*OK, what the heck is going on here? Yep, that’s the question because after 35 years, New Edition has made a huge change: their name! Well, kinda sorta. News is four of the aggregations original members … that would be Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins—are heading out on tour under a new moniker which is “RBRM.”
We bet we know what you’re thinking. Where did RBRM come from? That’s easy. It’s the first letters of each member’s names: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Michael.
It’s obvious the new New Edition (RBRM) isn’t featuring its legendary lead singers, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill But, for these guys, breaking apart and doing their own things on the side is nothing new. Remember, they all briefly reunited as a full six-man group in 1996 for the album Home Again and had planned a tour before breaking up a second time. On the other hand, they’ve also toured on-and-off ever since then, but it doesn’t sound like everyone could agree to come together one last time.
As we reported earlier, Michael Bivins acknowledged the tension in the group recently, saying that he understands why New Edition fans are frustrated.
“We all felt like the victim at times in our long career and sometimes it rears its head at the wrong time, Bivins said. “Last year was God’s time for us to smell our roses and to do what we do best Entertain.
“Family business is family business and I know y’all need answers on why ish is not going down,” he added.
According to theJasminebrand, the RBRM tour opens in Atlanta on May 18.
In other news, William Drayton Jr. a/k/a Flavor Flav has dropped Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, also known as Chuck D from his lawsuit.
As we reported last August, Flavor Flav filed a lawsuit against Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D over unpaid royalties. Flav claimed that for the past several years, he hadn’t received a royalty check for their music, live shows, or merchandise. In court docs, he also claimed that he has not been properly compensated for the use of his voice and image, which he says were used without his consent on Public Enemy’s latest album, Nothing is Quick in the Desert. That particular album was released as a free download in June.
Flav’s docs go on to say that he requested $75,000 for the record, but only received $7,500. However, Chuck D wasn’t the only person being sued. theJasminebrand is reporting that Flav is also suing several other Public Enemy’s managers and producers, including Bomb Squad member Gary G-Wiz. The producer allegedly used Flav’s image to make Public Enemy action figures, which Flav claims he has not received compensation for.