Celine Dion, Shania Twain, T.I., Nickelback

Celine Dion

Celine Dion was born Céline Marie Claudette Dion on March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. She is the youngest of fourteen children born to Adhémar Dion and Thérčse Tanguay, both of French Canadian descent. At age twelve, Dion collaborated with her mother and her brother Jacques to compose her first song, “Ce n’était qu’un ręve” (“It Was Only a Dream”). Her brother Michel Dondalinger Dion sent the recording to music manager René Angélil, whose name he discovered on the back of a Ginette Reno album. Angélil was moved to tears by Dion’s voice, and decided to make her a star. He mortgaged his home to fund her first record which was entitled La voix du bon Dieu. It was released in Canada in 1981.It became a local number-one record and made Celine Dion an instant star in Quebec. Her popularity spread to other parts of the world when she competed in the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan, and won the musician’s award for Top Performer as well as the gold medal for Best Song. She then went on to learn English and two years later released Unison. Worldwide sales of Unison have reached 3.5 million copies. Celine Dion has since sold over 200 million albums worldwide.

Shania Twain

Eilleen Regina Edwards, known by her stage name Shania Twain, was born on August 28, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario. She is the daughter of Clarence Edwards and his wife Sharon Morrison. Her parents divorced when she was two, and her mother then moved with Eileen and her sister Jill to Timmins, Ontario, where she married Jerry Twain. He adopted the girls, legally changing their last name to Twain. Shania Twain wrote her first songs at the age of ten. Early in 1990 she assembled a demo tape of her songs, and her manager set up a showcase for Shania Twain to present her material to record executives. She caught the attention of a few labels, including Mercury Nashville Records, who signed her within a few months. In 1993 she released her self titled debut album. Though not originally a hit it would later find success with her fans. In 1995 she released The Woman in Me. It spawned singles including the hit “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)” and has gone platinum twelve times over. Since then she has released three more albums, Come On Over in 1997, The Complete Limelight Sessions in 2001 and Up! in 2002. Shania Twain has sold over 65 million albums worldwide to date including 48 million in the USA alone.

T.I.

T.I. is the stage name of rapper Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. He was born on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised by his grandparents and delt drugs as a teenager. T.I. released his debut album “I’m Serious” through Arista Records on October 9, 2001. The album features guests Pharrell of The Neptunes, Too Short, YoungBloodZ, Pastor Troy, Bone Crusher and Lil Jon. It has since sold around 268,000 copies. T.I.’s second album was entitled Trap Muzik and it debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 selling 103,000 copies in its first week. It has since sold well over 1 million copies since it’s release. He then released his third album, Urban Legend. In the first week it sold 193,000 copies and spawned the cross-over single “Bring Em Out.” It has been certified as Platinum by RIAA. T.I. has since released three more albums, King in 2006, T.I. vs. T.I.P. in 2007 and Paper Trail in 2008. In 2006 T.I. starred in his first film, ATL. T.I. played the character Rashad Swann, an orphaned 17-year-old senior in high school. T.I. also appeared in American Gangster with fellow rappers Common and RZA and was featured on the sound track. He has also appeared in the 2009 movie Fast & Furious 4.

Nickelback

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band that was formed in 1995 in Alberta, Canada. It was formed by members Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and then-drummer Brandon Kroeger, who has since been replaced by drummer Daniel Adair. Its name originates from the nickel in change that band member Mike Kroeger gave customers at his Starbucks job, he would frequently say, “Here’s your nickel back”. In April of 1996 they released their first EP, Hesher. In the same year Nickelback recorded their first full-length album Curb. It sold 100,000 copies as an independent release. Their sophomore album was released in 1998 and was entitled The State. It held a peak position of #130 on the Billboard 200, which beat the Curbs peak position of #182. The third album that Nickelback released, and the one that is considered their break through effort was Silver Side Up. It was released on September 11, 2001. It spawned the singles “How You Remind Me”, “Too Bad” and “Never Again”. The album has since sold over five million copies. In 2003, Nickelback released The Long Road. This album was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA in March 2005 and has sold over 3.4 million copies. All the Right Reasons is the fifth studio album by Nickelback, released on October 4, 2005. The album was the third straight No. 1 album for the band in their native Canada and has sold over seven million copies worldwide.