Sisqó

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Sisqó
Birth name Mark Althavean Andrews[1]
Born (1978-11-09) November 9, 1978 (age 35)[2]
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres R&B, hip hop soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor
Instruments Singing, piano, guitar
Years active 1992-present
Labels Island, Def Soul
Associated acts Dru Hill, Mýa, LovHer

Mark Althavean Andrews (born November 9, 1978), known by his stage name Sisqó (stylized as SisQó), is an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and actor. He is the lead singer of R&B group Dru Hill, and has also released solo material. Sisqo's successful debut solo album, Unleash the Dragon (1999), included the hit singles "Thong Song"[1] and "Incomplete". Sisqó is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.

Biography[edit]

As a teen, Mark Andrews worked at The Fudgery in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with three other young men: Larry Anthony, James "Woody" Green, and Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin. The quartet would be signed as the group Dru Hill to Island Records in 1996.

Andrews graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1995. He has a daughter, Shaione, who was born in 1995.[3] His second son, Ryū, was born in 2012.[4]

Sisqó's visual trademarks are his eclectic hair styles and flamboyant stage costumes, which were regularly flashier than those of his groupmates. Over his career as a recording artist, both with and without Dru Hill, Sisqó's hairstyles have included a bleached blond Caesar, a platinum Caesar (colored with silver spray paint), blond cornrows, a neon-red dyed Caesar, and a blond Mohawk.

Career[edit]

After Woody left Dru Hill in 1999 to pursue a solo career, it was decided that the other members would follow suit and issue their own solo albums. Sisqó's solo debut, Unleash the Dragon, was released on Def Soul Records in November 1999. Unleash the Dragon sold moderately at first, until the February 2000 release of its second single, the novelty "Thong Song". A runaway hit, "Thong Song" and its follow-up, "Incomplete", were major hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Thong Song" making it to number three, and "Incomplete" going to #1. The success later got Sisqó a doll made of himself by Play Along Toys in 2001.[citation needed]. Solo albums by Jazz and Nokio reached varying levels of completion and were never released.

Conflicts within the group prevented Dru Hill from reuniting as planned in late 2000, and Sisqó set about recording a second solo LP. During this period, Sisqó branched out into hosting the dance competition program Sisqó's Shakedown on MTV, and into film, taking on supporting roles in the films Get Over It (2001) with Kirsten Dunst and Snow Dogs (2002) with Cuba Gooding, Jr.. He also starred as a vampire in Sabrina The Teenage Witch (Season 6 episode6). Although his second LP, Return of Dragon, released in June 2001, eventually went platinum, its singles "Can I Live" and "Dance for Me" performed far below expectations (apart from in the United Kingdom, where "Dance for Me" became his third top ten hit), and by 2002, Sisqó was back with Dru Hill, which released its third LP in late 2002. The LP underperformed, and the group was eventually released from their recording contract.

On January 3, 2010, Sisqó participated in the British reality television show Celebrity Big Brother 2010 as a housemate in the competition. He was the fifth contestant to be "evicted" from the Big Brother house on Day 20 (January 22) of the show.

Dru Hill released its third album, InDRUpendence Day, in 2010 as an independent release through Kedar Entertainment. The group also appeared at this time in the reality show Keith Sweat's Platinum House on BET's sister station Centric. In July 2013, Sisqó appeared on the reality show Celebrity Wife Swap, where his girlfriend Elizabeth was "swapped" with the wife of 1990s pop singer Gerardo Mejia.

As of 2014, Sisqó continues to tour, both as a member of Dru Hill and as a solo act. His third solo album, Last Dragon, is currently set to be released in 2014.[5]

Solo discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[6]
US R&B
[6]
CAN
[6]
UK
[7]
AUS
[8]
NZ
[8]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[8]
FRA
[8]
SWI
[8]
1999 Unleash the Dragon 2 2 8 15 28 23 19 45 27 36
2001 Return of Dragon
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Def Soul Recordings
7 3 22
2014 Last Dragon
  • Third Studio Album
  • Release date: 2014
  • Label: Dragon Music Group
To be released

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B AUS
[12]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
NED
[15]
NZ
[16]
SWE
[17]
SUI
[18]
UK
[19]
1999 "Got to Get It" (featuring Make It Hot) 39 12 28 48 36 50 14 Unleash the Dragon
2000 "Thong Song" 3 2 2 15 15 3 1 8 8 3
"Unleash the Dragon" (featuring Beanie Sigel) 18 31 41 47 6
"Incomplete" 1 1 51 51 13
2001 "Can I Live" (featuring The Dragon Family) 72 87 Return of Dragon
"Dance for Me" 40 91 55 6 31 10 6
2014 "A-List" (featuring Waka Flocka Flame) Last Dragon
"Unleash The Dragon 2014" (featuring 2 Chainz) Dragon Age: Inquisition OST
  • "—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions[20] Album
U.S. DE
1998 "It's All About Me" (Mýa featuring Sisqó) 6 Mýa
2000 "What These Bitches Want" 2 (DMX featuring Sisqó) 49 ...And Then There Was X
2000 "How Many Licks?" (Lil' Kim featuring Sisqó) 75 58 The Notorious K.I.M.

Notes[edit]

  • 1 A remix, "Thong Song Uncensored", features Foxy Brown and is included on the soundtrack LP for the film Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps
  • 2 Edited version titled "What You Want"

DVDs[edit]

  • 2000: Sisqó: The Thong Song Uncensored
  • 2001: Sisqó: 24 Hours with Sisqó
  • 2005: Dru Hill Hits: The Videos (includes videos for "Thong Song" and "Incomplete")

Other songs[edit]

  • 2006: "Perfect Christmas"
  • 2007: "Who's Ur Daddy"
  • 2007: "I Miss U"
  • 2007: "Pop That" (Produced by Timbaland)
  • 2009: "Club On Fire"
  • 2009: "Already Know"
  • 2009: "Club 2 Tha Bedroom"
  • 2009: "Act A Donkey"
  • 2009: "Back Away"
  • 2010: "Billie Jean(Dragon Remix)"
  • 2010: "Boy Shorts"
  • 2010: "Bounce"
  • 2010: "O"
  • 2010: "Star"
  • 2013: "All Night"
  • 2014: "Earthquake (Shake Shake)"
  • 2014: "Let's Get Down Tonight"
  • 2014: "Like A Mothaf*cker (Dance)"
  • 2014: "You The Finest"
  • 2014: "I Let That Money Go"
  • 2014: "The One"
  • 2014: "Lord Koxyn"

Filmography[edit]

Film appearances[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

Awards/nominations[edit]

  • American Music Awards
    • 2001, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist: (Nominated)
    • 2001, Favorite R&B/Soul Album: Unleash the Dragon (Nominated)
  • Billboard Music Awards
    • 2000, Male Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, Male Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, R&B/Hip-Hop Male Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Artist of the Year (Won)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2001, Best New Artist (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best R&B Song: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best R&B Album: Unleash the Dragon (Nominated)
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2001, Best R&B Act: (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best Video: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best R&B Act: (Nominated)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2000, Best Hip-Hop Video: "Thong Song" (Won)
    • 2000, Best New Artist: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best Dance Video: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best Video from a Film: "Thong Song (remix)" w/ Foxy Brown (Nominated)
    • 2000, Viewer's Choice: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
  • Soul Train Music Awards
    • 2001, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album: Unleash the Dragon (Nominated)

References[edit]

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