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In case you missed the memo, New Edition is beefing again…this time it’s over the trademark of the group’s name.

Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill filed a trademark for ownership of the group’s name.

That explains why the rest of the fellas: Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe are now touring as “RBRM.”


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When the fellas stopped by “The Breakfast Club” on Thursday they briefly spoke on their trademark troubles.

Watch the clip below.



Johnny Gill took to social media on Friday and penned a novel on his version of the truth.

What I found most interesting is how Johnny emphasized the importance of handling the situation like professional grown men while firing shots at Bobby, Ricky, Mike and Ronnie.

Read Johnny’s full response below.

I’m just getting home from vacation and I’m just now seeing a barrage of messages pertaining to the discrepancies surrounding the New Edition trademark.

If you notice, Ralph and I have yet to respond to the accusations involving the NE trademark, as airing out internal issues can rarely be seen as integral.

This matter truthfully has nothing to do with the trademark name. We all had a conversation regarding having all ‘ACTIVE MEMBERS’ of NE names on it, to protect the integrity of the group.

Ralph and I suggested that we put together an agreement amongst all of us, that no one person would ever use the name of the group individually, but that it would always be used as a group collectively, so as to avoid any ambiguity by having multiple variations of New Edition in use.

FOR THE RECORD, the name has been available for almost 25 YEARS, the group has never owned its name. There was never any intention not to allow everyone to be a part of owning the name it was about coming up with an agreement that protects the integrity of the group.

Again, this is not about the name. That is a matter that could’ve been reconciled some time ago with an agreement, but instead of hiring an attorney to draw up an agreement amongst us, it seems they’d rather hire a lawyer to fight us over something so simple.

The REAL truth behind all of this would be devastating to the NE fans. And, thus, Ralph and I have decided to take the high road regarding this matter, while other members continue to behave in a way that’s disrespectful to our legacy when we all know the truth.

The general public only hearing one side of the story and taking sides, is no different than being on a jury and convicting someone without reviewing all of the evidence and hearing all parties involved equally.

For 35 years this group has always had issues and somehow we’ve managed to move forward in a more than progressive manner.

This is not our first irreconciliation, and it most certainly won’t be our last moment tackling issues, as there are certain members involved who seem to believe in taking their issues to social media, as opposed to dealing with things like grown men.

That is unacceptable, regardless of the circumstances and will never be cool by my standards.

Choosing sides and not knowing the full truth will only contribute to the climate of any internal problems. At some point, one has to recognize when the battle is beyond himself and let go and let God.

If fans ever want to see this group move forward, this course of action will be best. You can’t be the jury or choose sides when you don’t have all of the info or evidence to to be able to make an honest and fair assessment of the situation.

However, by now you all have enough to know that we all need your prayers! This is my first and last time addressing the nonsense, the deceit, the manipulation and more importantly, the lies!

God bless!


One fan responded:

No group member has disrespected the group on social media on in interviews. You just spilled all the beans. You always seem to be involved in dissent and you egg Ralph on. 

You are looking like the problem. You have no right to the New Edition name. NONE. Your behavior is Mike’s karma for bring you in the group in the first place. You sing co-lead on only one of NE’s 50-leven hits. 

You are not important to the group. Humble yourself. 

Now folks…that’s a read!


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