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January 21, 2010

Dru Hill reunites, plans new album, reality TV show and tour

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Baltimore R&B sensation Dru Hill has reunited, officials announced today.

After an eight-year hiatus from recording, the multi-platinum group has inked a deal with label Kedar Entertainment, and plans to release an album, "InDRUPendence," on April 13, followed by an international tour and a role in the reality TV show "Sweat's Platinum House."

Their first new single, "Love M.D.," hits radio Jan. 26, according to publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

"It's going to be big," Quinn said. "It's going to be huge." ...

Noticeably absent from this incarnation of Dru Hill is original member Woody, who began working on gospel music after the group split. Woody briefly rejoined Dru Hill in 2008 for a tour, but quit during a live interview with 92Q.

Woody has been replaced by a new singer Tao, who won a contest to become a member of the group.

"(Woody) decided he didn't want to do it," Quinn said.

"InDRUPendence" will be Dru Hill's fourth studio album. Their first three spawned seven Top 40 hits, including "Never Make a Promise," "In My Bed" and "How Deep Is Your Love."

In 1999, Dru Hill member Sisqo released the smash hit album "Unleash the Dragon." He currently appears in the British TV show "Celebrity Big Brother."

(Photo courtesy of Dru Hill's Web site)


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:26 AM | | Comments (10)
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Thanks, Sam. Now the Thong Song's stuck in my head.

Thong, tha-thong, thong, thong

I'm aging myself here, but I remember seeing them at the fudge place at the harbor. My friends and I were just walking by and saw like a 100 people standing in front of the shop. We stopped to see what was going on and those guys put on the greatest show. I seem to remember they werent just great singers, but had a sense of humor too. They had the crowd laughing between songs. I forgot about them until years later when I read somewhere that Dru Hill were those guys who used to work at the Fudgery. It was a funny story to tell my friends when I lived out of state.

BC - I was thinking the same thing - haha.

Not a huge fan of their music, but let's all hope the "reality show" is as good as this radio interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4toUG-tZItU

Makes sense. Money's been tight for Sisqo as of late... as have some other things.

"R&B singer Sisqo has been ordered to pay monthly support for a child he had with a 14 year old fan" -

http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2010/01/11/12414556-wenn-story.html

Anybody appearing on a celebrity reality show in another country is definitely in need of funds. The best part? I was in London last week and the gossip rags in the tube just glossed over him and blabbed about the other contestants.

Who's Tao? What happened to Scola??

It's funny...my uncle always asks "What ever happened to Dru Hill? Those brothas could sing." Now I can tell him that they're making their comeback. Good for them. They are an extremely talented group. I look forward to hearing their new material.

Great story on Dru Hill: http://www.soulsummer.com/generation-soul-can-dru-hill-revive-the-vocal-group-2/all/1

dru hill are unique,i love them,at 60,i am a forever fan,i called radio ect.to find out whasto them sense up?i play intruments and sing,i love their sound and my husband has been into them sense beginning.bravo

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