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Mindless Behavior was an American boy band, best known for the singles "My Girl" and "Mrs. Right", produced by Walter Millsap. The band was put together in Los Angeles in 2008, by Keisha Gamble, Walter Millsap (who has previously worked with Beyoncé and Timbaland) and Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga, Toni Braxton), and the band trained in dance and singing for two years before releasing a recording.[1] The members were all in their early teens when the band was created.[2]

Mindless Behavior
Also known as
  • The New MB
  • MB
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres R&B, hip hop
Years active 2008–2017
Labels Interscope, Epic
Associated acts
Website officialmbmusic.com
Past members Craig "Prodigy" Crippen, Jr.
Jacob "Princeton" Perez
Rayan "Ray Ray" Lopez
Chresanto "Roc Royal" August
Elijah "EJ" Johnson
Michael "Mike" Martin

Contents

CareerEdit

They performed "My Girl" on The Today Show in November 2010.[1] Their debut album, #1 Girl, was released on September 20, 2011.[3] It debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart at number seven.[4]

Mindless Behavior toured with the Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber and Jason Derülo, and was the opening act for Janet Jackson's 2011 tour.[5] Mindless Behavior also headlined the first BET Closer to My Dreams Tour alongside Diggy Simmons, Lil Twist, Tyga, Trevante and Jawan Harris.[6] In 2011, Mindless Behavior headlined the SCREAM Tour with Diggy Simmons and featuring The OMG Girlz, Jacob Latimore, and Hamiliton Park. They have been predicted as Future Stars by This Must Be Pop.[7]

In July 2012, they embarked their own 25-city tour, (#1 Girl Tour) with opening acts Jacob Latimore, Lil Twist, and rising star Kayla Brianna.[8]

In March 2013, the band released their second studio album, All Around the World on March 12, 2013 and their feature film documentary, Mindless Behavior: All Around the World. Mindless Behavior announced the All Around The World Tour starting in July 2013.

On June 17, 2016, they released the music video for their third single, #OverNightBag. They announced that they were going on a tour their third album "No Parents Allowed Tour" but was cancelled soon after for unexplained reasons and are getting ready to release an independent movie titled "Misguided Behavior”. In February 2017, rumors started spreading around that the group had disbanded after Princeton announced it after asking a fan question as he claimed that the group wasn't getting the rights to their music and the members decided that they wanted to do solo careers.

Band membersEdit

 
Original group line-up from left-to-right: Roc Royal, Princeton, Prodigy and Ray Ray
 
Final group line-up from left-to-right: Mike, Princeton and EJ

Past membersEdit

  • Prodigy (Craig Crippen, Jr.) – lead singer (2008–2013), (2014–2015)
  • Princeton (Jacob Perez) – backing vocalist, spokesperson (2008–2017)
  • Ray Ray (Rayan Lopez) – backing vocalist, sub-rapper, main rapper (2008–2015)
  • Roc Royal (Chresanto August) – backing vocalist, main rapper (2008–2014)
  • EJ (Elijah Johnson) – lead singer (2014–2017)
  • Mike (Michael Martin) – backing vocalist, sub-lead singer (2015–2017)

TimelineEdit

 

Member adjustmentsEdit

The group experienced a lot of adjustments since their formation in 2008 that included original members Prodigy, Princeton, Ray Ray and Roc Royal.

In November 2013, it was announced that lead singer Prodigy left the group to pursue a solo career. This left Princeton, Ray Ray and Roc Royal as a trio.

In April 2014, the group announced that EJ will be the replacement of Prodigy and the new lead singer of Mindless Behavior.[9]

In December 2014, Roc Royal was fired from the group due to his ill-mannered behavior. This included beating up a drug addict over money, having a baby at an early age of his life and accusations of him stealing a producer's car.[10] This in turn prompted Prodigy to return to the group to replace Roc Royal, who served a two-year sentence in prison for battery and robbery.[11][12] [13]

In June 2015, Prodigy left the group again to continue with his solo career. It turned out that Prodigy was only a placeholder in the group to keep it a quartet. He left when Mike (who was the actual replacement of Roc Royal) joined the group.

In September 2015, Ray Ray decided to leave the group to pursue a solo career. This left EJ, Mike and Princeton (who was the only original member of the group left) as a trio until the disbandment of the group in February 2017.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[14]
US R&B
#1 Girl
  • Released: September 20, 2011
  • Label: Interscope, Streamline
  • Format: CD, digital download
7 1
All Around the World
  • Released: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Interscope, Streamline
  • Format: CD, digital download
6 1
#officialMBmusic
  • Released: June 24, 2016
  • Label: EMPIRE, Streamline
  • Format: CD, digital download
79 4
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[17]
US R&B
[18]
"My Girl"
2010 40 #1 Girl
"Mrs. Right"
(featuring Diggy Simmons)
2011 72 8
"Girls Talkin' Bout"
50
"Hello"
"Christmas with My Girl"
96 Non-album release
"Valentine's Girl"
2012
"Keep Her on the Low" 2013 47 All Around the World
"All Around the World"
"Used to Be"
"#IWantDat"
(featuring Problem and Bad Lucc)
2016 #officialMBmusic
"#OvernightBag"
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Outcome Ref.
2011 BET Awards BET FANdemonium Award Nominated [19]
2012 NAACP Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist Nominated
BET Awards BET FANdemonium Award Nominated [20]
BET Awards Best Group Nominated [21]
BET Awards Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award Won [22]
2013 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Group Nominated [23]
BET Awards Best Group Nominated [24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lipshutz, Jason (December 4, 2010). "Just the beginning", Billboard 122 (48): 27
  2. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (November 16, 2010). "Mindless Behavior Break Down Ode To Texting, 'My Girl'", MTV News. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 26, 2011). "Albums by Mindless Behavior and LeAnn Rimes", The New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Trust, Gary, and Caulfield, Keith (September 29, 2011). "Mindless Behavior, Cody Simpson: Teenagers Hit the Charts", Billboard.biz. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (February 2, 2011). "Janet Jackson to Take Mindless Behavior on Tour". Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  6. ^ Thompson, Erica (July 29, 2011). "Tyga, Diggy Simmons and More Realize 'Dreams' in NYC Show", Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "brings you Future Pop! (Issue #05)". This Must Be Pop. November 7, 2011. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  8. ^ "News : MINDLESS BEHAVIOR ANNOUNCES THE #1 GIRL TOUR". Mindless Behavior. May 15, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Mindless Behavior Announces New Member - Rap-Up - Rap-Up". www.rap-up.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018. 
  10. ^ http://www.spitfirehiphop.com/santo-august-amazing/music.70726.php
  11. ^ "thacelebritea.com". Go Daddy. Retrieved April 5, 2018. 
  12. ^ "TSRExclusive: Former Mindless Behavior Member Roc Royal Sentenced To Two Years In Jail - The Shade Room". theshaderoom.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018. 
  13. ^ "An Interview With MINDLESS BEHAVIOR About Their Soon-To-Be Released Album! - All Access Music". music.allaccess.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Mindless Behavior – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  15. ^ "Mindless Behavior's ALL AROUND THE WORLD Debuts at #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Chart – BWWMusicWorld". Music.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  16. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. 
  17. ^ Peak positions for US Billboard 100:
  18. ^ Peak positions for R&B/Hip-Hop songs:
  19. ^ "2011 BET Awards Winners". 
  20. ^ "2012 BET Awards Nominees". 
  21. ^ "2012 BET Awards Best Group Nominees". 
  22. ^ "Mindless Behavior receives Coca Cola Viewers Choice Award". 
  23. ^ "2013 Radio Disney Music Award Nominees". 
  24. ^ "BET Awards 2013 Nominees". 

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