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Adrienne Eliza Bailon (born October 24, 1983) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, dancer, and television personality. She was a member of former girl groups 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, and is also known for her roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name and latter sequels which brought the group to prominence. She is currently a solo artist via Island Def Jam, as well as hosts afternoon programming and other events for MTV.

3LW (1999–2007)

In 1999, Bailon was singing in a church choir which caught the attention of popstar Ricky Martin. Martin asked for the best four singers, and Bailon was among those chosen.[3] After this success, Bailon auditioned to join a girl group, which became 3LW.

Along with Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton, the group signed to Epic Records and released their debut album of the same name in late 2000, which had moderate success in the U.S. Their debut single "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)", peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with Playas Gon' Play which was favorable among fans but didn't share the same success of No More (Baby I'ma Do Right). The album peaked at #29 on the charts was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 1.3 million copies in the U.S.

The group soon began work on a second album, "Same Game, Different Rules", and the lead single, "Never Let Go" was sent to radios, however the entire album soon leaked to the internet, and Epic Records considered dropping them. Fans however led a protest, "Never Let Go of 3LW", and the act was retained. After many arguments, Naturi Naughton left the group, right before their official second album, "A Girl Can Mack" was released. The album was considered "racier" than their previous effort and dealt with negative publicity due to the departure of Naturi.

As a duo, which the tabloids nicknamed, "2LW", Adrienne and Kiely released a holiday album, "Naughty or Nice". The duo also scored a film together in Disney's "The Cheetah Girls". They shot the film the winter of 2002. After filming, Jessica Benson replaced Naturi in early 2003 and they began work on a third album, "Phoenix Rising". In 2004, they were dropped from Epic and signed to Sony and So So Def Records. Adrienne & Kiely went on to shoot two more Cheetah Girl films, as well as sign a record deal as a musical group with Sabrina Bryan.

In 2005, Sony released a compilation album, "Neva Get Enuf", before dropping them,[4] and in 2006 "Phoenix Rising" was renamed "Point of No Return" with its lead single, "Feelin' You" ft. Jermaine Dupri being released. The album however was delayed and later scrapped, and the group was dropped from So So Def Records in 2007. They disbanded that same year.

The Cheetah Girls (2005–2009)

Bailon at The Magnificent Mile 2008 Lights Festival

Bailon (left) performing with Sabrina Bryan (middle) and Kiely Williams (right) on their One World tour.In the fall of 2002, Bailon along with Williams were cast in the Disney channel original movie The Cheetah Girls with Sabrina Bryan and Raven-Symoné. The movie was released in August 2003 and was a ratings success. The Cheetah Girls soundtrack debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.[5]

Bailon had a supporting role on Disney Channel's That's So Raven which she played Alana. In 2005, she starred in Coach Carter. Walt Disney Records soon created a real-life girl group, composed of Adrienne, Kiely, and Sabrina Bryan. Raven-Symone was offered a spot in the group but declined to focus on her solo career and That's So Raven. Their holiday album, "Cheetah-licious Christmas" was released that year, and they soon left Walt Disney and signed to Hollywood Records in 2006. Bailon then starred in the MTV film All You've Got, along with R&B singer Ciara. The movie was released to DVD on May 2006 and premiered on MTV.

The group later returned to film the sequel The Cheetah Girls 2. The movie premiered on August 25, 2006 and brought a total of 8.1 million viewers, becoming the highest rated Disney Channel original movie and beating the premieres of High School Musical films. The soundtrack to the movie released on August 15, 2006 and debuted at #5 on the charts and was certified platinum by the end of the year.[6] The soundtrack had hit singles like The Party's Just Begun, and Strut which peaked at #85 and #53 on the Hot 100. The Cheetah Girls began work on their debut album in January 2006. However, when filming and recording for The Cheetah Girls 2 came up, the album was put on hold. "We'll be making a real album, not a soundtrack", Bailon said. Their debut album TCG was released on September 25, 2007 and featured the single "Fuego", which charted on Hot Dance Club Play's chart and had its video played in heavy rotation on Disney Channel and MTV Tr3s.

In 2008, the group filmed the The Cheetah Girls: One World; the film was the only film to not feature Raven-Symoné. The movie premiered on Disney Channel on August 22, 2008 and was in summer's top movies and ranked #2. The soundtrack to the movie peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200. Bailon recorded two solo tracks for The Cheetah Girls: One World, "What If" and "Stand Up".

In November 2008, Williams, in an interview with In Touch Weekly magazine, stated that the group would be breaking up as all three members were pursuing solo albums. Bailon later confirmed it also. As of January 2009, the group disbanded.

Solo Career

(2009–present)Bailon's solo career began when she signed to Island Def Jam Records in early 2009, with an album to come which features Ne-Yo, The-Dream, Anthony Marshall, Stereotypes, Darkchild, Pitbull, Danja, D'Mile, Estelle. [7]

"It’s an R&B-pop album that kind of reminds me of a modern day version of 3LW, I’m going back to my roots of R&B and hip-pop. I’m so excited. It’s going to be a great album and I think people will be really surprised."

Her album includes the songs "Rainy Days", "Superbad", "Hello", "They Don't Really Know", and "When He's Here".[7]

Personal life

In 2007, Bailon was dating Rob Kardashian and appeared on the E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians several times.

Discography

Solo Songs

2002: "Take U Home for Christmas" (from ( 3LW: Naugthy or Nice )

2008: "What If" (from The Cheetah Girls: One World)

2008: "Stand Up" (from The Cheetah Girls: One World)

2009: "Uncontrollable" (from Confessions of a Shopaholic)

2009: "Big Spender" (from Confessions of a Shopaholic)

2009: "Only You" (featuring Jay-Z)

2009: "This Hot" (Produced by B. Cox & Written by The-Dream

2009: "Superbad" (Produced by D'Mile)

2010: "Take You Home" (featuring Ghostface Killah)

Solo Albums

2011: TBA

Guest Appearances

Xtreme feat. Adrienne Bailon – "No Me Digas Que No"

Enemigo feat. Adrienne Bailon – "No Me Digas Que No"

Xtreme feat. Adrienne Bailon – "Shorty, Shorty"

Ghostface Killah feat. Adrienne Bailon – "I'll Be That"

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