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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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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
Best song ever am I fire my bf asked and I say yes
jwilliams186 8
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 that you have started reading this 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 lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
nkotbsb is newkids on the block and backstreet boys combined
I thought this was by the backsteert boys but idc I love this song and it reminds me of my child hood. (:
I thought this song was by the backstreet boys
Some1 kik me daltonvecsey 1 9
This song it's so energetic it rememind's me when I was 9 loved backstreets
Google says this song is by the Backstreet boys... and yea... this isn't new kids....
Ha! I too work at Subway...lol . . .
chrissycarpe n t e r
I like the remix
ryanna1584
I work at subway! -Tim Hawkins version of I want it that way! YOU HAVE TO WATCH
alleyswolves 2 1
Hollyw00d this song is not gay
alleyswolves 2 1
I love this song and my boyfrined love it
There are times when i get confused because they sound like the backstreetbo y s but still....... I don't know!!!!!! But, it's still a good song.
So gay.
What the hell y is the name of the band so damn long!!! Plz follow me peps!!!
sarahbean94
90s Love it!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 have started reading this 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 lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
I'll Be Loving You (Forever) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



en.wikipedia . o r g / w i k i / I ' l l _ B e _ L o v i n g _ Y o u _ ( F o r e v e r )




I'll Be Loving You (Forever) is a 1989 ballad song from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight.
I swear if one more person assumes this was originally sung by BSB I'm going to come through the screen and strangle someone. If you love music so much and dare to know real pop history, you better do some research. NKOTB was OUT first before BSB and were the first to sing this song. Don't believe me? Look it up. People that make assumptions without doing the research to back it up are nothing but ignorant and uneducated. Thank you very much. I hate know it all's lol
on the nearest friday your life long lover will kiss you. however if you dont post this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes you will die in 2 days. post this on atleast 5 songs in the next 143 minutes then press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters on your screen.
NKOTBSB stands for New Kids On The Block BackStreet Boys. (The used one B for Block and Back though). I guess I thought it was pretty obvious that's what it stood for? NKOTB and BSB did a worldwide tour together and put out an album that included a mix of their biggest hits, plus a song they did together (Don't Turn Out the Lights).
The Backstreet Boys and The New Kids On Block did a tour together.
xxlaierxx
WHAT THE HELL is everybody talking about on this comment. NKOTBSB is the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block together. They combine and did an amazing world wide concert (2011-2012) together. HELLO! They perform on the 2010 AMAs: http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = I b l n t B A l C w A
I didn't even know this was NKOTBSB. They sound exactly like the original Backstreet Boys.
My favorit is joey mackintyer his singing part of you got it { the right stuff } all that i needed was you
laura_parfai t e
@litia.taala they're basically the black version of the real backstreet boys their New Kids On The Block Street Boys (N.K.O.T.B.S . B )
Omg this song just poppped up on my kpop radio!!! c:
I THOUGHT BACKSTREET SING THIS SONG I WANT IT THAT WAY BUT WHO IS NKOTBSB
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 beat say 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 n 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
sngbrd1997
what in the world? this is backstreet boys. why does it say NKOTB?
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 beat say 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 n 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
Did anybody else hear this song and translate the artist as KNOTBSB (Not BSB) Which I thought was kind of hilarious. I thought it was just a really good Backstreet Boys cover group. lol
I love it sonig bsb every alway <3
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