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15 Jan
Published in Song of 2day
M.I.A. is a British singer known for albums such as Arular and Kaya and hit singles such as "Paper Planes" and "O...Saya." IN THESE GROUPS FAMOUS BABY BUMPS FAMOUS PEOPLE BORN IN UNITED KINGDOM FAMOUS PEOPLE BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND MUSICIANS WHO TOPPED THE CHARTS Show All Groups Synopsis M.I.A. was born to Sri Lankan parents in London, England, in 1975. She got her start in the arts as a graphic artist and filmmaker before transitioning into music and releasing her first single, "Galang," in 2003. With each subsequent release, M.I.A. further climbed the charts with her danceable yet message-driven music, and in 2009 a song she co-wrote for the film Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for an Oscar. With her fingers in many pies, M.I.A. started her own record label, N.E.E.T., and when not releasing mixtapes and remixes stays busy with her philanthropic work. Early Years M.I.A. was born Mathangi Arulpragasam in London in 1975. Her parents are of Sri Lankan Tamil descent, and when she was six months old, her family moved back to Sri Lanka. Her father led a Tamil independence movement and was always on the move avoiding the Sri Lankan government, finally moving to India and then back to London in 1986. M.I.A. graduated from art school in the late 1990s and found success as a graphic artist and filmmaker. She moved into the musical realm after filming a documentary of the band Elastica's 2001 tour (having previously done some album artwork for the band). Elastica's lead singer, Justine Frischmann, lent M.I.A. a Roland MC-505 sequencer/drum machine, and she used it to record a demo tape. The demo tape included the single "Galang," which in turn helped her gain a following online before she ever had a record contract. Soon, though, the contract followed, with British label XL Recordings signing her and officially releasing "Galang" (2003), which reached No. 8 on the U.S. dance charts. "Sunshowers" (2004) was the next release, although it failed to chart in the United States. The Major Releases and Hollywood A year after "Sunshowers" came out, M.I.A. released Arular (the name her father adopted when he and his family moved back to Sri Lanka), an album she recorded and produced in her London bedroom. Using demos recorded a few years earlier, M.I.A. addressed global conflicts and oppression, gaining the record attention not only with the listening audience (the record reached No. 3 on the U.S dance charts) but with critics as well. Her second album, Kala, named for her mother, came out in 2007 and was recorded in various locales around the globe. "Paper Planes" became a surprise hit single in the summer of 2008, eventually reaching the top 10 and hitting No. 1 on the U.S. dance charts. "Boyz" also charted solidly, reaching No. 3 on the dance charts. The album itself hit No. 18 and was named the best album of the year by Rolling Stone and Blender. During this time, M.I.A. began working with the heavy hitters in the music industry, such as Timbaland and Jay-Z, and acclaimed Hollywood directors, such as Spike Jonze and Danny Boyle. M.I.A. filmed a documentary with Jonze and co-wrote a song ("O…Saya") for Boyle's Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, in the process earning an Oscar nomination for Best Song Written for a Film. The song was also notable in that it appeared on the first record to be released on M.I.A.'s own label, N.E.E.T. Another M.I.A. song that took on a new life was "Paper Planes," which was sampled on T.I. and Jay-Z's "Swagger Like Us" and was featured in the trailer for the film Pineapple Express. That song led M.I.A. into an infamous performance with the duo (plus Kanye West) at the 2008 Grammy Awards while nine months pregnant. Beyond the Hits Always one to promote multidimensional projects in the arts, M.I.A. signed bands such as Baltimore musician Blaqstarr and indie rock band Sleigh Bells to N.E.E.T., while also signing visual artist Jaime Martinez. Not leaving herself out, N.E.E.T. released Maya (styled /\/\/\Y/\) in 2010. The album entered the U.K. albums chart at No. 21 and reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200, debuting in the top 10 in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada. The album also topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. When M.I.A. isn't releasing studio albums, she keeps busy with remixes, mixtapes and online releases, all of which help keep her in the musical spotlight and highlight her cutting-edge nature. In May 2012, M.I.A. signed on with Jay-Z's management company Roc Nation, and in April 2013 she came out with her next album, Matangi. M.I.A. is noted for her philanthropic and activist work across a spectrum of causes, and she has been recognized for her work as a music video director, graphic designer and fashion designer.
08 Jan
Published in Song of 2day
Ο Γιάννης Χρήστου (8 Ιανουαρίου 1926 — 8 Ιανουαρίου 1970) ήταν ένας από τους σημαντικότερους Έλληνες συνθέτες και φιλοσόφους της μουσικής του 20ού αιώνα, διεθνώς γνωστός ως Jani Christou. Κύριο χαρακτηριστικό της ζωής και του έργου του ήταν οι έντονες φιλοσοφικές και μεταφυσικές του ανησυχίες, τις οποίες συσχέτιζε άμεσα με την μουσική, προσπαθώντας να αναδείξει την πανανθρώπινη θρησκευτική, μεταφυσική και μυστικιστική της διάσταση, πέραν από ιστορικές περιόδους, τεχνοτροπίες, πολιτισμούς και συγκεκριμένα θρησκευτικά δόγματα. ‘Έχοντας βαθιές γνώσεις φιλοσοφίας, ψυχολογίας, θρησκειολογίας, κοινωνικής ανθρωπολογίας, Ιστορίας της Τέχνης αλλά και αποκρυφισμού, ανέπτυξε το δικό του φιλοσοφικό σύστημα και τη δική του ορολογία για μια μεταφυσική της μουσικής και προσπάθησε ιδιαίτερα με τα τελευταία του έργα να υλοποιήσει τις ιδέες του σε ένα ευρύτερο «μεταμουσικό» πλαίσιο, όπου η μουσική ήταν κάτι πέρα από μουσική, συνεργαζόμενη με πολλές τέχνες με έναν νέο, υπερβατικό και λυτρωτικό τρόπο. Ο Γιάννης Χρήστου γεννήθηκε στη συνοικία «Ηλιούπολις» του Καΐρου στις 8 Ιανουαρίου του 1926 και μεγάλωσε στην κοσμοπολίτικη Αλεξάνδρεια της Αιγύπτου, όπου πήρε και τα πρώτα μαθήματα πιάνου σε ηλικία πέντε ετών. Ο πατέρας του, Ελευθέριος (Τέρης) Χρήστου, ήταν εύπορος βιομήχανος της ελληνικής παροικίας, ιδιοκτήτης εργοστασίου σοκολατοποιίας, και η μητέρα του, Καλλιόπη (Λιλίκα) Ταβερνάρη, κυπριακής καταγωγής, ήταν ποιήτρια αλλά και πνευματίστρια, γεγονός που συνέβαλε στις μετέπειτα καλλιτεχνικές, φιλοσοφικές και μεταφυσικές του ανησυχίες. Ο μουσικοκριτικός και μουσικολόγος Γιώργος Λεωτσάκος καταφέρεται με μένος εναντίον της μητέρας του συνθέτη και υποστηρίζει ότι η προσωπικότητά της ήταν «προβληματικότατη», τραυματίζοντας καθοριστικά τον ψυχισμό και των δύο παιδιών της.Ο Χρήστου συνέχισε τις μουσικές του σπουδές με την διάσημη πιανίστα Τζίνα Μπαχάουερ, ενώ φοιτούσε στα καλύτερα αγγλόφωνα σχολεία της Αλεξάνδρειας. Το 1939 οι γονείς του χώρισαν και ο δεκατριάχρονος Γιάννης μαζί με τον αδελφό του παρέμειναν με τον πατέρα τους, πράγμα ασυνήθιστο για την εποχή. Τελειώνοντας το σχολείο, ο πατέρας του τον έστειλε στην Αγγλία για να σπουδάσει οικονομικά, ελπίζοντας να αναλάβει στη συνέχεια τις οικογενειακές επιχειρήσεις, κάτι που δε συνέβη. Ο Χρήστου, αν και πήρε τελικά το πτυχίο του στα οικονομικά, προτίμησε να σπουδάσει φιλοσοφία με τον Λούντβιχ Βιτγκενστάιν και τον Μπέρτραντ Ράσελ στο Καίμπριτζ, καθώς και ανώτερα θεωρητικά της μουσικής με διάφορους δασκάλους, ανάμεσα στους οποίους και ο Χανς Ρέντλιχ, μαθητής και βιογράφος του Άλμπαν Μπεργκ. Τις μουσικές του σπουδές τις συνέχισε στην Ιταλία (Σιένα, Γκάβι και Ρώμη, 1949-1953) με τους Βίτο Φράτσι και Μπρούνο Λαβανίνο, ενώ την ίδια χρονική περίοδο ασχολήθηκε σε βάθος και με την αναλυτική ψυχολογία, επηρεαζόμενος και από τον αδερφό του, ο οποίος σπούδαζε εκείνη την εποχή στο Ινστιτούτο Γιουνγκ στη Ζυρίχη. Επιστρέφοντας στην Αίγυπτο αφοσιώθηκε στην σύνθεση, δουλεύοντας αρκετές ώρες την ημέρα. Το 1956 παντρεύτηκε την παιδική του φίλη Θηρεσία (Σία) Χωρέμη, ζωγράφο, με την οποία απέκτησε τρία παιδιά. Την ίδια χρονιά σκοτώθηκε ο πολυαγαπημένος του αδερφός σε τροχαίο δυστύχημα, γεγονός που θα τον σημάδευε αφάνταστα για όλη του τη ζωή, προοιωνιζόμενο ταυτόχρονα και ένα περίεργο παιχνίδι της μοίρας για τον ίδιο. Το 1960, με τις εθνικοποιήσεις του Νάσερ, αναγκάστηκε να εγκαταλείψει την Αλεξάνδρεια, όπως και οι περισσότεροι εύποροι Έλληνες της Αιγύπτου. Εγκαταστάθηκε με την οικογένειά του στην Χίο, όπου είχε επίσης αρκετή οικογενειακή περιουσία. Τα τελευταία του χρόνια διέμενε κυρίως στην Αθήνα, όπου και ασχολήθηκε, εκτός από την σύνθεση, με την προώθηση της πρωτοποριακής ελληνικής μουσικής. Η οικονομική του άνεση του προσέφερε τη δυνατότητα να μην χρειαστεί ποτέ να αναζητήσει εργασία σε Ωδεία (τα οποία δεν εκτιμούσε ιδιαίτερα ως εκπαιδευτικό θεσμό) ή σε άλλους μουσικούς φορείς, ούτε να αναλάβει ποτέ θέση ευθύνης σε οποιοδήποτε μουσικό ίδρυμα ή επιτροπή, με εξαίρεση μία και μοναδική φορά, το 1962, ως μέλος κριτικής επιτροπής διαγωνισμού σύγχρονης μουσικής, τον οποίο διοργάνωνε ο Μάνος Χατζιδάκις. Ο Γιάννης Χρήστου σκοτώθηκε σε τροχαίο δυστύχημα τη νύχτα της 8ης Ιανουαρίου 1970, κατά την επιστροφή του στο σπίτι από εορτασμό των γενεθλίων του όταν το αυτοκίνητο που οδηγούσε η σύζυγός του Θηρεσία πλαγιολίσθησε και ο Χρήστου πέθανε ακαριαία από πρόσκρουση σε στύλο. Στο ίδιο δυστύχημα τραυματίστηκε θανάσιμα και η γυναίκα του, η οποία εξέπνευσε δέκα ημέρες αργότερα[2], αφήνοντας τα τρία τους παιδιά ορφανά, καθώς και η σύζυγος του συνθέτη Στέφανου Βασιλειάδη.
03 Jan
Published in Song of 2day
Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul[1][2][3] (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul),[4][5] rhythm and blues,[6][7][8] and jazz.[9][10] Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys,[11][12] including three of the general field "Big Four" awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Winehouse won three Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, Best Contemporary Song for "Stronger Than Me"; in 2007, Best Contemporary Song again, this time for "Rehab"; and in 2008, Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game." She won the 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Artist, having also been nominated for Best British Album, with Back to Black. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became for a time the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century.[13] In 2012, Winehouse was ranked 26th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music.[14] The BBC has called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation." "Love Is a Losing Game" is a song written and recorded by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse for her second album Back to Black (2006). The track was chosen as the fifth single from the album. It was the final single released in her lifetime. The single was released on December 10, 2007 in the United Kingdom. The song was added to BBC Radio 1's playlist on November 7, 2007.
03 Jan
Published in Song of 2day
Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul[1][2][3] (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul),[4][5] rhythm and blues,[6][7][8] and jazz.[9][10] Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys,[11][12] including three of the general field "Big Four" awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Winehouse won three Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, Best Contemporary Song for "Stronger Than Me"; in 2007, Best Contemporary Song again, this time for "Rehab"; and in 2008, Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game." She won the 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Artist, having also been nominated for Best British Album, with Back to Black. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became for a time the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century.[13] In 2012, Winehouse was ranked 26th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music.[14] The BBC has called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation." "Love Is a Losing Game" is a song written and recorded by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse for her second album Back to Black (2006). The track was chosen as the fifth single from the album. It was the final single released in her lifetime. The single was released on December 10, 2007 in the United Kingdom. The song was added to BBC Radio 1's playlist on November 7, 2007.
03 Jan
Published in Song of 2day
Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul[1][2][3] (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul),[4][5] rhythm and blues,[6][7][8] and jazz.[9][10] Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys,[11][12] including three of the general field "Big Four" awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Winehouse won three Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, Best Contemporary Song for "Stronger Than Me"; in 2007, Best Contemporary Song again, this time for "Rehab"; and in 2008, Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game." She won the 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Artist, having also been nominated for Best British Album, with Back to Black. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became for a time the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century.[13] In 2012, Winehouse was ranked 26th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music.[14] The BBC has called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation." "Love Is a Losing Game" is a song written and recorded by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse for her second album Back to Black (2006). The track was chosen as the fifth single from the album. It was the final single released in her lifetime. The single was released on December 10, 2007 in the United Kingdom. The song was added to BBC Radio 1's playlist on November 7, 2007.
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