We’ve been fangirling hard waiting for the premiere “Dead 7,” the zombie movie written by Nick Carter, starring members of *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, O-Town and 98 Degrees. And it just got even better. Nick, Howie Dorough, and AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys; Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone of *NSYNC; Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees; and Erik-Michael Estrada from O-Town joined forces to record a song for the soundtrack.
The movie premieres this Friday, April 1st at 8pm on SyFy, from the people who brought you “Sharknado.” AKA this is already the best movie of 2016 and you better be tuned in on Friday night. Listen to “In The End” from the movie below!
Download the track for free here! We can only hope this is just the first time that these boybands will join forces!
Be sure to follow Secret Fangirls on Twitter for updates and live tweets from the movie!
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)
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.”
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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!
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.
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!
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.
Had a blast these last few weeks on tour with @jtimberlake! Big thanks to everyone working on the tour for making us feel welcome!
It’s been an amazing couple of years for boyband aficionados such as ourselves. It all started when NKOTBSB (that’s New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, duh) announced they would be joining forces for a tour in 2011 (arguably the best tour of our entire lives). The next year, 98 Degrees reunited! We still aren’t sure if the t-shirt we got at their Mixtape Festival show has a picture taken in 2002 or 2012. They’ve aged EXTREMELY well. And of course 2013 brought us the Package Tour: NKOTB, 98 Degrees, AND Boyz II Men. What more could a boyband fangirl ask for? Well then we got the greatest gift of all: NSYNC REUNITING AT THE VMAs (yes, we have to write this in all caps every time we mention it, because OMG!) We should actually thank Big Time Rush for all of these boyband reunions, because they brought boybands back. Alright?
While we impatiently wait for that NSYNC reunion tour, which unfortunately doesn’t look possible for this summer as Justin Timberlake will still be out on his 20/20 Experience World Tour, we thought about which OTHER boybands could reunite in 2014 to fill the void…
1. 5ive – They were the original Simon Cowell boyband. Their first single, “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” debuted at number 10 in the UK, but had little success in the United States. Their second single, “When The Lights Go Out” was certified Gold in 1998. They made a few bad decisions along the way, like turning down a song called “Bye Bye Bye…”
Who can forget their iconic choreographed dance scene cameo in Disney’s “Smart House”
2. 2ge+her – Okay, so they were created as a joke but they’re still iconic in boyband history. We still find ourselves breaking out into their hit song “U + Me = Us (Calculus)”
Remember when they were on Even Stevens? Pretty sure “Back Here” was also played on every single WB show.
Apparently, this is already actually happening. They recently launched a Twitter page and keep hinting at future music.
We wanted to share the official music video here, because it’s amazing, but someone has managed to faceblock it from the internet. In summary: the boys bring a boom box to the laundromat and dance around in their muscle tanks.
6. Dream Street
Otherwise known as the Lyte Funky Ones, they made it impossible for a generation to say “Abercrombie & Fitch” without thinking of this song. (or is that just us?)
8. The Original Menudo
with Ricky Martin. If you’re into these pants, you can buy them now at American Apparel! In the women’s department.
We’ve actually never heard of them before, but this is an amazing name, so yes.
10. The Moffatts
This band has FOUR brothers!
11. S Club 7
This isn’t strictly a boyband, but they are still awesome. Remember their show on ABC Family?
But really, WE JUST WANT AN *NSYNC REUNION!! Please?