Post Traumatic – Mike Shinoda

Building upon the foundation formed by his time as co-vocalist of multi-platinum alternative metal outfit Linkin Park, singer/songwriter, rapper, and producer Mike Shinoda went on to score films and release hip-hop-centric projects like Fort Minor’s The Rising Tied (2005) and solo effort Post Traumatic (2018). Balancing the late Chester Bennington’s tortured, emotional wail, Shinoda became… Read more

 

Free Rein – Rebelution

Formed in Santa Barbara, California by a group of college music students, Rebelution was built from diverse musical backgrounds united by a shared passion for reggae. Launched in 2004, Rebelution spent a couple years playing around their home base, offering a breezy fusion of roots and rock that immediately set the group apart from acts… Read more

 

Liberation – Christina Aguilera

American pop singer Christina Aguilera spun a late-’90s breakthrough into an evolving and genre-hopping career that focused on uplifting ballads and sexually liberated anthems delivered with her iconic voice. A leader in the parade of Mickey Mouse Club veterans who stormed pop music at the turn of the millennium, Christina Aguilera was the brassy diva… Read more

 

GOOD MAN (Deluxe) – Ne-Yo

One of the most acclaimed R&B artists of the 2000s, Ne-Yo entered the mainstream as a songwriter in 2004 with Mario’s “Let Me Love You,” a number one pop hit. By the time Billboard determined that the romantic ballad was the eighth most successful single of its decade, Ne-Yo had racked up a career’s worth… Read more

 

No Shame – Lily Allen

With her omnivorous musical tastes and cheeky attitude, London-based pop singer/songwriter Lily Allen made a name for herself almost as soon as she released her demos on the Internet. The daughter of comedian Keith Allen, Lily spent most of her childhood bouncing from one school to another; in fact, she attended 13 different schools between… Read more

 

A Dying Machine – Tremonti

The thrash-oriented solo project of Mark Tremonti, the Grammy-winning lead guitarist of Alter Bridge (and formerly Creed), was formed in 2010 as an outlet for the prolific songwriter’s material that wasn’t suitable for his main band. Recruiting former Submersed members Eric Friedman and Garrett Whitlock, he went into the studio in 2011, recording his debut… Read more

 

Artificial Selection – Dance Gavin Dance

Emo-leaning and volatile post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance, who were somewhat similar to peers Chiodos and the Fall of Troy, featured former members of Farewell Unknown and Ghost Runner on Third, two alums of Seattle’s Less Avenged Records. The Sacramento crew originally comprised vocalists Jonny Craig and Jonathan Mess, guitarists Will Swan and Sean O’Sullivan,… Read more

 

Bigger – Sugarland

Sugarland, the platinum-selling contemporary country act, began as a trio of songwriters from the Atlanta area, each of whom had enjoyed some level of renown as a solo country artist. Lead singer and songwriter Jennifer Nettles had previously fronted Soul Miner’s Daughter, and her gospel background and deep soul approach to country music made her… Read more