A New Era of Backstreet: Everything You Might Have Missed About ‘DNA’ Album + World Tour (So Far)

It’s finally here!!

While we LOVE the Vegas residency, collabs, solo work and whatnot, we have been waited for years (literally) for a new Backstreet Boys album and tour. We’ve heard songs that “may or may not be” on the album on the 2018 cruise, we’ve been promised for a while, and we’ve gotten two singles and now…. THE TIME HAS COME.

And boy has it come!

In the past 24 hours, we’ve gotten…

A NEW SINGLE

A NEW MUSIC VIDEO

A NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE

A NEW TOUR

TWO NEW FANCLUB PACKAGES

…and a partridge in a pear tree! (Not really, we just wanted make sure you were still paying attention)

With all new things comes, of course, questions. We, of course, like to answer what we can and post the rest when we get it. While we’ve been answering your questions via social media all morning, we hope to get the most common questions answered here for you.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

— The Single: Chances —

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The music video for the Backstreet Boys second single off their upcoming album, DNA, dropped and BOYYYYYY, is it good! The song, created with the help of Ryan Tedder and Shawn Mendes, is fire. The video, co-directed by AJ himself, is so fantastic you can’t help but watch it a few times (or a hundred).

We’ll have a thoughts on the video post soon, but for now, STREAM, PURCHASE, WATCH!

If you (or your friends) need help finding links to do so, click here for the easiest access. Actually, include this link in every text and email you send today, mmmkay?

— NEW BACKSTREET BOYS FANCLUB PACKAGES —

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Presale for the world tour begins tomorrow in North America and there are new FC packages to go with it!

The “BSB Is In My DNA Bundle” includes:

10% off in the BSB FC Store

BSB x DNA Sweatshirt

Backstreet’s (Back) On Tour Luggage Tag

ONE entry to win an upper level VIP package on the DNA tour

ONE year digital membership (which includes presale access)

The “What Are The Chances Bundle” includes:

A BSB x DNA Keychain

Backstreet’s (Back) On Tour Luggage Tag

ONE entry to win a lower level VIP package on the DNA tour

ONE year digital membership (which includes presale access)

Both packages can be purchased here.

— The Album: DNA —

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What about that double helix look for DNA? (Should I have prefaced that with NERD ALERT? Because we are and we love a good theme.)

Anyway, the Backstreet Boys LONG LONG LONG awaited album is dropping on January 25th and it is already available for preorder on iTunes.

NOTE: EVERY TICKET PURCHASED IN THE U.S. COMES WITH A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE ALBUM.

— The World Tour + VIP —

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This is the biggest (most stressful, most questioned) surprise!

You can start here with all of the tour dates and VIP package info.

You can go here for some more clarification on Fan Club presale specifically.

Here are the answers to the most popular questions you guys have had today:

  • Ticketmaster VIP Packages are as follows:

M&G + DNA Green Room + Lounge Experience ($850 + tax and fees):

One Ticket In The DNA Circle (VIP SECTION OF THE SHOW) M&G with Backstreet Boys
Photo Opportunity with Backstreet Boys
Access To Backstreet’s Pre-Show Production Tour Before The Show*
Access To Backstreet’s Pre-Show DNA Green Room
Light Hors D’oeuvres
Champagne Toast + One Backstreet Themed Drink Special**
One, VIP Only, Poster (Shipped After The Show)
One Special, VIP Only, Merchandise Package (Shipped After The Show)
One, VIP Meet & Greet Laminate

DNA Green Room + Lounge Experience ($550 + tax and fees):

One Ticket In The DNA Side (SIDE VIP SECTION OF THE SHOW)
Access To Backstreet’s Pre-Show DNA Green Room
Light Hors D’oeuvres
Champagne Toast + One Backstreet Themed Drink Special**
One, VIP Only, Poster (Shipped After The Show)
One Special, VIP Only, Merchandise Package (Shipped After The Show)
One, VIP Laminate

  • These are the ONLY VIP packages WITH TICKETS being offered.
  • VIP UPGRADES are different. They will be sold at a different date, but we do not know time or details yet.
  • CONCERT TICKETS are INCLUDED with Ticketmaster VIP packages.
  • There is no soundcheck party this time around.
  • EVERYONE will get a presale code in their FC dashboard tomorrow (11/10) and Tuesday (11/13) regardless of location. You will log into your Account > Click ‘Account’ > Scroll down on your dashboard to ‘External Codes’ > Copy + Paste the code (NO SPACES) into the Ticketmaster code box on the ticket page
  • You can use your passoword for multiple cities
  • Your password will be in your dashboard at 9:50a EST / 8:50a CST / 6:50a PST and they ARE unique. DO NOT SHARE.
  • Tickets for the presale will go on sale at 10am LOCAL VENUE TIME.
  • We are not yet sure if you will be able to buy GA tix without VIP.
  • Seating charts are available on the site where tickets are being sold.
  • VIP Upgrades through the Backstreet Boys website will be available at a later date – details are unknown as of right now.
  • Ticket prices vary by location, but are anywhere from $25 to $600 (including “platinum”)

Have questions we didn’t answer? Send them our way!

We will be updating this post regularly with any info and will be adding media (interviews, videos, etc.) soon.

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#WhatAreTheChances That The Backstreet Boys Know How Much They’ve Changed Our Lives?

With the release of the Backstreet Boys’ second new single in 2018 on the horizon (“Chances” drops November 9th) and their use of  #WhatAreTheChances via social media to invite fans to share stories about the chance they got to meet best friends, significant others, and other sweet memories, we started reflecting. Join us, won’t you?

What Are The Chances…

…that a 14 year old actor would answer a newspaper ad about forming a band,

…that he would know a 19 year old singer / actor auditioning under the name Tony Donetti,

…that a 12 year old would turn down a contract with the Mickey Mouse Club to join a group that didn’t even exist,

…that a 22 year old playing Aladdin and a Ninja Turtle at Disney World would hear about the group and join,

…that he would have an 18 year old cousin, still in high school, with the voice of an angel who would ultimately complete the group?

What Are The Chances…

…that the group would name themselves the Backstreet Boys after a flea market in Orlando, FL where they rehearsed tirelessly,

…that the Backstreet Boys would travel around to high schools performing before heading overseas and gaining international fame,

…that these five young men would put in the hard work and endless sacrifices to become a household name in their own country,

…that they’d still be around 25 years, selling out a Vegas residency, releasing their 10th studio album, and releasing a new single?

What Are The Chances…

…that we’d still know every word to every song,

…that we’d still have our memorabilia tucked away,

…that we’d be sharing their music with our children,

…that we’d get the same feeling we got the first time we saw them to this day?

What Are The Chances…

…that they would be the reason so many of us are friends turned family,

…that they would be the reason we have passports and have traveled to places we would have never dreamed going to,

…that they would inspire us without even knowing it,

…that we’d be celebrating birthdays, milestones, and triumphs with them,

…that we would travel the earth and the seas to get a high off of their music,

…that Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick would mean so much to us?

What Are The Chances…

…that we’d see pieces of ourselves in their own struggles,

…that they’d share those pieces of themselves with us – the highs and lows, the ups and downs,

…that we’d learn so much from five men who enticed us with their music and kept us with their integrity, their hard work, their kindness, their humility, their honesty and their willingness to keep growing and be better?

What Are The Chances…

…that a band would change and / or save our lives?

…that a band would keep giving us the escape we all need?

…that a band would be our constant when the rest of the world is too much?

…that we would be so lucky?

What Are The Chances…

…that we’ll always want it that way?

…that we’ll never say OH MY GOD without thinking “we’re back again”?

…that we’ll ever say “gotta go” normally?

…that we’ll ever stop rolling our windows down and the music up anytime the Backstreet Boys come on?

…that they’ll ever truly know how much they’ve meant to us?

What Are The Chances?

Well, they’re like two in a million… like once in a lifetime.

(Read the Chances stories that fans have shared here + pre-save the single on Spotify)

 

What’s Happening On The Backstreet: November 3, 2018

Hi.

It’s been a while. In fact, it’s been nearly a month! We’ve never left you guys hanging that long and if that kept you out of the loop, we apologize and thank YOU for sticking with us. The easiest way to come back was with an update post of ALL THE THINGS going on right now that you need to know about.

Here goes…

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY — The Backstreet Boys new single, “Chances”, drops on November 9th! Fans are using the hashtag #WhatAreTheChances on social media to spread the word and the Boys are using it to share stories from fans about chance meetings that brought friends, significant others and more together because of the Backstreet Boys. Get details, pre-save the single to Spotify, and read fan stories here.
  • NEW MERCH ITEMS ALERTA BSB Blanket and a Nick Carter tee celebrating the 16th anniversary of Now or Never are both things that you need.
  • SOLO RELEASE — If you haven’t heard AJ’s “Night Visions” yet or watched the emotional music video, you need to immediately! (We’ll probably do a post on it soon?)
  • VEGAS UPDATE — Not only did the Backstreet Boys dress up as their characters from the “Everybody” video on Halloween, but they were also joined by some famous guests (ahem and ahem) in the audience during the first week of the current Vegas run! Get all the details.
  • AJ, Nick and Howie attended a fundraiser for Grant A Gift Autism Foundation in Vegas.
  • Nick joined the Crohns & Colitis Foundation in spinning for a cure at TruFusion in Vegas to raise money and awareness for the currently incurable disease.
  • Brian spent a day off at the Shriners Hospital Open in Vegas with some of the best golfers in the PGA. Catch the behind the scenes videos from their instastories here.
  • Speaking of Brian, his son Baylee is releasing a single (?!?) this month called “Don’t Knock It” and we will be posting about it here and there. Follow his journey here.

Everything You Need To See (And Hear) From The Backstreet Boys 2018 UK Promo

It’s no secret that the Backstreet Boys are spending a few days in London after filming the new music video (we don’t know when we’ll see it) for their second soon-to-be released single (we don’t officially know the title) from their upcoming album (which we currently have no details about — but when we do…).

Anyway, Kevin, Brian, AJ, Nick and Howie are across the pond (or in your backyard, depending on where you’re reading this from) and there are appearances being made! This morning kicked off those appearances with The Chris Evans Breakfast Show and although we’ve tweeted the link, we wanted to keep all of the UK media in one post… so here it is.

The Boys will be recording an episode of Loose Women today for a later air date and will be appearing on Sunday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing. Anything we find for your viewing or listening pleasure, we will update here!

Chris Evans Breakfast Show

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You can listen to audio of the interview here. The Backstreet Boys come in with a cover of Blackstreet’s 1996 “No Diggity” around 1:39.

Highlights:

  • Jodie Whittaker aka Doctor Who is also a guest and a huge BSB fan. The Boys serenade her with a piece of  her favorite song, “The One”.
  • World tour is “hopefully” beginning Spring 2019. It will begin in Brian’s backyard (lol).
  • They have many secrets to be told in November.
  • It’s AJ’s fault that things leak (per Nick).
  • They performed acoustic versions of “As Long As You Love Me”, “All I Have To Give”, and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.

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General Promo

Strictly Come Dancing

50 Thoughts We Had Watching The Backstreet Boys “Get Down” Music Video

Back by popular demand, we’re bringing  you more “Thoughts We Had…” posts! Since the beginning, we’ve had multiple people to ask us to do one for “Get Down” and honestly, it just seems like the mecca of Backstreet Boys music videos in terms of having thoughts. Why? Because there’s SO many thoughts to be had about it and none at all.

I thought about making this post “one thought we had” and capitalizing a BIG WTF… but I rewatched and well, here you go! Enjoy!

1. The minute the Backstreet Boys appear on screen, I can only smell lemons and oranges… because they look like they’re dressed like skittles.

2. Ho…Howie? Is that you?? AJ??? Why you look like a cool ant with sunglasses??

3. Ah, boyband hands. Classic. Who knew they’d still be doing those 22 years after this?

4. Zooming out to the big disco ball… there’s no way this wasn’t made in a mall, right?

5. I would LOVE to know some of these people dancing in the cubes. Imagine that being your claim to fame.

6. Who wouldn’t love to see the behind the scenes footage for this video shoot? What are they actually dancing on? Did they KNOW it was going to look like this?

7. To this day, Nick is STILL wear black jeans, black shirts and a jacket. Consistency is key.

8. We can laugh at these moves all we want but we ALL know them.

9. What IS a baby love?

10. Shout out to Nick’s baby teeth!

11. You’re doing yourself a major injustice if you’re paying attention to the person singing in this video. Kevin’s face is the best thing about it the entire time.

12. 50 seconds: How many Backstreet Boys can fit in one screen and pretend to sing the lyrics? The answer is 4.

13. OH HEY HOWIE MADE IT TO THE BSB PARTY!

14. The block people are wearing the epitome of 90s fashion.

15. Why does Brian look so small?

16. Why does Nick look like a dancing palm tree?

17. Is this really the Backstreet Boys or five guys that work at a pizza place who decided to be cool on a Saturday night?

18. Ah, yes. The beginning on the body roll. Thank God.

19. Kevin’s the only one tall enough at 1:24 for a proper body roll. Howie’s grabbing his belt like it’s a hoe down and Brian looks like he’s blowing backwards. THINGS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER, YOU GUYS.

20. At what point did Nick get down on his knees?

21. Howie looks like he’s the brains behind this. I don’t know why.

22. WHOOOOOOOOOO IS THIS FLYING MAN?! Excuse me, Backstreet Boys, someone has escaped from their cube!!

23. Oh nevermind, they’re “with it”.

24. Brian missed them memo that they were supposed to “pump it and move it all around”.

25. Seriously. Kevin’s face.

26. Did Nick realize he had actually danced ON the mirrorball before he did Dancing With The Stars or nah?

27. Here comes baby Brian!

28. At this point, everytime I pause, there’s something new to think about. Imagine if this video came out when memes were a thing.

29. Brian looks so angry. It might just be his hair.

30. You can never unsee Kevin during “And I WANT. IT. RIGHT. NOW”

31. Everyone was so casual singing until Brian.

32. 2:23: What is he even singing? Not this song.

33. Is AJ wearing the Prince symbol on his necklace?

34. This is really the Nick, AJ, and Kevin show. Or as they’re now known — Palm Tree, Cool Ant, and Kevin With The Face.

35. It’s weird how well you can see their mouths without facial hair.

36. Some boybanders use the one-finger point. Kevin uses two fingers with a body roll.

37. Nick is too pure for this video. Or something.

38. All of AJ’s jewelery! I feel like I can hear him clinking.

39. Zoned out for a solid 20 seconds. I think this is the trance they were going for.

40. Oh God! They’re jumping around! GET DOWN!

41. Does it bother anyone else about how unevenly spread out they are when they dance on the mirrorball?

42. At 3:21… they’ve all just lost it. This is a lost cause.

43. OH MY GOD THE CUBE DANCERS ARE ESCAPING!

44. Why is Nick convulsing on the floor? The epitome of getting down.

45. Oh DAMN, he just flipped right up. What is happening?

46. Why are these people escaping so slowly?

47. Why are they doing the OPPOSITE of getting down?

48. Brian’s russian dancing across the ball never gets old, honestly.

49. The more Nick jumps, the more we see that his shirt includes what looks to be a name tag. He’s on a break from his job at Chuck E. Cheese apparently?

50. Wow. How do we get the Boys to recreate this iconic video? SOMEONE start a petition!

25 Years of Hard Work and Humility: The Truth About The Backstreet Boys

When the Backstreet Boys formed in 1993, with their ages ranging from 13 to 22, they were only hoping to become a success and maybe, by some miracle, keep that success for more than a few years.

Fast Forward to 2018, Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Nick are celebrating 25 years together and their first single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, in the top 10 on the American Top 40 Hot AC Chart. Media outlets who had counted the Boys out just a few years ago are now aware of their ongoing success and reporting on it as such. Their Vegas residency, announced in 2016 and running since March 2017, is still one of the best selling shows on the Strip, not only garnering the attention of fans across the world, but quite a few celebrities as well (including Niall Horan, Snooki, Gwen Stefani and more).

The Boys will be ending their residency next year only to start another world tour, their first since a successful tour hitting multiple countries worldwide from 2013-2015. Before heading out on tour, they will be releasing their highly anticipated new album in coming months, a follow up to 2013’s In A World Like This. Always ones to put fans first, the Boys previewed tracks that they had recorded already (that may or may not be on the album) earlier this year during an event on their sold out cruise.

How did they achieve such massive successes and what keeps them together? The question has been asked in many interviews and it all boils down to one thing — the Backstreet Boys are family.

“Nobody tells you what to do when you get to the top.” – Brian Littrell, Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of: The Backstreet Boys Movie

Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick have literally grown up in front of everyone’s eyes.

They’ve walked hundreds of red carpets.

They’ve received numerous awards.

They’ve released nine studio albums (even more songs).

They’ve filmed a documentary that revealed a lot of truth behind the biggest selling boyband of all time.

And they’ve always been honest about who they are as people and who they are as performers. Perhaps that is the best part of the Backstreet Boys – their authenticity.

Amidst their clean cut facade in 2001, 4/5 of the Boys appeared on TRL unexpectedly to announce that they would be putting the Black and Blue tour on hiatus to allow AJ McLean the time he needed to enter rehab and seek treatment for his alcoholism and depression.

“We didn’t want to sweep it under the rug,” Kevin Richardson had told fans at the time.

And that was the moment, for a lot of fans, that sparked a new sense of loyalty to the band they had screamed senselessly over as preteens. Things were changing. We were all growing up and dealing with things and so were they. Suddenly, there seemed like a new relationship had formed. This wasn’t a completely innocent band who had a dark past they weren’t telling us about. These were five talented human beings who were not only wildly successful at this point, but cared enough about their fans to be honest and cared enough about humankind in general to use their platform to bring awareness to the fact that addiction can affect anyone.

Really though, can a band really have a “dark past” when they’ve been open about everything that they’ve dealt with?

There’s been battles with addictions.

There’s been bad relationships that played out in the tabloids.

There’s been public family discord.

There’s been court battles with Lou Pearlman.

There’s been battles with each other.

There’s been vocal issues and illnesses.

The Backstreet Boys have been human. And they’ve done it in front of the entire world. They’ve addressed it. They’ve stayed classy about situations as they have gotten older and they’ve known that in order to be where they are now and who they are now, some things had to happen.

They know that even the ugliest battles have had silver linings and have turned those experiences into some of the best songs on their albums.

Most importantly, the Backstreet Boys have never let themselves be defined by the negative experiences they’ve had but rather, grew from them.

How Did The Backstreet Boys Become The Biggest Boyband In The World?

Simply put, hard work and remembering where they came from.

The Boys’ success did not come easy. They spent most of their early years playing in high school gyms to students who didn’t exactly love them before heading overseas to gain massive success. It wasn’t until 1997 that they found any fame in the U.S.

Any of them will tell you on any given day how grateful they are still for their continued success and that they never take it for granted. They also don’t take anyone else for granted who has helped them along their way. That has most recently included the team they worked with to produce “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.

“The one thing that really made me impressed with them is that boys are so verbally appreciative of us,” Stuart Crichton says, who helped produce the Boys’ latest single. “They’ve had a lot of success, which more often than not makes artists aloof with you; the ego takes over. But in any interview, we all get mentioned. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve told us how grateful they are. Even the last time I saw Kevin (Richardson), he turned to me and was like, ‘I can’t tell you enough, but thanks so much for ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. It’s just so great for us.’ It makes me want to work ten times harder for them.”

Throughout the Boys’ history, there aren’t many interviews where they HAVEN’T been extremely vocal about their appreciation for anyone has helped shaped their career, from musical inspirations, other artists, former managers, and, of course, fans.

That deep-rooted appreciation even extends to Backstreet Boys-creator Lou Pearlman, who ultimately scammed the group out of millions of dollars they were owed. Are they still bitter? No. In fact, they are sad for him and sad that things ended the way they did. When asked by Entertainment Tonight how they felt about his death in 2017, Kevin, Howie, AJ, Nick and Brian expressed that it was ‘bittersweet’ and recognized that the highs and lows that they have faced as a group, like the ones they did with Pearlman, made them the group that they are today.

As for their fans…

Not only do the Backstreet Boys tour worldwide to try to reach as many fans as possible, set sail on cruises with daily events and nightly parties with fans, continue to create music, and try to connect in their downtime, but they have gone above and beyond in some instances that you can read about here.

Did we also mention that the Boys are constantly giving back? From having their own charities to performing charity shows, the BSB are always giving back in any area that they can.

Earlier this Summer, you could find Nick (along with his family) raising money to fund classroom supplies for teachers and children at a local elementary school in Las Vegas as well as helping raise awareness for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. Howie Dorough consistently makes appearances at charity events in his local Florida community as well and AJ McLean raised funds for a local school in California to be able to replace instruments that were stolen as well as a complete music room makeover.

Kentucky cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell have also been notably philanthropic and very big advocates for different causes, especially those they have been especially touched by. Kevin, who lost his father to colon cancer at a young age, has been vocal about the importance of early screenings. He’s also involved environmental conservation (and has sent several kids to college on environmental scholarships) as well as opening up about he and his wife’s fertility struggle in an effort to help other families who might be going through the same journey. Brian Littrell, while quieter about his charitable giving in his local area of Georgia, has perhaps been the most active Backstreet Boy with his own charity, Healthy Heart Club for Kids. While the charity has dissolved and evolved into a larger reaching “Just Ask”, Brian has never shied away from spreading awareness about living a heart-healthy life, having been affected by his own heart disease since he was an infant.

As a group, the Backstreet Boys donated $1 of every Vegas residency ticket sale to the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas during their first run and to the Boys and Girls Club during their second run. They also visited the Club to speak with the kids about pursuing their dreams and the importance of hard work before spending time shooting hoops and showing them a few dance moves.

“Not only are we group members and business partners, but we’re family.” – Kevin Richardson

“Those guys can go a cappella at the drop of a hat and deliver an amazing performance — and they actually dance, and are committed and disciplined,” Joseph Kahn, now famed director who got his start with the “Everybody” music video, told Billboard. “Sometimes when you’re a solo act, you have no one to say ‘no’… The great thing about boy bands, and why Justin Timberlake comes out fine, is that you have people around you to say ‘No.’ You have to learn how to share, it’s like growing up in a family. That’s the Backstreet Boys. They’re brothers. They’re truly a band.”

While there’s a lot to be said for the Backstreet Boys working hard and cultivating an atmosphere of humanity and gratitude throughout their 25 year career, none of it would have been possible without each individual member of the talented quintet.

These five are brothers. They are admittedly family, with high highs and low lows like everyone else. They’ve very literally grown up together. Like family, they stick together and stand by one another. They take the hits, they roll with the punches, and together, they get rise to the occasion everytime.

So, it’s no surprise to anyone that has followed the Boys for any amount of time that they would take up for one another and hear each other out when a less than ideal situation arises. It’s this united front that has kept them together and it’s a genuine love and deep-rooted care for each other that has given them a bright future. While they have been honest about their arguments and kept it real about how they’ve had fall outs here and there, there has always been an underlying respect for each other in their words.

Clearly, the Backstreet Boys are not going anyway. For better or for worse.

And it’s not just being family with each other. With Brian, Kevin, Howie, AJ and Nick all married with children, the family has expanded to include Leighanne, Kristin, Leigh, Rochelle, Lauren, Baylee, Mason, Maxwell, Holden, James, Ava, Lyric and Odin.

It goes without saying that the Backstreet Boys are in a good place, personally and publicly. There’s a whole lot of love to go around.

Taking The High Road

“Things are really good in our lives right now. We’re really fortunate and we know that is a blessing.” – Nick Carter, Paper Magazine, 2017

Lastly, and perhaps the most refreshing in times of social media where it is so easy to react quickly, is the fact that Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick have never been, for lack of a better term, petty. Not since they’ve grown up anyway.

Since the beginning, they’ve taken whatever the public and the media has thrown at them in stride and have taken it as fuel to work harder, only addressing what needed to be addressed. Their music has, and will continue to, speak for them.

Because they have been open (as much as they need to be) about their highs and lows, they have opened themselves up for criticism that they have handled pretty well…but they’ve also been able to form a deeper connection with folks around the world – from fans to celebrities to the general population.

They are the people’s musical group. They’ve made it abundantly clear that they’re just five regular guys that tour the world and share their talents in front of millions but also take out the trash when they’re home and put on their pants the same way we all do.

Always classy, always appreciative, and always looking to be better, do more, and work harder, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Nick Carter continue to inspire new musical acts (including Florida Georgia Line, who they recently collaborated with and country artist Lauren Alaina, who met the Boys at the CMT Awards), get name dropped by other celebrities who have nothing but love and respect for them and continue to inspire legions of fans, some who have followed them for years and some who are just jumping on the bandwagon. Some even credit the Backstreet Boys with making music that saved their lives.

“It’s the music, it’s the love, truthfully. We love this. It might sound cliche, but we love being The Backstreet Boys. We love what it represents. We enjoy what we do. We take pride in what we do, we have a common goal that unites us, and we do genuinely care about each other. We do genuinely want the other to be happy and fulfilled and allowing each other to do individual stuff,” the Boys told Robin Leach in an interview last year.

In an interview with People this year, Brian stated, “We’re blessed to still be doing this for so long and be so prosperous for so many years. The fans have really done it for us.”

The Backstreet Boys are entering a new era and there is no doubt that it is going to be a successful one.

We’re here for it. Are you?

For a complete list of the Backstreet Boys incredible history, click here.

(Itching to see the Boys live? Click here for all upcoming appearances.)

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By The Fans: Words Of Encouragement and Love For Backstreet Boys, Fans, and More

Kindness, positivity and productivity are just a few of our favorite things.

You guys are always sending the kindest words to us about the Backstreet Boys, other fans, our posts, a BSB experience and more, so we wanted to provide a place for those kind things to live permanently. If you need to gush (or feel the need to express your positivity) about anyone (we especially love when you gush about each other), please feel free to do so here. Consider this a small corner of the internet for YOU and all the feel goods.

Our hope is that by keeping this post updated, more of you will read and more of you will become inspired to share your own love and kind words.

— For The Boys —

“I just want to say, keep on being amazing and making more music, boys! You five are my heroes and I want you all to rock on some more! You guys are so inspiring and awesome!”

“You’re one of the most influential bands of our time and you help so many fans deal with their own demons so this speak with your music. You have changed my life and still change everyone’s lives keep strong and making great music. Love you all so much.”

“I will always love you guys no matter what and I refuse to stop being a fan. I can never get enough of your music no matter what mood I am in I think what song can I play I do like the new song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart so I play the video over and over. You guys have beautiful families and I am so happy for you guys that you guys have found someone in your lives. I am looking forward to the new album coming out can’t wait.”

“I just love you all! I have been a fan since I was 10 years old. I remember my mom taking me to the store and freaking out when I saw you boys on a magazine cover and I just had to get it. I grew up with you guys. I am now 33 years old and am more in love with you than ever. Your music has been been with my through every up, down, sadness or laughter. I love the fact that I feel like I am apart of your lives since I grew up wth you guys and have you grow from boys to men and husbands. I cant wait to continue on this journey and grow with you boys even more.”

“So I just wanna say thanks to Nick Carter. He was the first member to tweet me and follow me. He obviously didnt have to do either one of those things and to be able to say I got it is truly amazing. I just want to say how special that made me feel and how its the little things in life that can make someone feel like a super star. So Nick thank you for being so kind and sweet.”

“I want the boys to know how much, they mean to me. I am not sure where I would if it they never came into my life. Thank you guys, I love you.”

“Thank you for always being the sweet, humble, compassionate, down to earth, understanding guys that you are, not just to me, but to other fans around the world. I love you guys, but not because you’re famous, or because you’re celebrities, but because you are all humans, and for the men you are in your hearts, with hearts of gold. Please don’t ever change who you are inside because you’re loved just the way you are, flaws and all. To me, you’re like the big brothers, the friends I never had growing up, and whenever I was hurting, feeling sad, upset etc, you were the ones I turned to, having put my BSB cd’s in and listened to your angelic , comforting, soothing voices, healing me, and healing my soul, especially during my time being bullied to the point I wanted to change myself just to be accepted and liked, but through music, you guys, especially Howie came through and saved me from myself and from my bullies. The song “What Makes U Different (Makes U Beautiful)” written by Howie, sung by Howie and Brian with the rest of you harmonizing beautifully, teaching me I don’t need to change for anyone because I’m beautiful because of my differences, and I felt as if you guys were sing/taling to me through that song, and whenever I’m having a moment where I’m having thoughts of not feeling beautiful or good enough, I always remember that song what you guys taught me through it and I feel better. I’ll always hold What Makes U Different (Makes U Beautiful), and all 5 of you in a special place in my heart, because I am eternally grateful for what you did for me. You’ll always be the ones to hold me and make sure that I’ll be alright, the ones I’ll run to, the ones to take me from darkness to light, my heroes from heaven above sent by God and I thank him for giving me the 5 of you. I love you guys and I always will.”

“Been a fan for years, experienced my first meet and greet in Vegas. The boys were so genuine, answered every question and I didn’t feel rushed at my meet and greet. Here’s to U.K. tour in May.”

“After so many years, still got it going on! How amazing is that?!? Thank you for not letting the hardships of life change your kind, passionate, loving and humble hearts! For never letting us down. God bless you guys and your beautiful families! We love you guys!”

“I have been a fan of the boys since I was 6 or 7. Millennium was the first CD I ever received for Christmas. I kind of fell off while I was in middle and high school, but rediscovered them again earlier this year. The boys, especially Kevin, have always made me feel so special, even though I have never met them. I got to see them for the first time live a month ago, and it was the best day ever. I still think about that day and look at my pictures of that day often. I listen to their music, both band and solo stuff, daily. My two absolute favorite songs are Crawling Back To You, and Drowning. I have always had a sweet spot for Kevin, but I love Howie and Brian as well. Nick and AJ are awesome as well, but didn’t grab my attention when I was a kid. All 5 guys are supremely talented, and I am proud to say I have been a fan for 17 years. Nick, AJ, Kevin, Howie, and Brian: Thank you for 25 years of amazing music, dance routines, and just for being yourselves. Thank you for opening your music lives to us, and I am so happy to say that I am a BSB fan for life. Thank you for the music boys, and here’s to 25 more years!”

“They all have been unbelievably kind in the past but there was one particular time that stands out the most. They were unknowingly staying at the same hotel I was. My friends and I were walking out of the hotel restaurant as they were leaving. I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth to tell my friends to look…all I could do was hit my friends arm. Nick saw my jaw drop and waved at me to come over. Every single one of them took their time to chat (and take selfies) with me even though they were being rushed into their car. Those few minutes made my day…and showed how much respect they have for their fans!”

“Thank you for sticking around and being here for us, we do appreciate you being here for 25 years and going strong.”

” I appreciate the backstreet boys in a lot of ways, they are so inspiring to so many fans. They are so humble & kind.”

“I want to shout out Brian who my sister and I ran into backstage in Alpharetta last year. Not only was he super sweet and took time out to talk to us and get a picture, but he was super kind when my sister accidentally spilled his drink on him when she went in for a hug. He laughed it off and had the biggest smile on his face. So thank you Brian for being your kind, humble self!”

“Since the very day I saw you performing We’ve got it goin’ on on TV I knew there was something special in you. I didn’t expect something so strong and beautiful though! An amazing adventure of a lifetime. You’re my big brothers. You’re really like family. You inspire me, support me and encourage me just thanks to your music and who you are. You help me bear my ups and downs. Your voices are delicious whirlwinds in my veins and I feel so good after listening to you. I’ve not had the chance to meet you but I hope one day I see you performing and have a meet and greet.

Thanks to you I overcame psychological violence which led me to drive again. So, thanks to you I won freedom. What a delicious feeling! Also, I still cling to my dream thanks to you : “what kind of work? Hard work”. So I work hard and try not to lose hope.

Thank you for all what you give to us. Thank you for inspiring us. I read comments of fans about other fans, all are so positive. Your fans are your image: love and respect.
I wanna kiss and hug you all. Proud of you. Proud to be a fan. KTBSPA!”

“Thank you so much for all of your beautifull music. To me it has been a lifesaver (litterally). Thank you for all the time you take out of your (family)lives to continue this rollercoaster ride and make all of is fans scream with Joy. Can’t wait to see and hear you live again.”

“Thank you guys so much! Your music has helped me through so much in life. When my grandpa passed away in 2000, Show Me (The Meaning of Being Lonely) helped me. Then when my granny died in 2011, Never Gone helped me. Thank y’all so much! I love y’all!”

“Ever since day 1 the boys have helped me through every rough and great situation I have had. From their songs (group or solo) to even their interviews. I love every song they have came out with and will continue to love them for years to come. Thank you for being there for me to listen to and see and dance to. KTBSPA!!”

“I have been your fan for 18 years, they have been years of great music and unforgettable moments. Each of your songs brings back beautiful memories, your music is my inspiration and my consolation in bad times.

During this time I have seen you grow as artists and as persons, and I can only say that I am very proud of you. One of my favorite things in the world is to see you happy, enjoying doing your work on stage and in the studio when you are recording new music.

Thank you for 25 years of dedication and passion, for the sacrifice that you make when you have to leave your families at home for going to make us happy. Thank you for every hour of work in the studio to creat the great songs that make us happy, thanks for every rehearsal to give us a great show, thank you for every smile, for every hug, for every I love you, for every handshake, for each photo that you share in Instagram, thank you for letting us be part of your life as you are of ours.
Just thanks for being so special as you are and for giving so much love to all the fans in the world. I love you very much, it’s a pleasure and an honor be your fan, lets go for more years together.”

— For The Fans —

“To the girl who was at the M&G in Vegas on July 28th, 2018 in group A and was crying after meeting the guys… I think she was the last of the group… girl, that’s the sprint of a true BSB fan… it moves me so much… I think it’s fantastic, I totally get you and KTBSPA!”

“My friend and I went to our first ever BSB show on August 11, and the I swear that the queue to get into the venue was so incredibly polite. (I go to librarian conferences, so I know a pleasant queue when I’m in one.) Everyone was absolutely on board with making sure that parties stayed together, and there were smiling faces all around. Then, after we found our seats, the young woman next to us was chatting with us and her response when we told her it was our first show after being longtime fans was an absolutely joyful “Oh! I am SO happy for you!” Since I’ve gone to shows for other artists where the die hard fans weren’t so nice, it was a pretty cool experience.”

“Thank you to my BSB family for always being there when I need you and GETTING IT. It being my love for the boys. And thanks for being calm and kind at events!”

“Thank you to the fans who do nice things for other fans. Like holding a spot in line and watching stuff while another fan goes to the bathroom. I saw a girl holding up a light over the portable toilet when we all camped out for GMA to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Fans offered each other water and food while waiting. Looking out for each other is something that unites us and will continue to unite us. Proud to be part of this fandom!”

— For The BSB Team —

“Having Kat on the BSB team has truly improved the customer experience. She is professional. She has phenomenal customer service skills. And she understands the fan experience (and what we want), which makes SUCH A DIFFERENCE. So thankful for Kat!”

“Thank you to Jess, Jen, and Kat for being so sweet to us!! Also all of the BSB bodyguards- you rock and we love you!”

— For The BSB Wives —

“Thank you for sharing your husbands with all of us. And thank you for the love you share with him. I’m just so happy each of the guys have found their special someone.”

“Just want to say thank you to the BsBWives for everything they do. Because everyone knows that behind every strong man is an even stronger women 😉 You ladies share your men with the whole world. You have to put up with so much crap from certain “fans”. We never say it enough, but thank you for making the boys better men because you you all. Thank you for making the boys so happy. And thank you for sharing your men with us everyday.”

“Lauren is always in Nick’s corner and defends him like a lioness. She has to fight the hardest against certain fans and I wish I just had half of that courage and strength she has!”

“Leighanne is such a sweetheart and always polite and tries to make you feel super special when you meet her. Thank you for sharing yor husband with all of us and thank you for knowing that we’re not all a bunch of crazies!”

— …And More! —

“I hope this is the right drop down lol I want to thank the Admins of What Happens on the Backstreet. I’m always updated on our boys and love reading everything that gets posted. You all rock!!!”

 

The Backstreet Boys Are Going To Change Your Life: A Letter To My Younger Fangirl Self

Most Backstreet Boys fans have a history. They can tell you where they were when they first heard them or how old they were when they became a fan. Some can tell you exactly how many concerts they’ve been to and some have lost count.

One thing remains the same – we never gave up on the Backstreet Boys and they never gave up on us. Being a fan has had it’s highs and lows for everyone, but hasn’t it been worth it? We think so.

This post is dedicated to the BSB fans who grew up (and are currently growing up) with a love for the Backstreet Boys, despite it being the “uncool” thing to do. No matter who you are or where you’re from, every one of you reading this are here because of the same band. How cool is that?

To my younger self, 

You have recently discovered a band of five young men and while a lot of your friends will move on in a few years, you’re going to feel a deeper connection and your loyalty will know no bounds. It started with five attractive guys who could really sing and dance, but it’ll turn into a love for the music, it’ll turn into a part of you, and then it’ll turn into a lot of memories, adventures, and a family.

Today, you might be sitting in class, excited for a new album release or to get home to watch the Backstreet Boys on TRL. Today, you might get made fun of because you are a huge fan of a boyband while everyone else has “moved on” to the next trend. You know what’s funny? Those who make fun of you today are going to be messaging you 15 years later, asking if you have an “in” to get them into the concert. Everything comes back around. You’re going to be so happy that you loved what you love without apology.

Because loving the Backstreet Boys and their music will turn into so much more than the Backstreet Boys and their music. 

It’s going to turn into adventures. It’s going to turn into the reason you apply for a passport and take your first cruise. It’s going to turn into flying across country for memories you won’t soon forget.

The Backstreet Boys’ music will get you through your first break up and other tough times. It will keep you up while you drive home after a late night out and when you drive to work early the next morning. It will be in the background of some of the best roadtrips you’ll ever take. It will become the soundtrack of your life.

Mostly, because you are a Backstreet Boys fan, you’re going to make some of the best friends that you wouldn’t have otherwise connected with and somewhere along the way, you’re going to realize that you have a whole other family. They’re going to understand you in the oddest ways and they’re going to have conversations that you can’t have with anyone else. Eventually, you’ll find a tribe of people who know everything about you and it’s all because you happened to be at the same concert together once upon a time.

And the Backstreet Boys themselves? They’re going to stick around, they’re going to continue to make good music, and you’ll even meet them (although it takes a few times before you can actually make sense). You may not continue to think they can do no wrong, but you do realize that they are all very much the kind, talented men you always thought they were. And the feeling you get right before they come out onstage? That’s not going to go away. You will ALWAYS scream like you do right now.

In short, Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick are going to change your life inadvertently. You may not be aware of it happening, but at some point, you’re going to sit back and think about it. You’ll think about the people who thought you were crazy and the times you thought maybe you WERE to old to be a fan. Mostly though, you’ll think about all of the amazing things, the incredible relationships, and the times you wouldn’t give back for anything. 

It’s going to be a good life. No matter what the NSYNC fans say. 

Love,

Your 2018 World-Traveling, Backstreet-Singing, Never-Lonely Self

 

10 Things That Happen When You’ve Been A Fan For More Than A Decade

1998. That’s the year that I became a Backstreet Boys fan, along with many of my friends. Some were fans before and some became fans after – the perk of having a band that’s stayed together for 25 years. Most of us could tell you a story about the moment it happened and some can narrow it done to a day and time.

But all of us can tell you that we’ve learned a LOT in our time as Backstreet Boys fans. There’s something about being a fangirl (or fanboy) that translates across generations though, no matter what band you chose to love for 10+ years. While most of our posts are BSB-centric, this is a rare general one to share the love, the bond, and our dirty little fangirl secrets (kind of).

Shout out to the ladies and gentlemen reading this who think, “wait…that’s not normal?”, because being a fan warps you a little… IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE.

1. We Know How To Wait Like A Champ.

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Waiting for an album.

Waiting for a meet and greet.

Waiting for the band outside a hotel / buses.

Waiting in the restroom line at a concert.

Let’s face it – most of our fan lives have consisted of waiting minutes, hours, days, months, years. By now, we are expert waiters and while we may not always like it, we are used to it. In fact, as much as we might hate waiting and think we’re terrible at it, we’re often shocked by how good we are in comparison to fresh fans.

2. Lines Are Inevitable.

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This falls in line with #1. If you’ve chosen the fangirl / fanboy life, it’s going to come with lines. We come equipped with things to do in line (sometimes blankets and food if it’s going to be a while) and some of our best friends have been made because we had to wait in a line.

3. We Don’t Believe It Until We See It.

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Our favorite boyband members get excited and sometimes blurt things out or have big dreams that leave their mouths and reach our ears before it’s actually a real plan. Therefore, we have learned to be wary of anything until it has a date, a time, and a zip code.

4. Storytime Is Our Favorite Time.

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NOTHING gets a fangirl going like the opportunity to share her stories of tour life, meet and greets, chance meetings, etc. and hearing others in return. Where else do you think we get our crazy ideas? If one of us did it, obviously we want to too!

5. It’s Never Not Weird If A Band Member Knows Us.

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Speaking for Backstreet fans, it does not matter how many times you’ve seen the Boys and how many times they’ve recognized you or know your name, it still rocks the 10 year old girl inside of you to. the. core.

6. No Matter How Old You Are, The Fangirl Monster Lives Inside You.

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You can be a wife, a CEO, a mom, or a grandmother and you’re still going to be shocked at the screams that come out of you the minute the lights go down at a concert, the second your favorite song starts playing, or the moment your favorite member is right in front of you onstage.

Sometimes the fangirl monster is more subtle. It’s the catch in your chest when their song plays at the grocery store or the laser focus you have when buying concert tickets. Whatever it may be, the monster never leaves you.

7. You’re Never Going To Be Happier Than You Are At A Concert.

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There are very few moments in your life that are going to give you the same high as the concert high. From the anticipation to the very moment is begins, it’s a type of euphoria you can’t explain to the people who have never been lucky enough to love a band like you are.

8. You Never Stop Trying To Force Them On Other People.

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Backstreet Boys albums for EVERYONE!! All of us are guilty of keeping track in our heads of how many people we’ve “converted” and secretly (or not) love every moment we catch a convert humming their songs or getting excited with us.

9. You’re Going To Have A Family That Isn’t Even Related To You.

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We call it a fan-mily. Our fan-mily members understand everything our regular family members may not, from post-concert depression to VIP addiction to concern over something no one else cares about. Along the way though, some fan-mily became our actually family. We celebrate birthdays together and go on vacations. We have the best of times and the worst of times. We’re there for each other because five men decided to form a band and perhaps that’s one of the greatest perks that no one tells you about.

10. Your Band Is Always Going To Be Your Safe Place.

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When someone asks why we’re going to see the same band over and over, it’s hard to explain, but in short, they’re our safe place. There are many reasons that we all became fans and remained fans for years and for a lot of us, it’s because the band never hurt us and the music healed us. The moments we get to share together – with the band and with our fan-mily – are some of our greatest memories, hours, and days of our lives. It doesn’t matter how old we are, if they show up, we’ll show up… because we owe them one (or 50). It’s an appreciation. It’s a peace. It’s our lives and it’s our band. We wouldn’t trade a minute.

What’s Happening On The Backstreet: An Update On The Backstreet Things You Need To Know (7/10/18)

There’s so much going on! We couldn’t be more excited that there is no lack of Backstreet activities lately, but it can be hard to keep up.

So, we’re bringing back the What’s Happening On The Backstreet Update posts… for your sanity and ours. Keep reading for all the things you need to know this week! We will keep this post updated until next week then make a new one when more things need to be said.

Here we go…

  • The FINAL BSBVegas dates have been announced! All GREAT things must come to an end, so if you aren’t seeing the Boys’ Vegas show in July, August, October, November, February or April, you are probably going to be out of luck.
    • The Fan Club Presale begins tomorrow (Wednesday, July 11th) at 10am PST for tickets and VIP Meet and Greet packages.
    • Tickets and VIP Meet and Greets are on sale to the general public on Friday, July 13th at 10am PST
    • You can find detailed information here. Please remember that you can ONLY purchase Meet and Greets through backstreetboys.com.
    • Find all of our BSB Vegas related FAQ, reviews, and posts here.
  • Nick is performing a few shows in South America!
    • All dates and VIP Meet and Greets are on sale except for Buenos Aires. You can find the dates, tickets and VIP here.
    • Rio will be having a fan event rather than a show. Get details here.
  • AJ and Howie will be at Wales Comic Con in December!
    • Buy tickets here
    • Photo Ops are available here
    • Stay tuned for more guest announcements 😉
  • The Backstreet Boys will be performing on Good Morning America on Friday, July 13th!
    • Tune in to ABC and check your local listings for times. They usually perform multiple times throughout the show.
  • If you missed the Boys on Fallon or TRL, watch the highlights here.