Category: 90’s


DG

imageDG (or Distinguished Gentlemen) were an R&B group from New York. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Def Jam Records.
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In 1996, they released their debut single “Soakin’ Wet” which peaked at #94 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks. The follow-up single “Hush” didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
imageIt appears that DG’s debut album “Private Party” was released promotionally, but not officially.

These days, it appears as if DG has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the 90s.

To see a fan-made video for “Soakin’ Wet,” go to:

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

imageDigable Planets were an alternative hip-hop trio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that consisted of members Butterfly (born Ishmael Butler from Seattle, Washington), Ladybug Mecca (born Mary Ann Vieira from Silver Spring, Maryland) and Doodle Bug (born Craig Irving from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

Butterfly and Doodle Bug met in Philadelphia in the late ’80s. Ladybug Mecca and Doodlebug had been couple while they were attending Howard University. Butterfly was an intern at Sleeping Bag Records in New York and he would visit his grandmother in Philadelphia where Doodle Bug was living & rapping with a music act called The Dread Poets Society.

The initial demos were recorded under the name “Digable Planets” which only featured Butterfly. After a brief stint with two other members, he began collaborating with Ladybug Mecca and Doodle Bug in 1989. In 1992, the trio signed a record deal with Pendulum Records and moved to New York where Butterfly and Doodle Bug became roommates.
imageIn February of 1993, Digable Planets released their debut album “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)” which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.
imageThe trio’s debut single “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” became a hit, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart. The song also topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #12 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #6 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

The single was certified Gold by the RIAA with sales of 500,000 copies and even won a Grammy Award for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.”
imageThe follow-up single from the album “Where I’m From” peaked at #106 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #7 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #41 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #60 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
imageThe last single from Digable Planets’ debut album “Nickel Bags (Of Funk)” peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #93 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
imageIn October of 1994, Digable Planets released their sophomore album “Blowout Comb” peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe first single from the album “9th Wonder (Blackitolism)” peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #37 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
imageThe follow-up single “Dial 7 (Axiom Of Creamy Spies)” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #45 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #88 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

Due to creative differences, Digable Planets broke up in early 1995. Butterfly, Doodle Bug and Ladybug Mecca went on to pursue solo careers.
imageIn February of 2005, Digable Planets reunited and embarked on a reunion tour. In October of that same year, they released a compliation album “Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles.”

During an interview with “The Houston Chronicle” in 2010, Doodle Bug announced that a new single “Fresh Out” and a new untitled album would be released in the summer of 2010, but it appears those plans never materialized.

From 2009 to 2011, Doodle Bug and Butterfly toured across the United States, Europe and Canada. In December of 2012, a reunion show that was supposed to take place in Seattle, Washington ended up being cancelled days before the performance even began.

When asked about the current status of Digable Planets in an interview, Butterfly said, “I think it’s the end,” meaning that Digable Planets has disbanded for good.

Butterfly went on to collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire under the name “Shabazz Palaces” and they released two EPS in 2009. They released their debut album in 2011. In 2014, they released their current album “Lese Majesty.”

These days, Doodle Bug (now Cee Knowledge) tours as Cee Knowledge & the Cosmic Funk and has released two albums.

Ladybug Mecca (now Lady Mecca) released a solo album in 2005 and has collaborated with various musicians. She continues to perform as DJ Lady Mecca and was also the voice of Tracey Triceratops on the “Dino-5” children’s music CD.

To see the music video for “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” go to:

To see the music video for “Where I’m From,” go to:

To see the music video for “Nickel Bags (Of Funk),” go to:

To see the music video for “9th Wonder,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Dial 7,” go to:

Allure

imageAllure was an R&B group from Long Island, New York that originally consisted of Alia Davis, Akissa Mendez, Lalisha McClean and Linnie Belcher.

Alia, Lalisha & Akissa were studying at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York when they decided to form a group. They added Linnie Belcher, who was attending the Julia Richmond High School at the time.

For the next two years, the girls rehearsed & practiced which got them management connections which brought them to the attention of Poke (from production team Track Masters).

Poke worked with the girls and signed them to Track Masters under the name “Allure” and helped them sign with Mariah Carey’s record label, Crave Records.
imageIn April of 1997, Allure released their debut single “Head Over Heels” (featuring rapper Nas) which peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #17 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
imageIn May of 1997, the group released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #108 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.
imageThe second single, a cover version of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam’s song “All Cried Out” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #3 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks, making it Allure’s biggest hit to date.
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imageThe last two singles from the album “No Question” (featuring LL Cool J) and “Last Chance” didn’t appear to make the charts at all. After Allure was released from Crave Records, they signed with MCA Records in 2000.
imageIn 2001, they released their follow-up album “Sunny Days” which peaked at #68 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe lead single from the album “Enjoy Yourself” peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
imageThe follow-up single “Kool Wit Me” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. After that, Linnie left Allure & the group signed with basketball player Ron Artest’s record label Tru Warier Records.
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In 2004, Allure released their third album “Chapter III” which didn’t make the charts at all & went unnoticed by the public (even though it did get some press due to Ron Artest’s NBA suspension at the time).
imageThe two singles released from the album “Uh Oh” (featuring reggae artist Elephant Man) and “I Think I’m in Love” (featuring rapper Joe Budden) failed to make any impact on the charts at all. After that, the group left Ron Artest’s label.
imageNothing much was heard from Allure until 2010 when they released their fourth album “Time’s Up” which (according to research) has been recorded on CD-Rs & not much information is given about the album.

Allure last performed at the Barbados Music Festival in December of 2011, but currently, it’s unknown what they are up to or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see the music video for “Head Over Heels,” go to:

To see the music video for “All Cried Out,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “No Question,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Hate 2 Luv U,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Going Crazy” (from their album “Time’s Up”), go to:

Sheena Easton

imageSheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a female singer that began her career in the 1980s.

The youngest of six children, Sheena first began singing when she was five years old at the celebration of her aunt & uncle’s 25th wedding anniversary. She didn’t consider a singing career until she saw the Barbra Streisand film “The Way We Were.”

From 1975 to 1979, Sheena attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland on a scholarship where she trained as a speech & drama teacher during the day and sang with a band called Something Else in local clubs at night.

In 1979, Sheena married her first husband, Sandi Easton, but they divorced eight months later & she decided to keep her husband’s last name. During that same year, one of Sheena’s tutors at the Royal Scottish Academy convinced her to audition for Esther Rantzen, who was the producer of the BBC television show “The Big Time.”

Esther was planning a documentary film to document an unknown singer’s rise to pop music fame and Sheena was selected for the program where she met and sang with singers Dusty Springfield and Lulu, whose manager told Sheena that she wouldn’t make “the big time,” but within a year of the airing of “The Big Time,” Sheena proved Lulu’s manager wrong when she was offered a record contract with EMI Records.

For much of 1980, Sheena was followed by camera crews who filmed her as she worked on her debut single.
imageIn February of 1980, she released her debut single “Modern Girl” which originally peaked at #56 on the U.K. Singles chart, but it later re-entered the chart, peaking at #8. When the single was released in the United States a year later, it peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
imageIn May of 1980, Sheena released her second single “9 to 5” which became her first big hit, topping the charts in the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

When the single was released in the United States in 1981, the song title was changed to “Morning Train (9 to 5)” to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton’s song “9 to 5” which charted at the same time as Sheena’s single.

During 1980, Sheena was voted for various awards such as “Best British Female Singer” by the Daily Mirror Pop & Rock Awards, “Best Newcomer” by Capital Radio and “Best Female Singer” by the TV Times Readers Awards.
imageIn October of 1980, Sheena released her third single “One Man Woman” which was only released in Europe. The song managed to peak at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart and #5 in Ireland.

imageIn January of 1981, Sheena’s debut album “Take My Time” was released. It peaked at #17 on the U.K. Albums chart. Two months later, the album was released in the United States & Canada as a self-titled ten-track album. It was certified Gold in the U.K. and the U.S.
imageThe fourth single from the album “Take My Time” peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “When He Shines” peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart, #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
imageIn 1981, Sheena sang the theme song to the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only.”

The song was originally planned in mind for Donna Summer or Dusty Springfield, but film company, United Artists suggested Sheena to sing the song. At first, songwriter Bill Conti wasn’t impressed with Sheena, but later decided to work with her after he met her in person.

The song peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also nominated for “Best Song” at the 1982 Academy Awards and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Music (Original Song).” Sheena also won a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” in 1981.
imageIn September of 1981, Sheena released her third album “You Could Have Been With Me” which peaked at #33 on the U.K. Albums chart. When the album was released in the U.S. a year later, it peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200.
imageThe first single from the album “Just Another Broken Heart” peaked at #33 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe second single from the album “You Could Have Been With Me” peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart, #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
imageThe last single from the album “A Little Tenderness” managed to chart in Germany, Japan and the Netherlands, but not in the U.K. or U.S.
imageIn 1982, Sheena released her fourth album “Madness, Money & Music” which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Albums chart and #85 on the Billboard 200.
imageThe first single from the album “Machinery” peaked at #38 on the U.K. Singles chart and #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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imageThe second & third singles “Are You Man Enough” and “Ice Out in the Rain” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageThe last single from the album “I Wouldn’t Beg For Water” peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

During that same year, Sheena went on her first U.S. tour and her performance in Los Angeles, California was videotaped and broadcast on HBO (& later released on VHS) as “Sheena Easton Live at the Palace, Hollywood.”
imageIn 1983, Sheena sang a duet with Kenny Rogers entitled “We’ve Got Tonight” which topped Billboard’s Country Singles chart and also peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #2 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. In the U.K., the song peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageDuring that same year, she released her fifth album “Best Kept Secret” which peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #99 on the U.K. Albums chart.

For this album, Sheena fired her music producer Christopher Neil & hired American music producers such as Jay Graydon, Greg Mathieson and Trevor Veitch (who worked with Laura Branigan) & recorded the album in the United States.
imageThe first single released from the album “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. In the U.K., the song only peaked at #84 on the U.K. Singles chart. It was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.”
image The second single “Almost Over You” peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #89 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “Devil in a Fast Car” peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also charted in Japan, but it failed to make any impact in the United Kingdom.
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In 1984, Sheena released her sixth (and first Spanish-language) album “Todo me recuerda a ti.” The album consists of her greatest hits sung in Spanish. The album went Gold in Mexico and Argentina.
imageThe first single from the album, a duet with Mexican singer Luis Miguel called “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” received a Grammy Award for “Best Mexican\Mexican-American Performance” at the 27th Grammy Awards, but the win received some controversy with Mexican-American musicians.
imageThe follow-up single from the album, a Spanish-language version of “We’ve Got Tonight” was sung as a duet with singer Dyango.
imageIn October of that same year, Sheena released her seventh album “A Private Heaven” which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe first single “Strut” peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. It also managed to chart in Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

It was also nominated for a Grammy for “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” at the 27th Grammy Awards and introduced a more sexually suggestive image of Sheena.
imageThe second single “Sugar Walls” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s dance music charts. It also peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The song was written by Prince (using the pseudonym “Alexander Nevermind”). Because the song’s suggestive lyrics, it was put on the PMRC (Parents’ Music Resource Council)’s “Filthy Fifteen” songs list and the music video was banned due to its risque imagery.
imageThe third single “Swear” peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #43 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
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imageTwo more singles from the album “Back to the City” and “Hungry Eyes” didn’t generate a lot of success as the previous three singles did.
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In November of 1985, Sheena released her eighth album “Do You” which peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200.
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The first single from the album “Do It For Love” peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 and #21 on Billboard’s Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe second single from the album, a cover version of Martha & the Vandellas song “Jimmy Mack” peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “Magic of Love” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageIn late 1985, Sheena contributed the song “It’s Christmas (All Over the World)” to the 1985 film “Santa Claus The Movie.”
imageIn 1986, Sheena contributed the song “So Far, So Good” for the film “…About Last Night” which peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #32 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageIn 1987, Sheena’s ninth album “No Sound But a Heart” was released in Canada, Japan, Mexico and other Asian markets.

The album was supposed to be released in the United States, but it ended up being delayed by EMI Records after the label was absorbed into EMI\Manhattan Records.
imageThe lead single “Eternity” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. The album would be Sheena’s last release on EMI Records and in 1988, she signed with MCA Records.

During that same year, Sheena appeared in Prince’s concert film “Sign o’ the Times” and dueted with him on the song “U Got the Look” which ended up being nominated for two Grammy Awards for “Best R&B Vocal, Duo or Group” and “Best R&B Song.”
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In November of 1987, Sheena guest-starred on the NBC series “Miami Vice” where she portrayed the role of Caitlin Davies for five episodes. She was also featured on the soundtrack to the show’s soundtrack with the song “Follow My Rainbow” which managed to chart in New Zealand & the Netherlands.

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In November of 1988, Sheena released her tenth album “The Lover in Me” which peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #30 on the U.K. Albums chart, making the first album to chart in the U.K. for over 5 years. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.
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The title song became a hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #5 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #15 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it Sheena’s first top 20 hit in 8 years.
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The second single from the album “Days Like This” peaked at #43 on the U.K. Singles chart and #35 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
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The third single “101” peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
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The last single from the album “No Deposit, No Return” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
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In 1989, Sheena sang another duet with Prince on the “Batman” movie soundtrack called “The Arms of Orion” which peaked at #27 on the U.K. Singles chart and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1990, Sheena revisited Scotland to perform at a festival in Glasgow, but after announcing that it was “good to be back home” in an American accent which resulted in fans throwing bottles (some of them containing urine) at her, she was forced to cut her set short. After that incident, Sheena vowed never to perform in Scotland again.
imageIn 1991, Sheena released her eleventh album “What Comes Naturally” which peaked at #90 on the Billboard 200 chart.
imageThe title song peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #39 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, making it Sheena’s last Top 40 hit in the United States.
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imageThe follow-up singles from the album “You Can Swing It” and “To Anyone” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
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During that same year, she was featured on the soundtrack to the animated film “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” with the track “A Dream Worth Keeping.”

In 1992, Sheena became an U.S. citizen and hold dual citizenship in the United States and Scotland. During that same year in Japan & Germany, an unofficial version of “Modern Girl (Live in San Diego)” was released with the recordings of “That’s Life” and was from her early years with EMI & it became sort of a bootleg version of her concert of her first worldwide 1982 tour.
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In August of 1993, Sheena released her 12th album “No Strings” which featured jazz & standard music, leaving her previous pop\R&B music style behind.

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One of the songs from the album “The Nearness of You” was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Indecent Proposal” where she was also featured in a cameo role singing the song as Herbie Hancock played the piano. The song was released as a promotional single in some markets in Europe, but it didn’t appear to make the charts.
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In 1995, Sheena released her 13th album “My Cherie” which didn’t appear to make any album charts at all. The album featured adult pop music songs.

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The title was released a single, but it failed to make any impact on the music charts at all.

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The follow-up singles from the album “Too Much in Love” and “Flower in the Rain” failed to chart at all as well.

Between 1995 and 1996, Sheena adopted a boy named Jake and a girl named Skylar. In 1996, she provided the voice of Sasha La Fleur in the movie “All Dogs Go To Heaven 2” and was featured on the movie soundtrack as well.

In 1997, she sang the theme song to the movie “Shiloh” called “Are There Angels.” During that same year, Sheena guest-starred in a episode of the Canadian television series “The Outer Limits” and sang two songs from the “My Cherie” album.
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In the late ’90s, Sheena signed an album deal with MCA Japan and in 1997, she released her 14th album “Freedom” which peaked at #53 on the album chart in Japan. It wasn’t released in the United States until 2007 (in order to coincide with the launch of her website).
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The singles “Modern Girl ’97,” “When You Speak My Name” and “Love Me With Freedom” failed to make the charts at all.
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In 1999, Sheena released her 15th album “Home” which peaked at #97 on the Japanese Albums chart.
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The lead single “Carry A Dream” was the theme song to a Japanese animated film called “Marco.” The follow-up single “My Treasure is You” was also released, but it’s unknown how both singles made the charts.

Between 1999 and 2000, New York-based record label One Way Records gained the rights to release all of Sheena’s music from EMI-America Records.
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In 2000, a CD of ballads sung by Sheena called “Best Ballads” was released by Universal Japan.
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During that same year, Sheena signed a record deal with Universal International UK Records and released her 16th album “Fabulous” which peaked at #185 on the UK Albums chart.
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The first single, a cover version of The Three Degrees’ song “Giving Up, Giving In” peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart.
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The second single from the album, a cover version of Donna Summer’s song “Love Is In Control” (along with the double A-side song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”) was released and a music video that took footage of Sheena’s album launch concert at the G-A-Y Nightclub in London, but it flopped & it ended up being shelved.

When “Fabulous” was released in Japan in February of 2001, a cover version of Frankie Valli’s song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” was released. During that same year, Sheena was asked to perform songs from the album to close out the 2001 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ceremonies.

From 2002 to 2003, Sheena performed at the Las Vegas Hilton in a show called “For Your Ears Only.” In 2003, she contributed vocals to the song “If You’re Happy” for a CD in Japan called “Cover Morning Musume-Hello Project.” She also began hosting a talk show called “Vegas Live,” but was later replaced by Brian McKnight.

In 2004, she was inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Resort & Casino.

These days, Sheena lives in Henderson, Nevada and is the single mother of her son & daughter. Reportedly, she made shrewd investments in Florida property, but has denied those claims. In December of 2013, it was reported that Sheena sold her five-bedroom mansion in July of that same year for $430,650 and brought a smaller home.

These days, Sheena performs gigs sporadically and from 2013 to 2014, she had her own show called “The Sheena Easton Show” at the South Point Casino Las Vegas, but it appears that she has been staying out of the spotlight & it’s unknown if she’ll release another album anytime soon.

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

To see a fan-made video for “9 to 5 (Morning Train),” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Take My Time,” go to:

To see the music video for “When He Shines,” go to:

To see the music video for “For Your Eyes Only,” go to:

To see the music video for “Just Another Broken Heart,” go to:

To see the music video for “You Could’ve Been With Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “A Little Tenderness,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Are You Man Enough,” go to:

To see the music video for “Ice Out in the Rain,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Wouldn’t Beg For Water,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair),” go to:

To see the music video for “Almost Over You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Devil in a Fast Car,” go to:

To see a video for “We’ve Got Tonight” (with Kenny Rogers), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” (with Luis Miguel), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “La Noche Y Tu” (with Dyango), go to:

To see the music video for “Back in the City,” go to:

To see a video for “Strut,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “It’s Christmas (All Over the World),” go to:

To see the music video for “Do It for Love,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Magic of Love,” go to:

To see the music video for “So Far, So Good,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “The Lover in Me,” go to:

To see the music video for “Days Like This,” go to:

To see the music video for “101,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “No Deposit, No Return,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Arms of Orion,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Follow My Rainbow,” go to:

To see the music video for “What Comes Naturally,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Can Swing It,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “A Dream Worth Keeping,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Nearness in You,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Too Much in Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Flower in the Rain,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Modern Girl ’97,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “When You Speak My Name,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Me with Freedom,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “My Treasure Is You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Giving Up Giving In,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Is in Control,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” go to:

Patrice Rushen

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Patrice Rushen (born Patricia Louise Rushen on September 30, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B\jazz singer, composer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist.

When she was only 3 years old, Patrice’s parents enrolled her in music classes at USC and by her teen years, she won a solo competition at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival which earned her a record contract with Prestige Records. Patrice attended Locke High in South Los Angeles, California and attended the University of Southern California where she earned a degree in music.

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In 1974, Patrice released her debut album “Prelusion” which was mainly a instrumental jazz record. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.
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In 1975, she released her second album “Before the Dawn” which featured a fusion of R&B, pop and rock elements to jazz music. The album managed to peak at #14 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and #48 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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In 1977, Patrice released her third album “Shout it Out” which peaked at #164 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

The album would be her last album on Prestige Records before signing with Elektra Records. Patrice was also featured on albums by artists such as Eddie Henderson & Donald Byrd.

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In 1978, Patrice released her self-titled album (and first on Elektra Records) “Patrice” which peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200, #27 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #5 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

The album was heavily criticized by jazz fans due to the album featuring a more R&B\pop music style and Patrice was accused of being a sellout.

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The first single “Hang It Up” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The follow-up single “When I Found You” peaked at #87 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
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In 1979, Patrice released her fifth album “Pizzazz” which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200, #11 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

The first single from the album “Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ Up” peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

The second single “Haven’t You Heard” peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #7 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

The last single released from the album “Let the Music Take Me” peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
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In 1980, Patrice released her sixth album “Posh” which peaked at #71 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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The first single “Look Up!” peaked at #102 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart (along with “Never Gonna Give You Up”) and #13 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
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The follow-up single “Never Gonna Give You Up” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks and #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart (along with “Look Up!”).
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In 1982, Patrice released her seventh album “Straight From the Heart” which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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The lead single from the album “Forget Me Nots” became Patrice’s biggest & well-known hit to date, peaking at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks and #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music chart.
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The follow-up single “Breakout!” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
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The last single released from the album “I Was Tired of Being Alone” peaked at #79 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
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In 1984, Patrice released her eighth album “Now” which peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard’s R&B & Top Jazz Albums charts.
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The lead single from the album “Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)” peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #3 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
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The follow-up single “Get Off (You Fascinate Me)” peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #26 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. After that, Patrice left Elektra Records and signed with Arista Records.
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In 1987, Patrice released her ninth album (and only album on Arista Records) “Watch Out!” which peaked at #77 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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The title song peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
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The second single from the album “Anything Can Happen” peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
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The last single released from the album “Come Back to Me” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #65 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

During that same year, Patrice composed two songs for the Robert Townsend film “Hollywood Shuffle.”

In 1988, Patrice was the musical director for his HBO variety show series “Partners in Crime.” She was also a musical consultant for “The Women of Brewster Place” and the musical director for the TV series “The Midnight Hour.”

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In 1990, Patrice released her 10th album “The Meeting” which also featured artists such as saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler. The album peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

In 1993, Patrice served as the musical director for Janet Jackson’s “Janet” world tour. During that same year, she signed a record deal with Hollywood Records.
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A year later in 1994, she released her eleventh album “Anything but Ordinary” which failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

The album was supposed to be released on Hollywood Records, but the label wasn’t happy with it & they ended up shelving it, but Sin-Drome Records bought the album rights & re-issued the album.

In 1997, her publishing company was honored by the ASCAP for Will Smith’s song “Men in Black” (wich sampled Patrice’s song “Forget Me Nots”).

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In 1998, Patrice released her 12th album “Signature” on GPR Records which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Since then, Patrice’s career has taken off. She has been the only female music director\composer for the People’s Choice Awards, worked with HBO’s Comic Relief, became the first woman to serve as the musical director for the NAACP Image Awards and the first woman in 43 to serve as the head composer\musical director of the Emmy Awards.

Patrice has composed music in film & television and has performed & produced music for various artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Carlos Santana, Tom Jones, Nancy Wilson, Boyz II Men and George Benson. She has also served as a Composer in Residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and 2001.

In 2005, Patrice received an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music and a year later, she was honored by Jazz At Lincoln Center at the 2nd Annual Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival. In April of 2008, she accepted a professorship at Berklee where she teaches a course called “Patrice Rushen: The Value of Music Education.”

These days, Patrice composes music for films, television & orchestras. She also still continues to perform. She also works closely with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS “Grammy in the Schools” program & works with other organizations that are dedicated to establishing music education & mentorship programs for inner-city youth.

To see a fan-made video for “Hang It Up,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “When I Found You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Givin’ It Up is Givin’ Up,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Haven’t You Heard,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Never Gonna Give You Up,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Was Tired of Being Alone,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go),” go to:

To see the music video for “Get Off (You Fascinate Me),” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Anything Can Happen,” go to:

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

R Angels

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R Angels were a girl group from the 2000s that consisted of members Vonnie King, Gina Minks, Lian Sorhaindo and Dorothy Szamborska (born on April 15, 1981 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland). In 1999, they were signed to Motown\Universal Records.
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In 1999, they released their first single “I Need to Know” which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Stuart Little.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts.
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In 2000, R Angels released their debut (and only) album “Where’s the Party?” which didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
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Their follow-up single “Left To Right” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. R Angels toured with artists such as LFO, B*Witched and Nick Cannon. They even performed at *NSYNC’s charity basketball game. After that, R Angels disbanded.

Dorothy went on to perform with another short-lived music group, Scene 23. After completing school, she relocated to Los Angeles, trying to revive her career. Vonnie become a member of rock music band, Fountain of Tears.

Gina became a children’s music artist, releasing the album “Let’s Play Pretend” in 2011 and is the mother of three children. It’s unknown what Lian Sorhaindo is up to these days.

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

Rockie Robbins

imageRockie Robbins (born Edward Robbins from Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an R&B singer from the late ’70s\early 80s.

In his teen years, Rockie sang with a music group called the Mystics. During that same time, he made a demo that he sent to A&M Records, who later signed him to the label.
imageIn 1979, he released his self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The original album session tapes were erased on the way from the recording studio to the record company.

The first single from the album “Be Ever Wonderful” (a cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s song) peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.

A follow-up single “Funk Street” was released, but didn’t make the charts at all. The song “If I Ever Lose You” managed to get some radio airplay.
imageIn 1980, Rockie released his second album “You & Me” which peaked at #71 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on Billboard’s R&B chart.
imageThe title song peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it his only appearance on the chart to date) and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

The follow-up single “Hang Tough” peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
imageThe last single from the album “After Loving You” peaked at #59 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
imageIn 1981, Rockie released his third album “I Believe in Love” which peaked at #147 on the Billboard 200 and #47 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe first single from the album “Time to Think” which peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The title song peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

Rockie later switched over to MCA Records. In 1984, he was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “Beverly Hills Cop” with the track “Emergency.”
imageIn 1985, Rockie released his self-titled fourth album which peaked at #60 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe single “We Belong Together” peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
imageAnother single from the album “I’ve Got Your Number” was released, but failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageIn 1989, Rockie released the single “Serious” on Profile Records. It’s unknown how or if it made any impact on the charts at all.
imageDuring that same year, he signed to the Respect record label in the United Kingdom and in 1991, he released the album “Are You Ready.” It’s unknown how much impact on the album made in the United Kingdom.

These days, it seems as if Rockie Robbins has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from him lately.

To see a fan-made video for “Be Ever Wonderful,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You and Me,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “After Loving You,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Believe in Love,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “We Belong Together,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’ve Got Your Number,” go to:

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

Black Maddness

imageBlack Maddness was a hip-hop\rap duo from Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York that consisted of Black Man and Madd Poet.
imageIn 1992, they released their first single “Igpay Antinlay” which didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
imageIn 1993, Black Maddness released their second (and last) single “Wild Brooklyn Bandits” which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart.

After that, it seems as if Black Maddness faded into obscurity. They never released an album and it’s unknown what they are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Wild Brooklyn Bandits,” go to:

M2M

imageM2M were a female pop duo from Lorenskog, Norway that consisted of Marit Larsen (born Marit Elisabeth Larsen on July 1, 1983) & Marion Raven (born Marion Elise Ravn on May 25, 1984). Their name was chosen from a contest held for fans to give them a name for the band.
imageThe girls have known each other since they were 5 years old. In 1996, they released a children’s music album in Norway called “Synger Kjente Barnesanger” under the name “Marit & Marion.”

In their teen years, the girls were discovered by Norwegian music producers Kai Robole & Kenneth M. Lewis and in 1998, they were signed to Atlantic Records.
imageIn October of 1999, M2M’s debut single “Don’t Say You Love Me” was released to radio & was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Pokemon the First Movie.”

The song first received airplay on Radio Disney in the United States in November of 1999, but it wasn’t until early 2000 that it was officially released.

The song became a hit, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Singles Sales chart & #40 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay & Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart.

Internationally, the song peaked at #2 in their native Norway. It also topped the charts in South Korea & was moderately successful in the United Kingdom, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Germany & Switzerland. It was certified Gold in the United States & Australia.
imageIn March of 2000, the duo released their debut album “Shades of Purple” which peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.

Internationally, the album was certified Gold in Norway & Chile and Platinum in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand & Taiwan.
imageM2M’s follow-up single “Mirror Mirror” peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 in Australia and #13 in Canada. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States.
imageThe third single from the album “The Day You Went Away” (which was originally sung in 1992 by Australian singer Wendy Williams) didn’t appear to make much
impact on the charts.

Two more singles from the album “Pretty Boy” and “Girl in Your Dreams” failed to chart as well.
imageThe last single from the album “Everything You Do” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

M2M performed a conert special at Epcot in Walt Disney World with boy band BBMak and on April 29, 2000, it was broadcast under the name “M2M and BBMak in Concert.” They also went on tour with Hanson as the opening act.
imageIn 2002, M2M released their sophomore album “The Big Room” which managed to chart in Norway & Australia, but not in the United States. It was certified Platinum in Thailand, the Phillippines & Indonesia. It was released a year earlier in Asia where it received positive reception.
imageThe first single from the album “Everything” peaked at #6 in Norway, #27 in Australia & #44 in New Zealand. It was released in the United States, but it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100.
imageThe follow-up single “What You Do to Me” only peaked at #46 in Australia, but didn’t chart anywhere else (including their home country).
imageThe third single “Don’t” was only released in the U.S., but it didn’t make the charts at all.

The last single from the album “Wanna Be Where You Are” was only released in the Philippines. It’s unknown how or if it charted there. During that same year, M2M participated in the Pantene Pro-Voice concert series.

Due to low record sales, the duo was dropped from Atlantic Records while they were on tour with Jewel and after that, M2M broke up.

While Marit went on to finish up high school, Marion was immediately signed to a solo record deal with Atlantic Records. She wrote songs for artists such as Tammin Sursok, Maria Arredondo & Lindsay Lohan. She released her debut album in 2005.

These days, Marion & Marit are pursuing separate solo music careers. Most recently, Marion released her sixth album “Scandal, Vol. 2.” Marit’s fourth album “When the Morning Comes” topped the album charts in Norway in 2014.

To see the music video for “Don’t Say You Love Me,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “The Day You Went Away,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Girl in Your Dreams,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “What You Do to Me,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Wanna Be Where You Are,” go to:

Olive

imageOlive was a trip-hop\electronic\dance group from England that consisted of producer\instrumentalist\songwriter Tim Kellett (born on July 23, 1964 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England), singer Ruth-Ann Boyle (born on April 26, 1970 in Sunderland, England) and producer\keyboard programmer Robin Taylor-Firth.

Tim was a member of Simply Red, playing keyboards & providing background vocals. After the band’s fourth album “Stars,” he left the band. Robin was a member of George Evelyn’s music project, Nightmares on Wax. Ruth-Ann used to sing in bands in her hometown of Sutherland. Tim & Robin met through a mutual friend who joined Simply Red as a bassist and together, they formed a musical collaboration.

By 1994, the duo had made three demos while searching for a singer. When Tim was on tour with Vini Riley’s The Durutti Column, playing keyboards, he was playing back pre-recorded keyboard samples on stage when he heard a vocal sample & the voice on the sample was Ruth-Ann (who provided the sample for The Durutti Column’s album “Sex and Death”).

Tim contacted Ruth-Ann (who was working at a bar at the time) about singing for the band & after an audition, she was in the band. After the demos were finished, they attracted the attention of record labels in the United Kingdom. In September of 1995, Olive signed with RCA Records.
imageIn 1996, Olive released their debut album “Extra Virgin” which peaked at #15 on the U.K. Albums chart. In the U.S., the album managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
imageThe first single from the album “Miracle” peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart. It was originally released in 1996, but then it was re-released a year later as a remixed version. It peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart and #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe follow-up single “You’re Not Alone” topped the U.K. Singles chart for 2 weeks, making it their biggest hit to date.

The remixed version of the song managed to peak at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #5 on Billboard’s Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. The song also won the “Best Dance Music” award at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards.
imageThe last single from the album “Outlaw” peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart and #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. A promotional single “You Are Nothing” was released, but it didn’t make any charts at all.

Robin later left the band to focus on Nightmares on Wax and other various projects, leaving only Tim & Ruth-Ann as a duo. Later on, RCA Records’ U.K. branch dropped Olive from their label, but they were signed by Madonna’s Maverick Records (supposedly after Madonna went to one of their concerts in Germany).
imageIn May of 2000, Olive released their sophomore album “Trickle” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, but missed the U.K. Albums chart.
imageThey released a cover version of 10cc’s 1975 hit song “I’m Not in Love” which topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in July of 2000. It was featured on the soundtrack to the film “The Next Big Thing” (which starred Madonna). It also peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Olive’s success started to fade & they ended up going into an hiatus. Tim focused on songwriting so he could spend time with his family. Ruth-Ann joined music group Enigma as a vocalist and in 2007, she released her debut solo album “What About Us” through iTunes.

In 2009, rapper Tinchy Stryder released his version of Olive’s hit song “You Are Not Alone” which sparked new interest in them.

During that same time, it was announced that Olive was working on their third album which was scheduled to be released in 2011, but as of 2014, it remains unreleased & it’s unknown what the current status of the album is.

These days, Robin Taylor-Firth resides in Spain and he recently signed a publishing deal with Sony Atv Music Publishing. Tim Kellett resides in Derbyshire, England where he owns a residential recording studio. It’s unknown what Ruth-Ann Boyle is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “You’re Not Alone,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “I’m Not in Love,” go to: