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ABBA 

Abba, a Swedish pop group formed in 1972 in Stockholm. The group comprised of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Commercially Abba became one of the most successful acts in the history of pop music; they topped the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. Selling over 200 million records worldwide makes them one of the best selling music artists in the history of recorded music. When Abba split in late 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success in writing music for the stage whilst Lyngstad and Fältskog had varying success pursuing solo careers. The successful musical Mamma Mia! Was adapted in 1999 touring worldwide and was also later made into a film in 2008 that was the highest-grossing film in the UK that year. Abba were later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15th March 2010.

AC/DC

Ac/Dc are an Australian rock band that were formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus young. Pioneering their genre of hard rock/heavy metal they are one of the highest grossing bands of all time. They had continual line=up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, on 17th February 1975. Bassist Mark Evans was eventually replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. Bon Scott the lead singer and co-songwriter died on 19th February 1980 after the recording of the album Highway to Hell, he was replaced by Brian Johnson and later that year the band released Back in Black, their highest selling album. Their next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You was their first album to reach the number one spot in the US. By 2010 they had sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, with 71 million album sales being in the US alone. Back in Black sold an astonishing 49 million copies alone making it the highest selling album by any band as well as the second highest album in history.

ADAM ANT

Adam Ant is an English musician and was the lead singer of the New wave group Adam and the Ants. He later became a solo artist and had ten UK top ten hits between 1980 and 1983 with three of them being No.1's. He had a lot of success within the US also including a string of hit singles and albums, his success included acting appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes between 1985 and 2003. He has recently revived his musical career since 2010 and has been performing regularly and has recorded a new album with two full length UK national tours now completed and a US tour scheduled.

ALICE COOPER

Alice cooper is an American rock singer, songwriter and a musician whose career spans for more than four decades. Cooper is renowned for his violent brand of heavy metal including stage shows that feature such extravagance as guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls. Originally Alice Cooper was a band that consisted of Furnier on vocals and harmonica with lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar as well as drummer Neal Smith and Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar. The bands mainstream hit I'm Eighteen from the album Love It to Death broke them into the international music scene. This was then followed by the even bigger hit single Schools Out in 1972. The bands most renowned album was Billion Dollar Babies in 1973 which is considered their peak. Vincent Furnier's solo career as Alice Cooper began with Welcome to My Nightmare in 1975 and since has experimented with many styles including conceptual rock, art rock, hard rock, new wave, pop rock, experimental rock and industrial rock. He has had 26 albums in total over his career with Welcome 2 My Nightmare being his 19th album as a solo artists released in 2011.

AMY LEE

Amy Lee is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is the lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence, she has also had various other contributions to music outside of Evanescence including the release of The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack that was released in 2008. Lee has also performed collaborations with such notable artists as Korn, Seether and David Hodges. She co-founded the band Evanescence with guitarist Ben Moody. Lee and Evanescence are working on a third studio album that was due to be released in 2010.

AMY WINEHOUSE

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her powerful deep contralto vocals and her electric mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. Her debut album Frank, released in 2003 was critically successful in the UK and was then nominated for a Mercury Prize. Her most successful album, Back to Black, was nominated for six Grammy Awards and led to five wins in 2006. The wins included three of the 'Big Four'; Best New Artist, Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year. Winehouse went on to win a BRIT Award in 2007 for the Best British Female Artist, she was also nominated for Best British Album but was not successful in winning. Winehouse recently died from alcohol poisoning on 23rd July 2011. Her album Back to Black subsequently became the UK's bestselling album so far of the 21st century.

ANGELINA JOLIE

Angelina Jolie is an American Actress and director. She has received a host of awards including an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards and was named Hollywood's highest paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011. She made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in 'Lookin' to Get Out', but her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production 'Cyborg 2' in 1993. She had a leading major role in 'Hackers' in 1995 and this was her first major role.

She achieved a wide fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' in 2001, furthermore she starred again in the sequel, 'The Cradle of Life' in 2003 establishing herself among the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She also starred in 'Mr & Mrs Smith' in 2005 with her current partner, Brad Pitt.

ARCTIC MONKEYS

Arctic Monkeys were formed in 2002 in Sheffield; the band currently consists of Alex Turner on vocals and lead rhythm guitar, Nick O'Malley on bass guitar and backing vocals, Jamie cook on rhythm/lead guitar and Matt Helders on drums/percussion with backing vocals. Andy Nicholson and Glyn Jones were both former members of the band. They have released four studio albums including; Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not in 2006, Favourite Worst Nightmare in 2007, Humbug in 2009 and Suck It and See in 2011 on top of these albums they have also recorded one live album At the Apollo in 2008. Their debut album surpassed Oasis' Definitely Maybe and is the fastest selling debut album in British music history; the album remains the fastest selling debut album for a band in the UK. Their debut album landed them two number one singles and they are heralded as one of the first acts to come to gain recognition through the internet.

AVRIL LAVIGNE

Avril Lavigne is a Canadian born singer-songwriter. At the young age of 15 she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16 she had two album recording contracts signed with Arista Records that had a worth of more than $2 million. She released her debut album Let Go in 2002 at the age of 17. Her debut album made her the youngest female soloist to reach No.1 in the UK, as well as this the album was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. She had sold over 18 million copies worldwide by 2009, her breakthrough single Complicated peaked at No.1 in many countries around the world as well as her album Let Go. Under My Skin was her second album and was released in 2004, this was her first album to peak at No.1 in the US Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. Lavigne's third album, The Best Damn Thing, was released in 2007 and was her third No.1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featuring her first Billboard Hot 100 No.1 single in the US, Girlfriend. She has had more than 30 million copies of her albums sold worldwide and has had five number one singles worldwide; Complicated, Sk8er Boi, I'm With You, My Happy Ending and Girlfriend.

AXL ROSE

Axl Rose was born William Bruce Rose Jr on February 6th 1962. He is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is renowned for his role as the lead vocalist in the band Guns N' Roses and remains the only original member of the band. The band enjoyed great success and recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s; however he then disappeared from the public eye for several years. In 2001 he then went on to resurface and with him came a new line up of Guns N' Roses at Rock in Rio 3, and subsequently played periodic concert tours. He then released the long anticipated album Chinese Democracy in 2008. Such notable rock and roll magazines as NME and Rolling Stone have named Rose as one of the greatest singers of all time. Guns N' Roses are well known for their hard rock sound and such hits as Sweet Child O' Mine which happened to be their only single to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

BON JOVI

Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. They formed in 1983 and consist of leader singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald. They are renowned for several rock anthems and achieved widespread recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet which was released in 1986. After touring and recording non-stop during the late 1980's, the band went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band came together and released the album Keep The Faith. Bon Jovi have incorporated various styles in their music, including country in their album Lost Highway which was released in 2007.

They have released eleven studio albums, three compilation albums and one live album throughout their career. With 130 million record sales worldwide, and performing in more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. They were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also been awarded the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004.

BRITNEY SPEARS

Britney Spears is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she began performing as a child, landing acting roles in stage productions and television shows. In 1997, she signed with Jive Records and released her debut album 'Baby One More Time' in 1999. Her first two albums established her as a pop icon and broke sales records, while title tracks 'Baby One More Time' and 'Oops!... I Did It Again' became international number-one hits.

Spears has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the eighth top selling female artist in the United States, with 33 millions certified albums. She is also recognized as the best selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. She was ranked the 8th Artist of the 2000s Billboard.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Bruce Springsteen is sometimes referred to by the nickname 'The Boss' and is an American singer-songwriter and performer who records and tours with the E Street Band. He is widely known for his brand of heartland rock, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centred on his native New Jersey.

Springsteen's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more sombre folk-oriented works. His two most successful albums, Born in the USA and Born to Run,  showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and 65 million of those are in the US alone, he has also earned numerous awards including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. He is widely regarded by many as one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century, and in 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him as the 23rd Greatest Artists or all time.

BRYAN ADAMS

Bryan Adams is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer. He has received many awards for his contributions to music including, 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, and American Music awards. In addition, he has won two Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated for several Golden Glove Awards and three times for Academy  Awards for his song writing for films.

He was also awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.

Bryan Adams was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the 2,435th star in March 2011 and Canada's Walk of Fame in 1988. As well as this in April 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada's Juno Awards. On January 13th 2010, he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his part in numerous charitable concerts and campaigns during his career, and on May 1st 2010 was given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.

CAT STEVENS

Cat Stevens in an English singer-songwriter, multi instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam. In the early 70s his record albums 'Tea for the Tillerman' and 'Teaser and the Firecat' were both certified triple platinum in the United States by the RIAA. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone and was Billboard's number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. He has also earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in consecutive years for 'The First Cut Is the Deepest', which has been a hit single for four different artists.

In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has been awarded several awards for his work promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. In 2006, he returned to pop music with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled 'An Other Cup'. He now goes professionally by the single name Yusuf.

CHER

Cher is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, director, record producer and philanthropist. She has been referred to as the Goddess of Pop and has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Gloves and a Cannes Film Festival Award among others for her work in film, music and television. She is the only person in history to have received all of these awards.

Throughout a career spanning over 45 years, she has broken many records. She is the only artist to reach number one on the Billboard charts in each of the previous six decades. Her hit dance single 'Believe' is her biggest-selling recording and was the best selling single of 1999, having sold over 10 million copies worldwide. She holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and most recent Billboard Hot 100 number 1 singles, in 1965 and 1999 and 45 years between her first and most recent number 1 ranking on any Billboard chart.

CHERYL COLE

Cheryl Cole is an English pop and R&B recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress and model. She rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals on ITV. Cole has been part of the group, Girls Aloud, since the show and has had twenty consecutive top-ten singles in the UK and five platinum albums, and earned five BRIT Award nominations from 2005 to 2010.  She became a judge on The X Factor in 2008 and was the winning judge twice out of three series. She has also become a recognised and photographed style icon, and has been referred to as a fashionista by the press. She has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, while also becoming the new face of cosmetic company L'Oreal.

CHRIS REA

Chris Rea is an English singer-songwriter, recognisable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing. The British Hit Single & Albums stated that Rea was 'one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980's. He was already a major European star be the time he finally cracked the UK Top 10 with his 19th chart entry 'The Road to Hell (Part 2)'. By 2009, Rea had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

He is well known for his 1978 hit song 'Fool (If You Think It's Over)' that charted number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at number 1 on the US Billboard adult contemporary chart. The song was later covered by Elkie Brooks and was a top 20 hit in the UK.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA

Christina Aguilera is an American recording artist and actress. She first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993-1994. She later signed to RCA Records after recording 'Reflection', the theme song for the animated film 'Mulan (1998).

In 1999, she came to prominence following her self titled debut album 'Christina Aguilera', which was a commercial success spawning three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 - 'Genie in a Bottle', 'What a Girl Wants', and 'Come On Over Baby'. She later went on to release such albums as 'My Kind of Christmas' and several collaborations all contributing to her worldwide success.

She took control over her fourth studio album having parted from her management. 'Stripped' contained the single 'Beautiful' and was a commercial success and helped the album's commercial performance amidst the controversy over Aguilera's image. She followed this album with 'Back to Basics' in 2006 which was welcomed with positive critical acclaim. The album had three commercially successful singles, 'Ain't No Other man', 'Hurt, and 'Candyman'.

CLIFF RICHARD

Sir Cliff Richard is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. With his backing group The Shadows, Richard, originally positioned as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1958 hit single 'Move It' is often described as Britain's first authentic rock and roll song, and John Lennon once claimed that 'before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music'.

Having a career span of 53 years, Richard has become a fixture of the British entertainment world, amassing many gold and platinum discs and awards, including three Brit awards and two Ivory Novello awards. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s-2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in six consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 2000s. Richard is the biggest selling singles artist of all time in the UK, with total sales of over 21 million and has reportedly sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide.

CLINT EASTWOOD

Clint Eastwood is an American film actor, director, producer, composer and politician. Eastwood first came to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide. He rose to fame for playing the 'Man with No Name' in Sergio Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy of spaghetti westerns ( A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) during the 1960s, and as San Francisco Police Department Inspector Harry Callahan in the 'Dirty Harry' films during the 1970s and 80s.

He has won Academy Awards for Best Director and Producer of the Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor, for his work in the films 'Unforgiven' and 'Million Dollar Baby'. The majority of his films have all received commercial success and critical acclaim. Since 1967, Eastwood has run his own production company, Malpaso, which has produced all except four of his American films. He also served as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, from 1986-1988.

COLDPLAY

Coldplay are a British alternative rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Christ Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their name to Starfish. Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, completing the line-up. Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves 'Coldplay' in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs; 'Safety' in 1998, 'Brothers & Sisters' as a single in 1999 and 'The Blue Room' in the same year. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone.

The release of their single 'Yellow' in 2000 granted them worldwide fame, followed by their debut album released in the same year, 'Parachutes' which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The band's second album, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' was released to very favourable reviews and won multiple awards, including NME's Album of the Year, and has been widely considered the best of the Nelson-produced Coldplay albums. Their next release, X&Y, the bestselling album worldwide in 2005, was met with mostly positive reviews upon its release, though some critics felt that it was inferior to its predecessor.  The band's fourth studio album, 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends' was produced by Brian Eno and released again to largely favourable reviews, earning several Grammy nominations and wins at the 51st Grammy Awards. On 24th October 2011, they released their fifth studio album; 'Mylo Xyloto' which was met with favourable reviews, and was the UK's bestselling rock album of 2011.

CREAM

Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/vocalist Eric Claptop and drummer Ginger Baker. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining the psychedelia-themed lyrics, Eric Clapton's blues guitar playing, Jack Bruce's voice and prominent bass playing and Ginger Baker's jazz-influenced drumming. Their third album, 'Wheels of Fire', was the world's first platinum selling double album. Cream are widely regarded as being the world's first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

Cream made a significant impact upon the popular music of the time, and along with Jimi Hendrix, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1970s. Cream were ranked #16 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and Rolling Stone named them the sixty-seventh greatest artist of all time. In 2010 VH1 also ranked them #61 on their Greatest Artists of All Time.

DAVID BOWIE

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on 8th January 1947. He is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. He has been a major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music; Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.

In 1975 he achieved his first major American crossover success with the number one single 'Fame' and the hit album 'Young Americans', which the singer characterised as 'plastic soul'. After uneven success in the late 1970s, he had UK number ones with the single 'Ashes to Ashes' in 1980, its parent album 'Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)', and 'Under Pressure', a 1981 collaboration with Queen. Let's Dance was released in 1983 with which Bowie reached a new commercial peak, yielding several hit singles. 

DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although some band members claimed that their music cannot be categorised as belonging to any one genre.  They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, including 7.5 million certified units in the United States. Deep Purple were ranked #22 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme.

There have been a number of line-up changes in the band and an eight year hiatus (1976-84). The 1968-76 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973 and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again in 1993 before the rift between Blackmore and other members became unbridgeable. The current line-up has been much more stable, although Lord's retirement from the band in 2002 has left Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.

DIRE STRAITS

Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by former journalist and teacher Mark Knopfler, initially composed of Knopfler ( lead vocals and lead guitar) his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion).

 Their sound had a variety of musical influences, ranging from jazz, folk, blues to rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, the band's stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more 'rootsy' influence that emerged out of pub rock. Many of Dire Straits compositions were melancholic.

'Brothers in Arms' was their biggest selling album and has sold over 30 million copies. They became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. The band won a number of awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards including Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards.

The bands career spanned over 18 years and there were numerous personnel changes in the group, with Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two members who remained throughout the band's career.

DONNY OSMOND

Donny Osmond is an American Singer, musician, actor, dancer, radio personality and former teen idol. He has been a talk and game show host, record producer and author. In the mid 1960s he and four of his elder brothers gained fame as the Osmond Brothers on the long running variety program, The Andy Williams Show. Donny went solo in the early 1970s covering such hits as 'Go Away Little Girl' and 'Puppy Love'.

For over thirty-five years, he and his younger sister Marie have gained fame as Donny & Marie, partly due to the success of their 1976- 79 self-titled variety series, which aired on ABC. The duo also did a 1998-2000 talk show and have been headlining in Las Vegas since 2008. Between a highly successful teen career in the 1970s and his rebirth in the 1990s, Osmond's career was stymied during the 1980s by what some have perceived as his 'boy scout' image. In 2009 Osmond also won the ninth season of 'Dancing with the Stars'.

LED ZEPPELIN

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in 1968. The band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Led Zeppelin operate a very guitar driven blues sound throughout their music and are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock though the band's individualistic style drew from a variety of genres.

Led Zeppelin disbanded following the death of the band's drummer, John Bonham in 1980. The band is considered to be one of the most influential and commercially successful bands throughout history. Led Zeppelin are thought to have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, some sources state the sale of more than 300 million records. This makes Led Zeppelin one of the world's best selling music artists of all time. Each of their 9 albums impressively reached the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the US, with 6 of those reaching number one.

THE CLASH

The Clash was an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Their music also incorporated elements of reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky 'Topper' Headon (drums, percussion).

They achieved huge commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, 'The Clash', in 1977. London Calling was their third album released in the UK in December 1979; with this release they gained popularity in the United States when it came out there a month later. It was later declared the best album of the 1980's by the Rolling Stone magazine. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 2004 Rolling Stone ranked The Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

THE DOORS

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. The band took its name from Aldous Huxley's book 'The Doors of Perception', the title of which was a reference to a William Blake quotation: 'If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite'. They were among the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, due mostly to Morrison's wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.

They had a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1967 eponymous debut album, followed by their 1967 album 'Strange Days'. The release of 'The Doors' was the first in a series of top ten albums in the US, followed by 'Strange days', 'Waiting for the Sun', 'The Soft Parade', 'Morrison Hotel', 'Absolutely Live' and 'L.A Woman'. They had 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.

 

 

Duffy

Duffy is a Welsh singer-songwriter, her debut album in 2008 'Rockferry' entered the UK Album Chart at number one. This album was the best selling album of 2008 in the United Kingdom selling 1.68 million copies. The album became certified several times Platinum and sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Her song 'Mercy' allowed her to become the first Welsh woman to achieve number-one on the UK Singles Chart since Bonnie Tyler topped the charts with 'Total Eclipse the Heart' in 1983.

Duffy won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for 'Rockferry' in 2009 and was nominated for two other Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards. In 2009 she won three Brit Awards: British Breakthrough, Best Female Solo and Best British Album.

She completed recording her second album 'Endlessly' in 2010 and starred in her debut acting role in the film 'Patagonia'

Duran Duran

Duran Duran are an English pop/rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100 and have, according to the Sunday Mercury, sold more than 100 million records.

The group was formed by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor and, after numerous personnel changes, Andy Taylor and Simon Le Bon. 

Eagles

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley,Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

With five number one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and Hotel California, ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and the band was ranked #75 on the magazine's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

They have the best-selling album in the U.S. with Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), which sold approximately 42 million copies worldwide. They have sold over 120 million albums worldwide, and 100 million in the U.S. alone. They are the fifth-highest-selling music act and highest-selling American band in U.S. history. No other American band sold more records than the Eagles during the 1970s.

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