Rockell

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Not to be confused with Rockwell (musician).
Rockell
Rockell, holding Fly 921, in Dec 2011.jpeg
Background information
Birth name Rachel Alexandra Mercaldo
Born (1977-03-04) March 4, 1977 (age 37)
Staten Island, New York
Genres Freestyle, dance-pop, Hi-NRG
Years active 1996–present
Labels SonyBMG
Associated acts Collage

Rachel Alexandra Mercaldo[1](born March 4, 1977 in Staten Island, New York), better known as Rockell, is an American freestyle, dance, Hi-NRG and pop singer-songwriter.

Music career[edit]

1996–2001: What Are You Lookin' At? and Instant Pleasure[edit]

In 1996, Rockell released her debut single, "I Fell In Love". In the late 1990s, she had major dance hits with the songs "In a Dream", "When I'm Gone" and "Can't We Try" (a duet with Collage and remake of the Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard 1987 hit song). All of these tracks appeared on her 1998 debut album entitled What Are You Lookin' At?. "I Fell In Love", distributed by the then BMG Canada, reached #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart while the follow-up "In a Dream" reached #6. She released a second album, Instant Pleasure, in 2000. Instant Pleasure included the single "What U Did 2 Me" which reached #101 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2001. She released a music video for the single. Remixes of "What U Did 2 Me" were released including the popular JP's Radio Mix.

2005–present: Return to music[edit]

In 2005, she returned with "L.O.V.E", produced by DJ Mickey Bono of the Beat Thrillerz. A limited independent release had a trance remix by Lenny "Linus" Douglas and freestyle remixes by Russ Castella and Randy Taylor-Weber, the original writer/producer of "In a Dream".

In spring 2007, Rockell recorded the single "Playin' My Love". It was released to Dance/Rhythmic format radio in July 2007. A freestyle remix by Salsation 3 was released in November 2007. A nationwide tour with several dance artists including Joe Zangie was announced as well. In November of that same year, she released a dance single with Canada's Odeon Records, "You Keep Me Hangin' On", a remake of the Supremes original.

On June 3, 2009, Rockell released the duet single "When I Want You Back" with Joe Zangie. Later in June, she released a dance cover of Donna Summer's "On the Radio".

In 2012, Rockell signed a new management deal with BlackCole Entertainment. On December 11 of that year, she released her single "Turn Up the Heat" which had a new sound of freestyle and dance-pop from her previous works. The track contains a rap and usage of high vocals.

Chart success[edit]

"I Fell In Love" peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1997. It hit the #1 spot on the Canadian Singles Chart during that year, making it the most successful freestyle dance music single of the decade in Canada.[citation needed] The single also peaked at #9 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart in the US.

"In a Dream", the follow-up to "I Fell In Love", peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June, 1998.[2][3][4] It was #6 on the Hot 100 Canadian Singles Chart and solidified Rockell's position on the artist roster of the then BMG Music Canada. It also peaked at #13 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.

"Can't We Try" with Collage peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998. The single also peaked at #11 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.

"When I'm Gone" failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999, but appeared on the Hot Dance Airplay and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. It also peaked at #21 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.

Rockell's lead single to her second album Instant Pleasure, "What U Did 2 Me", was her best-selling single. It fared well on the Hot Dance Airplay and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts.

She also released "The Dance" (a cover of the Garth Brooks hit) and "Tears", but neither of these singles charted on the Hot 100. Both singles performed well on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts. "The Dance" peaked at #27 and "Tears" peaked at #16 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Positions
Top Heat[5]
1998 What Are You Lookin' At? 30
2000 Instant Pleasure
  • Released: October 10, 2000
  • Label: Robbins Entertainment
  • Formats: CS, CD
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"-" denotes a release that did not make the stop.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[6]
CAN
"I Fell In Love" 1996 61 1 What Are You Lookin' At?
"In a Dream" 1997 72 6 What Are You Lookin' At?
"Can't We Try"
(Duet with Collage)
1998 59 - What Are You Lookin' At?
"When I'm Gone" 1999 - - What Are You Lookin' At?
"The Dance" 2000 - - Instant Pleasure
"What U Did 2 Me" 2001 101 - Instant Pleasure
"Tears" 2002 - - Instant Pleasure
"L.O.V.E" 2005 - - Non-album single
"Playin' My Love" 2007 - - Non-album single
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" 2007 - - Non-album single
"When I Want You Back"
(Duet with Joe Zangie)
2009 - - Non-album single
"On the Radio" 2009 - - Non-album single
"Turn Up the Heat" 2012 - - Non-album single
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.

Cover versions[edit]

[7] [8] [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ books.google.com/books?id=bw4EAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&lr=&client=firefox-a&rview=1#v=onepage&q&f=falsehttp://books.google.com/books?id=bw4EAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&lr=&client=firefox-a&rview=1#v=onepage&q&f=false
  3. ^ http://song-database.com/chhist.php?sid=23261&from=spu&type=ht
  4. ^ http://song-database.com/chhist.php?sid=23262&from=spu&type=ht
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ "Rockell Freestyle Princess". Pure Volume. Rockell. Retrieved 06/12/2013. 
  8. ^ "Rockell Freestyle Princess". Facebook. Rockell. Retrieved 06/12/2013. 
  9. ^ "Rockell". iTunes. iTunes. Retrieved 06/12/2012. 

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