Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975) is an English R&B and pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter and model. Brown rose to fame as a member of the Brit-pop girl group the Spice Girls, in which she was famously known as Scary Spice and is also known colloquially as Mel B, whilst all her record material identifies her as Melanie B.
David Styles (born November 28, 1974), better known by his stage name, Styles P, is an American rapper, author, and entrepreneur. He is prominently known as a member of Hip Hop group The LOX and is also a part of the Ruff Ryders hip-hop group, and in addition has released multiple albums and mixtapes as a solo MC.
Styles P, a member of The LOX and the larger D-Block Hip-Hop collective, grew up in Yonkers, New York rapping alongside Jadakiss (Jason Phillips) and Sheek Louch (Shawn Jacobs). In their late teens the trio met Mary J. Blige who was so impressed with their tough street east coast lyrics, she gave them a big break by putting their demo in the hands of Sean “Diddy” Combs. Diddy immediately hired the trio to write for Bad Boy Records. With the label, The LOX quickly started collaborating on hits with Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey which gave them instant notoriety and status within the hip-hop and mainstream charts.
In 1996 and 1997, the group wrote and performed on a number of Diddy hits, including "It's All About the Benjamins" and "I Got the Power", Mase's "24 Hrs. to Live", Mariah Carey's "Honey", the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Last Day", and Mary J. Blige's "Can’t Get You Off My Mind". In 1997 The LOX received international acclaim when their tribute to the late Biggie Smalls, "We’ll Always Love Big Poppa", was picked as the B-side track from Diddy’s No Way Out album (3x Platinum) with the number one hit, "I'll Be Missing You". This single was the most played hit in 1997, which opened the door for The LOX first solo album debut in January 1998 entitled Money, Power & Respect (Certified Platinum). Though the album was a chart toping success, The LOX felt the glossy image of Bad Boy Records conflicted with their grimier rap aesthetic and therefore cut their ties and moved on to Ruff Ryder Records. After another LOX album, We Are the Streets (2000) and appearing on albums with Ruff Ryders, Styles released his first solo album, A Gangster and a Gentleman, in 2002. Four years later he released his second album Time is Money on Ruff Ryders which was followed by Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) a year later. After recording many mixtapes Styles returned to the Hip-Hop scene by releasing two retail albums in 2010, The Green Ghost Project with DJ Green Lantern on Invasion Records and The Ghost Dub-Dime a retail mixtape on E1 Records (formally Koch Records). His fourth album Master of Ceremonies is a return to solo form after many years.
Styles P released his first novel Invincible in 2010 through Random House Publishing Group. In 2011 he opened up a juice bar in Bronx, New York called Juices for Life with his business partners Nyger Rollocks and Leo Galvez. He finished his EP with Curren$y titled, #The1st28 which was released on February 28, 2012.
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Kimberly Denise Jones (born
July 11, 1974), known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper,
singer-songwriter, author, record producer and actress. She was born
and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her adolescent life on
the streets after being expelled from home. In her teens, Kim would
freestyle rap, heavily influenced by actress/singer Diana Ross, and
fellow female hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and The Lady of
Performing a freestyle rap for
The Notorious B.I.G. got her music career start in 1995 with his group
Junior M.A.F.I.A., whose debut album Conspiracy generated three hit
This is a comprehensive listing of official
releases by American rapper Lil' Kim. She has released four studio
albums, one extended play, thirteen singles, and one DVD single on
In 1994, Kim was a member of the
hip hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A.. Their first album, Conspiracy, was
released in August 1995, and sold half a million copies in the United
States. It produced the gold and platinum-certified top-twenty singles,
"Player's Anthem" and "Get Money", and "I Need You
Originally signed to the Big Beat (Atlantic
subsidiary) label, Kim's debut studio album, Hard Core, was released in
November 1996, and sold over two million copies in the United States.
It produced three singles, of which two were certified gold and platinum
by the RIAA and earning her a Grammy Award nomination. Her second album
The Notorious K.I.M. was released in June 2000 and sold over a million
copies in the United States. It spawned two released singles, "No Matter
What They Say" and "How Many Licks?." In 2001, Kim collaborated
alongside Christina Aguilera, Mýa, and Pink on Missy Elliott's Grammy
Award-winning number-one song "Lady Marmalade," a cover version recorded
for the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge! (2001). The song became a
worldwide number-one hit.
After a musical hiatus, Kim
released La Bella Mafia in 2003. It eventually sold a million copies
stateside, with its single "The Jump Off" and "Magic Stick", her biggest
solo success to date. Her fourth studio album, The Naked Truth,
released in 2005, was not as successful as its predecessors which was
partly attributed to lack of promotion due to Kim being incarcerated at
the time of its release. The Naked Truth did however reach No. 6 in the
US and sold 400,000 copies. It spawned two released singles, "Lighters
Up", which became a top forty hit in the United States, and "Whoa". Kim
then returned in 2009 with the single "Download", which became a top 30
US R&B hit. Overall, Lil' Kim has sold over five million albums
in the U.S alone.
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Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.
In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single "When I See U" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Barrino has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States.
The discography of American R&B and gospel singer Fantasia Barrino, who performs under the mononym Fantasia, consists of three studio albums, thirteen singles, two of which she performs as the featured artist, and six music videos. At the age of nineteen, she won the third season of American Idol, earning a record deal with 19 Entertainment and J Records. The season's coronation song, "I Believe," debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number one in Canada, in addition to reaching numbers four and twenty in Australia and New Zealand, respectively.
Later in 2004, she released her debut studio album, Free Yourself, which debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was eventually certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and as of August 2010, has sold over 1.8 million copies in the US. The album spawned two US R&B top five hits include the titular track, and "Truth Is." "Baby Mama" was also released, and charted on the Hot 100, while "It's All Good" and "Ain't Gon' Beg You" were also released. After the release of her debut album, Fantasia also appeared on "Hypothetically," a single from Lyfe Jennings' album, Lyfe 268-192.
Fantasia's self-titled, second studio album, was released in 2006. Although selling 133,000 discs in its first week of availability, the album only managed to peak at number nineteen in the US. However, it did reach number three on the R&B albums chart, and was eventually certified Gold in the US. The album contained the hit, "When I See U," which is Fantasia's biggest hit to date other than her Idol coronation single. "When I See U" peaked at thirty-two on the Hot 100, and spent eight weeks at number one the US R&B chart. The song was certified Gold in the US, and according to Billboard, ranks at number eight on the 2000s decade-end R&B chart. Fantasia also spawned two other singles, "Hood Boy," featuring rapper Big Boi, and "Only One U". In 2007, Fantasia also was a featured artist on Aretha Franklin's single, "Put You Up on Game."
After a four-year hiatus, Fantasia returned in 2010 with the release of Back to Me, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and became her first album to top the R&B albums chart. Its lead single "Bittersweet" reached number seven on the US R&B chart. The album also spawned the single "I'm Doin' Me," which has peaked in the top twenty of the US R&B chart.
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