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Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men at the Genting Highlands, Malaysia in 2007. Left to right: Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris.
Boyz II Men at the Genting Highlands, Malaysia in 2007. Left to right: Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris.
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genre(s) R&B, Soul
Years active 1988 – present
Label(s) Motown (1990-1999)
Universal (1999-2001)
Arista (2002-2003)
MSM Music Group/Koch (2003-2007)
Decca/UMG (2007-present)
Associated acts Babyface, Mariah Carey
Website www.boyziimen.com
Members
Nathan Morris (1988 - present)
Shawn Stockman (1988 - present)
Wanya Morris (1988 - present)
Former members
Marc Nelson (1988 - 1990)
Michael McCary (1988 - 2003)

Boyz II Men is a four-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988 as a quintet which originally included Marc Nelson, Boyz II Men found fame as a quartet, with members Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris, on Motown Records during the early 1990s. Nelson left the group before their first recording to pursue a solo career. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 556 pixelsFull resolution (1032 × 717 pixel, file size: 149 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Genting Highlands Hotel Genting Highlands (Malay: Tanah Tinggi Genting) (1700m above sea level ) is a mountain peak within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia and is home to a famous mountain resort by the same name which can be reached by... Shawn Stockman Shawn Patrick Stockman (born September 26, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as a member of the vocal group Boyz II Men. ... Nathan Bartholomew (thats right, Bartholemew) Morris (born 18 June 1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American singer, also known as Alex Vanderpool (his nickname in the early Boyz II Men days). ... Wanya Jermaine Morris (born July 29, 1973, in Philadelphia) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as the leader of the popular R&B group Boyz II Men. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Contemporary R&B is a music genre of American popular music, the current iteration of the genre that began in the 1940s as rhythm and blues music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Babyface redirects here. ... This article is about the singer. ... Nathan Bartholomew (thats right, Bartholemew) Morris (born 18 June 1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American singer, also known as Alex Vanderpool (his nickname in the early Boyz II Men days). ... Shawn Stockman Shawn Patrick Stockman (born September 26, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as a member of the vocal group Boyz II Men. ... Wanya Jermaine Morris (born July 29, 1973, in Philadelphia) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as the leader of the popular R&B group Boyz II Men. ... Marc Nelson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the son of Phyllis Nelson, known for the dance hit I Like You. ... Michael Sean McCary (born December 16, 1971, in Philadelphia) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as the bass singer of the popular R&B group, Boyz II Men. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Contemporary R&B is a music genre of American popular music, the current iteration of the genre that began in the 1940s as rhythm and blues music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... A quintet is a formation containing five members. ... Marc Nelson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the son of Phyllis Nelson, known for the dance hit I Like You. ... For other uses, see Quartet (disambiguation). ... Nathan Bartholomew (thats right, Bartholemew) Morris (born 18 June 1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American singer, also known as Alex Vanderpool (his nickname in the early Boyz II Men days). ... Michael Sean McCary (born December 16, 1971, in Philadelphia) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as the bass singer of the popular R&B group, Boyz II Men. ... Shawn Stockman Shawn Patrick Stockman (born September 26, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as a member of the vocal group Boyz II Men. ... Wanya Jermaine Morris (born July 29, 1973, in Philadelphia) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as the leader of the popular R&B group Boyz II Men. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ...


Based on sales, Boyz II Men is the most successful R&B male vocal group of all time. It recorded five #1 R&B hits between 1992 and 1997 and has sold more than 60 million records [1]. Three of its #1 hits, "End of the Road", "I'll Make Love to You", and "One Sweet Day" (with Mariah Carey), set and broke records for the longest period of time a single remained at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; the last of them still holds the record. Although "On Bended Knee" did not break any records, it was still an immensely popular song that reached #1 and made Boyz II Men the third artists (behind Elvis and The Beatles) to replace themselves at the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100. For other uses, see End of the Road (disambiguation). ... Ill Make Love To You is a 1994 #1 hit single by R&B group Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... #1s track listing Greatest Hits (CD #2) track listing The Ballad Collection track listing One Sweet Day is a song recorded by American singer Mariah Carey and quartet Boyz II Men and co-written by Carey, Walter Afanasieff and Boyz II Men members Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris... This article is about the singer. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... On Bended Knee is a 1994 number-one hit single by Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll, or as just simply The King, was an American singer who had an immeasurable effect on world culture. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


Boyz II Men was signed to Motown Records from 1990 to 2000, at which point it was moved to parent label Universal Records. After the 2000 album Nathan Shawn Michael Wanya, Boyz II Men moved to Arista Records. In 2003, Michael McCary left the group due to chronic back problems resulting from scoliosis. As of 2005, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris continue to tour and record as a trio. At the 1995 Grammy Awards, the group received four Grammy Award awards for their work, including two for their 1994 sophomore album, II in 1995. Universal Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. ... Arista redirects here. ... The 37th Grammy Awards were presented March 1, 1995. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Sophomore is used (especially in the USA) for describing a student in the second year of study (generally referring to high school or university study). ... II was the second regular studio album by vocal quartet Boyz II Men, released in August 1994 on Motown Records. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1995. ...

Contents

History

Beginnings

The group that later became Boyz II Men was founded in 1986 at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)[1] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, friends Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson had put together several various R&B singing groups, all of which fell through. Eventually, they recruited tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman and bass Michael McCary The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts is a magnet school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Nathan Bartholomew (thats right, Bartholemew) Morris (born 18 June 1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American singer, also known as Alex Vanderpool (his nickname in the early Boyz II Men days). ... Marc Nelson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the son of Phyllis Nelson, known for the dance hit I Like You. ... Wanya Jermaine Morris (born July 29, 1973, in Philadelphia) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as the leader of the popular R&B group Boyz II Men. ... Shawn Stockman Shawn Patrick Stockman (born September 26, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as a member of the vocal group Boyz II Men. ... A basso (or bass) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ... Michael Sean McCary (born December 16, 1971, in Philadelphia) is an African-American R&B singer, best known as the bass singer of the popular R&B group, Boyz II Men. ...


The members idolized New Edition, one of the most popular R&B groups of the 1980s. They found inspiration in New Edition's harmonies and routines, and eventually renamed the group "Boyz II Men" after one of New Edition's songs. Sneaking backstage after a 1989 concert performed by Bell Biv DeVoe (a New Edition spin-off group), Boyz II Men performed an a cappella rendition of New Edition's "Can You Stand the Rain" for New Edition/BBD member Michael Bivins. Bivins was impressed by the group, and began plans to sign them to Motown Records through a production deal with his Biv Ten Records company. But before the group began recording, Marc Nelson left because of personality conflicts, reducing the quintet to a quartet. New Edition is an American R&B/Pop group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980, that was most popular during the 1980s. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Bell Biv DeVoe was a successful splinter group of New Edition that consisted of three previous members, Ricky Bell (also known as Slick), Michael Bivins (also known as Biv), and Ronnie DeVoe (also known as R.D.). // Bell Biv DeVoe began to take shape in the late 80s, but not... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ...


A year before releasing their debut album, they made an appearance on a solo album by Robbie Mychals. They are listed in the credits as singing background vocals on the song "One Mile From Paradise" as "Boy's To Men".

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Cooleyhighharmony

Boyz II Men's first album, Cooleyhighharmony, was released on Motown in 1991, executive produced by Michael Bivins. Cooleyhighharmony's drum-heavy new jack swing sound and multi-layered sampled backdrops were similar to that of Bell Biv DeVoe's own work, but featured smooth classic-soul styled vocals in place of BBD's rapping and brassier singing. This style was dubbed "hip hop doo wop" by the group and Bivins, who presented Boyz II Men and adolescent R&B group Another Bad Creation to the public as BBD's protégés. Cooleyhighharmony is the debut 1991 album by Motown group Boyz II Men. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Michael Lamone Bivins (born August 10, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts) is the founder and member of the R&B group New Edition and the hip hop group BellBivDeVoe. ... New Jack Swing, or swingbeat[1], is a hybrid style popular from the late-1980s into the mid-1990s, which fuses hip-hop with rhythms, samples and production techniques with the urban contemporary sound of R&B. The new jack swing style developed as many previous R&B styles did... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... Rap redirects here. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... Another Bad Creation (or A.B.C. for short) was an American hip hop and R&B musical group from Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Boyz II Men's first single, the Dallas Austin-produced "Motownphilly" featured a rap cameo by Michael Bivins, and was accompanied with a music video that presented the group in hip hop style. (The video also included cameos from fellow CAPA alumni Black Thought and ?uestlove of The Roots) Their second single was a cover of a classic Motown tune, G.C. Cameron's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" from the 1975 film Cooley High, while "Uhh Ahh" served as the third single. Dallas Austin (born December 29, 1970 in Columbus, Georgia) is a Grammy-winning American songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and keyboardist. ... Motownphilly is the Boyz II Mens 1991 debut single for their debut album, Cooleyhighharmony. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Image of artist Black Thought (born Tariq Trotter) is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots. ... Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. ... The Roots, also variously known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy-winning hip-hop band based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. ... George Curtis G.C. Cameron (born in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American soul and R&B singer. ... Its So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday is the title of a number-one R&B single by group Boyz II Men. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cooley High is a 1975 feature film produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte (creator of Good Times). ...


From the beginning, Boyz II Men featured all four members trading leads, avoiding the usual R&B group arrangement of one or two lead singers and a team of background singers. The multiple-lead arrangements became a Boyz II Men trademark, and it became typical to hear Wanya Morris' vibrato-heavy tenor, Shawn Stockman's smoother tenor voice, Nathan Morris' baritone, and Michael McCary's deep bass (often used in spoken-word sections of many Boyz II Men hits) trading bars in each song. This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ... For other uses, see Baritone (disambiguation). ... A bass (or basso in Italian) is a male singer who sings in the deepest vocal range of the human voice. ...


The album's liner notes identified nicknames for each member of the group. These nicknames were devised in collaboration with Bivins in an attempt at marketing. Wanya was "Squirt," Shawn was "Slim," Michael was simply "Bass," and Nathan was named after a soap opera character who brandished a nerdy style, "Alex Vanderpool."


In time, Nathan Morris would become something of the de facto leader of the group, handling its operations and business interests, but the group never presented one man as more important than the other.


Cooleyhighharmony was a major success, eventually selling over nine million copies and winning the 1992 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. "Motownphilly" and "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" were #1 R&B hits and top five U.S. pop hits, and Boyz II Men joined MC Hammer's high-profile 2 Legit 2 Quit tour as an opening act. While traveling the country, their tour manager Khalil Roundtree was murdered, and the group's future performances of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" were dedicated to him. Cooleyhighharmony is the debut 1991 album by Motown group Boyz II Men. ... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1970. ... Motownphilly is the Boyz II Mens 1991 debut single for their debut album, Cooleyhighharmony. ... Its So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday is the title of a number-one R&B single by group Boyz II Men. ... MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune, his trademark Hammer pants, and for leaving a lasting influence on hip hop culture... Roderick Khalil Roundtree (d. ...


"End of the Road"

While on tour in 1992, Boyz II Men briefly returned to the studio to record the single "End of the Road", co-written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, for the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy's film Boomerang. "End of the Road" became a record-breaking success, remaining at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the previous record of 11 weeks set by Elvis Presley with "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" in 1956. Cooleyhighharmony was reissued in 1993, with "End of the Road" added as a special bonus track. It has been said that the song was recorded in four hours. For other uses, see End of the Road (disambiguation). ... Babyface redirects here. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... Boomerang is a 1992 comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Eartha Kitt. ... Elvis redirects here. ... Cooleyhighharmony is the debut 1991 album by Motown group Boyz II Men. ...

II (1994)

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II

1994 saw the release of Boyz II Men's second album, II. Most of the tracks on II were written and produced by Babyface and the successful team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; Michael Bivins distanced himself from Boyz II Men to focus on developing new acts. Several of II's tracks became major hit singles, among them Jam & Lewis's "On Bended Knee", and Babyface's "I'll Make Love to You" and "Water Runs Dry". "Thank You" and the hip hop soul track "Vibin'" both missed the U.S. Top 20; but "Water Runs Dry" became #2, and "I'll Make Love to You and "On Bended Knee" became #1 hits. II was the second regular studio album by vocal quartet Boyz II Men, released in August 1994 on Motown Records. ... Babyface redirects here. ... Jimmy Jam (born James Harris III in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 6, 1959) and Terry Lewis (born November 21, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska) are an R&B and pop songwriting and record production team. ... Michael Lamone Bivins (born August 10, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts) is the founder and member of the R&B group New Edition and the hip hop group BellBivDeVoe. ... On Bended Knee is a 1994 number-one hit single by Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... Ill Make Love To You is a 1994 #1 hit single by R&B group Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... Water Runs Dry is a 1995 single by Boyz II Men for the Motown label, written and produced by Babyface. ... Hip hop soul is the second major subgenre of contemporary R&B. The term generally describes a style of music that blends soulful R&B singing and raw hip hop production. ...


"I'll Make Love to You" broke "End of the Road's" 13-week record at #1, by spending 14 weeks at the top of the chart (a feat equaled earlier that year by Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You"). "On Bended Knee" replaced "I'll Make Love to you" at #1, making Boyz II Men the third act to replace themselves at #1, after Elvis and The Beatles. Meanwhile, II sold more than 12 million copies in the United States alone, becoming one of the best-selling albums ever released by an R&B group act. Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... I Will Always Love You was the first single from Whitney Houstons first motion picture film, The Bodyguard. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


They won two Grammy Awards in 1995: Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for II and Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "I'll Make Love To You". Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The 37th Grammy Awards were presented March 1, 1995. ... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Album has been awarded since 1995. ... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1970. ...

A scene from Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men's music video for "One Sweet Day".

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1995: Collaborations

During 1995, Boyz II Men made several notable appearances on other artists' recordings. Wanya Morris appeared on Brandy's single "Brokenhearted", while the group as a whole supported LL Cool J on his 1995 hit "Hey Lover". The song sampled The Lady in My Life by Michael Jackson from his biggest-selling album, Thriller, which they won a Grammy Award on February 28, 1996. Brandy on the cover of her album Full Moon Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi), known professionally as Brandy, is an African American pop/R&B singer and actress. ... James Todd Smith III (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J, is an American hip hop artist and actor. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 January 1 - Debut album Sixteen Stone by Bush hits #4 on the Billboard 200 a post grunge success January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958), also known as The King of Pop and Wacko Jacko, is an American musician who has written music spanning many styles including R&B/soul, pop, disco, funk, rock and hip hop. ... Alternate cover Special Edition release cover. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1996 in television involved some significant events. ...


It was the group's collaboration with Mariah Carey that proved to be the most notable. "One Sweet Day", included on Carey's 1995 LP Daydream, became a smash success, and topped the US pop charts for a record sixteen weeks, as well as being nominated at the 1996 Grammy Award for "Record of the Year" and "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". This article is about the singer. ... #1s track listing Greatest Hits (CD #2) track listing The Ballad Collection track listing One Sweet Day is a song recorded by American singer Mariah Carey and quartet Boyz II Men and co-written by Carey, Walter Afanasieff and Boyz II Men members Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris... Daydreaming redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Record of the Year is an award created by record producer Jonathan King voted for by the UK public. ... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals has been awarded since 1995. ...


Inspirations, influence, and impact

By this point, Boyz II Men were a popular act, not only in the U.S, but worldwide. Popular with both mainstream and R&B audiences, Boyz II Men became recognized as something of a 1990s version of The Temptations, the 1960s Motown act that became the label's best-selling male group act. Many of the elements that made The Temptations, other classic Motown artists such as The Four Tops and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, and Boyz II Men's mentors New Edition successful were adapted by the group, including a clean-cut image, smooth harmonies, and synchronized dance and performance movements. The members of Boyz II Men were particularly noted for their vocal abilities, and helped continue a trend in R&B towards an emphasis on emotive singing with significant use of melisma, a trademark of Wanya Morris' singing. “Temptations” redirects here. ... The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. ... The Miracles (known from 1965 to 1972 as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) is an American rhythm and blues group from Detroit, Michigan, notable as the first successful group act for Berry Gordys Motown Records. ... New Edition is an American R&B/Pop group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980, that was most popular during the 1980s. ... Melisma, in music, is the technique of changing the note (pitch) of a single syllable of text while it is being sung. ...


The influences of the group were felt and heard across throughout the R&B world, with several R&B competitors showing obvious inspiration from Boyz II Men's work and singing style, among them, Shai, Soul for Real, BLACKstreet, All 4 One, and later Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, and (featuring old Boyz II Men member Marc Nelson) Az Yet. Boyz II Men's closest competitor, Uptown Records act Jodeci, were, with their grittier and more sexually charged style, the polar opposite of Boyz II Men's wholesomeness. Jodeci's style had its own followers (many of them, Dru Hill and Jagged Edge in particular, they shared with Boyz II Men), but their influence on the music industry as a whole was not as widespread as that of Boyz II Men. Shai was an early 1990s vocal R&B/soul quartet. ... Soul for Real is a R&B group from Wheatley Heights, NY that experienced significant popularity during the 1990s, made up of brothers Andre (born April 4, 1974), Brian (born December 14, 1975), Christopher (born April 30, 1971), and Jason Dalyrimple (born May 10, 1980). ... BLACKstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... All-4-One is a male R&B group best known for their hit single I Swear from their self-titled 1994 debut album. ... Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire included R&B, soul, and gospel music. ... Jagged Edge is an American R&B singing group that were originally signed through Jermaine Dupris So So Def Records to Columbia Records. ... Az Yet are an American R&B group from Philadelphia, best known for their hits, Last Night and remake of Hard to Say Im Sorry. Formed in 1990 initially as a duo with Shawn Rivera and Dion Allen, they were later joined by Kenny Terry who they found singing... Uptown Records was an American record label, founded by Andre Harell in the late-1980s. ... Jodeci is an American musical group, whose repertoire included R&B, soul music, and new jack swing. ...


Also notable is that several record producers, Lou Pearlman in particular, saw Boyz II Men's popularity with white audiences, and developed several acts in the same vein as Boyz II Men, but with white male singers instead of black ones. Because of this, Boyz II Men is often considered to have started the "boy band" craze that reached a climax by the end of the 1990s, with groups such as The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, going on to widespread international success, and others, such as Motown act 98 Degrees, finding more moderate mainstream success. Louis Jay Pearlman (born June 19 1954, Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.) was a manager for several boy bands including the Backstreet Boys, N Sync and US5. ... Boyband redirects here. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The Backstreet Boys, or BSB, are a boy band and pop group formed in 1992 by manager Lou Pearlman that grew to considerable popularity in the late 1990s, but quietly slipped away from the charts by the early part of the 2000s. ... *NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, sometimes referred to as a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. The group members are Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Justin Timberlake. ... This article is about the band. ...

Evolution (1997).
Evolution (1997).

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Evolution and label conflicts

Riding high on the success of the most successful act ever on the label, Motown issued The Remix Collection, a compilation of remixes of various Boyz II Men songs from Cooleyhighharmony and II. The group itself had opposed the release of the collection, and as a result friction arose between the label and the group. Boyz II Men set up their record label Stonecreek (which released material by artists such as Uncle Sam) to be distributed by Epic Records, not Motown. As a result, tensions were high when it came time to release the next Boyz II Men album. A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... Uncle Sam (born Sam Turner) is an African American R&B singer, best known for being signed to Boyz II Mens Stonecreek Records imprint (distributed by Columbia Records) in the late 1990s. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...


Evolution was released in 1997 to mixed reviews and sold three million copies, far below II's 12 million and Cooleyhighharmony's 9 million. Only one of Evolution's singles, the Jam/Lewis-penned "Four Seasons of Loneliness", charted at #1. The second single, the Babyface-helmed A Song for Mama (the theme song to the Babyface-produced film Soul Food) was a Top 10 hit, but the follow-up "Can't Let Her Go" underperformed. Evolution is a 1997 LP by R&B group Boyz II Men, their final studio album for Motown Records. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... A Song for Mama is the title of a number-one R&B single by group Boyz II Men. ... For the type of cuisine, see soul food. ...


As the label problems mounted, health problems began to take their toll on the group. While on tour to support the Evolution album, Wanya Morris developed a polyp on his vocal cords, and the group was forced to postpone part of the tour until he recovered. When the group appeared on Keenen Ivory Wayans' short-lived talk show just before the album's release, McCary danced along with the other members as they performed "Motownphilly." Anatomy of a coral polyp. ... Laryngoscopic view of the vocal folds. ... Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958 in New York City, New York) is an American actor, comedian, director and writer best known as the host and creator of the FOX sketch comedy series In Living Color, which also starred Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, his brother Damon Wayans, David Alan...


Boyz II Men's final Top 40 hit was "I Will Get There", a Diane Warren-penned single released in support of the soundtrack to DreamWorks' first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt. I Will Get There was the contribution from Boyz II Men toward the soundtrack for The Prince of Egypt, the 1998 motion picture from Dreamworks. ... Diane Warren (Born Diane Eve Warren on September 7, 1956 in Van Nuys, California) is an American songwriter. ... This article is about the film studio. ... The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 Academy Award-winning American animated film, the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks. ...


They were nominated for 2 Grammys in 1998: Best R&B Album for Evolution and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo Or Group for "A Song For Mama".


Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya

In 1999, Motown's parent company, Polygram, was bought by Universal Music Group. Amidst the major corporate restructure, Motown was merged with UMG's Universal Records, where Boyz II Men found themselves reassigned. Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Universal Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. ...


Their only studio LP for Universal, 2000's Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya, was chiefly written and produced by the group itself, in an attempt to update their sound and ward off critics who questioned the group's reliance on Babyface's hit-making songcraft. While the critics were more receptive to Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya than they had been to its predecessor, the LP sold 500,000 copies in the US, 1 million copies worldwide, and although its two singles, "Pass You By" and "Thank You in Advance" received media attention, neither became hits. Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya is a 2000 LP by R&B group Boyz II Men. ...


Meanwhile, Michael McCary was diagnosed with scoliosis, which limited his ability to dance at live performances. The other three members eventually resorted to having McCary seated on a stool while they did the dancing themselves.

Full Circle (2002).
Full Circle (2002).

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Full Circle and "The Color of Love"

Boyz II Men departed from Universal in 2001, and the label released a greatest hits collection, Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection, to close out their contract. Signing a new deal with Arista Records in 2002, Boyz II Men began recording the Full Circle album, and recruited Babyface for a new single, "The Color of Love". Arista commissioned a high-budget music video, shot in four different locales by four different directors: supervising director Little X filmed scenes featuring Michael McCary in India, Hype Williams filmed Shawn Stockman in Tokyo, Benny Boom filmed Nathan Morris in Ghana, and Chris Robinson filmed Wanya Morris in Puerto Rico and finally all were filmed in New York. The resulting music video had a high-profile debut on BET, but failed to make an impact, and Full Circle, like Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya before it, sold just over 500,000 copies in the US and 1 million copies worldwide. For a list of albums known simply as Greatest Hits, see List of albums titled Greatest Hits. ... Arista redirects here. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Full Circle is a 2002 LP by R&B group Boyz II Men, their only release on Arista Records. ... Little X, (born Julien Christian Lutz in 1975), is a Trinidadian-Canadian music video director. ... Harold Hype Williams (born 1970 in Queens, New York) is an American music video and film director of African-American and Honduran descent. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Benny Boom (born on July 22, 1971) is a music video director and current director of Gorilla Flix, Inc. ... Chris Robinson is an African-American music video director, primarily directing videos for hip hop and R&B singles. ... Bet may refer to: Look up bet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Throwback, Vol. 1

On January 30, 2003, Michael McCary retired from performing due to his ongoing battle with scoliosis. Arista terminated Boyz II Men's contract on April 30, and the remaining three members took a temporary hiatus from the music industry. After a year out of the spotlight, Boyz II Men created the independent label MSM Music Group (distributed through Koch Records), and released the Throwback, Vol. 1 LP, a collection of covers of songs such as The Dazz Band's "Let It Whip", Michael Jackson's "Human Nature", and, as the single, Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love". Throwback, Vol. 1 reached #59 on the Billboard 200. The group launched an independent tour of North America and Asia in support of the Throwback series. The album has sold over 200,000 copies to date with little to no promotion. Boyz II Men's seventh studio album, The Remedy, was released in Japan at the fall of 2006. In other regions, it was made available exclusively online through their website BoyzIIMen.com on February 14, 2007. is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Dazz Band was a funk music band that enjoyed brief popularity in the United States in the early 1980s. ... Let it Whip is a 1982 hit single by the Dazz Band, one of their biggest hits. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Thriller track listing Billie Jean (6) Human Nature (7) P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (8) Human Nature is a single released by Michael Jackson from his 1982 hit album, Thriller. ... Bobby Caldwells 1978 debut album in its re-release as What You Wont Do for Love Bobby Caldwell (born August 15, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, despite a prolific musical output over his more than 25-year career, is still best known for... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Hitsville: USA

In mid-2007, the group resigned with Universal Records and released the LP Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA through Decca Records. The LP is a covers album featuring songs from the Motown Records catalog, co-produced by Randy Jackson of American Idol fame. The Motown album includes covers of songs by The Temptations ("Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"), Marvin Gaye ("Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Mercy Mercy Me"), Smokey Robinson & the Miracles ("The Tracks of My Tears"), and even Boyz II Men themselves (an a capella version of "End of the Road"). On October 25, 2007, the trio performed "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch of Game 2 of the 2007 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies at Fenway Park. [2]. On November 3, 2007, the group performed as special guests on the hit ITV talent show, The X Factor. On November 10, the band appeared in the Japanese television show, Music Fair21 singing, Just My Imagination, It's the Same Old Song, Reach Out (I'll Be There) and and I'll Make Love to You featuring artist AI and her newest song ONE. On November 13, 2007, Boyz II Men had a CD signing and a performance at the FYE store in Philadelphia despite having been asked by their label to be in either New York or L.A. for the release of the album. Contrary to reports Boyz II Men promoted the release of their new album at FYE in New York. They performed an acapella version of their smash hit End Of The Road, and Just My Imagination from the new album. Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the American Idol judge. ... For the current American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ... “Temptations” redirects here. ... Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) is a 1971 number-one hit single released on the Gordy (Motown) label, recorded by The Temptations and produced by Norman Whitfield. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Aint Nothing Like the Real Thing was a 1968 hit for soul music legends Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. ... Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) was the second single off Marvin Gayes legendary 1971 album, Whats Going On. ... Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... The Tracks of My Tears is a 1965 hit single by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... God Bless America is an American patriotic song originally written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. ... Dates: October 24 – October 28, 2007 MVP: Mike Lowell Television: FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada), NASN (Europe), ESPN Latin America Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Ed Montague, Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly[1] ALCS: Boston Red Sox def. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rox, Blake Street Bombers. ... Fenway redirects here. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Ill Make Love To You is a 1994 #1 hit single by R&B group Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... AI (born November 2, 1981, real name Ai Carina Uemura )) is a Japanese singer. ...


The "Kurt Browning's Gotta Skate" special aired on NBC on November 11, 2007. The special featured olympic skaters skating to the hits of Motown performed by Boyz II Men and The Temptations. Each group promoted their new albums; Boyz II Men promoting "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA" and The Temptations promoting "Back To Front", an album of famous 1970's covers which released on October 23, 2007. Browning skates during the 2000 Stars on Ice tour Kurt Browning (born June 18, 1966) is a prominent Canadian figure skater who was extremely popular during the late 1980s and 1990s. ... This article is about the television network. ... “Temptations” redirects here. ...


On a February 21, 2008 episode of the FOX music-themed game show, Don't Forget The Lyrics, the group appeared as contestants on the show, playing for charity. After blazing through categories such as Motown, R&B, and even one named Boyz II Men, the group won $500,000 and split the sum between two charities. As a promotion for the Hitsville CD, everyone in the audience got a free copy of the album. is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the animal. ... Dont Forget the Lyrics! is a singing game show that premiered on FOX on July 11, 2007, hosted by comedian and former Whose Line is it Anyway? panelist Wayne Brady. ...


Discography

This is the discography of R&B/soul singing group Boyz II Men. ...

Albums

Cooleyhighharmony is the debut 1991 album by Motown group Boyz II Men. ... Christmas Interpretations is a 1993 Christmas album by R&B group Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... II was the second regular studio album by vocal quartet Boyz II Men, released in August 1994 on Motown Records. ... Evolution is a 1997 LP by R&B group Boyz II Men, their final studio album for Motown Records. ... Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya is a 2000 LP by R&B group Boyz II Men. ... Full Circle is a 2002 LP by R&B group Boyz II Men, their only release on Arista Records. ... Throwback, Vol. ... The Remedy is the new album by Boyz II Men, released in Japan on October 25, 2006 and worldwide in early-2007. ...

See also

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References

  1. ^ Boyz II Men Official website - Biography: 60 million recors sold worldwide
  2. ^ The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Official Info: Musical performers set for Games 1 and 2 of 2007 World Series
  • Huey, Steve. "Boyz II Men". All Music Guide. Retrieved from http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fyeb97i7krst~T00 on August 17, 2005.

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