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Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong (Londra, 25 dicembre 1971) è una cantante britannica, nota semplicemente come Dido.
Dido nasce al St. Mary Abbots Hospital a Kensington, Londra, dalla madre Clare Collins, poetessa, e dal padre William O’Malley Armstrong, editore e manager di origine irlandese. Cresciuta studiando e ascoltando musica classica, a sei anni inizia a frequentare la London Guildhall School Of Music, dove studia pianoforte e violino. Grazie anche all’influenza del fratello Rowland Constantine (detto Rollo), futuro leader del gruppo pop Faithless, entra in contatto con i generi musicali più svariati; comincia quindi a fare esperienza come cantante in varie band, prima di entrare nei Faithless nel ruolo di seconda vocalist. Con il gruppo parteciperà alla registrazione di Reverence (1996) e di Sunday 8pm (1998).

Nel 1995 Dido comincia a scrivere anche materiale proprio traendone varie demo, che, riunite in una raccolta intitolata Odds & Ends pubblicata su cd, catturano l’attenzione dell’Arista Records, portando alla firma di un contratto con Dido negli USA. Delle canzoni incluse in Odds & Ends, Take my hand è stata inclusa come bonus track in tutte le edizioni di No Angel, Sweet eyed baby è stata remixata e reintitolata Don’t think of me, mentre Worthless e Me sono state incluse solo nell’edizione giapponese.

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Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, known as Dido (/ˈdaɪdoʊ/, born 25 December 1971), is a British singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide,[3] and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles “White Flag” and “Life for Rent”.

Dido’s first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. Her third studio album, Safe Trip Home (2008), received critical acclaim but failed to duplicate the commercial success of her previous efforts.[5] She was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “If I Rise”. Dido was ranked No. 98 on the Billboard chart of the top Billboard 200 artists of the 2000s (2000–2009) based on the success of her albums in the first decade of the 21st century.[7] Dido made a comeback in 2013, releasing her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away, which reached the Top 5 in the United Kingdom.

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Bruce Cockburn playlist


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Bruce Cockburn (Ottawa, 27 maggio 1945) è un cantautore canadese.

Il suo stile, con il personalissimo modo di suonare la chitarra, fonde generi come pop, folk, rock, reggae e jazz. Le liriche sono ispirate dalla sua visione umanistica e metafisica della vita vicina all’etica cristiana. 

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Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC (/ˈkbərn/; born May 27, 1945)[1] is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, politics and spirituality.

In 2014, he released his memoirs, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir.[2]  

Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and spent some of his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found around 1959 in his grandmother’s attic, which he adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits.[3] Cockburn attended Nepean High School, where his 1964 yearbook photo states his desire “to become a musician”.[4]He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters in the mid-1960s. In 1966 he joined an Ottawa band called The Children, which lasted for about a year. In the spring of 1967 he joined the final lineup of The Esquires. He moved to Toronto that summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing its name to Olivus in the spring of 1968, by which time Lillie (who changed his name to Neil Merryweather) had been replaced by Dennis Pendrith from Livingstone’s Journey. Olivus opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream in April 1968. That summer Cockburn broke up the band with the intention of going solo, but ended up in the band 3’s a Crowd with David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson, and Richard Patterson, who had been a co-member of The Children. Cockburn left 3’s a Crowd in the spring of 1969 to pursue a solo career.

Cockburn’s first solo appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and in 1969 he was a headliner. In 1970 he released his self-titled, solo album. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery and Biblical metaphors. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a Christian.[5] Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to Christianity, which in turn informs his concerns for human rights and environmentalism. His references to Christianity include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox.[6]

In 1970 Cockburn became partners with Bernie Finkelstein in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.[7]

While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. “Wondering Where the Lions Are“, the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live.

Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 and has a daughter from that marriage.[citation needed] He wrote the song “Little Seahorse”, released on In the Falling Dark, in late 1975 about the time when his daughter wasin utero.[citation needed]

Through the 1980s Cockburn’s songwriting became increasingly urban, global and political as he became more involved with progressive causes. His political concerns were first hinted at on the albums: Humans,Inner City Front and The Trouble with Normal. They became more evident in 1984, with his second US radio hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” (No. 88 in the US) from the Stealing Fire album. He had written the song a year earlier, after visiting Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico that were attacked by Guatemalan military helicopters. His political activism continues to the present. Cockburn has travelled to countries such as Mozambique and Iraq, played benefit concerts, and written songs on a variety of subjects ranging from the International Monetary Fund to land mines. His internationalist bent is reflected in the many world musicinfluences in his music, including reggae and Latin music.

In 1991 Intrepid Records released Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Cockburn whose title comes from a phrase in his song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time“. It features the Barenaked Ladies‘ cover of that song, which became their first Top 40 hit and an element in their early success. This lyric was also referenced by U2 in their song “God Part II” from their album Rattle and Hum.

In the early 1990s, Cockburn teamed with T-Bone Burnett for two albums, Nothing but a Burning Light and Dart to the Heart. The latter included a song, “Closer to the Light”, inspired by the death of songwriter Mark Heard, a close friend of Cockburn and Burnett. Cockburn frequently refers to Heard as his favourite songwriter and he was one of many artists who paid tribute to Heard on an album and video titled Strong Hand of Love.

In 1998 Cockburn travelled with filmmaker Robert Lang to Mali, West Africa, where he jammed with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate. The month-long journey was documented in the film River of Sand, which won the Regard Canadien award for best documentary at the Vues d’Afrique Film Festival in Montreal. It was also invited for competition at the International Festival of Environmental Films in Paris.[8]

Some of Cockburn’s previously published material had been collected in several albums: Resume, Mummy Dust, and Waiting for a Miracle. His first greatest hits collection was Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979–2002, released in 2002.

In January 2003 Cockburn finished recording his 21st album, You’ve Never Seen Everything, which features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Marsh, Jonell Mosser, Larry Taylor and Steven Hodges. (Taylor and Hodges, formerly of Canned Heat who performed at Monterey and Woodstock in the 1960s, may be known best for their work with Tom Waits).

Cockburn performed a set at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, on July 2, 2005. Speechless, an instrumental compilation of new and previously released material, was released on October 24, 2005. His 22nd album, Life Short Call Now, was released on July 18, 2006.

Canadian senator and retired general Roméo Dallaire, who is active in humanitarian fundraising and promoting awareness, appeared on stage at the University of Victoria with Cockburn. The October 4, 2008, concert was held to aid the plight of child soldiers.[9]

In 2009 Cockburn travelled to Afghanistan to visit his brother, Capt. John Cockburn, and to play a concert for Canadian troops. He performed his 1984 song “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and was temporarily awarded an actual rocket launcher by the military. Cockburn has stated that, while unsure of the original Invasion of Afghanistan, he supported Canada’s role there.[10]

Cockburn released his studio album Small Source of Comfort in 2011. “Lois on the Autobahn”, a cheerful and experiential instrumental recalling “Rouler sa bosse” from Salt, Sun and Time is a tribute to Cockburn’s mother, Lois, who succumbed to cancer in 2010.[citation needed]

Cockburn married his longtime girlfriend M.J. Hannett shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Iona (b. November 2011) in 2011.[11][12] As of 2014, the family lives in the San Francisco area, where Cockburn is writing his memoirs up to 2004.[13]

A documentary film, Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage,[14][15] was released in 2013 on television and a brief theatrical showing; directed by Joel Goldberg, gave a rare look into Cockburn’s music, life and politics

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Sade


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Sade ([ʃɑːˈdeɪ] in inglese, /ʃaˈde/ sciadé in italiano) sono un gruppo jazz-pop britannico molto popolare, che prende il nome dalla propria leader Sade Adu. La loro musica fonde elementi di R&B, soul music, jazz e soft rock.

L’album di debutto, Diamond Life, fu pubblicato nel 1984 e raggiunse la posizione n. 2 nella UK Albums Chart, con oltre 1,2 milioni di copie vendute nel solo Regno Unito. L’album si aggiudicò anche il BRIT Award per il miglior album britannico del 1985. L’album fu un successo internazionale, raggiungendo la prima posizione in diversi Paesi e la top ten negli Stati Uniti, dove vendette oltre 4 milioni di copie. A fine 1985 i Sade pubblicarono il loro secondo album, Promise, che arrivò al numero 1 sia nel Regno Unito che negli Stati Uniti.] L’album fu certificato nel Regno Unito con il doppio disco di platino dalla BPI e negli USA con il quadruplo disco di platino dalla RIAA. Nel 1986 la band vinse il Grammy Award al miglior artista esordiente.[4] Nel 2002 Sade ha vinto un Grammy con l’album Lovers Rock nella categoria “Best Pop Vocal Album; for solo artists, duos or groups” . Il sesto album registrato in studio, Soldier of Love, fu pubblicato l’8 febbraio 2010 a raggiunse il n. 4 in Inghilterra ed il n. 1 negli Stati Uniti Nel 2011 la band ha vinto il quarto Grammy Award per la “miglior performance R&B”

Secondo la RIAA Sade ha venduto 23,5 milioni di copie negli USA ed oltre 50 milioni di copie in tutto il mondo. L’emittente televisiva VH1 li ha messi al 50º posto nell’elenco dei cento migliori artisti di tutti i tempi

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Sade (/ʃɑːˈd/ shah-day) are an English soul and R&B band formed in London in 1982. However, three of their members were originally from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Sade is the lead singer of the eponymous band. Their music also features elements of jazz and soft rock.

Sade’s debut album, Diamond Life, was released in 1984, reaching No. 2 in the UK Album Chart, selling over 1.2 million copies in the UK, and won the Brit Awardfor Best British Album in 1985.[1] The album was also a hit internationally, reaching No. 1 in several countries and the top ten in the US where it has sold in excess of 4 million copies. In late 1985, Sade released their second album, Promise, which peaked at No. 1 in both the UK and the US.[2][3] It was certified double platinumin the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US. In 1986 the band won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.[4] Their 2000 album, Lovers Rock, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade’s sixth studio album, Soldier of Love, was released on 8 February 2010, and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, and No. 1 in the US. In 2011, the band won their fourth Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

Sade’s US certified sales so far stand at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and have sold more than 50 million units worldwide to date. The band were ranked at No. 50 on VH1’s list of the “100 greatest artists of all time.”

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David Sylvian Anthology 1987-2011


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David Sylvian, al secolo David Alan Batt (Beckenham, 23 febbraio 1958), è un cantante, musicista compositore britannico, noto per essere stato frontman della bandJapan e per la sua carriera solista, improntata ad una musica sofisticata e sperimentale.

Dal 1978 al 1983 è stato la voce dei Japan, band londinese nata dal Glam rock/New wave che negli ultimi album, da Gentlemen Take Polaroids fino a Tin Drum, si cimenterà in sonorità ispirate alla musica giapponese, grazie anche alla collaborazione di Ryūichi Sakamoto.

Ha poi intrapreso una carriera da solista tra musica elettronica, rock progressivo e ambient music. Ha collaborato con Sakamoto, Robert Fripp (negli album The First Daye Damage: live), Bill Nelson, Holger Czukay (con il quale ha inciso Flux And Mutability e Plight And Premoniton), Christian Fennesz, Mark Isham, Jon Hassell, David Torn,Chris Vrenna, Blonde Redhead, Virginia Astley, Arve Henriksen, Joan Wasser e molti altri.

Tra i suoi lavori si annoverano gli album Brilliant Trees, Gone to Earth, Secrets of the Beehive (considerato da molti la sua pietra miliare), The First Day (in collaborazione con Robert Fripp), Dead Bees on a Cake, Blemish e Snow Borne Sorrow con il progetto Nine Horses. La sua musica viene definita “intimista”, “minimalista” o “rock postmoderno”.

Ha scritto una canzone dal titolo For the Love of Life per l’adattamento in anime del manga Monster di Naoki Urasawa, di cui diviene la sigla di chiusura per la prima metà della serie.

Per Manafon del 2009 David Sylvian ha collaborato con Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Yoshihide Otomo e altri.

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David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by AllMusic critic Jason Ankeny as “a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts.”[1] Sylvian’s solo work has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, includingjazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic, and progressive rock.

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Ultravox


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Gli Ultravox sono un gruppo di musica new wave formato a Londra nel 1973. All’inizio della loro carriera, il nome del gruppo era Ultravox! (col punto esclamativo finale), per richiamare quello dei tedeschi Neu!, e tale rimase per i primi due album.

La carriera del gruppo viene marcatamente divisa in due periodi, ossia quello dal 1974 al 1979, guidato dal leader John Foxx, e quello dal 1979 al 1988, segnato dal suo sostituto Midge Ure.

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Ultravox (formerly known as Ultravox!) are a British new wave band, formed in London in 1974 as Tiger Lily. Between 1980–86, they scored seven Top Ten albums and seventeen Top 40 singles in the UK, the most successful of which was their 1981 hit “Vienna”.

The band has been led by two different frontmen who never played together in the band at the same time. From 1974 until 1979, singer John Foxx was frontman and the main driving force behind Ultravox. Foxx left the band to embark on a solo career and, following his departure, with the three remaining members in hiatus, Midge Ure took over as lead singer, guitarist and frontman in 1980 after he and keyboardist Billy Currie worked in the studio project Visage. Ure revitalised the band and steered it to commercial success lasting until the mid-1980s. Ure left the band in 1987 after establishing his own solo career and the group disbanded for a while. A new line-up, led by Currie, was formed in 1992, but achieved little success.

The band’s best-known line-up of Currie, Ure, bassist Chris Cross and drummer Warren Cann reformed in 2008 and performed a series of reunion shows in 2009 and 2010 before releasing a new studio album, Brill!ant, in May 2012. In November 2013, Ultravox performed as special guests on a four date UK arena tour with Simple Minds.

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Guns N’ Roses Top 20 Songs


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I Guns N’ Roses sono un gruppo hard rock statunitense, formatosi a Los Angeles nel 1985. Lo stile sonoro, l’immagine trasgressiva e le costanti performance dal vivo li aiutarono ad occupare un posto di prestigio nella scena musicale tra la fine degli anni ottanta e l’inizio dei novanta.

Dal 1993, il gruppo ha conosciuto problemi e silenzi, a causa di contrasti tra il cantante Axl Rose (ritenuto il leader carismatico della band) e i membri originari. Rose, che è anche autore della maggior parte dei testi, è l’unico membro della formazione originale.

In totale, i Guns N’ Roses hanno venduto oltre 100 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo, e sono stati inseriti al 92º posto nella lista dei 100 migliori artisti secondo Rolling Stone.

Il 14 aprile 2012 il gruppo originale è stato inserito nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dai Green Day.

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Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band has released six studio albums to date, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

A year after its release, Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of the hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide,including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S, as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States.The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N’ R Lies (1988) which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units sold in the United States alone. The cover album “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993) was the band’s last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. After more than a decade of work and several lineup changes, Guns N’ Roses released the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy (2008) which, at an estimated $14 million in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 but undersold industry expectations, despite mostly positive critical reception.

Guns N’ Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a “hedonistic rebelliousness” reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, a reputation that had earned them the nickname “The Most Dangerous Band in the World”.The band’s classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility

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The Smiths- Hatful Of Hollow (1984)


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Gli Smiths sono stati un gruppo alternative rock inglese, formatosi a Manchester nel 1982.

Raggiunta la popolarità nel corso degli anni ottanta, hanno avuto grande influenza nello sviluppo della musica rock degli anni successivi ed un notevole seguito di pubblico. Il gruppo si è sciolto nel 1987.

I componenti erano Morrissey alla voce, Johnny Marr alla chitarra, Andy Rourke al basso, e Mike Joyce alla batteria.

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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.[1] Qmagazine’s Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were “the one truly vital voice of the ’80s”, “the most influential British guitar group of the decade” and the “first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms”.[2] The NME named the Smiths the “most influential artist ever” in a 2002 poll, even topping the Beatles.[3]

Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the group signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). Four of their albums (including three studio albums) appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles.

The Smiths had several singles reach the UK top twenty and all four of their studio albums reached the UK top five, including one which topped the charts. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites, although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite.

The band’s focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a repudiation of synthesizer-based contemporary dance-pop – the style popular in the early 1980s. Marr’s guitar-playing on his Rickenbacker often had a jangly sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.[4] Marr’s guitar-playing influenced later Manchester bands, including The Stone Roses and Oasis. Morrissey and Marr’s songs combined themes about ordinary people with complex, literate lyrics delivered by Morrissey with a mordant sense of humour.

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