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Old 05-10-12, 08:24 PM   #26
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Re: Most meteoric rise in pop music

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The Monkees, they went from nowhere to a hit tv series, multi-million selling singles and albums and sell out tours and sold more records than the Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined in 1967.
Also the Spice Girls, and all the rest of those prefab bands.
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Old 05-10-12, 08:55 PM   #27
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I was thinking Alanis. Her Major Lable debut sold something like 10 million copies.
She had been a pretty big star in Canada for years and had two hit albums (one platinum) prior to her "debut".
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Old 05-10-12, 09:55 PM   #28
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The first names that popped into my mind were Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood because they went into instant stardom and have been the most successful after Idol.
I was thinking the same thing. Carrie has had the best career when you look at sales and tons of awards.
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Old 05-11-12, 05:41 AM   #29
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What band/artist zoomed from obscurity to massive success and/or massive exposure the fastest?
My answer still stands.
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Old 05-11-12, 10:48 AM   #30
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Re: Most meteoric rise in pop music

Canada

Seriously though, I didn't realize she was that big before Pill.
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Old 05-11-12, 11:27 AM   #31
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Boston. They didn't exist as a band prior to their debut album, they were really just an MIT Media Lab guy and some local musicians he knew. The debut album then basically came out of nowhere and became the biggest selling debut of all time. Not really a band to 17 million copies sold in about a year. That's insane, especially for the time. Most bands back then followed the "Cheap Trick" model of slowly building a back catalog of songs and a fan base through constant playing in clubs, high school dances and the like. When they finally were signed, most bands had been together for years, honed their chops and refined their songs. This is true for everyone from the Beatles to Rush to Aerosmith. Boston was a studio creation that basically never played live as they sounded on record. This kind of thing happened in pop some times, but Boston was a new business model for rock n' roll.
They're actually the #2 debut album seller behind Appetite for Destruction. Apparently they did have the fastest selling debut album for an American band at the time though.

They'd probably get my vote as well.
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Old 05-11-12, 12:09 PM   #32
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Huh? Wiki says her first album sold 400,000 and her second album sold half that. Maybe that's Canadian Platinum
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Old 05-11-12, 01:42 PM   #33
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Huh? Wiki says her first album sold 400,000 and her second album sold half that. Maybe that's Canadian Platinum
It's called Metric Platinum.
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Old 05-11-12, 02:03 PM   #34
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That would only be 800,030 sold. Close, but not platinum.
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Old 05-13-12, 07:03 AM   #35
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There is only one artist who had a number one song before they were even signed to a record label. In February 1994, the "Reality Bites" soundtrack included the song by this artist over the ending credits and it quickly reached #1 in the first three months the movie was out. Her first album wouldn't even be released until September 1995.

The artist and song is of course Lisa Loeb and "Stay (I Missed You)".

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Old 05-13-12, 01:36 PM   #36
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Pulp went a decade with absolutely no one listening to them, then hitched a ride on the mid-90's Britpop explosion and become one of the biggest bands in the UK at the time.
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Old 05-13-12, 02:32 PM   #37
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Old 05-13-12, 08:23 PM   #38
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Pulp went a decade with absolutely no one listening to them, then hitched a ride on the mid-90's Britpop explosion and become one of the biggest bands in the UK at the time.
"Hitched a ride" carries an unfortunate negative connotation considering that PULP were far and away better than most of their contemporaries imo.
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Old 05-13-12, 09:55 PM   #39
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While that is amazing, a lot of bands have had overnight success and seen their album shoot to #1. The winner of this has to be a band/artist that went from zero to something collosal, like 5 grammys, or a massive concert tour, or something. Has there ever been a band that went from doing free gigs to playing full sized 100K seat stadium gigs in one year?
I don't see how your criteria voids my response. That's pretty much exactly what happened to him. It's just that it all happened everywhere else on the planet except the U.S., so we don't see him that way.
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Old 05-14-12, 01:12 PM   #40
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I don't see how your criteria voids my response. That's pretty much exactly what happened to him. It's just that it all happened everywhere else on the planet except the U.S., so we don't see him that way.
I don't deny his acheivement, but something like the Lisa Loeb examble above is far more impressive (at least to me). To be unsigned and have your single go to number one because of a movie soundtrack. That's an achievement and an exceptional oddity. What happened to Numan has happened to others.
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happened everywhere else on the planet except the U.S.
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Old 05-14-12, 02:57 PM   #42
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"Hitched a ride" carries an unfortunate negative connotation considering that PULP were far and away better than most of their contemporaries imo.
Exactly. I'd say it's more "Pulp was a band that released a bunch of pretty bad albums and then dropped and absolute masterpiece with "His n' Hers" and became huge stars." The fact that they then followed it up with three more masterpieces solidified the trend.
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Old 05-17-12, 03:27 PM   #43
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I hate hate and despise him

Justin Bieber

Never heard of him and then one day he is one of the biggest artists in the world.


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I would say Snow Patrol because I remember seeing Snow Patrol for $5 at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio back in like 2004, like six months later they were opening for U2.
I bought their first album back in 1998...I think they were on the same label as Belle & Sebastian (who I was a big fan of at the time). Long story short, I didn't like it much, and it's funny how much different it is than their newer pop stuff.
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Old 05-25-12, 11:28 AM   #45
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Hibari Misora - went on the radio in Japan in 1949 as an unkown 12-year-old singer and walked out of the studio a star, maintaining her hold as the top recording star in Japan for a decade...







...And then she moved away from pop music and became the "queen of enka," a form of traditional ballad in Japan.

Sadly, she died in 1989 at the age of 52.

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Old 05-25-12, 02:07 PM   #46
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I hate hate and despise him

Justin Bieber

Never heard of him and then one day he is one of the biggest artists in the world.
I don't get it either, but that's pop culture. He's part of the machine. Someone tell me how these Kardashian creatures became "celebrities". They are almost literally nothing, nobodies, zygotes, and yet, for some perverse reason, the spoon-fed masses give a shit about them.
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Someone tell me how these Kardashian creatures became "celebrities".
The family capitalized on their daughter releasing a porn film. Oh I'm sorry it was released 'against her will' . The family starred in a reality show that happened to come out just after all the attention and controversy of their daughter's porn film(what a coincidence!), and it worked and the rest is history.

Really special family that one is.
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Old 05-25-12, 03:03 PM   #48
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That would only be 800,030 sold. Close, but not platinum.
Jesus, what a bunch of pedants.

I quote from her Wiki of her first album ("Alanis", "Jagged Little Pill" was her third):

"Alanis" is the debut album by Alanis Morissette, released only in Canada in April 1991 by MCA Records Canada (see 1991 in music). Morissette recorded the album with Leslie Howe and Eduardo Egs, who produced her second album Now Is the Time (1992), and it was certified platinum.

Now, we can argue about what "platinum" means in this specific context, but the fact remains that Alanis M. had a platinum disc of her first album on her wall years before "Jagged Little Pill" came out and therefore hardly "came out of nowhere". Sheesh.
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