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Bobby Brown

One of the brightest R&B stars of the late '80s and early '90s, Bobby Brown was the performer who popularized new jack swing, a blend of classic soul, synth-funk, and hip-hop rhythms that often featured rap breaks in between the conventionally melodic verses and choruses. Guy's Teddy Riley may have been new jack's greatest innovator, but Brown was its greatest hitmaker, crossing over to pop audiences with his blockbuster Don't Be Cruel album and thus making new jack swing the dominant trend in R&B through the early '90s (which, in turn, helped kick-start the solo careers of his former bandmates in New Edition). As R&B tastes changed, Brown became better known for his private life than his music; a sometimes rocky marriage to Whitney Houston and a series of run-ins with the law kept him in the tabloid headlines for most of the '90s and 2000s, even though he wasn't actually recording much music.

Brown was born February 5, 1969, in Boston, and began singing with Roxbury schoolmates Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell in 1978. The group developed into New Edition and, after a few talent show wins, was discovered by producer Maurice Starr. Starr signed the group to his label and co-authored its debut hit, "Candy Girl," which helped get New Edition a deal with MCA. After a few years of teen stardom, Brown longed to move on to an adult solo career, and left New Edition in 1986. He released his debut solo album, King of Stage, in 1987, and while it didn't make a name for Brown as a pop star, it did spawn a major R&B hit in the ballad "Girlfriend." Overall, though King of Stage gave little indication that Brown was about to become a breakout star on the cutting edge of modern R&B.

For his follow-up, Brown sought a more distinctive musical identity in the budding new jack swing movement. He enlisted the emerging production/songwriting team of L.A. Reid and Babyface to handle the majority of the record, with new jack pioneer Teddy Riley coming onboard in a limited capacity as well. The result, Don't Be Cruel, was a state-of-the-art, star-making affair. Released in the summer of 1988, the record produced Brown's first pop Top Ten hit in the title track, but really started to take off when the driving statement of purpose "My Prerogative" went all the way to number one toward the end of the year (and managed to work the word "prerogative" into a catchy hook). From there, Don't Be Cruel just kept spinning off hits: the ballad "Roni," the dance tune "Every Little Step" (which showed off Brown's rapping skills), and another ballad, "Rock Wit'cha," all hit the Top Ten in 1989, with the former two both making it all the way to number three. Don't Be Cruel topped the album charts and sold a whopping seven million copies, making Brown a superstar. In 1990, he was tapped to provide the theme song for Ghostbusters II and responded with the number two smash "On Our Own," another rap/R&B mixture; he also contributed a rap to friend Glenn Medeiros' number one pop hit "She Ain't Worth It." Brown was so popular at this point that even his 1990 remix album Dance!...Ya Know It! went platinum.

And then, somehow, the momentum began to slow. Countless other artists expanded on the new jack swing blueprint, with many of Brown's former New Edition colleagues at the forefront: Bell Biv Devoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant. Moreover, Don't Be Cruel made L.A. Reid and Babyface into hot commodities, and their sound was all over the airwaves. Just before his new album, Bobby, was released in the summer of 1992, Brown married superstar diva Whitney Houston, who sang the duet "Something in Common" on the new record. Bobby's lead single, "Humpin' Around," was a smash on both the pop and R&B charts, reaching the Top Five on the former. However, Bobby didn't sustain the momentum of Don't Be Cruel; perhaps it didn't stand out from the pack the way Don't Be Cruel had in 1988. Whatever the reason, sales of Bobby topped out at around two million copies, despite several more R&B hits in "Good Enough," "Get Away," and "That's the Way Love Is." In 1993, Georgia police arrested Brown for an overly suggestive stage performance, an incident that would prove to be the first of many legal difficulties for Brown -- which were compounded by substance abuse issues -- over the next several years.

After a number of incidents that included a club brawl, a battery charge that led to probation, a drunk-driving accident, and a stint at the Betty Ford Clinic, Brown found time to record with the fully reunited New Edition, whose comeback album, Home Again, entered the charts at number one in September 1996. Brown toured with the group, but departed when the tour was over. The tabloids, meanwhile, had a field day over Brown and Houston's rumored marital problems. Brown released his fourth solo album, Forever, in 1997, but it was a commercial disappointment that failed to break the Top 50.

In 2005, he rejoined New Edition once more, broke off with fellow members Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant as the touring act Heads of State, and starred in the BET reality program Being Bobby Brown. Shortly after the show's brief run, he and Houston divorced. A few months after Houston's February 2012 death, Brown released his fifth solo album, The Masterpiece. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Masterpiece (Clean Version)

1. Don't Let Me Die

2. Does Anybody Know

3. Get Out The Way

4. Damaged

5. Can't Give Up

6. Set Me Free

7. Starmaker

8. Exit Wounds

9. All Is Fair In Love

10. Man I'm Gonna Be

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Track List: Masterpiece

1. Don't Let Me Die

2. Does Anybody Know

3. Get Out The Way

4. Damaged

5. Can't Give Up

6. Set Me Free

7. Starmaker

8. Exit Wounds

9. All Is Fair In Love

10. Man I'm Gonna Be

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Track List: Get Out The Way (Radio Single)

1. Get Out The Way

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Track List: Every Little Step (Remixes)

1. Every Little Step (Extended Version)

2. Every Little Step (Uptown Mix)

3. Every Little Step (Instrumental)

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Bobby Brown

1. Girlfriend

2. Don't Be Cruel

3. My Prerogative

4. Roni

5. Every Little Step

6. On Our Own

7. Rock Wit'cha

8. Humpin' Around

9. Get Away

10. That's The Way Love Is

11. Good Enough

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Track List: Forever

1. Intro (Feat. Whitney Houston)

2. It's Still My Thang

3. Feelin' Inside

4. She's All I Need

5. My Place

6. Been Around The World

7. Give It Up

8. Happy Days

9. Forever

10. Sunday Afternoon

11. Heart And Soul

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Track List: Bobby

1. Humpin' Around (Prelude)

2. Humpin' Around

3. Two Can Play That Game

4. Get Away

5. Til The End of Time

6. Good Enough

7. Pretty Little Girl

8. Lovin' You Down

9. One More Night

10. Something In Common

11. That's The Way Love Is

12. College Girl

13. Storm Away

14. I'm Your Friend

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Track List: Roni

1. Roni (Extended Version)

2. Roni (Radio Edit)

3. Roni (Instrumental)

4. Roni (Pebbarone Mix)

5. Roni (Cussapella)

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Track List: Don't Be Cruel (Expanded Version)

Disc 1

1. Cruel Prelude

2. Don't Be Cruel

3. My Prerogative

4. Roni

5. Rock Wit'cha

6. Every Little Step

7. I'll Be Good To You

8. Take It Slow

9. All Day All Night

10. I Really Love You Girl

11. Cruel Reprise

Disc 2

1. On Our Own (From "Ghostbusters II")

2. Don't Be Cruel (Remix)

3. My Prerogative (Extended Remix)

4. Roni (Pebbarone Mix)

5. Rock Wit'cha (Quiet Storm Mix)

6. Every Little Step (Uptown Mix)

7. We're Back (From "Ghostbusters II")

8. Don't Be Cruel (Rapacious Mix)

9. My Prerogative (Joe T. Vannelli Light Mix)

10. Roni (Extended Version)

11. Rock Wit'cha (Extended Version)

12. Every Little Step (Extended Version)

13. On Our Own (From "Ghostbusters II") (Extended Club Version)

14. Don't Be Cruel (A Cappella)

15. Roni (Cussapella)

16. Every Little Step (With Rap)

17. Every Little Hit Mega Mix (Club Version)

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Track List: Don't Be Cruel

1. Cruel Prelude

2. Don't Be Cruel

3. My Prerogative

4. Roni

5. Rock Wit'cha

6. Every Little Step

7. I'll Be Good To You

8. Take It Slow

9. All Day All Night

10. I Really Love You Girl

11. Cruel Reprise

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Track List: Don't Be Cruel (Remixes)

1. Don't Be Cruel ((Extended Version))

2. Don't Be Cruel ((Dub))

3. Don't Be Cruel (A Cappella)

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Track List: King Of Stage

1. Girlfriend

2. Girl Next Door

3. Baby, I Wanna Tell You Something

4. You Ain't Been Loved Right

5. King Of Stage

6. Love Obession

7. Spending Time

8. Seventeen

9. Your Tender Romance

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Nj
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They don't make music like this anymore because the junk they make now ,well the so called"artis t s " ( not really what I would call them) act like they ain't got no act right and seems like they had no influences, the tone def new style r&b/ rappers of today need to take a look back at the throw backs, they might learn a thing or two ,and actually turn out some tolerable music. :)
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I love this! Well, every commit that put on here will be for artist, and the songs that I absolutely love. Why aren't they putting out talent and music like this anymore. Bruno Mars, I guess that I can say he's pretty close with his latest release. I love that entire album/cd/dig i t a l , whatever.
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All of triple B's songs hold up to this day. He was so far ahead of his time, it's unbelievable ! Always will respect you Bobby B!
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Still the man b brown
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Bobby B. Is my Michael Jackson!! King of the stage!!
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I. Love you so much I love all your songs plz email me at khanyaclawso n @ g m a i l . c o m plz to tell me you got this messge
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My preventive love it
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Ghostbusters soundtrack
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This song is still a jam!!! Go Bobby!!!
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bryant.bigby 0
Made a baby to this song lol.
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Go Bobby!!!! Agree without Bob no NE
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These lyrics, the beat, and Bobby's voice make this a classic hit.
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Grew up on this s**t. The NE brought me back!!
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Thanks for the movie, wouldnt have been no New Edition without Bobby Brown. Loving me sum him
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This song is one my favorite
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New Edition brought me here
Bobby brown and the gang r some talented brothers!!!!

Best ever
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dhmcclain
Love this song I can hear baby face in the background!
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My jam back then,Love Bobby Brown music
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Congratulati o n s on your new edition movie premiere on television
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Still a great song...
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My fav right here
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Always been a loyal fan
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Karesa A warmer Hi sweet hat love come on get as over her hot wet her
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B brown the man..the legend. Yesterday and today. Much love
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Bobby is my favorite member of new edition. I wished that he was on NE latest recording.
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im.a.big.fan . o f . b o b b y
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Bobby brown,the man.new edition the movie shows all about...
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Everybody makes bad decisions sometimes..b u t i love bobby brown..and i pray his strength in the lord..
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Fcvvvvs
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i love MILLIE Bobbie Brown.
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Glad ya made a comeback.
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Don't read this.. Now that you started reading don't stop. You will be kissed by the love of your life, on the nearest friday, by the love of your life. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when you finish hit the spacebar your lover's name will appear
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One of my FAVORITE songs!! I love me some Bobby and Whitney!��
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I love Bobby Brown
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Bobbys will always be my boo ❤️❤️❤️❤️part of the soundtrack of my life
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I must admit he's not my best artist, but the man can sing and dance
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Bobby hit that one on the head and more love making song ��������
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Yes
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I love you.
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Rock Wit'cha- nice cut- stay strong for you and family. Everyone know you love your daughter. Peace King.
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Sumpin' in his day
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Bobby B had some major hits!
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karesawarner
If you treat her right real nice and hold her tight
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That's my song there
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes when you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in bright letter of the screen this is freaky it actually work
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Everyone need just one RON
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Lets 'Give-this-s h o u t - O u t ! - f o r -
SECURITY RONI'S...... t h e y are appreciated. . . . . . . . . i know what they were 'labled'(as) .
Tin-soldiers , r e n t - a - c o p s , s u b s t i t u t e s , o n & o n . . . . . . . t h o u g h THEY ARE TRUE BLUE PEACEMAKERS bless their ways!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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