K. Michelle

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K. Michelle
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Background information
Birth nameKimberly Michelle Pate[1]
BornMarch 4, 1986[2] [3]
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, United States
GenresR&B, hip hop soul, soul
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, record producer, pianist, guitarist, rapper
Years active2008–present
LabelsAtlantic Records, Jive Records
Associated actsR. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, Mary J. Blige, Monica
Websitethekmichelle.com
 
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K. Michelle
K Michelle picture.png
Background information
Birth nameKimberly Michelle Pate[1]
BornMarch 4, 1986[2] [3]
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, United States
GenresR&B, hip hop soul, soul
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, record producer, pianist, guitarist, rapper
Years active2008–present
LabelsAtlantic Records, Jive Records
Associated actsR. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, Mary J. Blige, Monica
Websitethekmichelle.com

Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an African American R&B recording artist, pianist, guitarist[4] and songwriter. She first received notice in 2009 with the charting single "Fakin' It" (featuring Missy Elliott),[5] and later went on to release the follow-up singles: "Fallin'" and "I Just Can't Do This". In the summer of 2012, K. Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, she landed a contract deal with Atlantic Records. She released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 72,000 copies its first week.[6]

Life and career[edit]

2008–2011: Career beginnings[edit]

K. Michelle's career began when she signed to Jive Records in December 2008. She released the buzz singles "Self Made" and "Fakin' It" in 2009 in hopes of garnering attention from the public eye. While "Self Made" peaked at #89 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and received hardly any attention, Michelle's Missy Elliott–assisted "Fakin' It" went on to attain slight attention from the urban audience for its racy content and male-bashing lyrics. In 2010, following the buzz singles' release, Michelle went on to release two follow-up singles: "I Just Can't Do This" and "How Many Times"; both of which respectively charted at #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before asking to be brought out of her label contract by RCA Records in October 2011.[7] Prior to her departure from RCA, K. Michelle was in the process of recording her debut Rebellious Soul (formerly titled Pain Medicine) that was slated to feature collaborations from the likes of R. Kelly,[8][9] Trina, Usher, Gucci Mane,[5] Akon and Missy Elliott.[5] However, only R. Kelly's contributions saw the light of day on the final cut of the album.

2012–present: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Rebellious Soul and Love & Hip Hop: New York[edit]

In 2012, K. Michelle joined the cast on season one of VH1's reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.[10] During its run, Michelle announced she would be leaving the show after the second season to move to New York to join Love & Hip Hop: New York and focus more on her music career. Following her appearance on the reality series, Michelle signed a deal with Atlantic Records and has since then confirmed that her debut album would likely be released sometime in 2013.[11] K. Michelle later revealed on Twitter that her debut album has since then been revised from Pain Medicine to its current working title,Rebellious Soul.[12] On April 22, 2013, Michelle released a promotional single and accompanying music video called "I Just Wanna" via iTunes and YouTube.

In May 2013, she released the lead single from Rebellious Soul called "V.S.O.P." which peaked at number 89 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album was released on August 13, 2013 and The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album sold 72,000 copies in its first week. "Can't Raise A Man", the second single is scheduled to be released January 8, 2014.

Artistry[edit]

K. Michelle lists her influences as R. Kelly, Whitney Houston, Kelly Rowland and Mary J. Blige.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
USUS
R&B
UK
R&B
Rebellious Soul2120

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes with selected details
TitleAlbum details
What's The 901?
  • Released: September 1, 2010
  • Hosted by Future Star DJs
For Colored Girls/Pre-Pain Medicine
  • Released: December 25, 2010
Signed, Sealed, & Delivered
  • Released: June 10, 2011
  • Hosted by DJ Noize & DJ Brandnew
0 Fucks Given
  • Released: July 15, 2012
  • Hosted by DJ Sense
  • 1,000,000 downloads
Still No Fucks Given
  • Released: January 8, 2014
  • Hosted by TBA

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionAlbum
US
US
R&B

[15]
2010"I Just Can't Do This"53N/A
2011"How Many Times"53
2013"V.S.O.P."8927Rebellious Soul

Other charted songs[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionAlbum
US
R&B

[15]
2009"Self Made" (featuring Trina & Gucci Mane)89N/A
"Fakin' It" (featuring Missy Elliott)100N/A
2010"Fallin"56N/A

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Love Is"2010R. KellyLove Letter
"Obstacles (Problems)"2010J.ColeN/A
"Put It In"2012Bobby VDusk Till Dawn

Awards and nominations[edit]

Soul Train Awards[edit]

YearRecipientAwardResult
2013K. MichelleBest New Artist[16]Won
Rated RnB Music Awards
2013 - Best EP/Mixtape of the Year (Won)
2013 - Best New Artist (Won)
2013 - Best Reality Show Starring An R&B Artist (Won)

Filmography[edit]

Television
YearFilmRole
2012–2013Love & Hip Hop: AtlantaHerself
2013–presentLove & Hip HopHerself

References[edit]

  1. ^ K. Michelle at The Breakfast Club. Interview with Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee. November 20, 2012. The Breakfast Club. WWPR. New York City, New York.
  2. ^ her alma mater, University of Florida
  3. ^ Muhammad, Latifah, K. Spouse = Jarvis Jones Michelle Confirms She's Leaving Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, BET Music News, 18 April 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  4. ^ K. Michelle Talks "Rebellious Soul", Winning Once She Stopped Caring, YouKnowIGotSoul 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "K. Michelle Chart History (Peak Dates)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://singersroom.com/content/2013-08-21/K-Michelles-Rebellious-Soul-Album-Sales-Lead-To-Impressive-Debut/
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/276636/k-michelle/chart?f=367
  8. ^ "K. Michelle: "I’m the Happiest I've Been in My Career"". bet.com. August 2, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Danielle Canada (July 1, 2011). "K. Michelle Says "Fawk Jive Records", Talks R. Kelly Mentorship, Crush On Lupe Fiasco". hiphopwired.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta » Cast › K.Michelle". vh1.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "News | K. Michelle Signs Major Record Deal With Warner Bros, Talks Being Blessed [EXCLUSIVE". Singersroom. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  12. ^ "Twitter / kmichelle: MY ALBUM "REBELLIOUS SOUL"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  13. ^ Bryson, Derrick (September 1, 2010). "K. Michelle on Her New Album 'Pain Medicine'". Essence.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  14. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25240/title.hip-hop-album-sales-the-week-ending-8-25-2013
  15. ^ a b "K. Michelle Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2013/05/14/drake-leads-bet-awards-2013-nominations-full-list/#more-157839

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