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Billy Clift

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Billy Clift was a pop-rock\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Nightwave Records.

In 1987, he released his only single “Somewhere in the Night.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.

After that, it seems as if Billy has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since the ’80s.

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Abby

abbyAbby was a female hi-NRG dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Nightwave Records.
take-my-heartIn 1987, she released her only single “Take My Heart” which didn’t appear to make any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Abby has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Take My Heart,” go to:

John Kydd

john-kyddJohn Kydd was a hi-NRG dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Nightwave Records.

In 1987, he released his only single which was a cover version of the Supremes’ song “Up to the Ladder To the Roof” which featured backing vocals from three previous members of the Supremes: Cindy Birdsong, Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne.

It’s unknown how or if the song ever made the charts and after that, it seems as if John Kydd has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s currently up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Up to the Ladder To the Roof,” go to:

Yaki-Da

yaki-daYaki-Da were a Swedish female pop duo that consisted of singers Linda Schönberg and Marie Knutson. They were formed by music producer & Ace of Base band member, Jonas “Joker” Berggren.

Originally, Jonas wanted to write & produce material for a solo female artist project, but after meeting Marie and Linda, the project became a female duo project.
prideIn 1995, the duo released their debut album “Pride” which charted on the album charts in Sweden at #37 and Norway at #2.
i-saw-you-dancingTheir debut single “I Saw You Dancing” peaked at #7 in Norway and #32 in Sweden. In the United States, it peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Songs chart.

The only other charting single from the album “Show Me Love” peaked at #16 in Norway while the other two singles “Pride of Africa” and “Deep in the Jungle” did not.
small-step-for-loveIn 1998, Yaki-Da released their sophomore album “A Small Step for Love” which received a very limited release in Korea and Europe.

The lead single released from the album “I Believe” flopped and so did their follow-up single “If Only the World”.

By 2000, the duo had disbanded. These days, it seems as if both Linda and Marie have faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what they’re up to these days.

To see the music video for “I Saw You Dancing,” go to:

To see the music video for “Show Me Love,” go to:

To see the music video for “Pride of Africa,” go to:

To see the music video for “Deep in the Jungle,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Believe,” go to:

To see the music video for “If Only the World,” go to:

m-c-latinaM.C. Latina was a female hip-hop artist from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Heat Wave Records.
r-5232221-1396461848-1311In 1993, she released her only album to date “Get To You.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

Two of her songs “Dance to the Music” and “Your Boyfriend’s a Freak” was featured on a promotional 12-inch single (which also features Dr. Dre and the World Class Wreckin’ Cru’s song “House Calls”) that was released during that same year.

After that, it seems as if M.C. Latina has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Your Boyfriend’s a Freak,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Dance to the Music,” go to:

holly-valanceHolly Valance (born Holly Rachel Vukadinović on May 11, 1983 in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian actress and singer that first began her music career in the 2000s.

As a teenager, Holly starred on the Australian soap opera “Neighbours” (which pop singer Kylie Minogue also used to star in), but left the show in 2002 to pursue a career in music.
kiss-kissIn April of 2002, Holly released her debut single “Kiss Kiss” (which is an English-language version of Turkish singer Tarkan’s song “Şımarık”). The song became a hit, topping the charts in the U.K., Turkey and her native Australia. It also made the top 10 in seventeen other countries as well. It was also nominated for 4 ARIA Music Awards.

The director’s cut of the music video for “Kiss Kiss” was notable for Holly appearing to be dancing nude, but Holly revealed that she was topless and wearing flesh-colored underwear. It was digitally retouched, adding strategically placed lighting effects.
r-120310-1236212046In September of 2002, she released her second single “Down Boy” which peaked at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart and #3 on the Australian Singles chart. It was also moderately successful in other countries.
footprintsOn October 14, 2002, Holly released her debut album “Footprints” which peaked at #9 on the U.K. Albums chart, #15 on the ARIA Albums chart, #17 on the Turkish Albums chart and #19 on the Japan Albums chart.
naughty-girlThe last single from the album “Naughty Girl” (which was released in December of 2002) peaked at #3 on the ARIA Singles chart and #16 on the U.K. Singles chart. It was also moderately successful in other countries as well.

The fourth (and planned last) single “Tuck Your Shirt In” was supposed to be released in the U.K. in March of 2003, but due to the low sales from the previous album & Holly beginning to work on her follow-up album, it was cancelled.
state-of-mindIn October of 2003, Holly released the lead single from her second album “State of Mind” which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart and #14 on the ARIA Singles chart which didn’t match the success Holly had from the lead single of her debut album.
state-of-mind-albumOn November 6, 2003, she released her sophomore album “State of Mind” which peaked at #60 on the U.K. Albums chart and #57 on the ARIA Albums chart. It also did well in Japan, peaking at #12 on the album charts.

During that same year, Holly fired her then-manager Scott Michaelson (who is the owner of Biscayne Partners Pty Ltd.). Biscayne sued her for damages and won the case.

Due to the poor sales of her second album and the legal issues she faced, Holly was reportedly dropped from her record label, but she denied the reports, stating:

I asked to be released, but Warner refused, so I hung out for a year until the contract expired. We parted on good terms.”

After that, Holly’s music career came to an end and she began focusing on acting. According to an interview she did with Men’s Style Magazine about her music career, she said:

No one can make any money. It was a really tough slog and I had a good go at it, but it was difficult. You put in so much effort and put in so many long hours for not much return. I was making all my money from endorsements and appearances, but I didn’t make that much from the actual record sales. I think everyone is suffering in the music industry. It wasn’t just me. I do something until it’s not fun any more and then move on. Music wasn’t fun any more.”

Since then, Holly has appeared in films and various television shows such as “Prison Break”, “CSI Miami” and “Entourage.” She was also a contestant on the TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” and a judge on the show “Shopaholic Showdown.”

Holly is also married to billionaire British property developer Nick Candy and has a daughter, Luka.

To see Holly’s official website, go to:
http://www.hollyvalance.com

To see the music video for “Kiss Kiss,” go to:

To see the music video for “Down Boy,” go to:

To see the music video for “Naughty Girl,” go to:

To see the music video for “State of Mind,” go to:

Gyrlz Society

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Gyrlz Society was a girl group from the 2000s that consisted of members Amy Correa (born in Mission Hills, California), Melissa Tessmer, Katy Scanlan and Tynisha Soares (born Tynisha Keli Soares on July 28, 1985 in New Bedford, Massachusetts).

In 2002, the group released their only single “Respect Me” (which was produced by Damon Jones) on MCA Records. The song failed to make any appearances on any music charts whatsoever.

Gyrlz Society’s debut album was supposed to be released around 2003, but due to unknown reasons, the album was cancelled and the group disbanded.

Tynisha Soares (now also known as Tynisha Keli) went on to pursue a solo career and has released two albums in 2009 and 2010.

These days, Amy Correa has an active career as an actress and in 2004, she married singer Ricky Bell (of New Edition and Bel Biv DeVoe). Amy has also performed with bands such as SterlingandAmy and Hot Natured. She is also the founder and director of a non-profit organization called Lovermovement.

It’s currently unknown what Melissa Tessmer and Katy Scanlan are up to these days.

To follow Tynisha Keli on Twitter, go to:

To follow Amy Correa Bell on Instagram, go to:
https://www.instagram.com/amerzzbell

To see the music video for “Respect Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of Gyrlz Society’s cover version of the Jackson 5’s song “All I Do Is Think Of You” (which was possibly supposed to be on their unreleased debut album), go to:

Kakko

kakkoKakko (born Kakko Suzuki on September 23, 1969 in Osaka, Japan) was a Japanese female pop singer from the early ’90s.

When she was 17 years old, Kakko attended an American school in Kobe, Japan where she was discovered by a scout from CBS Records. She later moved to the United Kingdom where she attended a music school in London before attracting the attention of music producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
we-should-be-dancingIn 1990, she released her debut single “We Should Be Dancing” which flopped, peaking at #101 on the U.K. Singles chart.
what-kind-of-foolHer follow-up single “What Kind of Fool” (which was produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman) also failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

In 1991, Kakko returned to Japan and began working under the stage name “Anju Suzuki” and since then, she has appeared in television dramas & commercials in Japan.

To see the music video for “We Should Be Dancing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What Kind of Fool,” go to:

Nick Kamen

nick-kamenNick Kamen (born Ivor Neville Kamen on April 15, 1962 in Harlow, Essex, England) was an English pop singer and model from the ’80s. He is the brother of session guitarist Chester Kamen.
face-buffaloNick’s modeling career attracted attention when late fashion stylist Ray Petri featured him on the front cover of British magazine “The Face” where he was shown wearing a ski-hat, lipstick, orange roll-neck sweater and aviator sunglasses.

He is most well-known in the United Kingdom for his 1985 performance in Levi Jeans’ “Launderette” TV commercial where he was shown stripping down to stone-wash his blue jeans in a 1950s-style public laundromat, waiting only in his boxer shorts.
each-timeIn 1986, Nick released his debut single “Each Time You Break My Heart” (which was written & produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray). The song peaked at #5 on the UK Singles chart and was certified Silver.

In the United States, the song peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Songs chart and #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
loving-you-is-sweeterHis follow-up single, a cover version of the Four Tops’ 1966 song “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart.
r-610621-1163570162In 1987, Nick released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #34 on the U.K. Albums chart and also managed to chart in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.
nobody-elseThe third single from the album “Nobody Else” peaked at #47 on the U.K. Singles chart and also charted in Ireland & the Netherlands.

The last two singles released from the album “Come Softly to Me” and “Win Your Love” managed to chart in Italy, but failed to appear on the charts in the United Kingdom.
usIn 1988, Nick released his sophomore album “Us” which peaked at #2 in Italy, but not in the United Kingdom.
tell-meThe lead single from the album “Tell Me” peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart and topped the chart in Italy.
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The follow-up single “Bring Me Your Love” peaked at #20 in France and #16 in Italy, but didn’t appear to make the charts in the U.K. Nick was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Shag” with the song “Oh What a Night.”
loving-you
During that same year, Nick released his compliation album “Loving You” which featured the track “Don’t Hold Out” which managed to peak at #32 in Italy. In 1989, he was featured on the soundtrack to the Walt Disney film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”
move-until-we-flyIn 1990, Nick released his third album “Move Until We Fly” which charted in Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.
promised-myselfThe lead single from the album “I Promised Myself” peaked at #50 on the U.K. Singles chart and topped the charts in Austria and Sweden. It was later covered by musicians such as Dead or Alive, A-Teens, Basshunter and Maggers United. The song was re-released in 2004 where it peaked at #6 in Belgium.
oh-how-happyThe second single “Oh How Happy” peaked at #37 in Italy, but failed to chart anywhere else.

The follow-up singles from the album “Looking Good Diving” and “Agony and Ecstasy” failed to chart at all.
whatever-wheneverIn 1992, Nick released his last album to date “Whatever, Whenever” which flopped along with the singles released from the album: “You’re Not the Only One” and “We’ll Never Lose What We Have Found.”

Since then, nothing much has been heard from Nick Kamen and it appears as if he has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Each Time You Break My Heart,” go to:

To see the music video for “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever,” go to:

To see the music video for “Nobody Else,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Come Softly to Me,” go to:

To see a video of Nick Kamen performing for “Win Your Love,” go to:

To see the music video for “Tell Me,” go to:

To see the music video for “Bring Me Your Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Oh What a Night,” go to:

To see the music video for “Don’t Hold Out,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Promised Myself,” go to:

To see the music video for “Oh How Happy,” go to:

To see the music video for “Looking Good Diving,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Agony and Ecstasy,” go to:

To see a video of Nick performing “You’re Not the Only One,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “We’ll Never Lose What We Have Found,” go to:

As a bonus, here is a video of the popular Levi’s commercial Nick appeared in:

Nursery School

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Nursery School was an R&B music act from the 1980s. Not much information is given about this music act, but Nursery School was signed to Epic Records.

In 1983, Nursery School released their only single “Sweepstakes.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Nursery School has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from this music act since the 1980s.

To see a fan-made video for “Sweepstakes,” go to: