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Forgot About Friday/Stella Soleil

“You don’t have to act like a star
Tryin’ moves in the back your car
Don’t you know that we can go far
‘Cause tonight you gonna get my…” 

Smooch, smooch! 

Observed life lessons by delightfully cray diva Stella Soleil from her 2001 (sort of) hit single, “Kiss, Kiss,” where ever her waaay forgotten about music sass lies these days. 

Now, here’s a true Forgot About Friday for you…and just in time for Valentine’s Day! Pucker up! 

Greek-American pop diva Ms. Stella Soleil (real name…Stella Katsoudas, also goes by the moniker, Sister Soleil)took an early interest in high-powered beats and sauce-y rhythms (and Nine Inch Nails!) while getting her music groove on in Chicago during the late ’90s. Of course, the smoochin‘ chanteuese’s one-of-a-kind vocals gained everyone’s attention very quickly, so she spent time recording demos while also studying professional dance in both New York and Los Angeles. 

And if you remember the Hype Williams(!!) directed “Kiss Kiss,” you know this gal’s got those moves. 

Stella’s big break came after a sold out performance at Chicago’s Metro club in 1998, and from that shining spotlight, Universal signed the spunky songstress as Sister Soleifor her 1998 debut record, Soularium. Lead single “Torch” was a moderate hit, but it was the lip gloss worthy anthem “Kiss Kiss” that we all puckered up to three years later with follow-up record, Dirty Little Secret

The Middle Eastern inspired (and, like, really fun!) pop groove danced across global music charts across the globe, reaching the top 20 in many countries and inside the top 40 on the Bilboard Hot 100. And after, well, all FAF truth, Ms. Stella and her funky was gently placed into the world one-hit wonder category and never heard from again. 

Actually, wait, that’s not true. While she didn’t release a follow-up record, the Chap Stick rockin’ songstress still plays shows under her Sister Soleil stage name where she is no doubt still makin’ all of us men put in that work for a kiss, kiss.

Thank you, Ms. Stella Soleil, for not just a delicious music memory, but for one lip smackin‘ pop gem of a tune…and we shall never forget it. 

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Cover photo courtesy of You Tube 

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Forgot About Friday/Tweet

Oops….

……….we looked over to the left….and when we looked back to the right….Tweet’s Billboard chart domination days seemed to have slipped our minds….oh, my, indeed. 

However, when it comes to everyone’s favorite self lovin’ diva (and Missy bestie!!), we’ve got an early ’00s music memory and treat that no one will-and should–ever forget because you still betta werk, Ms. Tweet.

The youngest of four older siblings, Tweet (real name..Charlene Keys, no relation to A) was born in Rochester, New York and began her start in that dear, sweet music by singing in church alongside her parents. It also didn’t hurt that the “Oops” songstress was born into quite the musical family as she quickly mastered the art of, well, it all including pianoguitar, bass guitar and drums, just to name a splendid few. 

But alas, it was Tweet‘s unique singing voice (along with Janet & Tina inspirations) that caught the ears of everyone at the Rochester School of the Arts, where the diva found her true calling and immersed herself in all that she knew how to do…own it. After giving birth to daughter Tawshana at the age of 18 (who’s now a gospel singer like Mom!), Tweet made the decision to leave her young daughter in the care of her parents as she set off on the road to join a girl group that didn’t quite make it…then came Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot

After the two gals met on the road, Elliot not only enlisted Tweet for the duet, “Take Away” off of her classic Miss E So Addictive record, but she introduced her to the one-and-only, Timbaland. And it was from that moment that the world and our attention was served with “Oops”(Oh My),” a slinky R&B jam about…plain and simple…lovin’ and feelin’ ya damn self while nobody’s watching. 

And let’s not forget about its accompanying video…own that bling, Missy, own it…yes. 

The Billboard R&B chart owning groove would become the lead single to Tweet’s debut albumSouthern Hummingbird, which also featured “Oh My” follow-up, “Call Me.” Tweet would follow up Hummingbird in 2005 with “It’s Me Again,” which gave us the moderate single, “Turn da Lights Off.” 

But yes, it was soon after that most (okay, all) of us seemed to have forgotten about Tweet(she also released Simply Tweet in 2013 and Charlene in 2016), and it’s a damn shame. Because not only is “Oops(Oh My)” still that fucking groove, but it still holds its message that, hey, if you’re feelin’ yourself on those sexy Saturday nights around a quarter-to-three…..you just gotta go for it. 

Thank you, Tweet, may we never, ever forget you. We won’t. 

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Cover photo courtesy of The Source 

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Forgot About Friday/Donna Lewis

Feels like…..

……the raspy-yet-oh,so-angelic voice of the late ’90s wonder that will always be raptured in Donna Lewis never left us whenever we press aaah on her life-defying Billboard chart owning smash, “I Love You Always Forever.” 

And that keyboard owned middle breakdown? Bitch still betta werk our CD Maxi-Single‘d existences. 

Sorry, there’s just no sugar-coating it when it comes to a full year of forgotten about music memories that still take over our lives….much like the memories of Ms. Donna still indeed do. 

So, let’s begin to serve out the 2019 Forgot About Friday music truth, shall we? And this year’s journey (let’s face it, the list is already complete…right, Tweet, Ft. Minor, Akon, and Ms. Sophie B Hawkins?) all begins with a late ’90s rasp that we all fell in love with and will never forget. 

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Ms. Lewis was not only gifted with that voice, but with a strong musical background as her jazz pianist father got her into taking piano lessons at age six. While in high school, Lewis further owned her craft, giving her try-and succeeding in–writing a pop tune or twelve. Soon, the future soul snatching diva would earn her music degree from the Welsh College of Music and Drama, where had majored in classical composition for piano and flute. 

Just think…that is all most likely where that fabulous “Forever” breakdown got its first pearl clutching notes…yes

But of course, it was that voice again that sparked everyone’s heartbeats-and-eardums, and by the late ’90s, the future “Love” owner developed a loyal fan base and begun recording demos of her songs in her home studio. It wasn’t long before a demo of “I Love You Always Forever” caught the upright attention of Atlantic Records chairman Doug Morris, who purportedly flew Lewis to New York for an audition and quickly signed her to the label…and the rest is pure Now in a Minute history. 

Catapulting right into our late-summer–of-’96 lives (you remember), Lewis’ lead single was a Billboard bulldozing number two smash, where it would go on to spend nine weeks in the runner-up position.

So, what other monster single was keeping Donna from the top, you ask? A little dance ditty diva named “Macarena.” Oh, the ’90s…what bliss. 

But still….we lived for “Love,” and Minute album sales only further continued to rise when the equally dreamy, “Without Love” stormed the charts, eventually landing at number twenty-four. 

And let’s not leave out Lewis’ heavenly single release the following year, ‘”At the Beginning,” which was not just inspired by the Disney classic, Anastasia, but featured the one, the only, Mr. Richard Marx….priceless. 

And the moment when Donna Lewis met Donna Martin on a very, very special episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, well, it may be second to Color Me Badd as being one of the best television episodes of all time. Take a seat, Friends…because this 90210 montage is speaking. 

Of course, the late ’90s were nothing like they actually seemed, and Lewis had a bit of a struggle with the charts when her follow-up record, 1998’s Blue Planet, wasn’t the sophomore success (electronica, though?) any of us were hoping for. Although the single, “Love Him ” did turn out to be a moderate Billboard dance hit, but soon, all of us came to realize that we forgot about Donna….nah, never. 

The ’90s pop goddess did serve out a handful of records in the early ’00s, but none could ever take her back to the lightning-in-a-bottle that was instilled in her debut record, Now in a Minute, and its still ridiculously heavenly lead offering, “I Love You Always Forever.” 

And it’s a music memory that we’ll all love always and forever, and one we shall never, ever forget. 

Cover photo courtesy of the still epic video for “I Love You Always Forever” 

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