Booty Luv

Booty Luv

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Booty Luv

Img_capt = Booty Luv at the 2008 Freedom Festival in Hull.
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Background = group_or_band
Origin = London, England
Genre = Pop, dance, house, R&B
Years_active = 2006–present
Label = Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound
Associated_acts = Big Brovaz
URL = [ Booty Luv Official Site]
Current_members = Nadia Shepherd
Cherise Roberts
Past_members =

Booty Luv is an English dance group formed in June 2006 via the Hed Kandi label. It is fronted by two R&B vocalists, Cherise Roberts and Nadia Shepherd, both of whom were in the original line-up of the successful hip hop band Big Brovaz. [cite web
title =Booty Luv - Don't Mess With My Man
work =
publisher =My
date = 2007-09-18
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-10
] Their debut album peaked at #11 in the UK Album Chart and has so far spawned four big hits in their native UK.

Big Brovaz

Cherise, 21, who originates from Angola (Luanda)Fact|date=April 2008, and her friend Nadia, 23, both began their career in the R&B group Big Brovaz, who had considerable success following their launch in 2002. After scoring top five hits with songs such as Favourite Things and Nu Flow, Big Brovaz received rave reviews from fans and critics for their unique style, and received comparisons with other groups such as Outkast and solo artists such as Eminem, Nelly and Jamelia. After a lengthy following one member's drug addiction being revealed, Big Brovaz re-instated their career in 2004 with new single "Yours Fatally". Expectations were high following their previous string of top ten hits, although the single disappointingly stalled at #15 in the UK Top 40 and third female member Dionne left the band to start a new life in AustraliaFact|date=April 2008. Subsequently, the band were dropped by their record label. This resulted in a three year gap before they finally released a second studio album. In January 2007, new album Re-Entry was released, although it was a commercial disaster and failed to chart, citing lack of promotion as the main reasonFact|date=April 2008.

The formation of Booty Luv

Booty Luv was created during early recordings of Big Brovaz' Re-Entry album when music executives offered Cherise and Nadia the chance to record and promote a new version of R&B/soul singer Tweet's club hit "Boogie 2nite". Following the poor sales of early singles from Re-Entry in mid-2006, the girls accepted the offer and began recording their new version of the song, initially only as a promotional track for the record label Hed Kandi. Six months later in December, however, Booty Luv's version of "Boogie 2nite" was decided to be released as an actual single in the UK and mainland Europe following positive reviews from club DJs on the dance scene.

Commercial success

In late 2006 the video for "Boogie 2nite" was sent to top music channels and the song was heavily promoted. The original dance remix by Seamus Haji was chosen for the song's download and physical releases, while the video was chosen to feature the remix by the group DB Boulevard. [cite web
title =Booty Luv: Boogie 2Nite
work =Single Reviews
publisher =Digital Spy
date = 2006-11-27
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-10
] The song continued its success onto digital music video channels, holding #1 positions on the The Hits Most Selected and TMF Hitlist UK. The song was released on download format a week before the physical release, and shot to #1 on the 3 Download Chart and iTunes Top 100. This furthered its success into the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #19 on download sales before climbing as high as #2 following its physical release. Spending 17 weeks inside the UK Top 75, the positive response for "Boogie 2nite" resulted in Booty Luv extending their contract with Hed Kandi to four follow up singles and an album.

In 2007, after taking several months to record their debut album, Booty Luv released the follow-up single "Shine", a cover of the Luther Vandross song on the 14 May. [cite web
title =Booty Luv: Shine
work =Single Reviews
publisher =Digital Spy
date = 2007-05-14
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-10
] It was well received by radio and added to the A-List on BBC Radio 1, peaking at #17 on the UK Airplay Chart. In its first week of release, "Shine", entered the UK Singles Chart at #25 on downloads alone, and became the groups second top ten single the following week when it jumped 15 places to #10 following its physical release, spending an eventual seven weeks inside the UK Top 40.

Their debut album "Boogie 2nite" was released 17 September 2007, one week after third single Don't Mess With My Man (a cover of a Lucy Pearl song) made the UK Top 20 at #11. The album features the three hit singles "Boogie 2nite", "Shine" and "Don't Mess with My Man", a new cover as well as five original songs, including the latest UK Top 20 hit Some Kinda Rush. The album is co-written by Booty Luv and two co-writers. On 24 September 2007, "Boogie 2nite" entered the UK Albums Chart at a respectable #11 and just missed the top twenty the next week, falling to #26.

The fourth single to be released from the album was Some Kinda Rush, the first original release by the group." [ Booty Luv Interview] ",

"Digital Spy". URL last accessed 2008-04-21] On the week commencing 28 November 2007, the song had a surge in download sales solely from the album following the songs early promotion, when it entered the UK Top 100 at #93, four weeks before its official download release. It continued to hold inside the UK Top 100 before becoming Booty Luv's fourth consecutive UK Top 20 hit when it rose to #19 following its combined physical and download sales. On the week commencing 28 January 2008, the single outlasted Don't Mess With My Man in the UK Top 40 despite its lower peak, with Some Kinda Rush so far spending seven weeks on the chart, and Don't Mess With My Man spending only four. Their debut album "Boogie 2nite" also experienced a resurgence into the UK Top 100 following the success of Some Kinda Rush. It re-entered the UK Top 100 Albums at #96, before climbing as high as #87. The album has so far spent four weeks inside the UK Top 100 following the release of Some Kinda Rush, and eight weeks in total.

The future

Nadia and Cherise have recently confirmed in an interview with Digital Spy that they plan to work on their second album some time in 2008. They also mentioned that they are talking about future plans with Hed Kandi and didn't want the next album to feature any cover versions, but for the album to contain only original songs." [ Booty Luv Interview] ",

"Digital Spy". URL last accessed 2008-04-21]





External links

* [ Booty Luv Official Site]
* [ Booty Luv on MySpace]
* [ Webpage about Booty Luv (english)]
* [ Webpage about Booty Luv (german)]

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