I Heart Music
30 Apr 2014
Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu(born 7 November 1988) better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah, is an English rapper. He released his first mixtape in 2005; his first album, Disc-Overy, debuted at number one in the UK in October 2010 and was preceded by two British number-one singles. In February 2011, he won two Brit Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single.
In November 2013, he released his second album, titled Demonstration, preceded by singles "Trampoline" and "Children of the Sun", which debuted at number three and six in the UK respectively.
Lawson is a British pop rock band, consisting of Andy Brown (acoustic guitar and lead vocals), Ryan Fletcher (bass guitar and backing vocals), Joel Peat (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Adam Pitts (drums). The band is currently based in London. Their debut album, Chapman Square, was released on 22 October 2012 and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart. To date, the band have achieved six UK top 20 hit singles. They are named after Liverpool-based surgeon Dr. David Lawson who performed life saving brain surgery on Brown.
- Andy Brown
- Joel Peat
- Adam Pitts
- Ryan Fletcher
Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III (born January 7, 1979), better known as Aloe Blacc, is an Panamanian-American singer, songwriter, rapper, and musician. He is best known for his singles "I Need a Dollar", "The Man," and for writing and performing vocals on Avicii's "Wake Me Up," which charted at #1 in 22 countries.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Spree Wilson began his musical journey at home with his family. His father who sang and toured in a doo-wop group called The Blue Shirts, while his mother who kept artists like Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Minnie Riperton, and Whitney Houston in constant rotation would become the musical building blocks of his artist/songwriting career, which later on lead to him meeting his mentor Dallas Austin and musical icon Q-Tip.
Charlotte Emma Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is a British singer and songwriter. She released two singles in 2008, "!Franchesckaar!" (from her commercially unreleased debut album, 14) and "Emelline"/"Art Bitch". She was signed to This Is Music and IAMSOUND Records in 2010 before releasing three more singles, "Stay Away", "Nuclear Seasons" and "You're the One" from her debut EP You're the One, which was released in June 2012. After a year-long delay period, she released her debut major label studio album, True Romance, in April 2013.Currently, she is expecting to release her third studio album in June 2014.
Di-rect is a rock band from The Hague, The Netherlands, which was formed in 1999. The current line-up consists of Jamie Westland (drums), Frans "Spike" van Zoest (guitars), Bas van Wageningen (bass), Vince van Reeken (keyboards) and Marcel Veenendaal (lead vocals).
- Marcel Veenendaal (lead vocals)
- Frans "Spike" van Zoest (guitar and vocals)
- Jamie Westland (drums)
- Bas van Wageningen (bass)
Vince van Reeken (keyboards)
Shahid Khan (born 1 January 1985), often credited by his artist and production name Naughty Boy, is a British DJ, songwriter, record producer and musician. In 2012, Khan signed a three-year publishing deal with Sony ATV, as well as a recording contract to release one album under Virgin EMI Records. Khan launched himself as a record producer under the moniker "Naughty Boy" and runs his own production company called Naughty Boy Recordings.
Naughty Boy has produced two top-ten records for UK rappers Chipmunk and Wiley, both featuring Emeli Sandé. Naughty Boy and Sandé later formed a writing and production partnership, leading to Sandé landing her own record deal with Virgin and EMI. Sandé went on to be named the Critics Choice for the 2012 BRIT Awards, and release her debut album Our Version of Events (2012), a record co-written/produced with Naughty Boy. Khan spent 2011 and 2012 working on records for Leona Lewis, JLS, Cheryl Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Alesha Dixon and Tinie Tempah, among others.