En Vogue - Hold On

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Postby Pawlu84 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:04 am

''Hold On" is a song by American girl group En Vogue. It was released in early 1990 as the lead single from their debut album Born to Sing (1990).

Following its release, the single peaked to #1 one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles, #2 on Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on Billboards Hot Dance chart. "Hold On" was also a huge hit in several countries, reaching the top five or top 10; #5 in the UK, #5 in New Zealand, #6 in Germany, #10 in the Netherlands, and #12 in Austria.

In 1990, the single became one of the biggest hits in the US and overseas. "Hold On" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1990 as the top R&B hit, and as the No. 8 pop hit on the Billboard Year-End chart.

My favourite En Vogue single, even though I think many prefer Don't let go (love) (their biggest hit) over this.

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Postby GetBack » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:20 pm

I'm so sad they don't get enough recognition! Love how they changed the 1990s! :cry: :cry:
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Postby Pawlu84 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:27 pm

GetBack wrote:I'm so sad they don't get enough recognition! Love how they changed the 1990s! :cry: :cry:
+1 all their singles are flawless.
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Postby Gravity » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:44 pm

I'm surprised that Hold On did so well in Europe. It's a great song. Don't Let Go will always be my favorite though.
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Postby Pawlu84 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:24 pm

Gravity wrote:I'm surprised that Hold On did so well in Europe. It's a great song. Don't Let Go will always be my favorite though.
Because it's a great track :D
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Postby TheRealest » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:41 pm

Their best single. A true classic.
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Postby thebigham » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:33 pm

I rediscovered this last year!! LOVE it.
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Postby TIfan » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:39 pm

The song that started the 90s Girl Group trend
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Postby Goldmoney » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:43 am

Love it! Aesthetically, I don’t think they’ve ever sounded this ghetto again until “Whatever” (unless you count “Whatta Man”).
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Postby RayRay » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:18 pm

Such an amazing intro.

Favorite song is My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) though.
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Postby GetBack » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:03 pm

How they dance to this especially with the fierce intro is everything! 8-) 8-) 8-)

They were basically the template of 80% of the nineties R&B girl groups!

Iconic sisters! :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby Controlfreak » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:57 pm

Classic.
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Postby Goldmoney » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:48 am

This is a low-key hoodrat mess. :lol:
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Postby thebigham » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:12 pm

Actor Djimon Honsou is in the video.
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Postby RayRay » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:35 pm

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En Vogue Gives An Oral History Of Their First Hit Single 'Hold On'

When “Hold On” hit the airwaves in the winter of 1990, it sounded like nothing else on the radio.

The classic that began with four twenty-something singers, harmonizing the hell out of that Smokey Robinson-penned Motown classic, “Who’s Lovin You,” ended with a funky hip-hop baseline, and Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and former members of En Vogue, Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson, warning women to hold on just a little bit longer to their lovers.

Ellis and Herron recently told ESSENCE that the foursome recorded their first hit back in 1989 in a Richmond, California studio. It was the stomping grounds of R&B producing duo Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, who formed the R&B girl group after holding auditions.

“So we went to the auditions,” Herron recalled over an early dinner inside the Eventi Hotel in New York City.

Ellis chimed in, adding that the two “showed up on the same day,” after a mutual friend told them both about the audition.

“The day that we went, it was the four of us that showed up on the same day,” Herron said, referring to the four original members of En Vogue. “And one other girl.”

But that fifth nameless singer didn’t make the cut. And although Foster & McElroy only wanted to sign a trio, Ellis said that after they heard the foursome sing, it changed their minds.

The producers quickly moved the young ladies to Oakland. But they didn’t just want them to sing; they wanted to know if they had something to say, or write. Ellis called their curiosity uncommon in the music industry back then.

“Our producers gave us the opportunity to write, which was kind of rare back then,” she said with a laugh. “But they really, really respected us as women and they felt like we should convey our thoughts and our feelings and where we were in our lives.”

“So we sat down and we had a writing session,” Ellis, now 55, continued, “and I just remembered thinking, ‘Ooh, my writing skills are…’ But anyway, it was fun because we were silly in the session the whole way. I don’t even know how we got anything done. I really don’t.”

Herron, now 57 years old, added with a lift in her voice, “Oh let me tell you, if one person started having a giggling fit, it would get contagious. And it would go to the next person, and then when we finally recovered, the next person would break down and start giggling and we would get fussed at — mostly by Denny.”

Ellis laughed at the thought before trying to do an impression of Foster. “‘You gotta stop playing!'” she mimicked, lovingly.

En Vogue said the laughter was a result of just being comfortable enough to talk about what women always talked about — even when men didn’t care to listen. The then-foursome (as now the musical group is a trio, with Rhona Bennett) would go on to write about maneuvering around those tricky parts of love — deciding whether to give a man his space or hold on.

“We were always in a safe environment writing-wise,” Herron remembered. “We felt comfortable enough to make mistakes. It was okay. It was accepted…”

“…To be vulnerable,” Ellis said, completing her sentence, “and you have to be that to write.”

The two credit Foster & McElroy with the idea to add an a capella version of “Who’s Lovin’ You” to the beginning of the song. It’s a move the label, Atlantic, absolutely hated. In fact, Herron told ESSENCE that the label didn’t care for the song altogether.

“They said, ‘That’s not a radio hit. That’s not a radio song,'” she said. “And maybe it was because of the a capella beginning, but our producers fought to get that song released. They really had to go to battle with our label because they were so sure that it was not a radio hit.”

So the Oakland-bred producing duo forced the label’s hand.

Although the label finally agreed to release “Hold On” as the group’s first single, they said they’d only do it under one condition — without the a cappella intro. Still, Foster & McElroy gave program directors at radio stations the full and complete version we all know and love.

It not only created a demand, but helped create En Vogue’s distinct legacy in music.
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