Pretty Ricky

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Pretty Ricky
Also known as Prettie Rickie, The Maverix, Bluestars[1]
Origin Miami, Florida
Genres R&B, hip hop
Years active 1997–Present
Labels Pretty Ricky (current)
Atlantic, Big Cat, Bluestar Ent. (former)
Associated acts Pitbull, Sean Paul
Website www.prettyricky.com
Members Baby Blue (1997-present)
Spectacular (1997-present)
Pleasure P (1997–2007, 2014-present)
Slick'em (1997-present)
Past members Milk B (1997-Unkwown)
Mowet (2007)
Ambition/4play (2008)
Lingerie (2009-2012)

Pretty Ricky is an American R&B/hip hop group originated from Miami, Florida. Pretty Ricky originally consisted of five brothers: Baby Blue, Spectacular, Slick'em, Milk B & Pleasure P. Pleasure P left the group in 2007 to embark on a solo career. Since then there have been numerous times where Pretty Ricky had numerous replacements of lead singers. In 2007 the first replacement was Mowet, In 2008 4Play, In 2009 Lingerie joined Pretty Ricky, and was the final lead singer to join the group. In late 2010 Slik'em left the group but was replaced by J.Long in 2011 until the group ended in 2012 making him the final member to join the group.

In late 2014 Pleasure P & Pretty Ricky officially reunited with the group, as was announced on their Instagram account.[2] The group plans an international reunion tour & a new album Bluestars 2 with all the original members. The first reunion single is called "Puddles" and was released on Valentine's Day 2015.[3] "Puddles" has been the most requested song on South Florida's major radio station, 99JAMZ, in the days following its release.[4]

Music career[edit]

Music beginnings[edit]

In 1997 while performing together in Miami, Florida Pretty Ricky would be signed to Bluestar Entertainment by CEO Joseph "Blue" Smith. Joseph Smith is the father of the original 4 members, but only Spectacular & Baby Blue have the same mother. According to a 1999 story in The Miami Herald, the brothers were originally called Pretty Rickie & The Maverix, until the country group The Mavericks objected, & the brothers decided 'y' endings are "more masculine" than 'i.e.'.

2004-05: Bluestars[edit]

In 2004, Pretty Ricky would release their first single "Grind With Me", it would go on to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at #7, it would also go on to be certified platinum by the RIAA. The single would make its way to popularity on Power 96 shortly after it was first played during Love Hour program, the station's Program Director, Tony the Tiger (Ira Wolf), afterwards sent the single to Craig Kallman, Co-Chairman and also Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic Records. Upon his arrival in Florida by December, he was amazed by the commotion the band had ignited at a Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Hallandale. "It was complete pandemonium," Kallman stated. "Hundreds & hundreds of screaming, shrieking girls basically stormed the stage & bum rushed the guys as they came off, chasing them down the field, jumping on the van, trying to climb on the van." Invited by Kallman to have an audition in his hotel room at Loew's Miami Beach, Pretty Ricky was immediately offered a record deal on the spot.[5]

On May 17, 2005 Pretty Ricky would release their debut album entitled Bluestars, it would debut at #16 on the Billboard 200 album chart selling 56,000 copies in the first week within several months, Bluestars was certified Gold by RIAA.[6] On June 15, 2005 Pretty Ricky would release their second single from the album entitled "Your Body", it would go on to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at #12.

In the summer of 2005 The group would tour with fellow artist Omarion, Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Bobby V, and other acts in the Scream Tour IV concert series.

2006-07: Pleasure P's departure & Late Night Special[edit]

On November 9, 2006 Pretty Ricky would release their first single entitled "On the Hotline" from their sophomore album, it would go on to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97, it would also go on to be certified platinum by the RIAA..

On January 23, 2007 Pretty Ricky would release their second album entitled Late Night Special, it would sell over 132,000 copies in the first week topping the Billboard 200 album charts.[7] In March, 2007 Pretty Ricky would release their second single entitled "Push It Baby" featured reggae artist Sean Paul.

In 2007 After the release of Late Night Special, the group's lead vocalist at the time, Pleasure P would leave the group to pursue a solo career & would be replaced by upcoming singer 4Play who wrote most of Pretty Ricky's songs.

2008: 4Play's arrival/departure & Eighties Babies[edit]

In 2008 after replacing lead vocalist Pleasure P with upcoming singer 4Play, Pretty Ricky would start working on a new album entitled Eighties Babies.[8] Eighties Babies release date was due for October 14, 2008, but due to leaking & creative differences amongst the members, Pretty Ricky would shelved the album & new lead vocalist 4Play would disband from the group the following year.[9][10]

2009: Lingerie's arrival & Pretty Ricky[edit]

In 2009 after replacing lead vocalist 4Play with upcoming singer Lingerie.[11] On August 26, 2009 it was announced that Pretty Ricky had departed from Atlantic Records & had signed with independent Atlanta based record company Big Cat Records & their new album would be entitled Pretty Ricky.[12]

On November 17, 2009 Pretty Ricky would release their self-titled third album Pretty Ricky would debut at #97 on the Billboard 200 album chart selling over 10,000 copies in the first week. Only two singles were released from the album, "Tipsy (In Dis Club)" & "Say a Command"..

2010-present: Pleasure P's return, Mixtapes & Bluestars 2[edit]

On July 27, 2010 Pretty Ricky released their single entitled "Cookie Cutter".[13] On August 10, 2010 Pretty Ricky would release an extended play entitled Topless.[14] On December 27, 2010 during a interview Pretty Ricky would announce that they are currently working on their fourth album & it would be entitled Bluestars 2 which will be a sequel to their critically acclaim album Bluestars.[15]

On August 12, 2011 Pretty Ricky would release a mixtape entitled Sex Music Vol. 1: Streets N The Sheets.[16][17]

After a 3 year of hiatus, on February 16, 2015 Pretty Ricky would release a new single entitled "Puddles", the single would also marked the return of former lead vocalist Pleasure P returning back to the group.[18][19]

Controversy[edit]

On July 17, 2010 a viral video showing Pretty Ricky member Slick'em snorting Cocaine would be released.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
US R&B US Rap
Bluestars 16 5 3
Late Night Special
  • Released: January 23, 2007
  • Label: Bluestar Ent., Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
1 2 1
Pretty Ricky
  • Released: November 17, 2009
  • Label: Bluestar Ent., Big Cat
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
97 14
Bluestars 2
  • Released: TBA, 2015
  • Label: Pretty Ricky
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
TBR

EPs[edit]

Year Title
2010 Topless

Mixtapes[edit]

Pretty Ricky's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
Sex Music Vol. 1: Streets N The Sheets[22][23]
  • Released: August 12, 2011

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[24] Certification Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap AUS FIN NZ UK
[25]
2005 "Grind with Me" 7 6 2 6 26 Bluestars
"Your Body" 12 22 5 45 13 37
2006 "Nothing but a Number" 70
"On the Hotline" 12 6 121 Late Night Special
2007 "Push It Baby" (featuring Sean Paul) 109 51 18 2
"Love like Honey" 101
2008 "Knockin' Boots 08" 75 Eighties Babies (shelved)
"Cuddle Up" (featuring Butta Creame) 76
2009 "Tipsy (In Dis Club)" 52 Pretty Ricky
"Say a Command" 98
2010 "Personal Freak" Non-album single
"Cookie Cutter"
2011 "Topless" 124
2015 "Puddles" Bluestars 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.who2.com/prettyricky.html
  2. ^ http://ratedrnb.com/2014/09/theyre-back-pretty-ricky-teases-reunion-tour/
  3. ^ http://www.prettyricky.com/
  4. ^ https://instagram.com/p/zlh8o4mwL7/?modal=true
  5. ^ http://www.teenhollywood.com/2005/05/23/pretty-ricky-shines-on-bluestars
  6. ^ ttp://www.billboard.com/articles/news/62729/a-welcome-exile-audioslave-opens-at-no-1
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1055522/pretty-ricky-shins-grab-top-album-chart-spots
  8. ^ http://www.ustream.tv/blog/2008/05/19/pretty-ricky-revealing-new-member-tonight/
  9. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/eighties-babies-unreleased-mw0000796530
  10. ^ http://singersroom.com/content/2008-09-11/Update-Pretty-Ricky-Resets-Eighties-Babies-Album-Due-In-October/
  11. ^ http://zhiphopcleveland.com/3194202/pretty-rickys-newest-member-hes-mean-he-sings-hes-lingerie/
  12. ^ http://www.prweb.com/releases/Pretty/Ricky/prweb2788484.htm
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cookie-cutter-single/id384311385
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/topless-ep/id386112307
  15. ^ http://www.bet.com/video/106andpark/106guestrewind/pretty-ricky-12-28-2010-2315841.html
  16. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Pretty-Ricky-Sex-Music-Vol-1-Streets-N-The-Sheets-mixtape.261193.html
  17. ^ http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/14459/pretty_ricky_sex_music.html
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/puddles-feat.-baby-blue-spectacular/id968823724
  19. ^ http://www.thisisrnb.com/2015/02/listen-pleasure-p-reunites-with-pretty-ricky-on-new-single-puddles/
  20. ^ http://hiphopwired.com/2010/07/17/slickem-of-pretty-ricky-snorts-cocaine-on-camera-sends-warning-to-haters-video/
  21. ^ a b c d e "Gold and Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  22. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Pretty-Ricky-Sex-Music-Vol-1-Streets-N-The-Sheets-mixtape.261193.html
  23. ^ http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/14459/pretty_ricky_sex_music.html
  24. ^ "Pretty Ricky Charts & Awards (Billboard Singles)". Allmusic. 
  25. ^ Everyhit.com – accessed March 2011

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