New Kids on the Block enjoyed success in the late s and early s and have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. After secretly reuniting in and recording a new record, the group released that new album and embarked on a concert tour in The album, entitled The Block , was released on September 2,
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. When New Kids on the Block debuted in , few people took notice, and those who did didn't seem to think the adolescent quintet would last for another album -- much less another plus-years. After all, this was a group of teens propped up by a behind-the-scenes mastermind, Maurice Starr, who wrote the bulk of their music and controlled their direction. Plus, their self-titled album featured a self-titled song where these clean-cut New England kids criticized "cuss" words and less-than-accurately boasted "we're the funky MCs of the hip-hop craze. But with 's Hangin' Tough, a certified boy band classic, everything changed. Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood matured lyrically and certainly vocally, demonstrating that they were just as capable selling silky-smooth harmonies as they were getting the party started; they weren't exactly bad boys, but they had more of an edge than their squeaky-clean debut suggested.
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The song was released as the album's lead single on January 28, However, the song did peak at number 38 on the Adult Top 40 chart. It also reached number 81 on the Canadian Hot chart. The song's music video was directed by Rami Hachache. Donnie Wahlberg explained to MTV News: "The story of the video is about, it's about someone becoming at peace with their inner beauty. Some people might hear the song and think it's obvious what it might be for the video.
New Kids on the Block enjoyed success in the late s and early s and have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. After secretly reuniting in and recording a new record, the group released that new album and embarked on a concert tour in The album, entitled The Block , was released on September 2, After breaking ties with them, Starr and his business partner, Mary Alford, sought to create a white counterpart act. Wahlberg assisted in helping to recruit other members. He also coaxed one-time schoolmate Jordan Knight - who sang an exceptional falsetto - into auditioning for Starr as well. Upon Knight's passing the audition, his older brother Jonathan was accepted into the group as well. As the group began to take shape, Mark Wahlberg left and was briefly replaced by Jamie Kelly. When a search was made to find a Michael Jackson -esque singer to fill the role, Starr replaced Jamie with year-old Joey McIntyre , whom the other members initially resented for being the one to replace their friend. With the final line-up in place, Starr rehearsed the boys diligently, after school and on weekends, and eventually secured the group, at this time named Nynuk,  a recording contract at Columbia Records.