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style="text-align:center; font-size:1.4em; line-height:1.3em; background:Template:Infobox Musical artist/color;" colspan="2" | DQ
Born London, United Kingdom
Genre(s) Contemporary R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Producer
Years active 2005–present
Label(s) Paradisio Records
Associated acts Jordan Dalrymple, Leon Chambers
Website DQ

DQ, is a singer, songwriter and a producer.

Brithplace and origin


DQ was born in London, England, and has grown there ever since. Music has always been an important part of his life, as he has loved performing since the age of six.

2008 - 2009: V.I.R.T.U.E

The cover art for the Deluxe Edition of V.I.R.T.U.E.

In mid-late 2008, plans were made to create a new album entitled "The Unidentified Plan." However, the name was scrapped and then changed to V.I.R.T.U.E. DQ quoted in a recent interview that the letters of the word virtue "would stand for different things in his life." He also revealed that he had trouble with the track listing, as there were "too many weak productions and not enought great songs." On November 3, 2008, Not Anymore was released, but as a buzz track only, as it wouldn't "appeal" to the general public. The album is scheduled to be released on the 30th of March, 2009. The song entered at 581 on the ReverbNation Band Equity Charts. It has picked up a lot of airplay on MySpace and considerable airplay on CDFuse. Shawty, which met with favourable reviews, is the first official single off the album and the release date is the 16th of January.

2009 - 2010: Being Myself

The cover art for Being Myself.

DQ stated in mid 2009 that there is a planned "new album coming out." The album is said to have a more "soulful, rockier and edgier sound to it." The album name was originally Nostalgic Future but changed to Being Myself. DQ is teaming up with Leon Chambers on a track called Scar, which will be included on this new album. It has been reported that producers Beerjeraz, BenL, Jordan Dalrymple and AssasiNation will team up with DQ on Being Myself. This album is scheduled for a release as early as November 2009 or as late as June 2010. An EP edition went ahead due to a recent re-arrangement in Paradisio Records and was be released to iTunes. However the EP was removed from digital in under two months due to poor sales. DQ has stated that he will take a two month hiatus, but is promising to have his album out on time with a fixed date set. The album was released on 24th of February 2010. It has been confirmed that DQ is signed to Paradisio Records under his new name.

2010 - 2012: Rare Jewels

The cover art for RareJewels.

It was confirmed by Twitter that DQ is working on a third album. The title, is confirmed as RareJewels which is going to be his first album with "no elements of pop of any kind" and is to be centered around neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop and r&b predominantly. The first single called 'Tear It Up', which will be the first release for DQ from this album, with the album being released in 2012. he latest single is confirmed to be Forever[1]. As of October 2011, the album has changed direction to a more soulful sound. The album's release date is confirmed to be 21st of May 2012.

2012: Winstanley

The cover art for Winstanley.

Halfway through recording his previous studio album, RareJewels, DQ decided to abandon recording on the album and to focus his time on Winstanley. The album was recorded within a month and entirely produced using mobile phone applications. The album was initially scheduled for a release in 2013, but DQ had previously stated that he would release two albums in 2012.


2013: SymphonyOfLife , STRAIGHTCut & DQ And The Concrete JUNgle Orchestra Present: Love In Surreal Motion

The cover art for SymphonyOfLife.

The fifth album, Symphony Of Life, was originally titled Franc-Tireur, but was changed to its current title after it was deemed that the name would pose a language barrier and would therefore not connect with many fans. However, a track of the same name is on the final tracklisting. The album was originally planned to be released in December 2012, however it was pushed back to February 2013 due to the initial album rejected by the label. New songs were recorded, as well as songs from previous recording sessions which appeared on other albums or as singles, which were brought onto the tracklisting. After releasing SymphonyOfLife, DQ started focusing on his sixth studio album, STRAIGHTCut. He is currently focusing on his seventh studio album, DQ And The Concrete JUNgle Orchestra Present: Love In Surreal Motion.

Don' Kew Jumpp

Don' Kew Jumpp is the official producing name for DQ. DQ produces under this name for other artists, but he has produced under this name for his upcoming album RareJewels.

Discograpghy

Albums

Year Information
Worldwide Sales
2009 V.I.R.T.U.E
  • First full studio album
  • Released: March 31st, 2009
  • Format: Compact Disc, MP3
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2010 Being Myself
  • Second full studio album
  • Released: 24 February, 2010
  • Formats: MP3
-
2012 Rare Jewels
  • Third full studio album
  • Released: 21st May, 2012
  • Formats: Digital Download
-
Winstanley
  • Fourth full studio album
  • Released: 1st October, 2012
  • Formats: Digital Download
-
2013 SymphonyOfLife
  • Fifth full studio album
  • Released: 4th February, 2013
  • Formats: Digital Download
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STRAIGHTCut
  • Sixth full studio album
  • Released: 29th April, 2013
  • Formats: Digital Download
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Singles

  • '*' means that the figure is approximate.
Year Title Chart Positions Album
US UK 100 Uvumi Top 100 Uvumi Top Uncategorised Uvumi Top R&B
2008 "Not Anymore" Buzz Single
2009 "Shawty" 75 [2] V.I.R.T.U.E
"I'm Back"
2010 "Scar (feat. Leon Chambers)" Being Myself
"Shawty (re-release)"
"Nostalgic Future"
"Under The Radar" 28[3]
"Tear It Up" 22[4] 10[5] Rare Jewels
"Caught Ya Slippin'" 55[4] 35[5]
2011 "Goody2woShoez" 12[6] 5[7] 1[8]
2012 "Puppet (Reprise)" 8[9] 6[10]
"Forever" 2 [11] 2 [12]
"Moving On - 101" 16 [13] 15 [14] Winstanley
"Due Caution Ahead"
2013 "Goody2woShoez (Re-release)" 28 [15] 1 [16] SymphonyOfLife
"Control Me (Y?)" 7 [17] 5 [18] STRAIGHTCut

References