Sunday, March 28, 2010

Diana King

Diana King (born on November 8, 1970 in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a reggae\R&B singer who started her career in the '90s.

In 1993, she was featured on the movie soundtrack to "Cool Runnings" with the song "Stir It Up" which peaked at #53 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

After she appeared on the Notorious B.I.G's song, "Respect" in 1994, Diana was signed to Sony Music.

In 1995, Diana released her debut album "Tougher Than Love" which peaked at #179 on the Billboard 200, #85 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, #6 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and #3 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart.
The first single from the album (and her biggest hit to date) "Shy Guy" peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #8 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #21 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

It also peaked at #2 on the UK Singles chart and topped the Eurochart Hot 100, selling nearly 500 million copies worldwide. The song was featured on the movie soundtrack to "Bad Boys" and was certified Gold by the RIAA.
The second single "Love Triangle" failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #85 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
The last single from the album "Ain't Nobody" peaked at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #44 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #36 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #63 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1997, Diana released her sophomore album "Think Like a Girl" which topped Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart, but didn't chart on the Billboard 200.
The first single, a cover version of Dionne Warwick's song "I Say a Little Prayer," peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #29 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #68 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The song was featured on the movie soundtrack to "My Best Friend's Wedding."
The second single "L-L-Lies" peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #67 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. The last single, "Find My Way Back" failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

In 1997, Diana was featured on the soundtrack to the documentary "When We Were Kings" with the title track featuring Brian McKnight. The song failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

In 1998, she joined Brownstone and Celine Dion on stage to perform Diana's song from her debut album, "Treat Her Like a Lady" at the Essence Awards where they received a standing ovation.

During that same year, Diana appeared on Soul Train, the RuPaul Show, and Vibe to promote her sophomore album.

In 1999, she did a 5-city tour in India and in 2000, she signed a record deal with Madonna's Maverick Records label.
In 2002, Diana released her third album, "Respect" which wasn't released in the US until the summer of 2006 where it's available on Amazon.com.

In 2007, she co-wrote & recorded the song "The Light Within" with German reggae artist Gentleman for his "Another Intensity" album. She also had female music duo Brick & Lace join her on one of her concerts as back-up singers.

In 2010, Diana's music recording label ThinkLikeAgirL Music Inc. through a licensing deal with Warner Music Japan. On September 22, 2010, her fourth album "Warrior Gurl" was released in Japan.

An upgraded version of the album was later released digitally in the United States on iTunes and
other major online music stores (under the title "Agirlnameking") on November 8, 2012.

On June 28, 2012, Diana declared that she was a lesbian on her official Facebook page. On December 16, 2012, she was presented with the prestigious Vanguard Award at the Out Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is one of the first Jamaican artists to ever publicly come out.

To see Diana's official website, go to:
http://www.dianakingdom.com

To see Diana's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/DIANAKINGDOM

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

To see the music video for "I Say a Little Prayer," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm62Aa4ahs8

To see the music video for "Ain't Nobody," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJSVh8fSwe8

To see the music video for "Love Triangle," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRhrSz3eY6k

[updated on 03\08\14]

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