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Synopsis

Ed Sheeran was born in February 1991 in Halifax, England. He began playing guitar at a young age and soon after started writing his own songs. When he was just a teenager, he moved to London to pursue his music, and his outpouring of creativity added up to several early EPs and hundreds of live shows. Getting a lot of attention with his online performances, Sheeran hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart before he ever signed with a record label. Since signing with Atlantic, Sheeran has sold millions of records and has had a song appear in the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy.

Early Years

Ed Sheeran was born on February 17, 1991, in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. When he was young, he began playing guitar, showing early promise as a musical talent. When he was 11, Sheeran met singer-songwriter Damien Rice backstage at one of Rice’s shows, and the young musician found added inspiration. As the story goes, Rice told Sheeran to write his own music, and Sheeran set out the next day to do just that.

It wasn’t long before Sheeran was recording CDs and selling them, and he soon put together his first official EP, The Orange Room. With that accomplishment and his abiding ambition driving him, at only 14 years of age, Sheeran headed to London for the summer. Thinking he could find gigs on the big city, Sheeran left home with his guitar and a backpack full of clothes, and his musical career took flight.

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Once in London, Sheeran got busy recording and playing the local singer-songwriter circuit and quickly released two albums: a self-titled record in 2006 and Want Some? in 2007. He also began opening for more established acts, such as Nizlopi, the Noisettes and Jay Sean, and released another EP, You Need Me, in 2009, a year that found Sheeran playing more than 300 live shows.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Sheeran made the leap to the next level in his career, and it came via online media, a route Sheeran had learned to use with great effectiveness. When a video he posted online got the attention of Example, a rapper, Sheeran was asked to go on the road with him as his opening act. This led to an even larger online fan base and inspiration for many more songs, which ended up filling three new EPs, all in 2010.

The Next Level

When Sheeran headed to the U.S. that year, he found a new fan in Jamie Foxx, who asked Sheeran to appear on his Sirius radio show. Soon after, in January 2011, Sheeran released yet another EP, his last as an independent artist. Without any promotion, the record reached No. 2 on the iTunes chart, and he signed on with Atlantic Records that same month.

Yanni

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Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and ’90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent appearances on public television as well as world-wide concert tours.

Yanni was born Yiannis Chryssomalis on November 14, 1954 on the Greek island of Kalamata. He displayed a talent for a music at a young age, playing piano at the age of six, but rather than enroll him in music school, his parents encouraged their son to follow his own muse and learn the instrument at his own pace and in his own way. In 1972, Yanni traveled to Minnesota to attend college, and while he majored in psychology, he didn’t walk away from music, playing in a local rock band and continuing his personal study of piano and other keyboard instruments. In 1977, after receiving his degree, Yanni joined a Minneapolis-based rock group called Chameleon, who toured regionally and cut several self-released albums, but in 1980, he began striking out on his own, recording and releasing an album of his own material, Optimystique. In 1984, Yanni signed a deal with Atlantic Records, who re-released the privately issued Optimystique; his deal with Atlantic proved short-lived, but the album attracted the attention of the noted independent label Private Music, who released Yanni’s second album, Keys to Imagination, in 1986. (They would also reissue Optimystique a few years later.) Yanni relocated to Los Angeles, where he began composing film scores as well as recording as a solo artist, and in 1987, after releasing his third album, Out of Silence, he set out on his first major concert tour; the band included John Tesh on keyboards and former Chameleon drummer Charlie Adams. In 1990, after the release of Reflections of Passion, Yanni performed a special concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a preview of the large-scale events he would stage in the future.

In 1992, the album Dare to Dream earned Yanni his first Grammy nomination, and his music began popping up in television commercials and during coverage of sporting events, bringing his compositions to a new audience. His concert tours became larger and more spectacular as his fan base grew, and in the fall of 1993, in support of the album In My Time, he performed a special show at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, a venue that was over 2,000 years old. The concert was recorded and videotaped, and the subsequent Yanni Live at the Acropolis album and home video became major successes, selling over seven million copies worldwide and becoming a fixture on public television broadcasts in the United States. The success of Live at the Acropolis led to Yanni staging prestigious events at London’s Royal Albert Hall and major venues around the globe, as well as special concerts at the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China, both in 1997 (material from the two shows appeared on the album Tribute). In both cases, Yanni was the first Western artist permitted to perform at these historic landmarks. After concluding a world tour in 1998, Yanni took a well-deserved vacation for two years and relocated to the East Coast; his 2000 studio album If I Could Tell You offered a more personal and intimate sound from the composer (it was also his first album for Virgin Records), and he explored world music sounds on 2003’s Ethnicity. In 2009, he launched his own label, Yanni-Wake Entertainment, in association with Disney, and released Yanni Voices, in which he collaborated with vocalists for the first time in his solo career, teaming with a handful of gifted newcomers. Yanni took his vocalists on the road for a Yanni Voices concert tour, and in 2010, he explored his interest in Latin music on the album Mexicanisimo. A new studio effort, Truth of Touch, followed in 2011 and proved Yanni’s popularity had not waned, topping the Billboard new age chart and going on to become the biggest-selling new age album of that year. After extensive touring for the release, Yanni added another string to his bow by collaborating with some of the biggest names in vocal classical music on his next album, Inspirato. On the album, released in 2014, the likes of Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Russell Watson, Vittorio Grigolo, Rolando Villazón, and Katherine Jenkins added operatic vocals to a selection of re-recordings of classic inspirational tracks from Yanni’s back catalog. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi.

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Emilio Estefan to Be Honored at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Premio Grammy y premiado productor, compositor y músico Emilio Estefan se une su esposa Gloria Estefan cantautores Latinoamericanos en el Salón de la Fama. La inducción se llevará a cabo la tercera edición de estrellas Premios La Musa, el cual está programado para celebrarse en la sala Filmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theater. En un comunicado de prensa, los cantautores Latinoamericanos Salón de la Fama, “Emilio ha sido fundamental en la elaboración, desarrollo y dirección de las carreras de su superestrella esposa, Gloria, así como Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Alejandro Fernandez, Thalia, Carlos Vives, y Jennifer López, entre muchos otros. Su capacidad de conectarse con su talento, creatividad y expresión ha sido de vital importancia en el establecimiento de una presencia musical insuperable.” Emilio ha escrito un sinnúmero de canciones, que son conocidos internacionalmente, tales como: “Si ya no estás” con Ricky Martin, “estrellato” de Thalia, “Da La Vuelta” realizado por Marc Anthony, “en el bolsillo” de Mandy Moore y, más recientemente, compuesto por “Siempre” la adaptación española del famoso “en algún lugar” en el West Side Story. Otros ganadores incluyen cantante/compositora Chilena Myriam Hernández, compositor y cantante argentino Gustavo Santaolalla, cantante y compositor argentino Diego Torres, cantautor colombiano Héctor Ochoa Cárdenas y cantautor Salvadoreño Álvaro Torres. La Musa Premios, que tendrá lugar el 15 Oct. Más recientemente, la pareja debutó un musical basado en su vida. En los pies!, que se está reproduciendo en el Oriental teatro en Chicago por 5 de julio, narra la historia de amor que se desarrolló entre Emilio y Gloria. Mediante representaciones musicales, danzas y trajes, los miembros de la audiencia ver a las parejas Latina” auténtico yo. Los fans de la pareja puede esperar a escuchar temas como “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”, “Conga”, ” 1-2-3,” “a sus pies”, “no quiere perder ahora”, y “Saliendo de la oscuridad”, así como la nueva música escrita por el Estefans.

 

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Madonna Rebel Heart Tour

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Madonna ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour Explores Religion And Sexuality, Familiar Topics For The Pop Queen

Even before any music plays on Madonna’s thundering 1989 hit, “Like A Prayer,” which sat atop the pop charts for 16 weeks, we hear the Material Girl’s plaintive voice asking a simple question:

“God?”

It’s one the pop star has been raising, in some form or another, for years. Religion has been a favored subject for Madonna since she got her start in the music business more than three decades ago, whether she’s appropriating Roman Catholic iconography in a music video or dabbling in Jewish spiritual traditions.

And her upcoming tour, kicking off Sept. 9 in Montreal to promote her new album, “Rebel Heart,” will be no exception.

“I’m very immersed in deconstructing the concept of sexuality and religion and how it’s not supposed to go together, but in my world it goes together,” the superstar told guest editor Andy Cohen in an upcoming event of Entertainment Weekly.

The idea promises to be big business. Madonna’s last two world tours ranked among the top 12 highest-grossing tours of all time. Her 2008 “Sticky & Sweet” tour grossed $408 million, while the 2012 “MDNA” tour earned $305 million. For that, she can thank longevity, a keen knack for being able to reinvent herself, and a cross-generational fan base that stretches throughout much of the world. In 2012, the pop queen famously outsold Lady Gaga during a number of tour stops in South America while the two stars were feuding.

Devilish Divinity

In speaking about the religious concepts in her latest tour, the 56-year-old Madonna was referring specifically to the nuns dancing provocatively on poles in a teaser video posted to YouTube, but she might as well have been alluding to entire swathes of her pop canon. Madonna’s flirtation with religion in her pop culture persona began when she popularized donning large crosses and rosaries — the latter of which is frowned upon by the Roman Catholic Church — as a fashion statement in the 1980s.

But the flirtation turned into a full-on affair with Madonna’s seminal “Like A Prayer” album in 1989. The video for the single by the same name told the story of a young white girl in a forbidden interracial relationship, but it also featured a heavy dosage of Catholic iconography.

The skimpily clad Madonna danced on screen in front of burning crosses and made love to a saint, all while bearing the scars of stigmata on her hands. The Vatican was not amused, calling the video heresy and demanding that it be banned. Pepsi, which had entered into a lucrative endorsement deal with the singer, backed out of the contract and canceled a commercial in which she debuted the song.

Devilish Divinity

In speaking about the religious concepts in her latest tour, the 56-year-old Madonna was referring specifically to the nuns dancing provocatively on poles in a teaser video posted to YouTube, but she might as well have been alluding to entire swathes of her pop canon. Madonna’s flirtation with religion in her pop culture persona began when she popularized donning large crosses and rosaries — the latter of which is frowned upon by the Roman Catholic Church — as a fashion statement in the 1980s.

But the flirtation turned into a full-on affair with Madonna’s seminal “Like A Prayer” album in 1989. The video for the single by the same name told the story of a young white girl in a forbidden interracial relationship, but it also featured a heavy dosage of Catholic iconography.

The skimpily clad Madonna danced on screen in front of burning crosses and made love to a saint, all while bearing the scars of stigmata on her hands. The Vatican was not amused, calling the video heresy and demanding that it be banned. Pepsi, which had entered into a lucrative endorsement deal with the singer, backed out of the contract and canceled a commercial in which she debuted the song.

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Ricky Martin

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(Enrique José Martín Morales; San Juan de Puerto Rico, 1971) Cantante puertorriqueño. Ya desde niño mostró su inclinación por el mundo artístico; empezó como modelo infantil y pronto ganó un premio por un anuncio de televisión de alimentos para niños. Al mismo tiempo participaba en el grupo de teatro y en el coro de su colegio.

En julio de 1984 entro a formar parte del grupo Menudo, con el que en 1986 grabó la telenovela Por Siempre Amigos. En dicho grupo permaneció hasta los 19 años, cuando inició su carrera como solista. Se trasladó a Nueva York y trabajó como modelo para sufragar sus estudios de canto y actuación.

Un año después se trasladó a México y fue contratado para la obra teatral Las Zapatillas Rojas. El éxito lo llevó a protagonizar Mi Mamá ama el Rock. Esto supuso el inicio de una carrera de éxitos imparable. Una importante cadena de televisión le pidió que participara en la serie Alcanzar una Estrella I y II, donde actuó junto a estrellas juveniles como Sasha, Bibi Gaytán, Angélica Rivera, Pedro Fernández y Erick Rubin. Fue tal el éxito de la telenovela que se lanzó a la venta un disco titulado Muñecos de Papel donde Ricky interpretó el tema Juego de Ajedrez, que tuvo una gran aceptación. Realizó una extensa gira por la República Mexicana para promocionar el disco y luego participó en la película Más que alcanzar una Estrella, por la que obtuvo el premio El Heraldo.

En 1991 grabó Ricky Martin, su primer disco como solista, del cual salieron seis sencillos que se colocaron entre los diez primeros lugares de las listas: Fuego contra fuego, Dime que me quieres, Susana, El amor de mi vida, Ser feliz y Vuelo. Gracias a esta primera producción, Ricky obtuvo ocho discos de oro en México, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos. Con este álbum realizó una intensa gira por casi toda Latinoamérica, presentando un show con el que rompió récords de taquilla. En Venezuela recibió la Orquídea de Plata por su gran popularidad.

Debido al éxito del joven cantante, se creó una gran expectación en Brasil, donde en 1992 grabó un disco en portugués con Daniela Mercury. En febrero de 1993 tuvo una memorable participación en el Festival de Viña del Mar (Chile), donde obtuvo la Gaviota de Plata. En ese mismo año, de la mano de Juan Carlos Calderón, lanzó su segundo disco, Me Amarás.

En el mes de septiembre de 1993 se instaló en California para participar en la serie televisiva Getting by. En 1994, la cadena ABC lo contrató para la serie Hospital General, donde interpretaba al atractivo Miguel Morez. Desde entonces se convirtió en inspiración de modistos internacionales como Jean Paul Gaultier o Giorgio Armani y se le ha destacado como uno de los hombres más sexis del mundo.

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Gabriel Iglesias

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Gabriel Iglesias has been described as a witty, electrifying and talented performer, who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience.  His high-octane show is a sure-fire hit: a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. Gabriel’s unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.

Gabriel’s first two DVD specials  “Hot & Fluffy” and “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy” have sold well over 1 million copies.  In response to the robust demand, Gabriel will record a third one-hour Comedy Central DVD special, “Aloha Fluffy” to air on Comedy Central in Spring 2013.

“Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution,” premiered on Comedy Central in October 2011 and was one of the highest rated stand-up series on the network.  The series starred Gabriel, who hosted and performed stand-up material and featured an array of talented and diverse comedians, which he personally selected.  The highly anticipated second season of “Stand-Up Revolution” was taped in Ft. Lauderdale and premieres on Comedy Central in Fall of 2012.  Gabriel was individually nominated for a 2012 ALMA Award in the category: Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act.

Gabriel’s numerous television credits include: Cartoon Network’s “The Annoying Orange,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” FOX TV’s “The Family Guy,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”  Gabriel has co-hosted top rated YouTube series’, Ray William Johnson’s “=3” and “Epic Meal Time.”  Gabriel also starred in the Warner Bros. mega-hit movie, “Magic Mike.” He was top billed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Toronto.  In 2009 and 2010, Gabriel was selected to headline the unique Amman Jordan Comedy Festival, the first of its kind in the Arab world.  He has sold out performances around the globe, including Australia, Europe, the U.K. and Saudi Arabia.   Touring in 2012 and 2013 will include: U.S., Canada, Australia (Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney), Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden & Norway), the U.K. (London & Nottingham), Singapore, Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Khobar), Qatar (Doha) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). Gabriel Iglesias’ appeal continues to expand worldwide.

5 QUESTIONS FOR FLUFFY

1. What is your full name?

Gabriel J. Iglecias. My Dad wanted to name me Jesus Jose Iglesias, but my Mom said there were too many Jesus’s and Jose’s in Mexico, and since my Dad wasn’t there when I was born she took it upon herself to name me Gabriel. If you notice my last name above has a C where there should be an S. Well my Mom was pissed off that my Dad was not there for his only son’s birth, so to mess with his “machismo” ( Dumb Mexican Pride ) she changed the spelling of my last name to annoy him and later in life Me. Every time I check into an airport and they can’t find my last name in the system, it’s because 33 yrs earlier my Dad couldn’t get his macho ass to the hospital!!!!!

2. Where did you grow up?

I spent most of my life in Long Beach, but I was born in San Diego. My Mom and I lived in a couple of different cities before we finally migrated to Long Beach. We made pit stops in Riverside, Corona, Santa Ana, Baldwin Park, Compton ( Don’t ask ) and then Long Beach.

3. What do you like to do when your not performing?

Hanging out with my family and friends so I can hear them give me crap about how they have real jobs…. haters!!!! I love them though. My mom is my biggest fan…. even though she still doesn’t get the jokes. Aside from hanging out I love tv, movies, play-station (Madden), going to Vegas, chatting online, meeting new people and sleeping…. a lot!

4. What is your strongest quality?

Outside of my sense of humor, my patience is number one! I never try to rush things because then they don’t turn out right. I hang out with a bunch of laggers and have yet to snap on them for dragging their feet. Anyone else would have left them behind.

5. What one word best describes Gabriel?

Approachable =)

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Carlos Santana Latin Soul

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Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana’s ever-evolving sound was always ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century’s pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.

Santana’s star arrived in the era-defining late 1960s San Francisco Bay Area music scene with historic shows at the Fillmore and other storied venues. The group emerged onto the global stage with an epic set at the Woodstock festival in 1969, the same year that its self-titled debut LP Santana came out. Introducing Santana’s first Top 10 hit, “Evil Ways,” the disc stayed on Billboard’s album chart for two years and was soon followed by two more classics — and Billboard #1 albums — Abraxas and Santana III.

Ever since, for more than forty years and almost as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMY’s.  In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.”

Among many other honors, Carlos Santana received Billboard Latin Music Awards’ 2009 Lifetime Achievement honor, and, he was bestowed Billboard’s Century Award in 1996.  On December 8, 2013 he was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award. Rolling Stone has also named him #15 on the magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” noting that “Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.”  And, with the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and, along with Barbara Streisand, is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on.

Santana’s new album Corazón (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) released May 6, 2014 is a collaborative effort with the biggest names in Latin music including ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Diego Torres, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Soledad, Wayne Shorter, and more. This is Santana’s first Latin music album of his iconic career.  The album is certified U.S. Latin Double Platinum and was the top selling Latin Music album in the United States for six consecutive weeks. HBO Latino & HBO Latin America celebrated the release with multiple HBO specials through a two part TV event: a behind the scenes reality themed special called “Santana: De Corazón” and the airing of his mega concert and documentary “Santana-Corazón: Live From Mexico, Live It To Believe It.” On September 9, 2014 a DVD/Live CD of the event was released documenting the show in its entirety. Both specials, and the DVD, include performances from the all-star line up that graces the album Corazón.

In the fall of 2014, Carlos Santana released his memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light” which offers a page-turning tale of musical self-determination and inner self-discovery, with personal stories filled with colorful detail and life-affirming lessons. It’s a profoundly inspiring tale of divine inspiration and musical fearlessness that does not balk at finding the humor in the world of high-flying fame, or at speaking plainly of Santana’s personal revelations and the infinite possibility he sees in each person he meets.

Beyond music, in the lifestyle and entertainment realm, River Of Colors (ROC) has enjoyed tremendous success with the Carlos by Carlos Santana and Unity by Carlos Santana brand names.  Founded in 1997, ROC is dedicated to bringing products to market that embody the passion and integrity of Carlos Santana—and that are true to his distinctive style and taste.  ROC’s endeavors encompass products including shoes, handbags, headwear and sparkling wine, as well as signature musical instruments including electric guitars and hand percussion instruments. ROC products are distributed at better retail stores internationally.

The arc of Santana’s performing and recording career is complemented by a lifelong devotion to social activism and humanitarian causes.  The Milagro Foundation, originally established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998, has granted more than five million dollars to non-profit programs supporting underserved children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. Milagro means “miracle,” and the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope—gifts to our lives—is the inspiration behind its name.

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