The Pop Icons series celebrates the life and music of some of Pop music's most successful artists, giving you an insight into their paths to stardom. Each title in this series includes fantastic photographs, biographical information, and statistics on these celebrities. These high-interest books will appeal to the most reluctant readers with intimate details on each pop icon that will amaze even their biggest fans.
*Those wanting to read about Swift's swift rise to fame--and they are legion--will find a lot to like here. *The oversize, attractive book is filled with a plethora of crisply reproduced color photographs, most of them of a smiling Taylor. *The text does a good job of moving chronologically in this riches-to-riches story and provides details of life on the road and backstage and skims Swift's romances. *...there is a discography, a list of nominations and awards, and an informative spread on how Swift is marketed.
After coming second in the Stratford Idol contest in 2007 at the age of 12, Justin Bieber experienced an adrenaline-fueled taste of stage performing and was hungry for more. Being a teen of the digital age, he had the most valuable tool right at his fingertips -- YouTube. Through the power of the internet, he was able to upload videos of himself singing his favorite songs to an instant worldwide audience. It was this sharing of his musical talents that led to a timely click of a button and an introduction to superstar Usher that would change his musical fortunes forever. Justin owes much of his success to social media, so it's not surprising that he utilizes it to the max. He is the second most popular celebrity with more than 28 million followers on Twitter and he's listed in Facebook's top 10 musicians' pages. However, he's a star who likes to tour and is committed to his worldwide fan base, while raising staggering amounts of money for charity is also high on the agenda for JB. Justin owes much of his success to social media, so it's not surprising that he utilizes it to the max. He is the second most popular celebrity with more than 28 million followers on Twitter and he's listed in Facebook's top 10 musicians' pages. However, he's a star who likes to tour and is committed to his worldwide fan base, while raising staggering amounts of money for charity is also high on the agenda for JB.
When it comes to pop princesses, Katy Perry has set the standard for the current decade. In her first five years as a commercial recording artist she's won eight Grammy nominations and released a smash hit movie -- not to mention a string of chart-topping singles and platinum albums -- and is the only artist ever to have spent over 52 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. This was a reward for years of struggle when she couldn't afford her rent and was rejected by two major record labels after recording albums for them. Her troubled upbringing in a deeply religious family where pop music was banned, plus a failed marriage to British actor Russell Brand, also make her unique among pop females. Katy's pop videos have been hailed as works of art, taking the medium to new levels of humor and artfulness, and in 2012 she was hailed by music trade magazine Billboard as their Woman of the Year. She appeals to male and female fans from six to 60, changes her hair color and wardrobe at the drop of a hat, and is, as one critic put it, "all five Spice Girls rolled into one." From "Teenage Dream" to "California Gurl" and beyond, the fact and speculation about Katy Perry's past, present, and future make for fascinating reading.
Five talented boys, with one common dream: to make it to the top in the music industry. This is the story of Harry, Zayn, Liam, Louis and Niall, who all auditioned as individual competitors for The X Factor in 2010 and formed the boy band One Direction -- aka 1D -- under the guidance of the British television show. Thanks to talent, hard work, social media, and the popularity of the show and its live tour, this British-Irish boy band has proved that they have what it takes to reach the top of the charts. The X Factor was in its seventh season when the UK's newest pop icons first appeared on screen. From five young guys who didn't know each other, One Direction quickly established themselves as an up-and-coming band and now has an impressive devoted fan base of Directioners, a #1 debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful," and the debut album "Up All Night," which started at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and became the fastest-selling debut album of 2011 in the UK. In the US it did even better and it debuted at #1. This epic rise made One Direction the first UK group in history to hit the top spot on the US Billboard 200 with a debut album!
When Taylor Swift's fourth full-length album "Red" sold 1.2 million copies during its first week of release in the fall of 2012, it registered the biggest single-week sales since Eminem's "The Eminem Show" a full decade earlier. It was her second consecutive album to top a million in its debut week and confirmed the talented 22-year-old as one of America's biggest stars. Like Eminem, she moved from a cult figure to become nationally (and internationally) known -- but hers was far from a deprived childhood. The daughter of an investment banker, Swift emerged from a small town in Pennsylvania to become a star by sheer force of will. Her girl-next-door image was no pretense, but her most impressive achievement was crossing over from the country market, at which she'd originally been aimed, and making inroads on the mainstream charts. Her confessional brand of singer-songwriting has always been inspired by real life, so the fact she was dating Conor Kennedy from the famous political family in 2012 not only made headlines in the gossip columns but was also noted by fans as potential for future songs. This small-town girl with the big talent had become America's sweetheart -- and seemed set to remain so.
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