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Nick and Knight Premiere “One More Time!”

This news still sounds almost too good to be true:  As we told you back in April, Nick Carter and Jordan Knight are teaming up for a joint album and tour this fall.  Nick & Knight just released the lead single from the album, which is due out September 2nd.   Listen to “One More Time” below!  And just remember that this is Nick Carter and Jordan Knight SINGING A DUET.

You can download “One More Time” on iTunes now! The album is also available for pre-order at NickandKnight.com.

Tickets to the tour are on sale now, and trust us, you don’t want to miss this one!  Based on our professional fangirl opinion, Nick and Jordan are the ones that consistently BRING IT each night on stage.   They add their own flair to the choreography, and aren’t afraid to get down and move it all around.  And we can’t wait to see what will happen on stage when they team up!

Be sure to follow Secret Fangirls & Nick and Knight on Twitter for more updates!

Boyz II Men to Perform on “FOX & Friends” All American Summer Concert Series June 20th!

Calling all 90s fangirls!  You’re going to want to tune into “FOX & Friends” this Friday morning, June 20th, because Boyz II Men are performing as part of their All American Summer Concert Series!  Or if you’re in NYC, head over to the Fox News Channel Plaza, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, by 7AM to watch the show in person!

Boyz II Men will perform some of their classic hits, as well as songs off of their upcoming album, “Collide.”  We’re hoping they do a little East Coast swag and play “Motown Philly” and of course, “End of the Road!”    We saw Boyz  II Men on The Package Tour with New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees last summer, and after all this time they’ve still got the right stuff.  (Yes we’re mixing boy band analogies.  It’s our blog).

Be sure to follow Boyz II Men, FOX & Friends & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

The Friday Five: Legit Modern Day Boy Bands

As we’ve written before, there seems to be a lot of confusion in the media as to who is a boy band and who’s not.  We prefer to use boy band in the original sense of the word, like the originals New Edition and New Kids on the Block. You can even consult the dictionary: a boy band is a group of young men who sing in harmonies and DANCE!   Here are some of our favorites!

1. Big Time Rush – “Boyfriend”
Big Time Rush doesn’t get enough credit for bringing boy bands back into fashion. Before their show premiered in2009 we had all been living in a sad boy band less world for years. True BSB have been going strong for over 20 years, but we hadn’t seen any NEW boy bands since the golden era in the early 2000s, when a new band seemed to emerge every week.   BTR has the moves, looks and harmonies of a classic boy band. Now that they are in the “I’m just going into space / I’m just going to record this solo project, probably no one will hear it” phase of their band, we are hoping that they reunite for at least one more tour.  They keep saying it ain’t over!  We love their mashup of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” with their song of the same name.  Complete with a hat dance!

2. Titanium – “Unarmed”
AKA New Zealand’s first boy band!  The deprived nation held a rigorous competition, which included a boy band boot camp, to find the 6 members of the band.  They’ve even written songs with BTR members Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson. There were rumors of a joint Big Time Rush & Titanium tour  for a while, and we’d just like to put in a formal request to make that happen.

3. Midnight Red – “Hell Yeah”
They call themselves America’s boy band, and with good reason.   They have harmonies that melt you, and have done solid covers like “Diamonds” by Rihanna and even NKOTB’s “Step by Step!”  They got the ultimate boy band seal of approval when NKOTBSB recruited them to open for their tour, making Midnight Red officially a part of the boy band posse.   And we’re sure they wouldn’t back down to a dance off with BSB! (Can we have this? Thanks!)

4. Phase V – “Not a Bad Thing”
One of the newest boy bands on the block, is the self described Urban-Pop boy band. They’ve posted covers of “Not a Band Thing” by Justin Timberlake, which we’ve always said was meant for a 5 part harmony, and “Drop It” by Trevor Jackson.  We hear they’re working on an *NSYNC cover as we speak and we can’t wait!   We love that these guys dance and stay true to the boy band genre and are looking forward to hearing more from them!

5. To Be One – “Please Don’t Go Girl”
The Jordan Knight approved boy band sampled NKOTB’s hit “Please Don’t Go Girl” in their original song of the same name.   Jordan said it best when he told MTV “finally a boy band that dances!  And the hook is darn good too!”

The Friday Five: Our Favorite “Dancing With the Stars” Contestants

In honor of Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale, and our man James Maslow making it  to the finals, for this week’s Friday Five we’re looking back at our favorite DWTS contestants!

1. James Maslow
We cannot say enough good things about James, and are so happy to see him in the finals! He’s consistently improved week after week, and is such a passionate performer.  We’re glad everyone can see what us Big Time Rush fans have known all along!  Now if James could just take his new dance skills on the road on another BTR tour…

2. Lance Bass
The last time we were this invested in DWTS was the season of Lance Bass and Cody Linley in 2008.  We’ll never forget Lance’s iconic Jitterbug, where he lost his shoe in the finals but still managed to come in 3rd place!  (He should have won)

3. Cody Simpson
Oh, Cody.  You left way too early, but at least we got this “Surfboard” dance before you went!  We’re looking forward to seeing him back on the finale – we hear he’s been working on something amazing.

4. Joey McIntyre
Boy band members make the BEST contestants.  They have the moves, know how to charm a crowd, and have fangirl voting power.  We welcome any and all current and former boy band members to join the cast.  (Other former DWTS boy banders include Joey Fatone and Drew Lachey)

5. Aaron Carter
Aaron oh Aaron, what are we going to do with you?  Partner Karina Smirnoff managed to keep Aaron focused enough to make it to week 8!  He’s definitely got the moves and made each dance fun to watch.

Bonus: Cody Linley

And in case you were wondering what Cody Linley has been up to since DWTS, he released a single called “Breathe” in 2010.  You’re welcome.

O-Town Is Reuniting & Going On Tour

We’ve been the lamenting the lack of a boy band reunion in 2014, after recent years that brought us NKOTBSB, 98 Degrees, and even an *NSYNC reunion for a brief but glorious moment at the VMAs last year!  After much speculation, O-Town announced they will be reuniting for a tour and album this fall!  Unfortunately the bands’ most famous member, Ashley Parker Angel, appears to have better things to do and won’t be part of this.

While O-Town was never a priority in our boy band fangirling days, who doesn’t remember their single “Liquid Dreams?” Looking back, we aren’t sure why this song was played at middle school dances, but it was a huge Top 10 single for America’s 5th most popular boy band.  Watch the video below and enjoy having it stuck in your head for the rest of the day!

The reunion comes 10 years after the bands’ breakup, and O-Town is calling the reunion a “new beginning.” The band started thinking of a reunion just for the fun of it, to give fans a chance to see them perform old songs, and it ended up sparking new ideas and developing into new music. We’re hoping that *NSYNC felt some of this in their reunion last year, and are secretely working on new music as well! (Remember Justin Timberlake is a master of recording in secret. It can be done).

O-Town Fall 2014 Tour Dates
November 4th – Irving Plaza – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
November 5th – The Paramount – Huntington, NY – Buy Tickets
November 6th – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ – Buy Tickets
November 7th – The Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJ – Buy Tickets
November 9th – Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets

Follow O-TownSecret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight Announce Joint Album & Tour, Nick & Knight!

As we’ve said before, Good Morning America gets all of the important fangirl announcements!  This morning, Nick Carter and Jordan Knight stopped by to drop huge news:  they recorded an album together, Nick & Knight, and are going on tour this fall!

The album will be released on September 2nd.  Pre-orders are up now at NickandKnight.com, and you’ll receive a digital download of their first single “Just The Two of Us” instantly!

We’ve seen collabs from within boybands before (such as Jordan Knight’s “Stingy” feat Donnie Wahlberg), but this is the first cross-boyband duo in history.  Since NKOTBSB was pretty much the greatest thing that has ever happened in the history of boybands, we are beyond thrilled for Nick & Knight!

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 2nd at 10am local time.  And don’t forget NKOTBSB are a close knit bunch – you never know who could stop by your show!  When we saw Jordan Knight in NYC, Donnie Wahlberg & Jonathan Knight stopped by.

Nick & Knight Fall 2014 Tour Dates
9/15 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
9/17 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
9/19 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
9/20 – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
9/21 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
9/23 – Folly Theater – Kansas City, MO
9/24 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
9/26 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
9/28 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
9/30 – Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
10/1 – Byham Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
10/3 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
10/4 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/5 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/8 – Emerson Colonial – Boston, MA
10/10 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
10/11 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/12 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/14 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
10/15 – Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
10/17 – SoundStage – Baltimore, MD
10/18 – The National – Richmond, VA
10/19 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
10/21 – Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
10/22 – Revolution – Miami, FL
11/4 – Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
11/5 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
11/7 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
11/9 -Orpheum – Phoenix, AZ
11/11 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/13 – House Of Blues – Las Vegas
11/14 – House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
11/15 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
11/18 – The Regency – San Francisco, CA
11/20 – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
11/21  -Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
11/22 – Flames – Central Calgary, AB

Be sure to follow Nick & Knight and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

 

Backstreet Boys vs *NSYNC Feud in 2014: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Back in the late 90s and early aughts, the Backstreet Boys vs *NSYNC feud was a very real thing. Across the world, middle school girls everywhere (OK and elementary, high school and college..) pledged their allegiance to one boy band, and one alone. This was even more serious than choosing a faction in Divergent. Did you prefer JT’s crunchy bleached curls? Or Nick’s platinum bowl cut?   It was one or the other, you couldn’t have both.

We always (not so) secretly loved both bands. If anyone asked it was all about *NSYNC, but we loved Backstreet just as much and still do. I guess you could say that we are Divergent: we are simply not made to love just one boy band. Each group offered something different: where would we be without JC hitting that note in “Bye Bye Bye?”   And Nick in “I Want It That Way?”

We loved *NSYNC’s dance moves and swag (it takes guts to pull off a down vest filled with cash and silver lipstick) and Backstreet Boys harmonies and over the top music videos.

But it’s not 1999 anymore, it’s 2014.  Can’t we all just get along?  There is more than enough boy band love to go around!

You can catch Backstreet Boys on their In a World Like This Tour across North America this summer, as well as Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 World Tour!  And you know we are never giving up hope for that *NSYNC reunion tour…

Be sure to follow *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and each and every boy band that is your fire and one true desire on Twitter for more updates!

Fangirl Book Club: Out of Sync by Lance Bass

After the *NSYNC reunion at the VMAS (our favorite moment of 2013!) we couldn’t get enough of them. Thanks to YouTube, the Disney *NSYNC special is easily found, as is their Madison Square Garden concert (although we have that one on DVD) and this video which was released only in Europe, “Drive Me Crazy.”

Which led us to finally reading Lance Bass’ memoir, the perfectly titled “Out of Sync.” This book is a must read for any *NSYNC fan, as it reveals much about the boys’ climb to fame, the truth about that Backstreet Boys feud, and how Lance managed to handle screaming girls throwing themselves at him every night (easy: he just wasn’t interested).

Here’s what we learned from reading.

1. The Backstreet Boys vs *NSYNC feud was totally fake and orchestrated by Lou Pearlman, who would make up things to tell each band. (“Chris Kirpatrick said AJ McLean couldn’t sing!”)

2. Lance Bass once ripped up a $100,000 check and walked out of a meeting. Why? They’d had the number one album for weeks and had been touring non stop yet Pearlman was keeping most of the profits for himself as the “sixth member of the band.”

3. Lance went through a LOT of training to go into space. For starters, he had voluntary heart surgery to fix a minor problem. He also spent months learning rocket science in Russia, meaning he had to go through all of his training in Russian. Now, THAT’S dedication!!

4. Unfortunately due to networks pulling out and taking away funding (“it just wouldn’t look good for our sponsors if you died”) and JT’s continual delays of the bands’ reunion as he worked on his solo album, Lance never made it to space. We’re hoping now that space tourism is a thing, he’ll finally get the chance to go!

5. Chris and JT were the biggest ladies men on the road.

6.  Before *NSYNC, JT and JC, who knew each other from the Mickey Mouse Club, were working on a project as a duo when they got a call from Chris Kirkpatrick.  (Can this still happen?)

7.  We can all thank Chris Kirkpatrick for getting rejected from the Backstreet Boys and going on to form *NSYNC.

Grab your copy on Amazon today!  While you impatiently wait for that *NSYNC reunion, be sure to check out Justin Timberlake on tour!

Throwback Thursday: Iconic Late 90s Videos

There is no denying that the 90s are back in a big way this year.  We’ve seen more flannel shirts, Doc Martens, crop tops and floral platform sneakers than we have in years.  We are 90s girls, so the music of this time period will always hold a special place in our hearts, especially the videos we remember watching and calling in to vote for on TRL.  Remember when MTV played music?

Check out our list of the most iconic videos of the late 90s .. Who would you vote for on TRL today?

1.  All the Small Things – Blink 182

2.  I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys

3. Oops I Did it Again – Britney Spears

4. Give it To You – Jordan Knight

5. Heartbreaker – Mariah Carey feat. Jay Z

6. Bye Bye Bye – *NSYNC

7. The Boy is Mine – Brandy & Monica

8.  The Real Slim Shady – Eminem

9. Because of You  – 98 Degrees

10. Bawitdaba – Kid Rock

The Fangirl Handbook #2: Meeting the Band

Time for part 2 of The Fangirl Handbook! In part 1, we reviewed the proper concert etiquette. Now let’s discuss how to meet the band! Thanks to social media and companies like VIP Nation, it’s become easier than ever to meet your favorite celebs. Meeting your favorite band or celebrity is something you’ll remember forever – both the good and the bad.  There are two scenarios to the meet and greet:

1. How You Think the Meet & Greet Will Go:
Your favorite band member is so taken by your beauty, wit, and that perfect outfit you planned that they spend hours talking to you as if no one else is in the room.  You get to have a full, intelligent conversation with each member of the band, and then take the perfect meet and greet photo which you can instantly share.

2. What the Meet & Greet is Actually Like:
You are in a line with approximately 500 other people. You overhear a security guard complain that they are running behind. Venue staff are panicking because doors open in 45 minutes and they’ve got to corral thousands of screaming girls into the venue. Instructions are being yelled at you, usually some variation of “no touching, no cell phones, no cameras, no autographs” as you make your way towards that moment you’ve been dreaming of. You can finally see them in the distance! This is your chance! Based on how quickly the line is moving, you calculate you will have about 15 seconds, 20 if you’re lucky. Panic sets in. You’re next! What do you say? His eyes are more beautiful than you remember from the hi-res photos you found on Tumblr. You barely manage to get out a “hello” before you feel yourself being pushed between your least favorite boys. Security yells at you to turn around for your picture, and voila your moment is over. You didn’t even make it down the line to say hi to your favorite!!  Six days go by, and you STILL don’t have that priceless meet and greet photo, which you’re sure by now is a total disaster.

We’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of our favorite bands before, here is some of our advice to make the most of it (for you and everyone else involved).

DOs and DON’Ts of Meeting the Band.

DO:

  • Be polite.
  • Stay calm.
  • Talk to them! You might not get the chance again.
  • Ask for a picture if you can. A picture says 1000 words.
  • Have an idea of what you want to say in advance. Usually you will get just a couple of minutes (even seconds) and having something in mind keeps you from freezing up or worse rambling incoherently at them.
  • Give them a chance to talk too!
  • Thank them! They do not have to be standing around for hours taking pictures and meeting hundreds of people. Not everyone does.
  • Introduce yourself. It may be your FAVORITE BAND MEMBER OF ALL TIME OMG but they are people too. Think of meeting them like you would any other person. This helps with remaining calm.
  • Be nice to them. We shouldn’t have to say this, but you would be surprised.
  • Have your camera ready! You will have very limited time, so don’t waste any digging in your purse for your camera!
  • Be kind to other fans and help each other out! (Again, we shouldn’t have to say this). Remember, we’re all in this together!
  • Follow directions. If security says no hugging, then just don’t do it. They have rules for a reason, whether you like them or not. You don’t want to be that person that gets escorted out.

DON’T:

  • Scream in their face. Would you like a random stranger running up to you screaming in your face? No? Then don’t do it to them.
  • Scream as soon as they enter your line of vision. You are both taking time away from someone else, and scaring the band.
  • Touch them inappropriately. (Yes, we’ve seen this happen.) Just generally don’t touch the talent.  As we were told on TRL however, the talent can (and will) do whatever they want.
  • Jump on them. They see you. They know you are excited. You don’t need to physically attack them to show this.
  • Ask for more than one photo. If your first photo turned out, there is no need to ask for a “selfie!”. Use the extra time to chat with them – you already have 1 photo, enjoy your brief time!
  • Twerk. Ever. Just stop. It’s not cute.
  • Say rude things to them. Don’t like his girlfriend? Keep it to yourself.
  • Bring embarrassing or inappropriate photos for them to sign, or bring up uncomfortable topics. This should be self explanatory. Don’t do it, it’s not funny or cute. It’s just plain rude.
  • Attack them before they’ve gotten out of the car/off stage/etc. Just calm down. They see you. They are more than happy to meet you if you are calm and nice, but will get scared if you suddenly jump on them and start twerking and asking for selfies.
  • Push/shove other fans out of the way, or use people’s heads as a tripod. Once the pushing starts, they will get scared and leave…as would any sane person. And you’re ruining the experience for someone else.

We hope this list of Do’s and Don’ts help prepare you for the next time you get the chance to see your favorite boy band on tour! Check out VIP Nation for upcoming tour info.

(Feature photo from Backstreet Boys “I Want it That Way“)