Category: Singers

September 3, 2015

Icelandic bands have a reputation for being awesome and in 2013, they are just keeping up with the promise they have made earlier with outstanding songs. As if 2012 was not enough, Icelandic bands are putting together mesmerizing songs in this year too. As all the songs of each album are amazing in their own right, we are going to talk about the best Iceland bands in this article. So, let’s have a quick look at them.

Mammút – Komdutilmínsvartasystir (Record Records)

Iceland BandsThe first band on our list is the Mammút which is currently, one of the most dynamic bands in Iceland. After releasing LP, Karkari, the band waited four years to launch their newest album in 2013. As the band members were a mere teenager, they finished their school during this period. However, they did perform in live shows and some of the songs of Komdu til’s were broadcasted throughout the Iceland Airwaves. Also, they took time and they have sharpened the sound of their new LP. The flagship songs include the moodily melodic Ströndi, the punchy Blóðberg, and the hypnotic Glæður or the Tungan. Last but not the least, when you listen to dark sister, you discover the wonders of the night.

Snorri Helgason – Autumn Skies (Record Records)

Iceland BandsSnorri Helgason is a true musical talent with a phenomenal voice and excellent songwriting skills. He has been a successful folk singer-songwriter along with Ray LaMontagne, Alexi Murdoch, Sam Beam, and Gregory Alan Isakov. For this reason, his newest release ‘Autumn Skies’ is already making a buzz among the fans. Moreover, his love for dusty Americana is appealing and like the other songwriters, he has a penchant to find the hook in every song he writes. Besides, this album is the first-ever album, which is recorded with a full band including band members Moses Hightower, Múm, and Hjaltalín. All the songs of this album are delicate and heart touching.

Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band – 4 Hliðar (SJS Music)

Iceland BandsSamúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band is a groovy and afrobeat-loving band, which has been entertaining the fans for a long time. Samúel Jón Samúelsson has been working with a long list of famous musicians, composers, trombonists around Reykjavik. However, when he is not working with them, he likes to hang out with friends and doing Fela Kuti inspired jams. His band’s latest release is the long Fela Kuti inspired jams, which means four sides. In truth, this album’s songs are written on four covers. In fact, the songs are long, lasting in between 7 and 12 minutes. They also feature some of the best horn, guitar, keyboard, drummers, and bass in Iceland. Although Samúel Jón Samúelsson is the centerpiece of this album, the main draw of the songs is pure music.

Oyama – I Wanna EP (self-released)

Iceland BandsThe last band on our list is the Oyama, which has released I Wanna EP. Fans in Iceland know what Oyama is as they are a heavy draw in Iceland. The previous songs of Oyama were influenced by Kevin Shields, but this newest album is a fresh musical cover from them. The specialty of Oyama’s song is that they are a classic example of shoegaze genre.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is all the above-mentioned bands have unique characteristics with fine musical nous. So, let us know below if we have missed any band that you consider to be a part of this list.

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August 28, 2014

Famous American Pop Singers

America boasts a diverse culture with rich history in many aspects including sports and music. In fact, this country has a unique interest in music as it has been one of the significant parts of true American culture. Not to mention the USA has the biggest music industry in the world as well. So, in this article, we are going to talk about the five famous American pop singers of America. Let’s move forward and find out who they are.

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Famous American Pop SingersMichael Jackson is known as the King of Pop who has revolutionized the music industry of the USA. He is also the most popular entertainer of the world with mesmerizing voice, artistic dancing, and classy act. Additionally, Michael Jackson was the best-selling music artist`1 who has massive contribution to the pop culture and fashion industry. He is in fact a global figure who was inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 as a member of the Jackson Family and in 1984; he was inducted as a solo artist. Michael Jackson has won numerous awards including the Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium from the World Music Awards, the Bambi Pop Artist of the Millennium Award, and the Artist of the Century Award from the American Music Award.

Taylor Alison Swift (December 13, 1989 – Present)

Famous American Pop SingersTaylor Swift is a modern pop great who is also a songwriter. She is one of the leading female singers in the world. She is famous for writing songs based on her personal life, receiving widespread recognition from the media. Taylor Swift has been awarded various awards including 19 Music Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 21 Billboard Music Awards (the most by an actor), 8 Academy of Country Music Awards, one Emmy and one Brit Awards. As a songwriter, Taylor boasts the honor of an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is awarded by the Nashville Songwriters Association.

Madonna Louise Ciccone (August 16, 1958 – Present)

Famous American Pop SingersDubbed as the ‘Queen of Pop,’ Madonna is a versatile talent. She is an actress as well as a songwriter who has interest in different business ventures. Madonna is famous for exceeding the limit of the lyrical content in the conventional popular music. She was the face of the MTV in the 1980s, selling more than 300 million records worldwide. The Guinness World Records has recognized her as the best-selling female recording artist. She is the also fourth-best selling act of all time. In addition to these accolades, Madonna is the best-selling rock artist of 20th century (Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She has sold 64.5 million certified albums, making her the second top-selling female albums artists in the USA.

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

Famous American Pop SingersElvis Aaron Presley was a musician, singer, and an actor. He is an iconic figure of the 20th century who is known as the “King of Rock and Roll.” Elvis has been hugely successful in different genres including pop, gospel, and the blues. He is the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, selling more than 600 units of album globally. Elvis has been awarded three Grammy awards. He has also won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. When he won this award, he was just 36 years old.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

Famous American Pop SingersThe last pop legend in our list is Whitney Elizabeth Houston who was a singer, actress, model, and producer. The Guinness World Records recognized her as the most awarded female act of all-time in 2009. She has sold more than 200 million records globally, entering into the elite list of best-selling singers in the world. What’s more, she has won six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and 30 Billboard Music Awards, and many more. In fact, Whitney Elizabeth Houston has won 415 awards for her amazing work.

Bottom Line

All the above-mentioned pop singers are once in a lifetime performers who have changed the course of the music industry in the USA. So, if you think we have missed someone as great as them, do share the name by commenting below.

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