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REAL NAME: Erica Wright
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BIRTHDAY: February 26, 1971
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Tyrone" (1998)
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BIGGEST LP: Baduizm (1997)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 4
button.gif (123 bytes) "No matter what is going on in your life, sisters take your bubble bath. We all have to remember that if you don't take care of yourself, no one will." - Erykah Badu, 1997

 
TIMELINE

Erykah Badubutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah (Erica Wright) Badu was born February 26, 1971, in Dallas. When her debut LP was released in 1997, critics hailed her as a modern-day Billie Holiday with her soulful mix of jazz, hip hop and R&B. After years of studying theater and dance in Louisiana and work as a teacher, Erykah was a part-time singer in Dallas often opening for the rap and hip hop acts coming into town.

1994...

button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah got her first big musical break opening for D'Angelo which quickly led to a record contract. Soon Erykah could be heard on the High School High soundtrack dueting with D'Angelo on the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel song, "Your Precious Love."
button.gif (123 bytes) Perhaps Greg Tate's description in Vibe best sums up Erykah: "Just when we thought couldn't nobody be a black woman in pop music without being a breast-baring pop tart, a put-it-on-the-glass video ho, or a gold-digging hoochie mama, here comes Badu-on BET, no less: home of the superficial, land of the fake. Celebrating serial motherhood, Mississippi mud baths, The Color Purple, shotgun shacks, and sky-high African-village-woman geles, this earth goddess goes on and on in a voice part Ella, part sassy Sarah, part Billie, part Nina, and yet all Badu."
button.gif (123 bytes) Spin magazine stated: "Erykah Badu redefines the word diva... She's replaced attitude with sass, and her sex appeal lies within her own private sensuality."

1997... # 106 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Erykah Badu - Baduizmbutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah's debut LP, Baduizm, was released to positive critical claim and commercial success on the R&B and pop charts. Erykah wrote all but one of the tracks on the LP. The success on R&B radio, critical appeal, and Erykah's fresh take on R&B music all helped the LP to get as high as #2 on the Billboard charts. Erykah's style was also seen within the innovative and story-like quality of her videos.
button.gif (123 bytes) The first single "
On & On" hit the Top 40.
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On & On" topped the Billboard R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks and the Billboard R&B Singles Airplay chart for 4 weeks.

March
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Baduizm topped the Billboard R&B Albums chart for 4 weeks.

April
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Baduizm was certified platinum and the single "On & On" was certified gold.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) "Next Lifetime" topped the Billboard R&B Singles Airplay chart for 2 weeks.

button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah went on to tour with Wu-Tang Clan and as part of the summer's Smokin' Grooves tour.
button.gif (123 bytes) On the meaning of her music, Erykah has responded: "Well, music makes you hungry,and I had to get the music out of me. I'm just a path for letting the music out. I don't know if it's righteousness or spiritualism. Music is a rebirth process and I am a midwife helping to bring it into the world. Music shouldn't be abusive, but resourceful. It was something that was given to me, but it is not to keep."

August
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Baduizm was certified 2x platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best R&B Video ("On & On").
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah could be heard on
Busta Rhymes' LP, When Disaster Strikes, on the track "The One."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah could be heard on the soundtrack for
Eve's Bayou with "A Child With The Blues (Izm Mix)."

November
Erykah Badu - Livebutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah gave birth to a baby boy named Seven the same day her new LP, Live! was released in the U.S. The baby was 2 weeks early and the father is Andre Benjamin from Outkast. Erykah named her baby Seven because it is "...a divine number which cannot be divided."
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Live!, debuted in the Top 10 on the pop and R&B charts. The LP was a collection of live performances from October and new songs including "Tyrone." Erykah describes "Tyrone" as "...(not) my man... Tyrone is just the guy my boyfriend spends all his time with, and who I'm telling my man to call to help him get his stuff out of my house."
button.gif (123 bytes) "
Tyrone" topped the Billboard R&B Singles Airplay chart for 6 weeks.

December
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Live! topped the Billboard R&B Albums chart for 3 weeks.
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah hit the Top 40 with "
Tyrone."
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Rolling Stone named Badu the Best R&B Artist of the Year.
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top R&B Album Artist - Female.

button.gif (123 bytes) By the end of the year, Erykah also took home a Billboard Music Video Award for Best New Artist Clip (R&B/Urban) ("On & On") and 4 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best New Solo Artist, Best R&B Solo Album (Baduizm), Best R&B Solo Single ("On & On"), and R&B Song of the Year ("On & On").

1998... # 157 Singles Artist of the Year

January
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American Music Award for Favorite New Soul/R&B Artist and was nominated for Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album.
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Live! was certified platinum.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah won 2
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female ("On & On") and Best R&B Album (Baduizm) and was also nominated for Best New Artist and Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("On & On").
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah could be seen in the film
Blues Brothers 2000 playing a jazz diva.

June
Hav Plenty soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah appeared on the soundtrack for Hav Plenty with "Ye Yo."

button.gif (123 bytes) More awards followed for Erykah in the form of 2 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Female Recording Artist and Outstanding New Recording Artist, 2 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B Soul or Rap Song of the Year and Best R&B Soul Single Award (solo) (both for "Tyrone"), and 4 Soul Train Music Awards for Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Album - Female (Baduizm), Best R&B Soul or Rap Album (Baduizm), and Best R&B/Soul Single ("On & On").

1999... # 149 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female for "Tyrone" and Best R&B Album for Live!.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah hit the Top 40 by helping out The Roots on "
You Got Me" from Things Fall Apart.

button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah ranked at # 100 on VH1: 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.

button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year (Live!).

button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah spent a majority of the year working on her next LP in Dallas and helped with the track "Southern Gul" which was featured on the solo LP of Rahzel (of The Roots).

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah could be seen in the critically acclaimed film
The Cider House Rules.

2000... # 143 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah won another
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("You Got Me" with The Roots).

June
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Baduizm was certified 3x platinum and Live! was certified 2x platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah could be heard on the soundtrack for Bamboozled with "Light Remix For You)" and "Hollywood."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah hit #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart with "
Bag Lady" (for 7 weeks) and hit the Top 40 by the end of the month.

November
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gunbutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah released her next LP, Mama's Gun..

December
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Mama's Gun was certified platinum.

2001...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female and Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Bag Lady").
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female ("
Bag Lady").

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Album: Solo (Mama's Gun). Erykah lost to Jill Scott even though the press backstage were mistakenly told the winner was Erykah.

2002... # 187 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Didn't Cha Know").

September
Brown Sugar soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah could be heard on the Brown Sugar soundtrack with "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)" with Common.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah hit the Top 40 with help from Common with "
Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)."
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 4 weeks and the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 4 weeks with "
Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)."

2003...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Female R&B/Soul Single ("Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)").
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah won a
Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop))" and was also nominated for Best Urban / Alternative Performance and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media ("Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)").

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah won a BET Award for Video of the Year (with Common for "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)").

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah won a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best Solo Single ("Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)") and was also honored with the 2003 Aretha Franklin 'Entertainer of the Year' Award.

September
Erykah Badu - Worldwide Undergroundbutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah released the EP Worldwide Underground.

October
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Worldwide Underground was certified gold.

2004...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards including Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female ("Back In The Day"), Best Urban / Alternative Performance ("Danger"), Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Danger" with J. Poyser, B.R. Smith & R.C. Williams), and Best R&B Album (Worldwide Underground).

2006..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah could be heard on Sergio Mendes' Timeless.

2007..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Urban / Alternative Performance ("That Heat" with Sergio Mendes and Will.i.am).

2008..

February
Erykah Badu - New AmErykah, Pt. One: 4th World Warbutton.gif (123 bytes) Erykah released her next LP New AmErykah, Pt. One: 4th World War.

June
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Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included Mama's Gun at # 64.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Honey" won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction (Erykah and Mr. Roboto), and was nominated for Best Editing (T. David Binns), Best Cinematography (Crash and Karsten Gopinath), and Best Special Effects (X1FX).

2009..

February
Erykah Badu - 'New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh'button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form ("Honey").

2010...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Erykah released
New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh.



LPs
Erykah Badu - Baduizm
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Baduizm
Released: February, 1997
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 2
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Rimshot (Intro)" - "On & On" - "Apple Tree" - "Other Side Of The Game" - "Sometimes (Mix #9)" - "Next Lifetime" - "Afro (Freestyle Skit)" - "Certainly" - "4 Leaf Clover" - "No Love" - "Drama" - "Sometimes" - "Certainly (Flipped It)" - "Rimshot (Outro)"
Erykah Badu - Live
Available for download at iTunes
Live!
Released: November, 1997
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Live Tracks: "Rimshot (Intro)" - "Other Side Of The Game" - "On & On" - "Reprise" - "Apple Tree" - "Ye Yo" - "Searching" - "Boogie Nights / All Night" - "Certainly" - "Stay" - "Next Lifetime (Interlude)" - "Tyrone" - "Next Lifetime" - "Tyrone" (Extended Version)
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
Available for download at iTunes
Mama's Gun
Released: November, 2000
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 11
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Penitentiary Philosophy" - "Didn't Cha Know" - "My Life" - "... & On" - "Cleva" - "Hey Sugah" - "Booty" - "Kiss Me On My Neck" - "A.D. 2000" - "Orange Moon" - "In Love With You" - "Bag Lady" - "Time's A Wastin'" - "Green Eyes"
Erykah Badu - Worldwide Underground
Available for download at iTunes
Worldwide Underground EP
Released: September , 2003
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 3
Tracks: "Intro (World Keeps Turnin')" - "Bump It" - "Back In The Day (Puff)" - "I Want You" - "Woo" - "The Grind" - "Danger" - "Think Twice" - "Love Of My Life Worldwide" - "Outro (World Keeps Turnin')"
Erykah Badu - New AmErykah, Pt. One: 4th World War
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
New AmErykah, Pt. One: 4th World War
Released: February, 2008
Billboard peak: # 2
Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A-
Tracks: "Amerykahn Promise" - "The Healer" - "Me" - "My People" - "Soldier" - "The Cell" - "Twinkle" - "Master Teacher" - "That Hump" - "Telephone" - "Honey"
Erykah Badu - 'New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh
Released: March, 2010
Tracks: "20 Feet Tall" - "Window Seat" - "Agitation" - "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)" - "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long" - "Umm Hmm" - "Love" - "You Loving Me (Session)" - "Fall In Love (Your Funeral)" - "Incense" - "Out Of My Mind, Just In Time"
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POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Tyrone
Live!
28 4 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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2 Bag Lady
Mama's Gun
34 3 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)
[Erykah Badu featuring Common]
Brown Sugar soundtrack
35 2 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 On & On
Baduizm
32 3 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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5 You Got Me
[The Roots featuring Erykah Badu]
The Roots Things Fall Apart
35 2 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Next Lifetime
Baduizm
** ** 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Southern Gul
cd single
** ** 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Danger
Worldwide Underground
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Back In The Day (Puff)
Worldwide Underground
** ** 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Honey
New AmErykah, Pt. One: 4th World War
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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