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The Ones are an American electronic dance music band, best known for their 2001 hit single "Flawless", which achieved transatlantic success when it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom. The trio consists of three male vocalists Paul Alexander, JoJo Americo, and Nashom Wooden, who met while working at the Greenwich Village boutique Patricia Field. Each of them has a background in performing, DJing, and being stylists within the underground New York club and fashion scenes.
Their debut single, "Flawless" (inspired by the 1999 film which Nashom appeared in, alongside Robert De Niro), first released on New York Based A Touch Of Class Recordings, was popular among New York DJs even before its official release and became a hit, especially in Europe. In 2004, "Flawless" was sampled and had lyrics added to it by George Michael for his song "Flawless (Go to the City)". Michael's version reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart, which gives "Flawless" the distinction of being a hit twice in Britain. The group released a follow up single, "Superstar" which reached number 45 in the same country.
In November 2006, they released "Ultramodern", with a music video and clips available at A Touch of Class's website. The video was banned on television. The Ones signed to Peacebisquit management in 2007. They tweaked their look and sound and released a 2008 single, "When We Get Together", with a video clip featuring cameos from the Scissor Sisters, Debbie Harry, Jody Watley, Fischerspooner, Ultra Naté, Peppermint, Cazwell, Colton Ford, and many others.
In August of 2013, pop diva Cher released the video "A Woman's World" and almost immediately fans of The Ones complained of similarities to The Ones video "Face & Body" which was released months earlier the same year. The band saw the comparison more as a compliment than controversy.
In June 2013, Flawless was used in Britain's Got Talent and again during Brian Chans semi final performance in May 2014. It was also used in a series of BBC Choice idents within the early-2000s. It has also been used on Take Me Out.
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- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 362. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "A T O U C H O F C L A S S". atouchofclass.com. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "The Ones". Peace Bisquit. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "Cher's New Video Has Some Explaining To Do". Face & Body. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
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