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Xscape Biography

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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years Active: 1993–2005
Genres: Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop Soul

Xscape, often referred to mononymously as the word "Escape", was a female American R&B quartet that had a string of hit songs during the 1990s. The original lineup of the group consisted of sisters LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott, along with Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and a 5th member named Tamera Coggins who left early in the group while Kiesha Miles was a replacement later.

The group released their debut album, "Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha" on October 12, 1993. The album peaked at number seventeen the U.S. Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B Albums chart. It was a critical and commercial success, being certified platinum within a year and launching two top ten single. The debut single, "Just Kickin' It" and second single "Understanding" both entered the top 10 of the official Hot 100 and became platinum and gold certified number-one hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

After much success, Xscape released their second studio album, "Off the Hook," in 1995. The lead single, "Feels So Good", reached the top 40 of the US Hot 100, while "Who Can I Run To" peaked at #8. The album eventually went platinum.

The third Xscape album, "Traces of My Lipstick," debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard 200 and at No.6 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop album chart; over a million copies were sold in the U.S. The album featured the top ten hit "The Arms of the One Who Loves You", which reached number 7 on the "Hot 100" chart, and "My Little Secret," which reached number 9. Although there wasn't an official third single released, "Softest Place on Earth" reached number 28 on the "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" chart.

After a five-year hiatus, sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott reunited with Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. They replaced Kandi Burruss with Kiesha Miles to sing background to record a fourth album, "Unchained." The new single "What's Up" was released on a mixtape and later got some airplay in hometown Atlanta.