September 7, 2009
Subject: The BSB talk about their new album|
The Backstreet Boys are back again, this time all grown up. With their new album 'This is Us' releasing soon, the boys...er I mean men say that they're glad that they're calling the shots this time. "For years, it was always the record company that was kind of running the ship," Backstreet Boy AJ McLean tells PopEater. "On this particular record, it was kind of us running our own lives for the very first time." Having said that, the band members had their own picks of who they would work with on the album instead of being told who they were going to work with. Band member Nick Carter called T-Pain, while the whole band called out to RedOne, Jim Jonsin and others. When tracks from the album were leaked online, the band were a little unsettled about it at first. "We were a little bit bummed about it, because we were trying to keep this whole record kind of a secret," says McLean. "But it actually turned out to be beneficial. When it first got leaked, we hadn't picked the actual final 12 tracks yet, so it was kind of cool to see what different fans liked. It was surprising what we thought they'd like and then what they really liked."
August 12, 2009 Subject: Pre-order This is Us on Amazon
You can pre-order the new album for $12.99 on Amazon. Subject: Backstreet Boys Worked With Lady Gaga Producer
The Backstreet Boys have teamed-up with Lady Gaga producer RedOne to ensure their new album 'This Is Us' is a hit. Explaining why they chose to go with the 'Just Dance' and 'Paparazzi' writer, Nick Carter says: "We racked our brains to rediscover who we were. We had to do something different but still familiar. RedOne really wanted to be on our Black & Blue album – he said he studied us, and he's written songs tailor-made for Backstreet Boys." Carter also spoke of the forthcoming Backstreet Boys live dates which are in support of 'This Is Us'. He adds about touring: "We're spending more money and dancing more than ever and have worked really hard to come up with something which our peers can see and say to themselves: 'Wow, that was amazing.'" Subject: Backstreet Boys Wage War with New Single
The boys release their new single, “Straight Through My Heart (Soldier Down).” The powerful vocal group made up of Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean is ready to take over the airwaves again. The Backstreet Boys released their new single, "Straight Through My Heart (Soldier Down)," this week, via a live stream on their Web site. The track will be released to radio stations across the country July 27. Unlike the first singles off of the boys past two albums, this single is not a power ballad, but rather a track laced with a stinging uptempo beat. "Straight Through My Heart" was produced by hit maker RedOne, who has also produced tracks for Lady GaGa. The track is rather intense in the lyrics - mentioning bullets, bleeding, and being shot through the heart - all for love, of course. The Backstreet Boys are back, but they never really went anywhere. While some inaccurately label this as a "comeback," it certainly is not. The boys were out of the scene for about four years, but then regrouped in 2005 with the much anticipated, "Never Gone" record. The guys followed up that album with "Unbreakable" in 2007. "Straight Through My Heart" is the first single off of their seventh studio album, "This Is Us," due in stores October 6.
July 28, 2009 Subject: This is Us Press Release
The Backstreet Boys are very proud to announce the release of their new album, This Is Us. Set for an October 6(th) release on Jive Records, This Is Us is the seventh studio album from this groundbreaking and chart topping group that redefined the modern musical landscape, ushering in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world’s radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records, and launched a new generation of teen idols. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean collaborated with a powerhouse suite of producers and songwriters on This Is Us that included T-Pain, Max Martin, RedOne, Soulshock and Karlin, Jim Jonsin and Claude Kelly. The end result is an indelible and finely crafted R&B and pop album from four talented musicians who love what they do and who maintain the rare relevance in an industry that often disposes of pop acts.
The 11 songs that make up This Is Us are the sounds of four skilled singers with a similar vision, who have dealt with the trials and tribulations that accompany fame at an early age and who came out as one of the most successful groups of all time. From the undeniable dance floor ready lead single, “Straight Through My Heart” to the reflective soar of “Bigger,” from the hook crazy “Bye Bye Love” to the romantic yearning of “She’s A Dream,” This Is Us shows remarkable growth as songwriters and continues to give us songs that has made millions smile.
“We’re really excited to release this new album and know that our fans are excited too. We worked with a group of amazing artists and producers that we’ve never worked with before, exploring new sounds and territory and know the final product turned out incredible,” says Carter.
The Backstreet Boys plan on spending the second half of 2009 and all of 2010 on the road. A European tour has already been announced and a full North American headlining tour will be announced shortly. Tour dates can be found on the group’s official website www.backstreetboys.com.
Over the last 12 years, the Backstreet Boys have sold more than 76 million albums worldwide, have scored a dozen Top 40 hits and charted in the Top Ten in nearly every country making them one of the most successful groups of all time.
November 2, 2008 Subject: Backstreet Boys pay surprise visit to injured girl
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY, PA - Star-power made quite the difference in life of a local hit & run victim. A driver hit Jacki Nieratko 8-weeks ago on Davis Street in Scranton. She suffered brain trauma, a shattered pelvis and was left in a coma. But Saturday she had reason to smile. It’s Saturday afternoon at the John Heinz Institute in Wilkes-Barre and the mood is anything but normal. There's a buzz in the air… It’s all because the backstreet boys are in the building to surprise hit and run victim Jacki Nieratko. Jacki's fiancee Tim Black said, “It’s a dream come true for her. She's a fan of the Backstreet Boys since I've met her. This will help her morale and push her in the right direction so she can fight harder." As the pop stars went into Jacki's room, the only expression that came over her face was shock. “It’s crazy... I can't believe it," said Jacki. After singing to Jacki, the guys signed autographs and her family shared a few jokes. Jacki's had a tough recovery process from the accident and this visit brightened her spirits. She still has rods in her pelvis that have to come out before she can start walking again. Radio station 98.5 KRZ helped get the Backstreet Boys on board after Jacki's life long friend Amber Pacovsky told her story. Amanda & Jeff Walker said, “They were moved by Jackie's story and the fact that her friend since she was five wanted to do something for her." And do something they did, lifting her spirits and helping to focus less on the pain. Pacovsky said, “That tells me that they're real people and that they care and that they care about other people. They don't have a big head / egos because they're famous. That's a fan in there and they care about everybody." You can watch the video of their visit here and/or download it on the Media page.
October 23, 2008 Subject: Backstreet Boys Exclusive Invite
The Backstreet Boys are coming to TRL to perform live for you! If you want to attend this amazing opportunity, you must be a huge fan and know every lyric to every song and bring and or make posters, wear shirts and bring memorabilia that shows you are one of the biggest BSB FANS with you to the show. This is all going down on Tuesday, October 28 at 4:45pm. Please email us ASAP with BSB in subject line. Also include your name, age (16-26 only), phone number, and amount of tickets (4 max). If you do NOT get a confirmation email back, you should try our standby line.
Thursday, March 20, 2008 Subject: A Kevin Richardson demo
Kevin posted a note on his MySpace about the song on the above MySpace: "Howdy, The song on the Shakertown Myspace was written by Keith and I demoed it for him. It isn’t a solo project song. I should put a foot in his ass for posting it! Just kidding. I am experimenting with my music though and if I think it is good enough, I will do a solo project. Peace and love, Kevin." Click on the above link to listen to, "There Goes My Baby." Nice job, Kevin! Subject: AJ's website
AJ now has an official website for his solo work. Click above link.
Saturday, February 23, 2008 Subject: Howie Dorough's Honeymoon
Following a gorgeous December wedding that took months of planning, Howie Dorough and Leigh Boniello needed to unwind. And what better place to do that than the beautiful white beaches of Antigua? The Backstreet Boy and his new bridge jetted off for a four-day island getaway and had the time of their lives. "The beaches had some of the most amazing white sand we have ever seen," Howie tells OK!. "We would have loved to stay longer." Their favorite part of their romantic honeymoon? "We had an amazing candlelit dinner at the beach," Leigh, 33, recalls. "It was a gift from Howie's brother, Johnny. The resort set up a private gazebo with tons of tropical flowers and candles. We had a chance to enjoy our first dinner as a married couple." As for the future, Howie, 34, and Leigh "definitely" plan on having children, but not yet. "Right now, we want to enjoy traveling and being married," Howie says. Click here for pictures.
Sunday, November 25, 2007 Subject: HHC Walk-a-Thon 2008 Logo Contest
Brian Littrell's Healthy Heart Club for Kids Walkathon 2008 "Logo Challenge." What to do: Build a design based on the slogan: "Happy Feet for Healthy Hearts." Other info to include in the design: The Date of the Walkathon, Saturday, June 14, 2008. The name of the organization: Brian Littrell's Healthy Heart Club for Kids or HHC. The winning design will be an official logo for the very "FIRST" HHC Walkathon. This will be used for our event shirts, banners and many other items surrounding this event.
Rules for the challenge: 1. Each participant is to submit a design built around the idea of the slogan listed above to: email@example.com. Send it in a .jpg format or if you want to load it on your Photobucket account, just include your link.
2. The deadline for all entries is due no later than midnight November 30, 2007.
3. Once all entries have been received, they will be posted at the official HHC Web site. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite design. In order to vote on your choice design, you must submit $1 donation per vote, $5 donation per 6 votes and $10 donation per 12 votes. The winning logo will be the design that raises the most votes. All donations received will go directly to HHC.
4. Voting will begin, December 10th, 2007 and the last day to vote towards your choice design will be midnight January 10, 2008. The winner will be announced Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the Kick Off Party.
5. You do not have to be present to win. The only requirement is to submit your contact information on your entry form.
6. Make sure to add a tag to your design so you earn credit for your creative art work, but please make it small and preferably on the corner of the design.
Name, Address, City, State, Zip Phone Number & Email Address (We have to be able to contact you, that is the reason for phone number, address, etc.)
Monday, November 19, 2007 Subject: Backstreet Boys to host Lil Black Dress Party
The Backstreet Boys will be at The Kane Show on Hot 99.5 and they're hosting the Lil Black Dress Holiday Party.
Location: Clarendon Ballroom - 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA - (703) 469-2244
Age: Must be 21+
More info [here]
Saturday, October 13, 2007 Subject: Backstreet Boys: An Unbreakable Force
Source: N/A Thanks: Kayla
Artist: Backstreet Boys
Release Date: October 30, 2007
Label: Jive Records
Tracks to Check Out: “Panic”, “Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon”, “Treat Me Right.”
Look out for: An interesting mix of classic and new.
Artist Website: backstreetboys.com
It's been ten years since "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) hit U.S. airwaves, and the faces of a new generation of heartthrobs took over MTV. The music scene changed with the Backstreet Boys leading a pack of "boy bands" into the new millennium. Once again, music has evolved, and album sales continue to decrease. Boy bands are no more, but hip-hop, punk, and country are strong in the game. The only remnants of that past wave of pop is laced over with heavy dance/R&B/Hip-Hop via Justin Timberlake, and Mission: Man Band, a failing reality series of mix-matched has-beens called Sure Shot, is a sure flop. With the dust settling over the years, the Backstreet Boys remain on top of their game still. Since the deflation of pop music in 2002, which is credited to squeaky-clean images gone bad, mixed with the inability to stick together, the Backstreet Boys have managed to keep the ball rolling. "We’ve always stressed quality versus quantity when it comes to our career," Brian Littrell, 32, explains in a recent press conference. "I think that’s what it's attributed to, the music, and the loyal fans that we’ve had, and also the passion that we all have. The Backstreet Boys has never been about one particular guy. It’s always about a team. I think that’s what’s kept us together for this long."
Subject: Boys changing it up
This may not be the case for the Backstreet Boys, who seem to be taking a different, more mature approach to their re-emergence on the music scene. Having made several forays back onto the charts since the five officially split in 2001, the Backstreet Boys are not looking to be the same band they were way back when, for better or for worse. The boys have spent over a year in the studio trying to produce an album that will please their established fan base and appeal to a new audience. This is likely to be a shrewd approach, one made successful by the band Take, one of the first British boy bands who made a comeback this year. If the Backstreet Boys can learn how to target the new demands of its maturing fan base they is likely to be successful. They should take a leaf from artists such as Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake who, having entered the charts as pop sensations, are now on top of their game as ruling R&B hitmakers
Friday, October 5, 2007 Subject: Backstreet Boys to host Kissman 2007
Source: WKSE Buffalo Thanks: ScoobieGang
Good Charlotte, Sean Kingston, Hinder and Boys Like Girls will draw fans to HSBC Arena on Dec. 11 for the Kissmas Bash 2007. Radio station WKSE, Kiss 98.5,announced its lineup for the annual event this morning. Members of the Backstreet Boys, Nick, A.J., and Brian will be masters of ceremonies, but will not perform. The concert is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at HSBC Arena. Tickets are on sale at the arena box office and tickets.com.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007 Subject: Backstreet's Back! New Single 'Inconsolable' Now On Your Radios!
Backstreet Boys are back with their brand new single 'Inconsolable'!! It arrives in stores September 22 so in the meantime, grab the 'Inconsolable' ringtone and request the tune on your radios NOW. PLUS watch out for the exclusive interview snippets with the boys coming to these pages this week. With over 78 million albums sold worldwide, Backstreet Boys are one of the most popular groups in the world and now they're back with their new single 'Inconsolable'. Inconsolable' is the first single from the new-look Backstreet Boys' forthcoming album 'Unbreakable' due in stores October 27. Written and produced by Emanuel Kiriakou and co-written by Lindy Robbins and Jess Cates (the team behind Backstreet Boys 'Incomplete' and Nick Lachey 'What's Left Of Me'), 'Inconsolable' is a piano-driven rock ballad with the trademark BSB harmonies & melodies that make this a POP SMASH! Request it on your radios and grab the ringtone NOW. 'Inconsolable' single in stores September 22nd and the 'Unbreakable' album due on October 27th.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 Subject: The Backstreet Boys want you back!
As we prepare to release our new album, UNBREAKABLE, on October 30th, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join or re-join our fan club. As a token of our appreciation, all fan club members will be automatically eligible for the Unbreakable ticket promotion. What’s the Unbreakable ticket promotion? Have you ever wanted to be able to see the Backstreet Boys anywhere in the world? Well, now you can. On October 30, 2007, we will select one lucky person from the fan club to become the ultimate fan. The ultimate fan will receive a pair of Unbreakable tickets that allows the ultimate fan and their ultimate guest the ability to go to an unlimited number of Backstreet Boys live shows in 2008 anywhere in the world. Click here to join the Weird World (The official Backstreet Boys fan club). What if I do not want to join the fan club right now? That’s ok because we still want to keep you in the loop. Just provide us with some basic info about yourself and on October 30, 2007, we will choose ten (10) lucky persons (new and existing fan club members are also included in the drawing automatically) who will get to select one pair of tickets to any one of the Backstreet Boys live shows in 2008 anywhere in the world!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Subject: Casting call for Inconsolable video
Source: rhythm_ 4_soul
If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to be apart of the video for 'Inconsolable' there is a casting call Thursday. Each boy will have a girl in the video. So if you would like to be one of the lucky girls in the video with BSB check out the casting call.
Project Name: BACKSTREET BOYS MUSIC VIDEO
Project Type: Music Video
Location: Los Angeles (Venice Beach)
Song Name: "INCONSOLABLE"
Union Status: Non-Union
Shoot/Performance Dates: Thurs, 8/16/2007
Director: Ray Kay
Casting Company: Visionary Casting
Casting Directors: Fred Johnson
SEEKING LEAD MODEL/DANCERS, 18-26, FEMALE.
Abslolutely beautiful with tons of presence. Lead girls to be featured in great project. Tons of beauty shots. One girl for each one of the guys in the BSB. Great rhythm.. Must move well to the beat.
Wardrobe: Body conscious.
Rate: $250/day + 20%
Monday, February 5, 2007 Subject: Howie's appearance in Constellation
Howie plays Alec, the cab driver in the new movie Constellation. Subject: Howie in a video on George's MySpace
Source: George's MySpace
Click here to watch the video Subject: Howie's entertainment company
Howie started an entertainment company with his friend CJ Huyer, formerly of 3Deep. Click on the source link about to visit their website.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 Subject: Kevin to appear in "Chicago" in Japan
Kevin's going to be in the Chicago musical in Japan at Nissay theatre in Tokyo Japan from Feb. 8 to Mar.4, 2007. For more info, go to Chicago Musical Japan Tour Official website or go to BackstreetBoys Japan Fan Club.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Subject: Never say never
Kevin Richardson disappointed fans when he left The Backstreet Boys. He said he would never return. Kevin dropped by this morning (dressed in a black turtle-neck and black jacket) to talk about his stage roll in Chicago (currently at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto). Dina pushed him on his "never" statement about returning to the BSB. Well...Kevin revealed that he might be re-thinking things. He says he and his wife are going to be trying to have a baby (they may even start trying here in Toronto---she is coming to join him here). He then says he may consider going back to the Backstreet Boys in the future. "Never say never," he tells Dina.
Friday, November 10, 2006 Subject: Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Takes a Detour
The Backstreet Boys, now a quartet after the departure of Kevin Richardson, are at work on a new album. That's not the only thing keeping A.J. McLean busy: He's also in the midst of his first solo album. "I've pretty much written everything on the record with these guys, and I've learned a lot about myself through this whole process," he tells AOL Music. Such as? "I've learned that I've got an angry side, a frustrated side, a happy side. I've learned that there was some unfinished business in things that I didn't get to settle with people like my father," he says. "There's a song entitled 'Sincerely Yours,' which is about my father. There are songs about past relationships, things that piss me off and then there are songs that just make you want to get up and dance. It's all real music. It's not like, 'Hey, you have a nice car. Let me see you shake your ass.'" Among the people McLean is writing with on the album is friend Dan Muckala, who wrote the Backstreet hit 'Incomplete.' When Muckala was recently honored at Nashville's Belmont University, McLean got a chance to perform some of the new material live. "We did three of the songs, and it was a great response," he says. "If the college crowd digs it, I'm loving it. Hopefully next year there will be touring, records -- all kinds of stuff." Subject: Howie & AJ going to China
Howie and AJ will be in Shanghai on Nov. 17, 2006 for the opening ceremony of the HOZ Flagship Store in Shanghai. They will also be there to celebrate the HOZ's one-year anniversary in China. Subject: BSB album news
Backstreet's back ... almost. Backstreet Boys fans will have to wait just a little longer before they can get their hands on the band's new CD, according to A.J. McLean. "The boys and I are finishing up the new record, coming out at the top of the year," McLean revealed to MTV News at the Moto 8 party Thursday night in Hollywood. "We're about three-quarters of the way through. We just got new mixes, we're just kind of going through the top eight [songs] we have right now, and getting the mix [done] properly. But everyone's really stoked about it. The songs are great, man." Additionally, McLean has spent the last six months working on another solo record. "It's a lot of personal stuff," McLean explained. "Like, my relationship with my father that I don't really have. There's a song about him called 'Sincerely Yours.' There's a lot of songs on the record that are just me expressing who I am and letting everyone know I am my own person outside of Backstreet Boys." Whether McLean resurrects his Johnny No Name alter ego remains to be seen. Subject: R.I.P Litty Littrell
Thanks: Littrell Fans
Early last month, Brian and Leighanne's dog Litty was killed by wild coyotes and Tyk was hurt pretty badly.
Friday, September 8, 2006 Subject: Brian shares BSB and solo news
Brian appeared at Revelation Generation yesterday, but because of the heavy rain he was unable to perform. Nevertheless, some fans got to spend some time with him and he revealed some interesting things about what's going on with him solo-wise and updates us on what's next for BSB:
- BSB have only recorded 7 songs so far. The new sound will be a mix of Never Gone with their older stuff. (More guitar driven with a Euro dance feel).
- The BSB club tour is not going ahead. They didn't feel right touring when they don't have a lot of new material to share live.
- The boys are not worrying too much about not having a bass vocal. Brian said that he, Nick and AJ can all sing bass so they would take it in turns.
- The boys are meeting in LA again in a week and a half to start recording. Brian is very excited.
- Brian's next single will be 'Wish.'
- The single after that might be a slightly faster version of 'Over My Head,' Brian's hoping that it will be released to more mainstream radio. Subject: Pop star Littrell will sing at memorial
Lexington native and pop music superstar Brian Littrell will participate in the citywide memorial service Sunday at Rupp Arena for victims of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. Littrell was part of the Backstreet Boys, the chart-topping vocal quintet. Sarah Darnall, an organizer of the memorial who works in Mayor Teresa Isaac's office, says Littrell was "eager to participate." Flight 5191 crashed during takeoff early on the morning of Aug. 27, killing 49 people. Littrell grew up in Lexington and graduated from Tates Creek High School. He now lives in Atlanta with his wife, Leighanne, and their 3-year-old son, Baylee. Earlier this year, Littrell embarked on a solo career in the contemporary Christian music market with his debut album, Welcome Home. Among the album's faith-based tracks was Gone Without Goodbye, a song about people who lost loved ones in tragedy. It opens with a verse about a woman and her daughter-in-law looking for a victim of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On Sunday, Littrell will sing toward the end of the service. Darnall said organizers do not know what he will be singing, yet. She did ask that Littrell's fans remember Sunday's event will be a memorial service -- not a place for screaming fans or autograph-seekers. "This is a memorial service for the victims," Darnall said. "It is our time to mourn and grieve. Mr. Littrell wants to be a part of that, but it is not a concert. "Please respect the families of the victims, who will be there." Subject: Be a star for BSB
Source: Stars 4 BSB
Date: October 14, 2006
Where: Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA
What: Tour the Kodak Theater and Lunch at Twist
11:30 a.m.- Tour of Kodak Theater
12:30 p.m. –Lunch at Twist (Renaissance Hotel)
Walk in the footsteps of your favorite Stars! Come and join us for a day of fun in the heart of Hollywood and raise funds for the Boys charities! Each person attending the event will receive:
• A Tour of the Kodak Theater (Home to the Academy Awards & American Idol finale)
• Lunch at Twist (located at the Renaissance Hotel, where the stars go after they win their Oscar)
• One raffle ticket (3 tickets per admission ticket purchased before September 7th, 2006)
• A Be A Star 4 BSB gift bag Price of Admission: $150 (Tickets go on sale this week – date will be posted) This is an Independent Fundraiser and the net profits from ticket sales will be divided between the following charities/foundations: Brian Littrell Healthy Heart Club for Kids®, JNN Foundation, Dorough Lupus Foundation™, Heal the Bay and Natural Resources Defense Council. Auction/raffle items obtained by the individual charities/foundations will receive 100% of the profits received from their contribution to the event. We will be receiving items from the DLF and are waiting to here from the HHC! Thank you! Additional profits from raffles/auctions/donations that were not obtained by the individual charities will be evenly divided between the five charities listed above. However, raffle/auction items donated by individuals will have the option of choosing their preference for the charity/foundation of their choice to receive the funds raised by their donation. Raffle: A one hour limousine ride for four people around Hollywood. This will take place immediately after lunch. Very Hollywood! Don’t you agree! Every ticket purchased by September 7th will get 3 raffle tickets towards the limo ride! One raffle ticket for each ticket purchased between Sept. 8th to Sept. 30th. Other items that will be raffled/auctioned off include 5 gift baskets filled with items representing each of the boys including their shaped cd in their basket. 5 Backstreet’s Back themed Build a Bears representing each of the boys, BSB single cds, movie tickets and so much more! Raffle ticket prices are $2.00 each, 6 for $10.00, 13 for $20.00 (Celebrating 13 years of BSB), Best buy: 20 for $30. Stars 4 BSB website for more information and the order form. Please send us an email at Stars4BSB@aol.com if you would like additional information!
Thursday, August 17, 2006 Subject: Howie in Orlando this Saturday
For Immediate Release: Central Florida Recording Artist Pollyanna with Backstreet Boy/brother Howie D. debuts New CD at BORDERS, Winter Park Village.
Who: Recording Artist Pollyanna Dorough will be with her brother and Executive Producer, Howie D. Dorough of the famous group Backstreet Boys
What: An autograph-cd signing of her debut album "Wings Of Hope" featuring music they have written and recorded together. Songs highlighted on the album include two International UCMVA Award-winning hits, "We Will Meet Again" (2005 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year) and "Fly to Heaven" (2004 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year.) Music Clips on http://www.myspace.com/pollyannadorough.
When: Saturday, August 19, 2006 from 6pm to 8pm
Where: BORDERS Books Music Movies & Cafe
Winter Park Village
600 N. Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Why: Portion of the proceeds from CD sales will benefit the Dorough Lupus Foundation and their mission to find a cure for Lupus through research and public awareness. To learn more about the Dorough Lupus Foundation please visit doroughlupusfoundation.org. Subject: BSB Club Tour? *unconfirmed*
Source: Johnny Wright
Thanks: Kaydee & Maron
According to some fans who saw Johnny at Leslie Carter's concert last week, the Boys will be doing a couple of shows in September. September 27th in Las Vegas and September 28th in Los Angeles with tickets going on sale the 12th of September. According to the Japanese fan club, BSB will have two shows in Vegas - Oct 6-7. Nothing official yet. I will update when it is. Subject: Kevin MySpace message
"Hello people, hope all is well. Just a little update. I have been overwhelmed by the love and support from everybody about my decision. Again, this was not easy for me to do. I know alot of people are upset, but all I can do is follow my heart. I am the type of person that when I commit to something I give it everything I've got. There are still alot of things I want to do in this life and it takes time, dedication, and focus. Thank you for your support. Peace and Love, Kevin."
Friday, July 21, 2006 Subject: Carter: "Backstreet Boys aren't dead."
BACKSTREET BOYS star NICK CARTER insists the pioneering boy band will not be splitting up, despite singer KEVIN RICHARDSON's decision to quit. And the blonde pop pin-up insists Richardson's departure might not be permanent - and he'll always be welcomed back with open arms. He tells MTV News, "All we can do is be supportive in any decisions that any of us make. "We still want to be able to do records and there are fans out there that want to hear our music, and we're going to push on. But the door is always open for him. If he wants to come back to perform again, he can. We respect his decision." Carter also revealed that the next Backstreet Boys album could feature a solo track from each of the four remaining bandmates. He adds, "Times have changed, and we're trying to adapt and trying to get a grip on things. We love what we do, we love the music we've done, and obviously we're still going with it and still moving on." Subject: News from Denise McLean
Alex is doing great. He is in the studio recording his solo album which is about half way done. He is also recording the next album with the boys and they plan a fall release with a tour next year. Having heard some of the tracks I can safely say that you are all in for a wonderful record. The tour show will be unusual because I think each of them is going to showcase some of their solo work this time around. WOW that will be cool!! I know I am looking forward to that.
Monday, July 3, 2006 Subject: Kevin Memory Book
I am making a fan book for Kevin. If you want to be included, you can send me one or more or even all of the following items: cards, letters, poems, a short story, or something along those lines. I would like everyone who sends things in to please include a picture of yourself, so on a page i Please include a picture, your age, how long you have been a BSb fan, your loacation and a short message to Kevin. I would like you to please include a $5-$10 donation so we can send it with the book for a final BSB fans donation for his charity. If you could send in more, that would be great. I promise that I am not trying to steal your money and everything you send will be put in the book. If you want you can also send in a couple of items like a postcard or something special that shows off your state to be included with your items. If not from your state then maybe your heritage or something important to you that will show Kevin all of his different fans. I want this book sent as soon as possible -- hopefully by the middle or end of July so please send your donations to the following address:
423 Apodaca Hill
Santa Fe, New Mexico
87501 USA Subject: Singer admits cousin's decision to leave group was tough break
Following the departure of Kevin Richardson over the weekend, the Backstreet Boys are plowing ahead with sessions for their upcoming album, which member Brian Littrell says they hope to have out later this year. "[The sessions] started yesterday, actually," Littrell said on Monday, less than 48 hours after the group announced that original member Richardson, 33, was leaving to pursue unspecified "other interests" (see "Kevin Richardson Quits Backstreet Boys"). Littrell said he and the group's other members — Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and A.J. McLean — began work on the first two songs for the yet-untitled follow-up to last year's Never Gone. "We're in the process of trying to put this record together for a fourth-quarter release, so we're excited about it." Littrell said the Boys started talking about heading right back into the studio about midway through the Never Gone tour, which ended earlier this year. "The Backstreet Boys audience has been loyal and continued to support us as a group and we're very appreciative of that," he said. "During the middle of the tour we were talking about getting back in the studio and making another record and not having another four-year downtime between CDs. "I was the first one in the studio just yesterday, actually," he continued, "working on Sunday, trying to get my vocals in, because in two days I have to head to Montreal and Toronto and start press and promotion for the Canadian campaign for my solo CD." Littrell issued a Christian-music album, Welcome Home, in early May. Despite his excitement over getting to work on the Boys' seventh album, Littrell said the departure of his cousin Richardson is taking its toll. "Personally, Kevin is my blood," he said. "Kevin got me in the group almost 14 years ago. I'm a little sad to see him leave, and I'm sure some of the fans are a little sad. But I'm very happy for him and very supportive of him personally and businesswise and I hope he's successful in any endeavor that he plans on moving forward with his life." Richardson, 34, hasn't spoken about the other endeavors he wants to pursue outside the multiplatinum group, and Littrell didn't shed much light on what the future holds for his cousin, either. "During the Never Gone tour Kevin had kind of relayed his personal thoughts and his individual aspirations, personally and businesswise, things that he wants to further accomplish in his life," Littrell explained. "And he's the oldest member of the group and he's just at a different place in his life. There is no bad blood whatsoever."
Monday, June 26, 2006 Subject: Kevin comments on his MySpace
Hey everybody, sorry it has been so long since I've updated you. I've been very busy. I know there are alot of rumors floating around about my status with BSB. After thirteen years of what can only be described as a dream come true, I have decided to leave the Backstreet Boys. It was a very tough decision for me but one that was necessary in order for me to move on with the next chapter of my life. Howard, Brian, Alex, and Nick will always be my little brothers and will continue to have my utmost love and support. I want to thank you all for the beautiful memories we have shared together and look forward to including you in the next phase of my life. I wish my brothers continued success and look forward to their new album. Peace and love, Kevin Richardson. Subject: Statement from The Backstreet Boys
Earlier this year, after much soul searching, Kevin Richardson came to us and told us that he had decided to leave the group and pursue other interests. He gave his blessing to continue the music without him. We have no intention of replacing Kevin, and the door will always be open for him to return to the Backstreet Boys. We wish him the all the best in his future endeavors. This weekend we are returning to the studio to begin the follow-up to Never Gone, and will see you later this year with a new album.” - Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean. Subject: Richardson leaves Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys are saying goodbye to the oldest member of their band, according to a statement posted on the group's Web site Saturday. Kevin Richardson, 33, said he was leaving to purse other interests. "It was a very tough decision for me but one that was necessary in order to move on with the next chapter of my life," Richardson said in the statement. The Orlando-based pop band ushered in a new teen-music craze in the late 90's, buoyed by their soulful harmonies, synchronized dance steps, clean-cut good looks and charm. Their three albums sold a total of more than 35 million copies. The group took a hiatus in 2001 after A.J. McLean's highly publicized entry into rehab forced the band to postpone their "Black & Blue" tour. They reunited to release the album "Never Gone" in 2005. The remaining members, McLean, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and Brian Littrell, said they had no plans to replace Richardson. "The door will always be open for him to return to the Backstreet Boys. We wish him the all the best in his future endeavors," they said on the band's Web site. The group plans to return to the studio this weekend to begin work on their next album, which is due later this year. Calls and an e-mail sent to the group's publicist, Sonia Muckle, were not immediately returned to The Associated Press on Saturday. Subject: DLF Event to air in Japan
The Japanese channel WOWOW will air the DLF event that took place last January 9, 2006 in Tokyo. Howie and Brian were there and sang Anywhere For You, All I Have to Give, among others. The show will air July 7th at at 8:00pm local time. Subject: Nicest Celebrity of the Night
Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys was gracious with the press, friendly to the fans on the red carpet, and a polite professional backstage at Much Music Awards 2006. The up-and-comers could learn a lot from this music business veteran. Unlike last year, the Backstreet Boys' Howie D. was not in the running for an award -- nor was he there for anything Backstreet-related. He was escorting someone named George, a new artist apparently co-managed by the Backstreet Boy. That didn't stop the girls' screams for Howie to wave at them, though. "I feel blessed to still be recognized," he said. Subject: Backstreet Boys to Return to Studio This Summer
The Backstreet Boys plan to record another album this summer. In an interview with andPOP's Sarah Millar, Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell revealed that the boys have been talking about their next album and hope to return the studio as soon as June. "There are tentative plans to be in the studio at the end of June but we're still working on that (and) with material and the direction of the record," Littrell told andPOP. "I've had a few conference calls with everyone talking about the end of June meeting in LA. We do plan to be in the studio probably the majority of July and maybe part of August. We're moving forward together." The Backstreet Boys released "Never Gone" last year, after four years without new material. "The record was recorded amazingly," he said. "We didn't know what to expect coming out with a new album after 13 years (together). But it was just embraced and loved by the fans."
Sunday, March 12, 2006 Subject: Listen to clips of Brian's album
Click here to listen to clips from Brian's album, due out May 2nd! Subject: Brunch with Howie
On Saturday May 20th, 2006 at the House of blues in Chicago you can come and have brunch with Howie! There are only 7 tickets for this event left right now so if you want to go, pay ASAP! The event takes place from 11:30am until 2:30pm and costs $180 (which you send through paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a silent auction with tons of awesome items to bid on and a live auction with items from both Howie and Brian! This is a benefit brunch for DLF and HHC. Get your tickets while you still can because once they're gone- they are gone! All brunch ticket holders will also get a special announcement via email on March 20th that the public won't know about until March 27th! Click here for more info. Subject: Vote for BSB at the 2006 Kid Choice Awards
Voting has begun for the Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. The Backstreet Boys are nominated in the "Favorite Music Group" category and it's in our hands whether they'll win or lose it. Vote for them at nick.com. You have to vote in every category in order for it to go through, the Boys' category is the 9th shown. Vote as many times as you want. Just close your browser and visit the site again. Subject: BSB's Brian Littrell Releases Debut Christian Album
Source: Crimson Light
Project follows impact of No. 1 single “In Christ Alone." Brian Littrell, one of pop’s most recognized and bestselling artists, is set to release this spring his debut Christian-market album Welcome Home. In conjunction with Jive Records, the Reunion Records project arrives on the heels of last summer’s No. 1 Christian radio single, Littrell’s remake of “In Christ Alone,” a Dove-nominated track off WOW #1s. The first single from Welcome Home will be its title track, which goes for adds on Friday, March 17. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a little boy singing in church in Lexington, Kentucky,” said Littrell, who grew up singing in various youth choirs at Port Memorial Baptist Church. With Welcome Home, “I hope to encourage people to stand up for what they believe.” Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group, called Littrell’s signing—three years in the making—“one of the most unique partnerships ever to happen in Christian music.” Hemmings continued, “Throughout the course of making the deal I got to know Brian as a forthright, sincere person of God. This is what Brian was built to do. His enthusiasm for the record just oozes out of him.”
"I’ve been writing Christian music for a long time,” Littrell said, “and now I have the opportunity to share some of those songs with others. I’m a family guy making music for the family. This really is like a dream come true.” Plans are coming together for Littrell to support Welcome Home at select Christian music festivals this summer. Brian Littrell is widely-known as a 13-year member of the legendary pop group Backstreet Boys. He has contributed to worldwide sales in excess of 75 million records and has amassed legions of fans around the globe. Last summer, Backstreet Boys released Never Gone, their first studio album in five years. Brian lives in Atlanta with his wife Leighanne and their three-year-old son Baylee. Littrell will continue to perform with Backstreet Boys and looks forward to sharing his solo album with fans.
Tuesday, February 7, 2006 Subject: BSB nominated for Kids Choice Award
The Backstreet Boys are nominated for "Favorite Music Group" at Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, against them in the same category are the Black-Eyed Peas, Destiny's Child and Green Day. The KCAs will be broadcasted live on the East Coast on Saturday, April 1st at 8PM ET (tape delayed for West Coast). Subject: Five Stars Make Wish Come True for 16-Year-Old
Melissa Vickrey loves all the Backstreet Boys, but her favorite member is AJ McLean. Melissa had the chance to meet AJ and the four other members of the group through Kids Wish Network, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories and improving the quality of life for children. Melissa was born with Vaters Syndrome, which is characterized by a number of serious medical problems including excess fluid on the brain and being prone to seizures. Her cognitive level is that of an 8- or 9- year-old. Melissa is 16 years old and lives in Portage with her parents, Mildred and Ezra Vickrey. Mildred Vickrey's oldest daughter saw an ad in a magazine about the Kids Wish Network and the family submitted Melissa's name and began the application process. Melissa's mother said Melissa had no problem making her wish. "She knew what she wanted and didn't hesitate," Milred Vickrey said. "She loves the Backstreet Boys and couldn't wait to meet them." Melissa and her family stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and went to the Chicago Theater to see the Backstreet Boys in concert. Before the concert began Melissa was able to meet and greet the band. The five members of the group not only presented her with gifts but spent time chatting and taking pictures with her. Melissa's mom said she was absolutely thrilled. "She was just so tickled," Mildred Vickrey said. "And AJ is her absolute favorite. She was so wrapped up in him." Vickrey said the guys spent quite a bit of time with Melissa and were sweet to her. Since she has returned home, Melissa constantly shows pictures of her trip to friends and family and keeps the CD the group made for her with her at all times. Mildred Vickrey said the family is so grateful to Kids Wish Network and its wish coordinator Madeline Robinson. "When she was a baby we weren't given much hope that she would even walk, but we spent a lot of time with her and have taken so much care with her," Mildred said. "She is definitely a people person and has come a long way. She will remember this trip forever." If someone knows a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its wish granting service, call (888) 918-9004.
Friday, February 3, 2006 Subject: Brian nominated for a Dove award
It's a Christian music award. The awards will be held on April 5th in Nashville. Subject: Best SELLING ALBUM in the Soundscan Era
1991 to January 1,2006:
1. SHANIA TWAIN - COME ON OVER
2. METALLICA - METALLICA
3. ALANIS MORISSETTE - JAGGED LITTLE PILL
4. BACKSTREET BOYS - MILLENNIUM
5. THE BODYGUARD - SOUNDTRACK
6. SANTANA - SUPERNATURAL
7. CREED - HUMAN CLAY
8. N SYNC - NO STRINGS ATTACHED
9. CELINE DION - FALLING INTO YOU
10. BRITNEY SPEARS - BABY ONE MORE TIME
11. THE BEATLES - 1
12. HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH - CRACKED REAR VIEW
13. BACKSTREET BOYS - BACKSTREET BOYS
14. TITANIC - SOUNDTRACK
15. EMINEM - MARSHALL MATHERS LP
16. NORAH JONES - COME AWAY WITH ME
17. GARTH BROOKS - ROPIN' THE WIND
18. EMINEM - EMINEM SHOW
19. CELINE DION - LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE
20. PEARL JAM - TEN
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Subject: CBTY on American Top 40
Source: American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest
You can "pick" the song at www.at40.com by going to the "rest of the chart" section at the bottom of the main page.
Monday, January 16, 2006 Subject: Kevin talks about his love
Source: 2006 Press Conference in Korea
Thanks: Boo via Linda
TU: What does love mean to you? What is the craziest thing you've ever done for a girl?
Kevin: I've always been in love with the same woman, my wife. For me love is honesty and respect, I think it's what keeps us together. When you get married, the feeling changes, it's not the same as when you're just her boyfriend; so to me it's important to find the way of not falling in monotony, I like surprising her with trips. Subject: BSB is back
Thanks: Mirrored Illusions
Remember last year's rumored New Year's Eve concert by the Backstreet Boys? That show didn't happen, but the now-grown-up teen heartthrobs will be in town as part of next month's Pro Bowl festivities. Sources say they'll play an acoustic set of songs off their newest album, "Never Gone," during the "Pro Bowl Ohana Fest" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at Aloha Stadium. Also in the works for the night of Feb. 11 is a "Pro Bowl Concert" at the Waikiki Shell. Kapena, Camile Velasco, Ekolu, the Kekai Boyz, Katch-A-Fire and Malino will perform, with NFL cheerleaders also on hand to sign autographs and take pictures. Subject: Pollstar's year-end Top 100 Tours of 2005
According to Pollstar's Top 100 Tours of 2005 list, the Backstreet Boys grossed a total of $12.6 million placing them at #51. Details below:
Backstreet Boys #51
Total Gross - $12.6
Average Tickets Price - $42.97
Average Tickets Sold - 5,235
Total Tickets Sold - 293,160
Average Gross - $224,967
City - 56
Show - 57
Agency - Creative Artists Agency Subject: Charity Auction by Online Casino Helps Make A Wish
Aces.com is auctioning a poker table on eBay signed by nearly fifty of the celebrities in attendance at the recent Radio Music Awards, with all proceeds to be donated to the 'Make a Wish' foundation. Stars such as Snoop Dogg and Backstreet Boys signed the poker table whilst presenting and receiving awards at the gala event in Las Vegas. The Make a Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Other autographs on the Aces.com poker table include Adrienne Curry of "America Top Model", Alla Wartenberg of "The Apprentice", Arianne Zuker of "Days of our Lives", Kristian Bush of "Sugarland", Deborah Gibson, Flavor Flav, Lauren Holly, Lifehouse, Michael Buble, Robin Leach and Shane West – nearly fifty in all. Rene Queseda, Manager of Aces.com said, "When they found out it was for such a good cause, the celebrities were more than happy to give us an autograph." Subject: Boy bands draw grown-up pay days
The heady pinnacle of the teen-pop explosion five years ago casts a long shadow in the pop world. 'N Sync, though long gone from the charts and arena stages, still holds the record for combined concert and album sales revenue since Calendar began compiling the list in 1997. N Sync racked up a whopping $212.9 million in 2000 and finished in the Ultimate Top 10 for four consecutive years, taking No. 1 honors twice. So it's no surprise that the youth-pop sensation has generated the most money on that list over its nine-year existence: $529.6 million. Additionally, 'N Sync's peers landed two more spots on the overall Top 10 list. At No. 2: Backstreet Boys, with $520.5 million. Neither the group's 2005 reunion tour nor its album ("Never Gone") made a big impression on year-end rankings, but they added enough to the group's 1998-2001 take to push it ahead of Céline Dion for runner-up honors. Dion's $517.3 million makes her the only other act to crack $500 million. The rest of the Ultimate Top 10 finishers through the years: Dave Matthews Band ($408.5 million), U2 ($376.4 million), the Rolling Stones ($375.4 million), Britney Spears ($346.7 million), Eminem ($333.2 million), the Dixie Chicks ($283.6 million) and Shania Twain ($282.8 million). Subject: Tour Time: Backstreet Boys Release Special Edition Of Never Gone
With their FIRST EVER Australian tour kicking off in just over two weeks, the Backstreet Boys have a special treat for fans - they're releasing a tour edition of 'Never Gone' which includes bonus tracks and a brand new DVD featuring behind the scenes footage and video clips. The special edition of 'Never Gone' hits stores this Sunday, January 15 and features three bonus tracks - 'Song For The Unloved', 'Rush Over Me' and 'Movin' On'. The DVD includes full videos and behind the scenes footage for 'Incomplete', 'Just Want You To Know' and 'I Still' plus a performance clip of the fabulous 'Just Want You To Know' with BSB dressed as the hilarious Sphynkter! Grab yourself a copy of the 'Never Gone' tour edition when it hits stores this weekend to prepare yourself for one of the most exciting tours of the year!
Monday, January 9, 2006 Subject: More year-end chart stats
Source: See list
Chart positions for Incomplete:
Adult Contemporary: 16
Hot Adult Contemporary: 59
CHR/Pop: 46 Canadian Adult Contemporary: 8
Canadian Hot Adult Contemporary: 20
Canadian CHR: 23 Rick Dees Year-End Chart: Incomplete - 42
American Top 40 Year-End Chart: Incomplete - 39
Canadian Top 20 (Hot AC): - Incomplete - 18
Germany Year-End Singles Chart: Incomplete - 59 & Just Want You To Know - 128
Germany Year-End Album Chart: Never Gone - 24
Billboard Hot 100 Singles Airplay Titles: Incomplete - 97
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream Titles: Incomplete - 45 & Just Want You To Know - 96
Billboard Top Adult Contemporary Artists: 12 with 1 charted title Australian Year End Charts: Incomplete charted at #25 and Never Gone at #92 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Top 100 Singles and Albums of 2005. United Worlds' Year End Charts: The Backstreet Boys made it to the United World Year-End charts for best selling albums and singles worldwide in 2005. Never Gone charted at number 25 with 2.198.000 copies sold and Incomplete at number 11. Subject: Wenn Music Review 2005
Retiring diva Cher earmarked all the profits from her concerts in January for tsunami charities, and The Black Eyed Peas toured Indonesia's devastated Banda Ache region before performing at a fundraising concert in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur alongside Lauryn Hill, Backstreet Boys and Wyclef Jean. APRIL - Rehabilitation continued as a theme in April - Billy Joel finished a stint in a treatment centre for alcohol dependency and declared himself fit and healthy. Meanwhile, Aaron Carter's mother begged him to check into rehab to kick his drug problems. April proved to be a trying time for the Carter family because Backstreet Boys singer Nick pleaded not guilty to two drink driving charges on 13 April and had his license revoked. MAY - Reformed boyband Backstreet Boys began the lone European date of their comeback tour on 30 May by running over a fan at Dusseldorf airport in Germany. Julia Wagner suffered a fractured leg as the group's bus edged through crowds. The five-piece made up for Wagner's injury by making her guest of honour at the show in Cologne the following night. Subject: I Still's Japan debut
I Still debuted at #1 on the Japanese International Singles Chart with 2,182 copies sold.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005 Subject: Billboard Year End Charts
Thanks: Dark Angel
Top Billboard 200 Artists - #100
The Billboard 200 Titles - #98 (Never Gone)
Billboard Comprehensive Albums Titles - #102 (Never Gone)
Hot Digital Tracks Artists - #44
Hot Digital Songs - #50 (Incomplete)
Hot Digital Tracks - #34 (Incomplete - Album Version)
Pop 100 Artists - #36 (3 Charted Titles)
Pop 100 Titles - #48 (Incomplete)
Pop 100 Airplay - #47 (Incomplete)
Hot Adult Contemporary Songs - #12 (Incomplete)
Hot 100 Artists - #57
Hot 100 Songs - #64 (Incomplete) Subject: Japan's Year End Charts
Never Gone charted at #2 on Japan's International Chart for 2005, and at #19 on the overall chart with total sales of 528,360. Subject: Z100's Top 100 of 2005
Incomplete - #24
Crawling Back To You - #58
Just Want You To Know - #79
Sunday, December 18, 2005 Subject: Backstreet Boys visit the Texas Children's Hospital
The Backstreet Boys were in Houston for Jingle Jam and it was arranged for them to visit Texas Children's Hospital. They were slated to be at the hospital for 1 1/2 hours but stayed for 3 hours and were just fantastic. They visited with 10 children who had illnesses ranging from bone infection, to needing heart transplants, cancer and those that had had heart surgery. The Boys were so wonderful to each of the patients and gave each of them special time with pictures, autographs and in EVERY room sang an a capella version of one of their songs. (Safest Place to Hide, I Want it That Way, I'll Never Break Your Heart (in Spanish for a patient and her family from Mexico), All I Have to Give, I can't remember them all!) At Texas Children's, we have a radio station that broadcasts throughout the hospital. On Thursday night, we had a contest to find the fans who would get a visit from the Backstreet Boys. They had to answer trivia questions about the Boys and they won a CD. The patients thought on Saturday they would be getting their pictures taken with the CD. Little did they know that the Boys themselves would be taking the pictures with them. They kids were just SOOO excited when the Boys showed up and the Boys were wonderful with them. I cannot describe how wonderful they are. They spent so much time, were so genuine, and really seemed to be touched by our kids. It brought tears to my eyes each time they broke out in song for these kids. They were also so kind to other kids who saw them in the hallway (and the nurses who wanted to get their pics with them, too). At the end of the tour, they went to our Radio Lollipop for an interview with some DJs from the station hosting Jingle Jam and sang I Want it That Way again (Nick sang... "I want it Brian's way"). These clips and other clips should be up on the KRBE website. I was very fortunate to get to ride over in the car with the Boys to the hospital prior to the visit. I gave them some stats on the hospital and the patients they would be meeting with on Saturday. To my surprise, Brian quoted those statistics at the concert on Saturday night. We do have one of the leading pediatric cardiovascular surgery departments in the world, so Brian was particularly interested in that. It was such an amazing day for all the kids. And Kevin talked about how blessed he/they were to have visited the children. They were just so good to all our kids. As soon as we have pictures I can link to, I'll post the link. The Boys' photographer, Andre Csillag, was with us and he is supposed to be emailing us the pics. Also our Texas Children's photographer took some pics as well. What an amazing Christmas present to all our kids. Subject: Brian honored by the Make-a-Wish Foundation
Thanks: Mirrored Illusions
Brian Littrell is being honored Saturday with the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 25th Anniversary Award. The Backstreet Boy has granted 90 wishes over the years and has donated more than $25,000. Subject: Billboard's Year End Sales Charts
Never Gone is # 98.
Sunday, December 12, 2005 Subject: Chairs for Charity
Thanks: Mirrored Illusions
A-Channel and the John Labatt Centre teamed up to auction off two directors chairs signed by top artists who performed at the John Labatt Centre over the past year, including the Backstreet Boys. Bidding starts on December 12, 2005 at $10. All proceeds will be donated to the Children's Health Foundation. Click here to view the chairs and place your bid. Subject: First Annual MBSBFC Conference
Our group is a hosting a fan conference next year in Orlando and we've just received confirmation that Denise McLean will be there also. In fact, we are conducting a MBSBFC Raffle, and she's is our grand prize. One lucky winner w/a guest will get to have a private luncheon with her on Saturday, April 22, 2006. All the info regarding the conference is posted at our website. Subject: Backstreet Boys Ultimate Fan Charity Auction
Thanks to all of our listeners who participated in our 'Ultimate Jingle Jam Experience' online fundraiser for the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross' Hurricane Relief Fund. Special thanks to our top 3 bidders: Linda Cheek, Ninfa Flores and Winner # 3 wants to stay anonymous so she can surprise a special loved one on Saturday. On Saturday, with the help of the Backstreet Boys, 104 KRBE will make a check presentation to the American Red Cross, live on stage at Jingle Jam, with the money raised from the online auction and a portion of the proceeds from this year's ticket sales. If you would like to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita this holiday season, you can log on to redcross.org or call 1-800-Help-Now. Subject: MTV Music Awards Latino 2005
BSB has been nominated in the Best Internation Pop Artist category. Click here to vote for them. Subject: Stylus Magazine's Top 50 Singles of 2005 - Incomplete # 24
Usually when I go home for Thanksgiving my high-school friends and I get together for a mini-reunion. But this time, it was only me and two other people—seems everyone's starting to celebrate with their adult friends. But we made the most of it and ended up at the local pool hall. This pool hall is wonderful, populated as it is by old men that look like they chain-smoke 24 hours a day and the kind of teenagers who started smoking and having facial hair and boobs before everyone else, all squeezed into a walled-off smoking room that, inexplicably, has decals of Shrek the ogre and Nemo the fish on the windows. It also pipes in music that's essentially Radio Disney without the annoying DJ chatter and commercials, and at one point, it played the Backstreet Boys' "Incomplete." Now, obviously this made me very happy, but what I began to realize was that during the chorus, other people in the pool hall were singing along. They weren't singing the whole thing, and they definitely weren't singing very loud. But they were singing, almost involuntarily, and without any particular embarrassment. And if this song can make teenage hoodlums and weather-beaten old men sing along to the Backstreet Boys, who are you to resist its charms? -- Mike Barthel
Sunday, December 5, 2005 Subject: Backstreet to release an even greater hits
Sydney, AU - Now that the Backstreet Boys have announced they're hitting our shores next year, we're very excited to let you know that they'll also be releasing a CD/DVD tour edition of their 'Greatest Hits' album! Wanna get your BSB dance moves and lyrics up to scratch before you watch the guys live? Then this will definitely be the release to get you in top shape! Following a four-year break, the Backstreet Boys have stormed the charts across the globe with their new album 'Never Gone' and the absolutely massive singles 'Incomplete' and 'Just Want You To Know'. With their first EVER Australian tour scheduled for 2006, the guys will be releasing a very special tour edition of their killer 'Greatest Hits' album. This time, the tour edition will come complete with the CD and DVD all in the one package! Featuring classic BSB tracks like 'Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)', 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)', 'As Long As You Love Me', 'I Want It That Way', and 'Larger Than Life' on both the CD and DVD, this is an absolute must-have for all fans of Backstreet Boys. And don't forget - tickets to the guys' shows go on sale this Friday December 2, while the 'Greatest Hits' tour edition hits stores on Sunday (December 4). It'll be a massive Backstreet Boys weekend if you get yourself a ticket to the show plus the awesome 'Greatest Hits' tour edition! 'Never Gone' is in stores now. 'Greatest Hits - Tour Edition' hits stores December 4th. Subject: Backstreet goes Singapore
They've never really gone, really. And for those who didn't get enough of the Backstreet Boys' appearance earlier this year at the Force of Nature concert then you'll be glad that the quintet's Never Gone Tour hits Asia in January. That's the good news. The bad news is that Malaysia has, once again, been sidelined for whatever reason. The nearest cities to us that the boys are appearing at are north in Bangkok, and south in Singapore. Other cities on the mega list include Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Manila (makes us feel a little left out doesn't it?) The best date for us to pencil in would be Jan 24 for the Singapore show, brought in by LAMC Productions, and to be staged at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Without a doubt, the Backstreet Boys is one of the most widely accepted of boy bands, with millions of fans from all corners of the world. The quintet's sixth studio album Never Gone, released in the middle of this year, comes nearly five years after their last studio album, and reflects the adult ideals of a quintet that broke music and concert sales records the world over, moving more than 80 million albums since coming into the fray in 1997. As teen idols, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson, sold more than 13 million copies each of their first two US albums, Backstreet Boys (1997) and the No. 1 (in 25 nations) Millennium (1999). Black and Blue followed (2000), moving eight million copies, and then Hits: Chapter One (2001). Never Gone, which the boys spent more than a year recording, moves beyond pop idol notoriety to reflect what is happening in the group's lives and in the world. Ticket prices for the group's Singapore concert are S$162 (RM366), S$127 (RM287), S$97 (RM220) and S$72 (RM163). Tickets go on sale on Thursday at all Sistic outlets. Visit www.sistic.com.sg, or call the hotline 02-63485555. Bookings in Kuala Lumpur can be made via Holiday Tours & Travel, Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur (03-22732200). Subject: BSb signed Lifebeat poster
LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS is auctioning off a poster hand-signed by the Backstreet Boys as part of Bid 2 Beat AIDS. 100% of the final sale price will support LIFEbeat, Inc. Bidding starts at $9.99. Place your bid on eBay.com.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Subject: Nick & AJ "Come Together Now" In Store Appearance
You may want to call the store beforehand to confirm because I don't have exact confirmation on this, but they're supposed to be at Transworld, 2191 Glendale Galleria, Los Angeles, on Nove,mber 29th at at 7pm or check the website here. Subject: Backstreet Boys coming for show
Philippines - They’ve been here a few years ago when they were not yet popular. And soon (on Jan. 20 next year), the Backstreet Boys (BSB) are coming back not for an album promo like before but for a major show at the Araneta Coliseum, to be produced by Viva Concerts and Events. Since the group’s introduction in 1997, the Boys – Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell – have become most sought-after. The group has made its immense impact on pop culture with unforgettable hits like its debut platinum single Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), All I Have To Give and I Want It That Way. They have scored a total of 12 top 40 hits, eight of which reached the Top 10. The BSB has sold more than 13 million copies each of its first two US albums, Backstreet Boys (1997) and Millennium (1999). Black and Blue sold more than eight million copies and its 2001 record Hits: Chapter One reached the platinum mark. The Boys' latest offering, Never Gone, was released a few months ago. The title of the album eloquently speaks of the BSB. No, they're never gone and never will be. Subject: Kristin Richardson to be on another episode of Lost
Thanks: Mirrored Illusions
Playing "Jessica Mars" in episode: "What Happened to Mister Ford?" (episode # 2.11), December 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005 Subject: Order BSB Special Editions
Backstreet Boys Never Gone - Japan Tour Special Edition - [w/DVD - Limited Edition]
Price: Yen- 3200, US$(27.4) Release Date: 01-Jan-2006
Japan original edition of the Backstreet Boys' latest album includes limited edition bonus DVD with music videos for the singles Incomplete, Just Want You To Know and I Still (performance version) plus making-of footage. Click here to order in Japan and click here to order elsewhere.
Backstreet Boys Never Gone Special DVD (title subject to change)
Price: Yen- 2000, US$(17.12) Release Date: 01-Jan-2006
Japan original release of the "Never Gone" special DVD. Includes music videos for the three singles released from the album, including Incomplete, Just Want You To Know and I Still plus making of footage for the videos! Click here to order in Japan and click here to order elsewhere Subject: Billboard's review of CBTY
Producer: John Fields -- Genre: POP
Backstreet Boys made a stunning (global) return earlier this year with the lush "Incomplete." All signals were go, but then radio missed out on uptempo follow-up "Just Want You to Know." Jive is striving to score again with third single "Crawling Back to You," another smart, melodic ballad that should meet favor with the group's maturing base, as well as fans of well-crafted songs at adult top 40. Perhaps midtempo pop stunner "Climbing the Walls" or critics' favorite "Poster Girl" might have been better choices, but let's hope programmers have weighed in favorably on "Crawling." There are plenty of hits left on current disc "Never Gone," but BSB's return to glory has little room for error, amid the novelty acts continually hogging the airwaves. This song has solid catalog potential. Does "My Humps"? — Chuck Taylor Subject: Brian's My Space
Seems Brian has a My Space account. He'll be the dude with the most My Space friends ever. lol... Subject: DLF Xmas Raffle
Thanks: Angie/Backstreet Lite
This is a DLF approved fundraising event specifically for Christmas 2005. We will be holding a raffle where the first prize will be a Build A Bear (these are similiar to Bear Factory bears in UK) dressed as a really cute Santa. This bear will have its own voicebox upon which Howie will record a special Christmas greeting for the lucky winner. There will be 2 runners up prizes of a Build A Bear wearing a white T Shirt personalised and signed by Howie himself. Tickets for the raffle will be available up until 7th December and the winning tickets will be drawn by Howie himself on the DLF Cruise.
Tickets are $1.00 each, (but are also in books of 6) or
6 tickets for $5.00
12 tickets for $10.00
18 tickets for $15.00
24 tickets for $20.00 etc...
Anyone who saw the bears that were auctioned at the recent DLF breakfast event in London can vouch for how cute these bears are, and with a truely unique message from Howie himself they really are worth winning. A few pounds for raffle tickets gives everyone a chance to contribute and maybe win. So come on everyone, show Howie some more support for the DLF by buying some raffle tickets and winning yourself a really unique Christmas present in the shape of a Howie Santa Bear! For details of how to pay for the tickets or anything else you want to know please contact Angie, Chris or Sue. Subject: A Lasting World Xmas Raffle
The "All I want for Christmas" candies are here. The candy comes in an organza, drawstring bag and each bag contains one coin for each Backstreet Boy -- embossed on one side with the Boy's name and on the other side with the words "All I want for Christmas". ( The chocolate is also embossed)
We also have our Kevin-approved holiday ornament, available in green mist or blue mist colors -- click here to see one.
You also get a raffle ticket that makes you eligible for an EXCLUSIVE, one-of-a-kind photo! You get one raffle ticket for each item you order...BUT...if you do the 'combo deal' and order both an ornament AND a bag of chocolate -- you get 5 (yes, 5!) raffle tickets! Andre, the Boys' official photographer, has mailed us an EXCLUSIVE, COPYRIGHTED, SIGNED (by Andre) PHOTO OF KEVIN FROM THE 'I STILL' VIDEO SHOOT! Imagine this....Kevin sitting at a bar, a bottle of Vodka in front of him, looking pensive (and sexy) in his black leather jacket, around him eerie candlelight and smoke...well...it's a HOTTTTT shot, to say the least! Because of our promise to Andre that we would not display or publish it anywhere, we cannot put this photo on line.
Ornaments are $5. each, plus $3 shipping and handling.
Candy is $5. each bag, plus $1.50 shipping and handling.
Combo deal -- only $3 total for shipping and handling.
ORDER TODAY!! Deadline is December 15, or until supplies run out, and the winner will have the photo by Christmas!! If you have already ordered candy, you are in the raffle! And if you want to add an ornament, we will count your order as the 'combo' deal. Just please let us know that's what your doing so we give you the proper amount of raffle tix. Also if you already ordered candy, your shipment will be in tommorrow's (November 14) mail. If you have any questions, please contact us. As always, we appreciate all you do to support ALW, Kevin, & the Earth. - Linda & Wen. Subject: 2006 BSB Calendar
Available online from Switerland in German only. Click here to order.
Sunday, October 16, 2005 Subject: Hurricane Katrina/Tsunami Relief Benefit Project
The song, "Come Together Now", written by Sharon Stone, Damon Sharpe, MarkFeist, and Denise Rich, was inspired by the magnitude of human suffering and tragedy that touched so many lives after the tsunami disaster last December. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina we will now use this song as a combined effort to raise funds for the two global tragedies. The following artists have participated: Celine Dion, The Game, Joss Stone, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Mya, JoJo, Rueben Studdard, Patti Labelle, Gavin Degraw, Anthony Hamilton, Natalie Cole, Stacie Orrico, Kelly Price, Chingy, Jesse Macartney, Nick Carter & AJ McLean of The Backstreet Boys, Aaron Carter, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Lee Ryan and Glenn Lewis. The track was being produced by Mark J. Feist and Damon Sharpe (Destiny's Child, Jennifer Lopez, Mya.) Top musicians have offered their time to play on the track: Steve Lukather on guitar, Abe Laborial, Jr. on drums and Greg Phillinganes on acoustic grand piano. The strings were arranged and conducted by Bill Meyers, whose credits include Destiny's Child, Brian McKnight, Madonna, and Earth Wind and Fire. The song was mixed by legendary mix engineer Jon Gass. All proceeds from the song will benefit Hurricane Katrina/Tsunami relief. Rebuilding the damage is a journey that will take a long time and our intent is to establish revenue that will continue past the release of the single. We have documented all the stages of production for the music video and a making of DVD that will also be sold and given to the Charity. Both will be directed by music video and feature film director Bille Woodruff. Subject: Crawling Back To You - Music For Hurricane Relief
Break out your lighters! Backstreet Boys return with "Crawling Back," a lushly orchestrated tale of regret and repentance with an anthemic hook that lasts for days. Even if "boy bands" aren't your thing, this little gem transcends that tag. And all of the proceeds go to hurricane relief charities, so download and donate!
Crawling Back To You - Music For Hurricane Relief (Single) 1 - Crawling Back To You
2 - Weird World
Album Price: $1.98 - Buy it [here] or at your favorite digital music store. Subject: Crawling Back To You single news
The radio release date for Crawling Back To You has been pushed back once again. At the moment the new add date is October 25, 2005.
Sunday, October 2, 2005 Subject: JWYTK single & DVD release
Source: BSB UK Street Team
The Backstreet Boys will release their new single Just Want You To Know on the 17th of October. Available on 2 CD singles with Live versions of classic Backstreet Boys tracks as b-sides. Also a DVD single format will be available with the video for Just Want You To Know on it and a live performance of Weird World. Subject: EW tidbit
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly has finally jumped on the bandwagon and ranked the JWYTK video at number 4. The Must List is a list of ten things that the people at EW love that week. Backstreet Boys "Just Want You to Know" -- The Boys sport mullets and offer an unexpectedly clever take on the cult vid classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot." Subject: Star Party
Note: Translated article. The Backstreet Boys loaded up with champagne and Swedish girls. Nick Carter chose the music. The drink was champagne. Tonight the Backstreet Boys partied at Café Opera in Stockholm. – I love Sweden, and I want to move here, says Nick Carter. The Backstreet Boys arrived at Café Opera at 11pm. The party was arranged by Plaza and the nightclub was packed with people. The worldstars soon disappeared up to the VIP-section for drinks (Champagne and others), fans and other invited people gathered around to get a glimpse of their idols. Soon Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter entered the DJ-box, where they chose the music for the night. Nick Carter went back to the hotel with young blondes, and Kevin Richardson went back alone. Party with Bingo Rimér. - I’ve had a fantastic evening tonight, but right now I’m going to sleep. It’s a big day for us tomorrow, says Richardson. The rest of the band partied more. - I’ve always had fun here, says Howie Dorough, who afterpartied in Max Martin's studio with the girl photographer Bingo Rimér and some other young ladies. It’s no secret that Backstreet Boys loves Sweden. They chose to start their Europe Tour here in Sweden for a long time ago. Nick: I wanna move here. We’ve had a lot of history here. It was here we first hit through, and we love Sweden so much: the meatballs, the clean air and the lovely people. And of course, the idyll among the skerries, says Kevin Richardson. Nick Carter goes further and says that he’s been thinking about getting a house here. - I love Sweden, I wanna move here. Yesterday the Backstreet Boys stayed several hours in the Globe to rehearse for tonight’s show. “It went really good. We feel safe for tomorrow (read today)” says AJ McLean. After rehearsing he, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and the other Boys went partying at Café Opera and later on to other places. Saturday, September 16, 2005 Subject: Celebrity signed shoes to benefit Heal the Bay
Dada Footwear has created an exclusive Heal the Bay-inspired tennis shoe that has been signed by celebrities and will be auctioned off this weekend only with all proceeds benefiting Heal the Bay. Celebrity autographs include Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Leonardo DiCaprio, Xzibit, Tobey Maguire, Cindy Crawford and more. Bid now at ebay.com. Click on the picture to enlarge. Subject: Jimmy Kimmel Tickets
Jimmy Kimmel Live is opening up their audience to an additional 200 fans when the Backstreet Boys perform outdoors next week, September 21. Visit iota.com for more information and to request tickets. Subject: Next single...
Thanks: Mirrored Illusions
I Still has been chosen as the next international single, the Boys will be shooting the music video for it next week. New HSI signing Matt McDermitt will be directing a Backstreet Boys video next week in Los Angeles. It's been said the third U.S. single will be Crawling Back To You, but for now that's just a rumor. According to an inside source they're still debating between a few songs.
Monday, September 5, 2005 Subject: The Backstreet Boys are coming to Australia
Australians may get a boy band fix early next year, with American pop group Backstreet Boys likely to venture Down Under on their first concert tour. After a five-year break, the boys are back "stronger than ever", says band member Howie Dorough. "We are in the midst of trying to fit Australia into the schedule after we go to Japan in January," Howie said from the United States today. "So probably end of January, early February." The Backstreet Boys - Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrel and Howie Dorough - have visited Australia for a brief promotional tour but never performed any live concert dates here. "We have performed promotion and press but we have never been able to fit it into the schedule," Howie said. The boy group have sold more than 73 million albums worldwide with hits including I Want it That Way, Everybody, As Long As You Love Me and Quit Playing Games. The group took an indefinite break in 2001 because of a number of reasons, Howie said. "We are well rested and I think we appreciate each other a lot more now than we did in the past," Howie said."We got a little too comfortable and we got a little burnt out. "We had so much negativity between AJ going into rehab, 9/11 happening which one of our crew members died in and between us having turmoil with our management." Backstreet Boys this year released a new studio album, Never Gone, and have embarked on an international tour. They are currently touring Canada and plan to perform their first concert tour in Australia next year. "We have put together a great show which has pretty much all of the greatest hits plus about nine songs of new stuff," he said. "We are very excited about it. We have put together a great show that we all feel very proud of and we are just going to rock it as long as we can." Subject: BSB nominated for a MTVLA Award
Fans can vote for the Backstreet Boys in the "Best International Pop Artist" category at the Latin VMAs. Just go to mtvla.com. They will ask you to choose a country so click on any of them. A page with some nominees will open. Go ahead and vote for anyone by clicking on their picture. The "Mejor Artista Pop Internacional" category will be on the seventh page. That's when you stop and vote for Backstreet Boys. Once you did that just keep voting until they take you to a contest page that you don't have to fill that out. Vote as many times as you want. Subject: Vote for BSB for the The Backstreet Boys are coming to Australia
The Backstreet Boys are nominated for a MTV Russian Music Award in the "Best Comeback" category. The RMAs will air in two weeks and fans can vote at their website. How to vote: Go to rma05.mtv.ru, click on NHTEPAKTNB (5th option from left to right), then TOXE HOMNHAHTbl (1st option from left to right), select BCNOMHNTb (5th on the list) and push the buttom. The nominees page will open, vote for the Backstreet Boys by pushing the buttom below their picture.
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Subject: BSB nominated for a Relly Award
The Backstreet Boys have been nominated for a Live with Regis & Kelly "Relly Award" in the category of Favorite Musical Guest for their performance of ‘Incomplete’ at Disneyland back in May. On Tuesday, August 30th, Regis & Kelly will re-air the performance. Tuesday is the only day that fans can vote in the musical guest category! Winner will be announced in mid-September. Click here for more information. Subject: Never Gone certified gold and platinum
Never Gone has been certified gold and platinum all over the world. Here is the certification list thus far.
Brazil - Platinum (125,000 units)
Canada - Platinum (100,000 units)
Germany - Gold (100,000 units)
Italy - Gold (40,000 units)
Japan - 2x Platinum (500,000 units)
Mexico - Gold (75,000 units)
Switzerland - Gold (20,000 units)
Taiwan - Gold (50,000 units)
UK - Gold (100,000 units)
USA - Platinum (1,000,000 units) * One million for the US is the number of albums shipped -- 500-600k have been sold. Subject: Why MTV's TRL won't play JWYTK
Source: Leighanne Littrell
The following email was sent to LittrellFans.net by Leighanne Littrell, Brian's wife. It explains why even though fans are voting like crazy JWYTK hasn't made into the TRL countdown yet.
"At present time MTV states they do not want to play BSB's music because they do not want pop music to make a comeback. Their quote is that they don't want to open Pandora's Box. Anything the fans could do to support the boys and not to give MTV the power to decide that what the world should and should not hear. This is the second time MTV has tried to hold down the BSB from becoming the best that they can be. If there is anything you can do to help, it would be greatly appreciated."
Johnny Wright and Nick have been asking fans to vote for the video during their shows, but Kevin seemed mad at the Chicago soundcheck and said MTV would never play it.This isn't the first time MTV hasn't been very professional regarding the Boys, which is a shame considering the big part they played on the network, especially on TRL. Subject: Incomplete nominated for a VMB
BSB is nominated for the MTV Video Music Brazil with Incomplete in the International Video category. If you speak/understand portuguese you can sign up and vote for them at MTV.com.br. The Boys are very popular in Brazil. Never Gone is currently the 12th most sold album in the country and 7th in the international charts. Subject: BSB show Rich Cronin support
Rich Cronin, former lead singer of boy band LFO -- best-known for the 1999 top five hit "Summer Girls" -- is battling leukemia and lymphoma. The 29-year-old Bostonian says he has been overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of support from LFO fans and his music friends, including members of 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys and 98°. Aaron Carter and Joey Fatone are among the performers taking part in an Aug. 21 concert in Orlando, Fla. Produced by the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation, the concert will raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Cronin, who is readying his solo album for Hydrogen Records, says getting young people to donate bone marrow is his No. 1 priority. Subject: BSB go back in time
The Backstreet Boys have gone back in time for their latest music video to portray a fictional 1985 rock band called SPHYNKTER. Embracing much of the faded fashions of the vintage decade, Kein Richardson, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell are seen donning mullets, thick moustaches and headbands as they play both the rockers and their fans in the clip accompanying their new single, "Just Want You To Know". Richardson, who came up with the treatment for the video, tells MTV News, "This is an homage to the rock bands of the '80s and the culture that surrounded it. "We had a blast. We wanted to do something different. We've done the beefcake videos, we've done the dark, mysterious videos, we've done the performance videos. We wanted to do something fun and crazy and we had a great time. "We all love playing characters and it was a great opportunity for us to just have a blast and do something crazy." Richardson is particularly proud of his "heavy make out kinda white trash" scene where he's shown kissing a female reveller with alarming passion.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 Subject: Billboard reviews JWYTK as global smash
Who would have expected the Backstreet Boys to score a full-blown comeback with "Incomplete" — not just a polite return, but a second swipe at world domination. And with a ballad, at that. "Just Want You to Know," the second single from the wholly satisfying platinum set "Never Gone," only tops the sundae with a cherry. It is an uptempo song in much the same vein as Kelly Clarkson's pop/rock anthem "Since U Been Gone," with flypaper hooks from enduring musical maestro Max Martin. This guitar-octane perspirer proves that BSB has plenty of ammunition left in its arsenal. In a word: hit. In two words: global smash. — Chuck Taylor Subject: Backstreet on the Billboard charts history
Hootie & the Blowfish debut at Adult Top 40 at No. 35 with "One Love" (Vanguard), their 12th charting single at the format. That places the act in a tie with Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox Twenty and Backstreet Boys for the most charted singles at the format by a group. The four acts trail Sheryl Crow (15), Madonna (14) and Alanis Morissette (13) for the lead among all artists. Backstreet Boys have done a bit better at Mainstream Top 40 as their title count on that list improves to 16 with the debut of "Just Want You to Know" (Zomba) at No. 38. They hold the lead for most chart appearances by a group at that format and are now in a three-way tie for fourth overall with Nelly and Britney Spears. Only Madonna (24), Mariah Carey (23) and Janet Jackson (21) have had more Mainstream Top 40 hits. "Know" is the Boys' ninth chart appearance this decade, which ties them with Destiny's Child as the group with the most charted singles in the 2000s.
Thursday, July 21, 2005 Subject: Howie in NJ on July 28th
Want to meet Howie and benefit the Dorough Lupus Foundation at the same time? Click here for more info! Subject: Never Gone sales
Never Gone is now double platinum in Japan (total ship is 511,353)!! It is #1 on Oricon international chart for 6 weeks, #8 on the combined chart (6 weeks in top 10). With the new single/video & upcoming Japan tour, we are going for triple platinum!
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Subject: New video to be shot
The Backstreet Boys will be shooting their video for their single, Just Want You to Know, this week in California. Subject: Never Gone is an album for the entire family
Backstreet Boys' band member AJ McLean thinks that their new album, Never Gone, is different from much of today's music, because it's appropriate for fans of all ages. AJ says: "This is music for the masses. This is something that can bring people together. They can all sit with their family and enjoy a good quality record. This is not a record that parents feel they have to be cautious or wary of their kids listening to or that it might be a bad influence on people. We always try to strive on doing positive music and if you listen to what's on the radio nowadays it's pretty much about how much money you got or how many cars you got or how much jewelry you got or even how many times you've been shot." Never Gone did well in its international debut this week. The album is Number One in Germany, India, Korea and on Japan's International Chart. It's also Number Two in Canada, Mexico, Spain, and on the Pan-European Billboard chart. The album debuted two weeks ago at Number Three on the Billboard 200 albums chart and now sits at Number Seven. Backstreet Boys will be touring in support of Never Gone this summer. The tour begins on July 22 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Following the U.S. tour, the group will embark on international dates, taking them through Europe, Asia and South America.
Sunday, July 3, 2005 Subject: The new single will be Just Want You To Know
They've silenced the doubters; Backstreet's well and truly back! With an already Gold comeback album in the UK, 2 sold out dates at Wembley in October (the second added due to public demand), and a single set to go straight in the top ten this week, the biggest selling boyband of all time are showing them all how its done! And now they are announcing the second single to be taken from "Never Gone". Just Want You To Know is a midtempo number with the type of killer chorus that the 'boys' have become famous for. Written and produced by their old cohort Max Martin, it's a piece of quality Pop with rocky edge! Just Want You To Know will be released on September 26th, just before the sold out UK dates. Subject: Backstreet Strip Down
Set to tour behind their first album in four years, Never Gone, the Backstreet Boys are planning to do something kind of radical for a boy band: scale back the production."There was a time when there were a lot of groups like us -- you had the Britneys, you had the 'N Syncs, us, 98 Degrees -- and the objective was to blow up as many things as you could onstage," says Brian Littrell. "But this tour, it's going to be about the music. The fans are going to see us five -- there won't be twenty-five dancers." The five -- Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean and Nick Carter -- will perform ten songs off Never Gone, as well as their entire Chapter 1 greatest hits compilation. That's not to say there'll be no frills. "We might have a little bit of pyro here and there," says Littrell. "And we're going to break out the sequin blazers," Richardson jokes. The Backstreet Boys' North American dates kick off in their native Florida on July 22nd, and will be followed by a European tour.
Sunday, June 26, 2005 Subject: Vote for BSB for the Teen Choice Awards 2005
The Backstreet Boys received a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards 2005 for Choice Love Song with Incomplete. They're up against Jesse McCartney, Destiny's Child, Mario, Bobby Valentino, Maroon 5, Mariah Carey and Lifehouse. The fans get to pick the winner, here's how you can vote for Incomplete. Go here, choose Wave II, enter your email address and start voting. The Boys are on the third page, you have to vote for everything in order to be able to get there and vote for everything after until you get the Thank You page or your vote won't count. The Teen Choice Awards will air on Tuesday, August 16 at 8om ET on Fox. Subject: BSB is back with international success; Never Gone debuts top 5 around the world
The Backstreet Boys are back on top of the Billboard album charts debuting this week at #3* in the U.S. Worldwide Never Gone is topping the album charts with #1's in Japan (on the international chart), Germany, India, Chile, and Korea with Top 5 album debuts in Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.After spending 3 years apart, the Backstreet Boys released Never Gone on June 14. Earlier this year the group set out on a sold out club tour. Recent television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Today Show, The View, Live With Regis & Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The CBS Early Show. Print features have included People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Blender. USA Today gave Never Gone 3 stars declaring that the "Backstreet Boys are rock solid ... smartly produced, cannily sung material ... the group sounds as comfortable and accessible as ever." The NY Post stated "... the songs are melodically strong and show off the outfit's skillful harmonies." Backstreet Boys are "Artist of the Month" for June on AOL. Their recent AOL Listening Session became one of the Top 10 AOL Listening Sessions of all time. Tickets are on sale now for the Backstreet Boys U.S. summer tour dates, presented by AOLMusic.com. Following the U.S. tour, the group will embark on international dates taking them through Europe, Asia and South America. Never Gone is the 4th studio release from the group since their debut in 1997. To date they have garnered 2 Diamond albums (RIAA certification for 10 million sold), as well as numerous multi-platinum certifications for albums, singles and videos. In total they have sold over 73 million albums worldwide. Subject: Rock's in the head (and it's on a roll)
For the eighth time in the last nine weeks, a rock album has chimed in at the top of the charts. This week, two did. Coldplay again clutched the No. 1 spot with "X&Y," following up its blockbuster opening week of nearly three-quarters of a million copies. But this time the group was given mighty chase by the Foo Fighters' latest CD, "In Your Honor." Coldplay moved 322,990 to the Foos' almost winning figure of 310,585. Breathing down both their necks was the Backstreet Boys' "comeback" CD, "Never Gone." It bagged the No. 3 slot with sales of 290,946. That's a solid number for a group that had taken a five-year hiatus - long enough for many of their pink-cheeked fans to outgrow them. The photogenic fivesome's last CD, 2000's "Black & Blue," moved 1.6 million copies in its first week, and went on to push a hefty 5.4 million platters altogether. Yet those towering figures came way back during the height of boy-band mania. The Boys' latest single, "Incomplete," has managed to go top 10 in Pop Radio and top 25 in Mainstream Adult formats, connecting them to the older audience they now need to survive. The group has also done as much TV promotion as in their prime, making key appearances on the "Today" show, "The Tonight Show" and "The View. Subject: Backstreet Boys' New single Incomplete debuts at number 1
The Backstreet Boys have proved their enduring relevance in Australia, with their new single 'Incomplete' debuting at an immense No 1, five years after their last release here. It's been said a lot lately, but it's oh-so true - Backstreet's back! Incomplete has been taking the world by storm as an out-of-the-box hit, rocketing straight to a No 1 Most Added track at Australian radio in its first week, then following that up by smashing into the ARIA singles chart for a No 1 debut. The single has achieved huge results internationally too, hitting the Top 10 in the US, No 1 in Brazil, No 2 in Italy and No 3 in Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. It's the first single from the Backstreet Boys' much anticipated new album, 'Never Gone', which is in stores this Sunday. The fourth studio release from the guys since their debut in 1997, it's been a long time coming, but it's definitely been worth the wait! Never Gone is the first studio album from the Backstreet Boys in almost five years, but today, nearly a decade since their initial success - and following a healthy three-year breather - the boys admit that they needed time to catch up, grow up and gain some perspective on the whirlwind of fame. Having sold 73 million albums, they're one of the most successful all male vocal pop groups ever, so it's easy to see why a bit of time off was necessary! Luckily for us, they're back on track, and have an amazing new album to drive that point home. Featuring their trademark vocal harmonies but with a freshness that pushes them to the top of the pop table, the Backstreet Boys' latest album 'Never Gone' proves that timeless melodies and undeniable talent will always endure the test of time.
Sunday, June 16, 2005 Subject: DLF Promotion with E.L.F. Cosmetics
Purchase a special "Wings of Hope" beauty pouch for only $5.00. 20% of the proceeds will go to DLF. Subject: Backstreet Heat
Next week's sales chart is expected to see the Backstreet Boys doing about 300,000 and the Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor" selling about 50,000 fewer. If seven albums can keep their totals above 100,000, it will be a good omen for the music business. Subject: Backstreet Boys Poised For Chart-Topping Bow
New albums by Backstreet Boys and Foo Fighters are both on track to start above 250,000 copies, with the former having a genuine shot to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Based on first-day sales cited by retail chains, chart pundits figure Backstreet's "Never Gone" (Jive/Zomba Label Group) has a shot at touching 300,000 copies in its first week. The group's chances of landing its third No. 1 album depend on how large a second-week decline Coldplay's chart-topping "X&Y" (Capitol) suffers from its opener of 737,000. Of the last six albums to bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the largest second-week dip was 67% for Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth" (Nothing/Interscope), while the smallest was 42% for Rob Thomas' "...Something To Be." Alisma/Atlantic). Foo's "In Your Honor" (Roswell/RCA) should open in the neighborhood of 260,000-280,000, says a source close to the album. The band's largest prior week was 121,000 for fourth album "One By One" the week that it opened at No. 3 in 2002.
Sunday, June 12, 2005 Subject: Thank God and his Angels
As you know from the article in the Knoxville paper the Backstreet Boys had to cancel their charity appearance in Tennessee last night. The Boys had had a weather delay in NYC and then when the chartered plane took off the runway the cabin lost pressure. The pilot safely landed the airplane but the Boys were unable to get another plane out last night to get to Knoxville. I know that Kevin was personally trying to do everything humanly possible to get to this event. However, these things were outside of any of their control. Just something to think about: The Boys had an angel watching over their shoulders, because had the cabin pressure gone down when the Boys were already in the air, the result would have been the same as what happened to the golfer, Payne Stewart a few years ago, and it would not have been a happy ending. The Boys are very disappointed that they were unable to attend this event because we all know how much charity events mean to the Boys. I, for one, am just grateful that they are safe! Subject: Plane problems force Backstreet Boys to cancel trip to TN
A last minute cancellation Friday from the Backstreet Boys who were coming to East Tennessee. The band was supposed to appear at Jefferson County's Relay for Life around 11 p.m. But, about 30 minutes earlier, they cancelled because the plane they were on was having mechanical problems. The plane's loss of cabin pressure forced everyone off, and the band wasn't going to be able to get a flight to East Tennessee in enough time to attend the Relay. The Backstreet Boys were going to participate in the relay in support of Jefferson County 11 year old Victoria Culpepper, a brain cancer survivor. Fighting against cancer is an issue that's particularly close to the heart of Kevin Richardson, a member of the band. He became an advocate for the early prevention and treatment of colon cancer after his father died of the disease in 1991.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 Subject: Backstreet Boys Never Gone in Stores June 14; Tour Dates
Source: Jive Records
Jive Records will be releasing Never Gone, the first studio album from the Backstreet Boys in almost 5 years, on June 14, 2005. Never Gone will also be released as a DualDisc. The DualDisc version will contain the "Incomplete" video, 'Making Of' "Incomplete" video, the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound and enhanced stereo, bonus photos and a discography. A special exclusive digital version of the album including the "Incomplete" video and a digital booklet will be available for download at iTunes beginning on June 14.Upcoming television appearances include The Today Show concert series (6/10), The View (6/14), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (6/16) and The CBS Early Show (6/17). VH1 will air "Backstreet Boys: Behind the Music" starting June 13. On-line, a "Sneak Peek" full album listening party of "Never Gone" will be available on participating Clear Channel radio station websites from June 10-12 and on AOLMusic.com from June 13-20. Additionally, Clear Channel Music Group is promoting their upcoming national tour. Upcoming print features include People Magazine, Teen People, USA Today and Associated Press. Backstreet Boys, who are AOL Music's "Artist of the Month" for June, will kick off their summer tour, which is also presented by AOLMusic.com, on Friday, July 22, with a performance in West Palm Beach, FL. Through an exclusive arrangement with AOL, from June 10-24, fans that purchase a pair of top price tickets at www.AOLCityGuide.com for the upcoming Backstreet Boys summer tour will be given a free pair of lower price tickets to the same performance, at participating venues. Tickets on www.AOLCityGuide.com will be available one week before anywhere else and, while general tickets for the tour go on sale June 17-19, the buy two get two free offer will continue to be available for an additional week exclusively on AOLMusic.com . For more information on this special promotion and to check out Backstreet Boys' exclusive in-studio performance for AOL Music Sessions go to aolmusic.com. Subject: BSB in Montreal
Source: Musique Plus
BSB will be doing a live interview with Musique Plus on June 19th at 1:30pm. To win a chance to be part of the audience, click here. Subject: Backstreet Boys Voice Support in Fight Against Cancer
Just days before the launch of their latest album, “Never Gone,” the Backstreet Boys are set to make an appearance at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Jefferson County on Friday, June 10. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fund-raiser in support of our mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service. Who: The Backstreet Boys—Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson—will arrive at the Relay For Life at approximately 11 p.m., where they are expected to walk the track and raise money for the American Cancer Society by soliciting donations from fans who attend the event. The Backstreet Boys will participate in Relay For Life as members of the Provectus Pharmaceuticals team in support of Victoria Culpepper, an 11-year-old brain cancer survivor. Richardson has become an advocate for the early prevention and treatment of colon cancer after he lost his father to the disease in 1991. The Backstreet Boy/Jive Records will be releasing “Never Gone,” the group’s first studio album in almost five years, on June 14, 2005. “Never Gone” is the fourth studio release from the group since their debut in 1997. To date they have garnered two Diamond albums (RIAA certification for 10 million sold), as well as numerous multi-platinum certifications for albums, singles and videos. In total they have sold over 73 million albums worldwide. Where: Jefferson County High School, 115 West Dumplin Valley Road, Dandridge, Tenn. (Direction from Knoxville: Take I-40 East to exit 417. Turn left onto TN-92N and go two miles. Turn left onto West Dumplin Valley Rd. Jefferson County High School is on your left.) When: 11 p.m., Friday, June 10th. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.
Sunday, June 5, 2005 Subject: Info on Virgin In-Store Signing
Source: Virgin Megastore
The first 500 to purchase Never Gone, starting on Tuesday, 6/14 at 9 a.m., at the Virgin Megastore - Times Square ONLY - will receive a laminate for admittance to the signing.
Date: Tuesday, June 14th
Place: Virgin Megastore, 1540 Broadway, Times Square, NYC Subject: Boys' van runs over fan's foot
Reunited boy band the Backstreet Boys kick started the lone European date of their comeback tour in unfortunate fashion Monday, by running over a fan at Dusseldorf Airport. The five-piece, Nick Carter, AJ McClean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, jetted into the German city ready for their gig in Cologne Tuesday - their first performance in Germany in five years. But their return ended in pain and a trip to the hospital for 19-year-old fan Julia Wagner - who suffered a fractured leg when she was struck by the band's bus as it fought its way through a huge crowd at the airport. But the band did what they could to make up for the accident - Carter and Richardson visited Wagner in the hospital, where she was treated, and promised to make her a VIP guest at Tuesday's concert. Carter said, "We are so sorry for what happened. We'll make up for it." Subject: Boys say first single chose them
Lesson #1 in staging a successful comeback: Don't bother choosing the music; let the music choose you. As the Backstreet Boys were busy sifting through dozens of tracks to determine the first single off their forthcoming release, Never Gone, little did they know that the choice had already been made for them. "We were narrowing it down to about two or three songs collectively as a group, and we were talking amongst ourselves about it with our management, and the next thing you know, we're getting news that 'Incomplete' is on the radio and on the Internet," AJ McLean said. Before the mid-tempo power ballad was leaked, the Boys were also considering the fan tribute "I Still" and "Weird World," written by Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik, as their comeback single. But, " 'Incomplete' got such a great response from all the program directors and such a great response from the fans that we told them to just go for it," eldest member Kevin Richardson said. Turns out the Boys made the right move. Since the song officially hit radio on March 18, it has soared to #2 on the iTunes Top 100 and stands at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. "[The song] has done really well, and we've been very fortunate," McLean added. "We are very, very blessed." The Boys are still in the throes of deciding what their follow-up single will be, although youngest member Nick Carter says they're looking at something mid-to-up-tempo to heat up the radio dials this summer. "We've got about three songs in contention, and we're gonna vote on it. [There's a] democratic process between us and the record company to figure out which one's the best," Richardson said. The Backstreet Boys have been busy touring the country to promote Never Gone, which drops June 14. Earlier this year, the quintet embarked on an intimate club tour, mainly in the eastern states, to showcase the new material. "[For the first time in awhile], we all got back on one bus," Howie Dorough said. "Nick annoyed the heck out of me, but it was good."
"It was great to be onstage again," Richardson said. "We [wanted to do] a small venue tour so we could reconnect with our fans and have an intimate, unplugged-type vibe at the shows, and we had a blast." If you missed the Boys' first outing, don't fret — tour dates for a larger arena trek this summer are expected to be announced next week, according to their publicist.
Sunday, May 15, 2005 Subject: A wild Wango Tango
The crowd came in like a flotilla, a mass of fans in tank tops and shorts, slathered in suntan lotion and carrying water bottles, all set for a day in the sun at Anaheim's Angel Stadium. But these fans were drawn Saturday not by baseball but by KIIS-FM's orgy of Top 40 hits known to 50,000 ticketholders as Wango Tango. The eighth-annual event, which kicked off in 80-degree heat with rousing appearances by Latina singer-dancer Natalie, Dallas rocker Ryan Cabrera, and pop-rock quintet Simple Plan, soon developed a party atmosphere and the good-natured audience shared drinks and lined up for nachos at food stands throughout the stadium. Four massive video screens delivered the visuals to fans seated in the highest benches while a top-notch sound system made sure each bass note thundered. Whenever Cabrera and other performers headed for the edge of the stage, screams rang out. BACKSTREET BOYS: A.J., Kevin, Brian, Nick and Howie -- back together as the energetic ensemble plugged cuts from its upcoming record -- drew roars with the hits. Dance steps were as tight as always and the harmonies were equally strong. A sea of cameras pointed toward the stage as females took a break from screaming and clicked a few pix. Again, the ramp got a workout and the Boys kept the fans engaged with hardly a break between songs dedicated to "each and every Backstreeter that came out tonight." Best moments: "Backstreet's Back" and two winning new tunes, "I Still" and "Incomplete."
Sunday, May 1, 2005 Subject: Incomplete to be released as a dual disc
Source: musictap.net & Jive Records
Thanks: Emjay & Samantha
It looks like the Backstreet Boys are back on the schedules with a CD and a DualDisc issue coming from Jive Records on June 14. The name of the album is Never Gone. According to Jive, "Never Gone" won't be released as a Dual Disc in Europe, but they plan a special version of the CD with a DVD containing many of the same elements. What is a DualDisc? DualDisc has both a CD player side and a DVD side, allowing artists to create in exciting new ways using audio, video and computer content - all on a single two-sided disc. What is on a DualDisc? One side is the full-length CD audio album. The other side offers DVD content. This may include enhanced album audio, 5.1 surround sound, music videos, artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, documentary films, photo galleries, lyrics, computer-ready digital song files, and Web links. It all depends on the artist.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 Subject: Incomplete Video Premiere
Source: MTV and Much Music
Thanks: bsb.com and Terri
The video will premiere on April 28th on MTV's TRL (the Boys will be calling in) and in Canada on MuchMusic's Much on Demand which airs between 5-6pm ET.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 Subject: Mix 96 Montreal to interview Brian
Brian will be calling in on the the morning show tomorrow, April 20th. The morning show airs between 5:30 and 10:00am.
Sunday, April 17, 2005 Subject: Vibe 98.5 Calgary to interview Kevin
Source: vibe 98.5.com
I just heard on the poghouse (Vibe98.5) this morning in my way to work say that Kevin will be on the radio next week. Im going to talk to them and find out the 411. They have a livefeed so people can listen in from all over. It should air Monday morning, maybe from 6am on. Check the website for details. Subject: Star Party MN
This year's Star Party is on May 20th at the Quest in Minneapolis! BSB, plus more acts will be announced all next week at 7:20am. You must be 18+ to attend, and the only way to get tickets is to win them on 101.3 KDWB Subject: Zootopia 2005
The Backstreet Boys will be performing at Z100's Zootopia 2005 on May 22nd at the Continental Airlines Arena. Other performers include Gwen Stefani, Rob Thomas, Kelly Clarkson, Frankie J and more! Tickets go on sale to ZVIPS on Monday, April 25th at 4pm. Visit z100.com for more info. Subject: Open House Party
Thanks: Live Daily
Just wanted to let everybody know that Incomplete is the #3 requested song of the night on Open House Party tonight. It was #5 earlier tonight, but moved up by the end of the show. That's big stuff, considering this show is aired all over the country. John's been talking about BSB being back all night. He said several times during the show that BSB is blowing up all over again, and that people were just going crazy about them again. When he announced that they were the #3 requested, he was like, "and it's no surprise. The guys are going to be in the studio with him next week. Don't forget to listen!! Subject: Backstreet Boys Never Gone in Stores June 14th
LOS ANGELES, April 13 -- "Incomplete," the first single off of the Backstreet Boys forthcoming album, Never Gone, is the #1 most increased played song at mainstream radio. The song was released to radio on April 4 and quickly became the #1 most requested song in top markets such as New York (Z100), Los Angeles (KIIS), Chicago (WKSC), Philadelphia (WIOQ), Miami (Y100) and Boston (KISS 108). The song was added to 115 Top 40 Pop radio stations across the country this week out of a panel of 117. "Incomplete" will be the highest debut on both Top 40 airplay charts this week in Billboard and Radio & Records. "Incomplete" is also exploding at radio internationally. The song is top 20 in Canada and Germany in only 2 weeks. Jive Records will be releasing "Never Gone," the first studio album in almost 5 years, on June 14, 2005. Never Gone is the 4th studio release from the group since their debut in 1997. To date they have garnered 2 Diamond albums (RIAA certification for 10 million sold), as well as numerous multi-platinum certifications for albums, singles and videos. In total they have sold over 73 million albums worldwide. Never Gone features an array of talented songwriters and producers that include Max Martin (Kelly Clarkson -- "Since U Been Gone"). The title track "Never Gone," co-written by Kevin Richardson as a tribute to his dad, was produced by Mark Taylor. "Incomplete" was produced by Dan Muckala. Other luminaries contributing to the album include Billy Mann (Pink and Sting), John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting, John Shanks (2004 Grammy Award Producer of the Year), John Fields (Switchfoot) and Darren Hayes of Savage Garden. Starting in June, Backstreet Boys will be performing as part of The Today Show concert series (6/10), Live with Regis and Kelly (6/14), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (6/16) and The CBS Early Show (6/17). The group will be featured in People, Entertainment Weekly and Blender Magazines. The video for "Incomplete" was recently shot in California with director Joseph Kahn (U2's "Elevation" and Britney Spears "Toxic"). It will debut on AOL's First View at 12:00AM EDT on April 25th. Backstreet Boys begin a summer headlining tour in mid-Jul Press Release Source: Jive Records. Subject: Backstreet Boys Never Gone in Stores June 14th
GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE: The Backstreet Boys' Thursday concert at EarthLink Live sold out in a nanosecond, suggesting that demand for this grown-up boy band is greater than we might've thought. Still, in the event the Boys' comeback doesn't pan out, we'd like to suggest other careers the fellas might try, taking our cues from other artists who've branched out beyond music .
MAYOR OF CINCINNATI --- Why not? Former B-list boy bander Justin Jeffre (who sang in 98 Degrees with Mr. Jessica Simpson, aka Nick Lachey) has announced his intentions to run for the office. Kevin Richardson, ever considered politics?
PARAMEDIC --- If David Lee Roth can do it (and apparently he can), then so can a strapping young man like Nick Carter.
PREACHER --- Backstreeter Brian Littrell has already signed a deal with Reunion Records to release Christian music. Following in the footsteps of the Rev. Al Green, he might find it an easy leap to take his musical ministry straight to the congregation.
ACTOR --- 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone performed in "Rent." Howie Dorough, how's about taking a shot at "A Chorus Line"?
FASHION DESIGNER --- Oh, A.J. McLean, you used to be known for your daring fashion and extreme facial hair. It seems inevitable that you'll one day join P. Diddy with your own high-profile clothing line.
THE 411: 8 p.m. tonight at EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Midtown. Sold out. Subject: Backstreet Boys return with top chart debut
After a three-year absence, Backstreet Boys make their return to the Mainstream Top 40 chart with "Incomplete." The track bows at No. 32 and earns Greatest Gainer honors with the second-largest one-week increase this year (1,245 spins). The only song to post a greater increase in 2005 is "Get Right" by Jennifer Lopez, which gained 1,478 spins in the Jan. 14 issue. "Incomplete" marks the Backstreet Boys' 15th appearance at Mainstream Top 40 and extends their lead as the group with the most charted singles. They've scored eight top 10 hits, including two No. 1s, "I Want It That Way" in 1999 and "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" in 2000.
Monday, April 11, 2005 Subject: BSB to perform at Wango Tango
BSB will be performing at this year's Wango Tango on May 14th at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Other performers include Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Ryan Cabrera and more! Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 15th. Go to kiisfm.com for more info.
Sunday, April 10, 2005 Subject: BSB in the studio with Kidd Kraddick
The Boys will be in studio with Kidd Kraddick in the Morning on Tuesday, April 12th. You can listen live or check if your local radio station carries the show. Click the above link. Subject: Incomplete breaks the billboard 100
Incomplete debuts at #90 on The Billboard Pop 100 for the week of April 16 as "songs with the greatest airplay and/or sales gains this week." That's a good position considering most radio stations in the US aren't even playing the song yet. If you haven't noticed, I'm keeping track of charts positions here at the site. Just look to your right, below the UC&P Tour info. Things are going well for the guys, they're almost breaking into iTunes Top 10 and radio spins keep going up. Subject: The Backstreet Boys drop the top designers- The boy band strives for street cred
The Backstreet Boys are all growed up — sartorially, at least. For their first tour in four years, they shucked the matching boy-band look for one with more street cred (and we're using the term loosely). ''A couple years ago they were very Versace and Dolce,'' says stylist Brandy St. John. ''Now we're doing more vintage and obscure designers.'' The Boys feel the clothes reflect a new maturity: ''It fits in with what's been going on with the group,'' says Nick Carter of the band's customized jackets and chic hats. "We're in a good place now mentally. It's like coming out of the dark." Subject: BSB to perform at Your Show in San Diego
The Backstreet Boys will perform at Channel 933's "Your Show 6" on May 13, 2005 at the Coors Amphitheatre in San Diego. The lineup also includes performances by Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Frankie J, Simple Plan, Ryan Cabrera, Jesse McCartney and more! Go to channel933.com for more info. Subject: Billboard reviews Incomplete
Producer(s): Dan Muckala
Writer(s): D. Muckala, L. Robbins, J. Cates
Label/Catalog Number: Jive/Zomba 69166 (CD promo)
Source: Billboard Magazine
Originally Reviewed: April 16, 2005
When one artist commands four songs in the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100 — here's looking at you, 50 Cent — perhaps there is no better signal that top 40 radio is potentially suffocating listeners with its one-dimensional focus. Poof: Here is an antidote. It's the return of the Backstreet Boys, and with a ballad at that. Pretty nervy, huh? Fortunately, "Incomplete," the quintet's launch single from new album "Never Gone" (due in June), is an emotion-packed, grown-up tome about relationship struggle and strife, something that the Boys' original audience — who are all probably licensed drivers by now — may be able to relate to. Vocally, BSB aim for a more organic edge, though for better or worse, the act sounds an awful lot like Blessid Union of Souls or Bryan Adams here. The time has come for spring cleaning, and this song suits the airwaves like crisp white sheets. — CT Subject: Incomplete video release date
Thanks: BSB Italia
According to Jive, the music video for "Incomplete" will be released in the US uring the week of April 25th and in Europe around April 29th. Subject: Miami's Y100.7's Summer Splash 2005
The Backstreet Boys will perform at Y100.7's Summer Splash 2005 on May 24 at the Office Depot Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The show will be hosted by Lindsay Lohan with performances by Ryan Cabrera, Jesse McCartney, Ciara, Gwen Stefani and more! Tickets go on sale to the public April 16 at 10AM through Ticketmaster and Office Depot Center box office. G to Y1007.com for more info. Subject: Incomplete released digitally
Incomplete is being released as a digital single today. For only 99 cents you can legally download the song. At the moment only iTunes has the track available for purchase (search for 'Incomplete Single'), but later you may also want to try Napster, Sony Connect or Music Match. Subject: BSB to perform at Kiss 108 concert
BSB will perform at this year's Kiss 108's Kiss Concert on May 21st at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. The lineup also includes performances by Will Smith, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Jesse McCartney and more! Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and prices range from $35.00 to $200.00. Go to Kiss108.com for more info. Subject: Never Gone release date
At the Pittsburgh show, Kevin announced that the Boys' new album, Never Gone, will be released on June 14, 2005.
Saturday, April 2, 2005 Subject: Backstreet Never Left
After a near four-year hiatus, the Backstreet Boys will release Never Gone, their first album since 2001's Black and Blue, in June. From '93 to 2001 we were going non-stop," Brian Littrell told Rolling Stone last year. "And we finally got a chance to step back, reflect and really appreciate everything that happened to us." Recorded in various Los Angeles studios, Never Gone finds the pop group touching upon a wealth of styles. "We're experimenting with different sounds," A.J. McLean said, "and we're not limiting ourselves so much." The album's first single, a mid-tempo ballad called "Incomplete," is due at radio this week. The Backstreet Boys kicked off a club tour last week with a two-night stand at New York's Irving Plaza, and they will continue touring through mid-April. Subject: Incomplete video concept
A fan recently met AJ in Cleveland and asked him about the concept for video for Incomplete. It will be directed by Joseph Kahn, the director who did Everybody. Here's what AJ said: Nick is in a burning barn, Howie is under a tree and it's raining, Kevin is in the forest on a white Baby Grand, AJ is driving in a car and Brian is standing in the ocean.
Thursday, March 24, 2005 Subject: Wanna meet the Backstreet Boys?
If you live in the Philly area or are going to be there for the show, click here for a chance to meet them. Subject: Video of BSB on Boston's Kiss 108
Right-click and choose "save target as": http://www.kissfm.com/timages/page/bsb/bsb.wmv Subject: Exclusive Kevin Build-a-Bears with sound byte Of his voice
Source: A Lasting World
Thanks: Linda & Wen
New on eBay are two adorable white (Spirit!) Kevin Build-a-Bears -- you have to check them out yourselves to see how cute -- and how EXCLUSIVE AND OFFICIAL they really are!!!! The # on eBay for these items are: 4713194432 & 4713190701. It says we will only ship to the U.S., but that's wrong. ALW will ship WORLDWIDE!! Check out these bears -- if you take one to an upcoming concert, we know Kevin will notice! Subject: BSB at the ZLounge
Check out these photos of BSB during their interview at Z100 last Monday. Subject: VCR Alert
The Boys will be on TRL and Access Hollywood Friday, March 25th.
Thursday, March 17, 2005 Subject: Stars arrive in Kuala Lumpur
It was a day of glittering stars today, when some of the biggest names in the entertainment world began descending on Kuala Lumpur International Airport. They travelled halfway around the globe, enduring long-haul flights for one purpose: to support Friday’s "Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid". Five-star hotels around the city will be bustling with celebrities — singers, musicians, actors and TV personalities — at least until Sunday. Security has been tightened, with front-line staff at their best to provide comfort for the country’s famous guests. Two members of R&B group Boyz II Men, Nathan and Wanya Morris, singer-songwriter-actress Lauryn Hill (right), N Sync’s and My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Joey Fatone (with wife Kelly Baldwin) were among the first to arrive at 7.55am. The Morris brothers were accompanied by former road manager Joe Mulvihill and security director Mike Rogers. Despite the 20-hour flight from Newark, New Jersey, the Morris brothers looked rested and were seen shaking hands and chatting with Westin Hotel staff. Nathan, Wanya and the Fatones then adjourned for refreshments at the Westin’s executive lounge before taking a city tour. The third member of Boyz II Men, Shawn Stockman, arrived at 2pm, together with boyband Backstreet Boys, another member of ‘N Sync, Lance Bass, and actor Joey Kern of Cabin Fever. Subject: Pop musicians say Tsunami victims still need more help
The Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas and other pop celebrities who will perform at a charity concert for tsunami victims this week insist that more should be done for people affected by the disaster. "Waves and rains and earthquakes can bring about devastation and pain - but then, the human force of nature can bring love,'' said Will.I.Am of hip-hoppers Black Eyed Peas, who traveled to Indonesia's Aceh province earlier this week to visit survivors of the Dec. 26 tsunami. He is among an array of international artists slated to play Friday at the "Force of Nature'' show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - an effort to raise money to help rebuild communities in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. "I think it's important that people like us that come from America go back home and let (others) know that we're far from cleaning up'' the damage from the disaster, Will.I.Am said at a news conference Thursday. The concert will also feature Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Boyz II Men, the Backstreet Boys, as well as appearances by Hong Kong stars Jackie Chan and Nicholas Tse and other Asian celebrities such as Malaysian-born actress Michelle Yeoh. Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys hoped the event would raise awareness about the lingering needs of tsunami victims. "When something of this magnitude happens... (there's) an outpouring of shock, generosity and human compassion,'' Richardson said. "Unfortunately, life moves on and people get back into their everyday grind and they forget. Part of the effort in this concert is to let people know that it is not over, there is much still to be done,'' Richardson said. Subject: Backstreet Boys to be at Z100
The Backstreet Boys will be visiting Z100's Z Lounge for an interview with Cubby next week. Tune in on March 21st between 2:00 and 6:00PM ET at Z100.com to listen to the interview. Subject: Backstreet Boys release Incomplete on March 28th
Jive Records will be releasing "Incomplete," to radio on March 28. It is the first single from the much anticipated Backstreet Boys album due in early June. Earlier this month the Backstreet Boys announced a string of warm up club dates starting March 21 in New York City. Shows in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC sold out within 15 minutes. On this tour the group will be performing all of their hits, plus a few new songs including "Incomplete." March 18th, Backstreet Boys will be performing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the "Force of Nature for Tsunami Aid" concert. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit Kuala Lumpur-based Nature Aid Foundation. Subject: Backstreet Boys pick power ballad for their comeback single
The Backstreet Boys promised that the first single from their forthcoming new album would be a shocker — and for some, it will be. Though usually songs marking a return are fast-paced, this lead-off song is — brace yourself — a power ballad. Called "Incomplete," the first Backstreet single will go to radio in two weeks, though some stations have already played leaked versions. The midtempo track begins with a haunting piano melody, and uses dark chords to underline a theme of regret and longing. One such verse goes: "I try to go on like I never knew you/ I'm awake but my world is half asleep/ I pray for this heart to be unbroken/ But without you all I'm going to be is incomplete." While not a drastic change from their past material, the single does exhibit some changes vocally and musically, especially in the bridge, where Nick Carter's solo rock forays are most evident. Detractors might say the sound is a bit dated, but fans will likely applaud the more mature direction. Fans will get to hear all of the Backstreet Boys' hits and more when they embark on their club tour, which kicks off Monday in New York. The club run is a warm-up for a larger arena tour this summer, to support the band's as-yet-untitled new album, which is due in early June. In the meantime, the Backstreet Boys play a tsunami-benefit concert in Malaysia on Friday.
Saturday, March 5, 2005 Subject: VCR Alert!
Show: Larry King Live
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Time: 9:00pm ET
About: Brian Littrell discusses his Healthy Heart Club for Kids, among other things. Subject: Return of the Backstreet Boys
Backstreet's back, all right! The Backstreet Boys, whose hits such as "Everybody" and "As Long As You Love Me" catapulted them into popster superstardom in the '90s, are ready to stage a comeback. The mega-selling hip hopsters announced their plans to play a string of U.S. club dates starting March 21 in New York in preparation for the release of their as-yet untitled upcoming studio album in July--their first album since 2000's Black and Blue. As of now, the club tour is set to wrap in St. Louis on April 10, but more dates are expected to be added. Once the album is released, Backstreet plans to launch a nationwide tour. The "boys"--A.J. McLean, 27, Brian Littrell, 30, Howie Dorough, 31, Kevin Richardson, 33, and Nick Carter, 25--have undoubtedly done some growing up since their days of '90s heartthrob status. Both Richardson and Littrell are married, and Littrell is even the proud papa of a wee Backstreet boy. The Backstreet daddy also recently signed a contract with a Christian recording label and plans to get back in touch with his gospel roots. Meanwhile, McLean and Carter have faced some growing pains along the way to adulthood. After fighting alcohol abuse and depression, McLean did a stint in rehab in July 2001, causing the Boys to postpone several dates on their summer tour. More recently, Carter wound up the subject of tabloid speculation after his ex-girlfriend Paris Hilton turned up in public covered in bruises shortly after their breakup. The question is: Will fans be able to process the band's transformation from Backstreet Boys to Backstreet Men? Or will they not want them that way? Seeing as the group's club dates are selling out as fast as Backstreet fans can log onto Ticketmaster, it seems that the Boys still have what it takes. Before they hit the club circuit, the Backstreeters are set to head to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to perform in the March 18 Force of Nature for Tsunami Aid concert, along with the Black-Eyed Peas, Lauryn Hill, Boyz II Men and Wyclef Jean. - Sarah Hall
Thursday, March 3, 2005 Subject: New Backstreet Fan Community Coming Soon!
So you want to chat with the Backstreet Boys, be the first to purchase concert tickets, have access to exclusive Backstreet must-haves, and be the first to get the latest information on The Guys? Then the all new Backstreet Fan Community is the fan access you have to have. The newly-enhanced Backstreet Boys Fan Community coming soon. Yearly membership will include exclusive access to advance concert tickets, limited-edition merchandise and a members-only website packed with news, loads of photos, exclusive wallpaper and screen savers, contests, interviews, message board, as well as a live chat room that The Guys will visit from time to time and many other interactive features. Keep an eye on BackstreetBoys.com for the latest Backstreet Boys news. We will email you as soon as the club goes live!
Monday, February 28, 2005 Subject: Boys hope for fair shot with new CD
The Backstreet Boys are hoping for a fair chance from the record-buying public when they return next month with a new single, ahead of the June release of their new Jive album. It will be their first new set since 2000's "Black and Blue," which has sold 5.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, including a blazing 1.6 million in its first week of release. "That's the first thing we thought about when we started making the record," group member Howie Dorough tells Billboard. "That's why we said we weren't going to give ourselves a time limit. We wanted to make sure this album would give us a shot again to be around for the long haul so people will realize that we're not, hopefully, a flash in the pan in their eyes." The group is narrowing down the album's final 12 tunes from more than 40 that it cut with such producers as John Shanks, Billy Mann, the Underdogs and Max Martin. "The music has matured," Dorough says. "It's a little more stripped down, a little more organic. There's not necessarily five-part harmony on everything you hear." One song sure to feature that trademark harmony, however, is their remake of the Eagles' "Best of My Love" -- if it makes the cut. Look for Backstreet Boys to hit U.S. clubs this spring, with four dates confirmed so far, beginning March 24 at the Avalon in Boston. Subject: Backstreet Boys back in action
All the Backstreet Boys ask is that you give them a fair chance. The quintet is set to return with a new Jive album in June preceded by a single in March. "That's the first thing we thought about when we started making the record," the group's Howie Dorough says. "That's why we said we weren't going to give ourselves a time limit. We wanted to make sure this album would give us a shot again to be around for the long haul so people will realize that we're not, hopefully, a flash in the pan in their eyes." If the group's performance of "When I Grow Up to Be a Man" at the recent MusiCares dinner honoring Brian Wilson was any indication, the act is in fine form. In fact, Wilson declared it one of the evening's best performances. The group is narrowing down the album's final 12 tunes from more than 40 that it cut with many producers including John Shanks, Billy Mann, the Underdogs and Max Martin. "The music has matured," Dorough says. "It's a little more stripped down, a little more organic. There's not necessarily five-part harmony on everything you hear." One song sure to feature that trademark harmony, however, is their remake of the Eagles' "Best of My Love" — if it makes the cut. The group's last studio album, "Black & Blue," came out in November 2000. The project sold 5.4 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, including a blazing 1.6 million in its first week of release. Subject: Force of Nature
"I AM A FORCE OF NATURE" is our rallying cry. It is a campaign to educate and empower people throughout the world with the belief that every individual can make a diffrence in the long-term aid of tsunami-affected countries. The centerpiece of this effort is a multi-artist benefit concert aimed to raise funds and motivate a worldwide audience to act now and continue to do so for the years to come. This year, Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid will take place Friday, March 18, 2005 at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Force of Nature
Date: March 18, 2005
Venue: Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Category A - RM552 (145.280 USD)
Category B - RM352 (92.6425 USD)
Category C - RM242 (63.6918 USD)
Category D - RM182 (47.9004 USD)
Category E - RM82 (21.5815 USD)
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Subject: Boys to play Tsunami benefit concert
PETALING JAYA: Fans of major acts like Black Eyed Peas, Boyz II Men and Backstreet Boys will have the chance to catch them in concert and at the same time help rebuild countries affected by the Dec 26 tsunami. The Force of Nature concert, to be held on March 18 at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, will include major local performers and artistes from Hong Kong, India, China and the United States. The Backstreet Boys will be performing in Kuala Lumpur for the benefit of tsunami victims He added that they hoped to fill the 80,000-capacity stadium and that ticket prices and ticketing locations would be determined in a week's time. The foundation, launched at the media briefing yesterday, is a fund-raising vehicle which comprises private organisations and individuals from here and abroad. The foundation will provide assistance to tsunami victims and to victims of other natural disasters. Subject: Backstreet Boys Club Dates Surface, New Single Due
Backstreet Boys — who were playing arenas before retreating from the spotlight following a tour behind 2000's eight-million-selling "Black & Blue" — are plotting their return, albeit on a much smaller scale. The group, which is expected to release a new album this year, is quietly planning a series of club gigs, during which they'll evidently emerge with a new look and an updated sound. Three shows have so far been confirmed by promoters; details are in the itinerary below. "We're all excited again," the group's Kevin Richardson recently told Canadian Press. "We just needed a break to recharge our batteries and step back and absorb it all, and realize what happened to us over the last 10 years." He added that the group doesn't plan to continue with the synchronized dance moves for which they were known. "We're practicing what they call 'dancing without dancing' right now," he said. Though no release date has been announced for the new album, its first single is expected to hit radio on March 18, according to the group's official website. The entire quintet — Richardson, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter — is on board for the new album and tour. A statement on the group's Jive Records site reads, "Though the musical direction has shifted with the times, you can definitely expect to hear a classic BSB album with great vocals and great choruses." The site adds that Max Martin — who was involved in the writing and production of previous Backstreet Boys hits "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," "As Long as You Love Me" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" — worked with the group one of the upcoming album's tracks.
Saturday, February 19, 2005 Subject: VCR Alert!.
Show: The Early Show
Date: Monday, February 21, 2005
Time: 7/6c AM
About: JACKSON WITNESS LIST: It's unclear as to when jury selection in Jackson's trial will resume. He's been at home, recuperating from "flu-like" symptoms that required hospitalization. Michael Jackson's trial could see a parade of stars. Jackson's defense team has presented the court with a celebrity-packed witness list that reads more like a Hollywood party list. Among the potential witnesses that could be called to testify are longtime Jackson friend Liz Taylor, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Tonight Show host Jay Leno, and legendary singers Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross. CBS News correspondent Vince Gonzales reports. Subject: The Backstreet Boys are back... to playing clubs.
The formerly fabulous five will reportedly end a four-year hiatus with a new album in March. Promoters announced Friday that they're coming to The NorVa April 1 for an up-close-and-personal night of boy-band bliss. Why The NorVa? "The same reason Prince, Stone Temple Pilots and matchbox twenty played the NorVa," said Rick Mersel, who books bands for the 1,500-capacity ballroom. "They want to get back to an intimate setting, where they can connect directly with their fans." Or maybe the group's appeal is getting more selective. In any case, the NorVa show will offer a glimpse of a pop comeback in the making. Tickets, $50, go on sale Friday from Ticketmaster and from Kelly's Backstage Tavern in Norfolk. The harmonizing dance team - made up of A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter - is likely to unveil a new look and a new sound at The NorVa. While the group has performed in Japan, China and Mexico, it hasn't released a collection of new songs since 2000 when it issued "Black & Blue." That disc sold 8 million copies. Backstreet's new CD has had plenty of time to percolate. Last October, when the group visited Japan, Carter said it was well under way. "We've really taken some time on it. We've done like 40, 45 songs and we're still not done yet," Carter told Tokyo's Daily Yomiuri. "We're never really satisfied when it comes to being in the studio. So what we did was we took the big adventure of experimenting and trying to do things, and we've been recording for the past eight or nine months with different producers." The list of producers included Billy Mann, Max Martin, the Underdogs and Virginia Beach's own Teddy Riley. The name of the first single from the new Backstreet Boys disc will be announced March 18, according to the group's official Web site.
Friday, February 18, 2005 Subject: Five Years Later Backstreet’s Back, Alright?
Just when we thought that the craze of boy bands was long over and all we were mercifully left with is solo *NSYNCer Justin Timberlake, news comes that we aren't getting off that easy — The Backstreet Boys are back with a new album set to come out in late spring. Their new album, which is still untitled, is the Boys’ first album of new material in five years, their last being 2000’s Black And Blue. They were seen making appearances during the Grammy weekend to remind the media that they are still around. The boys are getting ready to go out on tour and corrupt a new fan base of youngsters since their old fans have grown up in their absence. The Boys themselves are no longer the young pups they once were. After all, A.J. McLean’s been through rehab and Brian Littrell had a baby, so the name no longer seems appropriate. The first single from the CD is set to hit radios on March 18, although they still have not chosen which song it will be. There was an Internet leak of the song "Incomplete" but their website states that the song is definitely not the single. According to MTV.com, they're trying to move with the times and get out of their old poppy ways. They say there is more of a rock feel to some of the new songs and they've enlisted the help of a few other artists, including Boyz II Men and Darren Hayes — formerly of Savage Garden. They've also written a tune with Five For Fighting’s John Ondrasik. Subject: Backstage at MusiCares
"This is for Carl, Dennis and you," Neil Young told Brian Wilson from the stage of the Hollywood Palladium last Friday night. Then, joining in to salute Wilson as MusicCares' person of the year, Young — who rarely appears at record-industry events — sang a poignant version of "In My Room." Yes, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson, two of the original Beach Boys, are dead. No one would ever have put money on Brian Wilson outliving his brothers. Brian has lived through the most awful mental tortures. He became notorious for hanging out in a sandbox, getting electroshock treatments and sleeping away the '70s, '80s and part of the '90s. But Friday night's star-studded salute, organized by NARAS's Dana Tomarken and Neal Portnow, was a hit. There were some other surprisingly good moments too, like the reunited and revived Backstreet Boys doing perfect harmonies on "When I Grow Up to Be a Man." They're about to launch a new album called "Weird World," along with a marketing program. As opposed to some other boy bands, all the members of the Backstreet Boys can actually sing very, very well. "I Want It That Way" and "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" will outlast all the other bubblegum hits of the '90s.
Saturday, February 12, 2005 Subject: VCR Alert!
Show: The Scream Heard 'Round The World
Date: Monday, February 14, 2005
Time: 10PM EST
Duration: 2 hours
About: The Scream Heard 'Round The World From bobby soxers and teeny boppers to boy bands and girl power - a fascinating, fast-paced, behind-the-scenes look at the love affair between teen idols and their fans. Featuring The Monkees, The Osmonds, ‘N Sync, Bay City Rollers, Herman’s Hermits, The Beatles, David Cassidy, S Club 7, Rex Smith, Leif Garrett, The Jackson 5, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, The DeFranco Family, Deborah Gibson, The Moffatts, Fabian, The Spice Girls and many others.
Monday, January 31, 2005 Subject: BSb to perform at MusiCares
Brian Wilson, key member of the Beach Boys, father of Carnie Wilson, and composer extraordinaire will be recognized as the MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year. The star-studded MusiCares event, which coincides with Grammy week, will be held Friday, February 11, at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA, and will honor Wilson for his notable accomplishments and contributions as a musician and philanthropist. The celebration will feature performances by The Backstreet Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Black Eyed Peas, Earth Wind & Fire, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville, Richie Sambora and many more. Celebrity attendees will walk away with a gift bag, sponsored by Winfuel™ and Trimspa®, filled with many great items. MusiCares, founded in 1989 by The Recording Academy® provides aid to people in the music industry who encounter financial, medical, and personal emergencies. The foundation also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. MusiCares 2005 is a celebration that culminates with the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2005. For more information on the MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year log onto www.grammy.com/musicares. Individual dinner ticket prices range from $1,000-$7,500 each. For more information or to purchase event tickets, contact Dana Tomarken or Dorit Kalev at 310.392.3777
Sunday, January 23, 2005 Subject: Behind the Music postponed
The Backstreet Boys Behind the Music episode that was scheduled to air tomorrow has been postponed to a still to be determined date. Behind The Music: Backstreet Boys Sorry, the schedule for Behind The Music: Backstreet Boys has been changed and currently there are no future airtimes. I'll post the new date as soon as it's announced. Subject: Darren Hayes pens song for Backstreet
The Backstreet Boys have recorded a song called "Lift Me Up" written by Darren Hayes, former Savage Garden and now solo artist. A low quality clip of the song leaked online a couple of months ago. According to the following post from Darren's fanclub message board, "Lift Me Up" will be on the new BSB album. Thanks to wild and free @ LD. "I get asked to write songs for people all the time. The truth is, I’ve never written a song for anyone else. They just lie around the publishing house. I don’t pitch them to anyone, but I’m sure I could make a lot more money if I did. I could do it, but I just don’t have the passion for it. People cover my B-Sides. The Backstreet Boys are doing one of my songs on their new album."
Sunday, January 9, 2004 Subject: Backstreet Boys: Behind the Music
Show: Behind The Music
Episode: (#196) Backstreet Boys
Network: (VH1) Video Hits One
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2005
Time: 10:00-11:00pm ET
About Behind The Music: Through exclusive interviews with the artists, family members, friends and colleagues, each one hour episode traces the struggles, setbacks and triumphs of artists who have made a major contribution to the music world. From the fame, money, and fans to the darker side of substance abuse, financial ruin and legal troubles, this compelling series focuses on the personal side of artists' lives. Subject: Backstreet Boys to Release New Album
The Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell has signed a solo deal with gospel label Reunion Records. 29-year-old Littrell says, "This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy, singing in church in Kentucky." A release date for his first solo album hasn't been set. In other news, the Backstreet Boys have spent much of 2004 working on a new CD, which is expected to be out in March. Its debut single is planned for release in January. Littrell says he'll tour with the group to promote the new album, which is rumored to be the final Backstreet Boys release. - Mary Morningstar, Washington
Monday, November 21, 2004 Subject:New Backstreet Boys Album Out in February
Source: BSB Italia
After a long period of absence from the stage, the Backstreet Boys are coming back with a new album out in february 2005. "During these years of silence we got our life back", AJ said. "Kevin started a family, Brian got married and and had a child and Nick had a solo album. I first funded an heavy metal group, then I had to take myself out of the mess. Alcohol and drugs had almost killed me". Talking about the new CD the two singers announced a musical turning. "Only vocally we're the same. The rest is something between Journey, U2, Dave Matthews Bans and John Mayer", Nick explained. "Much more rock. Now I only listen to rock", AJ added. "It would have been absurd coming back with the old sound. The new songs are more mature. There's one, "Weird world," that talks about war and what's happening in the world".
Monday, November 15, 2004 Subject: EMAs Canadian airdate
THE EMAs will be airing on MTV Canada at 8pm & 11pm EST on November 18th. Subject: Poster Girl many not be first single
Fans have been emailing Denise McLean asking and complaining about "Poster Girl" being the new Backstreet Boys single. Denise has replied a few emails stating the Backstreet Boys have not finalized on the choice of a single yet. Denise never said PG would definitely be the first single, she said it was slated to be "unless a change comes out of the current recording session". Meaning: it was an option that wasn't 100% decided upon yet. On the latest BSB diary entry it was said, "Lately we’ve been throwing around some ideas of what the single will be. Nothing is set in stone yet." That should be enough to tell us that nothing was decided, but some fans still jumped the guns in complaining. They also said, "We were in the studio for a week working on a new track that we think you guys are really going to like." Put it all together and we could have a never before heard first single. Subject: Nick & AJ on MTV Italy
Nick and AJ are scheduled to attend TRL Italy on November 17th, a day before the MTV Europe Music Awards. Subject: Boys home again
We just got back from Sweden with our good friend Max Martin. We were in the studio for a week working on a new track that we think you guys are really going to like. Lately we’ve been throwing around some ideas of what the single will be. Nothing is set in stone yet but it sure will be nice to hear a new BSB song on the radio. I think we’ve all waited long enough! Although we love being in the studio and we really enjoyed being in Sweden, some of us were excited to head home. Brian was away from Baylee and by the end of our trip he was more then ready to see him again. Sweden is a beautiful country. We’ve recorded here many times in the past so we know our way around fairly well and enjoyed going out during our free time. We went to a great restaurant called The East Restaurant. If you are ever in the area you should try it out. We also want to send out a big hello to all of our fans that we met over there. We’ll see you again soon. Did you catch Nick in “The Hollow”? If not, make sure you don’t miss one of the re-runs on ABC Family. We’re all proud of the job he did. Anyhow, we’re back home safely and getting ready to take some time off for the holidays. The New Year will bring a new album release and a crazy Backstreet schedule so for now we’re saving our energy and preparing for life back on the road.
Subject: Two Boys to present at the EMAs
Nick Carter and AJ McLean will be along the presenters at this year's MTV Europe Video Awards to take place on November 18th in Rome, Italy. The show will air in the US on the following days: Date: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004
Time: 8pm EST
Repeats: November 27th on MTV at 10pm EST. Canadian dates TBA.... Subject: Backstreet Boys choose comeback single
The Backstreet Boys have taken another step to assure fans they are still together, by announcing the first single from their anticipated album. The singers are currently working on their first album in over three years, and many critics have been casting doubts over a return. But six weeks after announcing plans for a world tour, band member AJ McLean's mother Denise declares their new song has been chosen and it's called Poster Girl. She says: "The boys are now in Stockholm recording with Max Martin, and will be back to their respective homes at the end of this month. As far as my son tells me, the first single is still due out at the end of the November." Subject: Update from Denise McLean
Denise McLean posted a new diary entry on her website and mentioned 'Poster Girl' is slated to be the new Backstreet Boys single and it's due out in November. Here's part of her entry: "As far as the BSB are doing, here is the latest from that front. The shows in Mexico and Monterey went very well and AJ is doing better at getting around on his knee. He is still not able to do full choreography but once the therapy is done he will be good as new. It has been over six weeks since his surgery and he is slowly getting back to normal. He actually went golfing and is driving so progress is being made. The boys are now in Stockholm recording with Max Martin and will be back to their respective homes at the end of this month. As far as my son tells me, the first single is still due out at the end of November and unless a change comes out of the current recording session, Poster Girl is still slated as the first tune to be heard." Subject: Kristin Richardson gets "Lost."
Kevin's wife has a guest-starring role on the hottest new drama of the season, Lost. She will play "Jessica" in episode: "Confidence Man" which airs on November 10, 2004, 8pm on ABC.
Saturday, October 16, 2004 Subject: Japan fans gets a new Chapter One
The Japanese fans will be getting a renewed version of the "Greatest Hits - Chapter One" album with extra tracks as a sort of celebration of the Boys' reunion and concerts held in Tokyo two weeks ago. It was speculated that "Beautiful Woman" would make the album, but the record company has denied that possibility. The album will be released on November 24th, and will only be available in Japan, but you can buy it online at hmv.com.jp. The record company is optimistic and believes the renewed version of the album will sell well considering the huge fanbase the Backstreet Boys have in Japan. The new tracklist:
01. I Want It That Way
03. As Long as You Love Me
04. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
05. Quit Playing Games (With my Heart)
06. All I Have to Give
07. Larger Than Life
08. Anywhere for You
09. Get Down (You're the One for Me)
10. I'll Never Break Your Heart
11. The Call
12. Shape of my Heart
13. The One
14. More Than That
16. The Perfect Fan
17. If You Knew What I Knew
18. My Heart Stays with You
19. Don't Leave Me Subject: The Boys arrive in Mexico
4:42PM - The American pop group, the Backstreet Boys, arrived today at the Mexican capital, three years after their last concert in this country, to perform two concerts as part of their world tour. The quintet formed by Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson, was welcomed by almost a hundred teenagers who, with flowers, posters and cameras in hand, waited impatiently for the group to arrive since yesterday. The group's exit from the terminal counted with the collaboration of the airport's personnel security before a commotion was formed. The performers of "Everybody", "Shining Star", and "What Makes You Different", among others, had to hide at the immigration offices to avoid the curious stares surrounding them. The quintet will perform today and tomorrow at the Palacio de los Deportes where they will sing the songs that made them the most successful group in recent years. The Backstreet Boys have released four albums which have sold more than 30 million copies: "Backstreet Boys" (1997), "Backstreet's Back" (1998), "Milennium" (1999) and "Black and Blue" (2000) in addition to a collection of great hits. Subject: BSB Donate Items to Online Charity Auction
Christina Aguilera and Courtney Love have donated some of their personal items to an online charity auction. The Vanity Fair in Concert charity auction will give fans "the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind, music-inspired items" in benefit of the Step Up Women's Network, a non-profit community organisation. Aguilera's items, up for auction on eBay, includes a skirt she wore in the Dirrty video and autographed photographs. Love's items are signed lithographs and posters of the cover of her album America's Sweetheart. Other stars who have contributed items include Radiohead, Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, Enrique Inglesias, Duran Duran, Green Day, Backstreet Boys, Doves, Beth Orton and Air. The auction will run until October 14 and 17. Subject: Top 50 bands of all time
Source: Q Magazine
Q Magazine’s regular lists seem to be designed specifically to enrage people and promote furious arguements whenever they arrive (U2’s ‘One’ as the World's Greatest Song anyone?) but with their Top 50 Bands Of All Time list the magazine has tried to be more scientific. Each band's placing has been allocated according to a points system that measured sales of their biggest album, the scale of their biggest headlining show and the total number of weeks spent on the UK album chart. The Backstreet Boys come in at #22, far ahead of the main competitors, N Sync, who placed at #44.
Monday, October 11, 2004 Subject: Press Conference tidbits
The Backstreet Boys have 40 to 45 songs recorded, and are about 5 songs away from the album being done. They've worked with Ted Riley, Max Martin, the Underdogs, and some gospel producers and writers. Nick said the good thing was that they still sounded like the Backstreet Boys, a 5 part harmony. "Our voices haven't changed, mine maybe a little bit but overall it's the same when it comes the harmonies," he said. When questioned about what they do in their free time, Nick said he plays the guitar, writes music, play games on the computer and draws whenever he has the opportunity. He said he's been writing a lot of music lately, and has also started his own record label. Nick mentioned that since they all pretty much have their own computers now, except for Howie who according to him "still got his Motorola phone from 3 years ago", they use it to chat with family and friends using a digital camera. All 5 shows in Japan are sold out, and the guys are hoping the fans around the world accept them back as well as the Japanese fans did. Subject: Boys to record in Sweden
BSBLatino reports the Backstreet Boys will be going to Sweden after their concert dates in Mexico. They still have about five songs to complete, and it seems Sweden was the place chosen to finish them. The Backstreet Boys will be recording in Stockholm for approximately one week.
Sunday, September 26, 2004 Subject: One more date added to Mexico tour
The Backstreet Boys will be performing October 19th @ 9:00pm at the Monterrey Arena in Monterrey. Tickets went on sale September 24 at 10:00am. You can buy them online or at the venue box office. Subject: Backstreet's back
American pop band the Backstreet Boys staged their first performance for their China tour, at the Beijing Olympic Sports Centre last night (Friday). The five-member band entertained the crowd with hit dance tracks including "I Want It That Way", "Backstreet's Back" and "I'll Never Break Your Heart". The band is donating a percentage of the profits from ticket sales to the International Special Olympic Committee. The concert called "Dance Storm", is the bands come-back concert, with the next Chinese show in Shanghai on Sunday (September 26th).
Sunday, September 19, 2004 Subject: AJ on XL106
Source: XL106 Orlando
* AJ talked about the China / Mexico dates
* He said that when they get through with those dates, the plan is to come back, work on the album some more and film the video for the first single.
* Kidd then mentioned how they are going to be busy once they get back to the States and that he hopes to have all five of them on the show in the future.
* AJ said that fans could expect the new album by March 2005.
* He said that they had originally planned to do a 'mini House of Blues' tour but then they got to thinking about and decided that they needed the extra time to record in the studio. Plus, they felt like it was not a good idea to tour when they don't even have a single or an album out.
* He said that they have been in rehearsals for about 7 weeks now.
* He touched on the Lupus/For The Children thing from this weekend and about how they are giving part of the proceeds from China concerts to charity. They also mentioned back on 97' (or 98') when the Boys participated in another Orlando charity event - this was was as a result of the tornados.
* He said that because he, Nick and Howie are all from Florida, when they heard about all of the devestation to Florida from the hurricanes that they went to management about doing a hurricane relief concert.
* He talked about how much of an honor it is to sing with Boyz II Men because they are a group that the Boys looked up to. The Boys would even sing Boyz II Men songs on auditions.
* He did mention that they may also be doing another hurricane relief show in Miami.
* He said that they are going to be doing 5 new songs tomorrow night. That there would be three different sets, one from Millennium, one from Black & Blue, and one from Backstreet Boys (this is the order he said them in, although they are not the order that each album was released) - adding one to two new songs in each set. Plus, he said that they have changed up some of the old favorites.
* He closed by saying how they were all very excited about the show tomorrow night and that they hoped that they had a good turn out. Subject: HOB Show: 5 New Songs; 3 Different Set
Source: 106 Orlando
AJ was interviewed by an Orlando radio station tonight to promote the Hurricane Relief concert tomorrow night. He said because he, Nick and Howie are from Florida, when they heard about the devastation caused by hurricanes Charley and Frances they approached management about doing a hurricane relief concert. There may also be another relief concert in Miami, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. The Boys will be performing 5 new songs tomorrow night. The show will have 3 different sets, one for 'Backstreet Boys', 'Millennium' and 'Black & Blue', with new songs in between. Some old favorites have been changed a bit. AJ said that after the concerts in China, Japan and Mexico, the guys plan on working on the album some more and film the music video for the first single. He said the fans can expect the new album to be released by March 2005.The Backstreet Boys had originally planned on doing a mini House of Blues tour, but they felt it was not a good idea to tour when they had no single or album out. And they needed more time to record in the studio, too. AJ closed the interview by saying that they were very excited about the show tomorrow night and hope it has a good turn out. Subject: New Concert Date in Mexico
A new date was added to the Mexican tour. Now, the Boys will perform at the Palacio de Los Deportes, October 15 and 16. Tickets will go on sale September 9 and 10 for Banamex credit card holders, the public sale starts September 11. Click here for more ticket information. Subject: Backstreet Boys return to the road
As its first album since 2001's "Black and Blue" takes shape, the Backstreet Boys have confirmed a host of international tour dates this fall. The run kicks off Friday (Sept. 17) at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and will encompass shows in China, Japan and Mexico City through Oct. 16. Backstreet Boys will donate a portion of proceeds from their Sept. 24th show in Beijing to Special Olympics International.According to the group's spokesperson, a new album will be released in the first quarter of 2005 by Jive. BSB is expected to unveil one or two new songs during the upcoming performances. "When we were signed, it was all Nirvana and gangsta rap, and we pushed the envelope then," group member Kevin Richardson told Billboard earlier this year. "So we want to push the envelope again and go where people think we can't take it." Since the release of "Black and Blue," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 5.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the group's members have busied themselves with various pursuits. The lone member to issue a solo album was Nick Carter, whose "Now or Never" was released in 2002 by Jive. Here are Backstreet Boys' tour dates:
Sept. 17: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House of Blues)
Sept. 24: Beijing (Olympic Stadium)
Sept. 26: Shanghai (Hong Kou Stadium)
Sept. 29-Oct. 3: Tokyo (Yoyogi Gym)
Oct. 15-16: Mexico City (Palacio De Los Deportes) Subject: Backstreet Boys take China
Reunited boy band to play Beijing for Special Olympics. After three years out of the spotlight, the Backstreet Boys are testing the waters before announcing their full-blown fall reunion tour. On September 24th, the band will play its first major show -- in China. The Boys will perform at the 80,000-seat Beijing Olympic Stadium and donate a percentage of the proceeds to Special Olympics International. The group returned to the studio in April, completing ballads like "You Can Tell Me" and "Love Is," co-written by Howie Dorough, as well as more upbeat collaborations between BSBs Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter and artist Kenna. Four tracks were produced by the Underdogs, the team behind Ruben Studdard. "We're experimenting with different sounds," A.J. McLean told Rolling Stone. "I've gotten into a lot more Seventies rock and funk." Before launching their tour, the Boys -- who have sold some 68 million albums -- hope to film their hunt for a new bodyguard as a new reality TV show to be produced by Osbournes creator Jonathan Taylor. The winner's first day on the job will be the kickoff of the group's U.S. tour. - ALEX MAR Subject: Howie talks about BSB
Source: Radio stations
Howie was interviewed this morning by a couple of radio stations to promote the upcoming For the Love of Children concert, and he talked about the rest of the guys and the new album. The Boys have recorded about 40 songs, they'll have to narrow them down to 12. Howie wrote 5-6 songs out of the 10 the group did. After picking out the songs that will make the album, they'll choose the first single then the name of the album. The new single will be released at the end of November, and the album early February. He said those House of Blues shows were cancelled because the album was pushed back so they could work on it a bit more, that makes it too early for promotion. But there will be a world tour when the album comes out. The DJ asked about the Bodyguard reality show, Howie said they were approached with the idea but didn't make it very clear whether it was happening or not. Apparently they were approached by other people as well, but are still contemplating about it. Even though Howie said they haven't chosen a single yet, he also said they would be debuting their new single Saturday at For the Love of Children. The guys will take the stage about 5 in the afternoon, Howie will be hosting the show.
Monday, September 6, 2004 Subject: Why HOB concerts were canceled
Source: Renee, Assistant to JoJo Wright/KIIS-FM LA
Howie talked to JoJo from KIIS-FM and told him why the HOB shows were canceled. Here's what Renee, JoJo's assistant, posted at the JoJo's Forums: JoJo got this info straight from Howie....the HOB shows have been canceled -- it was decided that it was best to wait until a little closer to the release date of the CD. But if you need your BSB fix, the guys will still be performing at Howie's charity event on 9/11 on the Queen Mary. Subject: BSB to dance with Beijing fans
The American pop group the Backstreet Boys will return to Mexico after a three years absence to outdo their 2001 performance where they reunited more than 165,000 fans, mainly women, the promotional company confirmed today. The quintet begins their fourth album promotion in this country, which will mark their comeback to the music business. The group formed by Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, A.J. Mc Lean, Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell, was in Mexico over three years ago, at the Foro Sol in Mexico City, and now, they will return to perform at the Palacio de los Deportes October 15. After dedicating their time to independent projects for the past two years, the Backstreet Boys returned to the studio last February to work on their new album. The Backstreet Boys performed for the first time in Mexico at the Foro Sol in Mexico City where they performed three concerts for over 165,000 people. Subject: Teen girl to meet famous singers
A 15-year-old girl from Reagan is about to have her wish come true - meeting the Backstreet Boys. Stacy Durbin and her family will leave Saturday for Los Angeles, where she will meet her favorite band and ''show them how well she can dance,'' according to a news release from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South. Durbin will also visit Universal Studios on her trip. ''The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy,'' the release says. Durbin has Proteus syndrome, a condition that causes atypical growth of bones, skin or head and a variety of other symptoms. She has the overgrowth of bones. Wish requests include getting a puppy, meeting the president of the United States and going to Walt Disney World. Granting a wish costs an average of $5,000. If you would like to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation, call (800) 264-9474 or go to wish.org. Subject: BSB to dance with Beijing fans
BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhuanet) Just one month after pop diva Whitney Houston treated Beijing music fans to a live concert, American pop band, Backstreet Boys, are set to rock the Chinese capital. China Radio International reported Monday. The popular all-boy group will stage its first performance in China on September 24th with a follow-up performance in Shanghai on the 26th. In addition hundreds of Beijing fans will be given the chance to dance with their idols during the concert at the Olympic Sports Center, which goes under the title of "Dance Storm".
Subject: Another concert date added
Place: House of Blues Las Vegas
3950 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Doors: Open @ 8:00pm
Tickets: Click here
Sunday, August 15, 2004 Subject: First BSB concert in three years!
Place: House of Blues Sunset Strip
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2004
Doors: Open @ 7:00pm
Tickets: Click here Subject: Backstreet Boys Seeking New Bodyguard — Via Reality TV
The Boys are back in town — and they're about to tackle reality TV. As the Backstreet Boys prepare to kick off a comeback tour this fall, the group is also looking for a new bodyguard. The Boys hope to find one by way of a new reality show called — what else? — "Bodyguard," according to Variety. The "American Idol"-like competition will whittle down a group of contestants until one man or woman is left standing as the Boys' protector. The new reality series is being developed by the Boys' management team, Wright-Crear Management, and will be produced by Jonathan Taylor, creator of MTV's "The Osbournes." Although the Boys will make occasional appearances on camera, their role on the show will be secondary. However, "Bodyguard" will be used as launching pad to promote the group's highly anticipated return to the pop scene after a three-year hiatus. The final episode of the show will follow the winner's first day on the job as the group's arena tour kicks off. Plans call for the show to be pitched to the networks later this month. The Boys have already returned to the studio with producer Max Martin, who also helped fuel the careers of Britney Spears and 'NSYNC (see "What Year Is It? Backstreet Boys Planning World Tour, Working With Max Martin"). Collaborations with Boyz II Men and Take 6 are also in the works. The first single from the new album is expected to be released later in the year. — Brandee J. Tecson
Sunday, August 1, 2004 Subject: BSB ditch slushy tracks
The members of the BACKSTREET BOYS are assuring fans one element will be missing from their upcoming album - sappy love songs. The five singers are currently in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled album, which they hope to release in the autumn (04) and accompany with a tour. But bandmember AJ McLEAN is keen to let his fans know that while they'll be singing about world issues and even sex, they're not planning on recording any teen-tinged love songs. He says, "We're not talking about the 'I love you, you love me, goo-goo, gee-gee, ga-ga' stuff. "For me, this is my first album totally sober. We've really matured." Subject: Info about the Japanese Tour
Thanks: notlikeyou.com via Tomo
As far as I know, these concerts will be held on September 30th and October 1st, at Yoyogi Kokuritsu Kyougijo (Yoyogi National Stadium) in Tokyo. The article on that newspaper you posted on your site said that this is their "pre-world tour" starting from Oct. 2004 and the Boys did want to have it in Japan. It didn't mention the reasons, though. They'll be back again as part of their world tour in the Spring. Tickets will go on sale July 31st for the Japanese official fan club members.Tickets prices are 8,500yen and 7,500 yen, about $77 and $68. The sponsors will sell tickets after August 1st (numbers are limited) and ticket agencies like ticketmaster provide the rest of the tickets after August 28th. Yoyogi National Stadium has a capacity of approximately 10,000 people, which will hold 20,000 people in 2 days. So it's gonna be tough to get tickets. In November 2001, BSB had 5 concerts in Japan and the 230,000 of tickets were sold out in a day. So you can imagine how hard getting it is this time! Subject: BSb at Teen Choice Awards?
Rumors say the Backstreet Boys will be attending this year's Teen Choice Awards, but nothing has been confirmed yet. The 2004 Teen Choice Awards will be held at the Universal Amphitheatre, California, on August 8th and will be broadcasted on FOX, August 11th. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will host this year's event.
Sunday, July 25, 2004 Subject: BSB Update from Denise McLean
Alex and the other boys will be back on the road soon enough, but for now it is back into the studio to put the finishing touches on the new album then off to rehearsals for the tour and away they go! I hope to be able and see some of the shows while they are still in the states for a while. I have heard a few songs and really like them. As usual, they grow on you the more you listen to them, same old BSB but they sound more mature. Subject: New single in October
Source: Denise McLean
Thanks: Stac88 @ MFC
Denise McLean was interviewed on Washington's HOT 95.5 about her book, Backstreet Mom. A fan called in and asked her about the new album, Denise said the new single would most likely be out in October with an album and tour to follow. She also said that the guys had a commitment in Asia, then the UK, and would be doing smaller venues in the US and Canada after that. Subject: Backstreet's back — to tour China
Thanks: Debi via Not-Like-You
The Backstreet Boys are heading to Asia in September, according to the company promoting the tour. It's one of a number of Chinese events being pushed by Emma Entertainment, which is also backing a Sunday Whitney Houston concert in Beijing as well as the September China Tennis Open. Subject: Wake up everybody
Pop stars ask US to wake up and go to the polling booth Washington, July 15 (ANI): In a bid to persuade people to vote, several pop artists, including the Backstreet Boys, Ashanti, Monica, Russell Simmons and Hollywood beauty Minnie Driver are collaborating to sing their own version of the 1960's hit "Wake Up Everybody." According to ratethemusic.com, the proceeds from the song will be used to create a voter contact program. The song is slated for an August release. "We're trying to push people to vote. It's not a partisan thing. I'm just saying, 'Get involved in the process," the report quoted producer Kenneth Edmonds as saying.
Sunday, July 11, 2004 Subject: Boys to host 9/11 fundraiser
For the Love of Children 3: A Tribute to Heroes" is an international concert honoring remarkable heros from the September 11, 2001 tragedy and the 2004 911 national youth heroes. Proceeds will benefit two outstanding non-profit organizations: The "Dorough Lupus Foundation" and "911 for Kids" The 2004 concert will be hosted by Howie D. and the Backstreet Boys with a myriad of friends from the entertainment and sports worlds. Jessica Simpson, Blue County, Kathy Ireland, Tim Brown, and many other friends will join the boys for this history making concert. Howie will also be hosting and providing a special performance of "Fly to Heaven" with Pollyanna at the Governor's Ball. Tickets for the Platinum Circle, which includes ticket to VIP/Celebrity Lounge, Concert Hall, Sponsors Room, and after concert Governor's Ball are $2,500. Gold Circle (VIP Lounge and Governor's Ball) $2,000; Silver Circle (Includes: VIP Lounge) $1,500; and Bronze Circle $1,000. Watch the fine print though; you can only purchase those tickets through a "participating sponsor" like, Kellogg's, McDonald's, American Express, and the DLF. Other ticket prices: Mezzanine $150; Lodge $65; General $45.Pollyanna posted a message on her website saying that September 11 is only a tentative date for the event, it hasn't been finalized yet. For more info, go to fortheloveofchildren.org. Subject: Brian, & AJ AIDS/HIV PSA
Brian and AJ did a public serice announcment concerning HIV/AIDS and you can listen to it here. Subject: Howie doing a duet with Jadyn Maria
Up and coming Sparrow artist Jadyn Maria will release her anticipated debut album, Choices, on August 24th. In addition to joining the Summer Jam concert tour with NewSong and Rachael Lampa next month, up and coming Sparrow artist Jadyn Maria will release her anticipated debut album, CHOICES, on August 24. CHOICES will highlight Jadyn's strong pop and adult contemporary voice and feature another high profile duet, this time with Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough. To learn more about Jadyn Maria, click over to jadynmaria.com.
Tuesday, July 6, 2004 Subject: Backstreet Boys done recording
Thanks: Angela via Alicia
In her personal online diary, Denise Mclean confirmed that the boys are done working on their new album.
06/30/2004: Alex, Kevin and Brian played golf at the Healthy Heart Foundation tournament this past weekend and according to fans had a blast. They mingled a lot with the crowd and a friend told me that they showed my son's friend a baby picture of him and he laughed out loud. A good time was had by all. As far as I know at this point they are on a little time off after having finished recording the album. Now comes the hard part of putting a tour together and rehearsing to get it all perfected. Alex is looking forward to touring again and greeting his fans at each event. All the boys have been working hard with personal trainers to get back into tip top shape for the upcoming rigorous schedule. I am excited as well and when I find out what the first single might be I will let you know. Subject: New Backstreet Boys DVD
Thanks: Samantha via Lu
A new Backstreet Boys DVD will be released in Brazil next month. The title is 'Backstories Live in Concert' and seems like a tour documentary. Here's the info I could find: Product Details Encoding: Region 0 (all over the world)
Release Date: July 30, 2004
Features: Interactive Menu; Music Access; Biography
Audio: English - Dolby Digital Stereo; Dolby Surround 5.1
Subtitles: English, Portuguese
View cover art
Platinum albuns in over 16 countries all over the world. Sold out tours. Top Hit at the Billboard charts for the first album. Awards in the biggest international music categories since 1995. Best International Group and Live Show. 1998 MTV Music Video Award for best group video. This documentary shows the group in their best moments during tours, traveling and never-before-seen interviews. Watch this DVD and see why the Backstreet Boys are considered one of the biggest success of all times. Being a region 0 disc it'll play in any DVD player. The listed price is 29,90 Reais, which is about 10.00 USD. The DVD can't be pre-ordered yet, but I'll post a link when it's released. I will post more information as I find them. Subject: BSB FANS GET READY! THE BACKSTREET BOYS ARE BACK!
That's right, Brian, Kevin, Nick, Howie and AJ have been hard at work in the studio for the past several months working on a brand new album! The as yet to be titled album should be ready to hit record store shelves and the digital music services later this year. Though the musical direction has shifted with the times, you can definitely expect to hear a classic BSB album with great vocals and great choruses! The album will include a new track from hitmaker Max Martin and the first single will likely hit the airwaves later this summer! They are also planning on getting back on the road to ignite the world once again with their amazing live performances! They can't wait to see all of their fans again, so get ready! The Boys are back with original manager Johnny Wright and are in incredible spirits! For more on the boys in the studio and their tour plans, click here. Keep it locked to for all the latest on The Backstreet Boys new album! An expanded site will re-launch soon, so stay tuned! © 2004 Zomba Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Subject: Backstreet Boy sets sights on Christian album
Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell is making a Christian album and was in Franklin for a fund-raiser golf tournament at the Legends Club of Tennessee yesterday. The money goes to Brian's Heart Healthy Club and East Academy, a private school for at-risk kids in east Nashville. Backstreet Boys fan Shannon Sour, right, reacts after Brian walks past her. More... Subject: The Boys put on a different kinda show
You don't usually see bunches of teen and 20-something women on the links at Legends golf course in Franklin. But they were there in droves yesterday, each young lady paying $100 for the privilege of following three of the Backstreet Boys while they played in a fund-raiser tourney. The youngsters ? clutching cameras, videocams and Sharpies and doing lots of pointing and giggling ? came from Nashville, Indiana, California, Minnesota and even Germany. The Boys obliged by giving autographs, posing for pictures and generally playing around and being goofy for the girls. Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell had a golf bag and club covers in a beige plaid that exactly matched the plaid of fellow Boy A.J. McLean's pants. After pointing that out, A.J. warned Brian: ''Don't be looking for any of your clubs in my drawers.'' Subject: Backstreet Boy on colons
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) -- Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson understands that talking about colons can be an unpleasant subject."But if it can save someone's life, it's worth it," said Richardson, who appears in a series of public service announcements that urge children to discuss colon, or colorectal, cancer and its treatment with their parents. Richardson, who grew up in Lexington, said he feels a responsibility to educate others about the disease that ended his father's life in 1991. Richardson thinks if children talk to their parents about colon cancer, it will encourage parents to seek information about the disease before it's too late."Children have a great impact on their parents," said Richardson, speaking by phone from southern California. "When they say something like that, it deeply affects the parent." In 2004, about 147,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed and about 56,700 people will die of the disease, said Leonard Lichtenfeld, a deputy chief medical officer with the American Cancer Society. But if the cancer is detected early and still is localized, it can be cured in about 90 percent of those cases, he said. Richardson, 32, said he'll undergo a colon cancer screening soon, as will one of his two brothers. The other brother recently underwent a screening in which a polyp was detected. That polyp was removed, "and everything is fine," Richardson said. The singer said the Backstreet Boys are almost finished with a new album, which will be their first with completely new material in about four years.
Sunday, May 30, 2004 Subject: Howie D the actor
I was just looking at the BSB's profiles on imdb.com and Howie is listed as playing 'Taxi Driver' in a movie called Constellation. It's in pre-production. Subject: Get this: Backstreet Boyz II Men
Full story here
Sunday, May 16, 2004 Subject: VCR Alert!
Show: On Air with Ryan Seacrest
Date: Friday, May 21st
Time: Syndicated. Check your local listings.
About: The Backstreet Boys meet their biggest fan. Subject: Kevin's movie - The Spirit Bear
Kevin's movie, The Spirit Bear, has got a webpage with a lot of info and videos, including one of Kevin talking a little about the project. Click here. You have to sign up at the website to see the video. Subject: BSB Back in O-Town
Source: Orlando Sentinel
Simply being spotted out and about (at last weekend's Give Kids the World gala) was something of feat for pop-star manager Johnny Wright, whose wife gave birth to their second child, daughter Gabrielle, two months ago. Wright is also birthing two other projects -- a new programming gig with the Christian-oriented Trinity Broadcasting Network and reuniting the Backstreet Boys, who are slated to be working back in Orlando next week. Subject: Backstreet to sit in for Britney
BEIJING, May 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Britney Spears has reportedly scrapped plans to perform in China in late September because she is suffering from exhaustion, and organisers say the Backstreet Boys will sit in for her on the original date. Sources claim the sexy singer, who is currently on tour in Europe, has pulled out of the Far East Leg of her world tour this summer because she is too tired and needs a break. The 22-year-old pop singer had planned to perform in five Chinese cities in late September as part of her Asian tour. She could be one of the most high-profile western pop singer ever to visit China, following Mariah Carey's tour to Shanghai last year. The Backstreet Boys, who are fading out from the music scene, will try to regain their popularity on tour in China as they are cutting a new album this year. Subject: Can we call them Backstreet men?
Thanks: Angela via Not Like You
Backstreet Boys Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson are back in the recording studio, and super producer Harvey Mason Jr. reports the new album will be "their reintroduction to their fans" - not a farewell, as has been rumored. Says Mason, "Their concern is that 'People haven't heard from us in a while ... we separated, we came back together, and now we really want to make a statement.'" The group, which hasn't released an album since "Black and Blue" in 2000, has gone through its share of !ital!Sturm und Drang, including the lawsuit filed in 2002 against its record label for allegedly shunting the group aside while promoting Carter's solo album, "Now or Never." But now, Mason says, "They're in great spirits. They're all cooperating and having a great time. Everyone is involved in all that's going on, and they're really professional." Mason - who is one-half of the hit-making producing team known as the Underdogs with his partner Damon Thomas (they're behind numerous top 10 hits for the likes of Brandy, Jennifer Lopez and Luther Vandross, as well as American Idol Ruben Studdard's "Sorry 2004") - says the Backstreet Boys will be coming out "with something a little bit different" for the new CD. "It'll be harder-edged with more of an r&b influence. The way they sing is always going to be consistent, but they've grown up. Nick started when he was 13, and now he's 25. They've done a lot of things since then. Soft pop music is not prevalent anymore, and they know they have got to compete with what's going on the radio." He adds the Boys have written a lot of their new material. "They're going above and beyond to set a new standard ... and that's exciting." If all goes as planned, the new Backstreet Boys album will be out before year's end.
Thursday, May 6, 2004 Subject: New Backstreet Boys album due in October
Thanks: Debi via NCOST
The Backstreet Boys have tentatively set October 12, 2004 as the release date for their new album. Although still untitled, the album will be the group's first release with new material since 2000's "Black and Blue." The five group members have been in the studio since February. Since the album release is months away, it is possible the date can change.- By Adam Gonshor
Monday, April 26, 2004 Subject: New airdate for Motown 45
Date: Monday, May 17, 2004
Time: 8-10pm ET
Channel: ABC Subject: BSB to be at Wango Tango
Today, Kiis in LA confirmed that the Boys will be special guest hosts at this year's Wango Tango, taking place on May 15th at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. Click here for more info. Subject: BSB to be at Zootopia - Update!
According to Howie, the Boys will be singing one song - a capella. Howie also said that the album is half done and there will bea tour in September. Remember, Howie's been wrong before. lol... Subject: BSB & Boyz II Men?
The Backstreet Boys plan to collaborate with Boyz II Men on their new album, group member Kevin Richardson said backstage at Sunday's taping of ABC's "Motown 45" special in Los Angeles. As previously reported, the Jive group expects to have the set ready for late summer release, with a tour to follow. "When we were signed, it was all Nirvana and gangsta rap, and we pushed the envelope then," Richardson said. "So we want to push the envelope again and go where people think we can't take it." In addition to writing with others, the Boys have been writing songs as a group. One such track, "Rushing Through Me," has already been cut with the Underdogs producing. - Gail Mitchell, L.A. Subject: A work in progress
After a two-year absence from each other, the quintet reconvened about three weeks ago to start writing and creating new music. "This two-year break has been good," said A.J. McLean. "We've all grown apart and back together. Personally I think we're stronger than we've ever been." After spending several months in rehab for alcoholism, McLean said the band's dynamics are different. "I'm coming up on two years sober. My life has completely changed. This is my first album with the boys completely sober. I'm looking forward to it. It's a whole new world for me." But now that they've all grown into men, can they make the world fall in love again with a boy band? "I hope so," says Brian Littrell. " He said the new album will differ from their previous bubblegum harmonies. "It's a little different. We can't give a whole lot away because we're in the experimental stage," Littrell said. Adds McLean: "Obviously some of the lyrical content will be more adult, not in the sense of vulgarity but we're all grown men. Some of the stuff won't be the same poppy stuff we did before." The Backstreet Boys formed 11 years ago.
Tuesday, April 6, 2004 Subject: Backstreet Motown performance canceled
This fan was on Howie's Lupus cruise and asked him abut the Motown Special: "I told Howie on the cruise, Monday night, I think... that I was told to tell him to save his voice, for Sun night, and he lifted up his water... He said that they weren't going to be performing, because they werent given the material in time, that Howie had to leave 2 days after they'd given it to the fellas. They had no time. I'm real sorry everyone... He WAS looking forward to it, trust me." However, the Boys will be on stage to introduce the Four Tops. The special is slated to air May 3rd on ABC. Subject: BSB to be at Zootopia
BSB will be special guest hosts at Zootopia on May 21 in Madison Square Garden in New York City. For more information, go to z100.com. Tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster.com. Subject: Backstreet Boys Back Recording
It looks like the Backstreet Boys are over their legal woes with their record label. They are back in the studio recording their first new album in three years. "All five of us went back into the studio this past February and we have been working to create what we think will be our best album yet. It has been really create being back together working on our music." The last Backstreet Boys album was Black and Blue in 2000. After that, they found themselves in legal turmoil trying to break away from a contract that was keeping them from recording. A legal battle has been going on for some time with Backstreet Boys claiming they were exploited by their contract. In the last round of legal action, Backstreet Boys sued their label Jive for $75 million. The alleged the label stalled song selection and allocation of a producer and simply refused their artistic requests. At the same time, Jive was trying to launch a solo career for band member Nick Carter and used his promotional activity to delay plans for a new Backstreet Boys record. In a statement at the time, Backstreet Boys said "We are committed to the Backstreet Boys and we will protect our group from anybody or anything that tries to break us apart. We are disappointed that our longtime label Jive Records has attempted to irresponsibly exploit our group". Jive is also the home of Justin Timberlake, NSYNC and Britney Spears. The album will is expected to be released mid year. - Paul Cashmere Subject: Backstreet Boys Reunite For New Album
After a two-year break, the Backstreet Boys are at work on their first album since 2001's "Black and Blue." In a post on the Web site of its management company, Wright Entertainment Group, the group reveals, "All five of us went back into the studio this past February and have been working to create what we think will be our best album yet. It has been really great being back together working on our music." The as-yet-untitled album is being targeted for a summer release on Jive. "We will be touring in the United States this fall," the post adds. Since the release of "Black and Blue," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 5.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the group's members have busied themselves with various pursuits. The lone member to issue a solo album was Nick Carter, whose "Now or Never" was released in 2002 by Jive. Group member Howie Dorough told Billboard in May 2003 that he was working on a solo album with songs in English and Spanish, but the set has yet to materialize. - Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. Subject: Possible new track on BSB's album
Thanks: Kayla via Samantha
In an Alabama newspaper article, songwriter Gary Baker mentioned he wrote a song called "Never Gone" for the next Backstreet Boys' album. We don't know for sure if the song will make the album or any of the singles, but it's good to know the guys are still working with talented songwriters. Other Backstreet songs written by/or with the help of Gary are: "Anywhere For You," "If I Don't Have You," "Back To You Heart," "No One Else Comes Close," "You Wrote The Book On Love" and "I'll Be There For You". So expect "Never Gone" to be a nice, beautiful ballad. Subject: Boy Bands will be Boy Bands
Full Story here
Sunday, March 21, 2004 Subject: Kevin VCR Alerts!
Thanks: Debi, Kayla, Angela
Kevin will be on The Sharon Osbourne Show on March 21st and On Air with Ryan Seacrest on March 31st. To find out where and when to watch On Air, click on ryanonair.com . Go to "about the show" and "where to watch" section of the show's website. You can look up your state and city. You can send in questions for Kevin online or via text message. If you get the show live (Noon PST), you can text message or call DURING the show. Sometimes Ryan asks for people to call or text, and that's your cue. Subject: Backstreet Boys to perform on Motown 45
Source: yahoo news
LOS ANGELES - Justin Timberlake is out, and Cedric the Entertainer is in as the new co-host of ABC's "Motown 45" special. Cedric, the co-star of "Barbershop 2: Back in Business," will emcee the show with singer Lionel Richie. Among the artists slated to perform in the tribute to Motown Records are the Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, The Commodores, The Funk Brothers, The Four Tops, Macy Gray, Gladys Knight, India.Arie, The Temptations, Vanessa Williams, and original Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. The special will tape at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on April4 and is tentatively scheduled to air May 3rd on ABC. Click here to buy tickets. Subject: Boy urges children to get in parents' faces about Colon Cancer
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