Adina Howard (born on November 14, 1974 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a female R&B singer that started her career in the 90’s. She is known for her provocative lyrics and sexual image. In February of 1995, Adina released her debut album, “Do You Wanna Ride?” which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart. Her first single, “Freak Like Me” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1995, staying on the chart for 28 weeks, #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles chart, #20 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, and topped Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The song was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The follow-up single, “My Up and Down” peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, #40 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #32 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks and #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The third single released from the album, “It’s All About You” missed the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #58 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in December of 1995, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. A promotional vinyl single, “You Can Be My Ni**a ” was also released, but didn’t chart.
In 1996, Adina was featured on Warren G’s track, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” which was featured on the “Supercop” movie soundtrack. The song was a moderate hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #32. In 1997, she was featured on the “Bulletproof” movie soundtrack with the song, “Chocolate (Cuties & Condoms)” featuring Cydal.
In 1997, Adina released the single, “(Freak) And U Know It” which peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #32 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in July of 1997, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The song was supposed to be on Adina’s sophomore album, “Welcome to Fantasy Island,” but it was shelved. A few years later, the album was leaked onto the internet and promotional copies of the album are available on eBay.
During that same year, Adina collaborated with Jamie Foxx on a song called “T-Shirt & Panties” which was supposed to be on the soundtrack to Jamie’s movie, “Booty Call,” but the song ended up on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie, “Woo.”
In April of 2004, Adina released her third album, “The Second Coming” which failed to make the Billboard 200, but managed to peak at #61 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart. Due to lack of promotion, the album sold poorly, selling only 40,000 copies on store shelves.
The first single from the album, “Nasty Grind” peaked at a low #95 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles chart, but failed to make the Billboard Hot 100 at all.
The second single, “(Outside) The Club” was supposed to be released along with a remix album called “The Second Coming: UnCut,” but the release was canceled after Adina left her record label, Rufftown Records.
During 2004, Adina was featured on the single, “Freaks” featuring Play ‘N Skillz & Krayzie Bone, which was a moderate hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking #69.
In late 2005, Adina released her song, “Phone Sex” as a teaser single. The main single, “Hips” was released in early 2006, but it was later canceled and was never released to radio or digital outlets, but it was remixed by many DJ’s.
The official single from Adina’s upcoming album, “L.O.V.A.” was released to digital outlets in late 2006 with a contest run on her MySpace page for fans to create a music video for her song, but the contest was later canceled and the song was never released to radio.
Before Adina’s third album was released, another single, “Picture This” was chosen and there was another MySpace contest for it, but a winner was never announced and the single wasn’t released to radio. In June of 2007, Adina released her fourth album, “Private Show” on Arsenal Records. The album had been delayed due to her record label and it was leaked on the internet on June 5, 2007, but officially released to retail stores and iTunes on June 26, 2007. The album has sold 11,000 copies.
In December 2007, Adina’s second single, “Hips” was re-released under the name “My Hips” on iTunes.
In April 2008, she announced on her MySpace page that the song “Tease” was going to be the third single released from the album and a free download of the song was available for a week. After “Private Show” was released, Adina left Arsenal Records.
In 2008, Adina appeared in the short film, “Poke the Sleeping Bear” which earned the Grand Jury Award at the 2008 Solstice Film Festival. In September 2009, she was featured on the UK compliation album, “Independent Soul Divas” with the track “What Do I Do.”
As of 2011, Adina is currently working on her Culinary Arts degree along with an upcoming cookbook and restaurant in Austin, Texas. She is also working on an untitled 5th album which has yet to be released.
To see the music video for “Freak Like Me,” go to:
To see the music video for “My Up and Down,” go to:
To see the music video for “It’s All About You,” go to:
To see the music video for “(Freak) and U Know It,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “T-Shirt & Panties” (featuring Jamie Foxx), go to:
To see the music video for “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (with Warren G.), go to:
[updated on 08-05-12]