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All Saints was a British-Canadian pop group consisting of only ladies, who achieved significant commercial success in the 1990s. The group consists of the founderMelanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis, and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton. After a successful period of about 5 years, the band in 2001 after many conflicts apart. However in 2006 announced the members to back together to have come for a whole new album.

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[hide]*1 early days

Starting Period[Edit]Edit

Both Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis started their career as backing singers as at ZTT Recording Studios in the All Saints Road to London. In 1993 decided Mel and were signed to ztt records should become a group. Not much later, Simone Rainford joined the two girls. According to Simone had the girls thought the name Spice , but they eventually found itself that that name was not good enough. After this it was decided to the band the name All Saints 1.9.7.5. to give, a reference to the street where Shaznay and Melanie had met each other. 1.9.7.5. was another reference to their year of birth. Performed In 1994 for the first time in public during the Notting Hill Carnival. The highlight of the band was during the Smash Hits Tour of 1995 where they first received a glimpse of celebrity and along with BoyzonePeter André and the Backstreet Boysperformed. The song appeared in 1994 as the first single Silver Shadow but due to few airplay flopped it mercilessly. The musical differences between the girls made sure in the long run for that in the summer of 1995 Rainford left.

Shaznay Lewis and Melanie decided to try it as a duo in the music world. That same year he released the single If You Wanna Party (I Found Lovin') but also this knew-like previous single not to reach the charts. ZTT Records decided to not go below to go with the duo. However Melanie and Shaznay wanted to continue and even went looking for a replacement for Simone. After several auditions, Melanie Melanie's father met Nicole Appleton, who knew from her school years at Sylvia Young Theatre School. It was made for the group that Nicole Shaznay excited. Natalie was at first hesitant to join them, since they had brought Rachel in the world two years earlier and she wanted to abandon her, however her parents decided to help in the education of the baby and to give her the opportunity to start a career. Thus was established in May 1996, the four girls met Karl Gordon-a former member of "Outlaw Posse"-with whom she had a demo recordings for I Know Where it's At. The next task was to find a record label, however most record labels wanted to reshape them in a Spice Girls equivalent. Fortunately the demo go to London Records where John Benson made the deal in november 1996.

First success[Edit]Edit

In 1997 I Know Where it's At, stormed their debut single as a Quartet, to number 4 in the UK singles chart and was extremely successful, however it was the next single, Never Ever (november 1997) that All Saints launched as pop stars and of which more than one million copies were sold in the United Kingdom. According to Ger Tait is a reason for the success of Never Ever that it is based on the music of Amazing Grace and even though the text is completely different, the unconsciously recognized. [1it was also released in november the debut album, simply titled All Saints with them. Right away there were in England as early as the first week of a half million units sold. Outside the UK the album was released in January 1998. The band flew halfway around the world over for promotion at radio and television stations. In February took place the presentation of the annual Brit Awards. All Saints ran the chance to two prizes to be won. The band was nominated in the category of Best Video and Best Single and knew the nominations into Awards. They were finally taken seriously by the British media as girl band.

In april appeared a new single from the band with A double A-side: Under The Bridge/Lady Marmalade. All Saints knew again the first place in the British charts, and also outside of their home country did this single well. The summer months of this year were mainly devoted to promotion in America. With All Saints Never Ever scored a hit in the American charts, by finishing at no. 4. The next single in Europe was-slightly sex-oriented- Bootie Call that in England the third number-one single for the band meant. Melanie stopped temporarily In the autumn with All Saints, as she was expecting her first child. The remaining members went all trio further. So they did promotion for the new single War Of Nerves, which in England still no. 7 in the charts, but beyond don't really start. All Saints had a number of nominations received by the MTV Europe Music Awards, and knew there (only) one to cash: those for Best breakthrough Act.

Comeback[Edit]Edit

All Saints 1999 started with an extensive successful tour by England. Plans were also made for a new album. Melanie-now gave birth to a daughter-returned back to the band, a did so also competed in the tour.Nicole, Natalie and Melanie also decided this year to focus on a new challenge: acting. Dave Stewart (frontman of The Eurythmics had the 3 girls approached to participate in the film Honest that he himself would direct. While Mel, Nic and Nat were working with film recordings, filled Shaz her time writing new songs. So she came in contact with William Orbit in mid-' 99, a successful producer who in 1998 with Madonna on the album Ray Of Light had worked. Honest was not a success. The band went back into the studio in the autumn in order to work on new songs. The first new material appeared in January 2000. The song Pure Shoreswas the fourth number one hit in England for All Saints and also connected with the American feature film The Beach. The song was included In 2013 in the video game Grand theft auto V as one of the hits on the ingame radio. The girls were all Over the world again at the top. Next, the weather for a moment around the band, but in October the band returned back with a new single called Black Coffee. Again a number 1 in England and throughout the world again very successful. The long-awaited second album Saints & Sinners appeared in the same period. The band ended the year well by winning a 2nd MTV Europe Music Award.This time for Best Pop.

End of the Group[Edit]Edit

Meanwhile, there were some difficulties arise in the band. The media feasted, and increasingly announced that All Saints would go apart. Nicole and Natalie would ever tangled with Shaznay and Melanie. In late February, early March 2001 announced Shaz, Mel, Nic and wet the end of All Saints as group. Plans for their first world tour were therefore a thing of the past. Their latest single All Hooked Up took out around that time no. 7 in England. After the break-up the ladies went their separate ways. Natalie and Nicole Appleton made an album under the name but had little success with it. As well as Melanie and Shaznay Lewis, both of whom started a solo career, but could not surpass the success of All Saints.

Reunion[Edit]Edit

On 30 september 2005 the group members were photographed while they are laughing all the London Ivy left, so the feud appeared to be settled. Several times, the media indicated that All Saints had picked up the thread as a band again. However, these messages were never confirmed the members themselves. Until 2006, when it became known that the girls had signed a new record deal with Parlophone Records, part of EMI Music. 6 november 2006, the day when All Saints as band made her comeback with the appearance of the single Rock Steady. It holds no. 3 in England which was proven that best-before date of the band was still far from being passed. The new album Studio 1 (the title is a reference to the studio where the girls first met since their break in 2001) appeared on 13 november. Although it is in the British album list disappointing came on no. 40 and in the weeks that followed just sank, remained Rock Steady though long in the singles list. For February 2007 the new single Chick Fit planned. Eventually, the song was only offered for sale on the internet, making it not reached the charts. At the end of March it was announced that record label Parlophone the All Saints has dumped due to the disappointing sales results. The band gave to the courage not to give up and wanted to record an album with each other again. Finding a record label was not easier. Meanwhile, Melanie Blatt announced that All Saints never will come together as a band. The singer wants to focus on a career in the television world. What the other members are going to do is not known.

Discography[Edit]Edit

Albums[Edit]Edit

Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
All Saints 24-11-1997 7-2-1998 8 55
The Remix Album 29-12-1998 - Remix album
Saints & Sinners 14-10-2000 21-10-2000 16 10
All Hits 5-11-2001 - Compilation album
Studio 1 > 13-11-2006

Singles[Edit]Edit

Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Silver Shadow 2-1995 not in NL as All Saints 1.9.7.5.
Let's Get Started 4-1995 not in NL as All Saints 1.9.7.5.
If You Wanna Party 25-9-1995 not in NL as All Saints 1.9.7.5.
I Know Where it's At 18-8-1997 27-9-1997 33 3
Never Ever 10-11-1997 20-12-1997 4 19
Under The Bridge/Lady Marmalade 27-4-1998 9-5-1998 12 6
Bootie Call 31-8-1998 19-9-1998 5 9
War Of Nerves 23-11-1998 tip
Pure Shores 26-2-2000 12-2-2000 9 10 Soundtrack The Beach
Black Coffee 14-10-2000 7-10-2000 9 7
All Hooked Up 27-1-2001 tip
TwentyFourSeven 17-9-2001 - The Artful Dodger with Melanie Blatt[2]
Rock Steady 6-11-2006 25-11-2006 38 3
Chick Fit 2-2007 not in NL


Single (s) with chart positions

in the Flemish Ultratop 50

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Rock Steady 6-11-2006 25-11-2006 42 3

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