Today in 1989, New Kids On The Block scored their second US No.1 single with ‘Hangin’ Tough‘. The group also went to No.1 on the US album chart on this day with ‘Hangin Tough’.
With sales of more than seventeen million copies worldwide to date, Hangin’ Tough became the group’s best-selling album so far.
Five consecutive singles were released from Hangin’ Tough. The lead single “Please Don’t Go Girl” was released in April 1988. The song became a major hit on radio stations nationwide and became their first top-ten single inBillboard Hot 100, peaking at number ten. The second single was “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, a worldwide hit which peaked at number three on the Billboard charts. “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)”, a ballad, was the third single released and became their first number-one in Billboard Hot 100. The title track was released next and also reached number one. “Cover Girl” was the fifth released; it peaked at number two.
Hangin’ Tough won two American Music Awards in January 1990—the “Favorite Pop/Rock Album” and “Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group”, beating up Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl & Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel in Favorite Pop/Rock Album category, and Bon Jovi & Milli Vanilli in Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group category.