Reel 2 Real

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Reel 2 Real
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Genres Electronica, reggae fusion, Eurodance
Years active 1992–1997
Labels Strictly Rhythm
Past members Erick Morillo
Mark Quashie

Reel 2 Real were an American electronic and reggae-influenced duo which had seven Top 10 hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the 1990s.

Biography[edit]

The duo's core member is producer and DJ Erick Morillo from New York City, who spent a portion of his childhood living in Colombia and also in Union City, New Jersey. The first release as Reel 2 Real was "The New Anthem" which spent a week at No. 1 in 1992.

Although it peaked at No. 8 on the dance chart, Reel 2 Real is best known for the dancehall reggae-influenced house track "I Like to Move It", which featured Trinidad and Tobago native and toaster Mark Quashie, also known as The Mad Stuntman. The song peaked at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. It was successful in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 5 on the singles chart, and in France and the Netherlands it peaked at number-one. The song would later be used in 2005 animated film Madagascar, and was covered by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen but produced by Morillo, making it a hit once again in 2005 with it becoming the film series' theme song. In all, The Mad Stuntman was featured on four of Reel 2 Real's top 10 dance hits. Later singles featured Barbara Tucker, Charlotte Small, and Proyecto Uno. The Reel 2 Real alias was abandoned.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[1]
AUT
[1]
FRA
[1]
GER
[2]
IRE
[3]
NED
[1]
NZ
[1]
SUI
[1]
SWE
[1]
UK
[4]
U.S.
[5]
U.S.
Dance

[5]
1992 "The New Anthem" (featuring Erick Moore) 1 Single only
1993 "Go On Move" (featuring The Mad Stuntman) 16 12 20 6 11 18 15 7 6 Move It
"I Like to Move It" (featuring The Mad Stuntman) 6 2 1 3 5 1 14 4 12 5 89 8
1994 "Can You Feel It?" (featuring The Mad Stuntman) 28 49 32 17 20 31 26 13 3
"Raise Your Hands" 20 14
1995 "Conway" (featuring The Mad Stuntman) 27 4
1996 "Jazz It Up" 15 58 7 Are You Ready for Some More?
"Are You Ready for Some More?" 24 5
"Move Your Body (Mueve la Cadera)" (featuring Proyecto Uno 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lescharts.com: International peak positions
  2. ^ German peak positions
  3. ^ Irish peak positions search
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ a b Allmusic U.S. peaks
  6. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  7. ^ German Certification
  8. ^ "Reel 2 Real". NVPI. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  9. ^ BPI: UK Certification