Credited with pioneering the New Jack Swing musical movement of the early 1990s, Bell Biv Devoe's career began as part of the R&B group New Edition during the 1980s. The trio - Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie Devoe - forged its own path and created a hybrid musical genre consisting of hip-hop beats, swing melodies, and classic R&B style harmonies. While developing BBD's sound, Michael Bivins branched out into managing and producing other R&B acts, including Boyz II Men, 702 and Another Bad Creation (ABC). The groups, all signed to Motown-distributed Biv10 Records, released a number of hits during the 1990s. A movie called The New Edition Story was about the group from which BBD originated. The movie was produced by Bivins and aired on BET in 2017. The movie served as the inspiration for BBD getting back together with Bobby Brown and going back on tour.
Bell Biv Devoe Albums and Success
In 1990, the group released its debut album, Poison, to universal acclaim. The album mixed funk, soul and hip-hop and produced four chart-topping singles, including its title track, which became one of the most popular and enduring party-starting songs of the period. Poison won the coveted prize for Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Group Album of the Year at the 1991 Soul Train Music Awards. BBD also won a 1992 American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Group. Bell Biv Devoe followed this up with 1991's WBBD-Bootcity, a remix album, which sold 700,000 copies. The band's 1993 LP release, Hootie Mack, went gold and spawned the ballad titled "Something in Your Eyes." A collaboration with the other former New Edition members followed in 1996, reuniting Bell Biv Devoe with Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, resulting in the multi-platinum release of Home Again. Following its third studio album, 2002's BBD, the group went on hiatus to pursue individual personal and professional goals; the members returned to the studio 15 years later to record Three Stripes.
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Is Bell Biv Devoe touring in 2019?
BBD's latest tour saw them reuniting again with Bobby Brown in the fall of 2018. Now rebranded as 'RBRM' (Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike), the group embarked on the acclaimed 4 The Love of It tour. The tour included dates in Boston, Mass., all the way down the Eastern Seaboard, and in Nevada, California and Texas. It proved so popular with fans, and demand for more shows was so high, that extra dates were added until the end of July 2019.
What are Bell Biv Devoe shows like?
The recent tour was a resounding success, appealing to original fans of BBD as well as newbies who were just discovering the timeless appeal of the soulful hip-hop mix. Reviews were positive, and the performances were seen as a triumphant return to form for Bell Biv Devoe as well as Bobby Brown. The shows were seen as particularly special for fans as the setlist included the hits of BBD, Bobby Brown's solo work and classic New Edition tracks - where it all began.
What is the Bell Biv Devoe concert setlist?
Regardless of where you see Bell Biv Devoe live, the performance is likely to include tracks such as "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)," "Dope," "Do Me!" and "Something in Your Eyes." The shows most often conclude with "Poison," nearly every Bell Biv Devoe fan's favorite.
Has Bell Biv Devoe ever had a No. 1 hit?
BBD has had two different songs reach the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)" and "Poison," but never an overall No. 1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.