A few days back I described a few sports stars using WordPress as their choice of Website software. Here now are singers and bands using WordPress Websites.
Nicki Minaj was the first artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
Her WordPress Blog is visually beautiful with, interestingly, no widget areas being used. The truly brilliant thing about the Theme is that it’s a free Theme that has been marginally adapted to look even more awesome.
This Welsh singer and OBE has been entertaining since the mid 1960s. His Site uses many widgets including for Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Many of the Plugins used on his Site are very widely used including; Contact Form 7, WP Page-Navi and TubePress. Per Matt Corby, GigPress is used on this Site to manage the display of gigs.
Katy Perry is a very popular American singer. Her WordPress Website gets tens of thousands of visits per day mostly from a female audience between the ages of 18 and 24 (according to Alexa). To cater for these large numbers this WordPress Site uses Amazon cloud services to store and distribute content. Social Sharing and bookmarking is managed via AddThis and W3 Total Cache manages compression (and likely Amazon AWS).
Big Boi is an American rapper and member of the extremely popular group OutKast. The images on the Site are powered by the Nextgen Gallery Plugin with WordPress Stats providing visitor numbers (through the Jetpack Plugin). W3 Super Cache is used to speed up Page load times as well as reduce queries to the database.
This American rapper and actor uses many images to make up his WordPress Website. The Website comprises a custom Theme with various Plugins including the very popular Google Analytics for WordPress (by Yoast), WP Super Cache to improve Page load speed and All in One SEO Pack to improve Search Engine visibility.
Wilco is a rock band from Chicago that have won numerous Grammy Awards. Theirs is a high traffic Website and they use Rackspace CDN to manage better distribution of their Website files. Also used is W3 Total Cache which helps with caching and speeding up WordPress Sites in general.
Gretchen Peters is a folk and country singer and songwriter. She has composed music for many well-known artists including Neil Diamond.
Her Blog layout is somewhat traditional with widgets such as ‘recent Posts’ and ‘Archive’ showing prominently in the right sidebar. Most functionality is inbuilt into the custom Theme with Jetpack by WordPress providing other functionality.
Trace Darrell Adkins is a popular Country music artist. He has also appeared in various television shows and adverts (including as a voice-over for a KFC commercial). His WordPress Website uses a customized Premium Theme from Elegant Themes as well as Plugins such as Google Analyticator, Gigya and Events Manager.
Matt Corby hails from my hometown, Sydney in Australia. He was runner-up in the 2007 Australian Idol.
His WordPress Site uses a Custom Theme with a few Plugins most notably GigPress which is great for musicians to manage past and upcoming performanced.
This Gothic Metal and Alternative Metal Italian band has sold nearly 2 million albums. Lacuna Coil isn’t well known in Australia but I’ve included them because they use a premium (not custom) Theme for their WordPress Site. They use the Dynamix WordPress theme showing that premium Themes can meet even the needs of your local two million-selling metal band.