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Gackt Camui

Official website (Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese) Gackt Camui (神威 楽斗 Kamui Gakuto?, born July 4, 1973), known solely as GACKT, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, actor, and author. He has been active since 1995, first as a vocalist for the defunct visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, and from 1999 as a solo artist. He has released nine studio albums, and with forty-one singles released holds the male soloist record for most top ten singles in Japan music history. His single “Returner (Yami no Shūen)”, released on June 20, 2007, was his first and only single to reach the number one spot on the Oricon charts.  He became the first Japanese artist to release his music catalog on iTunes in October 2007. Besides that, in modern entertainment industry his music has been used as theme songs for various video games, anime films and television series. In addition to his music, Gackt acted in few films, including the film he wrote, Moon Child, and his international debut Bunraku, and series such as the NHK drama Fūrin Kazan. He also performed live in a theatre stage run.

Ksenia Sitnik

Ksenia Sitnik(  born on 15 May 1995 in Mazyr, Belarus), sometimes also transliterated as Kseniya Sitnik or Xenia Sitnik, is a Belarusian child singer. She represented her home country in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005, which she won with the self-penned song “My Vmeste” (We Are Together). Ksenia Sitnik started her singing career at a very early age. She has participated in many vocal contests such as the festival Falling Stars in Nowa Ruda, Poland and The Golden Bee festival in Klimovichy, Belarus, both at the age of nine in the year 2004. Ksenia won first prize at the international children’s contest at the Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk,Belarus in July 2005 and the same year also competed in The Star Light festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Ksenia Sitnik performing My Vmeste in 2005

Ksenia Sitnik won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, where she represented her home country, Belarus, with the song My Vmeste. Despite the song not being particularly popular in pre-contest polls: for example, in the Europrediction poll, Ksenia came last with no points.  Ksenia won, albeit narrowly – she had only three points more than the runner-up, Antonio José from Spain. In November, 2006 Ksenia released a CD with accompanying music book called My Vmeste (“We Are Together”). She has released three music videos: Malenkiy Korablik (“Little Ship”) in 2006, Prostaya Pesenka (“Simple Song”) in 2007 and, most recently, Non-stop in 2009 .

Winta Efrem Negassi

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Winta Efrem Negassi (born 20 March 1984) is a Norwegian R&B and soul musician from Haugerud, Oslo. She grew up in Oslo, Norway.  Both of her parents fled Eritrea after heightened civil strife erupted there and forced them to become refugees. Winta has been interested in music since she was a child.

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Winta’s debut album was released May 2004. From 2002-2004 she made three music videos for the singles “Emotions”, “Hot Romance (Rok With You)” and “I Want U”, all directed by Norwegian video director Ray Kay. Her 2004 hit single “Hot Romance (Rok With You)” was written by Taio Cruz.

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Friday 9 September 2011 Winta released her first album (“My Life”) in seven years. The album included the singles “Top of the World”, “Nails on a Chalkboard”, “My Life”, “Heart On Fire (Merry-Go-Round)”, “Amazes Me”, “Just For Tonight”, “Storm In Paradise” and “No Last Regrets”.
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  • “Nails on a Chalkboard” (daWorks, 2010)
  • “My Life” (daWorks, 2011)
  • “Heart On Fire (Merry-Go-Round)” (daWorks, 2011)
  • “Amazes Me” (daWorks, 2011)
  • «Just For Tonight» (daWorks, 2011)
  • «Storm In Paradiset» (daWorks, 2012)
  • «No Last Regrets» (daWorks, 2012)

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Jeanette Biedermann

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Jeanette Biedermann (born February 22, 1980), also known by her stage name Jeanette, is a German recording artist, actress and television personality. Born and raised in Berlin, Biedermann began performing as a member of a troupe of acrobats in a children’s circus at the age of six. She later attended beauty school before dropping out to pursue her music career following her participation and win of the Bild-Schlagerwettbewerb competition in 1999.

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Biedermann came to prominence within the music industry following the release of her debut studio album Enjoy! (2000) which spawned the top ten hit single “Go Back.” Her second studio album Delicious (2001) was a commercial success and gained gold status. Rock My Life (2002) became her first album to debut within the top ten while fourth studio album Break on Through (2003) went platinum in Germany. In 2004, she recorded the holiday album Merry Christmas and, after a return to music with a new record label, Biedermann released the rock-pop album Naked Truth (2006) and dance pop-influenced album Undress to the Beat (2009) the following years.

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With album and single sales in excess of ten million copies, she is ranked among the highest-selling German singers of today.[2] Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including two ECHO Awards, a Goldene Kamera and a Top of the Pops Award.

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Lending her musical knowledge to others, Biedermann served a member of the judging panel of reality television competition series Star Search and Stars auf Ice in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Since, she has also starred in various films and television projects, including crime series Tatort (2006), spoofing film Dörte’s Dancing (2008), and the Sat.1 telenovela Anna und die Liebe in which she plays Anna.

Jens Lekman

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Jens Martin Lekman ( born 6 February 1981) is a Swedish musician. His music is guitar-based pop with heavy use of samples and strings, with lyrics that are often witty, romantic, and melancholic. The English lyrics reflect an advanced knowledge of the language and its idioms. His work is heavily influenced by that of Jonathan Richman and Belle & Sebastian, and he has been likened to Stephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields), David Byrne, and Scott Walker.

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His first album When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog was released in 2004, and consisted of recordings made between 2000 and 2004 (some tracks had been previously released independently by Lekman). The album attracted attention among the alternative music press in both Europe and the U.S. The song “You Are the Light” was a successful radio hit, and a video received some rotation in the Nordic MTV and ZTV. In Sweden, the album reached #6 on the national chart. Lekman was nominated for three Swedish Grammies, three P3 Guld and three Manifest awards, and the album was named the album of the year by Nöjesguiden.

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A concert film shot from Lekman’s sold-out show with José González at Göteborg’s concert hall in December 2003 was broadcast by Swedish national television in 2005. In June 2005, a compilation CD of Lekman’s first three EPs (plus extra tracks) was released as Oh You’re So Silent Jens. Lekman’s cover of Scout Niblett’s “Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death” appeared on Secretly Canadian’s SC100 compilation.
Night Falls Over Kortedala was released in Sweden on 5 September 2007 and worldwide on 9 October 2007. The single “Friday Night at the Drive-in Bingo” preceded the album’s release.

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In 2010, Lekman released a free song entitled “The End of the World is Bigger Than Love” online. This was his first release in three years.
On 19 March 2011, Lekman played a show in support of libraries during the widespread closures in the United Kingdom where he premiered a new song, “Every Little Hair Knows Your Name”
Lekman’s An Argument With Myself EP was released in September 2011 to generally favorable reviews. This was followed up by I Know What Love Isn’t in September 2012, Lekman’s first full-length album since 2007, also receiving favorable reviews.

Karen Mulder bio and photos

karen_mulder1-217x300 Karen Mulder bio and photos Karen Mulder (born 1 June 1968) is a Dutch former model and singer. During the 90s, she had a successful modeling career and was recognized as a world-class “supermodel” by various media. In her native country, the Netherlands, Mulder is well remembered for her 2002 public breakdown and suicide attempts. Born in 1968, Mulder was raised in Den Haag and Voorburg, Mulder’s father, Ben, is a tax inspector and her mother, Marijke, is a secretary. Mulder has a younger sister, Saskia, who became an actress after a stint studying economics. In 1985, her family went on a camping trip in the south of France. She saw an ad for Elite Model Management’s “Look of the Year” contest in a newspaper. A friend took some photographs she had of her and sent them to Elite without her knowledge. She won the preliminary contest in Amsterdam, and was sent to the finals of the contest, placing second. She soon went to Paris for her first modeling shoot. She then left high school to travel to Italy with her mother for a formal photo shoot, and then to Paris for modeling school, where Elite took over her career. By her second year on the runway, she was modeling for Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Versace, and Giorgio Armani. She appeared on the cover of Vogue and before long, landed a contract for Guess in 1991, when she was 21 years old. She soon appeared on the cover of British Vogue and in a Nivea advertising campaign. Other campaigns she appeared in included Calvin Klein, Claude Montana, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint-Laurent’s Rive Gauche fragrance, as well as Guerlain, Chloé, Revlon, Jacques Fath, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Chanel and Hervé Léger. Karen has worked with some of the greatest fashion photographers, including Javier Vallhonrat, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Max Vadukul, Gilles Bensimon, Fabrizio Ferri, Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, Robert Erdmann, and Arthur Elgort. One of the first issues of Top Model magazine was entirely devoted to Mulder along with an entire issue of Italian Vogue. Her two appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1997 and 1998 and her poses for the Victoria’s Secret catalogue increased Mulder’s profile. Called “The Blonde With Class” by Vogue editors,[citation needed] she went on to share catwalks with models such as Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell. At one point in her career she was earning up to £10,000 a day. Mulder retired from modeling in 2000. Afterwards, she tried other career paths. She branched out into acting, making her debut in the French short film A Theft, One Night in 2001. She also pursued a career in music but had limited success. Her first effort at establishing a music career was her cover version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Am What I Am”, which appeared on the French music charts for a time in the summer of 2002.

Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn (born November 27, 1979) is a Grammy-winning American violinist. Her main interest is in solo performance; she also performs chamber music. Hahn, whose great-grandmother was from Bad Dürkheim, Germany, was born in Lexington, Virginia. Beginning her studies when she was three years old at Baltimore’s Peabody Institute, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age ten, and in 1991, made her major orchestral debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Hahn signed her first musical recording contract at age sixteen in 1996 with Sony Music. She graduated from the Curtis Institute in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Her violin is an 1864 copy of Paganini’s Cannone made by Vuillaume. Hahn uses bows by American bow maker Isaac Salchow and French bow makers Emile Ouchard[clarification needed Which one?], Paul Jombar, and Emil Miquel. As for her strings, she uses Dominants for the A (aluminum wound), D and G (silver wound) and uses a Pirastro Gold Label Steel E. During concerts she does hope for absolute quiet from the audience during the music. “Not out of snobbishness or holy respect for the music, but just so everyone (including the performers) can hear it. Great music can be quite comfortable and relaxing, and you can sleep—as long as you don’t snore.” On January 14, 2010, Hahn appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien in support of her album, Bach: Violin & Voice. Shortly thereafter the album sold 1,000 copies, reaching #1 on a Billboard classical chart, officially peaking at #6 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.

Natalie Gauci

 

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Natalie Gauci (born 26 November 1981) is an Australian singer of Italian and Maltese descent. Gauci undertook music tuition at theVictorian College of the Arts, formed her own band that played gigs in Melbourne, while also working as a music teacher. After an appearance on Triple J Unearthed, she successfully auditioned for the fifth series of Australian Idol in 2007 and went on to win the series.

Gauci subsequently signed a record deal with Sony BMG Australia and released her debut single “Here I Am” which reached number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and gained a gold accreditation. The single was followed by the release of her debut album titled The Winner’s Journey. It reached number eleven on the ARIA Albums Chart and went on to be certified platinum. In 2010, she formed an electro-pop band with producer Paul Brandoli called Tune In Tokyo, of which she is the lead singer.

Gauci progressed successfully through the top 12 knockout phase; it was not until the eighth week, with five contestants remaining, that she appeared in the bottom three—the three contestants with the lowest number of votes that week. Several of her performances earned acclaim; The Courier Mail noted her renditions of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, Kate Bush’s “Running Up that Hill”, and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” as highlights. Her performances of “Umbrella”, Divinyls’ “Boys in Town”, and Morgan Lewis’s “How High the Moon” earned “touchdowns” from Holden.


Gauci and Matt Corby were the final two contestants of the top 12, and thus progressed to the grand finale. At the conclusion of every series of Australian Idol, the winner releases a single dubbed the “Winner’s Single”. The 2007 winner’s single, “Here I Am” was written by Lindy Robbins and Tom Leonard, who had previously written for the Backstreet Boys. Gauci was critical of the song when she first heard it, professing confusion as it was written with male vocals. She thus rewrote the song to be more consistent with her style of music. On 25 November 2007, Gauci was declared the winner of Australian Idol 2007. She became the first contestant to progress to the top 12 through a lifeline from the judges to win the competition.

Miley Cyrus biography

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Miley Cyrus biography  (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American actress and pop singer-songwriter.

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She achieved wide fame for her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana. Cyrus recorded music for the soundtracks, Hannah Montana (2006) and Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), released by Walt Disney Records.

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With the success of the Hannah Montana franchise she established herself as a teen idol. In 2007, Cyrus signed to Hollywood Records to pursue a solo career. She embarked upon the Best of Both Worlds Tour the same year, in which she performed as both herself and in character as Hannah Montana. The tour was eventually turned into a high-grossing concert film entitled Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008). In July 2008, Cyrus released her first solo album, Breakout (2008), which was commercially successful.

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She began her foray into film by providing the voice of “Penny” in the animated film Bolt (2008). Cyrus earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for her performance of Bolt‘s theme song, “I Thought I Lost You”. She also reprised her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana in Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009). The Hannah Montana: The Movie‘ soundtrack introduced her to new audiences within country and adult contemporary markets.

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She began to cultivate an adult image in 2009 with the release of The Time of Our Lives (2009), an extended play which presented a more mainstream pop sound, and by filming The Last Song (2010), a coming-of-age drama film. The former included Cyrus’s best-selling single, “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009). A studio album titled Can’t Be Tamed was released in 2010 and presents a new dance-pop sound.

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The music video and lyrics of the album’s lead single, “Can’t Be Tamed”, portrays a more sexualized image for the entertainer. Cyrus ranked number thirteen on Forbes‘ 2010 Celebrity 100.  In April 2011, Cyrus was named the 64th hottest woman in the world on Maxim’s Hot 100.  In May 2011, Cyrus was also named the 89th sexiest women in the world on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the world. selling single, “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009). A studio album titled Can’t Be Tamed was released in 2010 and presents a new dance-pop sound. The music video and lyrics of the album’s lead single, “Can’t Be Tamed”, portrays a more sexualized image for the entertainer. Cyrus ranked number thirteen on Forbes‘ 2010 Celebrity 100.  In April 2011, Cyrus was named the 64th hottest woman in the world on Maxim’s Hot 100.  In May 2011, Cyrus was also named the 89th sexiest women in the world on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the world.

Jena Malone

Jena Malone ( born November 21, 1984) is an American actress and musician who has appeared on television, in films, and on Broadway. She made her movie debut with the film Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), and has appeared in films including Contact (1997), Stepmom (1998), Donnie Darko (2001), Saved! (2004), Into the Wild (2007), The Ruins (2008) , Sucker Punch (2011) and Catching Fire, the second film in the adaptation of the Hunger Games trilogy as Johanna Mason. Malone is also an experimental musician who has released music both under her own name and as “The Shoe”. Malone co-produced the 2002 film American Girl, a drama in which she also acted. In the 2004 film Saved!, she got top billing in her first role as the primary star. In 2005, she played the spoiled fifth Bennet daughter Lydia in the film Pride and Prejudice. In 2006, she made her professional stage debut in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning play Doubt. In 2007, it was announced that Malone was releasing her first single on The Social Registry, a New York City experimental music label. A number of tracks were posted to her MySpace page.[11] Pitchfork Media has described Malone’s music as “pretty out-there – bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone’s spare vocals.”  Malone’s more recent musical work is performed as/with The Shoe. Malone appeared in the horror film, The Ruins, which was released on April 4, 2008 and co-starred Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, and Jonathan Tucker. She played Lavinia in an off-Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s play Mourning Becomes Electra in 2009. In 2012, Malone also starred in a two-part series on the YouTube channel ‘Wigs’ entitled “Dakota” as the mini-series’ title character. Malone is to portray Carson McCullers in the film Lonely Hunter, directed by Deborah Kampmeir. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Malone was in negotiations to portray Johanna Mason in the sequels to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. It has also been slipped by Josh Hutcherson in an interview. It has now been confirmed she will play Johanna Mason in the film, to be released 2013.