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Blaque is an American girl group that charted from 1999 to 2004. Outside of the United States they are known as Blaque Ivory. Their self-titled debut album Blaque sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Platinum. The group's debut included the platinum-selling R&B single "808", the international pop hit "Bring It All to Me", and a third single, "I Do". The group went on hiatus from 2002 until 2007, releasing three less successful singles, "Can't Get It Back", "Ugly", and "I'm Good", the latter appearing in the film Honey.
|Also known as||Blaque Ivory|
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Years active||1996–2008, 2012; 2019–present|
|Members||Brandi Williams |
|Past members||Natina Reed|
In 1999, Billboard named Blaque the 4th Best New Artist of the year, with "Bring It All to Me" landing at number 30 on the 2000 Year End Chart. Blaque worked on two albums in the mid-to-late 2000s but did not release them. The group attempted a comeback in 2012, but ultimately failed due to Natina Reed's accidental death.
Natina Reed and Shamari Fears both moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and met while in high school. Reed formed Blaque while Fears formed another group called Intrigue. Intrigue won a recording contract with Elektra Records, and Fears met up with Brandi Williams at a talent show while a member of that group. Fears left Intrigue to join up with Reed in Blaque and Williams joined the group shortly thereafter. Reed met Ronald Lopes while singing jingles to earn extra cash and he introduced her to his sister Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC. Lisa Lopes signed the group to her production company, Left Eye Productions.
Blaque has said that their name means "Believing in Life and Achieving a Quest for Unity in Everything".
Their self-titled debut debuted at number 23 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, and at number 53 on the official Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by RIAA. The album's lead single "808" was a success in the U.S. reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and Gold certification. The follow-up single "Bring It All To Me" which featured JC Chasez, was a hit making number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The last single "I Do" was not a success like the previous singles, reaching number 73 on the R&B/Hip-Hop single chart. The single "I Do" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing.
In 2000, the group starred as cheerleaders in the film Bring It On and went to the studio and recorded the Shelly Peiken and Guy Roche song "As If" for the soundtrack that same year. A remixed version of the Blaque song "Bring It All To Me" appeared in the film, with added rapping by 50 Cent.
2001–2002: Blaque OutEdit
While their self-titled debut album went platinum, the second album called Blaque Out, which was set for release in 2001, was shelved as the group was dropped from Columbia Records for unknown reasons. The video for the first single "Can't Get It Back" was never released. The album was soon leaked on the Internet. After Lopes's death in a car crash in Honduras on April 25, 2002, they signed with Elektra Records and after Reed gave birth to a son, they began work on their third album. An alternate version of the shelved album was released to iTunes on May 22, 2007, but was later on taken down. December 2011, Blaque Out was released back onto iTunes.
2005–2012: Reunion, Reed's deathEdit
In 2005, Blaque came back together to record their fourth studio album Private Show (originally titled Beauty). They worked on the album sporadically from 2005 to 2009. Blaque agreed to film a show Blaque In the House for airing in the summer of 2008; however, the show was never picked up, and the album went unreleased. Blaque released four songs on YouTube: "Cut You Off", "All Nighter", "Blue Jeans" and "High Definition" before they decided to disband.
On July 28, 2012, Blaque reunited for the Left Eye Music Festival in Decatur, Georgia. At the event, Blaque performed their single "808". Shortly after, the group contracted with artist manager Inga "Nandi" Willis, and started working on an album and a reality television show.
On October 26, 2012, Reed died after being hit by a car near Atlanta, Georgia. The group broke up shortly after her death. Two days later, "Cut You Off", a song intended for the album, leaked via the internet.
2003–2019: Torch, change in lineupEdit
Blaque's intended third album, Torch, featured Missy Elliott, songwriter Linda Perry, and producer Rodney Jerkins. The intended single "Blackout" was a derided as a "rip-off" of 50 Cent's song "In da Club".
"I'm Good" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Honey and Torch was not released.
The album was scheduled to be released exclusively to iTunes in 2008, nearly five years after its completion by Music World Entertainment, but this was canceled. It has been confirmed that Mathew Knowles owns the rights to the albums Torch and Blaque Out.
On May 31, 2019, Blaque released Torch under the label Blaque/The Move Entertainment.
In addition to their recording work, Reed, Fears, and Williams appeared in the 2000 film Bring It On as members of the East Compton Clovers cheerleading squad, fronted by Gabrielle Union. Williams also had a small role (playing herself) in the 2001 movie On the Line. Blaque also appears on Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes's 2001 solo debut album, Supernova, on the track titled "Head to the Sky", which was only released internationally. In 2005, two clips of Fears's solo songs titled "The One" and "NJ2" were leaked onto the internet.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US||US R&B||US Pop||CAN||UK|
|"Bring It All to Me"||5||15||6||7||—|
(featuring Lisa Lopes)
|2000||"As If"||—||—||—||—||—||Bring It On soundtrack|
|2001||"Can't Get It Back"||—||91||—||—||—||Blaque Out|
|2003||"I'm Good"||—||95||—||—||—||Honey soundtrack|
(featuring Missy Elliott)
|2013||"Summertime Riding"||—||—||—||—||—||non-album single|
- 2007: Blaque by Popular Demand
|2000||"You Can Always Go" (with Jagged Edge)||Big Momma's House|
|2001||"Head To The Sky" (with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes)||Supernova|
|"Can't Trust Myself"||On the Line|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2000||Nominated||Best Editing In A Video |
For: "I Do"
|2001||Nominated||Best Female Group |
Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards
|1999||Nominated||Best R&B/Soul Or Rap New Artist |
|2000||Nominated||R&B/Soul Album Of The Year, Group, Band Or Duo |
Billboard Video Awards
|2000||Won||Best New Artist-R&B |
For: "Bring It All To Me"
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