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Boys II Men Back 2 Life

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One of the most successful music groups of all time, Boyz II Men, will release a new album, “Throwback,” on MSM Music Group/KOCH Records on August 24, 2004. After a brief sojourn from recording and the retirement of member Michael “Bass” McCary, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris are back and as strong as ever.

The first release from a partnership between their new label, MSM Music Group (standing for Morris, Stockman, Morris) and KOCH Records, “Throwback” features Boyz’ innovative interpretations of classic pop and R&B hits including Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The album’s first single, their take on Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love,” keeps with the old school theme with a contribution from veteran rapper MC Lyte. About “Throwback,” Nate says, “This is our chance for creative expression, considering we’ve been tied to major record labels for our first twelve years in the business. The labels would think that an album like this wouldn’t be financially viable for them. But we decided that our first album back would be something that we wanted to do.”

Boyz II Men are the recipients of nine American Music Awards, eight Soul Train Awards, four Grammys, five Billboard Awards, four NAACP and two World Music Awards. Over the past 13 years, the group has sold an astonishing 60 million albums; these include their smash debut, “CooleyHighHarmony,” as well as favorites “II” and “Evolution.” Their hit ballad, “End of the Road,” ended Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel’s” reign as the longest running #1 pop single, then “One Sweet Day,” with Mariah Carey, topped that record, spending 16 weeks in the #1 spot. While re-establishing themselves, the dynamic trio will also produce and sign new acts to MSM. They also plan to go back into the studio to record another studio album soon after the release of “Throwback,” to continue to bring the good music they are known for to their legions of fans worldwide.

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