There were a string of black female artists who attempted crossover success in the late '80's and early '90's. The soul was toned down, the pop was hyped up, all with the hope they could be the next pop diva.
Tyler Collins had all the makings of pop success—extremely attractive, trained dancer and a better voice than the pop counterparts of her time. However, Tyler never crossed over, even with a top ten Billboard Hot 100 hit. The Harlem native would garner a few minor hits in the '90's, but the songs barely charted. Supposedly, after working with Prince in the mid-Nineties ,Collins was signed to a deal with Warner Brothers, which eventually fell through. Tyler Collins would soon go down as a one hit wonder.
Check out "Whatcha Gonna Do", a song she co-wrote, which is actually my favorite Collins track and was bigger on urban radio than "Girls Nite Out". The song charted at #8 on Billboard R&B chart... can someone tell me how in the eighties a song can chart that high on the R&B charts but not even crack the Billboard Hot 100? I think many R&B artists were shafted in the '80's.
***“Girls Nite Out” was Collins' biggest hit, which peaked at number #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and another #8 hit on the Billboard R&B chart. I owned the cassette single to this song—remember those? Something very interesting about the video... there is only one other person of color in the video. Obviously the powers that be behind Collins truly wanted her to crossover and thought she had the non-threatening looks to do so—don’t think having no other black women in the video and one man with a conk wasn’t a conscious choice! You better get into her performance on that bed -- she is emoting like the rent is past due!
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