Throwback to 1992 when En Vogue released their album “Funky Divas.” The albums’ first two tracks “My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It) and "Giving Him Something He Can Feel” both made top ten pop and peaked at No. 1 on the R&B charts.
We’re back a little later this week but with a great episode to get you through this Good Friday that we hope you all will enjoy.
In this week’s episode we talk about last week’s hot topics (sorry about that) but the focus is on an ask we got from one of our loyal listeners regarding the 15 year anniversary of the passing of the late great Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes as we all our memories of TLC as a group and who else we choose as our favorite 90s girl groups, so pull up an earbud and take a listen because their are a few hidden gems on our lists.
Sister Sledge perform Lost In Music on the Dutch television show Toppop (1979). The song was written and produced by Nile Rodgers (guitar) and Bernard Edwards (bass) from the band Chic.
Lost In Music, from the hit album We Are Family (1979), is arguably the very best song Sister Sledge ever recorded. Its lead vocals are sung by ever glamourous Joni Sledge (Philadelphia, PA, 13 September 1956), and they are some of the finest, if not the absolute finest vocals of her career. Her infectious ‘Tadadada tada tada tada da da…’ at 3:22 is legendary already.
The beautiful Joni Sledge died from yet unknown causes on 10 March 2017 in her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She was sixty years old.
Guys, it is important that you understand, this is all part of the bigger plan. Lauren, Dinah, Normani, and Ally did not write those statements. Management wrote those statements, signed the girls’ names to it, and sent them out over their SM accounts. Camila wrote some of the statement released on hers, but not all of it. She put in the personal touches, but I imagine Roger wrote the rest.
It’s also important that you realize, no matter what they put out there, Camila was not kicked out by the group, nor did she choose now to leave. The timing was chosen for her. She was always going to be the first to leave. That was part of Simon’s plan from the very start. They just had to wait for certain things to happen, before they could start fully implementing the plan.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m almost certain Simon built 5H around Lauren and Camila. They told Camila from the start they wanted her to concentrate on Pop Music. That’s why the basically made her the “stand-out” of a female Pop Group. When the group finally breaks big in the Pop scene, you break your pop star out of the group.
The other four girls, especially Lauren, can’t stand Pop, or the Genre as a whole. Once you break your pop star free, you can concentrate on making other types of music. The girls/LAND, and the fans, have been begging Epic to let the girls do R&B for a while, now. Their vocal styles all match R&B much better.
The Labels did not want Camila to be involved in much R&B, they want her to concentrate on Pop. Without Camila, they can now revamp 5H/4H, to a more soulful R&B group. That’s why Camila is no longer a member of 5H, and is now concentrating on her solo career. It was time for her to do so. It was all part of the plan.
The next step in the plan, is to make Lauren and her husky lower register, the focus of the next album. Why? Because Lauren was Simon Cowell’s chosen “it girl”, all along. They knew they were going to use Camila all along, as the “bad guy”, when the transition time came. They needed to preserve Lauren’s image to continue building her brand.
That’s also why they have gone above and beyond, to kill Camren. No one would believe the narrative they are trying to sell us now, if Camren were real. No one would believe that Camila would just betray Lauren like that, and no one would believe that Lauren would take part in a statement that was basically calling Camila a backstabbing bitch, if Camren was real. (The sun must take it’s leave, for the moon to shine it’s brightest)
No one seemed to notice, the two songs they spent the most money and time promoting, were the two most successful songs of 5H’s career. “Worth It” and “Work From Home”. Back to back releases I might add. “Worth It’ was the last single released from their Reflection album, and it was Camila centric. "Work From Home” was the first release of their 7/27 album, and it was Lauren centric.
When ‘Worth It" hit it big, like they knew it would, it was time to start distancing Camila from the group, and start building her solo brand. That’s why we got IKWYDLS, and later on, BT. To promote her potential as a successful solo artist away from the group.
In December of 2015, is when the wheels began falling off the bus for the group we all fell in love with. The success of IKWYDLS was all Simon needed to know, to put his plan into full go mode. Part of that plan was to create tension within the group and make it appear Camila was absolutely miserable. It worked. Everyone fell for it.
December 2015, is also when they hired Dina LaPolt. They knew then they were going to break Camila free of the group, and they hired a good Attorney to handle the legal side of things. Sometime between April and June of 2015, Roger Gold was hired to be Camila’s solo manager, and to handle the legal side of things for her.
Dina was hired to represent Fifth Harmony, the group, and the Brand. I don’t think the girls have enough money to hire someone like her, on their own, so I think she was probably hired by Simon Cowell. Like I said, I believe she was hired to handle the legal issues, and to lay the ground work for Camila’s exit from 5H. Her and Roger probably worked together on some of it.
Yesterday, I found out that the girls now own the brand Fifth Harmony, Fourth Harmony, and H4RMONY. Apparently Simon Cowell sold the Brand to Lauren, an actual partner of the Brand, for 10$, plus other considerations. Now, Simon Cowell is a business man, and I don’t think for one second he gave up all his rights to the Brand he created. I think that’s why he probably hired Dina to represent the Brand and the girls. The “other considerations” probably had to do with his side of the deal.
The trademark stuff should be opening everyone’s eyes to something much more important than it really is. It proves to me, and should prove to everyone else, this stupid fucked up narrative they are trying to sell us, is a huge load of CRAP. It tell me, that everyone knew, all the way back on April 11, 2016, that Camila wasn’t going to be a part of 5H anymore. EVERYONE KNEW BEFORE 7/27 WAS EVEN RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why would the girls try and convince Camila to remain part of a group, she was no longer a Trademarked partner of. The Trademark was sold to the partnership of Lauren, Dinah, Normani, and Ally. Camila was no longer a listed partner at that time. THAT WAS IN APRIL BEFORE 7/27 CAME OUT, AND BEFORE THE 7/27 TOUR.
That’s why we didn’t see Camila in the Ads 5H was associated with. That’s why we didn’t see Camila wearing any of the 5H merchandise. That’s why we didn’t see Camila promoting 5H on her social media. She did the whole damn tour with them, and she wasn’t even a partner of theirs. SHE DIDN’T GET TO PROFIT OFF OF THE 5H BRAND THE WHOLE 7/27 TOUR CYCLE, YET SHE’S CONSIDERED BY SO MANY AS A FUCKING SNAKE. REALLY!!!!!!!! Camila’s contract wasn’t up like they keep telling us. It was all part of the fucking plan.
So, what is this 5 year plan, and why does Simon Cowell keep manufacturing these groups of potential solo artists on his talent shows? It’s actually a brilliant business plan.
It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 years, sometimes more, to break a solo artist into the mainstream. It takes a lot of time and a shit load of money, to market and promote a single person into a successful solo artist. Simon created a method to promote and market 5 potential solo artists, and break them all into the mainstream, at the same damn time. I can’t stand the SOB, but he is brilliant.
It sucks for us fans, who fall in love with the group, but it’s a great business plan. He takes these young talents, locks them into long term contracts, through his talent shows, and when he feels the time is right, he begins breaking up the group. He doesn’t break them up completely, though. Hell, he still hasn’t dissolved 1D, yet.
When the time was right, they broke Camila loose of the group, and will hopefully have a successful solo career, and they still have a successful Girl Group. Epic/Syco will not only be making money off of 5H/4H, they will now be making money off of Camila Cabello, the solo artist. They locked her into a long term contract, and they did the same with Lauren. But, like I said, she is the original “it girl” and it wasn’t her time, yet. It will come, though. Now they get to build up her solo image and brand. We get to watch it all over again!