Singers

The dictionary definition of singers states that they are people who use their voice to produce musical sounds through modulation in tone and pitch however a layman’s definition of a singer is worded in a slightly different manner. Singers are people who have always been with us through the joyous times and through the times we’d rather wish we didn’t remember. They have even accompanied us when we have felt like a rebel and done our bit to revolt against the rules. For many, when they have failed to find the words to express their feeling or love, admiration or even exasperation, singers have stepped forward with their songs to lend suitable words to those feelings. The art of singing has been around for centuries, and practically every culture and civilization has had its share of singers. From throaty growls to melodic voices the list of notable singers from around the world would include the names of people like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, a famous opera singer, and Eddie Vedder, the famous rock singer from the band Pearl Jam. The history of music has also seen people who have been loved for their singing but have also been acknowledged to have had very bad singing voices. What follows now, is a collection of biographies of some of the most memorable singers from around the world which includes their life stories, timelines and some interesting trivia about them.

1Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthday: 12 January 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 08 July 2020

A talented actress who felt deeply about social issues, Naya Rivera was known for playing roles that reflected her standing on issues like racism and queer representation. She openly championed for LGBT+ rights, immigrants' rights, and women's rights. The brilliant young woman met a tragic end when she drowned in a lake in 2020.

2S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
Birthday: 04 June 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

3Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 25 August 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

4Kanye West

Kanye West
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthday: 08 June 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Creative from a very young age, Kanye West dreamed of becoming a rapper since very early in his life. He became an award winning American rapper whose creativity in music is widely appreciated by critics. However, his outspoken views, comments and behaviour have quite often landed him controversies.

5Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 26 March 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Award winning stage, films and television actor and singer, Jonathan Groff gained recognition by featuring in Broadway production Spring Awakening. He further cemented his success by working in Netflix drama Mindhunter, Broadway production Hamilton and Frozen film series. He has been recognised for his work for LGBTQ community as well.

6Zac Efron

Zac Efron
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthday: 18 October 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

An actor who rose to prominence in the late 2000s, Zac Efron is a teen heartthrob and a fan favorite who has acted in many romantic films. He is equally popular for his roles in comedy films and has won several awards. Also a singer, he has contributed to the soundtracks of numerous films.

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7Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 18 December 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

A young singer and songwriter who rose to international fame while still in her teens, Billie Eilish is blessed with a soprano vocal range and an ethereal voice. Already the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Grammy awards, she was named in Time magazine’s  inaugural "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.

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8Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 13 December 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

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9Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 15 February 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

An American rapper, singer, and songwriter, Megan Thee Stallion began rapping while she was still in her teens and used digital media platforms to promote her work. Her talent was appreciated by both fans and record labels and she eventually became the first female rapper to be signed by the American record label 300 Entertainment.

10Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 29 August 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 25 June 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

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11Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 08 January 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 16 August 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.

12Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 05 September 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: 24 November 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

13Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 24 January 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

With a Grammy and a Tony award in his pocket, Daveed Daniele Diggs is one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, thanks to his incredible performance in the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of Hamilton. Having founded Clipping, an experimental hip hop band, Diggs has an extensive career that spans across various domains, from music to theatre to television and films.

14Britney Spears

Britney Spears
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthday: 02 December 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Internationally recognised American singer, songwriter and actress, Britney Spears entered the entertainment industry at an early age and later became highly successful as a solo artist with her albums, Baby One More Time, and Oops!…I Did It Again. The Princess of Pop has since released a number of albums and dabbled with acting. Her personal life has also garnered frequent media attention.

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15XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 23 January 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 18 June 2018

A rapper and singer, XXXTentacion, gained fame with the success of the song, Look at Me, and release of albums like 17 and ?. In his personal life, he faced multiple legal issues from the beginning. He was shot dead at the young age of 20. XXXTentacion had a cult following among the youth owing to his depression and alienation thematic driven music.

16Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthday: 26 June 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

A talented youngster, Ariana Grande first stepped into the world of entertainment through Broadway musical 13 and later shot to fame with television series Victorious and its spinoff, Sam & Cat. Her television series also kick started her musical career which flourished with the release of her five commercially successful and critically applauded albums and collaborations with various other artists.

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17Judy Garland

Judy Garland
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 10 June 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: 22 June 1969
American actress and singer, Judy Garland, was one of the most iconic artists of Hollywood's Golden Era. In a career that spanned forty five years, her exceptional talent shone brightly, especially in movies like The Wizard of Oz and A Star Is Born. The personal life of the superstar though, was full of struggles including drugs, alcohols and unsuccessful marriages.

18Katy Perry

Katy Perry
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 25 October 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

A name that has found a place in the Forbes list of highest-earning women in music continuously for 9 years in a row, Katy Perry is a one of America’s most beloved pop singers. An inspiration to upcoming singers, Perry has established herself in the music industry through her edgy tunes and empowering tracks.

19Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 11 May 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Died: 13 July 2013

A talented young man whose life was snatched away too soon, Cory Monteith was a Canadian actor, singer, and musician who rose to fame after playing a role in the TV show ‘Glee.’ Despite being a great actor, he had a troubled life involving substance abuse and alcoholism that eventually caused his death at the age of 31.

206ix9ine

6ix9ine
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 08 May 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A man whose music has been marked by an aggressive style of rapping, 6ix9ine is a figure who is as controversial as he is popular. Making waves in the music scene with his debut album in 2018, the upcoming rapper became involved in a string of sexual offenses and other felonies. Despite his legal issues, he continues to be popular.

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21Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 22 August 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

At fourteen, singer Dua Lipa began her career by posting covers of famous songs on YouTube. She soon signed a contract with Warner Music Group and shot into fame with the release of her eponymous chart topping debut album. Since then, she has released her critically acclaimed second album, bagged two Grammys and created history at 2018 BRIT Awards.

22Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 16 June 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: 13 September 1996

Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known as 2Pac or Makaveli, is considered as one of the greatest American rappers of all time. Talent and trouble went hand in hand in Shakur’s journey to fame; the higher Shakur rose in his iconic status, the deeper he became entangled in gang violence and an infamous rivalry, which sadly led to his untimely demise.

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23Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthday: 23 November 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Miley Cyrus, the American singer-songwriter and actress, is known for her wide range in music, spanning from pop and country pop to hip hop. The portrayal of the title character of television series, Hannah Montana, made her a teen idol. Her personal life has often sparked controversy, especially when she came out as pansexual and talked about use of cannabis.

24Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 12 January 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Popular singer Zayn Malik shot to fame with the television reality show The X Factor and later became a part of a hugely successful band One Direction. Afterwards, Zayn Malik set out to establish his solo career and released his debut album, Mind of Mine, which made him a star. The singer has also made an entry into fashion world.

25Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 06 August 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

A passion for acting and singing since his early life, made Leslie Odom Jr an accomplished artist of stage, television, films and music industry. Debuting at the age of seventeen, his best performance came with the role of Aaron Burr in Broadway musical Hamilton. The talented artist also has three solo jazz albums and a published book in his resume.

26Lady Gaga

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 28 March 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Popular singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga has been active in the music industry since her teens. One of the world's best-selling music artists, she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. A versatile performer, she is known for her consistent image reinventions in music. She is actively involved in philanthropy and social activism.

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27Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 01 February 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The only child of the legendary singer and musician, Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley fought her addiction with drugs during her teens and later launched herself as singer-songwriter with her debut album To Whom It May Concern. It was followed by two more commercially and critically successful albums. Lisa Marie Presley has also earned appreciation for her numerous philanthropic work.

28Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra
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Famous As: Singer and Actor
Birthday: 12 December 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 14 May 1998

Amongst the most popular singers of the 20th century and one of the bestselling artists of all time, Frank Sinatra began his musical career singing with bands and later established his successful solo career with albums like The Voice of Frank Sinatra. Also an award winning actor, he featured in movies like From Here to Eternity and The Manchurian Candidate.

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29Harry Styles

Harry Styles
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 01 February 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

With a career that began on the stage of The X Factor to being named Billboard’s Artist of the Year in 2014, Harry Styles is a name to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is a member of the internationally successful pop band, One Direction, and is known for his flamboyance and versatility.   

30Elton John

Elton John
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 25 March 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.

31Haruma Miura

Haruma Miura
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Child actor
Birthday: 05 April 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

32August Alsina

August Anthony Alsina, Jr.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthday: 03 September 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

A singer-songwriter whose music generally falls into the Alternative R&B category, August Alsina is a young man who is applauded not just for his musical talents but also for his zest for life. He suffers from an autoimmune disease that attacks his liver, and he is constantly fighting to live a normal life.

33Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 20 October 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Snoop Dogg is a famous American rapper whose life is a perfect example of rags-to-riches story. As a child, he did various odd jobs to help his family make ends meet. He started rapping as a young boy to distract himself from his unstable family life. He ran into trouble with the law as a teenager. However, once he released his debut album, there was no looking back.

 

34Eminem

Eminem
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 17 October 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Amongst the biggest rappers of all time, Eminem gained worldwide popularity with the release of albums like The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. His subsequent albums became huge successes further making him a bigger sensation and one of the bestselling music artists of all time. His fame greatly inspired other white rappers to succeed in popular music.

35Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 08 December 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Trinidadian, American

Amongst the most influential female rap artists of all time and one of the bestselling artists, Nicki Minaj came to limelight after her collaborations with Dirty Money Record and Young Money Entertainment. With subsequent release of her four albums, Minaj firmly established herself as a chart-topping artist. The Queen of Rap has also dabbled in acting and ventured into business.

36Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 01 March 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber was discovered via YouTube and subsequently went on to become a teen pop sensation. By age 25 he became the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number-one albums in the US. Bieber has received many accolades, including a Grammy Award. He’s also had his share of controversies and run-in with the law.

37Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthday: 22 July 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Singer, songwriter, and actress, Selena Gomez, was destined for a career in the entertainment industry! The daughter of an actress, she was exposed to acting as a child and began her career early on. She gained much fame as a singer and actress in her teenage and was named the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017.

38David Bowie

David Bowie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 08 January 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: 10 January 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

39Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthday: 10 November 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: 20 December 2009

40Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 26 February 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 12 September 2003

Johnny Cash, the American singer, songwriter and actor, was known for sorrow, moral suffering and redemption themes in his music. His genre was country, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel sounds and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Cash had issues with drinking and drug abuse. Later he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

41Bob Marley

Bob Marley
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 06 February 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: 11 May 1981

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who sold 20 million records in his career. He was the first international star to come from the ‘Third World’ and is considered one of the forerunners of reggae. A fusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady was his music’s hallmark. Marley died due to cancer at the age of 36.

42Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne
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Birthday: 03 December 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

The lead vocalist of the hard rock band, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne is an iconic hard rock star. His successful stint with the band was followed by an equally successful solo career with albums like No More Tears. However, the Godfather of Metal has also attracted media glare owing to his alcohol and drug abuse issues and crazy public behaviour.

43John Lennon

John Lennon
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Famous As: Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Birthday: 09 October 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: 08 December 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

44Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 08 July 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Jaden Smith, son of the famous Hollywood actor Will Smith, made his big screen debut with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness at a young age. Later, The Karate Kid proved to be a big movie for him. The young star, since then, has continued his acting career and simultaneously released two albums and launched his own clothing line.

45Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels
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Famous As: Musician
Birthday: 28 October 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Charlie Daniels, is remembered for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. He had an extensive career that spanned over half a century and was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He had also appeared in a few films.

46Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthday: 05 June 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

From being a drug dealer to going to prison on the charge of attempted murder, Mark Wahlberg's young life was a troubled one. That is till the time he decided to pull himself out of the mess and live a worthy life. His foray into music began his journey which later took him into the world of television and film.

47Travis Scott

Travis Scott
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 30 April 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Travis Scott is a highly successful rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2016, his second albun, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight became his first number one album on the Billboard 200. It was followed by his album, Astroworld, which received widespread critical praise. His music is a fusion of fusion of traditional, hip hop, lo-fi and ambient.

48Rihanna

Rihanna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 20 February 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Barbadian

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

49Brie Larson

Brie Larson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthday: 01 October 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Brie Larson is a name that has become synonymous with powerful, independent female warriors, both on and off screen. From an Oscar-winning performance of a kidnapped victim to playing the lead in the first female-led superhero movie, Captain Marvel, Larson has been breaking gender norms and shattering stereotypes. She has been working fiercely towards inclusivity and diversity in Hollywood.

50Doja Cat

Doja Cat
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 21 October 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Singer and rapper, Doja Cat, is best known for the music video for her song Mooo!, which went viral in 2018 and made her an international sensation. She subsequently went on to become a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms. She often kindles controversies because of her social media comments on sensitive issues.

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