For The Y2K: 10 Best Forgotten Girl Groups From The New Millennium
There’s no question that the late ’90s was a great era for rising girl groups. From TLC and Spice Girls, to Destiny’s Child and SWV, this time saw a bevy of talented girls who dominated the Pop and R&B genres. Once this music generation slipped into the New Millennium, the girl group scene exploded! Ladies from all around the world wanted to have their shot at musical fame, yet there were many who fell under the radar.
This list — which is in definitive order — highlights some of the most underrated and truly forgotten girl groups of the early/mid-2000s who definitely deserve a secured spot on any nostalgic playlist!
Kicking off this list is JS. The Johnson Sisters may have had a short-lived career, but it was entertaining nonetheless. After singing backup for artists like Ronald Isley and Robin Thicke, Kim Johnson was introduced to R. Kelly who decided to create an R&B duo along with her sister, Kandy (who was married to Mr. Isley — but that’s another story). Their best (and only) single, “Ice Cream,” is very catchy, sexy and actually shows off the girls’ vocal talent. Too bad this wasn’t enough to propel them into major popularity — JS only lasted about a year.
This next girl group hails from sunny Los Angeles and had a decent ride in the urban music community, thanks to the support of BET and major radio stations. Comprised of LeTecia Harrison, Ardena Clark, La’Myia Good (Meagan Good‘s older sister) and Quierra Davis-Martin, ISYSS made their debut in 2002 with their first (and only) album The Way We Do. Songs like “Day & Night” featuring Jadakiss and the female fan favorite “Single For The Rest Of My Life” were on moderate rotation on the radio and on television. Unfortunately, the group was dropped from Arista Records due to poor album sales.
8. No Secrets
Next up is No Secrets! Their career may have only last about three years, but their singles are truly underrated pop gems. This Los Angeles-based girl group, who totally used their California charm in their tunes, debuted in 2002 with “Kids In America” — which appeared on the soundtrack for Nickelodeon’s Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius film. How’s that for double the pleasure, double the nostalgia?
This underrated girl group hailed from Pop’s largest mecca, Sweden, back in 2001. With songs like “Us Against The World,” “Cinderella” (covered by The Cheetah Girls), and their collaboration with Dream Street‘s Chris Trousdale titled “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” the young Swedes combined traditional R&B vocals with fun Pop rhythms. Unfortunately, due to internal issues, Play split up just four years later. They regrouped in 2009 with new members, but the chemistry simply wasn’t the same. But their brief (but totally awesome) contribution to bubble-gum pop in the early 2000s will always be cherished!
Mis-Teeq, another European girl group export, officially came onto the scene in 2001. The British group was comprised of three members: rapper/singer Alesha Dixon and singers Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash. As seen with songs like “Scandalous” (released in 2003), these girls weren’t afraid to experiment with sounds that weren’t typically found in Pop music at the time — like Dancehall and Techno. Unfortunately the group separated in 2005 due to their record label’s bankruptcy, after the release of their greatest hits album.
Cherish, the finger-snapping divas from the ATL, arrived to the R&B scene right at the peak of the Crunk Muzik movement. They were signed to Capitol Records and Sho’nuff Records (founded by the Crunk King Jazze Pha) gained popularity in 2003 with their bouncy debut single “Do It To It.” Featuring Sean Paul of the YoungBloodz, the super-danceable song peaked at the #12 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was on constant rotation on BET’s 106 & Park. The group went on to release two albums and a handful of singles including “Unappreciated” and “Killa,” and are still creating new music!
4. Eden’s Crush
In all honesty, Eden’s Crush was a one-hit wonder flop that grew out of the WB’s (whoa!) reality series — Popstars. Yet that hit, titled “Get Over Yourself” was pop gold! It was the lead single of the girls’ debut album and snagged the No. 8 position on the Billboard Hot 100 — not to mention it was a favorite on MTV’s Total Request Live. Towards the end of 2002, their record label London-Sire tanked and eventually the group disbanded. But it wasn’t all bad news! Nicole Scherzinger went on to become to lead singer of the uber-popular Pussycat Dolls, and is now an international solo artist.
This next girl group read as the Y2K generation’s version of TLC — there were three members, they fused pop & R&B and the trio featured one rapper (of whom was a protégée of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, no less). But that didn’t stop Blaque from ruling the first half of the 2000s all on their own. Their debut self-titled album was released on the brink of Y2K — in May 1999 — and went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. The ladies went on to snag roles in 2000’s Bring It On and be featured on the Honey soundtrack. Blaque worked in the studio up until 2012, the year member Natina Reed died in a car accident.
This group was no doubt the most successful on this list, but their rising popularity was cut short after a highly publicized breakup and regrouping a la Destiny’s Child (remember that much-talked about fight where they threw macaroni & cheese?). But nevertheless, 3LW created catchy and radio-friendly singles that were loved by female teenagers country-wide and internationally. The group (orginally comprised of Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Naturi Naughton) formed in 1999 and released their debut self-titled album in 2000 — which featured hits like “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” and “Playas Gon’ Play.” After the original breakup, Bailon and Williams went on to become a part of The Cheetah Girls fame while Naughton became an actress and currently stars on Starz’ Power.
Dream was born out of P. Diddy‘s mastermind, as the music mogul signed the girls to his record label back in 1999. After their breakout debut single “He Loves You Not,” the pop quartet dominated the charts in America and the UK as well as taking over MTV’s video spots. Despite their obvious talent and popularity, in 2003 Dream reinvented their look to a sexier image, which was not successful at all. Soon after, the group was dropped from Bad Boy Records. Like many other artists on his defunct roster, you can blame the disbandment of this girl group on Diddy. Damn that Bad Boy curse!
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