New Edition: The Real History

On January 23 2017 on a Monday, the stars aligned briefly to recognize one of the roots of modern R&B.  With a fitting tribute to  to New Edition they finally received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Timed perfect, because BET biopic aired January 24, 25 and 26th.  We get to learn the good, bad and the ugly about the industry, their relationships and themselves.

The mini-series — which dominated social media and reeled in 4.4 million total viewers with its premiere telecast on Tuesday with 2.6 million of those viewers in the 19-49 age range — both the cast of kids and their older counterparts nailed their portrayals of Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill.

During the group’s first bout of fame in 1983(original members where Travis Pettus and Corey Rackley who left).  Its members were Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant. Early hits included “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now”, and “Mr. Telephone Man”.[4] Brown was voted out of the group in 1985 and embarked on a solo career. The group continued for a time with its remaining four members, and recruiting one album “Under the Blue Moon” as a quartet.  After Bobby left it was never quite the same, and they eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill, as an insurance against Ralph’s pending departure.  Johnny was introduced on their 1988 album Heart Break.   A certified Hit and the album that solidified them as the top boy band of an era.  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 New Edition reunited in 1996 to record the group’s sixth studio album Home Again. During the ill-fated Home Again Tour, both Bobby Brown and Michael Bivins eventually quit the group, forcing the remainder of the tour to be cancelled. Various reunions have occurred since, usually with the 1987-1990 lineup, though occasionally also including Brown. Their last studio album was 2004’s One Love. As of 2010, two New Edition descendants were recording and touring: Bell Biv DeVoe and Heads of State (which features Brown, Tresvant, and Gill).

On May 3, 2011 New Edition issued a press release on their official website announcing that all six members were reuniting as New Edition to kick off the 30th anniversary celebration of “Candy Girl” with their fans.

In February 2012, Brown would miss a handful of dates due to the death of ex-wife Whitney Houston.

In late 2012, New Edition received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Soul Train Awards ceremony. All six members appeared together onstage that evening.

In August 2015, B.E.T announced a three night miniseries about the group would be made for release in January 2017. Five members signed on to be co-producers of the production, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Johnny Gill, Michael Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant. Jesse Collins Entertainment will be the executive producer of the original miniseries, which will be B.E.T’s first scripted music-focused miniseries. The group’s original choreographer and longtime manager Brooke Payne will also serve as a co-producer. Bobby Brown has now signed off to co-produce the film as well making it all six members to sign on.

New Edition: The Real History

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