Good Charlotte – American rock group
Good Charlotte was formed in 1995 in the USA. Its initial lineup included a vocalist and a keyboardist Joel Madden, a guitarist and a vocalist Benji Madden, a bass player Paul Thomas, and a drummer Aaron Escolopio. Aaron left the band in 2001. The rest of the artists still perform today.
All group members attended La Plata High School in Maryland. The group acquired its first stage experience at local rock festivals in 1998 and 1999. At about the same time, they found a new group member, a keyboardist Billy Martin. Martin is still working with the group.
In the late 1990s, Good Charlotte recorded several EPs, Demo (1996), Good Charlotte (1997), Another (1999), and GC (2000). All of them were released independently since none of the serious labels wanted to work with the group just yet.
In 2000, the group signed a contract with Epic Records and released its debut LP, Good Charlotte. The album climbed to the 185th spot of Billboard 200. It became popular in New Zealand and the UK. The LP sold 500,000 copies in the USA. The group recorded a music video to their single “Little Thing”. Today, their debut video has almost 10 million views on YouTube.