Bryan Adams
Canadian rock singer-songwriter
Bryan Adams
Bryan Guy Adams, OC, OBC is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer. For his contributions to music, Adams has many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, and American Music awards.
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Celebrities Mourn George Michael After News Of His Death
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Iconic pop singer George Michael died on Sunday at the age of 53.  “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” his publicist told the BBC in a statement. News of his death was met with an outpouring of emotion as celebrities and those who knew him took to Twitter to express their grief.  Paul on George Michael: https://t.co/t7vu2Hyjey pic.twitter.com/ZBq0VsTatB — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 26, 2016 I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. RIP @GeorgeMichael pic.twitter.com/1LnZk8o82m — Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 26, 2016 I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016 Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, h ...
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Why Bad Recruitment is Crushing Your Brand and Costing You Millions - And What You Can Do About It
The Huffington Post - 5 months
Bryan Adams, CEO and Founder, Ph.Attraction More...
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Jack White joins other musicians who dabble in photography
Yahoo News - 8 months
Jack White, and his music label Third Man Records, teamed with The Impossible Project -- an initiative that produces self-developing film in the wake of Polaroid's film extinction. Putting the company's signature I-1 instant camera to use, White snapped photos of clowns, Mick Jagger, and even a few self-portraits. While Bryan Adams might be the other name that comes to mind for combining music and camerawork, we take a look at four other musicians who have on occasion exchanged musical instruments for photographic ones.
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6 Habits of a Delusional Marketer
Huffington Post - 9 months
By Bryan Adams, Founder & CEO at Ph.Creative Marketers are creatures of habit. With their own ideas of campaign maintenance and an internal view of how the industry should work, marketers often overlook powerful ways to produce meaningful and effective content. Just ask the under fire bosses at BHS and Austin reed who are reeling from their much publicised collapse. This situation epitomises a stark truth: failing to remain relevant to your customers can result in meltdown. Ultimately, the inquest doesn’t start and finish with the marketing department, but you’d be hard pressed to find a failing brand that genuinely resonates with its consumers.  To rub further salt in the wound, this was an avoidable outcome. Marketers have an uncanny ability of falling through the same trapdoors time and again. In this article, you’ll find six damaging habits that marketers repeat over and over. As the saying goes, “In every mistake there is the potential for growth.” L ...
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No, I Won't Smile
Huffington Post - 9 months
Dear Well-Meaning Stranger in the Grocery Store, No, I won't smile. Thank you for asking. But right now I am going through something. I'm the kind of depressed where I feel like a stranger in my own skin. See I was already feeling kind of good. Getting out the door was an incontestable victory for me. And your insisting that I smile is reminding me of how far I still have to go. Being in this store is hard enough. I feel like an alien in this land of soft rock and small talk. I'd much rather be on my home planet, the one where I wear pajama bottoms and a sweatshirt with the hood pulled up tight, listening to Sia all day. But I am here and trying as hard as I can despite the difficulties that will arise. Let's not add smiling like an idiot to my grocery list. In the juice aisle I will hear a song by Bryan Adams that sticks in my throat like a blade, and I will fake a cough to push the choked-up feeling away while my children select cereals and a blue raspberry drink. But by ...
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Cirque du Soleil joins boycott of North Carolina over transgender bathroom law
LATimes - 10 months
Cirque du Soleil has joined Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams and others in boycotting North Carolina over the state's controversial "bathroom" law that would affect transgender people. The Montreal company famous for its colorful, acrobatic extravaganzas said Friday that it is canceling...
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Billy Ray Cyrus Joins Miley In 'Taking A Stand' Against Anti-LGBT Laws
Huffington Post - 11 months
Billy Ray Cyrus has joined his daughter, Miley Cyrus, in expressing his own distaste for the anti-LGBT laws that have been passed in North Carolina, Mississippi and, more recently, Tennessee.   The 54-year-old country crooner mentioned Miley, as well as rocker Bryan Adams, for "taking a stand" on the controversial new laws that harbor discriminatory practices against the LGBT community in a post on his official Facebook page Monday. Adams had also announced Monday that he was canceling his April 14 performance at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi in the wake of the state's "Religious Liberty” bill.  Billy Ray Cyrus wrote the following on Facebook:  Billy Ray Cyrus's statement comes just days after Miley Cyrus offered similar sentiments on both her Instagram and Twitter. The 23-year-old star re-tweeted a link to a blog post written by Chase Strangio, who is an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney, that condemned the anti-LGBT laws.  ...
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Singer Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show to protest same-sex law
Reuters.com - 11 months
(Reuters) - Canadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns.
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Bryan Adams goes retro with 'Get Up' album
Reuters.com - over 1 year
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams says his new album, "Get Up," is the ideal follow-up record to his iconic "Reckless" album of 30 years ago.
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Bryan Adams goes retro with 'Get Up' album
Reuters.com - over 1 year
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is back with a new album "Get Up" which he hopes will emulate the success of his album "Reckless" 30 years ago. Rollo Ross reports.
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Bryan Adams in Concert, Internationally Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter In an Evening of Rock Classics, Coming to THIRTEEN's Great Performances in March on PBS
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Adams current album, Tracks of My Years, is his first studio release in six years, and features a wide range of musical styles reflective of a time when rock was played alongside pop, country and R&B.   Great Performances captures Adams in peak performance during his current world tour, performing favorites from the new album as well as his own chart-topping hits. The performance – including "Here I Am," "Summer of '69," "Heaven," and "Straight from the Heart" -- was filmed at Toronto's Elgin Theater in July 2014, and marks the singer's PBS debut.
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Review: One Direction rocks out on 'Midnight'
USA Today - over 3 years
Shades of The Who, Bryan Adams and Steve Miller lurk in these grooves.
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Priyanka Chopra, The New Guess Girl, 'Honored' To Be Brand's First Indian Model
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Say hello to the new Guess girl: Priyanka Chopra. The Bollywood star and former Miss World has been tapped by the brand to front its Holiday 2013 campaign, making Chopra the first Indian Guess girl. "I'm like their first brown model," Chopra told Women's Wear Daily. "For a global fashion brand, for them to move their campaign into a global space, for me it's an honor." The stunning black-and-white photos, shot by Bryan Adams, feature Chopra sporting Guess' signature teased hair, cat eyeliner and sexy clothes in a Mediterranean villa. Translation: The campaign is an instant classic, bringing to mind the ads of Claudia Schiffer and Anna Nicole Smith, Chopra's predecessors. Chopra said she was hand-selected by Paul Marciano, Guess' president, after he met her and immediately dubbed her the new Sophia Loren. Since Marciano's last model of choice, Kate Upton, has become the poster child for glamorous bombshell beauty, we have no doubt that Chopra will be the name on everybody's lips c ...
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Cool Jobs: Paul McCartney's Drummer Edition!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Abe Laboriel, Jr. Lives The Dream I've been contributing to The Huffington Post for a few years now, and I've written about all kinds of different things, generally in the arts & culture space, that capture my attention. The most enjoyable pieces for me by far have been the ones that involve me interviewing people who do interesting things for a living. From the Quirky Young Mortician to the '80s Hair Metal Icon to the Infamous Madam, to the Best Friends Who Are So Cute And Funny They Got A TV Show, I get such a thrill out of being able to get and provide glimpses into the worlds and minds of truly interesting people who do truly interesting things for a living. And I want to do more of it. I've made a list of people I want to talk to and learn more about -- and it's really, really going to be awesome. What's more, as I set out to do each piece, I'll be asking my Twitter followers to submit their questions as well and will integrate the best of those into the interviews, as I'v ...
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Free Pussy Riot
Amnesty International - over 3 years
18 July 2013 Urge the Russian Authorities to release the Nadya and Masha immediately. Seven members of the Russian band Pussy Riot, Russian Federation, January 2012. © Игорь Мухин More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week by signing an open letter calling for their release. Join them and sign the petition below. OPEN LETTER Dear Masha and Nadia, As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, we are writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know that there were many other young people who have suffer ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bryan Adams
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    He has won 3 Lead Awards in Germany for his fashion photography, most recently in October 2015 for his story in Helmut Berger, and previously in June 2012 and again in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Other photographic endeavours include founding the art fashion Zoo Magazine, based in Berlin, Germany for which he shoots regularly. His first book of photos was released by Steidl in October 2012 titled Exposed. Previous published collaborations include; American Women June 2005, for Calvin Klein in the United States; proceeds from this book went to Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for their breast cancer research for programs, and Made in Canada December 1999 for Flare Magazine in Canada; proceeds went to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Both books were dedicated to his friend Donna, who died of the disease. As a photographer, Adams has worked with many of his musical peers, including Lana Del Rey, Jared Leto, t.A.T.u. The Who, Sting, Shania Twain, Mick Jagger, Rammstein, Arcade Fire, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Take That, Joss Stone, Plácido Domingo, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, Billy Idol, Moby, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Lenny Kravitz, Die Antwoord, Boy George, John Newman, Vanessa Paradis, Michael Bublé, Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts, Anastacia, Gilberto Gil and Morrissey.
    On 7 September 2015, it was announced that Adams would be performing at the 2015 AFL Grand Final, along with English singer Ellie Goulding and American musician Chris Isaak.
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    Adams released his first album of all new material in seven years on 16 October 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The album, titled Get Up, was co-written with longtime collaborator Jim Vallance and produced by Jeff Lynne.
    Adams works as a photographer as well as musician. On 16 September 2015 he was given an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in London for his work in photography.
    More Details Hide Details Adams has been published in British Vogue, L'uomo Vogue, American Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, British GQ, Esquire, Interview magazine and i-D, among others, and shot advertising and PR campaigns for the likes of Hugo Boss, Guess Jeans, Sand, Converse, Montblanc, John Richmond, Fred Perry, Escada, Gaastra, Zeiss, Joop and OPEL cars in Germany.
  • 2014
    Age 54
    In July 2014, Adams filmed Bryan Adams in Concert for the American program Great Performances on PBS.
    More Details Hide Details It was recorded at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto and first shown on American Public Television on 2 March 2015.
    On 13 July 2014, Adams presented a live concert on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Adams was moved by the crowd and mentioned: "Quebec City is the Capital of music and artists."
    On 30 September 2014, Adams released a new album titled Tracks of My Years.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached #1 on the Canadian album chart. The album contains cover songs and one original song co-written with Jim Vallance.
    In an interview on 18 March 2014, Adams revealed that he has signed a contract with Verve Records in the US.
    More Details Hide Details With one album celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Reckless, a new album of covers.
  • 2013
    Age 53
    They announced the birth of their second daughter Lula Rosylea Grimaldi-Adams on 14 February 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Adams has homes in Chelsea, London, and Paris. Studio albums
    In 2013, he wrote and sang on "After All" with Michael Bublé from his album To Be Loved.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    In July 2012, Adams was featured as the voice of the lead character of a dog called Jock, in the animated South African film Jock of the Bushveld.
    More Details Hide Details He also co-wrote and sang two of the main songs: "Way Oh" and "By Your Side". The American released of the film was retitled "Jock the Hero dog".
  • 2011
    Age 51
    On 20 November 2011, Adams performed "When You're Gone" on the TV show The X Factor in the UK with the remaining acts in the competition.
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    On 19 November 2011, Adams co-wrote and recorded the dance music single/video for the Loverush UK! single "Tonight in Babylon" in Southwark, London..
    More Details Hide Details This song was also recorded/released on his Bare Bones Sydney Opera House video.
    He performed at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cricket World Cup on 17 February 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and also performed in a solo concert in the next day.
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    On 19 February 2011, Adams and his band played in Kathmandu, which was organized by ODC Network and made him the first ever international artist to perform in Nepal.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    In November 2010, Adams released the acoustic album Bare Bones.
    More Details Hide Details It was recorded live at various locations on his "Bare Bones Tour" earlier in the year. It was certified gold in India a year later.
    On 12 February 2010, Adams performed a duet with Nelly Furtado. The song was called "Bang the Drum" and was co-written with Jim Vallance for the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
    More Details Hide Details The ceremony was held indoors at BC Place Stadium. Adams performed at Wayne Gretzky's final game in 1999 at Madison Square Garden, when Gretzky then played for the New York Rangers. Adams then sang the Canadian national anthem and ad-libbed a line to acknowledge Gretzky's departure, singing, "We're gonna miss you Wayne Gretzky." Adams was one of several well-known Canadian musicians to visit Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his official residence. Originally the visit was meant to be Adams's plea to the Prime Minister to change the archaic copyright laws, instead Harper turned it into a photo opportunity for himself and an informal "jam session".
    In February 2010, Adams released "One World, One Flame".
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    In December 2009, he co-wrote, produced and performed the song "You've Been a Friend to Me" for the Disney film Old Dogs.
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    Adams was one of the four musicians who were pictured on the second series of the Canadian Recording Artist Series to be issued by Canada Post stamps on 2 July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The total estimated number of Adams stamps that were printed is one and one-half million.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    Adams released his eleventh album internationally on 17 March 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It was appropriately called 11. The album was released in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail stores on 13 May 2008. The first single released from the album was "I Thought I'd Seen Everything". Adams did an 11-day, 11-country European acoustic promotional tour to kick off the release of the album. The album debuted at number one in Canada (making it his first album to reach that position since Waking Up the Neighbours in 1991) as well as reaching number two in Germany. In the United States, the album charted at number 80.
  • 2007
    Age 47
    In addition to his success at the Junos and Grammys and other music awards, Adams was also nominated for his fifth Golden Globe in 2007 for songwriting on the film Bobby which was sung by Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige, and has been nominated three times for Academy Awards for writing music in film.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia.
    Adams supports the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) by shooting photos for them and writing letters. He wrote to the CEO of KFC restaurants in Canada in November 2007, asking them to become leaders in using more modern and more humane methods of killing chickens.
    More Details Hide Details Adams has been a vegan since 1989. On 14 September 2014, Adams was the first artist to sing at the Invictus Games organised by Prince Harry in East London. Prince Harry reciprocated by attending Adams's exhibition on Wounded soldiers in London.
    In 2007, he co-wrote two songs "A Place for Us" and "Another Layer" for the Disney film Bridge to Terabithia.
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    On 29 January 2006, Adams became the first Western artist to perform in Karachi, Pakistan after the 11 September attacks, in conjunction with a benefit concert by Shehzad Roy to raise money for underprivileged children to go to school.
    More Details Hide Details Some of the proceeds of that concert also went to victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake. On 18 October 2007, Adams was billed to perform in Tel Aviv and Jericho as part of the OneVoice Movement concerts, hoping to aid in solving the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The peace concert for supporters of a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel was called off because of security concerns. Adams became a vegan at the age of 29, originally for health reasons, but advocated for animal rights. During his tours of 1992–1994, Adams successfully campaigned for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Greenpeace Chairman David McTaggart. The two of them distributed over 500,000 postcards at concerts around the world encouraging people to write to politicians of countries blocking the vote, encouraging them to vote "yes" for the creation of the sanctuary at the meetings of the International Whaling Commission. IWC officially created the sanctuary on 26 May 1994.
    In 2006, Adams co-wrote and performed the theme song "Never Let Go" which was featured in the closing credits of the film The Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.
    More Details Hide Details Adams also co-wrote the song "Never Gonna Break My Faith" for the film Bobby. The song was performed by the R&B singers Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige and earned him a Golden Globe Nomination in 2007.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    Also in 2005, Adams re-recorded the theme song for the second season of Pamela's Fox sitcom Stacked.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    In 2004, ARC Weekly released its chart of top pop artists since the last 25 years and Adams came up at number 13 in the chart with four number-one singles, ten top five hits and 17 top ten hits.
    More Details Hide Details Six years after the release of On a Day Like Today, Room Service was released in September 2004. It topped the charts in Germany and Switzerland and peaked at number four in the UK, selling 440,000 copies in its first week in Europe and thus debuted at number one on Billboards European album chart. The single, "Open Road", was the most successful single from the album and peaked at number one in Canada and number twenty-one in the UK. In May 2008, the album was also released in the US but charted only at number 134 on the Billboard 200. In 2005, Anthology, the first 2-disc compilation was released, containing two new tracks. The US release features a new version of "When You're Gone", a duet with Pamela Anderson.
  • 2002
    Age 42
    In 2002, Adams co-wrote and performed the songs for the DreamWorks animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
    More Details Hide Details The songs were included on the film's soundtrack. The most successful single from the soundtrack was "Here I Am", a British Top 5 and German Top 20 hit. The song also gave him his fourth Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Song from a Motion Picture.
  • 2000
    Age 40
    In 2000, Adams co-wrote and sang on the number one song for Chicane's album Behind the Sun called "Don't Give Up".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 38
    On a Day Like Today was released in 1998 and the release coincided with his contract being sold to Interscope Records.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Interscope's involvement or lack of, On a Day Like Today enjoyed tremendous success internationally, entering the Top 5 in Germany and was certified platinum in the UK. It generated two British Top 10 singles: "Cloud Number Nine" and "When You're Gone", which featured Melanie C of The Spice Girls. In 1990, Adams voiced the evil rat henchman Hoodwink in the Canadian children's animated television special The Real Story of the Three Little Kittens which was created and produced for The Real Story of (a.k.a. Favorite Songs) anthology series. It was first broadcast on CTV Television Network in Canada and later on HBO in USA. To commemorate the millennium, Adams released The Best of Me, his most comprehensive collection of songs at that time, which also included two new songs, the title track "The Best of Me" and the UK number 1 track "Don't Give Up". The album reached the Top 10 in Germany and was certified three times platinum in Canada and Platinum in the UK. The single from the album, "The Best of Me" was a successful hit with the exception of the US, where neither the single or the album were released by Interscope Records.
  • 1997
    Age 37
    In December 1997, Adams released MTV Unplugged with three new tracks: "Back to You", "A Little Love" and "When You Love Someone". "Back to You" was the first single, followed by "I'm Ready", an acoustic version of the Cut's Like A Knife track.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a top 10 success in Germany while both singles reached the top 20 in the UK.
  • 1996
    Age 36
    In 1996, Adams joined Don Henley on stage with a Duet at Live at Honors, Everybody Knows.
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    On 27 July 1996, Adams performed his second sold-out Wembley Stadium in London in front of a crowd of approximately 70,000.
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    In November 1993, Adams released a compilation album entitled So Far So Good, that again topped the Charts in numerous countries such as the UK, Germany and Australia.
    More Details Hide Details It included a brand new song called "Please Forgive Me", that became another number 1 single in Australia as well as reaching the Top 3 in the US, the UK and Germany. It was followed in 1995 by, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? " (song released from the Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie Don Juan DeMarco). It was number 1 in the US and Australia as well as a Top 5 hit in the UK and Germany. In June 1996 the album 18 til I Die was released. It contained the three singles including two UK Top 10 singles "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me" and "Lets Make a Night to Remember" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? ". The album peaked at number thirty-one on the Billboard 200 in the United States and held that position for three weeks. It was far more successful in Europe and Australia reaching the top spot on the UK charts for Adams's third number 1 in a row. The album has been certified platinum in the United States by the RIAA. 18 til I Die was certified three times platinum in Canada and Australia and two times platinum in the UK.
    In 1993 he collaborated with Rod Stewart and Sting for the single "All for Love" co-written by Adams for the Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie Three Musketeers.
    More Details Hide Details The single topped the charts worldwide.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    The tour continued through several European countries in June 1992, including Italy, Germany, Holland and Scandinavia, and in July 1992, Adams performed for the first time in Hungary and Turkey (where he filmed his video for "Do I Have To Say The Words?
    More Details Hide Details "). The USA tour continued from September through December 1993. February 1993 was the Asian leg of the tour including Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong and then straight back to the US to tour from March - May 1993
    February 1992, Adams toured New Zealand and Australia for seven dates—kicking off with a press conference in Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details On the 21 February, the tour headed to Japan for approximately a dozen shows in six cities.
    For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, three Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated five times for Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films. Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world. Adams was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2011 and Canada's Walk of Fame, Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1998., and in April 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada's Juno Awards. In 2008, Adams was ranked 38th on the list of All-Time top artists in the Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts. On 13 January 2010, he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his part in numerous charitable concerts and campaigns during his career, and on 1 May 2010 was given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    The album won many awards including a Grammy Award in 1991 for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television.
    More Details Hide Details July 6, 1991 was the start off of the "Waking Up the World" tour which went on until 1993. The first concert was at Milton Keynes festival with ZZTop. Adams played whirlwind tour brought him to places many Western artists had never played, India, Egypt, Portugal, Vietnam, Reykjavík, Iceland to name a few. On the 13 January 1992, the Canadian leg of the tour kicked off in Sydney, Nova Scotia and wrapped up with a standing room only concert in Vancouver, Canada, on 31 January.
    On the 24 September 1991, Adams released the album Waking Up the Neighbours.
    More Details Hide Details Co-produced by Adams and Mutt Lange, it topped the charts around the world including number 1 in both the UK and Germany and number 6 on the Billboard 200. The album featured four singles including "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", that also featured in the motion picture Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and spent 16 consecutive weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. That was followed by "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" which peaked at number 2 in the USA, "Do I Have to Say the Words? " reached number 11, and in the UK, "Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven" was the second most successful single reaching the Top 10.
  • 1990
    Age 30
    On April 20, 1990, Adams was made a Member of the Order of Canada; and on May 6, 1998, was promoted within the order to the rank of Officer of the Order of Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Adams is also a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 25
    His first high-profile charity appearance came in 1985 when he opened the US transmission of Live Aid from Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details In June of the next year, Adams participated in the two-week Amnesty International "A Conspiracy of Hope" tour alongside Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel. In 1986, Adams performed at The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert in Wembley Arena to celebrate first 10 years of the Trust and again in June 1987 at the 5th Annual Prince's Trust Rock Gala along with Elton John, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others. The following year Adams performed at the Nelson Mandela birthday party concert at Wembley Stadium. Adams helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall when, in 1990, he joined many other guests (including his songwriting partner Michael Kamen) for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin, Germany. He performed the Pink Floyd songs "What Shall We Do Now?" and "Young Lust" during the performance of The Wall, and then joined Waters, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison, Paul Carrack and others to perform Waters' "The Tide Is Turning" to close the concert.
    In 1985, Adams worked on Roger Daltrey's sixth solo album Under a Raging Moon, which was a tribute album to The Who's former drummer Keith Moon who died in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Adams co wrote two tracks for the album those being: "Let Me Down Easy" and "Rebel". The track "Let Me Down Easy" was a Top 15 Hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks and featured Adams playing guitar and singing backing vocals aside Roger Daltrey also with Robbie McIntosh playing guitar in the music video. Nearly 30 years later, Adams would release his own version of Let Me Down Easy on a 30-year anniversary version of Reckless. The follow-up album to Reckless was Into the Fire which was released in 1987. The album was recorded at Cliffhanger Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia and mixed at AIR Studios in London and Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. This album contained the hit songs "Heat of the Night" and "Hearts on Fire" and hit the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Adams began the first leg of his tour entitled "World Wide in '85" which started in Oklahoma and ended in October 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Adams later visited Vancouver, Canada, and afterward returned to the American East Coast to play two sold-out concerts in New York.
  • 1984
    Age 24
    In December 1984, Adams embarked on a two-year world tour to launch the album starting in Canada and United States, then into Japan, Australia, back to the UK and again to Canada.
    More Details Hide Details After winning four Juno Awards, he headed south towards the American West Coast, culminating with two dates at the Paladium in Los Angeles. After the tour in the United States, Adams took part of a grand ensemble of Canadian artists named Northern Lights, who recorded "Tears Are Not Enough" for the African famine-relief effort. Adams later headed back to Europe for a 50-city concert tour with rock singer Tina Turner, culminating in April with his return to London to headline three sold-out shows at the Hammersmith Odeon.
    The album was released in November 1984 and featured the singles, "Run to You", "Summer of '69", "Heaven", "One Night Love Affair", "Somebody", and "It's Only Love", a duet with Tina Turner.
    More Details Hide Details All the singles had accompanying music videos and all charted on the Billboard Hot 100 but only "Run to You", "Summer of '69", and "Heaven" peaked in the top ten. "Heaven" became the most successful single from Reckless at the time of its release on the pop charts, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the mainstream rock chart. "It's Only Love" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1986, the song won an MTV award for Best Stage Performance. After the release of the album, Adams was nominated for Best Male Rock Performance. The album is Adams's best-selling album in the United States and was certified five times platinum.
  • 1983
    Age 23
    Cuts Like a Knife, which was released in January 1983, was Adams's breakout album due mainly to the lead singles. "Straight from the Heart" was the most successful song, reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details Another single, "Cuts Like a Knife" charted at number 15. "This Time" also placed on the Hot 100. Music videos were released for four of the singles from the album. "Cuts Like a Knife" arguably became Adams's most recognizable and popular song from the album. Its music video received heavy airplay on music television channels. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 album chart and achieved three times platinum status in Canada, platinum in the United States and gold in Australia. Adams's album, Reckless, produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    Adams's second album, You Want It You Got It, was recorded in New York City in two weeks and it marked Adams's first album co-produced by Bob Clearmountain. It was released in 1981 and contained the FM radio hit "Lonely Nights", (as well as Seattle-area favorite "Fits Ya Good") but it was not until his third album that he achieved international recognition, popularity.
    More Details Hide Details Adams also co-wrote songs for other artists during this time including Billboard charted songs like "No Way to Treat a Lady" for Bonnie Raitt and "Don't Let Him Know" for Prism.
  • 1980
    Age 20
    Adams's self-titled debut album was released in February 1980, and marked the beginning of what was to become a long songwriting partnership between Adams and co-writer Jim Vallance.
    More Details Hide Details With the exception of "Remember" and "Wastin' Time", most of the album was recorded from 29 October up until 29 November 1979 at Manta Studios in Toronto and co-produced by Adams and Vallance. The album was certified gold in Canada in 1986.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 19
    Also recorded during this time was the disco song "Let Me Take You Dancing" featuring Adams's vocal sped up to meet the 122BPM dance tempo, the song made the Canadian RPM chart in March 1979 along with its B-Side "Don't Turn Me Away". "Straight From The Heart" was also written during this period.
    More Details Hide Details The song was later recorded for Adams's third album "Cuts Like A Knife" in 1983 and released as a single, becoming Adams's first top 10 record in the U.S. in 1983.
  • 1978
    Age 18
    Later in 1978, Adams signed to A&M records for one dollar.
    More Details Hide Details Some of the first demos written in 1978 have surfaced over the years, most notably "I'm Ready" (recorded for both the album Cuts Like a Knife and later his release for MTV Unplugged) and "Remember," which was recorded on his first album. Both songs were covered by other artists even before his first album was released.
    In 1978, at 18, Adams met Jim Vallance through a mutual friend in a Vancouver music store.
    More Details Hide Details Vallance was the former drummer and principal songwriter for Vancouver-based rock band Prism and had recently quit that band to focus on a career as a studio musician and songwriter. They agreed to meet at Vallance's home studio a few days later, which proved to be the beginning of a partnership which still exists in 2016.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on November 5, 1959.
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