Allure (3)

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New York-based R&B girl group that formed in the early 1990s as a quartet, now a trio. Original members were Alia Davis, Linnie Belcher, Lalisha McLean and Akissa Mendez.

Allure got their chance when they met Poke of the Trackmasters production team, who gave them an audition in 1996. He was impressed and signed the girls to Trackmasters bestowing them with their name, Allure. It was through his help that the girls were able to become the first group signed to Mariah Carey's Crave Records under the name of Allure.

They released their debut self-titled album in 1997. The album featured the gold-selling single "Head Over Heels" (featuring Nas) (US #35), "No Question" (featuring LL Cool J), "All Cried Out" (featuring 112), a Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam cover and their biggest hit to date (US #4), and "Last Chance".

After being released from Mariah Carey's label, Allure signed with MCA Records in 2000, eventually issuing their second album, Sunny Days, in 2001. The album yielded two singles: "Enjoy Yourself" and "Kool Wit Me". Soon after, member Linnie Belcher left the group, and they signed with NBA player Ron Artest's newly formed label, Tru Warier Records, distributed by Lightyear Entertainment.

In 2002, they appeared in the Tom Jones' Mr. Jones album, in the song "The Letter". The album was produced by Wyclef Jean, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis and Jones himself.

Late 2004 saw the release of their third album, Chapter III, in reference to their lineup change and being their third album. It went unnoticed by the general public, although it did receive considerable press due to Ron Artest's suspension from the NBA that year. Two singles were released as well, 2004's "Uh Oh" featuring reggae artist Elephant Man, and 2005's "I Think I'm In Love" featuring rapper Joe Budden. The album was subsequently released in the UK the following year, featuring a new track ("You Are The Man") as well as a remix of the single "Hate 2 Luv U".

In 2010, the group released an EP titled "Patiently Waiting" followed by a full-length album, "Time's Up". Both were released as digital releases (iTunes, Amazon.com MP3), although "Time's Up" received a limited CD release.
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Albums

487524 4, CRA 487524 Allure (3) - Allure album art Allure (3) Allure (Album) Crave, Track Masters 487524 4, CRA 487524 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
UICC-1025 Allure (3) - Sunny Days album art Allure (3) Sunny Days (Album) MCA Records UICC-1025 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VICP-62957 Allure (3) - Chapter III album art Allure (3) Chapter III (Album) Lightyear Entertainment VICP-62957 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
8 59701 43345 3 Allure (3) - Time's Up album art Allure (3) Time's Up(CD, Album) Not On Label 8 59701 43345 3 US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Allure (3) - Give You All I Got album art Allure (3) Give You All I Got (Single) Crave none 1997 Sell This Version
664833 2 Allure (3) - All Cried Out album art Allure (3) All Cried Out (Maxi, Single) Crave, Crave, Track Masters 664833 2 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
HAS 9280 Allure (3) - Head Over Heels album art Allure (3) Featuring Nas Allure (3) Featuring Nas - Head Over Heels (Maxi, Single) Crave, Track Masters HAS 9280 US 1996 Sell This Version
HAS 0805 Allure (3) - When You Need Someone album art Allure (3) When You Need Someone(12", Promo) Crave, Track Masters HAS 0805 US 1997 Sell This Version
WP002LP Allure (3) - Spanish Fly album art Negrow League featuring Allure (3) Negrow League featuring Allure (3) - Spanish Fly Wireless Records WP002LP 1998 Sell This Version
HSK 3830 Allure (3) - Last Chance album art Allure (3) Last Chance (Single, Maxi) Crave HSK 3830 US 1997 Sell This Version
HAS 0865 Allure (3) - No Question album art Allure (3) No Question (Single) Crave, Crave, Track Masters HAS 0865 US 1997 Sell This Version
CSK 42469 Allure (3) - You're The Only One For Me album art Allure (3) You're The Only One For Me(CD, Single, Promo) Columbia, Sony Music Soundtrax CSK 42469 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCAR 25569-2 Allure (3) - Kool Wit Me album art Allure (3) Kool Wit Me (Single) MCA Records MCAR 25569-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
none Allure (3) - Enjoy Yourself album art Allure (3) Enjoy Yourself (Single, Maxi) MCA Records none US 2001 Sell This Version
FB-20042 Allure (3) - (Were Back) album art Allure (3) (Were Back)(12") Fully-Blown Recordings FB-20042 US 2003 Sell This Version
PR505130 Allure (3) - I Think I'm In Love album art Allure (3) I Think I'm In Love (Single) Tru Warier Records PR505130 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Allure (3) - I Don't Wanna Know (Remix) album art Allure (3) I Don't Wanna Know (Remix) Fully-Blown Recordings none US 2004 Sell This Version
UC026 Allure (3) - Head Over Heels / All Cried Out album art Allure (3) Head Over Heels / All Cried Out(12") Epic UC026 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
FB-20041 Allure (3) - Don't Stop album art F. B. Feat. Allure (3) F. B. Feat. Allure (3) - Don't Stop(12") Fully-Blown Recordings FB-20041 US 2004 Sell This Version
NICE037 Allure (3) - Hate 2 Luv U / Uh Oh album art Allure (3) Feat. Elephant Man Allure (3) Feat. Elephant Man - Hate 2 Luv U / Uh Oh (Single) Nice Tunes Ltd. NICE037 UK 2005 Sell This Version
PRCD505141 Allure (3) - Frustrated album art Allure (3) Frustrated(CD, Single, Promo) Tru Warier Records PRCD505141 US 2005 Sell This Version
FB20052 Allure (3) - Ill Do / Hot Boyz album art Allure (3) Ill Do / Hot Boyz(12") Fully-Blown Recordings FB20052 US 2005 Sell This Version
PR505142 Allure (3) - Hate 2 Luv U / I Think I'm In Love album art Allure (3) Hate 2 Luv U / I Think I'm In Love(12", Promo) Tru Warier Records PR505142 US 2005 Sell This Version
49-3267 Allure (3) - Allure album art Allure (3) Allure(12", Promo, Smplr) Not On Label 49-3267 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Trackmasters Featuring Allure (3), Nas, The Firm (6) Trackmasters Featuring Allure (3), Nas, The Firm (6) - How Can I Be Down Sampler 1996(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Sony Music Entertainment Inc. none US 1996 Sell This Version

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December 31, 2018
Allure had so much potential when debuted in 1997 but never stuck to one label or I guess the labels dropped them. They were probably overshadowed by other R&B acts such Destiny's child that came out at the same time but Allure had her own sound. Didn't help out that by the second album one member left. I will always love "Head over heels", such good beat and vocals.

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