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Rufus Wainwright is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. He has released six studio albums of original music: Rufus Wainwright (1998), Poses (2001), Want One (2003), Want Two (2004), Release the Stars (2007), and All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010). In addition, he has released two live albums: Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007) and Milwaukee at Last!!! (2009). Several of Wainwright's singles have appeared on the UK Singles Chart, including "I Don't Know What It Is" which peaked at #74, "Hallelujah" which peaked at #100, and "Going to a Town" which peaked at #54.
Wainwright's first major recognition came from Rolling Stone, when the magazine named him 1998's "Best New Artist" after the release of his debut album. Since then, he has received nominations from the BRIT Awards, Genie Awards, Grammy Awards, Meteor Music Awards, MOJO Awards and Shortlist Music Prize, but has yet to receive one of these awards. He has received two Juno Awards from seven nominations. For his success and excellence as a LGBT artist, he has been awarded once (from four nominations) by the Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards, and four times (from six nominations) by the GLAAD Media Awards. Overall, Wainwright has received 9 awards from 32 nominations.
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Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall is the sixth album (and first live album) by the Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, released through Geffen Records in December 2007. The album consists of live recordings from his sold-out June 14–15, 2006 tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall to the legendary American actress and singer Judy Garland. Backed by a 36-piece orchestra conducted by Stephen Oremus, Wainwright recreated Garland's April 23, 1961 concert, often considered "the greatest night in show business history". Garland's 1961 double album, Judy at Carnegie Hall, a comeback performance with more than 25 American pop and jazz standards, was highly successful, initially spending 95 weeks on the Billboard charts and garnering five Grammy Awards.
For his album, Wainwright was also recognized by the Grammy Awards, earning a 2009 nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. While the tribute concerts were popular and the album was well-received by critics, album sales were limited. Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall managed to chart in three nations, peaking at #84 in Belgium, #88 in the Netherlands, and #171 on the United States' Billboard 200.
Guests on the album include Wainwright's sister Martha Wainwright ("Stormy Weather"), his mother Kate McGarrigle (piano, "Over the Rainbow"), along with one of Garland's daughters, Lorna Luft ("After You've Gone"). Related to the album, the February 25, 2007 tribute concert filmed at the London Palladium was released on DVD as Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium on December 4, 2007.
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Release the Stars
is the fifth studio album
by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright
, released through Geffen Records
on May 15, 2007. Pet Shop Boys
' Neil Tennant
was the executive in charge of production
, and the album was mixed
by producers Marius de Vries
and Andy Bradfield. Wainwright's most commercially successful album to date, Release the Stars
charted in 12 countries, reaching Top 10 positions in Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and was certified
gold in Canada and the UK. The album generated three singles
: "Going to a Town
", which peaked at number 54 on the UK Singles Chart
"Rules and Regulations
", and "Tiergarten
Wainwright originally planned to create a more simple piano and voice album, but began leaning towards more lush sounds once the recording process started. Guests on Release the Stars include Richard Thompson, longtime friend and fellow singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson, family members Martha Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle, Neil Tennant, Joan Wasser, and actress Siân Phillips. The world tour supporting the album lasted from May 2007 to February 2008, and included tour stops in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For Release the Stars, Wainwright received two nominations for the Juno Awards of 2008, including Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, and won the Outstanding Music Artist award at the 19th GLAAD Media Awards.
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