Neneh Cherry (born Neneh Mariann Karlsson on March 10, 1964 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a female singer\rapper.
Nenah comes from a musical, creative family and even her half-brother is musician Eagle-Eye Cherry. At the age of 14, she dropped out of school and joined a punk band called The Cherries. She moved through several various bands.
Nenah began her solo career with a protest song called, "Stop the War." In 1987, she was featured on English music group, The The's song, "Slow Train to Dawn" which was moderately successful in the UK and Australia.
In May of 1989, Neneh released her debut album, "Raw Like Sushi" which peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200 and #62 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album went Gold in Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland, but it only charted at #3 in her native Sweden.
Neneh's first single and biggest hit to date "Buffalo Stance" became her big international breakthrough hit song. The song topped the charts in Sweden and the Netherlands. In the UK, it peaked at #3 on the UK Singles chart.
In the US, the song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's dance charts, peaked at #16 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #30 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
Neneh notably performed "Buffalo Stance" live on "Top of the Pops" when she was 8 months pregnant which caused controversy because of the gyrating choreography while she was performing the song.
The second single from the album, "Manchild" peaked at #5 on the UK Singles chart, but failed to chart at all in the US. Internationally, the song was moderately successful.
Her third single from the album, "Kisses on the Wind" became another US hit for her, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The song managed to peak at #20 on the UK Singles chart. Internationally, the song was moderately successful.
The last two singles, "Heart" and "Inna City Mamma" were moderately successful internationally, but not so much in the US.
In 1990, Neneh was featured on the AIDS benefit compliation album, "Red Hot + Blue" with a cover of Cole Porter's song, "I've Got You Under My Skin." The song peaked at #25 on the UK Singles chart.
Neneh was nominated for a Grammy in 1990 for "Best New Artist," but she lost out to Milli Vanilli (who later got their Grammy revoked).
She won the Brit Award for her debut, "Raw Like Sushi" and Soul II Soul member Jazzie B is quoted, saying, "Neneh smashed her Brit Award in half and gave Soul II Soul a piece of the trophy." She worked as an arranger on Massive Attack's album, "Blue Lines."
In 1991, Neneh returned to England to work on her sophomore album "Homebrew" which was released in October of 1992. The album didn't reach the same success as her debut album, but it received critical acclaim.
The first single "Money Love" peaked at #23 on the UK Singles chart. The song was moderately successful in New Zealand and Australia.
The second single "Move With Me" failed to chart at all in the UK, the US, or anywhere else internationally.
The third single "Buddy X" peaked at #35 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, the song peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #29 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #96 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks. The song managed to peak at #35 in the UK and #23 in the Netherlands.
The last single, "Trout" featuring REM's Michael Stipe managed to peak at #2 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was popular on college radio.
In 1994, Neneh was featured on musician Youssou N'Dour on the song "7 Seconds" which managed to peak at #3 on the UK Singles chart, #98 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in France, the song peaked at #1 and stayed on the charts for 17 weeks.
The song was moderately successful internationally. The song was certified Gold in Austria, France, Germany, and Switzerland. It remained on the charts for nearly half a year and Neneh was nominated for a Grammy in 1994 for the duet. At the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards, it won "Best Song."
A year later in 1995, Neneh was featured on the number-one UK single "Love Can Build a Bridge" (a cover version of the Judds' Top Five country hit) with musicians Cher, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and singer\guitarist Eric Clapton. The song was chosen for 1995's official Comic Relief single.
In September of 1996, Neneh released her third album to date "Man" which peaked at #16 in the UK, #22 in Sweden, #19 in Norway, #4 in France, and #5 in Switzerland and Australia.
The album also managed to peak at #187 in the US on the Billboard 200. She released a remix version of the album in 1997 called "Neneh Cherry Remixes."
The single "Kootchi" peaked at #38 on the UK Singles chart. Internationally elsewhere, the song failed to chart at all.
Another single "Feel It" peaked at #68 on the UK Singles chart and another one, "Woman" failed to chart at all. She released a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man." It's unknown how or if it charted at all.
In 2006, Neneh announced the formation of a new band called, cirKus which includes herself, her husband, her daughter Tyson and her daughter's boyfriend. They have toured extensively in small venues in Europe with a single performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival in July of 2006 and a few dates in Brazil back in 2008 & they have released two albums.
In April of 2007, Neneh presented a 6-part cooking show called "Neneh and Andi: Dish it Up" with her good friend, Andrea Oliver for the BBC2 channel.
These days, Neneh continues to be active in the music business, working on various projects.
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