Even Nina knows that the competition is smokin’ hot right now, as we descend upon the SOUTH SEMIFINALS. Another incredible voting day yesterday as the ladies from the EAST strutted their stuff (you can still vote HERE).
Now, we’re headed down I-85 to the NINA SIMONE DIVISION to find out if India.Arie and Ledisi can keep their rankings against Angie Stone and Monica, respectively.
It’s a battle. It’s madness. MARCH MADNESS! In honor of Women’s History Month.
Time for some action…
Home: Denver, Colorado/Atlanta, Georgia
Ranking: #1, SOUTH
First Round Results: Defeated #8 Maysa
Background Zingers: Testimony, Vol. 2: Love & Politics is Arie’s fourth studio album, debuting at #3 on the Billboard charts. Arie says that this album is “exactly what I wanted to do” and that she was “being more myself than people have ever heard me be before.”
“Chocolate High (feat. Musiq Soulchild)” India.Arie
Testimony, Vol. 2: Love & Politics
(2009, Universal Republic Records)
Home: Columbia, South Carolina
Ranking: #4, SOUTH
First Round Results: Defeated #5 Toni Braxton
Background Zingers: Black Diamond is the debut album for Stone, released in September of 1999. The song “Everyday” was co-written by D’Angelo and the album featured producer credits from Lenny Kravitz and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
“Everyday (feat. D’Angelo)” Angie Stone
(1999, Arista Records)
Home: New Orleans, Louisiana
Ranking: #2, SOUTH
First Round Results: Defeated #7 Fantasia
Background Zingers: Turn Me Loose is the fourth studio album from Ledisi, and debuted at #14 on the Billboard charts when it was released in August of 2009. “Goin’ Thru Changes” was the disc’s official first single, peaking at #43 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop charts.
“Goin’ Thru Changes” Ledisi
Turn Me Loose
(2009, Verve Records)
Home: Atlanta, Georgia
Ranking: #3, SOUTH
First Round Results: Defeated #6 Yahzarah
Background Zingers: Miss Thang was Monica’s debut album, produced primarily by Dallas Austin. The song “Why I Love You So Much” was the fourth single released from the album, and peaked at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
“Why I Love You So Much” Monica
(1995, Rowdy Records)