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|Also known as||KingSinga|
8 November 1970 |
Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica
|Genres||Reggae, reggae fusion, dancehall|
|Labels||Work/SME Records (1994–2000)|
|Associated acts||The Notorious B.I.G., Madonna, Andy Marvel, Brian McKnight Celine Dion.|
Diana King (born 8 November 1970) is a Jamaican singer-songwriter who performs a mixture and fusion of reggae, reggae fusion and dancehall. She was born to an Indo-Jamaican mother and an Afro Jamaican father.
After making an appearance on The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 song "Respect", from his album Ready to Die, she signed a recording contract with Sony Music. King's first single, "Shy Guy", co-written and produced by Andy Marvel from her debut album Tougher Than Love, became a hit, reaching No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified gold by the RIAA in the U.S.; the single also hit No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as reaching No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, going on to sell nearly five million singles worldwide. The song made the soundtrack to the 1995 film, Bad Boys. "Shy Guy" was also ranked by the Japanese radio station J-Wave as the number-one song of 1995.
In 1997, King's second album Think Like a Girl entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at No. 1. King also scored another well-received hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Dance Club Play with her cover version of the song "I Say a Little Prayer" (originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1967), which featured on the soundtrack to the film, My Best Friend's Wedding. King was also featured on the 1997 soundtrack to the documentary When We Were Kings, where she performed the title track with Brian McKnight. In 1998, King joined Celine Dion and Brownstone on stage to perform the hit "Treat Her Like a Lady" previously written and recorded by King from Tougher Than Love at the Essence Awards. That year, she also appeared on Soul Train, The RuPaul Show, and VIBE to promote Think Like a Girl. In 1999, she toured India doing a five city tour. From Goa, she said: "I never thought I would come back to India."
King entered negotiations with Madonna's Maverick Records label in 2000. In 2002, King released her third album Respect. It received a Japan-only release on 24 July 2002 until it was eventually released in other markets such as the UK on 17 April 2006 and as a digital-only release in the United States on 29 April 2008. The album's lead single, "Summer Breezin'" premiered on BET and VH1 video and received some urban radio airplay.
In 2007, she co-wrote and recorded the song "The Light Within" with the German reggae artist Gentleman, for his album Another Intensity. She also had the girl duo Brick & Lace join her on one of her concerts as backup singers. Later that year, she formed her own record label, ThinkLikeAgirl. She also tours Asia annually.
In 2010, King's record label ThinkLikeAgirL Music Inc. went through a licensing deal with Warner Music Japan with the release of her fourth album, Warrior Gurl. This was released in Japan on 22 September 2010. An upgraded version was released digitally in the United States on iTunes and all major online music stores (under the title Agirlnameking) on her birthday, 8 November 2012.
On 28 June 2012, Diana King declared "Yes I am a Lesbian" to her fans from her official Facebook page. She was honored for her bravery on 16 December 2012 and was presented with the prestigious "Vanguard Award" at the Out Music Awards in Las Vegas, NV. King is the first Jamaican artist to ever publicly come out. Jamaica is at the top of the list of the countries who are extremely violent and intolerant toward the LGBT community.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|US Billboard 200||US R&B||US Reggae||US Heatseekers||JPN
|1995||Tougher Than Love||179||85||1||6||5||50|
|1997||Think Like a Girl||—||—||1||—||7||—||
|2010||Warrior Gurl (Japan)||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|1996||Tougher and Live (Japan)||—|
|1998||Remix Kingdom (Japan)||24|
|2002||The Best of Diana King (Japan)||78|
|2005||Essentials: I Say a Little Prayer (Japan)||—|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1994||"Stir It Up"||—||53||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||24||Cool Runnings Soundtrack|
|"Shy Guy"||13||21||—||2||4||3||5||2||4||6||6||5||1||2||1||3||3||Tougher Than Love|
|1996||"I'll Do It" (with Nahki)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||single only|
|1997||"When We Were Kings" (with Brian McKnight)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||When We Were Kings Soundtrack|
|"I Say a Little Prayer"||38||68||8||17||27||—||—||—||34||73||—||—||—||12||—||6||21||Think Like a Girl|
|1998||"Find My Way Back"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Supa-Lova-Bwoy" (JAP only)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Rise Up" (as part of Jamaica United)||—||—||—||54||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||single only|
|2007||"Get Me@This Party" (with Sarah feat. Kid Kapri)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||single only|
|2011||"Closer"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Warrior Gurl / AgirLnaMeKING|
|2012||"Jeanz N T-Shirt"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Yu Dun Kno"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
In June 2012, King came out as lesbian via Facebook, stating: "I answer now, not because it's anyone's business but because it feels right with my soul and I believe by not answering or hiding it all these years somehow makes it appear as if I am ashamed of it or that I believe it is wrong."
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