Sunday, April 5, 2009

Zhané

Zhané (pronounced Jah-Nay) was an R&B duo consisting of vocalists Jean Norris (born in Rhode Island) and Renee Neufville (born in Jamaica).

The girls met while studying music at Philadelphia's Temple University.

After meeting Naughty by Nature member Kay Gee, Zhané impressed the producer enough for them to go into the studio to record for the "Roll Wit tha Flava" album that featured artists including Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, and Nikki D.
In 1993, Zhané's first single, "Hey Mr. DJ" was released a separate single and it peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, # 2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #2 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40, and #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 29 weeks.

The success of the song earned the duo a record deal with Motown Records.

In 1994, Zhané released their debut album, "Pronounced Jah-Nay" which peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200 chart and #8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The second single from the album, "Groove Thang" peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #4 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #33 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
Zhané's third single, "Sending My Love" peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #26 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks.
The fourth single from the album, "Vibe" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #33 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

The last single from the album, "You're Sorry Now" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

Zhané's debut album was certified Platinum and the group received Billboard Music Awards and nominations.

They were nominated for "Top R&B Artists (Duo\Group)," "Top R&B Singles Artists (Duos\Groups)," and "Top Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales Artist."

They did win the Billboard Music Award for "Top New R&B Artist" and for "Top Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales Artist" for "Hey, Mr. DJ."
In 1995, Zhané released a cover single of Evelyn Champagne King's "Shame" on the "A Low Down Dirty Shame" movie soundtrack which peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks, and #46 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

In 1997, the duo released their sophomore album, "Saturday Night" which peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200 chart and #8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Request Line" peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #19 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #9 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Saturday Night" peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot R&B Airplay chart, staying on the chart for a week.
The last single from the album, "Crush" peaked at #106 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #24 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

Zhané appeared on singles by artists such as Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, and Naughty By Nature. By 1999, the group had faded into obscurity.

These days, Renee Neufville and Jean Norris (now Jean Baylor) are still active in the music business with their own solo careers.

To see Renee's official website, go to:
http://www.reneeneufville.net/

To see Renee's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/reneemusic

To see Jean Baylor's official website, go to:
http://www.jeanbaylor.com/

To see Jean Baylor's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/jeanbaylor

To follow Jean Baylor on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/#!/jeanbaylor

To see the music video for "Hey Mr. DJ," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFAhwS-NeNo

To see the music video for "Groove Thang," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1xq6h_zhane-groove-thang_music

To see the music video for "Sending My Love," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx3AD9VmN9k

To see the music video for "Vibe," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbYXXlg8HtY

To see the music video for "Shame," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZfBbcuVCYI

To see the music video for "You're Sorry Now," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgq8XPuNJrg

To see the music video for "Request Line," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w174E3pa9OM

To see the music video for "Crush," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUg0u1Ul25Y



[updated on 05\21\13]

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