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Sezen Aksu

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...Considered the “Queen of Turkish Pop,” the career and music of Sezen Aksu has laid an aesthetic foundation for modern Turkish popular music. Born in the province of Denizli in 1954, Aksu was discouraged by her family from pursuing music...

Alborosie

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...With an unlikely but international reach, Alborosie emerged from the Italian music scene to become a popular reggae and dancehall artist in reggae music's native Jamaica. Born in 1977 in Sicily, Alborosie taught himself how to play guitar...
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...As the principal interpreter of Nigerian juju music, King Sunny Adé was one of the first African artists to reach a global audience. Born into a royal family of the Yoruba people in Ondo State, Nigeria in 1946, Adé began his musical career...
...The boogie-woogie piano playing of Albert Ammons provided a fertile middle ground between blues and pre-World War II jazz. Born in Chicago in 1907, both of Ammons's parents were pianists and as a young man he would learn chords by marking...

Abba

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...In becoming the most significant Swedish music export, ABBA transformed the pop and disco landscape across the globe. In 1966, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, both veterans of multiple bands, began writing songs while simultaneously...

Arcade Fire

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...The Canadian indie-rock outfit Arcade Fire formed by late 2001, with Win Butler, Josh Deu, and Régine Chassagne uniting to form a trio that began recording demos and performing live. Through 2003, the lineup changed often. After...

Gene Autry

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...The Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry, was one of the most popular American entertainers for over thirty years. Autry was born in 1907 in Texas and his family relocated to Oklahoma in the early 1920s, where he worked on the family ranch before...

Bryan Adams

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...The soft-rock, pop sound of Bryan Adams dominated the charts in the 1980s and early 1990s. Born in 1959 in Ontario, Canada, Adams's father was a foreign-service diplomat and the family followed him to his postings through the early 1970s...
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...When the Afghan Whigs signed to Sub Pop Records in 1989, it helped establish the growing grunge and alternative rock trends as transnational rather than isolated in the Pacific Northwest. Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986 by Greg Dulli...

Joe Arroyo

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...The Colombian singer Joe Arroyo began singing in his working-class community but eventually rose to become one of the best-known interpreters of Caribbean music in his nation. Born in 1955 in the northern state of Bolivar, Arroyo began...