Sunday, December 21, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-New Edition

Artist:New Edition
Song:I'm Still In Love With You

I think most music fans are familiar with New Edition for their 80s hits as a teen R & B group. The unusual thing is they were equally successful when they reunited in 1996. Of course it didn't last but those kind of reunions usually flop miserably. After New Edition's success in the 80s even after Bobby Brown left and the solo success of individual members after they split up, why would they want to reunite? By 1995, Bell Biv Devoe, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill had all faded. And Bobby Brown was known more for his crazy marriage to Whitney Houston and his erratic behaviour. New Edition wanted to reunite anyway and they owed an album to MCA Records. Brown even agreed to appear and he hadn't worked with New Edition since he was replaced by Gill in 1985. Home Again topped the Billboard Hot 200 and was certified 2XPlatinum. The single Hit Me Off reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and I'm Still In Love With You reached #7. The song was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and they wrote it with Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins. It's certainly more mature than their 80s hits. New Edition went on tour but Brown caused problems. When Brown tried to extend his solo set in Las Cruces, NM, Bivins pulled him offstage and they fought. They both left the tour and the other guys finished up. Brown later admitted he was intoxicated. You'd think that would be the end of New Edition. But they reunited in 2002 minus Brown and recorded the 2004 CD One Love which was unsuccessful because of conflict with Bad Boy owner Puffy Combs. This budget comp has all their MCA hits. In 2010, Johnny Gill told Black Voices that a New Edition reunion was in the works. And though they played some shows, a proposed new CD hasn't happened though one song appears on Gill's new CD. The reunion seems to have fizzled. Here's the video for I'm Still In Love With You by New Edition.

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