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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. In 1990, she rose to fame with the release of "Vision of Love" from her eponymous debut album. The album produced four chart-topping singles in the US and began what would become a string of commercially successful albums which solidified the singer as Columbia's highest selling act. Carey and Boyz II Men spent a record sixteen weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995–1996 with "One Sweet Day", which remains the longest-running number-one song in US chart history. Following a contentious divorce from Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and traversed towards hip hop with the release of Butterfly (1997). In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards and subsequently named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000.
Carey parted with Columbia in 2000, and signed a record-breaking $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records America. In the weeks prior to the release of her film Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack in 2001, she suffered a physical and emotional breakdown and was hospitalized for severe exhaustion. The project was poorly received and led to a general decline in the singer's career. Carey's recording contract was bought out for $50 million by Virgin and she signed a multi-million dollar deal with Island Records the following year. After a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to the top of music charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). The album became the best-selling album in the US and the second best-seller worldwide in 2005 and produced "We Belong Together", which became her most successful single of the 2000s, and was later named "Song of the Decade" by Billboard. Carey once again ventured into film with a well-received supporting role in Precious (2009), and was awarded the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Throughout her career, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. According to the RIAA, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums. With the release of "Touch My Body" (2008), Carey gained her 18th number-one single in the United States, more than any other solo artist. In 2012, the singer was ranked second on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards and has been consistently credited with inspiring a generation of singers. Referred to as the "songbird supreme" by Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Top Five Album and Music Cover Art Illustration Ideas

It is said that art is the illustration of the mind, and most illustrators can do that on anything, anywhere. The illustrations on walls on the streets tell it all. We have all seen various cartoons and comic illustrations that pass heavy messages than any other thing. According to iLustra website experts, musicians ought to embrace this option and let the experts do it for them. Whether they are making hard copy CDs and DVDs or selling their music online, there is always an option to make a cover for their song or album. This is the time to leave behind the habit of making a picture of themselves with a plain background. Therefore, below we present various illustration idea they can embrace.

The minimalistic option

The world is today campaigning on moving to minimalistic ideas, from fashion accessories to cars we drive. Why not try this option for your cover illustration? If you are wondering what this minimalistic idea is, let me explain. Apart from filling your cover with all kinds of designs brought together by an artist, you can opt to go for a simple background cover and a minimal design running from one corner of the cover. Alternatively, it could also run from the center to the edges without filling the whole space. Ask the designer to come up with various options and then select one.

Consider using the thumbnail option

With people gathering most of their information from the Internet, It is crucial for you to understand that people are not so interested in reviewing your cover illustrations. So, apart from making it attractive, consider using thumbnails and make them tiny, not to bother filling the screens ahead of them. One that ‘behaves’ and sticks to the corner makes the best option. A combination of an illustrator and an IT expert will make a perfect thumbnail for your album cover.

Do not use your name on the cover

People like it simple nowadays. It is the new norm and trust me; the trend is more influential than anything else in the world. If you ask me, omitting your name will make the cover look neat, irrespective of any other idea you choose. The fans already know all your names, and they came looking for your new album, right? So why remind them again. That is rhetorical, and they do not seem to get along well.

Use inspirational artwork

By now your fans already know you well and look into anything you do admiringly. So, why not try and give them an inspiration in the form of illustration? For your information, all you need is to tell an illustrator what you have in mind and let them do the rest for you. The most reputable illustrator will go wild to come up with a unique idea for you to choose. Whether you love nature or any other thing, be sure you will get it with ease.

No lyrics, please

People can easily get the lyrics from your website, which is also a way of increasing the web traffic anyways. In simple terms; you don’t need to print your lyrics on the album cover. It may end up looking like a college handout which people don’t like. Let your illustration of choice remain neat all the way.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born 2 February 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira's first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).
Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service. Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became the best-selling single of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), the latter of which spawned one of the best-selling songs of the 21st century, "Hips Don't Lie". Shakira's eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf (2009) and Sale el Sol (2010), received critical praise. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. With over 1.2 billion views, it is one of the most-watched music videos on YouTube. Shakira served as a coach on the fourth and sixth seasons of the American version of The Voice in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Her tenth album, Shakira (2014), is preceded by its lead single, "Can't Remember to Forget You".
Shakira has won many awards, including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has sold between 70 and 125 million records worldwide (depending on the source), making her one of the best selling Latin artists of all time. She carries out well-known philanthropic activities through charity work most notably through her Pies Descalzos Foundation. In 2014, she was listed as the 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.