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Soul / Folk / Hip Hop ARTIST

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NIGHTWISH-FINLAND

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Nightwish is a symphonic power gothic metal band, from Kitee, Finland, formed in 1996 by songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former vocalist Tarja Turunen. The band has sold more than 15 million CDs, DVDs and online material internationally.[citation needed]

Although Nightwish has been prominent in their home country since the release of their first single, “The Carpenter” (1997) and debut album Angels Fall First, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn, Wishmaster and Century Child, which were released in 1998, 2000 and 2002 respectively. Their 2004 album, Once, which has sold more than 1.2 million copies, led to Nightwish video clips being shown on MTV in the United States and inclusion of their music in US movie soundtracks. Their biggest US hit single, “Wish I Had an Angel” (2004), made it onto three US film soundtracks as a means to promote their North American tour. The band produced three more singles and two music videos for the album, as well as “Sleeping Sun”, from the 2005 “best of” compilation album, Highest Hopes, prior to vocalist Tarja Turunen’s dismissal.

In May 2007, former Alyson Avenue frontwoman, Anette Olzon, was revealed as Turunen’s replacement, and in the autumn, the band released a new album – Dark Passion Play, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies. A tour supporting the album is currently in progress. It started on October 6, 2007 and will end on September 19, 2009.[8]. A new E.P./live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), was released in March 2009 as a MCD/DVD.

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LITHUANIAN rnb SINGER

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ESTONIA ROCK BAND

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Hannah, also known as Hannah Ild, is an Estonian singer. She was born on May 12, 1981, in Tallinn, Estonia. Hannah is a songwriter, singer and pianist, blending ballads and classic pop. Her passion for music began at an early age. She began singing even before she could speak. When she was three years old, she joined the Children Music Studio. From there she went on to join the Estonian Radio Singing Studio. When she was seven, Hannah joined the elite Estonian Television Music Choir. At the same time she also began to attend the Tallinn Music School. Here she realized her true musical talent, at the piano. By the time Hannah was thirteen she had produced her first song called Childhood land – composing lyrics and music together – which won first place in the Estonian Children’s Song Competition in 1995. This gave Hannah great encouragement and self confidence leading her to produce further song entirely of her own creation.

In 1997, Hannah left the TV Choir and began her solo career. She swept to fame by coming second place in the Estonian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, performing her own song “Lonely Soul”. The jury of experts by the Estonian Association of the Phonogram Producers awarded Hannah’s song “Salaja” with the Dance Hit of the Year 2001.[1] The jury nominated her twice for an Estonian Music Awards in the category “Female Artist of the Year” in 2003 and 2004, winning in none of the years.[2][3] The competing Estonian Music and Phonogram Producers Union awarded Hannah with the Golden Record prize of the biggest selling Estonian “Female Performer of the Year 2003”.[4] For her next album Ballaadid 2, Hannah’s record label, owned by her husband, launched a $200,000 – $250,000 promotion campaign. What the Estonian music managers called a “crazy experiment” (considering 1,4 million people as the size of the targeted market), accounted as the biggest budget for advertising an Estonian album in history. The buyers of the albums participated in a drawing lot of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class as the main prize. After the car was handed out to the winner, the sales numbers for the album dropped. The campaign earned Hannah two Golden Record awards: the biggest selling Estonian “Album of the Year 2005” and the biggest selling “Female Performer of the Year 2005”.

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DONIS is a well-known Lithuanian neofolk/ambient/experimental music project, the central axis of which is a instrumentalist Donatas Bielkauskas. He creates and plays music using authentic and modernized Lithuanian folk as well as electronic instruments; sessional musicians are also invited to cooperate. The project is distinguished for its solid, subtle and mature sound of modern music with Baltic touch. The debut album “Deinaina” was released in a tape format in 1998, it was followed by a CD “Baltos Juodos Klajos” (“White Black Wanders” , Dangus prod . 2002), the famous work “Svilpiai” (“Whistles”, 2003), a joint project of DONIS with KULGRINDA “Sotvaras” (Dangus prod.), an ambient album “Vacuum” (Autarkeia, 2004), a post-folklore album “Bite Lingo” and antic “Alexandreia” (Autarkeia, 2007). From 1994 until now, DONIS collaborates with various projects and performers: Wejdas, Notanga, Kulgrinda, Rasa Serra, Kursiu Ainiai, Alwyda, etc. Lately, Donatas pays much attention to electronic and experimental music. A wish and potentiality to experiment not only with ambient/folk music reveals itself in a project d.n.s. More info/video/mp3 – WWW.DONIS.LT .. .. .. .. .. ..

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YOUNG LITHUANIAN ARTIST:)

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Alanas Ibrahimas Chošnau (born July 11, 1974 in Vilnius, Lithuania) is a Lithuanian singer and songwriter, a former member of the music group “Naktinės Personos”.
Alanas Chošnau was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. For 6 years, Chošnau lived with his father in Bagdad, Iraq. In 1992, he created the pop music group “Naktinės Personos” along with Aras Vėberis. Five years later, the two traveled on concert tours in Lithuania, but got into an accident, which caused Chošnau to stay at a hospital for four months. In 1999, he went to revisit his father in Iraq. Just two years later, “Naktinės Personos” stopped its musical career and Chošnau continued his career as a solo artist. Chrošnau still continues writing songs and participating in TV projects, such as LNK’s “Žvaigždžių duetai” and TV3’s “Džiunglės”.