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Rashida Jones' surprise birthday serenade from New Edition

April 7th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Actress Rashida Jones was treated to a surprise birthday serenade from the members of New Edition when she turned 38 in February (14).

The former Parks and Recreation actress, who is music mogul Quincy Jones' daughter, was left speechless at her birthday bash when one of her favourite groups came to surprise her.

During an interview on Watch What Happens Live on Sunday (06Apr14), she revealed, "My sister surprised me for my birthday this year and three fifths of New Edition serenaded me live and I felt like I was gonna die."

Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Ricky Bell teamed up for the sp...

The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time

March 25th, 2014 10:00am EDT
The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time
All girls look to the guys in boy bands to help them get through their awkward preteen years. These handsome guys always tell you they love you, that you're smart, beautiful, and the only one for them. Their signatures in magazines are always dotted with hearts, they always look as if they can look off the page into your soul. Is it any wonder that boy bands continue to be popular with young girls?

(BTW: Boy bands aren't just popular with young girls. Women continue to stay faithful to their bands as they grow older, hence the popularity of the recent "NKOTBSB" tour featuring 90's sensatio...

Johnny Gill sues hotel over attack

August 27th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Johnny Gill
Singer Johnny Gill has launched legal action against bosses at a luxury Beverly Hills hotel over allegations he was attacked at the venue in 2011.

The New Edition star is suing executives at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills over claims he was the victim of racially aggravated assault.

In the suit, filed earlier this month (Aug13) at Los Angeles Superior Court, Gill alleges he was enjoying a night out with friends in the patio area of the hotel in August, 2011 when a drunk man started hurling racist abuse at him.

He was then allegedly pushed by the man into a heating lamp, resulting in inju...

Centric's Celebration Of Black History Month Continues With Whitney Houston Documentary & More

February 9th, 2013 5:57am EST
Centric Black History Month
Centric, the 24-hour music and entertainment channel for African American and multicultural viewers, continues its tribute to Black History Month this weekend by celebrating some of America's greatest musical talent to hit the charts.

Intimate interviews about the legendary Whitney Houston in a never-before seen documentary "Whitney Houston: Legend" and new exclusive interviews from R&B group New Edition in "Being: New Edition" – it all takes center stage Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, starting at 9:00PM ET.

The "Whitney Houston: Legend" documentary is filled with exclusive footage a...

Bobby Brown's Wife Released From The Hospital

September 3rd, 2012 9:30am EDT
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown took to the stage with New Edition in Florida two hours late on Saturday night after his wife suffered a seizure and was admitted to the hospital.

The singer was performing a sound check with his band mates at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando when his partner Alicia Etheridge, who he married in Hawaii in June, collapsed.

Brown went to the hospital with his wife, and she was released later that evening, according Florida news website

The singer took to the stage at the hotel two hours later than planned, and Etheridge reportedly watched the show from bac...

Bobby Brown's Children Were 'Completely Oblivious' To His Drug Addiction Battle

May 26th, 2012 4:20pm EDT
Bobby Brown
R&B bad boy Bobby Brown was forced to sit his children down and open up about his alcohol and drug troubles as they came of age, because he didn't want them believing everything they read in the press.

The New Edition singer, a father of five, has long struggled with addiction issues and he has been arrested numerous times on charges including DUI.

However, the 43 year old insists he did his best to keep his personal battles a secret in a bid to protect his kids.

During a candid interview with three of his grown-up children on Today, which aired on Friday, the singer said, "You don't sub...

Bobby Brown To Release First Solo Album In 15 Years

May 9th, 2012 3:30pm EDT
Bobby Brown
R&B star Bobby Brown is preparing to release his first solo album in 15 years next month.

The New Edition singer has been writing and recording The Masterpiece since 2007 and he treated fans to new tracks Damaged and Get Out The Way early last year.

However, he will finally unveil his latest work, the follow-up to 1997's Forever, on June 5th.

He says, "I simply wanted to create a body of work that will take listeners on a musical journey; the style of music that will allow people to get in touch with their highs and lows and their joys and pain of living through song."

"At the same t...

New Edition Bandmate Defends Bobby Brown

March 3rd, 2012 8:30am EST
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown's New Edition bandmate Johnny Gill has urged his pal's critics to back off as he continues to mourn the death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston, reminding them he has a teenage daughter to look out for.

The singer has come under fire for performing with New Edition hours after Houston's death on February 11 and many of his harshest critics have blamed Brown for the drug problems that plagued his former wife in the last decade of her life.

Despite reports to the contrary, Gill insists Brown's marriage to Houston wasn't all temper tantrums and drug issues - and he feels the media s...

Teary Bobby Brown Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston At New Edition Gig

February 12th, 2012 12:49pm EST
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown choked back tears as he performed with his band New Edition in Mississippi on Saturday night, hours after his ex-wife Whitney Houston was found dead in Los Angeles.

The "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker's body was discovered by her minder in her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Paramedics were called to the venue but were unable to resuscitate the singer and she was pronounced dead just before 4pm on Saturday.

Brown was in Southaven, Mississippi preparing for his gig with the reunited New Edition when news of Houston's death broke, and his bandmate Johnny Gill told CNN his b...

Reunited New Edition Have Big Plans For 2012 As 30th Anniversary Looms

December 14th, 2011 9:32pm EST
New Edition
New Edition are planning a major 2012 reunion tour to prepare for their 30th anniversary celebrations.

The grown-up boy band, featuring Bobby Brown and Ronnie DeVoe, will be working on live dates, a book, movie and stage play as well as a new album next year in a bid to have multiple products on the market in time for the 30th anniversary of the release of the group's first album "Candy Girl" in 2013.

DeVoe tells, "2012 is going to be an incredible year for us."

The reunited group will kick off 2012 with a four-day New Year's weekend run of concerts in Highland, California ...

Bobby Brown Planning Reality TV Series About New Edition Comeback

October 16th, 2011 8:00pm EDT
Bobby Brown
Fallen R&B icon Bobby Brown is hoping to turn grown-up boy band New Edition's comeback into an uplifting reality TV show.

The "My Prerogative" singer insists relations between himself and all the members of the "Candy Girl" hitmakers are better than ever, thanks to weekly telephone prayer sessions - and he'd like to capture the positive energy in a new TV series.

Brown tells Hustler magazine, "We have a conference call every Sunday. We're putting it (band) back together.

"I think the thing that was missing with us was prayer - us being able to pray together and understand our differences...

Bobby Brown Is Not Dead!

April 28th, 2010 8:31am EDT
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown is the latest celebrity victim of an online death hoax - the star's rep has been forced to confirm he is alive and well following a spate of rumors suggesting he had died.

Fake stories of Brown's demise began circulating on social-networking website this week.

A spokesman for the New Edition singer has now come forward to silence the gossip, telling the rumors are not true.

Brown is the latest in a long line of stars who have been targeted by online pranksters - Johnny Depp, Zach Braff and Bill Cosby have all been victims of false death reports in th...

Bobby Brown Heading To Court Over Child Support

April 12th, 2010 12:05pm EDT
Bobby Brown
R&B singer Bobby Brown is heading to court in a bid to lower his child support payments after struggling for years to keep up with his installments.

Whitney Houston's ex-husband was jailed for four days in 2007 for skipping payments to Kim Ward, the mother of two of his teenage children. The star found himself in trouble again last year when he failed to show up for a court hearing after he was accused of owing Ward over $45,000. Brown has now filed legal documents asking for his $5,500 -a month payments to be reduced following a change in his income, and a judge at Norfolk Probate Court ...

Bobby Brown Talks About Drugs, Whitney, & More On 'Behind The Music'

September 25th, 2009 1:42pm EDT
Bobby Brown
By now, it is clear to see the recurring theme in the episodes of "Behind The Music." The last 3 episodes have shown that the artists' downfalls revolved around drug use and hitting rock bottom because of it. And by the looks of it, next week will hold the same cards when the fourth episode features Bret Michaels; and we know how much Bret likes to party as told by his VH1 reality show "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels."

On the last episode of "Behind The Music," Bobby Brown took his seat in front of the camera to talk about how drugs caused his life to take a turn for the worst. He also...

Bobby Brown Set For 'Celebrity Fit Club'

September 16th, 2009 1:24pm EDT
Bobby Brown Set For
Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown is shedding the pounds as he prepares for a return to the limelight - with the help of professional trainers on the reality show Celebrity Fit Club.

The former New Edition singer has reportedly signed up to the next season of the boot camp weight-loss program, which sees the stars being put through vigorous exercise routines in a bid to slim down, reports

Previous competitors on the American version include Hollywood star Daniel Baldwin, model/actress Mia Tyler and Sopranos actor Joe Gannascoli.

The seventh season of the hit show...

Bobby Brown Celebrates Birth Of Son

June 4th, 2009 12:09pm EDT
Bobby Brown
R&B singer Bobby Brown is a dad for the fifth time - his manager girlfriend Alicia Etheridge has given birth to a baby boy.

Whitney Houston's ex-husband broke the happy news on stage during a concert at Rok nightclub in New York on Wednesday, revealing the couple welcomed little Cassius into the world on Monday, reports

The star has four other children from previous relationships, including 16-year-old Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with Houston.

Brown and Etheridge have been dating since the former New Edition singer's marriage to Houston broke down in 2006.


Coolest Reality TV Dads

March 6th, 2009 3:20pm EST
Bruce Jenner
As E! is set to bring viewers back into the glamorous and chaotic world of the Kardashian family when the third season of the hit series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" premieres this Sunday, March 8, at 10:00 pm ET/PT, we bring you this spiffy Top Reality TV Dads feature!

Perhaps one of the bigger reality show WTF moments was when Kardashians first came out everyone watching scratched their heads thinking is that Bruce Jenner? Yep, it is (but more about Bruce later).

In the mean time, here are our eight "Top Reality TV Dads:"

Ozzy Osbourne (The Osbournes)

Shaaaa-ron! Th...

New Book Claims Madonna Dated Bobby Brown

January 10th, 2009 12:38pm EST
Pop superstar Madonna once dated troubled singer Bobby Brown, according to a sensational new book about the former New Edition star.

The claim is one of a number of revelations in Derrick Handspike's book "Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But..."

A publishing source tells the National Enquirer, "It (romance) began when one of Bobby's bodyguards caught the Material Girl with Bobby in the back of his limo. The couple met years before when Madonna was on her way up and served as the opening act for some New Edition shows. The book discloses, after both had become w...

New Edition And New Kids Team Up

July 2nd, 2008 4:08pm EDT
Veteran boy bands New Edition and New Kids On The Block are to team up to record a new track.

The reformed groups have been brought together by New Kids star Donnie Wahlberg, who initially came up with the idea and co-wrote the tune. The new song, Full Service, will appear on NKOTB's untitled new album.

However, it won't feature former New Edition star Bobby Brown, who wasn't part of the recording process. Producer RedOne tells, "It went really smoothly. There were no egos or attitudes. It felt like they'd been friends forever."

The project ends decade-long rumors ...

Timbaland Takes Top Prizes At ASCAP Awards

June 25th, 2008 6:30am EDT
Superproducer Timbaland scooped a double win at the 21st Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards on Monday night, taking two top prizes including Songwriter of the Year. The "Apologize" beatmaker, who has scored chart success with artists like Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and OneRepublic, was also honored for his work on rapper Fabolous' song "Make Me Better."

Timbaland's latest win comes just months after he was named Songwriter of the Year at the 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in April.

However, the biggest accolade of the night went to Bobby Brown's former boyband New Editi...

Notes & Quotes: Shia's Skivvies, New Edition Honored, Plastid-Free Madonna

May 30th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf's briefs are up for grabs on eBay. The actor's costume from the film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is on sale. The odd item, which currently stands at $400, features grey sweatpants, a pair of white briefs and socks - and comes with a letter of authenticity and makeup stains.

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds is set to become a dad again - his dancer girlfriend is pregnant with his third child. The singer, 50, has two sons with ex-wife Tracey Edmonds. Sources insist Babyface and his 35-year-old partner, Nikki Pantenburg, have no plans to wed.

Bobby Brown and the members...

Bobby Brown Dated Madonna?

April 4th, 2008 5:06pm EDT
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown secretly dated Madonna before finding long-term love with Whitney Houston, he reveals in his new autobiography. The R&B star claims he successfully seduced "half the industry" after moving on from teen band New Edition and finding success as a solo artist.

And his tell-all book Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But..., insists no one was immune to his charms, even the Material Girl.

He writes, "By the time I reached my third single on the Don't Be Cruel album, I was one of the biggest stars in the world. You know what that means.

With success com...

CMT's 'Gone Country' Is Surprisingly Entertaining

February 11th, 2008 9:35am EST
Dee Snider
"Gone Country," a show in which mostly washed-up singers are resurrected as country stars, is the first show, to my knowledge, on CMT that I've watched in its entirety. I wouldn't call myself a country fan by any means, and at first glance this didn't seem like an appealing show at all. That was until I saw the lineup of goof balls that they had enlisted:

Dee Snider: He's the cross-dressing front man of Twisted Sister whose last major hit was over 20 years ago. I "met" him once in Chicago. He was going through a revolving door with me. I threw some metal horns at him with my hand...

Usher's Trainer Beaten Into A Coma

January 1st, 2008 1:30pm EST
R&B star Usher's personal trainer is in a coma after he was attacked in a parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia. Darius Miller, 41, was reportedly attempting to stop two cameraman from filming the daughters of the city's mayor Shirley Franklin, who he was with, when the incident took place at 2:50am on December 26.

He was taken to Atlanta's Emory Crawford Long Hospital, where he has been visited in intensive care by a host of star clients, including rapper Mase, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, football player Takeo Spikes, T-Boz and Ronnie DeVoe of New Edition, reports


Starpulse Looks Back At Favorite Boy Bands

December 20th, 2007 10:01am EST
N Sync
Some boy bands dance and sing while others sing and play their own instruments. Whichever type of boy band you prefer, there definitely have been a number of first-rate and very popular ones to entertain us over the years.

One cannot mention the term 'boy band' without having the Backstreet Boys come to mind. Formed in 1992, the group gave us such danceable hits as 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' and other sultry tunes like 'Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)' and 'I Want It That Way.' In October 2007 the group released their sixth album. While member Kevin Richardson may no longer be ...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

September 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...

Chart Topping Hits Of Soul Heard Decade By Decade In Four New 'Soul Number 1's' Collections

April 30th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul is at the heart of hip-hop, providing the inspiration for today's chart-topping hip-hop tracks. Now four new compilations present the best of soul--a total of 67 recordings, every track a #1 (nearly all on the R&B chart)--from the '60s to the '90s. Each of the Hip-O/UMe Soul Number 1's albums in the new UMe Number 1's series is released April 3 and packaged in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable.

In the '60s, soul was cool. '60s Soul Number...

Check Out Newcomer Sterling Simms' 'Nasty Girl'

April 19th, 2007 11:00pm EDT
Sterling Simms
Choosing classic soul auteurs Teddy Riley, New Edition and Brian McKnight as musical inspiration could have been imposing for some, but in the case of newcomer Sterling Simms the truth is in the grooves. Like the missing link between new jack swing and the current R&B scene, Sterling's debut disc is a welcome detour from the usual scenarios laid down by his contemporaries.

"My main goal while constructing my album was to create a different kind of soul album," the Philadelphia native explains. "I wanted to capture diverse sounds that I once jammed to on the radio when I was a kid." T...

Bobby Brown To Reunite With New Edition

September 18th, 2006 11:03am EDT
Bobby Brown
R&B star Bobby Brown has stunned fans by choosing to announce his pending reunion with former boy band New Edition on the same day his estranged wife Whitney Houston filed for legal separation two weeks ago.

Brown, who rocketed to fame with the 1980s pop hunks, is planning to hit the stage with them for a one-off gig in the run-up to Christmas.

His agent tells the New York Daily News, "He will be reuniting with the original members of New Edition for a one-time concert at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 9, 2006."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News ...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

September 18th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...

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