Amália Hoje

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Involving members of the Portuguese alternative rock band the Gift, Hoje made their recording debut in 2009 with Amália Hoje, a chart-topping album of songs originally popularized by fado legend Amália…
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Involving members of the Portuguese alternative rock band the Gift, Hoje made their recording debut in 2009 with Amália Hoje, a chart-topping album of songs originally popularized by fado legend Amália Rodrigues. The band is led by Nuno Gonçalves and includes the participation of vocalists Sónia Tavares, Fernando Ribeiro, and Paulo Praça. Gonçalves and Tavares are the keyboardist and vocalist respectively of the Gift, an alternative rock band with a wide-ranging style that draws from pop as well as electronic music. Founded in 1994, the Gift broke through to mainstream success in 2004 with AM-FM, a double album that reached the Top Five of the Portuguese albums chart. Ribeiro, on the other hand, is the vocalist of the black metal band Moonspell, whereas Praça is a singer and guitarist who made his solo album debut in 2007 with Disco de Cabeceira after a few years in the rock band Plaza. Founded as a side project by Gonçalves, Hojedebuted with Amália Hoje on Sony Music. A chart-topping smash hit, Amália Hoje includes songs popularized by Amália Rodrigues, among them "Gaivota," the album's lead single, which was likewise a number one smash hit on the Portuguese charts. Rodrigues, generally acknowledged as the Queen of Fado (i.e., Rainha do Fado), died in 1999 and left behind a vast catalog of classic recordings. She was most popular from the 1950s to the 1970s and remained sporadically active during the 1980s and 1990s. During her popular peak in the 1960s, she collaborated extensively with Alain Oulman, a French songwriter and producer whose compositions comprise much of Amália Hoje, including "Gaivota."