Gwen Renée Stefani
; born October 3, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter, fashion designer
and occasional actress. Stefani is the lead vocalist for the rock and ska
band No Doubt
. Stefani recorded Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
, her first solo album, in 2004. Inspired by music of the 1980s, the album was a success with sales of over seven million copies. The album's third single, "Hollaback Girl
", was the first US digital download to sell one million copies. Stefani's second and final solo studio album, The Sweet Escape
(2006), yielded "Wind It Up
", "4 in the Morning
", and the highest-selling single "The Sweet Escape
". Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than forty million albums worldwide. She won the World's Best-Selling New Female Artist at the World Music Awards 2005
. 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
dancers. She married British musician Gavin Rossdale
in 2002 and they have two sons: Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, born May 26, 2006, and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, born August 20, 2008. Billboard
magazine ranked Stefani the fifty-fourth most successful artist and thirty-seventh most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade.