Laura Pausini OMRI (born 16 May 1974) is an Italian singer. She rose to fame in 1993, winning the newcomer artists’ section of the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival with her debut single “La solitudine”, which became an Italian standard and an international hit. Her self-titled debut album was released in Italy on 23 April 1993 and later became an international success, selling two million copies worldwide. Its follow-up, Laura, was released in 1994 and confirmed her international success, selling three million copies worldwide. Pausini has released fourteen studio albums, two international greatest hits albums and two compilation albums for the Hispanic and Anglophone market only, respectively. She mostly performs in Italian and Spanish, but she has also recorded songs in English, French, Portuguese and more recently, Catalan. Pausini appeared as a coach on both the Mexican and Spanish versions of international reality television singing competition franchise The Voice, was a judge on the first and second series of La banda, and is likewise a judge on the Spanish version of international franchise The X Factor. In 2016, she debuted as a variety show presenter, hosting the television show Laura & Paola, with actress Paola Cortellesi. In 2004, Allmusic’s Jason Birchmeier considered Pausini’s sales “an impressive feat for someone who’d never really broken into the lucrative English-language market”. In 2014, FIMI certified Pausini’s sales of more than 75 million records with a FIMI Icon Award, making her the fourth best-selling female artist in Latin music, and the best-selling female non-Spanish speaking Latin music artist. Throughout her career, she has won numerous music awards in Italy and internationally. In 2006, she became the first Italian female artist to win a Grammy Award, receiving the accolade for Best Latin Pop Album for the record Escucha. In 2021, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song with “Io sì (Seen)” from the film The Life Ahead. The single also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, making it the first Italian-language song to win the award. She has been honoured as a Commander Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and as a World Ambassador of Emilia Romagna.
DIANE WARREN BIOGRAPHY :
Diane Eve Warren (born September 7, 1956) is an American songwriter, musician, and record producer. Warren’s career was jump-started in 1985 with “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge. In the late 1980s, she joined forces with the UK music company EMI, where she became the first songwriter in the history of Billboard magazine to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time, prompting EMI’s UK Chairman Peter Reichardt to call her “the most important songwriter in the world”. She has been rated the third most successful female artist in the UK. Warren has written nine number-one songs and 32 top-10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 including “If I Could Turn Back Time” (Cher, 1989), “Because You Loved Me” (Celine Dion, 1996), “How Do I Live” (LeAnn Rimes, 1997), and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Aerosmith, 1998). Two of the top 13 hits in the Hot 100’s 57-year history were composed by Warren. She has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, and has been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards. She has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her UK success saw her win an Ivor Novello Award when she received the Special International Award in 2008. She controls the rights over her music through her publishing company, Realsongs. Her debut album was released on August 27, 2021.