Wyclef Jean

Album cover of 2000's The Ecleftic

Wyclef Jean (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-born rapper, producer and former member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, known now for a series of high-profile hit singles.

Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Jean moved to Brooklyn when he was nine, then to New Jersey, where he began playing the guitar and studying jazz in high school. In 1987, Jean, his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras) and his classmate, Lauryn Hill, formed a group called the Tranzlator Crew before becoming The Fugees. Wyclef worked as a cabdriver.

The Fugees signed to Ruffhouse Records and released their debut, Blunted on Reality, but the album was panned and sold poorly. Their eclectic follow-up, The Score, however, sold over 17 million copies worldwide and turned the trio into international superstars. Jean soon announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars (more typically called simply The Carnival). The album's guests included Hill and Pras along with Jean's siblings, the I Threes (back-up vocals for Bob Marley), Neville Brothers and Celia Cruz. The album was a major hit, as were two singles: "We Trying to Stay Alive" (adapted from The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive") and "Gone Til November" (recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra).

Jean went on to work with artists including Santana, Tevin Campbell, Cypress Hill, Bounty Killer, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Sublime, Simply Red, Mya, Sinéad O'Connor, Kimberly Scott, Mick Jagger, Canibus, The Black Eyed Peas and Eric Benét. The Fugees remained in limbo during this time, with the follow-up to The Score being continually postponed as all three members cultivated solo careers. Jean's second solo album was The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, recorded with guests Youssou N'Dour, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, The Rock and Mary J. Blige. The critical reception was mixed, with many calling the album scattershot and too far-ranging to be cohesive.

Jean's third album, Masquerade, was released in 2002 and sold well, though critics frequently panned it.

His fourth album was The Preacher's Son, an album that Wyclef considered a continuation of his first album, Carnival.

In 2004, he released his fifth album, entitled Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101) (released in the United States by Koch Records). A freewheeling album that is something of a return to his Caribbean roots, most of the songs on the album are in his native language of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl.

In 2005, Jean earned a Golden Globe for his track entitled "Million Voices" featured on the soundtrack to the film Hotel Rwanda.


Discography

  • 1997 Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars
  • 2000 The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
  • 2002 Masquerade
  • 2003 The Preacher's Son
  • 2004 Sak Pasé Presents: Creole 101 (Welcome to Haiti)

Links

  • Official Website (http://www.wyclef.com)
  • Sak Pase Records Website (http://www.sakpaserecords.net)
  • J Records Website (http://www.jrecords.com)
  • Clef Records Website (http://www.clefrecords.com)

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. Lavigne has also covered the following songs during live performances:. In 2005, Jean earned a Golden Globe for his track entitled "Million Voices" featured on the soundtrack to the film Hotel Rwanda. Her nickname is Avie. A freewheeling album that is something of a return to his Caribbean roots, most of the songs on the album are in his native language of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl. Sum 41's management still adamantly denies the allegations which has led to conflict. In 2004, he released his fifth album, entitled Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101) (released in the United States by Koch Records). Deryck Whibley has recently stated that, in fact, he would be marrying Avril.

His fourth album was The Preacher's Son, an album that Wyclef considered a continuation of his first album, Carnival. It was reported in September 2004 that she was engaged to him, but this was subsequently denied by Sum 41's management. Jean's third album, Masquerade, was released in 2002 and sold well, though critics frequently panned it. She also bought a house with him in Beverly Hills. The critical reception was mixed, with many calling the album scattershot and too far-ranging to be cohesive. She is currently dating Deryck Whibley from the pop punk band Sum 41. Blige. In 2003, it was reported that Lavigne was romantically involved with then band member Jessie Colburn.

Jean's second solo album was The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, recorded with guests Youssou N'Dour, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, The Rock and Mary J. Avril Lavigne has made the list of FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2003 and the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2004. The Fugees remained in limbo during this time, with the follow-up to The Score being continually postponed as all three members cultivated solo careers. According to Lavigne, she had permission to take the picture down—station personnel encouraged her to take it down. Jean went on to work with artists including Santana, Tevin Campbell, Cypress Hill, Bounty Killer, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Sublime, Simply Red, Mya, Sinéad O'Connor, Kimberly Scott, Mick Jagger, Canibus, The Black Eyed Peas and Eric Benét. During that same interview, she spotted a picture of herself and ripped it up, allegedly saying "I hate that fucking photo!" All this happened while on air. The album was a major hit, as were two singles: "We Trying to Stay Alive" (adapted from The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive") and "Gone Til November" (recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). I'm sure she's all smiles.".

The album's guests included Hill and Pras along with Jean's siblings, the I Threes (back-up vocals for Bob Marley), Neville Brothers and Celia Cruz. Reportedly, Lavigne also said about Duff, "I'm sure she's really nice and sweet. Jean soon announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars (more typically called simply The Carnival). During an interview for a Boston radio station, Lavigne then said that Duff was a "mommy's girl" and a "goody two-shoes." She then said to Duff (who was not present during that interview), "You can go screw yourself". Their eclectic follow-up, The Score, however, sold over 17 million copies worldwide and turned the trio into international superstars. Duff called her "mean-spirited" and said, "You should be happy that these people like you and look up to you.". The Fugees signed to Ruffhouse Records and released their debut, Blunted on Reality, but the album was panned and sold poorly. Her "skater chick" fashion style was one of the most imitated of 2002. In March 2004, she became involved in a celebrity feud with Hilary Duff: Duff reportedly criticized Lavigne after she apparently got mad at her fans for dressing like her.

In 1987, Jean, his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras) and his classmate, Lauryn Hill, formed a group called the Tranzlator Crew before becoming The Fugees. Wyclef worked as a cabdriver. Madonna previously held the record with her song "Music", which held onto number one for 10 weeks. Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Jean moved to Brooklyn when he was nine, then to New Jersey, where he began playing the guitar and studying jazz in high school. Her song "Complicated" held the number one spot on the Contemporary Hit Radio chart (which tracks air play on the radio) for 11 weeks in a row. Wyclef Jean (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-born rapper, producer and former member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, known now for a series of high-profile hit singles. Avril Lavigne broke a record set by Madonna. Clef Records Website (http://www.clefrecords.com). She is a smoker.

J Records Website (http://www.jrecords.com). Some of them she bought, and the rest of them she just takes from her dad. Sak Pase Records Website (http://www.sakpaserecords.net). Lavigne travels with a bag full of about 30 neck ties. Official Website (http://www.wyclef.com). Security came, and because I was on top, they threw me out.". 2004 Sak Pasé Presents: Creole 101 (Welcome to Haiti). She pushed me and I got her down on the floor.

2003 The Preacher's Son. "I was at a club and some girl was giving me attitude. 2002 Masquerade. "The other night, I got into three fights," says Lavigne. 2000 The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book. She has admitted to Rollingstone.com that she got into some fights one night. 1997 Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars. In late 2004, she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter 'D' applied to her right wrist - thought to be a reference to boyfriend Deryck Whibley.

Lavigne has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist, applied at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody's identical tattoo. Departed band members include Evan Taubenfeld (lead guitar, 2002-04), Mark Spicoluk (bass, 2002) and Jessie Colburn (rhythm guitar, 2002-03). Lavigne's backing band currently features Devin Bronson (lead guitar), Craig Wood (rhythm guitar), Charlie Muniz (bass) and Matt Brann (drums). The third single from Under My Skin is "Nobody's Home".

She made the music video to the track in Actor/Singer Eric West's neighborhood. The second single, "My Happy Ending", reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third biggest hit as of late. The first single, "Don't Tell Me", was released early, and as at June 2004, has gone to #1 in Argentina, top 5 in the UK and Canada, and top 10 in Australia, Brazil and a European composite chart. Under My Skin was released on May 25, 2004 and went to #1 around the world, notably in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia and on the Billboard Internet charts.

Lavigne used three producers for Under My Skin, notably:. She also co-wrote one track, "Nobody's Home", with Ben Moody, formerly of Evanescence, and the rest with her former guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. Lavigne wrote most of her second album, Under My Skin, with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. She describes her first album as a pop album with "a couple of rock songs on it," and has indicated a desire to write more rock-oriented songs in the future.

Lavigne had a close friendship with Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 and hired a former member of that band Mark Spicoluk as a member of her backing band. In another interview, she listed her current listening tastes as including Blink 182, Sum 41, and System of a Down. While her marketing has been every bit as sophisticated as, for instance, that of Britney Spears and her competitors, a profile in the Washington Post found that in the flesh, her personality reflected the marketing and found her, if anything, something of a wide-eyed innocent, citing the fact that she was intending to purchase her first Ramones CD. She has also often been compared with singers like Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch, who emerged at about the same time and were popularly credited, with Lavigne, as part of a trend towards more earnestness and genuine creativity in an often vacuous and pre-fabricated teen pop music market.

The media has often compared her to Alanis Morissette, though she has been criticized for not being as strong a lyricist as Morissette at the same age. Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of "Complicated" on his Poodle Hat album—a sure sign of her impact on popular culture. In the U.K., Lavigne was the youngest female artist ever to have a number one album, although this record was later broken by Joss Stone. Let Go spawned 5 hit singles (the first 3 with The Matrix), in various parts of the world:. As of June 2004, Let Go had sold 14 million albums and reached the number one spot in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada and #2 in the US.

She also has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards but has not won any to date. She was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and at the 2003 Juno Awards, where she led all musicians with six nominations, winning four Junos. Her first album, Let Go, was released by Arista on June 4, 2002, and was certified "Quadruple Platinum" less than six months later by the Recording Industry Association of America. Apparently, early attempts to co-write songs for her failed to meet her approval, and she eventually moved to Los Angeles, California and co-wrote her album with Clif Magness and songwriting team The Matrix, whose previous work included songs for Sheena Easton and Christina Aguilera.

Reid, and she subsequently moved to New York City to work on her first album. By the age of 16, she was signed by Arista Records head L.A. She was discovered by her first professional manager while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. Born in Napanee, Ontario to conservative parents, Lavigne grew up singing country music and in a church choir and taught herself guitar.

She was one of the most popular new pop punk artists of 2002, when she released her first album, and is well-known for her "skater punk" persona. Avril Ramona Lavigne (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. "Straight To Hell" - The Clash. "Song 2" - Blur (on which Lavigne plays drums - vocals by Devin Bronson).

"Let Me Out" - Future Leaders of the World. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - Bob Dylan. "Ironic" - Alanis Morisette. "Iris" - Goo Goo Dolls.

"Hey Ya!" - Outkast. "Fuel" - Metallica. "Fat Lip" - Sum41. "Chop Suey" - System Of A Down.

"My Own Worst Enemy" - Lit. "Basket Case" - Green Day. "Nobody's Home" (Video). "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".

"Nobody's Home" (Live Acoustic). "Nobody's Home" (Album Version). "Nobody's Home" - Single (November 15, 2004) Arista

    . "My Happy Ending" (Video).

    "Take Me Away" (Live Acoustic). "My Happy Ending" (Live Acoustic). "Take It". "My Happy Ending" (Album Version).

    "My Happy Ending" - Single (August 2, 2004) Arista; #9 US, #5 UK

      . "Don't Tell Me" (Video). "Take Me Away" (Album Version). "Don't Tell Me" (Live Acoustic Version).

      "Don't Tell Me" (Album Version). "Don't Tell Me" - Single (April 19, 2004) BMG International; #22 US, #5 UK

        . Under My Skin - (2004). "Losing Grip" (Dub).

        "Unwanted" (Live). "I'm With You" (Live). "Losing Grip" (Album Version). "Losing Grip" - Single (May 5, 2003) BMG International; #22 UK

          .

          "I'm With You" (Video). "Unwanted" (Live Version). "I'm With You" (Live Version). "I'm With You" (Radio Edit).

          "I'm With You" - Single (March 3, 2003) BMG; #4 US, #7 UK

            . "Sk8er Boi" (Video). "Nobody's Fool". "Get Over It".

            "Sk8er Boi". "Sk8er Boi" - Single (December 16, 2002) BMG; #10 US, #8 UK

              . "Why". "I Don't Give".

              "Complicated" (The Matrix Mix). "Complicated" - Single (September 23, 2002) BMG International; #2 US, #3 UK

                . Let Go (2002). Don Gilmore, who has produced Good Charlotte and Linkin Park.

                Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace (also Kreviazuk's husband); and. Butch Walker of Marvelous 3;. "Mobile" reached the top ten in Taiwan and went top 40 in New Zealand. "Losing Grip" reached #1 in Canada, #10 Taiwan, #20 Chile and top 50 on a composite European chart; and.

                "I'm With You" reached #1 on the US and world adult charts (based on the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France and Australia) Taiwan and Canada and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100;. "Sk8er Boi" (txt for Skater Boy) went top 10 in the US and Australia and top 30 in Canada;. "Complicated" went to #1 on the US adult charts and in Australia while reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100;.

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