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New Edition

New Edition's early, Jackson 5-inspired material made them the forerunners of two generations of teen pop (most of which was geared to white audiences). As they matured and progressed, they laid much of the groundwork for the fusion of hip-hop and R&B known as new jack swing. In fact, after New Edition drifted apart, all of its members had at least some significant success outside the group as part of the new jack movement, which helped ensure that their original incarnation would be remembered for much more than the bubblegum urban soul that made their name.

New Edition was formed in the Roxbury section of Boston, MA, by Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Bobby Brown, who began singing together in 1978 while still in elementary school, hoping to perform for pocket cash. They eventually recruited friend Ralph Tresvant as a fourth member, and after winning a talent show in 1980, also added Ronnie DeVoe. More talent show victories followed, including a prestigious gig at the local Strand Theater, where they performed the Jackson 5's "The Love You Save." They were discovered by writer/producer/impresario Maurice Starr, who signed the group to his small Streetwise label in hopes of launching a Jackson 5 phenomenon for the '80s. "Candy Girl," a song Starr co-wrote for the group, was released as their first single in 1983, when the members ranged in age from 13 to 15. Despite a lack of major-label interest in the group, "Candy Girl" was a smash, topping the R&B charts. Their debut album, also titled Candy Girl, spawned two more R&B hits in "Popcorn Love" and "Is This the End?," and MCA offered the group a deal. Starr, however, wanted the group to remain with Streetwise; New Edition summarily fired him as their manager and signed with MCA. Starr attempted to sue the group for their name, unsuccessfully claiming that "New Edition" actually referred to a whole new style of pop music he'd created. Starr, of course, would go on to strike it rich with a similar concept, assembling a quintet of white teenagers he dubbed New Kids on the Block.

New Edition, meanwhile, released their eponymous MCA debut in 1984 and scored their biggest pop hit with the Top Five smash "Cool It Now," which ended with a short rap section. The Ray Parker, Jr.-penned "Mr. Telephone Man" soon became their third R&B chart-topper, and the group had reached full-fledged teen idol status. Yet they were growing up fast, as demonstrated on their next album, 1985's All for Love. Not only were their voices changing, but their material was becoming more adult, with harder-edged funk and more mature romantic ballads. Later that year, they also released a holiday album, Christmas All Over the World, and struck an endorsement deal with Coke. However, rumors of Brown's growing dissatisfaction proved true and he left for a solo career in 1986. Temporarily down to a quartet, the rest of the group recorded the covers album Under the Blue Moon, a set of vintage doo wop and R&B numbers from the '50s and '60s; it produced a hit revival of the Penguins' "Earth Angel."

Brown's replacement came in the form of Johnny Gill, a deep-voiced friend of the group who'd been recording as a solo artist without much luck. Gill made his debut on the 1989 album Heart Break, which found New Edition working with star producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The move paid immediate dividends, as they scored several R&B hits from the album, including the number one "Can You Stand the Rain." Meanwhile, Brown had become a superstar with his second album, the new jack swing landmark Don't Be Cruel. Feeling vindicated by Heart Break, New Edition split up to work on other projects. Gill returned to his solo career, with considerably more success this time around, and Tresvant also went solo. The remainder of the group teamed as Bell Biv DeVoe and wound up having greater success than anyone save Brown; their debut album, Poison, was another new jack style-setter and Bivins' interest in developing new talent gave Boyz II Men their big break.

By the mid-'90s, new jack swing was giving way to new fusions of hip-hop and soul that were alternately more organic or aggressive. Although their status as innovators was secure, many of the New Edition splinter acts had a hard time keeping up and maintaining their career momentum. Thus, given their individually positive reputations, it made sense for the group to announce its triumphant reunion, with all six members participating in what was essentially an R&B supergroup. The public loved the idea; when the comeback album Home Again was finally released in 1996, it debuted at number one, and the first single, "Hit Me Off," was a smash, hitting number one on the R&B charts. The follow-up, "I'm Still in Love With You," was another big hit, and the group embarked on a blockbuster tour that, while popular, found relationships between some of the members fraying. After the tour, New Edition returned to their various prior projects, with the prospect of any future reunions looking dim. Those prospects increased significantly when it was learned that P. Diddy had signed the group to his Bad Boy label for the release of another comeback, 2004's One Love. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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headache from playing scrabble
thank you shield me babe
Stand by through it all,I'm your wall to shield you.
I CAN STOP HIS RAIN IF HE LETS ME
i think we have all had rain lets celebrate beating it, the sun is always there even thru the clouds and rain NEVER GIVE UP
Sometimes you crush my heart with all this love you have i barely can keep it in my chest ,the stars have all drop from the sky to stop this love have for you.forever
Some time we as man don't. Stay what mean this is real
Aw s**t love this song i no this whole dance lol im doin it now!! Aw man i miss my brother
I will always love this song
Awesome Awesome song....
New Edition I Loved Them Back In The Day Say What Still Do Today Still Have Their C'd Say What
NE for LIFE!!
Thought you would be sleep,I Love you too
Probably still at have good one
Ohh I love this live version of this song. A great throwback by some soulful men.....
Been through most storms still here.
All this time didn't think other's especially those little people. Priority first people think cause don't have kids you don't care, i think about them.selfish n e s s not me.
Nothing you find the way the way you are a little thuggish, sweet,hot head,romanti c , l o v e family.
Chrissy you like woman . I like woman 37
I LOVE NE!!!!!! I AM A CANDY GIRL FOREVER!!!!! !
Wake too droplets of you melting my heart, how would, could leave you ;you over power my mind,heart.. . . . . . w e a k in love.
ldppld
watch that n word @cortezes68
Love those n**gas
Love this guy group
Sorry babe all these people keep add me all these groups
I always enjoy listening to this song. It's the jam!
Love this guy group
Still a definite favorite.... .
❤️
Want go out but love you ,you got a sleepy head as a partner
Real r&b hip hop thx u this was the best
Morning not going in direction you want this morning ..........fu l l attention now
The s**t
❤️❤️❤️❤️
I love this song. It's one of my favorites. I love this song especially on Best Man Holiday. New Edition 4 Eva!
I love can u stand the rain
Good love
lelliott221
In 1983, I was in elementary school and my friends and I wanted to be New Edition..... . T h e r e hasn't been group like this since....... .
i love this song but nothing compares to can you stand the rain. That song is in a league of its own
taniahalaby1 2
Merry christmas
That one thing that I liked about this song you can make luv in the rain
I love every song that have especially Bobbie brown
This is the jam for me...
All time favorite jam
tipcherry82
All I can say is the 80's was off the change as still is!! #80sbaby
No pressure can u stand the rain
So sweet guys.
Luv them and my uncle Johnny gill! I know all their dance moves lol:-)
My guys grew listening to them and trying to sing
mztweetie233
I love me some New Edition since day one!!!��
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