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New Edition Biography

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Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Years Active: – 1997, 2003 - present
Genres: R&B, Hip Hop, Pop

New Edition is an American R&B male music group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978 that was most popular during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s and led the way for groups like New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. At the height of their early popularity in 1983, the group consisted of Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell.

Early hits included songs like 1983's "Candy Girl" and 1984's "Cool It Now". Brown left in late 1985 to embark on a successful solo career.

As 1986 wound to a close, they recorded a cover of The Penguins 1954 hit, "Earth Angel" for the soundtrack to “The Karate Kid, Part II.” The song peaked at #21, and inspired the group to record “Under the Blue Moon,” an album of doo-wop covers.

The group continued for a time with four members, but eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill to record their 1987 album ''Heart Break''. Spinning off five hit singles: "If It Isn't Love", "You're Not My Kind of Girl", "Can You Stand The Rain", "Crucial" and "N.E. Heartbreak"; “Heart Break” became New Edition’s most commercially successful album up to that point, certified double platinum in the United States, with worldwide sales of close to four million.

The group went on hiatus in 1990, while its various members worked on side projects, such as the group Bell Biv Devoe. Gill and Tresvant also recorded successful solo albums.

All six members of the group reunited in 1996-1997 for the album ''Home Again'' which debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and R&B Albums chart, and became the most commercially successful album of the group's career, selling over four million copies worldwide. Home Again, meanwhile, produced several hits, including the top ten pop hits: "Hit Me Off" and "I'm Still In Love With You".

During the ill-fated follow-up tour both Brown and Bivins quit the group, and the tour had to be cancelled. Various reunions have occurred since, usually with the 1987-1990 lineup, though occasionally also including Bobby Brown.

Their last studio release was 2004's ''One Love'' debuting at number twelve on the Billboard 200 and number five on the Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

As of 2010, two New Edition descendants are recording and touring: Bell Biv Devoe, and Heads of State, featuring Brown, Tresvant, and Gill.