MN8

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MN8
Also known as Da Jeuce
Origin United Kingdom
Genres R&B, pop, new jack swing
Years active 1992–1999
Labels Sony/Columbia Records UK
Sony/Work Group US
First Avenue
Associated acts P. Diddy
Janet Jackson
Jodeci
Members KG
G-Man
Kule T
Dee Tails[1]
Notable instruments
Vocals

MN8 are an English R&B pop group. They consisted of KG (co-founder, lead vocals), G-Man (co-founder, lead vocals),[2][3] Kule T (lead vocals) and Dee Tails (rapper).

Career[edit]

MN8's 1995 debut hit single, "I've Got a Little Something for You", credited as written by Dennis Ingoldsby and Mark Taylor, produced by Dennis Charles & Ronnie Wilson, became a success throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the US.[citation needed] Notably, the song was one of P. Diddy's earliest Bad Boy Records remixes. It was featured in the film, Bad Boys. The song was also Columbia UK's first homegrown Top 10 record in over a decade, held off the number 1 spot in the UK Singles Chart by Celine Dion's "Think Twice" which topped the UK chart for seven weeks. Nonetheless, MN8 finished the year ahead of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" as one of the biggest selling UK singles for the year.[citation needed] MN8 followed up with 6 more UK Top 30 hits including "If You Only Let Me In", "Baby It's You", "Tuff Act to Follow", "Dreaming", "Pathway to the Moon" and a cover of the Surface hit "Happy".

Their debut album, To The Next Level reached number 13 in the UK Albums Chart. To The Next Level (produced by Dennis Charles & Roni) included a contribution from Pamela Sheyne, who wrote the song "Baby It's You".[4] Besides P. Diddy and Sheyne, MN8 collaborated with the late Oji Pearce (Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It"), Simon Climie, Arthur Baker, Steve Silk Hurley, Conner Reeves, Blacksmith and Dalvin DeGrate (Jodeci).[5]

MN8 have toured alongside Janet Jackson, Diana King, Brownstone, Spice Girls, Madonna, Celine Dion, Robbie Williams, Boyzone, East 17, Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin. They also appeared at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, Midem, Notting Hill Carnival, Sweden's Water Festival and other European music festivals.[6]

In 1997, MN8 parted ways with Sony/Columbia & 1st Avenue. When the deal had expired, MN8 partnered with the French concert promoter Gerard Drouot to tour France in 1997 and 1998. After their last show at the end of 1998, MN8 decided to take a break indefinitely to pursue other opportunities.

In an interview with Digital Spy on 13 April 2009, lead singer KG said of the split and any prospects of a reunion: "Around 1998 and 1999 we did our last European shows. We were at the end of our deal with Sony and weren't really sure what we wanted to do. We decided to take a break and think things through. Quite a lot's happened in the past few months actually. We're in tentative talks about maybe putting MN8 back together and doing a tour. The thing about MN8 is that we never did the sort of music we should have done. We had the right aesthetic but the potential to do so much more. If you look at the commercial side of R&B these days, we would have fitted in better. We were kind of ahead of our time in some ways."[7]

In 2013 co-lead singer G-man was interviewed by Twin B on BBC 1xtra where he announced that MN8 are still together and that a new MN8 album 'Reloaded' is the works and asserted MN8's pop music legacy and importance "How are you going to write a story about the best acts of the past 15 years, and not mention us". (Incidentally, it had been 16 years since MN8's last release.) G-man also revealed friendly rivalry with East 17, spending time with Robbie Williams, auditioning the Spice Girls for Sony before they were signed to Virgin and MN8's influence on some of pop music's most popular US and UK acts.[8] As if 2016, no new material has been released.

In media[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[9]
UK
R&B

[10]
AUS
[11]
BEL
[12]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
NED
[15]
NZ
[16]
SCO
[17]
SWI
[18]
To the Next Level 13 4 25 43 26 61 50 46 49 27
Freaky
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CS, CD
114
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles as lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[9]
UK
R&B

[21]
AUS
[11]
BEL
[12]
FRA
[22]
GER
[23]
IRE
[24]
NED
[15]
NZ
[16]
SCO
[25]
1995 "I've Got a Little Something for You" 2 1 7 11 3 30 2 13 3 9 To the Next Level
"If You Only Let Me In" 6 1 30 47 23 64 7 18 3 13
"Happy" 8 2 23 11 18
"Baby It's You" 22 6 34 52
1996 "Pathway to the Moon" 25 5 50
"Tuff Act to Follow" 15 3 43 27 Freaky
"Dreaming" 21 7 35
1997 "Baby I Surrender"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles as featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Album
UK
[29]
IRE
[30]
SCO
[31]
1995 "The Gift of Christmas"
(As part of Childliners)
9 10 7 Non-album single

References[edit]

MN8's chart history[32]

MN8 on Janet Jackson tour[33][34]

MN8 on Bad Boys Soundtrack[35]

  1. ^ Virgin Hit Singles volume 2 p. 324
  2. ^ Big Magazine – January 1995
  3. ^ Touch Magazine – February 1995
  4. ^ Source: M Magazine/ PRS MCPS, Issue 14, September 2004
  5. ^ Source: Smash Hits – June 1995
  6. ^ Dance.machine.free.fr
  7. ^ "Whatever Happened To MN8laccessdate=13 April 2009". 
  8. ^ "BBC 1xtra Breakfast Show With Twin B". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  10. ^ UK R&B studio album chart peaks:
  11. ^ a b "Australian chart peaks". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Belgian (Flanders) chart peaks". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "French chart peaks" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  14. ^ German studio album peaks:
  15. ^ a b "Dutch chart peaks". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "New Zealand chart peaks". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  17. ^ Scottish studio album chart peaks:
  18. ^ "Swiss chart peaks". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "BPI certification". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "French album certification". SNEP. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  21. ^ UK R&B singles chart peaks:
  22. ^ "French chart peaks". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  23. ^ German singles peaks:
  24. ^ "Irish chart peaks". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  25. ^ Scottish singles chart peaks:
  26. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  27. ^ "French single certification". SNEP. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  28. ^ "New Zealand certification - I've Got a Little Something For You". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  29. ^ "Childliners UK chart peaks". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  30. ^ "Childliners Irish chart peaks". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  31. ^ Childliners Scottish chart peaks:
  32. ^ [Chart Positions, David Roberts – Managing Editor, Guinness British Hit Singles 13th Edition, 19 May 2000]
  33. ^ [Janet Jackson Tour, Miss Janet Official Magazine – Issue 4, Vol.1, December 1995]
  34. ^ [Janet Jackson Tour, Peter Loraine, Top of the Pops Magazine, June 1995]
  35. ^ [Bad Boys Soundtrack, Bad Boys Official Soundtrack CD, 10 January 2000]

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