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김현중 (Kim Hyun Joong)

김현중(金賢重, 1986년 6월 6일 ~ )은 대한민국의 가수이자 배우이다. 서울특별시에서 태어났다. SS501 멤버로 2005년 6월 앨범 SS501로 데뷔했다. 2009년 드라마《꽃보다 남자》에서 윤지후 역으로 많은 사랑을 받아 2009년 제4회 서울드라마어워즈(Seoul International Drama Awards) 인기상, 제45회 백상예술대상 (PaekSang Arts Awards) TV부문 인기상, 제2회 스타일 아이콘 어워즈 최고인기아이콘상 등을 수상하게 된다. 2010년 드라마 《장난스런 키스》에 출연하였고 MBC연기대상 인기상을 수상하였다. 2011년 Break Down과 Lucky, 두개의 미니앨범을 발표하며 솔로 아티스트로 활동했다.

Timmy Ropero

Timmy Ropero was born in Belgium and since a very early age the music goes through his veins.He is son of international artist "Paco Paco", author of the famous rumba "Taka Takata" (eight million copies sold worldwide) as well asTimmy´s brother isthe renowned DJ and producer Jerry Ropero, too.
 
Timmy Ropero started his career as a producer/ author / composer, musician and arranger from Malaga (Spain), the city where he lives now with excellent results in the music business and becoming what is called an authentic "hit-maker".
 
  • In 1998 in Brussels, Timmy recorded two albums with original songs: Poema de mi Corazón y Sensación, (Universal).
  • In 1999 the Spanish singer, Malu, recorded his song "Poema de mi corazón" to include it into her CD "Cambiarás" and as its third single output, edited by Pep's Records, being it the most sold artist (more than 150.000 copies) and taking a Platinum record.
  • In 2000, Will Tura (famous singer in the Benelux pop song), recorded the song "Amigo", composed by Timmy and edited by Universal, where this song becomed the second single from the album, selling over 60.000 copies and winning a Gold record in its first two weeks.
  • In 2001 Ramon y Manolo (Dúo Dinámico, Spanish duo) included in their CD "El Penúltimo" the Timmy’s song "Un beso por favor”, being sold over 50.000 copies of that work (Gold record).
After that, in 2003 Timmy Ropero composed the song "Mamarracho" on the album" De María a María... con sus dolores”, hit single from the Spanish singer María Jiménez, under the label Muxxic, being sold over 60,000 copies (Gold record) and she is nominated for Best Song for the Spanish Music Awards that year.
 
In the following years, Timmy Ropero contributes with several gold and platinum albums with songs like "Me envenena", second single artist young Idol Sergio Rivero (over 150,000 copies sold, Sony Music) or Maria Isabel "Toma que dale" in her album "Capricornio" (Vale Music- Gold record).
 
He also produced and composed together with NBG songs for artists like Danzel (“Turn on my own ") or Terri B (" Running Back to You ") reaching more than 200.000 copies sold worldwide and winning both Gold records.
 
The artist produced, composes and performed in 2009, "Thank You", a hymn for the Official Fan Club Michael Jackson.
 

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Other artists who perform songs from Timmy Ropero are La Brujha, Carmen Miriam(Popstars TV Show), Leyre, Salva Ortega and María Aguado, continuing his works and career.
 
Ropero´s some songs and productions are included in compilations as in “Disco Caribe” and “Caribe Mix” ( "Peligrosa" or "El Milagro del Amor" played by Patricia Lan), or works as the theme Chill Out "Intimmysimo",guitar performing by himself (Formentera Chill Out).
 
In 2011, Timmy Ropero creates Plaza suR (Universal Music) signing the whole authorship of the songs from his album "Y soñé," as well as all the arrangements and instrumentation of the album, named among the best albums novel by Spanish Television.(T.V.E.)
 
In 2013 goes to production, working, lyrics and composition of the song "Díselo" performed by the artist from Malaga Chandé (Sony Music).
 
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Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981), usually referred to as Beyoncé, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She was born and grew up in Houston, Texas, and as a child she enrolled in various performing arts schools and took part in singing and dancing competitions. Knowles became famous in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. In 2003, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, which included two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy"—becoming one of the most successful albums of the year, and earning her a then record-tying  five Grammy Awards.

After the dissolution of Destiny's Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B'Day, in 2006, and included the top 10 singles "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar". Her third solo album I Am... Sasha Fierce, released in 2008, gave birth to four commercially successful singles—"If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams". The album earned her six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist overnight. Beyoncé released her fourth solo album, 4, in 2011, which became her fourth consecutive number-one album on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist. This made her the third artist in history whose first four studio albums topped the chart.

Besides her career music, Knowles has also taken up acting. She debuted in the 2001 musical film Carmen: A Hip Hop era, before appearing in such major films as Austin Powers in Gold member (2002), Dream girls (2006), which brought her two Golden Globe nominations, Cadillac Records (2008) and Obsessed (2009). Knowles, together with her mother, introduced the family's fashion line, House of Deréon, in 2005, and has also endorsed brands including, L'Oréal, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Nintendo and Vizio. In June 2010, she was ranked first on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential musicians in the world, and second on its list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world.

Beyoncé is the holder of many awards and recognitions, including 16 Grammy Awards, 11 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 American Music Awards, a Billboard Millennium Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Destiny's Child. In 2009, Billboard named Beyoncé the Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade and ranked her as the 4th overall Artist of the Decade (and as the First Female Artist of that period). She was also recognized  as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Having sold 75 million records worldwide, Beyoncé is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2010, VH1 included Knowles in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and ranked her third in their 2012 list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.

In 2008 Beyoncé married the rapper Jay-Z, and On January 7, 2012, they had a daughter, named Blue Ivy Carter.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, widely known by the single name Elvis,  is often called the "King of Rock and Roll". Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. His twin brother was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 13. There Elvis graduated from high school in 1953. The pop and country music, the gospel music he heard in church, as well as the black R&B he heard on Beale Street as a Memphis teenager had a great influence on his future career.

In 1954 Elvis started working with the legendary Sun Records and its owner Sam Phillips, who intended to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience. Presley’s music incorporated many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues, and he was one of those who originated rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. Soon his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel" was released in January 1956 and became a number one hit.

By 1956, he had become an international sensation. His versatile voice, his diverse musical influences, animated interpretations of songs, many from African American sources, and his audacious performance style brought him great acclaim, introducing a new era in American popular music. In 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Even though his work was most commercially successful, he staged few concerts, and devoted much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, viewed by approximately 1.5 billion people. Despite his celebrity status, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. Prescription drug abuse seriously harmed his health, and on August 16, 1977, he died unexpectedly at the age of 42, at his Memphis home.

Elvis Presley is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and was named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Elvis Presley captivated millions by his talent, charisma, good looks, sensuality, and good humor, as well as the humility and kindness. He is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. 

Madonna

Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone; August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. Having sold over 300 million records worldwide, she is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time by the Guinness World Records. Madonna is considered as one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music. She is continuously reinventing her music as well as image, and retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Madonna has been praised by critics for her diverse musical productions which have also caused religious controversy. Born in Bay City, Michigan, in 1977 she moved to New York City, where she pursued a career in modern dance. She performed in the music groups Breakfast Cluband Emmy, and later released her debut album in 1983. This was followed by a series of albums that became immensely popular due to pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV.

Many of Madonna’s songs, including "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes" have hit number one on the record charts. Despite receiving generally positive reviews for Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Madonna’s later film appearances caused mixed review. Along with critical acclaim, she got a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in Evita (1996), but has received critical feedback for other film roles. Madonna is also fashion designer, children's book author, film director and producer. Madonna’s roles also include that of a businesswoman. In 1992, she founded entertainment company Maverick as a joint venture with Time Warner, and signed an unprecedented US $120 million contract with Live Nation in 2007. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), named her as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second top-selling female artist in the United States, with 64 million certified albums. In 2008, she was ranked at number two by Billboard magazine, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the chart. In the same year she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John Lennon

John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter who became famous as one of the founding members of The Beatles, one of the most renowned groups in the history of popular music. Along with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, Lennon formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band was called The Quarrymen, which evolved into The Beatles in 1960. The group disintegrated towards the end of the decade, and Lennon started his solo career and released the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine". After marrying Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. In 1975 John Lennon gave up the music business to devote time to his little son Sean, but he re-emerged in 1980 with a new album, Double Fantasy. He was assassinated three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and sharp wit in his music, his writing, his drawings, on film, and in interviews, and his political and peace activism caused controversy among the public. In 1971 Lennon moved to New York, where due to his criticism of the Vietnam War Richard Nixon's administration tried to deport him, while some of his songs served as anthems by the anti-war movement. As of 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, and as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth, and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all-time. John Lennon was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

 

Shakira

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripol, born on February 2, 1977, is a Colombian singer-songwriter widely known as Shakira. She emerged in the music world of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira began performing in school, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Arabic influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Besides being a native Spanish speaker, Shakira also speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French, Catalan and Arabic.

Initially Shakira’s first two albums had poor commercial reception with local producers, and being little-known outside Colombia, she decided to produce her own brand of music. In 1995 the release of Pies Descalzos brought her great fame in Latin America and Spain, and her 1998 album Dónde Están los Ladrones? sold over 7 million copies worldwide. In 2001 the worldwide success of her first English single "Whenever, Wherever" that became the best selling single of 2002, helped her break through into the English-speaking world with the release of Laundry Service, which sold over 13 million copies around the world. Four years later, Shakira’s success increased with the release of two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2 particularly with the best selling song of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie".

In 1995, at the age of 18, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation - Colombian charity with special schools for poor children all around Colombia. Among the great number of benefit concerts that Shakira has performed at during her career, the most famous are the Live 8 benefit concert in July 2005, the Live Earth concert, Hamburg where she headlined the show, as well as the "Clinton Global Initiative" created by former US President Bill Clinton. Her performance was a highlight of the concert celebrating President Obama's inauguration in 2009. In February 2010 she was also invited by Barack Obama to the Oval Office, where early childhood development was discussed.

Shakira is the winner of two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been nominated on “Golden Globe”. Having sold over 70 million albums worldwide, Shakira is also the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer behind Gloria Estefan. Her U.S. album sales stand at 9.9 million. In the fall of 2009, Shakira released her sixth studio album She Wolf, which gained a lot of critical praise for her eccentricity and writing skills. The album sold roughly 2 million copies around the world. Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", was chosen as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The song has become the biggest selling World Cup song of all time. With over 441 million views on YouTube, the English version of the music video is the 4th most watched video of all time. In October 2010, she released her seventh studio album, the bilingual Sale el Sol in which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. With the album she gained back her Latin following, which Shakira said was the main goal for the album.

Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), a renowned American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman, who contributed greatly to music, dance, and fashion, is often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. He debuted on the professional music scene with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5, and began his solo career in 1971.

With his stage performances and music videos, which brought him immense worldwide fame, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, and his original musical sound and vocal style have influenced many hip hop, post-disco, R&B, pop and rock artists.

Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling. His achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century"); 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era); and the estimated sale of more than 750 million records around the world. Having won hundreds of awards, Jackson is the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. He was also one of the world's most outstanding humanitarians and philanthropists; personally, as well as through his Heal the World Foundation, he donated over 300 million dollars in charity, and held the Guinness World Record for having supported more charities than any other pop star.

While preparing for his concert series titled This Is It, after suffering from cardiac arrest, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death overwhelmed the world with grief, and reportedly one billion people around the world watched his public memorial service on live television. In 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a $250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga (the real name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is an American singer and songwriter. She was born and raised in New York. She learned how to play the piano at the age of four, wrote her first piano ballad at 13, and began performing by the age of 14. Before focusing on her musical career, she studied at Convert of the Sacred Heart and also attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While she was working for record company Streamline Records, her talent captured the attention of recording artist Akon, and he signed her to his label Kon Live Distribution. Her debut album The Fame brought her prominence. The album included the popular songs “Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance”, and sold 15 million copies around the world. Her stage name, Lady GaGa, is a reference to the song "Radio Ga-Ga" by Queen.

Before starting to sing, Lady GaGa used to write songs for other singers, including Fergie and Britney Spears. She is well recognized for her extravagant style as a recording artist, in fashion, in performance and in her music videos. Her songs and performance have brought her multiple achievements including five Grammy Awards, two Guinness World Records, a record setting thirteen MTV Video Music Award nominations and the estimated sale of 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide. Billboard named her the "2010 Artist of the Year" as well as the top selling artist of 2010 ranking her as the 73rd Artist of the 2000s decade. Her third studio album, Born This Way, broke the iTunes record for the fastest rise to the number 1 on the day of release. The singles from the album, including “Born This Way”, “Judas”, “The Edge of Glory”, “You and I”, and “Marry The Night” have sold more than 9 million copies in the USA alone. Gaga was named Forbes' Most Powerful Woman in the World 2011 and was included in Time's annual list of the most influential people in the world. With over 2.1 billion views of all her videos online, Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living people on Facebook with over 46 million ‘likes’ and is number 1 on Twitter with over 17.9 million followers.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012), a famous American recording artist, actress, producer, and model, was born into a musical family and began singing in a choir at her church as a child. At the age of 15 she already was a professional singer. Whitney has been named by Guinness World Records as the most-awarded female act of all time. Her awards include two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards. She was also one of the world's best-selling music artists. Houston is the only artist to chart seven  No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits in a row.

 
When Houston's debut album Whitney Houston was released, it  became the best-selling debut album by a female act. Houston played her first role in the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single "I Will Always Love You", became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history.
 
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, the day before the 2012 Grammy Awards. The news of her sudden death shocked her fans around the world. The host of the 54-th Grammy Awards opened the show with a tribute to Whitney Houston and a prayer in her honour.
 
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