George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, AKA Boy Meets Girl, are set to return with their first new music since their 2002 album The Wonderground. The new EP is titled 5 and will be released on 5 March 2021.
Together, Merrill and Rubicam have written and recorded some of the biggest global hits ever, including Waiting For A Star To Fall and Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).
Upon announcing their first release in more than 18 years, the duo said: “All though we never stopped writing, 2019/20 brought on the urge to record some particular songs. We felt amongst some of the things we had written there was a return to the brighter, upbeat sound of Boy Meets Girl and it felt right to ‘get the band back together!’… so to speak!”
Originally a Seattle band, the pair first met at a wedding at which the two were both hired to perform, this meeting ultimately led to the pair falling in love, getting married and forming Boy Meets Girl, combining their musical, vocal and lyrical talents.
They moved to Los Angeles and shortly after (1985) they released their self-titled debut album which saw their first commercial chart success with Oh Girl reaching No.39 in the US Top 40. In that same year, they also achieved their first global No.1 as songwriters with Whitney Houston’s smash hit How Will I Know, a feat they would repeat in 1988 with Houston’s win for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance on I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).
1988 also saw the release of a new Boy Meets Girl album, Reel Life, that featured the smash hit Waiting For A Star To Fall that went Top Five in the US and was No.1 throughout Europe and Canada.
The pair recorded their subsequent album, New Dream, in 1991, and continued to write throughout the 90s for a variety of artists, including the bands OTT and Girlthing.