Back To Business: 2010 Update

When we reminisce about artists of the past, we often find ourselves thinking whatever happened to them. Wondering where Ginuwine or Deborah Cox are today? Here’s what we found out about some of your favorite ’90s/early 2000s artists.

1. Ginuwine – Ginuwine was the Trey Songz of the ’90s, and he made the S-curl just as sexy as his slow jams. After marrying Sole, he disappeared from the spotlight. He released his sixth album, to very little hype, last year. He also attempted to form a R&B group, TGT, with Tank and Tyrese which didn’t work out too well. Last we heard, he was scouting artists under his label, BAG ENT.

2. Tamia – This six-time Grammy-nominated singer, and wife of Grant Hill, dominated the airwaves for a decade (1995-2005). She announced on Twitter earlier this year that she’s working on her new album which will focus on a common theme in her music: love. Considering she’s tapped Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins as producer (he’s created hits for everyone from Beyonce to Lady Gaga), we can only imagine it will be a highly anticipated 2011 album.

3. Avant – We’ll never forget Avant’s major hits like “My First Love,” and “Separated,” both which were released in 2000. He remained low-key over the years, but he just released his sixth album, The Letter, on his new label via Verve Forecast, and we secretly hopes he make a comeback.

4. Faith – She may be most known as the widow of Biggie Smalls, but she also made a major name for herself due to her vocal skills. Despite her disappearance from the scene for a while, she released her sixth album in October, and her single “Gone Already” has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the upcoming awards show in February 2011. We wish her the best.

5. Sisqo – From Dru Hill to the international hit, “Thong Song,” the platinum-haired artist remained a fixture in R&B culture for years. Earlier this year, he appeared on UK’s reality show, Celebrity Big Brother, and released a fourth album, InDRUpendence Day, with Dru Hill this past summer with new member, Tao.

6. T-Boz – Best known as a member of TLC, the songstress took a similar route as fellow bandmate Chilli, who just signed a second season of VH1’s What Chilli Wants, to get exposure again. T-Boz might not be looking for a man, but she was looking for a “job” when she appeared on Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice last year. She also admitted last year that she had been battling a potentially fatal brain tumor for over three years. We wish her a healthy and successful 2011.

7. Jodeci – K-Ci and Jo-Jo, and Dalvin and Devante (two sets of brothers) recorded hit after hit until the group disbanded in 1998. Fast forward 12 years, and the group hasn’t made too much noise since. They were featured in the H-Town song, “Knockin’ Your Heels” last year, and K-Ci and Jo-Jo…Come Clean, a docu-series which attempts to help the brothers fight alcoholism, premiered on TV One in October.

8. Deborah Cox
– This Canadian singer-songwriter is no stranger to #1 R&B hits on the Billboard charts. In late 2008, she released her fifth album, The Promise. She, along with Tamia and Kelly Price, announced last year that they were forming a group, The Queen Project. No word yet on when- or if- they will release an album.

9. Ashanti – “The Princess of Hip Hop and R&B” quickly rose to stardom in the early 2000s and remained on top for a few years. In 2009, Irv Gotti released her from his label, The Inc., but that hasn’t stopped the songstress from making music. She’s currently working on her fifth album with a slew of producers from Dr. Dre to The Dream, and it’s scheduled to drop next year. She’s also rumored to appear in the Broadway musical, Rent, next year.

10. Boyz II Men
– This top-selling male R&B group dropped their first album in 1991, and they are celebrating their 20th anniversary in a big way next year: They’ll join fans and couples on a “Love Cruise” to the Caribbean over Valentine’s Day weekend, and they’re releasing an anniversary album. We, along with numerous R&B fans, cannot wait.

—— By: Crystal Tate


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