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Gala (born Gala Rizzatto) is an Italian pop singer-songwriter best known for her songs Freed From Desire, Let a Boy Cry, "Come Into My Life" and "Suddenly".
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Crystal Waters (born October 10, 1964) is an American house music & Dance singer and songwriter, best known for her 1990s dance hits "Gypsy Woman" and "100% Pure Love". In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 39th most successful dance artist of all-time.
Life and career
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Waters is the daughter of Betty and Junior Waters, a famed jazz musician; her great aunt, Ethel Waters, was one of the first black American vocalists to appear in mainstream Hollywood musicals. Her family moved to New Jersey for a while but they again moved to Washington, D.C.. At age eleven she began writing poetry and took her writing seriously enough to be inducted into the American Poetry Society when she was 14, the youngest person ever to receive that honor.
She studied business and computer science at Howard University, but her creative work dropped off as she found less time for it. After earning her college degree in 1985, Waters secured a job as a computer technician with the Washington, D.C. parole board, making a living that would support her two daughters.
Waters first approached the music world in 1987 as a behind-the-scenes worker, writing demos for a production team known as the Basement Boys, securing a writing contract with Mercury Records in 1989 and began penning songs for recording artists.
In one of her assignments Waters penned a song called "Gypsy Woman" for dance artist Ultra Naté and recorded a demo herself of the song. The producers were so taken by her rendition that they drew up a recording contract with her for the song, never passing it on to Ultra Naté.
The song became a worldwide hit, memorable for its "la da dee, la dee da" refrain and its often sampled keyboard riff. The track reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and found more success in Europe, reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 1 in the Netherlands and Switzerland. A year after its release, a new version was featured on the Red Hot Organization's Red Hot + Dance AIDS fundraiser disc (1992, distributed by Sony Music), gaining remixer Joey Negro his first American exposure.
Despite some additional contributions by remixer Steve "Silk" Hurley, Waters' next releases were promoted only in the dance music markets, but she made a mainstream comeback in 1994 when the song "100% Pure Love" hit number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the longest-charting singles on the Hot 100 at 45 weeks ("Gypsy Woman" remained on the chart for an average 16 weeks). Along with the single, the singer released her second album Storyteller, which sold over 284,000 copies in the United States.
In 1996, Waters participated in the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio, which was produced by the Red Hot Organization, performing the song "The Boy From Ipanema".
Her 1997 self-titled album included another Top 40 US hit, "Say... If You Feel All Right", but mainstream success in the U.S. has since eluded her. Waters remained successful on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and the Hot Dance Airplay charts with dance hits like "Come On Down" and "My Time", both of which peaked at number 1, the latter making top 40 in the UK and Australia. "Gypsy Woman"'s keyboard-chord was sampled on rapper T.I.'s 2006 hit "Why You Wanna".
In 2007 Waters embarked on a world tour. That year her track "Destination Calabria" hit the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart.
In May 2008, Waters released the single "Dancefloor", which was a Top 10 Dance hit.
"Never Enough" hit number 20 on the US Dance Charts in February 2009.
On March 23, 2013, "Oh, Mama, Hey", by Chris Cox & DJ Frankie featuring Crystal Waters, reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart after eight weeks.
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Nestor Alexander Haddaway (born January 9, 1965), better known mononymously as Haddaway, is a Trinidadian-German singer, songwriter and musician best known for his 1993 hit single "What Is Love".
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Haddaway moved to the Washington, D.C. area at the age of nine, where he grew up to the sounds of Louis Armstrong, which encouraged him to learn how to play trumpet at the age of 14. He attended Meade Senior High School. This eventually resulted in him forming his first group which he called Chances. Haddaway moved to Cologne, Germany in 1987 where he mostly worked in bars. Later, he formed his own company, Energy, which was involved in organizing fashion shows and photo-shoots.
Haddaway's break came in 1992 when he was signed by German label Coconut Records. His debut single "What Is Love" rapidly became popular in Europe, reaching number 2 in Germany and the United Kingdom. In Germany, the single sold 900,000 copies, in the UK, it was certified Gold for shipment of 400,000 units. It later reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold for shipments of 500,000 units. By the beginning of 1994, worldwide sales of "What Is Love" had already reached 2.6 million.
His second single "Life" hit number 2 in Germany, number 6 in the UK and number 41 in the USA, and its worldwide sales had reached 1.5 million by 1994. The follow-up singles "I Miss You" and "Rock My Heart" were also top 10 smashes in Europe and established him as a successful Eurodance artist. His first LP, The Album (also known as Haddaway in the USA), was a multi-million seller which reached Platinum status in Germany for shipments of 500,000, and Gold in the UK and in France for shipments of 100,000.
In 1995, he released his second album The Drive, which spawned the UK top 20 hit "Fly Away", as well as "Catch a Fire" and "Lover Be Thy Name". "What Is Love" enjoyed a resurge in popularity as the theme music for the head-bobbing, nightclubbing-addicted Butabi brothers (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) on Saturday Night Live and the subsequent film A Night at the Roxbury. Haddaway's subsequent albums were more soulful, but since 1998, the singer has struggled to repeat the mainstream commercial success of his early hits. Albums Let's Do It Now and My Face (the latter re-released as Love Makes) all failed to chart, producing only a handful of moderately successful singles.
Haddaway appeared on the television show Comeback – Die große Chance in Germany in 2004. He then appeared on a similar UK show Hit Me Baby One More Time in 2005 and subsequently appeared on the U.S. version. This exposure led to him scoring a moderate chart hit in Germany with the ballad "Spaceman" from his next album Pop Splits. "What Is Love" was featured in a 2008 Pepsi commercial (for diet Pepsi Max) which parodied the leitmotif and included several stars including LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, but not Haddaway. In the same year, he teamed up with another Eurodance star Dr. Alban for the single "I Love the 90's". In 2009, "What Is Love" re-entered charts after German DJ Klaas remixed it. The track resurfaced again in 2010 when it sampled heavily in Eminem's single "No Love" featuring Lil Wayne. In 2012, Haddaway released the single "Up and Up" with The Mad Stuntman, which was a top 20 dance hit in the USA.
Haddaway now lives in Kitzbühel, Austria, and also has a home in Cologne, Germany.
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