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Gwen Stefani

Before she discovered she could write songs, Gwen Stefani was looking forward to a life of marriage, children, and white picket fences. When her brother introduced her to ska and new wave music, it set off a chain of events that would eventually lead to millions of albums sold and a Madonna-sized public image that extended past music and into the worlds of film, fashion, and technology.

Born and raised in Fullerton, California, Stefani had a musical epiphany at the age of 17. She had fallen in love with the Madness and Selecter records her brother Eric was constantly spinning. Seeing Fishbone, the Untouchables, and other bands involved in Los Angeles' ska revival scene only reinforced her interest, so she was more than ready when her brother asked her to join a ska band he was forming with a friend named John Spence. Gwen originally shared lead vocals with Spence, but in December of 1987 he committed suicide, leaving the band -- now called No Doubt -- with an uncertain future. According to numerous interviews with the bandmembers after their breakthrough, Gwen was the glue that held No Doubt together during these hard times, pushing the group to keep trying. She was also romantically involved with the band's bass player, Tony Kanal, by this time.

After playing numerous gigs and parties, No Doubt were signed to Interscope in 1991. The label considered their 1992 debut album a flop and refused to financially support a tour or further recordings, but the band refused to give up. The self-financed Beacon Street Collection appeared in 1994 and did well enough to make nice with Interscope, but the band was once again going through a traumatic period behind the scenes. Eric Stefani left to become an animator for The Simpsons and Gwen and Tony's relationship had ended. Gwen wrote a collection of songs focused on heartbreak and rebirth that would become No Doubt's third album, Tragic Kingdom, and the rest, as they say, is history.

With the smash singles "Just a Girl," "Spiderwebs," and "Don't Speak," the album reached the number one spot in Billboard and garnered two Grammy nominations. The press began to focus on Stefani's role in the band. Voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," video and photo shoots focused on her and rumors spread that the other three members of the band were unhappy with the lack of attention they received. This topic of discussion continued as the band released Return of Saturn in 2000 and the heavily reggae-influenced hit album Rock Steady a year later. During this time, Stefani's romantic relationship with Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale became a frequent topic of No Doubt's songs. The pair married on September 14, 2002. She also started doing some work outside the band, lending her vocals to the remix of Moby's "Southside" and rapper Eve's "Let Me Blow Your Mind."

After Rock Steady, No Doubt took a break. Stefani approached Kanal about producing an off-the-cuff solo project that would be influenced by her non-ska favorites. Prince, the Time, Club Nouveau, and Madonna were the names thrown around and the idea was to make the project "fast and easy." Over time, the "fast and easy" record morphed into something much bigger. Old friend, former labelmate, and hit songwriter Linda Perry became involved and the project became much more polished, slick, and dance-oriented. A pile of high-profile collaborators -- Dr. Dre, the Neptunes, Dallas Austin, Andre 3000, Nellee Hooper, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis -- became involved. In September of 2004, the infectious and hyper dance single "What You Waiting For?" appeared with its accompanying video dominating MTV.

The album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., hit the shelves in November with surreal artwork that introduced Stefani's four-woman "posse," the Harajuku Girls. The all-Asian Harajuku Girls were inspired by Stefani's fascination with the Harajuku girls of Japan, young club kids with a flippant and fun attitude toward fashion. Appearing with Stefani live, in videos, and in photos, the Girls quickly drew criticism from the Asian community, angry about the rumor that they had to sign a contract to never speak English even though they could, and that Stefani's Girls looked nothing like the "real" Harajuku girls. Nonetheless, the album was a hit and continued to roll out singles. Based on a dancehall cover of Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Were a Rich Man," "Rich Girl" became the next smash, reuniting Stefani with Eve. The cheerleader kiss-off anthem "Hollaback Girl" was the third success. While the singles were dominating pop and dance radio, Stefani appeared as Jean Harlow in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. With music and movies checked off, Stefani moved into the world of fashion and introduced her clothing line, L.A.M.B. Taking her influence to the world of tech, she designed the Harajuku Lovers' 4.1 MP Digital Camera for Hewlett-Packard. The camera was released in a limited edition with a Stefani-designed case and a biographical DVD.

Late in 2005, Stefani discovered she was pregnant with her first child, but her schedule remained busy in 2006: along with working on L.A.M.B., she released a line of limited-edition fashion dolls complete with outfits from her videos and tours, and worked on her second solo album with producers including Akon, Swizz Beatz, Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane, Nellee Hooper, the Neptunes, and Tony Kanal. That spring, Stefani gave birth to a boy. The Neptunes-produced, Sound of Music-sampling "Wind It Up" arrived later that fall and heralded the full-length The Sweet Escape, which was released on the same day as the live DVD Harajuku Lovers Live.

No Doubt announced a return to the studio in 2008, but progress slowed to a crawl as the band experienced a bout of writer's block and the Rossdale-Stefani family continued to grow with their second child, Zuma Nesta Rock. The band maintained their momentum by touring through 2009. No Doubt eventually released Push and Shove in 2012, featuring a mix of Rock Steady-esque dancehall bangers and new wave ballads similar to Stefani's solo material. In February 2014, Stefani and Rossdale had their third boy, Apollo Bowie Flynn. Later that year, Stefani joined the judges panel on The Voice with her friend Pharrell, opening the pair to a number of subsequent collaborations. Stefani lent her vocals to fellow Voice coach Adam Levine for Maroon 5's "My Heart Is Open." She also appeared on tracks with Calvin Harris and Snoop Dogg.

By late 2014, Stefani was in the midst of a full-scale comeback, releasing a pair of singles: the Ryan Tedder/Benny Blanco-penned "Baby Don't Lie" and another Pharrell production, "Spark the Fire." The following year, she contributed the song "Shine" to the Paddington Bear movie soundtrack and a duet with Eminem on "Kings Never Die" from Southpaw. In August 2015, Stefani and Rossdale filed for divorce. A third song -- "Used to Love You" -- was released months later. It gained moderate airplay and was the only comeback single to be included on her third project, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which was released in March 2016 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The second official single from the album, "Make Me Like You," was accompanied by a video that Stefani recorded live during the 2016 Grammy Awards. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Sweet Escape

2. Sweet Escape

4. Early Winter

5. Now That You Got It

6. 4 In The Morning

8. Fluorescent

9. Breakin' Up

11. U Started It

12. Wonderful Life

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Track List: The Sweet Escape (Explicit)

1. Wind It Up

2. The Sweet Escape

3. Orange County Girl

4. Early Winter

5. Now That You Got It

6. 4 In The Morning

7. Yummy

8. Fluorescent

9. Breakin' Up

10. Don't Get It Twisted

11. U Started It

12. Wonderful Life

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Track List: Love, Angel, Music, Baby

1. What You Waiting For

2. Rich Girl (feat. Eve)

3. Hollaback Girl

4. Cool

5. Bubble Pop Electric (feat. Johnny Vulture)

6. Luxurious

7. Harajuku Girls

8. Crash

9. The Real Thing

10. Serious

11. Danger Zone

12. Long Way To Go (feat. Andre 3000)

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Track List: Baby Don't Lie (Single)

1. Baby Don't Lie

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Track List: Make Me Like You (Single)

4. Make Me Like You

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Track List: Misery (Single)

1. Misery

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Track List: Spark The Fire (Single)

1. Spark The Fire

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Track List: This Is What The Truth Feels Like

1. Misery

2. You're My Favorite

3. Where Would I Be?

4. Make Me Like You

5. Truth

6. Used To Love You

7. Send Me A Picture

8. Red Flag

9. Asking 4 It (Feat. Fetty Wap)

10. Naughty

11. Me Without You

12. Rare

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Track List: Used To Love You (Single)

1. Used To Love You

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Track List: Wind It Up (Radio Single)

1. Wind It Up

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If you are not an option to purchase. Please help me out of a new study. If you're a good time to time, I think I have to do it. It will also be able to make sure that I can see that I have to be honest with you, I have a great deal. I will not be a good time to 2
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It's not exactly the best song ever��������
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Gwen you are perfect just the way you are
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Follow me I follow you back!!
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Didn't take long I'm too smart I have alot of people to thank one at a time im gonna wait tho and u will see me one day taken out the peices of s**t !
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1.kiss your hand
2.say your name
3.say your crushes name
4.pick a school day
5.post this on 5 other songs
6.your crush will ask you out on that day
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Hi gwen I love you maby I'll go to see one of your concert #####i'm 9 years old
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dont read this. u will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the luv of your life now that you have started reading dont stop put this on 15 more songs in 143 mins. so creeeeeepys it actually works
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kiss your hand 5 times
say your crushes name
post this on 5 other walls
and your crush will ask you out
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cool song I love this song so much
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you've started this don't stop, this is so freaky. But if you read and ignore this you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on he screen, this is so freaky it really works .
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Wrong singing together
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Blake is a country singer and she's a hip hop singer
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She's a good singer but does not deserve Blake
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Love her
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Omg stop it with the chain mail it is stupid and aynoying
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don't READ THIS YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW THAT YOUVE STARTED THIS DONT STOP STOP THIS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignored he you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUETES. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS ON THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS.
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Don't READ THIS YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW THAT YOUVE STARTED THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS ON THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APEAR O. THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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All I know is you -----
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Ku ku karshusu! (;
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Hi
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Know On my way!
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She is fine
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I love this song ❤ it is one of my favorites❣
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I had once had a crush on this boy... He insulted me about being "immature." I don't know why I cry, but I think it's cause I remember for the first time, since I hated you, I used to love you ��

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What you waiting What you waiting What you waiting What you waiting What you waiting What you waiting fooooooooooo o o o o o o r ?
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Love the song 'sweet escape' , I miss all the 2007 hits
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Your a terrible role model
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YOU GO QWEN GREAT VOICE GREAT MUSIC ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the née rest Friday by the love of your love life.now you've stare d reading this don't stop this is so freeky. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you done press the spaceman and your crushes name will appear on the screen.this is so creepy because it actually works
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I love Gwen!!
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Jenny on a serious note my friend. We all have issues.Lord knows I fight them daily. If your honest with yourself Life is tough, It's not always roses. If for some reason you've hit bottom and find yourself totally miserable in the situation you have put yourself in, there are answers. I would Love to share them with you....
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Hey Jenny STAY OFF THE METAL /GRUNGE FEEDS... Your kind doesn't mesh. Gween and Madonna are definitely more your style creeper....
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DONT READ! now that you started continue you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read and ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes and when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in all caps it's creepy but it works
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I like back then when she was in no doubt their music is fabulous
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