New Kids on the Block Information
New Kids on the Block formed in 1985 and in 1986 released their debut self-titled record. The group was made up of 5 teenage boys, all from the Boston metropolitan area that had training in dance and music. Over 500 kids tried out to be in the group, the first selected was 15-year-old Donnie Wahlberg.
Donnie recruited his brother Mark Wahlberg and best friend Danny Wood to join the band. He was also able to convince two of his former classmates with great singing voices to join. They were Jonathan and Jordan Knight. Mark Wahlberg eventually quit the group and after a few trial replacements the final member was added, Joey McIntyre.
New Kids on the Block has sold over 70 millions albums worldwide, generated well over 100 million dollars in concert revenues and opened up the doorway for other boy band acts like 'NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys. Now, no longer boys, the New Kids are still playing shows as part of their reunion tour. On top of that they released a new album "The Block" featuring the hit single "Summertime." The song climbed as high as #18 on the U.S. pop charts.