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The Dream

R&B singer/songwriter and producer Terius Youngdell Nash, better known as the-Dream, was born in Rockingham, North Carolina, but moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with his mother at the age of three. He first learned to play trumpet in elementary school, later picking up the drums and guitar. Nash's singing career got off to a slow start once he graduated from high school, but he found success in selling song lyrics after he met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001. Stewart helped Nash land his first publishing contract in 2003 in light of his penning "Everything" for B2K's platinum 2002 album Pandemonium! Paired with producer Chris "Tricky" Stewart (Laney's brother), he continued to write songs for various artists over the next four years, such as the Britney Spears/Madonna duet "Me Against the Music." His watershed moment came when he and Tricky created Rihanna's 2007 international smash hit "Umbrella." Several labels began approaching him so he could churn out more hits for their artists, particularly Def Jam, Rihanna's label, which was reluctant to sign the singer/songwriter at first. Def Jam finally stopped dancing around the issue of signing Nash after he sold number one R&B single "Bed" to Capitol Records newcomer J. Holiday. In fall 2007, Nash released his first single, "Shawty Is da Sh*!" (known on radio as "Shawty Is a 10"), on Def Jam, following up with his solo debut album, Love/Hate, at the end of the year. The album peaked at number five on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while its three singles -- including "Shawty" -- reached the Top Five of the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. A second album, Love vs Money, followed in March 2009; though it did top the R&B chart and narrowly missed the top spot of the Billboard 200, only one song -- "Rockin' That Thang" -- received significant airplay. Nash declared that Love King would be his final solo album, but he retracted the statement prior to the disc's June 2010 release. The set debuted in the Top Five of the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop charts, though its two charting singles were only minor hits. A sprawling "Internet album" dubbed 1977 and credited to Terius Nash surfaced as a free digital download in 2011. The following year, "Roc" and "Dope Chick" were issued as singles and charted, but their parent album -- titled Love IV MMXII -- went through a series of delays. That October, Nash was hired by Def Jam as its vice president of A&R. Just before the end of the year, as Love IV MMXII continued to be delayed, Def Jam gave 1977 an official release. Even while recording his own material at a steady rate, Nash managed to dish out songs for a wide range of popular artists, including Mary J. Blige ("Just Fine"), Mariah Carey ("Touch My Body"), Beyoncé ("Single Ladies [Put a Ring on It]," for which he won a pair of Grammy Awards), Electrik Red (the entirety of How to Be a Lady, Vol. 1), Justin Bieber ("Baby"), first wife Nivea (whom he divorced in 2007), and second wife Christina Milian (whom he divorced in 2010). Through 2012, he continued to be in demand as a songwriter and guest artist. That year alone, he appeared on 2 Chainz's Based on a T.R.U. Story and Kanye West's Cruel Summer compilation, and he penned material for Keyshia Cole and Rihanna. The following February, he collected a Grammy for his role in Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," which won the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. IV Play, his fourth and most collaborative album as the-Dream, was released in May 2013 and featured guest appearances from Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, and Gary Clark Jr., among others. Although it went Top Five R&B, just as the three previous the-Dream albums had done, it was easily the least successful one of the four due to relatively low sales and a shortage of notable tracks. In early 2015, Nash announced that he had split from Def Jam. A few months later, after he was cleared of felony domestic assault charges filed by a former partner, he returned on the Capitol label with new material. The EP Crown was released that April. A second EP, Jewel, was planned for release that July, but Nash's relationship with Capitol fell through. Near year's end, he uploaded a set of Sam Cooke covers, IAMSAM, to his Soundcloud page. Genesis, a ten-song release with an accompanying short film, followed in January 2016. ~ Cyril Cordor & Andy Kellman
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The Dream

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Albums by
The Dream

Top Songs by
The Dream

  1.   Song
  2.   Falsetto
  3.   I Luv Your Girl
  4.   Rockin' That Thang
  5.   Put It Down
  6.   High Art by Jay Z
  7.   Make Up Bag
  8.   IV Play
  9.   Let Me See the Booty
  10.   Black
  11.   Fast Car
  12.   Walkin' On The Moon
  13.   Dope Chick
  14.   Shawty Is da Sh*!
  15.   Ferris Wheel
  16.   She Needs My Love
  17.   Love vs. Money
  18.   Mama
  19.   Nikki, Pt. 2
  20.   February Love
  21.   My Love
  22.   Tender Tendencies
  23.   Rockin' That Sh**
  24.   Sweat It Out
  25.   Roc
  26.   Purple Kisses
  27.   Rolex
  28.   Fancy
  29.   Mr. Yeah
  30.   Playin' in Her Hair
  31.   Love King
  32.   Kelly's 12 Play
  33.   Nikki
  34.   Lemon Lean
  35.   I Luv Ya Girl by Young Jeezy
  36.   Pussy
  37.   Self-Concious
  38.   Outro
  39.   Where Have You Been by Kelly Rowland
  40.   Slow It Down
  41.   Priceless
  42.   College Daze
  43.   AK47
  44.   Wake Me When It's Over
  45.   Love vs. Money, Pt. 2
  46.   Madness
  47.   Too Early by Gary Clark, Jr.
  48.   Long Gone
  49.   Ghetto by Big Sean
  50.   1977
  51.   Sex Intelligent
  52.   Florida University
  53.   Right Side of My Brain
  54.   Luv Songs
  55.   Rih-Flex
  56.   True Love
  57.   Tron
  58.   Y'all
  59.   P*ssy featuring Big Sean
  60.   Holy Love
  61.   Self-Conscious
  62.   New Orleans
  63.   Michael
  64.   Turnt featuring 2Chainz
  65.   Equestrian
  66.   Wish You Were Mine
  67.   Used to Be
  68.   Form of Flattery
  69.   Turnt Out
  70.   Take Care of Me
  71.   Sorry
  72.   Panties to the Side
  73.   All Black Everything
  74.   Take U Home 2 My Mama
  75.   Money Intro
  76.   Ditch That...
  77.   The Power (All Of The Love In The World)
  78.   You're the Best Thing
  79.   Psycho
  80.   Divine
  81.   Loving You/Crazy
  82.   Wedding Crasher
  83.   Sex Intelligent Remix
  84.   Yamaha
  85.   F.I.L.A.
  86.   Abyss
  87.   Livin' a Lie
  88.   Veteran
  89.   Dope Bitch