Joey McIntyre Reaches Back To The '80s For Solo Debut

After drawing a throng of fans at an in-store appearance in Milwaukee earlier this month, former New Kids on the Block vocalist Joey McIntyre has now given them something to cheer about.

McIntyre's new single, "Stay the Same," entered this week's SoundScan singles charts at number 18, selling more than 20,000 copies in the process, and the song marks McIntyre's first noticeable chart success since NKOTB's single, "If You Go Away," reached the Top 20 some seven years ago.

"Stay the Same" is also the title track of McIntyre's forthcoming new album, and he told MTV News that the record's roots are buried deep in the soil of '80s pop.

"I started writing [the album] 2 years ago," McIntyre said, "so the stuff is like ... I'm still inspired by Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson and the songs that I grew up with during the '80s. Really good pop tunes. That's how I write. You can understand

the lyrics and you can sing along with them, but it's cool. I've never written [songs] before, so it's kind of hard to describe." [28.8 RealVideo]

McIntyre's solo debut is set to arrive in stores on March 16.