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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

December 19, 2023

New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) is an American boy band that emerged in the late 1980s and quickly rose to prominence, becoming a pop sensation with a significant impact on the music industry. Comprising members Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood, the group originated from Boston, Massachusetts and officially formed in 1984. Their debut self-titled album, “New Kids on the Block,” was released in 1986 and showcased their harmonious vocals and catchy tunes. 

In their early years

In the beginning, New Kids on the Block, or NKOTB, released their first album in 1986, but not many people noticed it. Later on, their second album called “Hangin’ Tough” in 1988 became a big hit and made them really famous.

Breakthrough

They got really popular when their song “Please Don’t Go Girl” from the album “Hangin’ Tough” became a big hit. After that, other songs like “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and the title track made them even more famous as teen heartthrobs.

Popularity

 New Kids on the Block reached the height of their popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They became known for their catchy pop tunes, synchronized dance moves, and devoted fanbase known as “Blockheads.”

Success

 “Hangin’ Tough” became a multi-platinum success, and subsequent albums like “Step by Step” (1990) continued to top the charts. They toured extensively and were one of the highest-grossing touring acts of their time.

Hiatus

 In 1994, the group went on hiatus and members pursued individual projects. During this period, the musical landscape changed, with the rise of grunge and alternative music.

Legacy

New Kids on the Block is often regarded as one of the pioneering boy bands, influencing the likes of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. Their impact on the music industry and pop culture is significant.

15th-anniversary reissue

NKOTB unveiled The Block Revisited, a unique 15th-anniversary version of their 2008 reunion album, The Block. This upgraded compilation featured four previously unreleased tracks, additional bonus content, and a new remix of their single “Dirty Dancing,” which included Joshua, DK and Dino from the K-pop supergroup Seventeen. It was released on November 3, 2008

The Block summer tour

New Kids on the Block are embarking on the Magic Summer 2024 Tour, a reimagined version of their 1990 tour. The lineup includes Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood, with special guests Paula Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff for select stops. The tour, produced by Live Nation, spans over 40 cities, starting on June 14 and reaching Sacramento’s Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland on July 2, 2024. The group will showcase their greatest hits and surprise fan favorites.

As trailblazers in the music industry, New Kids on the Block’s impact extends beyond their initial success. With a remarkable ability to reinvent themselves, NKOTB has not only stood the test of time but has also made a triumphant return in the 2000s, solidifying their status as pop music icons. The enduring appeal of their music and the nostalgia they evoke continue to resonate with fans, making New Kids on the Block a timeless and cherished presence in the world of entertainment.

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