Candy Girl (New Edition song)
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|Single by New Edition|
|from the album Candy Girl|
|Released||December 6, 1982 (original)
February 24, 1983
|Format||Vinyl record (12" single)|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop, bubblegum pop|
|New Edition singles chronology|
"Candy Girl" is an R&B song by boy band New Edition. Originally released in 1982, it was the first single from their debut album of the same name. It hit number one in the UK singles chart in May 1983, becoming the 31st best selling single of the year there.
After having discovered New Edition performing at a local talent show, songwriter/producer Maurice Starr wrote "Candy Girl" for the group, envisioning them as a 1980s answer to The Jackson 5. Ralph Tresvant was positioned as the lead singer, because Starr considered his high tenor as reminiscent of a younger Michael Jackson, while having members Ricky Bell and Bobby Brown sharing alternate leads.
The 12" version features producers Starr and Michael Jonzun doing some additional instrumentation in the outro.
Release and reaction
Released as a single in 1983, the song netted a slow ascent up the charts. but It eventually peaked at number forty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart singles chart, and number one on the R&B singles chart; it also reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.
- Ronnie DeVoe: rap and background vocals
- Bobby Brown: lead and background vocals; rap
- Ricky Bell: lead and background vocals; rap
- Michael Bivins: rap and background vocals
- Ralph Tresvant: lead and background vocals; rap
- Maurice Starr can also clearly be heard in the background vocals.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||46|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||1|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||10|
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 423. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 427.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 215. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.
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