WHAT’S NEW: Boyz II Men Are Back and All Grown Up
Shawn Stockman was only 18 when he and his fellow band members, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris released “Cooleyhighharmony” in February 1991 via Motown. Their debut and sophomore release, “II” sold a combined 15.6 million copies. The first album’s hit single, “End of the Road,” set a record for longest run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with a 13-week stay in 1992 and “I’ll Make Love to You” topped that with 14 weeks at No. 1. They eventually beat their record again, alongside Mariah Carey with the duet, “One Sweet Day,” staying atop the charts for 16 weeks.
Two decades later, the Boyz are now mature men. Billboard.com spoke to Stockman, now 39 about how’s he changed since his success with Boyz II Men. “Well, I can make love better.” As for the music he continued, “Now, being grown men and having relationships and children, the songs take on a deeper meaning and add something that we wouldn’t have been able to understand if we didn’t experience them.”
That prevalent growth defines “Twenty”, the group’s first U.S. release of new material since 2002. Due Oct. 24th via the act’s own imprint MSM Music Group, and in association with Benchmark, “Twenty” offers the group’s faithful fans a fresh batch of soul, including their first sing “More Than You’ll Ever Know”, which has already sold 15,000 copies.
The act has scored numerous opportunities including a deal with Wal-Mart. The big-box retailer will exclusively feature the physical album, which will be distributed through the Orchard. “Wal-Mart’s got millions of people walking through their stores, and what they’re going to do for us visibility-wise is a huge part of our campaign,” their manager, Marc Offenbach explained.
We are looking forward to seeing more from this legendary group. Listen to their first single, “More Than You’ll Ever Know”.
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