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Background information
Origin United States
Genres Dance
Years active 2001 (2001)–2011
Labels Made
Website www.iiomusic.com
Markus Moser
Past members
Nadia Ali (2001–2005)

iiO (pronounced “eye-oh”) was a New York City-based dance music act composed of singer-songwriter Nadia Ali and producer Markus Moser. The group gained prominence for its 2001 single “Rapture“, which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Following the success of “Rapture”, iiO released several singles and the studio album Poetica in 2005. The album reached number 17 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums Chart.

The same year, Ali left iiO to pursue a solo career. Meanwhile, Moser continued to release material featuring her on vocals, which included the 2006 single Is It Love? that reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart. In 2011, he released the studio album Exit 110, which again featured Ali on vocals and was announced as the final project of the act.


[edit] History

A 17-year-old Nadia Ali was working in the New York offices of Versace, when a co-worker introduced her to producer Markus Moser, who was looking for a female singer to collaborate on some of his productions for a girl group.[1] The two teamed up and started a group that was originally named “Vaiio”, named after the Sony VAIO laptop Ali used to write lyrics on.[2] They later dropped the “va”, on the advice of their label, to avoid causing problems in the future with Sony.[3] Working with Moser, she wrote the lyrics and the vocals for the songs. Their first release was the 2001 single “Rapture“, a song Ali wrote in 30 minutes based on a relationship with an Australian man she met in a nightclub.[4] The song was a hit, charting at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart.[5][6] The song was remixed by prominent DJs and producers including Paul Van Dyk, John Creamer & Stephane K, Armin Van Buuren and Deep Dish.

“Rapture” was followed by “At the End” in 2002. The duo subsequently released “Smooth” in 2003, “Runaway” in 2004 and “Kiss You” in 2005. Their first studio album, Poetica, was released in 2005 by Made Records.[7] The release of the album was timed with the dissolution of iiO with Ali leaving to pursue a solo career.[8] Meanwhile, Moser continued to release material featuring her on the vocals. These included the 2006 number one Billboard Hot Dance Club Play single “Is It Love?“, the 2007 remix album Reconstruction Time: The Best of iiO Remixed, and the 2008 compilation Rapture Reconstruction: Platinum Edition.[6][7]

In 2010, iiO re-emerged from hiatus when Moser released new remixes of “At the End”. In April 2011, iiO’s second studio album and final project Exit 110 was released featuring Ali on vocals.[12]

[edit] Discography

Studio Albums
Remix Albums
  • 2008 Rapture Reconstruction: Platinum Edition
  • 2011 Frank Bailey vs iiO Remastered

[edit] Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
U.S. Dance
U.S. Dance Airplay
2002 Rapture 46 2 3 10 12 2 Poetica
At the End 41 53 16 13 20
2003 Smooth 23 2
2004 Runaway 4
2005 Kiss You 3 11 5
2006 Is It Love? 1 6 20
2007 “Rapture 2007” 3 Reconstruction Time
2010 “At the End (Metropolitan Mix)” non-album single
2011 “It’ll Be Like” Exit 110

[edit] References

  1. ^ http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1306860170880019. Retrieved May 26, 011.
  2. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/iio/bio/191695. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Ali, Nadia (Oct 4, 2007). “About Nadia – Nadia Ali’s Blog”. Myspace. Myspace Inc. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1306860170879854. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  4. ^ Ali, Nadia (November 12, 2009). The Rapturous Voice of iiO – Nadia Ali. Interview with Adz. Hump Day Crew. Joy94.9. Melbourne, Australia.
  5. ^ http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1306860170879864. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/iio/chart-history/191695?f=359&g=Singles#/artist/iio/chart-history/191695?f=359&g=Singles. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/iio/discography/albums/191695#/artist/iio/discography/albums/191695. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  8. ^ “Poetica- iiO – Review”. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/poetica-r823967/review. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  9. ^ “iiO Bows out with Exit 110”. BigShot. April 12, 2011. http://newsflash.bigshotmag.com/news/15049/. Retrieved 22 June 22, 2011.
  10. ^ Nihal, Mariam (October 5, 2011). “Living a Fantasy with Nadia Ali”. Arab News. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62PnxNokm. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.933flz.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=houseparty&selected_podcast=finky_nadiaali-111211_1321286900_10654.mp3. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  12. ^ “Grammy Nominated Nadia Ali Follows Up with Own New iiO Album Exit 110” (Press release). Rock ‘n’ Retail. April 22, 2011. http://www.widepr.com/pdf/press_release/11814/grammy_nominated_nadia_ali_follows_up_with_own_new_iio_album_exit_110.pdf. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  13. ^ Chart Positions in Australia
  14. ^ “iiO in Danish charts”. Hung Medien. http://danishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=iiO. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  15. ^ “iiO in Finnish charts”. Hung Medien. http://finnishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=iiO. Retrieved June 22, 2011.

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