5 Things We’ve Learned From AJ McLean

It seems like just yesterday AJ was celebrating was turning 40 with an epic prom-themed surprise party thrown by his wife! In reality though, it was almost 365 days ago and here we are, celebrating the most eccentric of the Backstreet Boys once again (not that we mind).

As we did with Kevin and Howie, we’re celebrating by talking about the more valuable things that we’ve learned from AJ… without him even knowing it.

1. You can have tattoos and still have one of the biggest hearts on the planet.

Branded as “the bad boy” in the early days of Backstreet, AJ McLean is anything but. He may have more tattoos than you can count and wear chains on occasion, but AJ is one of the most warm hearted people you could meet. He can strike up a conversation with anyone, he does what he can to make everyone in his presence feel special, and his heart is in everything he does. On almost every Backstreet cruise, you can find him forming a selfie line that lasts until the early hours of the morning. When he’s home, he can be found with his girls, being the sweetest dad he can be. What a softie!

2. Honesty over everything.

Everyone knows that if you want to know something, AJ is the one to ask. He will give you an honest (albeit sometimes a little stretched to hype us) answer about almost anything.

AJ has also been very open about his life, his highs and his lows, his life as a single child, his life before Backstreet and his life in almost every stage in order to inspire others and make them feel a little less alone in the world. His honesty is honestly one of our favorite, most wonderful things about him.

3. We learned the tips and tricks of being a charmer.

From his perfectly performed monologue that he used to impress the ladies to the way he slowly removes his sunglasses for a sweet serenade, Mr. McLean easily wraps us around his finger. From him, we learned some smooth moves (but we never execute quite as well). It also helps that he has THAT. VOICE.

4. A whole lot of things we probably weren’t supposed to know.

Refer to #2. AJ gets so excited and has let things slip on more than one occasion. We appreciate all of those things!

5. Your past doesn’t define your future and to take one day at a time.

Like we said, AJ has been open and honest about his struggles and about his successes. He’s made it clear that everyone is human, no matter what your status is, and that we’re all the same inside. We all fight battles and we all have addictions. We have good days and bad days and we’re all capable of making life changes and rising up to the top. AJ has been a huge inspiration to so many of us – more than he could ever imagine.

Happy Birthday, AJ. You’re one of a kind and we are so lucky to know you.


Fans React To The Backstreet Boys Latest (Surprise) Song “No Place”

It’s only been 4 days since the year began but, as promised, the Backstreet Boys are already dominating 2019… and they began by renaming the month.

DNAuary, the name the BSB social media accounts has given to January in honor of the album release on the 25th, has begun with a bang. On New Years Day, it was announced that a new interview capturing the thoughts behind DNA from the Boys themselves would be released every Wednesday. If you missed the first one, watch it here.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that THE BACKSTREET BOYS DROPPED A NEW SONG just 3 weeks ahead of the album release…and it will kick you RIGHT in your feels.

From the beginning of the Backstreet Boys, it has always been clear that family came first – it’s one of the things that we love about them. “No Place” is a song dedicated to just that – family and home. It’s more romanticized than “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of”, written for their children, and more grown up than “Perfect Fan”, which Brian wrote for his mom in 1999.

In short, it’s a beautiful ode to the feeling of home, whether it be a person or a place. And that’s a feeling everyone knows.

…Which is why everyone is feeling SOME. SORT. OF. WAY about it.










Tweet us with your thoughts about the song!

If you haven’t yet, stream, purchase, download and watch the video NOW.  Oh, and share that link with EVERYONE you know.

15 of Our Favorite 2018 Backstreet Boys Moments

It’s safe to say that the Backstreet Boys had one hell of a 25th year! From new singles to a cruise to more wins and a continuation of a damn good Vegas run, Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick have done everything in 2018 to set up for an even more phenomenal 2019 (that will begin with an album release).

While it’s impossible to list EVERY wonderful moment in one post, we did our best to narrow it down to 15 of our favorite moments and we think you might agree that all of them are noteworthy.

1. The (Sold Out) Backstreet Boys Cruise.

Not only did the Backstreet Boys sell out this year’s cruise well in advance, but many cruisers agreed that it was their best one yet. From performing their entire Millennium album to jumping in the pool with fans to giving fans a sneak peek of what may or may not be (thanks Kevin) on the new album to the now infamous Spice Boys, the entire 4 day vacation was perfection (despite being rerouted in a storm). Check out our post about the best moments you might have missed and our vlog above!

2. The Grammy Nomination.

Grammy BSB

It was perhaps the most unexpected moment of the year. On November 28th, the Backstreet Boys were nominated for their first Grammy in 16 years for their single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. To even be nominated is an incredible feat for a band celebrating 25 years together and win or lose, we are beyond proud  and we’ll all be tuning in in February to watch it go down!

3. The TWO Singles With TWO Music Videos That Were INDOORS.


HELL. YES. It’s all we could have asked for. It’s all we HAVE asked for. The Boys stayed inside for their “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and “Chances” music videos, even throwing in choreography, a train station and a semi-storyline. Never say they don’t listen to our (loud) requests!

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4. The Life of Kevin’s Hair.

Kevin’s hair united and divided fans since early last year but one thing is for sure – we were all in awe of it. It’s shine. It’s texture. The way he wore it down without sweating. The way it blew back better than Beyonce’s. The eventual ponytail. The Fabio look. Whether you liked it or not, Kevin’s hair was some kind of 8th wonder.

When pirating around during the Sail Away party on the cruise, he made the announcement that he would be cutting it when it was long enough to donate. Always making good on his word, Kevin did just that months later, revealing his new look in a tweet and bringing awareness to Children With Hair Loss organization. Whether you loved his long hair or rejoiced when he cut it, both couldn’t be counted out of this list.

5. The Announcement of An Impending Album + Tour.


THIS is the moment we waited all 4 years year for! After waiting very, very patiently and trusting that the Backstreet Boys would come through, we finally got the announcement for the release of ‘DNA’  and tickets for their 2019 word tour went on sale. While we’re still waiting for VIP Upgrade details, we’re more than looking forward to all of the things we know about and the things that have yet to be revealed.

We’re thrilled for the new era and to celebrate it with all of you!

6. Nick’s Charity Work.


Ya boy is all over the place with making the world a better place this year! From charity cycle events to benefit galas to packing backpacks and spending Thanksgiving feeding the homeless in Las Vegas, Nick Carter (and his family) have been spreading the love, help and awareness all over their community. Check out the charities he’s worked with this year here.

7. The CMT Award Win.


Did you ever think the Backstreet Boys would have a #1 song on Country radio? We didn’t! But as always, they put in the work with Florida Georgia Line on “God, Your Mama, and Me” and not only did they make their CMA Fest debut in 2018, but WON a CMT Award! The shock on their faces and the genuine gratitude on their faces will not soon be forgotten.

Neither will their television debut performance of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, which aired during the same awards show.

8. Brian’s Proud Dad Moments.


In case you missed it, Baylee Littrell, the first Backstreet baby, simultaneously turned 16 and released his first song as a country solo artist in November. The song, “Don’t Knock It”, is super catchy and has been steadily doing well.

Our favorite part about it? How proud Brian is of him and his success. In multiple interviews since the release (and even leading up to), he has been gushing and beaming when speaking about Baylee and his up and coming career. We can’t wait to hear more in April when his album drops!

9. AJ’s Solo Situation.


Speaking of country music, AJ also dipped his own toe into country music this year with his singles “Back Porch Bottle Service” and “Night Visions”. We love them both (especially the music video for “Night Visions”)!

Not only did he release the singles, but he previewed more songs on the cruise and did several fan / radio events to give people a bit more taste of what’s to come (plus a bomb cover of Chris Stapleton’s “Drunkard’s Prayer”). While the jury is still out on when exactly he’ll be dropping a full album (2019 is a pretty busy Backstreet year!), we’ll be ready for it.

10. The Con Appearances.


While con appearances weren’t new this year, they were still a highlight for a lot of fans who made it to hang out with Nick, AJ and Howie in a totally different way. Selfies, autographs, and a few moments to just say hey made up some of our best 2018 moments.

We have to say that Howie joining in on the fun this year was a DEFINITE highlight. How fun is that guy!?

11. Vegas! Vegas! Vegas! 


With the end of the Backstreet Boy’s award-winning Las Vegas residency drawing near, we would be remiss if we didn’t include it on our list. While it’s been almost two years since it kicked off, we’ll never forget all of the moments it’s given us – whether in person or through the magic of the internet.

Who knew a few roses was going to be such a point of contention… yet here we are!

12. All Of The TV Performances, Appearances, etc.

Strictly Come Dancing! The Voice! Good Morning America! TRL! VMAs! Ellen! Jimmy Fallon! GOOGLE THEM ALL.

Those are just a few of the televised moments that made us squeal like the fangirls we are this year. Seriously – what a time to be alive, right? I mean, THE BACKSTREET BOYS PERFORMED ON THE ROOF OF RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL! We can’t wait to see them back on the VMA stage next year……..

13. #BSB25Project


We’ve never been more proud to be a part of the Backstreet fan-mily than we ALL came together to take out a full page color ad in Billboard Magazine to celebrate the Backstreet Boys’ 25th anniversary. Not only did we raise enough money to do so, we exceeded the goal and were able to donate $700+ to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Backstreet Boys name. To read all of the details, click here.

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone that made this happen! It’s still amazing. Several of us have mentioned it / shown it to the Boys, who have thought the same. ❤



It’s been so long since we’ve hyped the Backstreet Boys and the world has hyped them with us. In 2018, it all came back around. The world is so thrilled to see them back in the forefront of the pop world – as demonstrated by their several-dates-already-sold-out tour as well as the social media buzz they garner with every announcement and appearance.

Even the Backstreet Boys can’t believe the Backstreet Boys have a song on the radio! If you’ve followed us on Twitter at all this year, you would see that both of their singles have steadily climbed the Hot AC charts, marking the first time in more than a decade.

The world has been waiting for you, BSB….show ’em what you’re made of.

(NOTE: We know they’ve been here – don’t get crazy.)

15. Our Fan-mily.


We’ve enjoyed meeting so many of you this year – online and in person! Without each other, what a boring place the Backstreet world would be. Some fan-mily have become friends and some friends have become family… all because of Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick. That part might always be our favorite – every year until the end of time.

We are so excited for everything to come in 2019! Can’t wait to share more exhilarating moments with you all in the new year and the new era. We hope you’ll join us!

It’s been a good year to be a Backstreet Boys fan. Next year will be even better.

To happy, healthy new beginnings…


‘DNA’ : Everything You Need To Know About The Backstreet Boys New Album

We’re so close to new Backstreet Boys music!!

You might remember that we had posted an “Everything You Need To Know” about the DNA era when tour tickets went on sale and while we are regularly updating that post with tour and ticketing info, as the album release approaches, we wanted a freshly updated ALBUM ONLY post. If you’d like an overall rundown of the DNA era so far, find it here.

When Will The Album Be Released?

U.S. release will be January 25th.

Japanese release is scheduled for January 23rd.

Where Can I Order The Album?

We’re glad you asked! There’s a lot of options.


Google Play

Amazon (MP3, CD and Vinyl)

Target (CD + T-Shirt Bundle)

Barnes & Noble (Exclusive Clear Vinyl)

Where Can I Hear The Singles?

“Chances” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” are available for download and streaming now. Click the titles for video, stream and download links.

UPDATE (1/4): “No Place” has been released! You can find the links to stream, download and watch the heartwarming music video here. If you preorder the album on iTunes, you will automatically receive the song.

The Tracklisting 

  1. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  2. Nobody Else
  3. Breathe
  4. New Love
  5. Passionate
  6. Is It Just Me
  7. Chances
  8. No Place
  9. Chateau
  10. The Way It Was
  11. Just Like You Like It
  12. OK

— Keep checking back for more details about the album as we keep this post updated with press, appearances and more release info in coming days — 



2019: Upcoming Backstreet Boys Performances, Appearances and Events

2019 is almost here and the Backstreet Boys are already busy (which means all of us are too, right?). It’s hard to lose track or miss a date but have no fear – we are here!

This post will include every CONFIRMED concert / appearance that the Boys or indivual Boy are scheduled for as we get word of it. We do not post it here unless it is certain. If you have questions about an upcoming event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on TwitterFacebook or the Contact Us page.

For any event where a ticket link is not provided, ticket details can be found at backstreetboys.com/events.

April 5th: AJ McLean’s “Friday Night” Party

(Treasure Island – Las Vegas, NV)


Ticket + VIP Information

April 7th: ACM Afterparty (AJ McLean)

MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV


Tickets Available NOW

April 8th – GRAMMYs Backstreet Boys: The Experience Opening Event


The Backstreet Boys will have memorabilia, iconic items, and more on display at the Grammys Museum in L.A. from April 10th-September 2nd.

The Boys will be holding a Q&A on April 8th, open to a limited number of fanclub members and AMEX cardholders. Get all the details here about attending.

People Magazine will be streaming the event on their Facebook page.

April 10th – April 27th: BSB Vegas Shows

Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV


Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9PM PST

Tickets + VIP Meet and Greet

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What’s Happening On The Backstreet: December 2018

What a month, right?

One would think after the Backstreet Boys announced their album release and upcoming tour, they would take the rest of the year off and a well deserved break. As we all know though, we’re fans of the five hardest working men in the music industry and this month was full of a few more year-end successes!

If you think you’ve missed anything (or even if you haven’t), we’ve recapped it all below for an end of the year catch-up.

  • AJ and Howie attended Wales Comic Con at the beginning of the month. Our friend Janneke shared their Q&A panel with us — watch below!
  • Baylee Littrell released a single on country music radio, “Don’t Knock It”. If you haven’t bought it yet, you can do so here. Check out the release party festivities and all of Brian’s proudest dad moments here.
  • There’s a ton of new merch! Whether it’s a holiday or your birthday, you can find a gift guide here.
  • Shawn Mendes spoke about co-writing the Backstreet Boys’ new single, “Chances”. Watch him talk about not being able “to wrap his head around it” here.
  • The Boys were nominated for a GRAMMY! We’re still not over that sentence. We’re so so proud and will be watching excitedly in February.
  • Pentatonix had the Backstreet Boys on their annual Christmas special for a eargasmic “Winter Wonderland” duetWe *need* them to record this for a studio version.
  • Under The Tree With BSB in Boston was an entirely acoustic concert that fans had to win their way into. Listen here to hear the Mix 104.1 DJs discuss behind the scene with the “delightful” Backstreet Boys, here for a brief portion of the BSB Q&A, and see photos here. Oh, and you **MIGHT** want to hear this beautiful performance of “Chances”.
  • The Boys headed to Connecticut to take part in 96.5 TIC’s All Star Christmas. Listen to their pre-show interview here.
  • In their last performance of the year, the Backstreet Boys headed to Texas for the Merry Mix Show in Austin. Find Meet and Greet photos here and watch their backstage interview and game here.

Now you’re all caught up!

This will likely be our last post before Christmas. We’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday – wherever and whoever you are. ❤

4 Years Of What Happens On The Backstreet

On December 17, 2014, What Happens On The Backstreet officially began.

4 years…

Hundreds of thousands of clicks…

7800+ Twitter followers and 8300+ Facebook likes…

Multiple BSB events…

Countless memories later….


I started WHOTB anonymously to keep it “for fans, by fans”, which has been our tagline from the beginning. The majority of us are thinking the things written here – I’m just putting them into words. Usually, this is the only time of year I write personally, but if you’ve been following us this year, you know it’s been quite a ride and there were a few other personal notes here and there. I’m so immensely grateful for each and every one of you still reading this.

This year, I only want to say THANK YOU.

If it weren’t for EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of you who read WHOTB on the regular or interact on our social pages, this would be the end. In fact, everytime I thought about throwing in the towel on this “venture”, for lack of a better term, this year, one of you unknowingly said something kind, suggested a subject for a post that I couldn’t turn down, told us how you found the information you needed for an upcoming Backstreet event by finding WHOTB, etc. It seemed like everytime I was done, you guys knew where to fill in the spaces.

For Fans. By Fans.

What Happens has never been more by the fans than it has this year. From numerous posts that included your input and helpful information to the sweetest fans who have shared info, tips, photos and videos with us while attending events all over the world to holding up your BSB 25 hearts at the Sail Away Party on the cruise, I absolutely could not have kept this site going without you.

Oh, and banding together to create and fund the EPIC 25th anniversary Billboard ad for the Boys with enough money left over to donate to St. Jude?? YOU GUYS DID THAT.

2018 has been a year of highs and a few challenges for Backstreet Boys and fans alike but when the going has gotten tough, we’ve had each other. This year, having a fan-mily that has your back has never meant more. This year, loving a band that moves forward in the face of adversity has never been more inspiring. This has been a year of learning and I hope to move forward into the next year with a renewed spirit.

Thank you to everyone who has supported WHOTB from the beginning. Thank you to everyone who reads, shares, likes, and comments on our posts – even if we agree to disagree. Thank you for all of your kindest words (and even the not so kind – it makes for a thicker skin). Thank you for laughing with us at the dumb stuff and crying with us at the emotional. Thank you for understanding when we’ve had to take a break.

Thank you to those who I’ve bounced ideas off of, especially Kristie, who also writes posts for WHOTB, but mostly tells me what sounds good and what sounds bad. 🙂

I can’t tell you that What Happens On The Backstreet will be around forever, but I can tell you that because of this “hobby” I started 4 years ago, I have gotten to know some of the best people that I would otherwise not have known, I have gotten to chat with some of the sweetest souls and I have enjoyed Backstreet experiences on another level because we all got to share them together.

Shout out to Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick for staying together long enough for all of us to become a fan-mily and for finally releasing a new album so I have a new reason to stick around these parts. Just kidding! (Kind of.) In all seriousness, those five make it so easy to get behind them, right? Forever a fan. Forever shouting to the world that these are our Boys!

Soooo… if you’ll have us, let’s head into year five together. 2019 is already looking bright with a Grammy nomination, a new album, a new tour, a few Las Vegas shows and who knows what else! The future is looking bright and we’ll be here to talk ALLLL about it. Can’t wait to meet even more of you.

Wishing everyone peace and wellness, hope and happiness, and all of your wildest Backstreet dreams to come true.





30 Gifts For The Backstreet Boys Fan In Your Life

If you have a Backstreet Boys fan in your life, ‘CHANCES’ (heh, heh) are that you will be receiving a pre-ordered copy of the upcoming DNA album for Christmas (or Hanukkah), whether you like it or not (but you better like it) (and actually you won’t be getting it until January 25th).

Chances are they will already have it for themselves so obviously, you need help in picking out the perfect gift to repay them for the wonderful gift that they have given you. We are here to help!

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8(ish) Of The Proudest Dad Moments Brian Littrell Has Shared About Baylee

“So proud of our boy!”

Those are the words Brian Littrell posted on Instagram along with a photo of his son Baylee’s first single, “Don’t Knock It”, already charting on iTunes a day after it’s release.

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