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Not to be confused with the artist M.I.A.

Mưa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), professionally referred to as Mưa, is an American R&B and pop recording artist, entertainer, philanthropist, and occasional actress. A Washington, D.C. native, Harrison took ballet lessons from the age of two and added jazz and tap dancing lessons to her schedule two years later. As she entered her teens, Harrison began to shift her focus to music. Gifted and musically-inclined, with the help of her father she put together a demo tape when she was 15 and begin to scout around for a record deal while still attending high school. At the age of 16, she signed a recording contract with Interscope Records.

Harrison's eponymous debut album with (through) Interscope Records was released in the spring of April 1998. It sold over one million copies in the United States, producing the gold-certified top ten single "It's All About Me" featuring Sisqó. Her second studio album, platinum-plus selling Fear of Flying was released in 2000 and became a worldwide success, with single "Case of the Ex" becoming Mưa's breakthrough hit; topping the Australian Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.

In 2002, Harrison won her first (and to date, only) Grammy Award in the category for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for her rendition of Labelle"s 1975 hit "Lady Marmalade", a cover version she recorded alongside Christina Aguilera, rapper Lil' Kim, and Pink for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack (2001). She released her third studio album, Moodring in the summer of 2003. The album produced the smash hit "My Love Is Like...Wo" and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Following a label change to Universal Motown, Mưa's often-delayed fourth studio album, Liberation (2007), received a download-release in Japan only after her label accidentally leaked the album. With the decision to go independent and a decline in her popularity in the United States, Harrison was offered a recording contract with Manhattan Recordings (a division of Lexington Corp.) a record label based overseas in Japan. Through that label, she recorded two exclusive albums for the Japanese music market Sugar & Spice (2008) and most recently K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple) (2011). In between recording those two albums, she launched her own independent record label Planet 9 and participated in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars; placing 2nd in the competition.

Aside from her recording career, Harrison launched an acting career as well. She made her feature film debut in 1999's thriller In Too Deep starring LL Cool J and Omar Epps. Harrison continued to score supporting roles in films; with a supporting role in Chicago (winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast), Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), Shall We Dance? (2004), and Cursed (2005). In addition, to scoring movie roles, Harrison has been engaged in product endorsement deals with brands such as Coca-Cola, Gap, Iceberg, Tommy Hilfiger, and Motorola.

Harrison contribution to music has earned her many accolades in the fields of pop and R&B music categories. In 2009, Billboard listed Mưa as one of their Hot 100 Artists of the 2000s; placing her in the 97th position. As of October 2009, she has sold 3.2 million albums in the United States alone and 7 million albums worldwide.

Biography

Early life and career beginnings

</ref> }} Named in honor after author and poet Maya Angelou, Mưa Marie Harrison is one of three children. Harrison was born to an African American father and Italian American mother. Her father Sherman, a musician and singer, performed with a number of bands in the area; her mother Theresa worked as an accountant. She grew up in suburban Washington D.C. with her two younger brothers Chaz and Nijel. As a child, she imitated Michael Jackson in her mother's high-heeled boots, using a spoon as a make-believe microphone. Mưa took violin lessons throughout her childhood, but dancing was her primary after-school activity. Mưa started dance classes in 1982 when she was only two; taking ballet lessons and added jazz and tap dancing lessons to her schedule two years later. Although she lost interest for several years, her interest waned at about age 8, but at age 12, it was rekindled. Her passion was re-ignited in 1992 when she joined a professional troupe T.W.A (Tappers With Attitude) at the age of 10. Her tap dancing skills led to an opportunity to study with one of the best-known tap dancers in the country, Savion Glover of the Dance Theater of Harlem, when he came to Washington DC for a workshop. Glover later chose Mưa for a solo spot in a dance performance at the Kennedy Center

With an African American father and a mother of Italian descent, Mưa sometimes had to endure insensitive comments about her ethnic background# Her accomplishments as a dancer, however, helped Mưa to make the transition into adolescence and deal with the peer pressure that many teenagers experience. As she explained in an appearance on Canada's Much Music television show in January 2001:

There was a time in my life when I wasn't popular and accepted by kids in school. I was made fun of with braces and kinky hair, and being from a multicultural family, etcetera... And it really hurts when you're that age, but later when you get something of your own or you get involved in activities like a sport, you begin to be accepted for what you do, and your personality and who you are, instead of your clothes and how you look and the name designer brands you have on.
As a popular performer, Mưa would later draw from her experiences to speak to girls' groups as part of the Secret of Self-Esteem program for adolescents, addressing issues such as body image, peer pressure, and gender stereotypes. Learning steps from music videos landed her a stint from 1996 until 1998 as a hip-hop dancer for BET's "Teen Summit". She also began teaching a children's hip-hop and jazz dance class in Camp Springs. By age 15, Mưa's musical side began to take over and she perfected her vocal ability with the help of her father, a professional musician. When he realised that his daughter was serious about a career in music, Mưa's father began shopping around with her demo tape, eventually catching the interest of University Music president and CEO Haqq Islam. Mưa finished high school when she was 16 years old and subsequently took a few classes at the University of Maryland, College Park, but the teenager's primary focus was on the recording studio.

1998-2001: Mưa (debut album) & Fear of Flying

After signing with Interscope, Mưa spent the next two years recording and completing her debut studio album. The album featured production and collaborations from noteworthy hitmakers such as Missy Elliott, Babyface, Diane Warren, Dru Hill, Darryl Pearson and Silkk Tha Shocker and spawned the massively successful singles "It's All About Me", "Movin' On", and "My First Night with You". She released her debut single, "It's All About Me" featuring fellow R&B singer Sisqó on February 24, 1998, which peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart respectively. The single received a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 4, 1998. Her eponymous debut album was released April 21, 1998 in the United States and reached number twenty-nine on the Billboard 200. The album sold 1.4 million copies in the United States and received a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 1, 1998; denoting shipments to US retailers of over 1,000,000 units.

The album's second single "Movin' On", featured No Limit rapper Silkk Tha Shocker and peaked at number thirty-four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart respectively. A third single, "My First Night with You" peaked at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album earned Harrison two Soul Train Music Award nominations for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist and Best R&B/Soul Album - Female and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist. In addition to her solo work, Mưa was featured with Ol' Dirty Bastard on Pras' Grammy-nominated 1998 hit "Ghetto Supastar" from the Bulworth soundtrack and "Take Me There" from The Rugrats Movie soundtrack, with Blackstreet, Blinky Blink, and Mase.

In 1999, Harrison began production on an album that would eventually become Fear of Flying. The title was partially inspired by Erica Jong 1973 novel, Fear of Flying which shared a lot of similarities toward female sexuality and development of second-wave feminism. The album featured contributions from Rodney Jerkins, Swizz Beatz, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Knobody, and Wyclef Jean. The majority of Fear of Flying was co-written and co-produced by Harrison and many of the album"s songs are about female empowerment. Harrison, who did some writing on her 1998 eponymous debut album, was heavily involved production of Fear of Flying, from writing and recording to producing, mixing, and mastering.

On April 25, 2000, Fear of Flying was released and debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 album chart with first week sales of 72,000 copies. Upon initial release, the album seemed to be suffering the dreaded sophomore slump. The album's first single "The Best of Me", featuring Jadakiss, under-performed on the charts, not even making it into the pop Top 40.

The album's second single, the confrontational "Case of the Ex", proved to be a different matter and was a dance-heavy jam with attitude on it. Mưa confronts her man about an old lover who will not go away. "Case of the Ex" became Harrison's breakthrough hit topping the Australian Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks. The song reached number two and three in the United States and United Kingdom respectively and in turn solidified Fear of Flying as a hit.

With the success of "Case of the Ex", Interscope re-released Fear of Flying on November 7, 2000, with a revised tracklisting featuring two new songs, including the third single "Free" (which was previously on the Bait soundtrack) and a new track titled "Again & Again". "Free" was even more pop-friendly and became quite successful on MTV's TRL and at pop radio. Fear of Flying earned Mưa a Soul Train Music Award nomination for R&B/Soul Album - Female and a UK MOBO nomination for Best Album in 2001. The album sold over a million copies in the United States and received a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America on March 28, 2001. Although Fear of Flying was received with mixed reviews, the album was a critical and commercial success; catapulting her career into superstardom. Fear of Flying hit as nearly hard as her debut, staying on Billboard 200 for 52 consecutive weeks.

In 2001, Mưa lent her voice to two film soundtrack projects; Walt Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! soundtracks. On the Atlantis: The Lost Empire soundtrack, she performed and recorded the tender pop ballad "Where the Dream Takes You. The Diane Warren-penned song was featured during the closing credits of Disney's highly anticipated animated feature, and was worked at Top 40 and Adult Contemporary radio starting June 5, prior to the film's June 15 release date; then she collaborated with singers Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and P!nk on the remake of Labelle's 1975 hit "Lady Marmalade". Lady Marmalade was produced by hip-hip producers Missy Elliott and Rockwilder and released as the first single from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. The single was a worldwide success. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its eighth week, spending five consecutive weeks at number one. Lady Marmalade became the third airplay-only track in the history of the chart to make it to the top. Since Billboard changed the eligibility rule in December 1998 to include all songs regardless of retail availability, only Aaliyah's "Try Again" (Blackground/Virgin) in June 2000 and "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon (MCA) this past March have made it to No. 1 without any sales points. Of the three tracks to now achieve this feat, "Marmalade" makes it to the top with the highest audience total (111 million listeners). "Angel" had 105 million in its only week at No. 1, while "Try" had 92 million in its sole week at the top. The song reached number one in over fifteen countries including the United Kingdom and Australia. Lady Marmalade became Harrison's first chart-topper and third non-consecutive top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The foursome was invited to perform at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards; the performance was the show's biggest highlight of the night. At 2001 MTV Video Music Awards Lady Marmalade was nominated for six moonmen, but only won two for Best Video from a Film and Video of the Year.

In 2002, the quartet performed "Lady Marmalade" again at the 44th Grammy Awards and won a grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

In 2001, Mưa also paid a tribute to legendary music icon Janet Jackson at MTV Icon. She performed her own rendition of Jackson classic hit The Pleasure Principle.

2002-08: Moodring, Liberation and Sugar & Spice

After the release and success of Fear of Flying, Mưa began to dabble in acting with a supporting role in the 2002 Academy Award-winning musical film, Chicago, in which she would win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. In the following years, she continued appearing in films such as Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), Shall We Dance? (2004), and Cursed (2005).

On July 22, 2003, after much delay, Mưa released her third long-awaited studio album, Moodring. The album sold more than 113,000 copies in its first week and peaked at number 3 on Billboard 200, surpassing Mưa"s previous effort first-week sales. Originally titled Bittersweet, Moodring display an array of different emotions exploring Mưa"s playful and sexual side. The majority of Moodring was co-written and co-produced by Mưa and was influenced by different subjects and music styling's including techno, pop rock, soul, hip-hop, r&b, quiet storm, etc.The first single, the Missy Elliott-produced "My Love Is Like...Wo" became a smash hit and a summertime anthem for women. The video showcase a more sexier and risqué side of Mưa and became popular at MTV. The second single, the elegant-mid tempo track "Fallen" failed to duplicate the same success but however reached the top forty on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Moodring stayed on the United States chart for a mere eighteen non-consecutive weeks and went on to be certified gold, selling 589,000 copies to date.

Mưa was working on her fourth studio album on and off since 2004; she signed a six figure contract with Ford Modeling Agency in 2005. Originally conceived as a project called Control Freak, the album's first version was actually scheduled for a mid-2005 release and involving main production by Scott Storch, Dr. Dre, Lil Jon, Rockwilder and songwriter Sean Garrett. Although she intended to release a dance track called "Let It Go" at a particular time, the singer eventually decided to leave her management and A&M Records in fall 2005 before signing a new contract with Universal Motown. Mưa began consulting a few other producers to collaborate on the album, renamed Liberation, and in mid-2006, a buzz track entitled "Ayo!" was released onto the internet. Due to time-consuming "litigations, court, transitioning from label to label, teaching kids [at the Mya Art & Tech Foundation] and building a [recording] studio" however, the song was never picked up as a single and the album's release was pushed back again. In March 2007, the album's actual lead single "Lock U Down", a Scott Storch-produced collaboration with Lil Wayne, was sent to radio. After its commercial failure, a second single entitled "Ridin'" was released, but as the song saw minor success on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart only, Liberation was delayed once more and eventually bumped from the U.S. schedule. As a result, the album was never released physically anywhere but in Japan. In 2008, Mưa parted ways with Motown. Having worked on new material since mid-2007, she contracted with Japanese R&B label Manhattan Records (a division of Lexington Group, not to be confused with the American adult contemporary label of the same name) to release new material. Her fifth studio album Sugar & Spice received a Japan-wide release in December 2008. Composed of production by less known producers, the album produced a new version of her single "Fallen", a cover of Diana King's hit "Shy Guy", as well as the first and final single "Paradise".

2009-10: Sugar & Spice:The Perfect Edition and Beauty & the Streets Vol.1

Almost a year later, Mưa re-released her Japan-only album Sugar & Spice. The newer version of the album, entitled Sugar & Spice: The Perfect Edition, was released on August 5, 2009, containing new remixes and a new song titled "Wish You Were Here" featuring Malaysian artist Che'Nelle. During her downtime Mưa started her own independent label, entitled Planet 9 and inked a deal with J. Prince's Young Empire Music Group. She released her first mixtape called Beauty & The Streets Vol.1 on September 29, 2009. The mixtape's first single, "Show Me Somethin'" featured Houston-based rapper Bun B and was sent to iTunes in August. The mixtape entered at number fifty-five on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Mưa was invited to be a featured guest vocalist on We Are the World 25 for Haiti. In 2010, Variety reported Mưa currently has already completed 10 tracks for her next studio effort with producer Junior Sanchez. No release date has been set yet but think an electro-dance-rock vibe. Mưa says, "Working with Junior Sanchez is an incredibly creative experiencehe and his team are true musicians, and we have been having so much fun in the studiothe sound is brand new and completely fresh." The songstress was also gearing up for the launch of a brand new single "Love Is the Answer", with Cedric Gervais. Originally, the track was scheduled for release late 2010 but however pushed back into next year. The song appears on Gervais' forthcoming album "Miamication" via (Ultra Records).

2011-2012: Love Is the Answer & K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple)

In early 2011, E! Online gave an exclusive first-listen preview of "Love Is the Answer". The track was released February 8 worldwide via iTunes. She released a new track called "Fabulous Life" in Japan on January 19. It was the first single from her second studio album titled K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple) in Japan.

A second single titled "Runnin' Back" featuring Iyaz was released February 23. Her sixth studio album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple) was released April 20, 2011 in Japan. The album debuted at number sixty-one on Japan's Billboard Top Albums Chart and at number seventy-two on Japan's Oricon Albums Chart with first-week sales of 1,543.

In a recent interview, Mưa announced she has a US version of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple) that has been done for quite some time and she has been taking a lot of meeting every single month to find out if she would like to distribute the project independently or major. Either way, her plan is to get it out before Christmas stating the album is done and my fans want it. Although the US version is slightly different from the Japan version. K.I.S.S. U.S./Canada Deluxe Edition was released December 20, 2011 via iTunes.

Its first US single is an up-tempo track called "Earthquake" featuring Miami native rapper Trina. The single was released December 6, 2011 via iTunes. The album's second U.S. single is the House/Technoclub rave inspired song "Somebody Come Get This Bitch" released December 13, 2011 via (iTunes). Harrison is also working on her 8th studio album for 2012.

In an interview with Billboard.com's The Juice, Harrison said she'll released her next album "when it's ready and supported properly" and is open to working with a major label again, "if a comfortable situation presents itself". Her priority is serving her fans worldwide now, versus the one-off, independent situation that she have been doing but still going to put out her mixtapes. She still may do projects in Japan, but her focal point and priority is to bring it back home. K.I.S.S. U.S./Canada Edition debuted at number seventy-four on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for the week of February 11, 2012.

2013

Mưa is currently working on three in-studio projects; a collaboration album, her seventh studio album, and Beauty & the Streets Vol. 2

Artistry

Voice

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic commented that Mưa has a voice that is at once "innocent and knowing", while Billboard complimented her voice for having a "smooth, sensitive, angelic tone" to it who oozes with the confidence and stylistic flair of an artist twice her age.

Other critics often call her voice weak and thin. In reviewing for her second studio album Fear of Flying, Jon Azpiri of AllMusic commented that "she is a promising young talent, but still has yet to develop the chops necessary to rank among the best of R&B divas." Rolling Stone stated "The signature quiver in Mưa's voice does give her some sonic identity, but otherwise this could be the music of Destiny's Child, Aaliyah or any of the countless interchangeable hip-hop/R&B divas."

During an interview with Billy Johnson Jr of Yahoo! Music in 2003, Mưa stated "I like to sing loud, I like to sing soft, I just like to feel good, period. It's not that serious." She also commented on the fact there are a lot of misconceptions about singing:

I'm just happy to be here. I think being a young artist, just starting out of high school, what kids listen to is club music. We don't necessarily get too deep or sing like Aretha Franklin. That's not even what music is truly about today. It's sad, but when I want to give a little bit of sex, being fabulous or sassy. I definitely want to be able to sing and back that up, and being a dancer first has sort of given me a complex that I have to be able to sing, period, with a band. If I break my leg, I'd like to give a show without pyrotechnics and choreography every five seconds.

Songwriting and producing

Since the beginning of her career, Mưa has always been artistically involved in her career. Harrison writes the majority of her own material for her studio albums. In an interview, she stated she writes 99.9% of her albums, and when songs are submitted to her, if she feels the song is something that feels like something she can perform well and hits close to home, then she feels comfortable doing it.

She is known for writing sexually-driven lyrics and female empowerment compositions with a bit of an edge to them through her love for free-spirited word play and incorporates a wide genre of music such as pop, dance, jazz, soul, hip-hop, techno, rock, reggae, and quiet storm.

In interview with People, she revealed she draws her musical inspirations from humming a melody off the note of a whirring fan or tapping her foot to the rhythm of the bathtub dripping; stating she can hear melodies from natural sounds like birds chirping or the taxis and construction in Manhattan. Occasionally, however, Harrison wishes she could stop the music. "In the middle of a conversation, I'll start humming or moving my feet, and my friends will say, 'You can't be serious, she says. "It's such a reflex that I'm totally unaware I look like an idiot." Most of her songs are helmed from personal experiences in her life as well as friends' experiences.

Harrison has co-produced most of her records since 2000. She has her own recording studio and label imprint, Planet 9 and is heavily involved in the production of her music and every single process, from writing and recording to producing, mixing, and mastering her own projects. Harrison very active in all aspects of her career from the actual production to the business. Formulating the beat, creating the concept, and coming up with the melodies.

Influences

Mưa's musical influences include Sade Adu, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, and Madonna. Mưa praises Steve Wonder for his ability to hear music and play music and feel it and get other people to feel it, and Madonna for her boldness and courage. Mưa calls Minnie Riperton her favorite female singer and Prince her musical hero, stating, "He's someone who takes risks. He's an all-around entertainer, hell of a performer. He's a genius."

Mưa's dance influences include Gregory Hines, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Electric Boogaloos, Rock Steady Crew, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis, Jr.

She cites Lena Horne and Liza Minnelli her role models.

Acting career

Mưa made her acting debut in the 1999 thriller In Too Deep starring LL Cool J and Omar Epps. In the movie, she played a young woman named Loretta.

In late December 2002, Mưa co-starred in the broadway musical Chicago alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and Renée Zellweger. In the film, she portrayed a murderess named Mona in the Cell Block Tango dance number. The film was a box office hit grossing $306,776,732 worldwide and earned Mưa a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. In 2004, she had two small roles in the films Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Shall We Dance?. In the films, she played a latina lounge singer named Lola Martinez and Vern's Fiancee. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights tanked at the box office grossing $14,161,590 in the United States and $27,685,016 worldwide while Shall We Dance? became a box office hit grossing $57,890,460 in the United States alone and $170,128,460 worldwide.

In February 2005, Mưa had a supporting role in the Wes Craven horror film Cursed. The film starred Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Judy Greer, and Shannon Elizabeth. In the film, Mưa played a young victim by the name of Jenny Tate. Although Cursed tanked at the box office grossing $19,297,522 in the United States and $29,621,722 worldwide, the film earned Mưa a nomination at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards for Best Frightened Performance.

Her next film, the Bill Duke-directed Cover, Mưa portrayed an AIDS victim named Cynda. The film opened at selective theaters and grossed $79,436 in the United States. The film dealt with the subject of men who are on the down-low in society. In 2008, Mưa had a starring role in the direct-to-dvd romantic comedy film Love For Sale. Mưa played a college student named Kiely in a bad relationship. The film was released to DVD on October 21, 2008.

In January 2011, Mưa returned to the silver screen and co-starred in the romantic comedy film The Heart Specialist alongside Wood Harris, Zoe Saldana, and Brian J. White. She plays Brian J. White's ex-girlfriend Valerie. The film was a sleeper at the box office grossing $1,103,037.

Dancing With the Stars

Harrison announced she would participate in Dancing with the Stars' ninth season with Dmitry Chaplin. The two first danced a Viennese Waltz and a Cha-Cha-Cha. For her Viennese Waltz, she was scored 8's from judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli but a shocking 5 from judge Len Goodman. Her Cha-Cha-Cha however was scored first place receiving 10 points.

The following week, Baz Luhrman, who directed "Moulin Rouge!" in which Harrison sang, guest judged for Goodman. She danced a Jive that scored 27/30. She tied first place with Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff's Quickstep and received the encore of the week.

When Goodman returned as regular judge the following week, Harrison danced a Rumba which scored yet another 27 however she received the first ever 10s from Inaba and Tonioli but a shocking 7 from Goodman. A similar incident happened the following week when her Lambada scored 28 being scored 10s from Inaba and Tonioli and an 8 from Goodman tying in first place with Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas's Charleston.

That following week, Harrison and Chaplin danced an Argentine Tango which scored yet another 27, however she did not receive 1st place and instead future winners Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson did, receiving the highest score of the season to date, 29, until she beat that score later on. Following that week, the two decided to dance a Jitterbug themed diner characters. Goodman remarked that "it was good, I just wanted a bit more" and scored a 24. They then danced a Mambo against every other couple and received 9 points, losing to future fourth place finalists Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough, both of whom were tough competition for them.

The next week, the two danced a Foxtrot and a Paso Doble with Michael Irvin, Mark Dacascos and Aaron Carter (Decascos and Irvin who got eliminated that week). For her Foxtrot, the two received 25 getting 9s from Tonioli and Inaba and a 7 from Goodman. Following that week, she danced a Quickstep which tied Osmond and Johnson's Argentine Tango's score of 29. They then danced a 1970's-themed Samba, for which she was awarded the first 30 of the season. The next week, she was asked to dance three dances (a Waltz, a Salsa and a Cha-Cha-Cha) only receiving 9s and 10s, and receiving the second 30. For the finals week, she danced a Paso Doble and was dubbed by Carrie Ann Inaba as the "Queen of the Paso Doble", and was granted the third 30. Then she dance the Megamix dance along with Kelly Osbourne and Donny Osmond and was granted another 30. For her final dance before the public vote, Harrison and Chaplin danced a Hairspray-themed Freestyle dance which was remarked by the judges that "it was good but needed more" and received a 27. The final dance was a repeat of her Jive from Week 2 and received 28, finishing in the second place.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/"Vision of Love"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay/""Centerfold"
8
Awarded
5
10
8
Points
Safe
2 Jive/"Would You...?" 9 *9 9 Safe
3 Rumba/"Underneath Your Clothes" 10 7 10 Safe
4 Lambada/"Ain't It Funny" 10 8 10 Safe
5 Argentine Tango/"They" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Jitterbug/"C'mon Everybody"
Mambo Marathon/"Ran Kan Kan"
8
Awarded
7
9
9
Points
Safe
7 Foxtrot/"Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"
Team Paso Doble/ "I Hate Myself for Loving You"
9
8
7
8
9
8
Safe
8 Quickstep/"Baby Wants a Diamond Ring"
Samba/"Bad Girls"
9
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
9 Waltz/"Amore e Musica"
Salsa/"La Isla Bonita"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Fire Burning"
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10 Paso Doble/"We Will Rock You"
Megamix/"You and Me"/ "Whenever, Wherever" / "Maniac"
Freestyle/"You Can't Stop the Beat"
Jive/"Would You...?"
10
Awarded
9
Awarded
10
30
9
28
10
Points
9
Points
Runners Up
  • Baz Lurhman was a guest judge for Week 2

Endorsements

At the age of 18, Harrison served as an ad print spokeswoman for Bongo Jeans and had a Tommy Hilfiger lipstick shade named after her.

In the years to come, she continued to receive endorsement deals. In 2001, she became a spokesperson for Iceberg jeans and featured in ad prints in magazines. Harrison signed an endorsement deal with Coca-Cola in 2002, which included appearances on TV commercials. She and then label mate Common recorded a cover version of Ed Harris' "Real Compared To What". The commercial made its debut in 2003 at the American Music Awards and featured Mưa in a 90-second commercial singing a jazzy cover version of the song alongside Chi-town rapper Common.

In early 2003, Mưa recorded an updated version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic hit "Feeling Groovy" for the new spring GAP television ads. The music for the spot was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The new GAP commercials were produced by longtime GAP creative agency Laird & Partners and aired everywhere throughout March and April.

In 2004, Mưa performed the original theme song, "Everything or Nothing", for the latest video game in the Bond franchise007: Everything or Nothing. Mưa also appears in the game as the NSA agent sultry Bond girl "Mya Starling". Mưa co-wrote and co-produced the song with Randy Bugnitz and A&M president Ron Fair, and three variations of the theme appeared in the game.

In 2005, Motorola signed Mưa and eight other artists from every generation to appear in TV commercial; promoting its first iPod music phone; the Motorola rokr. The commercial starred pop icons Madonna and Iggy Pop alongside with Little Richard, Bootsy Collins, Amerie, Alanis Morissette and look-a-likes of Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, and Notorious B.I.G.

On March 1, 2010, Escada announced that Mưa will host the celebration to introduce Escada's newest scent, Marine Groove, on March 13 in Miami Beach.The two-day event included a VIP party at South Beach's hottest nightclub, LIV. Select guests joined Mưa for an exclusive evening of dancing and libations. On Sunday afternoon, the celebration continued on the Venetian Lady Yacht in downtown Miami with a three-hour chartered yacht party.

Philanthropy

As a philanthropist, Mưa continues to devote her time and resources to various causes. From 1998 to



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