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Anastacia

Birth Date: September 17, 1973 / Age: 41
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA

Biography: Anastacia (born Anastacia Newkirk, September 17, 1973) is an American pop singer who has sold ten million records since the release of her first album Not That Kind in 2000.

Anastacia was born in Chicago, Illinois into a showbiz family: her father was a singer and her mother an actress in Broadway musical theatre. Her family relocated to New York City when she was a teenager and she enrolled at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan.

Anastacia soon became interested in dance despite being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. She first gained prominence stealing the show from D.L. Hughley while he was hosting BET's Comic View, singing Oleta Adams' Get Here in 1992. During the early 1990s, she appeared regularly on Club MTV and in a couple of videos for rappers Salt-N-Pepa. In 1999, she attracted the interest of record labels after making the finals of MTV talent show The Cut. Anastacia signed a contract with Daylight Records, a custom label of Sony Music's Epic Records in March 1999.

Her debut album Not That Kind was released in 2000 and was a huge success reaching the top ten in eight countries in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. It went triple platinum in Australia spurred by the success of her debut smash "I'm Outta Love" which was the most popular single of the year in that country for 2000. While "I'm Outta Love" was a top ten song on the US dance charts, Not That Kind only reached the lower parts of the Billboard 200, since the single never managed to cross over to the American pop charts.

Her second album, 2002's Freak Of Nature achieved respectable sales although not matching the level of international success of Not That Kind. However, her sophomore effort did beat its predecessor in her home country. Its debut single, "One Day In Your Life", though not a smash hit, just barely made the top 40 and was also a hit on the club charts and at rhythmic radio. Anastacia also joined Shakira, Cher and Mary J. Blige for VH1's Divas Live in 2002. Anastacia also contributed a song "Love Is A Crime" to the Chicago soundtrack.

In January 2003, Anastacia discovered she had breast cancer while preparing for breast reduction surgery due to orthopedic reasons. She immediately successfully completed a course of treatment. Anastacia subsequently established a fund through the Breast Cancer Research Fund to promote awareness of breast cancer amongst younger women. Anastacia entered record studios in September 2003 to record the Anastacia album with Glen Ballard, Dallas Austin, and Dave Stewart for release in 2004. The first single, released in March 2004, was "Left Outside Alone". On the album, Anastacia also went for a more rock sound with the track "I Do", which featured Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D..

Anastacia proved to be a smash hit reaching the top of the album charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Italy and number 2 in Spain. The "Left Outside Alone" single proved to be equally successfully reaching number 1 in Australia, Italy, Austria and Switzerland; and number 3 in the UK, and reaching Top 5 on the composite European chart. Strong airplay throughout Europe caused the song to achieve a Top 40 Charts world airplay ranking as one of the top five songs played on top 40 radio stations throughout the world in April 2004. However, the Anastacia album and "Left Outside Alone" will not be released until August 30, 2005, as it was announced in June 2005. Anastacia has also promised all the procedes from her new single 'Heavy on my heart' will go towards her 'Anastacia fund' (Charitable organisation providing research funding for breast cancer).

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