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Blaque: The Legacy of a Pioneering Girl Group

Blaque, an American girl group known internationally as Blaque Ivory, made significant waves in the music industry from 1999 to 2004. Their self-titled debut album, "Blaque," sold over 1 million copies and earned a Platinum certification. This debut featured the platinum-selling lead single "808," the follow-up hit "I Do," and the international pop sensation "Bring It All to Me." In 1999, Billboard recognized Blaque as the 4th Best New Artist of the year, with "Bring It All to Me" securing the 30th spot on the 2000 Year-End Chart.

In the early 2000s, Blaque released three more singles: "Can't Get It Back," "Ugly," and "I'm Good," the latter of which was featured in the film "Honey." Despite these releases, the group struggled to replicate their initial success. Blaque worked on two unreleased albums in the mid-to-late 2000s before disbanding in 2008.

The group attempted a comeback in 2012, but this effort was tragically cut short by the accidental death of member Natina Reed. In 2019, their intended third album, "Torch," was posthumously released under the label Blaque/The Move Entertainment.

Blaque's origins trace back to Atlanta, Georgia, where Natina Reed and Shamari Fears met in high school. Reed formed Blaque, while Fears initially joined another group called Intrigue, which secured a recording contract with Elektra Records. Fears eventually left Intrigue to join Reed in Blaque, and Brandi Williams joined the group shortly thereafter. Reed's connection to Ronald Lopes, the brother of

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC, was pivotal. Lisa Lopes signed the group to her production company, Left Eye Productions.

The name Blaque stands for "Believing in Life and Achieving a Quest for Unity in Everything," reflecting the group's philosophy and vision. Despite their ups and downs, Blaque remains a significant part of late '90s and early 2000s pop and R&B history, remembered for their contributions to the music scene and their lasting impact on fans worldwide.

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