Carrie Underwood

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol.

Early years

Carrie Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma.

At the age of 13, her manager at the time tried to get a recording contract at Capitol Records, but due to management changes at Capitol it never materialized.

Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. Underwood attended Northeastern State University, where she majored in mass communication and is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.

Idol

Underwood's musical influences include pop, but are predominantly country; she stated during Idol auditions that her favorite singer is Martina McBride. On the April 20 elimination show, Underwood demonstrated her ability to play the guitar. She can also play piano and yodel, the latter of which was demonstrated on the Tonight Show the night after she won.

After singing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" Simon Cowell said he couldn't believe no one has discovered her yet.

On the March 22 show, after a performance of Heart's "Alone", Simon Cowell said, "Carrie, you're not just the girl to beat, you're the person to beat. I will make a prediction, not only will you win this competition, but you will sell more records than any other previous 'Idol' winner." Cowell went on to say on the March 30 show that she has the "it factor" that will make her a star.

On her last song of the night in the final two, Carrie's spectacular performance of "Angels Brought Me Here" had Simon saying, "I think you've done enough to win the competition." On May 25, 2005, she became the fourth winner of American Idol, beating Southern rocker Bo Bice, and she joins Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken as the only contestants who have never been one of the "bottom three" singers during any week's results. During the season, Constantine Maroulis tried to flirt with her but she refused to go out with him.

Post-Idol career

As part of her title, Underwood gained a recording contract with Arista Records; her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", was released on June 14, 2005. The single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 170,000 copies, and briefly stopped Mariah Carey's run at #1 with "We Belong Together." One week later, runner-up, Bo Bice, released his version of the song, which debuted at #2. Underwood's version was shunned by country radio reaching a peak of #59 on the country charts. [1] The B-side is "Independence Day", a cover of the Martina McBride hit.

Some Hearts CD Cover

Underwood performed a well-received "The Star Spangled Banner" before Game 4 of the 2005 NBA Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. In the same year, she starred in ads for Hershey's Chocolate. The commercials have Underwood singing Hershey jingles like the jingles for Hershey's, Kit Kat and Almond Joy. She is also wearing vintage Hershey T-shirts that feature Hershey's, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Reeses and other chocolate brand logos. The T-Shirts are now available to buy with proofs of purchase. Underwood is also the latest spokesperson for Skechers shoes, following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

Underwood's second single, "Jesus, Take The Wheel" was made available for radio airplay on October 18, 2005. It received so much airplay that it debuted at #39 on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week, setting a record. It is currently ranked at #1 in its thirteenth week on that chart. The single also debuted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it currently sits at #26 after reaching a peak at #25.

Her initial album release, entitled Some Hearts, hit store shelves on November 15, 2005. [2] On that same day, she presented an award and performed "Jesus, Take The Wheel" at the 39th Country Music Association awards in New York City. When the week's sales figures were tabulated, Some Hearts entered the Billboard 200 chart with 315,000 copies sold. The large first week sales of Some Hearts made it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1990.

In December 2005, Underwood was named "Oklahoman of the Year" by Oklahoma Today magazine.

On January 9th 2006, Some Hearts was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA with shipments of over 2 million units, making it the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.[3]

"Don't Forget to Remember Me" was recently announced as the next single. [4]

Personal life

As of November 2005, Carrie Underwood is currently dating Northeastern State University student Chad Eagleton. Pictures of the two of them surfaced when Chad Eagelton posted pictures of him and Carrie at the Maxim after party on his Facebook account. During American Idol she dated Drake Clark, also from Northeastern State University. Carrie Underwood and Drake Clark agreed to break it off since the two were not spending enough time together.

She is a big sports fan. Her favorite sports teams are the Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Lakers.

List of Underwood's performances on American Idol

Auditions and pre-performance rounds

  • St. Louis Auditions - "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Original Artist: Bonnie Raitt)
  • Hollywood 1 - "Young Hearts (Run Free)" (O.A.: Candi Staton)"
  • Hollywood 2 - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride)

Live performances

  • Semi-Final Performance 1 (Women Top 12) - "Could've Been" (O.A.: Tiffany)
  • Semi-Final Performance 2 (Women Top 10) - "Piece of My Heart" (O.A.: Faith Hill's version of Janis Joplin's classic)
  • Semi-Final Performance 3 (Women Top 8) - "Because You Love Me" (O.A.: Jo Dee Messina)
  • Finals Top 12 Performance (Songs of the 60's) - "When Will I Be Loved" (O.A.: The Everly Brothers)
  • Finals Top 11 Performance (Billboard #1's) - "Alone" (O.A.: Heart)
  • Finals Top 10 Performance (Songs of the 90's) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride)
  • Finals Top 9 Performance (Broadway Musicals) - "Hello Young Lovers" (O.A.: Johnny Mathis)
  • Finals Top 8 Performance (Songs from Contestants' Birthyear) - "Love Is a Battlefield" (O.A.: Pat Benatar)
  • Finals Top 7 Performance (70's Dance Music) - "MacArthur Park" (O.A.: Donna Summer's version of Richard Harris' hit)
  • Finals Top 6 Performance (Songs of the 21st Century) - "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" (O.A.: Martina McBride)
  • Finals Top 5 Performance 1 (Leiber and Stoller Songs) - "Trouble" (O.A.: Elvis Presley)
  • Finals Top 5 Performance 2 (Billboard top 40) - "Bless the Broken Road" (O.A.: Rascal Flatts' version of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road")
  • Finals Top 4 Performance 1 (Nashville Songs) - "Sin Wagon" (O.A.: The Dixie Chicks)
  • Finals Top 4 Performance 2 (Gamble and Huff Songs) - "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (O.A.: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
  • Finals Top 3 Performance 1 (Clive Davis' choice) - "Crying" (O.A.: Roy Orbison)
  • Finals Top 3 Performance 2 (Performer's choice) - "Making Love out of Nothing at All" (O.A.: Air Supply)
  • Finals Top 3 Performance 3 (Judges' choice) - "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (O.A.: Shania Twain)
  • Finals Top 2 Performance 1 (new song written for AI) - "Inside Your Heaven"
  • Finals Top 2 Performance 2 (favorite from season) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride)
  • Finals Top 2 Performance 3 (song originally written for Australian Idol) - "Angels Brought Me Here" (O.A.: Guy Sebastian)
  • Final Results Show (duet with Bo Bice) - "Up Where We Belong" (O.A.: Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker)
  • Final Results Show (performance with Rascal Flatts) - "Bless the Broken Road"
  • Final Results Show (post-win performance of first single) - "Inside Your Heaven"

Discography

Albums

Singles

Awards

2005 Billboard Music Awards

  • Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won)
  • Country Single Sales Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood (Won)
  • Top-Selling Country Single of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won)

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2005 Billboard Music Awards. From Argentina to Malaysia to The United States, broadcasters around the world capitalized on the big event (see Live 8 broadcasters). Her favorite sports teams are the Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Lakers. ABC drew criticism when they broadcast The Who's performance of "Who Are You?" when they did not censor the lyric "who the fuck are you?" when they aired a highlights special in the evening of 2 July 2005 after Live 8 had ended. She is a big sports fan. The following weekend, MTV broadcast six hours of a commercial-free special devoted to Live 8 in response to the heavy criticism. Carrie Underwood and Drake Clark agreed to break it off since the two were not spending enough time together. In fact, very few of Live 8's songs were played in full by MTV and almost none of them were broadcast live, leading some to conclude that MTV may have covered the event but they did not broadcast it.

During American Idol she dated Drake Clark, also from Northeastern State University. Criticism was also aimed at MTV for focusing too much on ill-informed VJs and not enough on the music. Pictures of the two of them surfaced when Chad Eagelton posted pictures of him and Carrie at the Maxim after party on his Facebook account. Criticism was also drawn from viewers of MTV (and possibly other networks), in which the broadcaster cut to commercials while bands were still performing, specifically Pink Floyd and The Who. As of November 2005, Carrie Underwood is currently dating Northeastern State University student Chad Eagleton. In the United States, MTV censored swear words from the performances it broadcast, except for the word "bullshit" as part of the lyrics to Pink Floyd's "Money". [4]. When Green Day's performance in Berlin was broadcast to the other venues, it was aired uncensored.

"Don't Forget to Remember Me" was recently announced as the next single. Several artists got their performances cut to one or two songs, including Bon Jovi and Dido. On January 9th 2006, Some Hearts was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA with shipments of over 2 million units, making it the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.[3]. Although the concerts in London and Philadelphia had the biggest stars lining up, both concerts are currently not available in their original, full version. In December 2005, Underwood was named "Oklahoman of the Year" by Oklahoma Today magazine. Midge Ure's "I find it amazing, that Bob can do his fantastic thing and then fucking turn this on for me" also remains from the Edinburgh concert. The large first week sales of Some Hearts made it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1990. Robbie Williams' "Hyde Park, you look fucking beautiful tonight" remains.

When the week's sales figures were tabulated, Some Hearts entered the Billboard 200 chart with 315,000 copies sold. In the official DVD release of the concerts, Madonna's cursing was not included and only half of Snoop Dogg's performance was made available. [2] On that same day, she presented an award and performed "Jesus, Take The Wheel" at the 39th Country Music Association awards in New York City. Robbie Williams and Razorlight also swore during their performances, but Williams' was after the watershed. Her initial album release, entitled Some Hearts, hit store shelves on November 15, 2005. The BBC apologised [17] for an instance when Madonna asked the audience "are you fucking ready, London?", and for Snoop Dogg's perfomance which contained the use of swear words without censorship. The single also debuted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it currently sits at #26 after reaching a peak at #25. Despite the show being broadcast before the watershed in many countries, there was no attempt at censorship.

It is currently ranked at #1 in its thirteenth week on that chart. The Daily Mail commented on the event for running two hours late, with a frontpage headline reading 'Live L8'. It received so much airplay that it debuted at #39 on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week, setting a record. The "Hey Jude" finale ended up finishing at around midnight after George Michael dueted with Paul McCartney. Underwood's second single, "Jesus, Take The Wheel" was made available for radio airplay on October 18, 2005. The early ending would have meant fans missing out on bands including The Who and Pink Floyd. Underwood is also the latest spokesperson for Skechers shoes, following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. This panic was due to the chance of London being gridlocked if people missed their train.

The T-Shirts are now available to buy with proofs of purchase. She then held a meeting and it was decided that the show would go on. She is also wearing vintage Hershey T-shirts that feature Hershey's, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Reeses and other chocolate brand logos. Backstage crew had to run into the Golden Circle to find the minister for outdoor events. The commercials have Underwood singing Hershey jingles like the jingles for Hershey's, Kit Kat and Almond Joy. There was a large panic backstage, as revealed on the BBC 1 documentary. In the same year, she starred in ads for Hershey's Chocolate. The show ran much later after Bob Geldof performed and many of the acts decided to give speeches.

Underwood performed a well-received "The Star Spangled Banner" before Game 4 of the 2005 NBA Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. Due to the need to send them a few weeks early, the tickets had the original 8pm finishing time printed on them. [1] The B-side is "Independence Day", a cover of the Martina McBride hit. The show was originaly scheduled to end at around 8:00pm, but due to new artists being added, the planned finishing time was extended to 9:30pm. Underwood's version was shunned by country radio reaching a peak of #59 on the country charts. One of Quo's reasons for wanting to appear stemmed from their inability to remember the first gig due to drink and drugs. The single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 170,000 copies, and briefly stopped Mariah Carey's run at #1 with "We Belong Together." One week later, runner-up, Bo Bice, released his version of the song, which debuted at #2. Quo's response was that there wasn't a lot of drugs, there were "fucking shed-loads".

As part of her title, Underwood gained a recording contract with Arista Records; her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", was released on June 14, 2005. There was also the rumour that the reason space on the show wasn't made was partially down to Geldof's anger at Quo's reference to there being "a lot of drugs" at Live Aid in 1985. During the season, Constantine Maroulis tried to flirt with her but she refused to go out with him. Quo had reportedly asked for "four fucking minutes". On her last song of the night in the final two, Carrie's spectacular performance of "Angels Brought Me Here" had Simon saying, "I think you've done enough to win the competition." On May 25, 2005, she became the fourth winner of American Idol, beating Southern rocker Bo Bice, and she joins Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken as the only contestants who have never been one of the "bottom three" singers during any week's results. Naming their petition "No Quo, No Show", it became an unsuccessful success. I will make a prediction, not only will you win this competition, but you will sell more records than any other previous 'Idol' winner." Cowell went on to say on the March 30 show that she has the "it factor" that will make her a star. The Daily Mirror's petition was backed by thousands though eventually nothing came about.

On the March 22 show, after a performance of Heart's "Alone", Simon Cowell said, "Carrie, you're not just the girl to beat, you're the person to beat. This was not granted, sparking a fury amongst Quo fans who had seen the band open Live Aid explosively (with the aptly titled "Rockin' All Over The World") 20 years ago. After singing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" Simon Cowell said he couldn't believe no one has discovered her yet. Originally offered a 6pm slot, the Quo had long since organized commitments in Ireland, therefore they requested an earlier slot. She can also play piano and yodel, the latter of which was demonstrated on the Tonight Show the night after she won. In the weeks leading up to the extravaganza, The Daily Mirror began a petition, garnering support for British rock legends Status Quo. On the April 20 elimination show, Underwood demonstrated her ability to play the guitar. None of the items appeared to have been fairly-traded, sweatshop-free or environmentally friendly.

Underwood's musical influences include pop, but are predominantly country; she stated during Idol auditions that her favorite singer is Martina McBride. While they received no monetary compensation, some were given gift bags containing lavish gifts and designer goodies - including Gibson guitars and Hugo Boss suits - valued at approximately $3000 (see "Fancy gifts at odds with cause?" The Philadelphia Inquirer). She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004. More criticism has been leveled at some of the performers based on what they took home for participating in the Philadelphia concert. Underwood attended Northeastern State University, where she majored in mass communication and is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Indeed, public figures and media have since called on the artists and their record labels to donate the profits of increased sales that followed appearance at the event (see "...Live 8 profits plea" BBC article, for example). Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. Live 8, it is important to note, is not a charity event.

At the age of 13, her manager at the time tried to get a recording contract at Capitol Records, but due to management changes at Capitol it never materialized. Damon Albarn also suggested that the performers' record labels should pay "a tariff" as the accompanying publicity would increase future record sales and hence their profits. Carrie Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma. Counter-critics, however, point out that these celebrities are still not rich enough to be able to cancel the debts of nations. . Many believed that it was hypocrisy that many of the performing artists had tens (if not hundreds) of millions of dollars of "spare cash" lying in their bank accounts whilst wanting to "Make Poverty History". Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol. For example, some fans and music critics feel that some of the lineups, such as that in Barrie, are not only largely ethnically homogeneous but not likely to connect with, or speak to, younger fans ("Live 8 organizer dismisses criticism..." Globe and Mail article).

Top-Selling Country Single of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won). Geldof is criticised for using Africa as "a catwalk" which is more about reviving the careers of ageing rock stars than about helping the poor in Africa. Country Single Sales Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood (Won). [16]. Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won). Indeed, Geldof appears not to be interested in Africa's strengths, only in an Africa on its knees. Final Results Show (post-win performance of first single) - "Inside Your Heaven". I am coming, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Live 8 is as much to do with Geldof showing off his ability to push around presidents and prime ministers as with pointing out the potential of Africa.

Final Results Show (performance with Rascal Flatts) - "Bless the Broken Road". However, some criticisms are directed at Geldof himself and the motives for Live 8:. Final Results Show (duet with Bo Bice) - "Up Where We Belong" (O.A.: Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker). Some of these criticisms are not specific to Live 8 but representative of a particular point of view concerning western attitudes towards Africa. Finals Top 2 Performance 3 (song originally written for Australian Idol) - "Angels Brought Me Here" (O.A.: Guy Sebastian). As with many charity events before it, Live 8 has come in for some criticism in the media. Finals Top 2 Performance 2 (favorite from season) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride). [15].

Finals Top 2 Performance 1 (new song written for AI) - "Inside Your Heaven". They still believe us to be like children that they must save, as if we don't realize ourselves what the source of our problems is. Finals Top 3 Performance 3 (Judges' choice) - "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (O.A.: Shania Twain). Who here [in Africa] wants a concert against poverty when an African is born, lives and dies without ever being able to vote freely? But the truth is that it was not for us, for Africa, that the musicians at Live 8 were singing; it was to amuse the crowds and to clear their own consciences, and whether they realized it or not, to reinforce dictatorships. Finals Top 3 Performance 2 (Performer's choice) - "Making Love out of Nothing at All" (O.A.: Air Supply). A Cameroonian op-ed appearing in the New York Times stated:. Finals Top 3 Performance 1 (Clive Davis' choice) - "Crying" (O.A.: Roy Orbison). The concert was also been criticized by African intellectuals for not addressing issues such as corruption and governance.

Finals Top 4 Performance 2 (Gamble and Huff Songs) - "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (O.A.: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes). Incidentally, artist 50 Cent cancelled his appearance due to a clash with his acting commitment for the upcoming film Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. Finals Top 4 Performance 1 (Nashville Songs) - "Sin Wagon" (O.A.: The Dixie Chicks). [14]. Finals Top 5 Performance 2 (Billboard top 40) - "Bless the Broken Road" (O.A.: Rascal Flatts' version of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road"). Bob Geldof has been accused of compounding the original error by announcing an entirely African line-up ("Africa Calling") at a concert to be held at the Eden Project in Cornwall on the same day as the main Live 8 concerts. Finals Top 5 Performance 1 (Leiber and Stoller Songs) - "Trouble" (O.A.: Elvis Presley). Bob Geldof originally said that this was because he had aimed for the biggest-selling, most popular artists to ensure a large television audience; but critics noted that even if this was acceptable as the sole criterion for inclusion, some of the minor white artists signed up were substantially less well-known than some major African artists.

Finals Top 6 Performance (Songs of the 21st Century) - "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" (O.A.: Martina McBride). However, Youssou N'Dour and Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band, remained the only African-born artists signed to perform at the main concerts. Finals Top 7 Performance (70's Dance Music) - "MacArthur Park" (O.A.: Donna Summer's version of Richard Harris' hit). A Live 8 spokesman said that a number of black performers had been approached to participate and that the event would feature a "large urban element", and pointed to the number of artists of African descent like Ms Dynamite. Finals Top 8 Performance (Songs from Contestants' Birthyear) - "Love Is a Battlefield" (O.A.: Pat Benatar). Live 8 will make a difference – it's already created a debate that we're all involved in. Finals Top 9 Performance (Broadway Musicals) - "Hello Young Lovers" (O.A.: Johnny Mathis). In some way that's been addressed and that's really good..

Finals Top 10 Performance (Songs of the 90's) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride). I have said certain things in relation to the density of African performers.. Finals Top 11 Performance (Billboard #1's) - "Alone" (O.A.: Heart). He told a reporter on 21 June:. Finals Top 12 Performance (Songs of the 60's) - "When Will I Be Loved" (O.A.: The Everly Brothers). Albarn is now reportedly happy about Live 8 now that they have addressed his criticism. Semi-Final Performance 3 (Women Top 8) - "Because You Love Me" (O.A.: Jo Dee Messina). [13] Stevie Wonder, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z and Kanye West also turned up at Philadelphia to perform while Will Smith, Don Cheadle, Black Ice, Kami, and Chris Tucker made appearances as presenters.

Semi-Final Performance 2 (Women Top 10) - "Piece of My Heart" (O.A.: Faith Hill's version of Janis Joplin's classic). So why is the bill so damn Anglo-Saxon?". Semi-Final Performance 1 (Women Top 12) - "Could've Been" (O.A.: Tiffany). "More than ever, black culture is an integral part of society. Hollywood 2 - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride). Damon Albarn re-iterated this criticism, saying that "This country [the UK] is incredibly diverse," he said. Hollywood 1 - "Young Hearts (Run Free)" (O.A.: Candi Staton)". London-based group Black Information Link described the list of performers at the Hyde Park event as "hideously white" [12], noting that Mariah Carey, Ms Dynamite and Snoop Dogg are the only non-white performers scheduled to perform at the event.

Louis Auditions - "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Original Artist: Bonnie Raitt). These artists did not sing the same songs but still performed at both events:. St. Songs are listed with their Live Aid performers, with the artists who sang the songs at Live 8 (if different) in brackets:. These songs were sang at both Live Aid and Live 8 (although some not by their original artists). Geldof was immediately criticised by Lothian and Borders Police chief constable Ian Dickenson for encouraging such a large crowd to assemble in Edinburgh with such little notice and no consultation with local authorities about how to accommodate so many people.

On June 1, Bob Geldof called for a million people to descend upon Edinburgh in a "Long Walk to Justice", on July 6, the first day of the G8 summit at Gleneagles, in a separate protest to the one held on the 2nd [11]. I also want to pay tribute to the organizers of the march who have achieved their objectives through meticulous planning and cooperation. I want to pay tribute to the crowd of 225,000 who came and cooperated with the police to make this a successful and memorable occasion. They raised applause from the marchers by stopping to bow before Starbucks and McDonald's while chanting "Two, four, six, eight, we really must accumulate." .

A group at the head of the procession through the city were dressed in business suits. Marchers were addressed by celebrities, political and religious leaders who supported the reduction of world poverty. The marchers had been asked to wear white to make a symbolic ring of white through the city, matching the Make Poverty History white wrist band. An estimated total of 225,000 people took part, making it the largest ever protest in the Scottish capital.

This protest had been organised by the Make Poverty History group and local authorities as part of a series of events in Edinburgh commemorating the G8 conference, and had been planned for months before the announcement of Live 8. On July 2, the same day as the Live 8 concerts, a rally and protest march was held in central Edinburgh, near the Gleneagles venue for the G8 conference later that week. [10]. In fact, the 35,000 free tickets for the Canadian show were all distributed in just 20 minutes on 23 June 2005, Ticketmaster reported.

Similar scalper situations arose for the Edinburgh and Canadian shows, and eBay halted sales of those tickets as well. Others have argued, though, that selling the tickets would not have done any harm to the people Live 8 is supposed to be helping and it would have allowed those who missed the random selection a chance to go to the concert. It was later announced that eBay, under pressure from the British government, the public, as well as Geldof himself, would withdraw all auctions of the tickets. Many people, angered by others seemingly using Live 8 to make money, placed fake bids for millions of pounds for such auctions in an attempt to force the sellers to take them off sale.

They also promised to make a donation to Live 8 that would be "at least equal to any fees" they would be making for such sales. Initially, eBay defended their decision to allow the auctions to go ahead, stating that there were no laws against their sale. This was heavily criticised by the organisers of the event, including Bob Geldof. Some lucky people who won tickets immediately placed them for sale on the Internet auction site eBay, with the intention of making a profit.

Funds raised beyond the £1.6m "will go to pay for the costs of Live 8, as it is a free event", according to the Live 8 website. The £1.6m donation will act as a quid pro quo. This event was cancelled in 2005 to make way for Live 8. The Prince's Trust usually host the Party in the Park concert in Hyde Park in July.

The first £1.6m raised is to be given to the Prince's Trust, who in turn will donate to the Help A London Child charity. Thus texters had a roughly one-in-28 chance of winning a pair of tickets. Over two million texts were sent during the competition, raising £3 million. Winners were drawn at random from those correctly answering the question.

Entry involved sending the answer to a multiple choice question via a text message costing £1.50. Although the concerts were free, 66,500 pairs of tickets for the Hyde Park concert were allocated from the 13 June 2005 to 15 June 2005, to winners of a mobile phone text message competition that began on Monday, 6 June 2005. Millions of paper petitions and emails have already been submitted. Named the "Live 8 List", this can be reached via the Live8 List page.

An enormous petition with (presently) over 38 million names is available to be signed on the Internet. The event coincided with the 2005 G8 summit at the Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, and the idea behind it was to overwhelm the eight politicans attending with the amount of public support for the principles of the Make Poverty History campaign. The Live 8 concert was not a fundraising event of any kind; rather, the organisers were hoping that it would spur people's political interest. The Live Aid concert, held in 1985, was a massive fundraising effort which accumulated approximately £79 million, which was sent to the world's poorest countries in aid.

We don't want your money, we want your voice. It featured further performances from some of the artists from the other concerts, and was the closest of the eleven to the actual location of the G8 summit. The final event was held in Edinburgh on 6 July 2005 and went by the name Edinburgh 50,000 - The Final Push. The band's last show was at Earls Court in London on June 17, 1981.

Included in the line-up were Pink Floyd playing for the first time together in over 24 years. Guest presenters, ranging from sporting stars to comedians, also introduced acts. Special guests appeared throughout the concerts, with Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Bill Gates making a speech at the London show and Nelson Mandela appearing in the South African venue. Some of these were also shown to other venues.

Bob Geldof was at the event in Hyde Park, London and made numerous appearances on stage, including a performance of "I Don't Like Mondays". This was to represent the death of a child every three seconds, due to poverty. During the opening of the Philadelphia concert, Will Smith led the combined audiences of London, Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris and Barrie (outside Toronto) in a synchronised finger click. The first to begin was held at the Makuhari Messe in Japan, with Rize being the first of all the Live 8 performers.

There were ten concerts held on 2 July 2005, most of them simultaneously. . It was released almost a year to the day after the release of the DVD of Live Aid on November 8, 2004. An official Live 8 DVD set was released on 7 November 2005 internationally, 8 November 2005 in the United States.

However, it is important to note that Live 8, unlike Live Aid, wasn't intended to raise money, but awareness and political pressure. Indeed, as some of the performers involved had been out of the public eye, some may have perceived the concert as a way of getting back "into the spotlight". Other critics say that millionaire rock stars would make greater contribution by donating parts of their personal fortunes. eBay later removed the tickets, after some controversy.

Some ticket holders placed their tickets on the auction site eBay, creating an uproar which included Geldof demanding that the company remove the auctions, even encouraging hackers to attack eBay. Names from the list also appeared on the giant televisions at each concert during the broadcast. This is a list of names compiled from around the world of people who have voiced support of the Live 8 mission to "Make Poverty History" www.live8list.com. Organizers of Live 8 presented the "Live 8 List" to the world leaders at the G8 summit.

Many of the Live 8 backers were also involved in the largely forgotten NetAid concerts. These concerts are the start point for The Long Walk To Justice, the one way we can all make our voices heard in unison." [4]. Geldof said "This is not Live Aid 2. However Geldof and co-organiser Midge Ure have since explicitly said they don't think of the event as the same as Live Aid.

[2] [3]) referred to the event as Live Aid 2. Prior to the official announcement of the event many news sources (see e.g. Many former Live Aid acts offered their services to the cause. Live Aid and Band Aid organizer Bob Geldof announced the event on 31 May 2005.

[1]. More than 1,000 musicians performed at the concerts, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks. On 7 July the G8 leaders pledged to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010. Ten simultaneous concerts were held on 2 July and one on 6 July.

Running parallel with the UK's Make Poverty History campaign, the shows planned to pressure world leaders to drop the debt of the world's poorest nations, increase and improve aid, and negotiate fairer trade rules in the interest of poorer countries. They were timed to precede the G8 Conference and Summit held at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland from July 6-8, 2005; they also coincided with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid. Live 8 was a series of concerts that took place in July 2005, in the G8 nations and South Africa. U2.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (played with Bryan Ferry in 1985, and with Pink Floyd in 2005). Paul McCartney. Neil Young. Madonna.

George Michael. Elton John. DMC (performed as part of Run DMC at Live Aid). "Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who.

"We Will Rock You" - Queen (Robbie Williams). "Vienna" - Ultravox (Midge Ure). "Tears Are Not Enough" - Bryan Adams. "Save A Prayer" - Duran Duran.

"Rat Trap" - Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof). "I Don't Like Mondays" - Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof). "Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson). "Every Breath You Take" - Sting and Phil Collins (Sting).

"Driven To Tears" - Sting. 8 November 2005: Official Live 8 DVD released in North America. 7 November 2005: Official Live 8 DVD released internationally. 25 October 2005: Official Live 8 Africa Calling at the Eden Project DVD released.

8 July 2005: Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof thanks the G8 for meeting the Live 8 goal. Leaders pledge to increase aid to developing countries by US$50 billion overall by 2010, including an increase of US$25 billion in aid for Africa. 8 July 2005: The G8 summit ends. 6 July 2005: Edinburgh 50,000 - The Final Push concert in Edinburgh takes place.

3 July 2005: Sail 8 flops. Main concerts start. 2 July 2005: The march against poverty in Edinburgh starts and continues mostly peacefully, with an estimate of 200,000 people involved with the march. 2 July 2005: AOL Music begins broadcasting streams from each city live and on-demand at Aolmusic.com[9].

28 June 2005: ABC say they will broadcast a two-hour highlights event at 8pm ET on 2 July in prime time. Acts include Pet Shop Boys, The Red Elvises and Bravo. 27 June 2005: Live 8 Russia, in Moscow's Red Square, announced. Acts in Japan concert include Björk, Good Charlotte, while acts in Johannesburg concert include African stars such as 4Peace Ensemble and Oumou Sangare.

24 June 2005: Live 8 Japan and South Africa announced. 23 June 2005: All 35,000 tickets for Canadian show are taken within 20 minutes of being made available online [8]. Country Music Television and VH1 Classic will show highlights on July 3 in favor of their viewer's genres. 22 June 2005: In the United States, MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and VH1 all confirm that they will broadcast Live 8 starting at Noon ET.

Albarn's band Blur was originally a part of the Live 8 line-up, but withdrew after complaining of the event being too "Anglo-Saxon". Live 8 will make a difference - it's already created a debate that we're all involved in." [7]. In some way that's been addressed and that's really good.. He told a reporter: "I have said certain things in relation to the density of African performers..

21 June 2005: Damon Albarn, who recently criticised Live 8 for the lack of African artists, is now reportedly happy about Live 8 now that they have addressed his criticism. The event will be hosted by comedians Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green. Acts include Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, and more. 21 June 2005: "Live 8 Canada" announced.

17 June 2005: The LIVE 8 List, a petition to the G8 leaders, is launched. 16 June 2005: Geldof announces three more concerts for 2 July, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Makuhari, Japan, and Toronto/Barrie, Canada. [6]. Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour will host the event, which will also feature performances by African performers Maryam Mursal, Salif Keita and Thomas Mapfumo.

The event is to be held in Cornwall, southwest England, on 2 July. 15 June 2005: It is announced that Peter Gabriel will organize a sixth simultaneous Live 8 concert dubbed "Africa Calling" featuring all African artists, to counter criticisms that most performers announced to date are white. 14 June 2005: eBay announces that they will block the selling-on of tickets after Geldof calls on the public to rally against the internet auction site. 11 June 2005: G8 finance ministers agree to cancel the debt owed by 18 of the poorest countries.

7 June 2005: Midge Ure announces a concert to be held in Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland on 6 July as the climax to the proposed rally. 1.5 million text messages are received in the first day. 6 June 2005: Text lottery launched in the UK for tickets for the London concert. [5] He also supported Geldof's call for a peaceful protest rally in Scotland.

He estimates that this will save the organisers £500,000. 3 June 2005: British Chancellor Gordon Brown announces that VAT will be waived on the cost of the London concert. Geldof calls for a coinciding march on Edinburgh to protest poverty, "What's better - two days of work? Two days of geometry? Or participating in something you will remember all your life," he says. 31 May 2005: Official announcement of Live 8 concerts by Bob Geldof.

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