Trey Songz, Ricky Martin, Flo Rida, Radiohead

Trey Songz

Trey Songz was born Tremaine Aldon Neverson on November 28, 1984, in Petersburg, Virginia. Record producer Troy Taylor discovered Trey Songz during a talent show, which led him to a record contract with Atlantic Records. In July of 2005, he released his debut album, I Gotta Make It at the age of twenty. It features the singles “Gotta Make It” and “Gotta Go” and has guest appearances by Twista, Aretha Franklin, and Juvenile. The album has since sold around three hundred thousand copies. Trey Songz than followed it up with the release of his sophomore album, Trey Day. The album debuted at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with 73,000 copies sold in its first week and has spawned the singles “Wonder Woman”, “Can’t Help but Wait”, “Last Time” and “Missin’ You”. Trey Songz is currently working on his newest album, Ready, scheduled to be released in August of 2009. Possible collaborators on Ready include Fabolous, Ne-Yo, J. Holiday, Drake, Chris Brown, The Game, Nelly, Soulja Boy, and Gucci Mane. Confirmed producers include co-executive producer Johnta Austin, StarGate, Jermaine Dupri, Troy Taylor, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Eric Hudson. In April 2009, “I Need A Girl” and “Brand New” was released for digital download on iTunes.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin is the stage name of Enrique Martín Morales, born on December 24, 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ricky Martin rose to fame as a member of the Latin American boy band Menudo after which he became a solo artist in 1990. While acting in Mexico, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the company’s Latin imprint, in 1990. He released his first solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin, in 1991, which included the single “Fuego Contra Fuego.” The hit release earned gold records in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and he performed a string of sold-out concert dates across South America. In 1993, Martin released his second solo album, Me Amarás, which sold more than a million copies worldwide. In 1994, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He received a role as bartender (Miguel Morez) in the American soap opera General Hospital. In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career through his third album, A Medio Vivir. With this album, Martin made a shift from formulaic hit ballads to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds. Ricky Martin has sold more than 55 million albums worldwide in his career.

Flo Rida

Flo Rida is the stage name of Tramar Dillard born on December 16, 1979 in Miami Gardens, Florida. As a teenager, Dillard worked with local rap group 2 Live Crew and formed his own amateur group with some friends called the sugar hill gang. His work with 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice attracted attention of DeVante Swing, a member of the band Jodeci. However, he was rejected by several of the major labels, so he sought many other jobs outside of music. After graduating from high school in 1998, he studied international business management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two years and attended Barry University for two months. Flo Rida justified dropping out of college by pursuing a music career. He returned to his home state of Florida to continue pursuing his music career after receiving a phone call from a representative of the independent label Poe Boy Entertainment. Dillard signed with Poe Boy in 2007 and released his debut album, Mail on Sunday, in March 2008. It spawned 3 singles, “Elevator”, “In the Ayer” and “Roll”. Flo Rida followed it up with the release of his sophomore album, R.O.O.T.S. in 2009. The album’s lead single, “Right Round”, sold 636,000 digital copies in a single week, the biggest first-week sales in digital history, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for six straight weeks.

Radiohead

Radiohead was formed in 1985 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, U.K. It consist of Thom Yorke on lead vocals, Jonny Greenwood on lead guitar, Ed O’Brien on rythm guitar, Colin Greenwood on bass guitar and Phil Selway on drums and percussion. Radiohead released their first single, “Creep”, in 1992. The song was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey in 1993. Pablo Honey peaked at #22 in the UK charts and went platinum there and in other countries around the world. On 13 March 1995, Radio Head released their sophomore album entitled “The Bends”. The album was subject to much greater critical acclaim than their debut Pablo Honey and it reached number four in the UK Album Charts. However, it failed to build on the commercial success of their single “Creep” outside the United Kingdom, and it peaked on the American charts at number 88. Although it lacked the instant success of later Radiohead albums, The Bends achieved triple platinum sales certifications in the UK and Canada and platinum sales in the US. Since then Radio Head has released five more albums which include OK Computer in 1997, Kid A in 2000, Amnesiac in 2001, Hail to the Thief in 2003 and In Rainbows in 2007.