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"It's a Shame (My Sister)" is a 1990 hip-hop song recorded by British rapper Monie Love, featuring True Image. It was the second single from her debut album Down to Earth, and was released in late-1990 in Germany and UK and in early-1991 in the other European countries. The song sampled The Spinners' 1970 single "It's a Shame" written for the band by Stevie Wonder, and the Cool as... mix of "It's a Shame (My Sister)" sampled the guitar riff from the Sister Sledge hit "He's the Greatest Dancer". The song had some success, particularly in Switzerland where it peaked at #6 and charted for 21 weeks. In the United States, the song was Monie Love's sole hit single, reaching #26. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" also peaked at #2 on the American dance chart.[1]

"It's a Shame (My Sister)"
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Single by Monie Love featuring True Image
from the album Down to Earth
B-side"Cool as mix"
ReleasedDecember 4, 1990 United Kingdom
March 6, 1991 United States
FormatCD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded1990
GenreR&B, hip-hop
Length3:43
LabelCooltempo, Warner Bros Records
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder, David Steele
Monie Love, Lee Garrett
Syreeta Wright
Producer(s)Andy Cox, David Steele
Monie Love featuring True Image singles chronology
"Monie in the Middle"
(1990)
"It's a Shame (My Sister)"
(1990)
"Down to Earth"
(1990)

Track listingsEdit

7" single
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Album version) – 3:43
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
CD maxi
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Album version) - 3:43
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Ultimatum mix) – 5:29
  3. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
12" maxi/Cassette
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Monie dee mix) – 5:28
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Ultimatum mix) – 5:29
  3. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Def reprise) – 2:30
  4. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
  5. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Red zone mix) – 4:30
  6. "Race Against Reality" – 3:03
CD single - Promo
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Album version) – 3:43
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix - edit) – 3:34
  3. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
  4. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Ultimatum mix) – 5:29
  5. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Hot shot mix) – 7:12

CreditsEdit

  • Written by Stevie Wonder, David Steele, Monie Love, Lee Garrett and Syreeta Wright
  • Backgrounds vocals by True Image
  • Produced by Andy Cox and David Steele
  • Remixes by David Morales, Ultimatum and John Waddell
  • Artwork by Eddie Monsoon

ChartsEdit

Chart (1990/1991) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 90
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 12
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 9
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 50
German Singles Chart[3] 11
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 6
UK Singles Chart[4] 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[5] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[5] 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 159.
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  3. ^ a b c d e "It's a Shame (My Sister)", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 16, 2009)
  4. ^ "It's a Shame (My Sister)", UK Singles Chart Official Charts Company (Retrieved May 16, 2009)
  5. ^ a b c Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved May 16, 2009)