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SisQó’s “Thong Song” dropped over 15 years ago, but the Baltimore singer says that he still hasn’t received what he’s owed from the success of the 1999 mega hit and several other songs from his catalog.
According to TMZ, the singer—whose birth name is Mark Andrews— filed a $3.6 million lawsuit over royalties he says that he has yet to receive. In his lawsuit, Andrews says that he hired 27 Red Music to collect royalties from multiple music publishing companies for songs he released between 1996 and 2005—including “Thong Song”. Andrews says that the company successfully collected the money, but failed to hand over the $600,000 that they rounded up on his behalf.
In addition to demanding the $600,000 that he says he’s owed, the Dru Hill singer is also requesting $3 million in punitive damages.
Of course, there are two sides to every story, but if things have gone down the way that SisQó says that they have, this company needs to stop playing and cut that check. Anyone would be furious knowing that they haven’t been compensated for work they did over 15 years ago.
For old times’ sake…
Celebrities have been reacting to the Baltimore uprising in various ways. Over the weekend, ¼ of 90s R&B sensation Dru Hill, which hails from Baltimore, took to social media to share his interesting symbol of support.
Saturday evening, lead singer Mark “SisQó” Andrews revealed that he has chosen to “sacrifice” his hair to outwardly recognize the unrest in his hometown. Throughout the years, SisQó’s blonde Caesar cut became his signature look, but he decided to try something different to show the grieving city that he stands with them. Apparently, work obligations have kept him away from Baltimore, but he vowed to join forces with the rest of Dru Hill to return to the city in the future. The post, which was accompanied by a photo of the “Incomplete” singer wearing a dark, shorter-than-usual haircut, reads:
I sacrificed my hair as a symbol of support for the struggle that Baltimore & most inner-city youth face every day. My hair has been my signature around the world since our careers started hand n hand with being a Baltimore native good, bad, or ugly. It wrenched my heart when I saw the way that we were being portrayed to the world media.
The fact that I was unable to march on the streets of my city with my brothers & sisters physically made me feel as if I needed to make a statement that couldn’t be tainted, twisted, or misconstrued. I have worked with local schools, churches & youth groups in the past. Myself & DRU HILL are working to do more in the future. So hang in there young people…and remember think outside-of-the-box. Be better than the best & always remember intellect over emotion.
While most fans praised the 36-year-old for the symbolic gesture, some slammed him and expressed that they did not see the significance. While we’ve definitely been affected by horrible police-related deaths here in New York, I have never been forced to witness my hometown be torn apart in such a way by a tragedy like the death of Freddie Gray; so I don’t know what that feels like and I won’t begin to criticize SisQó for his actions.
What are your thoughts on this?
I sacrificed my hair as a symbol of support for the struggle that Baltimore & most inner-city youth face everyday. My hair has been my signature around the world since our careers started hand n hand with being a Baltimore native good,bad, or ugly. It wrenched my heart when I saw the way that we were being portrayed to the world media. The fact that I was unable to march on the streets of my city with my brothers & sisters physically made me feel as if I needed to make a statement that couldn't be tainted, twisted, or misconstrued. I have worked with local schools, churches & youth groups in the past. Myself & DRU HILL are working to do more in the future. So hang in there young people…and remember think outside-of-the-box. Be better then the best & always remember intellect over emotion. #Baltimore #FreddieGray
Solo Sisqo is back!
While we love seeing all four men of Dru Hill together in concert, Sisqo has always been our favorite, which is why we can’t wait to add his new album, Last Dragon, to our collection when it drops January 13. We got a chance to talk with the man who brought us the time-honored classic, Thong Song, and in addition to talking about his new EP and those few times he did reality TV (Wife Swap anyone?), Sisqo also told us how he really feels about his biggest single when he performs it today. Watch and tell us what you think.
We’re sure you heard about the “fight” that went down between Dru Hill and Jagged Edge members Sisqo and Kyle earlier this month. The R&B singers got into it backstage at a concert and folks were quick to call the shoving match a “brawl,” but when we chatted with “Thong Song” creator Sisqo about the drama he let it be known that “where I’m from you can’t call that a fight.”
“Scuffle” is the word the Dru Hill front man chose to describe the altercation with fellow singer Kyle of Jagged Edge as he explained what led up to the messiness — which is even messier — and where things stand between him and Jagged Edge now. Check it out and tell us what you think.
Why R&B Groups Can’t Win: Sisqo And Jagged Edge Member Kyle “Quick” Norman Get Into Fight Backstage At Concert
Dru Hill and Jagged Edge were taking part in KBLX’s “Hot Summer Night” concert at the Concord Pavilion in Northern California on Sunday, along with Babyface, Blackstreet, 112 and Next. Yes, it was a throwback concer, and it should have been fun and peaceful, but for some reason, these two men were caught on camera scrapping backstage. Kyle “Quick” Norman of JE was literally throwing Dru Hill lead singer around the room as folks just watched…and taped of course.
The men didn’t have a knock-down-drag-out type of scuffle though, as bodies were thrown around the room as opposed to punches. And according to the person who filmed the video and posted it on Instagram, they hashed things out after the fact and shook hands “like men”…
They could have been play fighting (which a source claims they were), but there was nothing really playful about this whole scene. Maybe it started off chill, but it looks like things went a tad bit left. And if you’ll recall, Sisqo and Norman did have some issues in the past. Norman said in a chat with The Breakfast Club that when Sisqo didn’t speak (as in say hello) as the group passed the singer when he was getting off an elevator some years ago, Norman loudly called him a “b***h.”
Check out the clip for yourself below and let us know if you thought it was all fun and games:
Sisqó’s name has become synonymous with a few things namely a dragon or a thong. Either way, this guy’s legacy will never die. He proudly built his legacy off of the 2000 hit song “The Thong Song” and being apart of one of the greatest R&B groups of recent times: Dru Hill. Sisqo has reportedly been working on a new album Last Dragon and no word yet on when it’s coming out. Sisqo spoke on how exactly he plans on fitting in with the sound of today then opposed to the 90’s when he came out.
If you stay true to the music, so far it seems like the fans of real music will not let real music die. The business of real music changes. How people listen to music, how people vibe to music, how people interact with music, it changes with technology, it changes with music which is ever growing. Once again, I don’t follow trends, I’ve always been a trend setter. All of the music that I’ve been a part of, it’s still relevant. You play any of our classic music from back in the day until today, and people still rock to it. I just do the best I can to stay true to me and hopefully with the direction I’m going on my new album, making sure that the business aspect of it is straight. It will be facilitated to everybody just like it was before and everybody will get a chance to hear it.
At age 35, Sisqo continues to work. Click continue to check your boy out.
13 Recent Flicks of Sisqó
They don’t look like the R&B singers your parents grew up listening to but they still can sing. We take a look at R&B’s most thuggish singers.
In the late ’90s Mr. “Y’all ni**as gone make me” sang about another woman creeping in his bed with the other members of the R&B group Dru Hill before leaving them to go solo. Sisqo released the monster hit “Thong Song” and his solo career took off. Once his debut album Unleash The Dragon was released, Sisqo was everywhere but soon after he a good run, Sisqo disappeared from the scene. Behind closed doors, Sisqo had reportedly knocked up a 14-year-old Kenyan girl who was living in Switzerland and was refusing to pay child support. Dru Hill has been trying to pull off an official comeback for several years now. Dru Hill is currently on tour and expect to release a new album within the year.
In the last few years, quite a few music groups from the ’90s have announced comebacks for their fans. From SWV to Jodeci, some of your favorites are trying to make magic happen a second time around. While we’d all love to think it’s for the sake of making good music because that’s just what they love to do, the men of Dru Hill made it plain and clear in a very awkward interview recently, that they do it because they have mouths to feed. When asked about their new music, overcoming issues and why they are still hitting the road to share their hits, Sisqo said they are blessed and fortunate enough to be able do it. But as a very tipsy Nokio put it (with a fresh drink in his hand), “We got kids and s**t.”
“We go up there and we sing like our lives depend on it every night because we got kids and s**t! That’s the reality of the situation. It’s been 20 years. How the f**k do you think we still sing the way we do? We got families to feed!”
The interview was quite the mess (in a funny and kind of sad way), as the men didn’t even know what their website name was which stores all their new music. Things were so rowdy that the interviewer could barely get through the conversation, as it slowly turned to adult film websites and the men were laughing it up.
I’m all for groups reuniting to provide good music, and I get that folks have bills to pay, but if folks are just trying to cut a check but aren’t serious about such comebacks, then they need to stop wasting their time (and the time of their fans). But hey, at least they were honest.
Check out the interview for yourself and share your thoughts on their honesty:
After years of being confused about it, I’ve found that clearly, not everyone is supposed to be or going to be as big as an Usher, a Beyoncé, and most probably won’t get anywhere near MJ status on a global scale. But when highly talented individuals, especially good looking male singers with great pipes, don’t get or don’t get to sustain the popularity they once had, I always wonder why. Such is the case with the following 10 fellas, who throughout my pre-teens and adulthood, I’ve been a fan of. So what are they doing now and what went wrong on the road to stardom? Shall we find out?
And be ready to click (you’ve been warned, so save the complaints).
“And don’t you forget iiiiiit!” That was my jam! For those who don’t remember Glenn Lewis, the neo-soul singer with his funky curls and smooth voice garnered many a female fan after dropping songs like “Don’t You Forget It” off of his debut disk, World Outside My Window in 2002. The Canadian crooner was doing fairly well sales wise as his debut album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, but as he prepared to release his second album with the single, “Back For More,” his release date got pushed back, and his album just wound up being shelved. Things haven’t been the same since…
After leaving and joining different labels, you’ll be happy to know that Lewis signed with EMI Music in 2011 and is said to be working on a new project. However, we’ll believe it when we see it. He still looks good though!
Where are these 90’s R&B male singers, you ask? Your guess may be as good as ours, but as a contrast to the popular TVOne hit reality series, R&B Divas, we would love to cast these men as our R&B Fellas.
After releasing a new single this year, a duet with KeKe Wyatt called “You & I,” this gave us a reminder of the R&B singer, who sung the hits “Don’t Take Your Love Away” and “My First Love.