Bobby Brown Biography

Robert Brown, 5 February 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A former member of New Edition, Brown emerged in the late 80s as the king of swingbeat, the fusion of hip-hop beats and soul vocals also referred to as ‘new jack swing’. Like many of the genre’s stars, Brown is not gifted with either huge ability or personality, yet he stamped his authority on the scene via a series of immaculately presented crossover singles. On his debut album he was joined by Larry Blackmon and John Luongo, but it was the follow-up set, and the seamless production technique of Teddy Riley and L.A. And Babyface, that pushed him high in the R&B and pop charts. Cuts such as the US number 1 single ‘My Prerogative’ were infectious, irresistible workouts, confirming Brown’s presence as a commercial hot potato. Further US Top 5 singles included ‘Roni’, ‘Every Little Step’, ‘On Our Own’, and ‘Humpin’ Around’, while a collaboration with Glenn Medeiros, ‘She Ain’t Worth It’, topped the charts in summer 1990. Brown married Whitney Houston in July 1992, and made further tentative steps into acting (he had already shot a cameo part in Ghostbusters II). He had a UK Top 5 hit with ‘Two Can Play That Game’ in 1995, the same year he was arrested on a felony charge. In 1996, he was arrested on a drink-driving charge and made an out-of-court settlement over an assault charge, following which he began working again with the members of New Edition on the successful reunion album, Home Again. A new Bobby Brown album appeared at the end of 1997 amid further stories of marital strife and bad behaviour.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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