Foo Fighters, Sean Kingston, Lily Allen, Sum 41

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters is an American rock band formed by singer/guitarist/drummer Dave Grohl in 1995 in Seattle, Washington. Grohl formed the group as a one-man project after the dissolution of his previous band Nirvana in 1994. Grohl drafted Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums), and Pat Smear (guitar) to complete the group. William Goldsmith and Pat Smear left the group in 1997 and 1999 respectively. The current lineup includes Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett. In 1995 they released their self titled debut album. It was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 1996 Grammy ceremony, but it lost to Dave Grohl’s former band Nirvana’s album MTV Unplugged In New York. In 1997 they released their second album, The Colour and the Shape. The album reached number three in the UK and number ten in the United States. It was also a Grammy nominee for Best Rock Album in 1998. Since then they have released four albums which include There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999), One by One (2002), In Your Honor (2005) and Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007). Over the course of the band’s career, three of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and all six have been nominated for Grammys.

Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston is the stage name of Kisean Jamal Anderson. He was born on February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida, though he was predominantly raised in Kingston, Jamaica, after moving there at the age of six. Sean Kingston later moved back to the U.S.A. in Los Angeles, California in his mid-teenage years. Sean Kingston, through a venture between Epic Records and Koch Records, released the single “Beautiful Girls” in May 2007. This song was #86 on MTV Asia’s list of Top 100 Hits of 2007. The song stayed on the Canadian Hot 100 number one spot for over six weeks before getting knocked down to third place by the Plain White T’s. Then in July of that same year he released his self titled debut album. The album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at #6 and fell to #13 the following week. Sean Kingston is currently working on his sophomore album, Tomorrow. It has a tentative release date of August 25, 2009. Over the course of his career, Sean Kingston has been nominated for several awards which include a Teen Choice Award in 2007 for the Track “Beautiful Girls” and a Image Award in 2008 for Outstanding New Artist.

Lily Allen

Lily Allen was born on May 2, 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England. She was born the daughter of Welsh-born comedian and actor Keith Allen and English, Portsmouth-born, film producer Alison Owen. Allen told Loveline that, when she was 11, she was singing an Oasis tune in the school playground when a teacher overheard and suggested she use the talent. She took singing lessons with the teacher, Rachel Santesso. She sang at a school play and claimed that the audience was brought to tears at the sight of a troubled young girl doing something good. At that point Lily Allen said she knew that music was something she needed to do. Allen played piano to grade 5 standard and achieved grade 8 in singing. She also played violin, guitar and trumpet as well as being a member of a chamber choir. In 2006, Lily Allen released her debut album, Alright, Still. It was commercially successful in the United Kingdom, having been certified 3× platinum. Alright, Still has sold over 2,600,000 copies worldwide. The album earned a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album at the 50th Grammy Awards. She is released her second studio album, “It’s Not Me, It’s You”, in February of 2009.

Sum 41

Sum 41 is a rock band formed in 1996 in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. The band is called Sum 41 because they started 41 days into the summer. The band was originally a NOFX cover band named Kaspir; they changed their name to Sum 41 for a Supernova show on September 28, 1996. It includes the members Deryck Whibley, Jason McCaslin and Steve Jocz. Sum 41’s first full-length album, All Killer No Filler, was released on May 8, 2001. As of 2006 the album has sold 2 million copies in USA and 3.5 million world wide. They followed the success of their debut album with the release of their second studio album entitled “Does This Look Infected?”. It spawned three singles, “The Hell Song”, “Over My Head (Better Off Dead)” and “Still Waiting”.On October 12, 2004, Sum 41 released their third album entitled simply, Chuck. This album was a critical success and it won a Juno Award in 2005 in the Rock Album of the Year category. It is also the band’s last album to feature lead guitarist Dave Baksh. He left the band on May 11, 2006 to pursue his career with his new band Brown Brigade. Sum 41 then went on to release their fourth studio album, Underclass Hero, in 2007. The album has spawned three singles, “Underclass Hero”, “Walking Disaster”, and “With Me”. Another song called “March of the Dogs” has also been released as an album preview. The only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Underclass Hero” which peaked at number 86.