NEW YORK, NY April 17, 2008 â€“ In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of New Editionâ€™s debut album Candy Girl, VH1 Soul presents â€œNew Edition Weekend,â€ a weekend full of special programming and videos by the Boston bred boy band. Bursting onto the scene in 1983, New Edition became a pop phenomenon when they were discovered by writer/producer Maurice Starr, in hopes of launching a Jackson 5 phenomenon for the ’80s. The New Edition story continued to reach new heights with several solo projects from various group members, including break-out member Bobby Brown, the self proclaimed â€œKing of R&B.â€ Bobby broke from the group in 1986 and rose to R&B superstardom as a solo artist. The weekend will include the VH1 Soul premiere of â€œSoul Story: Bobby Brown,â€ which celebrates the solo career of Bobby Brown through a timeline sequence of his videos, along with a new and never-before-seen interview, on Friday, April 25 at 7PM*.
â€œNew Edition Weekendâ€ premieres on VH1 Soul Friday, April 25 beginning 8AM*.
The weekend will be comprised of the following:
Â· New Edition Video Block â€“ Airs April 25 beginning at 8am*
Â· Behind The Music: New Edition â€“ Airs April 25 beginning at 10am*
Â· Urban Soul documentary â€“ Airs Monday, April 25 beginning at 12pm*
Â· â€œSoul Story: Bobby Brownâ€ â€“ Premieres Monday, April 25 at 7pm*
*Each special will air through-out the entire weekend
The weekend is not only a celebration of New Edition, but of R&B music itself. The BBC documentary Urban Soul, which made its U.S. Premiere on VH1 Soul in September 2007, is an in-depth look at R&B music since the 1970â€™s, covering everything from the New Jack Swing movement, to hip hop soul, neo-soul and mainstream R&B. This two-hour documentary is a groundbreaking journey through contemporary American music culture with a combination of rare archival footage and thought-provoking interviews with the greatest performers, producers, musicians and commentators of the genre. Urban Soul boasts a stellar cast of interviewees which includes Bobby Brown, BeyoncÃ© Knowles, Mary J Blige, Wyclef Jean, TLC and Chaka Khan.