1986 – “Control” album. She co-wrote many songs. Arranged and produced them. 1 st hit single “What Have You Done For Me Lately” and title track “Control” hits. She takes over own management from father. 1986 – Janet, Whitney and LaBelle hold top 3 positions on top 20 charts. Song “Nasty” #2, “When I Think of You” is 1 st #1 single. 1987 – single “Let’s Wait a While” #2, fight Madonna for chart position 1989 – “Miss You Much” #1 1989 – “Rhythm Nation 1814” album was certified platinum, 30 minute video wins Grammy. 1990- sell out world tour, moves from A&M to Virgin Records in 91 with multi-million deal and next 3 albums top charts at #1
80s – give other female African-American artists their freedom. 1990 – joins Michael for video “Scream” Answers Vibe Magazine “Do you hate Madonna?” She answers, “Hate is a strong word, I never said hate, but if I did hate her, I’d have valid reasons. “ She and Cher receives World Music Awards. 8 #1 singles and 5 #1 albums In film “Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps”, contributing a #1 song to the soundtrack 2001 – American Music Award of Merit “All for You” LP released wins best dance recording Grammy and tours Albums releases continue and she performs Scream at MTV Music Awards as tribute to late brother Michael. 2010 – own clothing line 2012 – contract spokesperson for Nutr=system 2013 – announces marriage a year prior to billionaire Kasam Ahwar. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Folk Revival Suzanne Vega – born 1959, raised in NYC. Step father Puerto Rican, Mother jazz guitarist, biological dad’s mother was drummer during the 20s and 30s. Identity crisis with white girl grew up thinking she was half Puerto Rican. Hit Greenwich Village scene at age 19 in search of gigs. Started as dancer in NYC high school for performing arts. She sang, played guitar and composed songs. 1985 – A&M Records signs her as folk singer, album “Suzanne Vega” all original accompanied by acoustic guitar and electric instruments. Good reviews lead to UK tour at Prince’s Trust Charity Benefit “Solitude Standing” album, sold over 1 million copies, socially conscious songs, only sold 50,000 copies 1987 - “LUKA ” #3 hit single, 1 st song about child abuse to make Top 40, Vega’s highest charting US hit. Profound classic, recorded in Spanish, awards for issues 1997 – Lillith Fair, her trademark sound continued, wrote books, poetry 2000s - New LP and Charity concert in Central Park ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TRACY CHAPMAN – born in Cleveland, Ohio 1964. Fan of Streisand, Cher, Gladys Knight, Vahlia Jackson. Tried many instruments but stayed with guitar. Wins scholarship to Connecticut arts high school, performing originals at school events.
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