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It's safe to say that British singers are the most sought after in the world. Even American music cannot be compared to English music to the full extent. The United States has borrowed a considerable amount of musical styles from the United Kingdom to develop its show business.
Kings of British music of the second half of the 20th century
The history of English pop music should start with David Bowie, an artistic rock performer whom the world has lost this year, 2016. His flamboyant and experimental career spanned 50 years and began in 1969 with Space Oddity. The musician was identified as the twenty-third artist in the list of the world's greatest performers of all time. Bowie was remembered by his listeners for his scandalous images, puzzle songs and insinuating voice.
Queen is a rock band that achieved massive fame in the 1970s. The mention of songs like The Show Must Go On and We Are the Champions gives a lot of goosebumps. On account of the group 15 studio albums, 5 live collections and hundreds of millions of gratefulfans around the world. Each musician of this group owns the authorship of at least one song that occupied the first places in the British and world charts.
Famous British singers of the 80s, whose popularity went beyond the borders of their native country, are, of course, The Beatles. The group performed in the style of beat-rock. British singers began their careers with covers and small-town performances. After a concert at the Royal Variety Show in 1963, The Beatles woke up as sought-after artists. To date, only one of the "bugs" is engaged in music - Paul McCartney, who, by the way, became the author of most of the compositions included in the first two albums and became world hits.
Not England alone
Welsh singer and musician Marina Diamandis (alias - Marina and the Diamonds) is a real diamond of the indie-pop genre and the British stage. The girl's career began in 2005 with the EP Mermaid vs. Sailor, which she created and sold without anyone's help. The unique album The Family Jewels of 2010 received silver from the UK Albums Chart a few days before the official release, as it was in the fifth place of the most anticipated new releases.
The Electra Heart era was not as successful as the first due to frequent rescheduling of premieres. The Froot album, released in March 2015, and the Neon Nature tour returned Marina to the title of one of the best artists in the United Kingdom, America and Europe.
British singers who took over the world
When talking about English music, it is impossible not to mentionabout the soulful voice and sensual songs of Adele. The twenty-eight-year-old girl has three successful studio albums, is the winner of dozens of music nominations, and is a member of the Order of the British Empire. She was listed in the Guinness Book of Records three times.
British singers such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, having won listeners at home, began to seek the attention of the American public. In 2014, Smith's debut album In The Lonely Hour sold over half a million copies in the United States alone. Sheeran's "X" album topped the US best-selling chart of 2014.
Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys are truly established musicians and British singers. Modern performers of these groups have achieved success not only among the public of the United Kingdom, but also in the USA and Europe. Arctic Monkeys are headlining in Britain and America with phenomenal AM sales. Coldplay sold 701,000 copies of Ghost Stories in a few months.
British up-and-coming artists
Counterfeit is a London-based band led by musician, lead singer and actor Jamie Campbell Bower, who starred in Sweeney Todd and The Mortal Instruments. Four guys create music in the style of alternative rock. Tracks such as Hold Fire, Letter To The Lost, Lost Everything, Family Suicide and Enough gave Counterfeit a good spin, leading the artists to two sold-out European tours at every show in 2016.
During the year of their existence, the guys managed to get on the pages of the popular British rock magazine Kerrang several times along with such bands as Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Twenty One Pilots, Muse, and other world stars. The official release of the first album is currently delayed due to Bauer's employment in the Shakespeare series Will, but loyal fans patiently continue to wait for their reward in the form of studio recordings of mind-blowing and incendiary songs.
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