Allure (band)

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Allure
Origin New York City, United States
Genres R&B
Years active 1996–present
Labels
  • Crave
  • MCA
  • Tru Warier Records
  • A.L.A. Recordings/CEA's Music Group
  • Bridge Works/Interscope
Associated acts Mariah Carey, 112, Nas, MC Shan, LL Cool J
Website allurelive.blogspot.com
Members Alia Davis
Lalisha Sanders
Akissa Mendez
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.[1]

Career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] Soon after, member Linnie Belcher left the group and group remained as a trio.

In 2002, they appeared in the Tom Jones' Mr. Jones album, in the song "The Letter." The album was produced by Wyclef Jean, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis and Jones himself.

In 2004, they signed with NBA player Ron Artest's newly formed label, Tru Warier Records, distributed by Lightyear Entertainment.

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".[4]

In 2010, Allure formed their own label, A.L.A. Recordings, and released their fourth album Time's Up independently on February 10, 2010.[5]

In 2011, Allure signed with MC Shan's label Bridge Works,[6] which has digital distribution with Interscope Records. The following year, the group released a new single "Butterflies" featuring MC Shan.[7][8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S. U.S. R&B
1997 Allure 108 23
  • US: Gold
2001 Sunny Days
  • Released: September 25, 2001
  • Label: MCA
68
2004 Chapter III
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • Label: Lightyear
2010 Time's Up
  • Released: February 10, 2010
  • Label: A.L.A. Recordings

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK Singles Chart[9]
1997 "Head over Heels" (featuring Nas) 35 17 18 Allure
"No Question" (featuring LL Cool J)
"All Cried Out" (featuring 112) 4 9 12
1998 "Last Chance"
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

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