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The Friday Five: Boyband Draft

It’s boyband week over at Billboard.com, AKA the greatest thing ever.  Every week should be boyband week.  In honor of the occasion, Billboard staffers held a fantasy boyband draft, assembling their dream teams.  For this week’s Friday Five, we decided to get in on the fun and do our own boyband draft and create 2 super boybands: J5 and *Big Time Boys on the Block°.  The only rules were that you can’t pick 2 members from the same band.  Check out our picks and vote for your favorite!

Team A: J5 (JC, Joey, James, Jeff and Jesse)

JC Chasez
One of the greatest male vocalists, ever.  He can still hit ALL the notes, and he hasn’t aged a day since “Bye Bye Bye.”

Joey McIntyre
Just watch this performance from The Main Event Tour, and you’ll know why Joey is the MVP of any boyband.  Those vocals.  Those moves.  Those abs.

James Maslow
We knew James was a national treasure during Big Time Rush’s run, but he further proved it in his run to the final 3 of “Dancing With The Stars.”   Enjoy.

Jeff Timmons
Jeff has had the most uh, interesting post-boyband career.  He brings the moves for sure.  Fun fact we somehow just discovered: He was part of a “man band” on VH1 called “Sureshot” with Chris Kirkpatrick, Rich Cronin and Bryan Abrams in 2007.

Jesse McCartney
The most underrated former boyband member (Dreamstreet!).  His last single, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” and the accompanying video (where J Mac basically leads his own boyband) have not gotten nearly enough love.

Team B: *Big Time Boys on the Block°

Nick Carter
Nick has had his struggles in the past but he overcame them and continues to BRING IT every night on stage giving 110% during every show.  He also likes to make up his own moves on stage which is always A+ in my book.

Donnie Wahlberg
Do you watch NKOTV every week on A&E?  NO??  You should.  It’s the greatest night for television and you’ll see why Donnie Wahlberg is my top pick for boyband.  He knows how to treat the fans, he’s great to his wife (secret fangirl: Jenny McCarthy) and his family.  Plus – watch this video for further proof of A+ boybanding.

Nick Lachey
Another former boyband member who has a TV show about his own restaurant (“Raising The Bar” on A&E every Wednesday night.)  Let’s face it, Nick Lachey was the best looking member of 98* and he’s been the most successful – aside from Jeff Timmons’ stripper revue.

Kendall Schmidt
Kendall has seamlessly transitioned into boyband member to acoustic singer-songwriter while not alienating any fans from either end of the spectrum.  He’s got a good voice, and whether he wants to admit it or not – this boy can DANCE!  Plus, he’s got great hair.

Joey Fatone
He appeared on Hannah Montana, dancing with the stars, various food critic reality shows, and he’s still the most underrated member of *N SYNC.  Let’s not forget that Joey was also in “On The Line” with Lance.

The Friday Five: *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached” Turns 15!

This week mark’s the 15th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of all time – *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached.” We have fond memories of pre-ordering the CD at Sam Goody, running to the mall after school the day it came out to pick it up. And of course, you weren’t cool unless you brought the album with you the next day and fangirled over the pictures of your favorite (JC and Lance) in the CD booklet! In honor of this momentous occasion, here are our favorite songs from “No Strings Attached.”  We recommend celebrating by watching *NSYNC: Live from Madison Square Garden and dancing along.

1. “Bye Bye Bye”
Everything about this song is amazing. The dance moves, the video, that note JC hits?

2. “It’s Gonna Be Me”
The origin of *NSYNC’s signature slow lean and pop.

3. “I Thought She Knew”
*NSYNC were known for their moves and style, but this track proved they could SING. We get chills every time we listen to it. If we ever get to hear this live (Which we will because a reunion tour will happen.) we will be in tears.

4. “It Makes Me Ill”
Don’t you feel awesome when you can sing along to that quick verse at the beginning?

5. “Digital Get Down”
Basically, *NSYNC sang about Face Time before it was even a thing.

Bonus: “Space Cowboy” feat. Lisa Left Eye Lopes
Yes, they rode mechanical bulls during this song on tour.

Bonus #2: “Just Got Paid”
MONEY MONEY MONEY

The Friday Five: *NSYNC Videos

It’s tearing up our hearts that an *NSYNC reunion hasn’t happened yet.  But we are never giving up hope.  Especially since the band members are all still friends – Lance revealed on Watch What Happens Live that the guys have a group text and talk almost every day. (!!!!)  Last night, E! aired a special on Lance Bass’ wedding to Michael Turchin.  It was a beautiful ceremony, and a historic moment, and we’re so glad that Lance and Michael shared with us all.  Oh, and how amazing was it seeing Joey and JC?  (Chris was there too but we only caught a brief glimpse of him)  We’re still fangirling over JC’s role as the “wedding singer.”  He hasn’t aged a day (sorry Justin, but he was always our fave), and it reminded us just how much we need to see JC, and the rest of the guys, on stage again.

So while we wait for that reunion tour announcement (seriously, the amount we would be willing to pay for tickets to that tour increases daily), watch our favorite *NSYNC videos and try not to drive yourself crazy wanting them back.

1. “I Drive Myself Crazy”
We used to re-enact this video, which we had recorded on a VHS tape.  So many great moments:  Lance and his flowers.  Justin’s hair.  JC’s eyes (swoon)

2. “Bye Bye Bye”
We voted for this video on TRL EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.   If you claim to not know the “Bye Bye Bye” dance, you are lying.
 

3. “Pop”
All that matters is that you recognize that’s it’s just about RESPECT!
 

4. “It’s Gonna Be Me”
The video that launched the signature “lean and pop” move (now replicated by the one-man boyband Austin Mahone)
 

5. “I Want You Back”
We prefer the European version of the video, which takes place in space, and has the guys in tight tops and baggy waggy pants.
 

BONUS: “U Drive Me Crazy”
Another European video.  Just watch it, we can’t even explain.
 

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!

Austin Mahone Premieres “MMM Yeah” Music Video

Fresh off his first headlining tour, Austin Mahone premiered the music video for his latest single “MMM Yeah,” featuring Pitbull.  We’re a little bummed that there is less choreography than usual (because the kid can DANCE!) but it’s a great video nonetheless.  Check it out below!

And does the video set remind anyone else of *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye?”  Or is that just our uncanny ability to relate anything to *NSYNC?   We’re calling it another Mahone boy band throwback either way.  Keep it up!

Be sure to follow Austin on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.  And follow *NSYNC and Secret Fangirls while you’re at it!

Justin Timberlake Performs “Gone” in Sunrise, Florida During The 20/20 Experience World Tour

Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour hit the BB&T Arena in Sunrise, Florida on March 4th, where he surprised everyone with a solo version of *NSYNC’s classic, “Gone.”  He introduced the song by giving a shout out to his former band mate and boyband brother, Chris Kirkpatrick, who actually spent a few weeks on tour with JT, in an “aaaaww” worthy speech.  So.  Much.  Love.

So why did Justin pick this occasion to perform “Gone?”  Up until the brief (but AMAZING) *NSYNC reunion at the 2013 VMA’s at the Barclays Center, the BB&T Arena was the site of the last formal *NSYNC concert.  Justin must have been feeling the nostalgia, and played the song in honor of their last show.  (We wish he had sang this at Madison Square Garden too!!!)

We’re taking all of this as good signs of a possible future reunion – the fact that JT is even now acknowledging his boy band past, and the fond memories he had with his band mates, is a GOOD SIGN!!  We’re never giving up hope.  It’ll happen.  One day.

And we love that Chris Kirkpatrick has been on tour with him for the last few shows – maybe a practice run for their next tour, when they’ll bring along Lance, JC, and Joey?