New Kids on the Block (also known as NKOTB) is an American pop group that enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a boy band which went on to sell 80 million records world-wide. Assembled in Boston in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr, the members consist of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. They won two American Music Awards in 1990 for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. After having disbanded in 1994, several attempts were made to get the group back together, all of them unsuccessful. They reunited in 2008 and took on a new style, released a new album, and embarked on a concert tour in the fall. The album, entitled The Block was released on September 2, 2008.
1984-1985: Early years
In the early 1980s, Maurice Starr discovered R&B/Pop quintet (later sextet) New Edition and guided their early success. After breaking ties with them, Starr and his business partner, Mary Alford, sought to create a white counterpart act. Auditions were held around Boston, at which some five hundred teenaged boys auditioned. Among them was 15-year-old Donnie Wahlberg, who immediately impressed Starr and Alford by his rapping skills, dancing ability and showmanship, becoming the group's first member. Wahlberg assisted in helping to recruit other members. Among them were his younger brother Mark, and his best friend Danny Wood. He also coaxed one-time schoolmate Jordan Knight, who sang an exceptional falsetto, into auditioning as well. Upon Knight's passing the audition, his older brother Jonathan (also possessing a strong singing voice) was accepted into the group as well.
As the group began to take shape, Mark became disillusioned with its bubble gum direction, and opted to quit. Another one of Donnie's neighborhood friends, Jaime Kelley, took his place. Kelley, though, would eventually be dismissed for lack of concentration and discipline. Seeking a Michael Jackson-esque singer to sing the high solos, Starr replaced him with 11-year-old Joey McIntyrewhom the other guys 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 (which was being called Nynuk) a recording contract at Columbia Records. The label, however, demanded Starr change the name of the group. Subsequently they settled on New Kids on the Block, after a rap song that Donnie had written and arranged for their first album.
1986: New Kids on the Block (debut album)
In April 1986, Columbia Records released the group's self-titled debut album. The album, almost exclusively written and produced by Maurice Starr, featured mid 80s bubblegum pop material. The first single, "Be My Girl" received minor airplay around the group's native Boston, but failed to capture nationwide attention. The album's second single, "Stop It Girl," fared even worse. The New Kids went on tour around the New England states, singing wherever Starr could book them: in bars, school dances, and clubs. Nevertheless, Starr remained diligent and persuaded the label to allow the group to record a second album. The album, however, would later go on to be certified triple platinum by the RIAA, largely on the strength of the popularity the group attained with their next album.
1988-1989: Hangin' Tough
After the failure of the first album, Starr had the group back in the studio for most of 1987 and 1988 recording their second album. Dissatisfied with the excessively bubblegum sound of their first album, the group wanted to have more input on their look, direction and song material. As a result, Donnie, Danny and Jordan received associate producer credit on the final product. The album's first single was "Please Don't Go Girl," a ballad released in the spring of 1988. Failure seemed destined a second time when the song became another that went unnoticed by the listening public, and Columbia Records made plans to drop the New Kids from the label. At the eleventh hour, however, a radio station in Florida began playing the song. Scoring listener approval, it soon became the most requested song on their play list. When Columbia caught wind of the positive response, they decided to keep the group on its roster and put more effort into promoting the single. National attention soon followed and it eventually climbed to #10 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chartbecoming the group's first hit.
New Kids on the Block's second album, Hangin' Tough, was released to modest fanfare in September. In the meantime, the group began making national televised appearances on such music programs as Showtime at the Apollo, and Soul Train. They later landed a spot as an opening act for fellow teen-pop act Tiffany on the U.S. leg of her concert tour. Sales of Hangin' Tough steadily increased as the group's national attention slowly rose. At year's end, the album's second single "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" was released. The song was given a huge boost when MTV took notice of the group and began playing the video in regular rotation, including an appearance on Club MTV. By early 1989, it cracked the top five. The New Kids hit pay dirt with their next single, "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in June. The group had been scheduled to open for Tiffany once again on a second tour, but their sudden popularity caused a reversal, and she wound up opening for them (although the two acts were technically billed as "co-headliners.")
More top five singles from Hangin' Tough followed into the summer and fall, including: the title track and "Cover Girl." Columbia Records also released the single "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)", from the group's previously overlooked debut album. The song went #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles on the strength of the group's popularity and effectively jump-started the sales of that album as well. By the end of 1989, Hangin' Tough had climbed to number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and had gone eight-times platinum. They, subsequently, became the first 'teen' act to garner five top ten hits from a single album.
Meanwhile, a top ten charting holiday album, Merry, Merry Christmas, was released in the fallspawning another top 10 hit, "This One's for the Children" and going double platinum in the U.S. The proceeds were donated to United Cerebral Palsy, the New Kids' favorite charitable cause. Hangin' Tough would go on to spend 132 weeks on the chart, and in January 1990, the album won two American Music Awards for "Best Pop/Rock Album", and "Best Pop/Rock Group." With the success of "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)," "Cover Girl," and "This One's For the Children," the group pulled off a rare feat of having three singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, but each from a different album.
The state of Massachusetts declared April 24, 1989, "New Kids on the Block Day."
1990-1991: Step by Step
By early 1990, New Kids on the Block had become one of the most popular acts in the world. The following May, they followed up Hangin' Tough with Step by Step, which featured slightly more than half of the songs co-written and produced by the members themselves. The first single, the title track, raced to number one on the Hot 100 Singles Chart and became their biggest selling single. It was followed up with the top ten "Tonight," which extended the consecutive top ten singles chart run to nine records.
"Let's Try It Again" hit *8 on the UK Singles Chart, whilst "Baby I Believe In You" went *1 on the Japanese Chart, further signifying the international appeal of the group.
The album was eventually certified triple platinum, selling close to twenty million copies worldwide.
The group performed an estimated two hundred concerts a year, with an extravagant worldwide concert tour that summer, called The Magic Summer Tour, sponsored by Coke. Their 1990 pay-per-view special broke cable-TV history at the time. During this time, the group became heavily merchandised. NKOTB licensed merchandise included lunch boxes, buttons, T-shirts, comic books, dolls, and even a Saturday morning cartoon in their likeness. In 1991, sales for the group's merchandise was estimated at US$ 400 million.
New Kids on the Block's official fan club had a membership of over 200,000 members and was one of the largest fan clubs in the world. Approximately one hundred thousand calls per week were dialed to 1-900-909-5KIDs, the Official NKOTB Hotline, as well. In 1991, the group topped Forbes list of highest paid entertainers, beating out the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and Bill Cosby. Further capitalizing on the fame, at year's end, Columbia Records released No More Games/The Remix Albuma compilation of the group's biggest hits remixed, the album also brought along two more released songs in "Call It What You Want" (UK *12) and "Games" (UK *14) in which videos were also released.
The group released no new material in 1991, but went overseas and continued to tour throughout Europe and Asia. That summer, Wood and Wahlberg co-wrote and produced the debut album from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunchheaded by Mark Wahlberg, Donnie's brother and former New Kid. Mark Wahlberg's album scored a number one hit with "Good Vibrations," and a platinum album.
1992: Allegations of lip syncing and waning popularity
In early 1992, the group released the stand-alone single "If You Go Away." The song peaked at #16 on the US charts and #9 in the UK charts. Meanwhile, as the music industry was still reeling from the Milli Vanilli lip-syncing scandal, the group found themselves accused of lip-syncing by Gregory McPherson, a music teacher who was listed as an associate producer and string arranger on the group's third album, Step by Step. McPherson alleged that Maurice Starr sang the vocals while the group lip-synced to pre-recorded vocals during their live performances. McPherson also filed a breach of contract and creative infringement lawsuit against Starr. The group immediately responded to the allegations and interrupted the Australian leg of their tour to fly to Los Angeles to perform live on The Arsenio Hall Show. After performing a medley of their previous hits and their new single, the group (along with Starr) were interviewed by Hall. The group admitted to singing with a backing track during live performances and also admitted that Starr sang harmony on some background vocals.
On February 10, 1992, the New Kids filed a defamation lawsuit against McPherson regarding his lip-syncing allegations. In April 1992, McPherson dropped his suit against Starr and released a statement recanting his previous allegations stating, "They [The New Kids] did sing lead on their vocals".
By the time the lip-syncing allegations surfaced, the group was starting to experience a backlash. Despite their success, the group was regularly dismissed by critics for their attempts to promote themselves as an urban act and their practice of using backing vocals for live performances. The group's record sales also began to decline due to a shift in musical tastes to gangster rap and grunge rock.
1993-1994: Face the Music
In 1993, after having split from Maurice Starr, the group shortened their name to the acronym NKOTB. In January 1994, their fourth studio album, Face the Music, was released. Their first studio album in close to four years, Face the Music, was a musical departure from the group's previous efforts. Nearly all the songs were written and/or co-produced by the group. In spite of some positive critical reception, the album failed to live up to commercial expectation. The album's final single to chart was "Dirty Dawg" (which featured a rap cameo by Nice & Smooth), peaking at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100. The followup single, "Never Let You Go", failed to chart in the U.S., but did reach #42 in the UK Singles Chart and #18 in the Canadian charts.
NKOTB went on tour to support the album, playing smaller venues such as clubs and theaters, as opposed to the arenas and stadiums they were once accustomed to. After experiencing increased panic attacks and anxiety, Jonathan Knight left the band. Shortly thereafter, the remaining four decided to officially disband the group.
1995-2007: Post-NKOTB/Reunion Attempts
After the group's split, most of the group members started families and began to venture into other avenues. Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood maintained low profiles, while the other three continued their careers individually.
In 1999, MTV attempted to reunite the group and get them to perform on that year's VMAs. All of the members were on board for the project, except Jonathan. Consequently, the performance didn't happen.
In 2004, Aamer Haleem, host of VH1's Bands Reunited, also attempted to coerce each of the members of New Kids on the Block to reunite for a one-night performance for the show. This time Jonathan agreed. However, Joey, Donnie, and Danny all declined. While Wood and Wahlberg declined on-camera interviews, McIntyre cited that the only way he would perform with the band was if the group would make the decision to reunite permanently.
2008 Reunion: The Block
In April 2008, after months of speculation, Donnie Wahlberg confirmed to CNN that the group had reunited with plans to record new material and to stage a tour.The following month, the group released their first single, "Summertime".
On August 12, 2008, they released their second single, "Single", featuring R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, followed by the release of the group's first studio album in fourteen years, The Block. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart and #2 on the Billboard 200 in September 2008. It was certified Gold in October 2008, in Canada.
The group's reunion tour, New Kids on the Block: Live, began at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on September 18, 2008. They are touring the US with Natasha Bedingfield and Lady GaGa as supporting act. There are seven concerts scheduled for Canada and forty-one in the US, ten in the UK, one in France and two in Germany. A NKOTB sponsored "theme" concert cruise (for their fans) is scheduled to depart Miami, FL and go to the Bahamas and return to Miami, FL from May 15-18, 2009. The New Kids have also announced an upcoming North American Summer Tour for 2009. No dates have been scheduled yet.
Left the entertainment business and began a new career in real estate. Jonathan Rashleigh Knight (born November 29, 1968) is an American singer. Along with his younger brother Jordan he is part of the musical group New Kids on the Block (NKOTB). The band also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood. Jonathan Knight is the oldest member of the group and was the first to leave the group in 1994 prior to their official disbanding.
Between 1984 and 1994, Knight was a member of an award-winning American pop group New Kids on the Block. The group went on to sell over 70 million albums worldwide before disbanding in 1994 after Knight left the group during the tour for their 1994 album Face the Music. The group originally tried to continue the tour claiming Knight had been injured by a horse before revealing they were instead disbanding in a press conference a few weeks later. Knight's early departure from the group lead to reports that some members were frustrated with the way he departed and that those feelings prevented an earlier reformation of the group.
In the spring of 2008, Knight returned to show business, reuniting with the other four members of New Kids on the Block. The band released their seventh album (and first in fourteen years), The Block, on September 2, 2008. To confirm their reunion and announce the new album, the band performed live together on May 16, 2008 for the first time in fifteen years on the Today Show.
A world tour was scheduled to follow the new release and began in Canada on September 18, 2008. The first single from the album, "Summertime", performed well worldwide peaking as #9 in Canada and breaking the top 30 in the U.S. charts (#24 as a digital download). The group released "Single", their second single from The Block in August 2008.
In the years after the group first disbanded, Knight has worked as a real estate developer living in Essex, Massachusetts and rarely made public appearances or gave interviews. In 2000, Knight revealed that he has suffered from panic attacks since his early career with New Kids On The Block. He has since sought medical help and his health had improved.
In the early 1990s, Knight was linked to teen pop singer Tiffany. Both denied dating at time, but later admitted they had a relationship.
In 1999, Knight released a self-titled solo album, Jordan Knight on Interscope Records. The album was certified gold. He also scored a top 10 hit with "Give It to You", which went platinum. That summer, Knight opened up for Nsync on their concert tour. Knight appeared on VH1's The Surreal Life in 2004, he also appeared in the Five reality show Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep, along with British comedian Syd Little and glamour model Jodie Marsh. In 2004 Knight relased his second solo album entitled "Jordan Knight Performs New Kids on the Block: The Remix Album". In 2005 Knight released his third solo album "The Fix". His most recent solo album Love Songs was released September 2006.
Jordan Knight (born Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight, May 17, 1970, Dorchester, Massachusetts) is an American singer-songwriter best known as a singer in the boy band, New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), and actor which rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s. He is best known for his distinctive falsetto style of singing, influenced by The Stylistics. After New Kids On The Block disbanded Jordan continued a solo career. He released 4 Top 40 singles, most famously for his hit song "Give It To You" in 1999 but since then he has failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 again, Jordan has also done two studio albums, one remix album and 1 EP.
Jordan Knight was just close to 14 in 1984 when he joined New Kids On The Block. The band was assembled in Boston by producer Maurice Starr. His fellow members included his brother, Jonathan Knight, as well as Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood. Over the next few years Knight began teaching himself keyboard instruments and writing songs. Maurice Starr, the New Kids' producer, who also wrote much of the New Kids material, was reluctant to add the teenager's work to the band's repertoire.
New Kids on the Block sold over 70 million albums worldwide, generated hundreds of million of dollars of concert revenues, and paved the way for later boy bands like Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. New Kids on the Block disbanded in 1994.
1999 Comeback/Solo Debut
Jordan Knight made a comeback in 1999 by releasing his first solo single "Give It To You". The single reached #10 on Billboard Hot 100, it went Platinum selling over a million singles, and was nominated for the 1999 MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video, though he lost to Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca. The single also peaked at #35 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The album Jordan Knight won an Aspire Music Award for Best Male Album (Pop). Jordan's self-titled debut album was then certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the US on July 7, 1999. The album peaked at #29 on The Billboard 200 and #9 on the Top Internet Albums chart.
The Remix Album
Knight released a remix album Jordan Knight Performs New Kids on the Block in 2004.
Donnie Wahlberg with Jordan.
Knight was a judge on the American Idol spin-off, American Juniors. He was a third season cast member on the VH1 reality television series The Surreal Life with other celebrities in 2004. He later appeared in the 2007 spin-off The Surreal Life: Fame Games, but left during the filming of the premiere episode because of the death of his maternal grandmother.
In 2005, Knight appeared on the British show Hit Me Baby One More Time, where he performed "Give It To You", as well as a cover of "Let Me Love You" by Mario.
In September 2005, he also starred in a British documentary on five in the UK called Trust Me - Im A Holiday Rep. Six celebrities spent 10 days in the role of an Olympic Holidays holiday rep in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. He initially lacked enthusiasm for the role, which he blamed to some extent on his shyness, but came to enjoy it. In his final debriefing he earned praise from the head reps, who said they would (hypothetically) offer him a job as a children's and transfer rep.
Jordan was also a celebrity appearing on Identity, hosted by Penn Jillette.
In 2005, Knight released a new EP entitled The Fix with the lead single "Where is Your Heart Tonight" which reached its peak at #12 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. He continued to tour extensively in 2005-2006 promoting his EP The Fix.
In September 2006, Knight's latest album Love Songs was released by Transcontinental Records. The first single was "Say Goodbye", a duet with Deborah Gibson, that peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
 New Kids On The Block Reunion
In 2008, New Kids On The Block officially reunited and recorded a new single "Summertime". On May 16 they performed live for the first time in 15 years on Today's Show where they announced a reunion tour and CD release. They performed again on the Today Show on September 4th, 2008 to kick off their tour. They have continued to tour in the U.S. Canada and Europe. The second single from their new release, "The Block" called "Single", a collaboration with NE-YO has reached the top 10 of several charts including the VH-1 Top 20 Countdown.
Jordan is the youngest son of Allan Knight and Marlene Putman. Other siblings: David, Sharon, Allison, Chris and Jonathan. Jordan stated on his website that because his parents were Canadians he held dual citizenship until he was 18 when he chose to be a U.S. citizen.
Jordan married longtime girlfriend Evelyn Melendez on September 12, 2004. He has two boys: Dante Jordan Knight (born August 25, 1999) and Eric Jacob Knight (born February 21, 2007).
* Jordan Knight (1999) #29 US (Gold)
* Jordan Knight Performs New Kids on the Block: The Remix Album (2004) N/A
* The Fix (2005)
* Love Songs (2006) N/A
In 1995, he completed filming the role of Matt Hucklebee in The Fantasticks which was not released until 2000. In 1999, McIntyre released a solo album, Stay the Same, on Columbia Records, scoring a top 10 hit with the album's title track. He has also released further albums Meet Joe Mac, One Too Many a live compilation album of his work a pop album 8:09, and most recently, a standards album called Talk to Me. McIntyre later became a regular on the FOX television show Boston Public and has performed in Broadway musicals including Wicked. In 2006, he was a contender on the reality show Dancing with the Stars and toured with the series in a 2006 live show. He still continues to record music and tour. In 2007, he starred in an independent film titled On Broadway and released his recent solo album, Talk to Me, was released December 20, 2006.
Joey is the youngest of nine children, (Judy, Alice, Susan, Tricia, Carol, Jean, Kate, Tommy, and Joe) in an Irish-American Catholic family. He shares the same birthday as his sister Carol. One of his sisters, Judith McIntyre, is an actress.
Just before his 12th birthday, he joined New Kids on the Block, replacing Jamie Kelly. Since the other four members of the group were already long-time school friends, he initially found it difficult to mesh with the group. The New Kids on the Block became one of the most successful boy bands to date, producing two number one albums on the US Billboard charts. In 1991, Forbes magazine listed the band as the highest-earning entertainers, beating the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson. The band eventually disbanded in 1994 following a media backlash and thus the declining sales. The band's music continues to sell overseas and the band itself is regarded as a pioneering act today.
Following the group's split, McIntyre busied himself with songwriting and sought a record deal. He made his acting debut in the film The Fantasticks, which was based on the long-running off-Broadway musical. This 1995 film, starring Joel Grey and Jean Louisa Kelly, was released in theatres five years later.
Disenchanted by his inability to find a recording contract, McIntyre used his own money to record his first solo album Stay the Same and sold it on his website. He then took his first single also entitled Stay the Same from the album to local Boston DJs, which eventually garnered the song national airplay. The combination of airplay and website sales for the single led to McIntyre signing a recording contract in 1999 with Sony Music USA, under the Columbia label which had previously been home to New Kids on the Block.
The album Stay the Same was re-released on the Sony's Work Records and sold more than a million copies around the world. The single 'Stay The Same', rose the Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at number 10. The second track of the album I Love You Came Too Late was a decent follow-up.
Also in 1999, McIntyre recorded the song Remember Me for the film Southie, which starred former band mate Donnie Wahlberg.
In 2001, he released his second solo album Meet Joe Mac, a far more serious affair than his previous release. The album however, wasn't well received and did not chart. There was only one single released from this album, 'Rain', which did not chart.
McIntyre played Jon in Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick... BOOM! for both the off-Broadway (Fall 2001) and national tour (2003) versions of the play. In 2002, he appeared for a season on the popular television show Boston Public. The following year, he released the live acoustic album One Too Many with Emanuel Kiriakou.
McIntyre and his wife Barrett married on August 9, 2003, exactly a year after they had met. His fourth solo album 8:09, released in 2004, was largely influenced by his wife. Also in 2004, McIntyre starred in the film Tony n' Tina's Wedding, which co-starred Mila Kunis.
In 2004, he played Fiyero, the leading male role in the Broadway musical Wicked for which he received mixed reviews. He replaced Norbert Leo Butz on July 20th 2004 and remained with the show until January 9th 2005 where he was later replaced by David Ayers. He also competed on the first season of the reality television show Dancing with the Stars, winning third place with dance professional partner Ashly DelGrosso.
He appeared as Fonzie in Happy Days, a musical based on the hit TV show at the Falcon Theater in Los Angeles from February 15 to March 12, 2006 and a second run from June 23 to August 13, 2006.
Beginning December 2006, he was scheduled to take part in Dancing with the Stars - The Tour with actor Joey Lawrence, pop star Drew Lachey & TV stars Lisa Rinna and her husband Harry Hamlin.().
McIntyre recently wrapped the film On Broadway, which was filmed in his hometown of Boston. He recently released an album of covers entitled Talk To Me on December 20th.
In 2007 Joey McIntyre made a view as Gary in "Christmas At Cadillac Jacks." The show played around Christmas of that year on The Hallmark Channel and other various christian channels.
McIntyre and his wife Barrett welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Griffin Thomas, on November 20, 2007 in Los Angeles.
In April 2008, it was announced that all five of the original members of New Kids on the Block were reuniting. The single 'Summertime' was released in May 2008. Their first full length album in fourteen years was released on September 2, 2008, titled The Block. On September 18, 2008, New Kids on the Block kicked off their reunion tour.
With New Kids on the Block
* 1986: New Kids on the Block - #25 US, #6 UK
* 1988: Hangin' Tough - #1 US, #1 UK
* 1989: Merry, Merry Christmas - #9 US, #13 UK
* 1990: Step by Step - #1 US, #1 UK
* 1990: No More Games: The Remix Album - #10 US, #15 UK
* 1994: Face the Music - #37 US, #36 UK
* 1999: Greatest Hits - #22 US
* 2008: The Block - #2 US, #1 CANADA
* 1998: Stay the Same (BNA label)
* 1999: Stay the Same (Sony Works release) - #49 US (Gold)
* 2001: Meet Joe Mac (Madacy label)
* 2002: One Too Many: Live From New York
* 2004: 8:09 - #50 US Independent Chart
* 2006: Talk to Me
* 1999: "Stay the Same" - #10 US (Gold), #16 US Top 40 Mainstream
* 1999: "I Love You Came Too Late" - #54 US, #28 US Top 40 Mainstream
* 2001: "Rain"
* 2004: "L.A. Blue"
* 2008: "Summertime" (w/ NKOTB)
* 2008: "Single" (w/ NKOTB)
 Theatre Productions
* 1995: Barking Sharks
* 2000-2001: Tick, Tick... BOOM!
* 2003: Tick, Tick... BOOM!
* 2005: Wicked
* 2006: Happy Days (play)
* 2000: The Fantasticks
* 2002-2003: Boston Public
* 2004: Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding
* 2006: On Broadway
* 2007: Christmas At Cadillac Jacks
He started a Boston-based record label, and did some producing and performing, but for the most part he remained out of the spotlight. He was featured in MTV's follow up to Totally Scott-Lee called Totally Boyband, as a member of a new group with other former boyband members called Upper Street. With D-Fuse, he released a 1999 album called Room Full of Smoke. In 2003, he released Second Face, followed by the 2007 album Coming Home.
Daniel William Wood Jr. (born 14 May 1969, Boston, Massachusetts) is a singer, songwriter, record producer and occasional actor. He is also a member of the "original" boy band New Kids on the Block and also serves as one of the key choreographers.
After New Kids on the Block disbanded in 1994, Wood decided to pursue a solo career. He released his first solo album on 22 July 2003. It was called Second Face, all the songs of which were produced by Wood and his friend, Pete Masitti. In 1999 he released an album "Room Full Of Smoke" as D-Fuse, and in 2008 he released Coming Home. Now he is working on his new album Coming Home 2: To Heather MacDonald. The first single released on Coming Home 2: To Heather MacDonald is "Oh My Heather MacDonald". Coming Home 2: To Heather MacDonald should be released sometime in 2009.
Wood operates his own record label called Damage Records.
* D-Fuse : Room Full Of Smoke (1999)
* D-Wood : Room Full Of Smoke Vol. 2 (2003)
* Second Face (2003)
* O.F.D : Of Dorchester (Acoustic Tour Exclusive) (2003)
* Coming Home (2008)
* Coming Home 2: To Heather MacDonald (2009)
* "What If" (2003)
* "When The Lights Go Out" (2003)
* "Different Worlds" (2003)
* "Oh My Heather MacDonald" (2009)
After his work within New Kids on the Block Wood started to take on acting and his first film was Thank You, Good Night, a story about four musicians struggling to succeed in their personal and professional lives. He has also worked within Deveria and I-15. He also appeared in Tequila Express.
Wood featured in MTV's follow up to Totally Scott-Lee called Totally Boyband, featuring in a new group with other former boyband members such as Dane Bowers. The band's name was Upper Street with a single charting at #35, but the charting did not meet the expectations therefore Upper Street has officially disbanded.
In the summer of 2008, Wood had reunited with the members of New Kids On The Block, following a successful new album and concert tour.
Has followed in the footsteps of his brother Mark Wahlberg, forging a career in acting and appeared in movies such as Ransom (1996), Southie (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), the Saw film series, and the critically acclaimed mini-series Band of Brothers. He has starred in two short-lived television series: Boomtown and Runaway. In 2006, he appeared in Annapolis opposite James Franco. In 2007, he starred opposite John Leguizamo on the TV series The Kill Point. The pair went on to star opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the 2008 film Righteous Kill.Donnie Wahlberg
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Donnie Wahlberg, photo taken during the meet and greet that took place before the NKOTB concert in Uncasville on September 30th 2008.
Born Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr.
August 17, 1969 (1969-08-17) (age 39)
Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other name(s) Donnie
Spouse(s) Kim Fey (1999 - 2008) (divorced) 2 children
Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. (born August 17, 1969) is an American singer, actor and film producer. He is a member of the popular 1980s and 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block and is the older brother of fellow actor/musician Mark Wahlberg. His background includes music, feature films, and television. Donnie has been notably recognized in his roles in the Saw films, Boomtown and Righteous Kill.
He was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, as the eighth of nine children, with older siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, and Tracey, Michelle, Debbie, and younger sibling Mark. He also has three half siblings from his fathers first marriage, Donna, Scott and Buddy. His mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse's aid, and his father, the late Donald Edmund Wahlberg,Sr. was a teamster who worked as a delivery driver; the two divorced in 1982. He has mostly Irish, and some Swedish and French Canadian ancestry.
Wahlberg began performing in plays as early as the first grade. In high school, he attended a theatre arts program and became involved in theatre, acting, writing, and directing plays.
At age fifteen, Wahlberg joined New Kids on the Block and in a few years they went from playing at high school parties to becoming a pop music sensation. Donnie was known as the "bad boy" of the group and was known to curse during live performances on awards shows. In March 1991 he was arrested and charged with first degree arson. He was accused of starting a hotel on fire with a molotov cocktail fire bomb. In the 2001 New Kids on the Block E! True Hollywood story, bandmembers Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight revealed Donnie had only set off a fire extinguisher. The white smoke from it caused guests to panic, culminating in the arson charge. These charges were later reduced then dropped because he agreed to do public service commercials. In 1990, Wahlberg scored a hit on the Top 100 with "The Right Combination", a duet with Japanese pop star Seiko Matsuda who was attempting to cross over to North America from the Japanese market.
After New Kids on the Block broke up in 1994, Wahlberg focused on writing and producing for his younger brother, Mark Wahlberg who at the time was best known as the leader of the hiphop band "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch." Both Wahlberg brothers soon began successful careers as actors.
Wahlberg's first film appearance as an actor was in the 1996 film Bullet with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. Also in 1996, he appeared as a kidnapper in over his head in Ransom with Mel Gibson. Wahlberg received attention for his role in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense, playing the distraught patient of Bruce Willis's character in the opening sequence. This role was originally intended for a 13-year-old boy until Wahlberg met with writer and director M. Night Shyamalan to inquire about obtaining the rights for a theatre production and ended up getting the pivotal role.
In 2001, Wahlberg co-starred as First Sergeant C. Carwood Lipton in the Emmy Award-winning television miniseries Band of Brothers. Wahlberg also starred in the 20022003 NBC drama series Boomtown as Joel Stevens, an intense Los Angeles police detective struggling to keep his troubled home life private while remaining dedicated to facing the challenges of his daily work life. Graham Yost, executive producer and writer of Boomtown, had worked with Wahlberg in Band of Brothers and was so impressed by his performance that he wrote the role of Joel Stevens specifically for him.
2003 was also the year that Wahlberg starred alongside Timothy Olyphant and Jason Lee as the mentally challenged Duddits in William Goldman and Lawrence Kasdan's adaptation of the Stephen King alien-invasion thriller, Dreamcatcher. In 2005, Wahlberg starred as Detective Eric Matthews in the second installment of the Saw series. He reprised the role in Saw III in 2006, Saw IV in 2007 and Saw V in 2008.
In 2006, Wahlberg also played the significant role of Lieutenant Commander Burton in the military/boxing drama, Annapolis. In September 2006, he had the lead role of the short-lived television drama Runaway on The CW. The show was cancelled in October 2006 due to poor ratings. In 2007, he starred alongside Jason Gedrick, Ricardo Chaivera, and Nadine Velazquez in the television movie Kings of South Beach on A&E.
In 2008, he appeared in Righteous Kill co-starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; future roles include co-starring in "What Doesn't Kill You" with Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Peet.
In the spring of 2008, New Kids on the Block reunited. The band released The Block in September 2008 and is currently on a world tour.
Wahlberg is a body art enthusiast; he has had his left ear pierced four times, as well as piercings in his left nostril and his left nipple. He also has a tattoo of his family crest on his left arm.
Wahlberg is one of the "famous faces" due to being a regular player on the online poker website Hollywood Poker which is run in conjunction with Ongame Network. He is also a prominent celebrity poker player, appearing in World Poker Tour tournaments and can be found at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
Wahlberg is a Boston Celtics fan, as he can be seen attending the games and joining Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman announcing the game as a special guest. His favorite book is The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.
Donnie married Kim Fey on August 20, 1999. They have two sons, Xavier Alexander Wahlberg (born March 4, 1993) and Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg (born August 20, 2001). Donnie & Kim separated in January 2008, and filed jointly for divorce on August 13, 2008.
* Bullet (1996) as "Big Balls" (street name) Shelby Horne
* Ransom (1996) as Cubby Barnes
* Black Circle Boys (1996) as Greggo
* Body Count (1996) as Booker
* Butter (1998) as Rick Damon
* The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998) (TV) as Mr. Grey
* Southie (1998) as Danny Quinn
* Purgatory (1999), as Deputy Glen/Billy The Kid
* The Sixth Sense (1999), as Vincent Grey
* The Practice (2000) (TV)(1 episode, "Settling") as Patrick Rooney
* Bullfighter (2000), as Chollo
* Diamond Men (2000), as Bobby Walker
* Big Apple (2001) (TV)(7 episodes)as Chris Scott
* Triggermen (2002), as Hitman Terry Mulloy
* Band of Brothers (2001), television miniseries, as 101st Airborne second lieutenant Carwood Lipton
* Dreamcatcher (2003), as Douglas "Duddits" Cavell
* Boomtown (20022003), television series, as Detective Joel Stevens
* Saw II (2005), as Detective Eric Matthews
* Saw III (2006), as Detective Eric Matthews
* Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2006), as Detective Ipswitch
* Annapolis (2006), as Burton
* Runaway (2006), (TV series), as Paul Rader
* The Path to 9/11 (2006), television miniseries, as Detective Kirk
* Kings of South Beach (2007), as Detective Andy
* Dead Silence (2007), as Detective Jim Lipton
* Saw IV (2007), as Detective Eric Matthews
* The Kill Point (2007), (TV series), as Detective Horst Cali
* Turok (video game) (2008), as Shepherd
* Righteous Kill (2008), as Detective Ted Reily
* What Doesn't Kill You (2008), as Detective Moran
* Saw V (2008), as Detective Eric Matthews (flashback sequence)
* Main article: New Kids on the Block discography
* 1986: New Kids on the Block
* 1988: Hangin' Tough
* 1989: Merry, Merry Christmas
* 1990: Step by Step
* 1990: No More Games/The Remix Album
* 1991: H.I.T.S.
* 1994: Face the Music
* 1999: Greatest Hits
* 2001: Super Hits
* 2008: Greatest Hits - Re-Release
* 2008: The Block