Where Are They Now? Girl Groups of the Early 2000’s
If you grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s, you were probably obsessed with pop music and all of the boybands that came with that time. Girl groups, however, were a huge part of my musical world growing up. From Dream to All Saints, girl groups brought the sass to class. (Was that lame. Yeah that was lame. I tried). After reminiscing a bit on my BOP! and Tiger Beat days, I got to thinking about where all of my favorite girl groups are now and thanks to Google, we finally have some answers! Get out your flared jeans and bedazzled tank tops!
Back in the day, you either loved the Spice Girls or you were an All Saints boo. I, on the other hand, lived dangerously and worshiped both. I pretty much outplayed their self-titled debut album on cassette, leading to me being fed up with tapes and starting my own CD collection. Hailing from London and Canada, Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and sisters Nicole Appleton and Natalie Appleton were at the forefront of girl group hysteria but sadly never made much of a hit in the US aside from their debut single, “Never Ever.” After breaking up in 2001, the girls reunited for another album in 2006 only to split again shortly after. In 2014, they reunited again to support the Backstreet Boys for five dates across the UK and Ireland. Lewis embarked on a solo career in 2004 while Blatt became a judge and mentor on The X Factor in New Zealand.
Will they reunite? After posting a rather teasing photo on their Twitter on New Year’s Day, it looks as if there might be another reunion in the works this year – something we all thought would ‘never ever’ happen again!
— All Saints (@AllSaintsOffic) January 1, 2016
It was love at first listen with 3LW’s “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” in the fall of 2000. Comprised of Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton, 3LW (initials of “3 Little Women”) brought a hint of spice to pop and R&B, especially with tracks like, “Playas Gon’ Play.” Unfortunately the group disbanded due to conflict between the girls but you might remember Bailon and Williams as a part of Disney’s Cheetah Girls franchise. Bailon is now an actress/singer and TV personality on The Real talk show, Williams continues to pursue music and Naughton has been pursing acting – you might remember her from films such as Fame, Notorious, and the Lifetime television drama, The Client List.
Will they reunite? We’re guessing a reunion won’t be in the works for these ladies as I’m sure they’ve uttered, “No more,” one too many times.
PYT (Down With Me) was pretty much the pop album of the summer for me back in 2001. Hailing from Tampa, FL, Lauren Mayhew, Tracy Williams, Ashley Niven and Lydia Bell were probably the most underrated girl group of the late 90’s-early 2000’s. The acronym for “Prove Yourself True,” PYT killed it with singles like “Same Ol’ Same Ol’” – one version of a remix even featuring a sample of Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg’s “The Next Episode” featuring up-and-coming female rapper at the time, Sarai. Oh, and those girls hanging with Mandy Moore in her “Candy” video? That would be them! The group disbanded in 2002 over an argument over their contract with Sony. Since then, news on the girls’ whereabouts has been a mystery, except for Mayhew who you might remember from the 2004 Hilary Duff film, Raise Your Voice and American Pie: Band Camp.
Will they reunite? Probs not but ‘a girl can dream!’
Oh my gosh I cannot even begin to tell you how obsessed my friends and I were with Dream! Diddy’s girl group pre-Danity Kane, Dream was everything a girl group should be about, making their name justifiably perfect. Comprised of Holly Arnstein (now Restani), Diana Ortiz, Melissa Schuman and Ashley Poole, the girls who brought you hits like “He Loves U Not” and “This Is Me” are still tight to this day.
Will they reunite? There’s even been a ton of speculation over whether or not the girls will be reuniting but after releasing a cover of the Christmas classic, “O Holy Night,” this past holiday, the rumors have turned out to be a dream come true! In an exclusive with E! Online, the girls confirmed there will be new music coming in 2016! Keep up to date on their official Facebook page here!
Who were your favorite girl groups of the early 2000’s?