Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is well known for her song writing and the people they happen to be written about. She’s constantly in the media with her latest success or most recent break up. She’s an icon when it comes to pop culture of the current era. Her world tours and millions of sold albums have brought her to number one in various countries and has won her numerous awards and nominations. Most recently, Swift went on the Red Tour in Asia after finishing a tour with singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. 

Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Wyoming. The importance of the number 13 to her is obvious seeing as it’s written on her hand during each show she performs. She was signed to Colombia records when she was 16 and topped charts with her song, “Tim McGraw”. By the time she was 20, she had sold out tours and had topped the charts in different countries around the world.

Sam Falcone, Junior at Stoughton High School says. “I think she’s a good songwriter but a little overrated. She’s really popular right now.” 

Songwriters come and go but Taylor Swift has made a name for herself at a young age and continues to impress the world the older that she gets.

Little Mix

In the 2011 season of the British X Factor Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock all auditioned as solo artists and made it through their first round successfully. They were put into a group in the show and formed what is now Little Mix. They went on to be win first place, making themselves the very first girl band to win the X Factor. Following their victory, they signed with SImon Cowell at Syco Records and released their cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball

In November of 2012, Little Mix released their first album DNA and reached the top 5 in eight countries including number two in the UK and number four on the US Billboard 200. They the highest debut U.S. chart position by a British girl group, breaking the record previously held by the Spice Girls, whose 1996 debut Spice charted at number five. 

In 2013 after releasing their second album Salute, Little Mix announced their tour with Demi Lovato on “The Neon Lights Tour” and then their own US headlining tour the Salute Tour. As of October 2013, Little Mix had sold over 5 million singles and over 2.5 million albums worldwide. 

Little MIx’s newest album is a mix of old school R&B with various acapella harmonies and a different sort of “pop” sound. Salute shows off the girl’s various vocal talents that have really beautiful intonation when blended together. 

Sophomore Amanda Doherty says, “They’re a good influence for fans because they’re all about loving yourself and being confident and I love that.” Each member of Little Mix brings something new to their music and they inspire young fans to be themselves and to be confident. 

Demi

After making herself known in Disney’s Camp Rock movies, Demi Lovato has made a name for herself as an early actress and singer. Starting on Barney and Friends at age 7, Demi was introduced to TV and acting. For years she worked on Disney in short show As The Bell Rings and later getting cast as the lead in both Camp Rock and Sonny With a Chance. 

In 2008, Demi signed a record label with Hollywood Records and released her debut album Don’t Forget that following September. After the release of other television films and their soundtracks in 2010, Lovato’s personal problems sent her acting career into halt. For a while it seemed that Demi Lovato was just going to become another celebrity that was going to be known for their trips to rehab and was categorized for their personal struggles. But in 2011, Demi was back with her album Unbroken that included songs describing what she’d been through and how she survived. Its lead single “Skyscraper became Demi’s first single to be certified platinum in the United States. She became a symbol of strength and perseverance for young people around the world dealing with similar struggles. 

In 2012, Demi came back as a judge on the American version of The X Factor and mentored contestants by guiding them as they continued on with the show. In 2013, her fourth studio album Demi was released and opened with first-week sales of 110,000 copies sold. Her single “Heart Attack” off the album was certified double-platinum in the United States. 

In 2013 to 2014, Demi was on “The Neon Lights Tour” and toured with musical groups (2011 X Factor winners) Little Mix, Fifth Harmony and former X Factor contestant Cher Llyod. Shortly after closing her headlining tour, Demi announced “The Demi World Tour” which also supports her fourth album. She’ll be accompanied by musical group MKTO and Christina Perri. 

When asked her opinion on Demi Lovato, sophomore Emily Daddieco responded, “I believe that Demi Lovato’s music while being catchy and a joy to listen to is also inspiring and tells her story and struggle in a very beautiful way.” Daddeico said. Demi’s music is an inspiration to many young girls world wide who struggle with various issues similar to her own. 

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June 23rd, Ed Sheeran is releasing his second album worldwide and is now available for pre-ordering on iTunes. Over the past couple of years, Ed Sheeran has been increasing in popularity in the UK as well as making it over here in the United States. He toured last year with Taylor Swift making it to Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium and has since performed at music awards and with iconic musicians such as Elton John. Currently, his latest single SING has been climbing the charts and has received a lot of attention with the media. Ed Sheeran has already announced his headlining US tour later this year where he will be performing in Boston this coming September the 9th. He’s written songs for musical groups like boyband One Direction and has collaborated with others (Most popularly; Taylor Swift and  Christina Perri). Sheeran has also contributed to movie soundtracks writing the ending credits song for The Fault In Our Stars (coming out June 6th) and I See Fire that is featured on the soundtrack for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. 

When asked about Ed Sheeran, SHS junior Laura Cummins responded positively, “He’s a fantastic artist and his voice is unique.” Cummins said, “I usually like hardcore/rock music but he is that good of an artist that i would listen to him.”

Ed Sheeran was born in Halifax in West Yorkshire, England on February 17th 1991. To pursue a music careeer, Sheeran moved to London in 2008. In 2011, he released his own independent extended play, 
No. 5 Collaborations Project, that was noticed by both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. He was signed to Asylum Records in 2011. He released his debut album later that year titled ‘+’ including singles “The A Team” and “Lego House” that went platinum in the UK. In 2012, Sheeran won two BRIT Awards for Best British Male and British Breakthrough"The A Team" won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

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