TDIM - Gwen Stefani's Birthday - 3rd Oct
October 03, 2013 @ 08:37 am
Gwen Stefani's Birthday
Pop icon Gwen Stefani celebrates her birthday today. She rose to stardom in the 1990s as the lead singer of No Doubt. She went on to have a highly successful solo career and launch her own clothing line, L.A.M.B. After parting ways with her No Doubt bandmates in the early 2000s to begin a solo career that would ultimately gain little traction, Stefani reunited with band in 2012. Soon after, they began working on a new album, Push and Shove in 2012.
With Tragic Kingdom (1995), No Doubt emerged as a leading force in popular music. Their distinctive sound with flavors of ska, punk, and pop helped her win over many new fans. Reaching the top of the album charts in late 1996, the recording's success was driven in part by the hit single "Just a Girl," which has been seen as an anti-sexism anthem by many. The video for the song helped make Stefani both a fashion icon and a star. Much like Madonna before her, Stefani wowed fans with her distinctive personal style. Her look borrowed from many different scenes and cultures, from punk-style bondage pants to a forehead decoration known as a bindi traditionally worn by some Indian women.
Known for her deeply personal lyrics, Stefani found a lot of material in her failed relationship with Kanal. It is said to be the inspiration for the popular ballad, "Don't Speak," which was one of the other hits off of Tragic Kingdom. "Excuse Me Mr." and "Spiderwebs" also did well on the charts. Their follow-up album, Return of Saturn in 2000, did well and again featured some very personal lyrics by Stefani. In the song "Ex-Girlfriend," she expressed her frustration with a horrible break-up.
In 2004, Stefani released her first solo album,Love.Angel.Music.Baby, which had more pop and club music sound than her work with No Doubt. The recording received a number of positive reviews. In making the album, Stefani worked with a number of well-known songwriters and producers, including Dr. Dre, Dallas Austin, and Linda Perry as well as her bandmate Tony Kanal. She reunited with Eve for the song "Rich Girl," which was one of the album's most popular tracks.
Her next solo effort, The Sweet Escape in 2006 also proved to be a smash hit. Stefani earned a Grammy Award nomination for her duet with on the album's title track with a thriving solo career and a popular clothing line, Stefani maintains a busy schedule. This did not prevent her from reuniting with her No Doubt band mates; the group headlined a national tour in 2009, after Stefani announced she would put her solo career on hold
We wish this pop diva a very Happy Birthday!
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