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(Before Four)
B4-4 in Get Down.png
b4-4 in their music video for "Get Down" (left to right: Ryan Kowarsky, Ohad Einbinder, and Dan Kowarsky)
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop, teen pop
Years active 1999–2004
Labels Sony Music & Universal Music / Polydor
Associated acts RyanDan
Past members Ryan Kowarsky
Dan Kowarsky
Ohad Einbinder

b4-4 later on Before Four (stylized as before four) was a Canadian boy band from Toronto, Ontario. The band was composed of the twins Ryan and Dan Kowarsky,[1] and Ohad Einbinder.[2] They were signed to Sony Records and achieved commercial success in Canada and later toured as Before Four in Germany.[3] After the band split up, Ryan and Dan Kowarsky went on to form the vocal, musical, songwriting and producing duo RyanDan.


As b4-4[edit]

The Kowarskys and Einbinder were friends for several years before the group officially formed in 1999. After an audition for Mike Roth of Toronto Sony Records studios, they were signed to the label.[4]

Their debut was with the album b4-4. They also signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. b4-4 achieved success in Canada with the single "Get Down" and its accompanying video,[5][6][7] and later "Go Go".[4] Other releases included "Everyday", and "Ball and Chain". The self-titled album was certified Platinum in Canada.[8][3]

They headlined YTV's Psykoblast Tour and also toured with Destiny's Child in the TRL tour. They were also nominated for Best New Group at the 2001 Juno Awards.[4]

As Before Four[edit]

Following their success in Canada, the trio b4-4 headed to Germany, signing with Universal Music / Polydor under the name Before Four.[9] They released a second album In Your Face.


B4-4 disbanded in 2004. After the break up, Ryan and Dan Kowarsky formed the duo group RyanDan and released two albums, RyanDan in 2007 and Imagine in 2014.



Year Album details Peak Notes
2000 b4-4 CAN: Platinum
2003 In Your Face
  • Released:
    • 30 June 2003 (General edition)
    • 30 June 2003 [Limited German Special "(Tank) Topped Up" Edition]
    • 17 Nov 2003 (Special Edition)
  • Label: Polydor, Universal Music
  • Format: CD
Limited Edition released only in Germany


Year Single Peak positions Album
2000 "Get Down" 4 b4-4
"Go Go" 21
2001 "Ball and Chain"
2003 "Player" 29 In Your Face
"I'll Be There" 11 57
"Feel Free (To Say No)" 8 50

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Twins lead a double life in Cookstown and Las Vegas". by Bruce Hain Innisfil Journal, Jul 24, 2013
  2. ^ "Still the one: 21 things to know about Shania Twain". Global News, By John R. Kennedy March 9, 2015
  3. ^ a b "RyanDan grew up through B4-4 experiences". Regina Leader-Post, Jun 21, 2008 . Mile Devlin
  4. ^ a b c " TWINS PEAK". Elizabeth Renzetti, LONDON — Globe and Mail, Oct. 13, 2007
  5. ^ "Break Yo’ TV: B4-4’s “Get Down”". Consequences of Sound, by Alex Young on August 12, 2010
  6. ^ "5 Forgotten Canadian One Hit Wonders We Love". andPop, August 6, 2014 by Merna Jibrail
  7. ^ "TBT: O-Town's reunion and the 7 dirtiest boy band songs". Entertainment Weekly, Hillary Busis April 3, 2014
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – April 2001". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  9. ^ "RyanDan cuts boy band roots". By JASON MacNEIL Sun Media, 2007-11-10
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 12, July 24, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 22, October 02 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 

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