Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Seduction

Seduction was an all-female freestyle\dance-pop group from the 90's that was created by Robert Clivillés and David Cole (of C&C Music Factory).    
The group was originaly intended as a studio project and the first single, "Seduction" (later retitled "Seduction's Theme") that featured vocals by Carol Cooper & was released to dance clubs.

The single managed to peak at #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1989 and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #87 on the U.K. Singles chart.

After the success of the single, Cole and Clivillés assembled a group of girls who displayed talent, sex appeal and multiformat potential.

The girls that chosen were April Harris (born on March 25, 1967), Michelle Visage (born Michelle Shupack on September 20, 1968 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey), and Idalis DeLeon (born June 15, 1966).
In October of 1989, Seduction released their only album, "Nothing Matters Without Love" which peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their second single, "You're My One and Only (True Love)" peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1989, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in August of 1989, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #56 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in August of 1989, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The song also peaked at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album and biggest hit to date, "Two To Make it Right" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1990 and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in January of 1990. The song also peaked at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single, a cover version of Taana Gardner's hit dance song, "Heartbeat" peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1990, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #21 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in February of 1990, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #75 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fifth single from the album, "Could This Be Love" peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1990, #21 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in September of 1990, and #38 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1990, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Breakdown" peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1990, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles chart.

By mid-1990, Idalis left the group and was replaced by Sinoa Loren (born on December 6, 1966). During that same year, Michelle was featured on freestyle group TKA's top 10 dance hit, "Crash (Have Some Fun)."

In 1992, Michelle provided lead vocals for dance act The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. on their #1 dance hit, "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day" which was also featured on "The Bodyguard" movie soundtrack After the success of their only album, Seduction parted ways in 1991.

Despite their breakup, the members of the group have still managed to keep themselves busy in the entertainment business.

Idalis became an MTV VJ and also appeared as an actress on shows such as "Six Feet Under," "Nip Tuck," & "Burn Notice." She also appeared in the movies "Running Scared" and "Vicious Circle." These days, Idalis runs an entertainment firm called iDalis Media.com.

Michelle works as a radio DJ and is the host of the Sunny 104.3 Morning Show on WEAT-FM in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since January of 2011, she is the third permanent panel judge on the Logo cable network television show, "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Sinoa provided vocals on two movie soundtracks: "Carlito's Way" and "The Shadow." She has written and recorded several dance songs that have been played throughout South America and Mexico.

These days, she is working with an original music group called SKY (which is a tribute to Seduction). Along with Sinoa, the group also features Karmine and Yassmin Alers.

April earned a B.A. from Howard University's School of Communication. She also performed in various plays.

In 2004, she established AVH Entertainment, LLC, which is a music & television production company. She also owns the rights to the name "Seduction" and reassembled the group with two new members, Maria Flora and Eunice Quinones (also known as Miss New York Latina 2006).
The new line-up of Seduction released two albums under April's record label: "Feel Brand New" and "The Hits & More." April's current projects in development include a television show geared towards teenagers.

To see the music video for "It Takes Two," go to:

To see the music video for "You're My One and Only (True Love)," go to:

To see the music video for "Could This Be Love," go to:

To see the music video for "Heartbeat," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUqxga3OARU

To see a fan-made video for "Breakdown," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1zVgGOYBNg


[updated on 09\09\12]

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