Monday, January 25, 2010

Betty Boo


Betty Boo (born Allison Moira Clarkson on March 6, 1970 in Kensington, London, England) is an English female dance/pop singer-songwriter. Her nickname was originally named after the cartoon character Betty Boop, but she changed it to avoid trademark disputes.

Before starting her music career, Betty studied sound engineering at the Holloway School of Audio Engineering. While still attending school, Betty began her music career by signing to British record label Music of Life with hip-hop music group the She-Rockers. The success led her to New York and work with Public Enemy, who encouraged her to pursue a solo music career.
In 1989, Betty earned her big break when she appeared as a guest vocalist on The Beatmasters' single, "Hey DJ, I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing)" which managed to peak at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart and #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart in 1991.
In August of 1990, Betty released the single "Doin' the Do" which peaked at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart, #90 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart for a week in October of that same year & also topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #3 on the ARIA Singles chart in Australia.
In September of 1990, Betty Boo released her debut album "Boomania" which peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums chart, but didn't make the charts in the U.S.
Betty's follow-up single "Where Are You Baby?" peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart and #19 on the ARIA Singles chart. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the Jennifer Connelly film "Career Opportunities."
The last single from the album "24 Hours" peaked at #25 on the U.K. Singles chart and #94 on the ARIA Singles chart. At the 1991 BRIT Awards ceremony, Betty was voted that year's "Best British Breakthrough Act." During that same year, she contributed the song "Why, Oh Why?" to the "A Rage in Harlem" movie soundtrack.
In 1992, Betty signed to WEA Records and released her sophomore album "Grrr It's Betty Boo" which peaked at #62 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Let Me Take You There" peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in Sweden & Australia.
The second single "I'm On My Way" managed to peak at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart. The third single from the album "Hangover" peaked at #50 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single "Catch Me" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single from the album "Thing Goin' On" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. After the release of her second album, Betty turned down an offer to sign with Madonna's Maverick Records label.

Betty's solo career halted when her mother became ill with terminal cancer. She later turned to songwriting, writing songs for artists such as Girl Thing, Girl Aloud, Louise Nurding, Dannii Minogue, The Tweenies and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

In 2006, Betty formed a pop music duo called WigWam with Blur bassist Alex James. Despite working to create an album, they only released one self-titled single in April of 2006.
In August of 2007, Betty released the single "Take Off" which was a joint project with London-based dance music act Jack Rokka. The song managed to peak at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart. She promoted the single on ITV's "Loose Women."

In June of 2011, Betty was featured on the track "Virtually Art" by The Feeling on the double-album edition of their 2011 album "Together We Were Made." During that same year, she also appeared on Fiesty 2 Guns' album "Street Sculptures" on the track "Bloody War."

To see the music video for "Hey DJ," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8--T-xHc9nQ

To see the music video for "Doin' the Do," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3U7FyKdBS4

To see the music video for "Where Are You Baby?," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X3me4UiAGc

To see the music video for "24 Hours," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6lmAHHsoZQ

To see the music video for "Let Me Take You There," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yQFBoD8aQ8

To see the music video for "I'm On My Way," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLl7lKbSN8A

To see the music video for "Hangover," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbYt9ZaSCbM

To see a fan-made video for "Thing Goin' On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHk88bhdzFQ

To see the music video for "Take Off," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJvLEho3JdU

updated on 06/18/13]

Miss Jones

Miss Jones (born Tarsha Nicole Jones in Brooklyn, New York) is a former R&B singer from the 90s. She graduated with honors from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, majoring in classical music.

Miss Jones also received a Bachelor's degree in music from Syracuse University. After completing college, she worked as a long-distance operator. She later met rapper Doug E. Fresh who admired her vocal skills & invited her to his Get Fresh Crew tour. She later signed a record deal with Tommy Boy Records.
In 1994, Miss Jones released her first single "Don't Front" which featured Doug E. Fresh. The song peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
Her second single "Where I Wanna Be Boy" peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 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.

After that, Miss Jones left her record label to take a job as a radio DJ for New York radio station Hot 97. She eventually returned to performing, signed to Motown Records and began recording her debut album.
In 1998, Miss Jones released her only album "The Other Woman" whcih peaked at #51 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #40 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. The album featured production from Mario Winans & Rashad Smith and guest appearances from Craig Mack & Mobb Deep.
The only single to chart was "2 Way Street" which peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #27 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. Miss Jones was later released from Motown Records and by 2001, she eventually left the music scene.

Miss Jones became the host of her own radio show on Hot 97 entitled "Miss Jones in the Morning" until 2008. In 2007, she wrote an autobiography entitled "Have You Met Miss Jones?: The Life and Loves of Radio's Most Controversial Diva."

These days, Miss Jones is the founder and CEO of Jonesyradio.com where she broadcasts "Jonesy in the Morning" from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. daily.

To follow Miss Jones on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/MorningJonesy

To see the music video for "Don't Front," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8VI3uo0pOk

To see the music video for "Where I Wanna Be," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdEBKpaekRQ

To see the music video for "2 Way Street," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGamMsfTGIs



[updated on 06/18/13]

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pure Sugar Singer Found

When I first made the Pure Sugar blog entry, I was unable to find anything about where lead singer Jennifer Starr was.......until now!

The good people at Milk Carton Pop Stars were able to find Jennifer Starr and interview her. To read the full interview, go to:
http://milkcartonpopstars.blogspot.com/2010/01/shes-delicious.html

If you wanted to know what Jennifer Starr's up to these days, check out the above link to find out.

Choice

Choice (born Kim Davis) was a female rapper from Texas. She made her first appearance on musician Willie D's album, "Controversy" and her stint on the album paved the way for Choice's solo album.
In 1990, Choice released her debut album, "The Big Payback." Even though it didn't chart, the album is best known for the track "Payback" in which she disses rap artists such as Too Short, the late Eazy-E, Ice Cube, the Geto Boys, Willie D and N.W.A.
In 1992, Choice released her sophomore album, "Stick-N-Moove" which managed to peak at #83 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album included sexually explicit songs which no female rapper has ever taken to the extremes.
The only single released from the album was, "HIV Positive" which failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts. After that, it seemed as if Choice faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see a fan-made video for "Payback," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZIi63dmpA0

To see a fan-made video for "HIV Positive," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMNWSAF9nqI



[updated on 06/18/13]

Cookie Crew


Cookie Crew were a female hip-hop/rap duo from Clapham, South London that consisted of MC Remedee (born Debbie Pryce on December 4, 1966) and Susie Q (born Susan Banfield on March 10, 1967).

Susie Q is the sister of singer Andrew Banfield (who was a member of R&B group The Pasadenas) and MC Remedee was a former chief for the Ministry of Defence. They got their start in the music business after winning a national rap competition & recorded two sessions for the John Peel BBC Radio 1 show.

Cookie Crew later received a record deal from UK dance music label Rhythm King and they were placed in the studio with music production trio Beatmasters who helped put the duo in a dance music direction.
The first single "Rok Da House" was successful in nightclubs, but didn't appear to make the charts at all.
Cookie Crew's second single "Females (Get On Up)" peaked at #78 on the U.K. Singles chart, #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #75 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1989, Cookie Crew released their debut album "Born This Way!" on FFRR Records. The album peaked at #93 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #24 on the U.K. Albums chart.
Their third single "Got to Keep On" peaked at #17 on the U.K. Singles chart and #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The last single from the album "Come On and Get Some" peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1991, Cookie Crew released their sophomore album "Fade to Black" which didn't appear to make the Billboard or UK album charts at all.
The only single to chart was "Secrets (of Success)" which peaked at #53 on the U.K. Single chart and #28 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
The follow-up singles "Love Will Bring Us Back Together" and "Brother Like Sister" failed to make the charts at all.

By 1992, Cookie Crew wanted to pursue a more orthodox hip-hop/rap style, but FFRR's parent record label London Records wanted to steer them into a pop-oriented rap style. The conflicting differences eventually led to Cookie Crew leaving their label and retiring from the music industry.

Despite that, Debbie and Susan have continued to be involved with other projects within in the music industry and continued to perform & travel the world.

To see a fan-made video for "Rok Da House," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGb7ktgwBE0

To see a fan-made video for "Females," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIUMP9xdpGg

To see the music video for "Born This Way," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LQILQHUBOM

To see the music video for "Got to Keep On," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YinhMSANjc

To see a fan-made video for "Come and Get Some," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmIYLeJZlAU

To see the music video for "Secrets (Of Success)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpvb8btuU5A

To see a fan-made video for "Love Will Bring Us Back Together," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBR89vMD3qQ

To see a fan-made video for "Brother Like Sister," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK1HSwtVjvY


[updated on 06/19/13]

Wee Papa Girl Rappers

The Wee Papa Girl Rappers were a female British hip-hop/rap duo from the late 80s that consisted of twin sisters Sandra & Samantha Lawrence. The duo got their name "Wee Papa" from the Saint Lucia French Creole expression "Oui Papa" that their dad frequently uttered.
In 1988, the duo released their debut album "The Beat, The Rhyme, The Noise" which peaked at #39 on the U.K. Albums chart and #96 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The first single "Faith" peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single "Heat it Up" peaked at #21 on the U.K. Singles chart, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The third single "Wee Rule" peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart. The fourth single "Soulmate" peaked at #45 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album "Blow the House Down" managed to peak at #65 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1990, the Wee Papa Girl Rappers released their follow-up and last album to date "Be Aware" which didn't make the charts at all.
The only single to chart was "The Bump" which managed to peak at #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
In 1994, they released their last single "Wherever You Go" which didn't appear to make the charts. After that, it seemed as if the duo has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for "Wee Rule," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vGpdM3qG84

To see a fan-made video for "Faith," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfqrL3SNKtg

To see a fan-made video for "Heat it Up," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ69ydj_SHo

To see a fan-made video for "Soulmate," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhnNiKLEWkg

To see a fan-made video for "Blow the House Down," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVE71FAcM6I

To see a fan-made video for "The Bump," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fdxf-CrjHM



[updated on 06/23/13]

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Riff

Riff is an R&B group from New Jersey whose members were Anthony "Chill" Fuller, Dwayne "Stylz" Jones, Michael "Nitty Green" Best, Kenny Kelly, and Steven Capers.

The group formed in high school and were originally named "Playboys." In 1989, the group was featured in the movie, "Lean on Me" and soon after, they changed the group's name to "Riff" and signed to SBK Records.
In 1991, Riff released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #117 on the Billboard 200 and #41 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The group's first single and biggest hit to date, "My Heart is Failing Me" peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The second single from the album, "If You're Serious" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Everytime My Heart Beats" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In 1992, Riff sang the title song for the movie, "White Men Can't Jump" which peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #41 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
A year later in 1993, Riff released their second album, "To Whom it May Concern" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The first single from the album, "Judy Had a Boyfriend" peaked at #91 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Baby It's Yours" peaked at #65 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

After that, the group went their separate ways. Michael, Anthony, and Dwayne went on to join the music group, "Men of Vizion." In 2009, the group reunited and are now working on a new album.

To see Riff's MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/riffsounds

To see the music video for "White Men Can't Jump," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q85DlOAv3V4

To see the music video for "Everytime My Heart Beats," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELiP5hfpLRQ

To see the music video for "My Heart is Failing Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZf_-hKVzoY

To see the music video for "Judy Had a Boyfriend," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6RjuJ_D7ro