rock landed his first acting role in the David Spade white trash comedy Joe Dirt.

Cocky

B00005R2IN.09.LZZZZZZZ In the spring 2001, Rock began dating Playboy playmate and actress Pamela Anderson, after the two met at a VH1 tribute to Aretha Franklin. By April 2002, he and Anderson were engaged, but the engagement was later called off. In November, Rock released Cocky, which was marketed as the official follow up to Devil Without a Cause. The first single, “Forever”, featured his standard rap rock sound. The second single showed a glimpse of the future. “Lonely Road Of Faith”, a country ballad, received some minor airplay on CMT. That was followed by the southern rocker “You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me”. By November 2002 album sales lagged far behind “Devil Without A Cause”.

However, the release of “Picture”, a country-influenced duet with Sheryl Crow, introduced Rock to a wider audience. “Picture” was ultimately the most successful single on the album, and was eventually certified gold, with album sales reaching 5 million. Interestingly, neither his record company nor Sheryl Crow’s wanted anything to do with “Picture” as a single. Allison Moorer remade the song for the single version after Rock released the song against his label’s wishes. Once it began to climb the country charts, Sheryl Crow’s label caved and the original version was released.

On December 14, 2001, CMT aired an episode of Crossroads featuring Rock with Hank Williams, Jr. The episode drew 2.1 million viewers, a record on CMT. At the end of 2002, Uncle Kracker left the band to pursue a solo career and Detroit underground rapper Paradime replaced him. Kid Rock also made his second movie, Biker Boyz, with Laurence Fishburne.

A New Direction

kid_rock_037-x600 In 2003, Kid Rock returned with an eponymous album, almost stripping away the accustomed rap rock sound that he had created, opting for southern rock and country ballads instead. The album’s lead single was a cover of Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love”. A media blitz accompanied the single capped off by the VH-1 special A Kid Rock Christmas, which aired on December 14, 2003. He released the country ballad “Cold And Empty” and the blues rocker “Jackson, Mississippi” as dual singles. He followed the same path with “I Am” and the David Allan Coe penned “Single Father”. “Single Father” became his second charting country song.

Kid Rock was involved in the half time fiasco at Super Bowl 38 in Houston, Texas on February 3, 2005. He was criticized by war veterans, for his choice of wearing the American flag as a poncho.

Kid Rock was arrested later that month on assault charges for punching DJ Jay Campos in ‘Christies Cabaret’ strip club. Rock pled no contest and was sued for a million dollars by Campos. The following month, Kid inducted Bob Seger into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In September, Kid Rock filled in for Johnny Van Zant, the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd on the band’s hit Sweet Home Alabama at the Hurricane Katrina benefit concert.

Live Trucker

kid-rock-200-062807On February 28, 2006, Kid Rock released his first live album, Live Trucker, comprising songs from his homestand performances in Clarkston (on September 1, 2000, and August 26 through August 28, 2004), and Detroit’s Cobo Hall (March 26, 2004). The album contained the last two performances of Joe C on “Devil Without a Cause” and “Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp”, as well as Kid duetting with country star Gretchen Wilson on “Picture”. Other highlights included “Only God Knows Why” and the medley of “Somebody’s Gotta Feel This” and “Fist Of Rage” bridged by a thrash metal take on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. He brought Detroit’s favorite son Bob Seger back from semi-retirement during his Super Bowl concerts on February 2 and 3, 2006. The two performed a rousing version of Seger’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Forgets” on both nights. Kid Rock would appear on Bob Seger’s much anticipated, 10 years in the waiting, Face The Promise, as well as on a Vince Gill cover of “Real Mean Bottle”, a tribute to country legend Merle Haggard.

Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson resumed their on-again, off-again relationship, culminating in a surprise wedding in July 2006 after it was reported Anderson was pregnant. They divorced 5 months later after Anderson reportedly had a miscarriage.

Rock N Roll Jesus

kidrock_l Rock N Roll Jesus was released on October 9, 2007. The album became Kid Rock’s first album to go number 1 in his career, selling 172,000 copies in its first week. He made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine for the second time of his career and appeared for the first time ever on Larry King Live to discuss the new album.

The album’s lead single So Hott described as a strip club banger by Rolling Stone Magazine was his best charting rock song of his career, as it climbed all the way to Number 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Number 13 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks.

Amen was the second released single off the album peaking at No 11 on Mainstream Rock and No 27 on Modern Rock. Kid Rock boasted it was the greatest song he had ever written.

All Summer Long is the current single from Rock N Roll Jesus. The song was used as the WWE’s theme song for the Backlash 2008. The song is a mash up of Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama. The song has become his biggest hit to date. Charting on every major U.S. and Canadian Chart (Outside of the Rap and R & B charts). As well as going No 1 in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The song has also placed in the Top 10 in Europe,Sweden,Ireland and the Netherlands. It is currently No 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 without the songs being available for download on Itunes.

“Rock N Roll Jesus” took home the award for Most Outstanding National Album at the 2008 Detroit Music Awards, the first time he has won that award since “Devil Without A Cause” in 1999.

Kid Rock is currently on his Rock N Roll Revival Tour. The tour has been done in a revue style with the J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf, The Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts and Rev Run of Run DMC all joining him on stage to perform their classic hits between Kid Rock’s own hits. Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline the Rock and Rebels Tour starting in August.

Kid Rock and TBT cut a new song entitled “Warrior” for a National Guard commercial. It will be able to be downloaded in its entirety on the National Guard’s website once the commercial airs.

Kid Rock played in the 2008 Buick Open Pro Am in Grand Blanc, Michigan, paired with John Daly.

In the works

kid_rock_perrin_post Reverend Run has confirmed an album with Kid Rock called Running With the Kid, a play on Eric Clapton and B. B. King’s Riding With The King collaboration. The release date is yet to be determined. Kid Rock will appear on Lil Jon’s 2008 album, Crunk Rock and will also be on the track “Together Forever” with Trick Trick on his forthcoming album.

Kid Rock has stated for his follow up album to Rock N Roll Jesus he will be going back to his roots to make a hip-hop album, after his side project with Rev Run.

Twisted Brown Trucker

pam_kid Twisted Brown Trucker is Kid Rock’s band, formed in 1994, with Bob Ebeling in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The original lineup included Kenny Olson on lead guitar, Uncle Kracker on turntables, Jeff Hall and Andy Gould on guitar and Bob Ebeling on drums. The band’s first involvement was on the 1994 demo of Dark & Grey. Trucker became both Rock’s studio and live band in 1997. Dubbed by Kid Rock as “The Loudest Band In America Today”, they are well known for their hodge-podge of genres, sometimes mixing many in a single song. The lineup went through a change up on Devil Without a Cause: Stephanie Eulinberg became the new drummer and Mike Bradford as the new bass player. Trucker since saw three major changes with Uncle Kracker going solo full-time in 2002, Kenny Olson leaving in 2005, and Smith Curry in 2006. The new 2007 line up includes Marlon Young (Lead Guitar);replacing Kenny Tudrick, Larry Fratangelo (Bongos and Percussion), Rayse Biggs (Trumpet) and David McMurray (Saxophone), who were with the 80’s group Was (Not Was).

Kenny Olson went on to form a band called The Flask, who later switched singers and changed their name to Five Star Carnie.

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Current members
  • Marlon Young: Lead and rhythm guitar, slide guitar (2007-present)
  • Jason Krause: Rhythm and lead guitar (1997-Present)
  • Jimmie “Bones” Trombley: Keyboards, clavinet, harp, Jew’s harp, programming, vocals (1995-Present)
  • Stefanie Eulinberg: Drums, percussion, vocals (1997-Present)
  • Aaron Julison: Bass guitar, vocals (2003-Present)
  • Paradime: Turntables, vocals (2002-Present)
  • Larry Fratangelo: Percussion, bongos (2007-present)
  • Rayse Biggs and David McMurray: Horn section (2007-present)
  • Barbera Payton, Stacy Plunk, Jessica Wagner : Vocals (2007-present)
1194470719_skumoraFormer members
  • Uncle Kracker: Turntables, vocals (1997-2002)
  • Kenny Olson: Lead guitar (1997-2005)
  • Joe C: Vocals, rapping (1997-2000, deceased)
  • Kenny Tudrick: Lead guitar (1997-1998, 2006-2007)
  • Bob Ebeling: Drums, percussion (1997-1998)
  • Mike Bradford: Bass guitar (1999-2001)
  • Smith Curry: Steel guitar, dobro (2005-2006)
  • Matt O’Brien: Bass (1997-1998)
  • Chris Zuccaro: Drums, percussion
  • Jeff Hall: Gutair (1994-1995)
  • Andy Gould: Gutair (1994-1995)
  • Lonnie Moxley:Bass (1995-1997)

Various musicians jammed with Kid Rock, appeared on recordings, and played live with him prior to the official forming of his Rock band in 1997.

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumUSRIAA CertificationLabel
1990Grits Sandwiches for BreakfastJive Records
1993The Polyfuze MethodContinuum Records
1994Fire It Up! (EP)
1996Early Morning Stoned PimpTop Dog
1997The Polyfuze Method (re-release)Continuum Records
1998Devil Without a Cause411× Multi-PlatinumLava/Atlantic/Top Dog
2000The History of Rock23× Multi-PlatinumAtlantic Records
2001Cocky34× Multi-Platinum
2003Kid Rock8Platinum
2006Live Trucker12
2007Rock N Roll Jesus1Platinum
TBDRunning With The Kid
TBDUntitled Tenth Studio Album

Rock N Roll Jesus also peaked at #2 on the United World Chart.

Bootlegs And Demos

Release DateAlbum Title
July 1994 thru March 1995The Bootleg Series
Aprl 1995 thru December 1995White Room Studios Demos
May 1998 thru June 1998Devil Without A Cause Sessions
March 2001 thru August 2001Cocky Sessions

 

Singles

YearSongChart PositionsAlbum
US Hot 100US Main RockUS Mod RockUS CountryUS AdultUS MainUKGERDEN
1991“Yo-Da-Lin In the Valley”Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast
1992“Back From The Dead”The Polyfuze Method
1994“U Don’t Know Me”
“Prodigal Son”Fire It Up
“My Oedipus Complex”
1998“Welcome 2 The Party (ode 2 The Old School)”Devil Without a Cause
1999“Bawitdaba”1041110418484
“Cowboy”821053436
“I Am The Bullgod”31
2000“Wasting Time”35
“Only God Knows Why”1951323696
“American Bad Ass”2033252681The History of Rock
2001“Forever”[A]18215275Cocky
2002“You Never Met a Mother Fucker Quite Like Me”32
“Lonely Road of Faith”15
“Picture” (w/ Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer)[B]421175
2003“Feel Like Makin’ Love”33Kid Rock
2004“Single Father”50
“Cold And Empty”2248
“Jackson, Mississippi”14
“I Am”28
2007“So Hott”213Rock N Roll Jesus
“Amen”1127
2008“All Summer Long”[D][E]801738441317611
“Rock N Roll Jesus”12

 

Guest Appearances

  • 1990 Beastcrew’s Chapter 1:He Don’t Want Us No More

“Trick With The Dope Dealer”

“Letting You Know”

“Get Some Drawers”

  • 1990 Double MC’s Sex On The Brain-“Make It Nasty”
  • 1992 Insane Clown Posse’s Carnival Of Carnage-“Is That You”
  • 1992 Champtown’s Check It EP-“Armegeddon”
  • 1997 Howling Diablos Its My Party EP-“It’s My Party Live”
  • 1997 The Paradox Expierment EP w Scott and Jason Krause -“Patterns”
  • 1999 Methods Of Mayhem Self Titled-“New Skin”
  • 1999 Run-D.M.C.’s Crown Royal-“School Of Old”
  • 1999 Hank Williams Jr Stormy-“Naked Women And Beer”
  • 1999 Eminem’s Slim Shady LP-“Just Don’t Give A Fuck”
  • 2000 Kirk Dubbs Booze And Madness -“Drunk With The Devil” Skit
  • 2000 Uncle Kracker’s Double Wide-“Heaven”
  • 2000 Robert Bradley’s Time To Discover-“Higher”, “Tramp 2”
  • 2001 Hank Williams Jr Ameria Club Recordings-“The F-Word”
  • 2001 Willie Nelson’s Great Divide-“Last Stand In Open Country”
  • 2002 Allison Moorer’s Show-“Bully Jones” Live
  • 2003 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Vicious Cycle-“Gimmie Back My Bullets” Remake
  • 2004 Paradime’s 11 Steps Down-“Foul Mouff”
  • 2004 Kenny Wayne Sheppard’s The Place Your In-“Spank”
  • 2004 RL Burnside’s A Bothered Mind-“My Name Is Robert Too”
  • 2004 Willie Nelson’s Angels And Outlaws-

“Shotgun Willie”

“A Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On”

“On The Road Again”

  • 2005 DMC’s Checks Thugs And Rock N Roll-“Find My Way”
  • 2005 Gretchen Wilson’s All Jacked Up Target Exclusive-“The Other Side Of Me”
  • 2005 Troy Olsen’s Self Titled-“Rock This Honky Tonk”
  • 2006 Jerry Lee Lewis’s Last Man Standing-“Honky Tonk Women”
  • 2006 Bob Seger’s Face The Promise-“Real Mean Bottle”
  • 2006 Hemigod’s Unreleased Album (They Broke Up)-“The Way It Should Be”
  • 2007 R Kelly’s Double Up-“Rock Star” also ft Ludacris
  • 2008 Trick Trick’s The Villian-“Together Forever” also ft Proof and Esham

Movie Soundtracks

  • 1998 Strangeland – Fuck Off (with Eminem). (This song also appeared on Devil Without a Cause).
  • 1999 South Park: The Movie – Kyle’s Momma Is A Big Fat Bitch
  • 1999 The Crow: Salvation – Warm Winter
  • 1999 Ready To Rumble – Bawitdaba (Lower Than You Remix)
  • 1999 Any Given Sunday – Fuck That
  • 2000 Road Trip – Early Mornin Stoned Pimp
  • 2002 Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting (with Nickelback). (This is an Elton John cover.)
  • 2001 Osmosis Jones – Cool Daddy Cool
  • 2004 Torque – Forever

Compilations

  • 1991 X Raps – Yo Da Lin In The Valley
  • 1995 Detroit Rust City – Westside (later Renamed “Paid”)
  • 1997 Road Rash 3D Video Game-Somebody’s Gotta Feel This
  • 1999 Deep Porn – Fuck My Ass
  • 1999 Mindless Self Indulgence – Bitches/Molly-Bitches (Kid Rock’s Cock Rock Remix)
  • 1999 Free Air Festival (Bawitdaba)
  • 1999 Woodstock 99 The Red Disc (Bawitdaba)
  • 1999 Bootleg Live On Air (Bawitdaba)
  • 1999 WBCN Naked ( I Am The Bullgod Acoustic)
  • 1999 Big Shiny Tunes Vol 1 (Bawitdaba)
  • 1999 Big Shiny Tunes Vol 2 (Cowboy)
  • 1999 Big Shiny Tunes Vol 5 (Only God Knows Why)
  • 1999 Fox Presents Game Time (I Am The Bullgod)
  • 2000 Jackyl And Hyde’s The Badlands-Pimp Of The Nation Cost Cutter Remix
  • 2000 WCW Mayhem – Blast (renamed from Shotgun Blast off EMSP)
  • 2001 Concert For New York City-Pink Houses w John Mellencamp Live
  • 2002 WWF Forceable Entry – Legs (Stacy Keibler’s theme)
  • 2003 Waylon Jennings Tribute-Luchenbach,Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love) w Kenny Chesney
  • 2006 Humbolt Storms Vol 1-Kid Rock In Humbolt Skit
  • 2008 National Guard Tribute- “Warrior”-Free Download Once Commercial Airs

Producer Credits

  • 1990 Double MC Twinns “Sex On The Brain”
  • 1992 Champtown’s “Check It EP”
  • 1994 Harms Way And The LSGH Clans 2 Track Demo Tape
  • 1994 Harms Way And The LSGH Clans Kut Korners EP
  • 1994 Harms Way And The LSGH Clans Chiato Diablo
  • 1995 Thornetta Davis’s “Sunday Mornings Music Coming Down”
  • 1995 Hi Fi’s-“Walking On Water”
  • 2000 Uncle Kracker’s-“Double Wide”
  • 2002 Uncle Kracker’s-“No Stranger To Shame”
  • 2004 Uncle Kracker’s-“72 And Sunny”
  • 2006 Bob Seger’s-“Face The Promise”

Tribute Albums And Audio Bio’s

  • 1999 Maxium Kid Rock
  • 1999 Star Profile
  • 2000 Atlantic Confediental
  • 2000 A Tribute To Kid Rock
  • 2002 Soundchoice Karoke Naughty And Nice Vol 1
  • 2005 A Tribute To Kid Rock And His Roots
  • 2007 A Bad Ass Bluegrass Tribute To Kid Rock
  • 2007 A Lounge Tribute To Kid Rock
  • 2008 The Lowdown

DVDs

  • 1999 Loud Times Video Magazine
  • 1999 The Devil Knows My Name
  • 2000 Motorcity Motormouth
  • 2003 ZZ Top’s Chrome BBQ (Narrator)
  • 2005 Tony Stewart’s Smoke (Narrator)
  • 2005 Willie Nelson’s Angels And Outlaws
  • 2007 Jerry Lee Lewis’s Last Man Standing (Performer)
  • 2007 Wal Mart Rock N Roll Jesus DVD
  • 2007 Target Rock N Roll Jesus “Roll On With Kid Rock” Interview DVD

Live Bootlegs

  • Unsung And Underrated
  • High Voltage
  • Woodstock 99
  • Cause For The Devil
  • In The Zone
  • Absolutely Live
  • Rockfest 2000

Tours

  • 1989: Straight From The Underground Tour (with Ice Cube, Too Short,and D Nice)
  • 1991: Unknown Titled Tour (with Esham)
  • 1998: Lollapalooza Tour
  • 1998: Vans Warped Tour
  • 1998-99: White Thrash On Dope Tour (with Monster Magnet and Hed pe)
  • 1999: Destroy Your Liver Tour
  • 1999: Limptropolis Tour (with Limp Bizkit and Staind)
  • 1999: European Tour (with Blink-182)
  • 1999: Spread Your Legs Tour (with Powerman 5000, Professional Murder Music)
  • 1999-00: Millennium Tour (with Metallica, Sevendust and Creed)
  • 2000: Summer Saniturm Tour (with Metallica, Korn, System of a Down, Powerman 5000)
  • 2000: The History Of Rock Tour (with Lit and Dope)
  • 2001: The American Bad Ass Tour (with Buckcherry and Fuel)
  • 2001: European Tour (with Guns N’ Roses and Limp Bizkit)
  • 2002: The Cocky Tour (with Tenacious D and Saliva)
  • 2002: Girls Of Summer Tour (with Aerosmith and Run DMC)
  • 2004: Rock N Roll Pain Train Tour (with Puddle of Mudd, Gov’t Mule, Jerry Cantrell)
  • 2005: Lazy Muthafuga Tour
  • 2006: ‘Live’ Trucker Tour (with Ty Stone, Peter Frampton (opened in Detroit) and Whitestarr)
  • 2007-2008: Rock N Roll Revival Tour (with Reverend Run, Dicky Betts, Peter Wolf,Lynyrd Skynyrd In A Revue Style)
  • 2008: Rock N Roll Revival Tour: European Tour
  • 2008: Rock N Rebels Tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd Opening

Filmography

  • The Howard Stern Show (7 episodes, 1999-2004)
  • Saturday Night Live (Musical Guest, 2000)
  • The Simpsons (1 episode, 2000)
  • Joe Dirt (2001)
  • Osmosis Jones (Voice, 2001)
  • Kid Rock: Lonely Road of Faith (2001)
  • King Of The Hill (2002)
  • Punk’d (1 episode, 2003)
  • Biker Boyz (2003)
  • Stripperella (Unknown episodes, 2003)
  • CMT Outlaws (2003)
  • South Park (2004)
  • CSI: NY (1 episode, 2005)
  • Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2005)
  • Motorcycle Mania 3 (2005)
  • Coors Light Mountain Jam (2005)
  • Stacked (1 episode, 2002)
  • The 2006 Billboard Music Awards (2006)
  • Run’s House (2007)

See also

  • List of best-selling albums in the United States – RIAA certified list.

References

  1. RIAA Certifications for albums by Kid Rock“. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA.com).
  2. Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock Tie the Knot – Marriage, Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson : People.com
  3. Kid Rock Photos – Kid Rock News – Kid Rock Information
  4. Many concerts to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims | Deseret News (Salt Lake City) | Find Articles at BNET.com

 

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Avril Lavigne

avril_lavigne Avril Lavigne Whibley (born September 27, 1984), better known by her birth name of Avril Lavigne (pronounced /ˈævrɨl ləˈviːn/), is a Canadian Grammy award-nominated rock singer, musician, fashion designer and actress. In 2006, Canadian Business Magazine ranked her the seventh most powerful Canadian in Hollywood.

Lavigne’s debut album, Let Go, was released in 2002. Over 16 million copies were sold worldwide and it was certified six times platinum in the United States. Her second and third albums, Under My Skin (2004) sold 8 million copies and The Best Damn Thing (2007) currently over 5 million copies sold respectively, reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Lavigne has scored six number one songs worldwide to date and a total of eleven top ten hits, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m With You”, “My Happy Ending”, and “Girlfriend” which became #1 hits in the ARC Top 40. In December 2007, Lavigne was ranked at #7 in the Forbes “Top 20 Earners Under 25”, with an annual earnings of $12 million. Currently, Avril Lavigne has sold about 30 million albums worldwide.

 

Background

ent_0820x_Avril_Lavigne_400x300 Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario on September 27, 1984, the daughter of Judy and John Lavigne. Lavigne’s birth name is usually pronounced in an anglicized way as above (“La-Veen”). In French, it is commonly pronounced /avʁil laˈviɲ/ (help·info)). Avril is French for “April”, while la vigne means “the vineyard”. Her French-Canadian parents are devoutly Baptist. She has an elder brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle. Lavigne’s mother was the first to spot young Lavigne’s talent. At the age of two, Lavigne began singing along with her mother on church songs. The family moved to Napanee, Ontario, when Lavigne was five years old.

In 1998, Lavigne won a competition to sing with fellow Canadian singer Shania Twain on her first major concert tour. She appeared alongside Twain at her concert in Ottawa, appearing on stage to sing “What Made You Say That”. She was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Lavigne was spotted by local folk singer Steve Medd, who invited her to sing on his song “Touch the Sky” for his 1999 album Quinte Spirit. She also sang on “Temple of Life” and “Two Rivers” for his follow up album, My Window to You, in 2000.

At the age of sixteen she was signed by Ken Krongard, the artists-and-repertoire (A&R) representative of Arista Records, who invited the head of Arista, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, to hear her sing at the New York City studio of producer Peter Zizzo.

She then completed work on her first album, Let Go. The Matrix, who worked extensively with Lavigne on the album, commented on her songwriting, saying, “We had a fabulous and unique experience with Avril, who was then a 16-year-old rapidly growing songwriter with tremendous raw talent. The songs were conceived on piano and guitar by four people: The Matrix (3) and Avril. Avril was instrumental in the songs’ creation. We were all very close during the making of the record.”

Music career

Let Go (2002–2003)

avrillavigne_1024 Let Go was released on June 4, 2002 in the United States, it has reached number two there and number one in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. This made Lavigne, at seventeen, the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album in the UK up until that time.

The album shows definite pop rock roots; however, alternative and post-grunge influences can be heard in some of the songs.

Just over one month after its release, Let Go reached multi-platinum status in late-August, and was certified triple platinum two weeks after. Before the end of 2002, just six months after its debut, it was certified four times platinum by the RIAA. It was the best selling album of the year for a female artist and for a debut album in 2002. As of December 2007 the album has sold 6.6 million copies in the U.S and more than 16 million worldwide.

Four singles from the album were released. The first single, “Complicated” went to number one in Australia, while reaching number two on the U.S. Hot 100, and it was one of the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002. Lavigne tied a record set by Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” when “Complicated” held the number one spot on the contemporary hit radio chart (which tracks air play on the radio) for eleven weeks in a row. “Sk8er Boi” reached the top ten in the U.S. and Australia, “I’m With You” reached the top ten in the U.S and the UK, and “Losing Grip” reached the top ten in Taiwan and the top twenty in Chile.

Lavigne was named “Best New Artist” at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, won four Juno Awards in 2003 (out of six nominations), received a World Music Award for “World’s Best-Selling Canadian Singer”, and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including “Song of the Year” for “Complicated” and “Best New Artist”.

Under My Skin (2004–2006)

avril_lavigne_gothic_stands Lavigne’s second album, Under My Skin, was released on May 25, 2004, in the U.S. It debuted at number one in the U.S., the UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Ireland, Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong and sold more than 380,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week. Lavigne wrote most of the album with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, though some tracks were co-written by Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence), Butch Walker of Marvellous 3, her former lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld, and her former drummer Matt Brann. Kreviazuk’s husband, Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida, co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore.

This album has a stronger alternative feel, along with songs showing punk-pop edges (such as He Wasn’t and I Always Get what I Want), or soft post-grunge sounds (Freak Out and Who Knows).

Lead single “Don’t Tell Me” went to number one in Argentina and Mexico, the top five in the UK and Canada, and the top ten in Australia and Brazil. “My Happy Ending” went to number one in Mexico and it reached the top ten in the U.S. making it her third-biggest hit there, but third single “Nobody’s Home” did not make the top forty in the U.S., and it only went to number one in Mexico and Argentina. The fourth single from the album, “He Wasn’t”, reached top forty positions in the UK and Australia, and was not released in the U.S. “Fall to Pieces” was released as the final single from the album, but did not do as well as previous singles.

Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2004 for “World’s Best Pop/Rock Artist” and “World’s Best-Selling Canadian Artist”. She received five Juno Award nominations in 2005, picking up three, including “Fan Choice Award”, “Artist of the Year”, and “Pop Album of the Year”. She won the award for “Favorite Female Singer” at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Lavigne co-wrote “Breakaway” with Matthew Gerard, which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). “Breakaway” was later included on Clarkson’s second album, Breakaway, being released as the album’s first single. The song peaked inside the U.S. top ten and provided Clarkson with a substantial hit.

Avril Lavigne (23) Lavigne went on a “Live and by Surprise” twenty-one city mall-tour in the U.S. and Canada, starting on March 4, 2004, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to promote Under My Skin. Each performance consisted of a short live acoustic set of songs from the new album. She was accompanied by her guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld. The venue in each city was not announced until forty-eight hours before the show. The tour was very popular and was successful in promoting the album. The set at Indianapolis on March 25, 2004, at Glendale mall included “He Wasn’t”, “My Happy Ending”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “Take Me Away”, “Nobody’s Home”, “Sk8er Boi”, and “Complicated”. Selections of this tour were released on the Avril Lavigne Live Acoustic EP, which was released in U.S. Target stores.

Lavigne was touring throughout most of 2005, and pursuing her acting and modelling careers. She represented Canada at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, performing her song “Who Knows” during the eight minutes of the Vancouver 2010 portion. The album has sold more than 8 million copies.

The Best Damn Thing (2007–present)

Avril Lavigne (40) Lavigne’s third album, The Best Damn Thing, was released on April 17, 2007 and debuted at number one in the U.S. The album was produced by Dr. Luke, Lavigne’s husband Deryck Whibley, Rob Cavallo, Butch Walker and Lavigne. Travis Barker recorded drums for the record. The first single from the album was “Girlfriend”, which became Lavigne’s first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. On Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Lavigne said that “When You’re Gone” would be the second single. Lavigne’s third single from the album is “Hot”.

This album has a high punk-pop influence, with punk rock guitar riffs and poppy choruses.

“Girlfriend” has been used as the theme song for the Japanese idol hosted talk show Cartoon KAT-TUN. On May 2, 2007, she made a guest appearance during the show. She played a game of darts with the KAT-TUN group.

Lavigne has been doing a small tour to promote The Best Damn Thing, with tickets available only to members of her fan club. She began the tour in Calgary, Alberta, and played for a crowd of around two hundred. This show was aired on television on April 2, 2007, on the CBC Network. The album had sold a total of 4.1 million copies worldwide in by December 2007. Avril is currently on the “Best Damn Thing” tour the duration of this tour lasts until August 13th 2008. (extension dates may occur)

Allegations of plagiarism and criticism of songwriting

Avril Lavigne (36) On May 25, 2007, Lavigne, her co-songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, and her record label were sued by songwriters James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar over claims that her song “Girlfriend” infringes on their 1979 song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”, originally performed by The Rubinoos.

In June 2007, Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, with whom Lavigne wrote the majority of her second album, Under My Skin, spoke to Performing Songwriter magazine about Lavigne’s songwriting, saying, “I mean, Avril, songwriter? Avril doesn’t really sit and write songs by herself or anything. Avril will also cross the ethical line and no one says anything. That’s why I’ll never work with her again. I sent her a song two years ago called ‘Contagious’, and I just saw the tracklisting to this album and there’s a song called ‘Contagious’ on it – and my name’s not on it. What do you do with that? See, I won’t [call the lawyers], I’ll just tell you. Art should not be subject to that kind of controversy.”

On July 6, Lavigne denied both accusations in an open letter on her website, claiming that she had “never heard the [Rubinoos] song in [her] life” and also that she is considering taking legal action against Kreviazuk with regards to her allegations, which she considers “damaging to my reputation and a clear defamation of my character”.

avril_lavigne_black On July 10, Kreviazuk made a full public apology and retracted the statements made in the aforementioned interview, saying “I would like to apologize for any misconceptions concerning Avril Lavigne, which may have resulted from statements I made in my interview with Performing Songwriter Magazine. It was not my intention to call Avril’s songwriting ability or ethics into question. My statements and any inference from my statements, which call into question Avril’s ethics or ability as a respected and acclaimed songwriter, should be disregarded and are retracted. Avril is an accomplished songwriter and it has been my privilege to work with her.”. Kreviazuk and Lavigne share the same manager, Nettwerk Management.

In January 2008 Dubar and Gangwer dropped their lawsuit and retracted their allegations of plagiarism after the case was settled confidentially.

The song “I Don’t Have to Try,” also stirred up controversy. Similarities between this song and Peaches’ 2003 song, “I’m the Kinda” has sparked further plagiarism speculations.

Other works

Covers

Lavigne recorded a cover of the John Lennon song “Imagine” as her contribution to the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Lavigne has also covered The Goo Goo Dolls’ mega-hit “Iris”, actually performing a duet of the song with the band’s lead singer and lyricist John Rzeznik at the Fashion Rocks concert in 2004, which was produced by Eric Book.

Other covers which were performed live include:

  • “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan
  • “No One Needs to Know” by Shania Twain
  • “Basket Case” by Green Day
  • “The Scientist” by Coldplay
  • “All the Small Things” by blink-182
  • “Chop Suey!” by System of a Down
  • “Fuel” by Metallica
  • “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett
  • “You Were Mine” by Dixie Chicks
  • “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
  • “Adia” by Sarah McLaughlin
Other appearances
  • “Hundred Million” by the pop-punk band Treble Charger
  • “Bethamphetamine (Pretty, Pretty)” by the hard rock singer Butch Walker
  • 400_alavigne_071102_gcattermole77630134Lavigne has also been featured in a comic series called Make 5 Wishes. She stars as herself, a pop star, who is idolized by the protagonist of the story.
Abbey Dawn

Abbey Dawn is a clothing line produced by Kohl’s and designed by Avril Lavigne, scheduled to be released in the US in July. The line is named after Avril’s childhood nickname. Described as a “juniors lifestyle brand”, the line will include hoodies and jeans with skull and zebra patterns similar to the artwork on Lavigne’s album The Best Damn Thing.

 

Film career

200px-Avrilgfdl Lavigne made her film debut in the animated film Over the Hedge, which is based on the comic strip of same name. She worked alongside William Shatner, Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Wanda Sykes, Nick Nolte and Steve Carell. She is also acting in the Richard Gere film The Flock, as the girlfriend of a crime suspect, and her third project was Fast Food Nation, based on her favorite book. Lavigne wrote and recorded a song titled “Keep Holding On” with Dr. Luke, for the Eragon film soundtrack; it was included on her third album, The Best Damn Thing. The song was released for digital download on November 28, and made its worldwide debut on radio on November 17. It reached the top spot on the Canadian top twenty. She also recorded the theme song for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

Lavigne made a cameo in the film Going the Distance and also appeared in an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, performing “Sk8er Boi” with her band.

It was reported by the British publication The London Paper that she recently landed a lead role in an upcoming film. “I’ve got a film role coming up – something you wouldn’t expect from me, something deep and dark.”

 

Filmography
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Sabrina, the Teenage WitchHerselfTelevision episode (Bada-Ping!) Guest-star; performed “Sk8er Boi”
2004Going the DistanceHerselfCameo; performed “Losing Grip”
2004MadtvHerselfCameo; performed
2006Fast Food NationAliceCollege activist
2006Over the HedgeHeatherVoice
2007The FlockBeatrice BellSuspect’s Girlfriend
2009TBATBALead role

 

Media image

In Lavigne’s official MySpace page, she affirms that her music genre is Pop/Punk/Rock; but Allmusic and other reviewers consider her “Punk, Punk-pop, Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Pop-Rock, Modern Rock and Post-Grunge”. The reason for the confusion appears to be for her punk-like appearance, however, she has frequently stated that she’s “not punk”, and that she never claimed to be. Lavigne said this despite her many claims to be a “skater punk” in her earlier years. Lavigne cites many early punk bands and figures as influences, but her music has little in common with 1970s punk rock.

Personal life

avril_lavigne_4 In the January 2003 issue of Seventeen magazine, she admitted to “snagging a bite of Matt’s cheeseburgers every now and again.” She said also she prefers not to eat meat, but will not say she’s a vegetarian “in case anyone caught her eating meat”.

Lavigne has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist that matches the style of the one used for her first album artwork. It was created at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody’s identical tattoo. In late 2004, she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter ‘D’ applied to her right wrist, which represents her now husband Deryck Whibley.

In February 2004, she began dating fellow Canadian singer Deryck Whibley, the lead singer/guitarist of punk band Sum 41. On June 27, 2005, Lavigne and Whibley became engaged. Whibley proposed to Lavigne by surprising her with a trip to Venice, a gondola ride, and then a romantic picnic.

Avril-Lavigne-marry The couple married in a Catholic ceremony attended by about 110 guests on July 15, 2006 at a private estate in Montecito, California. When asked if they were ready for kids the couple said “not right now but somewhere down the road.”

Avril once said in an interview that her favorite party song is “Hey Ya”, by Outkast. She likes listening to Third Eye Blind, Oasis, Marilyn Manson, System of a Down and Blink-182, and loves especially the track “I Miss You”. Asked what she would put on a mix tape to a boy she liked, Avril answered: “Iris”, by Goo Goo Dolls. I’d put a few Coldplay and Oasis songs. Radiohead — The Bends is one of my favorite albums.”

Charities

Lavigne has been involved in a number of charities, such as Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, AmericanCPR.org, Camp Will-a-Way, Music Clearing Minefields, U.S. Campaign for Burma, Make-a-Wish Foundation and War Child. She has also appeared in ALDO ads with YouthAIDS to raise money to educate people worldwide about HIV/AIDS.

Lavigne worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for her 2005 east coast tour.

Lavigne also covered ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ for War Child’s Peace Songs compilation.

Avril Lavigne has also been taking part of the Unite Against Aids concert presented by ALDO in support of Unicef on November 28th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec Canada. Special guest artists also includes Marie-Mai and Sarah McLachlan. Canada’s #1 winner of the United Against Aids Video Contest, Sina Soksowath Var has won the contest with a total of 161 votes winning Avril’s autographed album and photo.

Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn ThingBacking band

Current members
  • Al Berry — bass guitar, backing vocals (2007 – present)
  • Rodney Howard — drums, percussion, backing vocals (2007 – present)
  • Stephen Anthony Ferlazzo Jr. — electronic keyboard, backing vocals (2007 – present)
  • Jim McGorman — rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2007 – present)
  • Steve Fekete — lead guitar, backing vocals (2008 – present)
  • Sofia Toufa — backing vocals, dancer (2007 – present)
  • Lindsay Bluafarb — backing vocals, dancer (2007 – present)

 

Avril Lavigne-Girlfriend Past members
  • Mark Spicoluk — bass guitar, backing vocals (April 2002 – September 2002)
  • Jesse Colburn — rhythm guitar (2002 – January 2004)
  • Evan Taubenfeld — lead guitar, backing vocals (2002 – September 2004)
  • Craig Wood — rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2004 – January 2007)
  • Matt Brann — drums, percussion (2002 – February 2007)
  • Charlie Moniz — bass guitar (2002 – February 2007)
  • Devin Bronson — lead guitar, backing vocals (2004 – 2008)

Soon after departing Lavigne’s band, Taubenfeld formed The Black List Club, later signing up Bronson as lead guitarist.

Discography

Albums

YearAlbum
2002Let Go

  • 1st studio album
  • Released: June 4, 2002
2004Under My Skin

  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: May 25, 2004
2007The Best Damn Thing

  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: April 17, 2007

Singles

SingleYearAlbum
2002“Complicated”Let Go
“Sk8er Boi”
“I’m with You” 2
2004“Don’t Tell Me”Under My Skin
“My Happy Ending”
“Nobody’s Home”
2005“He Wasn’t” 7
2007“Girlfriend”The Best Damn Thing
“When You’re Gone”
“Hot”
2008“The Best Damn Thing”

Awards

Read more about Avril Lavigne Awards at WikiPedia: List of Avril Lavigne awards

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Coldplay

coldplay3Coldplay are an alternative rock band formed in London, England in 1997. The group comprises vocalist/pianist/guitarist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Will Champion. Coldplay have sold 32.5 million albums, and are also known for their hit singles, such as “Yellow”, “The Scientist”, “Speed of Sound”, “Fix You”, “Viva la Vida” and the Grammy Award-winning “Clocks”.

Coldplay achieved worldwide fame with the release of their single “Yellow”, followed by their debut album, Parachutes (2000), which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Its follow-up, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), was named NME’s Album of the Year. Their next release, X&Y (2005), received a generally positive reception. The band’s fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), was produced by Brian Eno and released again to largely favourable reviews. All of Coldplay’s albums have enjoyed great commercial success.

Coldplay’s early material was compared to acts such as Jeff Buckley, U2, and Travis. Since the release of Parachutes, Coldplay have drawn influence from other sources, including Echo and the Bunnymen Kate Bush and George Harriso on A Rush of Blood to the Head, Johnny Cash and Kraftwerk for X&Y and Arcade Fire and My Bloody Valentine on Viva la Vida. Coldplay have been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International. The group have also performed at various charity projects such as Band Aid 20, Live 8, and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

History

Formation and first years (1996–1999)

coldplay_announces_viva_la_vida_tracklist_424x300The members of the band met at the University College London (UCL) in September 1996. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland were the first members of the band, having met one another during their orientation week. They spent the rest of the college year planning a band, with their efforts culminating in a band called Pectoralz. Later, Guy Berryman, a classmate of the two, joined the band without considering what musical direction it was taking. By 1997, the group performed gigs for local Camden promoters at small clubs. By that time, the band had renamed themselves Starfish. Martin also had recruited his longtime school friend Phil Harvey, who was studying classics at Oxford, to be the band’s manager.

The band’s lineup was complete when Will Champion joined the band to take up percussion duties. Champion had grown up playing piano, guitar, bass, and tin whistle; he quickly learned the drums, despite having no previous experience. Eventually Tim Rice-Oxley, a mutual friend, permitted the band to use the name “Coldplay,” which he had used for his band but then thought the name was “too depressing”. Rice-Oxley was also offered the position as Coldplay’s keyboard player, but he refused since he was already committed to the band Keane.

In 1998, the band released 500 copies of the Safety EP. Most of the discs were given to record companies and friends; only 50 copies remained for sale to the public. In December, Coldplay signed to the independent label Fierce Panda. Their first release was the three-track Brothers and Sisters EP, which they had quickly recorded over four days in February 1999.

coldplay_whackAfter completing their final examinations, Coldplay signed to Parlophone for a five-album contract in the spring of 1999. After making their first appearance at Glastonbury, the band went into studio to record a third EP titled The Blue Room. 5,000 copies were made available to the public in October, and the single “Bigger Stronger”, which received airplay on Radio 1, was establishing Coldplay. However, the recording sessions for The Blue Room were tumultuous. Martin kicked Champion out of the band but later pleaded with him to return, and because of his guilt, went on a drinking binge. Eventually, the band worked out their differences and put in place a new set of rules to keep the group intact. First, the band declared an all-for-one approach: Coldplay was a democracy, and profits were to be shared equally, taking a page from bands like U2 and R.E.M. Second, the band would fire anyone who used hard drugs.

Parachutes (1999–2001)

In March 1999, Coldplay focused efforts on their debut album, recorded at Rockfield Studios with producer Ken Nelson. They also played on the Carling Tour, which showcased up-and-coming acts. After releasing three EPs without a hit song, Coldplay scored their first Top 40 single, “Shiver”. Released in March 2000, it reached a modest #35 on the UK Singles Chart and earned the band their first airplay on MTV. June 2000 was a pivotal moment in Coldplay’s history: the band embarked on their first headlining tour, which included a triumphant return to Glastonbury. More notably, the group released the breakthrough single, “Yellow”. The song shot to #4 on the UK Singles Chart and placed Coldplay in public consciousness.

Coldplay released their first full-length album, Parachutes, in July 2000, which debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart. Along with critical acclaim, Parachutes was sometimes criticised for bearing a strong resemblance to the music of alternative rock band Radiohead in their The BendsOK Computer era. “Yellow” and “Trouble” earned regular radio airplay on both sides of the Atlantic. Parlophone originally predicted sales of 400,000 units of Parachutes; by Christmas, 1.6 million copies had been sold in the United Kingdom alone. Parachutes was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in September 2000.

coldplay111 Having found success in Europe, the band set their sights on North America, and Parachutes was released there in November 2000. The band embarked on a US club tour in early 2001, beginning with a show in Vancouver, Canada, which was coupled with appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Whilst Parachutes was a slow-burning success in the US, it eventually reached double-platinum status. The album was critically well-received, earning Best Alternative Music Album honours at the 2002 Grammy Awards.

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2001–2004)

Coldplay returned to the studio in October 2001 to begin work on their second album, once again with Ken Nelson producing. A Rush of Blood to the Head was released in August 2002. The album spawned several popular singles, notably “In My Place”, “Clocks”, and the ballad “The Scientist”.

Coldplay toured from June 2002 to September 2003 for the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour. They visited five continents, including co-headlining festival dates at Glastonbury Festival, V2003 and Rock Werchter. Many shows included elaborate lighting and individualised screens reminiscent of U2’s Elevation tour. During the extended tour, Coldplay recorded a live DVD and CD, Live 2003, at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.

In December 2003, they were named by readers of Rolling Stone magazine as the best artist and the best band of the year. At that time Coldplay covered The Pretenders’ 1983 hit “2000 Miles”, which was made available for download on their official site. It was the top selling UK download that year, with proceeds from the sales donated to Future Forests and Stop Handgun Violence campaigns. A Rush of Blood to the Head won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards. At the 2004 Grammy Awards, Coldplay earned Record of the Year for “Clocks”.

X&Y (2004–2006)

Coldplay spent most of 2004 out of the spotlight, resting from touring, and recording their third album. In terms of particular musical influences for it, bassist Guy Berryman said, “We were listening to lots of different stuff during the early stages [of X&Y] from Bowie, Eno and Pink Floyd to Depeche Mode, Kate Bush and Kraftwerk. And U2 as we usually do.” In May, Chris Martin and his wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, celebrated the birth of a daughter, named Apple.

X&Y was released in June 2005 in UK and Europe. This new, delayed release date had put the album back into the next fiscal year, actually causing EMI’s stock to drop. It became the best-selling album of 2005 with worldwide sales of 8.3 million. The lead single, “Speed of Sound”, made its radio and online music store debut on 18 April and was released as a CD on 23 May 2005. The album debuted at #1 in 22 countries worldwide and was the third-fastest selling album in UK chart history. Two other singles were released that year: “Fix You” in September and “Talk” in December. The latter is set to the melody of “Computer Love”, which was released in 1981 by the German synthpop band Kraftwerk and had in the previous year been revived by Norwegian guitarist Erik Wollo. Despite the commercial success, the critical reaction to X&Y was less enthusiastic than that of its predecessor, with New York Times critic Jon Pareles describing Coldplay as “the most insufferable band of the decade”, while others compared them to U2. Chris Martin later revealed that the negative remarks made him feel “liberated”.

From June 2005 to July 2006, Coldplay went on their Twisted Logic Tour, which included festival dates like Coachella, Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. In July 2005, the band appeared at Live 8 in Hyde Park, where they played a rendition of The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” with Richard Ashcroft on vocals. In September, Coldplay recorded a new version of “How You See the World” with reworked lyrics to War Child’s Help: A Day in the Life charity album. In February 2006, Coldplay earned Best Album and Best Single honours at the BRIT Awards.

 

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2006–present)

Coldplay-Viva La Vida [Front] The band began to work on their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, as early as December 2006, with Brian Eno and Markus Dravs as their producers. In addition, music producer Timbaland was rumoured to be collaborating. Coldplay took a break from recording and toured Latin America in early 2007, including shows in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. The band revealed that the album seemed to be shaping up with Hispanic influences, after having recorded in churches and other areas in Latin America and Spain during their tour. The group spent the rest of the year recording, mainly with Brian Eno.

Chris Martin described Viva la Vida as a new direction for Coldplay: a change from their past three albums, which they have referred to as a ‘trilogy’. Martin has also revealed that this album features much less of his falsetto, and he has allowed his voice’s lower register to take precedence. Some songs, such as “Violet Hill”, contain distorted guitar riffs and bluesy undertones. “Violet Hill” was confirmed as the first single, with a radio release date of 29 April 2008. After the first play, it was freely obtainable from Coldplay’s website from 12:15 PM (GMT +0) for one week (achieving two million downloads), until it became commercially available to download on May 6. “Violet Hill” entered the UK Top 10, US Top 40 (entering the Top 10 in the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart) and charted well in the rest of the world. The title track, “Viva la Vida”, was also released exclusively on iTunes; it has since become the band’s first #1 on the Hot 100 and also their first UK #1, based on download sales alone. On 16 June, Coldplay began their Viva la Vida Tour with a free concert at Brixton Academy in London. This was followed two days later by a 45-minute performance that was broadcast live from outside BBC Television Centre.

On 15 June 2008, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends topped the UK album chart, despite having been on sale for only three days. In that time, it sold 302,000 copies — making it “one of the fastest-selling records in UK history”. By the end of June, it had set a new record for most-downloaded album ever. The band have said that they will release another album in late 2009, that will feature a collaboration track with Kylie Minogue, called “Lunar”.

Musical style

Coldplay’s musical style has been defined as alternative rock, being compared to Jeff Buckley and Oasis, while on their MySpace profile, Coldplay describes their musical style as “very heavy soft rock”. The band’s music has been called “meditative”; it “[reflects] on their emotions” and lead singer/songwriter Martin “endlessly examine[s] his feelings”. Martin’s lyrical wordplay has been called feminist, similar to Andrew Montgomery of Geneva.

The tone of the band’s first studio album, Parachutes, was defined as melodic pop with “distorted guitar riffs and switching percussion”. It was also described as being “exquisitely dark and artistically abrasive”. In a review for A Rush of Blood to the Head, the songs were considered to contain “lush melodies and a heartbreak” and that they had a “newfound confidence.” The music on X&Y has been considered to be “ruminations on Martin’s doubts, fears, hopes, and loves.”

Activism

Coldplay - Violet Hill Despite Coldplay’s worldwide popularity, the band has remained protective of how their music is used in the media, refusing its use for product endorsements. In the past, Coldplay turned down multi-million dollar contracts from Gatorade, Diet Coke, and Gap, who wanted to use the songs “Yellow”, “Trouble”, and “Don’t Panic” respectively. According to vocalist/pianist Martin, “We wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves if we sold the songs’ meanings like that.” The song “Viva la Vida” was featured in a commercial for the iTunes Store, advertising its exclusive availability of the single as a digital download on iTunes. Coldplay is a supporter of Amnesty International. Chris Martin is also noted as one of the most visible celebrity advocates for fair trade, supporting Oxfam’s ongoing Make Trade Fair campaign. Martin has been on trips with Oxfam to assess conditions, has appeared in its advertising campaign, and is known for wearing a “Make Trade Fair” wristband during public appearances, including at Coldplay concerts. The band were also filmed for Make Poverty History, clicking their fingers.

In the band’s early years, Coldplay was also widely noted in the media for their claim to give 10% of the band’s profits to charity. Bassist Guy Berryman said, “You can make people aware of issues. It isn’t very much effort for us at all, but if it can help people, then we want to do it.”

Discography

  • Parachutes (2000)
  • A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  • X&Y (2005)
  • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

Compilations and live releases

  • 2003: Live 2003
  • 2007: The Singles 1999-2006

EPs

YearTitle1998Safety E.P. (500 copies)1999Brothers & Sisters EP (2500 copies)The Blue Room E.P.2000Sparks EP (Promo only)2001Trouble EP (Norway only)2006Speed of Sound EP (Japan only)

Singles

YearTitleAlbum1998“Ode to Deodorant”Ode to Deodorant (demo tape)1999“Brothers & Sisters”Brothers & Sisters EP“See You Soon”The Blue Room EP2000“Shiver”Parachutes“Yellow”“Trouble”2001“Don’t Panic”2002“In My Place”A Rush of Blood to the Head“The Scientist”2003“Clocks”“God Put a Smile upon Your Face”“2000 Miles”Christmas cover of The Pretenders2004“Moses”Live 2003“One I Love”2005“Speed of Sound”X&Y“Fix You”“Talk”2006“The Hardest Part”“What If”2007“White Shadows”2008“Violet Hill”Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends“Viva la Vida”“Lost?” 1

Music videos

YearMusic video2000“Shiver”“Yellow”“Trouble”2001“Don’t Panic”2002“In My Place”“The Scientist”2003“Clocks”“God Put a Smile upon Your Face”2005“Speed of Sound”“Fix You”“Talk”2006“The Hardest Part”2008“Violet Hill”TBA “Viva la Vida&”

Other releases

YearAlbum details2001Mince Spies (1000 copies)2003Remixes (1000 copies)

 

 

Notes

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  13. Coldplay to Quit. Daily Star (2008-01-07). Retrieved on 2008-05-05.
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  16. Washington Post: Blue-Throated Warbler
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References

  • Roach, Martin (September 2003), Coldplay: Nobody Said It Was Easy, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0711998108

 

Further reading

  • Spivack, Gary. Coldplay : Look at the Stars. ISBN 0743491963.

 

External links

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Fergie

fergie-tiara Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), better known by her stage name Fergie, is an American pop/R&B singer-songwriter, actress, and rapper. She is a former member of the kids’ television series Kids Incorporated, and the girl group Wild Orchid. Ferguson was also a co-host of the television show Great Pretenders. She is currently a vocalist for the hip hop/pop group the Black Eyed Peas, as well as a solo artist, releasing her debut album, The Dutchess, in 2006. The album has so far spawned three U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one singles and five Top 5 hits, making The Dutchess the seventh album from a female artist to spawn five Top 5 hits.

Biography

Early life

Ferguson was born in Hacienda Heights, California, the daughter of Terri Jackson (née Gore) and Patrick Ferguson. She has one sister, Dana, who is an actress. Her parents are Roman Catholics of Irish, Scottish and Mexican descent. The daughter of devout Catholic schoolteachers, she was raised in a suburban area with strict Roman Catholic values while attending Mesa Robles Middle school and Glen A. Wilson High School. She is quoted as saying that as a child she was so hyperactive, doctors wanted to put her on Ritalin until her mom vetoed the idea. Through dance school, her mom found her an agent and voiceover work, providing the voices for Lucy and Sally in Peanuts cartoons. From 1984 to 1989, she spent summers performing chart hits on the TV show Kids Incorporated. All that time she was a straight-A student. She was even a spelling bee champion, as well as a Girl Scout.

Acting career

97eb4196-2e26-4d71-8f98-cbb0fb869981-small As a child actress, Ferguson appeared on the television program Kids Incorporated for several years with Renee Sands, who became a fellow member of Wild Orchid. On the show, the actress displayed her singing talents, singing Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time”. Ferguson was the voice of Sally Brown in two Charlie Brown specials: It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984), and Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985).

In July 2003, Ferguson had a guest role on the Rocket Power special, Reggie’s Big Beach Break, on Nickelodeon; she voiced a fictitious pop music star named Shaffika. In March 2005, casting for Revolution Studios’s big-budget remake of John Carpenter’s The Fog was underway. Ferguson was set to return to acting in the role of lighthouse radio deejay Stevie Wayne (a part originated by scream queen Adrienne Barbeau). A last minute conflict arose, preventing her contract from closing and Ferguson left the project. The role eventually went to Selma Blair. Ferguson finally returned to acting in 2006, appearing as lounge singer Gloria in Wolfgang Peterson’s remake of The Poseidon Adventure. She later appeared in 2007’s Grindhouse.

Personal life

Ferguson is engaged to actor Josh Duhamel, who starred in the television show Las Vegas. They met, and began dating, in September 2004 when she and her band appeared on Duhamel’s show (in an episode titled “Montecito Lancers”, which aired on November 1, 2004). Ferguson and Duhamel purchased a house together in 2007.

fergie460 In April 2007, she gave an interview in which she admitted that she went on a sex and drugs spree when she turned 18, saying: “I have had lesbian experiences in the past. I won’t say how many men I’ve had sex with—but I am a very sexual person.” In December 2007 when asked “Bisexuality and homosexuality are often either frowned or mocked upon in certain circles. Does that bother you?”, she replied “No, it doesn’t bother me. I’m just me”.

Ferguson was featured on Maxim‘s Hot 100 Women of 2006, and voted in at position #36. In 2007, she was voted in at #10.

Fergie has stated in several interviews that she is an avid user of hypnotherapy, which she used to overcome her crystal meth addiction and which she currently uses to relax when she gets stressed out.

Music career

Early works and the Black Eyed Peas: 1991-2005

Ferguson was a member of the female trio Wild Orchid, which she fronted with Stefanie Ridel and fellow Kids Incorporated star Renee Sandstrom. Wild Orchid released two albums, but after completing a third album, their record label declined to release it, and she left the group shortly thereafter. Her disappointment with Wild Orchid led to an addiction to crystal methamphetamine. In September 2006, Ferguson talked with Time about quitting her crystal meth addiction. “It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with,” she says. “It’s the drug that’s addicting. But it’s why you start doing it in the first place that’s interesting. A lot of it was being a child actor; I learned to suppress feelings.”

stacy_ferguson-3 In 2003, the Black Eyed Peas were recording their third album, 2003’s Elephunk, when will.i.am invited Fergie to try out for a song called “Shut Up”. She got the gig and instantly bonded with the trio to record five additional songs on the album.

In the following spring, shortly before Elephunk came out, Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine had offered Ferguson a permanent spot to take over vocal duties and fill the spot left void by background singer Kim Hill, who had left the group in 2000. When will.i.am was asked to sum up his bandmates, he called Fergie the “body” of the group.

In 2005, Ferguson inadvertently urinated on stage during a performance at San Diego’s Street Scene festival. Ferguson later commented on the incident: “I had a few drinks before the show, but I didn’t think to go to the bathroom before we went onstage. We were jumping around…and my bladder just started.”

Solo career: 2006-present

After two successful Black Eyed Peas albums, Ferguson began pursuing a solo career. Her first album, released on September 19, 2006, was entitled The Dutchess. The album’s name is a misspelled variant of the former title of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with whom Ferguson shares a surname and popular nickname. The solo deal does not mean Ferguson is leaving the Black Eyed Peas, as she intends to remain with the group, alternating between the two duties. The album is similar in style to that of the Black Eyed Peas, as fellow Peas member will.i.am is the album’s executive producer.

stacy_ann_ferguson_ropa_interior2 The Dutchess spawned six hits for Ferguson, beginning with “London Bridge”, “Fergalicious”, “Glamorous”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” ,”Clumsy”, and “Finally.” Her second single, “Fergalicious”, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Charts. “London Bridge” reached #2 on the United World Chart, while “Fergalicious” and “Glamorous” both made it to #4; the latters all reached #1 in the U.S. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” became Ferguson’s first worldwide #1 single, and is her most successful single to date. “Clumsy” was announced as the fifth single from The Dutchess after the major international success of “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. Ferguson scored her fifth consecutive Top 5 hit from The Dutchess after “Clumsy” reached a peak position #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, on 22 December 2007.

In addition to promoting her albums and singles, Ferguson appeared at Wembley Stadium on 1 July 2007, performing “Glamorous” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” in a concert for the late Princess Diana put on by her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry; the DVD of the concert was released 5 November 2007.

On November 18, 2007, Ferguson won the Pop or Rock “Favorite Female Artist” at the American Music Awards. In addition, her song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” also earned Ferguson a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance,” of which she lost. In December 2007, Blender picked Ferguson as their woman of the year.

During the 2008 Idol Gives Back, Ferguson also did a performance duet with Ann Wilson of Heart. The two (with Nancy Wilson on guitar) performed “Barracuda”.

The song “Labels or Love” was recorded for the upcoming Sex and the City movie soundtrack. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, director and writer Michael Patrick King stated that “it’s an entirely new song with lyrics, but it has the Sex and the City theme as the DNA — on steroids.”

Ferguson has also appeared on Nickelodeon’s show Dance on Sunset. Ferguson has recently released an EP for download on iTunes featuring unreleased singles. The CD version was released on May 27, 2008.

Ferguson collborated with Japanese singer Kumi Koda on the song “That Ain’t Cool”. “That Ain’t Cool” was featured on Kumi’s single Moon, released on the 11 of June. The single debuted at #2 on the Oricon Weekly Single Charts.

 

Fergie-The Dutchess [Front]Discography

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2006: The Dutchess

  • 1st studio album
  • Released: September 19, 2006
  • Re-Released: May 27, 2008
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles

2006: London Bridge
2006: “Fergalicious” (feat. will.i.am)
2007: “Glamorous” (feat. Ludacris)
2007: “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
Fergie-Big Girls Don't Cry2007: “Clumsy”
2008: “Party People” (with Nelly)
2008: “Labels or Love”

Featured singles

2007: “Impacto (Remix)” (Daddy Yankee feat. Fergie)
2008: “Beat It 2008” (Michael Jackson feat. Fergie)
2008: “Party People” (with Nelly)
2008: “That Ain’t Cool” (Koda Kumi feat. Fergie)

Promo singles

2007: “Barracuda”
2007: “Pick it Up”
2007: “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (Remix) (feat. Sean Kingston)

Fergie-ClumsyOther appearances

2004: “True” (will.i.am and Fergie)
2005: “Shut Up and Dance” (Shaggy featuring will.i.am and Fergie)
2006: “Won’t Let You Fall”
2006: “Bailamos”
2006: “All Night Long” (Diddy featuring Fergie)
2006: “I’m Chillin'”(The Game featuring Fergie)
2007: “Glad You’re Here” (Macy Gray featuring Fergie)
2007: “Barracuda”
2008: “Labels Or Love”

Music Videos

2006: London Bridge
2006: “Fergalicious” (feat. will.i.am)
2007: “Glamorous” (feat. Ludacris)
2007: “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
2007: “Clumsy”
2008: “Labels or Love”

Guest Music Videos

2007: “Impacto (Remix)”
2008: “Party People”
2008: “That Ain’t Cool”

Awards and nominations

YearPresenterAwardResult
2007MTV Australian Video Music AwardsSexiest Video:
“Fergalicious”
Won
MuchMusic Video AwardsBest International Video – Artist:
“Fergalicious”
Won
People’s Choice: Favourite International Artist:
“Fergalicious”
Nominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Female ArtistWon
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Female ArtistWon
Los Premios MTV LatinoaméricaMejor Artista Nuevo Internacional (Best New International Artist)Won
World Music AwardsWorld’s Best selling R&B ArtistNominated
World’s Best selling New ArtistNominated
American Music AwardsBest Pop/Rock Female ArtistWon
2008Grammy AwardsBest Female Pop Vocal Performance:
“Big Girls Don’t Cry”
Nominated
People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Female SingerNominated
MuchMusic Video AwardsBest International Video – ArtistNominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice AwardsFavorite Female SingerNominated
Juno AwardsBest International AlbumNominated
ASCAPSong Of Year:
“Big Girls Don’t Cry”
Won
MTV Video Music Awards JapanBest Female Video:
“Big Girls Don’t Cry”
Won

Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleOther notesGenre
1984It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie BrownSally BrownVoice onlyAnimation/Short/Family/Musical
1985Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie BrownSally BrownVoice onlyAnimation/Short
1986Monster in the ClosetLucyComedy/Horror
1998Outside OzonaGirlComedy/Drama/Horror
2005Be CoolHerselfComedy
2006PoseidonGloriaAction-Adventure
2007Planet TerrorTammy VisanRobert Rodriguez’ half of GrindhouseAction/Horror

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