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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Who is Adina Howard?

Who is Adina Howard? The entertainment and music world knows Adina Howard as an American R&B singer who rose to prominence during the mid 1990s with her debut album, Do You Wanna Ride? and her debut single, "Freak Like Me". Howard is known for her sexual image and provocative songs. Some of her other minor hits include "It's All About You", "My Up And Down", "You Don't Have To Cry", "T- Shirt And Panties", "(Freak) And U Know It", "Outside (The Club)" and "Nasty Grind".


Howard was born November 14, 1974. Her debut album Do You Wanna Ride?, featuring the #2 Platinum selling hit single, "Freak Like Me", was released in 1995 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The non album remixes "It's All About You (Too Slow U Blow Remix)", "My Up And Down (Something To Ride To Remix)" and "Freak Like Me (Slow Wind Remix)" were released as singles.
A second album, Welcome to Fantasy Island, garnered critical raves and a moderate hit with the lead single, "(Freak) And U Know It", but was shelved by Elektra Records in 1997.The album was leaked to the internet in limited quantities and promotional copies sell for hundreds of dollars on online auction sites.[citation needed] In 1998, she collaborated with Jamie Foxx on the slow jam, T-Shirt & Panties for the feature film Woo. During this time, she made her feature film debut in the independent film High Freakquency, starring Deon Richmond and John Witherspoon.
By 2004, Howard released her third album The Second Coming on Rufftown Records. A video for the first single, "Nasty Grind", played on BET during early morning hours. The album sold poorly due to lack of promotion and only managed to gather 40,000 copies on store shelves and she was later sued by the label.
Her fourth album, Private Show, was released on June 26, 2007 on Arsenal Records. The album managed to reach #17 on the iTunes R&B music sells chart but completely missed the Billboard 200 charts. The album managed to sell a few thousand copies and Howard parted ways with the label shortly after.
On September 25, 2009 a UK compilation "Independent Soul Divas 2" was released on Lola Waxx Records. This compilation album featured "What Do I Do", a song recorded by Howard in 2008. The album version is a different version than the version that was originally included on Howard's MySpace page. The single is a slight departure to what Adina's fans may be accustomed to but is already picking up airplay and positive response on UK Radio.




Year Title US US R&B UK Singles Chart[1] Album
1995 "Freak Like Me" 2 2 33
Do You Wanna Ride?
"My Up and Down" 68 32 -
"It's All About You" - 58 -
1996 "What's Love Got to Do with It" (with Warren G) 32 36 2 Supercop soundtrack
1997 "[Freak] And U Know It" 70 32 -
Welcome to Fantasy Island
"T-Shirt & Panties" (featuring Jamie Foxx) - - -
"Chocolate (Cuties & Condoms)" (with Cydal) - - - Bulletproof Soundtrack
2003 "Nasty Grind" - 95 -
The Second Coming
2004 "Outside (The Club)" - - -
"Freaks" (with Play-N-Skillz & Krayzie Bone) 69 52 - The Process
2007 "L.O.V.A." - - -
Private Show
"Hips"/"My Hips" (Re-Release) - - -


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