Weeeeee’ve been waiting so longggggg…. AND THE TIME HAS ARRIVED! After 28 years of only squeezing two Christmas songs out of the Backstreet Boys and various appearances / performances at holiday radio shows, we are… More
It might be halfway through the year for a post that we usually create in January, but we have never been MORE THRILLED to create it. After a predominantly Backstreet-less year of worldwide pandemic, the time has finally come for events and in-person appearances to return!
As always, we will keep this post continuously updated with all the appearances, performances, etc.
August 19th – 22nd – The AfterParty – Las Vegas, NV (AJ and Nick)
AJ and Nick will be joining Joey Fatone, Wanya Morris and other special guests for a boyband-meets-Rat Pack type Vegas show running for one (long) weekend only!
August 20th – 22nd – Fanboy Con – Orlando, FL (Howie D.)
Get tickets and details here!
September 16th-18th – FanX Salt Lake Con – SLC, UT (Nick)
The exact dates of Nick’s attendance are not yet known, as the photo ops are not on sale for him yet, but you can buy passes here!
November 11th-December 23rd – A Very Backstreet Christmas Party
Get the details here
Just when you thought the ‘Friends’ reunion was going to be the biggest (re)union of the year, Nick Carter, Lance Bass, AJ McLean and Joey Fatone had other plans.
While Lance and Nick have been teasing big things coming from them together for months, a few weeks ago on an instagram live would be where we were first teased with the concept of a collaboration between 2/5 of the Backstreet Boys and 2/5 of *NSYNC.
We had no idea just how huge it would be, what a great cause it would be for and, to our surprise, how much we would love it!
If you missed any of it (or just want to see it again), we’re giving you the highlights below!
1. The Preparation
The day prior to The Bingo Under The Stars event at The Grove in LA, where Lance, AJ, Nick and Joey were set to take the stage as a foursome, who named themselves BackSync, they gathered at Lance’s house for a little rehearsal and a little fun! We’ve linked all the TikToks and posts you can’t miss below.
2. The Performance
‘Bingo Under The Stars’ featured 10 Bingo games hosted by Todrick Hall and Rupaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle Visage in honor of PRIDE month. Following the games, the newly formed boyband collab took the stage to perform “I Want It That Way” and “Bye, Bye, Bye” (complete with choreography that the two BSB just learned the day before)! While The Grove live streamed most of the performances on instagram, they sadly did not say it. However, here are some things you CAN watch.
3. The Charity
Not only was the Bingo Under The Stars event set to celebrate PRIDE month, but for an opportunity to do good in the LGBTQ+ community. If you’ve been following Nick and Lance on social media recently, you’ll know that both men are very excited about the cryptocurrency Tsuki and Mission Tsuki. It is through Mission Tsuki that this event would made possible and the event was made even sweeter when Tsuki donated $1M in Tsuki tokens to The Trevor Project. A portion of all ticket sales for the event went to The Trevor Project as well as the cover charge from the afterparty at Rocco’s afterwards.
4. The Media (Pictures, Interviews, etc.)
While you can find many more photos and media across each guy’s social media, here are a few highlights and all the interviews you need to read / watch!
Find more photos on Zimbio!
5. The Afterparty
BackSync ended the night at Rocco’s for an epic return to normalcy as all four members took the stage and the DJ booth to sing along to their own songs (and others) before stopping to take a few selfies with fans. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the Summer!
With the recent release of his single “Love Song Love”, AJ McLean has been making the rounds with multiple media outlets to talk about his new single, his love for the LGBTQ+ community, his newfound sobriety and so much more to look forward to in the future!
While we’ve been trying to tweet all of the interviews as we see them, unless you are on Twitter, you might miss a few. So, we figured the best way for everyone to play catch up is to put everything here in one spot! We’ll keep this post updated so that you can keep coming back for all the AJ you can handle.
Backstreet Boy AJ McLean Discusses Sobriety and Substance Abuse Awareness
It’s obvious that Nick Carter is a singer, a performer, a father, and more… but one thing most people don’t know is that he is quite an influencer as well. In fact, he was an influencer before it was “cool”, with his signature middle-part bowl cut becoming quite an iconic hairstyle for boys in the 90s.
It seems as though Carter himself was unaware of his unofficial status as influencer until late 2020 when his talk of Saxx underwear and Celsius energy drinks resulted in viewers purchasing these items for their husbands and themselves.
So, we had to ask our followers – what, if anything, have you purchased because they were Nick Carter approved? From the early days until now, these were the most common answers!Continue reading “6+ Items That People Purchased Because Of Nick Carter”
An open letter to my daughter, Leighton, on my 2nd Mother’s Day…
To my sweet baby girl,
I always wanted a daughter to grow up with as my best friend; and I got my wish- my perfect girl. From the second I felt you move in my belly, I knew that you loved music just like me. Every time music would come on, you would move around and kick, and I would instantly feel pure joy. And trust me (pun intended), we listened to a lot of Backstreet Boys together.
I took you to your first BSB concert when you were 6 months old in my tummy and second was when you were 7 months old. We danced to their music together, and I was so blessed to have you there with me. We got our first VIP picture together then, and it was a great experience for me; something I always wished I would share with you. Also, it was a reminder that I have celebrated yet another milestone with the Backstreet Boys. They and their music are such a large part of my life, and it’s always been my dream to get to share it with my daughter. It was such a full circle moment for me from starting out 22 years ago when my Mom took me to my first BSB concert.
Sure enough, once you were born, you were calmed by music, especially the song, “Drowning”. Funny enough, that is one of my favorite BSB songs and was going to be mine and your daddy’s wedding song (but it got beat by a non-BSB song lol).
Now that you are a toddler, you have such an amazing, big, personality and love to dance at every chance you get (especially to BSB); It is infectious, and I can’t help but dance along. I can’t wait to keep dancing through life with you, and to watch you grow and be this happy forever. I can’t wait to take you to your first (of many) Backstreet Boys concerts and meet and greets, just as my mom took me growing up. I can only hope, as your mom, that you find something in life that brings you as much passion and joy as the Backstreet Boys have brought me growing up. I love you more than you will ever know, and I am so grateful to you for making me a mother.
Love you always and forever,
Your BSB-Loving Mama
Tis (finally) the season for the Backstreet Boys!
Our fave five have converged in California after a year long of across-country social distancing from each other to begin work on a ….wait for it…. CHRISTMAS ALBUM!
Aside from an album of unreleased songs, a Christmas / Holiday album is probably the most highly requested project from fans. While we’ve been slightly satiated from the two original Christmas songs that the Backstreet Boys have released over the years, we’ve had no choice but to jump to the *NSYNC Christmas album at the end of the yuletide season day.
BUT NO MORE! If all goes according to plan, 2021 will be our first NSYNCless holiday (ok, maybe) and we will be more festive than ever!
Continue reading “The Basics: The One With All The Updates About The Backstreet Boys Christmas Album”
Of course, as we have with other albums, tours, and projects, we’ll be keeping this post updated with everything you need to know, from photos to mentions to any info we can find, until the album is in our joyful little Christmas-spirited hands.
While we’ve all been at home for the past year, many things have changed. Some people have launched new careers, products, and brands, others have restructured and shifted their entire way of doing things to fit stay-at-home orders, and all of us have learned how to do something that we weren’t used to doing before.
For a long period of time during the coronavirus pandemic, nail salons were closed and a lot of people who were used to getting a fresh manicure / pedicure every few weeks were now relegated to doing it themselves.
And that’s where Backstreet Boys fans (and nail polish lovers everywhere) lucked out! In late 2020, AJ McLean and Josh Naranjo, who fans most likely recognize as AJ’s longtime security detail and friend, launched the Ava Dean Beauty brand, featuring four polishes and a top coat, giving fans the PERFECT excuse to learn how to perfect an at-home mani/pedi. (Note: Anyone who knows me knows that my nails are ALWAYS polished and having used Ava Dean for the past few weeks, I am IMPRESSED!)
The small business, which keeps family as the focus with the current polishes being named after AJ’s family members and images of dads painting their daughters nails decorating their instagram page, invites nail polish enthusiasts of all ages, gender and expertise to dive into world of color and often posts quick tips on how to make your next mani the best. In fact, their new website includes blogs that walk visitors through nail basics and more. From the bottles to the packaging to the polish formula, there is a personal touch on everything, designed with customers in mind.
While AJ’s family might be the inspiration for the nail polish, it is Josh who is running things behind the scenes! With such a great product and so many naked nails out there, we wanted to touch base with him for a little Q&A to reveal some things that you might not know about Ava Dean Beauty, a little backstory, and what’s next for the beauty line (including a little SURPRISE about the next color launching VERY SOON)!
Keep reading below for more details about a new product and a WHOTB giveaway!
How long has Ava Dean Beauty been in the works and was it called anything else before or was this always the plan?
Josh: Actually, this has been in the work for years. Knowing nothing about nail polish myself, I had to start from scratch. Along the way, I was blessed to get a mentor, which helped tremendously. (Shout out to John Heffner!)
After seeing Alex (AJ McLean) and his daughter Ava getting their nails done, is where my side of this kicks in. When I called him to share this idea of doing a nail polish/beauty line together, it clicked so easily for him. He has been wanting to do his own nail polish line for years. For those who may not know, AJ has been wearing nail polish and getting manicures and pedicures for over 20 years, consistently.
We had many different names in mind. I think we considered around 10-15! After Lyric was born, AJ wanted to include both of his daughters’ names, and that’s where Ava Dean Beauty was born. We were able to capture both of his daughters’ names – Ava Jaymes and Lyric Dean.
Do you think quarantine helped or hindered the launch?
I think it did both, honestly. When the economy shifted, dramatically, most people pulled back and chose to conserve.. and rightfully so. One thing I learned about nail polish is that it is, historically in cosmetics, the second to last thing to be cut from the budget when the economy slows down. Fun Fact: lipstick is the last.
Do you anticipate events based around the polish / beauty line when tour returns?
Absolutely! That was the plan for 2020 when we were laying out a tentative roll-out time– manicure and pedicure events throughout the country. We definitely hope to resume these events once touring starts again.
Would you consider doing nail art contests on socials?
Yes, it’s about time we do that and let everyone be able to show off their creativity! 2020 lead a lot of people to do at-home manicures and use it as a form of self-care.
Do you think there was less pressure releasing a polish line with a fanbase already semi-in place or was there more pressure because expectations are high?
We are so thankful for the fanbase that has trusted and believed in us. It was really an organic way to start, having such a diverse group of fans. We are really fortunate for the overwhelming positive response, and it has encouraged us to keep developing quality and responsible products.
With the Kardashian beauty lines, they often collaborate with their sisters. Would Ava Dean consider a collab with the other Backstreet Boys, other celebs, etc.?
We are definitely open to opportunities to work with people that align themselves with the same values of Ava Dean Beauty, some of those values being products that are vegan, animal cruelty free,10-free, and socially responsible. You know…things that make you larger than life. (Note: Man, we love a good pun!)
Do you anticipate a launch of nail tools, merch, etc. or are you strictly sticking to beauty products?
We have a few things in the works, but at the moment, we are focused on nail polish. We want to build a credibility with our customers, so they can turn to us for the latest in seasonal shades.
Which is harder – being on tour or running a business?
Whoa…well, I believe both have equal challenges. Constantly being in different places around the world, means a lot of adjustments. This demands a lot of attention.
Running a business creates a lot of different responsibilities at the same time. People turn to you for answers, such as, multiple vendors, consultants, manufacturers, lawyers, accountants, independent contractors, and most importantly, the customer. We would be nothing without them. None of this would be possible.
What’s your ultimate goal with Ava Dean Beauty – the biggest thing that would mean success to you?
We want to grow this brand to where it’s recognized as one of top brands you want to continue buying. Our goal is to build a trust!
We hope to one day be available for retail around the world. Ultimately, we hope that we make Ava and Lyric proud of what they helped inspire, and maybe they take over! (Note: ISN’T THAT THE CUTEST VISION?!)
Would you be interested in collaborating with beauty / nail YouTubers / influencers in the future? (For example, Simply Nailogical, who I am a big fan of, is a BSB fan.)
Funnily enough, we have been seeing Cristine’s (Simply Nailogical) artwork on socials ever since we dove into learning this business. She and Ben are the perfect example of growing an organic brand…..staying consistent and evolving.
We hope to be able to reach out to nail influencers around the world and their respective followers. Cultures have different styles and shades they lean toward, but one common thing is nail polish, and we would love to explore that.
We, as fans and nail polish aficionados, can not WAIT to see what Ava Dean Beauty has in store next.
NEW PRODUCT ALERT: In fact, we know a little something about the next polish that will be available VERY SOON and we can’t wait to get our hands on it (and get it on our hands). It’s inspired by AJ’s grandmother and if you pay close to attention to AJ’s social media, you’ve likely seen it already…. 🙂
GIVEAWAY TIME: With the launch of a new polish coming, Mother’s Day coming soon, and Ava Dean Beauty being family-centric, we wanted to launch a giveaway! If you are in the U.S. (the only place that ADB polish is currently able to ship), we want to hear about you and your mom, stepmom, grandmother or mother figure sharing special BSB moments (big or small) and why she is the Perfect Fan!
While we will feature all stories in an upcoming Mother’s Day post, we will choose one person to win a gift card from Ava Dean Beauty! You can submit your stories below.
To Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick…
Congratulations on 28 years of continued success, maintaining a united front in an industry that will try anything to tear you down and apart, being a family, and showing us, truly, what you all are made of. As fans, we have been witness to some of your highest of highs and lowest lows, both individually and as a group, and we can safely say that, fan or not, you have all been nothing short of inspiring.
April 20th is not only a celebration of the Backstreet Boys as a group, but a time for the Backstreet “army”, as you have named us, to reflect on everything that has been, is and is to come. The five of you coming together to create a group in 1993 has not only produced nearly three decades of music that has played in the background (and forefront) of our lives, but has been 28 years of nostalgia, memories, lessons, friendships, travels, and moments that our lives have been better for having. The ripple effect that the Backstreet Boys have had, not only on us but on society itself, is immeasurable and we count ourselves so very lucky to have existed alongside you all.
That being said, THANK YOU.
You all say it in meet and greets and concerts. “Thank you for coming” has been a standard among the five of you, ever appreciative that we all keep showing up, but little do you know, the biggest thank you is to you guys. If we could scream it in a crowd and it would reach your ears, we would. The fact that the Backstreet Boys keep choosing to come back to us, keep choosing to create for us, sing with us, perform in front of us, hug us, cruise with us, never give up on US… we can never properly express how much that means. In a world ever changing, the Backstreet Boys have been a constant. THANK YOU has been and never will be enough.
Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Nick… we will never stop rooting for you. We will never stop screaming “yeaaahh” even if we don’t particularly think you’re sexual (just kidding), we will never showing up to wherever you are, and we will never stop appreciating all that you have put into the Backstreet Boys. You are treasures, you are icons, and it has been a joy to be on this ride with you all.
Here’s to a few more decades and millions of more good times!
A few weeks ago, we asked fans to pick one BSB song they couldn’t live without. We have compiled those answers into a playlist HERE so that you can celebrate with the sound of Backstreet all day long.
It’s (almost) the Backstreet Boys’ 28th anniversary and we are literally looking for any reason to celebrate these days!
As things start to return to normal, we’re still limited to a virtual celebration of all things Backstreet, but it also gives us a chance to involve all fans worldwide! A few days ago, inspired by Lady Gaga’s fans launching her ‘ArtPOP’ album back onto iTune charts 8 years after its release, we asked fans on Twitter if they would be interested in doing something similar to celebrate the Backstreet Boys. Your answer? An overwhelming YES!
So here’s the deal —
Starting Sunday, April 18th at 12am EST, we will start purchasing downloads of the Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ album and streaming to get the album into the iTunes charts around the world to kick off the anniversary celebration.
‘Millennium’ is undoubtedly the Boys’ most iconic album to date, was chart topping, record breaking and truly defined an era. That album was the first time that fans truly proved their love for the Backstreet Boys by taking it all the way to #1 in the first week and making it one of the best selling albums of all time, followed up by one of the highest grossing tours of all time. It is also the first BSB album to be released internationally, with the same tracklisting, at the same time.
This was, of course, before the digital age and we would love to see it gain digital notoriety for our Boys as well! Also, we are hoping to gain traction for the album with non-fans by spreading the hashtag and that they’ll join in for nostalgic reasons!
What are we doing??
On Sunday, April 18th at 12am EST, we will start purchasing the Millennium album on iTunes, streaming on Apple Music, and on Spotify. USE THE HASHTAGS #BuyMillenniumOniTunes AND #MillenniumOnTop TO SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
We have put together this Spotify playlist with Millennium songs as well as a few others in between to make sure they count as there is some discretion on whether or not repeating an album counts toward chart placement.
The breakdown of streams counting toward charts is like this (per chartdata.org): For songs, all official audio and video streams from within the US are counted in addition to pure single sales. 150 streams = 1 track sale.
For albums, all official audio and video streams (SEA) from within the US are counted in addition to TEA and pure sales. 1500 streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
Please note that gifted albums on iTunes do not count toward chart placement, but you CAN give someone an iTunes giftcard and their purchase will count.
Feel free to use the graphics below or create your own.
We welcome any fans in other countries (or even the U.S) who want to send screenshots of charts as they progress as we will be doing our best to do the same! We’re so excited to celebrate with everyone and see what we can accomplish together to let the world know that Backstreet is STILL the best and to let the Backstreet Boys know that after 28 years, we still got it goin’ on!
This is the first of a few things we’re doing this anniversary so stay tuned!
There isn’t a whole lot going on in the land of Backstreet right now, so sometimes things are missed because we forget to pay attention! So, here we are… bringing you the quick highlights.
Nick Carter Is Pulling A Twitch Switch
In late 2020, Nick signed onto Twitch as PopKidNick and honestly, it was one of the most entertaining parts of our year. Since being revealed on The Masked Singer and dropping his single, “80s Movie”, life has changed for Nick as he has a surprise 3rd baby on the way! With two small children, finding time to stream on Twitch has been hard, but this week, he announced on Instagram that he will be shifting his Twitch content to fit his life as it is. Switching his channel name from PopKidNick to Nick Carter, he will be streaming more of his daily life from the gym to golf to dad life to new music! You can find all of the info here.
AJ McLean Appeared On ‘Bialik Breakdown’ Podcast
Mayim Bialik, of Blossom and Big Bang Theory fame, was a guest on AJ and co.’s Pretty Messed Up podcast a few months back and now AJ has returned the favor by being on her podcast, Bialik Breakdown! In addition to talking about addiction and his journey to sobriety, he also revealed that he has a new single dropping mid-April and a line of golf apparel in the works in a subsequent IG Live with Bialik. You can listen to the episode here and watch the live here.
Brian Littrell Appeared On Canadian Doc ‘This Is Pop’
In a recent episode of Canada’s ‘This Is Pop’ entitled “Stockholm Syndrome”, Brian discussed the Swedish mega producers who helped but the Backstreet Boys on the map, Denniz Pop and Max Martin. You should be able to catch the show if you are in Canada, but if you are not, someone has uploaded the majority of the episode here.
Howie D. Appeared On ‘Long Island Medium’
This isn’t a super new development, but I don’t believe that we posted it here yet and if you missed it, you will definitely want to watch. Howie appeared on the latest season of Long Island Medium where Theresa Caputo connected with his dad and his sister. You’ll definitely get some feels watching this one! You can watch it streaming on Discovery+ here.
Kevin Is In Nature (Probably)
We didn’t want anyone to think we forgot about the legendary Kevin Richardson, so here he is! He most recently posted the above photo and is regularly lurking on Twitter, sneaking in replies to fans here and there. To be honest, he’s quietly living his best life and we can’t wait until the BSB are together again because Kevin always delivers on the content we need! Anyone need his instagram stories right about now??