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New Kids On The Block

After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to replicate the singing group by substituting suburban white kids for the young black teenagers. The result was New Kids on the Block, a pioneering boy band that eclipsed the popularity of Starr's previous group while laying the groundwork for the teen pop boom of the late '90s. During the New Kids' heyday, the group reportedly earned over one million dollars per week, and their string of hit singles -- the bulk of which reinterpreted R&B-styled street music for a young female audience -- made them one of the era's most successful acts. Following a botched attempt to rough up their clean-cut image with 1994's Face the Music, however, the boys disbanded, only to reconvene 14 years later for a comeback album and supporting tour.

In 1985, Maurice Starr launched a citywide talent search in Boston, where he hoped to assemble an adolescent vocal group. Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight, Danny Wood, and Joe McIntyre were soon recruited to join, with Starr presiding over the young teenagers as manager, choreographer, songwriter, and producer. A contract with Columbia Records followed, and New Kids on the Block made an awkward, enthusiastic debut with their self-titled album in 1986. At the time, the group's oldest members were barely 16 years old, while McIntyre was only 12.

For their next album, 1988's Hangin' Tough, New Kids on the Block bolstered their neo-bubblegum beginnings with slick, radio-ready pop songs. From the saccharine ballad "I'll Be Loving You Forever" to the title track's stab at funk, the album spun off a seemingly endless streak of hits in 1988 and 1989. Five songs entered the Top Ten, and even the group's Christmas album (released during the height of New Kids mania in late 1989) went double platinum, effectively riding the coattails of Hangin' Tough up the Billboard charts. In another savvy marketing move, Columbia Records released a single from the group's previous album, which became a Top Ten hit in 1989 despite being three years old. It helped jump-start sales for the middling debut record, and both Hangin' Tough and New Kids on the Block climbed to multi-platinum status before the decade's end.

New Kids mania continued in 1990 with Step by Step, whose title track became the group's biggest single to date. The album sold three million copies in America -- a far cry from Hangin' Tough's eight million copies, perhaps, but a remarkable feat nevertheless -- and also fared well internationally, moving an additional 16 million units in other parts of the world. The boys supported their release with a Coke-sponsored tour, including 100 dates in the U.S. and additional performances overseas. Meanwhile, they also unveiled an extensive line of licensed merchandise -- including dolls, lunch boxes, attire, and bed sheets -- that earned the group an additional $400 million in 1991. Coupled with the sheer size of their official fan club, the modest popularity of 1991's No More Games: The Remix Album, and the amount of calls placed to "the Official NKOTB Hotline" at 1-900-909-5KID, the group's merchandising efforts made them the highest-paid entertainers of the year, beating out the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna.

Even so, Step by Step proved to be the group's last album to enjoy such global success. The New Kids were the subject of an endless number of jokes, including allegations that they hadn't sung a note during the Hangin' Tough recording sessions. Furthermore, their teenaged audience was growing up, as signified by the failure of Step by Step's final single, "Let's Try It Again," to break the Top 40. In 1994, they rechristened themselves NKOTB (a move that was intended to distance the then twenty-something singers from their kid-oriented past) and returned with Face the Music, which showed a remarkable degree of musical maturity. The group had grown into a credible urban R&B outfit, eschewing the help of Maurice Starr and writing many of the songs themselves. Face the Music failed to replicate any shred of their previous success, however, and New Kids on the Block acrimoniously parted ways in June 1994.

Various members of the New Kids launched solo careers later in the decade, with Knight scoring a gold-selling record in 1999 and Donnie Wahlberg landing several movie roles. Attempts to reunite the group in the early 2000s proved fruitless; however, the bandmembers surprisingly reconvened in early 2008, announcing their decision to tour in support of a new album. The Block arrived later that year, followed by tour dates in Canada and America. Although critically panned, The Block nevertheless debuted at number two on the Billboard charts and sold 100,000 copies in its first week.

Despite those brisk first-week sales, The Block generated a major hit only in Canada, where "Summertime" peaked at nine on the charts. Even if further smashes were not forthcoming, The Block did re-establish NKOTB as a viable commercial concern, something they took advantage of with a succession of tours, including concert cruises and a co-headlining jaunt with the Backstreet Boys in 2011. More tours followed in 2012 and in 2013, the band returned with a new album called 10. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: We Own Tonight (Single)

Comments

That is Neyo on the song.. He co sings it with the guys.
jackier106
This is Neyo's song! They copied it and im not okay with it! Only Neyo can sing this!!!!!!!!
My mom love this band they are great boyband
Omg I was and still will always be the biggest fan ever.... I luv all these guys what can I say I was born in the 80's but the 90's made me!! Xoxo
��ahh so old but a goodie since I grew up with these guys.
❤ I grew up listening to these guys so glad they're back and still loving them just as much!! Great job guys much love always ��✌
i like the remix:)
angelasims05
Ahhhh NKOTB brings back my younger days : )
This may be my moms favorite band but hey, they're good. My favorite is Donnie Wahlburg.
Man elementary full of girls talking about nkotb
roca6502
Brings back awesome memories of my high school days and of course when these guys were kicking a** all over the world.
BADASS track. The one that made me return to NKOTB! Smooth as hell. And yes, better executed than Ne-Yo doing it all alone.
Duh, Kari Barnes. Ya MAY wanna look up some stuff here.
This is titled 'Single' by NKOTB FEATURING Ne-Yo.

Ne-Yo's voice is credited on this NKOTB track as a duet/sextet.
Ne-Yo wrote it.
Ne-Yo has his own solo version too.
Ne-Yo is also not Usher Raymond.
Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of Your life. Tommorro w will be the best day of Your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.Now you've started Reading this so dont syop! This is scary put this on 5 songs in 143minutes when your done press 6 nd your lovers name will appear on the scream on big letters this is scary but it works
Best people of the 90's EVER!!!
the shuffle favors some stations over others?
awesome song by NKOB
This is Usher singing. .not NKOB
marthalarroy o
my favorite boy band since the 80s
isaacvero75
Luv this song
acalvo69
NKOTB lives forever... then and now and on!!!
LOVE ME SUM NKOTB! ALWAYS WILL...
Want to talk about beautiful? Harry Styles.
Step By Step really want you in my world!!!!!!! :-)
alliecruz021 3 1 0
Im damn proud that talent like this came out of Massachusett s ! ! ! My main goal in life is to meet these beautiful men since I was 12 and im still trying!!!
alliecruz021 3 1 0
They were gorgeous then and they are sexy as hell as adults.
New Kids on the Block
Amazing Song
:-)
dolphingal09 2
NKOTB is New Kids on the Block, The BSB is Back Street Boys, They did a tour together. Hence NKOTBSB
Okay so are these guys and NKOTBSB the same group of guys or is it just me that can't make sense of what is going on with all of this because I can't really seem to find out what's going on with all of them
mr.aguzman
Thank you NKOTB for all the great songs. I got to sing and dance for many girlfriends they love it
wow
nkotb are still around and still touring. loved them when I was 13 and still love them now. loved meeting Donnie at a nkotb concert in 2013. I will be loving these guys forever
I love this song! Its so sad there're not a band any more.
pooh_bear333
The right Stuff!
Love this song
New kids on The Block
I love them os much!!!!!!!
Love them
Sweet
I love New kids on the Block One Fan#
I love them os much
They Rock!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! " ! ! ! ! !
pooh_bear333
I'M HANGING TOUGH!
Amazing Song
They Rock
New Kids on the Block@
pooh_bear333
STEP BY STEP YAY!!!!!!!
I liked this song. My mom was into new kids on the block so I'm going to follow her footsteps.
LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!! BLOCK HEAD FOREVER!!! DONNIE!!!!
This is song rocks
Love New Kids old stuff, but really grew to love their new music as well. 10 is such a strong album. Love it!
Nkotb will always be my favorite group and this will ever change! !!!!!!!!!! Love you five guys
New kids on the block rocks and one directions rocks too
pooh_bear333
WE'RE ROUGH!
I love them and saw them in person loved it I was third row with my three friends n we had a blast
I love this group
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