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Beyoncé

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B. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, 4 September 1981, Houston, Texas, USA. Knowles made her initial impact on the international music scene as the leader of the hugely successful urban group ...

Beyoncé

Beyoncé (b. 4 September 1981)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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... ( b. 4 September 1981 ), singer and actress . Beyoncé Giselle Knowles—or, as she is also known, Beyoncé—was born to Mathew and Tina Knowles in Houston, Texas. Her father sold medical scanners, and her mother ran a hair salon. With LaTavia Roberson and Kelly Rowland , Beyoncé was recruited by two Houston businessmen to form a preteen rhythm-and-blues group under the name Girl's Tyme, which the businessmen managed. In 1992 the group appeared on a nationally syndicated televised talent competition, Star Search , and lost doing a rap song. Shortly...

Knowles, Beyoncé

Knowles, Beyoncé (4 Sept 1981)   Reference library

Mark Anthony Neal

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...Beyoncé ( Giselle ) [ Beyoncé ] ( b Houston, TX , 4 Sept 1981 ). R&B singer and actress . She was given the name Beyoncé, her mother's maiden name, as a tribute to her Creole heritage. Knowles began performing semi-professionally at the age of eight, in a group called Girl's Tyme, which also featured Kelly Rowland and LaTavia Roberson. The group formed in 1990 and appeared on the television show Star Search in 1993 . Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles, renamed the group Destiny's Child, adding Letoya Luckett to round out the quartet. The...

Beyoncé

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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... (2002). The Fighting Temptations (2003). Fade To Black (2004). The Pink Panther (2006). Dreamgirls (2006). DVD/VIDEOS Live At Wembley (Columbia 2004) Beyoncé: The Ultimate Performer (Music World Entertainment 2006) B’Day: Anthology Video Album (Columbia 2007) The Beyoncé Experience Live (Sony BMG 2007) FURTHER READING Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography Of Destiny's Child , Beyoncé Knowles . Regan Books (USA).2002. See also Destiny's Child , ASCAP , MTV , Jay-Z , Sean Paul , Luther Vandross , Kelly Rowland , Michelle Williams , ...

Beyoncé

Beyoncé  

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B. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, 4 September 1981, Houston, Texas, USA. Knowles made her initial impact on the international music scene as the leader of the hugely successful urban group Destiny’s ...
Beyoncé - Dangerously In Love

Beyoncé - Dangerously In Love   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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... - Dangerously In Love Besides deft, pitchy-perfect hit songs, the talented, if volatile, Destiny’s Child was remarkable for its unpredictability, not always a defining characteristic of mainstream R&B. While there was certainly a formula at play in the songs, the structure was subtly unstable, never following standard progressions. Yet most of their singles flew to the top of both the pop and R&B charts. While DC was generally a collective, Beyoncé Knowles clearly emerged as the most high-profile member, even before major turns on the big screen,...

Dangerously In Love (Beyoncé album)

Dangerously In Love (Beyoncé album)  

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Besides deft, pitchy-perfect hit songs, the talented, if volatile, Destiny’s Child was remarkable for its unpredictability, not always a defining characteristic of mainstream R&B. While there was ...
Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child  

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This US vocal quartet was formed by Beyoncé Knowles (b. 4 September 1981, Houston, Texas, USA), LeToya Luckett (b. 11 March 1981, Houston, Texas, USA), LaTavia Roberson (b. 1 November ...
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson  

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B. Kelly Brianne Clarkson, 24 April 1982, Burleson, Texas, USA. According to pop legend, Kelly Clarkson’s early attempts to launch her music career foundered when she was turned down by ...
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CSS  

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This highly entertaining Brazilian indie electro band was formed at the end of 2003 by Lovefoxxx (b. Luísa Hanaê Matsushita, 25 February 1984, Campinas, Brazil; vocals), Ana Rezende (b. Ana ...
Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks  

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B. 22 December 1989, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Sparks made her name as the winner of the sixth season of the popular Fox TV reality show American Idol, in the process ...
Keisha White

Keisha White  

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B. March 1986, London, England. R&B vocalist Keisha White was raised in a musical family, drawing particular inspiration from her mother, a professional soul singer with whom she gained her ...
LeToya

LeToya  

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B. LeToya Nicole Luckett, 11 March 1981, Houston, Texas, USA. One of the original members of the highly successful group Destiny’s Child, urban vocalist Luckett enjoyed commercial success of her ...
Sean Paul

Sean Paul  

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B. Sean Paul Henriques, 8 January 1973, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Paul was educated at Wolmers High School near the National Heroes Stadium, and the exclusive Bel Air High School ...
rhythm and blues

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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...In later years the term became associated with newer forms of African-Amer. music, incl. soul and funk, and in 1980s a distinct new form of R&B, influenced by pop, hip-hop, and disco, emerged: perfs of so-called contemporary R&B incl. Prince, Bobby Brown , Mariah Carey , and Beyoncé Knowles...

Touré

Touré (b 20 March 1971)   Reference library

Beau Bothwell

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...] ( b 20 March 1971 ). Novelist , cultural critic , music journalist , and television host . He began his writing career reviewing records for Rolling Stone , where he became a contributing editor and has written feature profiles of artists including Jay-Z, Eminem, Beyoncé Knowles, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys. His collection of essays Never Drank the Kool-Aid (New York, 2006 ) includes a number of his Rolling Stone pieces on well-known hip hop artists, as well as essays on sports and politics taken from the Village Voice , the ...

Chi-Lites, the

Chi-Lites, the   Reference library

Anthony Marks

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...but the group's repertory was not restricted to love ballads: for example, “Give more power to the people” ( 1971 ) adeptly addresses social problems. The group's music has been sampled frequently, notably the riff from “Are you my woman (tell me so)” (Bruns., 1971 ) in Beyoncé Knowles’ number one hit “Crazy in Love” (Col., 2003 ). Despite their own chart success, the Chi-Lites experienced many personnel changes. Record and Jones left in 1975 , before returning and departing again, and by 2011 the group was performing with only one original member,...

Keys

Keys (25 Jan 1981)   Reference library

Jessica L. Getman

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...dedicated to cultivating her individual sound, a fusion of hip-hop, rhythm-and-blues, soul, and jazz. Keys’ sound is essential to her success, and her individuality as a songstress and writer has proven an advantage, placing her in the ranks of female musical artists such as Beyoncé Knowles and Missy Elliott, with whom she toured in 2004 . Songs in A Minor ( 2001 ) earned her five Grammy awards in 2002 . The album's lead single, “Fallin” ( 2001 ), topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks, and demonstrated her leanings toward the acoustic piano,...

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga (28 March 1986)   Reference library

Meredith Evans

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...number one singles on the Billboard charts: “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” and “Paparazzi.” In 2009 , she released The Fame Monster , a compilation of re-released tracks from The Fame and new hits including “Bad Romance,” “Speechless,” and “Telephone,” featuring Beyoncé. Gaga is skilled at writing danceable hits with memorable choruses. Provocative music videos complicate her seemingly innocuous lyrics and challenge pop music conventions with shocking and disturbing imagery. Gaga's vocals are full and powerful; she often sings with a rough or...

BMG

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Thane Tierney

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...15 main labels: Columbia, Columbia Nashville, Arista, BNA, Epic, Jive, J, Legacy, Masterworks, Provident, RCA, RCA Nashville, RocNation, Sony Music Latin, and Verity; it operates as a unit of Sony Corporation of America. Current artists of note include Avril Lavigne , Beyoncé , Christina Aguilera , Foo Fighters , Shakira , Pitbull , Kenny Chesney , Rod Stewart , Santana , Ke$ha , and others. Bibliography F. Dannen : Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business (New York, 1990) J. Shepherd and others, eds.: Continuum...

Houston, Whitney

Houston, Whitney (9 Aug 1963)   Reference library

Colette Simonot

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...placed number one on the Billboard 200 . In the midst of another attempted comeback in 2012 , she was found dead at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Throughout her career, Houston influenced many singers, including Mariah Carey, Brandy, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Beyoncé Knowles, and Alicia Keys. Colette...

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