Bell Biv Devoe

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: new jack swing rnb hip-hop 90s soul hip hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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On their arrival on the music scene in 1989, this trio of former New Edition members, Ricky Bell (18 September 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Michael Bivins (b. 10 August 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and Ronnie DeVoe (b. 17 November 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), heralded a new development in American urban music, infusing their hip-hop-inflected rhymes with a more stylish and less brutal timbre. The hybrid became known as Ghetto Swing. Their debut singles, ‘Poison’ and ‘Do Me!’, both made US number 3, and the album that followed was similarly successful, earning over three million sales. In 1991, at the initiation of Motown Records president Joe Busby, Bivins was asked to become A&R executive for his own record company - Biv Entertainment - to be licensed through Motown. Signings included Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men, both of whom found almost immediate success. Bell and DeVoe would oversee a similar set-up through...

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