Diddy is the stage name of Sean John Combs. He was born on November 4, 1969 in the public housing projects of Harlem, New York. On January 26, 1972, when Diddy was three, his father, an associate of Frank Lucas the New York drug lord, was shot dead in his car at a Manhattan park after attending a party. Diddy attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where he showed a penchant for marketing and gained a reputation as a party promoter. He eventually became an intern at New York’s Uptown Records. In 1993, after being fired from Uptown, Combs established Bad Boy Records, taking new hip-hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. with him. Both The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack quickly released hit singles, followed by similarly successful LPs. In 1997, Diddy released his debut single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”. His debut album, No Way Out followed shortly after and was a #1 album and won the 1998 Grammy Award for best rap album. Diddy would go on to release five more albums. He also started several business ventures which includes a a clothing line, called “Sean John” and men’s cologne line. In 2002, he was featured on Fortune magazine’s “40 Richest People Under 40” list.
David Guetta is a French Dj born on November 7, 1967 in Paris, France. He began mixing his first vinyls at home at the age of 13, and organised parties in his basement at 15. By the age of 17 David Guetta was working as a DJ in a club called ‘Broad’, based in Paris. This was effectively where he launched his career. From 1988 to 1990, he mixed house music at Radio Nova. In 2005, his single “The World Is Mine”, which contains a sample of Simple Minds “Someone Somewhere In Summertime”, topped European dance charts. The vocals for most of his singles are performed by singer Chris Willis, except on “Baby When The Light” where they were done by Cozi Costi. He has also been playing in many countries around the world to promote his 2007 album Pop Life. He played in Mauritius on the 12th of January 2008 accompanied by French rapper JoeyStarr of the French rap group NTM. In the same year, David Guetta and his wife Cathy also planned a new event which took place in the Stade de France on 5 July 2008. He performed with Tiësto, Carl Cox, Joachim Garraud and Martin Solveig in front of 40,000 spectators. The Sensation White, where Guetta performed several times, seems to be the inspiration. In 2008, he was elected as World DJ No. 5 and best house DJ by the British DJ Mag.
Dido is the stage name of Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong. She was born on December 25, 1971 in London, England. Because she was born on Christmas Day, she celebrates an “official birthday” on 25 June, following the example of Paddington Bear. Dido was educated at Thornhill Primary, Dallington, City of London Girls’ and Westminster School. After she stole a recorder from school at age five, her parents enrolled her at the Guildhall School of Music in London, England. She later studied law at Birkbeck, University of London, while working as a literary agent. She never completed the degree, deciding instead to take up music full-time. After learning the guitar, she showcased her skills to audiences during her 2004 Life for Rent tour. In 1999, Dido released her debut album, No Angel. The album would find success a year later and it went on to achieve sales in excess of over fifteen million copies worldwide. In 2003, Dido would release her sophomore album, Life For Rent. It would peak at number four on the Billboard 200 and has since shipped two million copies to date. Her final album, Safe Trip Home was released in 2008. It peaked at number six on the Australian Albums Chart.
Rise Against is an American punk rock band formed in 1999 in Chicago, Illinois. It includes as members Tim McIlrath on vocals & guitar, Joe Principe on bass guitar, Brandon Barnes on drums, and Zach Blair on guitar. Rise Against released it’s debut album, The Unraveling, in April of 2001. It is the only Rise Against studio album where frontman Tim McIlrath does only lead vocals. Revolutions per Minute, their second album, was released in 2004. It features the singles “Heaven Knows” and “Like the Angel” as well as a cover of Journey’s single, “Any Way You Want It”. Later that year they released their third album, Siren Song of the Counter Culture. The album sold very well, mainly due to the success of its single, “Swing Life Away”, which reached #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, making it the band’s highest-ranking single at the time. Rise Against has since released two more albums, The Sufferer & The Witness and Appeal to Reason. Both albums peaked at number ten and nuber three respectively. Appeal to Reason produced the singles, “Re-Education (Through Labor)”, “Audience of One”, and “Hero of War”. Rise Against will embark on a North American tour with fellow punk rock bands Rancid, Billy Talent, and Riverboat Gamblers in June and July 2009.