What You Need To Know About AJ McLean’s Solo Ventures: 2018 Updates

We all know AJ McLean.

We all love AJ McLean.

We’ve all been eager to support any solo work AJ McLean has done, from vape juice to his “Live Together” project.

We’ve been waiting for forever for AJ McLean to release his entire solo album and now, it sounds like we might be a little bit closer…. but it’s not what you thought.

WHOTB kept you updated along the way as AJ was posting updates on his solo album in the last two years — BUT FORGET EVERYTHING YOU KNOW because 2018 is all about new beginnings and bigger and better things.

So, once again, we will keep you updated here because we’re so excited for what AJ has in store and we don’t want anyone to miss a thing.

August 2017: AJ mentioned staying in Nashville to work on solo music after the taping of CMT Crossroads with Florida Georgia Line, picking up on some country flavor.

End of 2017: AJ spent time in both Nashville and Branson City, MO, which is also known for their country music vibes.

I know all of you have been so beyond patient with me since basically 2005 when I released my first ever solo album which sadly never touched American soil or anywhere else for that matter yet you still found a way to support me and through the magic that is the internet learned the words and picked your favorites! That in it self speaks volumes to me as an artist and as a person knowing how truly amazing and loyal my fans our. I say my because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt how above and beyond loyal bsb fans are and continue to be for 25 years but I’m speaking to my fans that believed in me than until now and I know will continue to for many years to come! I’ve been promising a solo album since then and believe me when I tell you I have written and recorded enough music since then for three full albums but something was always not right. Be it timing or the music itself or the climate of the industry but I kept working hard and long hours away from my family if needed to make the best body of work anyone has ever heard bsb fan or not! Finally now everything has fallen into place and so organically and not forced or trying to just fit into the moment of where music is right now. Instead I followed my heart and my gut and got back together with the best manager I’ve ever known and have the best team in my corner routing me on and when I say the wait is almost over and I swear to all of you it’ll be worth the wait we finally got it right. This picture is of a guest bedroom at my rental house in Las Vegas that my dear friend and amazing producer flew out two days ago and than made a make shift studio in his bedroom to record one of the many I believe smash hit songs I’ve compiled for my what I’m calling my true debut album to be released all over the world very soon this shows my dedication to me and my project that we made this happen in a bedroom and to top it all off I recorded the song immediately after our show last night here in Vegas. He just left for the airport two hours ago and that’s when I went to bed. Going back to sleep now but wanted to share this and tell you all the album is coming soon and to say and show my deepest most honest appreciation!

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February 10, 2018: AJ posts an Instagram photo outlining his new solo plan, which included information about why he has not yet released an album. “I’ve been promising a solo album since then and believe me when I tell you I have written and recorded enough music since then for three full albums but something was always not right,” he posted. “Finally, now everything has fallen into place and so organically and not forced or trying to just fit into the moment of where music is right now. Instead, I followed my heart and my gut and got back together with the best manager I’ve ever known and have the best team in my corner rooting me on and when I say the wait is almost over and I swear to all of you it’ll be worth the wait we finally got it right.”

February 16, 2018: AJ reveals that he is coming back to Nashville to work on more solo projects.



February 28, 2018 / March 2. 2018: AJ signed to become a member of the Country Music Association in Nashville, TN. To learn more about the association, click here. [Editor’s Note: As a Nashvillian, this thrills me. Can’t wait for more details.]

In the statement announcing this membership on 3/2, AJ stated that he’s a “chameleon” and hinted at the country vibes in his upcoming solo work.

AJ then thanked everyone involved on his instagram page (see below).

So first off I should be asleep but sadly I either got a hopefully 24 hour bug or possibly food poising so that’s why I’m still awake right now and have to be up in 7 hours! Anyways that being said I have to just say thank you to a few people! First off I have to say thank you to my amazing team behind me and my new journey I’m about to embark on stepping into the world of country music! From my amazing manger mr Johnny Wright to my equally amazing social team slash co managers Cassie and jade and all the ladies at crowd surf. Also I have to thank more than anyone my partner in crime and the man pushing me to my limits me Brandon Mashburn thanks bro for seeing my vision and for never giving up on me. Also my boys and now family and most amazingly talented writers Brett Tyler and Clint Lagerberg for taking a chance on me and making a dream come true. Last and most certainly not least I have to thank the country music association for taking me under your wings and welcoming me to the country world! All I can say is this, I’m a fan of all music and I know my fans are the best most loyal in the world and no matter what kind of music I do they will support my vision. You guys are all in for a treat and I couldn’t be more proud of the music I’m doing and that a little dream is now becoming reality! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I wanna make great music and make people happy and be the first solo country artist to shake things up!

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March 21, 2018: AJ posts on social media that he’s back in the studio working on his “country vibe” with Jordan Omley, AJ’s friend, songwriter, and one half of production company The Jam, who has had a hand in his previous projects as well.


 Stay tuned to this post for more updates as they come in (and our tweets tagged #AJMcLean2018)!



All The Things You Need To See From AJ’s 40th Prom Birthday

Last Tuesday, AJ McLean turned 40, joining 4/5 of the Backstreet Boys in the Forty Club.

Friday, he changed his Instagram handle in preparation for coming solo projects and excitedly told everyone that his wife and best friend have been working hard on a surprise party for him.

Saturday…OUR MINDS WERE BLOWN. Rochelle had put together a 80s prom birthday party to remember for her husband who had never had a prom of his own to go to.

Photo after photo, instagram story and instagram story, and video after video flooded in as the party continued on through late Saturday night. With celebrities (Jeff Timmons, Carrie Keegan, Erik-Michael Estrada, and Lance Bass to name a few) and familiar faces (A LOT of the Backstreet team, Nick, Brian, Lauren, Leighanne, Madonna Mark and Tom, Denise Solis, JoJo Wright, etc.) in attendance, it seemed to be the party of the year… so far.

With that being said, we didn’t want everyone to miss out on anything and we’ve done a sweep on social media for the best photos and videos that you might have missed from AJ’s 40th birthday party (NOTE: Not our photos). That includes the sweet speeches from Brian and Nick and the birthday boy himself!

WARNING: You’re definitely going to want Rochelle McLean to plan your party after you see these photos. I mean, there was Taco Bell AND In N Out Burger…



 The Speeches

We LOVE seeing AJ so happy and so celebrated! We hope that this year is an amazing one for you, Mr. McLean. 

Happy Birthday, AJ McLean: Watch Some Of Our Favorite AJ Moments

Another Backstreet Boy has joined the 40 party! Age really is just a number when it comes to AJ McLean though because the man performs onstage just like he did when he was in his 20s and we were in our teens. With his big heart and his knack for conversation about anything under the sun, we’re so thrilled that we get to celebrate another year of Mr. McLean

We’ve asked for your reasons why you love him and reflected on everything that he has been for us, but this year – we wanted visuals! We asked you to send in your favorite Kevin moment captured in a video or GIF and that’s exactly what you sent us.

Enjoy all of the best and sweetest moments below as we celebrate AJ’s latest trip around the sun!

“This is my favorite because it is with Ava. You can see every time he talks about his girls how much he loves them. He was meant to be these sweet girls daddy!! He is an example everyday of what a little girls daddy should be.” – Shannon Link

“My favorite AJ moments are two GIFs I created from my last concert in Toronto at the Jingle Ball North. Why is this my fave? It basically sums up how AJ hits every damn mark with so much swag. Ugh. He’s literally my kryptonite.” – Michelle Johnson

“This was at the NKOTBSB show in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the 5/23/2012. I had never been sung to by a Backstreet Boy before let alone been given anything from them (apart from their music). AJ sang to me during my favourite song, kissed his handkerchief and gave it too me. As you can hear I was very excited lol. Thanks AJ and happy birthday to you!” – Rebecca McAdam


“Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” – Mayte


“Because it was the first BSB concert I ever watched and he was amazing.” – Priscila Santos

“These are my favourite AJ moments and my biggest dream is that AJ one day will recognise me and know me by name. AJ, I hope you have THE best birthday possible with your friends and family, and please, please, pretty please leak some solo material soon. Your voice is too wonderful to have studio stuff not released. 😉 Much birthday love from Maria Flygare in Sweden.”

“Love his moves! Love his carefree attitude!! Love him!!” – Victoria Pilgrim

“From 0:12-1:09. This goes beyond the Backstreet Boys as stage personalities and shows us how much they care about one another as people. This was one of the most vulnerable pieces of AJ’s life, which he shared with us, and we got to live that emotional moment with them. There are so many people who love and care about him– and we are so proud of him for continuing to fight the good fight every single day.” – Brittany

“While I love seeing AJ on stage, malin us fans scream, my fave AJ moment comes from a moment with his family that he was kind enough to share with us. Seeing him with his daughters makes my heart melt completely. This moment of them dancing and singing during the Holidays is absolutely adorable. Our “bad boy” has become the most loving father in the world to his baby girls. As a fan, there is nothing better than seeing him happy with his family :)” – Anne

“This is my favorite moment because AJ was hilariously messing up the ‘Larger Than Life’ dance with Brian, while wearing a kilt on the 2010 BSB Cruise.”

“AJ’s solo on the 2016 cruise is my favorite moment because it was done with only acoustic music and you can really hear his amazing voice. Plus, the story was hilarious and him getting on the floor was awesome! AJ is perfect every time he opens his mouth – lol – but I can’t get enough of this performance! And at the end he exclaims “I still got it!” well, yes you do AJ. Yes, you do. :)” – Jennifer Varnum

“This YouTube-video from BSB Cruise 2016 became very special to me last summer. I watched it all day long and it gave me the strength to take the long overdue step to separate me. Get annother boyfriend is one of my favorite songs. I love this acoustic version. AJ’s voice is amazing.” – Antje Behlert

Happy Birthday, AJ! We ❤ you.

5 Updates On What The Backstreet Boys Are Doing Right Now

The Backstreet Boys have been on a break from their Vegas shows since the end of April, but it has been an anything-but-restful break. Instead of our planned Vegas April happenings review, we’ve decided to instead catch everyone up on all of the things Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick have been working on, attending, and ultimately, killing (in the best way).

1. AJ McLean To Voice New Disney Character In Lion Guard


After seeing AJ’s [literal] killer performance in Dead 7 last year as Johnny Vermillion, we had no doubt that we’d see him back on the screen soon. But Disney?! We wouldn’t have predicted it, but we are 100% about it.

AJ will be playing a blind golden mole named Kuchimba… who also thinks he’s a ninja. He also, of course, has a fantastic singing voice. Read more about the role and how it came to be here.

2. Those Guys From The Viral “Back To The 90s” Video Were Invited To Vegas.


If you haven’t seen this nostalgia-heavy video yet, WATCH IT ASAP!

After the video became a viral sensation, everyone wanted to talk to this faux-boyband, including AJ. Check out what happened in the video below!

3. Nick Carter Became BFF With Steve Aoki.


No one that showed up to see EDM superstar Steve Aoki at Omnia Nightclub in Vegas a few weeks ago expected to also see a Backstreet Boy.

Yet there he was. Nick Carter joined Steve for a hot mix of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and well… just watch the videos (and the post on nickcarter.net). We’re super jealous of anyone that was there (and we really hope it happens again)!

(Sorry for all of the parentheses :))

4. The Boys Return To Wango Tango!


The Backstreet Boys reemerged together to play 93.3 Summer Kick Off in Chula Vista, CA on Friday, where they obviously killed it…. and impressed every One Direction fan who threatened to sue 1D if they came back without choreography and hoped that 1D’s return would be as bomb as Backstreet’s.

Now… to Wango Tango the next night… our Boys SHUT. IT. DOWN.


Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick brought a sample of their current Vegas show to the SoCal stage and were honestly the highlight of the night, but we could be a little biased. This was their first time on the festival’s stage in 10+ years and they couldn’t have made us prouder (or made us want to go back to Vegas) more. Thanks to WeirdWorldChile for capturing the live stream below!

Tell us you aren’t obsessed.


The Boys spent a good bit of time talking to media outlets on the Red Carpet about a new album, a new tour (IT’S HAPPENING, NAYSAYERS), babies, and how weird BSB would be without Howie D. We’ve put them all in one place just for your enjoyment.




KIIS FM Interview

5. The Backstreet Boys at ABC Upfront + Nick Joins Boyband

When all five Backstreet Boys flew into New York on Monday, we knew something was up (that was probably none of our business, but…you know…). We knew that Nick was appearing in-studio with Good Morning Footballbut WHAT ELSE?

We’ll tell you what else.

These sneaky sneakers performed as entertainment at ABC Upfront, an event that previews / announces / gives insight to all upcoming shows on ABC network for the upcoming year. If you’re asking us to TELL YOU WHY, we will.

ABC is premiering a new reality competition this Summer entitled Boy Band, where male contestants will compete for a chance to join a band and sign a record deal. Why are we telling you this? Because our very own Nick Carter is joining Baby Spice (Emma Bunten) as a judge… er, “architect”. Similar to The Voice, these architects will mentor the gentleman and have say in who competes before America gets a chance to vote.


As soon as we have more details about the show, we will post. For now, you can start supporting by following their Twitter account.

For now, enjoy clips of the Boys performing at Upfront!






Is this enough news for you!? Take it all in, fan-mily. It’s a GREAT time for the Backstreet Boys, but it’s never lost on us how lucky we are that they are still out there doing these amazing things for themselves and for us.

In conclusion, these are the things we have to look forward to:

  • AJ in Lion Guard (and maybe releasing his solo album but…)
  • Nick on Boy Band
  • The rest of BSBVegas (and a possible extension)
  • A world tour (Do not fight me on this – it IS happening)
  • Their 10th album
  • The acoustic album they keep mentioning
  • A few more festivals
  • A few conventions if you have a Nick or AJ preference
  • Taking over the world with the Backstreet Boys… like we’ve been working on for 24 years.
  • BSB Cruise 2018

As always, we’ll keep up so you don’t have to!

Oh, and also, Zac Efron loves the Backstreet Boys. WHAT?!

What Happened In Vegas: A #BSBVegas VIP and Concert Review

As soon as we found out when the Backstreet Boys would be taking over Las Vegas, we were aware that we, too, would have to take over the same week. No way were we going to miss this epic occasion and definitely no way could we wait weeks before seeing it!

So here we are, ready to tell you everything you need to know (and maybe some things you didn’t)! Normally, our posts are pretty objective and while we’ll try to stay that way here, some things we can’t help but weigh in with our own opinions.

If there’s anything we don’t cover, definitely hit us up to ask!

VIP Meet And Greet

The Pre-Show VIP Lounge

Once upon a time, Backstreet fans going to VIP meet and greets were SO over waiting in lines for hours on end. Wonderful Union listened to them and BOOM! The birth of the pre-show VIP exclusive lounge.

Upon arrival, we were fairly quickly checked in, given our lanyards (which change photos every night), two drink tickets and directed upstairs. We were then lined up to get drinks from the bar (also exclusively for VIP goers since there was no one else in the venue). For those asking what drinks are offered, everything from water to wine to champagne to ale to soda. If you consume liquids, you are covered. Also, you don’t HAVE to wait here if you don’t want. You can definitely bypass and come back.

While you’re waiting, you can take your photo with friends in front of a snazzy looking Red Carpet-esque background. This is the perfect opportunity to get those pre-BSB jitters out!


After getting our drinks (which you CAN take into the venue with you if you’re still drinking them by them), we moved into the lounge. From the photos above, you can see that it’s a totally chill club-like atmosphere. There are glow colored light orbs, a snack table, cool seating with oversized games to play while you wait.

There’s also a REALLY cool photobooth (put together by our favorite BSB photog, Justin Segura). There will be a line of people waiting to jump inside so if you want to bypass and chill with friends, we definitely had time after the meet and greet to snap our pics! You  don’t want to miss it though. It comes complete with head-size BSBmojis on a stick (that we really want to own), props and fantastic lighting (seriously – I need that light in my life).

 These photos from the photobooth will come to you via text or email and ready for you to share online! Don’t worry if you don’t get them immediately – the wifi is spotty in the hotel. We got ours after we already got home… 24 hours later. What a nice parting gift!

Meet and Greet


You can chill in the lounge until you line up for the photo. At our VIP experiences, we were lined up all at once. Since then, they’re trying out dividing everyone into groups so not everyone has to line up at once and you get more time to utilize the lounge while you wait, which is actually a really good idea (especially for those in fancy shoes).

Simply speaking from our own experience and observing others, the actual act of meeting the Boys is what you make it. We saw people go in with props, hats, ideas, etc. for their photo and we saw people go in, take a photo and come straight out. From the time Kristie went on Friday until we both went on Saturday, things were being worked out to make for a smoother experience.

The Boys were as kind as they always have been. Brian came out from behind the screen (where photos were being taken) to goof around and seemingly put everyone at ease, then he welcomed every person with a hug. Every. Single. Person. It was Brian, AJ, Nick, Kevin and Howie… for those of you who would like to know order ahead of time. Each of them took the time to hug everyone and at least say a little something. We definitely had time for some conversation.

We didn’t feel rushed at all – which is HUGE for VIP. A sold out meet and greet has around 150 and everyone seemed to be satisfied with the time they got. No one yelled at us to keep moving and everyone was insanely friendly.

Note: if you are someone that brings gifts to the Boys for shows, don’t. You will be made to check your bag upon entry into the venue and retrieve it later. Save the room in your luggage for merch!

Also, there is no group option for meet and greet. We used one of our individuals for a photo with all of us (which IS allowed).

Following meet and greet, we were sent back into the lounge where, as I said above, we had time to snap some shots in the photobooth.

….And freak out about meeting all of our Boys. Because that never gets old.

The Show


We’ll admit… we judged the show by the setlist before we saw the show. It’s void of anything from IAWLT and, as expected, is made up of mostly hits and singles with a few surprises (“Undone” and “Darlin'”, anyone?). For anyone wanting a timeline, the show started around 9:10ish and is 96 minutes long (thanks venue guy).

We’re happy to say that WE. WERE. WRONG. (Ok, I’m never REALLY happy to say that, but in this case…)

Here’s where we will do our best not to spoil too much for those who want to be completely surprised. Some of the things we loved the most (scroll past if you don’t want to know ANYTHING):

  • The 12 minute opening megamix video that can be found here and the way the Boys appear onstage (WHAT?! Did NOT see that coming!)
  • Kevin joining in on “Undone”.
  • The way the Backstreet Boys collectively sound the same live as they do on the albums. Obviously, this is nothing new, but for some reason, it is very striking inside the Axis theater.
  • We never expected “The Call” to be SO sexy! Wow.
  • Something about AJ and Kevin rapping during “Get Down” really hyped us.
  • The thought of dancers added to the show wasn’t something we were always crazy about, but they really DO add to the show.
  • Brian. Littrell. Seriously, whatever he has been doing for his voice and whatever the group is doing to help is working. So much so that the first night either of us were there, we found ourselves in inevitable tears and cheering just a little bit louder.
  • There’s a few ballroom moves (that we’re pretty sure Sharna Burgess had a hand in) that left us remembering how much Nick deserved that Mirrorball Trophy, but whatever. We also forgot that Kevin was ballroom trained until we saw those moves! Seriously though, all of the choreography is ON point.
  • The wardrobe…whew!
  • The whole production!

There’s also not a bad seat in the house. Let us show you!

Table Seating

These photos were taken from a table on the right side facing the stage. The view is probably the best you can get because there is NO ONE in front of you and the longer-armed Backstreet Boys can reach you pretty well. For those of you that have purchased a seat at a VIP table that included a bottle of champagne, please be aware that the bottle does not arrive until mid show. Pace yourselves! Being in the front means everyone can see you, including the Backstreet Boys. You don’t want to get sloppy.

Section 104, Row A

These photos are from section 104, row A, directly behind the second row of tables. It’s definitely a good spot if you want to see the whole stage and have a seat. When the Boys come to the “second stage”, we had a completely unblocked view of whoever was in front of us at the time. It was, however, hard to see anyone at the other end of the second stage. They all go back and forth though, so you get a chance to see everyone!

SPOILER: AJ walked right down our aisle in front of us while going back to the stage during “All I Have To Give”. When I say in front of us, I mean that he could literally step on our feet.

General Admission AKA The Pit

To be honest, being in the pit was our last night and we were tired. We were almost dreading it (the standing, not the show) after having seats and great views.

We’re here to tell you that as soon as the show started, we regretted ever regretting it. Besides the benefit of possible getting a hand touched or being seen / serenaded by Kevin, Brian, Howie, Nick or AJ, there’s just an energy in the pit that you can’t get from anywhere else in the venue. You’re IN the stage. You’re IN the show. You have no choice but to dance your heart out and feel good about it. There was also plenty of room to move around if you didn’t squeeze yourself into a small spot.

It also makes for great people watching when you turn to face the audience.



Overall, we are not lying when we tell you that if you treat yourself to ANYTHING in 2017, this should be it. The whole experience was one that we would repeat and, even though it’s only been a week since we were there, we’re ready to go back this instant!

As we stated in a previous post, this show would not have been nearly as great if it weren’t for each individual Backstreet Boy bringing something to the table or the fans who showed up, screamed loudly, and sang along to every word. Vegas is for all of us and, if you can, get yourself there to enjoy it.

Special thanks to Wonderful Union (you know who you are) for listening to us and pulling this together and continuing to listen and continuing to change things until it is ultimately perfection!

Did we leave anything out? Do you have questions? Want more photos? We have thousands. Hit us up via Twitter, Facebook, or email and we’ll tell you all the truths you need to know. Also, check out our BSB Vegas FAQ.

…. And don’t forget to share your experiences with us! Next week, we’ll start our weekly “What Happens In Vegas” posts highlighting everything that happened for the week and we want to include you guys.

XOXO. – Sara and Kristie

#BSBVegas: The One With All The Backstreet Boys

Fresh off a flight from Vegas, we’re still reeling from all the amazing things we saw going down this past weekend, the first week of the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas residency.

In short, wow.

While we are working on a review of VIP, the show itself and all of the ins and outs, we felt it was most important to start out with, our favorite, a deep appreciation for each of the Backstreet Boys themselves. Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick poured every bit of themselves into perfecting this show and it shows. It shows in their performances and in their faces when you tell any one of them how incredible it really is.

So before the next blog, where we get into the technical side, we want to take a minute to really talk about each of them. Sometimes in the big production of things, we forget that these guys are five human beings doing their jobs. They thank us for showing up, but we can never thank THEM enough for showing up for 24 years.



We will never stop being grateful for this guy’s return. While we loved the Unbreakable and This Is Us albums and tours, something about having Kevin there makes everything feel more complete. We absolutely couldn’t imagine the Backstreet Boys hitting Vegas in the way that they are without him. In VIP meet and greet, he makes sure that you don’t leave without hugging him and to look you in the eye while you’re talking, genuinely caring about what you have to say. On stage, he’s all about the perfection. He’s a visual pleasure – hitting every dance move with a crispness. Seriously, you can’t take your eyes off of him.



Ever the gentleman, Howie brings every bit of sweetness to the stage that he usually does….plus some hot!! Sweet D. has definitely only gotten better with age, as has everything about him. We really enjoyed his dance moves and the fullness that he gives to the collective voice of the group. Our favorite part of watching the shows, though, was the watching him interact with his wife in the audience. While other wives were there as well, it’s rare that we get a glimpse of the Doroughs together. Boy! Were they cute! The look on Howie’s face when he caught his wife singing along in the audience was something we were so happy to witness.



We’ve been praying and rooting for Brian since he spoke out about his ongoing vocal issues in 2015. While it is something he is still working on, anyone that didn’t previously know about it before entering the venue last week, wouldn’t have known. He. Sounded. So. GOOD. (Editors Note: So good that the first night, I cried.) We’re absolutely thrilled that “Darlin'” was brought back to showcase just how beautiful his voice has always been. There is also something to be said about the way he welcome EVERY SINGLE PERSON into the VIP meet and greet with open arms and seemed to try to put everyone at ease. We will never get enough of Brian Littrell.



AJ has always brought the right about of funk to the Backstreet Boys and Vegas is no exception. Always the one to walk on the line of what you should and shouldn’t say or do, he kept us on our toes. Then, there’s that voice. No one sounds like AJ McLean and we’re so lucky that he’s ours and that for the past 24 years, we’ve gotten to enjoy that gentle raspy voice live. Oh, and if you weren’t feeling comfortable in VIP after that Littrell hug, AJ will definitely make sure to make conversation that makes you feel like you’ve been best friends forever.



Oh, Nick. This is one man that leaves it all on stage. He is 110% all in on every performance and on fire from start to finish. His vocals are strong and fill the venue with sound that will make you feel some sort of way. We also have to mention that his Dancing With The Stars stint might be the reason his dancing is ON POINT these days, especially in dances like “The Call”. As for VIP, he’s working really hard at remembering people and there’s always something to be said for any artist that makes an effort.

Want to know what goes down in BSB VIP and our full review of the first week of shows? Stay tuned! (As soon as we recover…)

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Dear MTV, Tell Me Why… The Backstreet Boys Don’t Have A Michael Jackson Vanguard Award

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, formerly known as simply the Video Vanguard Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, was introduced in 1984 during the MTV Video Music Awards. The honor is given to artists that have contributed to the impact MTV has had on pop culture, acknowledging their body of work.

A few recipients of this award have included David Bowie, Madonna, The Beatles, George Michael, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys, U2, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Most recently, the award has gone to Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Beyonce and Rhianna.

Somehow, the Backstreet Boys have been skipped over. From a fan perspective, we didn’t vote for them to be #1 on TRL everyday from for them to be looked over now.

Dear MTV, the Backstreet Boys deserve this honor. Hear us out.

Since 1993, Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick have not stopped.

They’ve had court battles, life threatening surgeries, and personal battles all in the public eye.

They’ve grown up, gotten married, and had babies.

They’ve continued to work hard, to tour the world, to make music, to produce music videos long past the times of TRL and regular on-air video play, and connect with fans long past the time that the general public supported them the most.

They have each other’s backs and they have ours. They’ve never been bitter that they don’t get the fair amount of attention that their individual and collective talents deserve. They carry on because this is in their blood, because they love what they do, because they are a family.They remain five of the most humble guys that are still making music.

They are, and continue to be, the best selling boyband of all time.

Facts are facts.

Any appearance by the Backstreet Boys as recently as 2016 have garnered major attention from those who seem to have “forgotten” why they loved these Boys. Even those who aren’t fans can’t seem to deny the talent put before them.

If it comes down to music videos, please note that videos like “I Want It That Way” and “As Long As You Love Me” have 270+ million and 100+ million views on VEVO. That’s only in the past 7 years. Oh, and the “Everybody” video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who is now one of the biggest directors in the industry.

Also, like we mentioned, you can’t talk about TRL without talking about the Backstreet Boys. You can’t forget how they shut down Times Square on multiple occasions. You can’t forget the time they ran MTV on the day Millennium was released. You can’t forget the numerous VMA awards and performances in the US and Europe.

You can not deny the impact that the Backstreet Boys have had on MTV. You can’t deny the impact that MTV has had on the Backstreet Boys.

With the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas residency coming up, we feel like it’s the perfect time to bring them back to the forefront and give them the recognition that their 24 years of hard work deserves.

Don’t let us down, MTV. Don’t let the Backstreet Boys down.

Fans: In case this post is not enough, please sign this petition to let MTV know how many people think the Boys deserve this honor. Let’s get this!

Happy Birthday, AJ McLean

January 9th.

For as long as we can remember, AJ McLean has kicked off a new year of Backstreet birthdays and a new year that we are so incredibly lucky and blessed to have these men in our lives.

And boy, do we appreciate every year we’ve been able to spend with Alexander James McLean. Why? Keep reading.

Happy Birthday… to the man whose insanely good voice never lets us down.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has never let us down at all.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has never made any of us feel like strangers.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us all the things we probably didn’t need to know at the time we learned them from AJ.

Happy Birthday… to the man who wears his heart on his sleeve and we see it in every interaction with his wife and daughter.

Happy Birthday… to the man who keeps us hype (even if it’s because he says something he isn’t supposed to say yet).

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that it’s okay to admit your faults and it’s even better to seek help.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that getting better takes time.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has always been so open about what he believes and what he supports.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that tattoos and “hard” exterior don’t reflect what’s on the inside.

Happy Birthday… to a man who has an incredibly huge heart that would and does share it with anyone he can.

Happy Birthday, AJ. 

The world is a stage and it’s so lucky to have you here.

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7 Wishes We Have For The Backstreet Boys In 2017


It’s a new year and, for a lot of us, the first time we will be seeing the Backstreet Boys together on stage again since the In A World Like This tour. While hitting Las Vegas is prominent on the mind of many, there is so much more we are wishing for in 2017 for the Boys and for ourselves.

1. An Insanely Good Time In Las Vegas.

The news of the Backstreet Boys’ ‘Larger Than Life’ Vegas residency has already made major headlines. Thanks to their recent promotion, people from all over are making plans to infiltrate Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theatre between March and July to see our fab five hit the stage together. We couldn’t be more thrilled for them and we couldn’t be more thrilled for more than just the normal fans to see them.

Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick deserve this. They have worked hard and tirelessly for nearly 24 years. We can only hope that 2017 brings them the love and recognition that they deserve.

We also hope that our own time in Vegas is absolutely one for the books. We’ve made plans with our friends, are booking hotels, flights, nailing down times, buying VIP experiences and more. We can’t wait! If you haven’t gotten your tickets or VIP yet, get it and hit it or quit it, y’all! It’s a new experience for ALL of us involved.

2. A Sweet Little Addition.

Let’s not forget that in just a few months, we’ll also have a new Baby Girl McLean. We have never been quiet about how much we A D O R E AJ and Rochelle as parents and we’re super excited to see them with two. Not only are we excited to see them with a new baby, but isn’t everyone dying to see Ava as a big sister as well? We can already see the matching outfits and sweet instapics. Here’s wishing the McLean family a happy and healthy arrival of their little one!

3. Some Healing.

If you’ve been following What Happens On The Backstreet for any amount of time, you know that we have been rooting for Brian Littrell for a while now. It’s no secret that he has been dealing with vocal struggles for a while now and in recent performances, we’ve all heard and acknowledged his improvements. We will continue to rally around him and hope that 2017 brings even more healing and peace for him. As long as he’s showing up, so will we. We will sing along when he asks and we’ll stand by him when he doesn’t even know it.

4. More Progress On A New Album.

We’re waiting very patiently on this one. We’re absolutely dying for new music, but as the Backstreet Boys do, they’re taking their time to perfect things. We’re cool with that as long as they don’t disappear on us! We’re actually learning to enjoy the anticipation. Backstreet Time will be obviously be alive and well in 2017 as much as it has been the past 24 years. Go ahead, Boys… we’ll wait. Check out all the progress here.

5. Solo Things?

Nick has mentioned more than once that he might work on another solo album between Backstreet projects and we all know that the man NEVER stops. We’re, of course, also hoping that AJ finally releases his solo album as well. We really can’t take the teasing anymore!

Speaking of teasing, we’re looking at you, Kevin Richardson.

6. Shining Moments.

Howie D. is [finally] relaunching his solo site this month! We really hope that in this year, on the new album, in the Vegas run that Howie finally gets the big love he deserves. We appreciate you so, Mr. Dorough. Check out his fresh new site here.

7. More Love, Less Hate.

We’ll post about it until we’re blue in the face, but the peace among fans has to start somewhere. It the battle of fans vs. the group / management, the constant complaining has GOT to stop. If you’re going to complain, be constructive and come with a resolution. Stop complaining for attention and stop the groupthink. Be the voice of reason. Shed light and stop starting fires. The less fires we start, the quicker we can build a bridge to repair all of the things that haven’t been the best in the past. In 2017, let’s all learn how to work together. We deserve it. The Backstreet Boys deserve. Everyone is working toward one goal – let’s get this!

Cheers to 2017, fan-mily!

We’re here for it and we hope you are too.

What’s New With The Backstreet Boys? Get Your Fix

Three out of five Backstreet Boys hung out with several media outlets last week for a string of interviews regarding their new endeavor with Chex Mix and their 90s boyband rival, Snackstreet.

Just because they were there to talk about Snackstreet does not mean, however, that they weren’t talking about their future as well. Check out all of the press from last week below!

On The New Album

McLean says that the band is still in the early stages of their creative process. “[We’re] back in the kitchen cooking up whatever comes out and it’s been really fun so far. We’re working with some brand new up-and-coming writers, some really hip, new producers, as well as doing some interesting collaborations. It just happened to work perfectly.”

“Brand new music next year. 100% brand-new single, brand-new album, brand new tour, and a lot from BSB in 2017.” [Celebuzz]

 On Their Tour Requests

Carter admits that he requested the nutritional boost during the band’s 2005 Never Gone tour. “It was really difficult to bring in because they had to bring it in in big slabs, and then I had to have a grinder and put it in there,” he told Us. “It was really messy and hard to clean up.” (The 36-year-old also admits that this was divalike behavior.)

Bandmate Howie Dorough liked chicken wings before a show, although he wasn’t as lucky when it came time to deliver. “Maybe one time did Howie ever get his chicken wings,” McLean mused.

Other must-haves included PB&J, cereal, Chex Mix, Gatorade and water. McLean, 38, noted, “We’re not like the ‘separate the M&Ms’ kind of band.” [US Magazine]

On The Dance Move They Hate

The video for fan favorite “I Want It That Way” doesn’t get the same love from the Boys. Turns out, the move that stood the test of time was kind of an accident—and one that the guys wish hadn’t happened in the first place.

As we were talking, McLean mockingly/adorably did the body roll move while the three of them talked very passionately about their dislike of the choreography.

They weren’t supposed to break out their coordinated moves in this particular gem of a video, but on the day of the shoot, Richardson told me, plans changed. “We showed up to the set and they were like, ‘We want to do some kind of dancing.’” Good sports that they were, they pulled out some on-the-spot steps just in case, “and they ended up using it,” he said, adding, “We just threw something together last minute, and I really can’t stand it.” [Self]


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