Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt.

Solo career

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound.


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Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound.
. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. His biggest hit so far from the album is the song "Headsprung". The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. His latest album, Definition, came out in 2004. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. It included the popular singles "Paradise" (featuring Amerie), "Luv U Better", and the massive 2003 Jennifer Lopez duet, "All I Have".

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. His next album was 10 from 2002 (2002 in music). Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt. In 1996, LL also helped to launch a clothing line named FUBU; the name is an acronym for "For Us, By Us", meaning that the clothes were made for and marketed to black people by a black person. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. Its singles, "Doin' It" and "Loungin", were two of the biggest songs in 1996 and both songs' music videos were hugely successful on MTV. Another of the album's singles, "Hey Lover", featured Boyz II Men singing the chorus and eventually became one the first rap music videos to air on American VH1. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. Smith (1995 in music), a double platinum hit.

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. He starred in In the House, an NBC sitcom, before releasing Mr. After acting in The Hard Way and Toys, he released 14 Shots to the Dome to muted sales and mixed reviews. It spawned three singles, "The Boomin' System," "Around the Way Girl," and especially the hard-hitting title track, which got special notice after LL Cool J's dynamic performance of it during an episode of MTV Unplugged. Eager to regain his hardcore audience, he released Mama Said Knock You Out, easily the hardest record he had made, which re-established his reputation in the hip hop community.

Critics scoffed at his new direction, though, and by the release of Walking with a Panther (1989 in music), he was booed offstage at the Apollo Theater. The ballad "I Need Love" was one of the first pop-rap songs to be a hit. In 1987, he released Bigger and Deffer (see 1987 in music). "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells" were successful and helped the album go platinum.

The album was released to critical acclaim, as LL Cool J was one of the first rappers to use conventional song structure to make pop-oriented rap. The song was the first hit record for Def Jam, and its success persuaded him to drop out of school to record Radio (1985 in music). He signed to Def Jam in 1984 and released the underground hit "I Need a Beat" (see 1984 in music). LL Cool J was born and grew up in Queens, New York City.

He has also appeared in several films. He is best known for romantic ballads like "I Need Love" as well as hardcore rap like "I Can't Live Without My Radio". James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968) is an American hip hop artist better known by his stage name, LL Cool J (an abbreviation of "Ladies Love Cool James"). Toys (1992).

In the House (1995). Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). Deep Blue Sea (1999). In Too Deep (1999).

Any Given Sunday (1999). Charlie's Angels (2000). Rollerball (2002). S.W.A.T. (2003).

Mindhunters (2004). 7 Aurelius) #26 US, #3 UK. 2005 "Hush" (feat. 2004 "Headsprung" #16 US, #25 UK.

from "The DEFinition"

    . LL Cool J) #1 US, #2 UK. 2003 "All I Have" (Jennifer Lopez feat. Amerie) #36 US, #18 UK.

    2003 "Paradise" (feat. 2002 "Luv U Better" #4 US, #7 UK. from "10"

      . Dre & LL Cool J) #15 UK.

      1998 "Zoom" (Dr. from "Bulworth" soundtrack

        . 1998 "Father" #18 US, #10 UK. 1997 "Phenomenon" #9 UK.

        from "Phenomenon"

          . 1997 "Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)" (B Real / Busta Rhymes / Coolio / LL Cool J / Method Man) #8 UK. from "Space Jam" soundtrack
            . 1997 "Ain't Nobody" #1 UK.

            from "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" soundtrack

              . 1996 "Loungin'" #3 US, #7 UK. 1996 "Doin' It" (guest vocals by LeShaun) #9 US, #15 UK. Boyz II Men) #3 US, #17 UK (1996 release in the UK).

              1995 "Hey Lover" (feat. Smith"

                . from "Mr. 1993 "How I'm Comin'" #37 UK.

                from "14 Shots to the Dome"

                  . 1991 "Mama Said Knock You Out" #17 US. 1990 "Around the Way Girl" #9 US, #36 UK (1991 re-issue). from "Mama Said Knock You Out"
                    .

                    1989 "I'm That Type of Guy" #15 US. 1988 "Going Back to Cali" #31 US, #37 UK (double-A-side with Jack the Ripper in the UK). from "Walkin with a Panther"

                      . 1987 "I Need Love" #14 US, #8 UK.

                      from "Bigger and Deffer"

                        . 2004 "The DEFinition" #4 US, US Sales: 500,000. 2002 "10" #2 US, #26 UK, US Sales: 500,000. Smith: The Greatest of All Time" #1 US, #29 UK, US Sales: 500,000.

                        James T. feat. 2000 "G.O.A.T. 1997 "Phenomenon" #7 US, #37 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000.

                        1996 "All World: Greatest Hits" #29 US, #23 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. Smith" #20 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1995 "Mr. 1993 "14 Shots to the Dome" #5 US, US Sales: 500,000.

                        1990 "Mama Said Knock You Out" #16 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1989 "Walking with a Panther" #6 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. 1987 "Bigger and Deffer" #3 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1985 "Radio" #46 US, US Sales: 1,000,000.

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