History Music / BobbyBrown

19th May '16 1:11:34 PM erforce
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Brown laid low for a better part of a year working on what eventually became ''Don't Be Cruel''. Working with storied hitmakers such as [=LaFace=], and Teddy Riley, the album adopted the sound of a new style of R&B: NewJackSwing. Released on June 20, 1988 (directly competing with New Edition's ''Heart Break'', which was released ''the very same day'', no less), the album proved to be Brown's breakthrough. It peaked at number one on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts for six and eleven non-consecutive weeks, respectively,[[note]] ''Don't Be Cruel'' had it's pop chart streak temporarily interrupted by Music/GunsNRoses' ''Appitite For Destruction'' in February 1989, before they knocked it off the top spot for good in March alongside Debbie Gibson's ''Electric Youth'', and the album popped in and out of the R&B chart's top spot multiple times, directly competing with releases from Freddie Jackson, Music/PublicEnemy and Music/MCHammer.[[/note]] and spawned five Top Ten pop hits, including the number-one single "My Prerogative". Brown was nominated for numerous American Music Awards, Grammys and Soul Train Awards, and was also featured in ''[[{{Franchise/Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]'' and it's soundtrack, giving him a sixth pop hit with "On Our Own", which was only stopped from reaching number-one by {{Music/Prince}}'s "[[{{Film/Batman}} Batdance]]" and Music/RichardMarx's "Right Here". In between all of this, Brown embarked on 120 day would tour to promote his album. he quickly gained a reputation as R&B's resident bad boy, as he often simulated performing sexual acts during his live shows, which often got him in trouble with police.

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Brown laid low for a better part of a year working on what eventually became ''Don't Be Cruel''. Working with storied hitmakers such as [=LaFace=], and Teddy Riley, the album adopted the sound of a new style of R&B: NewJackSwing. Released on June 20, 1988 (directly competing with New Edition's ''Heart Break'', which was released ''the very same day'', no less), the album proved to be Brown's breakthrough. It peaked at number one on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts for six and eleven non-consecutive weeks, respectively,[[note]] ''Don't Be Cruel'' had it's pop chart streak temporarily interrupted by Music/GunsNRoses' ''Appitite For Destruction'' in February 1989, before they knocked it off the top spot for good in March alongside Debbie Gibson's ''Electric Youth'', and the album popped in and out of the R&B chart's top spot multiple times, directly competing with releases from Freddie Jackson, Music/PublicEnemy and Music/MCHammer.[[/note]] and spawned five Top Ten pop hits, including the number-one single "My Prerogative". Brown was nominated for numerous American Music Awards, Grammys and Soul Train Awards, and was also featured in ''[[{{Franchise/Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]'' ''Film/GhostbustersII'' and it's soundtrack, giving him a sixth pop hit with "On Our Own", which was only stopped from reaching number-one by {{Music/Prince}}'s "[[{{Film/Batman}} Batdance]]" and Music/RichardMarx's "Right Here". In between all of this, Brown embarked on 120 day would tour to promote his album. he quickly gained a reputation as R&B's resident bad boy, as he often simulated performing sexual acts during his live shows, which often got him in trouble with police.



** ''Dance! ...Ya Know It!'' (1989, a remix album featuring hits from ''Don't Be Cruel'' and ''King Of Stage'' plus the ''Ghostbusters II'' single "On Our Own")

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** ''Dance! ...Ya Know It!'' (1989, a remix album featuring hits from ''Don't Be Cruel'' and ''King Of Stage'' plus the ''Ghostbusters II'' ''Film/GhostbustersII'' single "On Our Own")



* "[[{{Franchise/Ghostbusters}} On Our Own]]"

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* "[[{{Franchise/Ghostbusters}} "[[Film/GhostbustersII On Our Own]]"



** He also had a minor role in ''GhostbustersII'' as the Mayor's doorman.

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** He also had a minor role in ''GhostbustersII'' ''Film/GhostbustersII'' as the Mayor's doorman.
21st Apr '16 9:27:27 PM AfroThunder
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** ''Dance! ...Ya Know It!'' (1989, a remix album featuring hits from ''Don't Be Cruel'' and ''King Of Stage'' plus the ''Ghostbusters II'' single "On Our Own"

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** ''Dance! ...Ya Know It!'' (1989, a remix album featuring hits from ''Don't Be Cruel'' and ''King Of Stage'' plus the ''Ghostbusters II'' single "On Our Own"Own")



** ''Remixes In The Key Of B'' (1993, A remix album featuring tracks from ''Bobby'', plus some new songs and a ''Every Little Hit'' megamix of ''Don't Be Cruel'''s singles.

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** ''Remixes In The Key Of B'' (1993, A remix album featuring tracks from ''Bobby'', plus some new songs and a ''Every Little Hit'' megamix of ''Don't Be Cruel'''s singles.)
20th Apr '16 10:23:23 AM AfroThunder
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* Epic Rocking:

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* Epic Rocking:EpicRocking:
19th Apr '16 10:07:20 PM AfroThunder
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* RedBaron: "King Of Stage" Whitney Huston had also dubbed him the "Prince of R&B" and many fans know him as the "King Of New Jack Swing", a title he shares with Teddy Riley.

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* RedBaron: "King Of Stage" Stage". Whitney Huston had also dubbed him the "Prince of R&B" and many fans know him as the "King Of New Jack Swing", a title he shares with Teddy Riley.
19th Apr '16 8:45:31 PM AfroThunder
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* Epic Rocking:
** ''King Of Stage'': "Girlfriend" clocks in at 6:16,
** ''Don't Be Cruel'': The title track clocks in at 6:52, with "Roni" coming in at 5:58.
** ''Bobby'': "Humping Around" runs for 6:18, "One More Night" at 6:28 and both "College Girl" and "Storm Away" run for 6:05.
19th Apr '16 6:37:11 PM AfroThunder
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Brown laid low for a better part of a year working on what eventually became ''Don't Be Cruel''. Working with storied hitmakers such as [=LaFace=], and Teddy Riley, the album adopted the sound of a new style of R&B: NewJackSwing. Released on June 20, 1988 (directly competing with New Edition's ''Heart Break'', which was released ''the very same day'', no less), the album proved to be Brown's breakthrough. It peaked at number one on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts for six and eleven non-consecutive weeks, respectively,[[note]] ''Don't Be Cruel'' had it's pop chart streak temporarily interrupted by Music/GunsNRoses' ''Appitite For Destruction'' in February 1989, before they knocked it off the top spot for good in March alongside Debbie Gibson's ''Electric Youth'', and the album popped in and out of the R&B chart's top spot multiple times, directly competing with releases from Freddie Jackson, Music/PublicEnemy and Music/MCHammer.[[/note]] and spawned five Top Ten pop hits, including the number-one single "My Prerogative". Brown was nominated for numerous American Music Awards, Grammys and Soul Train Awards, and was also featured in ''[[Franchise/Ghostbusters Ghostbusters II]]'' and it's soundtrack, giving him a sixth pop hit with "On Our Own", which was only stopped from reaching number-one by {{Music/Prince}}'s "[[{{Film/Batman}} Batdance]]" and Music/RichardMarx's "Right Here". In between all of this, Brown embarked on 120 day would tour to promote his album. he quickly gained a reputation as R&B's resident bad boy, as he often simulated performing sexual acts during his live shows, which often got him in trouble with police.

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Brown laid low for a better part of a year working on what eventually became ''Don't Be Cruel''. Working with storied hitmakers such as [=LaFace=], and Teddy Riley, the album adopted the sound of a new style of R&B: NewJackSwing. Released on June 20, 1988 (directly competing with New Edition's ''Heart Break'', which was released ''the very same day'', no less), the album proved to be Brown's breakthrough. It peaked at number one on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts for six and eleven non-consecutive weeks, respectively,[[note]] ''Don't Be Cruel'' had it's pop chart streak temporarily interrupted by Music/GunsNRoses' ''Appitite For Destruction'' in February 1989, before they knocked it off the top spot for good in March alongside Debbie Gibson's ''Electric Youth'', and the album popped in and out of the R&B chart's top spot multiple times, directly competing with releases from Freddie Jackson, Music/PublicEnemy and Music/MCHammer.[[/note]] and spawned five Top Ten pop hits, including the number-one single "My Prerogative". Brown was nominated for numerous American Music Awards, Grammys and Soul Train Awards, and was also featured in ''[[Franchise/Ghostbusters ''[[{{Franchise/Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]'' and it's soundtrack, giving him a sixth pop hit with "On Our Own", which was only stopped from reaching number-one by {{Music/Prince}}'s "[[{{Film/Batman}} Batdance]]" and Music/RichardMarx's "Right Here". In between all of this, Brown embarked on 120 day would tour to promote his album. he quickly gained a reputation as R&B's resident bad boy, as he often simulated performing sexual acts during his live shows, which often got him in trouble with police.
19th Apr '16 6:22:13 PM AfroThunder
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* LetsDuet: "Something In Common" was a duet with his then-wife Whitney Houston. "I'm Your Friend" was a duet with Debra Winans.



* PissTakeRap: While most New Jack rap guest raps usually aren't ''that'' remarkable to begin with (unless you're Music/HeavyD), Bobby's [[https://youtu.be/P0FKzPfsxA4?t=126 rap verse]] on the remix of "Every Little Step" is cringeworthy.



* RedBaron: "King Of Stage" Whitney Huston had also dubbed him the "Prince of R&B" and many fans know him as the "King Of New Jack Swing", a title he shares with Teddy Riley.



* WhiteVoidRoom: The "Every Little Step" music video.

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* WhiteVoidRoom: The "Every Little Step" music video.video.
* AWildRapperAppears: Unlike most New Jack songs, Bobby wrote and performed all the raps himself on his songs.
19th Apr '16 6:13:29 PM AfroThunder
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* RecordProducer: He produced the entirety of ''Forever'' by himself and produced Glenn Mederios' "Lovely Little Lady". He's best known for working with super producers such as Teddy Riley, L.A. Reid and Babyface.
19th Apr '16 6:05:56 PM AfroThunder
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The early nineties continued to be busy for Brown. He contributed vocals to Ralph Tresvant's "Stone Cold Gentleman", Glenn Medereios' "She ain't Worth It", which earned Brown his second number-one single, and Bel Biv [=DeVoe=]'s "Word To The Mutha!", which reunited all of the original New Edition members on record plus Johnny Gil, who had joined the group in 1987.

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The early nineties continued to be busy for Brown. He contributed vocals to Ralph Tresvant's "Stone Cold Gentleman", Glenn Medereios' "She ain't Worth It", which earned Brown his second number-one single, and Bel Bell Biv [=DeVoe=]'s "Word To The Mutha!", which reunited all of the original New Edition members on record plus Johnny Gil, who had joined the group in 1987.



* BreakupBreakout: Excluding splinter group Bel Biv [=DeVoe=], Bobby is the most successful member of New Editon. While all members had successful solo runs, Bobby outperformed all of them between 1988-1992.

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* BreakupBreakout: Excluding splinter group Bel Bell Biv [=DeVoe=], Bobby is the most successful member of New Editon. While all members had successful solo runs, Bobby outperformed all of them between 1988-1992.1988-1992.
* TheCameo: He appeared in the music video for Bel Biv [=DeVoe=]'s hit "Poison".
** He also had a minor role in ''GhostbustersII'' as the Mayor's doorman.


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* IWasQuiteALooker: He was a handsome young man during his prime. Drug and alcohol abuse soon took its toll on him, and he eventually became fat and out of shape.


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* VocalEvolution: His singing voice got noticeably deeper as he got older, thanks to a combination of puberty and drug use. This eventually hurt him, as he can't hit the high notes on some of his old songs anymore.
19th Apr '16 5:49:21 PM AfroThunder
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* GoldDigger: The title track of ''Don't Be Cruel'' focuses on this. Bobby does everything for his girlfriend, but she always rebuffs him, only interested in his cash.



* {{Jerkass}}: Marriage to Whitney aside, Bobby was often known for his rude behavior during his heyday and even his New Edition companions often had a hard time dealing with his attitude.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Marriage to Whitney aside, Bobby was often known for his rude behavior during his heyday and even his New Edition companions often had a hard time dealing with his attitude.attitude.
* NewJackSwing: One of the early pioneers, and one of it's marquee artists.
* SillyLoveSongs: "Girlfriend" and "Every Little Step" are probably the most saccharine songs Bobby has ever performed, early New Edition material notwithstanding. "Every Little Step" is justified because the guy who wrote it had just entered a new relationship, and Bobby himself liked the song.
* SucksAtDancing: Slowly inverted. Bobby was initially considered the worst dancer in New Edition. ''Don't Be Cruel'' and onward changed that, as he became one of the best dancers of the New Jack Swing era. Poor Johnny Gill ended up saddled with this rep when he joined New Edition.
* TraumaCongaLine: Hoo boy. Death seems to love giving this man grief lately.
** First his parents pass away within a year of each other. That would be heartbreaking enough if not for what happened right after.
** Whitney Houston, his ex-wife, suddenly dies in early 2012 by accidentally drowning herself in a bathtub. Bobby gets the news during a New Edition concert and winds up breaking down during a song performance, shouting "I love you, Whitney!" To add salt to the wound, security wouldn't let him into her funeral.
** Three years after Whitney's death, Bobbi Kristina, Bobby and Whitney's only child, is ''also'' found in a bathtub unconscious. After being on life support for several months and being told nothing could be done for his daughter, Bobbi was pulled off life support in July 2015. In the next several months, Bobby would fall off the wagon again, and eventually checked himself into rehab once more.
*WhiteVoidRoom: The "Every Little Step" music video.
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