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Alicia Keys’ Birthday

January 25 is Alicia Keys’ Birthday!

Singer-songwriter and R&B sensation Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook in New York, New York on January 25, 1981. At the age of seven, Alicia began playing piano, an instrument that her mother insisted she pursue. Upon her graduation from the Professional Performing Arts School, Alicia signed with producer Clive Davis at J Records.

In 2001, Keys released her debut album Songs in A Minor, which received rave reviews; the album went platinum five times over and earned her five Grammy Awards. The singer’s smooth mixture of pop, gospel, R&B, and soul has gained her worldwide recognition.

Supplementary to her music career, Keys has directed and acted in multiple films, including: Smokin’ Aces, The Nanny Diaries, and The Secret Life of Bees. In July 2010, Alicia married producer Swizz Beatz, and they welcomed their first child in October 2010. She recently released her 5th studio album, Girl on Fire, and will embark on a North American tour beginning in March.

Happy 32nd Birthday, Alicia!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography.com

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Jimi Hendrix’s Birthday

November 27, 2012 is Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday!

An American musician, singer, and songwriter, Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942 – Sept. 18 1970) was an innovative and, some say, the greatest electric guitarist in the history of popular music and one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th century.

Jimi Hendrix surmounted racial and cultural barriers in America and Great Britain at a time when youth culture, pop music, and society were radically changing. One of the most innovative musicians of the 20th century, Hendrix continues to influence an ever-increasing number of musicians, artists, and fans in the 21st century.”

- Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator for the EMP Museum in Seattle

To commemorate Hendrix’s 70th birthday, the EMP Museum opened the “Hear My Train A Comin’: Hendrix Hits London” exhibit on November 17. The exhibit focuses on Hendrix’s rise to fame in the UK while in London from September 1966 to June 1967 when he returned home to become an international sensation after performing at the Monterey Pop Festival in California. Get a sneak peak at some of the items on exhibit at the Huffington Post’s coverage of the Hendrix exhibit.

If you live in Seattle or are planning a trip there soon, check out the exhibit in celebration of Jimi’s birthday! You can also celebrate by listening to your favorite Hendrix music or dressing up in Hendrix fashion.

Sources: Wikipedia, Hennemusic.com, Ultimateclassicrock.com

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Punk for a Day

October 25 is Punk for a Day!

If you’re punk everyday, this holiday might not be so exciting. But for those of you who don’t don the punk uniform or blast punk rock on a daily basis, today’s your chance to submerge yourself into the punk subculture that emerged from the punk rock music genre. Full-out mohawks are optional.

Not sure how to be punk for a day? Check out this guide on How to Be a Punk from wikiHow. If that’s not enough, we even found an entire website dedicated to punk and how to be punk!

 

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo! News, Wikipedia

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National One-Hit Wonder Day

One-hit wonders might be referenced in a derogatory manner, but the songwriters reaping the benefits of their one-hit wonders might tell you otherwise:

I don’t mind having that one hit. [...] I call it ‘one-hit wonderful.’”

Steven Greenberg, Lipps Inc. member and writer of the band’s one-hit wonder “Funkytown”

Declared by music writer Steve Rosen in 1990, National One-Hit Wonder Day celebrates all those one-hit wonders that were so catchy, they couldn’t be topped – from kitschy tunes like Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” to classics like “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

The exact criteria for declaring a song, artist, or musical act a “one-hit wonder” is a little sketchy. According to most music industry insiders, including Billboard magazine journalist and author of The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders Wayne Jancik, a one-hit wonder is any song or act that reaches a Top 40 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart only once. However, this definition would include several artists with a well-known body of work, a strong fan following, influences on other musicians, and other successes, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Grateful Dead – these acts and similar ones are usually considered exceptions. A more lenient definition includes any spot in the Top 100 only once while a more general definition is any artist best known for only one song.

Celebrate National One-Hit Wonder Day by listening to your favorite one-hit wonders! Here are a few one-hit wonder lists we found around the web:

Listverse’s Top 15 One Hit Wonders
Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of All Time
Wikipedia’s list of one-hit wonders in the U.S.

Did you know…The term “one-hit wonder” can also be applied to works of art other than music and to artists other than musical performers. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is considered a one-hit wonder in literature. Although it was the only novel Lee ever published, the classic, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel is a bestseller that has sold over 30 million copies and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

 

Sources: Huffington PostWikipedia

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Madonna’s Birthday!

2013 Madonna Calendar

On this day in 1958, Madonna Louise Ciccone was born. 54 years later, Madonna Louise Ciccone has transformed into Madonna: American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, entrepreneur, and one of (if not the) most influential female figures in contemporary music. Since releasing her debut album in 1983, Madonna has released a 12 albums, starred and/or appeared in 19 films, embarked on 9 concert tours, and stirred up plenty of controversy through her constant experimentation and reinventing of her music and her image. In addition to singing, dancing, and acting, Madonna has ventured into fashion design, writing children’s books, and film directing and producing.

Celebrate Madonna’s birthday by listening to her music or making a playlist of all of your favorite Madonna songs to share with your friends. Then throw a Madonna dance party!

Learn more about Madonna at her official website.

Sources: Wikipedia

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