Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Renée Stefani (/stəˈfɑːni/; born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band No Doubt. During the band's hiatus, Stefani embarked on a solo career where she pursued an interest in mainstream popular music. The singer has explored a variety of genres throughout her career, including dance, dancehall, electro, hip hop, and reggae. She has been called a "pop princess" by numerous publications and has inspired several musicians over the years.

Born in Fullerton, California, Stefani helped found No Doubt in 1986, which was signed to the newly created Interscope Records in 1990. Their breakthrough studio album Tragic Kingdom (1995) and successful singles as a group, including "Just a Girl", "Don't Speak", "Hey Baby", and "It's My Life", earned them ten Grammy nominations, where there ultimately won two of them. After their hiatus beginning in 2004, Stefani embarked on a solo career, where she wrote and produced two studio albums: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004) and The Sweet Escape (2006). The former was met with both critical and commercial success and spawned three major worldwide hit singles: "What You Waiting For?," "Rich Girl," and "Hollaback Girl," the latter becoming the first US download to sell one million copies. The latter had a similar commercial reception, but reviewers were more critical to its repetitive sound from her previous work. Singles "Wind It Up" and "The Sweet Escape" peaked within the top 10 of many countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She received an additional eight Grammy nominations as a solo artist, winning one of them for the 2001 single "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Eve.

In the 2010s, Stefani returned to No Doubt by releasing the moderately successful Push and Shove in 2012. Her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released in March 2016 and became her first solo number one album on the Billboard 200. With this feat, she became the fifth woman that first reached number-one as part of a band or group, and then later earned their own solo leader. Outside of the music industry, Stefani appeared in Martin Scorsese film The Aviator (2004), to which the cast was nominated for "Outstanding Cast" at the 11th Screen Actors Guild Awards. As a solo artist, she has received several accolades, including a World Music Award, an American Music Award, a Brit Award, and two Billboard Music Awards. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion. Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls. She was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2016 and they have three sons. Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Billboard ranked Stefani the 54th most successful artist and 37th most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade. VH1 ranked her 13th on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Gwen Stefani 3.35 10
2006 The Sweet Escape Gwen Stefani 9
2016 This Is What the Truth Feels Like Gwen Stefani 11

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Greatest Hits Gwen Stefani 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 South Side Moby feat. Gwen Stefani 4
2001 Let Me Blow Ya Mind Eve feat. Gwen Stefani 2
2004 What You Waiting For? Gwen Stefani 6
2005 Rich Girl Gwen Stefani feat. Eve 4
2005 Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani 3
2005 Cool Gwen Stefani 3
2005 Can I Have It Like That? Pharrell feat. Gwen Stefani 4
2005 Luxurious Gwen Stefani 2
2006 Wind It Up Gwen Stefani 3
2007 The Sweet Escape Gwen Stefani feat. Akon 2
2007 4 in the Morning Gwen Stefani 4
2007 Now That You Got It Gwen Stefani 1
2007 The Sweet Escape Gwen Stefani feat. Akon 1
2008 Early Winter Gwen Stefani 1
2008 The Singles Collection Gwen Stefani 1
2014 Baby Don’t Lie Gwen Stefani 1
2014 Spark the Fire Gwen Stefani 1
2015 Used to Love You Gwen Stefani 2
2016 Make Me Like You Gwen Stefani 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Glycerine (live) Bush feat. Gwen Stefani 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Kings Never Die Eminem feat. Gwen Stefani 0

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (The Remixes) Gwen Stefani 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Harajuku Lovers Live Gwen Stefani 1

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