Tomorrow is the Backstreet Boys’ 20th(!) anniversary. Yep, BSB has been around for two decades, and I have been a die-hard fan for pretty much that entire time. In fact, at one point my deep love for AJ McLean even informed my religious beliefs (I prayed every night for his hand in marriage). It seems like every week a new boy band emerges and then fades into obscurity just as quickly. So what’s the secret to BSB’s longevity? Well, besides being genuinely talented, charismatic, and appreciative of their fans, I’ve put together a list of 10 other reasons they’ve been around so long, illustrated by GIFs, obviously. Up-and-coming boy bands might want to take notes… Keep reading »
Yes, you read the headline right. No, this is not a drill. Yes, this is real life. No, you’re not dreaming. Three of the most amazing boy bands of yesteryear are joining forces for a summer tour. On yesterday’s episode of the “The View,” the New Kids On The Block made the bombshell announcement that they’ll be touring with fellow dreamy, aging crooners 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. Is this a government experiment to see how much nostalgia the average 30-year-old woman can endure before spontaneously combusting? Most likely. But still, I’ll definitely be in the crowd, screaming my head off and singing along to “Because Of You,” “The Right Stuff,” and “Motownphilly.” Will you? Check out the tourdates after the jump! [Hollywood Life] Keep reading »
Dear Ryan Gosling,
I know that it’s usually Amelia who writes you letters, but this week it’s my turn, because of some major news that just emerged: apparently you tried to join the Backstreet Boys way back when they first made it big, but BSB bad boy AJ McLean (aka the #1 love of my life) didn’t return your calls. I bet that stung. I’m sorry. But guess what, Ry Ry? AJ never meant to blow you off! He just lost your phone number! Duh, bad boys are notorious for losing their address books! And now he has officially invited you to join the Backstreet Boys.
Do you understand what this means? Amelia’s well-documented celebrity obsession is you. My well-documented celebrity obsession is AJ McLean. When this news broke, it was like our spank banks merged and became the Goldman Sachs of sexual fantasies. Are you considering AJ’s offer? You should. Here are eight reasons why… Keep reading »
Tonight, the boy band One Direction will take the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards for a much-hyped performance. This fact is making me feel very old, because all the young people on the internet are freaking out about it and I’m like, “Wait, what is a One Direction?” This stands in stark contrast to my lifestyle in the ’90s, when my love for boy bands–namely the Backstreet Boys–was so intense I spent all my time talking about them, listening to them, watching their music videos, going to their concerts, writing them semi-desperate letters, making artful collages of their headshots, buying behind-the-scenes DVDs, and planning my inevitable BSB wedding. Yep, I knew–and still know–pretty much everything there is to know about the Backstreet Boys, but I know pretty much nothing about One Direction. Here are nine specific discrepancies that my 14-year-old self would be ashamed of… Keep reading »
Speaking of ’90s musicians, Donnie Wahlberg recently tweeted this photo of the New Kids hanging out in what looks like a locker room(?!), mustached and shirtless (with the exception of Jonathan Knight, who’s sporting a modest white T and bearing an uncomfortable resemblance to Adrien Brody). So, what do you think of the guys’ new facial hair? Are your loins still tingling for these aging dreamboats? [TooFab]
Where to start, where to start? So, this is apparently a real thing that gay-SYNCer LANCE BASS crapped out of a mansion in Florida (it’s always Florida). Heart2Heart’s debut track, “Facebook Official” (brand placement, guyz), starts off with one of the five flat-ironed little moggins saying, “I wanna do this in the realest way I know,” which clearly means, “a boy-band video with adolescent boys wearing airbrushed makeup.” Brains be exploding! And there they are, all five of them, on a never-been-kissed basketball court, coordinating their dance moves and their flat irons, while a gaggle of (okay, three) pre-teen girls stroke their hair extensions in anticipation. Has teen romance ever been so magical? So visceral? So Mark Zuckerberg-approved? [YouTube]
You may not know Rich Cronin, the frontman of the late ’90s group LFO, by name—he never hit it as big as some of his fellow boy banders. But if you watch the video for LFO’s biggest hit, “Summer Girls,” you will quickly recognize him as the one who likes girls who wear Abercrombie & Fitch. I’m sad to report that Rich died yesterday—he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005 and had a related stroke this week. Sad! Keep reading »
I just celebrated my first birthday as a married woman. But instead of enjoying a romantic dinner with my husband, I was at sea with a long-lost crush who re-entered my life last year. My husband knows about him, and gave me his blessing to go with him on the three-day cruise to the Bahamas. He actually met the guy once, at a club on Canal Street six years ago. He’s been supportive of this reunion, even when I came home giddy from a night out with him, or when I flew to Portland, Maine, in March for a spring rendezvous.
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Just when we think our groupie years are behind us, a pic like this comes out and makes us want to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to cry and scream “I Love You!” at the New Kids on the Block’s Today Show concert on Friday. The Boston boy band that disbanded in 1994 is back! Step by Step, they’ve been recording new material and teasing their fans with promises of a reunion and it’s finally here! They’re releasing a single this spring, which will be followed by an album and TV show this summer. Might we also suggest re-releasing the NKOTB pillowcase? Now that there together again, we want to sleep with them. The Block, as they call themselves, have been hanging tough over the past decade: Donnie became an actor like his rapper/actor brother Mark(y Mark), Jordan was on the Surreal Life III, Danny formed a record label, Joey was on Dancing with the Stars and Jonathan became a real estate developer. But now they’re back in the booty shakin’ business and writing the songs for themselves. Donnie said, “We are not pretending to be somebody else. We didn’t go country, no rap, no metal. We are who we are.” Something tells us they’ve still got the right stuff. [Boston Herald]
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