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New Edition is an American R&B group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980. They were most popular during the 1980s. The band was originally five young singers, including Ralph
Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe.
In 2008, the group released a 25th anniversary edition to their 1983 debut album, Candy Girl. In July, 2011, all six original members reunited in New Orleans, Louisiana, to kick off their 30th anniversary tour, which will continue through 2012.
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New Edition was notable for #1 singles such as "Cool It Now", "Candy Girl" and "Mr. Telephone Man". Their success led to the creation of late-1980s and 1990s boy bands like New Kids On The Block, the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. New Edition were a huge pop phenomenon and were big enough to have Madonna as an opening act during their early days.
Around 1986, Bobby Brown was voted out of the group, due to behavioral problems during concerts, and therefore went on to pursue a solo career in 1987. Brown was replaced by former solo child star Johnny Gill who would become an official member that same year. New Edition's sound also evolved at this time from bubblegum pop-styled R&B to smoother, more adult music. The new material, primarily produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, had a strong new jack swing feel. The first album recorded with Gill, Heart Break, had numerous R&B hits, including "If It Isn't Love", "Can You Stand The Rain", "N.E. Heart Break" and "Boys To Men" (which later lent its name to the Philadelphia-based group Boyz II Men). New Edition essentially broke up in 1986 only to reunite many years later.
In the fall of 2005, New Edition performed at BET's 25th Anniversary Special. The group performed a medley of their greatest hits, and even brought Bobby Brown out onstage for a rendition of "Mr. Telephone Man". It was later announced on BET and Inside Hollywood that Bobby has rejoined the group and will be on the next group album. By January 2006, New Edition announced that the group would launch a new album and tour in 2008.