Success came and went for Backstreet Boys, but 20 years on, they're still a team.
The Backstreet Boys' time in the spotlight was a limited one at best, with so many elements contributing to their sudden fame and subsequent chart plunder. They unveiled a fresh new sound last year and now mark their return with a new documentary entitled 'Show 'Em What You're Made Of'.
Backstreet Boys ponder their career in a new documentary
The American boyband had their biggest career peak in 1999, but it wasn't long before they became another forgotten about boyband. They seemed to become an overnight hit in the UK and Europe, and soon they stormed their own nation. However, the success was blighted by lawsuits against their manager Lou Pearlman, who allegedly stole a large proportion of the band's earnings, not to mention problems with Jive Records, Nick Carter's desire to pursue a solo career, Kevin Richardson's departure and A.J. McLean's drug abuse confession.
The disgraced music mogul behind the I Want It That Way hitmakers and fellow boyband 'N Sync was sentenced to 25 years behind bars in 2008 after being convicted of masterminding a half-billion-dollar scam.
The Backstreet Boys subsequently filed legal action against Pearlman, claiming they were owed almost $3.5 million (£2.19 million), but a bankruptcy trustee for his beleaguered estate hit back, insisting there was a lack of evidence to back up their accusation.
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The grown-up boy band hope to take fans on a trip through their history in the new film project and they thought an interview with Pearlman, behind bars would be a vital part of their story - but prison bosses ruled they could not take cameras to jail.
Kevin Richardson explains, "For the documentary we reached out to the prison and we were gonna... go in and chat about everything because we talk about him (and) he's obviously a part of our history... but we couldn't get it done. The prison wouldn't allow it."
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Incarcerated boyband svengali Lou Pearlman is plotting a return to the spotlight - he's developing his own reality TV show.
The music mogul - the mastermind behind successful boybands Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync - is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud last year (08).
Pearlman has teamed with reality TV producer Jonathan Murray to pitch the series, about a Florida rock band called Biteboy, reports the New York Post.
Branded as a cross between Making the Band and Charlie's Angels, Pearlman would give words of advice to his proteges from behind bars in the show, according to Tyler Gray, the author of a new book about the star, entitled The Hit Charade.
Continue reading: Pearlman Plans Reality Tv Show
Former L.F.O. frontman RICH CRONIN has hit out at his ex-manager Lou Pearlman - branding the disgraced music svengali a "creepy guy" who was desperate to seduce him.
Pearlman was once a prominent force in the music business, credited as the mastermind behind successful boybands Backstreet Boys, 'Nsync and L.F.O.
But the music mogul is now serving a 25-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud last year (08), and has also been dogged by rumours of initiating inappropriate relationships with the boys and young men he worked with.
And Cronin has now spoken out about his former manager, claiming he was only interested in his acts' looks.
Continue reading: Cronin Blasts 'Creepy' Pearlman
Shamed former boyband svengali Lou Pearlman has denied allegations he made inappropriate advances towards his teenage proteges in a new tell-all book exposing his past as a pop impresario.
The music mogul - the mastermind behind successful boybands Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync - is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud earlier this year (08).
And in the new tome, entitled The Hit Charade, author Tyler Gray interviews Pearlman's former charges, including ex-boyband member Tim Christofore, who was just 13-years-old when he was chosen to be part of defunct group Take 5.
He tells Gray, "(Lou) would let us watch porn... Most of his artists knew the deal they had with the devil. It involved them being sex symbols as well as artists. I don't think it extended to actual sex. Just fodder for Lou's fantasies, which satisfied an immature notion of romance that he had."
Continue reading: Pearlman 'Exposed' In New Tell-all
Shamed former boy band manager Lou Pearlman has collected evidence against an accused murderer while he has been in prison.
The pop svengali, who was the brains behind the likes of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of fraud earlier this year (08).
And while he has been behind bars at Orange County Jail in Florida, Pearlman has been gathering evidence against another inmate - who is accused of murdering a police officer in October 2007.
Pearlman gave a 28-minute interview to detectives, as well as notes and diagrams in relation to the case of 19-year-old Davin Smith.
Continue reading: Pearlman Provides Evidence In Murder Case
Shamed former boy band manager Lou Pearlman has been ordered to repay victims he conned out of $300 million (GBP150 million).
The svengali/promoter behind the likes of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of fraud earlier this year (08).
And now he has worked out a restitution package with U.S. federal authorities.
Pearlman has been allowed to manage the few remaining music acts he still represents from behind bars; the money he makes from this will go towards the $300 million he now owes those he cheated.
Continue reading: Pearlman Ordered To Pay Con Victims $300 Million
Lou Pearlman, the man who created boy bands N'Sync and the Backstreet Boys, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison today.
The pop mogul was charged with swindling friends, investors and banks out of $300 million (£153 million) by encouraging them to invest in two bogus companies for almost two decades.
Pearlman previously pleaded guilty to the charge in March.
Today Judge G Kendall Sharp said he would reduce the prison sentence by one month for every $1 million (£500,000) Pearlman paid back to his victims.
Prosecutors claim that at least 250 individuals lost a total of $200 million (£102 million) while a further 10 financial institutions lost $100 million (£51 million) between them.
Pearlman said in a statement: "Over the past nine months since my arrest, I've come to realise the harm that's been done. I'm truly sorry and I apologise for what's happened."
In handing down the sentence the judge told Pearlman that because family members, close friends and elderly citizens were victims of his scheme, "the sympathy factor doesn't run high with the court".
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Teen pop star Aaron Carter has finally won his lawsuit against boy band svengali Lou Pearlman.
Carter filed the lawsuit against Pearlman and his label TransContinental Records in October 2006, asking to be released from a contract he signed as a minor.
On Thursday (01Nov07), a Florida judge ruled in favour of Carter, ordering that his management and recording agreements are no longer in effect, reports website TMZ.com.
Carter also asked for an accounting of royalties but the judge has not yet ruled.
Pearlman is currently awaiting trial on bank fraud charges in a Florida jail.