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-The Crew at Wal-Mart Soundcheck
On New Music, New Collaborations, and New Edition:
We asked NKOTB about some of the musical highlights from 'The Block.' Says Joe: "It was good to be back in the studio with Teddy Riley. Our first time around - that whole sound - that new Jack Swing was coming out and we were huge fans of it. To be back with him in the studio was cool. He wrote and produced the song, 'Grown Man' and we love it." Adds Donny: "We have a song with New Edition, which is like a childhood dream for us. To us, New Edition really was the blueprint and the inspiration for us. Growing up in Boston, they were right down the street and they were stars. They were superstars. Some of us went to the same schools as them so they really taught us to believe that you can really do something besides hang out on the streets, that you can accomplish something great."
On The Evolution of the Fan:
With it's A-list production and star wattage (The Pussycat Dolls are just one of the acts NKOTB teams up with on the new record), 'The Block' is bringing a whole new level of appreciation. We asked Joe about the changing face of the NKOTB fan: "Our first single was a hit record and we're grateful for that. That's exciting, and that means there are a lot of young fans who are calling the radio stations and want to hear that song. I guess we're making current music that feels right." Explains Donny: "The five year-old, six year-old, seven year-old fans - they're twenty-five year old women now. They have careers, they have lives, they're hip, they have incredible life experience of their own but they're still coming back. Now the fans don't stand outside and scream and yell; they have rooms inside the hotel that they've booked with their friends! It's humbling, it's flattering, but it also does give you pause about the impact we've had on some people."
On Creative Vs. Corporate:
'The Block' reflects a new attitude from a group that has some experience under their belts. But this time around, the guys are doing it their way. Explains Donny: "We put a team together who all believe what we believe, which is that this is the core of what it is. It's not about the marketing, the people, this and that - all that goes into it and it all counts and we appreciate every aspect of the business, but the last time around it was about the corporate machine. This time, the creativity is driving us. The list of songwriters and producers and the energy and camaraderie we have with them is amazing."
- New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) are: Joey McIntyre, Donnie Walhberg, Danny Wood, Jordan and Jonathan Knight.
- The band formed in Boston in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr (New Edition, Tiffany) and split ten years later in 1994
- Throughout their decade-long career, the band sold over 70 million albums worldwide as well as taking home two American Music Awards in 1990
- The band chose their name from a rap tune that Donnie Wahlberg delivered for their debut album
- Donnie Wahlberg has enjoyed a successful acting career including roles in HBO's 'Band of Brothers,' 'The Sixth Sense' and the 'Saw' horror movies
- Jordan, Joey and Danny all released solo albums after they broke up as a group
"Jones Beach! 1988!" shouts Joey McIntyre, a reference to the breakout year that NKOTB hit the big time. Kicking off with their brand new hit (and the band's first Top 40 hit since 1992), NKOTB turn up the heat with a groove created directly for summer. Fans of the band will know that member Donnie Wahlberg has been an instrumental force in the NKOTB reunion - not only did he co-write this track (along with Nazeree), he also directed the accompanying clip.
Click Click Click
It's time for a sneak peek from the brand new disc, 'The Block.' 'Click Click Click' is the lead track on the record - and a sure-fire future single. Showcasing their tight choreography and matured vocals, the tune is indicative of the album's urban-dance direction. To achieve that sound, NKOTB teamed up with some of the industry's most prolific producers: Red One, Teddy Riley, Akon and Timbaland, to name a few.
To conclude their set, NKOTB dust off a signature hit with an of-the-moment musical makeover. 'Tonight,' written by Maurice Starr and A. Lancellotti, gets a fantastic new interpretation that's sure to be a highlight of the band's future tour. Taking to their chairs, NKOTB deliver a smooth ska-soaked arrangement reminiscent of a Beatles tune. Referencing the band's relationship with their loyal fans, (some of who have joined them in the studio today), it's the perfect ending to a memorable show.