Love Inc. (band)
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Past members||Chris Sheppard
Love Inc. were a Canadian eurodance music group from Toronto. The group was formed by DJ/remixer/producers Chris Sheppard and Brad Daymond, with Simone Denny on vocals. The Sheppard and Denny combination previously worked together in the Quality Records dance outfit BKS, an acronym using the surname initials of Zambian born Hennie Bekker, Greg Kavanagh and Sheppard.
The group scored its first major hit on the Canadian pop chart with "Broken Bones", the music video for which won the Best Video award at the 1998 MuchMusic Video Awards. "Broken Bones" peaked at number 6 (Canadian Airplay) and 31 (Top 100 singles) in 1998 and was followed that same year by "You're a Superstar". "You're a Superstar" also became the band's only hit in the United States, where it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1999. The singles "Who Do You Love" and "Homeless" followed in 1999.
In 1999, Daymond left the group to pursue a successful remix and production career with Alex Greggs as "Riprock & Alex G". After Love Inc.'s self-titled album was released, Sheppard and Denny continued as a duo and in 2000 released Into the Night, which included the title track, "Come On (It's Only Love)" and "Here Comes the Sunshine". It would also be their last album. Five singles in total reached the # 1 position on the Canadian Dance Charts published by the now-defunct publications The Record and RPM Magazine.
The group's debut album remains the only dance album created domestically in Canada to achieve platinum certification (sales over 100,000 units). Part of the dynamic 3's collaborations were talented professional dancer and choreographer Monique "Nikki K" Kurnath. Kurnath's contributions included previous back-up dancing and choreography for Sheppard's & Denny's previous group BKS for 3 years. Once Love Inc. was formed, Sheppard asked Kurnath to remain part of the group and perform back-up dancing and choreography once again for live performances both on the stage in concerts, live-to-air TV broadcasts and music videos too. For some live performances, Kurnath also was spotted singing back-up.
Aside the aforementioned Alex Greggs (who with Daymond moved on to work with NSYNC and others), Love Inc. were also aided by Frankfurt-based pop dance genius Peter Ries, who co-produced both albums with the band. Other participants included composer Vincent DeGiorgio and Germany's Doug Laurent and award winning songwriter/artist Dan Hill.
A few years after their break up, they would achieve success overseas when "You're a Superstar" and "Broken Bones" became hits in the UK and Ireland. "You're a Superstar" spent four weeks at number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in December 2002, and "Broken Bones" reached number 8 in May 2003. "Do Ya (Feel The Love)", co-written with Ms. Denny, was also featured on the initial Queer As Folk soundtrack, released on RCA Victor worldwide. You're a Superstar was featured on the Christmas special series finale of The Office as music in the background.
In 2013, Denny returned to performing with a touring version of Love Inc., this time billing themselves as "Love Inc. Featuring Simone Denny," performing the band's songs at nightclubs across Canada.
- "Broken Bones" would be used as a sampled track on Canadian rapper Belly's 2011 single "Purple Drugs," using the main lyrics from "Broken Bones" ("...Take a ride on a purple airplane, honey I don't when I'll be back again") as the basis for the song.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Into the Night||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1997||"Broken Bones"||31||1||—||8||—||52||Love Inc.|
|1998||"You're a Superstar"||13||1||23||7||22||—|
|1999||"Who Do U Love"||18||1||—||—||—||—|
|2000||"Come On (It's Only Love)"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Into the Night|
|"Here Comes the Sunshine"||14||1||—||—||—||—|
|"Into the Night"||—||—||—||39||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 331. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy Goes Into The Record Business". Chart. 25 November 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
- "Duran Duran Debut New Song On Queer Eye Soundtrack". Chart. 14 January 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
- Canadian peak position (1998)
- Canadian peak position (2000)
- Canada Platinum certification
- *Canada Top Singles peak for "Broken Bones" *Canada Top Singles peak for "You're a Superstar" *Canada Top Singles peak for "Homeless" *Canada Top Singles peak for "Who Do U Love" *Canada Top Singles peak for "Here Comes the Sunshine"
- Canada Dance peaks
- Dutch peak
- "allmusic ((( Love Inc. > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- ViK. Recordings: Love Inc.
- Canoe/Jam!: Love Inc.
- "Love Inc. Score Higher Than Avril On U.K. Charts". ChartAttack. 13 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-22.