The group New Kids on the Block was formed in 1988 by producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange and featured five future stars: Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jr., Joey McIntyre and Kid Cudi. The group signed a solo recording contract with Epic Records and released their self-titled debut album in 1991. The album eventually sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best selling albums of the 1990s and earning the group six MTV Video Music Awards.New Kids on the Block released their second album, ‘Hangin’ Tough’, in 1993. The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA and eventually went on to sell over 10 million copies in the United States alone. In 1994, the group released their third album ‘Step by Step’ which won Wide Awake (EP) (1993), Breakout (EP) (1993), Bad Boys (EP) (1994), Step by Step (Album) (1994).The group’s fourth and fifth albums both went to number one on the Billboard 200, with third album ‘Diary’ and second album ‘Face 2 Face’ respectively. New Kids on the Block’s eighth extended play ‘Hands in Your Pockets’ was released in November 2015 under a Sony label. On March 11th 2016 it became their 8th number 1 extended play.’
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Why did Mark Wahlberg leave New Kids on the Block?
The singer of New Kids on the Block, Don’t Stop Believin’, Mark Wahlberg, had left the band in 1995 to pursue a solo career.Wahlberg revealed in a January 2006 interview that he had left New Kids on the Block to pursue his solo career:I took a chance and I went out on my own and I had a manager, like all the young kids do, who connected me with people and said, Hey look, why dont you start talking to this person? You guys would be great together. Give them a call. Thats how it all happened. They were just looking for something different going on in the band; they needed something different. So I went out and made my own album and then came back. But it was very hard at first; I never thought that would happen once I left. Never. But that was what I had to do to get where I wanted to be, so it wasnt so bad.’