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Stryper
STRYPER is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California . The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass guitar), and Robert Sweet (drums). In 2004, Gaines left the band and was replaced by Tracy Ferrie (bass guitar) but rejoined in 2009. Formed in 1983 as Roxx Regime, the band soon changed their musical message to reflect their Christian
Christian
beliefs , and the band's name was also changed to Stryper. They went on to become the first overtly Christian
Christian
heavy metal band to gain acceptance in the mainstream . In 1983, they signed with major label Enigma Records and released their debut album The Yellow and Black Attack
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Extended Play
An EXTENDED PLAY record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single , but is usually unqualified as an album or LP . EPs generally do not contain as many tracks as albums, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post
The Denver Post
said, "EPs—originally extended-play 'single' releases that are shorter than traditional albums—have long been popular with punk and indie bands." In the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of maximum length or four tracks (not counting alternative versions of featured songs, if present)
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Ratt
RATT is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA . The group is perhaps best known for hit singles such as "Round and Round " and "Lay It Down ", tracks that ranked on Billboard 's top 40 at No. 12 and No. 40, respectively, as well as other songs such as "Wanted Man ", "You\'re in Love " and "Dance ". Along with groups such as friendly rivals Mötley Crüe , Ratt
Ratt
has been recognized as instrumental in the formation of the early 1980s Los Angeles
Los Angeles
glam metal scene, also known as "hair metal" or "pop metal". The band has continued to tour and record following extended hiatuses and line-up changes, released their latest studio album, Infestation , on April 20, 2010
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Bon Jovi
BON JOVI is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey . Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi , pianist and keyboardist David Bryan , drummer Tico Torres , lead guitarist Phil X , and bassist Hugh McDonald . The band's lineup has remained mostly static during its history, with the only exceptions being the 1994 dismissal of bass player Alec John Such , who was unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald , and the departure of longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora in 2013. Phil X and McDonald both became official members in 2016. In 1986, Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
achieved widespread global recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet . The band's fourth album, New Jersey was equally successful in 1988
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Van Halen
VAN HALEN is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California , in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen , vocalist David Lee Roth , drummer Alex Van Halen , and bassist Michael Anthony . The band went on to become major stars, and by the early 1980s they were one of the most successful rock acts of the time. 1984 was their most successful album. The lead single, "Jump ", became an international hit and their only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 . The following singles, "Panama " and "I\'ll Wait ", both hit number 13 on the U.S. charts. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. In 1985, the band replaced lead singer David Lee Roth with former Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar . With Hagar, the group would release four U.S. number-one albums over the course of 11 years
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Christian
A CHRISTIAN (/ˈkrɪʃtʃən/ ( listen ), /ˈkrɪstiən/ ) is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity
Christianity
, an Abrahamic , monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus
Jesus
Christ . "Christian" derives from the Koine Greek
Koine Greek
word Christ ós (Χριστός), a translation of the Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
term mashiach ( Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
: מָשִׁיחַ). While there are diverse interpretations of Christianity
Christianity
which sometimes conflict, they are united in believing that Jesus
Jesus
has a unique significance
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King James Version
The KING JAMES VERSION (KJV), also known as the KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) or simply the AUTHORIZED VERSION (AV), is an English translation of the Christian Bible
Bible
for the Church of England
Church of England
begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. The books of the King James Version
King James Version
include the 39 books of the Old Testament
Old Testament
, an intertestamental section containing 14 books of the Apocrypha (most of which correspond to books in the Vulgate Deuterocanon adhered to by Roman Catholics ), and the 27 books of the New Testament
New Testament
. It was first printed by the King\'s Printer Robert Barker and was the third translation into English approved by the English Church authorities
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Orange County, California
ORANGE COUNTY is a county in the U.S. state of California . As of the 2010 census , the population was 3,010,232 making it the third-most populous county in California, the sixth-most populous in the United States, and more populous than twenty-one U.S. states. Its county seat is Santa Ana . It is the second most densely populated county in the state, second only to San Francisco County . The county's four largest cities, Anaheim , Santa Ana, Irvine , and Huntington Beach each have populations exceeding 200,000. Several of Orange County's cities are on the Pacific coast, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , and San Clemente . Orange County is included in the Los Angeles -Long Beach -Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area
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Backronym
A BACKRONYM, or BACRONYM, is a specially constructed phrase that is supposed to be the source of a word that is, or is claimed to be, an acronym . Backronyms may be invented with serious or humorous intent or may be a type of false etymology or folk etymology . The word is a combination of backward and acronym, and has been defined as a "reverse acronym". Its earliest known citation in print is as "bacronym" in the November 1983 edition of the Washington Post monthly neologism contest. The newspaper quoted winning reader Meredith G. Williams of Potomac, Maryland , defining it as the "same as an acronym, except that the words were chosen to fit the letters"
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Billboard (magazine)
BILLBOARD (stylized as BILLBOARD) is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries . It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style. It is also known for its music charts , including the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
and Billboard 200
Billboard 200
, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows. Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson later acquired Hennegen's interest in 1900 for $500. In the early years of the 20th century, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses, fairs, and burlesque shows. It also created a mail service for travelling entertainers
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MTV
MTV
MTV
(originally an initialism of MUSIC TELEVISION) is an American cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom
Viacom
Media Networks (a division of Viacom
Viacom
) and headquartered in New York City
New York City
. Launched on August 1, 1981, the channel originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys " (VJs). In its early years, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily towards teenagers, particularly high school and college students. MTV
MTV
has toned down its music video programming significantly in recent years, and its programming now consists mainly of original reality , comedy and drama programming and some off-network syndicated programs and films, with limited music video programming in off-peak time periods
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Dove Award
A DOVE AWARD is an accolade by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the Christian music
Christian music
industry. The awards are presented annually. Formerly held in Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
, the Dove Awards took place in Atlanta, Georgia during 2011 and 2012, but has since moved back to Nashville. The ceremonies feature live musical performances and are broadcast on TBN
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Classic Metal
HEAVY METAL (or simply METAL) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom . With roots in blues rock and psychedelic /acid rock , the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion , extended guitar solos , emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo . In 1968, three of the genre's most famous acts, Led Zeppelin , Black Sabbath and Deep Purple were founded. Though they came to attract wide audiences, they were often derided by critics. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein
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Earth Wind & Fire
EARTH, WIND & FIRE (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R they won six as a group and two of its members, Maurice White and Bailey, won separate individual awards. Earth, Wind & Fire has 12 American Music Awards nominations and four awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame , received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , and have sold over 100 million records, making them one of the world\'s best-selling bands of all time . Five members of Earth, Wind & Fire were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame : Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn, and Al McKay. The band received Lifetime Achievement awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award – 2002), NAACP (Hall of Fame – 1994), and the BET Awards (Lifetime Achievement Award – 2002)
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Gospel Music Association
The GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA) was founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of all forms of Gospel music
Gospel music
. There are currently about 4,000 members worldwide (GMA 2010). The GMA provides a network in which artists, industry leaders, retail stores, radio stations, concert promoters and local churches can coordinate their efforts for the purpose of benefiting the Christian music industry . CONTENTS* 1 Events * 1.1 GMA Music Week * 1.2 Music in the Rockies / Immerse * 2 Gospel Music Hall of Fame * 2.1 GMA\'s Support of SOPA Legislation * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links EVENTSGMA MUSIC WEEKIn April of every year, the GMA holds what has come to be called "GMA Music Week" (formally "GMA Week") around Nashville , Tennessee
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Pop Music
POP MUSIC is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States
United States
and United Kingdom
United Kingdom
during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many different styles. "Pop" and "rock " were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other. Although much of the music that appears on record charts is seen as pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music. Pop music
Pop music
is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban , dance , rock , Latin , and country ; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music
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