Founding New Edition member Ralph Tresvant is recording a new solo album via his Xzault Media Group (XMG) label.

Founding New Edition member Ralph Tresvant is recording a new solo album via his Xzault Media Group (XMG) label.

The as-yet-untitled project, due later this year, features lead single "It Must Be You," which arrives July 1 on iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital download sites.

"This album is something I've been wanting to put out for awhile," Tresvant tells Billboard.com. "I'm not really thinking about this project as having a certain sound or sticking to a certain formula. I talk about love, social issues ... these songs round off where I've come from and who I am after all this time."

Tresvant's last solo effort was the 2006 XMG release "RizzWaFaire." He has charted five top 10 R&B singles, including the 1990 No. 1 "Sensitivity." His business partner and XMG co-owner Dan Dillman says the company's upcoming plans include an up-close-and-personal tour featuring Tresvant.

In the meantime, New Edition has been announced as this year's recipient of ASCAP's Golden Note Award. The group's 25-year career will be saluted during the performing rights organization's annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on June 23.

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