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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best Of New Edition

1. Cool It Now

2. Mr. Telephone Man

3. Lost In Love

4. Count Me Out

5. A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)

6. With You All The Way

7. Earth Angel

8. If It Isn't Love

9. Can You Stand The Rain

10. Hit Me Off

11. I'm Still In Love With You

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Track List: One Love

1. Conference Call

2. Been So Long

3. Hot 2nite

4. Sexy Lady

5. Last Time

6. All On You

7. Wildest Dream

8. Start Turnin' Me On

9. Love Again

10. One Love Interlude

11. That's Why I Lied

12. Come Home With Me

13. Best Man

14. Re-Write The Memories

15. Newness

16. Feelin' It

17. Leave Me

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Track List: Hits

1. Cool It Now

2. Mr. Telephone Man

3. Lost In Love

4. Count Me Out

5. A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)

6. With You All The Way

7. Earth Angel

8. Once In A Lifetime Groove

9. Helplessly In Love

10. If It Isn't Love

11. You're Not My Kind Of Girl

12. Can You Stand The Rain

13. Crucial

14. N.E. Heart Break

15. Hit Me Off

16. I'm Still In Love With You

17. You Don't Have To Worry

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Track List: Home Again

1. Oh Yeah It Feels So Good

2. Hit Me Off

3. You Don't Have To Worry

4. Tighten It Up

5. Shop Around

6. Hear Me Out

7. Something About You

8. Try Again

9. How Do You Like Your Loved Served

10. One More Day

11. I'm Still In Love With You

12. Thank You

13. Home Again

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Track List: Greatest Hits-Volume 1

1. Boys To Men (Remixed Version)

2. If It Isn't Love

3. Can You Stand The Rain

4. Count Me Out

5. A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)

6. Cool It Now

7. Mr. Telephone Man

8. Lost In Love

9. Candy Girl

10. Popcorn Love

11. Is This The End

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Track List: Under The Blue Moon

1. Earth Angel

2. Million To One

3. Duke Of Earl

4. (Hey There) Lonely Girl

5. Thousand Miles Away

6. What's Your Name?

7. Tears On My Pillow

8. Blue Moon

9. Since I Don't Have You

10. Bring Back The Memories

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Track List: All For Love

1. Count Me Out

2. A Little Bit Of Love

3. Sweet Thing

4. With You All The Way

5. Let's Be Friends

6. Kickback

7. Tonight's Your Night

8. Whispers In Bed

9. Who Do You Trust

10. School

11. All For Love

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Track List: New Edition

1. Cool It Now

2. Mr. Telephone Man

3. I'm Leaving You Again

4. Baby Love

5. Delicious

6. My Secret

7. Hide And Seek

8. Lost In Love

9. Kinda Girls We Like

10. Maryann

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Track List: Candy Girl

1. Gimme Your Love

2. She Gives Me A Bang

3. Is This The End

4. Pass The Beat

5. Popcorn Love

6. Candy Girl

7. Ooh Baby

8. Should Have Never Told Me

9. Gotta Have Your Lovin'

10. Jealous Girl

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Track List: Ping Pong Summer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

5. Popcorn Love

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Lagends
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They are just classic. I am such a HUGE fan!
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This is NE classic 4 sure... one of my favorite songs from this group
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I'm still the man that's true...
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I love new edition.
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They're 1 of the best group 2 come out of the 80's
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These guys make me just step
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kelly85
My JAM!!!
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Cool it now. Still lovin it. !!!!
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moleculematt
Jackson 5 love u.
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These brothers from Boston are some bad cats.
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can you stand the rain is so amazing gives me the feels seriously
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Can you stand the rain that's what matters n makes couples stronger
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THIS SONG... LAWWWWWD... Gets me alllll in my feels. Top 10 of all time.
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IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU ...LOVE THIS JAM <3
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Hiyouissocut e k u t u r a l a w h o r n
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Brings back some dam good ole memories
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I'm still in love with you
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Lllk
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cynthiadent
How much I feel?
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will always love this song........ .
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Still feel some kind of way...uh?
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I love you.
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Can You Stand The Rain is a true classic R&B staple of which no one else has had a greater performance. . .
New Edition is a awesome group
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I love this song
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I love This Fuckinq SONG Mannnnn�����
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They are my All Time Favorite Group in the world!!! I love their concerts and I'm a #1 Fan Forever!!!!! I was at the concert in LA with Babyface and it was awesome!!!
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denisecollie r 0 9
They STILL give the BEST concerts. Saw them again a couple of months ago with Babyface and that was the BEST CONCERT EVER! My husband and I had a blast!
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First saw the brothers in St Louis 1989 may God keep you brothers together away brother Donald from stlouis stay blessed!!
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These are songs that make u want to be in love!
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Been listening to them since junior high... Great Music... Can remember listening to New Edition on the radio before going to school in the morning way back when they came out... Great Memories as we were in junior high at the same time
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Takes me back To a time when music had true meaning!
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Can You Stand the Rain....well . . . . . d e p e n d s on how hard it is raining, lol!!
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IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU
<3 LOVE THIS JAM <3
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Wow!!! Memories. Heard their concerts are the best. Hope to see them in person one day.
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pmiles241
I have loved these guys since 83, them along w/MJ provided the soundtrack to my teen years. I LOVE U RONNIE!!!!
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lonipopjones
Me and my dad love your songs and that we're a fan of you guys.
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Classic
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IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU ....
:( I remember my ex sang this song to me when things were falling apart when my mom passed away I was blind from death to see it was true love ... If god puts me in front of him again I'll never let him go again :( that was true love but it wasn't easy losing my mother I pushed him away :(
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New Edition nailed this cut! I'm loving it!
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So many great memories.... .
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New Edition is one of the greatests male groups of their time. I'm 45 and have been in love with those guys since the 80'!!❤
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I love you!
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Great music
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This is my favorite group of all time no disrespect to any of the great artists of the past
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Diandra Ramirez Sep 9 28 love Jonathan Knight Love Music
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Classic
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I wish they still made songs every now and then. I love this old school slow jams. It's a shame that no one makes slow jams like this anymore
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Love these guys aww man love this song to OMG
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These Bostonian cats put it down back in the day and still - Thanks.
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