2008 ~ New Edition 25th Anniversary

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Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill - Perfect Combination

Here's a clip from 1984 before Johnny Gill joined NE on Alan Thicke's (who recently passed away) talk show
 

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New Edition

Hi Barbee! Yes I watched it. It was really good and I totally enjoyed it. And don't worry, BET has replayed it....a few times. Lol! At that rate, I didnt even have to record it!
I think the movie should get a DVD/Blu Ray release, especially since the group has gotten renewed interest since the movie. Younger people who weren't really aware of NE are looking up their videos on Youtube and buying downloads or listening to their music on streaming sites.
 

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Re: New Edition

I think the movie should get a DVD/Blu Ray release, especially since the group has gotten renewed interest since the movie.
Younger people who weren't really aware of NE are looking up their videos on Youtube and buying downloads or listening to
their music on streaming sites.

I agree!
And even me! Lol! I mean I've always been a fan of theirs but this movie has me riding the NE train all over again.
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have a great idea for a halftime show. Get in touch with me <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL">@nfl</a></p>&mdash; Ricky Bell (@MrRickyBell) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrRickyBell/status/828415669301506048">February 6, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Look at this wonderful photo I took of these two during the ceremony! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/leadsingers?src=hash">#leadsingers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RealJohnnyGill">@RealJohnnyGill</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RalphTresvant">@RalphTresvant</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brotherhood?src=hash">#Brotherhood</a> <a href="https://t.co/RIlCubQq1D">pic.twitter.com/RIlCubQq1D</a></p>&mdash; Lady S. (@lisa_lisa24108) <a href="https://twitter.com/lisa_lisa24108/status/825747029762637824">January 29, 2017</a></blockquote>
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February 10, 2017 by Keith Caulfield Billboard
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On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Feb. 18), MigosCulture arrived atop the chart, scoring the first No. 1 for the hip-hop trio. The set earned 131,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 44,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:

New Edition, All the Number Ones - No. 37 — Following New Edition’s well-received BET biographical mini-series (Jan. 24-26) The New Edition Story, the group returns to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time in more than 10 years.
The vocal group’s hits compilation All the Number Ones, released in 2000, debuts at No. 37 on the tally, earning 12,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Nielsen Music. The set boasts not just New Edition hits, but also solo smashes from the group’s individual members and spin-off trio Bell Biv DeVoe.

New Edition was last in the top 40 back in 2004 with One Love (debuting and peaking at No. 12). The act also rises 195-85 with its 1988 album Heartbreak (7,000 units; up 79 percent).

According to BET, the three-part movie collected 29 million total viewers through Jan. 30, counting premiere telecasts and encores, across BET and Centric.

Those viewers translated into big music gains, as New Edition sold 20,000 albums in the two weeks ending Feb. 2 — up 1,345 percent compared to the two weeks ending Jan. 19 (a little more than 1,000). Further, the act sold 87,000 song downloads in the Jan. 20-Feb. 2 span (up 1,460 percent) and generated 34.95 million on-demand streams (up 652 percent).

In related New Edition news, Bell Biv DeVoe also capitalizes on the mini-series: the trio’s first album in 15 years, Three Stripes, bows at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 after its release on Jan. 27. They last debuted on the tally with 1993’s Hootie Mack (No. 19).

Various Artists, Now 61 & Now That’s What I Call 90’s Pop - Nos. 5 & 154 — The Now That’s What I Call Music brand continues to find success on the Billboard 200, as the series notches its 125th and 126th charting titles with the arrivals of Now 61 (No. 5) and Now That’s What I Call 90’s Pop (No. 154).

The former title starts with 37,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 2 (all from traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music. The 90’s Pop title launches with 5,000 units (again, all from sales).

All 61 of the main, numbered Now albums have reached the top 10, and volumes 2-61 have all debuted in the region.
Remarkably, since the first Now album debuted on the list dated Nov. 14, 1998, Now-branded albums account for 11.2 percent of all various artists titles that have reached the list (1,127 in all). Also something for Now to crow about: since the first Now compilation hit the top 10 (on Jan. 23, 1999), the franchise totals 54 percent of the various artist titles that have visited the top 10.

Back in the golden days of the Now series, in the 2000s, the line was regularly topping the chart with titles selling in excess of 200,000 copies in a single week. While Now albums don’t sell anything near that amount in 2017, they are one of the few bright spots on the compilation landscape. In the past year, the only titles to move more than 20,000 in a week have been Now titles (Now 57-61), The Hamilton Mixtape, and the 2016 Grammy Nominees effort.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway - No. 33 — The band’s latest album release re-enters the chart at No. 33 with a 251 percent gain in units (and a 427 percent jump in sales) thanks to a concert ticket/album sale promotion.

Beyoncé, Beyoncé - No. 100 — News of Beyoncé’s pregnancy (on Feb. 1 she announced, via Instagram, that she’s expecting twins with husband Jay Z) perhaps urges gains for some of her albums on the chart: Beyoncé was up 20 percent in units (climbing 122-100) and I Am…Sasha Fierce gains 6 percent (moving 171-166).
 

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By Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch Feb 22, 2017
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It wasn’t a huge shock when BET’s “The New Edition Story” was a success in January. But no one expected it to be as big as it was in both viewership and social media interest.

Even the members of New Edition were taken aback, says singer Johnny Gill, who replaced Bobby Brown for the old-school R&B group’s 1988 “Heart Break” album. He has juggled the group with his solo work ever since.

“We assumed it would do well because we have a great loyal fan base, but nobody could have predicted ultimately what would have happened,” Gill says. “It really went beyond anybody’s expectations. It was spectacular.”

He thinks the biographical, scripted miniseries went over well because of its warts-and-all approach.

“The information was 100 percent accurate,” he says. “It was about being honest and putting it out there. It wasn’t done to make us look like superheroes. This is our journey, and people could relate.”

Baring themselves came easily enough, he says, because the group members are all in a different place from where they were portrayed in the miniseries.

“There’s so much more that we’ve gone through,” Gill says. “That’s just a little piece of the journey. There’s so much more.”
Gill was played by rising R&B singer Luke James. “I thought he did an incredible job. He really nailed the essence of me — embodied me. We met once or twice, and he called me a couple times. I couldn’t tell him enough that he nailed it.”

Gill wasn’t around much during the making of “The New Edition Story,” nor was he present during its promotion. He says he was absent because he had been tending to his ailing mother in his native Washington, D.C.
He didn’t see the finished product until it aired on TV.

“I was a little disturbed by that,” he says. “This was my life story, too. No one made an effort for me to see what was made. If I saw something that wasn’t accurate or I wasn’t comfortable with, I didn’t have an opportunity to say anything. It had me on pins and needles.”

Gill says New Edition will pick up on the momentum surrounding the miniseries with a tour. Details of the tour are being worked out, and he hopes it will launch in late summer. All of the group’s members — Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and even Bobby Brown — will be aboard, Gill says.

But first up is Gill’s role in Charlie Wilson’s “In It To Win It” tour coming Friday night to Chaifetz Arena. Fantasia is also on the bill.

“Uncle (Charlie Wilson, as he’s often known) called me last summer and asked, ‘Are you too big to come out on the road with Uncle?’ and I said, ‘What time are we going? When are we leaving?’”

The “My My My” singer is also still actively promoting his latest solo album, “Game Changer” (2014), with the single “This One’s for Me and You,” which includes New Edition. “I wanted them to be on the song, and I put them on there, and it did extremely well,” Gill says.

The current single from the set is “5000 Miles” with Jaheim.

Gill says his goal for the album was to create something where “you could listen to the album and never touch the button. You don’t have to skip anything. And I think I accomplished that mission. ... This is grown-folks stuff. I didn’t try to be trendy.”
 

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Great article. And I looove the pic! Thank you!
You're welcome. The people who run the Walk Of Fame, said that NE had the highest turnout of any Star unveiling ceremony with an estimated 1,500 people (and it was raining too). On one of the videos, I saw Ray Parker Jr., who wrote Mr. Telephone Man, in the crowd.
 

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Really? More than Michael's? That's impressive. :yes:

I couldn't spot Ray Jr. but I could have sworn that I saw Stephen Hill from BET. (maybe not, lol!)

I enjoyed watching the videos you posted of the fellas. The one in the studio with the female radio host, was good.
Her comments at the end made me go check out "Mr.Telephone Man" again to see if I could catch what she was talking about.
I did. and was like, "well I'll be damned!" hahaha!

The WOF Ceremony.....I'm so happy for NE. They deserve it of course.
They've put in a lot of work and have been thru many ups and downs. So, big ups to them :)
It boggles my mind when I think....they've been at this for 33 years.
Would love to see them in concert, but it probably wont happen. I missed MJ in concert too, except for
one time when he was just a lil fellow with his brothers as the J5 and I was even younger. Lol!

Thank you Duran. :girl_smile:
 

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Saginaw native Algee Smith brings New Edition role to life

By Eric Woodyard March 02, 2017 mLive
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John Eley spent many nights traveling across the country with R&B frontmen Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant.
Eley was hired as a guitarist from 2008-09 as the trio embarked on a tour under the short-lived Heads of State moniker.

Although the band was pretty much a spinoff to the legendary New Edition hit group, Eley witnessed adoring fans worship the lead singers at every stop.

He never imagined that his young son, Algee Smith, would someday portray Tresvant - who he grew to know as "Rizz" - for The New Edition Story.

"I gave him a cheat sheet. It was funny, though, because seeing him perform Ralph was crazy," Eley said. "I called some guys that were in the band and told them what Algee was doing.

"I didn't actually get a chance to talk to Rizz myself, but I was able to give him some heads up and pointers about him about Ralph's personality, how he carried himself and Algee just adapted it and carried it well."

Smith, a native of Saginaw, delivered the performance of a lifetime during the three-night miniseries, which aired Jan. 24-26 on BET. The 22-year-old singer and actor said he felt a spiritual connection to the sweet-voiced Tresvant, especially with him still being alive and able to share his input along the way. The two were able to develop a bond that still stands.

"Other than the fact that we have many similarities with family and stuff, it was some stuff that I learned about his mom that I want to share but I really can't," Smith said. "It was so detrimental with what he went through with her, having to watch her pass from drugs and stuff like that so learning that about him was great.

"I was just talking to him about that stuff the other day."

Then there's the untold chronicles that didn't make the film.

"When him and Bobby were touring, they once hooked up with this dude's girl over here in L.A. so the dude got hot and put some money on Ralph's head and they were following him from city to city until they had to pay him off for like $30 or $40K," Smith said. "But it's just like learning little fun stuff like that, which I'm sure wasn't fun at the time for them."

Watching other storied music films, such as "The Jacksons: An American Dream" and Prince's "Purple Rain" was also impactful. Smith said he honestly had never studied New Edition before taking the role, but enjoyed the brotherhood he formed with the cast throughout the experience.

"The whole time it was like a spiritual thing," Smith explained. "It wasn't too deep where we were all bowing and praying on the floor every day before the set, but we could all feel the energy. We kept that.

"We were praying before takes but I feel like the energy that we brought to everything, plus the timing and long overdue process for the actual New Edition to be honored like that just all made it so special."

Smith was born in Saginaw on Nov. 7, 1994, briefly attending Early Head Start and Kempton Elementary before being home schooled. He moved to Georgia at seven-years-old, returned briefly in 2001 then relocated to Peach State again in 2002. He now resides in Los Angeles.

His mother, Tanesha Eley, was also born and raised in Saginaw, graduating from Buena Vista High School. He still has relatives living in the area, including several aunts, uncles, siblings and his biological father, Algee Smith III, but hasn't been back since he was 16-years-old.

"He does have a value for coming back to do something for Saginaw and I do, too," Tanesha said. "For people to know that some people come from Saginaw and are doing well, I don't just necessarily preach it to him but we do team him to not forget where he came from."

Smith isn't a fan of the Golden State Warriors, but says he holds deep respect for fellow Saginaw native Draymond Green. They've never met but he hopes that changes soon.

"I actually want to do something for the youth back in the city with Draymond," Smith said. "So that's on my mind and I've been thinking about that a lot."

For now, Smith remains busy putting in a ton of work. He plans to release singles from his EP music project soon. Smith will also star in the "Untitled Detroit Project," about the 1967 Motown riots, which was directed by Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow. The movie will get released Aug. 4.

Displaying versatility and not just being known as the dude who played Tresvant is his ultimate goal.

"The movie I've got coming out Aug. 4 is a biopic as well and it's about another character so now I don't want to do anymore of those for a minute," Smith said. "It is very important not to get boxed in and that's my thought, but as long as the work is solid, people can feel you and you can touch people's hearts ... the work will be straight."
 

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Uhn uhn! Stop it Duran! :busted: I'm lovin' those pics you posted.
And look at B.Brown showing off his sneaks. Yeah I see 'em and I like 'em too. Lol!

Dem my boyz! NE 4Lyfe.
 

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New Edition Story part 1

BET has uploaded Part 1 of the miniseries on their website, where it can be watched for free, and you don't have to register to the site. But they have the other 2 parts set up where only people who are subscribed to the channel can see them. See it here.
 

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Bbd

Here's a clip from a recent BBD concert where they invite some of the audience to dance on stage. Ronnie's comments are funny. :rofl:

 

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Re: 2017 ~ New Edition 34th Anniversary

^^^Yes! Ronnie is the best! Thanks for the clip! Fun!


Still enjoying this film. I've watched it a few times now. And again today. (Sunday)

And OMG! Little Ralph singing one of my fave's! "Is This The End."
When he looks up into the camera his eyes are so amazing @56:27. :)
Reminds me of a similar scene with Little MJ singing "I Want You Back"...when he wore the little string band around his head. :girl_sigh:
 
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