Sheryl Crow, Busta Rhymes, Busted, Holly Valance
Sheryl Crow is an American singer & songwriter born on February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri. While studying at Kennett High School, Crow was a majorette and an All-State track athlete. She then enrolled at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition, Performance and Education. While in college, Sheryl Crow sang in a local band, Cashmere. After graduating from college, Crow worked as a music teacher at the Kellison elementary school, in Fenton, Missouri. She was then introduced to local musician and producer Jay Oliver. He had a recording studio in the basement of his parents’ home, in St. Louis, and helped her by using her in advertising jingles. In 1993, she got her first big break and released her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club. The album peaked at number three and would eventually go on to sell over five million units. Sheryl Crow then released her sophomore self-titled album in 1996. It would go on to peak at number five on U.S charts and at number six on U.K. charts. Sheryl Crow has since released four more albums. On July 15, 2008 she sang the National Anthem at the All Star Game at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY.
Busta Rhymes is the stage name of rapper Trevor Smith. He was born on May 20, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended High School but before he could graduate in 1991 he dropped out of school and pursued a music career as part of the group, Leaders of the New School. They began recording in 1989 and released their debut album A Future Without a Past in 1991. Soon after, however, the group broke up. In 1996, Busta Rhymes released his debut album, The Coming. It reached number six on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996 and has since received a platinum certification from RIAA. His second album, When Disaster Strikes, released in 1997, produced the hit singles “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and “Dangerous”. 1999 was a challenging year for Busta Rhymes. He paid a visit to a courthouse regarding confusion involving child support, and he received 5 years of probation for possessing an unregistered gun. In 2001 he went back to work and released a greatest hits collection alongside a new album titled, Genesis. Busta Rhymes went on to release three more studio albums; It Ain’t Safe No More in 2002, The Big Bang in 2006 and Back on My B.S in 2009.
Busted is a British band that was formed in London, England in 2001. It’s members include James Bourne on rhythm guitar, Charlie Simpson on lead guitar & drums, and Matt Willis on bass guitar. The band signed with Universal Island in early 2002. Later that year they released their self titled debut album. It peaked at number two on the UK Top 75 Albums Chart and spawned several hit singles which include “Year 3000”, “What I Go to School For”, “You Said No” and “Sleeping with the Light On”. They followed up the success of their debut with the release of their sophomore album, A Present for veryone. The album debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart.and became a triple platinum album with sales of over one million. Five songs were released as singles: “Crashed the Wedding”, “Who’s David?”, “Air Hostess”, “3am” and “She Wants to Be Me”. The album was the 19th best selling of 2003 in the UK. At the end of 2004, Busted took part in the No.1 Christmas single, Band Aid 20 “Do They Know It’s Christmas” which helped raised money for the charity. Busted ended their brief but illustrious career towards the end of the year 2004.
Holly Valance was born Holly Rachel Vukadinovic on May 11, 1983 in New Zealand. She is related to the late British comedian Benny Hill, Hill’s cousin was her grandfather. Holly Valance’s first single as a recording artist was a cover of Turkish singer Tarkan’s “Kiss Kiss” released in 2002. The song debuted
at #1 in both the Australian Recording Industry Association and UK Singles Charts charts in April of 2002. next single, “Down Boy” peaked at #2 in the UK and at #3 in Australia. Her début album, Footprints, was released on October 14, 2002. It peaked at number-nine on the albums chart selling over one hundred thousand copies. In 2003, Holly Valance released her second studio album, State of Mind. In Australia, it entered the ARIA Albums Chart at number fifty-seven and fell to number eighty on its second week, spending only two weeks in the top one hundred. In the UK it did even worse, peaking at number sixty and only spending one week in the top seventy-five. In 2004, she started acting in the United States, appearing in episodes of the television series CSI: Miami and Entourage. In 2005, she appeared in an episode of CSI: NY. She then guest-starred in Prison Break, in 2006, as Nika Volek, a role which she continued to portray in the show’s second season.