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Sisqó
Birth name Mark Althavean Andrews
Born November 9, 1978 (1978-11-09) (age 31)
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupations Singer, songwriter, and record producer
Instruments Singing, piano, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Dragon Music Group
Associated acts Dru Hill

Mark Althavean Andrews[1] (born November 9, 1978)[2] better known by his stage name Sisqó or The Dragon, is an American R&B singer and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of R&B group Dru Hill, and also for "Thong Song", a song from his first solo LP, Unleash the Dragon, that became an international hit.

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Biography

Sisqó was born as Mark Althavean Andrews on November 9, 1978 in Baltimore, Maryland. Sisqó met future Dru Hill bandmate James "Woody" Green while in middle school.[citation needed] Sisqó attended Mervo and later transferred out to Baltimore City College where he met Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin. The two were later recruited by Ruffin to form Dru Hill, named after Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. Larry "Jazz" Anthony was also soon added to the lineup.

Sisqo has a daughter Shaione, who was born in 1995.[3]

Releasing one platinum LPs and a number of successful singles, Dru Hill was a major R&B success during the late 1990s, in no small part because of Sisqó's flamboyant stage personality.

In between Dru Hill albums, Sisqó co-wrote the first two hit singles for labelmate Mýa.[citation needed] He appeared as a guest artist on the first single, "It's All About Me".

Sisqó is said to have a child with a then (1999) 14-year-old girl in Zürich, Switzerland which he denies.[4] The names are now public: The woman making the allegation is Jamila Ford and the alleged son is Ian Ford.[5]

On September 13, 2003, Sisqo was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest in relation to an incident in which he allegedly shot at a car from the front porch of his home in Randallstown, Maryland.[6]

Solo career, acting, and Dru Hill reunion

After Green left Dru Hill in 1999 to pursue a solo career, it was decided that the other three members would do the same. Sisqó's solo debut, Unleash the Dragon, was released on Def Soul Records in November 1999. Unleash the Dragon sold moderately at first, until the February 2000 release of its second single, a novelty "Thong Song". A runaway hit, "Thong Song" and its follow-up, "Incomplete", were major hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Thong Song" making it to number three, and "Incomplete" going to #1. The success later got Sisqó a doll made of himself by Play Along Toys in 2001.[citation needed]

Conflicts within the group prevented Dru Hill from reuniting as planned in late 2000, and Sisqó set about recording a second solo LP. During this period, Sisqó branched out into hosting the dance competition program Sisqó's Shakedown on MTV, and film, taking on supporting roles in the films Get Over It (2001) with Kirsten Dunst and Snow Dogs (2002) with Cuba Gooding, Jr.. Although his second LP, Return of Dragon, released in June 2001, eventually went platinum, its singles "Can I Live" and "Dance for Me" performed far below expectations (apart from in the UK, where "Dance for Me" became his third top 10 hit), and by 2002, Sisqó was back with Dru Hill, who released their third LP in late 2002. The LP underperformed, and the group was eventually released from their recording contract.

Sisqó's visual trademarks are his eclectic hair styles, and his flamboyant stage costumes, which were regularly flashier than those of his group mates. Over his career as a recording artist, both with and without Dru Hill, Sisqó's hairstyles have included a bleached blonde Caesar, a platinum-colored Caesar (colored with silver spray-paint), blonde cornrows, a neon-red dyed Caesar, and a bleached blonde Mohawk.

Current work

Now working as an independent recording artist, Sisqó has finished his third solo album, titled Last Dragon (to complete the trilogy), for release in 2008, but was never released. The first single, "Who's Ur Daddy" featuring the new artist E-money, has been released online, and a music video especially formatted for iPods, cell phones, and other digital devices has been released on YouTube[7].

Sisqó appeared on CMT's Gone Country, a reality show about "non-country" artists vying to win a country music recording contract.

In early 2008, the original quartet version of Dru Hill began touring alongside fellow 1990s R&B acts Tony! Toni! Toné!, Bell Biv Devoe, and their former producer Keith Sweat. On March 6, the group appeared on WERQ, a Baltimore radio station, to promote their reunion. In the midst of their interview, however, Woody announced he was quitting the group again to dedicate himself to his gospel ministry. A YouTube video shows Sisqó walking out on the interview as a result, and Woody and Nokio fighting while Jazz and the manager Kevin Peck tries to break it up.[8][9] The group held a contest in their native Baltimore for a replacement for Woody, settling upon a new singer known as Antwuan "Tao" Simpson. The group never said why they did not keep Scola in the group, although it was later stated by Nokio that "five people [mess] up the money." Before then, Scola however came out and said the reason is that Woody didn't want him in the group anymore because they had a falling out over money issues.[10][11]

Dru Hill's first song leaked from their new album InDRUpendence Day and was heard in the summer of 2008 called Loose. It featuring Sisqó on lead vocals, Nokio with a talking part, Jazz and new member Tao on ad-libs at the end. It is also the first of his songs to feature extensive gravity blasts and double bass, courtesy of guest drummer Marco Pitruzzella. The song was produced by frequent Dru Hill collaborator Darryl Pearson formally of DeVante Swing of Jodeci's Swing Mob collective. The groups first two singles will be a ballad called Away produced by Bryan Michael Cox again with Sisqó on lead vocals and "If You Fall" produced by an upcoming producer named J-Hott who is a part of group member's Nokio production crew. If You Fall is a R&B, Hip-Hop,Dance and Rock laced track with all four members on lead and Nokio on the talking ad-libs. The producers on the album include Dru Hill member Nokio, Bryan Michael Cox, Darryl Pearson, J-Hott, Wyrlie Morris, and Keith Sweat who is also producing a reality show for the group. The group has also toured with Keith Sweat and Sweat's protege's Silk, Jodeci, H-Town, Tank, Ginuwine, SWV, Changing Faces, and members of the legendary New Edition. They toured with the whole group as well as their solo acts Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill who formed their own New Edition spinoff group called Heads Of State consisting of Bobby, Ralph, and Johnny.

In January 2010, he entered the UK's reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother as a participant in the competition, being the 5th to be evicted in a double eviction with 29% of the public vote against Stephen Baldwin and Ivana Trump. He got one of the best receptions from the crowd.

Solo discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[12]
US R&B
[12]
CAN
[12]
UK
[13]
AUS
[14]
NZ
[14]
NOR
[14]
SWE
[14]
FRA
[14]
SWI
[14]
1999 Unleash the Dragon 2 2 8 15 28 23 19 45 27 36
2001 Return of Dragon 7 3 22
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B CAN UK AUS NZ NOR SWE FRA SWI
1999 "Got to Get It" (featuring Make It Hot) 39 12 14 28 50 Unleash the Dragon
2000 "Thong Song" 3 2 11 3 2 1 3 8 15 8
"Unleash the Dragon" (featuring Beanie Sigel) 6 18 41 47
"Incomplete" 1 1 13
2001 "Can I Live" (featuring The Dragon Family) 72 Return of Dragon
"Dance for Me" 6 40 31 91 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other singles

  • 2007: "Who's Ur Daddy"
  • 2007: "Perfect Christmas"

Featured singles

Year Song Chart positions[18] Album
U.S. DE
1998 "It's All About Me" (Mýa featuring Sisqó of Dru Hill) 6 Mýa
2000 "What These Bitches Want" 2 (DMX featuring Sisqó) 49 ...And Then There Was X
2000 "How Many Licks?" (Lil' Kim featuring Sisqó) 75 58 The Notorious K.I.M.
Notes
  • 1 A remix, "Thong Song Uncensored", features Foxy Brown and is included on the soundtrack LP for Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps
  • 2 Edited version titled "What You Want"

DVDs

  • 2000: Sisqó: The Thong Song Uncensored
  • 2001: Sisqó: 24 Hours with Sisqó
  • 2005: Dru Hill Hits: The Videos (includes videos for "Thong Song" and "Incomplete")

Mixtape songs

  • 2001: "This is the Heart"
  • 2003: "In da Club"
  • 2004: "One Love"
  • 2004: "Really Real"
  • 2004: "So Seductive"
  • 2005: "One Finger"
  • 2005: "I Got It" (Sypha featuring Sisqó)
  • 2006: "Go Dumb" (Sisqó featuring Mikel C.)
  • 2008: "Champagne and Hennessy"
  • 2008: "Let Me Hump On You" (Busta Rhymes featuring Sisqó)
  • 2009: "Set It Off"
  • 2009: "Higher"
  • 2009: "Put Me On"
  • 2009: "Girl You Can Get It" (Sisqó featuring Petey Pablo)
  • 2009: "So Bad"
  • 2009: "Caught Up"

Other songs

  • 2007: "I Miss U"
  • 2008: "Pop That" (Produced by Timbaland)
  • 2009: "Club On Fire"
  • 2009: "Already Know"
  • 2009: "Club 2 Tha Bedroom"
  • 2009: "Act A Donkey"

Filmography

Film appearances

Television appearances

Awards/nominations

  • American Music Awards
    • 2001, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist: (Nominated)
    • 2001, Favorite R&B/Soul Album: Unleash the Dragon (Nominated)
  • Billboard Music Awards
    • 2000, Male Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, Male Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, R&B/Hip-Hop Male Artist of the Year (Won)
    • 2000, R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Artist of the Year (Won)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2001, Best New Artist (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best R&B Song: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best R&B Album: Unleash the Dragon (Nominated)
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2001, Best R&B Act: (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best Video: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best R&B Act: (Nominated)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2000, Best Hip-Hop Video: "Thong Song" (Won)
    • 2000, Best New Artist: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best Dance Video: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
    • 2000, Best Video from a Film: "Thong Song (remix)" w/ Foxy Brown (Nominated)
    • 2000, Viewer's Choice: "Thong Song" (Nominated)
  • Soul Train Music Awards
    • 2001, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album: Unleash the Dragon (Nominated)

References

  1. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother: profile of all 2010 contestants". telegraph.co.uk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/big-brother/6928232/Celebrity-Big-Brother-profile-of-all-2010-contestants.html. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Sisqó Biography". NME. Time Warner. http://www.nme.com/artists/sisqo#biography. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^ "Siqo claims: I have no child in Switzerland". http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zuerich/region/Rapstar-Sisqo-behauptet-Ich-habe-kein-Kind-in-der-Schweiz/story/18782607. 
  5. ^ "More Drama With Sisqo’s Alleged Son & Baby Mama". http://theybf.com/index.php/2009/09/08/more-drama-with-sisqos-alleged-son-baby-mama. 
  6. ^ Archive
  7. ^ YouTube - Sisqó -Official Who's Ur Daddy Video
  8. ^ Dru Hill Reunites and Breaks Up On Air
  9. ^ Make Up To Break Up
  10. ^ Dru Hill Announce Their Newest Member at a Live Audition
  11. ^ YouTube - Dru Hill introduces their new member on Baltimore's 92Q!
  12. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Sisqó > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=SISQó&sql=11:kcfexqwjldte~T5. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Chart States - Sisqó". chartstats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=9092. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f "norwegiancharts.com - Sisqó - Unleash the Dragon". nowegiancharts.com. http://norwegiancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Sisq%F3&titel=Unleash+The+Dragon&cat=a. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  15. ^ a b "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 16, 2010: Sisqó Albums". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Sisqó%20&format=ALBUM&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  16. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Certification Results". Canadian Recording Industry Association. http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php. 
  17. ^ a b "UK Certifications". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  18. ^ World Chart Positions. aCharts.us. January 8, 2010.

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