Which Singers were Born in May?

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Adele: May 05, 1988

The British singer and songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, also known as Adele, loved music in her childhood as many famous musicians. She idolized Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Pink and the Spice Girls. At the age of 14, Adele listened to songs by the jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and the blues singer Etta James for the first time. The teenager was impressed by them although that music became popular decades before Adele’s birth. 

Adele attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon that Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis attended, too. At that time, she published her own songs on MySpace. Impressed by them, XL Recordings suggested to her a contract. 

In contrast to some other artists, Adele was successful with her debut album “19” (2008) that she released at the age of 19. She also had success with the next two albums, “21” and “25”. In 2013, she received the Academy Award for “Skyfall”, a song from a James Bond film. 

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Billy Joel: May 09, 1949

The singer Billy Joel, who was born in New York, started performig in rock bands when he was 15. In 1971, the music producer Artie Ripp supported him in releasing his first album. But in contrast to Adele, Joel did not have success because the records were defective. In 1973, the album “Piano Man” was released and the eponymous song became a hit in the following year. 

After two less successful albums, the song “Just the Way You Are” from “The Stranger” became the song of the year on the Grammy Awards of 1977, the album was honoured with platinum. One year later, his album “52nd Street” topped the Billboard Charts and was awarded with two Grammies. Joel went on tour in the Soviet Union in 1987 and two years later, his “We Didn’t Start the Fire” from the “Storm Front” album became a top chart hit in the USA. 

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Christoph Schneider (Rammstein): May 11, 1966

Christoph Schneider, the drummer of the German band Rammstein, was born in Pankow in Eastern Berlin. His father, a university lecturer and opera director, wanted his son to have the same interests as himself and he made Christoph take piano and trumpet lessons. In opposition to his father however, Christoph did not like classical music. He built his own drum set. 

After having done his military service, Schneider performed in various bands. Like this, he met Paul Landers and Flake, who would be members of the future Rammstein band. In 1994, Schneider founded the Tempelprayers band, that was later named Rammstein, with his housemates from his apartment share. Although the band did not arise a high interest during its first tour, it was taken under contract by Motor Music. Three years later, David Lynch used their songs “Heirate mich” and “Rammstein” in his movie “Lost Highway” and that was Rammstein’s breakthrough.  

Rammstein often provokes with its songs, but everyone has to decide on his own what to think about them, because Rammstein does not comment on them. 

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Janet Jackson: May 16, 1966

Janet Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana and is the youngest child in the Jackson family. She did not dream of a music career, instead, she wanted to become a jockey as she liked horses. But she had to perform with her brothers in the Jackson Five because their father wanted to stop the decline of this band. 

Like this, Janet Jackson led a different life than she expected, and in 1982, her debut album “Janet Jackson” was released. Four years later, “Control” followed, an album that was sold 8 million times in the world and that contained the number 1 hit “When I Think of You”. Several songs from her next album “Rhythm Nation” also gained high ranks in the charts. She was even awarded with a Grammy for “That’s the Way Love Goes” form “Janet” (1993). She delighted music fans in 2001 with the “All for You” album after having sold less “Velvet Rope” albums than usually four years before. 

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