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April 3rd, 2015

In Loving Memory of Johnny ‘Q’ Elgani

Through their two decades together, one man was by BSB’s side through thick and thin – Johnny “Q” Elgani.
Sadly, Backstreetdom lost its brightest smile 15 months ago, but the guys paid tribute to Q by dedicating Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of to the much-loved bodyguard.
While it’s a big week for the documentary as it makes its TV debut on VH1, it’s also a significant week for the family Q left behind – his wife Angela celebrated their daughter Chloe’s first birthday over the weekend and says that her adorable girl reminds her of Q more and more everyday.

“Chloe is a doll – such a beautiful light! I see him in her in many, many ways … everyday. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes I think he’s in there somewhere.
“As for me, I’m better and stronger … yet there is not a second that goes by that I don’t think of him or miss him tremendously. I still hurt, but I push on for Chloe and him, how I think he would want me to. That is how I honor him daily.”
As Q’s long-time love, Angela witnessed the close bond that he shared with BSB and the role he played in both their personal and professional lives over the years.

“He was always there and experiencing a lot of the same feelings that they felt – like how fast they gained success,” she says. “He was with them through growing pains as a group and individually and he was always looking out for their best interests, even when they may not have known it themselves.
“It’s funny how fans call him the sixth Backstreet Boy … he did grow with them.

“He was always smiling, joking and keeping things light, fun and interesting to help keep the group moral high. He could also think quickly on his feet – it was like he was made for this job.”

Angela flew to Los Angeles with baby Chloe in January to attend the red carpet premiere of the documentary at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinemas.

While it was an emotional experience, she enjoyed getting to see the film alongside BSB and their fans.

“Even though I know many parts of the story, it was nice to see the boys talk about their past, their home towns and their perspective of the whole journey. I was happy and sad… I cried with them…

“It was a really real, raw feeling and I enjoyed that.”

The band remains “family forever” to Angela and Chloe and she says all of the guys and their wives have been supportive since Q passed away, aged 40.

They remain in frequent contact – Nick’s wife Lauren organized Angela’s baby shower, while Chloe has enjoyed playtime with AJ and Rochelle’s two-year-old daughter Ava.

It was AJ who shared one of the closest bonds with Q and he says both he and the group have been shaped by the lessons and values Q instilled in them.

“Loyalty, camaraderie, family-first and honesty … we’ve learned to be honest with each other no matter what – even if you know you might hurt somebody, they’ll have more respect for you in the end if you’re honest from jump street.”

Documentary director Stephen Kijak adds that Q was around extensively during filming of Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of and the crew loved their time with him.

“We loved Q. He was with us on that whole hometown trip. He was the sixth Backstreet Boy – part of the band and like family. He took such good care of those guys and was such an awesome dude.

“It was so sad when it happened…. I can’t even put it into words. He was such a great guy.”

*Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of premieres on VH1 at 9/8c Friday!

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Source: BsB.com



March 29th, 2015

Backstreet Boys’ Brian Littrell headed to Kentucky Hall of Fame

Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys has a major reason to celebrate. He will be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum this year.

Littrell will be joined by his cousin and band-mate Kevin Richardson (from the Backstreet Boys), in addition to country duo Montgomery Gentry, among other notable musical acts. The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 10, at the Lexington Center, Bluegrass Ballroom in Kentucky.

Aside from being a member of Backstreet Boys, Littrell is also a Christian music singer-songwriter, who has released a critically-acclaimed Christian studio album entitled Welcome Home.

This year’s honorees will join other Kentucky native musicians and professionals to be recognized for their contributions to the state of Kentucky and worldwide. The event will also honor those who have lent their time, talent and resources to preserve Kentucky’s rich musical heritage.

Digital Journal’s recent interview with Brian Littrell, may be seen by clicking here.

Their Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of) documentary, which came out in January of 2015, received a rave review from Digital Journal.

To learn more about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, check out its official website.

For more information on the acclaimed pop vocal group Backstreet Boys, visit their official homepage.

Source: digitaljournal.com



March 2nd, 2015

Recently, AJ interview AJ gave to the Huffington Post UK… He speaks about Brian’s vocal’s problems…
Here’s the extract…
Click HERE for the whole interview!

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean reveals he was shocked and surprised when bandmate Brian Littrell broke it to him that he had a condition, meaning he couldn’t always sing the way he used to.

AJ tells HuffPostUK that the band were recording their most recent album in a London studio, and he could tell something wasn’t right with Brian’s voice, but he was still shocked when Brian asked the rest of the band to sit down, because he needed to tell them something.

AJ remembers: “He told us he had vocal tension dysphonia, which I had never heard of in my life. Immediately some of the guys were jumping on the internet, trying to look up stuff to see if they could help.

A fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘Backstreet Boys: Show Em What You’re Made Of’ includes footage of Brian, who had one of the strongest voices in the group when they were at the peak of their success, having therapy for his condition, which constricts the vocal cords and can prevent any sound coming out. Brian has separately revealed he also suffers from dystonia, a form of disconnect between brain and vocal cords, and that these are both nervous conditions, which can be caused by stress, and the kind of hectic lifestyle that goes with selling 130 million albums worldwide.

One of the film’s key scenes shows frustrated bandmate Nick Carter blowing up at Brian, shouting, “Are we going to talk about this?” but AJ, a recovering alcoholic, says he has a lot of empathy for his afflicted bandmate.

It’s similar to what I went through,” he agrees. “It’s about working on yourself, overcoming your demons.

But it starts with him. If he doesn’t do the work, it’s never going to change.

But he’s competitive and stubborn, he’s a lion and he’ll fight. Hats off to him, he’s doing everything he can. I can hear his voice getting better.



February 4th, 2015

Source: LA Times

Backstreet Boys, all grown up and ready for movie redemption

The Backstreet Boys, from left, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson, stand for a portrait at the W Hotel. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

In the ’90s, the Backstreet Boys were his enemy. They were bubble-gum pop — a manufactured quintet made up of guys who wore matching sports jerseys and sang about the shape of their hearts.

They were everything Stephen Kijak was against. He wore black and liked musicians who did too, like the Cure. So when production company Pulse Films asked him to direct a documentary about the BSB — ugh, a cutesy nickname! — he balked.

“That’s what you brought me? You work with Nick Cave, Blur, LCD Soundsystem, and you bring me the Backstreet Boys? Yeah, I don’t think so,” recalled Kijak, 45.

[W]e’re still kicking. We’ve been nominated for a ton of Grammys but have never won. It would be nice, from an industry standpoint, for someone to go, ‘Hey, well done.’ Brian Littrell, Backstreet Boys

 

But then he met with the band, and they said they were more interested in emulating Metallica’s documentary than Justin Bieber’s. Plus, group members were at a pivotal moment: their 20th anniversary. Kevin Richardson had just returned to the band after a six-year hiatus. And they were just about to start recording a new album in London.

“They didn’t have anything to lose,” Kijak said. “They didn’t have a record deal and sort of weren’t sure if anybody cared about them anymore. They felt like underdogs.”

Which is kind of crazy for a group that has sold 130 million albums worldwide, toured in more than 100 countries and received seven Grammy nominations. But as viewers learn in “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,” which debuted in limited release and on video-on-demand Friday, even that list of accomplishments won’t earn you much respect when you’re a grown man in a boy band.
lRelated South By Southwest program to include Apatow, McCarthy & Hart

 

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November 7th, 2014

Brian is featured on two magazines this month!!

One is JEZEBEL.
Jezebel listed the 50 most beautiful Atlantans of 2014 and OF COURSE Brian is one of them …

The other magazine is FAMILY LIFE.
Family Life wrote a great article about Wylee!! and Leighanne and Brian made it on the cover!

(click on the miniatures to be redirected to the gallery!)

Source: Jezebel and Family Life



June 7th, 2014

Source: ChicagoTribune.com

Brian Littrell can picture Backstreet Boys performing into their 50s

Luis Gomez About Last Night
10:16 p.m. CDT, June 4, 2014

I hate to be the bearer of bad news for One Direction fans, but the immensely popular British boy band won’t be around forever. History has taught us that solo aspirations or in-fighting among band members will likely do in the quintet within the next two to three years (five, if they’re lucky), just like they’ve done in nearly every pop band that came before them. Many of us can see the Harry Styles solo album coming from a mile away. And when that day comes and One Direction is no more — which hopefully happens later rather than sooner, for the sake of millions of teenagers — don’t be surprised if the Backstreet Boys are still going strong.

The Backstreet Boys, you see, are the exception to the rule.

The “I Want It That Way” band celebrated its 20th anniversary and released its eighth studio album, “In A World Like This,” last year. Backstreet has been recording new music steadily since its self-titled 1996 debut, never going more than five years without an album release. To put that in perspective, pop acts such as ‘N Sync and the Spice Girls haven’t released an album in more than a decade and 98 Degrees and New Kids on the Block both waited more than a decade before recording another album. Backstreet performs Wednesday at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island along with Avril Lavigne. In October, the guys will take part in a four-day Backstreet fan cruise, in collaboration with Carnival Cruise Lines.

That’s not to say it’s been smooth sailing (excuse the pun) the entire time for Backstreet. There have been solo albums, stints in rehab and lawsuits — not to mention Kevin Richardson left the band in 2006 before returning in 2012. Still, they’ve far outlasted everyone’s predictions and, as last year’s surprise cameo in “This Is The End” proved, remain relevant after all these years. Here, band member Brian Littrell talks about where Backstreet goes from here and pictures a day when the general public gets past the boy band stigma and gives the guys their due.

Q: Backstreet is now 21 years old. What keeps you guys from calling it a day and going your separate ways?

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June 1st, 2014

Source: LA Times

Twenty years later, Backstreet Boys still ‘got it goin’ on’

Nearly 20 years after declaring they’ve “got it goin’ on,” the Backstreet Boys are still in demand.

The boy band that graduated from teenage dreams to full-fledged adults without spiraling into obscurity (or worse) is packing arenas across the globe with its current “In a World Like This Tour,” which began last year.

The tour marks the 20th anniversary of the group that, along with baby-faced rivals ’N Sync and 98 Degrees, dominated the charts worldwide during the boy band boom of the late 1990s — and with 130 million albums sold, it’s unlikely the Backstreet Boys will ever relinquish the title of best-selling boy band in history.

Both BSB and their fans have matured beyond the glory days of syrupy pop. The group’s latest album, 2013’s “In a World Like This,” continues a blend of contemporary pop rock and R&B inflected harmonies and the stage show proves the guys — in their 30s and 40s — still have it goin’ on.

Ahead of their stop at the Forum on Thursday, Pop & Hiss caught up with member Brian Littrell to talk touring, reunions and how the group has kept it together.

This tour is massive. It must feel great to still be in such demand.

We’ve been all over the globe. We’re about to do our second European run in July. We’re doing our second [North American] run now. The fan response has been amazing. We started it as our 20th anniversary tour, and we’ve already been together 21 years now. The anniversary has come and gone but we’re still kicking.

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May 23rd, 2014

The Backstreet Boys haven’t had a huge hit in years … but they’re still earning 1990s-sized paychecks.

BSB just collected $750K to star in a Swedish commercial … singing a version of “Larger Than Life” … for a Swedish warehouse store.
Brian Littrell tells us … the guys divided the spoils evenly — $150K a piece. Brian pocketed an additional $80K for co-writing the tune.

Littrell says the commercial shows them slaving away in a warehouse when they suddenly break into song.

Now here’s the hook … they changed the lyrics from “larger than life” to “lager than life.” Lager means warehouse in Swedish.

Swedish humor … it’s not that funny.

Source: TMZ.com



May 14th, 2014

Last week Jenn and I (Frankie) Recieved this email:

A woman named Laura emailed the station on behalf of a woman she works with named Katherine.

Katherine is a 33 year old woman with Down Syndrome who absolutely loves the Backstreet Boys.

She is unfortunately on limited income and cannot afford tickets, so Laura (who is Katherine’s support worker) has been trying to win some for her- with absolutely no luck.

So, Laura emailed us explaining the situation, with the hopes that we would be able to give Katherine a pair of tickets to the show.

Now we can’t do this all the time but when the stars align things happen!!! We not only managed to get Katherine tickets for the show – we also arranged a Meet & Greet with the Backstreet Boys!

Listen to the call and her response here:
https://soundcloud.com/energy-mornings/bsb-tickets-meet-n-greet-katherine-laura

Here’s the follow up after the show!!

Kath and I had a fabulous time last night THANK YOU so so much Energy 106.
They were totally amazing. It couldn’t of gotten any better.
At the meet and greet I asked Brian if he could sing or something to Kath as she just loves him and he is her favorite he said he would look for her.
We went and got out tickets and were shocked as where we were sitting 6th row right by the stage.
We could reach out and touch their hands. Brian pointed at Kath and blew kisses to her throughout the night. He gave her a heart shaped pick and a jets jersey with his last name on it that he wore.
She is so so happy. It was a night we will never forget.
AJ and Kevin also acknowledged her a lot as well. They are amazing men.
It was a dream come true Thanks again for helping me make it come true for her.

Laura

SIMPLY AWESOME!!!

Source: ENERGY 106



March 24th, 2014

The french newspaper Le Parisien wrote a (great) article about the Backstreet Boys and published a beautiful new picture, taken in the venue “Le Zenith” in Paris (France) after the boys’ soundcheck…

Source: LeParisien.fr

You can read the article (in French) and watch the video the site published by clicking “Read The Rest Of The Entry

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