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Michael Jackson

The King of Pop began his life in a working-class neighborhood in Gary, Indiana before starting his career singing with his brothers in the Jackson 5. The rest, as they say, is history.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                                               

Mozart began composing at the age of five, writing over 600 pieces of music that today are lauded as some of the best ever created. Yet during his lifetime, Mozart didn't have such an easy time, and was often restless, leading to his dismissal from a position as a court musician in Salzberg. He struggled to keep the support of the aristocracy and died with little to his name.

Elvis Presley

As one of the best-selling artists of all time, Elvis has become a household name even years after his death. But back in 1954, Elvis was still a nobody, and Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."

The Beatles

Few people can deny the lasting power of this super group, still popular with listeners around the world today. Yet when they were just starting out, a recording company told them no. The were told "we don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out," two things the rest of the world couldn't have disagreed with more.

Ludwig van Beethoven

In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward on the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. Beethoven kept plugging along, however, and composed some of the best-loved symphonies of all time–five of them while he was completely deaf.



Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, and author/poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide“I got kicked out of where I was living and my rent was due that next day.“I thought ‘Well, I’ll live in my car for a minute… get back on my feet,’ but I had bad kidneys and I never could hold down another job because I got sick so often. I didn’t have insurance and ended up almost dying in the parking lot of an emergency room because they wouldn’t admit me because I didn’t have insurance. “I ended up homeless for about a month and I went back to singing.”

Justin Bieber

Not so long ago, before Justin Bieber became a Youtube hit, the young Canadian was destitute, living in a rat-infested house with hardly any food. The young pop prince didn’t even have his own bedroom, and had to sleep on a pull-out couch. Today, he’s worth over $65million.

Shania Twain

Country pop Canadian megastar Shania Twain grew up under such poor conditions that her family regularly went without heat, despite the bitter winters they lived through. The singer often went hungry, and was forced to hide the fact she didn’t have lunch to her teachers and other pupils at school. After a very successful pop career some years later, Twain is now estimated to be worth over $350million.

A R Rahman

Rahman was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to a musical Mudaliar Tamil family. His father, R. K. Shekhar, was a film-score composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films; Rahman assisted his father in the studio, playing the keyboard. After his father's death when Rahman was nine years old, the rental of his father's musical equipment provided his family's income. He got his big break through Mani Ratnam with the film Roja and then there was no looking back. He has got now two Oscars!


Walt Disney

Before Walt Disney built the empire he has today, he was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas."In 1921, Walt formed his first animation company in Kansas City, where he made a deal with a distribution company in New York, in which he would ship them his cartoons and get paid six months down the road. He was forced to dissolve his company and at one point could not pay his rent and reportedly survived by eating dog food.Also, When Walt first tried to get MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse in 1927, he was told that the idea would never work because a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women.

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