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NKOTBSB

After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to replicate the singing group by substituting suburban white kids for the young black teenagers. The result was New Kids on the Block, a pioneering boy band that eclipsed the popularity of Starr's previous group while laying the groundwork for the teen pop boom of the late '90s. During the New Kids' heyday, the group reportedly earned over one million dollars per week, and their string of hit singles -- the bulk of which reinterpreted R&B-styled street music for a young female audience -- made them one of the era's most successful acts. Following a botched attempt to rough up their clean-cut image with 1994's Face the Music, however, the boys disbanded, only to reconvene 14 years later for a comeback album and supporting tour.

In 1985, Maurice Starr launched a citywide talent search in Boston, where he hoped to assemble an adolescent vocal group. Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight, Danny Wood, and Joe McIntyre were soon recruited to join, with Starr presiding over the young teenagers as manager, choreographer, songwriter, and producer. A contract with Columbia Records followed, and New Kids on the Block made an awkward, enthusiastic debut with their self-titled album in 1986. At the time, the group's oldest members were barely 16 years old, while McIntyre was only 12.

For their next album, 1988's Hangin' Tough, New Kids on the Block bolstered their neo-bubblegum beginnings with slick, radio-ready pop songs. From the saccharine ballad "I'll Be Loving You Forever" to the title track's stab at funk, the album spun off a seemingly endless streak of hits in 1988 and 1989. Five songs entered the Top Ten, and even the group's Christmas album (released during the height of New Kids mania in late 1989) went double platinum, effectively riding the coattails of Hangin' Tough up the Billboard charts. In another savvy marketing move, Columbia Records released a single from the group's previous album, which became a Top Ten hit in 1989 despite being three years old. It helped jump-start sales for the middling debut record, and both Hangin' Tough and New Kids on the Block climbed to multi-platinum status before the decade's end.

New Kids mania continued in 1990 with Step by Step, whose title track became the group's biggest single to date. The album sold three million copies in America -- a far cry from Hangin' Tough's eight million copies, perhaps, but a remarkable feat nevertheless -- and also fared well internationally, moving an additional 16 million units in other parts of the world. The boys supported their release with a Coke-sponsored tour, including 100 dates in the U.S. and additional performances overseas. Meanwhile, they also unveiled an extensive line of licensed merchandise -- including dolls, lunch boxes, attire, and bed sheets -- that earned the group an additional $400 million in 1991. Coupled with the sheer size of their official fan club, the modest popularity of 1991's No More Games: The Remix Album, and the amount of calls placed to "the Official NKOTB Hotline" at 1-900-909-5KID, the group's merchandising efforts made them the highest-paid entertainers of the year, beating out the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna.

Even so, Step by Step proved to be the group's last album to enjoy such global success. The New Kids were the subject of an endless number of jokes, including allegations that they hadn't sung a note during the Hangin' Tough recording sessions. Furthermore, their teenaged audience was growing up, as signified by the failure of Step by Step's final single, "Let's Try It Again," to break the Top 40. In 1994, they rechristened themselves NKOTB (a move that was intended to distance the then twenty-something singers from their kid-oriented past) and returned with Face the Music, which showed a remarkable degree of musical maturity. The group had grown into a credible urban R&B outfit, eschewing the help of Maurice Starr and writing many of the songs themselves. Face the Music failed to replicate any shred of their previous success, however, and New Kids on the Block acrimoniously parted ways in June 1994.

Various members of the New Kids launched solo careers later in the decade, with Knight scoring a gold-selling record in 1999 and Donnie Wahlberg landing several movie roles. Attempts to reunite the group in the early 2000s proved fruitless; however, the bandmembers surprisingly reconvened in early 2008, announcing their decision to tour in support of a new album. The Block arrived later that year, followed by tour dates in Canada and America. Although critically panned, The Block nevertheless debuted at number two on the Billboard charts and sold 100,000 copies in its first week.

Despite those brisk first-week sales, The Block generated a major hit only in Canada, where "Summertime" peaked at nine on the charts. Even if further smashes were not forthcoming, The Block did re-establish NKOTB as a viable commercial concern, something they took advantage of with a succession of tours, including concert cruises and a co-headlining jaunt with the Backstreet Boys in 2011. More tours followed in 2012 and in 2013, the band returned with a new album called 10. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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*the first thing I thought of when my teacher said she liked the backstreet boys* XD
This is the end :)
This is bs. Bsb put this out not nkotbsb they only put one album out waaay before this song csme out.
THE 90S BABY
Go f**k yourself b**ches! BROKE BACK Marlett sucks!
I just seen Backstreet Boys in concert like a month ago!! They were amazing!!!!! ! !
Sweet
My mommy and I love them.
ok reunion tour people new kids on the block with backstreet boys ok makes sense now
yes im confused too
denisealdrid g e 0 9
Yo I hate then I love classic thought
SO WHAT THERE TRYING TO SAY IS NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK AND BSB SINGING TOGETHER IF IM RIGHT....... . . . . . T H A T ' S GAY MEN SINGING TOGETHER UGHUGHGUHGUH G U H G U G H ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
WHY THE DOES IT SAY NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK AND IT'S BACKSTREETBO Y S ? ? ? IM CONFUSED
i love this song LOVE U BACKSTREETBO Y S IM YOUR #1 CHERRFUL FAN
as long as you love me
aisham198623
This is BSB not nkotb
this song is sweet
Omg i these brings so many memories good teenage years lol
omg this song makes me feel like im 13 again
auntroro81
I just love this song, and the video! Takes Me back to High School!;))
amazing
Hat



That is amazing boys bands ever seen of my life
This song is by none other than New Kids on the Block. A few years ago, New Kids on The Block (NKOTB) did a reunion concert featuring the Backstreet Boys (BSB). Along with promotion of the tour, the two groups combined NKOTB + BSB to form NKOTBSB, thus why you see the featured cover NKOTBSB. This album is a compilation of New Kids on The Block (NKOTB) songs & Backstreet Boys (BSB) songs.
Love this Song
I love NkotBsB
They Rock!!!!!!!
One Fan@
I'M CONFUSED. WHY IS IT SAYING NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK WHEN IT'S A BACKSTREET BOYS SONG???? >:0
cool
WOW, WarpedAuthor is on a warpath over the pathetic idiotic jackasses of Pandora!!! Look out!!!!!
I'm Hanging Tough!
cruza726
devipresszep h o r i a : The song everyone is referring to is " I want it that way" it is an original song of BSB not NKOTB! If you are speaking of another song such as " I'll be loving you forever " This is an original song of NKOTB. The confusion here is the name "NKOTBSB" The songs by both groups have been mixed in one album but unchanged from its original! Therefore no one is singing anyones songs! There are only three songs on this album that the two groups sing together and they are new songs n
I love the band of nkotbsb
NKOTBSB stands for New Kids on the Block AND Back Street Boys. They did this together. Why don't you pathetic idiotic jackass READ before you open your mouths?
jill_bd20 you are truly ignorant. Truly.
Favorite song ever
Wrong artist, not new kids on the block, it's the backstreet boys, song came out late 99
You got the right stuff!
Love it
Sweet
What does it stand for?!?!?!?
LOVE IT!!
tholden2004
Git off of nick carter girls or you git 2 min you will die
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works. Don't read this because it actually works.
I love NKOTBSB
This is Cool
They Rock
Amazing
amazing
wow
love it
FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE POSTING CHAIN LETTERS PLEASE STOP!!!!!!! IT IS RUDE TO THE ARTIST AND PEOPLE WHO COME HERE FOR MUSIC...WE ALL HERE TO READ ABOUT MUSIC REVIEWS NOT YOUR CHAIN LETTER B.S. THANK YOU......... . . .
coach_cmille r on Instagram
1.Kiss ur left hand
2.Say ur crushes name
3.Close ur hand
4.Pick a school day
5.Say ur name
6. Post this on fifteen more songs and on the day u picked u will be asked out by ur crush
joshua.finoc c h a r i o
Best song ever am I fire my bf asked and I say yes
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