The Kooks

The Kooks are an English indie rock band that formed in Brighton, England in 2004. Taking their name from the David Bowie song “Kooks” the band currently consists of Luke Pritchard (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar), Paul Garred (drums) and Peter Denton (bassist). After signing onto Virgin records The Kooks were initially unwilling to record an album straight away, instead deciding to focus more on their live performances and song writing duties. However after returning from their first live tour they released their debut album Inside In/Inside Out in January 2006. First week sales for the album were quiet at 19,098 but eventually it peaked at number two for a fortnight. The album would eventually spawn six top 40 hits including two top ten hits, Naďve and She moves in her own Way. The album attained 3x platinum status within one year and to date has sold over two million units. The Kooks second studio album Konk, was produced by Tony Hoffer and was released on April 14, 2008. Bassist Max Rafferty officially left the band on January 31 after long standing rumours and an on-off absence from the band. Dan Logan, bassist with Cat the Dog, was brought in as a temporary replacement, although Pritchard revealed that he might join the act on permanent basis.

B2K

B2K was founded and managed by music producer Chris Stokes in 2001 with Lil’ Fizz, Raz-B, J-Boog, and Omarion as members. In December 2001, B2K released their first single “Uh Huh”. The song peaked at number thirty-seven Billboard Hot 100 and at number twenty on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Their self-titled début album, B2K was released on March 12, 2002. The group also released a further two singles, “Gots Ta Be”, and “Why I Love You”. B2K released their fourth single, “Bump, Bump, Bump” which featured Bad Boy executive, P. Diddy. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became the group’s first top ten and number one single. It was the first single off their second studio album, Pandemonium!. The album was released on December 10, 2002 and debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 and at number three on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In January 2004, Chris Stokes announced that the group had broken up. Three of the members claimed financial mishandling by Stokes’ management company, T.U.G. (The Ultimate Group). Omarion and Chris Stokes claimed the allegations were untrue. Lil Fizz was featured in Omarion’s “Entourage” video.

Estelle

Estelle is the stage name of Estelle Fanta Swaray born on January 18, 1980 in Hammersmith, West London, England. In 2004 she broke into the charts with “1980” and “Free” and won a Mobo Award for Best Newcomer. “Free” was written with and produced by Jimmy Hogarth. Her first album,The 18th Day charted at number 35 in the UK Albums Chart. In 2008, Estelle broke into international success with her collaboration with Kanye West, titled “American Boy”. This song reached the top 10 in many countries worldwide, including the United States and Canada, as well as achieving  umber-one status on the UK Singles Chart and in Belgium and Israel. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, as well as being nominated for Song of the Year and many other awards worldwide. “American Boy” was #7 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008. Shine was released following the single on John Legend’s HomeSchool label, reaching the albums chart in most countries worldwide, including number six in the UK. Shine sold enough copies to be certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Mercury Music Prize.

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on June 1, 1974. She is the daughter of Georgia Mary Ann Feuerstein, a Hungarian-born teacher, and Alan Richard Morissette, a French-Canadian high school principal. Alanis Morissette has a twin brother, Wade, and an older brother, Chad. At the age of six, she began playing the piano, and realized she wanted to express herself through the arts. At a New York City audition, Morissette landed a spot on Star Search, a popular American talent competition on which she used the stage name of Alanis Nadine, her first and middle names. Alanis Morissette flew to Los Angeles to appear on the show, but lost after one round. In 1988, she signed a publishing deal with MCA Publishing, which helped to fund her record deal with one of its independent subsidiary labels. MCA Records released Morissette’s debut album, Alanis, in Canada only in 1991, and Morissette co-wrote every track on the album with its producer, Leslie Howe. By the time it was released, she had dropped her stage name and was credited simply as Alanis. The pop album went platinum. Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill internationally in 1995. After the success of “You Oughta Know,” the album’s other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. “All I Really Want” and “Hand In My Pocket” followed, but the fourth U.S. single, “Ironic”, became Morissette’s biggest hit. Alanis has since gone on to release four more albums.