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K-Pop Star Dies in Apparent Suicide Using Coal

South Korea's Jonghyun appears to have killed himself by burning coal

(Newser) - A K-pop superstar in South Korea whose bandmates said "loved music more than anyone" died Monday in what appears to be a suicide, the BBC reports. Police say Jonghyun (full name Kim Jong-hyun), said to be in his late 20s, was found unconscious in a Seoul residence hotel and... More »

Man Who Brought You 'NSync, Backstreet Boys Dies in Prison

Lou Pearlman ran a giant Ponzi scheme, in addition to the boy bands

(Newser) - The man who brought about the rise of the boy band—notably 'NSync, the Backstreet Boys, and O-Town—died Friday in prison, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Lou Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence for his role in a $300 million Ponzi scheme when he died of unknown causes at... More »

Backstreet's Back —With a New Album

And a country collaboration

(Newser) - It's like it's 1996 all over again. Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys says the boy band is back in the studio recording a new album—its first since 2013, per Time . There's no word on a release date, but you'll be able to hear at... More »

LFO Frontman Rich Cronin Dead at 35

Boston boy-band star loses long battle with leukemia

(Newser) - Rich Cronin, lead singer of '90s boy band trio LFO, is dead. Cronin, 35, who wrote hits including Summer Girls, suffered a stroke after a long battle with leukemia, TMZ reports. The Boston native set up the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation to raise funds to fight the disease he was... More »

Eldest Jonas Brother Engaged

(Newser) - Sorry, girls, only two chances left to snag a singing Jonas Brother. The eldest, Kevin, popped the question to his girlfriend on her New Jersey doorstep this morning, and "she said yes, yes, yes like 500 times super fast in a row," he tells People. Kevin, 21, met... More »

Japanese Boy Band Star Found Drunk, Naked, Screaming

Incident in public park cost singer ad deals

(Newser) - A member of SMAP, Japan’s most famous boy band, was arrested today after he was found naked, drunk and screaming in a public park at 3am, Asahi Shimbun reports. Tsuoyoshi Kusanagi, 34, reportedly screamed “What’s wrong with being naked?” at an officer while being removed. He had... More »

Jailed Boy-Band Schemer Plots Reality Show

It's ' Making the Band meets Charlie's Angels meets Bernie Madoff'

(Newser) - Even from jail, boy-band creator-slash-Ponzi schemer Lou Pearlman is all about the spotlight. The ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys founder is plotting a reality show he can star in from behind bars, the New York Daily News reports. “It essentially would feature Lou's disembodied voice on a speakerphone,... More »

New Kids Score Block Party

New album could be best yet from reunited '90s boy band

(Newser) - Critics applaud the comeback album from reunited boy band New Kids on the Block, which, while it “may not break any ground musically,” is in fact “the best album of their multi-platinum career,” writes Glenn Gamboa in Newsday. “The best cuts” on The Block “... More »

Summer of Jonas Bros. Looms

Squeaky-clean trio set for Miley-sized media onslaught

(Newser) - Brace yourselves: Disney is prepping a summer media blitz for the squeaky-clean, tween-rockin' Jonas Brothers that'll put Hannah Montana to shame. The former Christian rock band made up of three real-life siblings is starring in two movies, releasing an album, and touring Europe and the US—before getting their own... More »

Boy-Band Brain Gets 25 Years for Fraud

Pearlman gets max for scamming investors, banks out of $300M

(Newser) - Lou Pearlman, the honcho behind the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, was sentenced yesterday to the maximum of 25 years in federal prison for masterminding a decades-long scam that bilked thousands of investors out of some $300 million, the AP reports. "The sympathy factor just doesn't run very high... More »

New Kids on the Block Plan Reunion on 'Today'

All is right with the world

(Newser) - In a performance to mark the 20th anniversary of their hit album Hangin' Tough, the New Kids on the Block will reunite Friday to perform on the "Today Show," a source tells People magazine. The boy band sold more than 50 million records before returning to civilian life... More »

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