November 21, 2000 |
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.
October 1, 1999 |
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.
August 20, 2013 |
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.
February 1, 2001 |
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.
July 15, 1998 |
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.
May 28, 1999 |
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.
August 13, 1999 |
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.
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.
September 10, 1999 |
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)
July 18, 1998 |
"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.