->''Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike''
->''If I like the girl, who cares who you like?''
-->-- '''Ralph''', "Cool It Now"

New Edition is an American R&B male music group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978, that was most popular during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s and led the way for groups like Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock and Boyz II Men. At the height of their early popularity in 1983, the group consisted of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Music/BobbyBrown, Ronnie [=DeVoe=], and Ralph Tresvant. Early hits included songs like 1983's "Candy Girl" and 1984's "Cool It Now".

The group would perform all around Massachusetts and would eventually land a spot at a talent show which was run by Maurice Starr. The first prize was $500.00 and a recording contract. Though New Edition came in 2nd place, Starr decided to bring the group to his studio the following day to record what would become their debut album, Candy Girl. Recorded in late 1982 and released in 1983 on Starr’s Streetwise Records, the album featured the hits: "Is This The End," "Popcorn Love," "Jealous Girl" and the title track, which went to number one on both the American R&B singles chart and the UK singles chart.

Returning from their first major concert tour, the boys were dropped back off to their homes in the projects and were given a check in the amount of $1.87 a piece for their efforts. Tour budget and expenses were given as the explanation as to why they were not paid more. Due to financial reasons, New Edition parted company with Starr in 1984 (Starr responded by promptly creating the group New Kids on the Block; essentially formatted after New Edition, but with [[ButNotTooBlack white teenagers]].) The group, meanwhile, hired the law-firm of Steven and Martin Machat and sued Streetwise for relief from a contract that was unenforceable as well as materially breached by Streetwise. The Machat's won the legal game and then secured the group a huge recording deal with MCA after holding a bidding war among all the major recording labels. The band, in need of management, signed with Steven Machat and his two management partners Rick Smith and Bill Dern. The management company was called AMI and AMI proceeds to break the group both in the urban and pop world. MCA, through the production affiliate of AMI, Jump and Shoot, released the groups self titled second album the same year. Eclipsing their debut album, New Edition spun off the top five hit "Cool It Now" and the top twenty "Mr. Telephone Man," and went on to be certified double platinum in the United States.

In December 1985, under pressure from MCA and their management, the group voted Bobby Brown out, due to behavioral problems (a move they regretted years later according to Michael Bivins). Brown left in late 1985 to embark on a successful solo career in 1986, while New Edition continued to promote All for Love as a quartet. In spite of their financial and internal conflicts, New Edition continued to peak. During this era of the group's evolution, the group appeared in the episode of Knight Rider titled "Knight Song", performing "Count Me Out." As 1986 wound to a close, they recorded a cover of The Penguins 1954 hit "Earth Angel" for the soundtrack to The Karate Kid, Part II. The song peaked at #21 and inspired the group to record Under the Blue Moon, an album of doo-wop covers. The group continued for a time with four members, but eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill to record their 1988 album Heart Break. The group went on hiatus in 1990, while its various members worked on side projects, such as the group Bell Biv [=DeVoe=]. Gill and Tresvant also recorded successful solo albums.

All six members of the group reunited in 1996-1997 for the album Home Again, but during the ill-fated follow-up tour both Brown and Bivins quit the group, and the tour had to be canceled. Various reunions have occurred since, usually with the 1987-1990 lineup, though occasionally also including Bobby Brown. Their last studio release was 2004's One Love. As of 2010, two New Edition descendants are recording and touring: Bell Biv [=DeVoe=], and ''Heads of State'' (featuring Brown, Tresvant, and Gill). Rumors of a new studio album have been floating around.

In 2017, Creator/{{BET}} produced a {{Biopic}} MiniSeries about the group, ''The New Edition Story'', that [[MusicStories chronicles many of the above events]].

!!Notable songs

* "Candy Girl", it topped the UK Singles Chart and was the first number one single to include rapping.
* "Is This the End"
* "Popcorn Love"
* "Jealous Girl"
* "Cool It Now"
* "Mr. Telephone Man"
* "Lost in Love"
* "Kind of Girls We Like"
* "My Secret (Didja Get It Yet?)"
* "Count Me Out"
* "A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes)"
* "With You All the Way"
* "Earth Angel"
* "Once in a Lifetime Groove"
* "Tears on My Pillow" (featuring Little Anthony)
* "Helplessly in Love"
* "If It Isn't Love"
* "You're Not My Kind of Girl"
* "Can You Stand the Rain"
* "Crucial"
* "N.E. Heart Break"
* "Word To The Mutha" (A Bell Biv [=DeVoe=] single that reunited the original five New Editon members, plus newcomer Johnny Gill)
* "Hit Me Off"
* "I'm Still in Love with You"
* "You Don't Have to Worry"
* "One More Day"
* "Something About You"
* "Hot 2Nite"


* ''Candy Girl'' (1983)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum New Edition]]'' (1984)
* ''All for Love'' (1985)
* ''Under the Blue Moon'' (1986)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Heart Break]]'' (1988)
* ''Home Again'' (1996)
* ''One Love'' (2004)

!!These Tropes cover both the group New Edition and the BET miniseries, ''The New Edition Story''

* TheBandMinusTheFace: Played with. After the Heart Break tour, lead singers Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant began work on solo albums. The three remaining members then formed the hip-hop group Bell Biv [=DeVoe=], which was distinct from New Edition’s R&B style. Gill, Tresvant, and Bobby Brown later toured under the group name, Heads of State. New Edition as a group, though, has always included the core four of Bell, Bivins, Devoe, and Tresvant.
* BreakupBreakout: Music/BobbyBrown
* BreakupSong: “Is This the End” & "I'm Leaving You Again"
* TheCameo: New Edition briefly appears in ''Krush Groove'', a RomanAClef about the founding of Def Jam Records.
** The music video for "N.E. Heart Break" has a few celebrity cameos, including [[Series/TheCosbyShow Malcolm-Jamal Warner]] (who directed the video), [[Music/HeavyD Heavy D & The Boyz]], Robert Townsend, Shanice Wilson, etc., all while taking place at [[Creator/EddieMurphy Eddie Murphy's]] mansion.
* ChangedForTheVideo: "N.E. Heart Break" and "You're Not My Kind of Girl" were remixed for their respective music videos.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Despite having hit records and sell-out concerts, the members of New Edition lived in poverty on food stamps, while the record execs kept all the profits. This changed once they became adults.
* DisappearedDad: None of the fathers of band members appear in the mini-series. Their mothers are the primary caregivers and the ones who negotiate their contracts.
* {{Expy}}: New Kids On The Block were [[RaceLift basically a white version]] of New Edition, also created by Maurice Starr. Starr would go on to use the New Edition formula with multiple groups, including Perfect Gentlemen, Classic Example, and The Superiors.
* FairWeatherFriend: “Can You Stand the Rain” explicitly rejects this trope.
-->''On a perfect day I know that I can count on you''
-->''When that’s not possible tell me can you weather the storm?''
-->''Cuz I need somebody who will stand by me''
-->''Through the good times and times you always be''
-->''Always be right there''
* FriendVersusLover: “Cool It Now”
* GilliganCut: During an interview in ''The New Edition Story,'' the group claims they are working on an album that will drop next year. The next scene begins with a TitleCard that says, “Six Years Later”.
* GreenEyedEpiphany: “If It Isn’t Love”
-->''I can’t describe this feeling''
-->''That came when I saw her last night''
-->''She got to me''
-->''I’ll let you know the reason''
-->''I saw her with another guy!''
* IntercourseWithYou: “Do Me!” and "Something In Your Eyes" by Bell Biv Devoe, "Rock Wit'cha" by Music/BobbyBrown, "Rub You The Right Way" and "My, My, My" by Johnny Gill to name a few.
* [[ManInWhite Men In White]]: The ''Home Again'' album cover
* NewJackSwing: The entirety of ''Heart Break''. This album marked their shift from bubblegum pop to a more mature R&B sound. After ''Heart Break'' ran its course, the group members would have varying degrees of success as solo artists during the new jack swing era.
* NewSoundAlbum: As mentioned above, ''Heart Break'' marked New Edition's transition from bubblegum singers to adult contemporary R&B
* NiceGuy: Ralph boasts about being this in the songs, “Sensitivity” and “Stone Cold Gentleman.”
* ObliviousToHints: “Mr. Telephone Man”
-->''Mr. Telephone Man''
-->''There’s something wrong with my line''
-->''When I dial my baby’s number''
-->''I get a click every time''
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The dynamic between Ralph and Bobby
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Bobby Brown, to the point he performed on stage while high, was frequently caught messing around with groupies, and eventually got booted out of the group because of it. Ricky Bell had also gained a coke addiction in the nineties, but kept it hidden until he was forced to go to rehab after an overdose.
* ShotForShotRemake: The third episode of ''The New Edition Story'' opens with a full remake of the first verse and chorus of the “If It Isn’t Love” video, including their choreographer’s monologue and the bottom-corner video credits. The episode also features short shot-for-shot remakes of [=BBD=]'s "Poison", Ralph's "Sensitivity", Bobby's "Every Little Step", and Johnny's "My, My, My".
* SillyLoveSongs: “Candy Girl”
* SlutShaming: “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe
-->''I’m saying she’s a loser''
-->''How do you know?''
-->''[[DoubleStandard Me and the crew used to do her]]''
* SmallNameBigEgo: As good as Bobby Brown was in and out of New Editon, his bandmates had a hard time putting up with his ego. Unsurprisingly, this was the main reason he got kicked out of the group in 1985. He was also responsible for the infamous ''Home Again'' brawl that caused the tour to be cancelled prematurely, though the general tensions in New Edition were already past the boiling point by that time.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Many R&B and pop boy bands have modeled themselves after New Edition at one point or another, but Boyz II Men is considered their direct successor, [[InvokedTrope even naming themselves]] after a New Edition song. It doesn't hurt that Mike Bivins helped groom them into superstars.
** New Edition is this to the Music/TheJacksonFive. So much so that three days after Music/MichaelJackson died, the Creator/{{BET}} Music Awards held [[InMemoriam an impromptu tribute]] to Jackson and asked New Edition to perform a Jackson 5 medley. ''The New Editon Story'' miniseries can also been considered a modern-day successor to ''Series/TheJacksonsAnAmericanDream'' as well as The Temptations .
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: And ''how''. Nobody in New Edition was on the same page post-''Heart Break'', mostly due to their egos from solo stardom getting in the way. The animosity in the group was just barely staying under the surface [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfErzjCigwQ in this early 1990 Video Soul interview]], and it fully boiled over by the time of the ''Home Again'' tour, culminating in Bobby and Ronnie starting a full-scale brawl on stage, someone nearly getting shot, and Mike and Bobby leaving the group again for another few years.
* ThemeTuneRollCall: ''“Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike.”'' The video for “Cool It Now” includes shots of each member during the roll call.
* TimePassesMontage: ''The New Edition Story'' uses their touring performance of “Is This the End?” to transition the group [[TimeShiftedActor from pre-teens to young adults]].
* TheVamp: “Poison”
* AWildRapperAppears: Mike Bivins and Ronnie Devoe often perform this role for the group, most notably on “Cool It Now” and “Hit Me Off.”