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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6155_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Manu Chao
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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17967_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Jennifer Lopez
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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6141_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Enrique Iglesias
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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6177_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}
Santana
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Santana

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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2357_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Chico Buarque
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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/55259_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Caetano Veloso
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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/18027_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Laura Pausini
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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/18004_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}
Buena Vista Social Club
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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":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15045_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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