Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known simply as Shakira, is a Grammy-award winning Colombian sing...

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{"key":"6155","name":"Shakira","bio":"Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known simply as Shakira, is a Grammy-award winning Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, composer, record producer, music-video director, dancer, choreographer, model, game creative director, businesswoman, multi instrumentalist and philanthropist who has sold over eighty million albums worldwide. She has won two Grammy awards, ten Latin Grammy awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, twenty-seven Latin Billboard Awards and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. She has been in the music industry since 1990, releasing her first album the following year. A child prodigy, she began writing poems and songs at age four and taught herself the guitar at age ten. The death of a half sibling and her father's reaction to it inspired her to write her first full song at age eight. Little known outside her native Colombia, it wasn't until 1995 when Shakira took full creative control over her music, a fusion of rock and dance pop with both deeply personal and biting political lyrics. The approach yielded two multiplatinum albums. In 2001, she broke through into the English-speaking market with the release of her first album in that language, Laundry Service, which she wrote and produced herself and which has sold 3,5 million copies in the United States and 15 million (sometimes stated as 20 million) copies worldwide. The album's massive sales came in large part thanks to the worldwide hit, \"Whenever, Wherever\" a dance song with unique Andean instrumentation which soon became one of the highest selling singles of the 21st century. Shakira is half Lebanese, one quarter Spanish, and one quarter Italian. She was born to a Colombian mother of Catalan and Italian descent, Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado, and a Lebanese father, William Mebarak Chadid, in Barranquilla, Colombia, where she says she grew up among the Lebanese and Italian communities. Her father was born in Lebanon, and immediately after that, his family migrated to New York, but he soon migrated to Colombia. Shakira, which means \"grateful\" in Arabic (\u0634\u0627\u0643\u0631\u0629), is named after her paternal grandmother. She was one of seven siblings, one of whom is her road manager. Shakira attended a Catholic school and in second grade was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. She began writing and composing music at the age of eight and later choreographed dance routines. At school, she says she had been known as \"the belly dancer girl\", as she would demonstrate a number she learned every Friday at school. \"That's how I discovered my passion for live performance,\" she says. One of the first songs she wrote was called \"Tus Gafas Oscuras\" (Your Dark Glasses), which was about her father's grief over a son who had died in a car accident.Between the ages of ten and thirteen Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla and gained some recognition in the area. It was at about this time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogot\u00e1, Ariza convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for Shakira in a motel lobby. Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director. However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of \"a lost cause\". Vargas, not daunted, was still convinced that Shakira had talent, and set up an audition in Bogot\u00e1. He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance. She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.Magia (Magic) was Shakira's debut album, recorded with Sony Colombia in 1991, when she was 13. The album did not fare well commercially, selling less than one thousand copies. After Magia, Shakira released Peligro (Danger) in 1993. The album was better received than Magia, though it was considered a commercial failure, due to Shakira's refusal to advertise it.Shakira then decided to take a hiatus from recording so that she could graduate from high school.Shakira returned to recording in 1995, supported by a new confessional and Alanis Morissette-oriented persona that affected some of her next albums, and made her third studio one, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet), bring her great fame in Latin America. The singles \"Estoy Aqu\u00ed\" (I'm Here), \"Pies Descalzos, Sue\u00f1os Blancos\" (Bare Feet, White Dreams), and \"D\u00f3nde Est\u00e1s Coraz\u00f3n?\" (Where Are You, My Heart?) became pop culture icons. Pies Descalzos sold more than 4 million copies, which prompted the release of a remix album, titled simply The Remixes, which sold more than a million copies. The Remixes also included Portuguese versions of some of her best-known songs, which were recorded because of her success in the Brazilian market.Her fourth album, \u00bfD\u00f3nde Est\u00e1n Los Ladrones? (Where Are The Thieves?), was released in 1998. It was produced by Emilio Estefan, reportedly cost US$3 million, and had more of a polished sound than Pies Descalzos. It was even more successful and solidified her as one of the major Latin artists of the 1990s. She began to gain more fans in non-Spanish-speaking countries like France, Switzerland, Canada, and especially the United States. Eight of the album's eleven tracks became singles, including \"Ciega, Sordomuda\"(Blind, Deaf, and Mute), \"Moscas En La Casa\" (Flies in the House), \"No Creo\" (I Don't Believe), \"Inevitable\", \"T\u00fa\" (You), \"Si Te Vas\" (If You Leave), \"Octavo D\u00eda\" (Eighth Day), and the world-famous \"Ojos As\u00ed\"(Eyes Like Yours). Shakira's first live album, MTV Unplugged, was composed of \"Estoy Aqu\u00ed\" and the songs from \u00bfD\u00f3nde Est\u00e1n Los Ladrones?.In 2001, upon the success of \u00bfD\u00f3nde Est\u00e1n Los Ladrones?, Shakira began working on a crossover album to the English language. Collaborating with Gloria Estefan, Shakira wrote and recorded English versions of the tracks from \u00bfD\u00f3nde Est\u00e1n Los Ladrones?. However, Shakira later decided against using translations of older songs for the album and worked for over a year on new material for the album. The result was Laundry Service. Although it was created for the intent of selling to an English language market, the rock and Spanish dance-influenced album also featured four Spanish songs, including \"Que Me Quedes T\u00fa\" (I Hope You Stay With Me). Some critics claimed that Shakira's English skills were too weak for her to write in it, but Laundry Service was a success, with more than 13 million sales worldwide, yielding the worldwide hit \"Whenever, Wherever\" and singles \"Underneath Your Clothes\" (a Canadian number-one), \"Te Dejo Madrid\" (I Leave You Madrid), \"Objection (Tango)\", and \"The One\". The album and its singles helped to establish Shakira's musical presence in the mainstream North American market.Shakira stayed out of the spotlight for 2 and a half years, notably changing her hair style. She later announced Oral Fixation 1 and 2 due in 2005. Fijaci\u00f3n Oral Vol. 1 was released on June 6, 2005 in Europe and on June 7, 2005 in North America and Australia. The lead single \"La Tortura\" (English: The Torture, featuring Alejandro Sanz) eventually reached number one in Spain and number twenty-three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, \"La Tortura\" also became the highest-charting Spanish song when it debuted and peaked at number twenty-one. Its success across the rest of the world was widespread and it managed to peak within the top ten of the majority of the charts it entered. In the U.S., \"La Tortura\" spent a record twenty-five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. The single in partnership with Alejandro Sanz became the best-selling Spanish single of all time according to Guiness World Records.Fijaci\u00f3n Oral Vol. 1 was simultaneously released in Latin America. It debuted at number one in Spain and at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200. It was also well-received in non-Spanish speaking countries such as Italy, Greece and Germany, where it reached number one, Austria, where it reached number three, and Canada and Hungary, where it reached number seven. The second single from Fijaci\u00f3n Oral Vol. 1, \"No\" (English: No), was released in September 2005, and peaked at number one in Spain and Colombia, for fourteen non-consecutive weeks. So far, Fijaci\u00f3n Oral Vol. 1 has sold five million copies worldwide. Her third single from \"Fijaci\u00f3n Oral vol. 1\", D\u00eda de Enero, is dedicated to her fiance, Antonio de la R\u00faa. This single was number one in some countries in Latin America, but it hadn't got success like \"La Tortura\" and \"No\". She also performed \"La Tortura\" at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami with Alejandro Sanz. It was the first ever Spanish performance at the VMA's.Shakira's second English album Oral Fixation Vol. 2 was released on November 29, 2005 in North America and Australia, and also at this time in Continental Europe. While \"Don't Bother\" was warmly received by music critics as the album's lead single, it failed to peak within the U.S. top 40. The second single \"Hips Don't Lie\" (featuring Wyclef Jean) became her first single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. On March 28, 2006, she re-released Oral Fixation Vol. 2 in the U.S. and released it June 19, 2006. Shakira also had the collaboration of Argentinian Rock en Espa\u00f1ol legend Gustavo Cerati on 2 tracks of both Oral Fixation albums. \"Hips Don't Lie\" is now considered Shakira's most successful song, since it topped the charts in more than 55 countries and turned into the highest-selling single of the 21st century in accordance to Harvard University.In 2000, Shakira started dating Antonio de la R\u00faa, the son of then president of Argentina Fernando de la R\u00faa, a romance that made headline news throughout Latin America. In March of 2001, he proposed to her. During Fernando De la R\u00faa's presidency, the economy of Argentina collapsed, leading to the subsequently violent December 2001 riots; in response to the turmoil, Tower Records decided to no longer sell Shakira's albums in Argentina as Antonio was directly involved in the management of his father's administration. De la R\u00faa and Shakira remain engaged, with future plans to marry.Shakira is well-known for her dancing in various music videos. The moves are based on the art of belly dancing, a part of her Lebanese heritage, which Shakira says she learned as a young teen to overcome her shyness. The intense training has afforded her a fluidity in her body movement most seen in the video to her hit \"La Tortura\". In an MTV interview, she said people told her she never moved her chest when dancing, so she danced with her chest (as well as her usual belly dancing moves) in the videos for \"La Tortura\" and \"Hips Don't Lie\".She has had several belly dance choreographers, including award-winning Bellydance Superstar Bozenka. As her MTV 'The Making of\u2026' special shows, she worked with Jamie King for the choreography, but ended up creating most of it herself","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/6155_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Manu Chao

Manu Chao (⋆ 21 June 1961 in Paris, France) is a Frensh/Spanish rock, reggae, punk and ska artist; well-known at Paris...

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{"key":"17967","name":"Manu Chao","bio":"Manu Chao (\u22c6 21 June 1961 in Paris, France) is a Frensh\/Spanish rock, reggae, punk and ska artist; well-known at Paris alternative music scene before his international success with the band Mano Negra (active 1988-95). Well-known songs are 'Me Gustas Tu', 'Bongo Bong', 'Clandestino', 'Mr Bobby', and 'Je Ne'taime Plus'. Manu is one of the world's largest selling artists, but is less known in the English-speaking world. Much of his lyrics are about global political and social issues, but also about love, world's lifestyles, and music.- - -Manu Chao (born Jos\u00e9-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on 21 June 1961 in Paris, France) is a singer of French and Spanish (Basque, Galician) origin.Heavily influenced by the UK rock scene, particularly The Clash, The Jam and Dr. Feelgood, Chao and other musicians formed the Spanish\/English rockabilly group Hot Pants in the mid-1980s. The group released a demo entitled \"Mala Vida\" in 1984, which received plenty of local critical praise but otherwise gained them little attention. By the time the group released their first album in 1986 the Parisian alternative music scene had taken flight, and Manu, his brother Antoine Chao, and friends such as Alain from Les Wampas formed Los Carayos to incorporate this sound with the rockabilly and punk styles of Hot Pants. Los Carayos remained a side project of the artists for eight years, releasing three albums in the first two years followed by a final album in 1994.Manu Chao had been a well-known member of the Parisian alternative music scene, in bands such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos. In 1987, Chao, his brother Antoine Chao and their cousin Santiago Casariego founded the band Mano Negra, which met with success in France first with the hit single Mala Vida and then Mexico, Central and South America, where the band toured. The band split in 1995.Chao sings in French, Spanish, Arabic, Galician, Portuguese, English, Italian, and Wolof, sometimes mixing them in the same song. He is one of the world's largest selling artists, but is less known in the English-speaking world.Chao's music has many influences: rock, French chanson, Spanish-American Salsa, Reggae, Ska and Algerian rai. These influences were obtained from immigrants in France, his Iberian roots and his travels in Latin America following the disbanding of Mano Negra. Many of Chao's lyrics are about political issues (e.g., immigration, global social justice, conflict, and a strongly leftist critique of exploitative economic globalization) but they are also about love, lifestyles in different parts of the world, and music itself, which is hopeful for the future and at the same time dramatic. Chao is openly critical of the Bush administration in the US. He has many followers among the European left and the anti-globalization movement.The influence of Manu Chao in Latin Rock or \"Rock en Espa\u00f1ol\" was crucial not only for the development and rise of new Latin bands that tried to emulate his eclectic style, but also for the self-knowledge of Latin America as a united culture. After the Latin America tour and travels, Manu Chao lyrics were more often written in Spanish than were the Mano Negra lyrics. His songs also took the lyrics or chords of some popular tunes like \"El preso\" from \"Fruko y Sus Tesos\" (in \"Desaparecido\") or \"La Verdolaga\" a traditional Colombian cumbia (in \"Por el Suelo\").Manu Chao's music does not follow a logical textual narrative, but in its eclectic construction it invokes a deeper understanding of its subject than any literal form could. He sings songs about the people of the streets, the outer provinces, and the marginalised; he sings with the forgotten and uncounted billions, the underclass, and in so doing, he speaks about the fragility of human kind. His music is a bridge, exploring the common ground and means of mutual understanding that are available to us, exponating the idea that beyond superfluous differences in cultural identity, we are all the same.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17967_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), popularly nicknamed J.Lo, is a Puerto-Rican American pop and R&B singer, actre...

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{"key":"6141","name":"Jennifer Lopez","bio":"Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), popularly nicknamed J.Lo, is a Puerto-Rican American pop and R&B singer, actress, record producer, dancer, model, fashion and perfume designer and film and television producer. She is the richest person of Latin American descent in Hollywood according to Forbes, and the most influential Hispanic entertainer in America according to People en Espa\u00f1ol\u2019s list of \u201c100 Most Influential Hispanics\u201d.Starting in 1999, Lopez has released seven albums, including two #1 albums on the Billboard 200 charts and four Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles. She won the 2003 American Music Award for Favorite Pop\/Rock Female Artist and the 2007 American Music Award for Favorite Latin Artist. She has appeared in numerous films and has won ALMA Awards for outstanding actress for her work in Selena, Out of Sight and Angel Eyes. She parlayed her media fame into a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement.Media attention has also focused on her personal life. She has had high-profile relationships with Ojani Noa, Cris Judd, Sean Combs, Ben Affleck, and Marc Anthony. Her first children, fraternal twins named Max and Emme, were born on February 22, 2008.Jennifer Lopez was born and grew up in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez. She has two sisters, Lynda and Leslie. Jennifer Lopez financed singing and dancing lessons from the age of 16. After she dropped out of college, Lopez pursued her talent for dance. She split her time between her job at a law office, taking dance classes, and dancing in Manhattan clubs at night. She got her first spot and started out in television as a video girl for rap artist MC Hammer, also a guest spot on the American Music Awards. Her first regular high profile gig was as a \u201cfly girl\u201d dancer on the television comedy program In Living Color in 1990 after being twice rejected. She then left the show after the second season due to friction with another dancer. Lopez\u2019s debut album On The 6, a reference to the 6 subway line she used to take growing up in Castle Hill was released on June 1, 1999, and reached the top ten of the Billboard 200. The album featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one lead single, \u201cIf You Had My Love\u201d as well as the top ten hit \u201cWaiting for Tonight\u201d. The album also featured a Spanish language, Latin-flavored duet \u201cNo Me Ames\u201d with Marc Anthony (who later would become her husband). Though \u201cNo Me Ames\u201d never had a commercial release, it reached number one on the U.S. Hot Latin Tracks. On the 6 featured guest artists such as Big Pun and Fat Joe on the track \u201cFeelin\u2019 So Good\u201d, which had moderate success on the Billboard Hot 100. \u201cLet\u2019s Get Loud\u201d, the final single, earned Lopez a Grammy Award nomination in the \u201cBest Dance Recording\u201d category in 2001 Grammy Awards. \u201cWaiting for Tonight\u201d was nominated for the same category the previous year. \u201cNo Me Ames\u201d received two nominations at the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards: \u201cBest Pop Duo\/Group with Vocal Performance\u201d and \u201cBest Music Video\u201d.Lopez\u2019s second album, J.Lo, was released on January 23, 2001 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. When her film The Wedding Planner achieved number one shortly after, Lopez become the first actress-singer to have a film and an album at number one in the same week. The lead single, \u201cLove Don\u2019t Cost a Thing\u201d, was her first number-one single in the United Kingdom and took her into the top five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. She followed it up with \u201cPlay\u201d which gave her another top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number three in the UK. Her next two singles were \u201cI\u2019m Real\u201d and \u201cAin\u2019t It Funny\u201d which were quickly rising up the charts. To capitalize on this, Lopez asked The Inc. Records (then known as Murder Inc.) to remix both songs, which featured rap artists Ja Rule (on both) and Caddillac Tah (on the \u201cAin\u2019t It Funny\u201d remix). Both remixes reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks. She re-released J. Lo on her thirty-second birthday with the remix of \u201cI\u2019m Real\u201d as a bonus track. Also, \u201cSi Ya Se Acab\u00f3\u201d was released in Spain, due to the success of \u201cQue Ironia\u201d.Following the success of the re-release of J. Lo, Lopez decided to devote an entire album to the remixing effort, releasing J to tha L-O! The Remixes, on February 5, 2002. This album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first remix album in history to debut at the top on the chart. Featured artists on J to tha L-O! The Remixes included P. Diddy, Fat Joe, and 50 Cent and the album included rare dance and hip hop remixes of past singles. It is the third all-time biggest-selling remix album in the world, after Michael Jackson\u2019s Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (1997) and Madonna\u2019s You Can Dance (1987).On November 26, 2002, Lopez released her third studio album, This Is Me\u2026 Then, which reached number two on the Billboard 200 and spawned four singles: \u201cJenny from the Block\u201d (featuring Jadakiss and Styles), which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100; \u201cAll I Have\u201d (featuring LL Cool J), which spent multiple weeks at number one; \u201cI\u2019m Glad\u201d; and \u201cBaby I Love U!\u201d. The album included a cover of Carly Simon\u2019s 1978 \u201cYou Belong to Me\u201d.After a year away from the music scene, Lopez released her fourth studio album, Rebirth, on March 1, 2005. Although debuting and peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, the album quickly fell off the charts. It spawned the hit \u201cGet Right\u201d, which reached the top fifteen in the U.S. and became her second Platinum hit (after \u201cIf You Had My Love\u201d). \u201cGet Right\u201d was also successful in the UK, becoming her second number-one single there. The second single, \u201cHold You Down\u201d, which featured Fat Joe, reached number sixty-four on the U.S. Hot 100; it peaked at number six in the UK and ascended to the top twenty in Australia. Another song, \u201cCherry Pie\u201d, was slated for a release in late 2005, but the plans to make a video were cancelled as the album sales were definitely too weak and the promotion budget exceeded. It was released to radio stations in Spain. Rebirth was certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA. Lopez was then featured on LL Cool J\u2019s single \u201cControl Myself\u201d, which was released on February 1, 2006. It reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was Lopez\u2019s first U.S. top ten hit in three years.Lopez officially released her first full Spanish-language album, called Como Ama Una Mujer, on March 27, 2007 in the U.S. and March 23, 2007 in Europe. Her husband, singer Marc Anthony, produced the album with Estefano, except for \u201cQu\u00e9 Hiciste\u201d, which Anthony co-produced with Julio Reyes. The album peaked at number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200, number one on the U.S. Top Latin Albums (for four straight weeks), number one on the U.S. Latin Pop Albums (for seven straight weeks) and number one hundred and thirty-one in the UK. The album did well in Europe peaking at number three on the albums chart, mainly due to the big success in countries like Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Austria, and Portugal. The lead single, \u201cQu\u00e9 Hiciste\u201d (Spanish for \u201cWhat Did You Do\u201d), was officially released to radio stations in January 2007. Since then, it has peaked at eighty-six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Latin Songs and the Hot Dance Club Play. It also went top ten on the European chart. The video for the song was the first Spanish-language video to peak at number one on MTV\u2019s Total Request Live daily countdown. The second single released is called \u201cMe Haces Falta\u201d. Lopez won an American Music Award as the Favorite Latin Artist in 2007. Como Ama una Mujer according to the United World Chart, it is #3 on the best selling Spanish albums of 2007 and #37 on the best selling albums so far of 2007. Como Ama una Mujer holds the record for the best opening week internet sales for a Spanish album. With Como Ama Una Mujer, Jennifer Lopez is one of the few performers to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with a Spanish album.Just over six months later, on October 9, 2007, Lopez released her fifth English studio album (sixth studio album overall), called Brave. She collaborated with producers such as Midi Mafia, J. R. Rotem, Lynn and Wade and Ryan Tedder with Rotem working on some tracks with writing partner Evan \"Kidd\" Bogart. Earlier, on August 26, 2007, ABC premiered a promo for the fourth season of Desperate Housewives, featuring a snippet of the song \"Mile In These Shoes\". \"Do It Well\" was released as the lead single and reached the top 20 in many countries. \"Hold It, Don't Drop It\" was released as the second single in only some countries from Europe.Billboard Magazine reported, on July 24, 2007, that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony would \"co-headline\" a worldwide tour called \"Juntos en Concierto\" starting in New Jersey on September 29. Tickets went on sale August 10. The tour was a mix of her current music, older tunes and Spanish music. In a later press release, Lopez announced a detailed itinerary. The tour launched September 28, 2007 at the Mark G. Etess Arena and ended on November 7, 2007 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. At the end of their last concert in Miami on November 7, 2007, Jennifer and Marc proudly announced that they were expecting a child, officially putting to rest the widespread speculation that she was pregnant. Rumors of the pregnancy involving twins soon erupted and were finally confirmed with the birth of twins, Max and Emme in New York on February 22, 2008.Lopez released \"Louboutins\", a song written and produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, as the project's lead single in November 2009. However, upon release, the song failed to garner enough airplay to chart, despite topping the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Lopez subsequently left Epic Records in February 2010, citing that she had fulfilled her contractual obligations and now wished to release Love? under a new label.In June 2010 following the departure of Ellen DeGeneres from American Idol, it was reported that Lopez was in talks to join season ten\u2019s judging panel. During this same time, Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony were being considered for a role on The X Factor for their appeal to Latin and International markets. It was officially announced on September 22, 2010 that Lopez would be joining the tenth season of American Idol. MTV stated that \u201cthe deal was mutually beneficial to all those involved\u201d, whilst CNN reported that Lopez was viewing it as a decision to revive her career while Idol producers believe Lopez and Steven Tyler\u2019s appointments will strengthen viewing figures.Lopez released her seventh studio album, Love? in May 2011. The lead single from the album called \"On the Floor\" was officially released February 8, 2011 and it featured the American rapper Pitbull. The video for On the Floor was premiered on American Idol March 3. Lopez later performed the song on American Idol, including Pitbull. She was dressed in a \"glimmering ensemble\" while the set included lasers and pyrotechnics. The song charted in 27 countries at #1 and it was certified 3x Platinum in the United States. Love? was officially released May 3 and it reached the fifth place in the US Billboard 200. On the Floor is the most viewed video by a female artist in YouTube with almost 550 million views. Lopez also released two other singles from the album, the hip hop jam \"I'm Into You\" which featured the rapper Lil Wayne and the latin influenced \"Papi\".Lopez returned as judge on the eleventh season of American Idol, reportedly earning $US20 million, compared to the $US12 million she earned last year. Subsequently, Lopez is currently unsure about returning to the show.Lopez worked with ex-husband Marc Anthony and director-choeographer Jamie King on the talent series \u00a1Q'Viva! The Chosen, created by Simon Fuller. It follows Lopez, Anthony and King as they travel across 21 countries in Latin America to find new talent. It premiered on January 28, 2012 on Univision and was a ratings hit for the channel.Jennifer released her first single from her upcoming greatest hits album \"Dance Again\" April 2 and it features Pitbull, who is previously collaborated with J.Lo with \"On the Floor\" and \"Fresh Out The Oven\". The video premiered on American Idol April 5 and she performed a solo version of the hit on American Idol's result show April 10. She was dressed in a skin-tight blue bodysuit and black stockings, surrounded by a dozen back-up dancers.It was announced on April 30, 2012 that Lopez would be going on a co-headlining tour in the United States with Enrique Iglesias. Lopez has already began her Dance Again World Tour which will continue after her tour with Iglesias. It began in Panama City, Panama on June 14. The Dance Again World Tour will include legs in Asia, Europe and South America.Lopez is involved in multiple films in 2012. She starred as Holly in What to Expect When You're Expecting. The film was released to theaters on May 18, 2012. Lopez voices Shira in the upcoming animated film, Ice Age: Continental Drift which is the fourth movie in the Ice Age series. Another film which Lopez has shot her parts for, Parker will be released in 2013.On May 16, 2012, Forbes placed Lopez first on their \"Celebrity 100 List\", in turn naming her the most powerful celebrity in the world for their 2012 edition. She beat out Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga for the title, having earned $US52 million from May 2011.Jennifer's single \"Goin' In\" featuring the rapper Flo Rida will be featured in the new Step Up movie. It was officially released in the United States in June 2012. She performed the song on American Idol's finale and it is also included on her tour setlist.To celebrate 13 years in music Jennifer will release a greatest hits album which will include, besides her smash hits, new songs. Her upcoming Dance Again... The Hits album will hit stores in July 2012.In 2014, Lopez released a new album, AKA, which spawned the hit single \"Booty\".","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/6141_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias (born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler on May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Miami-based singing sensa...

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{"key":"6177","name":"Enrique Iglesias","bio":"Enrique Iglesias (born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler on May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Miami-based singing sensation and multi-million-album seller. He is the son of famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Spanish-mestiza Filipina socialite and Hola! magazine journalist Isabel Preysler. He also is the brother of Chabeli Iglesias and Julio Jos\u00e9 Iglesias, and half-brother of Tamara Falc\u00f3 and Ana Boyer (from his mother's side) and Miguel Alejandro, Rodrigo, Cristina, Victoria and Guillermo Iglesias (from his father's side).After the widely publicized kidnapping of his grandfather in Spain, Iglesias moved to Miami, Florida in 1983, at age 8. While in Miami, Iglesias enjoyed the luxury of being the son of a billionaire, but he developed a taste for simpler things, a fact that would later surface in his concerts, where he appeared in plain clothes, including white cotton shirts.Iglesias first performed while in high school, in the musical Hello Dolly. While attending the University of Miami, he was auditioned by his future manager, who was impressed. Using the pseudonym Enrique Mart\u00ednez, the two promoted his demos across various record labels. Months later, Iglesias was signed by Fonovisa and went to Toronto to record his first album in total anonymity.Iglesias has been linked to rumors of romantic relationships with a number of women: former Miss Universe Alicia Machado; the model\/actor and Miami resident Sofia Vergara; the pop singer Christina Aguilera; and the actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. More recently, he has reputedly been dating the Russian tennis player, Anna Kournikova for a number of years.On July 12, 1995, Iglesias released his first album titled Enrique Iglesias, a collection of light rock ballads, including such mega-hits as \"Si T\u00fa Te Vas\", \"Experiencia Religiosa\", and others. The record sold half a million copies in its first week, a rare accomplishment then for an album recorded in a language other than English.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/6177_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}


Santana is a rock band based around talented guitarist Carlos Santana and founded in the late 1960s. The band first came...

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{"key":"2357","name":"Santana","bio":"Santana is a rock band based around talented guitarist Carlos Santana and founded in the late 1960s. The band first came to public attention after their performing the song \"Soul Sacrifice\" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, when their Latin rock provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This initial exposure made their first, eponymous album a hit at the time, followed in the next two years by successful follow-ups Abraxas and Santana III. Over the years, and despite a constantly changing line-up, Santana has achieved a total of eight Grammy Awards. In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve being honored.Santana was formed originally in 1967 in San Francisco, California. Carlos Santana is a Mexican-born American. Originally named The Santana Blues Band, they rose to international fame when they performed at the Woodstock festival in 1969. This led to their second studio album, Abraxas (1970), becoming a Latin-Rock standard and a huge critical and commercial success. Over the years their line-up has changed constantly, allowing them to evolve with the times. Over 50 musicians have been in Santana over its 40 year history, but the only constant has been Carlos Santana himself. Various successful bands have been spawned by Santana, most notably Journey, formed by keyboardist Gregg Rolie and guitarist Neal Schon, both key members of Santana's early days. Following a brief quiet period in the early 1990s, Santana returned to stardom by releasing two successful albums, Shaman and Supernatural, featuring various guest vocalists.Santana's original drummer Michael Shrieve was one of the youngest performers at the Woodstock Music Festival in the year 1969 at only 19 years of age.Carlos Santana is known to use Paul Reed Smith (PRS) custom guitars, though his choice varies according to co-players. On his last album, The Best of Santana, he played a Stratocaster to match with Eric Clapton's Strato-style.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/2357_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Chico Buarque

Chico Buarque (born Francisco Buarque de Hollanda, 19 Jun 1944, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - also known as Chico Buarque ...

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{"key":"55259","name":"Chico Buarque","bio":"Chico Buarque (born Francisco Buarque de Hollanda, 19 Jun 1944, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - also known as Chico Buarque de Hollanda), is a singer, composer, dramatist, and writer, although he is best known for his music, which often comments on Brazilian social, economic & cultural issues.Chico came from an intellectual and privileged family background. S\u00e9rgio Buarque de Hollanda, his father, was a well-known historian and sociologist. Aur\u00e9lio Buarque de Hollanda, his lexicographer uncle, is as strongly associated with Brazilian dictionaries as Webster is with American English ones. He was a studious child, precocious in music & writing, and was heavily impressed by bossa nova - specifically, Jo\u00e3o Gilberto's work.Chico made his public debut as musician and composer in 1964, rapidly building his reputation at music festivals and television variety shows. His self-titled debut album exemplified the work to come, with catchy sambas characterized by inventive wordplay and an undercurrent of nostalgic tragedy.Chico's increasing political activity against the Brazilian military dictatorship resulted in his arrest in 1968, and eventual self-exile to Italy in 1969. Other important musicians like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil experienced the same fate. Chico returned to Brazil in 1970, using his fame and song-writing skills to protest against the dictatorship. At this time his lightly-veiled protest single Apesar de Voc\u00ea (Despite you) somehow passed by the gaze of military censors, becoming the democracy movement's anthem. After selling over 100,000 copies, the single was eventually repressed, and all copies were removed from the market. Despite the censorship, songs such as Samba de Orly (Samba of Orly; 1970), Acorda Amor (Wake Up, Darling; 1974), and Vai Passar (It Will Pass; 1983) made Chico's continuing opposition blatant.During the 1970s and 1980s, Chico collaborated with filmmakers, playwriters, and musicians in further protest works against the dictatorship.In 1998, the carnival samba school Mangueira took Chico as its annual theme, winning first prize.His latest book, Budapeste, achieved great critical acclaim and won the Pr\u00eamio Jabuti, a Brazilian literary award similar to The Booker Prize Award.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/55259_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso (born 7 August 1942) is one of the most popular and influential Brazilian composers and singers. He was b...

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{"key":"18027","name":"Caetano Veloso","bio":"Caetano Veloso (born 7 August 1942) is one of the most popular and influential Brazilian composers and singers. He was born in Santo Amaro da Purifica\u00e7\u00e3o, Bahia, Brasil, the fifth of the seven children born to Jos\u00e9 Telles Veloso (\"Seu Zezinho\") and Claudionor Vianna Telles Veloso (\"Dona Can\u00f4\"). His younger sister, Maria Beth\u00e2nia, preceded him to fame as a singer in the mid-1960s.He began his career around 1965 singing bossa nova and he has cited his greatest musical influences from his early period as Jo\u00e3o Gilberto and Dorival Caymmi. (Jo\u00e3o Gilberto would say later about Caetano's contribution that it added an intellectual dimension to brazilian popular music.) But with such musical collaborators Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Z\u00e9, Chico Buarque, and Os Mutantes, and greatly influenced by the later work of The Beatles, developed tropicalismo, which fused Brazilian pop with rock and roll and avant garde art music resulting in a more international, psychedelic, and socially aware sound. Veloso's politically active stance, unapologetically leftist, earned him the enmity of Brazil's military dictatorship which ruled until 1985; his songs were frequently censored, and some were banned. Veloso was also alienated from the socialist left in Brazil becasue of his acceptance and integration of non-nationalist influences (like rock and roll) in his music. Veloso and Gilberto Gil spent several months in jail for \"anti-government activity\" in 1968 and eventually exiled themselves to London. Caetano Veloso's work upon his return in 1972 was often characterized by frequent appropriations not only of international styles, but of half-forgotten Brazilian folkloric styles and rhythms as well. In particular, his celebration of the Afro-Brazilian culture of Bahia can be seen as the precursor of such Afro-centric groups as Timbalada.In the 1980s, Veloso's popularity outside Brazil grew, especially in Israel, Portugal, France and Africa. By 2004, he was one of the most respected and prolific international pop stars, with more than fifty recordings available, including songs in soundtracks of movies such as Pedro Almodovar's Hable con Ella (Talk to Her), and Frida. In 2002 Veloso published an account of his early years and the Tropicalia movement, Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil.His first all-English CD was A Foreign Sound (2004), which covers Nirvana's \"Come as You Are\" and compositions from the Great American Songbook. Five of the six songs on his third eponymous album, released in 1971, were also in English.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/18027_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini is a five-time Grammy Award winning Italian singer, songwriter, producer and TV host. She is the most famo...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"18004","name":"Laura Pausini","bio":"Laura Pausini is a five-time Grammy Award winning Italian singer, songwriter, producer and TV host. She is the most famous and successful Italian artist worldwide. Pausini is famed for her soulful voice and her romantic Latin pop and Pop ballads and love songs, although she has also dealt with other subjects such as poverty, war, and racism, among other social issues. She is fluent in several languages. Although she mainly sings in Spanish and Italian, she also sings in Portuguese, English, and French. She has sold over 40 million album copies around the world.Laura was born in Faenza (province of Ravenna, Italy) on May 16,1974 and was raised in Solarolo (Ravenna). She started to sing in local piano bars with her father when she was 8. In 1993, her career was launched when she won the prestigious Italian Sanremo Music Festival with one of her best known songs, \"La Solitudine\". The song also has an English version with lyrics written by Broadway composer Tim Rice.In 1994, she released her first Spanish album, Laura Pausini, a compilation of adapted versions in this language from her first two Italian CDs, Laura Pausini and Laura. The album was very successful that made her a household name in the Hispanic and Latin world.In 1999 she recorded a song titled \"One More Time\" written by Richard Marx for the soundtrack of the hollywood movie \"Message in a Bottle\" (with Kevin Costner and Paul Newman). In 2000 she participated with the theme \"The Extra Mile\" for the soundtrack of the movie \"Pokemon 2000: The Power of One\".She released her first full album in English, From the Inside with Atlantic Records in 2002, working with producer Patrick Leonard, among others. The song, \"Surrender\" saw some limited exposure on the Adult Contemporary radio format. In an Australian release of the album, she has two versions of \"Surrender\" included - the original dance version, and a downtempo version called the \"Toronto Chilled Mix. Both \"Surrender\" and \"If That's Love\" reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. They also fared well on the U.S. Billboard Dance\/Mix Show Airplay chart. Unfortunately, the album did not obtain the success the label had hoped for, failing to sell more than 100,000 in the long run.In 2004 she released Resta in ascolto. The Spanish version of this album, Escucha, awarded Pausini a Latin Grammy in 2005 and a Grammy in 2006. This made her the first Italian female to receive such honors. The song \"V\u00edveme\" was featured as the theme music to La Madrastra, a popular Mexican telenovela, in which she had a memorable cameo appearance.About her album Io canto (Spanish Yo canto) she has said: \"I chose the music I listen to, in sad moments as well as in other, more special ones, those tunes that have taught me how to feel, how to love music beyond genres and styles.\" On the 2nd of June 2007, Laura Pausini was the first female artist to play at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy in front of a crowd of 70,000 spectators. Later that year the concert was released on CD and DVD and became very successful in Italy and Spain.On the 8th of November 2007, Laura won a Latin Grammy Award for the best female album with 'Yo Canto', the Spanish version of the album 'Io Canto'. Laura dedicated the award to the memory of Italian legend Luciano Pavarotti. Later on during the show she sang songs from her album 'Yo Canto' alongside Italian singer Andrea Bocelli.Her album \"Primavera In Anticipo\" ( \"Primavera Anticipada\", spanish version) has been a totally success in her country Italy. The album remained on the top of album charts for 9 weeks straight selling more than 500.000 copies only in Italy , and it's still on the top selling albums after 7 months. Around the world Pausini's single, \"En Cambio No\"( \"Invece No\" in Italian) climbed to the top of severals Latin-American countries like Mexico and Panama. Her duet with James Blunt, which is album's second single, became a smash-hit in many European countries including Germany, Spain and Austria.On 30 December 2010, Pausini announced her eleventh studio album, Inedito \/ In\u00e9dito, released both in Italian and Spanish on 11 November 2011. The title and the tracklist of the album were announced through Pausini's website on 10 September 2011. The first single from the album, \"Benvenuto\" \/ \"Bienvenido\", was released on 12 September 2011. In order to promote the album, Pausini engaged the Inedito World Tour, starting with 11 shows in Italy in late December 2011. The tour reached Latin America in January and February 2012. The European leg of her tour visited the principle arenas of France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Holland, and concluded at the Royal Albert Hall in London.The album also spawned the singles \"Non ho mai smesso\" \/ \"Jam\u00e1s abandon\u00e9\", \"Bastava\" \/ \"Bastaba\", \"Mi tengo\", \"Le cose che non mi aspetto\" \/ \"Las cosas que no me espero\" and \"Celeste\". The song \"Troppo tempo\" was originally chosen as the sixth and last single of the album, but when Pausini discovered her pregnancy she changed her mind to \"Celeste\". On 25 June 2012, Pausini took part in the mega-concert Concerto per l'Emilia, organized to raise funds in support of the people affected by the 2012 Northern Italy earthquakes. During the show, Pausini duetted with Cesare Cremonini, performing a cover of Lucio Dalla's \"L'anno che verr\u00e0\".On 27 November 2012, a special edition of Inedito, in both Italian and Spanish, was released, featuring a live DVD recorded during the 2012 Inedito World Tour. The Italian-language version and the Spanish-language version of the DVD were recorded in Bologna on 17 April 2012 and in Madrid on 20 April 2012, respectively. The CD included in the new edition of Inedito also features a live medley performed by Pausini on New Year's Eve 2012, as well as a duet with Venezuelan singer Carlos Baute on the track \"Las cosas que no me espero\", released as a single in Spain and Latin America. In 2012 Pausini also recorded an Italian-language duet with Josh Groban, \"E ti prometter\u00f2\", included in his album All That Echoes, released in February 2013.On 26 February 2013, in order to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of her career, Pausini released a digital single including the original versions in Italian, Spanish and English of the song which launched her career in 1993, \"La solitudine\". The track was launched as a limited-edition single, available for purhcase for a week only. Later during the same year, she confirmed that a greatest hits album will be released for the same purpose by December 2013. On 1 June 2013 Pausini took part in the concert Chime for Change in London, supporting the global campaign of the same name for girls' and women's empowerment. Pausini performed the songs \"Io canto\" and \"It's Not Goodbye\". During the same year, she appeared as a featured artist on the track \"Sonr\u00ede (Smile)\", included in American singer Gloria Estefan's album The Standards. A new world tour has also been confirmed by Pausini through her official website. Starting from December 2013, Pausini will promote her greatest hits album with concerts in her native Italy, as well as in other European countries, in Latin America, in the United States and in Canada. The tour also includes a performance during the Vi\u00f1a del Mar International Song Festival in Chile.On September 9, 2013, Pausini released a new single named \"Limpido\" (in Spanish, \"Limpio\"), in order to promote her new album. The song is a duet between Pausini and the Australian singer Kylie Minogue. On the same day, the name of the album was confirmed to be 20 - The Greatest Hits \/ 20 - Grandes Exitos. On September 20, 2013, Pausini posted the official cover of this new album in her Instagram account, created in order to share the image. On September 9, 2013, Pausini released a new single named \"Limpido\" (in Spanish, \"Limpio\"), in order to promote her new album. The song is a duet between Pausini and the Australian singer Kylie Minogue. On the same day, the name of the album was confirmed to be 20 - The Greatest Hits \/ 20 - Grandes Exitos.On September 20, 2013, Pausini posted the official cover of this new album in her Instagram account, created in order to share the image.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/18004_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Buena Vista Social Club

The Buena Vista Social Club was the name of a members-only music club in Havana, Cuba that was at its height during the ...

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{"key":"15045","name":"Buena Vista Social Club","bio":"The Buena Vista Social Club was the name of a members-only music club in Havana, Cuba that was at its height during the 1940s. In the late 1990s Wim Wenders made a movie upon the initiative of Ry Cooder called \"The Buena Vista Social Club.\" Wenders film centered on Ry Cooder's efforts to find and reunite some of the musicians who had performed at the long closed club. The film also portrays sessions from the production of the album released in 1997 also titled Buena Vista Social Club. Both movie and album were highly successful, and expanded the reach of Cuban music around the world.Highly praised during the 40s and 50s, the rediscovery of the Buena Vista Social Club and the populartity of the film and the album had positive impact on Cuban musicians throughout the world. If it was not for the initiative of Ry Cooder and Wenders, much of the world would not have had this insight into Cuba's rich musical history, and insight into the simple way of life of these otherwise forgotten musicians. October 2008 saw the release of the Carnegie Hall concert on World Circuit Records, and previously unreleased material being made available on the band's website and MySpace pages.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/15045_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are two fast-fingered Mexicans with a unique sound created on acoustic guitars. Th...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"17970","name":"Rodrigo y Gabriela","bio":"Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are two fast-fingered Mexicans with a unique sound created on acoustic guitars. Their music is difficult to define, straddling both world and rock and often imbued with timeless Hispano \u2013 classical influences. The fire in their music comes from their life-long passion for metal music. In spring 2006, \u201cRodrigo y Gabriela,\u201d beat both the Arctic Monkeys AND Johnny Cash to number one in the Irish charts. Both the artists and their third self\u2013titled album have gone on to enjoy international success since its initial release in early 2006. Rodrigo is a deft finger-picker who can move from raging speed to sensual soul in the space of a fret, while Gabriela employs fast, rhythmic techniques. Her percussionist\u2019s thrashing of strings and drumming of the instrument\u2019s body inevitably raises comparisons with the flamenco style of rumba, but the band specifically denies a flamenco influence. Nonetheless, it is often referred to as \"nuevo flamenco\", symbolising a sort of renaissance of the traditionally Spanish music genre whose origins began in the Middle East when the Moors brought their cultural music to Europe. The duo\u2019s repertoire flies beyond familiar Latin folk guitarists\u2019 styles because of the metal connection: their reworkings of Led Zeppelin's \u201cStairway to Heaven\u201d and Metallica\u2019s \u201cOrion\u201d are musts, and the presence on \u201cIxtapa\u201d of the fiery Hungarian gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos is inspirational.The Story:Rodrigo and Gabriela met as teenagers, at the Casa de Cultura (House of Culture), in Mexico City, where Rodrigo\u2019s brother was Director. Rodrigo was playing drums in his band Castlow - a code word he never revealed to Gabriela, and changed to Tierra Acida (Acid Earth) when she joined them on guitar. The couple drifted together through music; teenaged metal fanatics who both failed entrance to the Conservatory and moved into rock. Before joining Tierra Acida, Gabriela ran three girls\u2019 bands, Las Brujas (The Witches), Subterraneo and Las Formigas (The Ants) at once: Terra Acida had a disciplined work ethic: \u201cIt was mental!\u201d she recalls, \u201cwe rehearsed five hours a day, every day, with very short breaks, and not much talking!\u201d Tierra Acida played in Mexico City\u2019s roughest clubs and lived off day-jobs (Gabriela taught Metallica riffs to local kids; Rodrigo at a TV station, doing music for programmes). They recorded an album but wouldn\u2019t sign the record contract, planning instead to concentrate on learning more guitar styles. In fact, they just hung out with friends and survived by playing bossa novas in the hotel bars. \u201cThen we decided to travel to Europe\u201d.Their first port of call was Dublin, Ireland. \u201cIt was the most unknown place to us\u201d, explains Gabriela, the talkative one. \u201cAlso, a Mexican girl offered us her house there.\u201d They landed in Dublin at night, spoke no English, and had $1,000 between them. They found a note on the door saying actually, sorry, but they couldn\u2019t stay there after all, so the taxi driver drove them round hostels and hotels all night. Eventually they rented a place - and soon the money disappeared: \u201cSo - we had to busk\u201d. That was 1999: \u201cWe were very exotic specimens!\u201d They built a reputation and landed gigs in people\u2019s homes, at wedding parties and gallery openings, playing covers and their own compositions, \u201cWe still wanted to be metal composers, but everything came out as Latin!\u201d Dublin was booming then, with new music venues and galleries and a thriving rock scene, and the two Mexicans jammed with local folk musicians in the bars. In winter, they moved to Denmark and started again - this time busking at minus three degrees! The brief Copenhagen experience inspired two numbers on the current album, \u201cDiablo Rojo\u201d, a scary roller-coaster ride in the city, and \u201cViking Man\u201d, their nickname for a homeless man they befriended, who pushed them into busking on the freezing streets. Next, they hit Barcelona, but this time, the club owners assumed they played Mariachi, and wouldn\u2019t let them play in their own unique style, so Rod & Gab ended up jamming on Barca\u2019s main drag Las Ramblas getting heavy duty hassle from the Catalan cops. Just in time, a call came from Ireland to come back and play the newly opened Sugar Club. Damian Rice, then a busking friend, invited them to support his shows, and in 2003, they released \u201cRe-Foc\u201d, and a year later, \u201cLive Manchester and Dublin,\u201d which both launched them onto the World Music circuit \u2013 and beyond. The Music:Rodrigo and Gabriela describe their style as \u2018Fusion music\u2019: \u201cIt\u2019s mainly got Latin harmonies and rhythms but the structure is rock. It\u2019s not jazz because it\u2019s structured, and we don\u2019t improvise; our solos are exactly what\u2019s on the record, as a metal fan and guitarist you always want to hear the same f**king solo!\u201dInfluences range from family salsa records to Gabriela\u2019s aunt\u2019s Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Queen, and Led Zeppelin vinyl, with Rodrigo also embracing a similar classic rock lineage. But crucially they grew up during Mexico\u2019s \u2018metal era.\u2019 \u201cPeople expected two acoustic guitarists would play classical music, but we dropped in extracts from Led Zep, Hendrix and Metallica, then we did the same with \u201cStairway to Heaven!\u201d Their music is instrumental \u201cwith very lyrical themes.\u201dMentions of flamenco influences raise sharp responses: \u201cTo many music fans, it sounds like flamenco, and we\u2019re great flamenco fans, but we don\u2019t play it\u201d says Gabriela. \u201cThe only similarity is that our music is guitar music and it\u2019s very rhythmic.\u201dThis album\u2019s producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Muse, My Morning Jacket) arrived on the scene via a demo sent to him by their Irish record label, and he called the very next day. The three agreed to record \u2018live\u2019, and Rodrigo and Gabriela were placed in the same room in a studio in Bath, England, to perform as if on stage: \u201cWe played each track over and over, and only \u2018Orion\u2019 has overdubs.\u201d Roby Lakatos, the fiery gypsy violinist was the only outsider, and his presence on \u201cIxtapa\u201d is wonderful. \u201cWe saw him on TV\u201d, Gabriela remembers, \u201cPlaying at a concert in Amsterdam, and we sent him our music. He improvised this whole piece in two hours!\u201d From the many, many live versions, Leckie chose \u2018the one.\u2019 The TouringThe global success of \u2018Rodrigo y Gabriela\u2019 (300,000 worldwide sales and counting) has been spurred on by Rod & Gab\u2019s dedication to hard work on the road. 2006 saw three UK tours and three US tours, plus extensive European and Australian sojourns. 2007 has seen them back in the USA (once Rodrigo\u2019s visa problems were sorted out by the State Department) and the UK for many more shows, including festival spots at Coachella, Glastonbury, V, Bonnaroo, Oxegen (Ireland), Latitude, Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (The Netherlands) and countless others. For Rodrigo y Gabriela, the road really does go on forever.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17970_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Pink Martini

Pink Martini is a 13-member "little orchestra" from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale. They ...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"15053","name":"Pink Martini","bio":"Pink Martini is a 13-member \"little orchestra\" from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale. They draw inspiration from music from all over the world \u2013 crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop.Pink Martini has twelve instrumentalists (and sometimes travels with string sections), and performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with over 30 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic\u2019s new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year\u2019s Eve 2003, 2004 & 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC; the Governor\u2019s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; and the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia.Lauderdale met China Forbes, Pink Martini\u2019s lead vocalist, at Harvard. He was studying history and literature while she was studying English literature and painting. Late at night, they would break into the lower common room in their college dormitory and sing arias by Puccini and Verdi \u2013 and the occasional campy Barbra Streisand cover \u2013thus sealing their creative collaboration. Three years after graduating, Lauderdale called Forbes who was living in New York City, where she\u2019d been writing songs and playing guitar in her own folk-rock project, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together for the band. Their first song \u201cSympathique\u201d\u2013 with the chorus \u201cJe ne veux pas travailler\u201d (\u201dI don\u2019t want to work\u201d) \u2013 became an overnight sensation in France, and was even nominated for \u201cSong of the Year\u201d at France\u2019s Victoires de la Musique Awards. Forbes, though fluent only in English, sings in 15 different languages.Pink Martini\u2019s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band\u2019s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale\u2019s dog), and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for \u201cSong of the Year\u201d and \u201cBest New Artist\u201d in France\u2019s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000.In October 2004, the group released its second album, Hang on Little Tomato.In May 2007, it released its third album, Hey Eugene!.A fourth studio album, Splendor in the Grass, followed on October 27, 2009.Sympathique, Hang on Little Tomato and Hey Eugene! have all gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey; collectively, Pink Martini's records have sold more than two million copies worldwide.On New Year's Eve 2005, Pink Martini performed live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. This performance was aired live on National Public Radio's Toast of the Nation, and in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting was recorded for a live DVD and later broadcast on US public broadcasting and French television. The DVD has been rereleased to retail as Discover the World: Live in Concert, featuring not only the full concert, but several vignettes and a short documentary of the band's history.The band has collaborated and performed with Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Henri Salvador, Jane Powell, Chavela Vargas, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, DJ Dimitri from Paris, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Hiroshi Wada, DJ Johnny Dynell and several drag queens from New York City, among others. On June 1, 2007, the band appeared on the long-running BBC Two Later with Jools Holland TV music program. On June 14, 2007, Pink Martini performed on Late Show with David Letterman, performing \"Hey Eugene\".Pink Martini played Walt Disney Concert Hall on New Year's Eve for the first two years it was open (2003\/4 and 2004\/5). They returned to play NYE there again in 2008\/9.In May 2009, the band recorded three concerts with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Carlos Kalmar for the band\u2019s fifth album \u2026 a symphonic record which is slated for a 2011 release.Pink Martini songs appear in such films as In the Cut, Nurse Betty, Josie and the Pussycats, Tortilla Soup, Shanghai Kiss, Mary and Max, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith and have been used on television shows such as Dead Like Me, The Sopranos and The West Wing, among others. Their song \"Una notte a Napoli\" is an integral part of the Italian movie Mine Vaganti (2010), by the Italian-Turkish director Ferzan \u00d6zpetek. The song \"No Hay Problema\" is included as background\/setup music for Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 and was also used as the background\/setup music for an early build of Windows Longhorn, now known as Windows Vista.In February 2011, the group's lead singer, China Forbes, recorded a video greeting to the European Space Agency's Italian astronaut, Paolo Nespoli, and Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Kaleri, on board the International Space Station. The astronauts were preparing to oversee the docking of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) cargo vessel, Johannes Kepler, which took place at 17:08 CET on 24 February. The greeting was set to the sound track of Dosvedanya Mio Bombino - one of Pink Martini's signature songs - and was mixed with footage of the actual docking.In November 2011, they played at the Balboa Theater with the Bonita Vista High School band, Club Blue.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/15053_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony (commonly initialized as 5H) is five-member American girl group formed on the second season of The X Facto...

100,000 - 200,000
{"key":"18201","name":"Fifth Harmony","bio":"Fifth Harmony (commonly initialized as 5H) is five-member American girl group formed on the second season of The X Factor in 2012. The group are from Miami, Florida, United States, the members consists of Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jauregui. They signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid's record label, after finishing in third place behind Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar on the show.Fifth Harmony won MTV's Artist To Watch award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2014, Fifth Harmony was labeled as the #1 most 'Influential' X Factor USA contestant of all-time by FoxWeekly. Their debut EP, \"Better Together\" was released in 2013 with a first week position of No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Their debut studio album, \"Reflection\" was released on January 30, 2015, going to #5 on the US Billboard 200. The album included the song Worth It (feat. Kid Ink) which became their biggest hit, peaking at #12.Fifth Harmony is composed of five singers who all successfully auditioned as soloists on The X Factor, but failed to progress individually to the Judges' Houses stage of the competition. They were later formed as a group at the end of bootcamp by Simon Cowell, thus qualifying for the \"Groups\" category. Originally, the group's name was \"LYLAS\" (acronym for Love You Like a Sister), but another group called \"The Lylas\" (which consists of four of Bruno Mars' sisters) claimed that the show stole their name. Thereafter, LYLAS changed their name to \"1432\" (which stands for I Love You Too), which was announced on the first live show on October 31, 2012, during which 1432 performed \"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together\" by Taylor Swift. Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were critical of the new name, and Cowell suggested that the group be renamed again. During the first live results show on November 1, 2012, 1432 performed \"Skyscraper\" by Demi Lovato in a sing-off with Sister C. Cowell decided to send 1432 through to the Top 12 and he announced that they would be renamed by the viewers online. The name chosen by the public was announced: \"Fifth Harmony\".","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/18201_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"100,000 - 200,000"}


Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (born August 9, 1972), best known as Juanes, is a rock musician from Medellín, Colom...

500,000 - 1,000,000
{"key":"17968","name":"Juanes","bio":"Juan Esteban Aristiz\u00e1bal V\u00e1squez (born August 9, 1972), best known as Juanes, is a rock musician from Medell\u00edn, Colombia. When he was younger, his father started calling him Juanes, rather than Juan, a contraction of his two first names Juan and Esteban. As his friends grew to know him by this name, he chose to keep it for his musical career, which started when he, Andr\u00e9s Garc\u00eda, Fernando \"Toby\" Tob\u00f3n and Jos\u00e9 David Lopera, formed the rock band Ekhymosis in 1988.His politically-minded solo debut Fijate Bien (Take a good look) (2000) after Ekhymosis disbanded, earned him three Latin Grammys. The follow-up, Un D\u00eda Normal (A Normal Day) produced by Gustavo Santaolalla (2002), was a platinum mega-hit in Latin America and dominated that year's Latin Grammys, where he was nominated for and won five awards including Song of the Year and Album of the Year.In the 2005 Latin Grammys, Juanes won three additional awards to his nine previous Grammy awards. He took the award for Best Rock Song for Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor (I'm Worthless Without Your Love), Best Rock Solo Album for Mi Sangre (My Blood) and Best Music Video for Volverte a Ver (To see you again).His most recent album, La Vida Es Un Ratico (Life is a little moment), was released in November 2007 and won him 3 awards at the 2008 Latin Grammy awards. Hit singles from this album include Me Enamora (You make me fall in love) and Tres (Three).","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17968_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Daddy Yankee

Ramón "Raymond" Luis Ayala Rodríguez (born February 3, 1977), known artistically as Daddy Yankee, is a Latin Grammy Aw...

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{"key":"17979","name":"Daddy Yankee","bio":"Ram\u00f3n \"Raymond\" Luis Ayala Rodr\u00edguez (born February 3, 1977), known artistically as Daddy Yankee, is a Latin Grammy Award winning Puerto Rican reggaeton recording artist. Ayala was born in R\u00edo Piedras, the largest district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he became interested in music at a young age. In his youth he was interested in baseball, and aspired to become a Major League Baseball player. He was unable to continue this sport when he got shot in the leg by being mistaken for his friend by a unknown man, leaving him unable to walk correctly. He then became involved in the underground rap movement that was in its early stages in Puerto Rico, later to be called Reggaeton. After receiving lessons from several artists within the genre, he developed an independent career, first recording in a production titled Playero 37. After this he began to produce independent albums. His first solo album was No Mercy in 1995. He subsequently formed a duo with Nicky Jam, and then continued his solo career with the releases of El Cartel and El Cartel II. This led him be one of many pioneers of the reggaeton genre.In 2002 El became Ayala's first album with international success, receiving coverage in the markets of New York and Miami. Barrio Fino was released in 2004, and the album received numerous awards, including a Premio Lo Nuestro and a Latin Billboard, as well as receiving nominations for the Latin Grammy and MTV Video Music Awards. Barrio Fino performed well in the sales charts of the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Japan. On June 5, 2007, El Cartel Records released El Cartel: The Big Boss, which was ranked as the top-selling album in Latin music genres in 2007. He promoted the album with an international tour which began in the United States and continued through Latin America, breaking attendance records in Ecuador and Bolivia. His performances have appeared on more than 70 albums, including compilations such as Mas Flow 2 and Blin Blin Vol. 1. Outside of his work as a musician, Ayala has also worked as an actor and producer. Throughout his career, he has been generally reticent to discuss his personal life, but has publicly expressed the importance of his wife and children to him.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17979_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Gipsy Kings

Gipsy Kings is a music group from Arles and Montpellier, France. They explained the evolution of their sound in the 1996...

300,000 - 500,000
{"key":"17969","name":"Gipsy Kings","bio":"Gipsy Kings is a music group from Arles and Montpellier, France. They explained the evolution of their sound in the 1996 PBS documentary of their lives and music \"Tierra Gitana (Gipsy Land)\". Young brothers Nicolas, Canut and Paul Reyes accompanied their father, famed flamenco singer Jose Reyes, who started out singing \"cante jondo\" (deep chant), traditional flamenco with long-running themes of passion, love, death, etc. But they began playing rumba flamenca because \"we liked to watch pretty girls dance,\" said Nicolas.Latin American beats had been joined with flamenco by gitanos since at least the 1950s, mixing complex strumming with rhythmic, percussive tapping on their guitars' tops. The new Reyes generation \u2014 soon to meet and join up with three guitar-playing brothers from the Baliardo family \u2014 began creating more pop-oriented songs. They played at roma parties and at street corners until they got their chance to record under the group's new name, Gipsy Kings.Sharp-eyed individuals might have noted that all the left-handed members of the group play guitars strung upside-down; this is usually as a result of the individuals' not having their own guitars when growing-up. Borrowing and playing a right-hander's the wrong way up was the only way to learn. Band's storyThey became popular with their self-titled first album, Gipsy Kings, which included the songs \"Djobi Djoba \", \"Bamboleo \" and the romantic ballad \"Un Amor\". The song \"Volare\" on their second album Mosaique is a rumba version of Domenico Modugno's Italian hit \"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu\". The Gipsy Kings were enormously popular in France and throughout Europe along with the middle east. In 1989, Gipsy Kings was released in the United States and it spent 40 weeks on the charts, one of very few Spanish language albums to do so. Their cover version of \"Hotel California\" is an excellent example of fast flamenco guitar leads and rhythmic strumming (this version was featured in the Coen Brothers' movie The Big Lebowski).In 1991 the Gipsy Kings provided flamenco guitar and backing vocals on Bananarama's version of \"Long Train Running\", using the pseudonym \"Alma de Noche\" (\"Soul of the Night\"). Also in '91, for a multi-artist project called \"Simply Mad About the Mouse\" \u2014 a compilation of new versions of songs from Disney films \u2014 the Kings contributed an annaly-crafted, fast-paced rumba flamenca version of \"I've Got No Strings\" from \"Pinocchio\" - replete with feverish flamenco guitar leads and rhythmic hand-claps (palmas). The lyrics' enthusiasm for freedom, not being tied down, fit the gipsy creed perfectly.Their 1993 album \"Love and Liberte\" won the Latin Grammy Award for \"Best Pop Album of the Year,\" and contained the enduring song \"Montana,\" an emotional account of Roma chased from their birthplace by prejudice and persecution.The '95 compilation \"The Best of the Gipsy Kings\" went platinum, staying on the charts more than one year. Albums \"Mosa\u00efque,\" \"Allegria,\" \"Este Mundo,\" \"Gipsy Kings Live,\" \"Love & Liberte,\" \"Tierra Gitana,\" \"Cantos de Amor\" and \"Volare! - the Very Best of the Gipsy Kings\" went gold.Lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo \u2014 who has always written the group's instrumentals \u2014 released his first solo album, Essences, in 2001; a second self-titled one followed in 2003.Flamenco purists criticized their use of drum kits, electronic bass, and electronic keyboards and rock and reggae beats. Defenders say they helped create a new style.Gipsy Kings' total album sales worldwide now exceed 18 million; they toured worldwide again in 2007. They are the world's best-selling music group from France in history, according to their website, where dates and places of their current tour can be found.Years active: from 1987 till present. MembersGipsy Kings are members of two related families: the Reyes and the Baliardos (Reyes means Kings in Spanish). They are cousins of the flamenco great Manitas de Plata, lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo married his granddaughter. Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Andre and Patchai Reyes are sons of flamenco singer Jose Reyes. The Gipsy Kings are:Nicolas Reyes: lead vocals, guitar Paul Reyes: backup vocals, guitar Canut Reyes: backup vocals, guitar Patchai Reyes: backup vocals, guitar Andre Reyes: backup vocals, guitar Diego Baliardo: guitar Paco Baliardo: guitar Tonino Baliardo: lead guitar Chico Bouchikhi was also a member of the Gipsy Kings, but quit after the album Mosaique.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17969_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"300,000 - 500,000"}

Seu Jorge

Seu Jorge (born June 8, 1970) (Portuguese: IPA: ) is a Brazilian musician, singer, songwriter and actor. Born Jorge Már...

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{"key":"36792","name":"Seu Jorge","bio":"Seu Jorge (born June 8, 1970) (Portuguese: IPA: ) is a Brazilian musician, singer, songwriter and actor. Born Jorge M\u00e1rio da Silva, he was raised in a favela in the city of Belford Roxo in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro state. He is considered by his fans to be a renewer of Brazilian pop samba. Seu Jorge cites the samba school Esta\u00e7\u00e3o Primeira de Mangueira, composers Nelson Cavaquinho, Zeca Pagodinho, and American soul singer Stevie Wonder as major musical influences. He is also a fan of footballer Rom\u00e1rio.As a singer, Seu Jorge was part of the band Farofa Carioca, writing most of the songs of their 1998 debut album Moro no Brasil. In 2001 he released Samba Esporte Fino, a pop album influenced by musicians Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, and Milton Nascimento. It was released outside Brazil under the name Carolina in 2003. His second album, the critically acclaimed Cru (\"Raw\"), was released in 2005. Seu Jorge also recorded the live duo album \"Ana & Jorge\" with Brazilian singer Ana Carolina, released in Brazil in 2005.Seu Jorge has gained exposure through his work as an actor and soundtrack composer. He appeared in the critically acclaimed film City of God as Man\u00e9 Galinha, and then played Pel\u00e9 Dos Santos in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, for which he provided much of the soundtrack in the form of Portuguese language cover versions of David Bowie classics.In June 2006, he performed at Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee and at the Festival Sudoeste TMN in Portugal. He has also performed in 2006 at the Bluesfest in Ottawa and at Harbourfront in Toronto. Jorge's performances are known for their excitement and getting the crowd moving.Jorge has three young daughters, Flor de Maria, Maria Aimee, and Luz Bella. Flor and Luz live in S\u00e3o Paulo, Brazil with Jorge and his wife Mariana. Maria Aimee lives in California, USA with ex-wife Fernanda and her new husband. He also made incursions into political movements, especially when he took part of the Cansei movement, a 2007 manifestation critical of the Brazilian government.His new album 'Am\u00e9rica Brasil' had a limited Brazilian release in 2007 under his label Cafun\u00e9 Gravadora, distributed in the UK by Proper Music","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/36792_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo A. Santaolalla (b. 1952, El Palomar, Buenos Aires province) is an Argentine musician, producer and composer whos...

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{"key":"17993","name":"Gustavo Santaolalla","bio":"Gustavo A. Santaolalla (b. 1952, El Palomar, Buenos Aires province) is an Argentine musician, producer and composer whose musical style frequently combines elements of rock, soul, African rhythms and Latin American folk. He is now one of the most sought after producers in the Latin American scene.Santaolalla transferred his musical efforts to film soundtracks in the late 1990s, producing albums for the films Amores Perros, 21 Grams and The Motorcycle Diaries. Currently based in California where he first moved in 1978, he contributed to the instrumental music for the soundtrack to the 2005 Ang Lee film, Brokeback Mountain, from which the \"A Love That Will Never Grow Old\" song won the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Santaolalla has received a 2006 Academy Award for Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) for Brokeback Mountain. His most recent work is featured on the soundtrack for the movie Babel, which has been directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who also directed the movies Amores Perros and 21 Grams. His work for Babel was honoured as well with the Academy Award for Original Score in 2007. In addition to his film work, Santaolalla has acted as the producer of Gaby Kerpel's Carnabailito and co-produced the Kronos Quartet's Nuevo, an album which renders homage to the rich musical heritage of Mexico. He has also been part of the resurgent neo-tango movement, as prime mover behind the Bajofondo Tango Club collective.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17993_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Julieta Venegas

Julieta Venegas (born November 24, 1970) is a successful Mexican singer and songwriter of Latin music. She was born in L...

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{"key":"703","name":"Julieta Venegas","bio":"Julieta Venegas (born November 24, 1970) is a successful Mexican singer and songwriter of Latin music. She was born in Long Beach, California, but raised in Tijuana, Baja California and has a twin sister Yvonne who is a photographer. She was a former member of the band \"Tijuana No\". Julieta plays numerous instruments including acoustic guitar, accordion, and keyboard. She won the 2004 Latin Grammy for Best Vocal Rock Album (S\u00ed).Albums. She is radicated in Mexico City1997: \"Aqu\u00ed\", 2000: \"Bueninvento\", 2003: \"S\u00ed\", 2006: \"Lim\u00f3n y Sal\", 2007: \"Realmente Lo Mejor\", 2008: \"Mtv Unplugged\", 2010: \"Otra Cosa\"","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/703_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 24, 1971 as Enrique Martin Morales), is a successful Puerto Rica...

500,000 - 1,000,000
{"key":"8189","name":"Ricky Martin","bio":"Ricky Martin (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 24, 1971 as Enrique Martin Morales), is a successful Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1990. He has sold over 70 million records since the start of his career. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin Pop, and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow Latin American singers like Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.Ricky Martin came out as gay on March 29, 2010 writing on his website: \"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.\"He attended Sagrado Coraz\u00f3n School and was an average student. He participated in school extra-curricular activities and sang in the school choir, where he began to realize that his talent captivated the audiences. Through the encouragement of his father, he began to take voice lessons, and auditioned for television advertising spots.Martin first achieved worldwide success with his selection to replace Ricky Melendez in the Latin boy band Menudo from 1984 until 1989. His meteoric ascent to fame started in Menudo's homebase, Caguas, site of his first concert. He signed with Sony in 1990.After he left Menudo, he decided to continue his career. He moved to Mexico City where he started acting, first in theater in productions like Mam\u00e1 ama el rock, and Los tenis Rojos with Ang\u00e9lica Mar\u00eda and Ang\u00e9lica Vale. He starred in telenovelas such as Alcanzar una Estrella and performed in the music group Mu\u00f1ecos De Papel of that production. In 1994, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He received a role as bartender (Miguel Morez) in the American soap opera General Hospital.Ricky established himself in Miami and connected with music creator Desmond Child, former Menudo band-mate Robi Draco Rosa and Puerto Rican agent Angelo Medina. With these 2 in tow, Ricky created hits like \"Mar\u00eda\", \"The Cup of Life\", and \"Livin' La Vida Loca\". He sang \"The Cup Of Life\" during a World Cup broadcast that gave him worldwide exposure, but it was \"Livin' La Vida Loca\" which became a massive crossover hit, made him popular around the world and propelled him into the covers of Tiger Beat and many other major magazines worldwide.One of Ricky's career high points was the recording of the Spanglish ballad \"Cuidado\" (\"Be Careful\") with Madonna and William Orbit. The original version was written with Patrick Leonard and the first demo remains just one of many unreleased Madonna songs.Ricky was chosen, along with F\u00e9lix Trinidad in 1999, to lead Puerto Rico's worldwide tourism campaign, both exemplifying Puerto Rico's youthfulness, enthusiasm and \"never give up\" character. In 2003, Martin announced that he and his agent, Angelo Medina, had parted ways. In February of 2004, Martin received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Premios Lo Nuestro in Miami.Martin recently adopted three little girls from India. The Ricky Martin Foundation created a project called People For Children, which aims to eliminate the industry of sexual exploitation and trafficking of children worldwide. His first benefit was held in Mexico City on November 10, 2005.On October 11, 2005 Martin came out with his first English language album since 2000's Sound Loaded and the tenth album of his career. Most of the songs on the album, called Life, were co-written by Martin. Martin feels that the album is one of his more personal albums, saying \"I was really in touch with my emotions. I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger. It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. It's about cuping a feeling. It's about feeling. And all my emotions are part of this production.\" The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The first single of the album, \"I Don't Care\" (Spanish version: \u201cQu\u00e9 M\u00e1s Da\u201d), featuring Fat Joe and Amerie, was Ricky\u2019s first single since 2003's \u201cTal Vez.\u201d He plans to release his next single called Drop It On Me.Ricky Martin performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Turin.Official","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/8189_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Don Omar

William Omar Landrón (born February 10, 1978 in Puerto Rico), better known as Don Omar, is a reggaeton singer. He is on...

150,000 - 300,000
{"key":"17998","name":"Don Omar","bio":"William Omar Landr\u00f3n (born February 10, 1978 in Puerto Rico), better known as Don Omar, is a reggaeton singer. He is one of the most well known reggaeton artists in Latin America. His cross over success in the U.S. has given him more exposure to English speaking Reggaeton fans, making him one of the more recognizable faces of Reggaeton along with Daddy Yankee and Tego Calder\u00f3n. Don Omar's popularity is currently rising and he recently appeared on MTV. Omar is best known for his songs \"Dile\" and \"Dale Don Dale\" from his first album The Last Don and \"Reggaeton Latino\". His songs center around life and love; some examples of these would be \"La Recompenza\" (The Reward), \"Pobre Diabla\" (Poor Devil (fem.)) and \"Aunque te Fuiste\" (Even Though You Left).His debut album, The Last Don, sold over 350,000 units in South America. Both \"The Last Don\" as the live edition of it have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Worldwide, The Last Don: Live sold over one million copies, according to the official website. His debut single, \"Dale Don Dale\", sold over 100,000 copies in South America. He received the awards for \"Latin Pop Album of the Year\" and \"New Artist & Latin Rap\/Hip-Hop Album of the Year\" by the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2003. The Last Don: Live was also nominated for \"Urban Music Album\" at the 2005 Latin Grammy AwardsHe started his career after facing many obstacles when H\u00e9ctor Delgado (from the duo H\u00e9ctor y Tito) gave him an opportunity to be a backup singer. After that, he sang in a live concert with H\u00e9ctor and Tito in 2003, which was released later as a CD and DVD, which included the songs that became instant hits, Baila Morena and Amor de Colegio.In 2005, Don Omar released the reggaeton album \"Da Hitman Presents Reggaeton Latino\", which broke the record for \"Highest First Week Sales for a Reggaeton Album\" by selling over 31,000 units in its first week, resulting a debut of #61 in The Billboard 200. Wisin y Yandel held that record until \"Reggaeton Latino\" was released.The first single released from Reggaeton Latino, \"Dale Don Dale \" , which features rapper Fabolous, debuted at #1 on the crossover chart.He is currently signed to VI Music through Universal Music Latino.In early 2006, the Governor of Puerto Rico, An\u00edbal Acevedo Vil\u00e1 publicly mentioned interest in having Don Omar participate in a program against School Desertion. However, the Secretary of Education has rejected Don Omar sponsoring it due to his lyrics. The local press has also mentioned that Omar himself did not finish High School.Currently has his own record label \"El Orfanato\" (The Orphanage) and had a magnificent performance in the 2011 Latin Music Billboard Awards where he received the Award for Latin Rythm Airplay.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17998_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}
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