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En Vogue

This article is about the American R&B group. For a the tradition of the 1950s/1960s female trios. The plan
denition of the term en vogue, see the Wiktionary was to recruit singers who possessed strong voices, noentry en vogue.
ticeably good looks, and intelligence. Auditions were
held in 1988, with Herron, Jones and Robinson making
the nal cut.[5] Like previous girl groups, En Vogue was
En Vogue is an American R&B/pop vocal group whose
original lineup consisted of Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, originally conceived as a trio, but after hearing Ellis audition, Foster and McElroy decided to create a quartet. At
Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones.[1] Formed in Oakland,
California in 1989, they reached number two on the US rst, they selected the name For You. They shifted to
Hot 100 with the single "Hold On", which was taken from Vogue, but ultimately settled on En Vogue, upon learntheir 1990 debut album "Born to Sing". The groups 1992 ing that another group had already claimed the Vogue
follow-up album Funky Divas reached the top 10 in both moniker.
the US and UK, and included their second US number
two hit "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", plus
the US top 10 hits "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
and "Free Your Mind".

After forming, the group began working with their producers on their debut album. Recording began in August
1989 and wrapped up in December of the same year.[6]
Born to Sing was released on April 3, 1990. The album
peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 3 on
Billboards R&B Albums Chart. The rst single, "Hold
On, was released to radio in late February 1990 and became a crossover pop hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard
Hot 100 singles chart, and No. 1 on both the R&B singles
and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. It later went to
No. 5 in the UK, and became a hit in Europe. The next
two singles, "Lies" and "You Don't Have to Worry, each
went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, while the
fourth and nal single, "Don't Go, charted at No. 3 on
the Billboard R&B. The album was later certied triple
platinum by the RIAA.

In 1996, "Don't Let Go (Love)" became the groups third

single to reach number two in the US, and became their
sixth number one on the US R&B chart. Robinson left
the group in 1997 shortly before the release of their third
album EV3, which also reached the US and UK top 10.
Jones left the group in 2001 and was replaced by Amanda
Cole; however, in 2003, Cole left and was replaced by
Rhona Bennett during the recording of their album Soul
Flower. In 2005, the original members briey united before departing again. In 2009, the original members once
again reunited for their En Vogue: 20th Anniversary.
Shortly after the tour, Robinson and Jones departed from
En Vogue to pursue solo careers, with Bennett rejoining Hold On was awarded a Billboard Music Award for
the group as a trio.
"#1 R&B Single of the Year, a Soul Train Award for
En Vogue has sold more than 20 million records R&B/Urban Contemporary Single of the Year, Group,
worldwide to date.[2] The group has won seven MTV Band or Duo and have been nominated for a Grammy
Video Music Awards, three Soul Train Awards, two Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or
American Music Awards, and received seven Grammy Group. In 1990, En Vogue signed an endorsement deal
nominations.[3] In March 2015, Billboard magazine to appear in a Diet Coke commercial directed by Spike
named the group the ninth most-successful girl group of Lee.


1.2 199294: Funky Divas, Runaway Love,

and touring

Recording history

En Vogues second album, Funky Divas, was released

198991: Early beginnings and Born to in the spring of 1992. The album debuted at No. 8
on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B

and ultimately doubled the take of its predecessor, going multi-platinum. The albums rst two singles: "My
Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It), and "Giving Him
Something He Can Feel, both went top ten pop, and
peaked at No. 1 on the R&B charts. The next single,
"Free Your Mind" also went top ten. The nal two sin-

Assembled in Oakland, California in July 1989, En

Vogue launched with original members Cindy Herron,
Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis. The inspiration for the group came when production duo of Foster and McElroy envisioned a modern-day girl group in


gles "Give It Up Turn It Loose" and "Love Don't Love dition in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in
You" both were top forty hits.
Atlanta, which came in game ve of the 1996 World SeThe album went on to sell more than ve million copies ries.
being one of the best selling albums of the year, won
an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, and was nominated for ve Grammy Awards. The
music video for Free Your Mind earned the group three
MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography,
Best Dance Video, and Best R&B Video. They were
also honored with Soul Trains prestigious Entertainer of
the Year Award. In addition to this, the group were featured in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Essence
among other major publications.

In response to the large commercial success of Don't Let

Go (Love)", the group steadfastly went to work on its third
album. As the album was nearing completion, Robinson
chose to leave the group in April 1997 after dicult contractual negotiations reached a stalemate. Despite Robinsons abrupt departure, En Vogue resolved to continue on
as a trio (forcing the group to re-record some of the tracks
on their forthcoming album that had originally featured
her on lead vocals).

EV3, the groups third album, was released in the spring

Riding high on the success of Funky Divas, a six-song EP and debuted at No. 8 on both the Billboard 200 and the
entitled Runaway Love was released in the fall of 1993, Billboard R&B charts. The rst single, the Babyfacespawning the hit "Runaway Love.
penned and produced "Whatever" went on to become a
The group was signed to an endorsement deal with top-20 pop hit, a top ten R&B hit, while also peaking at
Converse, and were featured as an opening act on Luther No. 5 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. On AuVandross' 1993 tour. Among the numerous countries gust 26, 1997, the single was certied gold by the RIAA.
toured were England, Germany, the Netherlands and The follow-up single "Too Gone, Too Long" (which was
France which conrmed the groups live vocal and per- produced by David Foster and written by Diane Warren)
performed more modestly, managing to only peak in the
forming prowess. However, according to an article in
Vibe magazine, Vandross (by his own admission in in- top forty.
terviews) and his entourage clashed with the members of Despite its being certied platinum, and the album being
En Vogue during the tour and he vowed never to work nominated for Grammy Award and a Soul Train Lady of
with them again afterwards.
Soul Award, sales of EV3 failed to live up to full commercial
expectation. A world tour had been planned, but was
En Vogue also made numerous television appearances on
such series as In Living Color, A Dierent World, Roc and
Hangin' With Mr. Cooper (the latter two in which they In 1998, En Vogue recorded "No Fool No More" for the
also sang the shows theme songs).
soundtrack to the motion picture, Why Do Fools Fall In
In 1993, En Vogue were featured vocalists on Salt-N- Love as well as a version of I Want A Monster to Be My
Pepa's top ten hit "Whatta Man", from Salt-N-Pepas Friend for the Elmopalooza special on ABC.
Very Necessary album. The track also appeared (slightly The following year, a greatest hits compilation, The Best
edited) on En Vogues Runaway Love EP.
of En Vogue, was released.


199498: The departure of Robinson 1.4 200003: Masterpiece Theatre and new
and EV3

In 1995, En Vogue was amongst numerous female vocalists featured on the song Freedom for the soundtrack to Panther. Also in 1995, group member Terry Ellis recorded a solo album entitled Southern Gal, which
spun o the top ten R&B single Where Ever You Are
(although Back Down Memory Lane also got signicant airplay) and the group later made a cameo in the lm
Batman Forever.
In 1996, En Vogue recorded "Don't Let Go (Love)" for
the soundtrack to the motion picture Set It O. Released
in the autumn, it became the groups biggest hit to date;
the single peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, No. 1 on
the R&B singles chart, and was certied platinum by the
RIAA. It, inadvertently, would also be the nal En Vogue
single to feature Robinson. One of Robinsons nal performances with her bandmates came in October of that
year, when the group sang the nal National Anthem ren-

Masterpiece Theatre, the groups fourth studio album, was

released in May 2000. The album debuted at No. 67
and 33 on the Billboard 200 and R&B Albums Charts
respectively. The rst (and only) single, "Riddle, peaked
at No. 92 and 95 on the Hot 100 and R&B charts. As
a result of poor sales, En Vogue was dropped from the
Elektra Record label.
In 2001, original member Maxine Jones left the group to
focus on her family. As a result, Amanda Cole joined the
group. Ellis, Herron and Cole released a holiday album,
The Gift of Christmas. Soon after the holiday album, Cole
too left the group and was replaced with Rhona Bennett.
Meanwhile, Robinsons rst solo CD Dawn was released
on January 29, 2002. During the latter part of 2003, En
Vogue toured Europe with Maxine Jones rejoining the
group to ll the place of Cindy Herron, who was on maternity leave.



201215: Lawsuit, Maxine Jones departure and Rhona Bennett

200407: Soul Flower and impromptu dome in New Orleans. They continue to tour throughout
the United States. In October 2010, the band performed
their rst UK show in 18 years in London.

In 2004, En Vogue (now composed of Ellis, Herron and

Bennett) released Soul Flower on independent label 33rd
Street Records. While the album failed to chart on the
Billboard 200, it managed to peak at No. 47 on the R&B
charts. The albums two singles: "Losin' My Mind" and
"Ooh Boy", however, failed to chart. Soon after promotion had nished on this album, Maxine Jones returned to
En Vogue, turning the group back into a quartet for the
rst time since 1996. The group teamed with Boyz II Men
for select concert dates during the summer of 2004. That
same year En Vogue graced the cover of R&B Showcase
In 2005, after an eight-year absence, Robinson rejoined
En Vogue. The original four went on to sign with one
of the industrys largest management rms, The Firm
Management Group. That September, they joined Salt
N Pepa for the girl groups rst-ever joint public performance of their 1994 hit, Whatta Man at VH-1s Hip
Hop Honors, and briey toured. They also earned another Grammy nomination for the single "So What the
Fuss", which featured Stevie Wonder and Prince (on guitar). The group also appeared in the singles music video.
After failing to agree on business terms, Robinson once
again chose to defect from En Vogue and Bennett returned. As a result, En Vogue was let go from The
Firm. En Vogue continued to perform spot dates in North
America with Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones, Cindy Herron
and Rhona Bennett. This line-up also saw the group return to Europe and Japan for select concert dates. During this time, En Vogue teamed up with Belgian singer
Natalia for a song called Glamorous where Rhona Bennetts vocals are featured. The single reached No. 2 in
the Belgian charts and was followed by a DVD release of
the concert, which went double platinum.


On September 26, 2011, a new single called Ill Cry

Later was sent to select urban adult contemporary radio stations.[9] In December 2011, Dawn Robinson left
En Vogue once again.

1.7 201215: Lawsuit, Maxine Jones departure and Rhona Bennett

In March 2012, a lawsuit was led by Wells Fargo Bank
against Rutown, Inc. for breach of contract. On May
8, Cindy Herron announced on their ocial En Vogue
Facebook page that no new album was coming out. En
Vogue toured in 2012. In June 2012, Rhona Bennett, who
was lling in for Robinsons absence announced on her
Facebook page that she was in rehearsals with the group,
hinting that she was once again lling in for Robinson.

In August 2012, Maxine Jones, as well as Dawn Robinson, left the group and would begin their own En Vogue
with two new members and would be touring, releasing
solo albums and potentially another group album. During this time, they added new member Shaunt Usual to
their lineup and shot a photoshoot.[10][11] Herron and Ellis would continue to tour as En Vogue with Rhona Bennett. It was also soon announced that the members would
take each other to court for use of the En Vogue name;
a judge ruled that Herron and Ellis, as holders of the
groups LLC, had exclusive rights to the groups name.
Herron and Ellis led suit against Jones and Robinson,
demanding $1 million for unauthorized use of the name,
though the damages request was ultimately determined to
be without merit, as Herron and Ellis could not demonstrate harm done to the company from Joness use of the
name (although Robinson was named in the suit, she was
not directly involved in the dispute, as she had surrendered her rights to use the name herself when she de200811: Robinsons return and de- parted from the LLC years earlier).[12]


On June 24, 2008, the original lineup of En Vogue appeared on the BET Awards, performing with Alicia Keys,
SWV and TLC as a tribute to girl groups of the 1990s.
With speculation abuzz, En Vogue received the twentyeighth highest number of hits on the Rock on the Net website for the month of June 2008. The following month,
the group ascended to the twelfth position. As of June
30, Robinson stated via an En Vogue Yahoo! fan site
that she had indeed returned to En Vogue. On August 6,
the original members appeared on Los Angeles KTLA
television station and announced that they have reunited
and would do spot dates around the country during the
latter part of 2008. The foursome kicked o the Americana at Brand Concert Series in Glendale, California that
same evening.[8] Furthermore, En Vogue performed at
the 2009 Essence Music Festival, at the Louisiana Super-

In late 2012, Robinson and Jones announced that they

would be starting a new group called Heirs to the
Throne.[13][14] In 2013, Robinson chose not to begin a
new group with Jones and joined the cast of the reality
show R&B Divas: L.A..[15] In early 2013, Jones began a touring with Alison Carney and Maria Freeman as
her new line-up of En Vogue, entitled En Vogue to the
Max.[16][17][18] Jones later lost the right to use the En
Vogue name[19] and embarked on a solo career with her
debut single Didn't I premiering in 2014.[20] She later
had to le for bankruptcy due to the lawsuit and debt.[21]
In July 2014, En Vogue signed to Pyramid Records.[22][23]
In November 2014, they released An En Vogue Christmas.
In the same month, Robinson threatened to sue Lifetime
if they aired An En Vogue Christmas.[24] In December 2014, En Vogue released three singles: Emotions,
A Thousand Times, and "O Holy Night", which were

featured in the Lifetime movie An En Vogue Christmas


5.1 Film

In February 2015, Rutown Entertainment led a lawsuit

against En Vogue for breach of contract. Rutown owner 5.2
Rene Moore is seeking $310 million from the group.[25]


6 See also

2016: Electric Cafe

According to a radio interview on November 9, 2015, on

the show Apollo Night LA, En Vogue will release their
new CD, Electric Cafe on iTunes and Spotify in the rst
quarter of 2016. During the interview, the ladies of En
Vogue let the audience hear snippets of two songs from
their upcoming album, Blue Skies and Dja Vu. The
line-up of the group are Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis
and Rhona Bennett. The single, Deja Vu, was released
on April 4, 2016.[26]

List of awards and nominations received by En

List of best-selling girl groups
List of best-selling music artists

7 References
[1] Biography - En Vogue
February 17, 2015

Retrieved on

Members timeline



[3] En Vogue | Music Artist | Videos, News, Photos & Ringtones | MTV.

Main article: En Vogue discography

Born to Sing (1990)

Funky Divas (1992)
EV3 (1997)
Masterpiece Theatre (2000)
The Gift of Christmas (2002)
Soul Flower (2004)

[4] <
[5] - Article - En Vogue
[6] Don't think I can make it. By Denzil Foster, Thomas
McElroy, Will Townsend, Pharoah Davis, Warren Robinson & Andre Zachary part 2 - song, music - Copyright
Info. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
[7] 2005 Issue of R&B Showcase Magazine features article on Gil to order.
[8] En Vogue My Lovin' You're Never Gonna Get It on
KTLA. YouTube. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
[9] New Music: En Vogue I'll Cry Later (Radio Rip)
Pop Addicts. Retrieved 2012-05-11.

Funky Divas Tour (1992)
EV3 Tour (1997)
En Vogue Live! (2005)
En Vogue: 20th Anniversary Tour (201011)


[10] Dawn Robinson on Twitter. Twitter.

[11] Twitpic - Share photos and videos on Twitter. TwitPic.
[12] TMZ Sta (1 April 2013). Celebrity Justice: En
Vogue Legal War Settled... Losers Stripped of Name. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
[13] En Vogue Performs at B.B. Kings in NYC Parl Mag Online. Retrieved on May 11, 2013
[14] Heirs to the Throne Ocial Twitter Page
Retrieved on May 11, 2013
[15] Kelly Price, Chante Moore, En Vogues Dawn Robinson
Among 'R&B Divas: LA' Cast Billboard. Retrieved on
May 11, 2013

[16] CANCELLED: En Vogue to the Max starring Maxine

Jones Seven Venues. Retrieved on May 11, 2013
[17] Maxine Jones Appeals En Vogue Decision BET News.
Retrieved on May 11, 2013
[18] EnVogue performs half-time at the Detroit Pistons game
on Monday March 18th Retrieved on May
11, 2013
[19] Maxine Jones: Why En Vogue Broke Up & Why She'll
Never Work With Them Again - RumorFix - The Anti
Tabloid. RumorFix - The Anti Tabloid.
[20] Maxine Jones: Why En Vogue Broke Up & Why Shell
Never Work With Them Again. You Know I Got Soul.
Retrieved on February 17, 2015
[21] Maxine Jones I Gotta Have 'En Vogue' Again 'Cause I'm
Broke As a Joke. TMZ. Retrieved on September 9, 2014
[22] En Vogue | Pyramid Records. Pyramid Records. Retrieved on September 1, 2014.
[23] En Vogue Vocal Outtakes for New Album Electric Cafe. Retrieved on December 25, 2014
[24] Dawn Robinson threatens to sue Lifetime over En Vogue
movie. The Grio. Retrieved on November 23, 2014
[25] En Vogue Sued for Millions After Label Flip. Retrieved on February 17, 2015


[26] En Vogue Grammy nominated R&B/Pop vocal group.

External links
En Vogue at AllMusic
En Vogue on Twitter
En Vogue at the Internet Movie Database
En Vogue at Discogs


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