Bonnie Tyler
British singer
Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. Her first hit single, "Lost in France", reached the UK Top 10 in 1976 and she was nominated for Best British Female Newcomer at the 1977 Brit Awards. Soon after, Tyler underwent an operation to remove nodules from her vocal cords which left her with a distinctively husky voice. However, this did not affect her career and her 1977 single "It's a Heartache" became a hit in both Europe and North America.
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Talking About Kink and Consent
Huffington Post - about 1 year
My dom once stopped a scene to make sure I was still breathing. I wasn't mad or anything. I was really glad she checked, because if I hadn't been, it would have confirmed all my mom's fears about the dodgy, catacomb-ish sex dungeons she thinks I frequent. I was breathing, just deep in subspace and kind of incoherent. I'm a quiet player, and I like scenes that involve monumental stillness, so sometimes it's hard to tell if I'm, you know. Alive. My dom and I hadn't been together long, and she was still working out the whole, "Okay, what do you look like blissed-out versus what do you look like asphyxiated?" puzzle. She's a trooper. A couple of years before I met her, I was raped during what was supposed to be a no-sex scene. That "dom's" response was, Yeah, but I was just trying to get you turned on so you'd enjoy the scene more. And even though I knew that was bullshit, I spent years wondering if it was a misunderstanding. If I'd failed to communicate clearly. If the rules were ...
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Eataly: Italian Food the Italian Way
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When my friend in Milan took me to Eataly I was initially surprised to discover that he wanted to show me a grocery store, however, after a walk through the boutique Italian market, I could understand why it had become such an attraction in Milan. Let's take a walk... I walk through the double sliding glass doors and to the left. I instantly love that there are books. And look who we find, Anthony Bourdain. Hi Anthony, I enjoyed The Layover episode in Paris. Walk with me down Milan's fashionable Corso Garibaldi to Eataly here. Look who else is here, Jaime Oliver. I immediately think of a chef friend of mine in Barcelona--Joel Serra Bevin--and his new Spanish cookbook, Papalosophy which I'm excited to receive after it gets funded. (Checkout his KICKSTARTER campaign.) As I continue to browse through the small book aisle I overhear a woman say, "You have everything from books to food here..." Yes, at Eataly you can find cooking utensils, cookbooks, wine and, of ...
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Eclipse shines light on Tyler track
Independent - almost 2 years
The near-total solar eclipse over Britain provided a highlight for at least one person - raspy-voiced rocker Bonnie Tyler saw online demand for her hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart more than triple.
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Lorraine Devon Wilke: So Obama's Discussion of NSA Reforms Makes Snowden a 'Hero'?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I'm all for heroes. Bonnie Tyler reminded us long ago that everyone needs one and she, in particular, was holding out for one, but I've always been of the mind that the assignation comes with a pretty high bar. It seems these days, however, we're a country (world?) so beset by our various political and moral polarities that the labeling of "hero" becomes more a baiting tool than an attribution of any true value ("You hate my guy? Well, we're calling him a 'hero,' so there!"). With that paradigm in play, we've been informed that all sorts of dubious people were heroes in recent years, from shooters taking down abortion docs, politicians sliming the president, religious zealots eschewing science, right up to homegrown spies leaking intelligence documents all over the world. "Hero" might be losing its luster. At this point Edward Snowden has arguably become more of a symbol than a real guy with crooked teeth, black-rimmed glasses, a pal in Glenn Greenwald, and a facility f ...
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Seamus Dever: The Best Music Festival You Don't Know About
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been almost a month since I attended the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden and I've been trying to distill the experience for my American friends. Almost everyone I met this past week was gob-smacked when I told them I was from America and here to see this amazing Eurolicious spectacle. See, it's the world's oldest reality television show, it's been held for 58 years, 120 million people watch the finals every year, it's the reason you know ABBA and you've never even heard of it. Here's a brief primer. In 1956, The European Broadcasting Union in Switzerland had the idea of bringing Europe together after World War II had so sharply divided it. The Eurovision Song Contest has a few simple rules: each participating country chooses a song to send to the international competition, the song doesn't have to be written by or sung by someone from that country, each song is three minutes long and can be sung in the official language of the country or in English, every c ...
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Man Who Made Your Favorite Songs Reveals His Secrets
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Buoyed by his recent work with Daft Punk and made all the better by his charming disposition, legendary producer and pioneering artist Giorgio Moroder is experiencing quite a career revival. Since appearing on "Random Access Memories" in "Giorgio By Moroder," a spoken word track ("I thought that it could be the sound of the future...") that explodes into a sonic masterpiece. Then he lines up a choice DJ gig (his "live DJ debut") with the Red Bull Music Academy and, as he says in the above lecture, the interviews, production asks and management offers just keep rolling in. It's that lecture -- also given as part of the Red Bull Music Academy -- that's debuting exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment. The two-hour special is a treat for music fans, regardless of how familiar they are with Moroder's work (and with production credits for Donna Summer, David Bowie, Blondie, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler, Freddie Mercury and Oscars for scoring "Midnight Express" and creat ...
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Bonnie Tyler admits she's in for tough Eurovision... but hopes her vocals stand out
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Her career has spanned almost half a century due to her instantly recognisable vocals.
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Bonnie Tyler hoping for 2013 Eurovision success
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 4 years
Veteran singer Bonnie Tyler will represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision competition.
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E. Nina Rothe: Searching for Superman: Bekas Finds Its Wings Thanks to DIFF
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It is said that girls are always looking for a knight in shining armor -- and perhaps that's true. But from the looks of a few recent cinematic projects, it seems we are all, men and women alike, looking for a superhero. In a current Kickstarter campaign -- which was brought to my attention by recent interview and artistic maverick Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki -- filmmaker Brett Culp delves into the wonder of Batman and all the great positivity the superhero has always inspired in kids, big and small, everywhere. Culp's fascinating documentary is titled Legends of the Knight and offers a touching look at how the myth of Batman helps heal and triumph, even in sometimes seemingly impossible situations. And by the looks of how many current Kickstarter campaigns feature superheroes, I'd say Batman, Spider-man and the likes are definitely here to stay as man's favorite fantasy confidants. At the Dubai International Film Festival back in December, I watched Bekas, a film about two y ...
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Katla McGlynn: 'The Walking Dead' Recap: A Little Less Talk, A Little More Action
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 3, Episode 9 of AMC's "The Walking Dead," titled "The Suicide King." The first half of Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" has been a far cry from the tediously slow "Where's Sophia?" arc of Season 2, but this week's midseason premiere dialed back the zombie-slaying and brought back the heavy dialogue. We last left off with a cliffhanger: Darryl and his brother Merle about to face off in a gladiator-style battle-to-the-death at Woodbury, prompted by the now-cycloptic Governor. And that's exactly where things picked up, with the brothers being forced to fight as collared zombies and bizarrely enthusiastic spectators (can't they see the irony in being bloodthirsty?) surround them. But just when s*** is about to get real, Rick brings in back-up and throws a smoke bomb into the ring as Maggie fires a machine gun into the crowd. The commotion allows Darryl and Merle to escape, as a shocked Andrea looks on from the chaotic sc ...
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'Glee' Recap: 'Dynamic Duets'
MTV News - over 4 years
by Melissa Albert Why so cruel, "Glee"? At the very moment the rest of us are staring down our fourth helping of pie, we get an entire episode based around how amazing the glee kids look in spandex. This week we follow the misadventures of Nightbird (a.k.a. Blaine Warbler) and the rest of his secret society of superheroes, as they attempt to solve the Case of the Missing Sectionals Trophy. Will Blaine return to the nefarious Warblers? Will Marley overcome her eating disorder and break free of Kitty’s evil clutches? Will Sam ever truly be clean again, after wrapping a jockstrap around his face to impersonate Bane? All will be revealed below! In the middle of a superhero society meeting, a state of emergency is called in the choir room. McKinley’s finest go to investigate: Calling Tarantula Head/Joe! Calling Asian Persuasion/Tina! Calling the Human Brain/Brittany! The sectionals trophy is gone, and a laptop's been left in its place...with a video message from a mysterious Dalton Acad ...
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Five songs to get you in the summer groove
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  Whether you’re working out, shopping, or stuck in a snoozefest nine to five job this summer, there is one thing that can definitely set you free and make those never ending torturous hours fly faster – music! These days it’s more Indian than English songs that cable TV plays so we have a list of popular songs that should definitely make it to your iPods. The summer anthem: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson The first time you hear it, its super annoying and then the inevitable happens — it’s stuck in your head and you just can’t get it out. I heard it in a store and kept humming it all day, not knowing who the artist was. Catering to my curiosity, I googled it and to my surprise found out that the Canadian artist behind this song, Carly Rae Jepson was actually popstar Justin Bieber’s discovery. From being a nobody, she’s become a hit wonder, with another song “Good Time” slowly climbing the charts. Her overall packaging and sound ...
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Music Reviews: Joanna Dean, Doro, Wigelius, District 97, Cloudscape, and Mörglbl
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Reviews: Joanna Dean, Doro, Wigelius, District 97, Cloudscape, and Mörglbl Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 12:51 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Think a mixture of Janis Joplin and Bonnie Tyler, but who is also a decent guitar player. District 97 are a progressive jazz rock band. The band certainly have done the rounds of the prog festivals around the world and it shows. [...] they sound like a jazzier version of Dream Theater. Please pay tribute to him by listening to some Deep Purple and enjoying his keyboard wizardry.
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Bonnie Tyler shows off her slimline figure after losing 1 1/2 stone in three months
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Welsh singer, 60, used the LighterLife diet like Pauline Quirke.
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Dinner and a movie
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Iron Man, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., left, and Captain America, portrayed by Chris Evans, are shown in a scene from 'The Avengers'. (AP Photo) The film: Marvel’s The Avengers, opening Friday, in which Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson team up for yet another comic-book adaptation … I mean, for what will no doubt be a summer blockbuster beefed-up with multiple superheroes and endless slow-mo explosions. The food: What’s that, Bonnie Tyler? You’re holding out for a hero? Avenge your hunger by heading to Firehouse Subs for a Firehouse Hero, a hot sandwich made with premium roast beef, smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham and melted provolone cheese. Firehouse Subs has locations in Royal Palm Beach, Lantana and Boynton Beach.
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AMC's 'Mad Men' portrays more than 1960s
Norther Star - almost 5 years
A wise woman (or ‘80s pop star Bonnie Tyler. Same thing.) once said, “I need a hero.”
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Viewing pleasures: Summer cinematic heroics now on DVD
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - over 5 years
Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in Thor Remember way back in 1984, when Bonnie Tyler informed us musically on the Footloose soundtrack that “I Need A Hero?” Well, she must have been beside herself this summer with so many cinematic heroics to choose from. Let’s just say there were some good efforts, and at least one celluloid case of “better luck next time” that are making their way to home viewing in the guise of recently released DVDs. Thor Speaking of the latter, at about the halfway mark for Thor, it becomes rather apparent that the inevitable sequel will be great. But, as it stands as a one-off superhero feature film, it was a tad disappointing. Whether, it was the fact that True Blood vampire Alexander Skarsgard (sigh, he’s dreamy) might have made a better God of Thunder than Chris Hemsworth (although, he’s a bit more on the beefcake side of body types), or that Natalie Portman seems to be perpetuating the post-Oscar win acti ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bonnie Tyler
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In 2016 she was honoured by the Lord Mayor of Swansea for Services to Music.
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    Tyler has also recorded vocals for another upcoming Frankie Miller tribute album, produced by David Mackay. "True Love" will be released on Frankie Miller's Double Take on 30 September 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2015, Tyler performed "Circle of Life" from The Lion King on Die schönsten Disney Songs aller Zeiten, a German TV show celebrating numerous popular Disney songs. In September 2015, she appeared on the live NBC show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris performing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Holding Out for a Hero", featuring vocals from Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Scherzinger and Alec Baldwin.
    In March 2016, Tyler's small-scale Greatest Hits Tour was announced by Eventim; eleven shows in Germany, from October to November 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Born into a musical family, Tyler grew up listening to a wide range of musical genres. One of Tyler's earliest musical memories was listening to her mother singing opera music in the family home. Tyler attended church until she was sixteen years old. Her first ever performance was singing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" in church. She was also exposed to the music of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and other 60s bands due to her siblings's musical tastes. Frankie Miller was the first live act that Tyler saw, and she later recorded duets with him. Tyler's two biggest influences from a young age were Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. She cites "River Deep – Mountain High" as being her all-time favourite song. Other artists that influenced Tyler in her youth include Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Meat Loaf, Joe Cocker, Dusty Springfield and Tommy Steele. She has also expressed admiration for contemporary artists such as Guns N' Roses, Anastacia, Toni Braxton, Duffy, Eminem. She has also expressed interest in collaborating with Adele, whom she describes as "a great song writer, singer and performer."
  • 2013
    Tyler also became the first and only representative of the United Kingdom to receive a Eurovision Song Contest Radio award in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details She was also one of the first western artists to tour the Soviet Union. In addition to her music awards, Tyler has received local honours in Wales; including being named freeman of Neath Port Talbot in 2011, and an honorary degree and doctorate from Swansea University in 2013. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
    In 2013, Tyler was presented with the Gold Badge award by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
    More Details Hide Details In 1979, Tyler won the 10th World Popular Song Festival with "Sitting on the Edge of the Ocean", representing the United Kingdom.
    In a 2013 interview, Tyler stated that the farm in New Zealand had been converted to a dairy farm twelve years after they purchased the land.
    More Details Hide Details In the same interview she also stated that she and Sullivan also own a quarry. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "It's a Heartache" have estimated sales of over 6 million units each, and are among the best-selling singles of all time. Tyler's 1976 breakthrough with "Lost in France" led to her nomination for Best British Female Newcomer at the 1977 Brit Awards. In the 1980s, Tyler received nominations for two more Brit Awards, and three Grammy Awards.
    As the patron of The Noah’s Ark Appeal (raising money for the Children's Hospital, Cardiff), Tyler attended the Coral Welsh Grand National in Chepstow, Wales on 28 December 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Tyler performed at a tribute event marking a year since the passing of singer Gary Pickford-Hopkins. The event was held in Swansea on 19 June 2014, where Tyler performed alongside her brother Paul Hopkins.
    She supported Swansea Bay being named the "City of Culture 2017" in November 2013.
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    On 11 June 2013, she nominated the charity for the Pride of Britain Awards.
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    For the 2013 BBC Children in Need charity appeal, Tyler re-recorded "Holding Out for a Hero" for two promotional clips, with the motto 'Be a Hero' to encourage the public in the charity's fundraising campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In Portugal, Tyler was named as the patron of the Guia-based AAG (Animal Charity Association), which helps injured, hungry and distressed street animals through the likes of feeding programmes and veterinary care. In 2014, she endorsed the BUAV's campaign to make it mandatory for animals in testing laboratories to be re-homed. In Wales, Tyler became a supporter and ambassador of Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre in the 1990s.
    In 2013, she re-recorded "Holding Out for a Hero" for the 2013 Children in Need appeal.
    More Details Hide Details On 1 November 2009, Tyler joined artists including Escala, Joss Stone and Bananarama in a charity concert in support of breast cancer research. It was held at the Royal Albert Hall as a fundraiser for Pinktober. The following year, Tyler headlined in a New Zealand charity variety show alongside Leo Sayer. In November 2012, Tyler donated a diamante-studded denim jacket to help raise funds for the at-the-time missing five-year-old April Jones.
    The album was titled in reference to the contrast between Tyler and Vince Gill's voice on their duet "What You Need from Me", which was likened to "rocks and honey". "This Is Gonna Hurt" and "Love Is the Knife" were released as the second and third singles in August and September 2013 respectively, though both songs failed to chart.
    More Details Hide Details Since the release of Rocks and Honey, Tyler spent her time performing at live concerts, and also recorded two new duets. The first was an Italian-English version of "Miserere" with Rhydian Roberts, for his album One Day like This, which was released on 14 April 2014. Tyler was also involved in a tribute project for Scottish singer-songwriter Frankie Miller, put together by British rock singer Spike. The album, called 100% Pure Frankie Miller, contained a duet between Tyler and Spike titled "Fortune." The album was released on 8 September 2014. PlanetMosh described Tyler's voice as the female equivalent to Spike's, and that they sang in "perfect harmony."
    Tyler was announced as the United Kingdom's entrant on 7 March 2013, and was met with a mixed reaction. "Believe in Me" was released on 13 March, and peaked at number 93 in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details As a member of the "Big Five", the United Kingdom automatically qualified to the Eurovision Grand Final on 18 May. Tyler finished in 19th place with 23 points. Reacting to the results, Tyler stated, "I did the best that I could do with a great song," adding, "I'm so glad and so happy that I did it because it was an incredible experience. It was like the Grammy awards all over again." Following the Eurovision Song Contest, Tyler became the first representative for the United Kingdom to receive a Eurovision Song Contest Radio Award. She received the accolades for Best Song and Best Female Singer. Rocks and Honey was released on 6 May 2013 in the United Kingdom, and peaked at number 52 on the UK Albums Chart.
    After hearing the third track "Believe in Me", they asked Tyler to represent the United Kingdom with the song at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Although she was initially reluctant, Tyler accepted, describing Eurovision as "great publicity for my album."
  • 2012
    In early 2012, Tyler began working on her latest album, Rocks and Honey.
    More Details Hide Details She travelled to Nashville, Tennessee in search of material for the album. It was recorded at the Blackbird Studios in Nashville, and produced by David Huff. Tyler sent the album to the BBC ahead of its release for feedback.
  • 2011
    In December 2011, a portrait of Tyler by Rolf Harris, owned by Cathy Sims, was appraised for £50,000 on BBC's Antiques Roadshow.
    More Details Hide Details On 26 September 2011, Sony Music released a compilation entitled Best of 3 CD, which featured two new tracks; a duet with French singer Laura Zen entitled "Amour Éternel (Eternal Flame)," and "Under One Sky," a song written by Paul D. Fitzgerald, the main songwriter on Tyler's 2005 album Wings. The compilation reached No. 36 in France and No. 48 in Belgium. It was first released to French radio stations on 29 August 2011.
    Also in 2011, Tyler won an award at the BMI London Awards for "It's a Heartache" gaining over 3 million airplays on US television and radio since it was first recorded in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared on the Ukrainian version of X Factor as one of the three British guests, alongside Kylie Minogue and Cher Lloyd. She performed "It's a Heartache," "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Holding Out for a Hero."
    In 2011, Tyler appeared on Swedish TV show Kvällen är din ("The Evening Is Yours" in English), singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" with Swedish singer Niklas Paulström.
    More Details Hide Details Tyler also performed "It's a Heartache." She also made a guest appearance in the music video "Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)," a parody of the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys song "Empire State of Mind" for the BBC's Comic Relief charity.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    She also recorded another new version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" with the Welsh male voice choir Only Men Aloud! for their second album Band of Brothers, which was released in October 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In the following year, Tyler appeared in a television advertisement for MasterCard singing a parody of "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Tyler performed in Australia at the end of October as a supporting guest for Robin Gibb. Both Gibb and Tyler received negative reviews after their concerts, with Tyler being criticised for her lack of command and a voice that "failed her." Her concert in Wellington was similarly critical, "the guitars were dialed back to 1983 – and stayed there for the entire evening," and the new tracks Tyler performed were described as sub-standard.
    In 2009, it was announced by Mal Pope that he had recruited Tyler to perform the title track to his self-written musical, Cappuccino Girls, which would tour in Wales in the following months.
    More Details Hide Details She performed the title song on the opening night in the Grand Theatre, Swansea. Soon after, she made a guest appearance in Hollyoaks Later, (the late night edition of the British Channel 4 teen soap Hollyoaks, in which she sang her hit "Holding Out for a Hero" with one of the characters.
  • 2006
    Between the release of her fifteenth and sixteenth studio albums, Tyler's work consisted of one-off recordings, releasing a handful of compilation albums and appearing on television. In September 2006, Tyler made her first appearance on US television in years, as she sang a duet of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" with actress Lucy Lawless on the American show Celebrity Duets.
    More Details Hide Details At the same approximate time, she collaborated with the punk group BabyPinkStar to record a new version of the same song. In the following year, a new Greatest Hits collection, From the Heart: Greatest Hits, was released. The compilation reached No. 2 in the Irish album charts and No. 31 in the UK. She also appeared in an episode of the British TV game show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
  • 2005
    Tyler was awarded with a Steiger Award in Dortmund, Germany in 2005 – a lifetime achievement award for her success in the music business.
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    For her birthday in 2005, Tyler and her French band performed in La Cigale, Paris, and in Zaragosa, Spain, before an audience of 100,000 people.
    More Details Hide Details The concerts were filmed and brought together to be released on a CD (Bonnie Tyler Live) and DVD (Bonnie on Tour) in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Wings was re-released in the United Kingdom in 2006 under the title Celebrate, though the album again failed to chart. Reviews of the album reflected the success of the album, regarding it as a herald that Tyler "should be re-teaming with a producer of Jim Steinman's caliber to bring out the best in her inimitable voice," and that the album content fell short of her previous work in the 1980s.
    With her main songwriting team consisting of herself, Paul D. Fitzgerald and Karen Drotar, they crafted two singles, "Louise" and "Celebrate," neither of which were commercially successful when the album was released in mid-2005.
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  • 2004
    Both "Si demain " and "Si tout s'arrête" were included on Tyler's 2004 album, Simply Believe.
    More Details Hide Details Stuart Emerson also worked on the album, composing six of the tracks, two of which were re-recordings from Tyler's Free Spirit album from 1995. "For the first time in my whole career, I'm more involved than ever before," Tyler said when interviewed about her fifteenth studio album, Wings. As the first time she became actively involved in the songwriting process of one of her albums, Wings marked a shift in Tyler's career, focusing on mainstream pop music.
    Tyler and Antonn released a second hit single, "Si tout s'arrête (It's A Heartache)," in 2004.
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  • 2003
    Tyler accepted, and the track was released in December 2003.
    More Details Hide Details It went to number 1 in France, holding the top position for ten weeks, as well as Belgium and Poland, selling over 500,000 copies in France. The success of the single was considered to be Tyler's comeback in France, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from music critics.
    Also in 2003, French vocalist Kareen Antonn sent Tyler a demo recording of Antonn singing a French arrangement of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", entitled "Si demain," requesting to duet with her.
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  • 2002
    In 2002, Tyler began working on her thirteenth studio album, Heart Strings.
    More Details Hide Details EMI approached her with the idea of recording a cover album with an orchestra and Tyler's band. She selected thirteen songs by artists such as U2, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen. The songs were arranged by composers Nick Ingman and Karl Jenkins, and performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Heart Strings was released on 18 March 2003, and was followed by a tour in Germany. The album charted in Europe, reaching the Top 50 in five countries.
  • 2001
    Through her husband, Tyler is related to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and attended her wedding to Michael Douglas in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1988, Tyler and her husband have owned a five-bedroom home in Albufeira in the Algarve. Tyler had recorded one of her albums there in the late 1970s, and the couple had spent the better part of the year there. In 2005, Tyler was filmed in the Algarve for a short Polish entertainment TV show called Zacisze gwiazd, which explores the houses of actors and musicians. Tyler and Sullivan have invested in real estate—as of a 1999 interview, they owned farmland in Portugal and New Zealand, 22 houses in Royal Berkshire and London, and 65 stables offering horse boarding services.
    On 14 September 2001, Tyler released Greatest Hits, a compilation album containing seventeen tracks.
    More Details Hide Details The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 18, and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 60,000 units. Greatest Hits reached the Top 10 in a further five European countries.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Also in 1998, Tyler recorded "Tyre Tracks and Broken Hearts" for the concept album Whistle Down the Wind, a musical which premiered in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In the following year, Tyler recorded "Is Anybody There?" for Rick Wakeman's Return to the Centre of the Earth album, a sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974).
  • 1997
    Returning to Germany in 1997, Tyler recorded "He's the King" for the German film Der König von St. Pauli.
    More Details Hide Details Tyler appeared in the film performing the song in a casino. The single was released in December 1997, reaching number ninety-five in Germany. Success proved to halt at this point, with the album All in One Voice and its second single "Heaven" failing to chart worldwide.
  • 1996
    Their reunion saw the release of "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," of which her version narrowly missed the UK Top 40 in January 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The single featured Tyler's mother's operatic vocals on the intro to the song. Free Spirit was released in 1995, in Europe by EastWest and in the U.S. by Atlantic Records. The album was re-released in 1996, with the addition of the song "Limelight," which was used as the official song of the German Olympic Team. AllMusic stated that "several songs on this album rate about average, but there are several shining moments which should have brought this set, from such an engaging singer, much more attention than the minimal it received."
  • 1994
    In October 1994, Tyler released a final compilation album with Hansa entitled Comeback: Single Collection '90–'94, featuring the single "Back Home."
    More Details Hide Details Neither the compilation nor the single saw any chart success. AllMusic gave the compilation a star rating of two out of five. Tyler's conctract with Hansa Records expired at the end of the year. Dieter Bohlen took Tyler's exit from Hansa Records "very personally," describing her next album as "one of the most expensive flops in the history of EastWest Records." It was with EastWest that she recorded Free Spirit, a critically acclaimed album which became her first U.S. release since Hide Your Heart in 1988. Prolific producers such as David Foster and Humberto Gatica were involved in the production of this record, as well as Jim Steinman.
    Tyler received the Goldene Europa Award and won Best International Female Vocalist at the Echo Awards in 1994.
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  • 1993
    In January 1993, Tyler's old record company Columbia Records released The Very Best of Bonnie Tyler.
    More Details Hide Details Tyler believed that the compilation was released to compete with her newly recorded work. Allmusic described it as "a great collection." The Very Best of Bonnie Tyler was certified Platinum by the BMVI. The third and final album under Hansa, Silhouette in Red, was released in October 1993. Success with this album was less widespread in Europe, though it was still certified Platinum in Norway. The songwriting team was as condensed as on Angel Heart, as Bohlen wrote twelve of the fifteen songs. The final track, "You Won't See Me Cry," was co-written by Lee Morris and Tyler's own brother Paul Hopkins. She also recorded the Joe Cocker song "You Are So Beautiful." In Angel Heart and Silhouette in Red, Bohlen cited his songwriting credits under the pseudonyms of Steve Benson, Jennifer Blake and Howard Houston. AllMusic opined that Tyler's influences (Janis Joplin and Tina Turner) "often shine through on this hard to find album." The album was followed up with the Silhouette in Red Tour in Europe.
    Tyler's success with Angel Heart led to her several awards and nominations, including a Bravo Otto award in Germany, and an Echo Award for best pop/rock singer of 1993.
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  • 1991
    Tyler signed a recording contract with Hansa Records, releasing her eighth album Bitterblue on 11 November 1991.
    More Details Hide Details AllMusic described the album as "a pleasant collection of pop songs." They also stated that the album started a "much more mainstream and less bombastic" direction in Tyler's career. But Billboard criticised the album, stating that the "bombastic production, with a rush of bagpipes and a choir of chirping children at the forefront, overpower Tyler's distinctive raspy voice." Working on the record alongside Bohlen were songwriters and producers such as Giorgio Moroder, Albert Hammond and Nik Kershaw. The album's lead single, "Bitterblue," was a success in continental Europe, receiving an award for "Catchy Song of the Year" from RSH-GOLD in Germany. The album was certified 4× Platinum in Norway for sales of over 200,000. It sold a further 250,000 copies in Germany. Combining all the album's certifications, Bitterblue has sold over half a million copies since its release, but failed to chart in her native UK.
    German producer and songwriter Dieter Bohlen contacted Tyler in 1991, proposing a collaboration.
    More Details Hide Details Initially reluctant, Bohlen convinced her, arguing that "will just have to be a bit more commercial."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Also in 1988, Tyler played the voice of Polly Garter in George Martin's production of Under Milk Wood, a radio drama by Dylan Thomas.
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    As part of the UK Hide Your Heart Tour in 1988, Tyler performed at the Reading Festival among acts such as Meat Loaf and Jefferson Starship.
    More Details Hide Details Both Tyler and Meat Loaf were subject to audience abuse, as bottles were hurled at them during their acts. Meat Loaf cut his performance short after suffering an injury, though Tyler managed to complete her set and encouraged the audience to sing along to "It's a Heartache."
    Tyler released one more album with Columbia Records in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details It was released under the name Hide Your Heart in Europe, and Notes From America in the United States. Prolific songwriters for the album included Michael Bolton, Albert Hammond and Desmond Child, who also produced the album. The album enjoyed some success in continental Europe, but only peaked at #78 in the UK and failed to chart in the United States. The singles from Hide Your Heart were minor hits for Tyler, but went on to be major hits for other artists, including Kiss (with "Hide Your Heart"), Robin Beck, Cher and Freda Payne (with "Save Up All Your Tears") and Tina Turner with "The Best." When looking back over this era, Desmond Child said: Bonnie Tyler is one of the greatest singers on Earth. Why? Because she comes to the studio prepared. I've never even seen her use a lyric sheet to sing. She comes with the song memorized, so when she stands there and sings, she closes her eyes. She's in a sacred space and you feel that. You can say a lot of things about Bonnie Tyler, but you cannot say she does not feel her music.
  • 1985
    Despite not entering the Top 75 in the United Kingdom or the United States, Tyler was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1985 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Tyler continued to work with Jim Steinman for her sixth studio album, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. He worked as the executive producer, and penned four songs for it including its most successful single "Holding Out for a Hero". The song was originally released in 1984 as part of the soundtrack to Footloose. The album was a chart success in Europe, but failed to significantly impact the American charts, only reaching number 106 on the Billboard 200. Reviews were generally negative, with Steinman's production being described as "over indulgent." Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire became Tyler's last album to chart in the United States, and contained her last charting U.S. single "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)". In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number 24.
  • 1984
    In 1984, Tyler recorded "Here She Comes" for the restoration version of the sci-fi film Metropolis.
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  • 1983
    She was invited to his New York apartment three weeks later, where he presented her with "Total Eclipse of the Heart", a song which became a trans-Atlantic number 1 hit in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details It was pulled from the RIAA Platinum-certified Faster Than the Speed of Night. Bonnie received two Grammy Award nominations - for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (given to Irene Cara and Pat Benatar). Faster Than the Speed of Night entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1, and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) with sales of over 60,000 copies. In the United States, the album was certified Platinum, with over half a million copies sold.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Tyler won the competition with the song "Sitting on the Edge of the Ocean," written by Scott and Wolfe. "I Believe in Your Sweet Love" was also released in 1979, and listed as a single of the week in 1979 by Record Mirror upon its release.
    More Details Hide Details Both singles featured on Tyler's final studio album with RCA. Goodbye to the Island was released in 1981, recorded in the Algarve, Portugal. AllMusic rated the album three stars out of five, with other critics predicting that Tyler was "doomed to be a one-hit wonder." Phil Hendricks from Cherry Records said that Tyler "proved time and time again that she was one of those rare artists who was able to take the odd chart flop on the chin and bounce back having suffered little collateral damage." After four albums with RCA, Tyler wanted a change in musical style. David Aspden succeeded Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe as her manager, and after seeing Meat Loaf performing on The Old Grey Whistle Test, she sought out Jim Steinman as her producer. Steinman requested for Tyler to send some of her previous albums for him to listen to. Though he was not impressed by the music she had recorded, he saw potential in her voice.
    Tyler's first tour of Japan took place in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details During her visit, she represented the United Kingdom in the World Popular Song Festival held in Tokyo.
    Tyler's third studio album, Diamond Cut, was released in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Most of the songs were, again, written and produced by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe. The album was described as "a charmer," but was said to lack "blockbuster" hits like "It's a Heartache." Diamond Cut was a hit in Norway and Sweden, but it only charted on the Billboard 200 at number 145. AllMusic declared the album to be the high point of Tyler's early career, "and a dynamite showcase for Tyler's inimitable voice." Record Mirror rated the album three stars out of five, stating that "only a minority of the material was holding her back," and that the album is "essential listening" for Country music fans. Two singles were released from Diamond Cut; those were "My Guns Are Loaded" and "Too Good to Last." Tyler also released "(The World Is Full of) Married Men," which was used as the theme song for the film of the same name. Tyler appears in the film singing the song during the title sequence. It peaked at number thirty-five on the UK Singles Chart in July 1979. Record Mirror criticised the song; its reviewer wrote: "Bonnie stops chewing gravel for a minute or two " and continued with "she ends up sandpapering my eardrums again. Ouch."
  • 1978
    Her second studio album Natural Force, released in the same year, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with sales of over half a million copies. "Here Am I" was released as a third single in the spring of 1978, but the song failed to sustain her success in the United Kingdom and the United States, though it charted in other European countries.
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    "It's a Heartache" saw Tyler return to prominence again in 1978, reaching number 4 in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details The song also became her first hit in the United States, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1977
    Tyler's next single "More Than a Lover" was favoured by some critics, and she performed the song on the BBC's Top of the Pops on 31 March 1977.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number 27 in the UK. Despite producing two popular singles, Tyler's debut album, The World Starts Tonight, proved unsuccessful in Europe, except in Sweden, where it climbed to number 2. The death of Elvis Presley also impacted Tyler's inability to make another breakthrough. RCA's promotional capabilities were diverted, causing her next single "Heaven" to fizzle out.
  • 1976
    Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe became her managers, songwriters and producers. "My! My! Honeycomb" was released as her debut single in April 1976, and failed to impact any charts worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details RCA increased their promotional efforts for the release of Tyler's second single, "Lost in France", arranging for her to meet with a party of journalists at a French château. The single had no immediate impact upon its release in September 1976, but became a Top 10 single by the end of the year.
  • 1975
    In 1975, Davis was spotted singing with her band in the Townsman Club, Swansea, by talent scout Roger Bell.
    More Details Hide Details He invited Davis to London to record a demo track. After many months had passed, she received a phone call from RCA Records, offering her a recording contract. They also recommended that she change her name again. After compiling a list of surnames and Christian names from a newspaper, Davis found a new name in "Bonnie Tyler".
  • 1973
    Tyler married property developer Robert Sullivan on 14 July 1973.
    More Details Hide Details They have no children; Tyler miscarried when she was aged 39. Some of Tyler's siblings are also musicians. Her brother Paul is lead singer of a local Swansea band Sunshine Cab Co. Tyler co-wrote a number of B-sides with Paul in the 1980s and 1990s. He also wrote a track for her 1998 album All in One Voice. Tyler's sister Avis came runner-up in the All Winners broadcast of New Faces in 1976. She released the single "Lies" in 1988, and featured on Mal Pope's musical soundtrack of Cappuccino Girls in 2010.
  • OTHER
  • 1951
    Born on June 8, 1951.
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