New Kids on the Block
New Kids on the Blockwas an all boy band who were very successful in the 1980's and 1990's. The band was formed in Boston in 1984 by Maurice Starr (producer).The members of the band were Jordan and Jonathan Knight (brothers), Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. The band sold over 70 million albums worldwide during their musical career. Producer, Maurice Starr had been the one to discover the group known as New Edition and helped them achieve their fame so he wanted to get another group together and try to repeat the process again. After he broke his connection with New Edition, he and his buiness partner, Mary Alford began taking auditions in Boston to create another band. They auditioned about 500 teen boys for the positions. Donnie Wahlberg was only 15, and he was the first member they chose. Then Donnie helped them recruit the other members, one of which was his younger brother, Mark, and his best friend, Danny Wood. Then Donnie convinced Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight (former classmates of Donnieís) to join the group. Mark did not like the direction the band was taking so he decided to quit the group. Jaime Kelley took Markís place. He was later booted out because of his discipline and lack of concentration. He was replaced with Joey McIntyre, who was only 12 years old.
The group was initially called NYNUK but when they signed with Columbia Records, they were advised to change the name of the band so they became, New Kids On the Block. The first album, which was self titled, was released in 1986 and their first single was, Be My Girl, which received minor airplay in Boston. Although the album, New Kids On the Block, was a failure commercially, it was later went triple platinum after the group gained popularity. The single from their second album was almost doomed but a Florida radio station began playing the song on the air and it became very popular and in demand. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The groupís song from their second album called, You Got It The Right Stuff, reached the top 5 and their next single called, Iíll Be Loving You Forever, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and this was the big break they were waiting for. The group became one of the most popular groups in the world.
The band had their final concert in June, 1994 and announced the end of NKOTB. MTV tried to revive the group in 1999 but it did not happen. The band released a total of 8 albums, and 20 singles during their career.
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