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VH1's '40 Greatest R&B Songs of the '90s': Bobby Brown, Ginuwine, Boyz II Men -- EXCLUSIVE

Despite Chris Rock’s protestations (“It’s just people singing over rap beats!”), R&B had a fruitful and vibrant decade from 1990 to 2000: The rise of New Jack Swing, the innovation of hip-hop soul, a bevy of breakout stars, and the ever expanding and collapsing boundaries of the genre.

To celebrate the Age of Irony’s best booty shakers and slow jams, VH1 is airing “40 Greatest R&B Songs of the ’90s” on Thursday night at 9 p.m. With the assistance of stars like Usher and Keith Sweat, the countdown special tips its hat to smashes like Ginuwine’s “Pony,” Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly,” and Bobby Brown’s immortal “Humpin’ Around.”

In fact, all three of those songs appear in the bottom 10 of the countdown. Check out entries 40 to 30 in an exclusive reveal below.

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Report: Callers demand L.A. coroner to treat Whitney Houston's death as murder

Although the L.A. County Coroner’s office found no signs of trauma or foul play in its investigation of Whitney Houston’s death (toxicology tests are still pending), it seems that a fair number of skeptics are still suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her passing.

The late singer’s official cause of death is still pending on a full toxicology report, and while police have already ruled out the possibility of foul play, many aren’t so sure.

The coroner’s office has reportedly fielded multiple phone calls and emails from people — some claiming to be relatives of Houston or her ex-husband, Bobby Brown — who believe that Houston was murdered, according to TMZ. One caller even claimed to have information regarding a specific relative who may have committed the murder.

TMZ adds that the coroner declined to comment on these reports, as the investigation is still ongoing.

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Target takes jokey Whitney Houston greeting card off shelves

How soon is too soon?

It can be hard to tell sometimes when the joke came before the soon. Such is the case with a Whitney Houston-themed greeting card carried by Target before the diva’s Feb. 11 death and still on shelves that read:

“Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.”

The card has since been removed from Target’s shelves, the retail giant announced. The company also released a statement, saying:

“It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer, and we take feedback from guests very seriously. The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”

But by no longer carrying the fairly distasteful, barely humorous card, Target has actually rocketed the item’s value, indirectly creating a rare new slice of Whitney Houston memorabilia. It shouldn’t be long ’til the card shows up on eBay.

What do you think, reader? Is the card just crass enough to be pulled from Target’s shelves now, or so crass that it should never had made it into the store in the first place? Let us know where Target falls on the bullseye.

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Performers at Houston funeral will include Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder

Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday will feature performances from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, The Associated Press reported today.

Oprah Winfrey and Kevin Costner were among the celebrities invited to the private service at the Newark Baptist Church, where Houston grew up singing in New Jersey. Houston’s mentor Clive Davis is scheduled to speak, as well as gospel singer Marvin Williams.

An invitation was extended to Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, contrary to reports that he was banned from the funeral. A source told People “Bobby will be there at the funeral to support his [and Houston’s] daughter [Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18]. There was some talk … some people were angry at him, but that’s just grief. He will be there.”

Brown has a concert with New Edition on Saturday in Connecticut and plans to perform at that event following the funeral, People reports.

Houston’s funeral will be livestreamed on EW.com, beginning at 12p.m. ET Saturday.

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Bobby Brown declares love for Whitney Houston at New Edition show

Bobby Brown expressed his love for the late Whitney Houston on Saturday night while performing onstage with New Edition at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS., according to the Associated Press. “First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all,” Brown told the audience. “Second, I would like to say, ‘I love you Whitney.’ The hardest thing for me to do is come on this stage.”

Brown heard about the death of his ex-wife while getting ready to perform with the reunited New Edition. Brown said he decided to perform the show because of the support fans had shown the band over the years. During an intermission, Houston’s hit “You Give Good Love” played over the speakers.

Publicist Kristen Foster announced Houston’s death on Saturday afternoon.

WHITNEY HOUSTON DIES: EW.com’s full coverage

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter sings! Sort of: Watch the video here

Internet commentary is a cruel mistress, which 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina has undoubtedly learned already in her young life.

So we won’t editorialize too much on the vocal stylings of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s sole offspring—who, like a thousand other anonymous teenagers with Adele crushes and iCameras in their bedrooms, probably didn’t mean this for mass music-critic consumption.

(Though she did post it to her Twitter account, which has a perhaps-slightly-above-anonymous-average 7,000+ followers). Anyhow, here she is, covering the current no. 1 song in the country, “Someone Like You”: READ FULL STORY

Bobby Brown says a 'big tour' is on the way for New Edition on The View

New-Edition-BrownImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comLooks like Ralph, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Johnny, and Mike aren’t ready to cool it just yet.

Yesterday on ABC’s The View, New Edition‘s wildest Roxury boy, Bobby Brown, revealed that he and the fellas have reunited and plan to release new material soon. The group has broken up and gotten back together several times before since their initial end in 1988, by the way.

“The good news I want to announce is New Edition has gotten back together,” he told co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Elizabeth Hasselbeck. “Also, we will be doing an album some time in the near future and a big tour.” It’s been nearly two decades since their heyday, but their cuts hold up; “Can You Stand the Rain” and “Cool It Now” still show up on the radio. So why not jump on stage to take us back to the ’80s? I’ll have my Adidas sweatsuit ready to go come tour time. I just hope they’ve kept themselves in shape like New Kids on the Block (also touring soon) has. No one wants to spend their hand-earned cash to see Mike Bivins lose his breath.

Check out Bobby’s appearance on The View after the jump.

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Bobby Brown proposes onstage

etheridge-bobby-brownImage Credit: Earl Gibson III/AP ImagesBobby Brown took his May 7 concert in Jacksonville, Fla. as the perfect opportunity to propose to his manager and girlfriend, Alicia Etheridge, People reports. During the show, Brown invited Etheridge on stage, knelt, and offered her a ring. Sounds like she said “yes”: “The crowd roared its approval as a beaming Etheridge kissed Brown, who remained kneeling,” People‘s report continues. How romantic!

What do you think of this story? Have you seen Bobby Brown in concert lately?

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