The Success of Christina Aguilera’s Debut Album

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Christina Aguilera

Bruce Furst has spent nearly 18 years as president of Ashber Corporation in Austin. Over the course of his career in licensing music for use in film productions, Bruce Furst has worked with or produced projects involving Tony Bennett, Christina Aguilera, Luther Vandross, and many other artists.

Christina Aguilera is one of the best-selling popular artists of all time. She has released seven full-length studio albums, in addition to various collaborations and singles, which have sold a combined 50 million units around the world.

Aguilera experienced significant success early in her career, as her self-titled debut album premiered at No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and spawned a number of popular singles. The record is perhaps best known for its lead single, “Genie in a Bottle,” which spent five weeks as the No. 1 song in the country.

Aguilera’s self-titled album sold 14 million copies around the world, including nearly 10 million in America, and charted in the top 20 of seven countries. In addition to “Genie in a Bottle,” the album sent “What a Girl Wants” and “Come On Over” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.


Amnesty International – Fighting against Discrimination


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Amnesty International

Based in Austin, Texas, Bruce Furst is the president of Ashber Corporation. Actively involved in the larger community, Bruce Furst supports Amnesty International.

Amnesty International (AI) is a global organization that advocates for human rights in all countries of the world. According to the nonprofit, one of the biggest threats to universal enjoyment of human rights is discrimination.

Discrimination means treating people differently because of their race, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, belief, class, caste, age, sexual orientation, or other reason. The practice is perpetrated by people who believe they are superior to others and by governments seeking political ends.

Discrimination does not just lead to inequality, it also exposes victims to continuous physical and emotional abuse, such as in countries where domestic violence is not prohibited. It also includes criminalization, such as in countries where being gay is a crime.

Amnesty International was established with the underlying belief that all humans are born equal irrespective of their differences. AI works with local and foreign governments to eliminate existing discriminatory laws, develop new progressive laws, establish institutions to tackle discrimination, and to protect the victims of discrimination.

Americans on Mars by 2030?

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President of the Ashber Corporation since 2000, Bruce Furst has produced a range of film/musical recording projects and licensed the use of specific musical content for use in motion pictures. Bruce Furst has also set his sights on outer space through his business efforts with iRoc, a company that protects the rights of member artists by establishing licensing and royalty agreements for the public performances of copyrighted works in areas beyond the Earth’s stratosphere, including all planets within the Milky Way Galaxy.

This coverage is likely to become more and more relevant and valuable in coming years if former President Barack Obama’s plans to reach Mars become a reality. A year after NASA discovered flowing water on Mars, President Obama set a clear goal to send human beings to our neighboring red planet by the end of the 2030s. Although the plan will initially entail short, round-trip journeys back to Earth, these initial voyages will pave the way for more ambitious, long-term stays. To accomplish the monumental feat of trans-planetary travel, the US will build upon a well-established spirit of cooperation between the public and private aerospace sectors.

Amnesty International Has Urgent Action Victory in Texas


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Amnesty International

Based in Austin, Texas, Bruce Furst draws upon years of experience in music and film licensing to operate his own entertainment firm, Ashber Corporation, as president. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Bruce Furst supports the work of Amnesty International.

Among its many causes, Amnesty International focuses on abolishing the death penalty in societies across the globe. Through this work, the organization has engaged in a number of urgent action campaigns to either postpone or completely stop the execution of convicted individuals in the United States. Most recently, Amnesty International announced that it had achieved one such urgent action victory in Texas.

After calling upon its Urgent Action Network to send in appeals, the organization successfully influenced the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) to delay the death penalty of Clinton Young. In 2003, he was convicted of shooting and killing Samuel Petrey and placed on death row for the act.

During an appeals case in 2009, the TCCA concluded that witnesses had made false testimonies during his trial that had impeded due process. On the back of this decision, Young was authorized to submit another petition to the TCCA; this came on October 2, 2017, when his lawyers sent in a document that featured similar claims about false testimony. Young’s execution was originally set to take place on October 26, 2017, but the petitions and appeals ultimately caused the TCCA to suspend his sentence and send his case back to court.