Category: 2000s


Claire Freeland

claire freelandClaire Freeland (from Glasgow, Scotland) is a dance music singer from the 2000s.
As a teenager, she appeared on the U.K. version of the international reality TV series “Popstars,” but she was later dropped from the show by the judges due to being overweight.
freeDespite that, Claire released her debut single, “Free” on her own record label, Statuesque Music. The song managed to peak at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart.

After that, not much was heard from Claire and it seemed as if she faded into obscurity, but according to research, she is now the lead vocalist for a wedding\party band called Sound Advice.

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

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Aja

ajaAja was a pop\R&B duo from the 2000s that consisted of sisters Andrea and Jamie Anderson from Utah. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Big3 Records label.

In 2003, they released their debut and only album. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The only single released from the album, “Movin’ On” also failed to chart as well.

After that, it seems as if Aja has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from the Anderson sisters since the 2000s.

To see a fan-made video for “Movin’ On,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sunshine” (a track from their album), go to:

Tori BaxleyTori Baxley (from Wicksburg, Alabama) is a former teenage country music singer from the 2000s. She first began singing in church and at school events.

When she was 8 years old, Tori opened up for singer George Jones and Confederate Railroad. She also warmed up for other artists such as Toby Keith, Trick Pony, Brad Paisley and even Charlie Daniels.
Half A Man

Tori first signed a record deal with Superkala Records after recording a demo and later signed another deal with Dreamworks Records where she released the single “Half a Man” in 2005.

However, the single didn’t appear to make any music charts at all and Tori never appeared to have released an album. These days, it’s seems as if Tori Baxley has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the 2000s.

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

NLT

NLTNLT (short for Not Like Them) was a pop music boy band from the 2000s who were discovered by record producer Chris Stokes, who signed them to his record label, TUG Entertainment.

The members of the band consisted of Travis Garland (born on July 26, 1989 in Lubbock, Texas), Kevin McHale (born Kevin Michael McHale on June 14, 1988 in Plano, Texas), Justin Joseph “JJ” Thorne (born on July 13, 1989 in Canyon Country, California) and Vahe “V” Sevani (born on September 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California).

The band first began after Chris Stokes booked a local dance studio in Los Angeles, California to hold rehearsals for a different music group and Vahe’s parents were the owners of the studio.
that girlIn March of 2007, the band released their debut single, “That Girl” which didn’t appear to make the charts at all. The following month, they opened up for The Pussycat Dolls along with singer Chantelle Paige and were featured on the soundtrack for “Bratz: The Movie” with the track “Heartburn.”
She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go)The band’s follow-up single, “She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go)” peaked at #65 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart and #36 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart, making it their only charting single to date.
silent nightDuring that same year, NLT released a Christmas single, “Silent Night.” In 2008, they participated in the Bandemonium Tour (which featured bands VFactory and Menudo).
karmaIn April of that same year, they released their last single, “Karma” as a digital download. By 2009, NLT had disbanded and their debut album was never released.

Since then, some of the band members have continued to stay active in the entertainment business.

Kevin McHale went on to achieve fame in the FOX network series “Glee” and hosted the British panel show “Virtually Famous” on the E4 Network from 2014 to 2016. Currently, he is one of four host on Dash Radio’s “Sick of My Own Voice” show.

JJ Thorne went on to be a member of another boy band, One Call (which disbanded in 2011); in 2018, he released an EP called “My Laptop Was Stolen And All I Have Left Are These Songs: Mixtape.”

Travis Garland is now an independent recording artist, songwriter & producer; in 2013, he released his self-titled debut album. Vahe Sevani is married with a son, August; it’s unknown if he is still active with his music career.

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

To see the music video for “She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go),” go to:

To see a video for “Silent Night,” go to:

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

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

nationalonehitwonderday

Hello, music fans! Today is National One Hit Wonder Day and in honor of this day, I will be posting videos of some of the one-hit wonders from the ’70s to the 2000s that I have covered on my blog throughout the years.

Enjoy!

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Kalan Porter

kalan porterKalan Porter (born Richard Kalan Porter on November 11, 1985 in Irvine, Alberta, Canada) is a former Canadian pop\rock singer-songwriter who is known for winning the second season of the reality TV singing competition series, “Canadian Idol.”

He began singing as at a young age and his mother took him to music lessons where he learned how to play several instruments such as the violin. He played in a family band where they performed cover songs of rock & pop music.

In 2004, Kalan was preparing to leave home for Montreal, Quebec, Canada to study viola performance at the Schulich School of Music in McGill University, but he decided to audition for “Canadian Idol.” While on the show, he beat out 8,977 other contestants and at the time, he was the only contestant to have never been in the bottom three of two of the competition.
awake in a dreamIn October of 2004, he released his debut single, “Awake in a Dream” which topped the Canadian Singles chart for 8 weeks, becoming one of the biggest-selling debut singles by a Canadian artist in the history of the Canadian music charts.
219 DaysA month later, Kalan released his debut album “219 Days” on the Sony BMG record label where it peaked at #4 on the Canadian Albums chart and was certified 8x Platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

His follow-up single, “Single” peaked at #9 on the Canadian Singles chart. However, the last single from the album, “In Spite of It All” didn’t match the success of his previous singles, peaking at only #38 on the Canadian Singles chart.

In 2005, Kalan won MuchMusic’s People’s Choice Award for “Favourite Canadian Artist.” In 2006, he was nominated for three Juno Awards: “Artist of the Year,” “Album of the Year” and “Pop Album of the Year.”

During 2006, Kalan took time off before recording his follow-up album to be with his mother, who was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and his grandmother, who was awaiting surgery.
Wake Up LivingIn 2007, Kalan released his sophomore album, “Wake Up Living” which peaked at #7 on the Canadian Albums chart.

The lead single, “Down in Heaven” peaked at #25 on the Canadian Singles chart,
however, the follow-up singles released from the album, “Destination (Where I Belong)” & “Hurray” failed to chart at all.

After that, not much was heard from Kalan and it seemed as if he faded into obscurity. In 2013, it was reported that he was a graduate student in business at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

According to research, Kalan now works as a software engineer at Coursera in San Francisco, California. His sister, MacKenzie is now a country music singer.

To see a fan-made video for “Awake in a Dream,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “In Spite of It All,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Destination (Where I Belong),” go to:

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

Skye SweetnamSkye Sweetnam (born Skye Alexandra Sweetnam on May 5, 1988 in Bolton, Ontario, Canada) is a pop\rock singer who started her career during the 2000s.
3 Song DemoSkye began singing & dancing as a young girl and by the time she was a teenager, she began songwriting. In 2000, she recorded a three-song demo with the help of a local music school in her hometown which was later released promotionally.

In 2003, she began working with Canadian music producer & instrumentalist James Robertson on her soon-to-be debut album.
Billy S.In May of that same year, Skye released the single “Billy S.” which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “How To Deal.” The song peaked at #15 on the Canadian Digital Songs chart and #92 on the France Top 100 chart. In Canada, the music video received airplay on the YTV and MuchMusic television channels.

From July to August 2003, Skye toured in summer camps as part of the “America Camplified Tour” and in September of that same year, she performed at some venues in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Ontario, Canada.
Tangled Up In MeIn March of 2004, she released her follow-up single “Tangled Up in Me” which peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart and #37 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart. It was managed to make the charts in Italy where it peaked at #39 on the Italy Top 50 chart.
Noise From The BasementIn September of that same year, Skye released her debut album, “Noise From the Basement” on Capitol Records which peaked at #124 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Albums chart.
Number OneThe last single released from the album, “Number One” didn’t chart, but in Canada, it managed to peak at #22 on the MuchMusic Top 30 Countdown in 2005. A shorter version of the song with different lyrics was used in commercials for the Women’s National Basketball Association (or the WNBA).
SuperstarOne of the tracks from the album, “Superstar” was released as a standalone track on iTunes. It’s unknown how or if the song made the charts at all.

During 2004, Skye toured in North America and Europe as the opening act for Britney Spears’ Onyx Hotel Tour. She was supposed to continue touring with Britney during the summer, but the tour was cancelled after Britney injured her knee. Skye was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “Sleepover” with the track “Imaginary Superstar.”

In August of that same year, Skye performed at the 4th Annual Pantene Pro-Voice Concert in New York City and toured with Ryan Cabrera in November of that same year as well.

Skye has provided the theme songs for various TV shows such as the Disney Channel animated series, “The Buzz on Maggie,” the Canadian animated sitcom, “Wayside” and the Canadian TV series, “Radio Free Roscoe.”

She also covered the song “Part of Your World” (from the Disney film, “The Little Mermaid”) which was featured on the compliation albums “Disneymania 3” and “DisneyRemixMania.” In 2006, Skye provided the singing voice for Barbie in “The Barbie Diaries.”

In 2007, she and singer Tim Armstrong (of punk rock band Rancid) released the single “Into Action” for Skye’s upcoming sophomore album. She was also the opening act for “Canadian Idol” winner Kalan Porter’s tour.
Sound SoldierIn October of 2007, she released her sophomore album “Sound Soldier” which didn’t appear to chart in Canada, but managed to peak at #161 on the Japan Oricon Weekly International Albums Chart.
HumanThe lead single from the album, “Human” was first released on her MySpace page as a sneak peak and the full version of the song was leaked to the Internet on September 8, 2007. It was nominated for a MuchMusic Video Award for “Best Cinematography” in 2008, but it’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

The follow-up single, a rework of the song, “(Let’s Get Movin’) Into Action” was released, but it’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all. Skye directed two music videos for two tracks from the album: “Music Is My Boyfriend” & “Babydoll Gone Wrong.”

On her MySpace page, Skye released the songs “Stay,” “Boomerang,” “MuSick” & “Wolves and Witches,” and also recorded the song “Lava Rock” for the video game, “Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll.”

In 2011, Skye formed a four-piece heavy metal and punk rock band called Sumo Cyco. They released their debut album, “Lost in Cyco City” in 2014. As of 2018, Skye continues to perform with the band.

To see the music video for “Shattered” (from the Japanese CD/DVD version of Skye’s debut album), go to:

To see the music video for “Billy S.,” go to:

To see the music video for “Tangled Up in Me,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Just The Way I Am” (the theme song for “The Buzz on Maggie”), go to:

To see the music video for “This Is Me” (from “The Barbie Diaries” soundtrack), go to:

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

To see the music video for “(Let’s Get Movin’) Into Action,” go to:

To see the music video for “Music Is My Boyfriend,” go to:

To see the music video for “Babydoll Gone Wrong,” go to:

As a bonus, here are the three tracks from Skye’s demo CD in 2000:

To see a fan-made video for “I’m Just a Girl,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’ve Been There Too,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Give It Time,” go to:

Stefy

Stefy
Stefy was a pop\rock band from Orange County, California that consisted of singer Stefy Rae, keyboardist Jason Gaviati, guitarist Sean Meyer and drummer Jordan Plosky. They originally performed under the name “The Lovely.”
ChelseaIn July of 2006, the band released their debut single, “Chelsea” which peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Songs chart and #18 on Billboard’s Dance\Mix Show Airplay chart. It also managed to peak at #82 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their only charting single.
john tucker must dieThe song was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “John Tucker Must Die” along with another song of theirs, “Fool For Love.”
The Orange AlbumIn August of that same year, Stefy released their debut and only album “The Orange Album” which peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart and #142 on the UK Albums chart.

The follow-up single from the album, “Hey School Boy” was released promotionally, but didn’t make the charts. Despite that, the song managed to receive generally positive reviews from critics.
Orange County
Another promotional single, “Orange County” was released, but didn’t chart although it was considered a standout track from the album. Two tracks from the album, “Pretty Little Nightmare” & “Lucky Girl” had music videos (which were made by Stefy Rae) although they were not released as singles.

In 2008, Steffy was dropped from their record label. In 2009, they released four new demos on their MySpace page.
Sorority RowIn September of that same year, Stefy Rae announced that a second album wasn’t going to happen unless she was signed to another record label. During that same year, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Sorority Row” with the track, “Tear Me Up.”

After that, it seems as if Stefy has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the band are currently up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Fool for Love” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “Pretty Little Nightmare,” go to:

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

As a bonus, to see a fan-made video for Stefy Rae’s song “Tear Me Up”, go to:

Las KetchupLas Ketchup is a Spanish pop girl group from Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain that originally consisted of the Muñoz sisters: Lola, Lucía and Pilar. They were discovered by flamenco record producer Manuel “Queco” Ruiz who signed them to his record label, Shaketown Music.
The Ketchup Song (Asereje)In June of 2002, the group released their debut single “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)” which became a smash hit, topping the charts in practically every country except for the United States where it peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs & Tropical Airplay charts.

In France, the song topped the music charts for 11 weeks and sold 1,310,000 copies and in the United Kingdom, it became the 50th best-selling single of the 2000s. It was also certified Platinum and Diamond internationally. It was later re-released as a Christmas song.
Hijas Del TomateIn July of 2002, Las Ketchup released their debut album “Hijas del Tomate” which topped the album charts in Spain and Finland. In the United States, it peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart & Latin Pop chart.

The album was also certified Platinum in the United States, Finland & Mexico, and Gold in France, Switzerland & Greece.
Kusha Las PayasThe group’s follow-up single, “Kusha Las Payas” was moderately successful, charting in countries such as Spain, Austria, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland & Romania (where it topped the Romanian Top 100 chart).

After that, Las Ketchup took a break from the public eye to write songs for a new album; during that time, Pilar had a baby.
Un BlodymaryIn 2006, the group returned to the music scene as a four-member girl group with sister Rocío. During that same year, they released their follow-up album “Un Blodymary.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
Un Blodymary singleThe title song peaked at #7 on the Spanish Singles chart. It also managed to chart in Finland, Hungary, Sweden & Swiss. They performed the song at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest where the song finished 21st with only 18 points.

Even though they haven’t released any other singles since 2006, Las Ketchup continues to perform publicly around Spain and in other countries as well these days. In 2016, they performed “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)” as an interval at the Swedish music competition, Melodifestivalen.

To see the music video for “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé),” go to:

To see the Spanglish version of “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé),” go to:

To see the music video for “Kusha Las Payas,” go to:

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

Angela Via

angela viaAngela Via (born Angela Jolene Trullinger Villarreal on December 29, 1981 in Raymondville, Texas) is a former teen pop singer from the 2000s.

As a young girl, Angela would lock herself in her bedroom or take her boombox to the porch of her house where she would practice singing for hours. When she was just 3 years old, she wrote her first song. When Angela was 9 years old, she and her family moved to Gresham, Oregon where se began singing in her church & school choirs.

In 1996, her father took her to a recording studio where she recorded some of her favorite songs such as Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and Selena’s “Amor Prohibido.” A year later in 1997, Angela’s version of Whitney Houston’s song, “You Were Loved” was featured on a regional fundraising album which led to her performing at cultural & charity events throughout the city.

In 1998, Angela won a talent show sponsored by a radio station in Portland, Oregon and was flown to Los Angeles, California to perform at a party for the film “The Wedding Singer” at Planet Hollywood. In 1999, she signed a seven-album record deal with the Lava\Atlantic Records label.
picture perfectIn 2000, she released her debut single, “Picture Perfect” which peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart #27 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart and #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The single went on to sell more than 110,000 copies and the music video (which featured actor Tom Welling as her love interest) received airplay on The Box and MTV. A Spanish-language version “Retrato Perfecto” was also released.
i don't care
Her follow-up single “I Don’t Care” peaked at #74 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. In 2001, Australian pop singer Delia Goodrem covered the song which peaked at #64 on the ARIA music charts.

During 2000, Angela was featured on the movie soundtracks to “Pokémon The Movie 2000” (with the track “Wonderland”) and “The Little Vampire” (with the track “Best Friends”).
angela via albumAngela’s debut album was supposed to be released in June of 2000, but it ended up being shelved.

However, in 2001, Atlantic Records planned to release an updated version of the album and Angela was supposed to release a new music video, but it ended up being shelved due to Angela’s rejection of a deal because she felt that it was demoralizing to her image in the music industry.

It wasn’t until 2004 that the album was given a digital release through RealPlayer’s music store.

In 2002, Angela recorded a Six Flags commercial where she performed her song “Papi Chulo” which received airplay in her home state, but later on in the year, she was dropped from Atlantic Records’ roster.

After that, nothing much was heard from Angela until April 2006 when it was announced that she signed a record deal with Virgin Records.

During that same year, she released two promotional singles: “Speakin’ Spanish,” “Baila Baila (Don’t Let This Party End).” Although some of the singles appeared to have received some moderate airplay, they didn’t seem to generate a lot of success.

Angela was supposed to release a new album called “Ready to Fly,” but for unknown reasons, it was never released and by 2008, she parted ways with Virgin Records.

According to research, these days, Angela is married with two daughters and resides in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Don’t Care,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Wonderland” (from the “Pokémon The Movie 2000” soundtrack), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Best Friends” (from “The Little Vampire” soundtrack), go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Speakin’ Spanish,” go to:

As a bonus, here is Angela’s Six Flags commercial featuring her song “Papi Chulo”: