System Of A Down
System Of A Down was formed in 1994 in Glendale, California. It’s current lineup includes Serj Tankian on lead vocals, Daron Malakian on guitar, Shavo Odadjian on bass and John Dolmayan on drums. In June of 1998, System of a Down released it’s debut album and it was certified gold by the RIAA on February 2, 2000. On September 4, 2001, they released their sophomore album Toxicity. It debuted at number one and spawned four singles, “Prison Song”, “Chop Suey!”, “Toxicity” and “Aerials”. Steal This Album! is the third studio album by System of a Down, released on November 26, 2002, through American Recordings. Since then, System Of A Down has released two more studio albums, Mezmerize in 2005 and Hypnotize which was released six months after Mezmerize. Both albums have subsequently sold over a million copies each and they have both been certified platinum in the United States. System Of A Down has sold over 20 million records worldwide and earned four Grammy Award nominations. The band is a part of the Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together musicians, music fans, and grass roots political organizations to fight for social justice. In 2006, the group went on hiatus, and all four members are currently working on various side projects.
Pretty Ricky is an American R&B Boy band originally made up of Diamond Blue Smith “Baby Blue”, Spectacular Smith “Spectacular”, Corey Mathis “Slick ’em” and Marcus Cooper “Pleasure P”. They were formed in Miami, Florida. In 2004 their single “Grind On Me” began to get heavy airplay on Miami radio, which
lead to a deal with Atlantic Records and national exposure. In 2005, they released their debut album, Bluestars. Grind With Me,” a sanitized version of their hit single, powered their debut album Bluestars and it debuted and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Later that year Pretty Ricky toured with Omarion and other R&B acts in the Scream Tour IV concert series. Their second release, Late Night Special (2007), included the hit singles “On the Hotline” and “(I Wanna See You) Push It, Baby.” The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling about 132,000 copies in its first week. They have since released two albums, Eighties Babies in 2008 and Pretty Ricky in 2009. The album Eighties Babies spawned the single “Cuddle Up”. Pretty Ricky currently is based in Florida.
Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946 in El Centro, California. Her father, John Sarkisian, was an Armenian refugee who worked as a truck driver and her mother Jackie Jean Crouch was an aspiring actress and occasional model. Cher’s parents divorced when she was young and she was raised primarily by her mother, who at one time was married to Gilbert LaPierre, a banker who adopted Cher. Due to severe, undiagnosed dyslexia, she left Fresno High School at the age of 16. She met Sonny Bono while he was working for record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. They became friends and later married. They would later divorce in 1975. Cher released her debut solo album, All I Really Want to Do in 1965. Since then she has released twenty-four studio albums, nine compilation albums, two soundtracks and a live album. She has also starred in over fifteen movies including Silkwood, Mask and Moon Struck. Cher has sold over 200 million records worldwide. After a three-year hiatus and retirement from touring city to city, Cher returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where she is currently performing her show Cher at the Colosseum.
Amanda Leigh “Mandy” Moore, known simply as Mandy Moore was born on April 10, 1984 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Some of Moore’s first public exposure occurred when she sang the national anthem at several Florida sporting events. She subsequently came to the attention of the head of A&R at Epic Records after his friend, a FedEx employee, overheard her as she sang at a recording studio. In 1999 she released her debut album, So Real. The album spawned a Top 40 hit with the single “Candy” and went platinum within three months. It has since sold more than 3.5 million copies. Mandy Moore followed that success with the release of her sophomore album, I Wanna Be with You in 2000. It peaked at number twenty-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified gold. The album has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Mandy Moore has since released four more albums and has branched out to acting, starring in such movies as A Walk to Remember, Chasing Liberty and License to Wed. Her new album Amanda Leigh, was released on May 26, 2009. Mandy Moore’s albums have sold more than ten million copies throughout the world.