28 November 2011

JR's Top 10 Favorite Music Artists

JR's Top 10 Favorite Music Artists
The first-ever Top 10 blog in JR Late Night Blogs History is JR's Top 10 Favorite Music Artists. Way back in 05 May 2009, JR listed David Archuleta, Lady Gaga, Kris Allen, Nick Jonas, and Hayley Williams in this list. Now, when new music artists are booming in the industry, the list is redefined with new celebrities earning votes in the world of music. David Archuleta and Lady Gaga are still in the Top 2 places of JR's Top 10 Favorite Music Artists list, Craig David and Miranda Cosgrove drops out of the list, and Cee-Lo Green and Katy Perry enters JR's updated list. To avoid sexism, five male and five female were chosen to be in the list.

After two years of JR Late Night Blogs' run, JR updates one of its earliest blogs and that is JR's Top 10 Favorite Music Artists.

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David Archuleta Lady Gaga Michael Jackson Rihanna Katy Perry Bruno Mars Michael Buble Taylor Swift Cee-Lo Green Britney Spears JR's TOP 10 FAVORITE MUSIC ARTISTS

Summary of the Top 10:
1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10

Table of Contents:
4 - Rihanna

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David Archuleta
(David James Archuleta)

Born: 28 December 1990 (age 20)
Big Break: Crush (2008)
From: Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Genres: Pop
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
Years Active: 2003-present
Record Labels: Jive Records
Total Singles Release: 8
Total Albums Release: 3

1. David Archuleta (2008, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 2)
2. Christmas From The Heart (2009, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 30)
3. The Other Side of Down (2010, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 13)

About David Archuleta:
David James Archuleta is an American pop singer-songwriter. At ten years old he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes. In August 2008 Archuleta released "Crush," the first single from his self-titled debut album. The album, released three months later, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart; it has sold over 750,000 copies in the U.S. and over 900,000 Worldwide. In October 2010 he released a third album, The Other Side of Down featuring lead single "Something 'Bout Love".

JR's 5 Favorite David Archuleta Songs:
Crush, A Little Too Not Over You, Zero Gravity, Something About Love, Running

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Lady Gaga
(Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta)

Born: 28 March 1986 (age 25)
Big Break: Poker Face (2008)
From: New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Education: dropout, New York University
Genres: Pop, Dance
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Performance Artist, Record Producer, Dancer, Businesswoman, Activist
Years Active: 2005-present
Record Labels: Def Jam, Cherrytree, Streamline, Kon Live, Interscope
Total Singles Release: 14
Total Albums Release: 3

1. The Fame (2008, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 2)
2. The Fame Monster (2009, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 5)
3. Born This Way (2011, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)

About Lady Gaga:
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, she primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She began performing in the rock music scene of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and by the end of 2007, was signed with Streamline Records. Employed as a songwriter for the record company, her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon, who signed her to his label Kon Live Distribution. Lady Gaga came to prominence as a recording artist following the release of her debut album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success that topped charts around the world and included the international number-one singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". After embarking on the Fame Ball Tour, she followed the album with The Fame Monster (2009), which spawned the worldwide hit singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro" and allowed her to embark on the eighteen-month long Monster Ball Tour, which later became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Her most recent album Born This Way (2011) topped the charts of most major markets and generated more international chart-topping singles that include "Born This Way", "Judas" and "The Edge of Glory". Beside her musical career, she involves herself with humanitarian causes and LGBT activism. Influenced by such acts as David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Queen, Lady Gaga is well recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to the music industry through fashion, performance and music videos. She has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time and her singles some of the best-selling worldwide. Her achievements include four Guinness World Records, five Grammy Awards and thirteen MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga has consecutively appeared on Billboard magazine's Artists of the Year (scoring the definitive title in 2010), is regularly placed on lists composed by Forbes magazine, and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

JR's 5 Favorite Lady Gaga Songs:
Bad Romance, Telephone, Born This Way, Poker Face, Paparazzi

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Michael Jackson
(Michael Joseph Jackson)

Born: 29 August 1958
Died: 25 June 2009 (aged 50)
Big Break: Got To Be There (1971)
From: Gary, Indiana, U.S.A.
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Dance, Funk, Disco
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Composer, Musician, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Businessman, Philanthropist
Years Active: 1964-2009
Record Labels: Motown, Epic, Legacy
Total Singles Release: 61
Total Albums Release: 10

1. Got To Be There (1972, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
2. Ben (1972, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 5)
3. Music and Me (1973, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
4. Forever, Michael (1975, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 101)
5. Off The Wall (1979, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
6. Thriller (1982, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
7. Bad (1987, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
8. Dangerous (1991,U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 44)
9. HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
10. Invincible (2001, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)

About Michael Jackson:
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. Referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5, then the Jacksons in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel MTV to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made him a staple on MTV in the 1990s. Through stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop and rock artists. Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock 'n' roll. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award); 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century"); 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era); and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which have made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. Aspects of Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, have generated controversy. In 1993, he was accused of child sexual abuse, but the case was settled out of court and no formal charges were brought. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury found him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his concert series entitled This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and as many as one billion people around the world reportedly watched his public memorial service on live television. In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a $250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.

JR's 5 Favorite Michael Jackson Songs:
Scream, Thriller, Billie Jean, Bad, Smooth Criminal

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(Robyn Rihanna Fenty)

Born: 20 February 1988 (age 23)
Big Break: Pon De Replay (2005)
From: Saint Michael, Barbados
Genres: Pop, R&B, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dance
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actress
Years Active: 2005-present
Record Labels: Def Jam
Total Singles Release: 27
Total Albums Release: 6

1. Music of the Sun (2005, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 10)
2. A Girl Like Me (2006, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 5)
3. Good Girl Gone Bad (2007, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 2)
4. Rated R (2009, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 4)
5. Loud (2010, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 3)
6. Talk That Talk (2011, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 3)

About Rihanna:
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as simply Rihanna, is a Barbadian recording artist. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z. In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single "Pon de Replay." Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first Hot 100 number one single, "SOS". Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), spawned four chart-topping singles "Umbrella", "Take a Bow", "Disturbia" and "Don't Stop the Music", and was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, just winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella," which features Jay-Z. Her fourth studio album Rated R, released in November 2009, produced the top 10 singles "Russian Roulette", "Hard" and "Rude Boy", which achieved the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Loud (2010), her fifth studio album, contains the number-one hits "Only Girl (In the World)", "What's My Name?" and "S&M". "We Found Love" was released in September 2011 as the lead single from her sixth studio album and has topped the charts in over ten countries. Talk That Talk, Rihanna's sixth album, was released in November 2011. Rihanna has sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. She is the youngest artist in Billboard charts history to achieve eleven number-one singles on the Hot 100. As of January 2011, Rihanna had sold approximately 33.7 million digital singles in the United States. By September 2011 she had shipped 7.3 million album units in the US. Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the 17th Artist of the 2000s decade. She has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards for World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Female Solo Artist. She has also amassed a total of four Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and eighteen Billboard Music Awards. Rihanna has also been appointed the official ambassador of youth and culture for Barbados.

JR's 5 Favorite Rihanna Songs:
Disturbia, We Found Love, What's My Name, Don't Stop The Music, Umbrella

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Katy Perry
(Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson)

Born: 25 October 1984 (age 27)
Big Break: I Kissed A Girl (2008)
From: Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
Genres: Pop, Rock, Gospel
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Years Active: 2001-present
Record Labels: Red Hill, Island, Columbia, Capitol
Total Singles Release: 10
Total Albums Release: 3

1. Katy Hudson (2001, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
2. One of the Boys (2008, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 9)
3. Teenage Dream (2010, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)

About Katy Perry:
Katy Perry is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised by Christian pastor parents, Perry grew up listening to only gospel music and sang in her local church as a child. After earning a GED during her first year of high school, she began to pursue a career in music. As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001, which was unsuccessful. She later recorded an album with production team The Matrix and completed the majority of a solo album from 2004–05, the latter of which was never released. After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her first Internet single "Ur So Gay" that November, which garnered public attention but failed to chart. She rose to fame with the release of her second single "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008, which went on to top international charts. Perry's first mainstream studio album One of the Boys followed later that year and subsequently became the 33rd-best selling album worldwide of 2008. It was accredited platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, while "I Kissed a Girl" and her second single "Hot n Cold" both received multi-platinum certifications. The recording earned two nominations Grammy Awards. In 2009, Billboard magazine named her the 51st-best-selling music artist of the 2000–2009 decade. Perry is the first female artist to get five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in one year. Her second studio album Teenage Dream was released in August 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album included the Billboard chart-toppers "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", and top five hit "The One That Got Away". The album produced five Hot 100 toppers, and was only the second album—after Michael Jackson's Bad—to do so and the album produced six Hot 100 top ten hits, and was only the seventh album reaches this mark. With "E.T." at number one on the chart of May 12, 2011, Perry became the first artist in history to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, she remained in total 69th consecutive weeks in the Top 10. The recording earned six nominations Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year and Record of the Year. In December 15, 2011, she was elected the Artist of the Year by MTV. Perry became a guest judge on the seventh series of British television show The X Factor and the ninth season of American Idol. She has released fragrances "Purr" and "Meow". She voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs. Perry had a long relationship with Travie McCoy, and later married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010.

JR's 5 Favorite Katy Perry Songs:
Hot N Cold, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), E.T., Firework, I Kissed A Girl

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Bruno Mars
(Peter Gene Hernandez)

Born: 8 October 1985 (age 26) 
Big Break: Nothin' On You (2010)
From: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soul, Reggae
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Model, Dancer
Years Active: 2005-present
Record Labels: Atlantic, Elektra
Total Singles Release: 5
Total Albums Release: 1

1. Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 3)

About Bruno Mars:
Peter Gene Hernandez, better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age. After performing in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood, he decided to pursue a musical career and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. Mars began producing songs for other artists, joining production team The Smeezingtons. After an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, Mars signed with Atlantic Records in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, and "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan. In October 2010, he released his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Anchored by the worldwide number one singles "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade", the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are". Mars' music is noted for displaying a wide variety of styles and influences, and contains elements of many different musical genres. He has worked with an assortment of artists from different genres; Mars acknowledges the influences that his collaborations have had on his own music. As a child, he was highly influenced by artists such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and would often impersonate these artists from a young age. Mars also incorporates reggae and Motown inspired sounds into his work. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times referred to Mars as "one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop".

JR's 5 Favorite Bruno Mars Songs:
Lighters, Nothin' On You, Billionaire, Just The Way You Are, It Will Rain

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Michael Buble
(Michael Steven Buble)

Born: 9 September 1975 (age 36)
Big Break: Nothin' On You (2010)
From: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Genres: Pop, Jazz
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Years Active: 1996-present
Record Labels: 143, Reprise
Total Singles Release: 17
Total Albums Release: 8

1. First Dance (1996, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
2. Babalu (2001, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
3. Dream (2002, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
4. Michael Buble (2003, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
5. It's Time (2005, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 7)
6. Call Me Irresponsible (2007, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 188)
7. Crazy Love (2009, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 10)
8. Christmas (2011, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)

About Michael Buble:
Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer and actor. He has won several awards, including three Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It's Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts. Bublé has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

JR's 5 Favorite Michael Buble Songs:
Stay, Comin' Home Baby, White Christmas, Hold On, Hollywood

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Taylor Swift
(Taylor Alison Swift)

Born: 13 December 1989 (age 22)
Big Break: Tim McGraw (2006)
From: Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Genres: Pop, Country
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record ProducerActress
Years Active: 2006-present
Record Labels: Big Machine
Total Singles Release: 16
Total Albums Release: 3

1. Taylor Swift (2006, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 5)
2. Fearless (2008, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
3. Speak Now (2010, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)

About Taylor Swift:
Taylor Alison Swift is an American country pop singer-songwriter, musician and actress. In 2006, she released her debut single "Tim McGraw", then her self-titled debut album, which was subsequently certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In November 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless, and the recording earned Swift four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Fearless and Taylor Swift finished 2008 at number-three and number-six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million. Fearless topped the Billboard 200 for 11 non-consecutive weeks. Swift was named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009. Swift released her third album Speak Now on October 25, 2010, which sold 1,047,000 copies in its first week. In 2008, her albums sold a combined four million copies, making her the best-selling musician of the year in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Forbes ranked Swift 2009's 69th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $18 million, 2010's 12th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million and 2011's 7th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million, too. Swift was ranked the 38th Best Artist of the 2000s by Billboard. In January 2010 Nielsen SoundScan listed Swift as the most successful digital artist in music history with over 34.3 million digital tracks sold. On June 2011, renowned site The Boot named Swift and Carrie Underwood The Country Royalty, as they were the only female country artists to be ranked on Rolling Stone's Queens of Pop list. As of March 2011, she has sold over 20 million albums and 34.3 million singles worldwide. She has been listed in the 2012 Guinness Book Of World Records as the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist for her album Speak Now, and Most Simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist. In 2011, Billboard named her woman of the year.

JR's 5 Favorite Taylor Swift Songs:
You Belong With Me, Mine, Love Story, Back to December, Teardrops On My Guitar

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Cee-Lo Green
(Thomas DeCarlo Callaway)

Born: 30 May 1974 (age 37)
Big Break: Closet Freak (2002)
From: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Genres: R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Record Producer, Actor
Years Active: 2002-present
Record Labels: Arista, Elektra
Total Singles Release: 10
Total Albums Release: 3

1. Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (2002, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: n/a)
2. Cee-Lo Green... Is The Soul Machine (2004, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 13)
3. The Lady Killer (2010, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 9)

About Cee-Lo Green:
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known by his stage name Cee Lo Green, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor. He originally came to prominence as a member of the southern hip hop group Goodie Mob, later launching a critically acclaimed solo career and forming Gnarls Barkley with DJ Danger Mouse. Internationally, Cee Lo is best known for his hip hop work and Gnarls Barkley's 2006 worldwide hit "Crazy", which reached number one in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK. In the United States, "Crazy" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Parent album St. Elsewhere was also a hit, reaching number one on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200 album charts. Gnarls Barkley's second album, internationally less successful, The Odd Couple (2008) missed the top ten in both the UK and U.S., where it charted at number 12 in the U.S. and 18 in the UK. In 2010, Cee Lo took a break from recording with Gnarls Barkley and released the single "Fuck You!" on August 19, 2010, as a solo recording artist. The song was an instant hit, reaching the top spot in the UK and the Netherlands and charted at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The parent album, The Lady Killer (2010) saw similar success, peaking within the top five of the UK Album Charts and debuting within the top ten on the Billboard 200 album charts, and received a Gold certification from the BPI in the UK shortly after its release. His second single "It's OK" was a hit in Europe and the third single, "Bright Lights Bigger City" has also seen similar charting success. Cee Lo is currently a vocal coach on the NBC reality talent show The Voice with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton.

JR's 5 Favorite Cee-Lo Green Songs:
Fuck You, Bright Lights, I Want You, Cry Baby, Anyway

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Britney Spears
(Britney Jean Spears)

Born: 2 December 1981 (age 30)
Big Break: ...Baby One More Time (1998)
From: McComb, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Genres: Pop, Dance, Electropop, Teen Pop
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, DancerActress, Record Producer, Author, Fashion Designer, Video Director
Years Active: 1992-present
Record Labels: Jive, RCA
Total Singles Release: 36
Total Albums Release: 7

1. ...Baby One More Time (1999, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
2. Oops!... I Did It Again (2000, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
3. Britney (2000, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
4. In The Zone (2003, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
5. Blackout (2007, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 2)
6. Circus (2008, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)
7. Femme Fatale (2011, U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Rank: 1)

About Britney Spears:
Britney Jean Spears is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, Spears began performing as a child, landing acting roles in stage productions and television shows. She signed with Jive Records in 1997 and released her debut album ...Baby One More Time in 1999. During her first decade in the music industry, she became a prominent figure in mainstream popular music and popular culture, followed by a much-publicized personal life. Her first two albums established her as a pop icon and broke sales records, while title tracks "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops!... I Did It Again" became international number-one hits. Spears was credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s. In 2001, she released her third studio album Britney and expanded her brand, playing the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003), which yielded chart-topping singles "Me Against the Music", "Toxic" and "Everytime". After the release of two compilation albums, Spears experienced personal struggles and her career went into hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released in 2007 and despite receiving little promotion, it spawned hits "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me". In 2008, her erratic behavior and hospitalizations caused her to be placed in a conservatorship. The same year, her sixth studio album Circus was released, with the global chart-topping lead single "Womanizer". She embarked on her highest-grossing global concert tour, The Circus Starring Britney Spears, in 2009. Her seventh studio album Femme Fatale, released in 2011, has become the first of her albums to yield three top ten singles in the United States, including her fourth US number one single, "Hold It Against Me". Spears has sold over 100 million records worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 33 million certified albums. Spears is also recognized as the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. She was ranked the 8th Artist of the 2000s by Billboard.

JR's 6 Favorite Britney Spears Songs:
Lucky, Everytime, Toxic, Criminal, Piece of Me, Oops!... I Did It Again

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Artists with Most Singles
1. Michael Jackson (61 Singles)
2. Britney Spears (36 Singles)
3. Rihanna (27 Singles)
4. Michael Buble (17 Singles)
5. Taylor Swift (16 Singles)

Artists with Most Albums
1. Michael Jackson (10 Albums)
2. Michael Buble (8 Albums)
3. Britney Spears (7 Albums)
4. Rihanna (6 Albums)

Artists with Most Songs Peaking at #1 in Billboard's Hot 100
1. Michael Jackson (12 Singles)
>>> Ben (1972)
>>> Bad (1987)
>>> Don't Stop Til You Get Enough (1979)
>>> The Way You Make Me Feel (1987)
>>> Rock With You (1979)
>>> Man In The Mirror (1988)
>>> Billie Jean (1983)
>>> Dirty Diana (1988)
>>> Beat It (1983)
>>> Black or White (1991)
>>> I Just Can't Stop Loving You (1987)
>>> You Are Not Alone (1995)
2. Rihanna (9 Singles)
>>> S.O.S. (2006)
                          >>> Only Girl In The World (2010)
>>> Umbrella (2007)
                          >>> What's My Name (2010)
>>> Take A Bow (2008)
                          >>> S&M (2011)
>>> Disturbia (2008)
                          >>> We Found Love (2011)
>>> Rude Boy (2010)

3. Katy Perry (6 Singles)
>>> I Kissed A Girl (2008)
                      >>> Firework (2010)
>>> California Gurls (2009)
                      >>> E.T. (2011)
>>> Teenage Dream (2010)
                      >>> Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (2011)

Artists with Most Albums Peaking at #1 in Billboard 200
1. Britney Spears (6 Albums)
>>> ...Baby One More Time (1999)
>>> In The Zone (2003)
>>> Oops!... I Did It Again (2000)
>>> Circus (2008)
>>> Britney (2000)
>>> Femme Fatale (2011)
2. Michael Jackson (4 Albums)
>>> Thriller (1982)
              >>> HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995)
>>> Bad (1987) 
              >>> Invincible (2001)
3. Taylor Swift (2 Albums)
>>> Fearless (2008)
>>> Speak Now (2010)

Honorable Mentions
1. Adele
2. Janet Jackson
3. Justin Bieber
4. Taio Cruz
5. Jessie J
6. Jason Mraz
7. Usher
8. Ke$ha
9. DEV
10. Beyonce
(They are possible entries to JR's future Top 10 Favorite Music Artists Blog Release)

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JR updates the oldest Top 10 List Blog in JR Late Night Blogs History.
This marks the start of a new era for JR's Top 10 Lists.

Today, JR presented to you his picks for the Best Music Artists in this Modern Era.
Next time, JR presents to you his Favorite Bands, Favorite Rappers, and Favorite Music Groups.


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Wikipedia Wikipedia
1) David Archuleta
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Archuleta
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Archuleta_discography
2) Lady Gaga
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga_discography
3) Michael Jackson
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson_albums_discography
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson_singles_discography
4) Rihanna
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihanna
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihanna_discography
5) Katy Perry
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_Perry
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_Perry_discography
6) Bruno Mars
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Mars
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Mars_discography
7) Michael Buble
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bubl%C3%A9
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bubl%C3%A9_discography
8) Taylor Swift
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Swift
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Swift_discography
9) Cee Lo Green
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cee_Lo_Green
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cee_Lo_Green_discography
10) Britney Spears
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britney_Spears
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britney_Spears_discography

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1) David Archuleta
2) Lady Gaga
3) Michael Jackson
4) Rihanna
5) Katy Perry
6) Bruno Mars
7) Michael Buble
8) Taylor Swift
9) Cee Lo Green
10) Britney Spears

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