Sia, Paulina Rubio, Lisa Marie Presley, Arctic Monkeys

Sia

Sia is the stage name of Sia Kate Isobelle Furler. She was born on December 18, 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia. was part of the Australian acid jazz and indie formation, Crisp, which released two albums entitled Word and the Deal and Delirium. Sia later released her own solo album entitled OnlySee in 1997 on a now-defunct independent record label. Sia then made her move to release a major label studio album. In 2000, Sia signed to the Sony Music sub-label DancePool, whereupon she released her major-label debut, Healing is Difficult, an eclectic mix of R&B and jazz. The album included the underground club hits “Drink to Get Drunk” (remixed by Different Gear) and “Little Man”. 2003 saw Sia release an EP entitled Don’t Bring Me Down. In 2004 she released the album, Colour the Small One. Sia has since released three albums. In addition to her solo career, Furler provided vocals for Zero 7 on their hit singles “Destiny” and “Distractions” from their debut album, Simple Things. Zero 7’s second album, When it Falls, featured Sia voicing “Somersault” and “Speed Dial No. 2”. On January 8,2008, Sia performed “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on network television.

Paulina Rubio

Paulina Rubio is a singer and actress born on June 17, 1971 in Mexico City, Mexico. On April 30, 1982, she began her career when she was ten years old, under the guidance of Miguel Bosé and debuting in a children’s pop group called Timbiriche. Paulina Rubio recorded a total of 11 albums as part of Timbiriche. In 1985, Timbiriche participated in the musical Vaselina. While in Timbiriche, Rubio also turned to acting in telenovelas with Televisa. She landed her first role in 1988, as the villain Paulina Montenegro in Pasión y Poder. In 1991, Rubio left Timbiriche and focused on launching a solo career. She traveled to Spain to begin work on her first project as a solo artist. In 1992, she released her solo debut album, La Chica Dorada under the EMI label. La Chica Dorada was certified Diamond in 1997, and she was presented with an award during her promotion of Planeta Paulina on Veronica Castro’s extinct music show, La Tocada. After many reissues in countries like Mexico, USA, and Spain, the album “La Chica Dorada” has gone on to sell more than five hundred thousand copies worldwide. Paulina Rubio has since gone on to release eight more albums. On April 30, 2007, she married Spanish public relations executive Nicolas Vallejo Najera “Colate” in Xcaret, a Mexican eco-tourism park on the Mayan Riviera.

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley was born in Memphis, Tennessee, exactly nine months after her parents’ May 1, 1967, wedding. Until her parents’ divorce, she lived at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate. In her early twenties, she was managed by her father’s friend Jerry Schilling and recorded a demo in 1992. When Schilling told her he had negotiated a recording contract for her, she rejected it. In 1997, she recorded a duet of the song “Don’t Cry Daddy” with her father. It was never released for marketing, but the music video was shown at the 20th Anniversary Elvis concert in Memphis. In 1998, she signed a deal with Capitol Records. Her debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2000, though it took longer than expected for Lisa Marie Presley to write every song on the album. On April 8, 2003, Lisa Marie Presley released her debut album, To Whom It May Concern. It debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold in June 2003. She then released her sophomore album, Now What, on April 5, 2005. It debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It was certified gold in November 2005. In August 2007, the single In the Ghetto was released. Elvis Presley originally released the single in 1969. In the new version, Lisa Marie “duets” with her father. The video that was simultaneously released with the single reached number one on the iTunes sales and number sixteen on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys was formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. They began rehearsing at Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend, and played their first gig on 13 June 2003 at The Grapes in Sheffield city-centre. After a few performances, they began to record demos and burn them onto CDs to give away at gigs. In May 2005, Arctic Monkeys released their first EP, Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys, featuring the songs “Fake Tales of San Francisco” and “From the Ritz to the Rubble”. This release was limited to 500 CDs and 1000 7″ records, but was also available to download from the iTunes Music Store. Soon after, the band played at the Carling Stage of the Reading and Leeds Festivals, reserved for less known or unsigned bands. Eventually, they signed to Domino in June 2005. In 2006, the Artic Monkeys released their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The album became the fastest selling debut album in the UK ever. The album sold over 360,000 copies in its first week. In April of 2007 they released their sophomore album, Favourite Worst Nightmare. In the USA, the album debuted at number seven, selling around 44,000 copies in its first week. The album has since gone 2x platinum in the UK and the album was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize. At the 2008 BRIT Awards it won Best British Album.