imageMadison Avenue was a dance\house music duo from Australia that consisted of producer\writer Andy Van Dorsselaer (also known as Andy Van) and singer-songwriter Cheyne Coates (born April M. Coates on September 6, 1970 in Melbourne, Australia).

Before she joined Madison Avenue, Cheyne was working as a choreographer & singer in Melbourne, Australia. She met Andy in a dance club.

Andy was the founder of the Vicious Vinyl record label & had remix credits for artists such as CDB and Tina Arena. He also won an ARIA award for his production work on Pendulum’s song “Coma.”

In 1998, the two of them began working with together mainly as writers & producers.

They recorded their first single “Fly” which featured singer Kellie Wolfgram as the vocalist. imageIn 1999, Madison Avenue released their first single “Don’t Call Me Baby.”

The song featured Cheyne on vocals because Andy preferred her version of the song even though it was initially used as the guide track for Kellie Wolfgram.

The song made its debut at #3 on the ARIA Singles chart on October 31, 1999 and three weeks later, it peaked at #2 where it stayed on the chart for six non-consecutive weeks. It was later certified triple platinum in Australia, denoting 200,0000 shipments of the single.

In the United Kingdom, “Don’t Call Me Baby” topped the charts & the single sold 400,000 copies. It also topped the charts in New Zealand and on the dance charts in Canada.

In the United States, the song peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #17 on Billboard’s Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart, #22 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in July of 2000. imageMadison Avenue’s follow-up single “Who the Hell Are You” topped the ARIA Singles chart for two weeks.

The song also peaked at #10 on the U.K. Singles chart, #32 on the New Zealand Singles chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week, making it the duo’s second number-one dance hit.

imageOn October 2, 2000, the duo’s debut (and only album) “The Polyester Embassy” was released.

The album peaked at #4 on the ARIA Albums chart (and was also certified Platinum), #63 on the Japan Albums chart and #74 on the UK Albums chart. imageMadison Avenue’s third single “Everything You Need” peaked at #6 on the ARIA Singles chart, #16 on the Finnish Singles chart, #33 on the UK Singles chart & #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

imageThe last single from the album, a cover version of the Little River Band’s song “Reminiscing” peaked at #9 on the ARIA Singles chart.

In 2001, Madison Avenue won the “Best Dance Artist” award at the International Dance Awards in Miami, Florida.

The duo created some controversy at the 14th Annual ARIA Awards when Cheyne began acting strangely during her live performance.

Halfway through her set, Cheyne beckoned to a backstage crew member to bring her a glass of water which she placed in the middle of the stage and sashayed around on stage with it during parts of the performance while drinking occasionally from the glass.

Cheyne’s behavior led critics to believe that she was possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Since the performance, the duo’s visibility in Australia started to decline which effectively signalled the end of their career.

In 2003, Madison Avenue disbanded. Andy went on to create a dance music band called Vandalism.

Cheyne pursued a solo music career, but these days, she resides in Frankston, Australia where she is a full-time mother & runs an interior design concern.

To see the music video for “Don’t Call Me Baby,” go to:

To see the music video for “Who the Hell Are You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Everything You Need,” go to:

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

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