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Beastie Boys are an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. They released their debut album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986 and sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide. With seven platinum or better albums from 1986–2004, the Beastie Boys are one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide, and they continue to enjoy commercial and critical success.
David Bowie will forever be a major figure in the world of popular music – for over four decades, he has been known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. His legacy and enduring popularity continues to live on. Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 140 million albums. In the UK, he has been awarded nine Platinum album certifications, and in the US, five Platinum certifications. Rolling Stone ranked him 39th on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, has drawn them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music. Led Zeppelin have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all-time. The band is considered as the greatest band in rock history.
Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognised as one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2012, she was crowned the “Greatest Woman In Music” by VH1. Famous for reinventing herself and her music she is considered a style icon.
Nirvana was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Washington in 1987. Nirvana’s sudden success widely popularised alternative rock as a whole, and the band’s frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the ‘spokesman of a generation’, with Nirvana being considered the flagship band of Generation X.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the UK and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Having only produced four singles they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.
Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in California in 1972. Band members include rock legends Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. Critics consider their 1978 self-titled debut to be one of the most “original and revolutionary albums to change rock and roll.” Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Wu-Tang is an acronym for “Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game”, a mantra that has made them fan favourites for decades.
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