Musicians have been part of our culture for thousands of years. A musician writes music or plays instruments, or sings and dances. Each culture has its own particular type of music, written and performed by musicians. Nowadays, musicians are often referred to as part of pop culture. Genres of music including rock, pop, classical, punk, electronic, world, jazz, reggae and hip hop. People can like all sorts of music, but often only listen to one or two genres. Aretha Franklin was an excellent musician, one of the best ever.

How do you become a musician?

Become a musician by practicing as much as you can either by playing an instrument or singing. Take lessons with a professional instructor if you can and join a band or orchestra. Also, study music theory, music education, musical history or music performance as it’ll expand your knowledge. A strong work ethic and skills will help you achieve your dreams of becoming a musician. Try to gain exposure through auditions, recitals or through your school.

How do musicians make money?

Musicians make money from music through various sources. They traditionally make money by recording and writing music, and earn royalties by their music being played by different venues. They also make money by performing that music live and advertising it. Musicians can further make money by producing other artists music. Today musicians can expand their money revenues through merchandise, movies and TV licensing, and fashion and perfume lines.

What are common qualities in a successful musician?

Common qualities of successful musicians include being confident, strong work ethic, and making enough time to practice. Other common qualities include being modest as being a musician does not guarantee becoming rich, patience, creativity, and educating themselves on the current trends and business. Musicians are also persistent, adventurous, are good with budgets, and are friendly with their audiences and fans.

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Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga is an American actress and singer. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but chose the stage name Lady Gaga when she launched her music career. She wrote and sang from an early age, and signed a record deal in 2007, releasing the top selling album, The Fame, a year later. She has won a total of nine grammys and is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. She has recently embarked on an acting career, receiving critical acclaim for her role opposite Bradley Cooper in the 2018 film, A Star is Born. She won an Academy Award for Shallow, a song from the film.

Lady Gaga has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

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Lady Gaga is an American actress and singer. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but chose the stage name Lady Gaga when she launched her music career. She wrote and sang from an early age, and signed a record deal in 2007, releasing the top selling album, The Fame, a year later.

Lady Gaga has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

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Lady Gaga
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March 28, 1986
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
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2001–present

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Shawn Mendes
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Shawn Mendes was born in Pickering, Canada, in 1998. He rose to fame by posting musical covers on YouTube, where he was discovered by, and later signed to Island Records. His first three albums all debuted on the Billboard Top 100, making him the youngest artist ever to do so. He has so far headlined four world tours and received numerous musical accolades. In 2019 he launched the Shawn Mendes foundation, which aims to help young people by supporting various causes.  He is the face of Canadian fast food chain, Tim Hortons.

Shawn Mendes has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

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Shawn Mendes was born in Pickering, Canada, in 1998. He rose to fame by posting musical covers on YouTube, where he was discovered by, and later signed to Island Records. His first three albums all debuted on the Billboard Top 100, making him the youngest artist ever to do so.

Shawn Mendes has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

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2013–present

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Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper and hip hop artist. He was born in California, in 1987 and released his first mixtape aged 16 which led him to securing a contract with an independent record label. He started gaining recognition in 2012 after the release of his first solo album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which received critical acclaim. To date, he is considered one of the best hip hop artists in the world, and has won a total of 13 Grammy awards. Aside from his solo career, he is also a member of the hip hop group, Black Hippy.

Kendrick Lamar has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Outlined silhouette drawings of Kendrick Lamar in a variety of poses
Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper and hip hop artist that started gaining recognition in 2012 after the release of his first solo album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which received critical acclaim. To date, he is considered one of the best hip hop artists in the world, and has won 13 Grammy awards.

Kendrick Lamar has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

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June 17, 1987
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Kendrick Lamar Duckworth
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2004–present

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Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber is a famous pop star. He was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1994, and was discovered, age 13, by a record producer who came across Bieber’s Youtube videos. He became a well known teenage pop star with a number of best-selling singles. In 2012, he released a new album, Believe, which marked a shift from his earlier pop sound, to a fusion of pop, electronic, dance and R&B. In 2017, he released a remix of the single, Despacito, which quickly became one of the most popular Spanish speaking songs of all time. Justin Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin, in 2018. He is in the process of applying for American citizenship.

Justin Bieber has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Justin Bieber in assorted poses
Justin Bieber is a famous pop star. He was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1994, and was discovered, age 13, by a record producer who came across Bieber’s Youtube videos. In 2012, he released, Believe, which marked a shift from his earlier pop sound, to a fusion of pop, electronic, dance and R&B.

Justin Bieber has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

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2007–present

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Drake
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Drake was born in Ontario, in 1986. He self released three mixtapes, before being signed by Young Money entertainment, in 2009. His first studio album, Thank Me Later, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. His next album earned him his first Grammy award in 2011. His music is often described as a mix of R&B, Hip hop, and rap. He is known for his lyrics about his personal life and relationships with women. His fourth album, Views, is Drake's best- selling album to date. He holds the record for the most successful digital singles artist.

Drake is 6 foot (1.83 m) tall.

Drake was born in Ontario, in 1986. He self released three mixtapes, before being signed by Young Money entertainment, in 2009. His first studio album, Thank Me Later, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. His music is often described as a mix of R&B, Hip hop, and rap.

Drake is 6 foot (1.83 m) tall.

Drake
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Aubrey Drake Graham
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2001 to present

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