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Backstreet Boys Finally Explain 'I Want It That Way'

There's another version, apparently

(Newser) - It's a well-known fact that the Backstreet Boys hit "I Want It That Way" makes no sense, and now, 17 years after it was released, the boy band is finally explaining ... sort of. It's long been known that Max Martin, who wrote the song, is Swedish and... More »

Las Vegas to Keep Another 1990s Hit Machine Alive

Backstreet's back, baby

(Newser) - Backstreet will be back—and back and back and back—in Las Vegas. According to the AP , the Backstreet Boys confirmed reports Friday they will begin a Planet Hollywood residency in Vegas next year. Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life will feature members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean,... 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 »

7 Musicians Who Quit Their Bands

One Direction fans are far from the first to mourn

(Newser) - With tween girls all aflutter at the news that Zayn Malik has left One Direction , ETOnline has put together a slideshow of a dozen other popular bands that have also lost original members:
  • Backstreet Boys: Kevin Richardson exited the boy band in 2006, and the other four Boys released two
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Nick Carter's Sis Dead at 25

Drug addiction suspected in Leslie Carter's death: TMZ

(Newser) - A prescription drug addiction is suspected in the sudden death of 25-year-old Leslie Carter, the singing sis of Aaron and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, reports TMZ . Carter, mom of a 10-month-old baby girl, was found dead in an upstate New York home this week. The singer had moved from Canada... More »

Music Stars Join Together in BP Boycott

Lady Gaga, Korn, others won't use BP fuel

(Newser) - A coalition of artists including Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys and Creed won't be filling the tanks of their tour buses at BP stations this summer. Korn's Jonathan Davis is leading the drive to get as many musicians as possible on board for a boycott of all BP fuels. News... More »

20 Songs That Make No Sense

I want it that way. Wait, you want what what way?

(Newser) - Some lyrics are just so ambiguous you have no idea what you’re singing about when you sing along. Willa Paskin lists 20 “songs that make you go, huh?” on BlackBook :
  • “I Want It That Way,” Backstreet Boys: “Make up your minds dudes, is ‘that
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The Best and Worst Karaoke Songs

(Newser) - For the incoherent drunkards, the friends who get yanked onstage, and all other would-be singers, Entertainment Weekly offers the best and worst karaoke songs: The Best:
  • "I Want It That Way," Backstreet Boys: The entire room will be singing with you; getting audience members to admit they like
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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 »

'Party' With a Backstreet Boy—for Just $15!

Nick throws birthday bash in Canada

(Newser) - Always wanted to party with the celebs, but just don’t have the cash? Head to Toronto, where you can celebrate Nick Carter’s birthday and virtually dormant music career with the Backstreet Boy himself, Perez Hilton reports. Tickets to the high-profile event are a mere $15, or $20 at... More »

Boy-Band Promoter to Repay $300M

Court assesses damages of boy band promoter's ponzi scheme

(Newser) - Lou Pearlman and federal authorities have finally agreed on how much the former boy band promoter swindled from banks and investors in a decades-long scam: a staggering $300 million. That's how much the creator of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync will have to pay, at a minimum, in restitution... 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 »

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