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27 Music Facts You May Not Have Known About Some Of Your Favorite Pop Stars

Just a few ~receipts~ about the artists who've helped shaped pop music.

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5. Ashanti holds the Guinness World Record for the highest first-week sales for a debut female artist, thanks to her self-titled album, Ashanti, with 503,000 copies sold in its first week.

7. Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men have held the record since 1995 for the song — "One Sweet Day" — with the most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song spent 16 weeks atop the Hot 100.


16. Blue Ivy Carter became the youngest person to chart on Billboard in 2012 when her father, Jay Z, released "Glory" not too long after she was born.

17. Brandy Norwood was the first black singer to become the face of Covergirl and her legendary voice was praised by John Frusciante, former guitar player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers who said he loved her "phrasing" and "rhythm."

18. Diana Ross is a twelve time Grammy nominee, though she never won one. She does, however, have a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

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This includes the nominations Ross received while she was lead singer of The Supremes.


24. Merry Clayton's stunning vocals on the Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter" were recorded during a late-night session and were a last-minute decision.

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Clayton discussed the recording of the song in the Academy Award-winning documentary Five Feet From Stardom.


26. Though Lil Kim was well established in the music industry prior to the ensemble single "Lady Marmalade," the collaboration helped the rapper notch her first and only number-one on the Hot 100.

27. Jidenna, the man behind the hit "Classic Man," appeared on Season 1 of Issa Rae's HBO show Insecure, but the two have a long history as friends.

The two have been friends since they were students at Stanford University.