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New Kids On The Block hit the road in US

new-kids-on-the-blockNew Kids On The Block are hitting the road again in support of their album The Block! Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Danny and Jon will kick off the ‘Full Service Tour’ on May 28th in Atlanta, playing shows through July 18th in Houston.

Jabbawockeez, the champs from season one of MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew,’ will join NKOTB on the road for what promises to be the hottest party of the summer.

Check out the new video of Donnie on the homepage of NKOTB.com discussing what to expect on the new tour. The clip features plenty of live footage and the guys’ signature dance moves.

Group Members: Joey McIntyre,  Jonathan Knight,  Danny Wood,  Donnie Wahlberg,  Jordan Knight

Dates for NKOTB’s full service tour:

May 28: Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheatre)
May 29: Birmingham, Ala. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
May 30: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Amphitheater)
May 31: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cruzan Amphitheater)
June 2: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 3: Raleigh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion )
June 5: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 6: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
June 7: Washington, D.C. (Nissan Pavilion)
June 10: Scranton, Pa. (Toyota Pavilion)
June 11: Pittsburgh (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
June 12: Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
June 13: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 14: Buffalo, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
June 16: Saratoga, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
June 18: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)
June 19: Boston (Comcast Center)
June 21: Toronto (Molson Amphitheater)
June 23: Cleveland (Blossom Music Center)
June 25: Detroit (DTE Energy Music Center)
June 26: Chicago (First Midwest Bank Amphitheater)
June 27: Cincinnati ( Riverbend Music Center)
June 28: INDIANAPOLIS (Verizon Amphitheater)
July 1: St. Louis (Verizon Wireless)
July 2: Memphis, Tenn. (Mud Island Ampitheater)
July 3: Wichita, Kans. (Hartman Arena)
July 7: Seattle (White River Amphitheatre)
July 9: San Francisco (Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord)
July 10: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Ampitheater)
July 11: Las Vegas (The Pearl)
July 12: Phoenix (Cricket Wireless Pavilion)
July 15: Denver (Fiddler’s Green)
July 17: Dallas (Superpages.com Center)
July 18: Houston (Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion)

After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to replicate the singing group, substituting suburban white kids for the young black teenagers. The result was New Kids on the Block, a pioneering boy band that quickly eclipsed the popularity of Starr’s previous group while laying the groundwork for the teen pop boom of the late-’90s. Comprising Boston-area singers Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight, Danny Wood, and Joe McIntyre, the New Kids were awkward and enthusiastic on their 1986 debut, which wasn’t surprising given the boys’ age (the oldest members were barely 16 years old, while McIntyre was only 12). With their next album, 1988′s Hangin’ Tough, the group’s image had toughened up and they had the slick, radio-ready material to support it. From the saccharine ballad “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” to the title track’s stab at funk, the band enjoyed a seemingly endless streak of hits in 1988 and 1989. Five songs entered the Top 10, and even the group’s Christmas album went double platinum as it road the coattails of Hangin’ Tough up the Billboard charts.

New Kid mania continued in America with 1990′s Step by Step; even if it sold five million copies less than Hangin’ Tough, it still sold an impressive three million copies. The album also fared well internationally, moving an additional 16 million units in other parts of the world, but Step by Step was nevertheless the group’s last album to enjoy such worldwide success. New Kids were the subject of an endless amount of jokes, including allegations that they hadn’t sung a note during the Hangin’ Tough recording sessions. Furthermore, their audience was growing up. In 1994, they rechristened themselves NKOTB and returned with the Starr-less Face the Music, which actually showed a remarkable musical maturity. The group had grown into a credible urban R&B outfit, yet the album hardly sold anything, even if NKOTB continued to pack theaters on tour. In June of 1994, the members announced that they had acrimoniously parted ways

Various members of New Kids launched solo careers later in the decade, with Knight scoring a gold record in 1999 and Donnie Wahlberg landing several movie roles. Attempts to reunite the group in the early 2000s proved fruitless; however, the band 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.

Motown celebrates its 50th Birthday today (Jan 12)

Iconic label was started in 1959 with an $800 dollar loanmotown
One of the world’s most important and iconic record labels, Motown, celebrates its 50th birthday today (January 12).

The Detroit label – home to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and The Jackson 5, among many others – was founded by record producer Berry Gordy on January 12, 1959.

Gordy started the label, which was originally called Tamla, with an $800 loan from his family.

The first act signed was called The Matadors (later The Miracles), who’s lead vocalist was Smokey Robinson.

Motown’s Hitsville USA studio, a garage that Gordy purchased and renovated, was famed for its ‘production line’ recording process – with classic songs being churned out on an astonishingly regular basis.

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’, The Marvelettes ‘Please Mr Postman’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ were just some of the label’s most notable hits.

Motown also released Martin Luther King’s civil rights speeches on its Black Forum subsidiary label.

The label found enduring success across the world, and Motown songs continue to be covered and referenced by artists today.

Acts as diverse as George Michael, The Beatles, The Jam, The Beach Boys, The Slits and Delroy Wilson have recorded Motown covers.

To celebrate the 50th Birthday of Motown, NME.COM has dug out some of the best unheard classics from Motown, which you can hear on our blog now.

You can also read the stories behind 15 classic Motown songs at NME.COM/PHOTOS.

We’ve also got a host of stars – from Kings Of Leon to Ladyhawke – to pick their favourite Motown songs in the latest issue of NME, available on UK newsstands now.

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