New Edition came together in the Roxbury area of Boston. Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens, and Bobby Brown, friends from the neighborhoods, started singing while still in elementary school. In due course they drafted Ralph Tresvant, and after acing a talent show in 1980, added Ronnie DeVoe. The quintet came to the attention of music monarch Maurice Starr, who signed them to his Streetwise label in the hopes of creating a new Jackson 5. "We'd perform on takes back then, with just a couple of spotlights," says Tresvant. "And we loved it."

The group's vision of becoming the new "Jackson 5" were realized with the 1983 release of the first single "Candy Girl," when the members ranged in age from 13 to 15 and it was a massive #1 hit. "It's my favorite old-school NE song," says Tresvant, "because that's what kicked it all off. The song and the video was us, from top to bottom. We even had out own clothes for the video.'

New Edition's success came quickly; upon the release of their debut album "Candy Girl," 1983 spawned two other smash hits: the #1 ballad "Is This the End" and "Popcorn Love," solidifying them as a teen pop phenomenon. In 1984 they signed to MCA Records, parted with Starr and released "New Edition," which included "Cool It Now" (Pop Top Five), "Mr. Telephone Man" (the third NE song to go #1 R&B). 1985's "All for Love" included the hits "Count Me Out" (Pop Top Five), "A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes)" (#1 R&B), and "With You All the Way." There was a holiday card from NE that year — "Christmas All Over the World" — but in 1986 Bobby Brown left New Edition to go solo.

As a quartet, New Edition recorded "Under the Blue Moon" (1986), a collection of R&B songs from the 1950s and '60s. A couple of years later, Johnny Gill who had long admired the group, joined New Edition for their 6th album, "Heat Break" (1989), for which NE went to work also with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. "That," says Ronnie DeVoe, "was one cold winter in Minneapolis." But when winter was over, NE had cuts like the immortal "Can You Stand the Rain."

Soon after, the members of New Edition decided they'd branch out — Ronnie, Michal and Ricky formed Bell Biv DeVoe (their first album, the New Jack swingy "Poison," sold ten million), Gill recorded "Johnny Gill," for which he won a Grammy, and Ralph Tresvant has R&B hits like "Sensitivity" from his double-platinum, self-titled solo debut. Michael Bivens also evolved into a talented executive in the music business, discovered and nurturing the phenomenon that came to be known as Boyz ll Men.

In reflecting on this group's humble beginnings to the long, winding but prosperous road to the present, Michael Bivens says, "Our little crew outta Boston — together we've sold over 40 million records. It's something we appreciate and we're proud of."

In 1996, all six members of New Edition re-grouped for "Home Again." It debuted at #1 on the top charts, and the lead single, "Hit Me Off" went straight to #1 on the R&B Charts.

After their second wave of solo pursuits proved less than successful, New Edition (sans Bobby Brown) reunited once more and began touring clubs, casinos, and small arenas in 2002, including appearing on "The Tom Joyner Sky Show." After having caught the attention of rapper/producer Sean Combs, who was present at one of their shows, he signed the group to his Bad Boy Records label, after their long-term contract with MCA Records finally expired.

In the fall of 2004, New Edition's seventh studio album and Bad Boy debut, "One Love," was released. Though the album debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200, it had a steady descent from the chart. The lead-off single, "Hot 2Nite," underperformed, peaking at #35 and #87 on the R&B and Pop singles charts, respectively.

In the fall of 2005, New Edition performed a medley of hits at BET's 25th Anniversary Special. During their set, they brought Bobby Brown out onstage for an impromptu rendition of their 1985 hit "Mr. Telephone Man". It was later announced on BET and Access Hollywood that Brown had reconciled with New Edition and planned to rejoin the group for its future concert dates and studio albums.

In 2008, the group (minus Brown) recorded a new song with New Kids on the Block called "Full Service" for their latest album, "The Block." Meanwhile, Brown, Tresvant and Gill formed a new side group called Heads of State, which performed at "The Summit Tour" in 2009.

On June 28, 2009, the group performed a medley of Jackson 5 hits in tribute to Michael Jackson on the BET Awards. Led by Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, and Ricky Bell, New Edition sang and danced through classics such as "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "The Love You Save."

On July 3, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana, all six members of New Edition reunited at the Essence Music Festival to kick off and celebrate their 30th anniversary tour. "This is just the beginning. We're preparing for a world tour and many other exciting things that we'll be announcing soon. The next chapter of New Edition is going to be an incredible celebration to thank our fans for all of their support over the last 30 years," said Bell speaking on behalf of the group.

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

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