Where Are They Now? – Nina Sky

It seemed as if Nina Sky appeared from nowhere. They dropped one of the biggest hits of 2004 and just like that, they disappeared. You know their hit track “Move Ya Body”, but whatever happened to the twins from Puerto Rico.

Nicole and Natalie Albino were born on March 1984 in Puerto Rico. Their parents later moved to New York and divorced when the girls were young. The sisters grew up in Astoria, Queens. As a result of their stepfather working as a DJ, the twins were influenced by different types of music at an early age. By the age of 7, the twins had already written their first song, titled “Sisters“. By 10, they knew that they wanted to become singers. When they were 13, they learned how to DJ and two years later were playing concerts in many clubs.

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The sisters wanted to devise a name of their own, so they used the first two syllables of their names (“Ni” and “Na”), to came up with Nina. They then added Sky, which for them represented “the sky’s the limit.”

In 2003, the twins were introduced to Cipha Sounds, a hip hop DJ under the Star Trak label owned by The Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo). Cipha Sounds was impressed when he heard the girls sing and helped them create the hit “Move Ya Body.” Eventually, a demo of the track fell into the hands of Eddie O’Loughlin, the president of Next Plateau Entertainment (which is a division of Universal Records) O’Loughlin signed the twins to a contract and they started working on their debut album. On March 18, 2004, they had their first concert under their current name at Club Demara.

The single “Move Ya Body” was released on April 27, 2004 and reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 22 on the Billboard Year-End chart.

June 2004, the twins released their first self-titled album, and released another single, titled “Turnin’ Me On“. The track didn’t have the same success as “Move Ya Body”, but charted #5 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100.

Natalie and Nicole continued to work and promote their music. They have contributed to the reggaeton movement with songs such as “Oye Mi Canto“, and “Más Maíz” with artist and producer N.O.R.E. They were also featured artist on Sean Paul’s song “Connection” from his album “The Trinity”.

On October 25, 2005 they released their second mixtape, called “La Conexion”. The mixtape was influenced by Latin music.

In 2006, their third mixtape “80’s Babies” was released.

The twins started recording their second studio album, “Starting Today” in 2007. In late 2007, Nina Sky left their label, Universal, and signed with Polo Grounds Music/J Records.

Towards the end of 2008, the twins were in a battle with their record company Polo Grounds Records over the release of their album “Starting Today”. In the end, the contract was terminated and the duo went on a hiatus. 

With a new style, the duo independently released an eight-song EP for digital download in August 2010, entitled “The Other Side.”

From 2012 onwards, the twins released a mixture of tracks and remixes, and are playing more of the club circuit.

An album was meant to be released in 2016, but nothing has appeared.

 

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