Believing that they were being treated "like little slaves by people who were only interested in money and power, and not the welfare of New Edition," Brown left the group in 1986 to pursue a solo career..
While the album sold modestly and scored one major hit with the ballad "Girlfriend," it failed to generate the level of excitement and acclaim for which Brown had hoped. The result of their collaboration, released in the summer of 1988, was a radically new R&B album called that took the music world by storm, selling seven million copies on the way to becoming the bestselling album of the year.
Though she was born with just partial hearing loss, she’s lost nearly all of her hearing in that particular ear over the course of her life.
Born in Boston in 1969, singer Bobby Brown became famous in the 1980s and early 1990s for hits including "Don't Be Cruel" and "Humpin' Around." His musical fame, however, became eclipsed in the late 1990s by his troubled marriage to pop star Whitney Houston, who he eventually divorced in 2007.
"I didn't want to ask my mother or my father because they didn't have a lot of money," Brown remembered. If I wanted a sweat suit or a pair of shoes, I'd just go pick them up." Brown also got caught up in Roxbury's gang wars.
At the age of 10, he was shot in the knee when a skirmish broke out between rival gangs at a block party.
Brown was arrested several times throughout the 1990s for drug use and drunk driving, and rumors of marital infidelity and domestic violence became a ubiquitous presence in the tabloids for years on end. Eventually Brown became more famous as Whitney Houston's abusive husband than as an artist. Soon after, Brown began dating a woman named Alicia Etheredge.
They were engaged in 2010 and have a child together, a son named Cassius. In many respects, Bobby Brown's life reads like a classic cautionary tale about the perils of fame and fortune.
After winning several talent shows, New Edition was discovered by producer and talent scout Maurice Starr, who landed them a recording contract with a small label called Streetwise in 1983.
Telephone Man." However, despite the enormous success of their music, the members of New Edition still only received the small salary stipulated in their exploitative contract with MCA.
"The most I saw for all the tours and all of the records we sold was 0 and a VCR," Brown said.
"When his friend passed, you could see Bobby taking his career, his schooling, his whole life more seriously," Brown's brother Tommy recalled.
"As kids, everyone had their dreams, but his loss made him more determined."Brown had dreamed of becoming a singer ever since he saw James Brown perform at the age of 3.
Brown endured a very rough childhood marred by poverty and gang violence.