N-Dubz is an urban music group from London. Their biggest hit to date is 'Number 1', a collaboration with Tinchy Stryder. The song reached number one in the UK singles charts in April 2009. The line-up of the band consists of Dappy (Dino Contostavlos), Tula (Tulisa Contostavlos) and Fazer (Richard Rawson).
Formation: All three members of N-Dubz attended Quintin Kynaston School in St. John's Wood, London. Dappy and Tula are cousins. The three members of N-Dubz were originally managed by Dino's father, Byron Contostavlos. Byron was formerly a member of the 1970s rock group Mungo Jerry.
The members of N-Dubz all appeared on Channel 4's Dubplate Drama, as the Lickle Rinsers Crew. They released 'Bad Man Riddim' and 'Life Is Getting Sicker By The Day', which both became hits on pirate radio.
Before changing their name to N-Dubz, they were briefly known as NW1. NW1 made a music video for 'Everyday of My Life', which was played on Channel U. N-Dubz's first single proper was 'You Better Not Waste My Time'.
Breakthrough and Success: In 2006, N-Dubz released 'I Swear', which brought about their first taste of mainstream popularity. The following year, they released 'Feva Las Vegas'. This was their first single to reach the UK Singles charts, reaching number 57.
In 2007, N-Dubz won the Best Newcomer Award at the MOBOs. Shortly afterwards, they signed a deal with Polydor Records, who re-released 'You Better Not Waste My Time'. The newly-released version of the single reached number 26 on the UK singles chart.
Later that year, Dappy teamed up with Baker Troble to release 'Love For My Slums'. The track was a huge hit on Channel U.
In November 2007, Dappy appeared as a guest on BBC2's comedy music quiz, Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The host of the quiz, Simon Amstell, wore one of Dappy's trademark floppy-eared hats. The following year, Dappy was invited back on the show.
The month of May, 2008, saw the N-Dubz track 'Ouch' gaining more than 4 million viewers on YouTube. N-Dubz left their deal with Polydor Records. They switched allegiance to All Around the World Records. Other releases on the label include Ice Cube's You Can Do It album.
N-Dubz's debut album was entitled Uncle B. Released in November 2008, the album featured all of the band's previous releases, including 'Papa Can You Hear Me?'
In April 2009, N-Dubz released their first number one record: a collaboration with Tinchy Stryder, entitled 'Number 1'.
During the swine flu scare of 2009, Tulisa collapsed onstage, prompting fears that she may have contracted the virus. Eventually, she tested negative for the illness.
The former N-Dubz star can be heard using the n-word during the intro to a brand new track.
The star can be heard using the controversial word, which many find offensive despite the argument that ‘reclaiming’ the term empowers rather than degrades the traditional target of the word, in the introduction to a new freestyle track called ‘Tarzan’, on a new EP he released on Christmas Day.
“If the word means black to you then you're racist,” he wrote in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon (December 29th). The 28 year old, who is of Greek-Cypriot descent, added “We took that word and made it our own to p*** off the racists.”
Continue reading: Dappy Defends Use Of Controversial Language On New Track
British Rapper Dappy Has Confessed He Went Off The Rails When Fame And Fortune Made Him Feel "Untouchable".
The No Regrets hitmaker rose to stardom in 2008 with his band N-Dubz before the group went on hiatus in 2011 so the three members could pursue separate solo projects.
Dappy - real name Costadinos Contostavlos - subsequently began making headlines for the wrong reasons with a string of arrests for assault and affray.
In January (15), he narrowly avoided a jail term for breaching his probation, and now he has revealed how an appearance on U.K. reality show Celebrity Big Brother last year (14) made him realise he had to turn his life around.
Continue reading: Dappy Blames Fame For Legal Woes
Dappy has revealed he has enough songs already written for three new N-Dubz albums and has vowed he and Tulisa and Fazer will reform to ''finish what we started''.
The hip-hop group went on indefinite hiatus from November 2011 just a few months after parting company with Def Jam Records but reunion rumours have persisted for the past two years.
Now Dappy has admitted he has a host of songs ready to record with his bandmates Tulisa and Fazer and is desperate to reunite N-Dubz so the band can ''finish what we started'' because he is unhappy about the circumstances surrounding their split.
Continue reading: Dappy Has Three N-Dubz Albums Ready
Rudimental unveiled tracks from their new album 'We the Generation' to fans at Fusion Festival with Vimto in Birmingham on Saturday (29.98.15).
Rudimental unveiled tracks from their new album to fans at Fusion Festival with Vimto.
The drum and bass quartet headlined the annual event - which raises money for youth charity the Prince's Trust - in Birmingham's Cofton Park on Saturday night (29.08.15) and played through a flurry of new songs from their album 'We the Generation' which is due to be released in October.
As well as new singles 'Never Let You Go' and 'Bloodstream', the band gave fans a hint of what they can expect from the new record, teasing the LP's first track 'I Will for Love' which was sung by Will Heard.
Continue reading: Rudimental Perform New Tracks
Dappy has penned ''three massive N-Dubz comeback songs'' but doesn't want to reform the band until he has two more solo number ones.
The 28-year-old rapper is gearing up for a reunion with his former N-Dubz bandmates Tulisa and Fazer after they parted ways in 2011 and teased a trio of incredible songs he has prepared for the band.
He said: ''I love Tulisa, I love Fazer, that's like my family. I've written three massive N-Dubz comeback songs.''
Continue reading: Dappy Pens 'massive N-Dubz Comeback Songs'
A recap of some of the most prominent assault cases in entertainment this year.
The assault cases in the entertainment business just keep coming. After Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and most recently, Wiz Khalifa, have all faced assault charges, the unfortunate trend is apparently moving across the pond. Former N-Dubz member Dappy has been fined £800 for slapping a man outside Chicago’s in Clemsford after an event back in February. According to BBC News Dappy, 27, faced trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos. Mr Contostavlos was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930. He is only the latest to go down in a disturbing series of high profile cases of violence.
Dappy is in abundant, if not very flattering company these days.
At the beginning of the year, former pop sweetheart Justin Bieber was charged with assault after allegedly getting in a brawl with a Toronto limo driver. The incident took place in December 2013.
The Pow (Forward) hitmaker became angry after seeing Fazer post a snap on his Instagram.com page showing a sparkling gun and matching ammunition, alongside the caption, "U (sic) ain't worth my bullets!"
Lethal Bizzle aimed a message at him via Twitter.com, writing, "U ain't bout dat life bruv (sic), posting gun pics? What a wally (fool)."
Continue reading: Lethal Bizzle Takes Aim At Fazer Over Gun Photo
Kanye West is reportedly in talks to work with Tulisa in an attempt to boost her flagging solo career.
Kanye West wants to work with Tulisa.
The US rapper is said to be in talks about producing a track for the N-Dubz star, who hopes the collaboration would help revive her flagging solo career.
Tulisa - who has been dropped from her judging role on 'The X Factor' - saw her debut solo album 'The Female Boss' reach just number 35 in the UK album chart, while her recent singles 'Live It Up' and 'Sight of You' failed to reach the top 10, unlike her debut effort 'Young', which went to number one.
Continue reading: Kanye West To Work With Tulisa
Lead singer Ezra Koenig confessed his bizarre obsession with the I Swear hitmakers during an interview with Britain's Esquire magazine when the group was asked whether they have any interest in U.K. pop stars.
Koenig described the band as having an "early Beatles kind of vibe" and singled out N-Dubz rapper Dappy for particular praise, telling the publication, "I saw N-Dubz on Tv last night. They struck me as very self-aware and funny, at least the main guy (Dappy)... They really held their own. They got it. I didn't know what to make of the song they played, but when they were messing around (with the Tv show's host) it was almost like some Monkees or early Beatles kind of vibe."
Continue reading: Vampire Weekend Compare N-dubz To The Beatles
Tulisa has met her secret half-brother, Neil Jones, for the first time after trying to track him down for the last five years.
Tulisa has met up with her secret half-brother for the first time.
The 24-year-old singer spent six hours in private with Neil Jones, who she has been trying to track down for five years, at her home in North London on Sunday (03.03.13) and while she is said to have been ''incredibly nervous'', their meeting ''went really well''.
She explained: ''I'm so happy to finally meet my brother. This has been a very important weekend for my family.''
Continue reading: Tulisa Meets Secret Half-brother For First Time
Costadinos Contostavlos aka Dappy - The jury in the trial of N-Dubz rapper Dappy has retired to consider its verdict at Guildford Crown Court. The former N-Dubz vocalist/rapper, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, and two associates face charges of affray after a fight broke out at a petrol station last February in Guildford. - Wednesday 16th January 2013
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