Good Charlotte was formed in 1996 in Waldorf, Maryland. The members of the band are identical twin brothers Joel Madden on vocals and Benji Madden on lead guitar and backing vocals.Other members of the band include Billy Martin on rhythm guitar and keyboards, Paul Thomas on bass guitar and Dean Butterworth on drums. Good Charlotte started out by playing at small bars. They soon caught the attention of the rock band, Lit. Good Charlotte played some dates with the band Blink-182, who had just experienced mainstream success with their album, Enema of the State. All of this caught the attention of major music labels, and Good Charlotte eventually signed with Epic Records in 1999. In 2000 they released their self titled album, Good Charlotte. It spawned the singles “Little Things”, “The Motivation Proclamation” and “Festival Song”. In 2002 they released The Young and the Hopeless. Then in 2004 they released The Chronicles of Life and Death. The album was released with two different versions: a “Life” version and a “Death” version which both came with different cover art .Good Charlotte would go on to release one more album in 2007, Good Morning Revival. As of July 2008, Good Charlotte has received eight awards from twenty nominations including aMTV Music Video Award, MuchMusic Awards and Kerrang! Awards.
Backstreet Boys was formed on April 20, 1993 by boy band mogul Lou Pearlman. The band consist of Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, A. J. McLean, Nick Carter. Pearlman had spent around $3.5 million on his search to form the group, and then spent more to launch their career. In 1996 they launched their self titled debut album which was released internationally. Then in 1997 they launched their U.S debut also entitled Backstreet Boys. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts and has been certified platinum over fourteen times over. In May of 1999 they released Millenium, an album that would rocket them to super stardom. Millennium entered the Billboard 200 at number one, where it remained for 10 non-consecutive weeks. It sold over a million copies it’s first week. It was their first record to be released in both the U.S. and internationally in the same form, at the same time. In the United States, it holds the record for most shipments in one year, with 11 million in 1999. Since then they have released three more albums, have sold more than one hundred million albums and have had 13 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 making them the best selling boy band of all time. Backstreet boys is currently working on their seventh album to be released in 2009.
Brooke Hogan is the stage name of Brooke Ellen Bollea who was born on May 5, 1988 in Tampa, Florida. She is the oldest child of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and his ex-wife, Linda Bollea. She appeared on the reality-television series Hogan Knows Best, which focused on her family, and which premiered on July 10, 2005 on VH1. She has also starred in a spin-off reality series called Brooke Knows Best which focuses on her life now independent from her parents and living with two roommates. Brooke Hogan was signed to Trans Continental Records in 2002 and her first song in the United States singles charts was “Everything to Me”. Produced and written by Shep Goodman and Kenny Gioia as part of her album This Voice. The single appeared at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100, but within the next two weeks it sank off the charts. Due to the failed single, all plans were canceled and Brooke Hogan’s debut album never got its official release. Then in 2005 she recorded her next album, Undiscovered. It was released on October 24, 2006, and has sold a total of 127,000 copies. Brooke Hogan is currently scheduled to release her third album entitled “The Redemption” in the summer of 2009.
Jennifer Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois on Setpember 12, 1981. She is daughter of Darnell Donerson and Samuel Simpson, both of whom are now deceased. She was raised as a Baptist and attended Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, which she graduated from in 1999. Jennifer Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol, in Atlanta, Georgia. She struggled to gain popularity in the early stages of Idol’s live shows, receiving the second-lowest number of votes in two of the first three shows. However, after a change in song choices, she soon became a favorite to win, receiving the highest number of votes in the “Top 9” after her performance of Elton John’s “Circle of Life,” on April 6, 2004. On April 21, 2004 she was voted off of the show finishing the competition in seventh place. In November 2005, Jennifer Hudson was cast in the role of Effie White for the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls. He co-stars included Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles and Eddie Murphy. She won various awards for her role, including a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Jennifer Hudson has also appeared in the movie Sex and the City, as Louise, Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant and The Secret Life of Bees as “Rosaleen. In September of 2008 she released her self titled debut album. The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with first week sales of almost a quarter million and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA for nearly 600,000 sold copies.