Truth Hurts (born Shari Watson on October 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a female R&B singer from the 2000s.
She began her career with the help of Dr. Dre and signed to his record label, Aftermath Entertainment in 2000. A year later, Truth Hurts appeared on Busta Rhymes’ hit song “Break Ya Neck” as a back-up vocalist.
In April of 2002, Truth Hurts released her debut single “Addictive” featuring rapper Rakim.
The song peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, #34 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #6 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 29 weeks.
However, the song didn’t come without some controversy.
“Addictive” featured a sample from Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar’s 1981 song “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai” which brought on a $500 million lawsuit against Aftermath Entertainment & an injunction against further sales or performances of the song. A judge later ruled that Truth Hurts’ debut album was not allowed to be sold without being stickered with the proper credits for Lata Mangeshkar.
In June of 2002, Truth Hurts’ debut album “Truthfully Speaking” was released. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
In the summer of that same year, she appeared on the “Smokin’ Grooves” tour that featured artists such as Cee-Lo Green, Outkast, Erykah Badu, the Roots and Lauryn Hill. She also provided guest vocals on Jay-Z and Eve’s albums.
The follow-up single from Truth Hurts’ debut album “The Truth” featuring R. Kelly, didn’t match the same success as her first single. The song only peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The low performance of the single was likely due to R. Kelly’s sex crime allegations that hit the media before the song was released.
Truth Hurts would later leave Aftermath Entertainment and nothing much was heard from her until June of 2004 when she independently released her sophomore album “Ready Now” on Raphael Saadiq’s record label, Pookie Entertainment.
The album managed to peak at #173 on the Billboard 200, #46 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #7 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart. The title song was released as a single, but didn’t appear to make any music charts.
These days, Truth Hurts appears to still be active in the music business, working on her music. In 2015, she released a new single called “Fight 4 Love.”
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