Flashback Friday: Groove Theory – Tell Me

The group formed in New York in 1993, when Amel Larrieux met Bryce Wilson while she was working at Rondor Music as a receptionist. Larrieux had been working at the music publishing company since the age of 18. Wilson was a producer at Rondor.

The group signed to record with Epic Records, and in 1995, they released their self-titled debut album Groove Theory. The album featured the single, “Tell Me”, which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. “Tell Me” peaked at #31 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1995. Other charted singles from the album included “Baby Luv” and “Keep Trying”, which reached numbers 18 and 36 on the R&B chart, respectively. The album also went on to be certified gold.

Larrieux left Groove Theory in 1999 to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by Makeda Davis. The group signed with Columbia Records and recorded a new album, ‘The Answer’, which was expected for release in 2001. Displeased with Columbia’s track record at the time with urban projects, Wilson asked for a release from the label, causing the album to remain unreleased. A single entitled “4 Shure” was released from the album to minor chart performance.

Larrieux began her solo career forming her own independent record label, Blisslife, to distribute her music. Wilson appeared in the films Beauty Shop, Trois and Hair Show, and produced music for Beyoncé, Amerie and Mary J. Blige.

It was rumored that Amel and Bryce were in the studio recording together in 2010 but, so far no new music has been released by Groove Theory.

Do you remember this song?

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Flashback Friday: JC Lodge

From around the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s reggae and more specifically dancehall music made it’s way onto the U.S. R&B charts. Today we’ll listen to one of those songs that charted and became very popular on radio and in clubs during that time.

This week’s Flashback Friday is from 1988. The artist is JC Lodge (June Carol Lodge), the song, “Telephone Love”. Enjoy!

Have you heard this before?
Are you a reggae fan?

Flashback Friday: Alicia Keys!

Today is AK’s birthday! She turns 32 today. So, for this week’s Flashback Friday I am featuring Alicia Keys! Happy birthday, Alicia!

(2001) Fallin’

In April 2001 Alicia Keys released her debut single, “Fallin'”, from the album, “Songs in A Minor“. “Fallin‘” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks. The song won Grammys for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. AK also won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best R&B Album that year.

(2003) Diary

In 2003 AK released her second album, “The Diary of Alicia Keys“. The third single from that album was, “Diary“. The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. And although “Diary” never topped the charts, it is one of her most iconic songs. And, my favorite song by her.

(2007) No One

No One” is the first single from AK’s third (Studio) album “As I Am“. It was released in September 2007. “No One” became Alicia’s second number one solo single and her most successful single ever. The song topped several charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for ten consecutive weeks.

No One” was ranked at number forty-two on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs and number fourteen on the Top Billboard Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In 2009 the song was placed at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart.

No One” was also the most listened to song on U.S. radio of 2008 with 3.08 billion listeners. The song has sold over 3 million paid downloads in the United States and over 5.6 million digital copies worldwide.

The song won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

What is your favorite AK song?

Flashback Friday: 1993

This week for Flashback Friday I thought that we would check out three number 1 hits from 1993.

By 1993 hip hop was well on its way to dominating the R&B charts. And on February 20th of that year a rap group Naughty By Nature from New Jersey hit number 1 with “Hip Hop Hooray“.

The music video to the song was directed by Spike Lee. Queen Latifah and Monie Love appeared in the video. “Hip Hop Hooray” spent one week and number 1.

Despite the rise of hip hop in the early 1990’s, R&B was still strong. And, R&B groups were hot. The next number 1 single of 1993 we’ll check out is “Weak” by the trio SWV (Sisters with Voices). The song hit number 1 on July 3 and remained at the top of the R&B chart for two weeks.

On Christmas Day 1993, then 17 year old, singer Tevin Campbell hit number 1 with the song “Can We Talk“. The song was written and produced by Babyface and spent three weeks at number 1.

Do you remember these songs?
Did you jam to these songs?