The Backstreet Boys (sometimes referred to as BSB) are an American boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. They rose to fame with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys (1996). In the following year, they released their second international album, Backstreet's Back (1997) and their debut album in the United States which continued the group's success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with their album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000).
The group consist of five young men A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, and Kevin Richardson, who took the world by storm in 1995, and two years later became an international phenomenon. They sold over eleven million records worldwide, had four Top Ten singles, and sold out concert venues in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. In 1996 they were awarded the MTV Europe Viewers Choice Award, beating out acts like Oasis and Spice Girls as European favorites. Their popularity grew uncontrollably everywhere except in their home country, the United States. It wasn't until 1997 that America heard its first Backstreet Boys album—two years after the rest of the world—and the band launched a tour in an effort to conquer their own country.
The band got their start in Orlando, Florida, in the early 1990s. By that time both Disney and MGM studios had established high profiles and were providing lots of work in movies and commercials. Two high school students, A. J. McLean and Howie Dorough, and junior high schooler Nick Carter started running into each other at auditions. They discovered a common interest in singing and soon they were harmonizing together a cappella whenever they had breaks. After a while they decided to form a group, but felt they needed were two more voices to add range and depth to their sound. Through a friend they discovered Kevin Richardson, who was singing in a show at Disney World. Richardson suggested his cousin, Brian Littrell, who was living in Kentucky at the time. Phone calls were made and Littrell agreed to move down to Florida. With the line-up set they adopted the name Backstreet Boys, after Orlando's Backstreet Market, a popular hangout for the city's teens.
They started singing a cappella covers of their favorite songs by groups like Boyz II Men, Shai, and Color Me Badd. Then, they found managers Johnny and Donna Wright. Johnny had been the Road Manager for the New Kids on the Block. "Before I saw them perform I wasn't sure if I wanted to get involved," Donna told Billboard. "The New Kids had just finished up two years prior. But hearing them sing just gave me chills running from the back of my heels to the top of my head. I felt like we really had something here." The Wright's company, Wright Stuff Management, developed a strategy to help the Backstreet Boys perfect their showmanship and musicianship while raising visibility among potential fans. They booked them at junior high and high schools as well as at theme parks. The teenage fans shared the Wrights' initial suspicions about Backstreet Boys. Kevin Richardson told Billboard "You could tell they were thinking 'What is this, the second coming of the New Kids on the Block?' But once we started singing a cappella and showing them we could really sing, we won them over every time."
Eventually the Wrights got the group booked as openers for veteran acts with a "family" audience, like REO Speedwagon, Kenny G and the Village People. The turning point came in 1994, when Donna Wright had been begging David McPherson, an executive at Jive Records, to give Backstreet Boys a listen. She called McPherson from a Backstreet Boys' show in Cleveland and simply held the phone up. When McPherson played his messages the next day he could hear the sounds of fanatically screaming kids, and soon afterward, Jive signed Backstreet Boys on.
Their single called "We've Got It Goin' On," first released in 1995, did not live up to expectations in the United States, getting no higher than 65 on Billboards Top 100. But it exploded onto the charts in Germany, and from there Backstreet Boys mania spread throughout Europe. The "boy group" craze already had a foothold in Europe, providing Backstreet Boys with a ready made audience. "We used the success in Germany as a springboard and brought them over to do shows right off the bat. Once that happened, the whole European market opened up." McPherson told Billboard.
From Europe the Backstreet Boys' popularity spread throughout the world—Japan, Australia, Canada, Southeast Asia. Their first album, Backstreet Boys, released in April 1996, sold over eleven million copies and was certified platinum in 26 different countries. Backstreet Boys: The Video was also a number-one seller in Canada for three months. The group toured overseas for 18 months and their concerts recalled the days of High Beatlemania, complete with crowds of crazed teenage girls, narrow escapes out back windows, and screams so loud the music was barely audible. At home in Florida, foreign fans wait in the parking lots outside the apartment houses where the Backstreet Boys live, hoping for autographs. German fans have torn up their lawns for a blade or two of souvenir grass. Yet back in Orlando, the Backstreet Boys pass everywhere in the city unrecognized.
In 1997 the United States was the final frontier for the Backstreet Boys. As 1998 approached and the band prepared for its second U.S. tour, it was looking forward to seeing whether America had taken to them to the degree everyone else had. "I think the (U.S.) market is more ready for a group like us now," Howie Dorough told USA Today. "I think at the time we released our first record, alternative, grunge and urban were hot. Now we feel that pop music is starting to come back a little bit." Their album was finally released in the United States in August 1997, nearly a year and a half after the rest of the world heard it for the first time. They included some of their newer songs on the American version, songs that were used on their second international album, Back-street's Back. Jive promoted the album heavily, concentrating on its key female audience. Free Backstreet Boys cassettes were distributed with J.C. Penney makeup, at cheerleader camps, and with books in the teen romance series, "Love Stories." "The Backstreet Boys have made a great choice in selecting their music. When you listen to it you'll know why they are probably going to be the next new thing," wrote Christina Psoros, a 12-year-old reviewer for Newsday.
Combining their international singles with new tracks (which also formed the centerpiece of that year's European-only album Backstreet's Back), the American Backstreet Boys finally began their rise to U.S. success, scoring hits with the singles "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" and "As Long as You Love Me" (the former of which went platinum). The album continued to spin off hits into 1999, with "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "I'll Never Break Your Heart," and "All I Have to Give" all landing on the charts; both the former and the latter were platinum Top Five hits, and the album ended up with sales of over 13 million copies. In the meantime, the group saw its share of turmoil; Littrell underwent surgery in early 1998 to correct a congenital heart defect, and the Boys became embroiled in lawsuits against Pearlman and the rest of their management over royalties for most of the rest of the year. When the dust settled, Pearlman remained the group's manager (though the rest of the team was fired), and the Boys began work on their follow-up album.
Millennium was released in the summer of 1999, and debuted at number one with first-week sales of over a million copies. Despite the fact that no singles were officially released from the album in the U.S., "I Want It That Way," "Larger Than Life," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," and "The One" all hit the charts based on airplay alone. The group released its Christmas Album before the end of the year, by which time Millennium was well on its way to sales of 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. Once again striking immediately after their previous album stopped producing hits, Backstreet Boys issued Black & Blue in fall 2000.
A tour supported the album, but after 7 years of non-stop touring and recording, the band agreed it was time for a break. Brian Littrell became a father while Kevin Richardson tried his hand at Broadway and took a starring role in the musical Chicago. Nick Carter released his solo album Now or Never in 2002, Howie Dorough did charity work for the Dorough Lupus Foundation in honor of the sister he had lost to the disease, and A.J. McLean made headlines with his stint in rehab. In 2004 the band rejoined and began work on a new album. The result, Never Gone, was released in June of 2005. However, on June 23, 2006, it was announced that Richardson had left the Backstreet Boys to pursue other interests. Following Richardson's departure, the group was suggested to change their name to Backstreet, but they decided against it. They also turned down an offer to star in a reality show to find a new member and offers from artists who had expressed interest in replacing Richardson, such as Sam Licata and former 'N Sync member Joey Fatone, stating that they weren't planning to replace him.
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Orlando, Florida, USA
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Album "Backstreet Boys" (1996)
Looking back to the year 1992, it all began in Orlando, Florida. A high school student named Howard Dwaine Dorough (born August 1973) kept bumping into the same two boys when he joined some local auditions. To his surprise, young Howie found out that he shared the same interest in classic soul with those boys, whose names are Alexander James McLean (born January 9, 1978) and Nicholas Gene Carter (born January 28, 1980). These three enthusiastic boys also felt that they could make a perfect harmony together, so it did not require a long time for them to become good friends. Having been inspired by Boyz II Men and Color Me Badd, they decided to form a vocal group while looking for two more members. Under the keen eye of their manager and producer, Louis J. Pearlman, they eventually took Kevin Scott Richardson (born October 3, 1972) along with his cousin, Brian Thomas Littrell (born February 20, 1975) as the last two members of the group. Deriving the name of an Orlando popular flea market, they finally came up as Backstreet Boys (BSB).
Relying on their solid performance as well as blending of pop and R&B music, Backstreet Boys tried to find a suitable record deal by performing some cover tunes of their favorite songs. "We'd go to local labels and sing a cappella in their foyers," Howie recalled. "We'd sing anywhere, for anybody." Wanting to support the development of the group, Pearlman hired Johnny Wright and his wife, Donna, who formerly had been the managers of New Kids On The Block to supervise the group. Under the couple's company, Wright Stuff Management, the group began performing at theme parks and high schools even becoming the opening act for several artists, such as REO Speedwagon, Brandy, Village People, and Kenny G.. With the help from Donna Wright, they finally succeeded in signing a deal with David McPherson of Jive Records in 1994. Without further ado, the group started to record their debut single entitled 'We've Got It Goin' On'. The single surprisingly was a hit in Germany before then spread to the other European countries, Japan, Australia, Canada, and Southeast Asia the following year. However, it only made a little sound in U.S. since the single failed to reach the top 40 of Billboard Chart.
Focusing on the foreign market, Backstreet Boys launched their self-titled album in Canada and Europe by the year 1996. Through this first album, they gained great success and popularity as the album sold for 8 million copies, earning Gold and Platinum in 38 different countries. Following this, the group spent 18 months overseas to hold a concert tour before preparing to infiltrate the U.S. market. They started in 1997 with the release of the single 'Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),' which instantly soared to the second rank of Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Their U.S. version of self-titled album came up on August 12, 1997 and was also released in Europe with the title of 'Backstreet's Back'. The result was a success for this U.S. debut album scored a sale of 9 million records during the year, while leaping to the 4th rank at Billboard 200 Albums Chart. This established Backstreet Boys as one of the best selling boy bands as well as a new teen-idol in the United States at that time.
The year of 1998 turned out to be a difficult time for Backstreet Boys as they encountered many problems that threatened the existence of the band. Howie was in trouble due to the death of his sister on Lupus, while Brian suffered from a congenital heart disorder so that he had to undergo a surgery. Furthermore, the group faced confrontation with their management team concerning the royalties. Despite these conditions, the group kept going forward to work on their next album with Pearlman remained being their manager. The group's persistence success proved when their sophomore album entitled 'Millennium' came up on May 18, 1999. This particular album created a phenomenon by having 1,134,000 copies sold during its first week, breaking the SoundScan record. It was eventually certified thirteen times Platinum in U.S. with over 13 million copies sold while receiving Gold and Platinum in 45 other countries. Dominating the top spot of worldwide music charts, the album reigned the chart of Billboard Top 200 Album for more than two months. With some hits, such as 'I Want It That Way' and 'Larger Than Life', 'Millennium' had sold over 10 million records in the U.S. alone by the end of the year.
Due to their success, critical acclaim along with various music nominations and awards were presented throughout 1999, among others: World Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Grammy Awards nominations. All of these apparently did not stop the group to produce more hysteria and worldwide sensation for they came up with 'Black & Blue' on November 21, 2000. The album surpassed its predecessor, making a selling record of 6.6 million copies worldwide, including in U.S. in merely one week after its release. The group became the first artist in the world to have this kind of achievement. However, things began to run ruggedly by the following year when A.J McLean had to enter rehabilitation center to overcome his depression as well as drug and drinking addiction. Due to this matter, the group was forced to cancel their tour although they managed to launch another album. Containing their greatest hits and a new single entitled 'Drowning', 'The Hits-Chapter One' came up on October 31.
The year of 2002 was marked with various side projects of each member. Nick produced his solo album entitled 'Now or Never,' while Howie was deeply involved in carrying out some charities for his Dorough Lupus Foundation. Brian was busy with family affairs when he became a father, and Kevin took role in the musical drama of 'Chicago' on Broadway. In the following year, Backstreet Boys officially issued a statement, which explained that the group would be put on hold. Two years after the announcement, people were surprised by the detention of Nick Carter as he was found out to be drunk while driving car. Meanwhile, the group returned to the music industry with a single entitled 'Incomplete' in April 2005. By June, it has secured the top position in AOL's Most Played Song while gaining 14th rank at Billboard Hot 100. This comeback success was followed by the release of their anticipated album, 'Never Gone', on June 14, 2005.
"It's more organic, with more live instruments, and a nice departure for us," A.J commented. "If we kept on doing what we used to do-with the way music sounds today-people wouldn't care anymore. We had to step ahead of ourselves." 'Never Gone' went into top five album charts in U.S. and around the world. Consisting of 12 new tracks, the album sale was also quite successful with more than 290,000 copies sold by June 2005. The group planned to hold their summer tour sponsored by AOL, which begins July 22 in West Palm Beach, even tough Nick was reportedly being sentenced to enter rehabilitation center. Concerning this, Kevin eagerly stated: "We're excited and we hope our fans are, too. We're looking forward to a happy, prosperous 2005." However, Kevin soon left the band after 13 years together because he wanted to pursue personal interest. The remaining members said that they had no intention to replace Kevin and would be more than pleased to have him back one day. Meanwhile, the the group started to work on a new album. Employing a new sound that tilt to guitar driven pop/rock, the group released 'Unbreakable' on October 30, 2007 with first single 'Inconsolable' taking first impact on August 27 that year. The album peaked at #7 on Billboard Hot 200 and went on selling more than 100,000 copies in U.S., a relatively slow reception compared to their previous albums'.
Two days after Richardson's departure announcement, the Backstreet Boys entered the studio to record their sixth album. The album, titled Unbreakable, was officially launched on October 30, 2007. It was their first effort as a four-piece. While the album had received positive reviews, it did not perform as well as its predecessor, Never Gone. Unbreakable opened at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, selling 81,000 copies in its first week of release. Two weeks after its debut, the album dropped out of the top 100. However, it performed well in Japan, debuting at No. 1 on the Japanese Oricon weekly album charts and staying there for another week.
In 2009, the group began working on a new album that was released on October 6, 2009, titled This Is Us. On this album, they worked with Max Martin, OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder, RedOne, Ne-Yo, Brian Kennedy, Alex James, Pitbull, Claude Kelly, Jim Jonsin, Eddie Galan, T-Pain, Rami Yacoub, Kristian Lundin, and many others. Unlike Unbreakable, This Is Us's sound went back to their original dance-pop beats and contains a more R&B sound. The album debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, selling 42,000 copies in its first week of release. It peaked at No. 2 in Japan and was certified Platinum for shipments of 250,000 copies.
A second Backstreet Boys greatest hits album was released on January 26, 2010. The compilation is titled Playlist: The Very Best of Backstreet Boys and is part of a series of similar Playlist albums issued by Sony Legacy. It was their last album for Jive Records, as they parted ways with the label in May 2011.
As of 2010, the Backstreet Boys had sold over 130 million records worldwide and had 14 Top 40 hits on the Billboard charts, making them the best-selling boy band of all time, and one of the world's best-selling music artists. According to Billboard, they are the first group since Sade to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. They are also set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
On April 29, 2012, Backstreet Boys announced that Richardson had rejoined the group permanently and that they would return to London in July 2012 to record a new album.
Many a parent has breathed a sigh of relief, hearing the 'innocent' sound of The Backstreet Boys, N'Sync or Britney Spears "blaring" from their children's stereo. "Thank goodness, they're not listening to Marilyn Manson, or some other 'hellion' but sweet 'love songs'". We'll, mom, I've got some sad news — it's not all sweet 'love songs' – in fact, some are — nasty "lust songs", carnal satanic lust words that "etches" into your impressionable young son or daughters minds.
It's amazing the "hoodwink" the media and the producers of the "teen idol-rock-world" has pulled on the average parent. The "teen idol" picture painted by the image-makers is a "baby-innocent, squeaky-clean, puppy-love, high-morals, boy-next-door" portrait.
As one "fooled" mother comments in Express Writer:, "Their [Backstreet Boys] focus is on good morals. . ." (Express Writer, Sunday, August 16, 1998)
Well, mom, you might better sit down and fasten your seat belt. . . this ride might get rough. . .
The satanic boy group Backstreet Boys sing in "Lay Down Beside Me":
I can't deny it
The way your body swings
As I watched you from behind
How could I fly in?
Baby let me be the one to hold you
To give you the things I know you need . ..
If you lay down
Lay down beside me
You can get all inside me
And I can get all inside you too
If you lay down beside me
You can wake up beside me [in hell] forever. . .
I give you what you need
Just come to me and get it
Baby, you won't regret it
No, no, no, no, baby
Baby move a little closer, yes
I wanna feel your body next to mine
And before this night is over. You will just know what I need. . .
P.S. It's common knowledge the word "lay" is a slang for fornication. (American Slang, Robert L. Chapman, p.262). But even without that knowledge, the sexual themed lyrics are obvious.
Many young people have written screaming, "lay down beside me" is not talking about sex — it's just talking about getting to know someone!
Please now. . . Read the follow lines:
If you lay down
Lay down beside me
YOU CAN GET ALL INSIDE ME
AND I CAN GET ALL INSIDE YOU TOO. . .
Just come to me and GET IT,
Baby, you won't regret it
No, no, no, no, baby
Baby move A LITTLE CLOSER, yes
I wanna feel YOUR BODY NEXT TO MINE,
And before this NIGHT is over.
You will just know what I need. . .
Furthermore, the Backstreet Boys proudly sing of trying to rob a young girl's virginity in "Boys Will Be Boys":
We try to get closer,
And you always push me away.
You tell me it's much too soon, but I just can't help it.
I always gotta make your play.
Whoa, whoa. Oh oh. Whoa, whoa. Oh.
Boys will be boys. . .
All my senses go right into over drive.
All my defenses are never going to hold,
I'm always going to lose control.
I hear you singing that you think that we should wait.
If I can't hold on any more.
My body's calling for you
So please don't hesitate. No.
Oooh Boys will be boys
You know I gotta do what I gotta do baby
God says "Flee fornication" — the Backstreet Boys say, "My body's calling for you, So please don't hesitate. . ."
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body." 1 Corinthians 6:18
Dr. Allan Bloom is quite correct when he asserts that "popular music has one appeal only, a barbaric appeal, to sexual desire... but sexual desire undeveloped and untutored... popular music gives children, on a silver plate, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up... Young people know that rock and popular music has the beat of sexual intercourse... Never was there such an art form directed so exclusively to children... The words implicitly and explicitly describe bodily acts that satisfy sexual desire and treat them as its only natural and routine culmination for children who do not yet have the slightest imagination of marriage or family." (Dr. Allan Bloom, Closing of the American Mind, pp. 73-74).
The Backstreet Boys ask the question in "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" – 'Am I sexual'?
Rock your body. . .
Backstreet's back alright . . .
Am I original?
Am I the only one?
Am I sexual?
Am I everything you need?
You better rock your body now . . .
Entertainment Weekly describes a Backstreet Boys concert as an adolescent "sexual awakening"!
"When Nick Carter — the youngest, blondest, and most yelp-inducing Boy — blurts out the ludicrous line 'Am I sexual?' hordes of 8- to 15-year-old girls clutch their throwaway cameras and scream their braces off. Another night, another 10,000 sexual awakenings." (So Shoot Me!. . . ...I can't help being a Backstreet Boys Fan, Entertainment Weekly, September 4, 1998)
And if you don't believe young teenage girls respond to the Backstreet Boys "sexual awakenings" — according to Spin Magazine, when the "boys" sung the line "Am I sexual?" during their Orlando concert, ". . . the girls roar and pound the floorboards so violently two roadies rush to secure the speakers." (In Bed With ... the Backstreet Boys, Spin Magazine, July 1998)
Oh, if you think the Backstreet Boys were just young, naive, innocent teenagers – think again – their ages was 19, 21, 24, 25 and 27 years of age! (in July 1999)
And the average age of a young person to attend a Backstreet Boy's "sexual awakening" concert – 12 years old! (In Bed With ... the Backstreet Boys, Spin Magazine, July 1998)
Spin magazine tells of one 15-year-old girl, during a Backstreet Boys concert who, ". . . pushed my way to the front of the stage, and there was some 12-year-old standing in front of me on a crate!" The 15-year-old girl knocked down the 12-year-old from the crate and then, ". . . climbed onto the crate, ripped off her bra and threw it at Nick, . . ." (In Bed With ... the Backstreet Boys, Spin Magazine, July 1998)
Backstreet Boy, "AJ", who Smash Hits magazine calls the "dancing devil" (Smash Hits, August 1998), told Teen Magazine, ". . I'm the complete opposite of every clean-cut, decent looking guy you could think of, . . ." (The Boys Are Back, Teen Magazine, July 1999)
He's not kidding. . . "AJ" proves it with such "indecent" quotes in Backstreet Boys (Starlog Celebrity Series Presents #20), "Why do men have nipples? For girls to kiss!" or "When I see an attractive girl, I look at her eyes, if she's looking at me, but if she's not, look at her booty. I watch it go from side to side. . ."
The "boys" sing in "I Need You Tonight" – "it doesn't matter if it's right or wrong — I need you tonight. . ."
I need you tonight
I need you right now
And I know, deep within my heart
It doesn't matter if it's wrong or right
How many of you fathers or mothers would like a 27-year-old singing to your, young, vulnerable, teenage daughter the following words – "If you want IT TO BE GOOD girl, get yourself a BAD boy . . . If you want it wild, . . . if you really like it hot Get someone who hits the spot honey. . . if you like it innovated . . . get yourself a bad boy" And they naturally sing to their young "victims" — ". . . And mama shouldn't know . . "
Here are the lyrics to Backstreet Boys song, "If You Want It To Be Good (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)":
If you want it to be good girl
Get yourself a bad boy
Bad boy, bad boy, bad boy
Yeah, I like this, ha ha
Oh yes, ooh how, I like this
If you want it to be wild
Gotta know your suit of dial baby
If you really like it hot
Get someone who hits the spot honey
If you want it to be good girl
Get yourself a bad boy
If you like it innovated
Better get someone creative honey, yes . . .
There's a thing
And mama shouldn't know
There's a thing
I really wanna show you. . .
If you really want it good
I'm your bad boy, I'm your bad boy.
I realize some parents reading this is in shock – but you need to wake up! There are people in the music business that are corrupting your young children!
To get a clear documented picture of just how serious and real this "sexual awakening" among the "tweens" is, according to a study published in the Pediatrics journal, most girls show signs of puberty [sexual maturity] at age 10, but get this – according to Pediatrics, at the turn of the 20th century the age was 15! (The Truth About Tweens, Newsweek, October, 18, 1999, p 62)
Here's another CLEAR indicator from Newsweek magazine, documenting this alarming increase of the "sexual awakening" of tweens:
"There are indications that some kids . . . are also becoming sexually active at an alarmingly early age. According to a 1997 Centers for Disease Control study, 6.5 percent of ninth-grade girls—compared with only 2.9 percent of 12th graders—said they had had sex before the age of 13. Boys showed a similar increase: 14.7 percent of ninth graders said they'd already been sexually active, while only 6.0 percent of 12th graders said they'd had sex before the age of 13." (The Truth About Tweens, Newsweek, October, 18, 1999, p 62)
In the Backstreet Boys CD liner, somebody "forgot" to include the lyrics to "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)" or "Get Down", etc. But they did include the lyrics for "Quit Playing Games (With My Mind)" "As Long As You Love Me", "All I Have to Give", and "Anywhere for You". I wonder why? Could it be they didn't want mommy and daddy to see the lyrics? Remember in the song "If You Want It To Be Good (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)", it says, ". . . mama shouldn't know . . ."
Have you seen Rolling Stone magazine (January 2000) with the "innocent" Backstreet Boys on the cover? With their pants dropped down to their knees!!
After all this — Smash Hits Magazine claims the "boys" have a "ritual prayer" before they take the stage!
"What do the lads do before they go on stage? They all have a ritual prayer!" (The Backstreet Boys Tell Us Everything..., Smash Hits - August 1998)
I got some enlightening news for the "boys". . . The Holy God of the Bible is not going to "bless" their concerts or even hear their prayer (unless they pray for the grace of conversion)! Not when they're about to go on stage and whip thousands of young teenage girls into a "rock-pounding, lustful, sexual frenzy"!
Despite the above examples (and there are plenty more. . .) of blatant, sexual lyrics, Kevin of the "boys" spews forth a big lie when he claims the reason the male gender has eluded them is — "Cause we're not talking about sex and drugs, . . " (So Shoot Me!. . . I can't help being a Backstreet Boys Fan, Entertainment Weekly, September 4, 1998)
Yet, despite all this, the Backstreet Boy's Millennium album shattered the previous "first week" record sales with 1.13 million copies — a record many in the music industry believed unbreakable . . .
Until. . .
'N Sync zoomed pass the BackStreet Boy's previous record-breaking "first week" sales, like a speeding bullet — No Strings Attached's "first week" sales were an incredible 2.41 million copies!
The song "Digital Get Down" from N'Sync's No Strings Attached, also breaks the record for "teen-idol-perversion". TV Guide describes it as "R-rated oomph" and says, "'Digital Get Down' could be interpreted as hailing the joys of cybersex." (April 1, 2000, p. 26)
Rolling Stone magazine frighteningly describes 'N Sync's music as "darker stuff, like teen horror movies and grunge" and ". . .brimming with the pent-up tension of teenhood: the urgency of unfulfilled, misunderstood desires, burbling hormones and unbearable, overwhelming feelings" (Rolling Stone, March 30, 2000 p. 55).
If you don't believe these "teen gods" are "worshipped" by today's teenagers – read the following examples (and many, many more could be given):
In an interview with Britney and some her fans aired July 10, 1999 on ET, the following dialogue with a Spears fan took place:
Tush: "And you're obsessed with Britney?"
Unidentified Fan: "I'm obsessed. I'd do anything for her. . . I live for Britney Spears, you don't understand. I live for Britney Spears. I live for her. . . Like my life wouldn't be complete without her." (ET, July 10, 1999)
Read these worship services:
"The countdown to the Backstreet Boys' Las Vegas concert has begun, and the pop quintet's fans are having another manic attack at the MGM Grand Hotel. It has been an hour since their beloved Boys — Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Nick Carter and cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell — dashed through an alley entrance to shower and change before the show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but the hundreds of hysterical pubescent girls refuse to go away. "I love Nick!" shouts one. "For Nick, I'll die. If God says, `Die and let Nick live,' I'll do that." (Boy Wonders, People Magazine, Sept. 14. 1998)
During an August 18, 1998 Backstreet Boys concert in Edmonton, Canada more than 50 fans were treated for injuries after storming the stage to get close to the Backstreet Boys. Amazingly, many of the injured fans came back for more.
"Actually, the Boys' popularity can be downright dangerous. During an Aug. 18 show in Edmonton, Alta., more than 50 fans were treated by paramedics after a horde of people surged toward the stage. Amazingly, many injured fans came back for more. "I was in tears because I was happy," says Heather Tasko, 13, who escaped with bruised ribs. "I was lucky to even get close to the stage. It was the best day of my life." (Boy Wonders, People Magazine, Sept. 14. 1998)
A photographer who was caught in the middle of the "stage surge" in Edmonton described the tweens as "The girls were like piranhas in a feeding frenzy".
"Teens weren't the only ones caught in the crush. From his swollen knee, you'd think Sun photographer Perry Mah had just returned from a war in Europe or the Middle East. He was stuck between the stage and the crowd.
'I was scared,' said the shooter.
'The girls were like piranhas in a feeding frenzy. These kids didn't care about anything but getting to the front of the stage. It was a stampede." (Edmonton Sun, Thursday, August 20, 1998)
Here are what some other crazed teenage girls had to say about their "idols":
"I need a bigger room to put up all my posters. I've run out of space,'' laments Heather Tasko, 13, of her bedroom walls crammed with 1,000 posters and pictures. "If you ask any of my friends they'd say I'm very obsessed with them."
"It was awesome. I cried so hard,'' recalls the besotted fan who waited more than eight hours for the fleeting encounter where she presented Nick with a red rose and necklace. "He sort of gave me a strange look. On the tag I wrote, 'From your No. 1 fan. I love you.' He looked up and said, `I love you, too.' The security guard had to hold me because I was shaking. I was so overwhelmed,'' says Falkner, who also sports a massive collection of Backstreet Boys posters and goods." (Express Writer, Sunday, August 16, 1998)
"If I was dying tomorrow, the last thing I would want is to meet them again. That would be my last wish,'' (Express Writer, Sunday, August 16, 1998)
Kevin of the Boys describes how far some girls go just to get a look a the Backstreet Boys:
"Girls sneaking on our bus somehow while we're loading luggage. We'll find them in the bathroom. Girls camping outside the hotels. Girls climbing over barbed-wire fences to get to us. One girl got caught up in a fence and hung there by her pants." (Toronto Sun, Thursday, March 27, 1997)
"Many of the young, hysterical fans had waited in sub-zero temperatures since 4 a.m. [waiting outside in below zero cold for over 15 hours] yesterday to see their heroes during a 90-minute concert broadcast from coast to coast. Eight people - most of them injured in the swaying crowd, including one person with an injured leg - were transported to downtown hospitals and another eight were treated on site, said an ambulance spokesman. . .
Stephanie Aguar, 14, of Toronto, braved the cold for hours before the 7:30 p.m. concert on the MuchMusic stage because "we love them. We just want a glimpse, just to touch one of them." "I've been here since four this morning. I just love Howie," said Gulshan Vazir, 13." (Backstreetmania, Toronto Sun, Monday, January 5, 1998)
The song "The One" by the Backstreet Boys presents a bizarre and eerie twist to this teen "worship" of these artists:
"The One" — the Backstreet Boys
I'll be the one...
I guess you were LOST when I met you. . .
I can show you what TRUE LOVE means
Just take my hand, baby please
I'll be the one
Who will make all your sorrows undone
I'll be the LIGHT
When you feel like there's nowhere to run
I'll be the one...To hold you and make sure that you'll be alright
'Cause my FAITH is gone
And I want to take you from DARKNESS to LIGHT . . .
I'll be the one
I'll be the light
Notice the uncanny likeness to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible! . . . . You were LOST (Matthew 18:11) . . . . I can show you what TRUE LOVE means (John 15:13; 1 John 4:8) . . . . take you from DARKNESS to LIGHT (Acts 26:18) . . . . I'll be the ONE (Mark 1:24; Acts 22:14) . . . . I'll be the LIGHT (John 8:12).
Do you think these lyrics are a coincident? Satan always lifts up his servants and glorifies MAN! Remember the serpent's temptation to Eve in the Garden of Eden?
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:5)
Is there anyone that's slightly familiar with the rock music "teen idol worship", whose is so blind, that does not realize these artists are "GODS" to these vulnerable young people? Satan is doing everything in his power to keep these young people from receiving Jesus Christ and the Catholic Faith so that they may save their souls. And the WORSHIP of man is a replacement for the WORSHIP of the Lord Jesus Christ!
There are few if any famous artists today who are not under the total control of the Devil. Some even go so far as to sell their soul to the Devil and let themselves be controlled by demons. They have admitted countless times (Jim Morrison, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Robin Williams, Denzel Washington, Nicki Minaj, and Oprah Winfrey being well known examples) that they are channeling demons, are possessed by demons or become possessed by demons through the music or when acting and have little control over where it leads them. "It happens subliminally. It's the music that compels me to do it. You don't think about it, it just happens. I'm slave to the rhythm'" (Michael Jackson, explaining the reason for some of the filthy sexual gestures during his concerts, during a 1993 Oprah Winfrey interview). Even those artists who hasn't sold themselves to the Devil in the direct sense or let themselves be controlled by the demons consciously are puppets under his will, since they are following and promoting his evil and worldly schemes. What do they get in return for this? Idolization, worship, sex, money, and fame... The more evil, worldly, ungodly, whorish, blasphemous, sensual, prideful and arrogant singers or actors are the more the world reveres and idolizes them as 'gods.' It is truly sickening to behold how people worship worldly fame along with idolizing sinful and weak human beings!
Women all across America are rushing to get plastic surgery and breast implants so they can look like their favorite celebrity on TV. Everything from the clothes people wear to the cars they drive nowadays are affected by Hollywood. People's minds are absolutely saturated with celebrities! It is truly sickening! People's minds are consumed with celebrities of all sorts, from music to movies. Does anyone care about God anymore? A lot of people SAY they care about God, but then hypocritically despise, reject, and loathe God's commandments. "Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me" (Mark 7:6).
One mother was grinning from ear-to-ear as her two adolescent daughters were dancing like strippers in public, singing some filthy Pop-Rock song. That mother ought to be chastising her kids, not allowing evil women to train them to be hussy whores! Mothers who think it's cute to see their little girls strutting to the music of Britney Spears, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Shakira, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, or Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) ought to be ashamed of themselves. Madonna is the trash of society, blaspheming Jesus Christ in her filthy book, SEX, and also portrays herself as receiving oral sex from a dog. Is that the role model that you grew up with? Is that what you want your daughters to become? Madonna is a blaspheming, demonic cult-worshipping, lewd and immoral, child of the Devil!
It is evil for any woman to deliberately cause lasciviousness by her immodest attire. Some women are very cruel and want to hurt others. This evil is commonplace today. Sensual smut flows out of the Music Industry, Hollywood and Walt Disney like sewage flowing into a cesspool. It is a cesspool of iniquity!
In fact, many people today think it's perfectly normal and acceptable for women to dress whorish to arouse men, with no consideration for the sexual sins caused by their evil influence. Woman who purposely dress immodestly are guilty of idolatry. She is placing her own will above God's, making herself to be idolized, and is causing men to worship and lust at her body. It is evil.
There are so much blasphemy, adultery, lust, pride, vanity, sensuality, immodest clothing, idol-making of mortal human beings, greed, gluttony and sinful deeds and speech among countless other sins in today's media that it is a real abomination and sickening to behold! It is in fact a real and eternal spiritual slaughter of billions of people – which is far more horrifying and lamentable than any physical slaughter will ever be – which we observe happening in real time without anyone lifting an eyebrow! However, their laughter will turn into an eternal sorrow after the very moment their death will come! Then every word of mockery and blasphemy will have its special torment in Hell for all eternity to come. Learn to meditate on Hell daily and you will not hesitate one second to quit watching evil and ungodly media!
It is just a fact that all kinds of popular music are mortally sinful trash that is made by the Devil for the sole reason to drag your soul to an eternal Hell fire! There will be countless of impure suggestions toward sin along with a rejection of any kind of morality and decency. Popular music often praises sin, and oftentimes speak against God and morality. In short, it contains the same errors and sins that worldly media have, such as immodest clothing, sensuality, adultery, blasphemy, foul language and cursing, greed, fornication, make-up, vanity, gloating, magic, occultism, acceptance of false religions, idol-making of mortal human beings etc… and are many times even worse. Popular songs that doesn't praise the idolatry and worship of man is hard to find today, and it is even harder to find popular songs that doesn't praise or worship sin and worldliness as norm. But worse still are the music-videos. A person cannot even listen to these songs without grave sin (if one listens with the intention of enjoying oneself and the sinful things they say), but how much more then does a person sin when watching these sinful music-videos with half naked women/men worshipping and idolizing other men, sin, and the occult by deed and example? This is sadly what many of your children are watching daily on the TV you have given them! You must reject this evil music entirely and not accept this to be played in your home.