International R&B-pop sensation Billy Crawford's latest album Groove has been certified Gold!
Last April 18, Billy received his Gold Record award from Universal Records general manager Kathleen Dy Go on ASAP XV after the launch of his latest single "One Last Cry." Groove is Billy's second Gold Record under Universal Records, his first was for the album Big City in 2006.
Unlike Billy Crawford's past albums Ride, Big City and It's Time, Groove is a covers album, his tribute album to his musical influences and the music he grew up listening to. Some of the songs in "Groove" were recorded abroad and some in the Philippines. It was also a creative collaboration among him, his friend Marcus Davis and Universal Records' Platinum Producer Ito Rapadas.
Included in Groove are the tracks "Steal Away," "Sexy Eyes," "Mercy, Mercy Me," "Let's Groove," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," "Lovely Day," "Never Let Her Slip Away," "Someone," "How Sweet It Is," "One Last Cry" and bonus tracks like a Silverfilter Remix of "Steal Away." Also in Groove is his duet with girlfriend Nikki Gil titled "You've Got a Friend."
Internationally, Billy Crawford has sold more than 2 million records. In 2001, Billymania started in Europe when his hit "Trackin" went straight to the top of the French charts and was certified platinum (more than 500,000 copies sold). The track also made it to the No. 1 slot in Holland, No. 2 in Belgium, No. 3 in Switzerland, and No. 20 in Germany.
His second album Ride was certified gold in France (100,000 copies) within just a few weeks and reached gold in Switzerland. The album went on to achieve platinum status in the French market (300,000) and a total of 450,000 copies have been sold to date. Billy Crawford has already received a nomination at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards for "Best Newcomer of the Year" and in 2003, he was awarded as "International Male Artist of the Year" beating competition from Will Smith, Eminem and Robbie Williams.
In 2004, Billy released his third album Big City and toured the Philippines to promote the album release. The first single "Bright Lights" was an immediate success and the album was certified Gold. He released another album in 2007 titled It's Time and hosted a dance reality show on GMA-7 titled M.O.V.E. The winning dancers became part of his back-up dancers in his major concert at the Araneta Coliseum.
In 2008, Billy transferred to ABS-CBN and became the host of Pinoy Dream Academy and is now seen regularly on ASAP XV and Pilipinas Got Talent.