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The singer and actress Jennifer Lopez was born in New York City. Her parents moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx before her birth. The population of this district of New York City is multi-cultural; 41 percent of the population is born outside the United States. After school and studying that she left after two semesters, Jennifer Lopez worked as a dancer in nightclubs and dance teacher.
After performances with a New York dance combo in the early 1990s, Jennifer Lopez found work on TV with first speaking roles in series. Furthermore, she performed as a breakdance and backing dancer in music videos, as in Janet Jackson's "That's The Way Love Goes".
Jennifer Lopez signed a record deal with Sony Records in 1998. The Latin elements of her coproduced songs differed from the prevailing sound of the teen-pop culture. The first album, On the 6, has sold through successful singles such as If You Had My Love, Let's Get Loud, Feelin So Good, or Waiting for Tonight over seven million copies. The second album, J.Lo, surpassed the success of the debut album through single releases such as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Ain’t It Funny, Play, I'm Real, etc. In 2007, the singer's first Spanish-language album was released. Meanwhile, Como ama una mujer is in the top 10 of the most sold Spanish albums.
In addition to the music career, Jennifer Lopez also acted in various films: Money Train (1995), Anaconda (1997), The Cell (2000), Angel Eyes (2001), Bordertown (2006) and many more.
In 2016, Jennifer Lopez returns with the single Ain’t Your Mama about the female emancipation in the charts. It is a pop and R&B song with influences of reggae and Latin music.
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The British singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 in Camden, London. In the eight years of her career, she sold more than 25 million records. Songs such as Back to Black, Valerie and Rehab made her world-famous and awarded her six Grammy Awards.
Amy’s youth was turbulent. As a child of a taxi driver and a pharmacist, she grew up in London. In school, she showed disruptive behavior and had to switch school five times, until she graduated. Her parents divorced when Amy was nine years old. At the BRIT School, she studied music theater for one year before dropping out.
At the age of 19, Amy Winehouse signed a record contract and worked on the debut single Frank. Most of the lyrics have been written by herself. The lines mostly deal with the relationship to her ex-boyfriend. The modern 2000s jazz with hip-hop beats was well received by the listeners. The debut album reached place three of the UK album charts and was awarded with triple platinum. At first, Amy Winehouse made a national breakthrough. It was only through Back to Black in 2007 that she had her international breakthrough.
The start of her 2007 England tour was a disaster. Amy Winehouse was drunk on stage and was booed by the audience. She stopped the concert and all other dates of the tour were canceled as well. She was unable to attend the Grammy Award in 2008 because she could not get a visa for the US due to drug problems. For the title song of the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, Amy Winehouse should have contributed the title song with producer Mark Ronson. However, due to Amy's health, this project could not be realized.
In 2008, the singer announced a career break to make a detox treatment on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. In 2011, the management announced that Amy was working on a comeback. In addition to a tour in Brazil, a European tour and a new studio album were announced. For the Brazil tour, she received positive reviews. During the course of the European Tour, however, the old problems reappeared. After she entered the stage with a half-hour delay and slurred her hits, the tour and the release of the third album were canceled.
Amy Winehouse was inspired by the 1960s. Her look in the sixties retro style with the Beehive hairstyle, the eyelid line and the clothes became her hallmark. After the international breakthrough, Amy Winehouse had to contend with psychological problems, drug addiction, alcohol problems and bulimia. In 2011 she died after an alcohol poisoning.