MGMT, Cherish, Breaking Benjamin, Depeche Mode

MGMT, Cherish, Breaking Benjamin, Depeche Mode


MGMT is an American musical duo based in Brooklyn, New York. It consist of members Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden formed the band while attending Wesleyan University during their freshman year. In 2005, MGMT released their demo album, Climbing to New Lows. It was their last release as The Management. In 2004, the group had changed their name to MGMT and signed on with Cantora Records for their first official release, the Time to Pretend (EP) on January 1, 2005. MGMT didn’t release their major debut album, Oracular Spectacular, until late 2007. It was released first as a digital download and then in 2008 as a CD. The album features new versions of both “Kids” and “Time to Pretend”. MGMT opened for M.I.A. on the Vassar College date of her 2008 tour, and also played several shows with Beck while he toured in 2008. Their song “Time To Pretend” is in the soundtrack for 21, and can be heard in the background in the movie How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. The TV series Gossip Girl used Time to Pretend, Kids and Electric Feel as soundtracks for three episodes. MGMT is currently working on a new studio album.


Cherish started off as a quintet consisting of the sisters Farrah King (born February 17, 1984), Neosha King (born January 26, 1986), twins Felisha and Fallon King (born June 5, 1987), and close friend Shay Johnson (born December 16,1985). Originally hailing from Maywood, Illinois, the four sisters moved to Atlanta. Cherish’s first single, entitled “Miss P”, was produced by Jermaine Dupri, written by Kandi and featured Da Brat. They also recorded three songs for The Powerpuff Girls: Power Pop soundtrack, called “Chemical X”, “Power of a Female”, and “Me and My Girls”. In 2006, Cherish released their debut album Unappreciated. It debuted and peaked at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 91,000 copies in its first week and spawned the U.S. top twenty single “Do It to It”. In 2008 they then went on to release their second studio album, The Truth. The first single is “Killa”, featuring rapper Yung Joc and produced by Don Vito and Blade. The single is featured in the movie Step Up 2 the Streets and its Original Soundtrack.
The four sisters of Cherish have all been confirmed to appear as the King Sisters in the upcoming 2009 comedy-drama film Caramel which also stars Lauren London, Chris Brown, Chingy, LeToya Luckett, and Kyla Pratt.

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin was formed in 1998 by vocalist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel. In late 2001 they added to their roster Aaron Fink and Mark Klepaski. The band signed to Hollywood Records in early 2002 after the success of an independently-released, self-titled EP, which sold all 2,000 copies that were manufactured. Breaking released their full-length, major-label debut, Saturate, on August 27, 2002. The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart and at 136 on the Billboard Top 200. It featured the singles “Polyamorous”, “Skin”, and “Medicate”. Breaking Benjamin released their second album, We Are Not Alone, on June 29, 2004. The album featured the lead off single “So Cold”, which reached number two on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. Later in 2004, the band released the So Cold EP. The EP contained live recordings of We Are Not Alone’s “So Cold” (acoustic), “Breakdown”, and “Away”, as well as studio recordings of “Blow Me Away”, and “Lady Bug”. Breaking Benjamin Released Phobia in October 2006, Heading off the Album with the Single The Diary Of Jane, Which Made it to #2 on the US Modern Rock Chart’s.

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. It featured Dave Gahan on lead vocals, Martin Gore on keyboards and guitar, Andrew Fletcher on keyboards and Vince Clarke on keyboards. In 1981 Depeche Mode released it’s debut album, Speak & Spell. The album peaked at #10 in the UK Albums Chart. After the release of the album Vince Clarke left the band and was replaced by Alan Wilder. Depeche Mode has since released ten more studio albums. Depeche Mode are one of the longest-lived, most successful and influential bands to have emerged from the early 80s. They have had forty-five songs in the UK Singles Chart, as well as #1 albums in UK, US and throughout countries in Europe. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 75 million albums worldwide, as part of total worldwide record sales (including singles) in excess of 100 million. On May 14 2009, Depeche Mode announced they had been forced to cancel six shows on their Tour of the Universe due to further complications from singer Dave Gahan’s severe bout of gastroenteritis. On May 28 2009, Depeche Mode announced that Dave Gahan recovered from gastroenteritis after doctors found a tumor in his bladder during tests and removed it. Also, doctors ordered him to rest until June 8, when they will resume touring starting in Leizpig, Germany.