New Kids On The Block

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New Kids on the Block was a successful boy band in the late 80's and early 90's. Formed in 1984 in Boston, the members of the band were Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood. They were marketed as a New Edition type band. New Edition's former manager, Maurice Starr, put them together. In 1986 they released their first album that failed to get noticed.

Getting noticed

When opening Tiffany in 1988, New Kids on the Block began to get noticed. Their second album titled Hangin' Tough sold over eight million copies worldwide and produced five top ten tracks including I'll Be Loving You (Forever), Please Don't Go Girl, You Got It (The Right Stuff) and the title track Hangin' Tough.

Their popularity grew and suddenly Tiffany was opening their concerts. Officially, they co-headlined the tour. They became regulars in teen magazines throughout the world and their next two albums were huge hits. In 1989 they released a Christmas album called Merry, Merry Christmas and in 1990, they released the hugely successful Step By Step. The band was merchandised a great deal and had everything from t-shirts to dolls and an animated series based on them.

The 1990's showed that their fans were growing up and out of the boy band phase. The split form Maurice Starr and released Face the Music. The album didn't sell and the band broke up in 1994.

Moving on

Since the band broke up, Wood and Wahlberg formed a record label where they produced the albums of Donnie's brother, Mark Wahlberg who is now an actor. He has since become an actor appearing in films such as Southie and The Sixth Sense, the mini-series Band of Brothers and the short lived television show Boomtown. McIntyre and Jordan Knight both released solo albums. Knight went on to star on the MTV hit reality show The Surreal Life and McIntyre became a regular on the hit Boston Public. In addition, McIntyre performed in the Broadway musical Wicked as well as competed on the reality show Dancing with the Stars.