D.Y.K – Did You Know? 25 January


  • Beyonce’s name was given to her in a bid to continue the maternal family name
  • Initially, it was Beyonce’s dance teacher who discovered her singing ability 
  • Beyonce considers herself to be a huge Beatles fan 
  • Beyonce is part Irish and part French 
  • Beyonce’s favourite number is four 
  • Beyoncé has a tattoo of three little dots on her left ring finger which represent her three children



  • Maroon 5 was formed in 2001 
  • Maroon 5 earned a Best New Artist Grammy Award for their first album
  • Maroon 5 became pop superstars with a string of eight consecutive top 10 pop hit singles from 2011 through 2015
  • Maroon 5’s lead singer, Adam Levine Is Ambidextrous
  • Maroon 5’s successful singles of both albums “Sugar” and “Girls Like You” peaked at numbers two and one on the Hot 100 chart respectively 



  • No Comply is a music duo consisting of Dj Milkshake and Speedsta 
  • No Comply recently dropped their first single titled ‘Thetha Nami’ 
  • Dj Milkshake’s real name is Kagiso Mabelane
  • Speedsta’s real name is Lesego Nkaiseng
  • DJ Milkshake initially rose to fame by competing in numerous music production competitions around the world



  • Jack Harlow has worked with Lil Nas X, Bryson Tiller and Lil Wayne 
  • Jack Harlow is a three-time Grammy nominee 
  • Jack Harlow was raised on a horse farm in Louisville, Kentucky 
  • Jack Harlow sampled Fergie’s ‘Glamorous’ on his hit single ‘First Class’ 
  • Jack Harlow is of French and Irish descent



  • Drake has been credited for popularizing singing and R&B sensibilities in hip hop
  • Drake has recently performed at the iconic Apollo Theater in New York 
  • Drake began his music career through mixtapes 
  • A Drake fan got his name tattooed across her forehead in capital letters
  • Drake has physically broken an American Music Record 



  • Kent Jones’s real name is Daryl Kent Jones
  • Kent Jones is best known for his commercial debut single “Don’t Mind”, which reached number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart
  • Kent Jones’s first mixtape, Tours, was released in the summer of 2015 by Epidemic Records, We the Best Music Group and Epic Records
  • Kent Jones’s musical genre is considered as Afroswing and Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Kent Jones is signed to We The Best Music Group & Epic Records 



  • Taylor Swift considers number 13 to be her lucky number
  • Taylor Swift has won a total of 11 Grammy’s throughout her career 
  • Taylor Swift moved to Nashville at age 14 to become a country artist
  • Taylor Swift is the first and only woman solo artist to win the Grammy for Album Of The Year three times for her solo albums
  • Taylor Swift is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest singer ever to sign at age 11



  • Major Lazer is an American electronic dance music DJ trio
  • Major Lazer consists of record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums
  • Major Lazer originates from Kingston, Jamaica
  • Major Lazer was founded in 2008 by Diplo and Switch, with Switch leaving after three years in 2011
  • Major Lazer’s music spans numerous genres, mixing reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, soca, house and moombahton 



  • Rihanna was born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Rihanna’s hit song “Umbrella” was originally written for Britney Spears.
  • Rihanna had a cameo in “Bring It On: All or Nothing.”
  • Rihanna received military training in Barbados
  • Rihanna received vocal lessons from fellow musician Ne-Yo



  • Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, is a South African rapper
  • AKA and Nasty C’s recent collaboration titled ‘Lemons (Lemonade) ’ has gone Platinum 
  • AKA recently stated that he is making music from a perspective of being able to listen to it in the future
  • Besides rapping, AKA is a songwriter, music producer, and an entrepreneur
  • AKA went to Sound Engineering school 



  • Dj Khaled’s real name is Khaled Mohammed Khaled
  • Dj Khaled is an American rapper, dj, record producer and record executive 
  • Dj Khaled has two children, Asahd Tuck Khaled and Aalam Khaled
  • Dj Khaled used to be a member of Terror Squad 
  • Dj Khaled toiled as a disc jockey for years before he became successful



  • Stormzy’s real name is Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr
  • Stormzy is a London-based grime MC of Ghanaian heritage
  • Stormzy is 6’5 in  height
  • Stormzy started off making ‘Road Rap’
  • Stormzy headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2019 



  • Sam Smith rose to prominence in October 2012 by featuring on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart 
  • Sam Smith’s real name is Samuel Frederick Smith
  • Sam Smith has opened up about their desire to start a family one day, even if it means having children alone
  • Sam Smith has been nominated for a total of 7 Grammy nominations during their career 
  • Sam Smith identifies as non-binary



  • David Guetta’s real name is Pierre David Guetta 
  • David Guetta has over 10 million album and 65 million single sales globally
  • David Guetta comes from a prominent family in France 
  • David Guetta started his career as a nightclub DJ 
  •  David Guetta scored his first Number 1 in the UK with ‘When Love Takes Over’ featuring Kelly Rowland in 2009.



  • Elton John is one of the most successful artists of all time, having sold over 300 million records worldwide 
  • Elton John’s career spans over six decades 
  • Before changing his name, his name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • Elton John is known as the ‘Original Rocket Man’
  • Elton John has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries

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