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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Gold

Disc 1

1. Cool It Now

2. Mr. Telephone Man

3. Lost In Love

4. My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet?)

5. Count Me Out

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

7. With You All The Way

8. Earth Angel

9. Once In A Lifetime Groove

10. Girlfriend

11. Helplessly In Love

12. If It Isn't Love

13. Don't Be Cruel

14. My Prerogative

15. You're Not My Kind Of Girl

16. Can You Stand The Rain

17. N.E. Heart Break

18. Crucial

Disc 2

1. Every Little Step

2. On Our Own

3. Poison

4. Rub You The Right Way

5. My, My, My

6. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?

7. Sensitivity

8. When Will I See You Smile Again?

9. Wrap My Body Tight

10. Do What I Gotta Do

11. Money Can't Buy You Love

12. Humpin' Around (Feat. Stylz)

13. Hit Me Off

14. I'm Still In Love With You

15. You Don't Have To Worry

16. One More Day

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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: Lost In Love: The Best Of Slow Jams

1. Lost In Love (Single Version)

2. With You All The Way

3. Earth Angel (Single Version)

4. Boys To Men

5. Can You Stand The Rain

6. Old Friends

7. Do What I Gotta Do

8. Girlfriend

9. Roni

10. Rock Wit'cha

11. Something In Your Eyes

12. When Will I See You Smile Again?

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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: Home Again (Expanded)

Disc 1

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 Love Served

10. One More Day

11. I'm Still In Love With You (Album Version)

12. Thank You (The J.G. Interlude)

13. Home Again

Disc 2

1. NE Medley

2. Hit Me Off (Feat. Shaquille O'Neal) (N.E. Spyder & Shaq D)

3. You Don't Have To Worry (Feat. Missy Elliot) (Vocal Version)

4. Something About You (Dark Child Extended Remixed Version)

5. I'm Still In Love With You (Brooklyn Ballers Full Version)

6. Hit Me Off (The Trackmasters E.C. Joint)

7. You Don't Have To Worry (Feat. Fat Joe) (Vocal Version)

8. Something About You (Phunk Phorce Mix)

9. I'm Still In Love With You (Concrete Jungle Full Version)

10. Hit Me Off (G Formulated Mix)

11. You Don't Have To Worry (Single Edit Without Rap)

12. Something About You (Structure Rize Mix)

13. Hit Me Off (Franktified Club Version)

14. You Don't Have To Worry (Feat. Fat Joe) (Acappella)

15. You Don't Have To Worry (Feat. Missy Elliot) (Acappella)

16. I'm Still In Love With You (Concrete Jungle Drumapella)

17. Hit Me Off (Joey Musaphia's London Booty Mix)

18. Siempre Tu (Spanish Version)

19. Siempre Tu (Spanish Unplugged Version)

20. I'm Still In Love With You (Unplugged Full Version)

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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: Heart Break (Expanded)

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. That's The Way We're Livin'

3. Where It All Started

4. If It Isn't Love

5. Skit 1

6. N.E. Heart Break

7. Crucial

8. Skit 2

9. You're Not My Kind Of Girl

10. Superlady

11. Can You Stand The Rain

12. Competition

13. Skit 3

14. I'm Comin' Home

15. Boys To Men

Disc 2

1. Helplessly In Love

2. Supernatural (From "Ghostbusters II" Soundtrack)

3. If It Isn't Love (Club Mix)

4. N.E. Heartbreak (Extended Club Version)

5. Crucial (Dance Remix)

6. You're Not My Kind Of Girl (Extended Version)

7. Can You Stand The Rain (Extended Version)

8. Boys To Men (Extended Vocal Version)

9. If It Isn't Love (Re Edit-Gilmix)

10. N.E. Heart Break (Faux Live Version)

11. Crucial (Acapella)

12. You're Not My Kind Of Girl (Percussapella)

13. Can You Stand The Rain (Under The Lamppost / Quiet Strom Mix)

14. Boys To Men (Low Key)

15. If It Isn't Love (Low Key Mix)

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Track List: Heart Break

1. Intro

2. That's The Way We're Livin'

3. Where It All Started

4. If It Isn't Love

5. Skit 1

6. N.E. Heart Break

7. Crucial

8. Skit 2

9. You're Not My Kind Of Girl

10. Superlady

11. Can You Stand The Rain

12. Competition

13. Skit 3

14. I'm Comin' Home

15. Boys To Men

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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 (Expanded)

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

12. Once In A Lifetime Groove (Extended Version)

13. Count Me Out (Extended Version)

14. Good Boys

15. With You All The Way (Remixed)

16. A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes) (Extended Mix)

17. Count Me Out (Single Version)

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

19. Sneakin' Around

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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: New Edition (Expanded)

1. Cool It Now

2. Mr. Telephone Man

3. I'm Leaving You Again

4. Baby Love

5. Delicious

6. My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet?) (Single Version)

7. Hide And Seek

8. Lost In Love (Single Version)

9. Kinda Girls We Like

10. Maryann

11. Cool It Now (Sing Along Version)

12. Mr. Telephone Man (Remix)

13. Gold Mine

14. Cool It Now (Extended Mix)

15. Kinda Girls We Like (Remix)

16. Cool It Now (M & M Mix)

17. Cool It Now (M & M Dub Version)

18. Peer Pressure

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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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Love It!!!!
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IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU .. LOVE THIS SONG <3
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Can you stand the rain
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Don't read this you'll get kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday .tomorrow will be the best day of your life don't stop there it gets a little freaky but if you ignore this and you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 song in under 143 minutes. When you are done press space and your crushes name will appear.
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My s**t
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Fave group ralph i love ya
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BOOTYLICIOUS sweet hat love war you going way I her come back to me
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(:V)
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After all these years, I am still a fan and I'm still in love with New Edition.
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Cool it now is so cute
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I love Ralph Tresvent !!!
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Love Ronnie sexy self I just wanna dance with that mf
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nisanice
NE4LIFE! Ronnie Devoe is my Bae!
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I love all of these guys the best male r/b group ever NE can beat any boy band til this day!!!
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Keep doing what you doing New Edition from the best man better than the rest man hang in there my brother hang in there
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LOVE ❤️ NE
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My first boyfriend was Ronnie Devoe and he didn't even know.... I'm 45 and I still think he is secretly.... . NE4LIFE�����
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Mike is the best in the game������
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Grandkids are now NE fans, doing the dance steps and now know the songs. We have watched the movie 2 times, they can't get enough of it
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This is Bobby Brown♡
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I thought this was Johnny gills song ��
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Ronnie,Bobby , R i c k y , M i k e , R a l p h , J o h n n y ! NE4LIFE ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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I'm a shy person and not into sleeping with anyone and everyone but I swear, I would turn into a groupie for Mr Ralph Tresvant����
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New Editions biggest fan.......
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That's a beautiful song mr. Ralph tresvant did a good job making that song the movie about new edition heard it's good got to check it out . Blessings go to new edition and family .
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The gang is back for sure...this one's for me & you with an awesome new sound
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Love the movie I'm a new edition fan all over again
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IM STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU <3
Jamming to pandora while driving in my truck to work enjoying my Friday party with the company spending it with the big $$$$$ ppl loving what I do :) love being a business women looking fly ;)
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This is Ralph Tresvants own joint!!!! Team Rizzo!!!
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Re:Bio.Most of which was geared towards white audiences. WHERE do you get your info.?? That is completely false.
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This is a Bobby Brown hit; not NE.
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NE for life
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Ralph in new edition is so cute
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Ralph, will always be my first love!
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Got to watch the biography, it opened new joy in my life! I needed this type of music in my life again. I started to listen to R&B at a very young age13. I have so many good memories. They certainly have that "swag" that's missing nowadays. I really can't get enough of their music!.. Their voices it's like a breath of fresh air. I have seen so many interviews of them lately they really carry themselves like true Gentleman!!! One more thing I can also receive that "Awesome" energy positive in the
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Looooooooooo v e them!!!!
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I love your songs
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They are still one of the best groups around and i hope that this younger groups can and will following in there footsteps
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I LOVE this song. I've always been a NE fan, but man, that movie is bringing back all types of memories!!
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I love u guys so much ������
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Love them. N I loved the movie!! Miss yall
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They had it all, just needed guidance. Man where was those sorry azz fathers at?
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New Edition 4 life Best movie Ever!! :)
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I love you guys I love your songs ��
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Freshman year high school! Love Ralph Tresvant��
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love this song
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I love NE thanks guy's for making away for other young guys group today
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great music !!!!!!!
eschuchar la musica!!!!!
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loooooooove NE!!! been rockin wit' them forever!!! love the movie too!
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