Friday, April 3, 2009

Al B. Sure!

Al B. Sure! (born Albert Joseph Brown III on June 4, 1968 in Boston, Massachussett) is an R&B singer, songwriter and record producer.

Growing up in Mount Vernon, New York, he was a football quarterback who turned down an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa to become a musician.

In 1987, Quincy Jones chose Al B. Sure! as the first winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search. He worked with him on numerous projects including his single "Secret Garden" featuring Barry White, James Ingram and El DeBarge.
In 1988, Al B. Sure released his debut album, "In Effect Mode" which peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
His first single, "Nite and Day" became his biggest hit to date, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #19 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 3 weeks in the spring of 1988, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. The song also peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "Off On Your Own (Girl)" peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and became Al B. Sure!'s 2nd #1 R&B hit in August of 1988, topping the chart for 2 weeks and staying on the chart for 19 weeks. The song also peaked at #70 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album, "Rescue Me" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The fourth single, a cover version of Roberta Flack's song "Killing Me Softly" peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album, "If I'm Not Your Lover" featuring rapper Slick Rick, peaked at #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Single Sales chart and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1990, Al B. Sure released his sophomore album, "Private Times....and the Whole 9" which peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Misunderstanding" peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1990 for a week & staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The second single, "No Matter What You Do (Young 'n' Strong)" featuring Diana Ross, peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Had Enuf?" peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1992, Al B. Sure released his third album, "Sexy Versus" which peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Right Now" peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and became Al B. Sure!'s 4th #1 R&B hit, topping the chart in October of 1992 for a week and staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The second single, "Natalie" peaked at #56 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The last single from the album, "I Don't Wanna Cry" peaked at #83 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
Al B. Sure! was featured on the "Above the Rim" movie soundtrack with the track "I'm Still in Love With You" which managed to peak at #62 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. He received numerous Grammy and American Music Award nominations and even won the AMA award for "Best New R&B Artist."

Al B. Sure! also received several Soul Train Award nominations and won the Soul Train Award for "Best New Artist." He also won a lot of New York Music Awards.

In addition to his music career, Al B. Sure! worked as a songwriter and producer. He introduced R&B group Jodeci and singers Tevin Campbell (who was a Quincy Jones prodigy), Usher,  Case, Dave Hollister and Faith Evans to the music business. He also starred in talk and television shows.
In 2009, Al B. Sure! released his fourth album, "Honey, I'm Home" which peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single from the album, "I Love It (Papi Aye Aye)" peaked at #72 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

In 2009, he was a DJ at the Los Angeles radio station, KHHT, playing old-school hip-hop & R&B music. He currently hosts the national www.slowjams.com morning show 7 days per week.

In 2010, Al B. Sure! was a contestant of the TV One reality television dating game, "The Ulitmate Merger." He is the father of 3 sons: Quincy, Albert Brown IV (who is an aspiring singer that goes under the stagename, Lil' B. Sure!) and Devin.

To see Al B. Sure!'s official website, go to:
http://www.albsure.net/

To see Al B. Sure!'s official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlBSure

To follow Al B. Sure! on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/#!/OfficialAlBSure

To see the music video for "Nite & Day," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1adnd_al-bsure-nite-and-day_music

To see the music video for "Misunderstanding," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xa14w_al-b-sure-misunderstanding_music

To see the music video for "Off On Your Own (Girl)," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmj7p_al-bsure-off-on-your-own_music

To see a fan-made video for "No Matter What You Do," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6dr6e_albsureampdianarossnomatterwhatyoud_music
To see a fan-made video for "I Love It (Papi Aye Aye Aye)," go to:

To see the music video for "Natalie," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1adkk_al-bsure-nathalie_music

To see the music video for "Rescue Me," go to:
http://vodpod.com/watch/976358-al-b-sure-rescue-me

[updated on 05\13\12]

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