Fact: New Kids On The Block and Rick Astley are to headline the second annual iHeart80s Party in San Jose, California. The two acts will be joined by UB40, Men at Work's Colin Hay, Starship, Eddie Money and Night Ranger. The show, hosted by original MTV videojock Martha Quinn, will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose on 28 January (17). Last year's inaugural show, featuring Tears For Fears, Culture Club and Billy Idol, was a big hit and sold out in minutes.
Fact: Rapper 50 Cent was an unlikely special guest during boy band veterans New Kids On The Block's show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday (21Jun15), when he joined the group for a rendition of his hit In Da Club. Bandmember Donnie Wahlberg and 50 Cent previously worked together on 2008 crime drama Righteous Kill.
Quote: "The New Kids are (contributing $10,000) that I put them on the spot for, and I'll (donate) my own extra $10,000. That's $20,000 for TLC." New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg reveals he has personally doubled the amount he initially pledged from his band to Tlc's album crowdfunding campaign after making the impromptu promise on live Tv on Tuesday (20Jan15), when the pop group announced plans to tour with the Waterfalls hitmakers and rapper Nelly this summer (15).
Quote: "This is probably going to be the most time that we've been together continually. I don't know if I am looking forward to that much time together with him. It's going to be interesting." New Kids On The Block star Jonathan Knight is nervous about spending more than three weeks travelling with his boyfriend Harley Rodriguez as they compete on U.S. reality show, The Amazing Race. The programme pits 11 teams of two against each other in a race across the globe to vie for a grand cash prize. The new season of The Amazing Race will premiere in America on 25 February (15).
Fact: New Kids On The Block turned house band on Tuesday (20Jan15) as they took up residence at the ABC studios of U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly And Michael. The pop stars opened and closed the show with musical performances and entertained the studio audience during commercial breaks to promote their upcoming summer tour, The Main Event, with R&B group TLC and rapper Nelly.
Quote: "We're real with our fans and we get to be rock stars for them and they get to be 13-year-old girls again." New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre on his band's longevity in the music business after 30 years. They received the 2,530th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday (09Oct14).
Fact: New Kids On The Block are to be honoured with the 2,530th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The veteran boy bandmates will unveil their plaque on 9 October (14).
Fact: A new docu-series that focuses on a week-long New Kids On The Block fan cruise has been picked up by bosses U.S. cable network Tvgn. The eight-episode Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block will air later this year (14).
Quote: "I love him (Donnie Wahlberg) so much, I wanna start clean (sic). I don't need any ghosts from Christmas past coming to haunt me." Actress and Tv personality Jenny McCarthy has changed her cell phone number to ensure she doesn't get any unexpected calls from ex-boyfriends after announcing her engagement to New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg. The bride-to-be previously dated actor Jim Carrey and American footballer Brian Urlacher, who she split from in 2012.
Fact: New Kids On The Block have become the latest act to line up a series of concerts in Las Vegas - the grown-up boy band will play four shows at The Axis in Planet Hollywood in July (14). Announcing the news on Wednesday (26Mar14), singer Donnie Wahlberg said, "It’s central enough to everyone in the country: north, south, east, and west can all converge in Sin City with Nkotb. And we will certainly make it worth their while!”
Quote: "There's no immediate plans (to get married) right now, but a girl can dream... If I marry Donnie I also know I'll be marrying all the Blockheads (fans), which I welcome completely." Tv personality Jenny McCarthy is ready to tie the knot with New Kids On The Block heartthrob Donnie Wahlberg.
Fact: New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg celebrated the start of 2014 by planting a kiss on girlfriend Jenny MCCarthy's lips on live Tv. The actress and Tv personality has rung in the past three New Years by kissing random men in Times Square, New York as part of ABC's televised coverage and this year she bid farewell to the past year by smooching the pop star and actor.
Fact: Jenny McCarthy will be taking her boyfriend to work with her for her debut on U.S. Tv talk show The View on Monday (09Sep13) - New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg will be her first guest. The couple started dating earlier this year (13) after actor/singer Wahlberg appeared as a guest on MCCarthy's late-night show and they made their official red carpet debut as a couple at a Dancing With the Stars charity event last month (Aug13).
Fact: New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg and actress/model Jenny McCarthy took their romance to the red carpet on Saturday (24Aug13) by showing up hand-in-hand at a Dancing with the Stars charity event. The couple hooked up earlier this summer (13) when singer/actor Wahlberg appeared on MCCarthy's late-night U.S. talk show, and they went public with the relationship at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois.
Fact: Former Full House actresses Candace Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber realised a teenage dream on Friday (05Jul13) as they met the members of boy band New Kids On The Block backstage at their concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Bure shared a number of photos from the meeting via her Instagram.com blog, with one caption reading, "Best Night Ever".
Fact: Pop stars New Kids On The Block attended a pizza party at the home of a devoted fan on Sunday (02Jun13) as part of a radio contest. The lucky winner hosted the singers and 35 friends at her home in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Fact: It was a boy band bonanza on Rockefeller Plaza in New York on Friday (31May13) as New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men all performed for fans as part of U.S. breakfast show Today's Summer Concert Series. The three groups are all heading out on The Package Tour, which kicks off in Connecticut on Friday night.
Tweet: "On plane to Boston- still at gate. Pilot just told us that there is a swarm of bees in the cargo bay & they have to call a bee keeper! Wha?!" New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre suffers an unexpected delay on a flight to Boston, Massachusetts.
Quote: "I quit drinking six years ago. Drinking had become a bad habit and tough love is what helped me out. Today, the guys would slap it out of my hand if they saw me with a drink." New Kids On The Block star Jordan Knight is feeling good as he celebrates six years of sobriety.
Quote: "The holiday theme in a house full of nine kids in Boston was survival of the fittest. It was like a platoon camped out in our living room. But we were lucky to have each other. There were lots of good times, in between all the fights." New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre on his family Christmases growing up.
Fact: New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre's new festive solo album, Come Home For Christmas, features a duet with gay Sex & The City star Mario Cantone on the holiday standard Baby, It's Cold Outside.
Quote: "It's nice if we get a few days of rain. I make believe it's snow and make a fire. I also have my tradition of grilled ham and cheese on challah raisin bread by the fire with a good glass of red wine. Other than that I miss Boston desperately during the holidays." New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre on how he gets ready for Christmas in sunny California.
Fact: A pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers signed by all the members of the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block fetched $16,100 (£10,062.50) for environmental organisation Global Green Usa on Monday (19Sep11). Nick Carter placed the shoes on auction website Ebay.com last week (begs12Sep11).
Quote: "There are people who actually thought it happened too soon, in fact. At least early on.... There were definitely people early on who were kinda scratching their heads over it - until we started to do things together. Now that the tour's up and running... it's worked magically." New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg admits not everyone thought the idea of collaborating with fellow boyband Backstreet Boys was a good one.
Quote: 'He wanted to come on the tour with us and we all thought it was a great match. It's a big, exciting event. We're all pulling a lot of things together." Nick Carter on taking Glee star Matthew Morrison on the road with the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block this summer (11)
Quote: "We have a big brother-little brother thing. But Nick (Carter)'s my favourite." New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg insists going on tour with the Backstreet Boys will be like a big family gathering.
Fact: New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys are giving fans an early "glimpse" of their massive joint tour next year (11) by teaming up to perform on DICk Clark's annual New Year's Eve (31Dec) special.
Quote: "My eldest son is in a band. They play very dark, mosh pit music. He'll come home with the big earrings with the holes through it." New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg's boy is following his father into the music industry.
Quote: "I'm not jealous. If I was, I'd never have helped him get into the industry. I'd much rather visit him in a mansion than a prison cell, which is where he was heading. When he has a movie premiere, I go and sit with him and give him feedback." New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg insists he is proud of his younger brother MARK's success as an actor.
Fact: The reunited New Kids On The Block have recorded a new single, called SINGLE, with hitmaker NE-YO.
Fact: New Kids On The Block star DANNY WOOD has an impressive sideline job - he's the vice-president of sales for exclusive charter airplane company Halcyon Jets.
Fact: Former New Kids On The Block singer JOEY MCINTYRE and his wife BARRETT have named their son GRIFFIN THOMAS MCINTYRE. The couple welcomed their new addition last Wednesday (21Nov07).
Fact: Former New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg's new TV drama RUNAWAY has become the first show cancelled on new US TV network CW. The Sunday night show has been scrapped due to declining ratings.
Fact: Boy band New Kids On The Block performed a low-key show at Deer Island Prison, Massachusetts, before their career took off - as a favour to Donnie Wahlberg's incarcerated brother MARK, who was serving time there.