The New Kids on the Block have released a new song! Methinks that ship has sailed, but who knows. Maybe they can have some amazing comeback. Here’s more from NY Mag:
Wait, you weren’t aware that two of the most commercially successful teen-pop acts of all-time had freakishly morphed into one nostalgia-preying superbeast known as NKOTBSB? Well — yes, they have. And their first single, “Don’t Turn Off the Lights” — which first got out via shaky fan footage when they performed it on their joint cruise (!!!) a few months back — is now here. First it reminded us of Enrique Iglesias’s similarly themed “Don’t Turn Off the Lights,” and then it reminded us of Five’s different-but-still-totally-great “When the Lights Go Out,” but now we’re mostly thinking that it’s like one of DJ Khaled’s overstuffed posse cuts, where roughly fifteen famous rappers have to share the same four minutes of verse time. Because, practically speaking, how do you decide these things? The press shot, above, alternates NKOTB with BSB — is that general etiquette with the allocation of lyrics? Who gets to sing lead on the chorus? What is the unspoken hierarchy?
Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone, but NKOTB singer Jonathan Knight has officially come out of the closet. He confirmed his sexuality on the band’s official website:
“I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago. I never knew that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay! Apparently the pre requisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption ‘I am gay’. I apologize for not doing so if this is what was expected! My belief is that you live your life by example, and not by a caption on a magazine! If there ever has been any confusion about my sexuality, then you are someone that doesn’t even know me!I love living my life being open and honest, but at this time I choose not to discuss my private life any further! My fellow band members don’t discuss their private lives with their loved ones and I don’t feel that just because I am gay, I should have to discuss mine!”
Jonathan was sort of outed earlier last week – by fellow 80’s star, Tiffany. When asked if she ever had a relationship with one of the boys while touring with them – she said:
“The quiet one, the shy one. [He] became gay later. I didn’t do it. I had issues with that. I was thinking maybe I did. Now looking back when we were dating, he was so much fun. We used to do facials together. He was so easy to talk to.”
Recent reports suggested the group had held secret talks with the pop legends about a collaboration on their comeback album.
Wahlberg was quoted as saying, “It’s very exciting. It’s one big party and everyone wants to join us.”
But the singer insists the quote was made up, posting the following comment on the band’s blog: “We are not recording with Michael Jackson and/or Madonna. We never claimed to be, either. Good fun reading about it though!”