Boyz II Men
Country of origin: United States
Ethnicity: Black / African descent
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About: Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are the most successful R&B group of all time, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. In the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet, but original member Michael McCary left the group in 2003 due to health issues.Currently the group is a trio signed to Decca Records, with members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman. The group won four Gra Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are the most successful R&B group of all time, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. In the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet, but original member Michael McCary left the group in 2003 due to health issues.Currently the group is a trio signed to Decca Records, with members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman. The group won four Grammy Awards in the 1990s, and the trio was nominated for two Grammies in 2009.
Boyz II Men formed at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in 1988 as a quintet; however, original member Marc Nelson left the group before its first studio recording to pursue a solo career. In the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international celebrity behind unprecedented success on the pop charts. The group's first single to reach number 1, 1992's "End of the Road", a phenomenal hit, reached the top of charts across the globe. "End of the Road" would set a new record for longevity, staying at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks, breaking a decades-old record held by Elvis Presley.
Boyz II Men would exceed even that record later in the decade with hits "I'll Make Love to You" and "One Sweet Day" (with Mariah Carey), which each exceeded records for the longest period of time a single remained at number 1. As of 2010, "One Sweet Day" still holds the all-time record with 16 weeks at the top of the Hot 100. Although "On Bended Knee" did not exceed any records, it was still a very popular song that reached number 1 and made Boyz II Men the third artist (the other two are The Beatles and Elvis) to replace themselves at the number one rating of the Billboard Hot 100. Because of this, Boyz II Men are the only artists that have stayed at the number one spot cumulatively 50 times, just fourth behind Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey. They also hold the numbers one, three and four spots for 3 of the longest running singles in music history with "One Sweet Day," "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road." These achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard Magazine's most successful musical group of the 1990s
Cooleyhighharmony is the 1991 debut album by Motown group Boyz II Men. Executive produced by Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe, the album features the hit singles "Motownphilly" and "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday", a G.C. Cameron cover from the Cooley High soundtrack which was dedicated to the memory of the group's tour manager, Khalil Roundtree, who was murdered in Chicago in 1992.
Cooleyhighharmony first debut on the Billboard 200 at #58 but months later reached #3 on the US charts and #7 in the UK, and was reissued in 1993 with several new tracks and remixes, as well as the group's #1 US hit from the Boomerang soundtrack, "End of the Road". It primarily topped the Top R&B Albums chart for two weeks.
In October 2004, Motownphilly appeared in popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional New Jack Swing radio station CSR 103.9.
II is the second studio album by boy band Boyz II Men, released in August 1994 on Motown Records. It contained the #1 singles "I'll Make Love To You" and "On Bended Knee", the latter of which replaced the former at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making the group the third artist to replace themselves at #1 in the US after Elvis Presley and The Beatles and the first to achieve the feat in 30 years.
"I'll Make Love to You" also spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 making them the first artist to achieve consecutive double digit runs at the top, with their prior single "End of the Road" topping the charts for 13 weeks and also equaled the record set by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" for the longest run at the top, a record which they held previously with "End of the Road". Other singles released achieved major success, including "Water Runs Dry", which reached #2, and "Thank You", which reached #21. "Vibin'", however, only reached #52.
The spoken track produced by Tim & Bob "Khalil (Interlude)" is a tribute to their road manager Khalil Roundtree who was shot in Chicago, Illinois while the band was opening for MC Hammer's Too Legit to Quit tour.
Evolution is an album by R&B group Boyz II Men, released in September 1997. It is their final album released on Motown Records. A Spanish language version, Evolución, was also issued.
The first single released off the album, "4 Seasons of Loneliness", was released in August 1997. The song was Boyz II Men's highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles. It debuted at #2, behind Mariah Carey's "Honey". The following week, the single went to #1, but lost the top spot the following week to Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997. 4 Seasons of Loneliness became Boyz II Men's sixth platinum single. Later that year, the second single, "A Song for Mama", was released, a track which already appeared on the Soul Food soundtrack. The single reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B Singles Chart, making Boyz II Men the only group in history to have seven platinum singles in the United States.
Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya is a 2000 LP by R&B group Boyz II Men. It was their first LP on which they received more creative control, and their only LP for Universal Records. Its two singles, "Pass You By" and "Thank You in Advance", performed below expectations on the charts.
Full Circle is the fifth album by R&B group Boyz II Men and their only release on Arista Records. Featuring the singles "The Color of Love", written by Babyface and "Relax Your Mind" featuring Faith Evans, Full Circle was the last Boyz II Men album to include bass singer Michael McCary.
The album mixed reviews from critics garnering a rating of 54 on Metacritic stating that it "is typical Boyz II Men, meaning plenty of vocal harmonies and ballads." Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic commented, "a little of the stilted, early-'80s funk-influenced hip-hop that marked modern soul, while offering a lot of adult contemporary balladry. Although the group doesn't delve too hard into funk, it still doesn't mesh particularly well together, especially since the material, while well-sung as ever, isn't particularly distinguished. That doesn't mean it's bad -- the album is pleasant enough as it spins -- but it's simply not that memorable, which is quite a disappointment after the very, very nice Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya."
Throwback, Vol. 1 is a 2004 covers album by R&B group Boyz II Men, released by Koch Records, and featuring covers of classic R&B songs (hence the album title) from such artists as Teddy Pendergrass, The Isley Brothers and Michael Jackson. The album was their first as a trio, after founding member Michael McCary left the group due to chronic back problems.
A rendition of Grandfather's Clock was included on the Taiwanese release as a bonus track.
It has been confirmed by one of the group members that a second CD will not be a part of The Throwback project. A Classic's CD was planned to be released later, potentially sometime in late 2007; this was later confirmed to be the Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA album, released in 2007.
The Remedy is the seventh studio album by Boyz II Men, released in Japan on October 25, 2006 and in the U.S. February 14, 2007 as an internet release only. It sold over one million copies in the U.S. The U.S. edition of the album is available in CD format exclusively on boyziimen.com from February 14, 2007.
This is the second full-length studio album of new material Boyz II Men have released since the departure of their bass, Michael McCary, in 2003. The first single of the album is Muzak.
It has been confirmed by one of the group members that a second CD will not be a part of The Remedy project. The Classic's CD will be released at a later date, potentially sometime in late 2007. Though this was later confirmed to be Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA released in 2007.
Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA is a Grammy nominated album by Boyz II Men that was released on November 13, 2007 by Decca Records. The album was produced by American Idol's Randy Jackson and Boyz II Men. David Simone and Winston Simone were Executive Producers for the album. The album is a tribute to some of Motown's classic songs, including "Just My Imagination" by The Temptations, "The Tracks of My Tears" by The Miracles and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops. The first single off the album is "The Tracks of My Tears".
The album debuted at #8 in the UK charts. On the US Billboard 200 chart, it debuted at #27, selling about 42,000 copies in its first week. The album received two nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards (Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for 'Ribbon In The Sky'.)
Vibe (p. 112) - "The trio's confident take on DeBarge's timeless 'All This Love' proves the song deserves a place next to its more celebrated counterparts... Their lush signature harmonies remain intact."
Love is a 2009 covers album by R&B group Boyz II Men. Like their previous album, this album was produced by American Idol's Randy Jackson and Boyz II Men. This is their third cover album following Throwback, Vol. 1 and Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA released in 2004 and 2007 respectively. The album will be composed of popular love songs of the past. It also features a collaboration with Michael Bublé. The demo version of Back For Good was originally recorded with Irish singer, Nadine Coyle. The album sold 15,000 copies its first week.
Twenty is the tenth album released by the R&B group Boyz II Men in the United States on 25 October 2011. The first single off the album is "More Than You'll Ever Know" featuring Charlie Wilson. As of September 2011, the single was the most added song to radio sets on urban adult contemporary radio stations. The album will feature 13 new material songs, and 9 rerecorded Boyz II Men classics. It will be produced Tim & Bob, Docco, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Song Dynasty and more. The album debuted at number 20 on The Billboard 200 selling 18,400 copies in it's first week. ... (more) (less)