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N-Dubz are a MOBO-award-winning hip hop group from London, based around Camden Townmarker. They were previously signed to Polydor Records before joining All Around the World Records. They have so far had three top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart, one of them entering the top 20. Their debut album Uncle B was released on 17 November 2008 and debuted at #11 on the UK Albums Chart. It was announced via their official MySpace and various websites that it has since been certified platinum for shipments of over 300,000 in the UK.

2007: early life, group formation and Polydor Records

All of the members of N-Dubz attended school in St John's Wood (Quintin Kynaston Schoolmarker), and came together as a group under the management of Dino Contostavlos's father, Byron Contostavlos (formerly of Mungo Jerry), who died on 12 April 2007. Performing as the Lickle Rinsers Crew, they released the singles "Bad Man Riddim" and "Life Is Getting Sicker by the Day", which became hits on English pirate radio stations. Before their first single release, when they were known as NW1, they made a music video for the track "Everyday Of My Life" which received airplay on Channel U, they also recorded more demos as NW1 such as "Don't Feel Like Moving", "Girl On Road" and "Livin Broke". Their first single to be released was "You Better Not Waste My Time" available for download only until their 2006 self-released single, "I Swear", won them their first mainstream notice. It wasn't until 2007's "Feva Las Vegas" (also self-released) that the group appeared on the UK charts, peaking at #57. Members Dino (Dappy) and Tula (Tulisa) are cousins. Each appeared on the second series of Channel 4's Dubplate Drama after they began to get noticed as a group.

After winning a MOBO for Best Newcomer, the group signed to Polydor Records and re-released their first single "You Better Not Waste My Time" on the label, which debuted at #26 on the UK singles chart.In mid 2007, Dappy released "Love for my Slums" with fellow UK artist Baker Troble. This song was number one on Channel U for many weeks, and was a big hit with the UK underground rap scene. Dappy appeared on the television show Never Mind The Buzzcocks on 29 November 2007, and wore a trademark floppy eared hat which Simon Amstell also sported as part of a gag. He appeared for a second time in late 2008.

2008–09: All Around the World records and Uncle B

In May 2008, a song entitled "Ouch" surfaced along with a music video. The video for "Ouch" attracted over 4 million viewers on networking site YouTube, in just over a month after release. On 6 August 2008, it was announced that the group had left Polydor Records and had signed to All Around the World records. The label predominantly specializes in dance music, however, they have occasionally released hip-hop records such as Ice Cube's You Can Do It. The press release stated that the label would be releasing "Ouch" as the group's first single on the label in September 2008. The group's first album, Uncle B, was released on 17 November 2008. The album includes "You Better Not Waste My Time", "I Swear", "Feva Las Vegas", "Love for My Slums", "Ouch", "Defeat You" and "Papa Can You Hear Me?". Strong Again was touted as the third single to be released from the Uncle B album on 16 February 2009 and a music video was made, before the physical CD released of the song was cancelled for unknown reasons. The song charted for five weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking highest at number 24. Group member Dappy was featured in Tinchy Stryder's 2009 #1 single tentatively titled "Number" 1, the video also featured cameo appearances from all N-Dubz's members. Due to the success of their debut album, the group embarked on their first headlining tour Uncle B Tour. The tour was originally planned for 16 dates but due to high demand 5 extra dates were added. The tour was supported by Tinchy Stryder with whom N-Dubz collaborated on his #1 single "Number 1". The tour sold out within days.

Tulisa's illness
During a band performance, Tulisa fainted on stage. Multiple news sources have reported that it was due to suspected swine flu. Jonathan Shalit, the band's manager, stated that Tulisa "was taken ill on the flight out to Greece on Thursday" and that "her bandmates are all very worried about her.". The group were due to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend on 10 May 2009, but their participation was placed in doubt while Tulisa was hospitalised. It was later confirmed that Tulisa had tested negative for swine flu and the group did perform.

The song "Wouldn't You" was then announced to be the seventh, and last, single to be released from the Uncle B debut album. The song has been a fan favourite since the albums release in 2008. The song was released digitally on the May 25, 2009 and peaked at #64 in the UK.


Dubplate Drama series 3

Tulisa and Dappy both reprised their roles in the third and final series of the Channel 4 show Dubplate Drama, the story for the third series was mainly set around Laurissa's (Tulisa) relationship with her music manager and lead singer of an R&B group while tackling a drug addiction to cocaine. Dubplate Drama finished with Tulisa kicking her addictions and leaving in a taxi for pastures new.

I Got Soul

"This is going to be something truly special and go down in history".
— Group member Dappy has said in an interview about the War Child song.
N-Dubz have joined forces with the likes of Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott to record a charity song for War Child. The Noisettes, Chipmunk, MPHO, Ironik and Kid British have also signed up for the project under the name The Young Soul Rebels. The music stars will release "I Got Soul", a rewritten version of The Killers's "All These Things That I've Done", to raise money for marginalised children in war zones. Tulisa has admitted she felt privileged to record the charity song. "It's an issue that hasn't been looked at enough. And you know, even until I found out about this event, I didn't really know that much about it, and that's saying something you know. And the fact that I'm only finding out now is not really good enough. So that was every reason for me to get involved." She told BBC Newsbeat.

Christmas Tour

The group will be will be embarking on a Christmas Party Tour from the November 17, 2009. They will visit 10 cities across the UK performing a couple of songs from their album Uncle B and some songs from their as-yet untitled second album as a taster for its release, as confirmed by their official MySpace page. The tour poster can also be viewed on their MySpace.

Against All Odds

The lead single from the group's second album is titled "I Need You". The music video was filmed at Vendrome nightclub mayfair and was premiered on terestrial television September 20, 2009.

The album Against All Odds, was confirmed that it would be released on November 16, 2009, which means the Christmas Party Tour would no longer be a "taster" of the album as the album would have already been released.




Year Award Category Result
2007 MOBO Awards Best UK Newcomer Won
2008 Urban Music Awards Best Group Nominated
2008 Urban Music Awards Best Music Video (Ouch) Nominated
2009 O2 Silver Clef Awards The Digital Award Won
2009 MOBO Awards Best UK Act Won
2009 MOBO Awards Best Album (Uncle B) Won


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  7. AATW Artist Profile - N-Dubz
  8. Uncle B on Amazon
  9. Strong Again - Music Charts
  10. Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz claim first UK 'number 1'
  11. N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos ‘has swine flu’ - The Sun
  12. N-Dubz singer tested for swine flu - NME.COM
  13. Is this the first celebrity swine flu victim? Chart-topping N-Dubz singer Tulisa in isolation ward with suspected case - Mail Online
  14. The Prodigy to headline Radio 1 Big Weekend | News | NME.COM
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  16. BBC NEWS | Entertainment | N-Dubz star safe from swine flu
  17. N-Dubz Wouldn't You
  18. Further chart information
  19. N-Dubz! - VOTE 4 US @ MOBO.COM op MySpace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3’s, foto’s en Videoclips
  20. Music - News - Lott, N-Dubz, Stryder record charity song - Digital Spy
  21. Brrrap pack join forces to form Soul Rebels for charity single | The Sun |Showbiz|Bizarre
  22. Music - News - N-Dubz star reflects on War Child song - Digital Spy
  23. N-Dubz - The Christmas Tour - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! - MySpace-blog | van N-Dubz! - VOTE 4 US @ MOBO.COM
  24. Foto-overzicht Mijn foto's - Foto 36 van 38 van N-Dubz! - VOTE 4 US @ MOBO.COM - MySpace Fotos
  25. N Dubz New Single ‘I Need You’ Exclusive Behind The Scenes « Thisismax’S Weblog
  26. Blog
  27. Album release date

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