Caught In The Middle
Like A Rose
Make It Good
Same Old Brand New You
Take On Me
Despite the boyband tag, A1 write much of their own material including chart hits
Like A Rose and Same Old Brand New You and are a truly european band: Ben Adams
was head chorister at Westminster Abbey as a child; Paul Marazzi grew up in London's East End
but is now a Spanish citizen based in Benidorm; Christian Ingebrigtsen comes from pop-star family
in Oslo Norway and Mark Read represented England at a Rumanian Song Festival and won
the Best Young Performer award.
More Than A Woman
Real name Aaliyah Houghton, the Brooklyn singer was on the verge of international fame
as actress and singer when she perished in a plane crash in the
Bahamas in August 2001. She was just 22. Discovered at the age of
fourteen Aaliyah's career was helped by R Kelly but despite having top 10 singles in the US
she kept on with her studies and graduated. She had recently been involved
in the soundtracks to both Anastasia and Dr Doolittle.
Don't Give Up
Here I Am
Because I Got High
2001 saw the release of the comedy hit Because I Got High by Afroman. The track comes from the rapper's third album The Good Times
which also features such ditties as Let's All Get Drunk and She Won't Let Me F***.
Afroman credits Napster with making the song popular especially with college kids.
It was also featured on the Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back soundtrack.
Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
Nobody Wants To Be Lonely
What A Girl Wants
The R&B Team-up of Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink
were a 2001 summer smash with their rendition of the old Labelle number Lady Marmalade.
The song is taken from the musical film Moulin Rouge. The girls grace the video with their
interpretations of early 20th century strippers and have given drag-queens a wealth of ideas for
their next show (in fact the girls look so overdone, drag queens would have been more sexy...)
Having said that this version of the song trumps that of All Saints and easily matches the
original... Compared endlessly with Britney Spears, Christina is
credited by most people with having the greater vocal talent. She won the US Grammy award
for Best Newcomer of 1999. Her father
was in the US military and as such she has lived all around the world. She's also a big Madonna
fan and hopes to emulate her idol's success.
Crying At The Discoteque
Will I Ever
Not a solo singer nor a girl band, Alice Deejay are an open-ended DJ and dance
collaboration based in Holland with DJs from around Europe. Their first success was Better
Off Alone. Their third single from the album Who Needs Guitars
Anyway, Will I Ever was released in the UK in July, 2000. The girls who front the group
are Judy, Milla and Angy.
Alien Ant Farm
Nu-metal Michael Jackson lovers? As weird as that sounds Alien Ant Farm release a cover
version of Smooth Criminal, which is a failthful, albeit
rocked up, version of the original. The video is hilarious with references to all manner of
Jackson-paraphernalia and videos. Lead singer and main songwriter Dryden Mitchell
teamed up with guitarist Terry Corso, bassist Tye Zamora and drummer Mike
Cosgrove about five years and are signed to their mates Papa Roach label New Noize.
The Whistle Song
DJ Aligator also goes by the name of Ali Mosavat in his native Denmark,
where he had a no 1 with the Whistle Song.
All Hooked Up
How the mighty are fallen the papers will no doubt say, but the hit and miss affair that
was their second album couldn't hope to produce a third chart winner for All Saints.
All Hooked Up, in which the girls sing about enough "asses" to fill a donkey
sanctuary was released in the UK in January, 2001. Pure Shores by All Saints looked
set to be the biggest UK hit of the year 2000
(until Bob the Builder appeared) and is featured on the Original
Sound Track of the Beach starring Leonardo Dicaprio. Penned by group member Shaznay (who
was linked with Leonardo for a while) it was released in February while their second song of
2000 was Black Coffee released in October. Despite rumours all through
1999 that All Saints were splitting a new album, the obviously titled Saints and Sinners
was delivered while three of the group Mel, Nat
and Nic, starred in the new film, Honest. This opened to appalling reviews and was pulled from
many cinemas due to lack of interest. The girls say this hasn't dampened their enthusiasm for
more features however even if the band has finally broken up...
Land Of Make Believe
Absolutely phenomenal in her own part of the world, Australian Vanessa Amorosi gets
a UK release with Absolutely Everybody in September, 2000. At home Vanessa has already
scored two no 1s and a number 2, and a hit album. She was discovered singing in a Russian
restaurant at 15 but has been dancing and singing since the age of 4. Vanessa performed
the song to absolutely everybody on earth or at least the global TV audience at the closing
ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
I'm Outta Love
One Day In Your Life
Paid My Dues
Brought up in Chicago and New York, 27-year-old Anastacia Newkirk was discovered on MTV's
talent show The Cut although she had previously appeared in Salt'n'Pepa videos as a
dancer. For years she had found it difficult to get a recording contract because although
her voice on a demo would get her through the A&R door, everyone had expected a black singer.
Her stylists have also tried to get her to drop the glasses but she hates contact lenses and
prefers the low maintenance look...
Heard It All Before
Sunshine Anderson was apparently humming a tune in her college canteen when she was discovered by a friend
of Mike City with whom she would later work. Her debut single Heard It All Before an
almost retro-soul number, was released in 2001. Her manager is Macy Gray and her album Your Woman is described as a
"fantastically soulful collection".
Ant & Dec
We're On The Ball
Around The World
Aqua realised that repeating the success of Barbie Girl and first album Aquarium wouldn't be
easy. However they returned with a strong second album, Aquarius, more mature vocally
and in production values. Cartoon Heroes, their first single from the album was
backed by a blockbuster video, the song achieved a lot of play
on music television if not radio. Ultimately lack of success with the album lead to the group
disbanding to pursue solo projects. For more on the group see the A to
Z of Aqua.
Architects featuring Nana
Show Me The Money
The West London garage duo The Architects first came to light with a bootleg version of
Brandy and Monica's The Boy Is Mine which featured the original vocals on a two-step
track. Rather than being sued by Atlantic Records the lads were offered a deal which led to a legal
issue of the remix. Big in Ayia Napa this summer, Body Groove with Nana on vocals,
was released back in Britain in September, 2000.
Moving Too Fast - featuring Romina Johnson
Please Don't Turn Me On
Re-Rewind - Craig David
Twenty Four Seven - Mel Blatt
Woman Trouble - Robbie Craig/Craig David
Twenty Four Seven by Artful Dodger and featuring Melanie Blatt was
released in the UK in September, 2001 and could be described as the team-up of the bust-ups as
both Artful Dodger and Melanie's band, All Saints had split recently. Mark
Hill will carry on producing under the Artful Dodger moniker while former member Pete
Devereux will record under his own name. Together they had four big hits in 2000
including Re-Rewind featuring Craig David and Movin' Too Fast with Romina
Artists Against AIDS Worldwide
What's Going On
What's Goin' On by the Allstar Tribute released in November, 2001 is a remake of the classic Marvin Gaye song, the charity single was organised by Bono
from U2 and was originally intended to highlight the plight of AIDS victims in the third world.
However recorded immediately following the destruction of the World Trade Center, the song has
now been associated with that event. The track features vocals from a variety of chart acts with Nelly,
Nelly Furtado and Bono perhaps making the strongest contributions.
Burn Baby Burn
There's A Star
Shining Light by Ash was released in February, 2001 and was the
first single from the band's Free All Angels album. Ash were formed while the
male members (Tim Wheeler - vocals and guitar, Mark Hamilton - bass and Rick McMurray - drums)
were still at school in Downpatrick and they released their first single Jack
Names The Planets in 1994. A mini-album Trailer followed, with the
full-length album 1977 in 1996 consolidating their indie success. The album celebrated the
year of Tim and Mark's birth and the release of Star Wars a big influence on their work.
Charlotte Hatherly added her guitar to the band with Nu-Clear Sounds in 1998.
Always On Time with Ja Rule
What's Love with Fat Joe
Song For The Lovers
Richard Ashcroft, who was last seen as lead singer of the Verve, released his first solo
single, A Song For the Lovers in April 2000. The sound is
quite similiar to that of the group he disbanded at the height of their fame. However it has
an irritating video which has long silences
forcing anyone not paying attention to check the TV hasn't gone on the blink! I find myself
switching channels when it's on...
The Abba-inspired A*Teens scored their biggest British hit with Upside Down,
an original song rather than an Abba cover. It was released in May, 2001. The group are
Marie, Amit, Sarah and Dani and are looking more mature than at their debut in 1999. Well, at
least the girls are. Problem is, will they be renamed the A*Twenties when they come of age?
I Want Your Love
The Atomic Kitten girls consolidate their success by taking on the old Bangles song Eternal Flame
in July, 2001. They previously had a February Valentine hit with Whole Again. Kerry has
now left the band in order to have a baby (the father is Bryan from Westlife). Natasha and Liz
are joined by Jenny from rival girlband Precious. Atomic Kitten have had three other major UK
hits, Right Now in 1999 and See Ya and I Want Your Love in 2000.
Aurora featuring Naimee Coleman
Ordinary World, originally a hit for Duran Duran in 1993, reappears in the
British hit list in September, 2000 performed by Aurora and Naimee Coleman. Aurora are
Sacha Collison and Simon Greenaway who both worked with David Arnold on the
soundtrack to the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Simon, whose father is the acclaimed film
director Peter Greenaway, has also worked in television advertising on tracks for Coke and Maxwell
House amongst others. Singer-songwriter Naimee is
from Ireland where she released a solo album last year. She reputedly did the vocals to her current
hit in one take.