Bono (singer of U2)

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Legal name: Paul David Hewson


Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (/ˈbɒn/), is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, frequently using religious, social, and political themes. During U2's early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to their rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with the other members.

Outside the band, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists, is managing director and a managing partner of Elevation Partners, and has refurbished and owns the Clarence Hotel in Dublin with The Edge. Bono is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red. He has organised and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians. Bono has been praised and criticised for his activism and involvement with U2.

Bono was granted an honorary knighthood by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom for "his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work", and, with Bill and Melinda Gates, was named Time Person of the Year in 2005, among other awards and nominations. On 17 July 2013, the BBC announced that Bono had been made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Sun City Artists United Against Apartheid 2
1987 The Joshua Tree U2 4.25 30
1995 Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Various Artists 2
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 3 2
1997 The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute Various Artists 1
1998 Limited Edition Sinatra Duets And Duets II Frank Sinatra 1
1999 Michael Hutchence Michael Hutchence 2
2002 As If to Nothing Craig Armstrong 3
2002 Small World Big Band, Volume 2: More Friends Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2003 Shine Daniel Lanois 5
2006 Duets: An American Classic Tony Bennett 5
2010 Õÿö Angélique Kidjo 3
2011 Jools Holland & Friends Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2012 Country, God or the Girl K'naan 4
2012 I Walk Herbert Grönemeyer 2
2013 Tasta Tour Queenz of Piano 1
2014 The Spirit of Christmas Michael W. Smith & Friends 1
Magical Ring / Anam Clannad 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Radio FFN: Nightline Various Artists 1
1993 Duets Frank Sinatra 4 3
1994 Moods 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Inner City Blues: The Music of Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye 2
1996 Common Ground: Voices of Modern Irish Music Various Artists 1
1996 Compact Disc Club: The Rock Party Various Artists 1
1996 Drive Various Artists 1
1996 Film Hits: Up to Date Various Artists 1
1997 Duets: 36 of the World's Greatest Ever Duets Various Artists 1
1998 Into the Blue Various Artists 1
1998 Now That’s What I Call Music! 39 (UK) Various Artists 2 2
1998 The Most Relaxing Album in the World… Ever! Various Artists 1
1998 The Very Best of the Love Album Various Artists 1
1998 Love Various Artists 1
1998 Superwoman: The Soundtrack to a Perfect Day Various Artists 1
1999 N°1 Celtic Various Artists 1
1999 The Braun MTV Eurochart '99, Volume 12 Various Artists 1
1999 The Power of Love Various Artists 1
2000 Highlands Various Artists 3
2000 Hits Hits Hits of the 80's & 90's Various Artists 1
2001 Celtic Spirits 4 Various Artists 1
2001 Perfect Feeling Various Artists 1
2001 The All Time Greatest Duets of the Millenium Various Artists 1
2002 Duets of the Millennium Various Artists 1
2003 The Best of Clannad: In a Lifetime Clannad 5 2
2003 The Celtic Circle Various Artists 2
2004 Greatest Irish Bands Various Artists 1
2004 46664, Part 2: Long Walk to Freedom Various Artists 1
2004 Greatest Irish Bands Various Artists 2
2004 Le canzoni del cuore: Gli ottanta Various Artists 1
2005 Duets and Duets II Frank Sinatra 3
2006 Best of the Celtic Circle Various Artists 1

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