Album: Teenage Kicks (1996)
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  • Crush were a Pop duo comprising Jayni Hoy and Donna Air, who were both actresses in the BBC teenage drama, Byker Grove. Their music career began in December 1994 when the pair teamed up with fellow Byker Grove star Victoria Taylor under the Byker Grooove! band name, to release the one-off single "Love Your Sexy…!!"

    The song peaked at #48 in the UK Singles Chart and after Taylor left the music industry, Hoy and Air evolved into the duo Crush. Their debut single, "Jellyhead," was a minor success in the UK (#50) and also was a small hit in the US (#72). This and their follow-up single, "Luv'd Up," which reached #45 in the UK were both included on their debut album, Teenage Kicks.

    Later in 1996, Jayni Hoy dropped out and singer and actress Luciana Caporaso was parachuted in as a replacement. Their second self-titled album was released in 1997 by Robbins Entertainment, but there was little interest. and their music career petered out.
  • Donna Air continued with her acting career, juggling the odd TV part with presenting roles on such shows as The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday and small parts in big films including The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Counsellor (2013). Air also became a fixture in British gossip columns initially when she embarked on a long-term relationship with casino owner and conservationist Damian Aspinall and to a greater extent when it was reported that she was dating James Middleton, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge.
  • A former child actress, Luciana Caporaso first attempted a musical career at the age of 14, releasing three singles in 1994 which all reached the lower regions of the UK Top 75. After joining Crush, she watched the Spice Girls take the girl band concept to heights nobody had ever dreamed of, whilst her group sunk into oblivion. Luciana spent the remainder of the 1990s and first half of the 2000s performing with several other artists without attracting much attention. However, in 2006. she started a run of successful collaborations, which were:

    2006 - Hooked up with Production Duo Bodyrox singing on their single "Yeah Yeah," which was a big European hit (#2 in the UK)

    2007 - Featured on another hit dance tune, Super Mal's "Bigger Than Big" (#19 in the UK).

    2008 - The guest vocalist on Taio Cruz's #5 UK hit, "Come On Girl."

    2009 - Sang on Richard Vission and Static Revenger's, "I Like That," which peaked at #3 on the Australian Singles Chart and was certified double platinum Down Under.

    2010 - Luciana and her songwriting partner, Nick Clow had a song, "Cupid Boy," recorded by Kylie Minogue for her Aphrodite album.

    2011 - Having moved to the US, Luciana hooked up with producer Dave Audé and recorded a song "I'm Still Hot," which peaked at #1 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. It marked her first ever song to chart in the US as solo performer. The song also reached #42 on the Australian singles chart.


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