Eminem (born Marshall Mathers, Detroit, 1972) is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Emerging in 1999 with his second album, The Slim Shady LP, he rapidly gained a worldwide mainstream following despite his subject matter being at times openly homophobic and misogynistic. He has since recorded five more albums. His latest, Recovery, was released this year. He has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. His notoriety may well have been his greatest asset in propelling him to stardom.
Coldplay and Keane are British mainstream indie-pop bands. Coldplay formed in London in 1997 while its members were studying at University College London. They have recorded four albums and always give ten per cent of their profits to charity.
Both Coldplay and Keane have been derided as ‘landfill indie’. Coined by Word magazine, the term refers to bands that stay faithful to conventional chord and rhythm structures and verse-big chorus-verse song structures. In short, they are perceived to lack imagination or original ideas. This criticism notwithstanding, both bands remain hugely popular and successful.