Plus: Fans can vote for their favorite country star, Busta Rhymes talks about his new single, and more

By People Staff
May 02, 2008 06:50 PM

It’s been 14 years since the New Kids on the Block have released a song – and on May 13 fans will be able to hear whether it was worth the wait when the band’s new single “Summertime” will be available online. (Check PEOPLE.com for an early sample of the tune on Monday, May 5.) Then, on May 17, Joey McIntyre, 36, Donnie Wahlberg, 38, Danny Wood, 38, and Jordan, 37, and Jonathan Knight, 39, will kick-off their new tour at New York radio station Z100’s Zootopia concert at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The band will perform live the day before on The Today Show – the first time NKOTB have performed live since they split in 1994.

Country music fans can cast their click at voteacm.com for their favorite entertainer of the year: Kenny Chesney (last year’s winner), Brad Paisley, George Straitt, Keith Urban or Rascal Flatts are all up for the honor. For the first time the public has a say in who wins. Votes will be tallied right up to the last hour of the May 18 awards show, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on CBS.

Busta Rhymes, Linkin Park and the producers Cool & Dre teamed up on Busta’s new anthem “We Made It” from on his upcoming album, Blessed, out July 1. The song isn’t “exploiting what we usually exploit in hip-hop: the ass, throwing money, rims on the car. At this time in my career, it felt like something was needed, something inspirational,” Busta told MTV.com. “It speaks to the man in the struggle from the ‘hood to the upper echelon.” The hip-hop artist, who was charged with assault in January, had originally called the album Back on My Bull—-, but changed it to Blessed. “It was the perfect way of giving thanks to how blessed I really have been. My last two years have been unnecessarily rigorous. A bunch of unpleasant things have been going on. Just getting past all of that, I felt I was truly blessed.

What do you get when you’re filming a movie with Angelina Jolie in the Czech Republic? If you’re Common, a club-banging summer album meant to take over DJ booths around the world. “I was filming Wanted in Prague, and thought, ‘I want my music here,'” said the rapper at a recent NYC listening party for his new album, Invincible Summer, due out in mid-July. The quintessential summer album will surprise Common fans with its dance tunes like “Universal Mind Control,” produced by The Neptunes. “Who cares about being the number-one MC?” says the rapper, who has been spotted out with Serena Williams. “It’s just about music that feels good. It’s a great feeling to see people dancing and smiling to your music. And I want my daughter to be able to rap to my songs – but not ‘Sex for Sugar’!”

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