Johnny Gill & Ralph Tresvant Own New Edition Name, Remaining Group Admits Dropping Ball After Movie – We Should Have Capitalized On It

Johnny Gill & Ralph Tresvant Own New Edition Name, Remaining Members Can’t Use It + Admit Dropping Ball After Movie

New Edition is originally known for five members, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant, but as of 2018, there has been another extension of the historical boy band. In May, four of the group’s core members have branched out from the group and established their own group. In this expansion, Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Mike Bivins (RBRM) make up the group, and announced they would be going on tour this fall without Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, a singer who was added after Brown left the group.

The reason for this new group came after some members experienced difficulties trying to get all six members on the same page. Bell took to his Instagram in May, as well to explain the recent change and if New Edition would happen again, in due time.

“To our beloved and devoted fans; I know that some of you may be a bit confused and/or disappointed that “NE”, as you know us, is not going on tour at this time. Trust me when I tell you I’m just as disappointed as you are. Especially after pouring out our hearts to you guys in the form of the “New Edition Story”… we know that you’ve come to expect excellence from us. Although I’m not able to go into specific details at this very moment, I will say this much – Nobody gets kicked out of NE anymore. Those days are long behind us.”

With their first show around the corner (Sept. 6 in Ontario, CA) the remaining group members did an interview discussing some of their latest ventures, why they changed their name, the and the status of entire group getting back together. The group also opens up about the original members of the group not owning the New Edition name, if they should have capitalized more after the New Edition movie, and Brown’s reaction to Pusha T’s “DAYTONA” cover.

Bobby Brown explains how the Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike (RBRM) came into fruition:

“This came about because we just wanna go on tour. We want to embark on something different. We want to add the child of New Edition.”

Mike Bivins explains why Ralph and Johnny own the New Edition name:

“I think it was sitting out there and we was all focused on other stuff. I don’t think people even realize how important it was, it was on oversight. The truth is in the moment, we’re not gonna argue about the name. We built the name.”

Bivins explains how he planned on getting everybody on the same page:

“That was more less from the cry from the fans. We got some people who’ve really been with us from day one. I just wanted to let them [fans] know, just hold on. We [New Edition] done seen this play before, we’re going to figure it out. I know y’all want it now, but it wasn’t meant to be now. Because if we don’t do it, then it leaves our legacy with an empty chapter.”

If they dropped the ball after the New Edition movie:

Bobby: “We didn’t capitalize everything we could have capitalized on. There was so much money, so much that we were supposed to do after the movie. You know, I play a major part in that not happening. But at the same time, I’m thankful I was able to take my time with what I wanted to do and what we’re going to do. Fortunately, we’re here now.”

Mike: “Yes.”

Ricky Bell: “The same thing, yes. But you at the same time, you can’t force anyone to pick up the phone, to return the calls, to come to the meetings. It’s out there. You can do your part to continue to show up, voice your opinion.”

Ronnie: “Definitely dropped the ball. Not many chances in life or a career, where you get to reset and reset again, right? And for the movie to come out so good, and not have the full participation from all six of us, it’s disappointing.”

Bobby on his upcoming BET movie:

“I think we did a good job calming it down. It’s still raw and gritty, but it’s made for TV.”

Bobby explains a viral video where people suspected he dropped cocaine out of his pocket while on stage:

“It was my watch off my wrist! People have to really look at that. If they digitally zoom in, they’ll realize it wasn’t no coke. Why would I walk on stage with coke in my pocket? It might melt!”

If Bobby has a problem with Ralph:

“No, there is no problem with me and Ralph. There is no problem between any of us. We just have our times. All brother have difficulties with each other at one point or another. And right now, Ralph is doing his thing with his deejaying and being on the radio. And we’re doing what we’re doing.”

Ricky explains the dynamic within the group:

“Back in the day, when we just had managers; telling us what to do, go there, go there. We had very little opinion. But now, a lot of times we’re all making our own decision, and there is no majority rule. If somebody feels they don’t agree, that person just doesn’t go. When people say we need to get it together, i really wish it was that easy. Truthfully speaking, we get paid when it’s all six of us.”

Ricky on his past drug addiction:

“During my battle with cocaine and pills, it was on the downswing, when we wasn’t working. Which played a lot in the reason why i used so much. I was depressed, full of anxiety, not knowing where the next check was coming from. That was how I started to deal with all of those issues.”

If Bobby was shocked by Rick’s addiction:

“Yeah. I was extremely shocked I didn’t find out until later on. He’s probably one of the reasons that I stopped. When I realized if my big brother developed a problem because of me – what I was going through – I just felt bad. We work with each other now and we hold each other up.”

Bobby’s thoughts on Pusha T’s album cover:

“I haven’t seen it. I don’t really care to see anything like that. It’s disgusting they don’t have enough sense or respect for people, that they do shit like that. Kanye doesn’t know any better.”

Ricky reveals there were somethings in the New Edition movie he had no idea of:

“There was a couple things in there that I didn’t know happened, that I’m still not sure I believe.”

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Authored by: Kellie Williams