Sugarland, Ice Cube, Jack Johnson, Alizee

Sugarland

Sugarland is an American country music duo composed of singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles on lead vocals and Kristian Bush on background vocals, lead vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, harmonica. The duo was founded in 2003 by Bush and Kristen Hall and became a trio when Jennifer Nettles was brought in as lead singer. On October 26, 2004 Sugarland released their debut album entitled Twice the Speed of Life. it features the singles “Baby Girl”, Something
More”, “Just Might (Make Me Believe)”, and “Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good)”. The group received a nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards of 2006. The followed that album up with the release of their second studio album, Enjoy the Ride. The album debuted at #4 on the US Billboard 200 and at #2 on the US Country Album Chart, selling over two hundred thousand copies in its first week. As of September 6, 2008, the album has sold 2,412,139 copies in the US and has been certified double platinum. In 2008, Sugarland released Love on the Inside. The album has produced three chart singles in “All I Want to Do”, “Already Gone” and “It Happens”, all Number One hits on the Billboard country singles charts.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube was born O’Shea Jackson in South Central Los Angeles, California, where he was raised, the son of Doris (née Benjamin), a hospital clerk and custodian, and Andrew Jackson, who worked as a groundskeeper at California State University. In 1987 Cube and Dr. Dre released the EP My Posse, under the alias CIA and the county police. After the collaboration, Cube showed Eazy-E the lyrics to “Boyz-n-the-Hood”. Eazy-E eventually recorded the song for N.W.A. and the Posse the debut album for the group N.W.A that included Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, and rappers MC Ren and DJ Yella. In 1990, Ice Cube started a solo career and in May of that year released his debut album, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. It peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard 200and remains one of the defining hip hop albums of the 1990s. Ice Cube has since released seven more album and has turned his sight towards acting. He has appeared in movies such as Boyz N the Hood, Trespass, The Players Club, Higher Learning, Friday, First Sunday and Ride Along. In 1992, he married Kimberly Woodruff, with whom he has four children. Ice Cube currently works as a rapper, director, actor and writer.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson was born on May 18, 1975 in Oahu, Hawaii. He is the son of famous surfer Jeff Johnson. In 2001, Jack Johnson released his debut album Brushfire Fairytales. It features Jack Johnson on vocals/guitars/piano, Adam Topol on drums/percussion and Merlo Podlewski on bass and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. He then went on to release his sophomore album entitled On and On. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and has since gone on to earn a platinum certification. In 2005, Jack Johnson released his third album, In Between Dreams. It peaked at the number two position in the Billboard 200 and has since gone on to receive a double platinum certification. On February 5, 2008, he released Sleep Through the Static. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 375,000 copies in its first week, including 139,000 digital downloads, which at the time was a record high for digital downloads. It also debuted at number one on the Worldwide chart with sales of 577,000. Sleep Through the Static remained at number one on the Billboard 200 in its second week of release, by which time it had sold over 180,000 copies as well as its third week, in which it sold 105,000 copies. The album was made #45 in Q’s 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008.

Alizee

Alizee is the professional name of Alizée Jacotey. She was born on August 21, 1984 in Ajaccio, Corsica. In 1999, she appeared on the TV talent show “Graines de Star”, broadcast on Métropole 6. She initially intended to sign up for the programme’s dance contest. However, the dance category was reserved for groups only. Alizée therefore participated in the singing category instead, performing the song Ma Pričre (a single released by Axelle Red in 1997).
She went on to win the “Meilleure Graine” award for most promising young singing star of tomorrow. As a result she got signed to a major label and in March of 2001 released her debut album entitled Gourmandises. It went platinum in record three months, and to date it has sold more than 1,300,000 copies in France, and over 4 million worldwide. Alizee’s sophomore album, Mes Courants Électriques, was released on March 18, 2003. It sold more than 200,000 copies in the first three months of its release, and has since sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Alizee has since released three more albums which include Alizée En Concert in 2004, Psychédélices in 2007 and Tout Alizée, also in 2007. Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in late 2003.