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|Origin||New York City, United States|
|Associated acts||Mariah Carey, 112, Nas, MC Shan, LL Cool J|
|Past members||Linnie Belcher|
Allure is an American New York-based R&B girl group that formed in the early 1990s as a quartet, now a trio, best known for their hit single "All Cried Out" with 112 which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Original members were Alia Davis, Linnie Belcher, Lalisha Sanders and Akissa Mendez.
In 1997, the group signed with Mariah Carey's label Crave Records and began work on their debut album. Their debut single "Head Over Heels" (featuring Nas) was released in February, becoming a hit and peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the US Rhythmic Top 40. It was soon followed by the single "No Question" featuring LL Cool J which gained some airplay, ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album Allure on May 6, 1997. Their next single, a cover of "All Cried Out" featuring 112 was released in August, and became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the R&B chart. With the success of the single, their album was certified gold by the RIAA, and a fourth single ("Last Chance" - co-written by Mariah Carey) followed.
In 1999, they released the single "You're the Only One For Me" from the hit 1999 film Runaway Bride.
After the dissolution of Mariah Carey's label Crave Records, Allure signed with MCA Records in 2000, issuing the single "Enjoy Yourself" which peaked at #50 on the Billboard R&B chart. Their sophomore album Sunny Days followed on September 25, 2001 and opened at #68 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. A second single "Kool Wit Me" was pushed to radio, yet did not receive much support from the label. Soon after, member Linnie Belcher left the group and group remained as a trio.
Their third album Chapter III, in reference to their lineup change and being their third album, was released on November 23, 2004. It went unnoticed by the general public, although it did receive considerable press due to Ron Artest's suspension from the NBA that year. Two singles were released, 2004's "Uh Oh" featuring reggae artist Elephant Man, and 2005's "I Think I'm In Love" featuring rapper Joe Budden. The album was subsequently released in the UK the following year, including a new track ("You Are The Man") and a remix of the single "Hate 2 Luv U".
In 2011, Allure signed with MC Shan's label Bridge Works, which has digital distribution with Interscope Records. The following year, the group released a new single "Butterflies" featuring MC Shan.
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||UK Singles Chart|
|1997||"Head over Heels" (featuring Nas)||35||17||18||Allure|
|"No Question" (featuring LL Cool J)||–||–||–|
|"All Cried Out" (featuring 112)||4||9||12|
|1999||"You're the Only One For Me"||–||–||–||Runaway Bride (Soundtrack)|
|2001||"Enjoy Yourself"||–||50||–||Sunny Days|
|2004||"Hate 2 Luv U"||–||–||–||Chapter III|
|"Uh Oh" (featuring Elephant Man)||–||–||–|
|2012||"Butterflies" (featuring MC Shan)||–||–||–||Butterflies - Single|
- Allure Biography on billboard.com
- Allure 1st album Allure on allmusic.com
- Allure album Sunny Days on allmusic.com
- Allure album Chapter III on allmusic.com
- Allure album Time's Up on raredobsuremusic.wordpress.com
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 20. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.