Mr. Jon B slipped on the scene back in 1998 with his sexy and smooth vocals on “They Don’t Know”. The single remains Jon B’s biggest commercial hit selling over a million copies and peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B Singles chart. Here’s “They Don’t Know”.
*Just a little tid bit*: The singer will turn 38 in two days, November 11th. Happy birthday Jon B!
It was 1999 when Christina Aguilera burst onto the scene with hit “Genie In A Bottle”. the song was just about everywhere. It peaked number 1 in the US, staying there five weeks (the only single to stay atop the charts that long that year), becoming the seventh best selling single of 1999. The single also peaked #1 in Europe and 6 other countries. In the UK not only did the single peak at number 1, but, it stayed there for a total of 24 weeks. The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at in 2000 has sold over 7 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. Let’s rehash, shall we? Here’s “Genie In A Bottle”
In 2006 the song “Love” became the breakout single for R&B singer Keyshia Cole. Although it was her fourth official release from her debut album, ‘The Way It Is’, the single’s success put Cole on the map to become the next R&B singing sensation. With her heartfelt singles and powerful vocals it was clear Oakland’s own Keyshia Cole was here to stay. The song went on to peak #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after gaining moment within weeks of its debut. It also charted #3 on the Hip-Hop/R&B chart becoming her breakthrough record until 2007 with the success of “Let It Go”. It also was a fan favorite on BET’s ’106 & Park’, remaining #1 for several weeks on the music countdown program until it was officially retired after an overall 65 weeks. Very impressive huh? Let’s rehash with “Love”, shall we?
Ahhh…. the year was 2000 when Sisqó‘Unleashed The Dragon’ (his 1999 solo album) with the release of his explosive hit “Thong Song”.
Although it was released in February of that year, the song burned up the charts through out the summer. It even became the unofficial song of Spring Break. Can you imagine the frenzy! Lots of college students partying hard and drinking heavily with girls showing their thongs every time the beat dropped?! A man’s heaven indeed.
Let’s rehash shall we?
The song was also made exclusively for the 2000 film ‘Nutty Professor II: The Klumps’ and was covered on the FOX hit series ‘Glee’ in 2009.
Recently it was announced that Blackground records has given the green light for a new Aaliyah album. An album long over due if you ask the die hard Aaliyah fans. In fact, rappers Drake, Missy Elliot and producer Timbaland have all been recruited so far to bring the album to life.
For this reason we pay homage to the late Aaliyah with her debut single “Back & Forth”. The single was released as the album’s (Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number) lead single in early 1994. It was certified gold by the RIAA on June 9, 1994 and spent three weeks at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, peaking number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also her first single to hit the top-ten. Check it out.
Now don’t tell me you all didn’t bump to this Mya track when it first came out! “It’s All About Me” was the debut single for the Chi-town singer. It even peaked number two on Billboard Singles List. A fun fact about the video, Mya actually choreographed her own dance routine and designed her outfit, her Japanese ensemble to be exact.
Today’s featured artist goes to Montell Jordan! The year was 1995 when Montell burst onto the scene with hit single “This Is How We Do It”.
To be frank guys, at the time, this song really irked my nerves. Although, it was catchy and fun to dance to by the end of summer in 95 it was played so much it was road kill! It wasn’t until Twitter killed off Montell last night (*sigh*, why ya’ll do that?) that I remembered the impact he had on music, if even for a short time.
The song was infectious! It had everyone doing the bankhead bounce, tootsie roll (butterfly), or whatever you felt like doing. Jordan was the first male artist to have his debut single go #1 upon its release. The accomplishment wasn’t made again until Chris Brown’s 2005 hit, “Run It”. Let’s go back to 1995 so Montell can show us just how he does it.
*Note:* Montell Jordan is very much alive and well. In response to his death report he tweeted, “Sorry to disappoint… But I’m a new daddy and still got a lot of living to do! @cnn.com #notmytimeyet pic.twitter.com/CNenky0P. My son just told me I can’t be dead because I’m sitting here talking to him… It kinda sucks to have to be dead to trend. I’m gonna play a family game now. Please don’t kill me again. Although I have tried to make light of this hoax, my family was pretty shook.”
In 2010 Montell left the music industry for good when he became a born-again Christian. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and four children. He is now a Worship Minister at Victory World Church where he continues to perform with the church band.
Usher‘s newest album ‘Looking 4 Myself’ was just released on June 8th. Didn’t know? Not to worry, not many people did either. It seems his ongoing custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Raymond and a stalker who believes their married, people forgot about the music. Although the album debuted #1, it sold a mere 128,000 units in its first week. Even with great songs like “Climax”, “Scream” and “Let Me See”, people have forgotten just why Usher is one of today’s hottest male artists. This is why we’ve chosen him as our throwback Friday artist.
Let’s go back to one of the more pivotal moments in his career. The year was 2001 and the song was “U Got It Bad”.
This was (still is) such a good song!
*Tid Bit:* The single is from Usher’s 2001 album 8701. It reached number 1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and reached the top 5 in the United Kingdom and Australia. It was also listed at #99 on the Billboard: All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs and named the 15th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.
The year was 2005 when singer Chris Brown emerged with hit single “Run It”. It spent five consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. It also made Brown the third male artist to have his debut single reach the top spot. In honor of Brown’s upcoming album ‘Fortune’ this July 3rd we dedicate this throwback Friday edition to him, here’s “Run It”.
The year was 2002 when singer Tweet emerged with first single “Oops (Oh My)” off solo album ‘Southern Hummingbird’. The single peaked at number seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song is still her most successful single to date. Although she insisted the song was not about female masturbation, the popular belief is believed to have contributed to its success. Let’s back in time with Tweet, here’s “Oops (Oh My)”.
It was 2000 when Christina Milian was introduced to the world on rapper Ja Rule‘s hit single, “Between Me and You” and 2001 with her own break out single “AM to PM”. But that was all child’s play. In 2004 a much more mature and sexier Milian emerged with “Dip It Low”. The song didn’t garner the commercial success the singer may have hoped for but it certainly enhanced the imagination for a lot of young men at the time. Let’s take a look, going back to 2004 with “Dip It Low”.