Twenty 4 Seven

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Twenty 4 Seven
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Background information
Origin Netherlands
Genres Eurodance
Years active 1989-1991, 1993-Present
Labels BCM Records BMG
Associated acts Captain Hollywood Project
Members Stacey Seedorf (Stay-C)[1]
Li Ann
Past members MC Fixxit (1989)
Hanks (1989 - 1990)
Jacks (1989 - 1990)
Tony Dawson-Harrison (1989-1990)
Nancy Coolen (1989 - 1996)
Stella (1996-1997)
Elle (2007)
Miss Cherry (2010)

Twenty 4 Seven is a Dutch Eurodance music project, formed in 1989 by producers Ruud van Rijen and Tony Dawson Harrison. The project is most notable for being the first European dance music group to achieve mainstream success with blending female singing choruses with traditional male raps. The group's ground breaking hits ('I Can't Stand It", "Are You Dreaming?") and their debut album ("Street Moves") were massive successes in the UK and The Netherlands. The singles later grew to become Top 5 hits in Europe. After major changes in the group's lineup, the project transitioned into a more mainstream Eurodance sound in 1993 with the hit single "Slave to the Music", the project's most commercially successful single to date. Today the project is fronted by rapper Stacey "Stay-C" Seedorf and singer Li Ann.

History[edit]

Original Lineup (1989)[edit]

Street Moves cover art (1989)

Twenty 4 Seven was formed in 1989 by Dutch producer Ruud van Rijen and American producer/rapper/dancer Tony Dawson Harrison. Originally the act consisted of singer Nance Coolen and rapper Ricardo Overman (a.k.a. MC Fixxit). The single "I Can't Stand It" was released early in 1989. After having major business disputes with Van Rijen, Overman decided to leave the project shortly after the release of single. Harrison quickly decided to step out of his producer role and became the new rapper and frontman of the act. He recruited dancers Giovanni Falco (Hanks) and Wolfgang Reiss (Jacks) to be new members of the act in addition to them being backup dancers for the project's live act. A new version of 'I Can't Stand it" was recorded with Harrison's rap vocals. The project name was also modified to 'Twenty 4 Seven feat. Captain Hollywood.' The group's innovative new mixture of traditional male raps and female singing choruses proved to be a massive success in Europe. "I Can't Stand It" charted at No.3 in Israel and at No.7 in the UK. The next single, "Are You Dreaming?" charted at No.17 in the UK. In 1990, Street Moves, the project's debut album, was released and also became a massive success. By 1991, Harrison had decided to leave the act to front his own music project called Captain Hollywood Project. Despite Harrison's departure from the group of the single 'I Can't Stand It" remained strong throughout Europe. The single was chosen to be a part of film soundtrack for the 1991 film Dying Young starring Julia Roberts. After Harrison's departure, Twenty 4 Seven remained dormant for two years.

Slave to the Music and height of popularity[edit]

In 1993, Twenty 4 Seven returned with Slave to the Music, which charted impressively throughout the whole European countries. The band quickly followed with "Is It Love", "Take Me Away", and "Leave Them Alone", the latter charting at number 5 in Israel. In late 1993, Is It Love, a full-length studio album was released worldwide, except in the United States and United Kingdom.

After the success of Is It Love, the band quickly capitalized on their success by readying material for another new album. In 1994, "Oh Baby!" and "Keep on Tryin'" were released, Although the singles did not chart in the United Kingdom, where they had experienced large success before, the band continued its success throughout the rest of Europe. After both singles were released, the band released I Wanna Show You, their third studio album, in mid-1994. After several live performances across Europe, the band once again went silent, releasing no new material for the next two years.

Lineup changes and decline[edit]

In 1996, the band returned featuring a new female vocalist, Stella, to replace veteran member Nancy Coolen, who had walked out on the group in favor of a solo career.[2] The first single featuring Stella's vocals, "We Are the World", managed to break charts in the Czech Republic and Netherlands, but was unable to continue the band's large success.

In 1997, "If You Want My Love" and "Friday Night" were released, with both songs charting poorly in countries where they had once experienced success. Although the Netherlands remained a constant area of success for the band, interest throughout the rest of Europe had waned considerably. Following a few live performances and the release of the band's fourth studio album, Twenty 4 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week, Stella left the group, leaving Paton the lone collaborator with van Rijen.

In 1999, the band released "Ne Ne", a brand new single, which failed to enter even the Dutch charts. After three years on the decline, van Rijen finally decided to put the group to rest in late 1999.

New faces and sound[edit]

After nearly a decade of silence, Twenty 4 Seven was revived in 2007 by van Rijen, who had collaborated with vocalist Elle to create a jumpstyle cover of the Berlin song "Like Flames". The song entered the Dutch charts in November at #45, and peaked at #20 in late 2007. Although the group announced they would soon be performing live again,[3] nothing materialized. Following the single's success, Elle left the group.

Lineup changes, returns and Slave to the Music 2010[edit]

Twenty 4 Seven (2016)

In 2010, van Rijen announced that Stacey Paton had returned to the group, along with two new vocalists, Li Ann (Lianne van Groen) and Miss Cherry (Sharon Doorson). In July 2010, van Rijen announced a brand new version of "Slave to the Music", titled "Slave to the Music 2010", would be released in late 2010. Following the recording of the single, Miss Cherry ended her involvement with the group, which was promptly re-recorded with only Li Ann and Stacey's voices. Although a teaser video was released in December 2010 with a "coming soon" teaser banner, no information about the exact release of the single has been released. A single was released in 2012 titled 'The Reason'. A music video was made for this single. 'The Reason' had some success in the Netherlands, which peaked at #33 in the Dutch charts.

Discography[edit]

Twenty 4 Seven discography
Studio albums 4
Music videos 12
Singles 15

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
GER
[6]
NED
[5]
SUI
[5]
SWE
[5]
UK
[7]
Street Moves
  • Release date: November 25, 1990
  • Label: BCM Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
25 50 69
Slave to the Music
  • Release date: November 22, 1993
  • Label: Indisc
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
79 30 15 22 17
  • SAF: 2× Platinum
  • CZE: Platinum
  • NED: Gold
I Wanna Show You
  • Release date: December 12, 1994
  • Label: CNR Music
  • Formats: CD
66 64 31
  • SAF: Gold
Twenty 4 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week
  • Release date: September 1997
  • Label: CNR Music
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
FRA
[5]
BEL
(Vl)

[8]
ITA
[9]
GER
[10]
NED
[5]
NOR
[5]
FIN
[11]
NZ
[5]
SUI
[5]
SWE
[5]
UK
[7]
EUR [12]
1989 "I Can't Stand It" 2 39 38 2 3 17 22 2 5 7 1 Street Moves
1990 "Are You Dreaming?" 22 8 16 18 6 4 17 8
1992 "It Could Have Been You" N/A
1993 "Slave to the Music" 2 23 8 6 5 7 14 4 20 Slave to the Music
"Is It Love" 20 9 11 5 6 24 7 11
1994 "Take Me Away" 52 28 24 14 11 20 41 23 25
"Leave Them Alone" 89 23 41 36 9 17 34 39
"Oh Baby" 120 27 33 26 37 I Wanna Show You
1995 "Keep on Tryin'" 32 29
1996 "We Are the World" - 39 32 Twenty 4 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week
1997 "If You Want My Love" 77
"Friday Night"
1999 "Ne Ne" Singles only
2007 "Like Flames" 20
2012 "The Reason" 33
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Other singles[edit]

As Twenty 4th Street[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
Hot Dance Club Play[15]
1991 "I Can't Stand It!" 44 Street Moves

Music videos[edit]

This is a list of official music videos for Twenty 4 Seven singles and when they were released.

Year Single Director
1989 "I Can't Stand It"
1990 "Are You Dreaming?"
1993 "Slave to the Music" Fernando Garcia
"Is It Love"
1994 "Take Me Away"
"Leave Them Alone"
"Oh Baby" Steve Walker
1996 "We Are the World"
1997 "If You Want My Love"
"Friday Night"
2007 "Like Flames"
2010 "Slave To The Music Reloaded"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stay-C van Twenty4Seven in The Voice". RTL Nieuws. 
  2. ^ Lineup changes of 1996
  3. ^ "Jan Vis". 
  4. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k International peaks
  6. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". 
  7. ^ a b "Official Charts > Twenty 4 Seven". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Radio2 top 30: 16 april 2016". 
  9. ^ Peak positions for Italy
  10. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". 
  11. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  12. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 563. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  13. ^ a b c "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Twenty 4 Seven)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  15. ^ [1]

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