The Lost Boys: How a Pop Sensation Came Undone

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Submitted by ALEXLOVER4life from Backstreet City Backstreet State Netherlands
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:38:02 2002

Well it's true that they bin through some shit ,
but i don't think N skunk eh I mean Nsync are big cause the BSB are much Bigger than Nsync. Nsync just stinks here! And the BSB don't lose the young audience either!!! Because i'm just 13 and i'm young aren't I??
And I know girls of 7 and up who love the BSB!
I didn't read the whole story but I think it's
One more thing: BSB if your reading this I love the music you make keep up doing the great work!!!! And AJ I love you!and the rest of course!!!!
AJ, Howie, Nick, Brian, Kevin are my shinning stars!!!!!

Love from:

Submitted by Nichole from NJ USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:33:10 2002

As a music education major, I know what it is like trying to perfect to your music before you put it out for the public to hear. And that's just what our Boys strive for; perfection. They don't need to be putting out an album once a year for us to stay fans. We know that they work hard to create beautiful music for our listening pleasure. We know that they will be back and as always better than ever.

As for Nick and his solo album, I say more power to him. I think it's great that he wants to experiment with his talent and see what he can do. As someone else had already said (I don't remember who), maybe it really wasn't the best time for his solo album. But that's the way the cards fell this time.

As Backstreet fans, we need to stand behind the Boys every step of the way no matter what the press or anyone else says. They know we are here no matter what for them, so let's show them how we love them through think and thin. KTBSPA!

Submitted by Nicole from Germany
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:28:47 2002

I have to say even though the article was a little shocking at first, I'm really glad it came out. I don't know about anyone else, but I personally blamed a lot of the stuff that happened on the boys when in reality they obviously didn't even have a say in most of the things that happened. Like the Greatest hits album. I actually thought it was just done to get the six albums they signed the contract for done faster. Or Black and Blue being pretty much like all the other albums before - it's kinda sad when you hear that they weren't all really happy with it and had to put it out anyways. Lately I also kinda got the feeling that the guys just didn't care anymore, but when you read all the s*** that went on behind the scenes I forgive them a lot of stuff (and feel a little bad about thinking some stuff in the first place)

I agree with pretty much everyone here when I say Nick's solo album is really bad timing. I like what I heard of it so far and I'm gonna buy it, but to do it this year, even planning a tour and everything, leaving the other four just hanging like that - I didn't think he'd be that selfish. I guess it's a pretty safe bet that in a year or two latest Brian or Kevin (or even AJ) are gonna start families and I guess then the Backstreet Boys are gonna be cut short a little anyway, he'd probably have a lot of time to a solo album then. Unless he's afraid that by then he's not popular anymore. About his staying with The Firm - to me that seems like pure rebellion. Maybe I'm over-dramatizing things, but that's pretty much back-stabbing the band on his part. At least I'd feel like that if I was one of the other guys.

I totally agree with LaQuana on the Leighanne part. I know his family is very important to Brian, as it should be, but he is the one with the experience, he shouldn't let his decisions be influenced by someone whose "career" was pretty much non-existent until he entered the picture and who doesn't have any experience in the music business whatsoever.

It's really sad to see what kind of s*** they had to go through in the past 9 years. Seems like they're running from one disaster into the next. That makes me respect them even more for not just quitting, but always picking up the pieces and trying to move along.

Submitted by Aaron from Ohio USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:27:32 2002

BSB have been screwed over so many times in their career it's not even funny. It just makes me respect them more. Sure they've made mistakes, haven't we all? But I think Jive is a lot of the problem too. I'm still waiting for the day when Jive is out of the way. Anyone else think it was messed up that Nick and Justin's singles came out on THE SAME DAY when Nick's album is coming out first?

Submitted by Rogue from Tampa Fl USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:12:55 2002

It makes me sad to think about all the shit the guys have been put through over the past few years. I have been a hard core B.S.B fan since the beging (ever since grad nite at sea world) I have been turely and madly in love w/them. If anything good comes from this artical I hope it's a new found respect for the guys, and what they go through for their fans. Yeah I can't wait for Nicks new album, but I also agree that this wasn't the best timing for it. But who am i to say what's right. And untill I hear it straight from the guys they are still a group. No matter what happens they will be a part of my life. So in the words of Howie D, Let's keep the B.S.B pride alive. Anyone who reads this please feel free to e-mail me.
A proud Fan!!!
Rogue :)

Submitted by Marc from Minnesota USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:11:54 2002

Well i have been a bsb fan for a long time and I am a boy, so that is kinda weird. I really don't care what people say about that but the article was very interesting for me because it took me deep inside what has really been going on. I though them doing a greatest hits album was a mistake but that wasn't their fault. I do think that they don't get the respect that they deserve from the media because the media is too busy hangin on nsync's balls. The Backstreet Boys clearly care about the music and fans, Nsync cares about the publicity, that's pretty clear to me. but yeah that pearlman guy is a dumb@ss. BSB got taken advantage of so much and it aint fair. People make a big F'n deal that BSB didnt outsell Nsync's album when i think it's B.S. that they sold that many copies for N.S.A. but they didnt deserve what they are worth and their music means a lot to me.I really hope that their new album will shut people up for good and have them realize what Nick said years ago in "Everybody","As long as there'll be music we'll be comin back again!"

Submitted by Erika Rodriguez from Santiago Santiago de los Caballeros Dominican Republic
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:10:26 2002

My name is Erika, I live in Dominican Republic, and this is a country so far away from US, but what I wanna say is that I've been BSB fan since five years, i think fans know them so much more than anyone one who tries to show a false image of them, they don't know how hard is to get the love they've gotten from their fans and to get there where they are right now. They have almost 10 years working, and it doesn't compare to the 6 years or whatever of 'Nsync, 'cause they're TRUTHLY ARTIST, they got their own style, their own music, and if it's true that 'Nsync are "better" than BSB (and we know is not) is just because they always do the same as BSB, I don't know why they just don't try to get they're own life, and get their own ideas. Well also if we don't hear too much about BSB right now is 'cause they need to relax too, they're human beings, they're not computers, and also they're working on their new album. But when someday they decided to stop and do anything else (hope not soon), we'll just have to respect them and we'll be proud they were the best MEN GROUP (not "boy band") in the world and lasted more than any other. And remember QUANTITY WILL NEVER BE BETTER THAN QUALITY. That's all I gotta say.

Submitted by Katie from North Bay Ontario Canada
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:08:34 2002

As someone said, the music business is just that, a business. However, I find it sad that there exists a business that is as cut-throat as that of the music industry! The way I see it, if you work for a regular company, you may have a differing view point from that of your boss or some of your co-workers, but there is usually at least one person who agrees with you and is willing to stand up to help you! In the music business, that camaraderie doesn't exist. The Boys have to look out for each other, because no one else will, and that's pretty sad! It's sad to think that everything they've accomplished over the past 9, almost 10 years, means nothing to their record company or their management unless they're making money RIGHT NOW! I was disgusted when I read that, when given an ultimatum, The Firm didn't even flinch. They allowed the Boys to walk right out the door. Why? Because they weren't doing as well as they had done before. I know the Boys have great potential and I am positive that when their new album comes out, they will be back on top again! Then we'll see who's laughing. The record company was quick to replace the Boys with N'Sync when they weren't doing very well, but what happens when N'Sync falls into the same slump that the Backstreet Boys went through, and the record company has no one to fall back on? It's the record companies that are willing to stick with a band through the tough times, that will survive!
As for the Boys, I don't think they "came undone," as the title suggests, I think everything around them came undone. They're strong and regardless of what record company they're with or who's managing them, I believe that they can make a come back!
Nick's solo career is fine. I think it's only fair that he be allowed the opportunity to branch out and try something new since AJ did it awhile ago with his whole Johnny No Name thing. It's just that, the Boys have always said that the group would come before anything else, and I hope Nick hasn't lost sight of that. This group has been good to him and they need him now, more than ever! I think there's plenty of time for Nick to do his solo thing, but maybe right now, he should concentrate on the group! I would be willing to beg Nick not to tour before the Boys tour again! I miss seeing the Boys together and I can't wait for them to start a new tour! I'm sure many of you feel the same way. I think if Nick is smart, he'll release his single, but then continue his work with the group. Go on tour with the group and then when they take a break for two months or so, which they normally do, he can do a short tour then. That's what AJ did and it worked well for him!
Anyways, I wouldn't worry about what all these articles are saying. The Backstreet Boys will come back and I'm sure that when they do, it will be a triumphant return!

Submitted by fan from USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:07:38 2002

i have been a HUGE BSB fan since i can remember, and i support them through thick and thin. but does anyone else think nick is being selfish here?

Submitted by Erin from Pittsburgh PA USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:07:08 2002

there not broken up, i am so sick of hearin this rumor over and over again. i was checkin the site out and i saw it and i can't believe it. i work with the boys and they are sick of the rumor as much as i am. they are working on their new cd and its coming along great. nick just wanted to fulfill a life long dream. they are not going anywhere.
erin c.

Submitted by Sarah from New Jersey USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:06:49 2002

Hey, i agree with wut Tarra said cuz shes thinkin like almost exactly like me!! I luv The Backstreet Boys 2!! I have been a huge fan of them 4 longer than I can remember! I am also a huge Nick Carter fan! I am like obssessed with Him and the rest of the group!!

Ok as for Lou Pearlman, I dont think that he shoulda pushed the Backstreet Boys into doin more than they could..cuz they would end up loosin more in the end and plus that could put people on the verge of quittin..which they didnt thank God!! I think it was rele mean 2 bring in Nsync just to force BSB 2 do more than they could...he was treatin them like trash, not as people...after all that money they had gotten in 4 him and everything they had done...thats how they shouldve been treated? I dont think so!! I think they did have the right 2 sue Lou Pearlman...ok i dont think that everything was the Firm's fault, but there was a lot that was.

I luv Nick sooo much but i also think that he made some wrong decisions 2...ok if this was rele somethin he wanted 2 do..he coulda at least stayed with The Backstreet Boys new management to create less of a "controversy" (couldnt think of anotha word sorry). Also, since Nick is doin a solo album, it leads people 2 think that The Backstreet Boys r over. I know they r not, but it kinda relates 2 somethin i did. my sister is a Nsync fan and the first time she told me that Justins doin a solo album, the first thought that came to my mind was, YES!! they r breakin up!...i dont think that they r..but wuteva i think they r on a "extended break" LoL. SO i can see where people get that from. But i think that they shoulda gone ahead with the next album to patch up some stuff and then that woulda been the time 4 NIck to do it...i think im not an expert on this stuff LoL!!! I CANT WAIT 4 BOTH ALBUMS THO!!!! WOO HOO!! LoL

Also, I think releasin the Hits ALbum...BIG MISTAKE!! That caused lotza problems!! That rele threw people off. They shoulda waited til 2003 4 there 10 year anniversary...and maybe another name thatn "the hits" cuz thats kinda sayin like these r the hits from when WE were famous/good LoL.. i mean i no that they arent over but 2 the average person...wut could they think?

Ok i think theres a limit on this thing LoL so im gonna stop rite here or i can go on 4 a while..hope some of u agree!!

And To The New York Times, thank u soo much 4 this fans rele appreciate wut u did and at least we no wuts rele goin on! We wwanna no the ups and downs and ur the ones who helped! Thank you soo much!!!!!!!!


~~**LOVE SARAH**~~

Submitted by Rachel from Branford CT USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:04:17 2002

Wow. The New York Times said good stuff about our boys and that definitly makes me happy. However, Nick, Nick, Nick. LOL. I am very proud of Nick for doing this solo album, but I definitly think he needs 2 get back with the other guys and do the group stuff. the Backstreet Boys aren't the Backstreet Boys w/out Nick, and honestly if they replaced him, i dont care that AJ is my favorite i would stop listening to them. And i've always said I'd be a fan forever, but how can I be a fan if one of the guys isn't there!? Im sorry, but they would do WORSE without Nick, whether he is your favorite or not. Oh btw...I hate Nsync!!!

Submitted by Caroline n' Eve from PARIS, FRANCE FRANCE France
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:00:56 2002


We're Two FRENCH FANS faithful to them since 1996,We're very sad bout' this news and we hope they'll work together again but after 10 years in this business we could understand , that the lads wanna take free time and think of their solo stuff as nick for example.....
personaly we support nick coz his solo lp is fab but we support much more bsb , we've grown up wiv them , it's because of them that the life is more easy , and , we need us !
plus, they didn't make any tour in europe since 1999 it's too long , when u r fan since their beginning.

OK , that's all we can say for the mo' just hope it's an untruth news and the lads r going to do a new fab lp
bye bye
Caro and eve from FRANCE xxxxx

Submitted by Emma-Jo from Falkirk Scotland United Kingdom
Date: Mon Aug 19 11:00:37 2002

I'm shocked at like what goes on and what they had to endure, but at the same time I'm really proud 'cause it shows that the BSB's really wanted to continue to make music and make us all happy as they could have gave it all up at the first hurdle and went back to their ordinary lives. They didn't have to keep going, but they did even when the critics panned them and said it was over and they wouldnt sell another album. They also kept going after 2 got married and AJ hd his problems even though everyone said they had lost the fans cause we didnt want to listen to men that were married and had apparently "lost their sex appeal." To the so called music guru's and fat cats at the record companies, MTV and all the other places that said it was over for Backstreet, well you aint seen nothing yet and it's only just begining!!!

Submitted by Christina from ON Canada
Date: Mon Aug 19 10:48:55 2002

What do i think about that article, well, i have mixed feelings about it, i was happy because it was truthful, it showed all the crap that they've had to endure in the last 10 years, and showed that fans are still willing to stick with them. NOW why i hate it, well to start off, Lou Pearlman is a POMPUS ASS!! always has been, always will me. i hate that guy, he screws every person he works with over, he's screwed over BSB, nsync, otown, and now isn't he battling stuff with aaron, nicks brother. anyway, BSb were the ones making the money, so they are the ones that deserve it.
i know that BSB aren't as big as they used to be, but it doesn't mean theres an end to the group. Why is it the second a pop band stops selling MILLIONS of cds, stop making it onto the covers of magazines, etc, that people automatically think they are done, there are many musical acts out there, not necessarily POP, that aren't well known, but are still successful. you don't need to sell out places like the SKYDOME to be popular.

As for Nicks solo cd, its great that he wants to do it, i love him, and i am honestly excited about it, but i do agree with everyone in here that says it was just bad timing. he should be with the other 4 guys, working on the new BSB album. instead he is off doing all this solo stuff, making solo apperances, when he could be putting more of himself in the group. now don't get me wrong, i love Nick with all my heart, he's my fav, but he has bad timing when it comes to stuff like that.

Submitted by Tarra from North Carolina USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 10:40:55 2002

Ok...i have been a BSB fan since the begining. I have supporting everything they did, went to every show that came here, bought every cd, bought every video, and like everything else a fan can do. But its sad to say that i think this article just kinda confirms what i along with alot of other fans im sure didn't wanna believe which is that BSB isn't doing too good. I believe there were wrong decisions made which hurt the career of BSB. I think groups of any kind should have a say so in what happens with their career.....i think the decisions made by the former management were selfish and uncaring.
And i think that BSB were treating wrong when it came to Nsync....they should have not had Nsync thrown in their faces when someone at the management company got mad or something.

I do think releasing the greatest hits album did kinda put the thought in alot of peoples head that that cd was the end of BSB. Becuz i believe a greatest hits cd should not be released until the band is through. And thats why i think that cd was a bad idea at this point in their careers to release.

I am a huge Nick Carter fan and always have been but i do have to agree him doing a solo album right now is not a good idea. Especially when it is causing problems with the group. And i think that if ANY of them were not in the group weather it be Nick, Brian, AJ, Howie, Or Kevin that the group would just not be the same. So i think Nick should have thought about what he was doing to his career as well as the career of the other 4 guys...and i don't really think he did. And i don't think that was right. BSB can't get any work done when Nicks not there. Which makes us have to wait longer for the new BSB cd.

I can't wait for the new BSB cd and i will buy Nicks cd too. And no matter if they come back or not i will ALWAYS be a fan. And i will support all 5 guys in whatever they decide to do. And i wish them all the best and hope everything works out.

Submitted by Natalie from Maryland USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 10:39:28 2002

I think the article just voices all of the struggles they have had. At first, i was afraid to read it. I didn't want someone's criticsm or judgment to dissect their every move. Now that i have read it, I see that maybe from now on they will not have as many struggles and are prepared for what lies ahead. While not everything there was necessarliy true, I think it opened my eyes to how hard it has been for them, and how much i hadn't realized it. i feel as though this has made me gain even more respect for them, even after everything else they have been through that was barely even touched on.
I don't see where the importance of always comparing nsync to the Backstreet Boys is. Aren't they just another group?? Why don't people worry about the similarities of ja rule and nelly?? or limp bizkt and korn?? aren't they in the same genre?? also, i don't think that just because they are not selling the most records out of everyone that they are fading. does it matter who's records they beat?? their sales have shown a line of increase. and even if they didn't, it's not like they would be a failure as a group. obviuosly, you want to do well and sell a lot of albums, but what about everyone else who doesn't sell up to 1 million in their first week?? maybe these are things i will never understand.
so my view is that without some of the things mentioned in the article holding them back, i think thy still have it in them to do what they do best. And i think they know it too.

Submitted by LaQuana from NJ USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 10:35:08 2002

First off...WOW. That article was extremely real and a bit heartwrenching to read. Most of the stuff in it about the money matters and record company disputes I knew about. However I only knew bits and pieces since neither BSB or the companies would ever say much. I'd like to first commend the article's writer for giving fans what we have always wanted, the truth about our boys. Thank you New York Times.

Now lets move on to the actual article. I don't know how many other fans out there noticed this but I noticed since Day One that when Brian and Leighanne announced their engagement there would be trouble between Brian and BSB. I knew she would present a problem. And no, I'm not one of those "I LOVE YOU BRIAN MARRY ME INSTEAD" type fans. Howie's my fav BSB. Anyway, Brian seems like the type to give his heart away to the woman he loves. This is exactly what he did. I understand you should put family first and all this stuff before your career but when you're in the kind of career Backstreet is sometimes you just have to balance things out. Letting Leighanne heavily influence his relationship with The Firm and the other guys was dumb on Brian's part. He needs to trust his own values. Honestly, who's made the most money in their lives in their profession? SO how can Leighanne offer advice on a business she knows nothing about and isnt even in herself?

As far as Nick goes, I kinda figured he was the one holding BSB back when the lawsuit thing happened against Lou Pearlman and Lou stated that one of the guys wasn't suing him and shouldnt have reason to since he'd helped pay mortgage on their home. I knew it was Nick. I understand that Nick is getting older and wants to try his own things. However, in my honest opinion Nick is not that great of a singer. I mean, he's alright but the other 4 guys are way better than him. If you don't think so that's fine but have you noticed that as BSB got more popular over here in the U.S Nick was doing mostly background vocals and very few leads?

Anyway, I say if it aint broke don't fix it. Nick needs to just stay with BSB until the very end and deal with their album and helping them get back on top where they belong. His other projects are not only delaying their album but causing us, the fans, to wait even longer also. Of course, as a fan I'm going to buy Nick's album to support him but I definitely think he should have waited longer to bring it out. So don't be surprized if Justin's album soars Nick's into the ground. Even though I hope it doesnt cuz I can't stand Justin.

Lastly, BSB did what most musical acts can only dream as far as this business goes. They are the pioneers of the new age boys bands and always will be. No matter what those record execs or other false bands (NSUCK, OTOWN etc) try to do they can never replace the fact that Backstreet was FIRST. If it wasnt for BSB these Pop Icon people coming out today wouldnt even exist. We'd all be rap and rock freaks. There would be no pop. Instead of record execs stealing from BSB and other people trying to hold them down and push them in the wrong direction they should be thanking BSB for giving 10 years of their lives to this business and working as hard as they have. They have made a lot of people a lot of money and brought a lot of happiness into a lot of peoples' lives. The least those slimeballs who hurt and criticize them could do is return their happiness.

To BSB: I say the day this business is giving you more stress than happiness and you feel you just need out. Then say goodbye. Of course I'd be hurt and cry but I'd rather our boys be happy and put out good music then be miserable and put out crap just to please others. Wouldn't you?

Thanks to those who read this. Thanks to for giving us the opportunity to voice our opinions. If any of you fans out there would like to talk more about this or anything BSB feel free to email me. KTBSPA!!!

Submitted by shelly from USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 10:30:27 2002

Me personally I think the Boys got screwed over by Pearlman and the record company. He didn't tell them alot of things that they needed to know. NSYNC was put on the label by Pearlman and then the guys find out they have stiff competition. The guys have worked so hard that they deserve the money they get from the album sales and from the tour. I know NSYNC is competition but they are a good group and I listen to them as well as BSB. I'm not gonna say I hate them just because they are competition. They were thrown in BSB faces after they have worked so hard and now they have to compete against each other for fans and for sales of albums and concerts. We have seen that there is no tension between them before and we know that Chris and Howie went to college together in Florida so everyone should see that they get along and shouldn't worry about the competition.

That's all I have to say and I think they did the right thing by leaving Pearlman. They're better off where they are.

Submitted by Rina from Rockville Maryland USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 10:26:57 2002

I have quite mixed feelings about this article. On the one hand, I have been a loyal Backstreet Boys' fan since their glory days in Europe and refuse to be let down by some article which shows the Boys from a strictly business point of view; a different side to the idols we admire. On the other hand, it is a big dose of reality, which honestly, is hitting me and I am sure many other fans very hard.

Yes, they have made some mistakes, mostly managerial mistakes. But what band doesn't? No band is perfect from that perspective and the music business can and does get ugly. They have also made some career mistakes. Though Nick Carter is my favorite Boy, I don't feel it is the right time for him to come out with a solo album and I also do not feel his decision to stay with The Firm is the right way to go. Also, the release of "Chapter One" is seen as a signal of their "inevitable" split. And even though their fan-base dwindles down, the memories are what keeps many fans Backstreet pride alive.

The article has no lies, no hearsay whatsoever. But no matter what happens to the group or what light they are portrayed in, there is no doubting that these five men have touched the lives of many fans around the world. And even though pop music is now taking a different direction, no big-shot writer can take away the influence they have had on us fans. If this is the end, so be it. If they stay together for a few more years, all the better. But absolutely nothing can erase the love that many feel and hopefully still will feel for them in years to come. They have become a part of our lives and no article can take that away.

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