Lady GaGa, Cascada, Tim McGraw, Flyleaf

Lady GaGa

Lady Gaga is the stage name of American singer Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She was born on March 28, 1986 to Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta in Yonkers, New York. By the time she was eleven, Gaga was set to join Juilliard School in Manhattan but instead attended the private Catholic school Convent of the Sacred Heart. At age 20, she began working for Interscope Records as a songwriter, penning songs for pop acts such as the Pussycat Dolls. Lady Gaga¬†got her stage name from the 1984 Queen single “Radio Ga-Ga”. In 2008, She had originally focused on avant-garde, electronic dance music, but Lady Gaga really found her musical niche when she began to incorporate pop melodies and the vintage glam-rock of David Bowie and Queen into her music. Lady Gaga released her debut album through Interscope Records in late 2008. The album reached number four on the Billboard 200, as well as reaching number one on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums and in several other countries. It has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales in excess of one million copies in the United States. The first two singles from the album, “Just Dance”, and “Poker Face”, were both international hits.

Cascada

Cascada is a Euro dance group that was formed in Bonn, Germany in 2004. It consist of Natalie Horler, DJ Manian and Yanou. On February 21, 2006 they released their debut album, Everytime We Touch. The album entered The Billboard 200 at number 67, selling over 17,000 copies in its first week. It has gone on to sell over 100,000 copies in the U.S. In the UK, the album entered the charts at number six and then went on to peak at number two. They followed up the success of their debut with the release of their second studio album entitled Perfect Day. It features a number of cover songs, most notably Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi”, Pink’s “Just like a Pill”, Patti Smith Group’s “Because the Night” and Mark Wills’ song “What Hurts the Most”. In the first week Perfect Day sold 50,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In the second week it sold over a hundred thousand copies. By the beginning of 2008, Perfect Day had already been certified platinum in the UK having sold over a million units. The next album to be released by Cascada is Evacuate the Dancefloor. It is expected to ship in mid summer 2009.

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw is an acclaimed country music star and actor that was born on May 1, 1967 in Delhi, Louisiana. Tim McGraw came to the attention of Curb Records in 1990. After cutting a demo single, Tim McGraw gave a copy to his father, Tug McGraw. A man who was friends with Curb Records executives heard the demo while driving with Tug McGraw one day and recommended that Curb contact the young singer. Several weeks later Curb Records signed him to a contract. In 1993 he released his self titled debut album. It features the singles “Welcome to the Club”, “Two Steppin’ Mind”, and “Memory Lane”, none of which reached Top 40 on the country charts. Tim McGraw then went on to release his second album, Not a Moment Too Soon n 1994. It charted #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, and charted #1 on Billboard Country chart and stayed for 26 consecutive weeks, becoming Billboards biggest hit of 1994. Since then Tim Mcgraw has gone on to make four more albums. He has also acted in several films which include Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom and Flicka. Tim McGraw has won 3 Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards and 3 People’s Choice Awards.

Flyleaf

Flyleaf is an alternative rock band that was formed in Temple, Texas in 2000. It consist of Lacey Mosley, Sameer Bhattacharya, Jared Hartmann, Pat Seals and James Culpepper. All five members of the band are of the Christian faith but they don’t necessarily regard themselves as a Christian rock band. In 2004, Flyleaf played a showcase for RCA Records in New York City in hopes of getting signed. RCA passed on the band, but the president of Octone Records was very interested in the band. They were signed after the showcase, and on January 7, 2004, Octone Record’s website announced their arrival to the label. In March 2004, Flyleaf traveled to Seattle, Washington to record an EP with Rick Parashar. Afterwards, they toured with Breaking Benjamin, Staind and 3 Doors Down to promote their self-titled EP. On October 4, 2005 they released their self titled debut, Flyleaf. It debuted at number eighty-eight on the Billboard 200. It has since sold over a million units. In 2007 they released the EP “Much Like Falling”. They are currently working on their next album due to be released in August of 2009. It is tentatively titled Memento Mori.