New Kids On The Block

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In the early 1980s, Maurice Starr discovered R&B/Pop quintet New Edition. He co-wrote and co-produced their debut with the hits “Candy Girl”.

As of 1984, Maurice and his business partner, Mary Alford started to create the five members with white boys member as a group.

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First up Maurice discovered a 15 year old Donnie Wahlberg with his rapping skills and dancing ability and his younger brother Mark.

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As for Mark and decided to quit in a few months. As of Donnie and his friends Jamie Kelly and Danny Wood since in Elementary school and decided to join the music group.

A very young Jordan Knight

After Donnie, Jamie & Danny accepted this group meanwhile, Maurice discovered Jordan Knight and sang an exceptional falsetto and auditioned.

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Following Jordan join as a group with his older brother Jonathan Knight was joining too.

As the group began but Jamie Kelly did not make to the group due to conflicting of school work. Since they have four members are Donnie, Danny, Jon and Jordan.

Maurice Starr looks at the history of Band Bands such as The Osmonds (James) and The Jackson 5 Michael Jackson. Maurice has an idea of finding the youngest member.

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And finally Maurice Starr discovered the final member named 12 year old Joey Mcintyre to take place of Jamie Kelly.

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The group members are completed and started rehearsed after school and on weekend and named the group called Nynuk.

Nynuk meaning as an exclamation from the Three Stooges and the name of the dog in the movie The Lost Boys and also Nanook of the North is a 1922 American silent documentary film. But the groups decided to rename with five boy band members where Starr came up the name,

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However, Donnie Wahlberg has a good group name idea for the boys it’s called “New Kids On The Block” while Donnie raps and had written and arranged for their first album and has been contracted Columbia Records.

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In April 1986, Columbia Records released the group’s self-titled debut album. It’s very bubble-gum pop, pseudo early Osmonds/New Edition.

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After the failure of the first album, Starr had the group back in the studio for most of 1987 and 1988 recording their second album and it’s called Hangin’ Tough and it was released on August 12, 1988.

Hangin' Tough by New Kids On The Block on TIDAL

Since the 1988 release of Hangin’ Tough, the New Kids had performed as the opening act for fellow teen pop singer Tiffanys successful North American tour. Due to a sudden rise of the group’s popularity, Tiffany wound up opening for them on this tour, but they were credited as co-headliners.

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On April 24, 1989 The Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis declared it’s New Kids On The Block Day.

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New Kids appeared the 3rd annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards held on June 25, 1989 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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New Kids On The Block musical special guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1989.

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Merry, Merry Christmas is the third studio album by New Kids On the Block on September 19, 1989 featuring This One’s for the Children.

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New Kids On the Block appears on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989

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By the early 1990, New Kids On the Block had become one of the most popular acts in the United States. The fourth studio album is called Step By Step was released on June 1990.

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In the beginning there was a new cartoon show called New Kids On The Block and aired on September 8 – December 14, 1990 on ABC.

New Kids on the Block Magic Summer Tour (1990) comic books

The group performed an estimated two hundred concerts a year, with an extravagant worldwide concert tour that summer, called The Magic Summer Tour, sponsored by Coke. 

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New Kids on the Block: Comic Tour Issue # 3 (Harvey Publications)
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NKOTB-licensed merchandise included lunch boxes, buttons, T-shirts, comic books, dolls, trading cards.


New Kids released their remix album No More Games and it was released on November 15, 1990. Donnie led the group in this remix album which fused “Harder” elements of hip-hop and urban dance into the New Kids’ sound which includes Call it What You Want & Games [The Kids Get Hard Mix].

On February 10, 1992, the New Kids filed a defamation lawsuit against McPherson regarding his lip-syncing allegations. In April 1992, McPherson dropped his suit against Starr and released a statement recanting his previous allegations stating, “They [The New Kids] did sing lead on their vocals”.

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In 1993, after having split from Maurice Starr, the group shortened their name to the initialism NKOTB. In January 1994, their fourth studio album, Face the Music, was released. Their first studio album in close to four years, Face the Music was a musical departure from the group’s previous efforts. Nearly all the songs were written and/or co-produced by the group. In spite of some positive critical reception, the album failed to live up to commercial expectation.

After about two years out of the limelight, the New Kids went back into the studio and began recording their fourth studio album (sixth overall), before splitting up a year later. By this point, due to a strong backlash and allegations of lip-synching, the group pushed for a more mature image and song selection that would appeal to fans. In addition, they had outgrown the “New Kids” name: Joey McIntyre was 21, Jordan Knight was 23, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood were 24, and Jonathan Knight was 25 years old.

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On April 2008, the New Kids On The Block have been reunited to record some new songs.


The Block is the sixth studio album by New Kids on the Block. The album was released on September 2, 2008, along with a deluxe edition that included four bonus tracks.

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The group’s reunion tour, New Kids on the Block: Live, began at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on September 18, 2008. They toured the US with Natasha Bedingfield and Lady Gaga as supporting acts. There are 48 total concerts scheduled for Canada and the United States, nine in the United Kingdom, one in Ireland, one in France, one in Amsterdam, Netherlands and two in Germany.


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