The Queens of R&B: Xscape & SWV

Xscape are a multi platinum-selling R&B girl group from Atlanta, Georgia. The group released their debut album, Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha in 1993 after being discovered by Jermaine Dupri. The LP contained hit singles “Just Kickin’ It” and “Understanding,” both of which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and landed in the Top 10 on the Hot 100. Later albums Off The Hook (1995) and Traces of My Lipstick (1998) spawned further Top 10 singles like “Who Can I Run To” (another R&B No. 1), “The Arms of the One Who Loves You” and “My Little Secret.” Xscape went on hiatus in the late ‘90s and didn’t reunite with all four members until 2017, when they performed at the BET Awards and the 2018 Essence Festival. Since then, Xscape have parlayed their reunion into two Bravo series — Xscape: Still Kickin’ It in 2019 and SWV & Xscape: The Queens of R&B in 2023. In 2024, the current lineup of Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris and Tamika Scott will embark on a co-headlining tour with SWV titled The Queens of R&B Tour. 

SWV (Sisters With Voices) are a multi platinum-selling R&B group from New York City. The trio — Cheryl “Coco” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” George and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons — originally began as a gospel group before becoming a defining force in ‘90s R&B. SWV released their debut album, It’s About Time, in 1992. The LP contained popular singles like “Weak” and “Right Here (Human Nature Remix),” both of which reigned atop Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and respectively hit No. 1 and No. 2 on the Hot 100.​​ The group released three more studio sets — New Beginning (1996), Release Some Tension (1997) and A Very Special Christmas (1997) — and accrued a total of nine Top 10 hits on the R&B chart before going on hiatus in 1998. After sporadically reuniting throughout the 2000s, SWV signed a new record deal in 2011 and released their fifth album, I Missed Us, in 2012. Since then, the trio have released their 2016 LP Still and dabbled in reality TV, most recently in the 2023 Bravo series SWV & Xscape: The Queens of R&B. In 2024, both groups will co-headline The Queens of R&B Tour with special guests Mýa, Total and 702. 

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