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November 21, 2000 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Backstreet Boys reboard the roller coaster of love today, and it's going to be a long, long ride. Listen to Black & Blue, their much-anticipated follow-up to last year's Millennium, as they suffer the thrills and spills and dips and downturns of romance, bonding in polished harmony over such cataclysmic events as an interrupted cell-phone call. Check the chilly wind that gusts through "Get Another Boyfriend. " Hear the glory of their five exultant voices as they belt such profundities as "You are my shining star.
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October 1, 1999 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Backstreet Boys' show at the First Union Center on Wednesday night wasn't awful, just awfully dull for anyone not motivated by hormonal urges. The first of the two sold-out Into the Millennium concerts at the South Philadelphia sports arena (the quintet was to perform again last night) served up the shocking revelation that the Boys possess a very limited musical range. In fact, you could say that the fabulously popular group - Floridians Nick Carter, 19; Alexander James McLean, 21; Howard Dorough, 26; and Brian "B-Rok" Littrell, 24; plus Littrell's Kentucky cousin Kevin Richardson, 27 - have exactly two types of songs.
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August 20, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the Backstreet Boys' new album, In a World Like This, debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top 200, not only did it mark the band's eighth consecutive album to hit the Top 10 upon release, it also did one crucial thing. It reminded naysayers who thought the quintessential boy band had disappeared that the slick '90s teenyboppers had stuck it out and, along the way, become men. In a World Like This proved too that the 20-year-old quintet could write their own hits and make them as emotionally connected as they were softly spun and rhythmic.
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February 1, 2001 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
The noise level at a sold-out Backstreet Boys show is devastating. Strolling the First Union Center concourse on Tuesday, minutes before the opening of a two-night stand by the quintet, wee girls accessorized with cell phones, braces, and Burger King crowns bearing BSB likenesses screech excitedly about the impending show. Throughout the concert, when I'm not pummeled by signs declaring the girls' love, I'm stupefied by the jet-engine roar of their screams. Frenzy on this level is teenybop legend: Elvis, the Beatles, 'N Sync.
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July 15, 1998 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They were young, confident and charming, dripping with the sultry naughty-boy looks that - well, Louis Pearlman just knew these five guys would be on the bedroom walls of teenage girls across America. But five years ago, America wanted grunge and rap. The Backstreet Boys and their breezy, white-bred dance-pop didn't stand a chance against Kurt Cobain and Tupac Shakur. Pearlman, a Florida entrepreneur who had taken out newspaper ads seeking five fresh faces, sent his fledgling guy-group overseas at the urging of their record label, Jive, and their managers, Johnny and Donna Wright.
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May 28, 1999 | by Jim Farber, New York Daily News
Backstreet's back, all right. The Boys' new album, "Millennium," sold more than 1.1 million copies its first week out, giving it the biggest opening salvo since accurate weekly music sales were first charted in 1991. Those numbers will place the album in the No. 1 perch in next week's Billboard rankings, with a lead of more than 600,000 platters over the No. 2 entry: Ricky Martin's English-language debut. The 1,134,605 Backstreet CDs sold in the album's first seven days beats by almost 50,000 the old record held by Garth Brooks for his "Double Live," which inspired 1,085,373 purchases in November.
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August 13, 1999 | PETER TOBIA / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Marisa Branella, 14, of South Philadelphia, chats with her sister Nicole, who planned to join her later in line to buy tickets to the Backstreet Boys' Sept. 29 show at the First Union Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow, but Branella was at the center by 7 a.m. yesterday.
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December 19, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Kyle Kinane; lipstick artist Natalie Irish. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Seth Rogen; comic John Witherspoon. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jamie Foxx; Carl Reiner; the winner of The Voice . The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Producer Judd Apatow; actress Joanne Froggatt. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10) - Ed Burns; Victor Cruz; Jeff Musial; Backstreet Boys perform.
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September 10, 1999 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Music Critic Associated Press
With the weird calender karma of 9-9-99 and the oddball setting of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, how could the last MTV Music Video Awards Ceremony of the century be anything but strange, strange, strange? Okay, so maybe this year's nominations included some of the cheesiest pop "artists" since the Tin Pan Alley days and the trashy, repetitive production numbers were a bore. And there were oddly more white boy rap imitators (like "new artist of the year" Eminem and Kid Rock)
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July 18, 1998 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
"You get so excited you can't eat," said Alexis DiCicco, 13, of Sewell, N.J., describing the buildup to Thursday night's sold-out CoreStates Center show by her absolutely favorite group, the Backstreet Boys. "Yeah, we woke up at 5:30 in the morning we were so excited," her friend, 13-year-old Stefania DiNicola, also from Sewell, chimed in shortly before the teen heartthrobs took the stage. "She hasn't eaten or slept for two days," Diane Long, of Magnolia, N.J., said of her daughter, Jennifer, also 13. In case you were worried that hunger and sleep deprivation might inhibit a girl's ability to shriek, rest easy.
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January 29, 2015 | Howard Gensler, The Daily News
Contract balks According to the Hollywood Reporter , "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has complained to the California Labor Commission to get out of the contract with 19 Entertainment, the company that signed him from the show. "I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on 'American Idol'," Phillips said. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.
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October 31, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
T OMMY DAVIDSON , the comedian who made a name for himself on "In Living Color," has always had a special place in his heart for Philly. The D.C. native, who will perform at Helium Comedy Club today through Saturday, filmed his first stand-up movie, "Illin' in Philly," here. "Philadelphia is a cinch. You've just got to be careful of the Italians," Davidson said, with a laugh. "It's very easy to me because it's regular people, but if you get pretentious on them, they'll boo you. They'll feel it. They're sensitive to those who think they're better than others.
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October 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RONALD OCKIMEY and Leon Owens, both armed with semi-automatic handguns, meant to kill on the evening of April 11, 2012. Their Southwest Philadelphia gang, the Backstreet Boys, was beefing with a rival gang, the Greenway Boys. So, when Ockimey, Owens and a third gunman spotted two Greenway members exiting a convenience store at 53rd and Greenway streets, they started to shoot. At least 17 rounds drove the Greenway members back into the store, where they drew weapons and returned fire.
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September 28, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
"I experimented with weed, Ecstasy . . . and mescaline," former teen star Melissa Joan Hart , 37, tells Life & Style Weekly. The   Teenage Witch star is plugging a memoir, Melissa Explains It All , which reveals she took Ecstasy at the Playboy Mansion, where she kissed a girl!!! She also writes she has made out with Backstreet Boys ' Nick Carter and Jerry O'Connell .   How to sell yourself Hugh Hefner survivor Kendra Wilkinson reveals in a teaser for her new reality show that she had a "minor stroke" as a result of her April 20 car crash in Calabasas, Calif.
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August 31, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Valerie Harper , 74, who revealed in the spring she had brain cancer, may be seeing some hope. "I'd say that we're getting pretty close to a remission," her doc, Jeremy Rudnick , told her on-camera in a segment shot for NBC's Today . "It defies the odds. " But any remission is going to be temporary, Rudnick added. Harper's type of cancer develops resistance to therapy. "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," he said. But a remission buys time, he added. The Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda star took Meredith Vieira - and a camera crew - to her appointment with her doctor as part of a Today special about Harper to air on Sept.
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August 20, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the Backstreet Boys' new album, In a World Like This, debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top 200, not only did it mark the band's eighth consecutive album to hit the Top 10 upon release, it also did one crucial thing. It reminded naysayers who thought the quintessential boy band had disappeared that the slick '90s teenyboppers had stuck it out and, along the way, become men. In a World Like This proved too that the 20-year-old quintet could write their own hits and make them as emotionally connected as they were softly spun and rhythmic.
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June 12, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com : Check out a full photo gallery of the boy bands coming to Philly this summer, reaction from social media, plus a Spotify playlist. LOOK WHO'S BACK on tour this summer! New Kids on the Block. The Backstreet Boys. 98 Degrees. Boyz II Men. Even the Monkees. All started as well-scrubbed, adorable and energetic, young, pop-harmony groups - a/k/a/ boy bands - expected to last only a lunchtime. But, oh, nostalgia lovers, look at them now! Historically, most of these cutie-pies were packaged by corporate entities at casting calls.
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May 31, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
British goth-pop singer Charli XCX's debut album, True Romance , shares a title with Tony Scott's Quentin Tarantino-scripted 1993 road movie. The similarity, however, is only "incidental," says the 20-year-old songwriter, who will headline Union Transfer on Saturday. "I do love that movie, and I think that Clarence and Alabama [played by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette] are two of the best romantic heroes ever," says the singer, who hails from Hertfordshire, north of London, and whose last name is Aitchison.
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December 19, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Kyle Kinane; lipstick artist Natalie Irish. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Seth Rogen; comic John Witherspoon. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jamie Foxx; Carl Reiner; the winner of The Voice . The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Producer Judd Apatow; actress Joanne Froggatt. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10) - Ed Burns; Victor Cruz; Jeff Musial; Backstreet Boys perform.
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June 30, 2005 | Howard Gensler gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
BACKSTREET may be back, but it will be a while before one Boy is back behind the wheel. Nick Carter was ordered into a three-month alcohol treatment program Tuesday after pleading guilty to drunk driving. Carter, 25, entered the plea Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court. The judge also ordered Nick to pay $1,200 in fines, placed him on three years' informal probation and restricted his driving privileges for 90 days, said Deputy District Attorney Tate McCallister. Carter was pulled over March 5 in downtown Huntington Beach.
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