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Reggie 'n' Bollie (formerly Menn on Poinnt) are a Ghanaian music duo consisting of Reggie Zippy and Bollie Babeface. They formed in 2012[1] and are best known for finishing as runners-up on the twelfth series of The X Factor UK in 2015.[2]

Reggie 'n' Bollie
OriginGhana
GenresR&B, pop, dance, hip hop
Years active2012–present
LabelsSyco, F.R.O.D Music
MembersReggie Zippy
Bollie Babeface

OverviewEdit

Reggie 'n' Bollie are Reggie Zippy[3] (born Reginald Ainooson,[4] 16 July 1984)[citation needed] and Bollie Babeface[5] (born Ishmael Hamid,[6] 2 July 1986).[citation needed] "Bollie" is an acronym of "Best of Lyrical Lines in Entertainment".[7][8]

They have been living in the UK with their families since 2010.[9] The pair both separately released Hiplife style music in Ghana.[10] Reggie released three songs in 2006 called "Virgin", "4 Sale" and "Adoma".[3] In 2004, Bollie also had a hit called "You May Kiss the Bride",[6] which is popular at weddings.[10][11] In 2017, they were guest presenters for the CBBC music show, The Playlist.

On 5 November 2017, the duo performed at the Walsall Arboretum.

The X FactorEdit

In 2015, Reggie 'n' Bollie (then known as Menn on Poinnt) auditioned for the twelfth series of The X Factor. They made it all the way to judges' houses, where they were mentored by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and were seen as a shock choice for the live shows. With the eliminations of Alien Uncovered in week 1 and 4th Impact in week 5, Reggie 'n' Bollie became Fernandez-Versini's sole remaining act in the competition. They were never in the bottom two or bottom three during any week and subsequently became the first duo to make the live final since Same Difference in 2007. During the final, they duetted with Fuse ODG and Craig David. They were announced as runners-up in the final, losing out to Louisa Johnson.[2] The duo took part in The X Factor Live Tour 2016.[12]

Reggie 'n' Bollie signed to Syco Music on 20 January 2016.[13] They released their first single "New Girl" on 13 May through Syco.[14] It reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. Their second single, "Link Up", released on 9 December 2016, failed to chart.

On 1 February 2017, Reggie 'n' Bollie announced they had parted ways with Syco and set up their own independent record label, called F.R.O.D Music. The duo switched on the Christmas lights in Farnborough on 18 November 2017.

On 15 December 2017, Reggie 'n' Bollie released their album Uncommon Favours through F.R.O.D Music.[15]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumEdit

  • Uncommon Favours (2017)

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
SCO
2016 "New Girl" 26 8 Uncommon Favours
"Link Up" Non-album single
2017 "This Is the Life" Uncommon Favours
"Bumaye"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joshua Smith (14 November 2015). "X Factor's Reggie 'N' Bollie says Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is 'like a sister'". gethampshire. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Louisa Johnson becomes youngest X Factor winner". Belfast Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "See what Reggie Zippy has been doing in UK since he left Ghana". GhanaWeb. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ Day, Elizabeth (29 May 2016). "Not your average pop stars, but Reggie N Bollie's Afrobeats is the sound of summer". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ "X Factor runners-up Reggie N Bollie celebrate 'dream come true' as they sign with Simon Cowell".
  6. ^ a b "Bollie". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  7. ^ The X Factor UK (19 September 2015). "Menn on Poinnt Turn It Up for our Judges - The X Factor UK 2015" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Capital XTRA on Twitter".
  9. ^ "Reggie N Bollie sign record deal with Simon Cowell". BBC Online.
  10. ^ a b "X Factor finalists Reggie 'N' Bollie already had big hits in Africa". The Sun. News UK.
  11. ^ Nkansah, Ricky (30 May 2016). "Reggie N Bollie's Afrobeats is the sound of the moment – A UK Guardian featureOpen Ghana - Open Ghana".
  12. ^ Lyons, Beverley (12 February 2016). "X Factor stars Reggie 'n' Bollie reveal that mentor Cheryl has turned agony aunt".
  13. ^ Copsey, Rob (20 January 2016). "Reggie N Bollie sign to Simon Cowell's Syco label". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Reggie 'N' Bollie on New Girl, X Factor and their perfect summer". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ "Reggie N Bollie Uncommon Favours Album". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 30 January 2018.