7 Tips Backstreet Boys Fans Have For The Next Generation of Fangirls (And Boys)

For most girls (and some boys), having a band win you over is a rite of passage in life. The posters, the magazines, the TV appearances, the concerts – it’s a part of our lives that we never forget and, if we’re lucky, get to relive over and over into our later years (at least the concert part).

Most of you reading this have been 20+ year fans of the Backstreet Boys and hopefully some of you are fresh fans, looking for a little guidance. Let me state now, we are in no way claiming to know everything that works or lording over a younger generation. In all actuality, with the rise of social media, we are impressed by how quickly and hardcore you guys can be about promoting your bands.

However, having been fans for 20-ish years, we have been where you are and there are things that we have learned that we wish we would have known a while ago. Actually, there are some of us that haven’t learned either — this post is a reminder for these fans as well as the next generation.

1. Stay Loyal.

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Without you showing up to shows, buying merch, watching appearances, waiting in lines for hours to see them, and more, your favorite band is nothing. The majority of us have spent countless hours traveling, watching and (endlessly) waiting for the Backstreet Boys in our years as fans. Those times we’ve spent have made for some of the best memories though.

There will be times that they are the highest of highs, with radio airplay, large events and their faces on every magazine, but there are also all of the lows. There are times when your boys aren’t going to have anyone backing them but the most loyal of fans and you’ll definitely want to be there. If you’re there for the best, be there to make sure that they remember that they’re still the best. Be a ride or die.

2. Don’t Talk Badly About Your Boys.

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Between the band and your fan-friends, everyone becomes a family. Everyone knows you talk about your siblings, but you don’t let anyone else talk about them… and that’s exactly how it should be with your favorite band. Inevitably, you will probably have a favorite (and if you say you don’t, you’re lying). You will also probably have one you care for the least. If you feel like you must say something about them, do so in private conversations. A united front is important and 9 times out of 10, words will be used against you if you’re not careful.

It’s really just in bad taste. Don’t do it.

You also never know who is lurking.

3. Come Together.

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In the end, it doesn’t matter what Megan said about you at a concert 3 years ago or what Emily tweeted about you or your favorite. When it comes time to support your band, you HAVE to stick together for the greater good. There’s strength in numbers and there’s something to be said for coming together. That’s how things get done!

4. Grow A Thick Skin Now.

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Not everyone is going to be a fan of your boys. Get used to it now. The longer they stay a band, the harsher people (including the industry) will become. The music industry is tough and everyone in it knows that. Don’t waste your time taking people down because you THINK they offended your favorite band members. In fact, if you have to say anything, be informative in a smart way. Don’t come at people in a personal way – stick to the facts.

And always, always, always promote your band more than you look to take down others who don’t. Be productive with your love.

5. …But Realize That Your Boys Aren’t Flawless.

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This one is learned with years of experience. It’s easy to think that your faves are perfect and you will do anything to make others think the same.

….but slow your roll.

No one is perfect and you will realize that, while you love them despite their flaws, others may not and that’s okay. Everyone has their preferences. At least that means you have to share with less people. The quicker you learn that they’re not flawless though, the more crazed you look and the more people can take you seriously.

ALSO – Do not come for former girlfriends, family members, etc. that have less than savory things to say about them or aren’t saying anything at all. That’s not your fight and it’s not your business. It’s more trouble than it’s worth. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

6. Respect Those That Have Come Before Them (And Those That Try To Help Them).

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DO NOT COME FOR OTHER ARTISTS WHO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BAND. Unless it’s completely despicable and inaccurate, most times what other artists say about other artists has been lost in translation, is actually true, or is not intentionally “coming for them”. Fans berating other artists on social media is probably the #1 way to embarrass your idols, actually. Please don’t. More than anyone, the older artists know what it takes to stay in the industry and are only offering their help.

7. Have The Time Of Your Life!

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Most of us would agree that the time that you relinquish yourself to a life of fangirling (or fanboying) begins some of the best (and most memorable) times of your life. Buy the concert ticket, bug your parents to let you go with your friends, wait in line to buy an album (if people do that anymore – we’re old), share photos, share memories, and don’t take everything so seriously. A relationship with a band will change you forever – make it for the best!

And please remember — it’s not just about selfies, follows and hashtags. Soak it all in.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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16 Things That Backstreet Boys Fans Want You To Know

Friends, family members, and countrymen:

There’s something you need to know.

If you don’t know by now, we love the Backstreet Boys. We also would like you to know a few other things:

1. If There’s A Tour, We Probably Knew About It Months Ago.

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Some of us work two or three jobs to be able to afford these tour adventures. Some of us have kids that we need to know when to pawn off on other people. Some of us plan our family vacations around “tour season”. We definitely knew already, but thanks.

2. If There’s An Album, We’ve Probably Been Waiting For It For A Year.

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See #1. Actually, we’ve probably heard over half of the album on the DL before the release date is even announced. We’re a little bit, as the kids say, thirsty.

Also, this is where we get our stellar ability to find things out. WE WILL FIND THINGS OUT in a creepy-fast way.

3. If Any BSB, Their Wives, Their Family, or Their Dogs Are In The News – We Know. 

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Yes, Becky… we know all about the upcoming tour, we know where Brian’s dogs are groomed, and we know the Carter family drama. Do you literally not see the 45 other tags on my Facebook oorrr….?

4. We Really Have To Tone Down Our Knowledge (And Sass) For Those That Claim To Be Fans, But Don’t Own Anything Past Millennium. 

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If you come to us asking a simple question about how a meet and greet works, we have to reel ourselves in and only tell you the basics. We don’t tell you what AJ smells like or the wonder that is Kevin’s eyes. We don’t tell you which security guards you might eventually love more than the BSB themselves or that Justin is the bomb at his photo skills.

We’re more than willing to tell you anything you want to know, but don’t come at us with a “OMG I’m so excited to hear ‘I Want It That Way’ LIVE!” ….because that makes us drink.

5. We All Talk About Those Of You Who Made Fun Of Us For Loving BSB In The 8th Grade, But Now Want Concert Info.

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You know who you are. “Saraaaaa….you’re still not over them? That’s so cute!” This is exactly why we’re not telling you where the afterparty is, Laura. And believe us, we know…but it’s too “cute” for you. Sorry!

(We really are glad that you’re going to get to experience them though. We just might want to say “I told you so” a few more times than the 100 times that we do actually say it.)

6. We HAVE Grown Up.

Just like the people you consider “normal”, we have jobs, significant others, children, bills, friends, etc. Our lives do not revolve around Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Nick.

Unless they’re in our city. Then jobs, other halves, children, and bills do not matter.

At least our lives don’t revolve around crying in a glass of wine and swiping right on Tindr, Susan.

7. These Boys Are More Like Family At This Point – Diss Them And We Will Come For You.

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We didn’t choose the Backstreet life; the Backstreet life chose us. You mess with any of them, you mess with us. AND WE’RE A GANG. You think Straight Outta Compton was something…

Ok, we’ve never actually shot someone, but we’re fully equipped to team up against you with facts, screams, and uninhibited anger.

8. THEY. NEVER. BROKE. UP.

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OH. MY. GOD.

List of boybands that broke up:

NSYNC

98°

NKOTB

LFO

NOTTHEBACKSTREETBOYS.

If you say “former”, “reunited”, etc. to our faces, #7 could also apply depending on our moods. Don’t even risk it. TOGETHER SINCE ’93. Don’t make us unleash the history or buy you the documentary DVD (although we highly recommend watching it anyway).

9. Don’t Tell Us NSYNC Was Better, Then Reference A Justin Timberlake Song.

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“Oh I always liked NSYNC better. They brought sexy baccckkk, tee hee.”

No. Stop it.

NSYNC FANS, you know where you can see 3/5 of your boys now? Hanging out with Nick and AJ. Justin does not define NSYNC. Get it together.

10. The Trips We Take To See The Backstreet Boys Are Also An Excuse To See Our Friends.

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Say what you want about the money we spend and how many trips we take to see the Backstreet Boys (or don’t), but 95% of the time we’re using it as an excuse to hang out with our friends. Some friends we’ve made through being fans live on opposite ends of the country, some on opposite sides of the world. Sometimes we just need an excuse to take a trip with our local friends. Again, we have lives.

Don’t hate.

11. The Music Means Something Different To Every One Of Us. 

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For some of us, the music has changed our lives. For others, it’s simply the soundtrack to two and a half decades of our lives. For all of us, it makes us happy (except some of us who will incessantly complain about the music they release and ask about “Spotlight” – they get talked about).

HAPPY. Also, you CAN listen to the Backstreet Boys AND Top 40. We’re not exclusively stuck in the 90s (as much as we’d love to be).

12. Yes, The Boys Know Some Of Us. No, We’re Not (All) Stalkers. 

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Inevitably, the Boys know some of our names and faces, whether it be from social media or from the number of events we’ve been to. We didn’t sneak into their hotel and carve our names into their arms. We don’t hold them down and force them to remember our faces. They just do. They’re just that awesome.

13. Yes, We Do Have Normal Lives – It’s Not All BSB All The Time (For Most Of Us).

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See #6.

14. Yes, We Know They’re Still Hot…. And That They Also Have Their Off Days.

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Of course we appreciate the fact that Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick have aged gracefully and still have full capability of being hot, hot, hot. Yes, we will smirk smugly when you agree. But we’re also real and the days of swooning over everything they do is over. Sometimes our Boys are a HOT mess. Because we’re loyal fans and will love them through a bad hair day or a bad face day, we have earned the right to say so.

15. Our Husbands And Boyfriends Aren’t Jealous.

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At this point, our husbands and boyfriends have become fans too and accompany us to shows. If they don’t, they’re fully supportive of our love for the band and understand the difference between love and in love. We have definitely caught them singing along to songs though and they know more about BSB than most other husbands.

NOTE: To fans reading this whose husbands and boyfriends aren’t okay with you being a fan, you don’t need him.

16. If You “Don’t Get It”, Kindly Mind Your Own Business. 

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Simple as that. We’re not asking you to “get it”, but we are asking you to leave us alone about it. We’ve been here for the highs and we’ve been here for the lows — we’re not backing out now! Don’t like it? We do not care.

More Backstreet Boys for us.

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**Please read this with a sense of humor. 🙂 **

15 Reactions We’ve Had To The Backstreet Boys (via ‘Boy Band’ GIFS)

Coming up on Week 5 of Boy Band, there have been a lot of things within the show so far that have caused us to compare the coming-together and performances of these boys to that of our own Backstreet Boys. They may be up and coming, but give us five boys singing in harmony and choreographed in time with each other and we are in!

If you’ve followed WHOTB for any length of time though, you know there’s nothing we love more than a good GIF. When Boy Band posted their own Giphy page, we knew we were going to have to do something with it. Boybands, Nick Carter, Baby Spice – it has our name all over it!

So here it is – all of our fangirling / fanboying reactions using gifs from Boy Band.

1. When A Backstreet Boy Says / Tweets Your Name

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2. When Someone Is Talking To You, But You’re Really Thinking About Your Next BSB Event

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3. When You’re Waiting For The Backstreet Boys To Announce Your City For Their Tour

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4. When You’re Positive A Backstreet Boy Is Pointing To You… In The Nosebleeds

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5. Roadtrips To BSB Shows With Your Friends Got You Like… 

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6. When Nick Carter Is Thrusting Two Feet Away From You

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7. The Morning Of A Concert…

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8. …During A Concert…

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9. …After A Concert

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10. Walking Into VIP Meet And Greet Like…

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(And what we think the Backstreet Boys must think about us sometimes)

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11. And When You Want To Stand By One Boy Specifically…

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12. The BSB Security When We Get A Little Too Loving…

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13. During VIP…

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14. After VIP…

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15. Then You And Your Friends Vow To Do It ALLLL Again…Next Weekend! 

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Tune in for more Boy Band greatness on Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC!

 

24+ Things That Nick Carter Has Done That Everyone Needs To Know About

Since Boy Band has started, there have been several rude tweeters / social media know-it-alls who have had less-than-kind things to say about Nick Carter and his advice for the 30 competitors that are vying for a spot in a hand-picked-by-viewers boyband.

While the nice things have far outweighed the not-so-nice, we feel that there is far too many individuals who doubt Nick’s ability or, as one tweeter so eloquently put it this week, believe that he is “living through” the boys competing. Most irritating is the fact that most of the individuals saying these things do not do their research.

So, without naming the millions of things Nick has done for this fans, our own personal feelings, that he is always giving of his time or the fact that he is literally the hardest working still-current boybander today, we wanted everyone to have access to the quick facts in one post.

For those who think Nick is not equipped to handle choosing boyband members, check this out:

  • Joined the Backstreet Boys at the age of 13, with an offer of The Mickey Mouse Club also on the table
  • Has released 9 albums with the Backstreet Boys + working on the 10th
  • Has sold more then 130 million albums worldwide, making them the largest selling boyband ever
  • Won a ridiculous amount of awards – WORLDWIDE
  • Released 3 solo albums and went on 3 successful solo tours
  • Wrote a book, revealing his own struggles and offering inspiration for others to change their lifestyle
  • 2014: Got married, continued to tour with the Backstreet Boys, filmed and premiered a reality show, joined a duo with Jordan Knight (NKOTB), released an album and went on tour as ‘Nick and Knight’
  • 2015: Finished touring with BSB, wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Dead 7, competed on Dancing With The Stars all the way to the finals, released 3rd solo album, made a baby
  • 2016: Went on tour, became a father, appeared across country at different comic cons, premiered Dead 7 in several countries, announced BSB Vegas residency
  • 2017: Performed 3 nights a week in Vegas with the Backstreet Boys (becoming the fastest selling residency in Vegas history), hit #1 with BSB on a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, performed with BSB at several music festivals (including 100k people in Quebec), joined the cast of Boy Band

There are a lot of things you can say about Nick Carter, but saying that he doesn’t know what he is doing is NOT one of them. Please don’t.

Oh, and trust us, in 20 years, you will appreciate your favorite boyband having dance moves — what else are you going to embarrass your kids with and / or do with your friends at concerts? BSB fans are also here for the music, but we got us a boyband that can do both — you should welcome it as well. Get you some men that can do both!

We aren’t hating. We aren’t saying that Nick is the boybander to end all boybanders. We’re just asking anyone that wants to say derogatory things to at least be accurate in your assumptions and facts. Focus on the next greats and respect the people that have paved the way for them and are enthusiastic about supporting them. In the end, we all win.

Leave Nick alone.

Everything You Need To See In The Backstreet Boys and Nick Carter Fan Clubs Right Now

We are so thrilled that the Backstreet Boys, as well as Nick Carter’s, Fan Club have really stepped up their games! In fact, they have stepped up their games so much that, while we always try to tweet what’s going on, we wanted to put everything going on RIGHT NOW in one place.

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  • BSBVegas Cup Giveaway: If you’ve been to a Vegas show in April or June, you might have seen the blue souvenir cups that The AXIS was selling before and during the show. If you didn’t get to grab one, you’re in luck! There are two cups being given away to two FC members. You can find all of the details in this blog.
  • Points Items: Remember when we weren’t sure what the point of the getting points was? Now, they have a purpose. You can find multiple items to use your FC points for in the EXCLUSIVE FC store (which is also a thing — you can buy items only available to members). Through July 9th, the BSB Air Fresheners are BOGO!
  • Fan Club Exclusive Facebook Group: Wonderful Union really is listening to fan requests in regards to the FC. When the forum was taken away during the website revamp, fans were not so happy. This led to the creation of the Facebook group for members only! You can join here
  • VIP Contests: They’re not going on right now, but for the previous Vegas dates, VIP was given away for each date. There’s also the possibility of winning Soldier Of The Month. That’s reason enough!

You can join here or grab the digital membership.

Nick Carter Fan Club

  • Nick Interaction: From the beginning, Nick has always been adamant about his fan club being a place for fans to hang out and for him to interact with them. While it died out for a bit, he is back in the game and the FC is refreshed with new things all the time – including Nick dropping in the forum to answer questions from fans and blogs written exclusively for members.
  • Spotlight Stories: Launched this month, Spotlight Stories give fans a chance to share their Nick-themed stories and memories with other fans based on a different topic every month for a chance to be featured in the news section and win some Nick Carter swag. It’s a win-win. Find the post in the Forum section under Nick Carter.
  • All American Tank Top Contest: This contest ends in just under two weeks, but it’s definitely ones that members should enter. The Nick store has been filling up with cute merch and this is one of our favorites. Don’t miss your chance!

Join the Nick Carter FC now

 

5 Translations For What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean

It seems like since the Backstreet Boys have been hot and heavy back on the scene (with media, nostalgia fans, and others), some things they have said has been taken out of context and run with. There are other things that have been said that have sent regular fans into a spiral of crazy.

As always, we’re here to help and, in this case, translate. We’re just clarifying things that have been said. We have all the faith in the Backstreet Boys and while we know that they are notorious for Backstreet Time, they have also been working hard and coming through for 24 years.

1. “We’re Working On A New Album. We Hope To Have A Single Out By End Of Year.”

What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: The Boys are working on a new album as they have been for the past year. They have recently signed a deal with RCA record which changes the game – in a good way. They are recording in Las Vegas and LA in their down time.

What The Backstreet Boys Do Not Mean: 

– “We’re not working on a new album.”

– “We’re telling you this because it’s what you want to hear.”

– “We’ve been lying everytime we tell you about a new album with full knowledge that we’re not going to stay on the same timeline.”

2. “We’re Doing A World Tour Next Year.”

What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean:  They’re going on a WORLD TOUR next year with Vegas dates sprinkled in between.

What The Backstreet Boys DO NOT Mean:

– “We’re staying in Vegas and telling you we’re doing a world so you’ll leave us alone.”

– “We’re saying world tour, but we really mean a few places in the US only.”

3. “We Have Signed On For 53 New Vegas Dates.”

What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: They have 53 new Vegas dates coming up, including November, January, and February (presumably). The Boys have been 1000% transparent about the fact that they will be doing Vegas IN BETWEEN tour dates.

What The Backstreet Boys Do Not Mean:

– “We’re ignoring the rest of the world and staying in Vegas.”

– “We’re lying about the WORLD tour.”

– “We’re putting off the tour until we finish Vegas.”

4. “A Tour With The Spice Girls Would Be Cool.”

What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: Nick architect-ing with Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice on Boy Band has obviously dredged up the years old idea that the BSB and Spice Girls would collaborate on a tour together. THERE IS NO SOLID TRUTH TO THIS. Nick was asked, Nick answered honestly that it would be cool, media ran with it. If they did in the future, great. If they don’t, cool.

What The Backstreet Boys DO NOT Mean:

– “We’re never going to tour by ourselves again.”

– “We would 100% do a tour with the Spice Girls just to piss everyone off – specifically everyone who is begging us not to.”

– “Again, we’re lying.”

5. “We Love Our Fans.”

What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: They love their fans. They love us enough to put up with screaming in their faces, uncontrollable crying, a little bit of stalking, incessant demands, unwarranted opinions, and a whole lot of things that would scare off any normal people. They get us. We get them. They’re listening, they’re working, and we are loving it!

What The Backstreet Boys Do Not Mean:

– “We’re saying this so you keep coming.”

– “We’re ignoring a bunch of you because we hate you actually.”

This post comes on the heels of a lot of things that have hit our Twitter in the past week. We love Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick and we believe in them. We are no strangers to Backstreet Time and, as working adults, we understand that things change beyond anyone’s control sometimes.

We’re asking you to please trust the process. Please trust our Boys and support them. Don’t miss out on enjoying everything they’re doing right now (it’s so much!!) worrying about what’s next. We completely understand how badly everyone wants to see the Backstreet Boys up close and personal and we have every bit of faith that they’re trying to get to everyone they can.

Be patient. Our Boys aren’t going anywhere and we can’t WAIT to celebrate 25 years with them.

2017 is only the beginning!

 

6 Days Of Kind Backstreet Boys Tweets – Join Us!

Let’s go back to the years between 2009 and 2011. The Backstreet Boys were headed from This Is Us to NKOTBSB. While Kevin wasn’t with the Boys at the time, all five were on Twitter, actively connecting with fans and making the most of the new social media platform.

Flash forward to 2017 and we’re down to one Backstreet Boy tweeting regularly with most of the others laying low. There’s even some of us who have scaled back dramatically on our tweeting. Twitter sometimes becomes a place where it’s easy to say mean things, become greedy, jealous and let ourselves get sucked into a world of not-so-nice feelings.

We want to change that… as much as we can – at least for a week.

After reading about Ed Sheeran recently leaving Twitter because of Lady Gaga’s fans coming after him and Lady Gaga asking fans (and everyone) to “work harder to be kinder”, we decided that this is OUR chance to all work together to work harder to be kinder.

So here’s what we’re going to do:

  • All next week, we’re dedicating each day to kind things and a different Backstreet Boy. While our ultimate goal is to bring each one of them slowly back to social media, it is really just our hope that they see the kind words and that they feel loved.

They should feel loved everyday, you say? We’re sure they do, but there’s something         magical that happens when everyone sends a lot of kindness in one direction.

  • The only rule is that you tweet NOTHING rude. If someone gets tweeted, be happy for them. If you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing. We’re only asking that you TRY. Being nice, while being honest, can really change your day. We promise.

Which Day Are We Tweeting Which Backstreet Boys?

Check out the tweet schedule below. Use the hashtags and we’ll try to RT throughout the day.

Monday, July 10th: Kevin — #KindTweetsForKevin

Tuesday, July 11th: Howie — #KindTweetsForHowie

Wednesday, July 12th: Brian — #KindTweetsForBrian

Thursday, July 13th: Nick — #KindTweetsForNick

Friday, July 14th: AJ — #KindTweetsForAJ

Saturday, July 15th: Anyone Involved With BSB Anything (Wives, WU, BSB Team, etc.) —                                          Including your friends! #BSBKindTweets

Let’s do this, Backstreet Army! We have nothing to lost and everything to gain. Spread the love and good feelings. ❤