from the albums Graffiti Bridge (Original Soundtrack) (1990) and T.E.V.I.N. (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13
Today's song comes from R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who had grown up singing gospel in Texas before getting his big break with legendary producer Quincy Jones. Jones enlisted Campbell to sing a track on his 1989 album Back To The Block, and the result, "Tomorrow (A Better You, A Better Me)", gave Tevin a #1 R&B hit at the young age of 13 (it also crossed over to the pop chart at #75). The following year, Tevin appeared in Prince's movie Graffiti Bridge, and recorded a song for the soundtrack. That track, "Round and Round", was written and produced by Prince, his first major foray into the "new jack swing" movement. Released as a single, it was the second big hit from the film (after Prince's own "Thieves In The Temple") and first solo success...
"Round and Round" became Tevin's first top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The song also spent a week at #3 on Billboard's R&B chart. Internationally, the record went to #14 in New Zealand. It would be nominated for a Grammy Award for R&B Male Vocal, which went that year to Luther Vandross' "Here And Now".
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Here's Tevin with an absolutely electric performance on the Arsenio Hall show to promote the single. It's actually triple the awesomeness of the recorded version...
Up tomorrow: Soul/pop singer wants it close.