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Mario Winans is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for his 2004 song "I Don't Wanna Know", which reached number 2 in the United States and number 1 in the United Kingdom. Winans also won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance for co-writing CeCe Winans's song "Pray".

Mario Winans
Also known as
  • Yellowman
  • Skeeter
  • Mario Brown
OriginOrangeburg, South Carolina, United States
GenresR&B, hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • actor
Years active1988–present
Labels
Associated acts

Contents

Music careerEdit

Hurt No More (2001–05)Edit

Winans recorded his second album Hurt No More in 2001, 2002, and 2003 in between working with other artists. The album is based on stories of love and betrayal.

The first single "I Don't Wanna Know" was based on a sample of the Fugees' 1996 hit single "Ready or Not", which itself was based on a slowed-down sample of the instrumental track "Boadicea" by Enya from her 1987 self-titled album. Enya and her representatives became angry when Winans did not seek her approval for the sample, as he was unaware that the Fugees sample he had used had itself been a sample. So, a compromise was reached to credit the single as "Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy and Enya".[1] The song features a rap by P. Diddy. The song was released as the single in early 2004 and became a worldwide hit, reaching number 1 in Germany and the United Kingdom and on the rhythmic top 40 radio chart in the United States; to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the US R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart; and to number 3 on both the Australian and Norwegian singles charts. It also reached the top ten on a composite European singles chart.

Hurt No More was released on April 20, 2004 in the US and by early June 2004 had reached number 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number 2 on the Billboard 200, and number 3 on the UK Albums Chart.

The album's second single, "Never Really Was", used a sample of the orchestrated beginning of Madonna's 1986 hit, "Papa Don't Preach", as its background music. However, the song failed to chart in America. A remix version was released as a single featuring rapper Lil Flip.

The song "This Is the Thanks I Get" was stated to be the album's third and final single but no official release was set. The song went on to peak on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B chart at number 12.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
R&B

[3]
Story of My Heart
Hurt No More
  • Released: April 20, 2004
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • Formats: CD
2 1

SinglesEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[4]
US R&B
[5]
UK
[6]
1997 "Don't Know" 108 48 Story of My Heart
2004 "I Don't Wanna Know" (featuring Enya and P. Diddy) 2 2 1 Hurt No More
"Never Really Was" (featuring Lil' Flip) 90 44
2005 "This Is the Thanks I Get" (featuring Black Rob) 112
2010 "Mine" (featuring Sahara aka Costi Ioniţă & Andrea)

As featured performerEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
US
Rhy
UK
1999 "Best Friends" (Puff Daddy featuring Mario Winans) 59 3 9 2 Forever
2002 "I Need a Girl (Part Two)" (P. Diddy feat. Ginuwine, Loon) 4 2 2 1 4 We Invented the Remix Vol. 1
"Rock the Party" (Benzino feat. Mario Winans) 82 28 20 Redemption
2003 "Down 4 Me" (Loon feat. Mario Winans) 103 28 19 Loon
"Crush on You" (Mr. Cheeks feat. Mario Winans) 52 Back Again!
2005 "You're the One" (Guerilla Black feat. Mario Winans) 77 43 24 23 Guerilla City
2007 "Through the Pain (She Told Me)" (Diddy feat. Mario Winans) 107 50 Press Play
"Hey Baby (After the Club)" (Ashanti feat. Mario Winans) 87 40 The Declaration
2008 "Forever" (Timati feat. Mario Winans) The Boss, SWAGG
2009 "Dream" (Massiv feat. Mario Winans) Meine Zeit
2012 "I Need A Girl (Part Three)" (Kay One feat. Mario Winans) Prince of Belvedair
2017 "Type (E)" (Eyedi feat. Mario Winans) CHAPTER 21

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Grammy Awards
    • 2005, Best Contemporary R&B Album: Hurt No More (Nominated)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2006, Best Gospel Performance: "Pray" (Winner; as writer/producer)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2016, Best Rap Song: "All Day" (Nominated; as writer/co-producer)
  • Image Awards
    • 2005, Outstanding New Artist: Hurt No More (Nominated)
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2004, Best Song: "I Don't Wanna Know" (Nominated)
    • 2004, Best Ringtone: "I Don't Wanna Know" (Winner)
  • Vibe Awards
    • 2004, R&B Song of the Year: "I Don't Wanna Know" (Nominated)

FilmographyEdit

  • Mike Jones - American Dream (2007)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mario Winans : Love, Hurt, Betrayal: These Are A Few Of Mario Winans' Favorite Things - Rhapsody Music Downloads". VH1.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  2. ^ "Mario Winans – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mario Winans – Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mario Winans – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Mario Winans – Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ray J" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 15, 2013.

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