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Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group’s four-decade history, the band has had three primary lineups, with the constant center of the group since 1974 being sisters Ann Wilson (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitarist). Heart rose to fame in the mid-1970s with music influenced by hard rock and heavy metal as well as folk music. Their popularity declined in the early 1980s, but the band enjoyed a comeback starting in 1985 and experienced even greater success with album oriented rock (AOR) hits and hard rock ballads into the 1990s. With Jupiter’s Darling (2004), Red Velvet Car (2010), and Fanatic (2012), Heart made a return to their hard rock and acoustic folk roots.
To date, Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide, including over 22.5 million in album sales in the U.S. The group was ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”. With Top 10 albums on the Billboard Album Chart in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s, Heart is among the most commercially enduring hard rock bands in history. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide, had 20 Top 40 singles, seven Top Ten albums and four Grammy nominations.Heart achieved Top 10 albums on the Billboard charts in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s, with chart singles in each decade.This span of over four decades gives them the longest span of Top 10 albums by a female fronted band.
One of Heart’s defining characteristics is their diversity in music styles which has been evident in their chart successes. The band has had singles on Billboard’s Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Adult Contemporary charts. Throughout their history, Heart has been labeled as Hard Rock, Folk, Easy Listening, Heavy Metal, and Adult Contemporary, many times demonstrating two or more of these styles on the same album. Their album title Dog And Butterfly was a symbol of their sometimes contradictory styles, with the “Dog” side of the album focusing on hard rock tunes and the “Butterfly” side made up of acoustic folk music unreliable source? Their epic “Mistral Wind” from this album captured both styles in one song, starting as a mellow acoustic ballad and building to a metal crescendo.
Heart was ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”, and Ann and Nancy Wilson ranked number 40 on VH1’s “100 Greatest women in rock and roll”. Also, Ann Wilson was ranked in Hit Parader’s “Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time” at number 78. In 2009 the Wilson sisters were awarded ASCAP’s Founders Award in recognition of their songwriting career. In 2011, Heart earned their first nomination for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the 2012 class, but were ultimately not picked. After a second nomination, the band were announced as inductees to the 2013 class on December 11, 2012. Their Hall of Fame page described the Wilson sisters as the first women to front a hard rock band, and “pioneers … that inspired women to pick up an electric guitar or start a band”. Jake Brown described the band as beginning “a revolution for women in music … breaking genre barriers and garnering critical acclaim”.
In addition to their own recording careers, the Wilson sisters have played a role on the Seattle music scene. Among the artists that have used their Bad Animals Studio are Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.
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