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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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Will always LOVE this song and now it forever be remembered for the great scene in Best Man Holiday The guys really represented :)
All the way back to junior high my first crush damn it's a good song
We performed this song for our class of 89 ' high school senior night..Girls went BANANAS!..Aw e s o m e !
NE4LIFER!!!! ! ! ! ! !
I LOVE THESE GUYS -Ralph mmm
This song takes me back to my fun days in school
This is my sooonngg!!<3 :D if it isn't looveee!!
This is some real throwback r+b $/-t right here,my uncle got this tape for me in the eighties.Dam n ! !
msmina40
These are the wrong lyrics
I love this song. Thy dont make music like this anymore..
My favorite!
I love new edition
I'm 11 and I love them
New edition what more can be said. ..just wished they would've continued to work with jam & Lewis a little longer. ..they bought out the best of these boys PERIOD
can u stand the rain
The best boy band Eva!!!
keishajones1 9 8 5
I love this on the best man holiday! Oldie but a goodie!!!
Yes!!!! NE just KILT IT in Dallas!!!!
Love me some New Edition!!! The last minute of the song Johnny did that.
I like new Edition music
I love Ronnie!!!
laydeebug363 1
Love you Ricky Bell !!!!!
My s**t
pdallsopp
Childhood memories!! Good Lord!!
mrs.mcgilbra
My favorite song and video.
Classic Shoutout Class of 1987 East Side Flyers.
It's not Old School. It's thee SCHOOL!!!
Just went to the New Edition 30 year reunion here in Boston, Massachusett s on June 27th and they were AWESOME! !!! It was so much fun to see them all together. Let me just say Ralph T. Is still SO SO SEXY, SEXY AS S**T! & can still sing his a** off! Johnny Gill as well! Bobby was struggling but hey he tried. .. They sang all the best songs as the first original 5 (1983) them their individual ones from going solo. Danced like they did back then and wore beautiful red sequenced vests with bl
The best of music, makes me sit back & say my my my.
New Edition will never get old.....I play these tracks just about every other day. Man, this was music.
top 5 fave song of all time Can you stand the rain!! real deal!!
Can you stand the rain New addition smh .....LOVE LOVE LOVE ...........D E B B I E . . . . . . . . . . . .
How many day dreamed about their candy girl/boy during that time??
They just don't make music like this anymore I love oldies always will loving this!!!
remember this song when it was new?
I'm not that old and I like the oldies music lol
Amazing song.
DAM BAD A** SONG IM OLD LOL...
One of the Greatest Groups of All Times...
I love this band!!
Classic!!!
MY BABIES!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Saturday morning videos on regular television.. .
I love that track let go get wet
I love this jam it remind of my other half
Memories with C.G.H. from J.C.N.J.
Brick City...
precious.gba d e b o
Can't wait to see them 29 Jun in NYC woo hoo NE for ife
YO, THE BOYS.......L U V U MUCH
Get ready NE fans they are back on the road this summer!
rray243
My uncle was a huge NE and Bobby Brown fan. Rip unk. Gone too soon.
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