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Neil Young born November 12th, 1945 is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and film director. Young is characterized by his lyrics, guitar work and falsetto tenor singing voice. He has experimented with a wide range of musical styles including swing, jazz, rockabilly, blues, and electronic music but is best known for two distinct styles: folk-esque acoustic rock and grunge, causing some to dub him "The Godfather of Grunge."

Young signed to Reprise Records releasing his debut self-titled album in 1968 which met with mixed reviews. For his next album, 'Everybody Knows This is Nowhere', Young recruited three musicians collectively known as Crazy Horse. The album includes familiar songs such as 'Cinnamon Girl', 'Cowgirl in the Sand' and 'Down by the River'.

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Young reformed Crazy Horse with guitarist Frank Sampedro in 1975 for the album Zuma, then collaborated with Stephens Stills on the album 'Long May You Run' the following year.

Neil Young’s career continues to go from strength to strength, recently headlining at Glastonbury Festival in 2009.

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Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Michigan in August 1958. She was raised a Catholic and was the third of six children. As a child, she took ballet classes and after graduating high school, she was offered a dance scholarship at the University of Michigan. The young Madonna later moved to New York to pursue a career in dance. Through her dance work, she made contacts in the music industry and began sending out demos.

After catching the attention of Sire Records, she secured a recording contract and released her first single ‘Everybody’ in April 1982. An eponymous debut album followed and Madonna gained a growing fan-base.

Madonna went from US cult to worldwide phenomenon with the release of her second album, ‘Like A Virgin’. Her distinctive look started fashion crazes for lace gloves, leggings and chunky belt buckles. ‘Into The Groove’ became the biggest single from the album, with buoyed sales from its inclusion in her film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’.

In 1985, Madonna met – and married – actor Sean Penn, to whom she dedicated her next album ‘True Blue’. Singles such as ‘Open Your Heart’, ‘La Isla Bonita’ and ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ cemented Madonna’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with in popular music.

After embarking on a hugely successful world tour and appearing in films ‘Shanghai Surprise’ and ‘Who’s That Girl?’, Madonna began work on her follow-up album ‘Like A Prayer’, which was released in 1989, the same year as her divorce to Sean Penn. She signed a deal with Pepsi for $5m and the album’s title track made its worldwide debut on the TV commercial. However, Pepsi was forced to pull the ad after seeing the music video, which featured burning crosses and stigmata. This led the Vatican to urge Catholics to boycott the star’s Blonde Ambition tour.

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Madonna later courted more controversy over the release of her sexually explicit book ‘Sex’ which coincided with her follow-up album ‘Erotica’. Her success waned during the mid 90s. However, Madonna won a Golden Globe in 1996 for her role in ‘Evita’ and in 1998, she released her album ‘Ray of Light’ to much acclaim.

Her continuing success into the 21st century comes from releasing albums such as ‘Music’ and ‘Confessions on a Dancefloor’ and high-grossing world tours like ‘Reinvention’ and ‘Sticky & Sweet’. No-one can deny that Madonna has left an indelible mark in music history and popular culture.

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