The Block (album)

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The Block
Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released September 2, 2008 (U.S., Canada)
September 8, 2008 (UK)
September 10, 2008 (Japan)
September 12, 2008 (Germany, Brazil)
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop, dance-pop, R&B, blue-eyed soul, pop rock
Length 60:43 (deluxe edition)
Label Interscope
Producer Hakim Abdoulsamad, Nasri Atweh, Polow da Don, Fernando Garibay, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Jimmy Iovine (exec.), Adida Kavarro, Martin Kierszenbaum (exec.), Emanuel Kiriakou, Adam Messinger, Ne-Yo, Aaron "AP" Pearce, RedOne, Teddy Riley, Rick Rock, Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Timbaland, Donnie Wahlberg (also exec.)
New Kids on the Block chronology
Face the Music
(1994)
The Block
(2008)
10
(2013)
Singles from The Block
  1. "Summertime"
    Released: May 13, 2008
  2. "Single"
    Released: August 12, 2008
  3. "Dirty Dancing"
    Released: December 19, 2008
  4. "2 in the Morning"
    Released: February 23, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (51/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club C+[3]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C-[5]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[6]
The Observer 2/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[9]
Virgin Media 3.5/5 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music UK 4/10 stars[11]

The Block is the fifth studio album by New Kids on the Block. The album was released on September 2, 2008, along with a deluxe edition that included four bonus tracks. It sold 100,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at number one on the U.S. Top Pop Albums chart and at number two on the Billboard 200. Several artists collaborated on the album, such as Ne-Yo, Lady Gaga, The Pussycat Dolls, Akon, Teddy Riley and New Edition.

The first official single from the album is "Summertime" and the song was released on May 13, 2008.[12] The second official single titled "Single" featuring Ne-Yo was released on August 12, 2008. The third single "Dirty Dancing" was released on December 19. The single was the album's most successful single in Europe and Canada, peaking at number 31 and reaching the number-one position on the CHUM Chart in Toronto on February 21, 2009 after twelve weeks on the chart. The album's fourth single, "2 in the Morning", was officially released February 23, 2009 in the United States and the United Kingdom.

It is the group's first studio album in fourteen years since Face the Music.

Release and reception[edit]

The Block was released on September 2, 2008 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Album Chart and at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies in its first week of release.[13] As of April 2013, the album had sold 332,000 copies in the United States.[14] On the Canadian Albums Chart, the album debuted at number one, becoming their first and only number-one album there. It sold 9,000 copies in its first week.[15] The Block has been certified gold in Canada.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Click Click Click"   Aliaune Thiam, Hakim Abdoulsamad, Nasri Atweh, Donnie Wahlberg Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Hakim Abdoulsamad, Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger 3:44
2. "Single" (New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo) Jamal Jones, Shaffer Smith Polow da Don, Ne-Yo (co.) 3:55
3. "Big Girl Now" (featuring Lady Gaga) RedOne, Wahlberg, Jordan Knight RedOne 3:28
4. "Summertime"   Wahlberg, Abdulsamad, Atweh Hakim Abdoulsamad 3:22
5. "2 in the Morning"   Emanuel Kiriakou, Kasia Livingston, Wahlberg, Zukhan Bey Emanuel Kiriakou 3:25
6. "Grown Man" (featuring The Pussycat Dolls and Teddy Riley) Dejanee Riley, Adida Kavarro, Richard Stanard, Tyler Thurmond, Don Covay Teddy Riley, Adida Kavarro (co.) 3:00
7. "Dirty Dancing"   RedOne, Wahlberg, Joaquin Bynum RedOne 3:37
8. "Sexify My Love"   RedOne, Wahlberg, Atweh RedOne 3:31
9. "Twisted"   Timothy Mosley, Jerome Harmon, James Fauntleroy II Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon 3:09
10. "Full Service" (featuring New Edition) RedOne, Wahlberg, Lady Gaga RedOne 3:56
11. "Lights, Camera, Action"   Jones, Brian Kennedy, Cornell Haynes, Jasper Cameron, Lloyd Polite Polow da Don 3:05
12. "Put It on My Tab" (featuring Akon) RedOne, Wahlberg, Atweh, Thiam RedOne 3:55
13. "Stare at You"   Atweh, Wahlberg, Adam Messinger, Knight Nasri Atweh, Donnie Wahlberg, Adam Messinger 3:33

Re-recordings[edit]

  • "Lights, Camera, Action" was re-recorded with the Pussycat Dolls performing the primary vocals and is included on the deluxe edition of their Doll Domination album.
  • "Lights, Camera, Action' was also re-recorded for Lloyd's mixtape Lessons In Love 2.0.
  • The demo for "Single" appears as the third track on Ne-Yo's album Year of the Gentleman
  • "Click Click Click" was originally a song written, produced, and recorded by Nasri.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 69
Canadian Albums Chart[18] 1
German Albums Chart[17] 21
Japanese Albums Chart[19] 170
Swiss Albums Chart[17] 73
UK Albums Chart[17] 16
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums[21] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Block Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Block - New Kids on the Block : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Battaglia, Andy (September 15, 2008). "New Kids On The Block: The Block". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Levine, Nick (September 8, 2008). "New Kids On The Block: 'The Block'". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Fonseca, Nicholas (August 29, 2008). "The Block Review". Entertainment Weekly (September 5, 2008) (#1008). Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael; Lewis, Randy; Weiss, Jeff (September 2, 2008). "They're hangin' tough". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Boden, Sarah (September 14, 2008). "Pop review: New Kids on the Block, The Block". The Observer. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Joseph, Mike (October 16, 2008). "New Kids on the Block: The Block". PopMatters. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (August 28, 2008). "New Kids on the Block: The Block". Slant Magazine. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Dee, Johnny. "New Kids On The Block: The Block review". Virgin Media. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ Gennoe, Dan (September 16, 2008). "New Kids On The Block - The Block". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Finan, Eileen; Jordan, Julie (January 26, 2008). "New Kids On The Block Stage Comeback". People. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ Hasty, Katie (10 September 2008). "Young Jeezy Nets Second Album Chart-Topper". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (2 April 2013). "New Kids on the Block's Knight: Band Has 'Gone Back Home On This Album'". Billboard. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Williams, John. "New Kids return to No. 1". Canoe Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gold and Platinum". Cria.ca. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  17. ^ a b c d "New Kids On The Block - The Block - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  18. ^ HMV Canada: "All Hope is Gone" by Slipknot tops CD sales list
  19. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/120104/ranking/cd_album/
  20. ^ Hasty, Katie (September 3, 2008). "Slipknot Edges The Game Atop Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  21. ^ "New Kids on the Block - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 

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