Ralph Tresvant, a founding member of New Edition, 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.” The single becomes available 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.biz. “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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