(This feature was originally published in February 2001.)
Only a few years after witnessing their first pop concert, the four young women of Dream found themselves opening for 'NSYNC as their debut single, "He Loves U Not," climbed to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. When their first album, It Was All a Dream, debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200, the group woke up to true singing success.
Shortly after the Dream team of Ashley Poole, 15; Melissa Schuman, 16; Diana Ortiz, 15; and Holly Blake, 15, were brought together through a talent search, they performed a showcase for Sean "Puffy" Combs, who immediately signed the L.A.-based girl group to his Bad Boy Records. It didn't take long for Dream to gain notoriety with their R&B-sprinkled hit, "He Loves U Not." Taking a thematic cue from Tom Petty's "Listen to Her Heart," it's a romantic-rival dis that delivers sassy lyrics: "You can pout your cherry lips/ Try to tempt him with a sweet kiss/ ... No matter what you do/ He's never gonna be with you."
The new year brought a reminder that success can have many parents some of them unwelcome when talent agent Judith Fontaine filed a lawsuit against Puffy and Dream claiming she created the group. But the group members are letting the adults fight it out while they have fun performing a live set that includes a cover of New Edition's "Mr. Telephone Man" and making the TV rounds. But don't look for this sudden blast of fame to destabilize the Dream girls. "We stay humble with each other," Ortiz told MTV News' Elon Johnson. "We keep each other in check all the time." Added Schuman, "We're like sisters, literally."