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Wilson Phillips at Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Cerritos, California, August 2011
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop rock, adult contemporary|
|Labels||SBK, Columbia, Sony|
|Associated acts||The Honeys|
Their 1990 self-titled debut album sold over 10 million copies worldwide and placed three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, making the trio the best-selling female group at the time. In 1990, the group won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for "Hold On," and in addition was nominated for four Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.
The Wilson sisters and Phillips grew up together in Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s. The three shared a love of music and songwriting, and developed their own style of vocal harmonies. In 1989, the trio signed with SBK Records.
The group is also known for being the offspring of prominent musicians; the Wilsons are the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, while Phillips's parents are John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.
Wilson Phillips released their debut album, Wilson Phillips, in 1990. Their debut single, "Hold On," hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1990, bumping Madonna's "Vogue" off the top spot. The single was also No. 1 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary and became a worldwide hit, peaking at No. 2 in Australia, No. 6 in the UK, No. 7 in Ireland, No. 10 in Sweden, and at No. 15 in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. The single also won Wilson Phillips the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990.
The second and fourth singles from the album also became number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "Release Me" (2 weeks) and "You're in Love" (1-week). The singles "Impulsive" and "The Dream Is Still Alive", peaked at No. 4 and No. 12, respectively, on the Hot 100.
In 1991, they contributed a cover of "Daniel" to the tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin. While not released as a single, it peaked at No. 7 in the US Adult Contemporary chart due to strong radio airplay.
In 1992, Wilson Phillips also made history as Billboard declared their debut album the best selling album of all time by an all female group, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and selling over 5 million copies in the US and over 10 million copies worldwide, which also made Wilson Phillips, at the time, the best selling female group of all time for a single album, breaking the previous record set by The Supremes.
Chynna Phillips and her mother Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas are the only mother/daughter combination to perform on separate songs that reached number one on the Billboard Charts. The Judds, Naomi and Wynonna, did it together on songs but never on separate songs.
In June 1992, Wilson Phillips released their second album, Shadows and Light. The album was deeply personal and adopted a more serious tone, with tracks exploring issues such as child abuse ("Where Are You") and their estrangement from their fathers ("Flesh and Blood", "All the Way From New York"). The first single, "You Won't See Me Cry" peaked at No. 20 in the US and No. 18 in the UK, the first time they had a higher-ranking single in the UK than in the US. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the US, and double platinum in Canada.
Shortly after the release of Shadows and Light, Chynna Phillips announced plans for a solo career, and the group decided to disband.
During the next decade, the group went separate ways. In 1993, Wendy and Carnie Wilson released the Christmas holiday themed album, Hey Santa!, a collection of classic holiday themes with an original song (the title track). In 1995, Chynna Phillips released a solo album, Naked and Sacred. The same year, Carnie went on to host her own short-lived syndicated television talk show entitled, Carnie!. In 1997, Carnie and Wendy, along with their father, Brian Wilson released The Wilsons and the single, "Monday Without You."
A Greatest Hits album was released in 2000, although the group did not officially reunite for the release. On March 29, 2001, they reunited to perform the Beach Boys' song "You're So Good to Me" at a tribute show to Brian Wilson held at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Chynna Phillips dedicated the performance to her own father John Phillips who had died a few days earlier.
Reunion in 2004
Wilson Phillips reunited in 2004 to release California, an album of cover songs. A single, "Go Your Own Way," a song originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The album debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with 31,000 copies sold in its first week of release.
2008 to present
In November 2008, Wilson Phillips reunited on stage for two shows in California. These 90-minute shows were the longest the group have ever performed, and featured tracks from throughout their career, as well as some covers of songs by ABBA and Beach Boys.
On October 12, 2010, Wilson Phillips released a new Christmas album, Christmas in Harmony. The album yielded a single, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday," a cover of the popular seasonal tune that first was a hit in 1973 for English glam-rock band Wizzard.
Bandmember Chynna Phillips was a contestant on Season 13 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, and explained that "Hold On" was written by her and bandmates Carnie and Wendy Wilson about her recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Phillips was eliminated after week 4.
On March 20, 2012, the group appeared on QVC to promote their 2012 release Dedicated, a new studio album made up of covers of songs by both The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. On April 3, 2012, the group released Dedicated, which debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard Albums chart with 16,283 copies sold in its first week of release.
|↙No. 1 Singles (Overall)||3|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|Shadows and Light||
|Christmas in Harmony||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|The Best of Wilson Phillips||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1990||"Hold On"||1||1||6||2||15||3||1||Wilson Phillips|
|1991||"You're in Love"||1||1||29||—||—||3||1|
|"The Dream Is Still Alive"||12||4||—||—||—||11||4|
|1992||"You Won't See Me Cry"||20||4||18||31||11||1||3||Shadows and Light|
|"Give It Up"||30||12||36||—||—||16||11|
|"Flesh and Blood"||115||17||—||—||—||33||12|
|2004||"Go Your Own Way"||—||13||—||—||—||—||—||California|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
Other charted songs
|2010||"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"||22||Christmas in Harmony|
|"Little Drummer Boy"||13|
|"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day"||14|
Awards and nominations
|1990||Billboard Music Award Win for Hot 100 Single of the Year ("Hold On")|
|1990||Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year ("Hold On")|
|1990||Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year (Wilson Phillips)|
|1990||Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist|
|1990||Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Hold On")|
|1990||American Music Award nomination for Favorite Single – Pop / Rock ("Hold On")|
|1990||American Music Award nomination for Favorite New Artist – Pop / Rock|
|1991||Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("You're in Love")|
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