10 (New Kids on the Block album)

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10
Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)
Genre Pop, dance-pop, pop rock
Length 49:10 (standard edition)
Label The Block/Boston Five
Producer Deekay, Brent Paschke, Gabe Lopez, New Kids on the Block (exec.)
New Kids on the Block chronology
The Block
(2008)
10
(2013)
Singles from 10
  1. "Remix (I Like The)"
    Released: January 28, 2013
  2. "The Whisper"
    Released: August 1, 2013

10 is the sixth studio album by New Kids on the Block, it was released on April 2, 2013. This is the band's first studio album since 2008's The Block, as well as their first album released independently after departing from Interscope Records. The album title refers to it being their tenth album release in the US (including compilation albums).[1] The album made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number 6 and number 1 on the Top Independent Albums.

Background and development[edit]

On January 22, 2013, the group appeared on The View and announced that they were going to release a new single titled "Remix (I Like The)" on January 28 and a new album titled 10 would be released on April 2, 2013. During the show, they also announced that they were going to tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men as their opening acts in summer 2013.[2] On February 6, the band released the official track listing for the album's standard edition on their official website.

They released the second single, "The Whisper" on August 1, 2013. The video features footage from their recently ended The Package Tour.[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The album met mixed to positive reviews from critics, On review site Metacritic gave the album a score of 52 out of 100, indicating mixed or average review.[4] On a positive side, The Huffington Post gave the album a positive review, complimenting the album's modern tastes, swaying hooks, and sensitive lyrics.[5] Artist Direct gave the album 5 out of 5 stars stating that the album feels unequivocally and undeniably "new".[6] Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three stars out of five, complimenting on the albums cleanly produced, tuneful, middle-of-the road pop.[7] A negative review came from Idolator reviewer Mike Wass criticized the albums outdated dance pop and over weighed ballads and gave the album a 2.5 out of 5 stars.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, becoming the group's sixth top 10 ten album.[9] 10 sold 48,000 copies in its first week, New Kids on the Block's second-best first-week sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Deekay, except "Back to Life" and "Now or Never" produced by Brent Paschke with additional production by Gabe Lopez.

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "We Own Tonight"   Lars Halvor Jensen, Johannes Jørgensen, Daniel Klein, J.B. Gill Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight,, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg 3:20
2. "Remix (I Like The)"   Jensen, Jørgensen, Lemar Obika Wahlberg, McIntyre 3:18
3. "Take My Breath Away"   James Fauntleroy, Jørgensen, Oritsé Williams Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg 4:01
4. "Wasted on You"   Thomas Andersson, Tim McEwan Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg 3:38
5. "Fighting Gravity"   Jensen, Jess Cates, Jørgensen Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg, Wood 4:06
6. "Miss You More"   Jensen, Jørgensen, Donnie Wahlberg Jordan Knight, Wahlberg (rap) 4:03
7. "The Whisper"   Jørgensen, Andy Love, Marcus Winther-John Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg 4:42
8. "Jealous (Blue)"   Jensen, Martin Michael Larsson, Jamie Scott Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg 3:22
9. "Crash"   Jensen, Marlin "Hookman" Bonds, Larsson Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg, Danny Wood 4:08
10. "Back to Life"   Gabe Lopez, Joey McIntyre, Brent Paschke, Drew Ryan Scott Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg 3:44
11. "Now or Never"   Lopez, McIntyre, Paschke, Scott Jordan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg, Wood 3:28
12. "Survive You"   Jensen, Larsson, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold, Nina Woodford Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, McIntyre, Wahlberg, Wood 7:16
13. "Let's Go Out With a Bang" (hidden track at 3:43)   McIntyre, Wood (speech), Jordan Knight  

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[14] 129
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 8
Danish Albums Chart[16] 21
Dutch Albums Chart[17] 39
German Albums Chart[18] 45
Japanese Albums Chart[19] 91
Spanish Albums Chart[20] 80
UK Albums Chart[21] 47
US Billboard 200[9] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenstadter, Dave (6 February 2013). "New Kids On the Block's Jordan Knight calls Milton 'The Promised Land'". Boston.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (22 January 2013). "NKOTB Recruit Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees For 'Package' Summer Tour". MTV. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1GmnTTP9sE
  4. ^ "10 reviews-Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  5. ^ "'10' review: New Kids On The Block Return With A 'Catchy Pop' Album". Huffington Post. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  6. ^ "New Kids on the Block '10' album review". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  7. ^ "'10' New Kids on the Block album". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  8. ^ "Album review: '10'". Idolator. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  9. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (10 April 2013). "Justin Timberlake Earns Third Week at No. 1, Band Perry Debuts at No. 2". Billboard. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Trust, Gary (11 April 2013). "New Kids On The Block: Staying 'Together Forever' (Video)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
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  12. ^ "New Kids on the Block - 10 - Only at Target". Target.com. 
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  15. ^ "New Kids on the Block - Chart history for Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Album Top-40". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music Control. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "New Kids On The Block - 10" (in Dutch). Dutch Albums Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Album - New Kids On The Block, 10" (in German). Media Control GfK International. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  19. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/120104/ranking/cd_album/
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  21. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". UK Albums Chart. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 April 2013.