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What makes a band a "boy band"? We know groups like 'NSync, Backstreet Boys, and One Direction are definitely boy bands.

But what makes them so unequivocally boy band-ish while groups like Blink-182, who also sing semi-pop-friendly songs (sometimes) and are comprised of boys, aren't technically "boy bands"? Is Blink-182 a boy band? Is Slipknot a boy band? Is Flight of the Conchords a boy band? According to the trusted source, Wikipedia:

Boy band - A boy band (or boy band) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term somewhat of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Most boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.

The truth is most "boy bands" do not like to be referred to as such. There's a stigma attached to being a "boy band" — that they really exist to be poked fun at, that they aren't making serious music, whatever.

Some argue that bands don't qualify as a "boy band" if they play their own instruments. But does that then make it so that Hanson and the Jonas Brothers aren't a boy band? I don't think so. To me, you know a band is a boy band just by looking at them. They're all boy bandy. (Quite frankly, I don't see anything wrong with boy bands.)

Fan, anti-boy band enthusiast, or just someone who accidentally ended up here: check out some boy band history below.


This Is An S.O.S.: Jonas Brothers Cancel Tour, Call It Quits?

Concert news

Please excuse the awful Jonas Brothers pun in the headline, but the rest is legitimate: the band announced last night they would be cancelling their upcoming tour.

The Jonas Brothers were scheduled to have their first show of this tour on Friday, Oct. 11, in Upper Darby, Penn. Instead, they've canceled the entire 19-show tour, citing a "deep rift within the band," according to the band's spokesperson, Jesse Derris.

The brothers have been rumored to be arguing over their musical sound and the overall direction of the group — despite recently releasing two songs, "Pom Poms" and "First Time" off of their upcoming album, V. V is the band's fifth studio album, a follow-up to their album Lines, Vines and Trying Times, released in 2009.

There hasn't been an official announcement that the band is breaking up, but at this point, who knows? What do you think — are the Jonas Brothers over?

7 Reasons 2013 is the Year of the 1990s


I've written about the '90s a lot these past few months, but I feel like that's only because so much of the 1990s is back. Is it because those of us who were kids then are suddenly adults with money that's burning a collective hole in our pockets? That's probably part of it. Part of it is also probably that the feeling of nostalgia is just so good.

Please feel free to listen to your old No Doubt CDs on your Discman, tie your hair back in a scrunchie, and remember what life was like with dial-up internet as you read why 2013 is like, totally the year of the 1990s.


Justin Timberlake

It happened, we all fangirled, and now we'll never see them again. Probably. After days of will-they-won't-they debate, stories created entirely by "anonymous sources," vehement denial from 'NSync's own Joey Fatone, a cryptic tweet from a newly created Twitter account, and YEARS of waiting: 'NSync reunited. Thankfully for you, I watched it with bated breath so you didn't have to!

Here's what happened: the first half of last night's award show was kind of a mess, including a bizarre performance by Lady Gaga (of course) and a collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke that made us all feel so weird that we needed to take a shower after. Blech.


5 Songs 'NSync Should Sing at Their Reunion Tonight


I love boy bands, this much is true. But even if I didn't, I'd probably still be a little intrigued by fact that 'NSync reuniting IS tonight, as evidenced by their newly created Twitter account.

So what will their performance tonight include?! Hopefully it's some kind of AMAZING song medley, like their 2000 performance that combined "This I Promise You," "Bye Bye Bye," and "It's Gonna Be Me." We need that. Except with all 'NSync songs, ever. Here are 5 songs they should totally sing at their reunion tonight.

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