Blondie is an American rock band founded in New York City in 1974 by singer-songwriter Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris...

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{"key":"6931","name":"Blondie","bio":"Blondie is an American rock band founded in New York City in 1974 by singer-songwriter Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-70s, developing their sound in famous NYC clubs such as CBGBs. With hits such as \"Atomic\", \"Call Me\". \"Heart of Glass\", and \"Maria\" as well as sales of over 40 million records worldwide, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Their original lineup consisted of Deborah Harry (vocals), Chris Stein (guitar, bass guitar), Clem Burke (drums, percussion), Jimmy Destri (keyboards), and Gary Valentine (bass guitar, guitar). Band lore states that their name came from both a flippant reference to Adolf Hitler's dog Blondie as well as vocalist Harry's bright blond hair. Previously having been a Playboy Bunny, Harry fronted the early version of the band. initially known as \"Angel and the Snakes\". They built up underground fame in NYC. Blondie released their first album, 'Blondie', in 1976. The album was mildly successful and spawned the Australian hit single \"In The Flesh\". Gary Valentine left the band later that year, and they continued briefly as a foursome, recording 'Plastic Letters' and gaining more airplay with their track \"Denis\". Still in touch with their punk roots, having played in clubs such as CBGBs and hung out with rock artists such as the Ramones, the band broke out into other, more diverse influences such as older dance and pop music, particularly interested in Phil Spector's 'wall of sound' technique.Valentine was replaced by Los Angeles-based musician Frank Infante (guitar, bass guitar) in 1977. Infante had already played guitar on one track on 'Plastic Letters'. The band went out playing live with Infante and Stein swopping between playing guitar and bass guitar throughout each concert. The band also added British born but LA-based Nigel Harrison (bass guitar), making Blondie a six piece group for the first time. Harrison was a former member of the glam rock band Silverhead.In 1978, they released the album that would make them international stars, titled 'Parallel Lines'. The album spawned several hit singles, including the number one hit \"Heart Of Glass\", \"Sunday Girl\", \"Hanging On The Telephone\" (a cover of the famous power pop track by The Nerves), and \"One Way Or Another\". The success of the heavily disco influenced \"Heart of Glass\", a song sometimes censored for its use of strong language for the time and considered by the band as tongue-in-cheek, proved controversial among many fans of the band's punk background, but it managed to break them through at a massive level. They released three more albums (1979's Eat To The Beat, 1980's Autoamerican (containing the number one singles \"The Tide Is High\" and \"Rapture\") and 1982's The Hunter) as well as a number one single \"Call Me\", from the score of the 1980 film \"American Gigolo\".In 1980, Harrison contributed several unused Blondie songs to ex-Silverhead singer Michael Des Barres solo album I'm Only Human. In 1981, Harry released a solo album Koo Koo, Destri released a solo album Heart On A Wall. Burke recorded and played live with the Eurythmics, and Stein started a record label named Animal Records.In 1982, health problems for Stein, declining sales and inter-band tension caused the band to split. Harry kept a low profile for a few years while she nursed (now former) boyfriend Stein through a serious illness, but then continued a solo career as an actress\/singer.Reformation plans begun in 1997 with a line-up that included Harry, Stein, Destri, Burke, Valentine, and Harrison. Infante was not invited to the reunion. Valentine and Harrison were eventually (and unceremoniously, they claim) replaced by Paul Carbonara (guitar) and Leigh Foxx (bass).The band released No Exit in 1998, which did quite well in both US and UK charts and contained the number one hit single \"Maria\".The album did not include any song contributions from Valentine or Harrison, despite them recording early sessions for the album and Valentine being assured by Stein that they would use his already recorded song \"Amor Fati\". Harrison and Infante later filed an unsuccessful lawsuit claiming breach of contract for not including them in the reunion.The Curse Of Blondie was released in 2003 and, while not matching its predecessor in sales, was critically acclaimed and spawned the global dance hit \"Good Boys\".Destri retired from touring in 2004, but is still listed as a band member on their official web site. Kevin Patrick (keyboards), Destri's former keyboard tech and assistant, replaced him soon followed by Matt Katz-Bohen in 2008. The band's 2006 induction ceremony into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was the scene of an awkward moment between Infante and Harry, during which he asked that the former members be allowed to play along with fellow inductees Harry, Stein and Burke during the band's set, since it was the original band that was being inducted. Harry replied \"Can't you see my band is up there?\" prompting Infante to counter \"I thought it was Blondie that was being inducted.\"In 2006, the band toured as the opening act for The New Cars on the \"Road Rage Tour.\" Although Harry was more than 60 years old, the band still managed incendiary versions of their old hits, while playing with enough fire to remind the audience of their punk roots.In 2007, the band embarked on a tour of Europe, to coincide with the DVD release of the first ever music video album \"Eat To The Beat\".Harry has since resumed her solo career, releasing 2007's Necessary Evil. On June 5, 2008, Blondie commenced a world tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parallel Lines with a concert at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. The tour covered some Eastern and Midwestern US cities throughout the month of June. In July, the tour took the band overseas to Israel, the UK, Russia, Europe and Scandinavia, wrapping up on August 2, 2008 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway.Clem Burke and Paul Carbonara both recently told interviewers that the band is working on another record, which would be their first new album since the release of The Curse of Blondie in 2003. Carbonara described it as \"a real Blondie record.Blondie undertook a North American tour of mid-sized venues with Pat Benatar and The Donnas in the summer of 2009. Following the tour, in October, the band began recording sessions for their ninth studio album with producer Jeff Saltzman in Woodstock, New York. In December 2009, the band released the song \"We Three Kings\" to coincide with the Christmas holiday. The new album, to be titled Panic of Girls, which was being mixed at the time, was said to follow in 2010. Chris Stein stated that Dutch artist Chris Berens will provide the cover art. In April 2010, it was announced that guitarist Paul Carbonara had amicably left Blondie to pursue other projects and was replaced by Tommy Kessler. Panic of Girls is tentatively set to be released in 2010\/2011.In June 2010, Blondie began the first leg of a world tour named \"Endangered Species Tour\", which covered the United Kingdom and Ireland, supported by UK band Little Fish. The set lists featured both classics and new material from the forthcoming Panic of Girls. After a break in July the tour will resume in August and cover the United States and Canada over a course of six weeks. Blondie is then set to take the \"Endangered Species Tour\" to Australia and New Zealand in November and December. It was revealed that the bands album will be released on the Australian Sony label in November 2010, and elsewhere in January 2011.Songfacts reports that Mother, the first single from Panic of Girls received its global premiere on BBC Radio on March 17th, 2011 and was made available for purchase on May 23, 2011.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6931_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"200,000 - 350,000"}

Cuba Gooding Sr.

Became lead singer with The Main Ingredient after death of Donald McPherson. Don passed in July 1971 of leukemia. Goodin...

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{"key":"230351","name":"Cuba Gooding Sr.","bio":"Became lead singer with The Main Ingredient after death of Donald McPherson. Don passed in July 1971 of leukemia. Gooding's first hit with the Main was Everybody Play's the Fool from the album \"Bitter Sweet\". Gooding is father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr and actoe Omar Gooding(Baby Boy). Gooding is a smooth soul singer with just that touch of swagger to make him popular.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/230351_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Nancy Whang

Vocalist and keyboard player with, among others, LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean. She also contributed on Soulwax' ...

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{"key":"231603","name":"Nancy Whang","bio":"Vocalist and keyboard player with, among others, LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean. She also contributed on Soulwax' 'Any Minute Now' as a guest vocalist in 'NY Excuse' and for the Nite Versions version of 'E-Talking'.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/231603_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Electric Six

There are two artists that have used the name Electric Six1. An alternative rock band from the United States2. A musical...

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{"key":"6886","name":"Electric Six","bio":"There are two artists that have used the name Electric Six1. An alternative rock band from the United States2. A musical group from South Africa1. Electric Six is a six-piece Detroit-based rock band consisting of Dick Valentine (vocals), Tait Nucleus? (synthesizers), Johhny Na$hinal (guitar), Da Ve (guitar), Percussion World (drums), and Smorgasboard (bass) who play a mix of rock, funk and disco.The band's first notorious formation comprised Valentine, Rock and Roll Indian (guitar), Surge Joebot (guitar), Disco (bass, former member of Detroit Cobras), and M (drums). Dick Valentine (real name Tyler Spencer) has always been the primary songwriter (both music and lyrics) of Electric Six, currently and under their former incarnation, when they were known as the Wildbunch. During the band's temporary split at the end of the 1990s, Spencer formed his own band called The Dirty Shame and released one CD entitled Smog Cutter Love Story which featured, among other tracks, a first version of Fire track \"Vengeance and Fashion\". The band reformed by 2001 to record and release the first release of 'Danger! High Voltage' and record the track 'Dealin' With Death N' Stealin' In The Name Of The Lord' with Troy Gregory for his Sybil album.Electric Six fuses rock and punk with the laid-back funky rhythms and falsetto vocals of disco, and a distinctly comic touch. However, they tend to reject such genre classifications as disco-metal and disco punk. They formed the band in 1996 and were initially known as The Wildbunch, eventually dropping that name due to pressure from the Bristol trip-hop collection of the same name. Throughout the latter half of the '90s, they played about once a month at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, Magic Stick, and the now-defunct Gold Dollar in Detroit, the center of a scene that produced breakout acts like the White Stripes.Electric Six's 2002 breakout single \"Danger! High Voltage\" was an infectious dance-rock number, and Jack White from The White Stripes helped sing back up vocals to this track. White has denied this, though Spencer has confirmed it in several interviews. The single reached number 2 on the UK singles chart, and they enjoy icon status in that nation.Their second single, \"Gay Bar\", released in 2003, became a hit as well in the UK, reaching #5 in the charts and further aided the group's growth. Curiously, in the American Radio Edit of this track, The words \"Nuclear War\" are censored with whip-crack sound effects. After fulfilling their recording duties (namely their debut album) three members left in June, leaving Dick Valentine, Tait Nucleus? (synthesizer), and M.The Colonel (Zach Shipps, guitar, ex-member of Brendan Benson and Mood Elevator), John R Dequindre (guitar and whose stage name is a combination of two Detroit streets) and Frank Lloyd Bonaventure (bass) subsequently joined the group, though they had all been credited on the album and most had been associated with the group for some time. At that time, they were touring in the UK, and they managed to seamlessly replace the members without interrupting the gigs. In time, Johnny Na$hinal joined the group on guitar, Dequindre switched to bass, and Bonaventure switched to law school.The band's sophomore album, Se\u00f1or Smoke, was released in the UK on February 14, 2005. Percussion World replaced M on drums around the same time. The first single from the album put the band at the center of controversy, especially with Queen fans following a cover of the Queen hit song \"Radio Ga Ga\". The controversial music video shows lead singer Dick Valentine as the ghost of Queen's flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury and a backing band of poodles. Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who wrote the song, said that he was \"unimpressed\" with the video; however, Queen guitarist Brian May reportedly liked it. Electric Six claims they were contractually obligated to commit the song to the album. Issues with Warner Brothers caused a switch to Metropolis Records, who released Se\u00f1or Smoke in the US.Switzerland was released in September 2006. A plethora of videos have also been released, and a fan contribution contest led to the video for the single \"I Buy the Drugs.\" I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being the Master was released in October 2007. Their next album, titled Flashy, was released in October 2008. In October 2009, their sixth album, KILL, was released. The 7th album, Zodiac was released on September 28, 2010, with one tour-exclusive single (\"Jam it in the Hole\") and the 8th, Heartbeats and Brainwaves, on October 11th 2011.A double live album is set for release in 2012.2. Electric Six was a Soweto-based South African combo active in the 1960s and 1970s","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6886_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Jackson 5

The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5, and later known simply as The Jacks...

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{"key":"6915","name":"The Jackson 5","bio":"The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5, and later known simply as The Jacksons) was an American popular music quintet from Gary, Indiana. The group, active from 1964 to 1990, regularly played from a repertoire of R&B, soul, funk, and later disco. Considered \"one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music\" during the early 1970s, the Jackson 5 are also notable for launching the career of their lead singer, the late Michael Jackson.The primary members of the group were all the sons of Katherine and Joseph Jackson: Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson, and Randy Jackson. Joseph Jackson formed the band in 1964 and served as its manager, with Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and unrelated youths Reynaud Jones and Milton Hite comprising its original lineup. Within a year, Michael and Marlon joined the band, and Michael became lead singer as the group developed a following in the eastern and midwestern United States during the mid-1960s. Signed to the Motown label from 1969 to 1975, and to CBS Records (as \"The Jacksons\") from 1975 until their disbanding in 1990, the Jackson 5 were one of the most popular groups of the era and became the first recording act to have their first four major label singles (I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, and I'll Be There) reach the top of the American charts. Several future singles, among them \"Mama's Pearl\", \"Never Can Say Goodbye\" and \"Dancing Machine\", were Top 5 pop hits and number-one hits on the R&B singles chart. Most of the early hits were written and produced by a specialized songwriting team known as The Corporation\u2122; later Jackson 5 hits were crafted chiefly by Hal Davis.While not the first act considered a \"boy band\", The Jackson 5 is one of the earliest examples of the type as it is defined today: five adolescents specifically packaged and marketed by a record label for crossover pop success. Upon their departure from Motown for CBS in 1975, the Jacksons, were forced to change their name and trade Jermaine (who remained at Motown) for Randy. The group took control of their songwriting, production, and image, and their success continued into the 1980s with hits such as \"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)\" and \"State of Shock\", and a highly successful 1984 Victory tour. The Jacksons officially disbanded in 1990.HistoryEarly worksThe Jacksons were a working-class family from Gary, Indiana. Katherine, being a Jehovah's Witness, raised the children as such, while their father, Joe, was not of that faith. Their father, a steel mill employee who often performed in an R&B band called \"The Falcons\" with his brother Luther, was a strict disciplinarian. Many of the Jackson children recall being severely beaten by Joe for misbehaving.The children found an outlet in music, with elder brothers Jackie (born Sigmund Esco Jackson, 1951), Tito (born Toriano Jackson, 1953), and Jermaine (b. 1954) borrowing their father's guitar without his permission and playing along to the radio. Younger brothers Marlon (b. 1957) and Michael (b. 1958) were allowed to watch as long as they did not tell. Joseph eventually discovered that the older three boys were playing his guitar when one of the strings broke. Although he was furious at first, Joseph realized the boys had talent and began making plans to create a musical act for them.In 1965, Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine began performing around the Gary area with two neighborhood children, Milford Hite (on drums) and Reynaud Jones (on keyboards), in a group called The Jackson Brothers. Joe Jackson served as the manager, at first only part-time, and then eventually quitting his job at the steel mill. Jermaine sang lead and played bass, and Tito played guitar.In 1966, younger brothers Marlon and Michael, joined the group as its tambourine and bongo players. Already showing talent as a singer and dancer, Michael replaced Jermaine as lead vocalist by mid-1967. Shirley Cartman, Tito's junior high orchestra teacher, noticed the group's talents and served as an early mentor to the group, by then calling itself The Jackson Five.During this period, the boys toured Indiana extensively, and after winning a major local talent show in 1966 with a rendition of The Temptations' \"My Girl\", led by Michael, they began playing professional gigs in Chicago, Illinois and across the mid-eastern U.S. Many of these gigs were in a string of black clubs and venues collectively known as the \"chitlin' circuit\", and the young kids sometimes had to open for strip teasers and other adult acts in order to earn money.Shirley Cartman got the Jackson Five a record deal with Gordon Keith's local Steeltown label, and the group began making their first recordings in 1967. Their first single, \"Big Boy\", became a regional hit. During this period, Johnny Jackson (no relation) on drums and Ronnie Rancifer on keys replaced Milford Hite and Reynaud Jones.The Jackson Five had a number of admirers in their early days, including Sam & Dave, who helped the group secure a spot in the famous Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The group won the August 13, 1967 competition during the Amateur Night showdown at the Apollo, impressing Motown Records artist Gladys Knight of The Pips. Knight recommended the group to Motown chief Berry Gordy, but Gordy, who already had teenager Stevie Wonder on his roster, was hesitant to take on another child act because of the child labor laws and other problems involved.The Jackson Five's sound was influenced by many of the biggest stars of the 1960s, especially including family funk bands Sly & the Family Stone and The Isley Brothers, soul pioneer Marvin Gaye, doo-wop boy band Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, and soul shouters like Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and James Brown . At the time of their early success, soul and funk stars, especially coming from Motown Records, were among the most popular musicians; Motown had launched the careers of dozens of the decade's biggest stars, most notably Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Diana Ross & the Supremes.InfluencesFrom these sources, The Jackson Five developed many of their vocal arrangement styles and dance movements. The group's multi-lead vocal style was inspired by that of The Family Stone, while young Michael adapted Jackie Wilson and James Brown's impassioned singing and dancing styles into his own.Joining MotownBy 1968, the Jackson 5 were a headlining act for the All Star Floor Show at Chicago's The Guys' and Gals' Cocktail Lounge and Restaurant. From July 12 - 27, 1968, the Jackson 5 opened for Motown group Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers at Chicago's Regal Theater. Taylor was also very impressed with the boys, and he decided to make the commitment to bring them to Detroit and Motown. Joseph and the Jackson Five stayed on the floor of Bobby Taylor's Detroit apartment the night of July 22, while Taylor and Motown executive Suzanne de Passe arranged for the Jackson Five to audition for the label.On July 23, the Jackson Five had their Motown audition, for which they performed James Brown\u2019s then current hit \"I Got the Feelin\u2019\". Berry Gordy was not in attendance, but the audition was videotaped and sent to him in Los Angeles. Gordy's initial reluctance to sign the group disappeared when he finally saw the boys perform. Gordy decided to sign the Jackson Five to Motown, and hosted a party at his Detroit mansion on November 25, 1968 to introduce them to the Motown staff and stars.Motown began negotiations to buy out the Jackson Five's Steeltown contract, completing the deal in March 1969. By the summer, Bobby Taylor began producing the group's first recordings at Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. recording studio in Detroit. The early Taylor-produced Jackson Five records were all covers of both contemporary hits and Motown-standards, including Sly & the Family Stone's \"Stand!\" and their famous rendition of The Miracles' \"Who's Lovin' You\", written by Smokey Robinson.In mid-August 1969, Gordy moved the Jackson Five and Joseph to California, and he and Suzanne de Passe began the process of grooming them as the label's next big act, while the rest of the family remained in Gary. While looking for a house in California, Joseph, Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie lived with Berry Gordy, while Michael and Marlon lived with Motown star Diana Ross.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6915_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Presets

The Presets are Julian Hamilton (keyboard and vocals) and Kim Moyes (drums and keyboard). They are an electronic two pie...

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{"key":"7241","name":"The Presets","bio":"The Presets are Julian Hamilton (keyboard and vocals) and Kim Moyes (drums and keyboard). They are an electronic two piece from Sydney, Australia who met when they were both members of Prop. Hamilton and Moyes broke off from Prop in 2003, when they remixed a track, \"Magnetic Highway\", with \"harder electronic edges\" under the name The Presets. The Presets have been one of the biggest indie bands for the past few years in Australia, touring with and supporting many well known bands such as Daft Punk, 2 Many DJ's and Ladytron. Their first LP Blow up combines electro, rock, techno, pop and a handful of other genres together in a seamless manner. Their second album, Apocalypso, was released on 12 April 2008. The album was a commercial and critical success, winning the ARIA Awards for \"Best Dance Release\" and \"Album of the Year\" that year.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/7241_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Electric Youth

Electric Youth is a canadian duo based in Toronto, formed by Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin. They grew up together a...

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{"key":"64386","name":"Electric Youth","bio":"Electric Youth is a canadian duo based in Toronto, formed by Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin. They grew up together and started producing demos emulating 80's synthpop tunes. They appeared on the well-known compilation \"Valerie and Friends\" and also were featured on the debut albums of Grum and College.After cracking the Top 10 of the iTunes dance charts in 15 countries with the release, \"A Real Hero\", featured on Nicolas Winding Refn's hit film 'Drive,' the Toronto-based electronic pop duo Electric Youth stepped back to take time to work on a full-length album. Since then, the duo signed to Secretly Canadian and \"A Real Hero\" has gained over 18 million plays on YouTube. Austin Garrick, the band's instrumentalist, alongside vocalist Bronwyn Griffin, says of working on their debut, 'Innerworld' (out Sept. 30), \"We wanted to make something that had the sense of being timeless. Our ultimate goal is to make a record that will be the favorite album of people that aren't born yet.\"Recording took place between the duo's Toronto studio and their home studio in LA. Each space served its different purpose - in Toronto Austin was able deploy his extensive vintage synth collection, making up what he estimates is 80% of analog sounds on the album. In LA, the pair recorded Bronwyn's vocals, of which they share writing duties for \u2013 in their space\u2013 which includes a film projection room. Fritz Lang's boundary-breaking twenties classic 'Metropolis,' among other films played throughout the making of the record, inspired the eleven original tracks of 'Innerworld.' Peter Jackson's 'Heavenly Creatures' inspired their song \"Runaway,\" while other films such as 'City of God,' 'After Hours,' 'Videodrome,' and more, influenced their recordings, where soundscapes bleed into vocals and songs take you on journeys into roads unexplored. 'Innerworld' also features a stark analog synth cover of John McGlynn's \"If All She Has Is You.\"Singles\/EPs\/LPs:Right Back To You (2011)The Best Thing (2012) Innerworld (2014)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/64386_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Miami Horror

Miami Horror are an Australian indie-electronic band from Melbourne, Australia (with the name referring to producer, Ben...

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{"key":"7112","name":"Miami Horror","bio":"Miami Horror are an Australian indie-electronic band from Melbourne, Australia (with the name referring to producer, Benjamin Plant, and to the four-piece live incarnation). Beginning in 2007 under the moniker Miami Horror, Plant started with a series of remixes. The debut release came in 2008 with a five-track EP, Bravado, on Virgin Records. The live show has Plant augmented by Josh Moriarty (Peacocks, ex-Young & Restless) (guitars), DJ\/producer Aaron Shanahan (drums), and Daniel Whitechurch (bass, keyboards, and guitars).After years in the making here at last is Illumination, the fully realised debut album from Melbourne's favourite psychedelic indie-electronic adventurers Miami Horror. With Illumination, Miami Horror has delivered on two years of teeth-cutting live shows and an ever escalating wave of buzz that\u2019s made the group bonafide blog darlings the world over. But what\u2019s most amazing about the grand arrival of Illumination is that the roots of the record stretch back countless moons to when Miami Horror began as just one synthesizer-obsessed producer in 2007 huddled over a laptop in a bedroom-come-studio and the album itself just a spark waiting to be lit.The afore mentioned synth tragic was, and let\u2019s face it still is, electronic young gun Ben Plant, who kick started Miami Horror out of a love of Roland keyboards and French house, landing himself on Pitchfork\u2019s hot-list overnight and copping a barrage of high profile remix requests from the likes of Datarock, PNAU and The Presets.Yet it was while Ben was punching out 2008\u2019s epochal Bravado EP that Miami Horror took off in a completely new and different direction. Characteristically wanting to flex his creative muscle and avoid the limitations of being stereotyped as simply a dance or electro act, Ben rewired Miami Horror\u2019s genetic makeup, deputising the talents of Josh Moriarty, Aaron Shanahan and Daniel Whitechurch to form a new live band persona of Miami Horror, a whole new beast immeasurably more exciting than before.\u201cIt started out that I didn\u2019t want to have any guitar on the album besides a little funk guitar or disco bass,\u201d Ben grins while explaining the turning point for Miami Horror\u2019s evolution. \u201cBut then Josh came in and started playing all these other parts that sounded amazing. Paired with what I was working on, nobody was doing anything like it, so I knew we had to turn those sounds into a live thing and just go wild.\u201dIt worked. Since the switch, Miami Horror has launched into dizzying new stratospheres, their well-polished chops as a group making for some unmissable sets at Australia\u2019s biggest festivals, and that\u2019s not to mention some A-list support slot call ups for everyone from Phoenix, Friendly Fires and La Roux to a hand-picked hook up from Lily Allen. www.miamihorror.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/7112_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"10,000 - 30,000"}

Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair is a musical project from New York formed in 2007 by DJ Andy Butler. From 2007 through 2010, m...

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{"key":"6873","name":"Hercules and Love Affair","bio":"Hercules and Love Affair is a musical project from New York formed in 2007 by DJ Andy Butler. From 2007 through 2010, members included Nomi Ruiz, Kim Ann Foxman and guest singer Antony Hegarty from the band Antony and the Johnsons. They are signed to DFA Records. Their single \"Blind\" was released on March 3rd, 2008, and their debut self-titled album (produced by Butler and Tim Goldsworthy) was released on March 10th, 2008. The album has been critically well-received and charted in the top 40 in several countries.In January 2011, Andy Butler came back with a brand new crew and released \"Blue Songs\", Hercules and Love Affair's sophomore effort, mainly influenced by nineties house and electro music. Aside from Kim Ann Foxman, band members now includes Mark Pistel, Aerea Negrot, Shaun Wright.The band's central figure, Andrew Butler, began his musical career at 15, DJing in a Denver leather bar run by a hostess called Chocolate Thunder Pussy. He then moved to Brooklyn, in order to attend Sarah Lawrence College. According to Butler: \"I\u2019ve been writing songs since childhood. I made music for dance performances in college (where he studied under Martin Goldray), like a remake of Gino Soccio\u2019s \u2018Runaway\u2019 done in the style of Kraftwerk.\" Former member of the collective, Nomi, was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York. One of her earlier songs \"You'll Never Know\" appeared on \"The Enlightened Family\" Compilation released by Voodoo EROS. She also released her debut album \"Lost in Lust\" in 2005, an auto-biographical snap shot of life on the streets of Brooklyn. The record was self-released under the Park Side Records label and is being compared to a union between Wu Tang Clan's The RZA on beats and Sade on vocals. Since the album's release Nomi has toured Europe and the US with CocoRosie. She performed at stylist Patricia Field's residence for Fashion Week, toured Europe with Antony and the Johnsons as one of 13 NYC Beauties in the Turning Tour and recently emerged as an MC on a yet to be released version of \"Heat of the Moment\" with the legendary Deborah Harry.www.herculesandloveaffair.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6873_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Kim Ann Foxman

DJ + an animal vocalist in the house of Hercules and Love Affair + artist on MR.INTL records...

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Kool & The Gang

Kool & The Gang are a highly successful jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jerse...

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{"key":"6880","name":"Kool & The Gang","bio":"Kool & The Gang are a highly successful jazz\/R&B\/soul\/funk\/disco group. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States in 1964, playing jazz. They went through several musical phases in their career. They also played R&B and funk, eventually went through a phase where they were a smooth disco ensemble, and wound up the successful period of their career recording tunes that were a mixture of pop and R&B.The group's main members over the years included the eccentric Englishman Chris Gair, brothers Robert Bell (known as \"Kool\") on bass and Ronald Bell on tenor saxophone; George Brown on drums; Robert Mickens on trumpet; Dennis Thomas on alto saxophone; Claydes Charles Smith on guitar, and Rick Westfield on keyboards. The Bell brothers' father was an acquaintance of Thelonious Monk and the brothers were friends with Leon Thomas.In 1964 Robert formed an instrumental band called the Jazziacs with five high-school friends. They changed their name to Kool & the Gang and were signed by Gene Redd to his new record label De-Lite Records in 1969. They first hit the pop charts with the release of their debut eponymous album.Though none of the three singles from the album went far on the pop charts, their R&B success was swift and massive. Several live and studio albums followed, with 1973's Wild and Peaceful breaking into the mainstream with \"Jungle Boogie\" and \"Hollywood Swinging.\" Many reviews see the Gang's 1974 album Light of Worlds and 1975 album Spirit of the Boogie as the greatest achievements of the band, with the 1975 single \"Summer Madness\" gaining much attention. However, after the release of those albums the band abandoned deep funk music and switched to disco. Generally, the albums released after 1975 have not received the same critical acclaim as their early work. Though they still inspired many artists, including The Mighty Majors (\"You Can Never Go Back\") who opened a show for them once on the road.The late 1970s saw a lull in Kool & the Gang's career that ended \u2014 after new lead singer James \"J.T.\" Taylor joined the group \u2014 with 1979's Ladies' Night, the title track from which was spawned a 25-year-long tradition of ladies' nights in New Jersey dance clubs and bars. Their only #1 hit was 1980's \"Celebration,\" from Celebrate!, produced by Eumir Deodato. More international hits followed in the early 1980s, including \"Big Fun,\" \"Get Down on It\" and \"Joanna.\" Their 1984 album Emergency yielded four top-20 pop hits, including \"Fresh\" rumored to be inspired by a girl named Alison Hartung and \"Cherish.\" Their chart presence stopped abruptly after the Forever album, when both Taylor and Ronald Bell (who had begun using the name Khalis Bayyan) left the group; Bell would eventually return, but the hits would not.Kool and the Gang rose to some popularity again in 1994 after \"Jungle Boogie\" was featured on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's well known cult classic Pulp Fiction. The band released the album \"Still Kool\" in 2007.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6880_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}


"Madeon is a french electronic musician who talks about himself in the third person - what a snob." ~ Hugo Leclercq (Mad...

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{"key":"7100","name":"Madeon","bio":"\"Madeon is a french electronic musician who talks about himself in the third person - what a snob.\" ~ Hugo Leclercq (Madeon)Hugo Leclercq (born May 30, 1994), known by his stage name Madeon, is a self-described \"electro-pop-house-whatever\" producer from Nantes, France. Leclercq started composing music at the age of 11, and adopted a nu-disco style under the name \"Madeon\" in 2010. In the fall of that year, at the age of just 16, he gained popularity for his award-winning remix of The Island by Pendulum which was praised by the likes of Skrillex and Pendulum front-man Rob Swire.In 2011, he created a remix for Yelle's \"Que veux-tu\", and then went on to remix deadmau5's Raise Your Weapon which was praised by deadmau5 himself on Facebook and other social utilities. In the summer of 2011, a YouTube video of his live mashup \"Pop Culture\" went viral, which combines 39 pop hits into one song. As of November 2012, it has approximately fifteen million hits.Leclercq has been featured on 15 Minutes of Fame, a segment of Pete Tong's radio show on BBC Radio 1. Also on the 27th of January 2012 he played a 20 minute set as part of a show organised by Pete Tong to showcase up and coming stars in Electronic music. He included some of his own songs such as Pop Culture and Icarus, as well as merging songs together; These ranged from Shuriken alongside Que Veux Tu and DJ, to M83's Midnight City being played on top of a Madeon edit of Blitz by Digitalism.Leclercq has cited The Beatles and Daft Punk as his greatest musical influences. He is also known to use Novation's Launchpad for his live performances, and FL Studio as his music production program of choice. A debut EP was scheduled to be released in 2012, but then cancelled in favour of multiple singles, the first of which \u2013 Icarus \u2013 is planned to be released in February 2012.Mid 2012 Madeon teamed up with one of EDM\u2019s favorite voices, Ellie Goulding, to produce Stay Awake. The track was meant for Ellie\u2019s Halcyon album, but wasn\u2019t delivered in time. It made a standalone release in March 2013.Social Media Links:Facebook - www.facebook.com\/itsmadeonTwitter - www.twitter.com\/itsmadeonSoundcloud - www.soundcloud.com\/madeonYoutube - www.youtube.com\/user\/itsmadeon","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/7100_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Diana Ross

Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on 26 March 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA) is an American soul, R&B and pop...

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{"key":"6888","name":"Diana Ross","bio":"Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on 26 March 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA) is an American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. Ross is one of the most successful female artists of her era, both due to her solo work and her role as lead singer of The Supremes during the 1960s.In 1959, Ross was brought to the attention of Milton Jenkins, the manager of the local doo-wop group The Primes, by Mary Wilson. Primes member Paul Williams convinced Jenkins to enlist Ross in the sister group The Primettes, which included Wilson, Florence Ballard and Betty McGlown.In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the female entertainer of the century. In 1993, The Guinness Book Of World Records pronounced her the most successful female artist ever (the title is now attributed to Madonna), partly due to her combined total of eighteen number-one singles, six of them recorded solo and the remaining dozen from her work with the Supremes.She was also one of the few pop singers to find modest success in the acting world winning an Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in the 1972 film, \"Lady Sings the Blues\" as well as having hits with other film roles such as \"Mahogany\", \"Out of Darkness\" and \"Double Platinum\", not to mention her role in \"The Wiz\".Ms. Ross has been awarded many lifetime achievement accolades from many organizations and media outlets, including BET, Soul Train, the NAACP Image Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 2011.Her professional vocal collaborators have included the following during her career: Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Julio Iglesias, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Westlife, and Smokey Robinson, among others.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6888_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"300,000 - 500,000"}

Midnight Juggernauts

Midnight Juggernauts are an alternative dance/synth pop band which formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2004, They consist ...

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{"key":"7236","name":"Midnight Juggernauts","bio":"Midnight Juggernauts are an alternative dance\/synth pop band which formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2004, They consist of Vincent Vendetta (vocals, keyboards), Andy Juggernaut, (bass, vocals) and Daniel Stricker (drums). They have been described by the American magazine \"Rolling Stone\" as \"David Bowie if his Berlin Trilogy was a collaboration with Kraftwerk and Faust\". So far, the band have released three albums \"Dystopia\" (2008), \"The Crystal Axis\" (2010) and \"Uncanny Valley\" (2013).They play dirty-organ-rock, stadium-disco-metal and sci-fi rollerskating jams. Beyond the sound and the fury, they take their listeners through landscapes haunted by Giorgio Moroder, ELO, and John Carpenter before entering the dark future world of Bronx Warriors 2020, as captured by a '70s Italian film crew.They were personally invited by French act Justice to tour North America with them in late 2007 leaving their mark at the CMJ music festival , later playing with !!!, Holy Fuck, Crystal Castles, Klaxons and label mate Surkin across the UK and Europe. Their debut album, Dystopia, was released in Australia in late 2007 on the band's own label Siberia Records, with an international release with additional material to follow in April and May of 2008.Singles released by the group in Australia include \"Raised By Wolves\", \"Shadows\", \"45 & Rising\", \"Road to Recovery\", \"20,000 Leagues\" and \"Into the Galaxy\". They also have an EP Secrets of the Universe. Various Songs on various compilations including Modular\u2019s Leave Them All Behind, FBI's Kill Your Idols cd, Kitsune Maison 4, !K7's Tsubi DJ Kicks disk, Cut Copy's Fabric release, Ministry of Sounds Mashed 3, Ajax's Spin City, and more. They've remixed tracks for !!! (chk chk chk), The Presets, Dragonette, Cut Copy, VHS or Beta, Electric Six, S\u00e9bastien Tellier, Damn Arms and CSS. Others who remixed their songs include Grandmaster Flash, Metromony, Shy Child, Danger, Architecture In Helsinki, Chateau Marmont, Knightlife, Ajax, Curses!, Cut Copy, David Rubato, D.I.M., M83, Bag Raiders, Spod, The Presets, and members of Wolfmother.Their live shows have included tours with Cut Copy, Wolfmother, Death From Above 1979, Electric Six, Gerling, Pink Grease, Har Mar Superstar, Trans Am, Bloc Party, Justice and others along the way.In late 2007 they were nominated for the J Award by youth radio station Triple J for the Australian album of the year. They also featured twice in Triple J Hottest 100 2007 with \"Tombstone\" at 86 and \"Into the Galaxy\" at 57.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/7236_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Flight Facilities

Forget the secret identities and fabricated back stories, Flight Facilities are an Australian based production duo who c...

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{"key":"7101","name":"Flight Facilities","bio":"Forget the secret identities and fabricated back stories, Flight Facilities are an Australian based production duo who combine the blissed out pop production of Quincy Jones, the dancefloor hedonism of Daft Punk and the intoxicating head rush of the best night of your life. After first emerging last year with sultry Summer reworkings of Bag Raiders\u2019 \u201cTurbo Love\u201d, The Lowbrows\u2019 \u201cDream In The Desert\u201d, Toecutter\u2019s \u201cBest Party Ever\u201d, The C90s \u201cShine a Light\u201d and the duo truly came into their own when, at the behest of dance imprint Bang Gang 12s, they produced an original of their own. At once a rapturous Summer anthem, late night soundtrack to the unravelling of your frontal lobe and subdued slow burner suited to doing nothing at all, the resulting track would be dubbed \u201cCrave You\u201d, the Aeroplane-approved breakout single. But this isn\u2019t just your typical club banger, it\u2019s far more languid than that, more refined. Think radiant dance pop infused with luscious keys, dusty beat work and the coquettish purr of Melbourne songwriter Giselle Rosselli - all channelled through the slinky nonchalance of a sleepy-eyed lounge crooner. Aside from fast becoming a club and festival circuit mainstay, \u201cCrave You\u201d would go on to draw significant radio airplay, remixes from the likes of Cassian, Graz and The C90s, a cover by Ted & Francis and even the praise of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Now, thanks to Rhett Wade Ferrell of Melbourne\u2019s Moopjaw collective (the production house responsible for recent music videos by Peaches, Neon Indian and The Golden Filter) one of the most infectious jams of 2010 now has a visual accompaniment. Things to note: Aside from being Flight Facilities\u2019 debut music video, the New York shot clip also includes an appearance by fashion designer Christian Joy, best known as the dress dismantling costume designer for Yeah Yeah Yeah's frontwoman Karen O, as well as a striking transgender girl as the clip\u2019s male protagonist & new york stunner Whitney Brown.Flight Facilities capped off their breakout year with a well-deserved SMAC Award nod for \u201cBest Song of 2010\u201d, a Kitsune Maison Release, and finish inside the top 20 tracks on Australia's biggest radio poll; Triple Js Hottest 100 2010. Touring 35 shows across Europe, two japan tours and numerous festival slots with highlights playing Falls Festival to a 5000 strong crowd, Harbourlife, Summerdayze, Parklife and Shore Thing!Flight Facilities have also added Holy Ghost!, \u201cWait & See\u201d & a beautiful summer vibe remix of Cut Copy's single Take me over to the their catalogue.The new Flight Facilities single was released August 2011 named Foreign Language featuring new unknown vocalist Jess Higgshttp:\/\/www.flightfacilities.comhttp:\/\/flightfacilities.com\/bloghttp:\/\/soundcloud.com\/flightfacilities","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/7101_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}


Breakbot aka Thibaut Berland is a French producer and DJ born in 1981. After studying at the School of Graphic Supinfoco...

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{"key":"6928","name":"Breakbot","bio":"Breakbot aka Thibaut Berland is a French producer and DJ born in 1981. After studying at the School of Graphic Supinfocom, he made short films (with Oury Atlan and Damien Ferri\u00e9 called \"Overtime.\"), advertising and videos (David Hallyday - Satellite, Peter von Poehl - The Story of the Impossible). He is also a CG artist with credits including Arthur and the Invisibles. In may 2009 he was signed by Ed Banger Records.Here's his bio on the Moshi Moshi Records site:\"Emerging electro wunderkid Breakbot crafts party tunes. Big ones. Following in the footsteps of French electro duo Justice, Parisian Thibaut Berland aka Breakbot has mastered the art of melting together all the best elements of dance, electro and hip hop with skill and precision. And a laptop.Born in 1981, Thibaut was immersed in the sights and sounds of the subsequent decade, and remained appropriately pulled between his love of animation graphics\/comics, and music. He chose neither one clearpath, nor another. Possessing a degree in computer graphics, and having created his first animation short film co-directed with two friends, Thibaut now makes music videos, commercials and such. By day. By night however, he cooks up choice cut electronic music, experimenting with beats, layers, keyboards, vocals, and Daft Punk-esque get-yo-funk-on basslines.\"Discography:Happy Rabbit EP (2007) Moshi Moshi RecordsIron Zombie (on the australian version of Happy Rabbit, 2008)Penelope Pitstop (On \"A New French Electronic Generation\", 2009)Baby I'm Yours (2010) Ed Banger RecordsBaby I'm Yours Remix EP (2010) Ed Banger RecordsRemixes:2006Justice - Let There Be Light (Breakbot Remix)2007datA - Aerius Light (Breakbot's Rework)Arrow!!! - D.O.E.S (Breakbot's French Pute Mix)2008Pacific! - Runway To Elsewhere (Breakbot Remix)Pacific! - Hold Me (Breakbot Remix)Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Breakbot Version)Late Of The Pier - Bathroom Gurgle (Breakbot Remix)Fatlip - What's Up Fatlip? (Breakbot RMX) (sur Delicious Vinyl All-Stars - Rmxxology)Alb - Sweet Sensation (Breakbot Remix)Digitalism - Apollo-Gize (Breakbot 'Hypnotoad' Extended Remix)ZZZ - Lion (Breakbot Remix)Evil Nine - They Live! (Breakbot Remix)Van She - Kelly (Breakbot Remix)Sneaky Sound System - When We Were Young (Breakbot Remix)Pnau - Baby (Breakbot Remix)2009Yuksek - Extraball (Breakbot Remix)R\u00f6yksopp - Happy Up Here (Breakbot Remix)S\u00e9bastien Tellier - Roche (Breakbot Remix)S\u00e9verin - The Edge Of A Sunday (Breakbot Remix)The Rakes - That's The Reason (Breakbot Remix)2010Jan Turkenburg - In My Spaceship (Breakbot Remix)Air - So Light is Her Footfall (Breakbot Remix)Kavinsky - Nightcall (Breakbot Remix)Jamaica - I Think I Like U 2 (Breakbot Remix)2011Chromeo - When the Night Falls (Breakbot Remix)Mixes:MiniDisco MixDance On Glass MixBBC In New DJ we Trust Heroes MixValentine MixtapeAnnie Mac MinimixTILT! Megamix","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6928_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Grace Jones

Grace Jones (born Beverly Grace Jones on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress.Raised i...

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{"key":"6887","name":"Grace Jones","bio":"Grace Jones (born Beverly Grace Jones on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress.Raised in Syracuse, New York, she found success in the 70s as a model, working in New York and Paris (where she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange), before rising to public prominence as a singer and personality.Jones secured a record deal with Island Records, which resulted in a string of club hits. The three disco albums she recorded - Portfolio (1977), Fame (1978), and Muse (1979) - generated dance singles such as Sorry That's The Trouble, I Need A Man, and a classic cover of La Vie En Rose. During this period, she also became a muse to Andy Warhol, appearing in his portraits and accompanying him to Studio 54 on many occasions.As the 70s drew to a close, Jones adapted the emerging New Wave music to suit a different style, a significant departure from her previous output that resulted in some of her strongest work. Still with Island, and now working with producers Alex Sadkin and Chris Blackwell at Compass Point Studios, and with the considerable talents of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare (Sly & Robbie) behind her, she released the acclaimed Warm Leatherette (1980) and Nightclubbing (1981). These included re-imaginings of songs by Sting, Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Flash And The Pan, The Normal, and Tom Petty, as well as originals like the innuendo-filled Pull Up To The Bumper and the haunting I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango). Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual departure; Jones - working heavily with style artist Jean-Paul Goude - adopted a severe, androgynous look that enhanced her already striking presence, the iconic cover of Nightclubbing exemplifying this new identity. Her collaboration with Sadkin and Blackwell continued with the dub reggae-influenced album Living My Life, which featured Nipple To The Bottle, The Apple Stretching, and the Jones-penned and much-sampled My Jamaican Guy.Later in the 80s, she worked with Trevor Horn for the conceptual musical collage Slave to the Rhythm (1985), and with Nile Rodgers for Inside Story (1986) - her first album away from the Island label. Inside Story produced her last US Hot 100 hit to date, I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You), while Bulletproof Heart in 1989 produced the #1 US club hit Love on Top of Love - Killer Kiss, produced by C+C Music Factory's David Cole and Robert Clivilles. Though a chart regular in the UK Grace Jones never achieved mainstream musical success in the US, but most of her singles became huge hits in the dance underground.Jones' strong visual presence was extended to her stage work. Her performances were unique spectacles as she adopted various personas and wore outlandish costumes throughout, particularly during her years with Goude. Her most memorable performances include the Paradise Garage in 1985, wherein she collaborated with legendary visual artist Keith Haring for her costume and the extraordinary One Man Show filmed in Drury Lane Theatre London and in New York and released on video in 1982 (it is yet to be re-released).In 2008 she returned with the album \"Hurricane\".","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6887_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

KC and The Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band is an American musical group. Founded in 1973, their style has included funk, R&B, and disco. T...

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{"key":"6882","name":"KC and The Sunshine Band","bio":"KC and the Sunshine Band is an American musical group. Founded in 1973, their style has included funk, R&B, and disco. Their most well known songs include the disco hits That's the Way (I Like It), (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, I'm Your Boogie Man, Keep It Comin' Love, Get Down Tonight, Give It Up, and Please Don't Go. They took their name from Wayne Casey's last name (\"KC\") and the \"Sunshine Band\" from KC's home state of Florida ('The Sunshine State').The group was formed by Richard Finch, a budding studio engineer prodigy at TK Records and Harry Wayne Casey (\"KC\"), a record store employee and part-timer at TK Records in Miami. Though both worked at TK Records, their meeting was not immediate, with Finch spending much of his time in the recording studio working with other TK artists and Casey on the phones at the front desk. An introduction by Clarence Reid through a mutual friend was the beginning of their musical connection. Following demo work, Casey and Finch were encouraged to create their own group. The initial members were just Casey and Finch (first starting out as songwriting collaborators), but Finch soon added guitarist Jerome Smith (June 18, 1953 - July 28, 2000), and drummer Robert Johnson, both TK studio musicians.The first few songs, \"Blow Your Whistle\" (September 1973) and \"Sound Your Funky Horn\" (February 1974), were released as singles, and had limited impact. However, a side project writing and producing music for George McCrae took Finch and Casey's \"Rock Your Baby\", featuring Smith on guitar, and made it a hit in mid-1974, selling 11 million copies worldwide. The band's \"Queen of Clubs\", which featured uncredited vocals by George McCrae, was a hit in England, peaking at #7, and they went on tour to England in 1975 off that success.With the release of the self titled triple platinum second album KC and the Sunshine Band in 1975 came the group's first major US hit with \"Get Down Tonight\". It topped the R&B chart in April and the Billboard chart in August. \"That's the Way (I Like It)\" also became a number one hit in November 1975 and the group did well at the 1976 Grammy Awards. The 1976 album Part 3 yielded three top 5 singles: \"I'm Your Boogie Man\", \"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty\" and \"Keep It Comin' Love\". Their success lasted until the fifth album and 1979\u201480; their last chart topping hit was \"Please Don't Go\" in December 1979, hitting #1 for one week in January 1980, and becoming the first #1 hit of the 1980s. With the declining popularity of disco, the group explored other styles and changed labels, joining Epic Records in 1980 after TK Records went bankrupt.In 1981, the partnership between Finch and Casey came to an acrimonious end. Two years after the release of the previous album, the group released two solo albums with new material, geared toward pop: The Painter and Space Cadet. These albums generated little success, but in 1982, a hit track called \"Give It Up\" on the album All in a Night's Work (recorded before Casey and Finch split partnership) brought a return to success in the UK, and appeared two years later on the United States Billboard Top 40. The song was also featured on the band's next album, 1983's KC Ten. Epic Records, however, refused to issue the song as a single due to its prior failure in the US. Because of this, a frustrated Casey formed Meca Records, releasing the single himself on this label in a final attempt to garner the song some success in America. It worked, but the album still failed to surpass expectations. This led to the group falling into stasis around 1985 with Casey's retirement.A revival in the interest of disco music in 1991 brought Casey out of retirement. He reformed the group with entirely new members except for the percussionist and began touring once again. Some of the original members of the band are now deceased. The new band has released a large number of compilation albums through Rhino Records, featured along with some newly recorded material. The album Oh Yeah! was released in 1993 after a ten year gap between new albums, excluding compilations.On July 28, 2000, Jerome Smith (rhythm guitar) died accidentally while working as a bulldozer operator.In 2001, the band made a brief comeback into the music scene after an eight-year lull with the release of a new album titled I'll Be There For You. The album was praised by critics, but it failed to generate any impact on the charts or in sales. More recently, the group had an appearance in the 2003 remake of the movie The In-Laws.Several KC\/Finch songs have been included in the Dance Dance Revolution series of dance video games. That's the Way (I Like It) was included in the original Dance Dance Revolution, Shake Your Booty was in Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix and Get Down Tonight was in the American home version of DDRMAX2.The song Keep It Comin' Love was on the soundtrack of the movie \"Blow\" about 1970s and 1980s cocaine smuggler George Jung.The track 'I'm your boogie man' was used in the 2009 film of the graphic novel, 'The Watchmen' .Additionally, many KC\/Finch songs, most frequently \"I Get Lifted,\" have been sampled for hip hop songs.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6882_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}


Miguel Barros (born c.‚ÄČ1985) better known as Pional is a Spanish producer, remixer and electronic musician from Madrid...

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{"key":"101478","name":"Pional","bio":"Miguel Barros (born c.\u20091985) better known as Pional is a Spanish producer, remixer and electronic musician from Madrid, Spain. His professional career began in 2010 when he released his first EP, A Moot Point on the Hivern Discs label.Pional started his career in 2006, when he released numerous singles and remixes on different labels such as Proton, Hivern Discs and Traum under the Alt Fenster alias. In November 2011, El Pa\u00eds noted that Pional and his most recent release\u2014Last House on the Left\u2014had been well received throughout Europe, even though he had yet to play in his native Madrid.Pional provides the vocals and all the instrumentation on his tracks, and plays drum machine during live shows. He often collaborates with other artists and his more notable works are collaborations with fellow producer John Talabot. They have collaborated in the studio on many occasions, including the single Destiny and So Will Be Now on Talabot's 2012 album \u0192IN. Throughout 2012, Pional has been touring with John Talabot through Europe and North America supporting the album, opening for the British band The xx. The liveshow was charted by Resident Advisor as one of the twenty best live acts of 2012.The Spanish newspaper El Pa\u00eds has referred to him as a \"mainstay\" of the national electronic music scene.In 2012 Pional and Talabot wrote the song \"Brave\" for the Divina Pastora Marathon in Valencia","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/101478_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}


Haddaway (born Alexander Nestor Haddaway on January 9, 1965 in Trinidad) is a Eurodance/House musician. Born into a loca...

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{"key":"6185","name":"Haddaway","bio":"Haddaway (born Alexander Nestor Haddaway on January 9, 1965 in Trinidad) is a Eurodance\/House musician. Born into a local family, his mother was a local nurse, and his father, a Dutch oceanographer. He completed a doctorate in political science and history from George Washington University in Washington DC, before moving to Cologne, Germany, in 1989. He presently lives in Kitzb\u00fchel, Austria.Haddaway's biggest hit, \"What Is Love,\" became very popular across Europe (reaching #2 in the UK), North America and Australia after its 1993 release. Follow-up single \"Life\" was a big U.S. and European dance hit. His debut album spawned two more European hit singles: \"I Miss You\" and \"Rock My Heart.\" His 1995 album included two minor hits, but his later releases went by largely unnoticed.\"What Is Love\" has been re-mixed and re-released dozens of times. The track had a resurrection in popularity following a prominent role in a Saturday Night Live skit, which later became the 1998 film A Night at the Roxbury.Haddaway appeared on the Comeback reality television show in Germany in 2003. He appeared on a similar UK show, Hit Me Baby One More Time, in 2005 and subsequently appeared on the U.S. version of the show.In July 2005, he released a new single called \"Spaceman\" and album called Pop Splits in Germany where he has a very strong following of fans.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6185_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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