Alright, I can go on a tangent about how amazing this woman was, not just to me as a fan but to many! She’s touched a lot of young people’s lives and accomplished so much in the 22 years she survived. Here’s another smash hit from 1996, this is Aaliyah with the first single from her sophomore effort and title track, “One In A Million.” Special request by the good folk at #TeamPj718 and dedication to her brother & our friend, Rashad Haughton as well as one of her biggest fans and recording artist, MikeLyrik. We miss you babygirl. RIP!
Today’s Throwback Thursdays segment comes in the form of two music videos, requested by our supporters @DMV_Ladi33 & @PrincessInkk on Twitter. Here’s the first entry, 702′s classic 1997 hit, “Get It Together.” The song, which was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was the second single from their Gold selling debut, No Doubt (96). The group, which consisted of Meelah, Irish & Misha lasted 3 albums before disbanding. Today, Meelah (the group’s lead singer) has ventured off as a solo artist.
Here’s the second entry for our “Throwback Thursdays” by R&B singer Sammie. This was his debut single as an artist, which at the time he was only 12 years old. The song, “I Like It” (produced by Dallas Austin) peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #8 on the Hot R&B Singles chart. His debut album, From the Bottom to the Top (2000) went on to sell about 744,000 units making it Gold-certified. Today, Sammie is currently gearing up for the release of his third album on Interscope.
Now some of you may remember Kiley Dean and some of you may not but the Arkansas born-Orlando raised songstress was once a background singer for Britney Spears before branching off as a solo artist. She signed with Grammy award winning & super producer Timbaland’s Beat Club Records in 2002 and released her debut single, “Make Me A Song” shortly after. The song was produced by Timbaland & Scott Storch; written by Walter “Lil Walt” Millsap, Candice Nelson, & Timbaland. It went on to peak at #59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 but her debut album, Simple Girl was shelved. Today, Kiley is said to be in the studio working on new music.
Since its currently Beyoncé season, and I couldn’t think of anyone else to feature today, I thought I’d take it back to ’99 with Destiny’s Child’s #1 hit single, “Bills, Bills, Bills.” It comes from their sophomore LP, The Writings on the Wall, which went on to sell over 6 million units in the US alone. Its definitely one of my favorite DC songs to date and the first record to go to #1 on the Billboard 100 singles chart simultaneously on the R&B charts as well. The album is their most successful offering of the 5 released. It was the last album that included the original members, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett.