M. Pokora first rose to fame with the boy band Linkup before going solo for his self-titled album, Matt Pokora, in 2004. Born Matthieu Totta in Strasbourg, France, M. Pokora could be described as the French Justin Timberlake -- with the same boy band roots and a similar penchant for fancy hats. He was first introduced to the public through a reality TV show called Popstars (a hybrid of American Idol and Making the Band), where he appeared with his rap group Mic Unity. The Popstars producers quickly keyed in on his popularity with fans and teamed Pokora up with two other young singers to form Linkup. Following his appearance on Popstars, Pokora and his fellow Linkup bandmates Otis and Lionel recorded what would be their first and only album together. The first single, "Mon Étoile," was a definite hit in their home country of France, but the second track, "Un Seconde d'Éternité," was a complete disappointment on all the charts. When Linkup released the full-length album Notre Étoile in 2003, it failed to achieve even moderate success.