Shaggy is the stage name of Orville Richard Burrell. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica on October 22, 1968. His family moved to the United States from Jamaica and they settled in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn, a borough in New York City. Shaggy joined the United States Marine Corps as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewman with 5th Battalion, 10th Marines in 1988. While enlisted in the Marines he served during Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War. It was during this time that Shaggy perfected his signature singing voice, breaking the constant monotony of running and marching cadences with his flair for inflection. It is also where he got the inspiration for his song “Mr. Boombastic”. Upon his return from the Arabian Gulf, Shaggy decided to go for a music career. In 1993, he hit it big with the song, “Oh Carolina”. It was the first of Shaggy’s four UK number one singles spending two weeks at the top in March 1993. The song didn’t do as well in the U.S., peaking at number fifty nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He had further big hits, including “Boombastic” in 1995, the theme tune of a popular Levi’s commercial. Shaggy has released nine albums, three of which have gone platinum.
Staind formed on November 24, 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The band met through friends and started performing cover songs from bands they admired such as Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Tool, and Alice in Chains in small neighborhood bars and clubs. Staind self-released their debut album, Tormented, in November 1996. The band’s big break came in October 1998 after Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst witnessed the band open up for them at a Hartford, Connecticut show, eventually signed them to his Flip record label, and co-produced their 1999 breakthrough Dysfunction with Terry Date. Staind toured with Limp Bizkit for the Family Values Tour during the fall of 1999, where Aaron Lewis performed their first mainstream hit “Outside” with Fred Durst. That set the stage for Staind’s 2001 album “Break the Cycle”, which brought them international success. The album went to number one both in the United States and the United Kingdom. It sold more than 7 million copies, and had first week sales of over seven hundred thousand in the U.S. alone. Staind has gone on to release three more albums; 14 Shades of Grey in 2003, Chapter V in 2005 and The Illusion of Progress in 2008.
Anastacia is the stage name of American singer & songwriter Anastacia Lyn Newkirk. She was born on September 17, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois to Robert Newkirk and Diane Hurley. Anastacia soon became interested in dance despite being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was thirteen. She first gained prominence stealing the show from D. L. Hughley while he was hosting BET’s Comic View, singing Oleta Adams’ “Get Here” in 1992. During the early 1990s, she appeared regularly on Club MTV and in a couple of videos for the female hip hop group Salt-n-Pepa. In 1999, she attracted the interest of record labels after making the finals of MTV talent show The Cut. Anastacia signed a contract with Daylight Records, a custom label of Sony BMG’s Epic Records in March 1999. On March 27, 2001, she released her debut album, Not That Kind. While the album only reached number one hundred and sixty-eight on the U.S. Billboard 200, it entered the top five and the top ten on the majority of the charts in Europe. Anastacia has since released three more albums which include Freak of Nature in 2001, Anastacia in 2004 and her recent album, Heavy Rotation in 2008.
Former American Idol season 5 fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry stated that he would form a new band after turning down Fuel’s offer to make him their lead singer. On July 10, 2006 it was announced that Chris had signed with 19 Entertainment and RCA Records. Chris himself didn’t have much of a hand in picking who would be in his new band. Instead, his label held auditions for the band Daughtry and chose four members for the band: Jeremy Brady on guitar, Josh Steely on lead guitar, Josh Paul on bass and Joey Barnes on drums. With their lineup complete, Daughtry went to work in the studio and in 2006 their self titled debut album was released. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and is one of the fastest selling debut albums in history. The first single released from the album is “It’s Not Over”. On December 6, 2007, the song was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Daughtry is currently working on their second studio album, Leave This Town which is slated to start shipping in July of 2009.
Prodigy was formed by Liam Howlett in 1990 in Braintree, Essex, England. Members of the band include Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim Reality. In September of 1992 they released their debut album, Experience. The album peaked at the number twelve position on the Billboard charts. Then in 2004, Prodigy released their sophomore album titled, “Music for the Jilted Generation”. Though it only peaked at one hundred and ninety eight on the Billboard 200, it went to number one in the United Kingdom. In the summer of 1997 they released their third album, The Fat of the Land. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and has since gone platinum. The album entered the Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling UK album in 1999 and was also nominated for a Grammy Award. On September 15, 2004, Prodigy released it’s fourth studio album titled, “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned”. The album peaked at Number one on the UK album charts, although for one week only, and performed decently in Australia reaching Number six on the Aria Album Chart. In March of 2009 the band released it’s fifth studio album, Invaders Must Die. To coincide with the release of the album, the band embarked on a nine date, UK arena tour.
Jamie Foxx is the stage name of Eric Marlon Bishop. He was born on December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas. He is the son of Louise Annette Talley Dixson and Darrell Bishop, a stock broker who changed his name to Shahid Abdula after converting to Islam. Foxx was abandoned seven months after birth and was raised by his mother’s adoptive parents, Estelle and Mark Talley. Foxx joined the cast of In Living Color in 1991 and subsequently had a recurring role in the comedy-drama sitcom Roc. In 1996, Jamie Foxx was given his own sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. The following year, he made his film debut in the 1997 comedy, Booty Call. In 1994, Jamie Foxx released his debut album, Peep This. The album peaked at seventy-eight and has since sold over a half million copies. After almost an eleven year hiatus, he released his sophomore album, Unpredictable. The album debut at number-one on the US Billboard 200 moving over half a million copies in its first week. Four singles were released from the album, the title-track “Unpredictable”, “DJ Play a Love Song”, “Can I Take U Home” and “Extravaganza”. The album has since broke the two million copy mark in sales. He followed up the success of Unpredictable with the release of his third album, Intuition. The album reached the top three on the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts, and #1 on the Top U.S. R&B/Hip Hop Albums Charts, which it topped for six consecutive weeks. Intuition has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.