New Kids on the Block
New Kids on the Block was discovered initially as a quartet by acclaimed musician and record producer, Maurice Starr. The band was founded in 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts. The current five-member lineup includes Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McLntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood. Famous actor Mark Wahlberg was among the founding members of New Kids on the Block. The band has been associated with major recording labels like Columbia and Interscope Records. The band plays genres like hip hop, R&B and pop. New Kids on the Block was active from 1984 till 1994. After that the band went on a hiatus and reunited in 2008.
New Kids on the Black has collaborated with a number of mainstream artists and bands such as Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, Akon, 98 Degrees, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Boys II Men and Natasha Bedingfield. The debut album of New Kids on the Block was released in 1986 by Columbia Records. This self-titled landed at number 17 and 25 respectively on Canadian and US Billboard charts respectively. This album also went 3x platinum in Canada and the US. Hangin’ Tough was the second album that went on sale in music stores in September, 1988. This album so far remains the highest selling album by the band. It charted in countries including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Australia and the US. Hangin’ Tough sold over eight million copies in the US alone. It went diamond in Canada and 2 x platinum in the UK.
Merry, Merry Christmas, the third studio album by New Kids on the Block was released in 1989. The album was certified 2x platinum in Canada and the US. The very next year, their fourth studio album Step By Step was released. This album again went multiple-platinum in Canada and the US. This was the first album that went platinum in Switzerland and Germany. After that, three more albums were released namely Face the Music, The Block and 10. These three albums charted in a number of countries such as Germany, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The Block went gold and was the first album that was released by the Interscope Records.
In 1990, New Kids on the Block won two American Music Awards, one for “Favorite Pop/Rock Album” and the other for “Favorite Pop/Rock Band or Duo.” In 2011 the group collaborated with another immensely popular boy band, Backstreet Boys. The two bands recorded a compilation album titled NKOTBSB. During the same year both bands embarked on a concert tour. Rolling Stone Magazine has ranked New Kids on the Block at number 16 on its list of Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments. This band is also ranked among the world’s bestselling groups of all-time.
In January 2015, New Kids on the Block announced a summer tour. The band will be doing a joint tour with the popular American girl group TLC. The band also has plans to start writing material for its eighth studio album. You certainly have been looking forward to see your favorite band live. Here is your chance now, just get New Kids on the Block tickets in advance.