This Sunday night, we get to celebrate the second coming of Justin Timberlake’s music career with what’s destined to be a show stopping performance during the 2013 Grammys! It’s been a long cold musical winter since he dropped his last album (2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds), during which time we had to make due with a whole host of pop prince pretenders (we’re lookin’ at you Taio Cruz).Well no more! JT has returned to us, and now it’s time to feast on the bounty of his new tracks. Sadly we have to wait a few more days before we can hear his tunes, so for now let’s feast our eyes on his best award show fashion of all time!
Today may be Justin Timberlake’s 32nd birthday, but he has certainly been celebrating all month long. The object of all female attention debuted his new single “Suit and Tie” earlier this month, and after seven long years – we have the blue pigmentation on our faces from holding our breath to prove it – has announced the release of his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience (March 19). But that isn’t all! Justin and his team clearly were not satisfied until we all died of excitement because it has been confirmed that Justin will join the growing list of artists to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards. Well, may we all rest in peaceful bliss!
But let’s not forget! Before this talented hunk needed to a poncho to protect his suit and tie from the drool of females everywhere, he shined as a child star on The Mickey Mouse Club, and dominated the boy band scene as one-fifth of N*Sync – all while perfecting his synchronized dance moves and making girls swoon. So, in honor of his birthday, we’ve put together a gallery of Justin’s journey into all of our hearts, from his Mickey Mouse Club member past to his very sexy present. Check ‘em out!
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Is there anything in the world more beautiful than a boy band? The gel-heavy hairdos. The choreographed moves. The matching outfits (so often suits, so often made of leather). The cuddly, goofy photo ops. Being in a boy band isn’t just a job, it’s an art form. As someone who once cried in the middle of 40,000 screaming girls when Donnie Wahlberg sang “Cover Girl,” seeing them perform live can be a life-changing experience. (NKOTB 4ever.)
Our friends over at MTV are honoring this special species of man music with their Battle of the Boy Bands, and the final round of voting begins today. In honor of the competition we’ve selected the best photos of the best boy bands of the past 20 years for you to swoon/LOL/and get nostalgic over. Be sure to view the pics while listening to our boy band playlist, featuring some of our favorite boy band jams.
Ten years ago, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was Teen People‘s “Biggest Teen Idol” and *NSYNC-ophant Joey Fatone was…not. Today, Carter is still making music with the Boys, while Fatone spends his time hosting reality shows and red carpet events. Both bubblegum bandits were born on January 28th. Which one is older?
Orlando music mogul Lou Pearlman made his money the old fashioned way: He got little old ladies to sink their life savings into nonexistent companies, then pocketed the money. As if that weren’t bad enough, Pearlman then used some of those millions to help manufacture boy-band juggernauts Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. The world would never be the same.
Pearlman, who was a first cousin to Art Garfunkel, set out to run airlines and travel agencies, although most of these companies existed only on paper. When New Kids on the Block chartered one of his planes, he launched his own personal star search that resulted in Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, LFO and Aaron Carter, all of whom later sued Pearlman for back earnings. In a Vanity Fair article, several anonymous band-members alleged his hands-on management style included naked hotel bed romps with his charges.
After *NSYNC sang “Bye Bye Bye” to Pearlman, feds took control of his one remaining company in 2007. The man the Orlando Weekly dubbed a “corpulent pusbag” fled to Bali, where he adopted the alias “A. Incognito Johnson.” In May 2008, the 53-year-old was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, but his debts to cheated investors, which total some $300 million, remain unpaid . — Charles Bottomley