The Prodigy (formed 1990)
The Prodigy are an electronic / rock group from Essex, UK. They have sold over 17 million records across the globe and encompass various genres in their music, including hardcore, rave, big beat and punk.

Career: Liam Howlett chose the name 'The Prodigy' in tribute to his first analogue synth, the Moog Prodigy.

Initially, Liam Howlett created a 10-track demo tape on his Roland W-30 whilst he was living in Essex. He gave the tape to the head of XL Recordings, Nick Halkes. XL released a limited pressing of the 'What Evil Lurks' "12 in February 1991.

The band's debut live performance was in Dalston at the Four Aces club, with Leeroy Thornhill and Keith Flint as dancers. The track 'Charly' soon became a massive club hit, as was its B-side 'Your Love'. Their track 'G Force (Energy Flow)' - from the 'Everybody In The Place' single - was featured on the Kaos Theory compilation series.

The band's debut album, Experience, was released on XL Recordings in September 1992. Around this time, Howlett also released an anonymous white label recording, entitled 'Earthbound I'. The track was later released officially as 'One Love', which charted at number eight in the UK singles charts.

The Prodigy's second full-length album was Music For The Jilted Generation and was released in 1994. The album debuted at number one in the UK album charts and was a triumph for the crossover of dance and rock music. The track 'Their Law' featured the band Pop Will Eat Itself. The album received a nomination for that year's Mercury Music Prize award but lost out to M People's Elegant Slumming. Jim Davies joined the band on guitar, later going on to join the band Pitchshifter. Davies was later replaced by Gizz Butt.

In 1996, The Prodigy released the track 'Firestarter' which became a huge global hit. Featuring Keith Flint on vocals, the track opened doors for The Prodigy and that year, they went on to headline the Lollapalooza festival in the US. Their second single, 'Breathe' became their second number one single of the year.

The band's third album was entitled Fat of the Land and was released in 1997. That year, the band headlined the opening night of the Glastonbury festival. The album featured the controversial track 'Smack My Bitch Up'. The lyric was not actually written by the band, but sampled from the Ultramagnetic MCs track 'Give The Drummer Some'. The video for the track was also deemed too controversial for many and MTV would only air the track between 1am and 5am. At 1998's Reading Festival The Prodigy had an onstage argument with The Beastie Boys, who had requested that The Prodigy did not play 'Smack My Bitch Up' as it was offensive for those who had suffered domestic abuse. The band played the track anyway.

In 1999, Liam Howlett released a DJ mix entitled Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1.

After a short break from touring and releasing records, The Prodigy released 'Baby's Got A Temper' in 2002, though it failed to receive the acclaim of it's predecessors. The song mentions the drug Rohypnol, again ensuring a degree of public outcry over the song.

The next album from the band was entitled Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned and was released in August 2004. The singles taken from the album were 'Memphis Bells' and 'Girls'.

2005 saw The Prodigy release a compilation entitled Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005. To accompany the album, they also released a single with Audio Bullys remixing 'Out of Space' and Pendulum remixing 'Voodoo People'.

In 2008, The Prodigy performed at the Oxegen festival, previewing a number of new tracks, including 'Mescaline' and 'Warriors Dance'. Another track, 'First Warning' was chosen for the soundtrack to the film Smokin' Aces.

In March 2009, The Prodigy released Invader Must Die, their fifth studio album. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and formerly of Nirvana, plays drums on 'Run with the Wolves'. The frontman of Does It Offend You, Yeah?, James Rushent also co-produces 'Omen' and 'Invaders Must Die'.

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Mobb Deep's Prodigy Sues Talent Agent For Breach Of Contract

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The Mobb Deep star claims executives at the company have failed to provide booking services for his live performances, according to

In the lawsuit, Prodigy, real name Albert Johnson, alleges a performance at the Larry Flynt Hustler Club was booked last year (15) and subsequently cancelled by UTA agent Jesse Rosoff. Johnson was reportedly paid $1,250 (GBP875) of his $10,000 (GBP7,000) performance fee for the show and after the cancellation Prodigy's attorney sent bosses at the club and Rosoff a letter requesting the remaining $8,750 (GBP6,125) fee.

"Subsequent to the demand letter, Rosoff began pressuring Johnson to recant his demand for payment and agree not to pursue any claim against Hustler or his agent," the suit, which became public on Monday (04Apr15), reads.

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The Prodigy Star Keith Flint Denies Hunting Animals


The Firestarter singer was slammed by animal rights activists after newspaper reports suggested he had been out riding with a hunting group near his home in Essex, England.

Members of hacker group Anonymous accused the pop star of having "a fetish for murdering animals", but Flint has now responded to the accusations in a post on The Prodigy's page, insisting that although he had been riding with his local hunt, they were engaged in trail hunting, a version of the sport which does not involve a live fox.

He also revealed he has no intention of taking part in similar events again.

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Rapper Prodigy Publishing Two Books About Prison Stint

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The Mobb Deep star was ordered to serve three-and-a-half years behind bars for illegal weapons possession in October, 2007, and he walked free in 2011.

Prodigy, real name Albert Johnson, is now planning to publish a cook book and a memoir about the experience.

Johnson's recipe book, Commissary Kitchen, will include dishes featuring foods frequently served in prisons and will also incorporate stories from his stint behind bars, while his memoir, The State vs Albert 'Prodigy' Johnson, will centre on his time locked up and how it affected his personal and professional life, according to

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Rapper Prodigy Suing Over Royalties

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The rap veteran, real name Albert Johnson, and his Mobb Depp bandmate Havoc signed a contract with BMG, now Universal Music, back in 1995, in which the duo agreed to give bosses half of all profits from future releases.

Prodigy claims the deal did not include solo material, but the label is allegedly taking 50 per cent from his side projects and songwriting credits.

He has filed a lawsuit against the executives to recoup the cash, which he claims totals $57,500 (£36,000), according to He also wants his legal fees covered.

Gary Numan To Be Honoured At Q Awards

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Gary Numan will receive the 2015 Q Innovation In Sound award at the Q Awards.

The 57-year-old electronic musician is the first winner to be announced for the Q Awards in association with Absolute Radio, which will take place on Monday (19.10.15).

Speaking about his win, he said: ''To receive any award in music is an honour. But to receive the Q Innovation In Sound award is particularly special.

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Man Dies At Scottish Music Festival

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The man, aged 36, was found at the event's campsite at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, and the cause of death has not yet been determined.

The festival started on Friday (09Jul15) and finishes on Sunday (12Jul15), and has featured acts such as Kasabian, The Libertines, Mark Ronson, The Prodigy, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

A spokesman for T In The Park says, "We are extremely saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the family at this time."

Mumford & Sons Surprise Festival-goers With The Vaccines Duet

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The crowd cheered as the bands joined forces to perform Just Smoke from Mumford & Sons' third album Wilder Mind.

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Take That Want Prodigy Song

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Take That want to work with The Prodigy.

The 'Let In The Sun' hitmakers are thinking potential collaborations for their next album and Mark Owen would love to get the 'Firestarter' group on board - but he knows it;s unlikely to happen.

He said: ''Maybe we should get The Prodigy on the next record. I saw them once -- they were brilliant.

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Isle Of Wight Festival - 2015 Live Review

It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.

Isle Of Wight Festival 2015 Live Review

The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.

The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood. 

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Isle Of Wight Festival Sees World Record Attempt In Honour Of Jimi Hendrix

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On the 45th anniversary of his legendary set at the venue, the organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 have honoured Jimi Hendrix by attempting to break a world record.

Amid the fun of four massive headliners over three nights – The Black Keys and The Prodigy sharing the slot on Friday, Blur on Saturday and Fleetwood Mac on Sunday – the IoW chiefs had been encouraging the 50,000 festival-goers to buy cut-out Jimi Hendrix masks in order raise money for its nominated charity WellChild.

Jimi HendrixIoW made the world record attempt to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hendrix's 1970 set

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Mobb Deep Perform At O2 Academy Liverpool

Mobb Deep and Prodigy - Mobb Deep performing on their '20th Anniversary Tour' at O2 Academy Liverpool at Liverpool O2 Academy - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Friday 8th May 2015

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Mobb Deep and Prodigy
Mobb Deep and Prodigy
Mobb Deep and Havoc
Mobb Deep and Havoc

V Festival 2010 Held At Hylands Park - Performances - Day Two

Prodigy - The Prodigy Sunday 22nd August 2010 at V Festival Chelmsford, England


Perform At The 2009 Glastonbury Festival - Day 3

Prodigy and Glastonbury Festival Sunday 28th June 2009 perform at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival - Day 3 Somerset, England

Prodigy and Glastonbury Festival
Prodigy and Glastonbury Festival
Prodigy and Glastonbury Festival
Prodigy and Glastonbury Festival
Prodigy and Glastonbury Festival
Prodigy and Glastonbury Festival

British Electronic Music Group The Prodigy Pose For Photographers After An Interview In Their Downtown Hotel

Prodigy - Liam Howlett New York City, USA - British electronic music group The Prodigy pose for photographers after an interview in their downtown hotel Friday 27th March 2009

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