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.
October 10, 2014 |
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.
September 28, 2013 |
"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.