TLC, Elton John, AFI, Keri Hilson

TLC

TLC was formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. It consist of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. They signed a contract with LaFace Records on August 16, 1991 and immediately began recording their first album into January 1992. On February 25, 1992 TLC released their debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. It was certified four times Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA and in 2003,according to Nielsen SoundScan, it sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S., while shipping over 6 million copies worldwide. On November 15, 1994, TLC released it’s sophomore album, CrazySexyCool. The album features two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits: “Creep” and “Waterfalls”. The album became one of the most successful R&B/ Hip-Hop albums ever released, shipping over eleven million records domestically and selling fifteen million worldwide. On February 23, 1999, they released Fan Mail. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, with 318,000 copies sold and remained at #1 for 5 weeks. The album received eight nominations. “No Scrubs” won Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song and Fanmail won Best R&B Album. In early 2002, just before the release of TLC’s fourth Album, 3D, Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras. Watkins and Thomas promoted 3D as a duo, and in 2005, hosted a reality television show, R U the Girl, with a grand prize of a chance to record a song and perform once in concert with the surviving group members.

Elton John

Elton John is the stage name of Reginald Kenneth Dwight. He was born on March 25, 1947 in London, England. Elton John started playing the piano at the age of three, and within a year, his mother heard him picking out Winifred Atwell’s “The Skater’s Waltz” by ear. He showed great musical aptitude at school, including the ability to compose melodies, and gained some notoriety by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis at school functions. At the age of 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Elton John released his debut album, Empty Sky in 1969. In his four-decade career, John has sold over 200 million records. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #49 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the top 100 most-frequently-charting artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. Elton John was listed at number three, behind only Madonna and The Beatles.

AFI

AFI is an American rock band from Ukiah, California, formed in 1991. Their lineup includes lead vocalist Davey Havok, bassist Hunter Burgan, guitarist Jade Puget and drummer and backup vocalist Adam Carson. From 1995-2000 the band released five albums on independent labels. These include the EP’s Answer That and Stay Fashionable, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes and The Art of Drowning. In 2003, AFI released their first major studio release entitled Sing the Sorrow. The album reached the #5 position on the Billboard charts, and was certified Gold on April 30, 2003 by the RIAA. It went onto receive Platinum certification with over one million units sold in the US. In 2006, AFI released the album, Decemberunderground. The album was released on May 29, 2006, in the United Kingdom, June 6, 2006, in the United States, and June 16, 2006, in Mexico. It was their first album to debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 182,000 units in its first week. The album also featured “Love Like Winter”, which attained number four on the Modern Rock charts. It reached as far as Australia, where it grasped Gold certification, and also achieved this in the United States, where it has sold in excess of 900,000 copies.

Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson was born on October 27,1982 in Decatur, Georgia. During her adolescence, Keri Hilson studied piano and singing, and she joined the girl group D’Signe when she was 14. Hilson began songwriting in 2001 and would go on to write tracks for Britney Spears, Ciara, Usher, and Ludacris. In 2006, Keri Hilson signed as an artist with Timbaland’s label, Mosley Music Group and appeared on a track on Diddy’s Press Play. Keri Hilson was also featured on “Help”, the second single from Lloyd Banks’ Rotten Apple; the single peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In 2007, she made several appearances on Timbaland’s solo effort Shock Value, including on the singles “The Way I Are” and “Scream”. “The Way I Are” reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Later in the year, Keri Hilson performed on Nas’ debut single “Hero” from his controversial untitled album; it reached number 97 on the Hot 100 and number 82 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. On March 24, 2009, Keri Hilson released her debut album, In a Perfect World. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number four, selling over 94,000 copies in its first week.