What you need to know about: Seal, Hinder, Michael Buble, Weezer, Kelly Rowland, Chingy

Seal

Seal was born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel on February 19 ,1963 in Paddington, London, United Kingdom. Seal first came to public attention as vocalist on the Adamski single “Killer” in 1990. The single eventually reached number one in 1990 in the UK. Seal subsequently signed to ZTT Records and released his self title debut album in 1991. Then he released his second studio album in 1994, also entitled Seal. It spawned several hit singles “Prayer for the Dying”, “Kiss from a Rose” and “Newborn Friend”. Seal has since gone on to release four more albums which include Human Being in 1998, Seal IV in 2003, System in 1997 and Soul in 2008. He is currently married to super model Heidi Klum.

The couple have two sons together, Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel (b. September 12,2005) and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel (b. November 22, 2006). Seal is also the adoptive father of Heidi’s daughter, Helene “Leni” Klum (b. May 4, 2004), whom Heidi had with Renault Formula One team director and Italian businessman Flavio Briatore. On Thursday April 16, 2009, Seal confirmed to the press and his audience at Radio City Music Hall that Klum is pregnant with their fourth child who is a girl.

Hinder

Hinder is an American rock band from Oklahoma that was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, guitarist Joe Garvey, and singer Austin Winkler. In April 2003, before making it big, Hinder entered the March Bandness contest for Oklahoma City radio station KHBZ-FM (94.7). They made it to the Final Four out of a field of thirty-two, ultimately losing to the OKC group Falcon Five-O. They released their first EP titled Far from Close in 2003 on an independent record label, Brickden Records.

It sold about 5,000 copies. The three members then began working on new material in 2004 for their next independent release. These demos caught the attention of several major record labels. After being offered record deals by Atlantic, Roadrunner, and Universal Records, Hinder signed with Universal Records in 2005. They released their debut album, Extreme Behavior, later that year. As of July 11, 2007, the album has sold 2,789,275 copies in the US. In 2008 they released their second studio album, Take It to the Limit. The album has been certified Gold by the RIAA US. In early 2009 Hinder will embark on Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles Tour which will also include Theory of a Deadman and the Guitar Center contest Winners The Last Vegas.

Michael Buble

Michael Buble was born on September 9, 1975 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He is the only son and eldest of 3 children with two younger sisters, Crystal (an actress) and Brandee. In 2000, Michael Buble’s career breakthrough came from a surprising chain of events. Michael McSweeney saw Buble’s performance at a business party and received a copy of Bublé’s self-financed independent album from Michael. McSweeney, an aide to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, showed the album to the former Prime Minister and his wife. Subsequently, Bublé was invited to sing at the wedding of Mulroney’s daughter, Caroline, where he sang Kurt Weill’s “Mack the Knife”.

In 2003 he released his self titled debut album. It reached the top ten of the album charts in the UK, Canada and going all the way to #1 in Australia where it reached seven times platinum for sales of 490,000 copies. Michael Buble has gone on to release 11 singles, two studio albums and two live albums. Michael Bublé has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. On December 11, 2008, Michael Buble became part of the ownership group for the Vancouver Giants, a major junior ice hockey team.

Weezer

Weezer was formed in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. The band consisted of Rivers Cuomo on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Wilson on drums, Matt Sharp on bass, and Jason Cropper on guitar. Cropper was later replaced by Brian Bell. Matt Sharp was subsequently replaced by Mikey Welsh who was later replaced with Scott Shriner. Weezer’s first gig was opening for Keanu Reeves’ band Dogstar. Weezer recorded their self titleddebut album with producer Ric Ocasek at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. As of December 2007, the album had sold 3,146,000 copies in the United States where it peaked at number 16. It is currently certified triple-platinum, making it Weezer’s best selling album.

It has also sold over 200,000 copies in Canada where it has been certified double-platinum. Weezer has since released five more studio albums, with their latest being entitled “Weezer”. The first single from the album, “Pork and Beans” spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. This made the song the fastest rising song ever for the group as the song hit number one after only three weeks on the chart. The second single from the album, “Troublemaker”, debuted at number 39 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Weezer has sold more than eight million records in the US to date.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland was born on February 11,1981 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kelly Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as one of the founding members of the girl group Destiny’s Child. During the hiatus of the group, Rowland collaborated with rapper Nelly on the single “Dilemma”, a worldwide number-one hit, and released her rock pop-influenced debut solo album Simply Deep in 2002. It became a commercial success, selling more than 3 million copies worldwide, and garnered three more or less successful singles, among “Stole” and “Can’t Nobody”. Kelly Rowland branched into acting with a guest stint on the sitcom The Hughleys in 2002, before appearing in other UPN shows such as Eve and Girlfriends in the years of 2003 and 2006 respectively.

Following the formal disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005, Kelly Rowland’s often-delayed second album, Ms.Kelly, was released in 2007. The album scored medicore commercial success, debuting with the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart, but underperformed internationally, missing the top forty on most charts elsewhere. To date, Ms. Kelly has sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide. In early 2009, Rowland ended her professional relationship with both manager Mathew Knowles and former label Columbia Records in order to explore other ventures.

Chingy

Chingy is the stage name of Howard Bailey, Jr. He was born on March 9, 1980 in St. Louis, Missouri. Chingy grew up in the historic Walnut Park section of St. Louis, a neighborhood known for it’s gangs and drugs. The middle child with two older brothers and two younger sisters, Chingy became a music fan at an early age citing Run-DMC and Ice Cube as his early rap heroes. Following in the footsteps of his heroes, Chingy began writing lyrics at age nine and was recording raps at age ten. He originally considered the stage names H. Thugzy and H Thugs, before settling on Chingy, a slang term for money. With the quick release of the party rap track “Right Thurr,” Chingy became an overnight sensation.

The track gained immediate popularity in the clubs, especially throughout the South, and quickly infiltrated urban radio in the midst of summer while simultaneously climbing to the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number four. On July 15, 2003, he released his debut album Jackpot. Fronted by the smash single “Right Thurr”, this album also spawned two other top 3 hits, “Holidae In” featuring Ludacris & Snoop Dogg, and “One Call Away” featuring J-Weav. Chingy has since released four more albums.

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. His full name is Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen. Springsteen signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1972, with the help of John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan to the same record label a decade earlier. His debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., was released in 1973 and sold about 25,000 copies in the first year. It was also in 1973 that he released his second album, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. As with his first album, it was well-received critically but had little commercial success at the time.

Then on August 25, 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his third album, and what many consider to be his breakthrough album, Born to Run. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Two singles were released from the album: “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”. Bruce Springsteen has since released fourteen more studio albums, five live albums and sixty-six singles. He has sold over 65 million albums in the US and 120 million worldwide. He has also earned numerous awards for his work, including nineteen Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award.