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b4-4 in their music video for "Get Down" (left to right: Ryan Kowarsky, Ohad Einbinder, and Dan Kowarsky)
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Pop, teen pop, bubblegum pop|
|Labels||Sony Music & Universal Music / Polydor|
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, and Ohad Einbinder. They were signed to Sony Records and achieved commercial success in Canada and later on as Before Four in Germany. After split-up, Ryan and Dan Kowarsky went on to form the vocal, musical, songwriting and producing duo RyanDan.
The three were friends for several years, however, the group did not officially form until 1999. Spontaneously walking into Toronto Sony Records studios, they got an audition from A & R President at Sony Canada, Mike Roth and were signed to the label.
Their debut was with the album b4-4. They also signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. b4-4 achieved major success in Canada with notable singles; "Get Down" and "Go Go". Other releases included "Everyday", and "Ball and Chain". The self-titled album was certified Platinum in Canada.
As Before Four
Following their success in Canada, the trio b4-4 headed to Germany, signing with Universal Music / Polydor under the name Before Four. They released a second album In Your Face which debuted in the top 10.
After breaking up from the band, twin brothers Ryan and Dan Kowarsky formed their own duo group RyanDan and have released two albums, RyanDan in 2007 and Imagine in 2014.
|2003||In Your Face||Limited Edition released only in Germany|
|2001||"Ball and Chain"||—||—||—||—|
|2003||"Player"||—||29||—||—||In Your Face|
|"I'll Be There"||—||11||—||57|
|"Feel Free (To Say No)"||—||8||50||—|
- Amazon Album Info
- B44 - Album Interview (In Your Face)
- "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 12, July 24, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
- "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 22, October 02 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
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