Duffy

Duffy is a Welsh singer-songwriter born on June 23,1984 in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales. In 2004 she recorded a three-song Welsh EP, written and produced by Paul Eastham of international celtic rock band “Coast”. Simply titled Aimée Duffy, the 3 tracks were “Dim Dealltwriaeth” (No Understanding), “Hedfan Angel (Fly Angel)”, and “Cariad Dwi’n Unig (Lover, I’m Lonely)”. Duffy was contracted to A&M Records on November 23, 2007. In January 2008, she came second to Adele in the annual BBC News Online poll of industry experts Sound of 2008, for acts to emerge in the coming year. In Wales, she seems set to become the “pop” equivalent of mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins. A number of commentators have remarked on her unaffected personality and natural charm. In February 2008 her Welsh language EP (Aimée Duffy), recorded four years earlier, reached the top of the Welsh C2 chart. Duffy’s debut album, Rockferry, released in May 2008 became a worldwide success, becoming the best selling album in the UK in 2008, with 1.7 million copies sold. The album was the fourth best selling album of 2008 worldwide.

The Used

The Used officially formed in January 2001 in Orem, Utah. It features the following members; Bert McCracken, Quinn Allman, Jeph Howard and Dan Whitesides. In 2002, it was discovered that a Boston band had already trademarked the name “Used,” so they decided to add “The” to their name, thus becoming The Used. Their self-titled debut album was released on June 25, 2002, and was produced by John Feldmann. They then released their sophomore album, In Love and Death on September 28, 2004. It has since been certified gold. In 2007, The Used released their third album Lies for the Liars. It was not a commercial success and as of yet is the only album they produced that didn’t become certified gold. An EP, Shallow Believer, was released in February 2008 that featured most of the band’s B-sides to date. They spent the entire year of 2008 working on their fourth studio album, which is to be released in July 2009. At new shows, they are performing a new track entitled “Blood on My Hands” which is the first single from the album. Their first single is scheduled to air on rock radio stations starting June 30th. So far The Used has achieved both Gold and Platinum statuses in more than 6 countries worldwide.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban was born on October 26, 1967 in Whangarei, New Zealand. By age seven, Urban was already thinking about getting into the music business. He began learning the techniques at age six and began winning young singing contests by age eight. In 1990, Urban signed with EMI in Australia and recorded his first self titled solo album in 1991. It was released only in Australia in 1991. It was later released worldwide in 2005. After an eight year hiatus, he released his second studio album also entitled Keith Urban in 1999. Certified platinum in the United States, the album was Urban’s breakthrough album in that country. Keith Urban produced four singles for Urban on the Billboard country charts, “It’s a Love Thing”, “Your Everything”, “But for the Grace of God” and “Where the Blacktop Ends”. In 2002, he released Golden Road. It peaked at #2 in the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart, and spent 108 weeks on the chart. It also reached #11 on the Billboard 200. The album produced four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. These were “Somebody Like You”, “Raining on Sunday”, “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me”, and “You’ll Think of Me”. Keith Urban has since released three more albums. He has charted more than fifteen singles on the U.S. country charts, including ten Number Ones.

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco is the stage name of Wasalu Muhammad Jaco. He was born on February 17, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised Muslim in an African American family living on the West side of Chicago. His father was an engineer, a prolific African drummer, karate teacher and owner of karate schools and army surplus stores. He began rapping when he was in the eighth grade, and upon hearing Nas’ 1996 album, It Was Written, began to pursue hip hop. At age 19, Fiasco was in a group called Da Pak. They signed to Epic Records and released one single before splitting up. In September of 2006, he released his debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. The album debuted at #8 and spawned several hit singles such as “Kick, Push” and “I Gotcha”. The album was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards including Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. In 2007 he released his second album entitled Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. The album debuted at #15, moved a spot up to #14 on the Billboard 200 in its second week. It debuted as the #1 rap record and remained there for 9 weeks. It has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The album was nominated for four awards at the 2009 Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album.