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Do you remember that scene from the bio flick about Motown musical act The Temptations where there were like three sets of “Temptations” touring at one time? Well, that won’t be happening with En Vogue anymore.
Last summer the ladies had a falling out, which resulted in Maxine Jones chucking the deuces to Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis, joining former group member Dawn Robinson in another version of the singing ensemble bearing the same name. Not long after, Maxine took to her Twitter page, calling Cindy and Terry “evil” and dropping the bomb that the ladies were suing her.
“Yup Terry n Cindy r evil! They took over the LLC n bank acct, forced me out, gave my gigs 2 that chick LOL, and SUING #ME!” Maxine tweeted.
“Real arrogant b*tc*es drunk with power lol! My lawyer and I look forward 2 court! We’re gonna catch it on our reality show 2 lol,” she continued.
Dawn also chimed in, assuring her girl that “justice” would be served. It seems that Dawn and Maxine didn’t get the outcome that they may have been hoping for though. A judge recently ruled that Dawn and Maxine can no longer perform or book gigs under the name En Vogue, granting use of the name exclusively to Cindy and Terry, reports TMZ.
Cindy and Terry also sued Dawn and Maxine for $1million for touring under the En Vogue name. This, however, was not honored, as the ladies could not prove that any harm was done to their LLC as a result of Dawn and Maxine’s use.
There’s a chance we’ll get to see some of the legal action, as Dawn is still in the process of filming R&B Divas: LA.
We learned, via Twitter of course, that En Vogue has been going through some thangs lately, with the popular ’90s group splitting into two parts: Dawn and Maxine on one side and Terry and Cindi on the other. It was sort of clear from the tweets what part of the issue was — Maxine being kicked out/replaced and suing the remaining group members— but she and Dawn still sat down with Access Hollywood to give them the full story — from their point of view at least.
Though Maxine just left En Vogue this year, Dawn peaced out on the group several years ago due to issues with the member’s contracts. She claims they were only receiving 2 cents per album sale and couldn’t even buy a house, despite being multi-platinum artists. When it came time to sign a new deal for the next album she thought it was insane that their pay didn’t increase with their success and they weren’t able to negotiate the contract, though she claims Terry was dating one of the producers which is why she and Cindi were down to sign the deal. Maxine says she only stayed because music was her livelihood but once she was replaced she had no choice but to leave. Now the pair has started a new group, or duo I should say, known as the Heirs and Maxine had this message for her old girls.
“You’re not the whole group. You’re not En Vogue, You’re half of us. We’re the other half and I feel like we’re the strongest.”
Well, OK then. Check out the short interview in the clips below. Do you think they need to let this go?
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So last month we found out that EnVogue was splitting — via Twitter —and now we see the ladies are suing each other and hoping to get a reality show — via Twitter again.
It’s hard to know what exactly these women are beefing over considering it’s 2012 and the group hasn’t been hot since like ’99, but from the letter Cindy and Terry sent to their fans last month, they’ve added a new member to their group, Rhona, who they claim isn’t Maxine’s replacement, despite the fact that she’s now performing in Max’s place. From the looks of things, Maxine and Dawn are doing their own thang though, legally.
Two days ago they unleashed these tweets which That GrapeJuice.net caught:
Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm.
I can see Maxine being upset she was replaced but Twitter is NOT the place to air this laundry. It’s annoying enough when people in their early 20 tweef like this, but these women are 48 and 50 years old. Cut it out. Especially when it’s clear the motivation is to get attention (and possibly a reality show). Can’t a manager handle those types of things without people having to degrade themselves online?
Anybody who was hoping for an EnVogue reunion can kiss those dreams goodbye, but from the looks of things a reality show may have to be the next best thing. Sigh.
Oh, and of course, the tweets have since been deleted (to stop the retweets so Maxine says).
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En Vogue has been unsuccessfully attempting to stage a comeback for years. It’s hard to get back to their previous status in the industry though when the group is plagued with so much infighting.
Of course, the latest drama begins with Dawn Robinson. The on-again, off-again member of En Vogue took to Twitter to let fans know she is done with the group once again and taking Maxine Jones with her.
Dawn left the legendary group in 1997 amid arguments, nasty attitudes, and disagreements over money and En Vogue struggled to replace her. In 2010, the group reunited with all four original members for a 20th anniversary tour and album. Dawn reportedly left the group in 2011, but seemed to be back and ready to tour with the group this year — until now.
After her initial Twitter announcement, Cindi and Terry, the remaining two members responded:
“Dear EnVogue fans,
In regards to the recent twitter and face book posts alleging that Terry and Cindy have replaced Maxine Jones with Rhona, we would like to respond. Terry and Cindy are not replacing Maxine Jones. We have however asked Rhona to fill in temporarily so that we can continue to bring live shows to our fans. Thus far, Rhona has only done three shows with us since June 2012. The group has always added someone whenever a member has been unable or unwilling to perform or has left the group. Terry and I have not kicked Maxine out of the group. There are always two sides to a story and many internal facts that you the fans aren’t hearing about. In an effort to not air dirty laundry, or appear to point the finger at anyone, we respectfully choose to remain silent on the internal issues. We appreciate you the fans continuing to support Envogue individually, and as a whole.
Cindy and Terry
Is it weird that they didn’t mention Dawn in the statement?
En Vogue was one of the most popular and successful singing groups of all time, but it’s unlikely that they will ever get back to what they were. Now, they’re going to have two En Vogue groups? That’s a disaster in the making. Maybe it’s better to just be done while their reputation is still somewhat in tact instead of struggling to hold on while tainting their legacy with all of this back and forth.
As for Dawn, she may be better off trying to jumpstart her solo career again rather than attempting to form En Vogue 2.0. After En Vogue and Lucy Pearl, you’d think she would be over the singing group thing. It’s not a successful model anymore in general and definitely not for her in particular.
What do you think of En Vogue? Would you like to see them reconcile?
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