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Luke Bryan

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Luke Bryan
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Bryan in July 2010
Background information
Birth name Thomas Luther Bryan[1]
Born July 17, 1976 (age 38)[2]
LeesburgGeorgia, United States[3]
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocalsacoustic guitarelectric guitarpiano
Years active 2007–present
Labels Capitol Nashville
Associated acts Jeff StevensFlorida Georgia LineCole SwindellMichael Carter
Website www.lukebryan.com

Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country singer-songwriter. Luke Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. After signing with Capitol Records in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007 with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd, he released the album I’ll Stay Me, which included the singles “All My Friends Say“, “We Rode in Trucks“, and “Country Man“. The follow-up album Doin’ My Thing included “Do I“, which Bryan co-wrote with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood ofLady Antebellum, and the #1 singles “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby“.

Tailgates & Tanlines, released in 2011, includes “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)“, and the number one singles “I Don’t Want This Night to End“, “Drunk on You“, and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye“. Bryan’s fourth album, Crash My Party, was released in August 2013 and includes the number one singles “Crash My Party“, “That’s My Kind of Night“, “Drink a Beer“, “Play It Again“, “Roller Coaster” and “I See You“. Bryan co-wrote all of his singles with the exception of “Drunk on You”, “Crash My Party” and “That’s My Kind of Night” and co-produced all four albums and one compilation album with Jeff Stevens. Bryan was the recipient of the Academy of Country Music Awards & Country Music Association Awards “Entertainer of the Year” award.[4]

Early life[edit]

Bryan was born in rural Leesburg, Georgia.[5] He is the son of LeClaire (née Watkins) and Tommy Bryan, a peanut farmer.[6][7] Shortly before Luke was going to move to Nashville at age 19, tragedy struck his family. “My older brother, Chris, was unexpectedly killed in a … car accident … I’m kind of hyperventilating talking about it. … You never truly … move beyond it.”[8] He made it to Nashville years later[when?] after his father told him to pack his truck to pursue a career in music. He finally gained success as a songwriter, but soon after he signed as a performer; his first big hit was “All My Friends Say“. When Luke was invited to perform at the famous Grand Ole Opry, his older sister, Kelly, organized 129 people, practically their entire hometown, to attend his Opry debut. A few days after his performance, his sister unexpectedly died at home for unknown reasons.[9][10] Bryan said the cause remains undetermined. “My only older siblings … gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that … we’ll never know, and never understand.”[8]

Music career[edit]

2007–2009: I’ll Stay Me[edit]

Bryan performing in 2008

Soon after his arrival in Nashville, Bryan joined a publishing house in the city. Among his first cuts was the title track of Travis Tritt‘s 2004 albumMy Honky Tonk History.[11] He was later signed by Capitol Records to a recording contract. In the meantime, Bryan co-wrote Billy Currington‘s single “Good Directions“, which went to number 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts in mid-2007.[12] Bryan co-wrote his debut single, “All My Friends Say“, with producer Jeff Stevens. This song reached a peak of number 5 on Hot Country Songs. In August 2007, Capitol released Bryan’s debut album, I’ll Stay Me.[13] Bryan wrote or co-wrote all but one of its 11 songs. The album’s second single, “We Rode in Trucks“, peaked at number 33 while “Country Man” reached number 10.[14]

2009–2011: Doin’ My Thing[edit]

On March 10, 2009, he released an EP titled Spring Break With All My Friends that featured two new songs, “Sorority Girls” and “Take My Drunk Ass Home,” plus an acoustic version of “All My Friends Say.”[15] After this EP, he released his fourth single, “Do I” in May 2009. Bryan wrote the song with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, whose lead singer Hillary Scott also sings backing vocals on it.[16] The song reached number 2 on the country songs chart.[17]

“Do I” was included on Bryan’s second album, Doin’ My Thing, which was released in October 2009. Also included on the album was a cover of OneRepublic‘s “Apologize”.[18] Bryan wrote the album’s next two singles, “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby“, with Dallas Davidson and Jeff Stevens, respectively. Both of these songs went to number 1 on the country charts. AllMusic gave this album a positive review as well, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine considering Bryan more “relaxed” in comparison to his debut. On February 26, 2010, Bryan released a second EP, titled Spring Break 2…Hangover Edition, which featured three new songs: “Wild Weekend”, “Cold Beer Drinker”, and “I’m Hungover”.[citation needed]

Bryan appeared on the April 18, 2010, episode of Celebrity Apprentice alongside fellow country star Emily West. The task for each team was to make-over an up-and-coming country star, with Bryan being selected by team Rocksolid, led by Bill Goldberg, and West being selected by team Tenacity, led by Cyndi Lauper. Bryan’s make-over failed to impress the judges, leading to team Rocksolid losing the task. Bryan’s single “Rain Is a Good Thing” and West’s single “Blue Sky” were both sold on iTunes with a months worth of sales being donated to Lauper’s charity, the Stonewall Community Foundation, resulting in $25,000 being raised.

2011–2013: Tailgates & Tanlines[edit]

Bryan released his third EP, Spring Break 3…It’s a Shore Thing, on February 25, 2011, featuring four new songs—”In Love With the Girl,” “If You Ain’t Here to Party,” “Shore Thing,” and “Love In a College Town.” This release was followed by Bryan’s seventh single, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)“, which was released on March 14, 2011.[19] Also co-written by Bryan and Davidson,[20] it served as the lead-off single to his third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines, which was released August 9, 2011. The album peaked at number one on the Top Country Albums and number two on the Billboard 200. “Country Girl” peaked at number 4 on the country charts and number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s next three singles—”I Don’t Want This Night to End“, “Drunk On You“, and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” — all reached number one on the country charts. Bryan, along with Eric Church, sang guest vocals onJason Aldean‘s “The Only Way I Know,” the second single from his 2012 album, Night Train.[citation needed]

On March 6, 2012, Bryan released his fourth Spring Break EP entitled Spring Break 4 … Suntan City. Along with the title track, which Bryan co-wrote with Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akinsand Ben Hayslip, the EP includes “Spring Break-Up”, “Little Bit Later On”, and “Shake the Sand”.[21] On January 30, 2013, Bryan announced his first compilation album, Spring Break…Here to Party, which includes fourteen songs — twelve from his previous Spring Break EPs and two new tracks. It was released on March 5.[22] The album debuted at number 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, becoming the first album of his career to top the all-genre album chart. One of the new Spring Break songs, “Buzzkill“, reached the Top 20 on the Hot Country chart.

2013–2015: Crash My Party[edit]

Bryan’s fourth studio album, Crash My Party, was released on August 12, 2013.[23] The album’s first single, “Crash My Party“, was premiered in a performance at the 2013 ACM Awards and released on April 7, 2013.[24] It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in July 2013. The album’s second single, “That’s My Kind of Night“, was released to country radio on August 5, 2013. It reached Number One on the Hot Country Songs in August 2013 and peaked at 2 on the Country Airplay chart in October 2013. The album’s third single, “Drink a Beer“, was released to country radio on October 24, 2013. It reached Number One on the Hot Country Songs chart in January 2014 and Number One on the Country Airplay chart in February 2014. During the kickoff show for his 2014 That’s My Kind of Party Tour in Columbus, Ohio, Bryan announced to the crowd that “Play It Again” would become the album’s fourth single.[25] This song reached Number One on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts in May 2014. At the same time, Bryan sang guest vocals on Florida Georgia Line‘s 2014 single “This Is How We Roll“. On July 14, 2014, the song “Roller Coaster” was released as the album’s fifth single. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in October 2014. The album’s sixth single, “I See You“, was released to country radio on November 3, 2014.[26] It reached number one on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts in February 2015.

On March 11, 2014, Bryan began his sixth year of spring performances at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach, Florida.[27] On the same day, he also released his sixth spring break EP, Spring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever.[28]

Luke Bryan is the only (current/modern) country artist to release an album of six No. 1 singles on both the Mediabase Country chart and Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. [29]

2015–present: Fifth Studio Album[edit]

On November 11, 2014 it was confirmed that Bryan had begun writing and recording songs for his upcoming fifth studio album which will release sometime in 2015. His last Spring Break album, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, was released on March 10, 2015. It includes the six songs from last year’s EP and five original brand new songs. [30]

Personal life[edit]

Bryan is married to his college sweetheart, Caroline Bryan, whom he wed in December 2006. The couple has two sons, Thomas Boyer Bryan, age 6, and Tatum Christopher Bryan, age 4. [31]

After Bryan’s sister Kelly passed away in 2007, followed by her husband Ben Lee Cheshire in 2014, Bryan and his wife began raising their nephew.[10]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Luke Bryan discography
Albums

Tours[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2010 Academy of Country Music Awards Top NEW Solo Vocalist[33] Won
Top New Artist[34] Won
CMT Music Awards USA Weekend Breakthrough VIDEO of the Year – “Do I[35] Won
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year[36] Nominated
2011 CMT Music Awards Best Web Video of the Year – “It’s a Shore Thing”[37] Nominated
Nationwide INSURANCE On Your Side Award[38] Nominated
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year [39] Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Country Song — “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”[40] Nominated
Choice Music: Country Artist Male[41] Nominated
American Country Awards Male Artist of the Year [42] Nominated
SINGLE by a Male Artist — “Someone Else Calling You Baby” [42] Nominated
2012 CMT Music Awards Video of the Year: Male — “I Don’t Want This Night To End”[43] Won
Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Male Country Artist [44] Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Male Vocalist of the Year[45] Nominated
Album of the Year[45] Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist[46] Won
Favorite Country Album[47] Nominated
American Country Awards Artist of the Year[48] Won
Male Artist of the Year [48] Won
Single of the Year: “I Don’t Want This Night to End”[48] Won
Single by a Male Artist: “I Don’t Want This Night to End”[48] Won
Music Video of the Year: “I Don’t Want This Night to End”[48] Won
Music Video by a Male Artist: “I Don’t Want This Night to End”[48] Won
Album of the Year: “Tailgates and Tanlines”[48] Won
Most Played Radio Track: “I Don’t Want This Night to End”[48] Won
Most Played Radio Track by a Male Artist: “I Don’t Want This Night to End”[48] Won
2013 Country Music Association Awards Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – “Tailgates and Tanlines” Nominated
Vocal Event of the Year – “The Only Way I Know“(with Jason Aldean & Eric Church) Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Artist Nominated
Top Country Album- “Tailgates and Tanlines” Nominated
Top Country Song- “Drunk on You” Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” Nominated
Male Video of the Year – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” Nominated
Collaboration Video of the Year – “The Only Way I Know” (with Jason Aldean & Eric Church) Won
CMT Performance of the Year – “Drunk on You”/”Feel Again” (with Ryan Tedder) Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Country Male Artist Won
Favorite Country Album – “Crash My Party” Nominated
2014 American Music Awards Artist of the Year Nominated
Favorite Country Male Artist Won
American Country Countdown Awards [49] Artist of the Year Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year Won
Collaboration – “This Is How We Roll” Won
Album – Crash My Party Nominated
Digital Song of the Year – “Drink a Beer” Nominated
Digital Song of the Year – “This Is How We Rolll” Won
Country Music Association Awards Entertainer of the Year [50] Won
Male Vocalist of the Year [50] Nominated
Album of the Year – “Crash My Party” [50] Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Billboard 200 Album – “Crash My Party”[51] Nominated
Top Male Artist[51] Nominated
Top Billboard 200 Artist[51] Nominated
Top Country Artist[51] Won
Top Country Album – “Crash My Party”[52] Won
Top Country Song – “Crash My Party”[51] Nominated
Top Country Song – “That’s My Kind of Night”[53] Nominated
People’s Choice Awards Favorite Male Country Artist Nominated

Shows[edit]

Notable show credits
Year Title Role Notes
2011– CMT Crossroads Himself (with The Doobie Brothers)
2013– Academy of Country Music Awards Himself Co-Host
2014– Academy of Country Music Awards Himself Co-Host
2014 Nashville Himself Season 3

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 68.ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. Jump up^ Fabian, Shelly. “sexyCountry Guys Under 35”About.com. Retrieved October 22,2008.
  3. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan | Music Biography, Streaming Radio and Discography”AllMusic. 1976-06-17. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  4. Jump up^ Rogers, Christopher. “ACM Awards Best Moments: Luke Bryan Wins Entertainer Of The Year & More”. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  5. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Opens Up About the Two Tragedies That Nearly Broke Him”. ABC news. November 4, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  6. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Could Have Been a Peanut Farmer”. CMT. November 19, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  7. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Takes You Home to Leesburg, Ga.: ‘I Loved Growing Up Here'”. Parade. April 5, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  8. Jump up to:a b Profile, abcnews.go.com; accessed 7 April 2014.
  9. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Opens Up About the Two Tragedies That Nearly Broke Him – ABC News”. Abcnews.go.com. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  10. Jump up to:a b “Luke Bryan raising his 13-year-old nephew following brother-in-law’s death”. Fox News. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  11. Jump up^ Lounges, Tom (August 31, 2007). “This Georgian just peachy to country fans”Munster (Indiana) Times. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  12. Jump up^ Morris, Edward (July 17, 2007). “Luke Bryan Celebrates No. 1 for Billy Currington Hit Singer-Songwriter Grabs Spotlight for “Good Directions””CMT. Retrieved February 19,2012.
  13. Jump up^ Jurek, Thom. I’ll Stay Me review”AllMusic. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  14. Jump up^ Luke Bryan at AllMusic. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  15. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan”. AOL Music. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  16. Jump up^ “Charles & Dave Co-Writers On Luke Bryan’s New Single, Hillary Sings Background Vocals”ladyantebellum.com. April 22, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  17. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan”. frontrowking.com. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  18. Jump up^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Doin’ My Thing review”AllMusic. Retrieved February 19,2012.
  19. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan, ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ – Song Spotlight”. Taste of Country. March 14, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  20. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan, ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ – Lyrics Uncovered”. Taste of Country. March 24, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  21. Jump up^ Luke Bryan’s Spring Break 4 EP Due March 6, CMT.com, February 17, 2012; retrieved March 6, 2012.
  22. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Is ‘Here to Party’ With 2013 Spring Break EP”. Taste of Country. January 30, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  23. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Titles New Album “Crash My Party””Nash FM 94.7. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  24. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Excited About Upcoming Album: ‘My Voice Seems to Go to a New Level’”. Taste of Country. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  25. Jump up^ http://thelantern.com/2014/01/luke-bryan-makes-columbus-night-2014-tour-kickoff
  26. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Releasing New Single, “I See You,” as 2014 That’s My Kind of Tour Wraps Up”Win 98.5. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  27. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Parties Again During Spring Break in Florida”. CMT. March 12, 2014.
  28. Jump up^ The EP achieved the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart; retrieved April 7, 2014.
  29. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Is a Record-Setting History-Maker”. Country Outfitter. February 16, 2015.
  30. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Currently Working On New Album”Win 98.5. Retrieved 29 December2014.
  31. Jump up^ Luke Bryan profile, hollywoodlife.com, January 2, 2014; accessed April 7, 2014.
  32. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Announces Winter 2015 Tour Dates”. Tasteofcountry.com. 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  33. Jump up^ “Luke is a Double Winner at 2010 ACM Awards!”. lukebryan.com. April 20, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  34. Jump up^ “ACM Awards Winners 2010 – The Boot”. The Boot. April 18, 2010. Retrieved June 13,2010.
  35. Jump up^ “2010 CMT Awards Winners – The Boot”. The Boot. June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 13,2010.
  36. Jump up^ “Miranda Lambert Leads 2010 CMA Nominees”. The Boot. September 1, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  37. Jump up^ “2011 CMT Music Awards : Web Video of the Year”Country Music Television. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  38. Jump up^ “Nationwide® Insurance On Your Side® Award”. CMT. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  39. Jump up^ “2011 CMA Awards Winners – Full List”. Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  40. Jump up^ “2011 Teen Choice Awards Winners”. Taste of Country. August 7, 2011. RetrievedJanuary 23, 2013.
  41. Jump up^ “Teen Choice Award Nominees Named”. Teen Hollywood. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  42. Jump up to:a b “2011 American Country Awards: Nominees & Winners”. Country Weekly. December 5, 2011. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. RetrievedJanuary 23, 2013.
  43. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Wins Male Video of the Year at 2012 CMT Music Awards for ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’”. Taste of Country. June 6, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  44. Jump up^ “Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum Win at 2012 Teen Choice Awards”. Taste of Country. July 23, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  45. Jump up to:a b “2012 CMA Awards Winners – Full List”. Taste of Country. November 1, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  46. Jump up^ “Luke Bryan Scores First-Ever Win at the 2012 American Music Awards for Favorite Country Male”. Taste of Country. November 18, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  47. Jump up^ “Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan Lead Country Nominees at the 2012 American Music Awards”. Taste of Country. October 9, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  48. Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i “Luke Bryan Sweeps 2012 ACAs Show With Nine Awards, Including Artist of the Year”. Taste of Country. December 10, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.“2012 American Country Awards Winners – Full List”. Taste of Country. December 10, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  49. Jump up^ Leahey, Andrew (2014-11-11). “American Country Countdown Awards Nominees 2014”. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  50. Jump up to:a b c “2014 CMA Awards: The Complete Winners List – ABC News”. Abcnews.go.com. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  51. Jump up to:a b c d e “Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List”. Billboard.com. May 18, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  52. Jump up^ “Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List”. Billboard.com. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  53. Jump up^ “Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List”. Billboard.com. May 18, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.

Part 2 Missing Information Evaluation:

There are a few important things that I found were missing from Luke Bryan’s wiki page. These findings consist of his high school through college years. in the section specified as Early Life. There is also little information about his wife and children and what they do. There is much more to add on his family life outside of touring and music that has not been added to the wiki page yet. There is also some information that seems to be incorrect in that area like when it talks about when he was moving to Nashville they don’t have the exact right timing of events. Also the Information about his latest Spring Break Album isn’t all there.

Part 3 The information:

In the Section labeled Early Life there should be a few additions made. After it says that his father was a peanut farmer the information about middle school through high school should be added. ” When he was 14, Bryan’s parents bought him a guitar, and it wasn’t long before he was good enough on the instrument, and with his voice, to begin sitting in with local musicians. In high school, Bryan performed in musicals and wrote his own songs, which he sang with a band he started.” (Biography.com)  “He was an average student, more interested in fishing and playing baseball. But he did have a knack for performing, singing in the choir at the First Baptist Church as well as school productions like Annie Get Your Gun.”(Parade Magazine) After his early life Wiki talks about the death of Luke’s brother this information should be added: “Chris’ death occurred on the same day that Luke had planned to move to Nashville and pursue his singing career.”(Country Weekly) “Devastated, Bryan put Nashville on hold and enrolled in Georgia Southern University, so he could be close to his family. He also kept busy working on his father’s peanut farm while also playing with a new band at night on campus and in local bars.”(biography.com) This information is also lacking about Luke’s time at GSU: “…who was a Sigma Chi while attending Georgia Southern University, where he earned a degree in Business Management“(Parade Magazine)

The information missing about his family is just a small portion. His Wife’s maiden name is Caroline Boyer, whom they named their first son after. They call their sons by Bo and Tate. They all live in a suburban neighborhood outside of Nashville. Luke and Caroline were married on Dec. 6, 2006, the exact date was missing.

Information about his latest album from his Spring Break show, from March 11- March 12 2015 in Panama City Beach, Florida, are missing. The Album titled Spring Break…Checkin’ Out was mentioned in the Wiki page they just had not listed the new songs on the album. The five new songs on the album are: My Ol’Bronco, Games, Spring Breakdown, Checkin’ Out, and You and the Beach.

Here is his latest music video for the song Spring Breakdown from the Spring Break…Checkin’ Out album:

References:

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Final Archive Entry

Anita Subba

Part 1: Existing Wikipedia Entry (3:20 PM, 3/18/15)

 1974 AD is a National Nepali rock band, formed in KathmanduNepal in the early 1990s.[2] They experiment with various genre of music including Nepali folkragasrockfunkblues and jazz as well. 1974 AD are amongst the most successful recording artists in Nepal. Most of their albums are ranked among the top-ten best-selling albums according to the Hits FM of Nepal. Their concert name being ‘Rock Yatra,’ in 2000 AD was watched by more than 60,000 people, the largest attendance for a concert in Nepal.

Songs and albums produced by 1974 AD are usually in the Nepali language. Lyrics include themes of patriotism, Nepali virtues, unity, love and nationalism. There is a lot of variety in the music of 1974 AD. They have successfully tried various genres of music. Their songs, like “Nepali,” “Sambodhan,” “Pahilo Junima,” “Parelima,” “Samjhi Baschu” and “Chudaina Timro Mayale” amongst various others, were some of the biggest hits in Nepalese music. The song “Nepali” from their highest selling album Satabdi has been received as the most patriotic songs till now.

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Formation 1994[edit]

The group was formed during the 90s era by a group of teachers from Gyanodaya School in Lalitpur. The founding members included guitarist Phiroj Shyangden, bassist Nirakar Yakthumba, drummer Bhanu A. During the early days the band used to play various genres including hard rock, heavy metal, rock and blues. Drummer Bhanu A was very much into blues music. Whenever they played cover tunes he was the one singing Gary Moore numbers like “Walking by Myself”. They played several gigs around Kathmandu where they used to cover numbers from Bryan Adams, Deep Purple and other rock groups. Phiroj Shyangden is one of the best guitarists in Nepali rock scene. He is a good shredder too and his bluesy rock style has inspired many guitarist in Nepal. He is an excellent guitarist talented in tapping and playing high paced solo with clean tone and perfection. His style has the flavour of guitar greats like Gary Moore, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep purple and Eddie Van Halen. They mainly performed self compositions. Their hit tune is “Mayaluleh” from their debut album “Time Out”, a song which would establish them as a household name in the Nepali music scenario. That time, the would-be band members Adrian Pradhan and Sanjay Shreshta were involved in their own bands. Adrian used to be in a hard rock band from Kalimpong named “The Flame”.

“The Flame” held their first concert in Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu during the winter of 1994. They were basically a cover band doing songs from Iron maiden, Metallica, Extreme and other rock acts. Adrian Pradhan used to play the rhythm guitar and do the vocal dutiess. The influence of the early heavy metal vocalling can be heard in Adrian’s singing style. Later during the late 90s Adrian joined 1974 AD as their drummer/vocalist after former drummer Bhanu A went on a hiatus. Percussionist Sanjay Shrestha, who used to play the drums for the St Xaviers school band, was involved with Nepali fusion rock act Shristi.

Flute maestro Manose Singh would soon join 1974 AD and enjoy the popularity of the highly successful band and also contribute to the diversity of sound in the band. Later on during the late 90s local guitar enthusiast Manoj K.C from Dhobighat, Lalitpur would join 1974 AD and complete the lineup. Together they would form a rock solid act and go on to conquer the hearts of millions of die hard Nepali fans of Nepal.

Fame and fortune[edit]

The band was very popular in the Kathmandu and Lalitpur rock scene in mid 90s even before they started churning out big hits like “Mayalule” and other tunes. But the release of their debut album established them as a household name in Nepali music. Their compositions which includes lyrics on patriotism, self pride as a Nepali and love and unity amongst Nepali people are big hits in Nepali pop culture. They have come up with songs that has helped the nation unite and express the mutual feelings at times of big changes in country as in the form of political and other big events. The songs can be melodic but at the same time very dark with the lyrics and message it carries. The music covers various genres like heavy metal, hard rock, blues, reggae and funk/soul.

Post Phiroj 1974AD (2008 – 2012)[edit]

While Manose Singh continues to contribute to the bands newer compositions, given his other musical commitment, Phiroj Shyangden has now exited the band for personal reasons. Not surprisingly, many fans feel a loss, some more than others, in the sound and image of the band. But the band, now with Adrian on vocals and Sanjay on drums, continues to find newer sound. Their new album 8:18 (aath:athara) has been received well by the audience. Numbers like Timi Bina, Bardaan and Rain Song from the album emerged to become winner. However, exit of Phiroj Shyangnden, one of the key members of the band and also the most influential guitarist in Nepal was something that severely hit the band’s latest album.

Back with Phiroj 1974AD (2012 – Present)[edit]

During their historic US tour of 2012, the band reunited with Phiroj for a few songs in their New York concert on April 21, 2012. After the successful reunion and with the help of the organizer, Karma Tenzing the band decided to collaborate again for their next show in Baltimore, scheduled 2 weeks after. Band members Nirakar and Sanjay stated in Nepali that Phiroj had “never left 1974 AD to begin with. He always was and still is a part of them”. They confirmed to various media outlets that the band had reunited again. In the winter of 2012, Phiroj returned to Nepal and performed in more concerts at St. Xavier’s and in various Nepalese cities with the band. The band even recorded a few songs for their next album. Phiroj is now back in New York and according to him, the album release would coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary in 2014.

Awards[edit]

  • Hits FM Music Award2000
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Sanmiguel Music Award2000
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Hits FM Music Award 2002
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Hits FM Music Award 2004
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Image Award2004
  • Best song with National feelings
  • Hits FM Music Award 2005
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Image Award 2005
  • Best Rock song
  • Kantipur FMAnnual Award 2001,2002,2003 & 2004
  • Most air played song

Discography[edit]

This section requires expansion.(March 2011)

Aath Athara[edit]

Aath Athara
Studio album by 1974 A D
Released 2010
Genre POP
Label Music Nepal
Tracklist
No. Title Length
1. “Timi Bina” 5:14
2. “Yaha” 3:58
3. “Aaja Kaha” 4:28
4. “Bardaan” 5:27
5. “Ma Ko Hoon” 5:37
6. “Rain Song” 3:39
7. “Chu Tadha” 4:32
8. “Bijayee Hau” 4:42

Time Out[edit]

Time Out
Studio album by 1974 A D
Released 1996
Genre POP
Label Music Nepal
Tracklist
No. Title Length
1. “Mayalule” 4:20
2. “Timro Samjhana” 5:43
3. “G F Blues” 4:27
4. “Pot of Gold”
5. “Hey!U'”
6. “Nowhere to go”

Samjhi Baschu[edit]

Samjhi Baschu
Studio album by 1974 A D
Released 1998
Genre POP
Label Music Nepal
Tracklist
No. Title Length
1. “Chaubandi choli” 4:13
2. “Samjhi Baschu” 5:30
3. “Eklo Chhu” 3:56
4. “Chhadain chha” 3:43
5. “Mayalule” 4:20
6. “Sixteen Bar Blues” 5:14
7. “Deurali Bhanjyang” 5:06
8. “Timilai Piratile” 5:16
9. “Jati Maya” 5:09
10. “Parelima” 3:52

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^“1974 AD :: The Official Website”Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  2. Jump up^Rai, Jessica (August 15, 2014). “1974 AD: 20 years of music”The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 29 October 2014.

External links[edit]

Part 2: Evaluation of Missing Information

 As I looked at this Wikipedia page about 1974 AD band, I found more things about the lead vocalist Adrian Pradhan missing. Most things are not written in detail about this band. Since it’s a band from Nepal, I can see clearly that lot of the things missing because of not having enough resources. Usually it is hard to find something about Nepal through online because of this country very poor and small. I found lack of information about the lead vocalist (Adrian Pradhan) of this band. He joined the band in 1994 as vocalist, drummer and a harmonica player and he is known as the lead vocalist of the band. His identity as a lead vocalist hasn’t shown in wiki page. In fact, many details about this band haven’t shown in wiki page too. 1974 AD band is one of the most popular band in Nepal, and they are able infuse modern western ideas into traditional Nepali music. The original founders of this band were Nirakar Yakthumba and Phiroz Shynden. Their music rhythm attracted many Nepalese people who rarely listen to Nepali music and their music played a crossover from western to eastern music. They have a fan following not only in Nepal but also through out the world both among people of Nepalese Origin and also non-Nepalese origin. As the Wikipedia has also said different members have played and left but they haven’t really talked about those members in detail. One member who left the band was Phiroz, and he was also the lead singer for many years. Also, one new member Rohit John Chettri hasn’t being introduced in this wiki page.

Part 3: Missing information

 New Album (Aath Athara 2010)

According to the news Republica, 1974 AD took long time to release their new album after “On Air”, which was released four year ago of “Aath Athara”. “Indeed, “aath Athara” makes you miss Firoz Syangden, the versatile vocalist, who left 1974 AD more than a year ago”(myrepublica.com). Their new album Aath Athara basically reminds audience about the member of 1974 AD who left the band long time ago. 1974 AD’s new album Aath Athara lacks the original flavor of 1974 AD because of the new experiments with sound and vocal, however it is not that disappointing though. In fact they have maintained their quality, even with the new-Sanjay Shrestha in drums percussions. This new album is a mixed bag of some extremely good sounds, some well tried and some tried but failed tunes. Vocalist Adrian Pradhan has done full justice to his own lyrics through on the first track “Timi Bina”. The voice of Pradhan has taken a slow paced rhythm guitar in the beginning. The third song “Aaja Kaha” is the lyrics of Sanjay Shrestha (member of a band), and a vocalist is Adrian Pradhan. The composition is soft and the vocal range moves softly with the music packaging and the chorus is taken care of beautifully, and the words are very contemporary to connect to young listeners. “ Bardaan” is a fourth song, which is known one of the finest among the total eight numbers. It is beautiful to listen to the rhythm guitar; lead notes and the keyboard have being played very melodiously. The melody of bass guitar, drums and experimental flute notes is very creative. The name of album “Aath Athara” has to do with the birthdate of members of 1974 AD band. Aath means eight and Athara means eighteen in Nepali.

Aath Athara

Tracklist
No. Title Length
1. “Timi Bina” 5:14
2. “Yaha” 3:58
3. “Aaja Kaha” 4:28
4. “Bardaan” 5:27
5. “Ma Ko Hoon” 5:37
6. “Rain Song” 3:39
7. “Chu Tadha” 4:32
8. “Bijayee Hau” 4:42

1974 AD in Present

 According to the 1974’s Facebook page, they have mentioned that they are having new vocalist in the place of the vocalist Adrian Pradhan. The new vocalist in replace of Adrian Pradhan is Rohit John Chettri. Rohit is currently very popular among the young listeners with his latest song “Bistarai Bistarai”. Currently they have been doing concert inside and outside of country. They have done concerts in places like: Kathmandu, USA, England, Australia, Hong Kong, Doha, India and Korea. They have also done Charity concerts. “1974 AD has performed more than 30 charity concerts and donated N Rs 2,35,000- for flood victims in 2002 and 50,000- for the labor fund, Doha 2004” (Sangeetsansar). Still they are very active in charity performance since its beginning days, it has performed more than 40 charity concerts in Nepal till date. They have also donated musical instruments to inmates’ children. Nowadays they are in London for their musical tour. Right now their current members are, Nirakar Yakthumba (Bass Guitar), Manoj Kumar KC (Guitar), Sanjay Shrestha (Drums and Percussions), Rohit John Chetri (Vocal and Guitar), Prajjwal Mukhia (Vocal and keyboard), Subash Jung Pande (Trumpet and Percussions) and Pratik Baniya (Trombone and Percussions). Old member Phiroj Shyangden has reunited with the band again.

References

http://archives.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=23051

http://sangeetsansar.com/2010/09/aath-athara-accepting-the-new-1974-ad-review.html

http://sangeetsansar.com/2010/05/1974-ad-nepalese-rock-band.html

https://www.facebook.com/1974AD

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140704/music-boost-creativity-inmates-children-nepal

Final Archive Entry

Quetzal Wiki

– I became interested in the group Quetzal after we got to read about their Grammy winning album Imaginaries and about the life of its lead vocalist Martha Gonzales. Their music is very interesting and the use of the zapateado adds extra rhythm and a good beat to the music. The band’s Wikipedia page however seems to be missing a lot of the background information of the other band members and extra details on the background Martha and Quetzal. It also lacks information about the band as a whole and what they stand for. I think there also should be more about their music and what it is and what it’s composed of.  This information is important so that the audience knows who the band is and what they are. It’s so that they understand the music and why it is the way it is. One can’t simply understand or fully enjoy the music without first knowing more about the artist. So many people know and write so much about mainstream artists and I think it’s important to have a lot of information about the more hidden gems of music too, especially about a group like Quetzal who is also part of an important movement and stands for so much.

Martha Gonzales, the lead singer of Quetzal, grew up singing backup for her brother during his performances as “la sensación infantíl”. Their father had a drinking problem and often made them wok a lot more than a child really should. Finally, their mother had enough and they divorced and Martha never really saw her father ever gain. She was raised by her mother who always kept her active through free after school programs where she learned about different parts of culture and became interested in all of it. Later on she joined Quetzal while studying at UCLA and it was the members of the band who led her to start writing music and it was there that she “soon found that I had many things to say with words, with movement, and with rhythm.” Quetzal Florez grew up in a housing camp in Salinas, California with his farm worker, social activist parents. He would often perform at student and farm worker rallies and was greatly influences by the East L.A. musical landscapes. Gabriel Gonzales grew up singing with big stars like Juan Gabriel and Yolanda del Rio. Later on, he found himself working with the “famed Mexican orquesta tropical La Sonora Santanera.” Tylana Enomoto and Rocio Marron, the band’s violinists, have a lot of experience and background with the music industry and have played with artists like Tom Waits and Marc Anthony. The bassist, Juan Perez, has “put jarocho music in direct conversation with punk rock, metal, (Latin) jazz, funk, and blues.” Andy Mendoza, the drummer, is a California Institute of the Arts graduate who has added a lot of versatility and solidarity to the band.

A big part of the group’s music is the son jarocho which represents “a fusion of indigenous Spanish, and African musical elements, reflecting the population which evolved in the region from Spanish colonial times. Lyrics include humorous verses and subjects such as love, nature, sailors, and cattle breeding that still reflect life in colonial and 19th century Mexico.” The main instrument to this is a small guitar-like instrument called the jarana jarocha. This genre is usually performed by a group of musicians or a conjunto jarocho. Another important feature to Quetzal’s music is the zapateado. It is a dance done to accompany the jarocho and “characterized by a lively rhythm punctuated by the striking of the dancer’s shoes, akin to tap dance.” You can usually hear the tapping in a lot of Quetzal’s music which adds a great rhythm that makes you want to start dancing yourself.

The band believes and is influenced by the grassroots movement. It is a system that leans towards “designing political processes where as much decision-making authority as practical is shifted to the organization’s lowest geographic level of organization.” It cares about the opinions of the local community and what they want and how they want growth. Quetzal cares about its communities and where they come from. They stand for what they care about and throughout their career, have always remembered where they came from.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapateado_(Mexico)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Jarocho

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grassroots_democracy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu5laJPLn7g

– “Quetzal: Imaginaries”

– “Zapateado”

Yomira Romero

Final Archive Entry – The Weeknd (Alternative PBR&B)

Alex Schmidt

Part 1. Existing Wiki Entry (10:35, 3/17/2015)

Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian PBR&B[1] singer-songwriter, recording artist, and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”. He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed.[2] The following year, he released a compilation album, Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO. In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land, which was supported by the singles “Kiss Land“, and “Live For“.

The Weeknd has received praise from several music publications, including Pitchfork,[3] MTV,[4] BET,[5] Rolling Stone,[6] XXL[7] andThe Source.[8] MTV‘s John Norris has dubbed him the “songbird of his generation” and the “best musical talent since Michael Jackson“.[9]

§Early life[edit]

The Weeknd was born Abel Tesfaye on February 16, 1990 in Scarborough, Ontario.[10][11] He is of Ethiopian descent.[11] He grew up listening to a variety of music genres, including soul, quiet storm, hip hop, funk, indie rock, and post-punk.[12] Since Tesfaye’s father was never around when he was growing up, and his mother was constantly working, his grandmother took care of him most of his young life. Because of this, Abel speaks fluent Amharic; it was the first language he learned.[13]

Tesfaye says he adopted the stage name, “The Weeknd,” after dropping out of high school at the age of 17 and, along with a fellow crew-member, “left one weekend and never came home.” The spelling was modified to avoid copyright issues with a Canadian band already named “The Weekend“.[14]

§Career[edit]

§2010–11: Career beginnings and mixtapes[edit]

In Toronto, Tesfaye met producer Jeremy Rose, who had an idea for a dark R&B musical project called “The Weekend”. After trying to pitch the idea to musician Curtis Santiago, Rose played one of his instrumentals for Tesfaye, who freestyled over it, and they began working on an album. He produced three songs—”What You Need”, “Loft Music”, and “The Morning”—and others that Tesfaye rapped on, which Rose ultimately scrapped. Rose let Tesfaye keep the tracks he had produced under the condition that he would ultimately be credited for them.[15] However, in December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded “What You Need”, “Loft Music”, and “The Morning” to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”,[16] though his identity was initially unknown.[17][18] The songs drew attention online through word of mouth, including a blog featuring the songs posted by Toronto-based rapper Drake,[15] who also helped generate interest in the Weeknd.[19] They subsequently received coverage from outlets such as Pitchfork Media and The New York Times.

On March 21, 2011, Tesfaye released the nine-track mixtape House of Balloons for free through his website.[20] It featured production by Illangelo and Doc McKinney, although it did not credit Rose for his tracks.[15] House of Balloons was met with critical acclaim,[21] and was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.[22]

In July, the Weeknd embarked on a tour and delivered his first performance at the Mod Club in Toronto. The hour-and-a-half long performance created buzz about him.[23] His next performance took place at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. He collaborated with rapper Drake and appeared as one of the special guests to Drake’s 2nd Annual OVO Fest on July 31, 2011.[24] During the summer, the press noted that the Weeknd refused to participate in interviews and chose to only communicate via Twitter.[25] His second mixtape Thursday was released on August 18, 2011, as a free digital download from the Weeknd’s website, and was well received by critics.[26] The Weeknd’s third mixtape, titled Echoes of Silence, was released on December 21, 2011.[26][27] Upon this release, the three 2011 mixtapes were collectively known as the Balloons Trilogy,[28] each receiving critical acclaim and growing Tesfaye’s fanbase.[10]

§2012–present: Touring and major label releases[edit]

In April 2012, the Weeknd began his US tour by performing at the Coachella Festival.[29] He and his band visited various major cities,[29] and culminated in New York, where two sold-out shows were positively reviewed by Rolling Stone.[6] Tesfaye and his tour band continued in major European festivals, including the Primavera Sound Festivals in Spainand Portugal,[30] Wireless Festival in London,[31] plus concerts in Paris and Brussels. At his debut UK show in London, he covered Michael Jackson‘s “Dirty Diana” in front of an audience which included Katy Perry and Florence Welch.[32] In June, it was reported that the Balloons Trilogy had been downloaded 8 million times and that it would be formally released later in the year.[32]

The Weeknd performing at Massey Hall October 17, 2013.

In September 2012, The Weeknd signed with Republic Records in a joint venture with his own imprint label XO.[33] The compilation album Trilogy was released in November, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtapes and three additional songs.[34][better source needed] It also officially credited Rose as a producer and writer on three songs from House of Balloons.[35] Trilogycharted at No. 5 on the Canadian Albums Chart, and No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 86,000 copies.[36][37]Shortly after in December, the BBC announced that the Weeknd had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[38] In May 2013,Trilogy was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and double platinum by Music Canada.[39][40]

On May 16, 2013, The Weeknd premiered the title track to his debut studio album Kiss Land,[41] which he said will be released on September 10.[42] It was also promoted by the singles “Belong to the World“, “Live For” featuring Drake and The Weeknd’s The Fall tour beginning in September.[43][44] Kiss Land received generally positive reviews from music critics.[45] Kiss Land debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 96,000 copies, just two thousand copies short of Keith Urban‘s Fuse, which took the number one spot that week.[46]

The Weeknd also appeared on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, contributing “Devil May Cry” and featuring on “Elastic Heart“, the second single from the soundtrack.[47][48] In February 2014 The Weeknd remixed the Beyonce single “Drunk In Love.” The remix was more of a cover, as The Weeknd tweaked the beat to fit better with his version of the song, that is told through the male perspective.[49] On June 26, 2014, The Weeknd announced he will be headlining the ‘King of the Fall’ tour, essentially a mini-tour across America in September and October 2014. ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko were confirmed as support acts.[50] The announcement came the day after The Weeknd released his new song, “Often”, on SoundCloud, leading to speculation that the tour will unveil more new material from him.[51] On July 20, The Weeknd released another track titled “King Of The Fall” to promote his upcoming tour, which started in September. On September 30, 2014, the song “Love Me Harder” was released which is a duet between The Weeknd and Ariana Grande,[52] the song went on to peak at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In December 23, he released “Earned It“, the song was released as a single from the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey.

§Artistry[edit]

The Weeknd’s songs are “built around a fogged, crepuscular production”,[53] and feature slow tempos,[54] rumbling bass, and forlorn echoes.[11] The Weeknd sings in a falsettoregister,[55] and exhibits a pleading, anxious tone. J. D. Considine finds his singing’s “tremulous quality” similar to Michael Jackson, but writes that he eschews Jackson’s “strong basis in the blues” for a more Arabic-influenced melisma.[56] His music incorporates samples that are unconventional in R&B production, including punk and alternative rock.[56]Marc Hogan of Spin says that The Weeknd’s samples tend “to draw from rock critic-approved sources, though generally ones that already share elements of his sexual menace”, with samples of artists such as Beach House, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Aaliyah.[57] The Weeknd worked mostly with producers Illangelo and Doc McKinney, whomPitchfork Media‘s Ian Cohen credits with developing “a state-of-the-art R&B template” with the Weeknd.[54] In concert, the Weeknd reappropriates their digitized productions with asuite-like arena rock aesthetic.[11]

His emotional, plaintive lyrics often express feelings of hurt and deal with subject matter such as sex,[53] drugs, and partying.[11] Hermoine Hoby of The Guardian characterizes the Weeknd’s songs as “narcotised-slow jams” and delineates their message as “partying is an existential experience, sex is fraught with alienation, and everything registers as unreal and unsettling.”[53] The Guardian ’​s Paul MacInnes interprets the Weeknd’s trilogy of mixtapes as “a rough trajectory of party, after-party and hangover“.[58] Anupa Mistry of the Toronto Standard observes throughout his mixtapes a “cast of supine, stoned zombie-women … whose legs willingly part after being plied with substances and who morph into threats only when [he is] coming down and feeling vulnerable.”[11] The Weeknd viewed that, by singing vulgar, ignorant lyrics in an elegant, sexy way, he is paying homage toR. Kelly and to some degree Prince.[59]

Music journalists associate the Weeknd with PBR&B, an emerging wave of recording artists whose music expands on the sound and sensibility of R&B.[53] Mistry writes that he “will be obsequiously praised as the future of R&B music – because [he] is a black singer, not because he’s making quantifiable, canonical R&B”.[11] Allmusic‘s Andy Kellman categorizes him as an “alternative R&B act”.[10] Prior to his major label deal, the Weeknd withheld his identity and maintained an enigmatic, shadowy persona while releasing his mixtapes online. On social media outlets such as Twitter, he suffixed his name with “xo”.[53] According to Hoby, it is meant as an emoticon for “a kiss and a hug“,[53] while VH1‘s Zara Golden said that it is instead a reference to his recreational use of ecstasy and oxycodone.[60]

§Discography[edit]

§Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Nominated work Category Result
2011 2011 Polaris Music Prize[61] House of Balloons Canadian Polaris Music Prize Nominated
2012 MTV O Music Awards[62] “Wicked Games” Too Much Ass for TV Won
Himself Best Web-born Artist Won
2012 mtvU Music Awards[63] Himself Breaking Woodie Won
Sirius XM Indie Awards[64] Himself Solo Artist of the Year Won
2013 Sound of… Himself Sound of 2013[38] Nominated
Juno Awards Himself Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won
Trilogy R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Won
BET Awards Himself Best New Artist Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards Wicked Games Video of the Year Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards[65] “Wicked Games” Artist to Watch Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards Remember You Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards Himself Fave Artist Nominated
Live For Video of the Year Nominated
Fave Video Nominated
“Belong to the World” International Video of the Year by a Canadian Nominated
Juno Awards Kiss Land R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominated
Canada’s Walk of Fame Himself Allan Slaight Award[66] Won

§Concert Tours[edit]

§Headlining[edit]

  • The Weeknd Fall Tour (2013)
  • King of the Fall (2014)[67]

§Opening[edit]

§References[edit]

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  3. Jump up^ Colly, Joe (March 29, 2011). “Album Reviews – The Weeknd – House of Balloons.Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
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  40. Jump up^ “Gold and Platinum Search”. Music Canada. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  41. Jump up^ Nostro, Lauren (May 16, 2013). “Listen: The Weeknd “Kiss Land””. Retrieved May 17,2013.
  42. Jump up^ Williott, Carl (July 22, 2013). “The Weeknd Unveils ‘Kiss Land’ Release Date & Cover Artwork”. Idolator. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  43. Jump up^ “The Weeknd’s ‘Kiss Land’ Arrives on August 27th, “Belong To The World” Snippet”. ThisGoesIn. July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  44. Jump up^ “Amazon.com: Live For [feat. Drake] [Clean]: The Weeknd: MP3 Downloads”. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  45. Jump up^ “Kiss Land Reviews”. Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  46. Jump up^ “Keith Urban Edges the Weeknd for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200”. Billboard. 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  47. Jump up^ Hakimian, Rob (November 19, 2013). “Album Review: Various Artists – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack”. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 5,2013.
  48. Jump up^ “Elastic Heart (From “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack) [feat. The Weeknd, Diplo]: Sia”. Amazon.com. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  49. Jump up^ Ashley Lee. “[AUDIO] Beyonce’s ‘Drunk in Love’: Kanye West, The Weeknd Release Remixes – The Hollywood Reporter”. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11,2015.
  50. Jump up^ “The Weeknd touring w/ Schoolboy Q & Jhene Aiko, playing Barclays Center (dates); SBQ played Central Park”. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  51. Jump up^ http://m.idolator.com/entry/view/id/44925
  52. Jump up^ “Ariana Grande and The Weeknd Team Up In ‘Love Me Harder’ Video”. Rap-Up. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  53. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f Hoby, Hermione (November 8, 2012). “The Weeknd: Sounds and sensibility”.The Guardian (London). section G2, p. 12. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  54. ^ Jump up to:a b Cohen, Ian (November 13, 2012). “The Weeknd: Trilogy”. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  55. Jump up^ Robbins, Winston (December 7, 2011). “Rookie of the Year: The Weeknd”.Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  56. ^ Jump up to:a b Considine, J. D. (November 17, 2012). “How The Weeknd became R&B’s next big thing”. The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  57. Jump up^ Hogan, Marc (October 26, 2012). “The Weeknd Imbues ‘Enemy’ With the Smiths’ Seductive Power”. Spin (New York). Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  58. Jump up^ MacInnes, Paul (November 15, 2012). “The Weeknd: Trilogy – review”. The Guardian(London). section G2, p. 23. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  59. Jump up^ Morgan, Nakiya (July 15, 2013). “The Weeknd’s Kiss Land Album Captures First Experiences Outside Of Toronto”. MTV News. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  60. Jump up^ Golden, Zara (November 16, 2012). “Who Is The Weeknd? 5 Things You Should Know”. VH1. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  61. Jump up^ Polaris Music Prize, (September 19, 2011). “The 2011 Shortlist” . Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved March 28, 2012
  62. Jump up^ MTV, (August 28, 2011). “O Music Awards” . MTV O Music Awards. Retrieved March 28, 2012
  63. Jump up^ mtvU, (March 18, 2012). “Breaking Woodie” . mtvU. Retrieved March 28, 2012
  64. Jump up^ Sirius XM, (January 26, 2012). “2012 Winners/Nominees” . Sirius XM. Retrieved March 28, 2012
  65. Jump up^ “Artist To Watch 2013 MTV Video Music Awards”. MTV. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  66. Jump up^ “The Weeknd Honoured With Allan Slaight Award From Canada’s Walk Of Fame”.Canada’s Walk of Fame. September 15, 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  67. Jump up^ Davis, Justin. “The Weeknd Announces “King of The Fall” Tour”. Complex. Retrieved26 June 2014.

§External links[edit]

Part 2.Missing Information

Overall, the Wikipedia page has most information and analysis but there are a few keys missing. The main information that is missing from The Weeknd’s Wikipedia page is the actual events that he has performed in, whether it is the past or upcoming, because it only shows limited performances of his and the page is missing the events that have occurred in the year of 2015, so it is not up to date with current events. On top of that there are no rankings of his songs as The Weeknd has made appearances on Billboards charts and Itunes charts, which are both usually an impressive milestone in an artists career. There is no steps or advice that gives fans the information they need to follow The Weeknd on social medias via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Lastly, The Weeknd has started his own clothing line, which was not even mentioned on the Wikipedia page. Also, The Weeknd is considered a PBR&B type of genre, and the page only gives a brief explanation of what that type of genre is but could use some more info in that category as well.

Part 3. New Sections

Tours and Live Appearances

Headlining:

United Kingdom Tour (2013)

King of the Fall (2014)

Drai’s Night Club (2015)

Featured:

Coachella (2012)

The 20/20 Experience World Tour Justin Timberlake (2013)

Would You like a Tour? Drake (2014)

Live:

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon “Earned It”

Saturday Night Live “Love Me Harder” with Ariana Grande

Late Show with David Letterman “Pretty”

Live on BBC Two “Wicked Games”

Rankings

Billboard Chart:

#7 “Earned It”

#95 “Where You Belong”

#59 “Often”

#96 “Wicked Games”

Itunes:

#5 “Earned It”

Genre and Lyrics

The Weeknd is a PBR&B artist, which is not a common genre. Many have described PBR&B as an alternative R&B that has more of a hipster sound. The Weeknd uses a lot of his lyrics to describe his emotions and are also “love” songs. Many of the lyrics that are used by The Weeknd are explicit and dirty. The best way that people have said about The Weeknd is that he is “the songbird of his generation” and also the “best musical talent since Michael Jackson”. The Weeknd takes the norm of R&B and turns it into his own creation with his unheard beats that are calming to the audience. Others say that he makes you feel like you’re at church and he is preaching to the audience. The Weeknd has created an unusual sound but has shown much success in the past few years with his genre and lyrics.

Awards

The Weeknd won “Artist of the Year” at the 2015 JUNO Awards, where he also performed his new hit “Earned It” which also is ranked #7 on Billboards Hot100 chart.

Brand and Social Media

The Weeknd has started a new clothing line “Official Issue XO”, which has become his brand.This has come from The Weeknd’s use of the phrase XO, which commonly means hugs and kisses, but some think that it is from his use of Ecstasy and Oxycontin. Official Website link: http://shop.theweeknd.com/

If you are looking to stay up to date with The Weeknd’s locations and performances, follow him on social medias;

Twitter: @theweeknd

Facebook: /theweeknd

Instagram: abelxo

SoundCloud: /theweeknd

References:

1) http://www.theweeknd.com/

2) https://twitter.com/theweeknd

3) https://twitter.com/TheJUNOAwards/status/577270878683209728

4) http://www.billboard.com/artist/419413/weeknd/biography

5) http://shop.theweeknd.com/

Final Archive – Great Northern (Indie Band)

Part 1: Existing Wikipedia Entry

Great Northern is a rock group from Los Angeles composed of lead vocalist/keyboardist Rachel Stolte, guitarist/vocalist Solon Bixler (formerly of Thirty Seconds to Mars), and drummer Davey Latter. As of 2007, they were signed with the independent label Eenie Meenie Records, where they released their debut album, Trading Twilight For Daylight (2007), and their second album, Remind Me Where the Light Is (2009). They are no longer with Eenie Meenie Records,[not verified in body] and are currently working on their third studio album.

History[edit]

Trading Twilight for Daylight (2005–2007)[edit]

Great Northern began when Solon Bixler and his friend Rachel Stolte started collaborating with material he had been working on while on tour. After writing songs for about six months, they finally finished the band’s debut album,Trading Twilight For Daylight.

The album was recorded at the Donner & Blitzen studio in Arcadia, CA, together with producer/engineer Mathias Schneeberger, whose previous work experience includes Twilight Singers‘ Joseph Arthur. Having met Schneeberger through a mutual friend, they quickly grew fond of his contributions to the album.

The album title was coined by Rachel Stolte, who said that twilight is her favorite time of day.

Trading Twilight For Daylight was released in the U.S. on May 15, 2007.

Sleepy Eepee (2007–2008)[edit]

The band released an EP, entitled Sleepy Eepee, to iTunes in the U.S. on November 6, 2007.[1] The EP originally was written and recorded before “Trading Twilight For Daylight”, but was re-released with new artwork by Ryan Coscia.Sleepy Eepee was released to stores March 18, 2008.

The song “Home” was used in a 2008 Nissan Murano commercial, advertising a redesigned 2009 Murano. “Home” was also featured in the movie 21 starring Jim Sturgess.[citation needed]

“Home” was an iTunes free Single of the Week in late 2007.[citation needed]

Their song “Low is a Height” was used in the NBA’s “There Can Only Be One” commercials; starring Paul Pierce & Mike Bibby and also Dwight Howard & Chris Paul. “Low is a Height” was also featured in a video montage sequence at the end of the 8th Episode of Bones in the third season.[2]

They recorded their song “Into the Sun” in Simlish for the EP The Sims 2: Free Time.

The song “Driveway” was featured at the end of the 18th episode of Grey’s Anatomy, in the fifth season. It was also used at the end of The Son, the fifth episode of Friday Night Lights’ fourth season.

Remind Me Where The Light Is (2009–present)[edit]

On April 28, 2009 the band released their second studio album entitled Remind Me Where the Light Is.

On September 8, 2010 the band posted via Twitter that for the past three months they have been in the studio recording their third album.[3] As of February 2012, work on the album was still in progress.[4]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^Chip Adams (October 25, 2007). “Great Northern To Release Pre-Twilight EP”The FaderISSN 1533-5194. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  2. Jump up^“Bones: “The Knight On the Grid””. November 20, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  3. Jump up^“day 90 something in our studio”. September 8, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  4. Jump up^“sorry this record is taking super long to finish”. February 1, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.

Additional sources[edit]

Part 2: Evaluation of Missing Information

As it stands, the Wikipedia entry for the indie band Great Northern is missing two central things. First of all, it is completely absent of information from the last two years. There is no mention of any of the information the band has provided from their social media accounts, which chronicles their leaving Eenie Meenie Records, recording their new album, and working to get it out to the masses. This makes the entry severely outdated, which is detrimental to anyone looking to get updates regarding the band. Second, it is missing an analysis of the band’s sound. Many Wikipedia entries of individual bands have information regarding the band’s choice of instruments, musical styles, and changes over the course of their career. This entry pretty much just has which albums they’ve released and where their songs have been featured. Without analysis of the band’s sound, there is no way to get a feel for the band’s art, which is just as important as their history.

Part 3: New Sections

Tremors (2012 – present)

In August 2012, the band lost access to their previous Twitter account, @Great_Northern, and subsequently switched to their current account, @GR8NORTHERN. In December 2012, the band’s non-album song, a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot song “Bonnie and Clyde“, was featured in the series finale of the CW show Gossip Girl. In August 2013, after five years of recording, the band finished their third studio album, Tremors, and are currently working to find a label to release it.

Tremors Track Listing

  1. Seasons                   3:50
  2. Into the Flood           2:53
  3. Holes                        3:36
  4. Skin of Our Teeth     3:20
  5. Ripple                       3:47
  6. Shots                        4:07
  7. Bullets                      4:06
  8. Fevers                      3:56
  9. Like Strangers          4:23
  10. X                               4:00

Shortly after releasing the album’s track listing, the band posted “Skin of Our Teeth”, “Ripple”, and “Into the Flood” onto their SoundCloud for free streaming, as well as the song “High & Dry”, which does not appear on the Tremors track list. On July 17, 2014, the band released the song “Human” through the website Bandcamp.com. According to the track list, it will not be featured on their third album.

Musical Styles and Motifs

The band’s music relies heavily on acoustic sounds, but also features electric guitar elements as flourishes. This is evident in songs like “Houses” and “Story” from their second album, Remind Me Where the Light Is. The band’s music also features interwoven vocals by Rachel Stolte and Solon Bixler. Stolte provides the majority of the vocals, while Bixler’s vocals are typically used in the background, to complement or accent Stolte’s vocals. In this way, the band draws vocal similarities to The xx. Also similarly to The xx, the band often utilizes sonic elements that create space within a song, as evidenced by the echo effect in “Low Is a Height”. Despite the band having a live drummer, their drum tracks feature the mechanical nature of electronic drums. This is a trait that the band Metric is also notable for.

The band has a penchant for naming songs with single, pluralized words. Examples of this motif include “Houses”, “Fingers”, “Snakes”, “Numbers”, and “Babies”, as well as the songs “Holes”, “Shots”, “Bullets”, and “Fevers” from their upcoming album, Tremors. The band also tends to connect track titles, such as “Shots” and “Bullets” from Tremors, and “Numbers” and “33” from Remind Me Where the Light Is. The song titles for each song are often not explicitly stated in the lyrics themselves. Lyrically, the band typically uses vague language and metaphors to mask the literal meaning of the song. An exception of this is the song “Driveway”, which features more anecdotal lyrics. The overall themes of the band’s songs seem to be truth and deception, abandonment, insecurity, fear, as well as overcoming the aforementioned obstacles.

The band seems to have an affinity for the contrast of light and dark, with specific focus on sunlight. The titles of their first two albums, Trading Daylight for Twilight and Remind Me Where the Light Is, showcase this. Additionally, “Numbers”, “Low Is a Height”, “A Sun A Sound”, and “Into the Sun” all feature references to sunlight.

References

  1. https://twitter.com/Great_Northern/status/232301585974296576
  2. http://songspub.com/News/967/Gossip%20Girl%20%28TV%29%20Bonnie%20and%20Clyde%20%28Great%20Northern%29
  3. https://twitter.com/GR8NORTHERN/status/367060769034084352
  4. http://greatnorthern.bandcamp.com/track/human

Group Blog Post

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Photographer: Yomira Romero, Date: 3-7-2015, Location: Rainier Valley Cultural Center (Stage).

Category: Making Scenes

The stage photo fits into the Making Scenes category because it shows the time put into designing and setting up the items located around the stage.It is about people who run venues, book shows, and manage bands, you can see how the stage and decorations resemble this category.

WWR

Photographer: Joshua Sloan, Date: 3-7-2015, Location: Rainier Valley Cultural Center (Front Lawn).

Category: Reel Rebels

The graffiti photo fits into the Reel Rebels category because it is a painting done to help document stories about popular music, community-making and social activism. It brings a different outlook to archiving where the story can be seen through the eyes of the artists.

In the two pictures chosen by group 12, you can see a lot of the art and emotion surrounding the Women Who Rock UNconference. It’s all about being strong and feeling empowered to show that women are being recognized. Like the picture in with the quotes says, “I will have my voice”, and that’s what we want to represent. We want women to have their voices and not be afraid to show who they truly are in the arts and in their everyday lives. They should always feel empowered and strong like the woman in the painting from our second picture.

Blog Posts:

https://womenwhorock12.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/media-justice/

https://womenwhorock12.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/women-who-rock-conference/

Women who rock conference pictures

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Time:1 pm

location: Rainer valley cultural center

Interview:

Name: Precious

She is member of Gabriela Seattle) which is a Organization of Filipino women. They helps to raise the voice of Filipino women and gather community together.

Name: Selena

She is a member of Meameri corps and they help young women to raise their voice and teaches leadership skills.

Question: what does the WWR event means to you and what inspires you to be a member of this event?

“This event/ women who rock community means a tool to lift voice of women through the art, gather up community together and reduce the injustice that we women face everyday in our life”.

“My community and my kid inspired me to attend this event”. By Selena

” This event means uniting women from all over the world, to reduce the oppression of women and for the powerful voice”.

” My mother and my community inspired me to attend this event”. By Precious

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: Rainier valley Cultural Center

Individual Women Who Rock UNconference Blog

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03/07/15 Rainier Valley Cultural Center stage

WWR3

03/07/15 Rainier Valley Cultural Center

I got to interview Vivi, a highly active 8 year old, at the conference. She was very excited to answer my question and said the conference was “awesome because women are being recognized and because women really do rock”. It seemed like that wasn’t her first year at the conference too.

My other interviewee was Ann who also seemed very excited for the even to start. She also believed that this was a way to recognize women so that many people see all that they have done for the art. She said it was “awesome” to see the amount of women that actually go and how much people care about the event.

-Yomira Romero

Unconference Solo Blog Post

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Saturday, March 7th – Rainier Valley Cultural Center Front Lawn

This image to me really emphasized the DIY, grassroots nature of the unconference.

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Saturday, March 7th – Rainier Valley Cultural Center Front Lawn

This image, to me, shows the diversity of the unconference attendees.

Interviews

1. SR Jaquay attended the unconference as a member of the Socialist Alternative political group, spreading the word about getting Kshama Sawant, a female minority city representative, re-elected because of the important work she does. SR is a survivor of domestic violence and feels that part of the project of the unconference is to give men and women who are survivors of domestic violence a platform and a sense of empowerment, which can be conveyed through the music emphasized in the Women Who Rock project.

2. Carly, a volunteer food server at the unconference, felt the event was important because, to her, it’s about celebrating working women across the world and addressing their hardships and how imperialism in all its forms has affected them. She is especially interested in acknowledging and empowering the thousands of Filipino immigrants who have worked very hard despite the barriers put up by American society.

Media Justice

Group 12

2nd Blog about the live conference

Well attending the conference, I learned lot about the media justice. It is so interesting how we can stop the oppression that women face everyday of their life through the media. We can make changes in our life by using the media. One panel shared a great story of her about how she helped a women to get justice with her phone. She got picture first from her friend and then she posted on Facebook and then everyone started March day after that. This was very impressing story which just made me realized that we can actually use our social media or phone to do something which can really make difference in women’s life. Every time we use something we actually have to think first and then use for significant of humanity. We can make difference and seek out the humanity. The conference was very inspiring and impactful. I really liked how every panel had different unique story.