8 Artists That Have Made Their Mark in the Music Industry and Beyond

Bruno Mars to play freezing half time show on February 2, 2014 in New Jersey

There are an unlimited amount of musical artists out there who have done much more than create great music. Many of the greatest musicians have influenced us in more ways than one. Here is a list of just a few of the greatest musical stars who will always be remembered.
 

Aerosmith                                                                

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer are the five faces behind this hugely successful 1970s/80s hard rock band. Aerosmith’s first album debuted in 1972. While this first album didn’t track so great, their second debut album, Get Your Wings On, became the first of their many multi platinum albums. The group encountered huge success in the 70s until drugs and alcohol almost ended the band’s career.  Their consistent drug and alcohol abuse led to a big decline in music production and popularity. In 1987, after many years of treatment, the group came back stronger and better than before with their hit album Permanent Vacation which included songs that topped MTV and Billboard charts. Aerosmith lost popularity in the mid 90s as did many 80s groups due to a change in popular style. However the band ended up recording their only number one hit single in the movie Armageddon in 1998. Their song, ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ ended up being their most successful song of their entire career. To this day Aerosmith is still together and touring.

Aerosmith: The 5 Most Pivotal Moments in Their Career | AXS

Aerosmith | The Official Website

Alicia Keys

Pop and R&B artist Alicia Keys, born Alicia Cook, is a highly notable American singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, actress, author, entrepreneur and activist. In 2001, just after her teenage years, Alicia Keys began her career with a bang with the release of her first album Songs in a Mirror, a mix of soul, jazz and hip hop.  The album sold 235,000 copies in the first week of its release, and ended up producing two top 10 songs. Her first album sold platinum six times and won her 5 Grammy awards the year after release. Alicia Keys only grew stronger from here, and not only musically. In addition to all her albums hitting number one and producing hit singles, Keys’ strong activism in her community has set her apart. Her continued presence in philanthropy, feminism and family life has led her to become an entrepreneur, a New York Times bestselling author and a powerful public figure. Throughout her unstoppable career, Alicia Keys has earned 15 Grammy awards and sold over 35 million albums, founded two powerful global organizations (Keep a Child Alive and We Are Here), and touched the lives of many people throughout the world along the way.

 The Evolution of Alicia Keys | Billboard

Alicia Keys | Official Site

The Beatles

This 1960s sensational rock/pop band includes artists John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Rolling Stone Magazine calls them ‘the biggest influence on pop culture.’ The Beatles first album, Please Please Me, released in 1962, topped UK charts for 30 weeks! 11 out of their 12 total albums actually hit number one on the charts in both the US and the UK. The Beatles are remembered as among the most innovative group in music history. They expanded the boundaries of rock music by bringing something different to the forefront with each new release. The band experimented with a variety of genres including folk, country, psychedelia, baroque pop and many others. Along with 10 Grammy awards, The Beatles won an Oscar for their movie, Let It Be. Together, these artists became the best selling band in history and made it on TIME Magazine’s list of the most important people of the 20th century.

Beatles | 10 Major Achievements of the Rock Band | Leonardo Newtonic

The Beatles | The Official Website

Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi is a musician and actor well known for founding and performing as the lead singer of the classic 1980s rock band Bon Jovi. After Jon got noticed for his first successful single ‘Runaway’ in 1980, he decided to form a band. He enlisted the help of David Brian, Tico Torres, Phil X and Hugh McDonald. Together these five powerful musicians formed the classic rock band Bon Jovi and came out with their first album debut in 1984. At first, the group’s soulful rock style was popular with the fans but not so much with the press and the critics. But their career caught on fire with the release of their third album, Slippery When Wet. This album went platinum within six weeks of release, produced hit singles and sold over 14 million copies. Following their great success in the 80s, the band retired in 1989. They got back together quite a few times however throughout the 90s and early 2000s to record many more albums including the 2002 Grammy nominated album Crush. As a group, the band Bon Jovi sold about 130 million records and was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Top 10 Career Spanning Bon Jovi Songs | Thought Co.

BonJovi.com | The Official Site of Bon Jovi

Cher

Singer, actress and known pop legend Cher gained popularity beginning in the 1960s as part of a singing act with her husband Sonny Bono. The single ‘I Got You Babe’ from their debut album Look at Us hit number one in 1965, went gold several times and became their signature song that made them famous and led the couple to host their own television show, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. After Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975, Cher began to establish herself on her own. She launched her own variety show, sold numerous gold records and won an Oscar for her role in the movie Moonstruck. Cher continued her music success into the 80s rock era and became a legendary solo performer who was in high demand for decades. After not touring for over eight years Cher launched the Heart of Stone Tour in 1990. This was the beginning of Cher becoming a 90s pop tour queen as she went on to tour five more times in the years to follow before producing her global dance hit ‘Believe.’ She continued to tour and perform and release music into the 2000s. Cher is still praised for her talent today. In 2017 and at 71 years old she accepted the Billboard Icon Award after her live performances of hits ‘Believe’ and ‘If I Could Turn Back Time.’

Cher: The Five Most Pivotal Moments in Her Career | AXS

Cher | Official Site Home

Diana Ross

Widely known as the leading lady of the female musical group the Supremes, Diana Ross started her career with the Primettes (later the Supremes) at Motown Studios in the early 60’s. With the Supremes she performed a number of singles and often sang background vocals for Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells. The Supremes were the most successful commercial musical group in the 1960s with numerous number one singles and gold records, sold out concerts and regular television appearances. Diana Ross left the Supremes in 1969 to focus on her solo career. In 1970 she released her first solo album which reached Billboard number one and was certified gold. The album included her hit single ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’ In 1973, Diana made her acting debut in Lady Sings The Blues, quickly followed by her second film appearance in Mahogany in 1975. Ross continued her music career into the 80s and 90s. In1981 Diana collaborated with Lionel Richie and together they recorded the title song for the movie Endless Love which hit number one on Billboard Hot 100. Diana Ross won numerous awards throughout her career including the Soul Train Heritage Award, Billboard Female Entertainer of the Century, the Hitmaker Award for Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and many more. Diana Ross is remembered for defining the style and culture of Motown Records and becoming the most successful solo female artist of the rock era.

Diana Ross’ Ten Greatest Solo Highlights | Thought Co.

Diana Ross and the Supremes: 10 of the Best | The Guardian

Elton John

Elton John is one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century thanks to his unique blend of pop and rock styles. As a British singer, pianist and composer he has sold over 300 million hit records worldwide and has composed music scores for many successful and highly popular Broadway shows. His professional career began in 1968 when he met Bernie Taupin who became his long time song writing partner. Although Elton’s first album failed commercially, his second album succeeded do to the inclusion of his first hit single ‘Your Song’ that became a hit in both the US and England. ‘Your Song’ is highly respected worldwide today as a timeless love song. ‘Rocket Man’ became Elton John’s first number one single in America in 1972 followed by many others including the famous ‘Candle in the Wind.’ Elton John was praised in the 90s for his musical hits from the movie The Lion King including ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ which led him to win an Academy Award for Best Song and a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The Lion King became a hit Broadway musical thereafter. The 90s marked a very special time period in Elton’s life. After enduring much criticism for coming out as homosexual he decided to devote much of his life to helping others. He started donating the profits from his sales to charities and established a foundation of his own. His career didn’t end there. Elton John continued to perform and compose into the 2000s. He is recently remembered for his outstanding performance of ‘Candle in the Wind’ at the funeral of Princess Diana and composing the music for the 2008 Broadway play, Billy Elliott. Among the fabulous outfits and flashy glasses, Elton John is praised for his phenomenal musical talent and his selfless charitable acts.

The Five Most Pivotal Moments of Elton John’s Career | AXS

Elton John | Official Site

Nelly

Nelly is an American rapper, singer and pop and R&B star known for his many rap hits including ‘Hot in Herre,’ ‘Dilemma,’ ‘Grillz,’ ‘Just a Dream’ and many more. Nelly had a rough go around as a young emerging artist. As a boy he moved with his mother from Austin, TX to St. Louis, MO following the separation of his parents. Growing up in St. Louis, Nelly balanced his passions and talents between baseball and music. He was an extremely talented baseball star in his high school years, and he almost became a professional baseball player but he decided to pursue a career in music instead. Nelly formed a musical group called St. Lunatics in his teenage years. The Group came out with their first single in 1996 but their success didn’t stick around so Nelly decided to start flying solo with his music. Nelly was quickly signed to a contract with Universal Records and he experienced immediate success with his debut album Country Grammar as the record went platinum nine times over. Nelly began working with many different musical groups including Lil Wayne, City Spud, Cedric the Entertainer and his own St. Lunatics. His second solo album Nellyville hit number one on 10 different  Billboard charts in 2002 and included hit single ‘Hot in Herre’ which took the Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance that year. Nelly went on to produce hit albums and singles throughout the 2000s including hits from albums Sweatsuit and Brass Knuckles. Nelly is the definition of quick success in his short rise to fame. The two time Grammy winner has multiple clothing lines and has founded the 4Sho4Kids Foundation, a charity for children’s health issues. Despite his early family struggles and the choice between baseball or music, Nelly has established himself as a star.

Nelly Lyrics, Songs and Albums | Genius

Nelly – M.O. Available Now | Nelly.net

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