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  • Eminem

    Eminem is an American rapper, record producer and actor known as one of the most controversial and best-selling artists of the early 21st century.

    Synopsis
    Born on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri, rap musician Eminem had a turbulent childhood. He released The Slim Shady LP in early 1999, and the album went multi-platinum, garnering Eminem two Grammy Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. In 2000, the rapper released The Marshall Mathers LP, which was noted as the fastest-selling album in rap history. More recently, in 2010, Eminem released the Grammy-winning album Recovery, a highly autobiographical attempt to come to terms with his struggles with addiction and experience with rehabilitation. Eminem plans to release his eighth album, MMLP2, in 2013.
    Early Life

    American rapper, record producer and actor Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He never knew his father, Marshall Mathers Jr., who abandoned the family when Eminem was still an infant and rebuffed all of his son's many attempts to contact him during his childhood. As a result, Eminem was raised by his mother, Deborah Mathers. She never managed to hold down a job for more than several months at a time, so they moved frequently between Missouri and Detroit, Michigan, spending large chunks of time in public housing projects. "I would change schools two, three times a year," Eminem later recalled. "That was probably the roughest part about it all."

    This itinerant lifestyle left a large impact on his personality. He had no close friends, kept almost entirely to himself and was treated like an outcast at each new school. "Beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways, shoved into lockers," he remembered. Eminem has been scathingly critical of the way his mother raised him. Through his song lyrics, he has publicly accused her of being addicted to prescription drugs as well as subjecting him to emotional and physical abuse. However, Deborah Mathers has vehemently denied all such accusations, and in 1999 she filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against her son. They settled the case for $25,000.

    Eminem attended Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan, where he failed the ninth grade three times and eventually dropped out at the age of 17. Despite being a poor student, Eminem always had a deep affinity for language, devouring comic books and even studying the dictionary. "I found that no matter how bad I was at school, like, and no matter how low my grades might have been at some times, I always was good at English ... I just felt like I wanna be able to have all of these words at my disposal, in my vocabulary at all times whenever I need to pull 'em out. You know, somewhere, they'll be stored, like, locked away."

    As a teenage dropout, Eminem found a way to express his passion for language, as well as to release his youthful anger, through the emerging musical genre of hip-hop. He identified with the nihilistic rage of late-1980s and early-1990s rap music, and he was especially taken with N.W.A., the popular and highly controversial gangster rap crew from Los Angeles.

    Although at the time rap music was almost exclusively produced by black people, Eminem, who has pale white skin and bright blue eyes, nevertheless entered into the Detroit rap scene as a frequent competitor in rap "battles"—competitions in which two rappers take turns insulting the other through improvised rap lyrics. Eminem proved highly skilled at such verbal sparring and, despite his race, quickly became one of the most respected figures in Detroit's underground rap scene.

    He recalled, "I finally found something that yeah, this kid over here, you know, he may have more chicks, and he may, you know, have better clothes, or whatever, but he can't do this like me. You know what I mean? He can't write what I'm writing right now. And it started to feel like, you know, maybe Marshall's gettin' a little respect." Mathers assumed the stage name M&M, a playful reference to his initials, which he later began writing phonetically as "Eminem." This period in Eminem's life—working odd jobs to make ends meet while participating in rap battles and desperately attempting to land a record contract—was later dramatized in Eminem's semi-autobiographical film, 8 Mile.

    It was also during this period that Eminem began dating Kim Ann Scott, and in 1995 the couple had a daughter named Hailie Jade Scott. Inspired by the birth of his daughter to make a living as a rapper, in 1996, Eminem released his first independent rap album, Infinite. Though the album displayed flashes of his verbal prowess, biting wit and flair for storytelling, the low-budget record failed to turn a profit or attract more than local attention.
    Rehab, 'Relapse' and 'Recovery'

    For the next several years, Eminem recorded very little music and was largely consumed by personal problems. Eminem and Kim Mathers divorced in 2000 but continued to maintain a tumultuous off-and-on relationship until remarrying in 2006. Nevertheless, they divorced again several months later and began a protracted, ugly and highly public custody dispute over their daughter Hailie. Meanwhile, Eminem slipped further into alcoholism and addiction to sleeping pills and prescription painkillers. In December 2007, he overdosed and nearly died. "If I would have got to the hospital two hours later, that would have been it," he said.

    By early 2008, Eminem had managed to kick his addictions to drugs and alcohol and returned to recording music. He released his first album of new music in five years, Relapse, in 2009, featuring the singles "Crack a Bottle" and "Beautiful." In 2010, Eminem released another album, Recovery, a highly autobiographical attempt to come to terms with his struggles with addiction and experience with rehabilitation. His most acclaimed album in years, Recovery struck a somewhat gentler and more inspirational tone than his previous music. Eminem said, "I don't want to go overboard with it but I do feel like that if I can help people that have been through a similar situation, then, you know, why not?" The revealing album won Eminem a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

    Eminem is doubtlessly one of the most acclaimed rappers in the genre's brief history. As much as any other individual artist, he is responsible for rap's transformation into a mainstream music genre over the past decade. And after 10 years and seven albums, the rapper who shocked, appalled and fascinated the music world with the unbridled rage of his youthful music is reinventing himself as a mature artist.

    "I started learning how to not be so angry about things, learning how to count my f---ing blessings instead. By doing that, I've become a happier person, instead of all this self-loathing I was doing for a while," Eminem said. "The music, I wouldn't say it's gotten happier, but it's definitely more upbeat. I feel like myself again.

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  • GREEN DAY - Some Facts About Green Day

    Formed as a pop-punk band in the late ’80s, Green Day got their start as a part of the San Francisco Bay area’s DIY punk scene, but they quickly outgrew it. Soon, they were touring nationally and inked a major-label record deal just in time to lead the early-’90s punk revival that also made bands like the Offspring and Rancid stars. Green Day’s 1994 album ‘Dookie’ brought them mainstream success — and started a backlash from other punk bands, which questioned their “punkness.” But frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and his band’s ability to reinvent themselves have been Green Day’s true secret to success. Two decades after first breaking, the band is as big as ever thanks to albums like the massive punk-rock opera ‘American Idiot.’


    Before Green Day, singer-guitarist Billie Joe Amrstrong and singer-bassist Mike Dirnt played their first show together under the name Sweet Children at Rod’s Hickory Pit in Vallejo, Calif., in 1987.


    Both Armstrong and Dirnt were just 15 years old at the time.


    The band known as Green Day got its start later in 1987 at the DIY arts venue and club 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, Calif., with drummer John Kiffmeyer.


    The long-running, all-ages punk club, often just called Gilman, still exists, but Green Day have been banned from playing there since signing a major-label deal with Reprise Records for the release of ‘Dookie’ in 1994.


    But that didn’t stop them from playing a secret concert there in 2001, when they jumped onstage following a set by the punk band the Influents without telling Gilman staff what they were going to do.


    Drummer Tre Cool temporarily replaced Kiffmeyer in 1990 when the latter split town to attend college; Cool’s membership in the band was made permanent when he drummed on the band’s second album, ‘Kerplunk.’
     Dookie”s first three singles all topped Billboard Modern Rock chart: ‘Longview,’ ‘Basket Case’ and ‘When I Come Around.’


    Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols called out Green Day following ‘Dookie”s success by saying, “They didn’t earn their wings … and if they were true punks, they wouldn’t look anything like they do.”


    Following the breakthrough success of ‘Dookie,’ Green Day fell on some relatively hard times: 1995’s ‘Insomniac’ and 1997’s ‘Nimrod’ managed to go platinum, but 2000’s ‘Warning’ barely sold 500,000 copies.


    Green Day planned to follow up ‘Warning’ with an album titled ‘Cigarettes and Valentines,’ but the record’s studio masters were stolen and the 20 new songs were abandoned in 2003.


    Instead, Green Day went incognito as a band called the Network and released an album, ‘Money Money 2020,’ in 2004.


    To this day, the band and their record companies have never confirmed that the Network were actually Green Day. But the similarities are impossible to ignore


    ‘American Idiot’ became such a massive comeback for the band that the group adapted it into a hit Broadway play in 2010.


    Wal-Mart refused to sell ‘American Idiot’ because of some lyrical content, and bucking the trend, Green Day refused to release a censored version for the store to stock.


    Green Day prepped material for their latest albums — three separate records titled ‘Uno!,’ ‘Dos’ and ‘Tre!’ — by playing secret shows under the name the Foxboro Hot Tubs.

     

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  • Katy Perry Says She Will Collaborate With Taylor Swift If She Apologizes

    Katy Perry and Taylor Swift together on the same track? The mega-collaboration could happen on Saturday (Sept. 10), a fan tweeted Perry asking if she would collaborate with Swift.   
    “If she says sorry, sure!” Perry responded. Swift hadn’t responded to Perry's tweet as of publication, but every can agree that a collaboration between the two stars would be colossalpen, but only on one condition from Perry: that the 1989 singer apologizes to her.


    The feud between the two pop stars dates back to 2014 when Swift hinted in Rolling Stone that her 1989 song “Bad Blood” was about a fellow singer.
    “She did something so horrible,” Swift said. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”

    Did Katy Perry Confirm Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Song Is About Her?
    The Internet quickly decided said anonymous artist was Perry, because some of Swift's dancers left her tour to go on Perry's trek and they've both dated John Mayer.Shortly after the RS interview went live, Perry tweeted, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing.” Later, in a 2015 interview with Billboard, she said,
    “If somebody is trying to defame my character, you’re going to hear about it.”
    Most recently, in July, Perry tweeted a GIF of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after her name was brought up in Calvin Harris' Twitter spree about his ex, Swift.
    Katy Perry Invited Taylor Swift to Her Pre-Grammy Party.
    After a rep for Swift confirmed she had a hand in writing Harris’ Rihanna collaboration "This Is What You Came For,” the DJ and producer complimented Swift for being an “amazing lyric writer” but tweeted that it was “hurtful” the way the breakup news was leaked. He also so far as to compare the move to Swift trying to “bury [him] like Katy," referencing the alleged feud between the two pop stars.
    Perry didn’t directly commented on Harris’ tweet, but the GIF did say a thousand words.

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  • Taylor Swift Donates $5,000 to Fan's Family After Fatal Car Accident

      Taylor Swift has donated $5,000 to help a fan's family after 18-year-old Katie Beth Carter of Georgia died in a car crash over Labor Day weekend. 

    On Thursday, Swift contributed to a GoFundMe campaign intended to help cover the teenager's medical expenses and funeral arrangements. "Kimi, No words could express how sorry I am for your loss," Swift wrote to Katie's sister. "I know that you will keep Katie's memory alive. Please know how much I am thinking of you and saying a prayer for your family. All my love, Taylor." How Taylor Swift Changed GoFundMe's Fundraising Policy Kimi Carter posted Taylor's message to Instagram, writing, "this...... I cannot believe this at all..... thank you so much, Taylor.... me and my sister are smiling so hard... @taylorswift" 

     

     

                 Taylor Swift Good Deeds That Warmed Our Hearts.

         Being the biggest pop star on the planet clearly isn't enough for Taylor Swift -- she's additionally made a name for herself through her good deeds, whether that be generously paying fans' hospital bills,donating to flood victims  or giving emergency on-point fashion advice days before prom. Below, we rounded up a few of our favorite inspiring moments between Taylor and her adoring fans. Taylor Swift Donating $1Million to Louisiana Flood Relief.

    1. Hospital Visits
    Feel like crying? While Swift herself doesn't publicize her many visits to children's hospitals, the patients are there documenting every moment, which is how fans get to see Swift being sweet with a whole host of kids who could definitely use a smile.

    2. Charitable Donations
    In addition to gifts for hospitals and charity drives, Swift also pops up in the news for giving to various GoFundMe campaigns to pay for hospital bills. She donated profits from her "Welcome to New York" song toNew York Public Schools  in 2015, and pledged a whopping $1million  to Louisiana flood relief in 2016. Her good deeds often inspire others, which leads to a snowball effect (not to mention leading to GoFundMe raising limit).

                                   

     

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  • Andrew Bird's latest Music Video Tackles Chicago Gun Violence

    Chicago recorded its 500th homicide this year over Labor Day weekend, a grim statistic that points toward 2016 being one of the city's most violent years since the 1990s.

    It's an issue that musician Andrew Bird, who grew up in Chicago, cares deeply about, which is why he's partnered with gun violence prevention organization Everytown for Gun Safety to create a music video that addresses the staggering regularity of gun-related deaths.

    Andrew Bird's latest music video tackles Chicago gun violence

    Bird announced the debut of the video, which is soundtracked by his Chicago-centric song "Pulaski at Night," during his performance at Pritzker Pavilion last night after inviting several mothers of gun violence victims to take the stage and tell their stories. Directed by Girls and Parks and Recreation actor Natalie Morales, the clip depicts a young boy on Chicago's South Side who participates in a lockdown drill at school and takes in memorials to victims of gun violence on his walk home. It's an understated and sobering look at how the consequences of violence have become ingrained in the lives of young people.

    "The rhetoric around gun violence has gotten so reactionary that it seems no one is talking sense," Bird states in a press release accompanying the new video, "Everytown is an organization that is talking sense, making points that no one can argue with. It’s not only the shameful body count in this country but the psychic toll that gun violence is taking on our citizens, especially young people."

    In addition to raising awareness with his new video, Bird is also donating $1 from each ticket sold on his U.S. tour to Everytown and is selling a special orange T-shirt at his concerts, with all proceeds going to the organization.

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