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BOYZ II MEN is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and acappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman . During the 1990s, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
found fame on Motown Records as a quartet including bass Michael McCary , who left the group in 2003 due to health issues.

During the 1990s, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
gained international success. This began with the release of the number one single " End of the Road " in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide. "End of the Road" would set a new record for longevity, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley . Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
proceeded to break this record with the subsequent releases of "I\'ll Make Love to You " and "One Sweet Day " (with Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
), which, at fourteen and sixteen weeks respectively, each set new records for the total number of weeks at number one. "I'll Make Love to You" also topped the charts in Australia (for four weeks) and garnered international success. As of 2016, "One Sweet Day" still holds the all-time record with sixteen weeks at the top of the Hot 100.

Consequently, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
is among the music industry's elite with regard to time spent at number one in Billboard history, ranking in the fourth spot with 50 total weeks (as of 2017). Furthermore, when " On Bended Knee " took the number one spot away from "I'll Make Love to You", Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
became only the third artists ever (after The Beatles and Presley) to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
is among a select group of artists that have held at the number-one spot for at least 50 weeks cumulatively, placing them just fourth on that list behind Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey. These achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard magazine's fourth most successful musical group of the 1990s.

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
continue to perform worldwide, as a trio. Their most recent studio album, Collide , was released in 2014.

In June 2017, a section of Broad Street (from Christian to Carpenter Streets) in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
was renamed " Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
Boulevard." This section of the street is near the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where the members once attended.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 1985–90: Beginnings * 1.2 1992: "End of the Road" * 1.3 1994: II * 1.4 1997–98: Evolution and label conflicts * 1.5 1999–2001: Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya * 1.6 2002–03: Full Circle and "The Color of Love" * 1.7 2004–06: Throwback, Vol. 1 and The Remedy * 1.8 2007–08: Hitsville USA * 1.9 2009: Love * 1.10 2011–12: Love Cruise and Twenty * 1.11 2013–present: The Package Tour, Collide, and Geico Commercials

* 2 Style and influence * 3 Discography * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

1985–90: BEGINNINGS

The group, originally known as Unique Attraction, was started by friends Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson at the Philadelphia
Philadelphia
High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) along with fellow schoolmates George Baldi , Jon Shoats, and Marguerite Walker in 1985. In 1987, Wanya Morris , who sang in the school's choir along with the members of Unique Attraction, joined the group and became a permanent member since he was only a freshman. In 1988 Baldi, Shoats, and Walker all left the group due to graduation. They then recruited Shawn Stockman after seeing him perform a solo in the school's choir. One day Nate, Marc, Wanya and Shawn were practicing their harmonies in a school bathroom and in walked Michael McCary who started singing along with the group and would eventually become the group's new bass singer. Now with a permanent lineup of members the group would rehearse in the high school's bathrooms, due to the excellent acoustics, and on the corners of their schools and local hangouts. They found inspiration in New Edition 's harmonies and routines, and eventually renamed the group "Boyz II Men", after one of New Edition's songs, "Boys to Men", from their 1988 album Heart Break . After performing at a Valentine's Day party at school in 1989 they got their big break when they sneaked backstage at a concert in their hometown to sing for New Edition member Michael Bivins , who along with fellow groupmates Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe just announced they were forming a New Edition spin-off trio Bell Biv DeVoe . After they sang New Edition 's Can You Stand The Rain for him, Bivins and everyone in attendance including other celebrities were impressed. He gave the group his number and told them to give him a call. Nate eventually called Bivins, and he agreed to manage and helped produce the group.

The delay before recording their own material and reported personality conflicts led founding member Marc Nelson to leave the group, making Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
into the quartet that would find international fame: Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman.

1992: "END OF THE ROAD"

While touring during 1992, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
returned briefly to the studio to record the single " End of the Road ", co-written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds , for the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy 's film Boomerang . This song, released as a single on June 30, 1992, would become Boyz II Men's biggest hit. It reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 22, remaining there for a record-setting 13 weeks, until November 14, 1992. The success of "End of the Road" instantly transformed Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
from up-and-coming R&B stars into mainstream music celebrities.

A revamped Cooleyhighharmony would be reissued during 1993, with "End of the Road" added as a special bonus track, but "End of the Road" initially appeared only on the Boomerang soundtrack. Later the track would land on a collection of singles produced by Michael Bivins called "East Coast Family, Vol. 1". Shortly after the release of this compilation, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
and Michael Bivins parted ways professionally. Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
would continue to work with Babyface and other high-profile record producers over the next several years.

1994: II

After releasing a Christmas compilation, Christmas Interpretations in 1993, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
returned to the studio for their highly anticipated sophomore effort. In 1994, II was released. II sold more than 12 million copies in the United States alone, becoming one of the best-selling albums ever released by an R&B group act, and one of the biggest albums of the decade.

Most of the tracks on II were written and produced by Tim & Bob -- Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson (5), Babyface (2) and the successful team of Jimmy Jam ">'s tracks became major singles, among them Jam & Lewis's "On Bended Knee", and Babyface's "I'll Make Love to You" and " Water Runs Dry ".

"I'll Make Love to You" broke "End of the Road's" 13-week record at number 1, by spending 14 weeks at the top of the chart (a feat equaled earlier that year by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
's cover of "I Will Always Love You "). "On Bended Knee" replaced "I'll Make Love to You" at number 1, making Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
only the third act ever to replace itself at number 1 on the Hot 100, after Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

At the 37th Grammy Awards on March 1, 1995, the group won two Grammy Awards : Best R&B Album for II and Best R">'s (12 million copies) and Cooleyhighharmony (9 million). Only one of Evolution's singles, the Jam/Lewis-penned "Four Seasons of Loneliness ", reached number 1 on the Hot 100 chart. The second single, the Babyface-helmed "A Song for Mama " (the theme song to the Babyface-produced film Soul Food ) was a Top 10 success, but the follow-up "Can't Let Her Go" underperformed.

The global tour began in 1997 to promote Evolution was very successful in terms of ticket sales, but behind the scenes, Boyz II Men was wracked by conflicts with their record label and internal conflicts among the members of the group. Making matters worse, health problems began to take their toll on the group as well. While on tour to support the Evolution album, Wanya Morris developed a polyp on his vocal cords , and the group was forced to postpone part of the tour until he recovered. McCary's scoliosis meant that he was unable to participate in most of the group's dance routines.

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
were nominated for 2 Grammys in 1998: Best R&B Album for Evolution and Best R"> Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
at the Genting Highlands , Malaysia
Malaysia
in 2007.

After a year out of the spotlight, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
created the independent label MSM Music Group (distributed through Koch Records ), and released the Throwback, Vol. 1 LP in 2004. The album is a collection of covers of classic R">

In 2006, Boyz II Men's seventh studio album, The Remedy, was released exclusively in Japan, where they found a thriving fan base. In other regions, The Remedy was made available online through the group's website on February 14, 2007.

2007–08: HITSVILLE USA

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
Live at Vegas in 2008.

In mid-2007, the group re-signed with Universal Records and released the LP Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA through the Decca Records label. The LP is a cover album featuring songs from the Motown Records catalog, co-produced by Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson
of American Idol
American Idol
fame. The Motown album includes covers of songs by The Temptations ("Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) "), Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
("Ain\'t Nothing Like the Real Thing ", " Mercy Mercy Me "), Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (" The Tracks of My Tears "), and even Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
themselves (an a cappella version of "End of the Road").

Commercially, Motown found some success. It peaked at number 6 on the US R&B chart, and was certified Gold in the UK. The album was also a critical success. For the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009, Boyz II Men received two nominations for the album Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (Best R&B Album and Best R the appearance also generated interest in their next release.

2009: LOVE

In 2009, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
announced plans for a new cover album, that covers "artists I don't think people would expect us to cover!" according to Shawn Stockman. Entitled Love , the album was released on November 23, 2009. The album contains remakes of love songs from outside the R"> Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2012

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
headlined a "Love Cruise" in honor of their 20th anniversary and in observance of Valentine\'s Day . The cruise took place February 11–14, 2011, and traveled from Miami, Florida , to Nassau, Bahamas . Cruise passengers received a Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
welcome cocktail party, a concert performance by Boyz II Men, an additional fan appreciation concert by Boyz II Men, a photo session with Boyz II Men (in small groups), a formal prom night, a poker tournament, a deck party with Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
and a guest DJ, a singles mixer, a gift bag, and onboard drawings for other Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
events. Couples were able to renew their wedding vows in a special ceremony with Boyz II Men.

Twenty , named in recognition of Boyz II Men's twenty years in the music business, is a double CD album with thirteen original songs and eight rerecorded Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
classics. It was released on October 25, 2011. Twenty is the group's fourth release through MSM Music Group. It was released in Japan
Japan
13 days before its official US release date with the help of Avex Group , the biggest Japanese independent record label .

Originally, Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
announced a reunion with original member Michael McCary for the Twenty album. On September 6, 2009, at a concert in Virginia Beach , Virginia, Stockman announced that their upcoming 20th anniversary album "include all 4 members", sparking a tremendous applause. But soon after that announcement, McCary declined and did not join the project.

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
contributed a cover of Japanese rock band L\'Arc~en~Ciel 's song "Snow Drop " to their 2012 tribute album.

2013–PRESENT: THE PACKAGE TOUR, COLLIDE, AND GEICO COMMERCIALS

Broad Street in Philadelphia, from Christian to Carpenter Streets, was renamed, “ Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
Boulevard.”

On January 22, 2013, the group appeared on The View along with New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees to announce their joint tour that took place in summer 2013. As of February 20, 2013 Boyz II Men announced that beginning March 1, 2013 they will stop touring and begin performing shows at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

On January 13, 2014, the trio appeared at the end of an episode of How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
titled "Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra ", performing an a cappella version of the show's song "You Just Got Slapped". Their eleventh album, titled Collide, was released on October 21, 2014.

In 2016, the trio appeared in Grease: Live as the teen angels and sang Beauty School Dropout . Wanya placed 4th for the 22nd season of Dancing With The Stars . They also did music for an animated adaptation of The Snowy Day .

In 2017, the group began starring in television commercials for GEICO Auto Insurance.

On June 24, 2017 a section of Broad Street in Philadelphia, from Christian to Carpenter Streets, was renamed, “Boyz II Men Boulevard” by the city council. Philadelphia
Philadelphia
High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where the members of Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
were once students, is on this section of Broad Street.

In August 2017, it was announced they were releasing a new album titled Under the Streetlight in the Fall. It is tentatively scheduled for an October 20, 2017 release date.

STYLE AND INFLUENCE

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
is among the biggest names in a cappella and R&B. With what was called "crossover appeal", Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
found themselves at the vanguard of the 1990s movement to take R&B back into the mainstream, where it had been back in the 1970s. Their use of hip-hop beats in combination with R&B was not unique, but it was Boyz II Men's enormous success with mainstream audiences in "putting harmony over the hip-hop tracks" that helped usher in the near-total dominance of the Rborder:solid #aaa 1px">

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REFERENCES

* ^ " Boyz II Men
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Dishes On Mike, Their Estranged Fourth Member". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-10-30. * ^ Billboard. "((( Boyz II Men
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Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-04-19. * ^ " Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
90s Billboard Artist of the Decade – Mariah Carey Connection". Mariahconnection.com. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2011-02-26. * ^ Westover, Jonas (11 Feb 2013). "Boyz II Men". The Grove Dictionary of American Music. 2nd Edition. * ^ "East Coast Family 1: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-02-26. * ^ "Carnival Imagination February 11–14, 2011". Boyz II Men Cruise. Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2011-02-26. * ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2011-10-04. * ^ "Soul of R&B – R&B Music News". Soulofrnb.com. Retrieved 2011-02-26. * ^ "L\'Arc-en-Ciel Tribute". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-01-23. * ^ Vena, Jocelyn (22 January 2013). "NKOTB Recruit Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees For \'Package\' Summer Tour". MTV. Retrieved 23 January 2013. * ^ Moraski, Lauren. " Boyz II Men