Goo Goo Dolls
The Goo Goo Dolls are a rock band that formed in 1985 in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. The band released their first album, Goo Goo Dolls in 1987 on Mercenary Records, but was picked up in 1988 by Celluloid Records, a larger record company. The band released its second album, Jed, in 1989 after moving to Los Angeles. The Goo Goo Dolls released its third album, Hold Me Up in 1990. It features their first single, “There You Are”, which became their first music video as well. Then in 1993, they released Superstar Car Wash. In 1995 they released A Boy Named Goo, but they wouldn’t find mainstream success until they released the album Dizzy Up the Girl. It spawned several hit singles which include “Iris”, “Slide”, “Broadway” and “Black Balloon”. Along with top forty single status, music videos for all five singles reached VH1’s Top 20 Music Videos chart upon release. The album has since gone triple platinum. The Goo Goo Dolls have since released two more albums which include “Gutterflower” in 2002 and “Let Love In” in 2006. On July 2, 2008, the Goo Goo Dolls released a new single called “Real” to select iTunes stores.
Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Johnson in South Dallas, Texas, on February 26, 1971. Her mother raised her and her brother and sisters alone. Their father, William Wright, Jr., had left the family early in their lives. To provide for her family, the children’s grandmother often helped in looking after them while Erykah’s mother, Kollen Maria Gipson (Wright), performed as an actress in theatrical productions. Influenced by her mother, Erykah had her first taste of show business at the age of 4, singing and dancing with her mother at the Dallas Theatre Centre. By the age of 14, Erykah Badu was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove. Working and touring with her cousin, Robert “Free” Bradford, she recorded a 19-song demo, Country Cousins, which attracted the attention of Kedar Massenburg, who set Badu up to record a duet with D’Angelo, “Your Precious Love,” and eventually signed her to a record deal with Universal Records. Baduizm, Badu’s highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts. Lead single “On & On” reached #12 on the singles charts in both the U.S. and UK. Erykah Badu has since released six more albums.
Cyndi Lauper was born to Fred and Catrine Lauper in Queens, New York on June 22, 1953. Her real name is Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper. In the mid-70s, Lauper performed as a vocalist with various cover bands in the New York metropolitan area, singing hits by bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, and Bad Company. In 1983, Cyndi Lauper released her debut album, She’s So Unusual. The album catapulted Lauper to stardom with such hits as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “She Bop” and “Time After Time”. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard pop albums chart (US), and stayed in the top-forty of the Billboard 200 for sixty-five weeks; remaining on the charts for 172 weeks. As of 2002 it has sold more than nine million copies worldwide. In 1986 she released her sophomore album True Colors. The album produced the singles “True Colors,” “Change of Heart,” “What’s Going On,” and “Boy Blue”. True Colors album went double Platinum in the United States. Cyndi Lauper has since released eight more albums. As of 2008 she has sold more than 25 million albums and singles worldwide. In August 2008, Lauper contributed an article titled “Hope” to The Huffington Post which encouraged Americans to vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming United States presidential election.
Hanson is an American pop rock band formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma by brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson in 1992. The band was originally called The Hanson Brothers, The three young boys sang a cappella and recorded songs like “Rockin’ Robin”, “Splish Splash” and “Johnny B. Goode”, as well as their own material. Their first performance as a professional group took place in 1992 at the Mayfest Arts Festival in Tulsa. All three boys started their musical careers as pianists. Isaac later picked up a second-hand guitar, Zac borrowed an old set of drums, and Taylor became the keyboard player of what turned into a garage band. The band recorded two independent albums in their hometown of Tulsa, Boomerang (recorded in autumn 1994, released in 1995) and MMMBop (released in 1996). The latter featured the original version of the song “MMMBop”, which would later become the runaway single on their debut commercial record Middle of Nowhere. The boys then found themselves at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. There, they were promptly signed by manager Christopher Sabec. He shopped them to several record companies, most of which dismissed the band as either a novelty or fraud before Steve Greenberg, an A&R representative for Mercury Records, heard them play a set at the Kansas State Fair. After this performance, they were signed almost immediately by Mercury. They soon became a worldwide sensation with the release of their first major-label album, Middle of Nowhere, which was produced by the famous Dust Brothers.