Saturday, September 6, 2008

Donna Allen

Donna Allen (born in Key West, Florida) is a female R&B/dance singer from the '80s known as "The Black Madonna."

She was raised in Tampa, Florida and was a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She got her start performing in bands such as Trama and Hi-Octane. She was also a back-up singer for Gloria Estefan for 9 years.
In 1986, Donna released her debut album, "Perfect Timing" on 21 Records. The album peaked at #133 on the Billboard 200 and #33 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Serious" became Donna's biggest hit to date, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "Satisfied" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Sweet Somebody" peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #55 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1988, Donna released her follow-up album, "Heaven on Earth" on Oceana Records, which peaked at #28 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The second single, a cover version of Maze and Frankie Beverly's song, "Joy and Pain" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #10 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Can We Talk" peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #80 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1995, Donna released the single, "Real" which peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In the U.K., the song peaked at #34 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The song was used in the Sylvester Stallone film, "The Specialist." In 1999, Donna recorded the song, "He Is the Joy" which was featured on the soundtrack for the 2009 film, "Precious."
In 2010, Donna released the single, "He's Got the Power" through the Saving Souls Thru Music Productions, Inc.

To see the music video for "Serious," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHHW85pVkRc

To see the music video for "Satisfied," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeurLH2CQFU

To see a fan-made video for "Sweet Somebody," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqBYgThKTc8

To see the music video for "Joy and Pain," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZ13KaEuTE

To see a fan-made video for "Can We Talk," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oimWV_N1NpQ

To see a fan-made video for "Real," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALh53lPNVsE


[updated on 03/09/13]

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