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The brand new New Kids on the Block album was really sparked when Donnie Wahlberg was in New York for a costume fitting for the upcoming film Righteous Kill that finds him living out another life-long dream by acting in a film alongside two of his greatest heroes, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino as well as 50 Cent. Finding himself around the block, Wahlberg visited the office of his longtime music lawyer who handed him a demo tape of a young singer-songwriter name Nazeree. Since the days of New Kids -- and his time producing hits in the early Nineties for his brother Mark as Markey Mark and The Funky Bunch -- Wahlberg has been handed a mountain of demos in his time and he took the offering with absolutely no expectations.
Putting the CD on while driving a few days later, Wahlberg heard two songs that spoke to him powerfully. "I got in the car in Boston on my birthday and I popped it in," he recalls." The first song was called "Click, Click, Click" and from the minute it started, it just grabbed me. I kept waiting for this kid to falter, but he never did. Not only that -- I immediately recognized that Joey McIntryre is going to love this record, Jordan Knight is going to love this record and I love this record. The music speaks to all of our sensibilities, but they're all totally different. It was hip-hop and honest enough for me. It was soulful enough for Jordan and pop and unselfish enough for Joe. It just had it all. I spent the next few hours driving up to girls at red lights and playing them the song. They said, `Is that your song?' I said `Not yet.'"
New Kids on the BlockFor once, all the rumors are actually true."The Right Stuff" really is -- at long last -- returning to your block. Thankfully, this time, it's all happening in the right way too.New Kids on the Block -- five now fully-grown men who forever defined what the modern boy band would look and sound like -- are back together for the very first time in nearly a decade and a half with their new album The Block.On a March afternoon, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood gathered together, hanging tough all over again in a small Los Angeles studio looking a little older, but still youthful, fit and anxious to not simply celebrate their musical legacy, but also add something new and personally meaningful to it. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, while still teenagers themselves, New Kids on the Block became a phenomenon, selling over 70 million albums -- including the back-to-back international number one efforts, 1988's Hangin' Tough and 1990's Step by Step -- and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits like "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Cover Girl," "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," "Hangin' Tough," "I'll Be Loving You," "Step by Step" and "Tonight" -- as well as countless number of concert tickets, t-shirts and even lunchboxes to primarily female kids around the world. Then under the guidance of producer Maurice Starr who had previously brought the world New Edition, the New Kids made a tremendous impact on the culture very quickly."I think history has looked upon us fondly," say McIntyre. "I wouldn't say we were important, but people do now see our place in pop history. We've read that we "begat the boy bands" like Backstreet Boys and N'Sync. And in a way, those groups have all made us more contemporary. They made us younger in a way by putting us in their generation. But hey, what about New Edition? There would be no New Kids without them. And of course, the Jackson Five begat New Edition. So I guess we were really just the first white boy band."