They make music with instruments they were born with - their voices. Gifted vocalists have entertained audiences across musical genres from the tour de force arias of Luciano Pavarotti to the classic crooning of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the soulful vocals of artists like Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. With their powerful lyricism, singers like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen became poet laureates of American music while artists including Joan Baez and Joe Strummer used their voices to prompt social change while they entertained. Rockers from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Kurt Cobain helped define their generations through their songs while icons like Michael Jackson, Cher and Whitney Houston shaped pop culture with their larger-than-life voices and personas. See these and more famous singers who have struck a chord in musical history.
All seven tracks on Kanye West’s new album, ‘Ye,’ debuted on Billboard’s Top 40 chart this week, with the song “Yikes” hitting the number 8 spot. The album is West’s eighth to launch in the top spot on the Billboard 200, tying him with The Beatles for the record.
Bob Dylan revamped the 1929 hit love song ‘She’s Funny That Way’ with same-sex pronouns for a new 6-song EP, ‘Universal Love: Wedding Songs Reimagined.’ The album, Funded by MGM, is meant to be inclusive of LGBT couples and features Kesha among other artists.
Carrie Underwood gave her first performance since falling outside her home and receiving around 50 stitches in her face at the ACM Awards. While the singer initially warned fans that she "might look a bit different," she looked gorgeous and teared up near the end of her performance.
In a tearful interview, R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Angela, opened up about alleged domestic abuse. Last month, the singer was sued for sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose an STD; he was temporarily scrubbed from Spotify for several sex abuse allegations.
Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, has become the second member of The Beatles to be knighted, after Sir Paul McCartney. Ringo, who was honored for “services to music,” said, “It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."
Mariah Carey revealed her bipolar disorder diagnosis to ‘People’ magazine. Although she was first diagnosed in 2001, she “didn’t want to believe it” and only recently sought treatment after “the hardest couple of years I’ve been through.” She’s now in therapy and on medication.
Russell Crowe held an auction of personal artifacts in Australia to celebrate his near-finalized divorce to Danielle Spencer. The actor netted roughly $2.8 million USD for movie memorabilia, diamond jewelry, artwork, sports collectibles and a dinosaur skull sold to him by Leo DiCaprio.
Kenny Rogers has cancelled the remaining performances of his 2018 farewell tour due to “a series of health challenges." Doctors fully expect the country star to recover but recommended he cancel performances through the end of the year to focus on getting better.
Ted Nugent called the Parkland students who survived a mass shooting “mushy-brained children.” In a radio interview, the 1970s rocker and outspoken NRA board member said their organization of gun-control protests was “ignorant, dangerous and stupid.”
A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chris Brown and two others claiming the she was sexually assaulted in the singer's home. "This is one of the most horrific cases involving alleged sexual assaults that I have ever seen, and our client, Jane Doe, has been severely traumatized by what she was forced to suffer," her lawyer said.