I mentioned in my post on Friday that I was on my way to see the Backstreet Boys and I wasn't lying. I am wholeheartedly (still) a Backstreet Boys fan and their show in Camden, NJ on Friday, Aug. 16, marked my 10th Backstreet Boys concert. I had pit tickets, as well as their Gold VIP Package. So how'd it go? Was it worth it? Am I full of regret for how much money I spent on just one evening? Am I just really embarrassed that I'm an adult and this is my life?
I hope y'all like pop stars, Oprah, and boy bands, because that's where this post is going. You're welcome!
On Friday, I'll be heading to Camden, New Jersey, to see the Backstreet Boys. It will be my 10th Backstreet Boys concert. (So the next time you wonder, "Is my life embarrassing?" just look at this post you will feel better.) I've actually been to all of their tours since "Into the Millenium," except for their "This Is Us" tour, and I am still mad about it. Let's not talk about it.
But this concert is extra special for two reasons. One, all five band members are back. Two, I kind of splurged on a meet and greet pass.
To be fair, meet and greet passes to a Backstreet Boys show include a decent amount of perks, like photos with the band, access to their sound check, and the ability to be part of a Q&A before the show. I decided just to go for it given the fact that I've been a fan of the band for 15 years of my life. That's kind of longer than a lot of marriages last. (I'm just saying.) So I'm trying to mentally prepare. Here are a few things I'm telling myself to remember before I meet my favorite band.
Summer starts Friday, and one of my favorite parts of the season (aside from beaches and warm weather) is the album and concert boom. Lots of artists go on tour over the summer, and to prep for those tours, they usually release a new album. Hot off the heels of Kanye's "Yeezus" (which came out yesterday!), here are seven albums to get hyped for, as well as the artist's latest single and tour info.
The album: Magna Carter Holy Grail
Release date: July 4
Why it could be good: His album title promises something great, and Jay-Z tends to deliver. Although there hasn't been an official single, info about the album has leaked, and the producer list is a great one: Jahlil Beats, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, The-Dream, J. Cole, and Just Blaze are among them.
The tour: Find tickets to Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake on the Legends Of The Summer tour.
I love boy bands unironically. Apparently, you guys do too, as evidenced by the fact that we still get visits to our 2012 April Fool's Day post announcing NSYNC's decision tour again (so, so sorry about that) and our post about the top five boy bands of the '90s. While most people can rattle off the bands from our first list — Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Boyz II Men, Hanson, and 98 Degrees — fewer are able to name any more than that.
But the '90s were a boy band pinnacle; some might even argue they were an over-saturation (but not me, because I'll take all the boy bands I can get). Here are five that are often forgotten when we discuss the '90s boy band craze, but who still had fans (me) who bought their CDs (me) in a time when buying CDs was still a thing people did.
LFO's first and biggest single, "Summer Girls," was totally nonsensical, completely weird, and awesomely '90s. The trio's debut album actually sold more than 2 million copies, a feat almost unheard of today. They had one other Billboard hit, "Girl on TV," which featured Jennifer Love Hewitt in the video. But the band will forever be known for that song with random lyrics: New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits/Chinese food makes me sick/And I think it's fly when girls stop by for the summer/For the summer.