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N-Dubz

The band performing in their Uncle B tour.
Background information
Origin London, UK
Genres Hip hop, pop, R&B
Instruments Singing, rapping
Years active 2000–present
Labels Polydor Records (2007-2008)
AATW (2008-present)
Associated acts Tinchy Stryder, Fe-Nix, Chipmunk, Esmee Denters, Gary Barlow, Peter Andre, Mr Hudson, Wiley, JLS
Website NDubz.com
Members
Dino "Dappy" Contostavlos
Tula "Tulisa" Contostavlos
Richard "Fazer" Rawson

N-Dubz are a British MOBO-award-winning hip hop group from London, based around Camden Town. They were previously signed to Polydor Records before joining All Around the World Records. They have had six top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart, the most successful being "I Need You" which charted at #5. Their debut album Uncle B was released on 17 November 2008 and debuted at #11 on the UK Albums Chart. It was announced via their official MySpace and various websites that it has since been certified platinum for shipments of over 300,000 in the UK. [1] Uncle B has since sold around 600,000 copies. Their second album Against All Odds was released on 16 November 2009 which debuted at #6. It went platinum within approximately 2 months of release.[2]

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2000–2007: Early life, group formation and Polydor Records

All of the members of N-Dubz attended Quintin Kynaston School in St John's Wood, and came together as a group under the management of Dino Contostavlos's father, Byron Contostavlos (formerly of Mungo Jerry), who died on 12 April 2007.[3] Performing as the Lickle Rinsers Crew, they released the singles "Bad Man Riddim" and "Life Is Getting Sicker by the Day", which became hits on English pirate radio stations.[4] Before their first single release, when they were known as NW1, they made a music video for the track "Everyday Of My Life" which received airplay on Channel U, they also recorded more demos as NW1 such as "Don't Feel Like Moving", "Girl On Road" and "Livin Broke". Their first single to be released was "You Better Not Waste My Time" available for download only until their 2006 self-released single, "I Swear", won them their first mainstream notice. It wasn't until 2007's "Feva Las Vegas" (also self-released) that the group appeared on the UK charts, peaking at #57.[5] Each member appeared on the second series of Channel 4's Dubplate Drama after they began to get noticed as a group.

After winning a MOBO for Best Newcomer,[6] the group signed to Polydor Records and re-released their first single "You Better Not Waste My Time" on the label, which debuted at #26 on the UK singles chart. In mid 2007, Dappy released "Love for my Slum" with fellow UK artist Baker Troble. This song was number one on Channel U for many weeks, and was a big hit with the UK underground rap scene, however was heavily criticised by the media for a scene in which Dappy is stood outside a block of expensive luxury flats with a "rich kid" who is trying to look like a gangster. The Independent wrote "His lyrics combine jealousy with anger: 'You got too much to lose / You're in a great position... You wouldn't last a minute where I'm from / You'd go missing / So appreciate what you got / 'cos I'm still wishing.' And then he grabs the rich kid by his coat, pulls him toward him, and punches him in the face. The silent boy falls instantly to the pavement...", they then went on to put "Do scenes like these suggest that music videos are encouraging their viewers to indulge in criminality?".[7] Dappy appeared on the television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 29 November 2007, on Phill Jupitus's team, and wore a trademark "Dappy hat", also giving one to Simon Amstell to wear as part of the gag. Despite vowing he would not return to the show he appeared for a second time on the guest team on 4 December 2008 and for a third time, on Phill's team, which was broadcast on 18 November 2009.

2008–09: All Around the World records and Uncle B

In May 2008, a song entitled "Ouch" surfaced along with a music video.[8] The video for "Ouch" attracted over 4 million viewers on networking site YouTube, in just over a month after release. On 6 August 2008, it was announced that the group had left Polydor Records and had signed to All Around the World records. The label predominantly specializes in dance music, however, they have occasionally released hip hop records such as Ice Cube's You Can Do It. The press release stated that the label would be releasing "Ouch" as the group's first single on the label in September 2008.[9] The group's first album, Uncle B, was released on 17 November 2008. The album includes "You Better Not Waste My Time", "I Swear", "Feva Las Vegas", "Love for My Slums", "Ouch", "Defeat You" and "Papa Can You Hear Me?".[10] Strong Again was touted as the third single to be released from the Uncle B album on 16 February 2009 and a music video was made,[citation needed] before the physical CD released of the song was cancelled for unknown reasons. The song charted for five weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking highest at number 24.[11] Group member Dappy was featured in Tinchy Stryder's 2009 #1 single tentatively titled "Number" 1, the video also featured cameo appearances from all N-Dubz's members.[12] Due to the success of their debut album, the group embarked on their first headlining tour Uncle B Tour. The tour was originally planned for 16 dates but due to high demand 5 extra dates were added. The tour was supported by Tinchy Stryder with whom N-Dubz collaborated on his #1 single "Number 1". The tour sold out within days.[citation needed]

Tulisa's illness

During a band performance, Tulisa fainted on stage. Multiple news sources have reported that it was due to suspected swine flu.[13][14][15] Jonathan Shalit, the band's manager, stated that Tulisa "was taken ill on the flight out to Greece on Thursday" and that "her bandmates are all very worried about her.". The group were due to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend on 10 May 2009, but their participation was placed in doubt while Tulisa was hospitalised.[16] It was later confirmed that Tulisa had tested negative for swine flu and the group did perform.[17][18]

The song "Wouldn't You" was then announced to be the seventh, and last, single to be released from the Uncle B debut album.[19] The song was released digitally on the 25 May 2009 and peaked at #64 in the UK.[20]

2009–present

Dubplate Drama series 3

Tulisa and Dappy reprised their roles in the third and final series of the Channel 4 show Dubplate Drama, the story for the third series was mainly set around Laurissa's (Tulisa) relationship with her music manager and lead singer of an R&B group while tackling a drug addiction to cocaine. Dubplate Drama finished with Laurissa kicking her addictions and leaving in a taxi for a new life with her child.[21]

"I Got Soul"

N-Dubz appeared with other artists, including Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott, to record a charity song for War Child. The Noisettes, Chipmunk, MPHO, Ironik and Kid British also signed up for the project under the name The Young Soul Rebels. The music stars released "I Got Soul", a rewritten version of The Killers's "All These Things That I've Done", to raise money for marginalised children in war zones.[22][23] Tulisa has admitted she felt privileged to record the charity song. "It's an issue that hasn't been looked at enough. And you know, even until I found out about this event, I didn't really know that much about it, and that's saying something you know. And the fact that I'm only finding out now is not really good enough. So that was every reason for me to get involved." She told BBC Newsbeat.[24]

Christmas tour

The group embarked on a Christmas Party Tour beginning on 17 November 2009. They visited 10 cities across the UK performing songs from both albums Uncle B and Against All Odds, as confirmed by their official MySpace page.[25] The tour was originally to be a taster of their new album, but it was announced that the album, Against All Odds would be released a day before the tour starts.

Against All Odds

The lead single from the group's second album titled "I Need You" was released on 9 November 2009 and charted at #5 in the UK Singles Chart.

The album Against All Odds, was released on 16 November 2009,[26] and charted at #5 in the UK Album Chart. The album went platinum in less than a month.

The second single, "Playing with Fire" features R&B/pop musician, Mr Hudson. The song reached #15 in the UK Charts on album downloads alone, however, when the single was released, it fell to #16, it reached a new peak at #14 the week after.

The music video for the third single taken from the album, Say It's Over was released on 5 March 2010 on Channel AKA.

Against All Odds Tour

N-Dubz will start their official album tour at the end of March. On 1 April 2010, they will release their first book, "Against All Odds: From Street Life to Chart Life".

Controversy

N-Dubz have been involved in much media criticism and publicised controversy mainly to do with Dappy. In December 2008 Dappy pleaded guilty to two accounts of assault at Chelmsford Magistrates Court, Essex after reportedly spitting in a girl's face while drunk on a night out. He received four weeks' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, to run concurrently and 100 hours community service. He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to the girl and her friend and £300 costs.[27]

On Thursday 29 January 2009, Dappy was arrested and bailed after he was accused of making death threats with a gun. He denied the allegation. His home in Camden was raided following the incident by police looking for a firearm. Three days later on Saturday 31 January he and fellow N-Dubz performer Fazer were escorted from a BA flight from Edinburgh to London by police after it touched down, after allegedly threatening other passengers. A source told the Sun "They were swearing at kids on the plane, being foul and threatening passengers. Cabin crew called ahead to the police, who were waiting when the plane landed. They were taken away by armed officers."[28]

In late 2009, a feud started between Tulisa and Elly Jackson of La Roux who stated that all the females that do hip hop music dress up like prostitutes. Contostavlos took it as a direct offense mentioning what Jackson says in various interviews and saying "she shouldn't talk about people's jobs that way... it's just wrong, where was she brought up - in a barn?", even going so far as calling Jackson a "twat".[29]

In November 2009 it surfaced that N-Dubz's DJ Maze had allegedly raped a young fan after a show N-Dubz had done at Butlins holiday camp in Skegness. They instead had BBC Radio 1Xtra's Twin B as their Christmas Party Tour DJ.[30]

On Tuesday 12 January 2010 N-Dubz appeared on the Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 along with Fazer and Tulisa. The show received a text message from a Chloe Moody in Boston, Lincolnshire complaining that Dappy was "vile" and "a little boy with a silly hat" and that N-Dubz were "losers". Dappy secretly copied Moody's phone number from the studio console and, the following day, tried calling her and sent threatening messages including: "Your [sic] gonna die. U sent a very bad msg towards Ndubz on The Chris Moyels [sic] show yesterday Morning and for that reason u will never be left alone!!! u say sorry I will leave u alone u ****." Moody claimed that she continued to receive messages after declining to apologise however N-Dubz management later apologised on his behalf and offered free tickets to one of his concerts, however Dappy has not apologised to Moody personally.[31] The rapper appeared with Schools Secretary Ed Balls to launch pop single RU Cyber Safe last November, however Mr Balls has now dropped the band saying: "This text message was totally unacceptable. There is no excuse."[32]

In March 2010 a feud then started between N-Dubz and Lethal Bizzle, who claimed he had wrote and produced N-Dubz's hit I Need You for them and so should be acknowledged in the credits for it, with Tulisa hitting back on Twitter that "he's jus triena boost his status, ...wat an unbelievable loser!"[33] and N-Dubz later posted a video on their official YouTube channel through Twitter with the caption: "THE PROOF WE DIDNT STEAL S**T, WE MAKE OUR OWN HITS!" of when he had sent them the finished song and when they had actually finished the song, proving that their version was over 2 months older than his.[34][35]

Discography

Tours

Awards

Year Award Category Result
2007 MOBO Awards Best UK Newcomer Won
2008 Urban Music Awards Best Group Nominated
Best Music Video (Ouch) Nominated
2009 O2 Silver Clef Awards The Digital Award Won
MOBO Awards Best UK Act Won
Best Album (Uncle B) Won
2010 BRIT Awards British Single (Number 1) Nominated

References

  1. ^ http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2008.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEYpiWuGfaY
  3. ^ Talking Shop:N Dubz. BBC, 19 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 2008-02-02. http://web.archive.org/web/20080202060914/http://www.channelu.tv/default.asp?sec=1&artist=293. , Channelu.tv. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  5. ^ Feva Las Vegas. Acharts.us. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  6. ^ Exploding on the UK Scene. The Sun, 19 October 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  7. ^ "Music video violence: Should grime clean up its act? - Media, News". The Independent. 2007-09-24. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/music-video-violence-should-grime-clean-up-its-act-403286.html. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  8. ^ Official N-Dubz Youtube channel adds "Ouch" music video - 21st May 2008
  9. ^ AATW Artist Profile - N-Dubz
  10. ^ Uncle B on Amazon
  11. ^ Strong Again - Music Charts
  12. ^ Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz claim first UK 'number 1'
  13. ^ N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos ‘has swine flu’ - The Sun
  14. ^ N-Dubz singer tested for swine flu - NME.COM
  15. ^ Is this the first celebrity swine flu victim? Chart-topping N-Dubz singer Tulisa in isolation ward with suspected case - Mail Online
  16. ^ The Prodigy to headline Radio 1 Big Weekend | News | NME.COM
  17. ^ retrieved 10-05-2009
  18. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | N-Dubz star safe from swine flu
  19. ^ N-Dubz Wouldn't You
  20. ^ Further chart information
  21. ^ N-Dubz! - VOTE 4 US @ MOBO.COM op MySpace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3’s, foto’s en Videoclips
  22. ^ Music - News - Lott, N-Dubz, Stryder record charity song - Digital Spy
  23. ^ Brrrap pack join forces to form Soul Rebels for charity single | The Sun |Showbiz|Bizarre
  24. ^ Music - News - N-Dubz star reflects on War Child song - Digital Spy
  25. ^ N-Dubz - The Christmas Tour - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! - MySpace-blog | van N-Dubz! - VOTE 4 US @ MOBO.COM
  26. ^ Album release date
  27. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/2631880/Drunk-Dappy-spat-in-girls-face.html#ixzz0YvgVZhVZ
  28. ^ "Showbiz - News - N-Dubz removed from plane by armed police". Digital Spy. 2009-02-02. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a145368/n-dubz-removed-from-plane-by-armed-police.html. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  29. ^ Digital Spy N-Dubz Tulisa: 'La Roux is a tw*t'
  30. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/18/n-dubz
  31. ^ "BBC News - N-Dubz star Dappy 'sorry' over text message threats". BBC. 2010-01-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8461267.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  32. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2811168/Death-text-Dappy-was-Governments-anti-bully-star.html#ixzz0cttPHp9e
  33. ^ http://www.twitlonger.com/show/eppri
  34. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5GldvKb0fw&feature=channel
  35. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMpGLzS9BNU&feature=channel

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Simple English

N-Dubz are a MOBO award-winning British hip hop group based in Camden Town, Greater London.

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Members

There are 3 members of the group:


N-Dubz are an award winning hip hop group from London, signed to All Around the world records. They have had a number one single as featured artists, named Number 1, with fellow hip-hop artist Tinchy Stryder in the UK Singles Chart.

History

All of the members of N-Dubz attended school at St Johns Wood Secondary in Camden Town, and came together as a group managed by Dino Contostavlos's father, Byron Contostavlos (formerly of Mungo Jerry), who died on April 12, 2007. They described him as the "inspiration behind the band". The band is made up of Dino, known as Dappy and Tula, known as Tulisa, who are cousins and their best friend Richard, known better as Fazer. Each appeared on Channel 4's Dubplate Drama after they began to be noticed as a group. Performing as the Lickle Rinsers Crew, they released the singles "Bad Man Riddim" and "Life Is Getting Sicker by the Day", which became hits on English pirate radio stations. Their last independent release, "Better Not Waste My Time", was number one on Channel U for 5 weeks before dropping out and then rising again. They have received 3 MOBO awards for Best Newcomer, Best Act and Best Album. They won the Digital Award at 02 Silver Clef Awards in 2008.

Members

Tulisa

Tulisa is the singer and mostly sings the chorus'. During a band performance in May 2009 Tulisa fainted on stage, leading to reports of swine flu. The group were due to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend but increasing speculation of Tulisa's case meant they were expected not to appear

Fazer

Fazer is the co-producer and writer of the group. He raps as well but his main role is to produce in-studio beats and produce the tracks. His birth name is Richard Rawson and is of Jamaican and English heritage.

Dappy

Dappy is of Greek heritage and is most famous for what has been dubbed the "Dappy hat". His real name is Dino Constavlosos.pcd:N-Dubz








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