New Edition Members Sued By MCA

MCA Records has sued the members of the groups New Edition and Bell

Biv DeVoe for allegedly failing to deliver albums promised under a pair of recording

agreements. According to a complaint filed Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court, New Edition

owe MCA four albums out of seven promised in a 1984 contract, while Bell Biv DeVoe

allegedly owe MCA two more albums under a 1991 agreement. While a court date has

yet to be set, groupmembers Ralph Tresvant, Ricardo Bell, Michael

Bivins, Ronald DeVoe and Johnny Gill are expected to claim -- as

the suit states they did during recent contract-negotiations -- that they are excused from

delivering any albums to MCA under the California law that limits personal-services

contracts to seven years.