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Howie D. Talks About His Solo Career And What it's Like Branching Out On His Own

12/19/2011 8:19am EST
Howie D
Howie D. is best known for being a part of one of the biggest boy bands in the world, Backstreet Boys. But he proves that he can make it on his own with his first solo album “Back to Me.” Between touring with Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block and promoting his album, Howie took the time to sit down with us and talk about his solo career and what it was like branching out on his own.

Starpulse: Tell us about your newest album, "Back to Me," which was released in November.

Howie D.: I’m very excited actually; I was finally able to join my fellow band mates as being the fourth Backst...

Backstreet Boy A.J. Mclean Weds

12/18/2011 4:00pm EST
A.J. Mclean
Backstreet Boys star A.J. Mclean has married his longtime girlfriend at a ceremony in Los Angeles, after initially postponing the nuptials for a stint in rehab earlier this year.

The singer proposed to girlfriend Rochelle Deanna Karidis while he was celebrating his 32nd birthday in a Las Vegas nightclub in January last year.

They initially planned to marry in May, but McLean checked into rehab earlier this year to seek treatment "for personal reasons", causing them to delay the wedding.

But the pair has now exchanged vows in front of stars including singer Joey McIntyre, comedienne Kathy...

Q&A: Rob Gonzalez & Kevin Richardson Come 'Home' For Cancer Benefit

12/8/2011 11:00am EST
PR Photos
The holiday season is one for giving, and Rob Gonzalez and Kevin Richardson are definitely in the holiday spirit. The two have combined their talents for a seasonal concert to benefit the fight against cancer.

Gonzalez, the performer in residence at the Montage Beverly Hills luxury hotel, and former Backstreet Boy Richardson are the headliners of Home For The Holidays, hosted by the Montage on December 18. The concert supports The Angeles Clinic Foundation of Los Angeles. The pair have made it a love letter to music and the season, crafting an entertaining evening that is influenced ...

Nick Carter Auctions Off Backstreet Boys & New Kids On The Block Autographed Sneakers For Charity

9/13/2011 11:18am EDT
Nick Carter
Nick Carter is helping the environment in style: Carter, who is a Going Green advocate, has recently joined forces with Global Green USA in an attempt to spread awareness on the importance of an eco lifestyle. After wrapping a massive world tour with the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block this summer, Nick gathered signatures from all members of both mega-groups on a pair of his favorite gym shoes.

Joining Global Green USA supporters like Orlando Bloom, Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Carter’s used sneakers are on right now and currently going for $2,000. Wow! The ...

Katy Perry & Lady Gaga Banned In China

8/25/2011 9:47pm EDT
Katy Perry and Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are among the artists who find themselves on a new 'banned' list in China.

The pop superstars have fallen foul of China's Ministry of Culture officials, who have branded their songs vulgar.

Songs like Perry's "Last Friday Night" and Gaga's "The Edge of Glory," "Judas" and "Hair" are among the tracks the Ministry is keen to keep away from Chinese youngsters' ears.

Their hitlist also features the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it that Way."

Chinese website bosses have been told they must remove the songs by September 15.

NKOTBSB Releasing A Joint Album

8/12/2011 12:35pm EDT
New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys have captured the magic of their joint tour in the recording studio for a new collaborative album.

The two boy bands teamed up earlier this year for their first single together, Don't Turn Out The Lights, before thrilling fans across North America with their summer NKOTBSB tour.

They are now set to release a full project together under the same name this October.

The upcoming disc combines hit songs from New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys' back catalogue for unique musical mash-ups.

Be On Nick Carter's New EP & Win $1,500!

7/14/2011 4:07pm EDT
Nick Carter
If you're an aspiring musician, then Backstreet Boys cutie Nick Carter has some career breaking news for you! Nick has chosen Indaba Music’s 600,000-strong music community to remix five tracks from his second solo release I’m Taking Off: “Love Can’t Wait,” “Falling Down,” “I’m Taking Off,” “Not The Other Guy,” and “So Far Away.”

The five best remixes (one for each track) will be featured on the official Remix EP issued by Carter’s label Kaotic with each winner also receiving a cool $1,500 for their work, plus features on Nick Carter’s website and Facebook page! Ten runners-up (two for ea...

Backstreet Boys Star Howie Dorough Is Hopeful About His Solo Career

7/12/2011 8:42am EDT
Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys star Howie Dorough has become the final member of the boyband to launch a solo career - he's set to release his debut album in November.

The singer, who is currently on a joint Backstreet Boys/New Kids On The Block tour, is putting the finishing touches to "Back To Me" and he hopes the tracks will show fans the "full range" of his vocal abilities.

He says, "The whole objective was to show people my individual personality. When we come together in Backstreet Boys, our individual sounds create an unbelievable group sound. At the same time, we've all had aspirations of doing ...

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Backstreet Boys Singer A.J. McLean Buys Lindsay Lohan's Vampire Photo

5/11/2011 1:36pm EDT
AJ Mclean
Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean has become the proud owner of a picture of Lindsay Lohan posing as a vampire after buying the piece from photographer Tyler Shields.

The Mean Girls star sported fangs and covered herself in fake blood for the shoot with Shields and the snaps were exhibited at his Life Is Not A Fairytale show in Los Angeles this month.

McLean has now revealed he purchased one of the Lohan snaps, which shows her straddling Vampire Diaries star Michael Trevino and pretending to stab him with a knife.

The singer admits he bought the piece because his fiancée Rochelle Karidi...

A.J. McLean To Leave Rehab Next Week?

1/28/2011 2:24pm EST
AJ Mclean
Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean is "doing very well" in rehab and he's scheduled to be released in a week's time, according to his bandmate Brian Littrell.

The 33-year-old singer has battled substance abuse issues for many years and after two stints in clinics in the early 2000s, he sought help again earlier this month.

McLean enrolled in a program "for personal reasons" and his pal Littrell has revealed the pop star is recovering well and has just a week of treatment left.

Littrell says, "He's good... Just talked to him last night... He's got one more week, he's been there three wee...

Backstreet Boys Star AJ Mclean Returns To Rehab

1/13/2011 2:15pm EST
AJ Mclean
Backstreet Boys' pop comeback has hit a stumbling block - singer A.J. Mclean has reportedly returned to rehab to conquer his drug and alcohol demons once and for all.

The singer has battled addiction for years and enrolled in treatment programs in both 2001 and 2002 for alcohol and cocaine abuse.

But a source tells McLean has struggled with sobriety in recent months and is now "out of control", threatening to derail the group's plans to hit the road for their upcoming joint tour with New Kids on the Block.

A spokesperson for the singer had yet to comment on the report as WENN wen...

New Music & Wedding Bells For NKOTBSB

12/14/2010 1:50pm EST
Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Bloc
The long-awaited collaboration for two of the most notorious boy bands was finally kicked off at this years American Music Awards. The Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block joined forces to form one super boy band, NKOTBSB, and are now set to go on tour! Looks like someone's cashing in on their glory days, don't you think?

We hit the red carpet to see what these boys have planned after the tour to keep this NKOTBSB craze hot! Wedding bells? New music? Watch the video and check it out for yourselves!

Watch: New Kids On The Block And Backstreet Boys Team Up At American Music Awards

11/22/2010 9:39am EST
Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block
The New Kids on the Block and the Back Street Boys appeared together on the American Music Awards last night, in front of a giant electronic display that displayed "NKOTBSB." The new super group will be touring together, and as a debut they did a mash-up of "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." Watch the video below:

Well, it sounds like they could use a little voice work. They were probably rushed to get ready for the show, but we're sure they will have everything perfected in time for their first show in the summer. So what do you think of thi...

NKOTB And The Backstreet Boys Seal The Deal On 2011 Summer Tour

11/3/2010 6:30pm EDT
New Kids On The Block
Boy band super-groups New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys have confirmed reports they're teaming up to tour together in 2011.

The two acts thrilled fans at a New Kids concert in New York in June when they took the stage together to perform a rendition of Backstreet Boys hit I Want It That Way and the duet was such a success the members of both bands have agreed to hit the road together next summer. There will be an official announcement at the American Music Awards later this month, when the two bands will perform together again.

In a tweet to fans on Wednesday, American Idol ...

Aaron Carter Shocks Fans With Muscled Photo On Twitter

10/11/2010 8:51am EDT
Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter shocked fans after unveiling his extreme new physique online - after revealing his obsession with a gruelling muscle-building regime that's completely transformed his body.

The 22-year-old pop star logged on to Twitter last week, posting a barely recognizable picture of himself menacingly flexing for the camera, and showing off his lean, muscled frame.

Carter revealed he has been holed up at the house of his brother, Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter's longtime manager, Johnny Wright - and he says chiseling his figure is helping him focus on recording new tracks.

He wrote: ...

Hot Legs: Sugababes Singer Jade Ewan Struts Her Stuff

8/15/2010 2:41pm EDT
They're called the Sugababes, but as far as we can tell there's only one babe.

Maybe they should rethink their name? New member Jade Ewan recently showed off her long, lean legs at a music festival in Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal.

Bandmates Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah also took the stage, but leggy Jade definitely outshone her singing partners.

The band just revealed they will start work on a new album next week. The disc will be the first with new member Jade, who rerecorded Keisha Buchanan's vocals on their previous release "Sweet 7" after being drafted into the band in September.

Paris Hilton Is Done With Famous Boyfriends

7/27/2010 11:34am EDT
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton has vowed never to date another celebrity - because she would prefer to be with a man "who's not in the public eye."

The socialite split from The Hills star Doug Reinhardt earlier this year and has previously enjoyed high profile romances with Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden and Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. But the hotel heiress is adamant her next partner won't be famous.

She tells Britain's Heat magazine, "It's really hard in my position just being in a relationship, because so much goes along with it. The media are constantly making up stories and it's just hard...

Backstreet Boys Leave Record Label

5/28/2010 4:30pm EDT
Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys have parted ways with their longtime record label after 16 years on the roster.

The boy band signed to Jive Records in 1994 and released seven albums through the label over the years. They have now announced their departure from Jive in a post on their official website, titled "Freedom," which dismisses rumors they were dumped from the books because of falling album sales.

The post reads, "So the news is out! The Backstreet Boys are no longer signed to long time record label Jive Records. The amicable split is very exciting for the group. "

Band member Brian Littre...

Aaron Carter: 'Lindsay Lohan Deserves Her Punishment'

5/26/2010 8:28am EDT
Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter is pleased Lindsay Lohan has been strapped with an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet, insisting his ex-girlfriend "deserves" the punishment.

The Mean Girls star has been forbidden from leaving California and must now wear the device, which alerts authorities if she consumes booze, after a judge ordered her to refrain from drinking or taking illegal drugs for the foreseeable future.

The sentencing stems from a 2007 arrest during a turbulent period of the actress' life which saw her detained several times on driving under the influence charges and accused of taking three men ...

The Backstreet Boys Have Financial Advice For Lady Gaga

4/15/2010 8:12am EDT
Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys are keen to mentor Lady Gaga about the business of music so she doesn't make the same mistakes they did when they first made it big.

The boy band was touring in New Zealand at the same time as the Paparazzi singer and learned that she is living too large.

And now Boys star Brian Littrell is keen to play business mentor to the Gaga, so she doesn't return home after big tours broke.

He says, "Our production manager was talking to her production manager and we found out that she had, like, three 747s (private planes) flying around with her. I just wanted to tell her that...

Backstreet Boys Land Cruise Gig

3/2/2010 4:00pm EST
Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys are following in the footsteps of boy-band New Kids On The Block by performing a concert cruise. The Step by Step hit-makers put on a three-day boat trip around the Caribbean last May.

The high seas thrill featured performances from the group and special meet-and-greet sessions for fans onboard. And now the Backstreet Boys are cruising to treat their loyal followers to a similar trip.

The four-day trip will set sail from Florida on December 9th. It will include a show and themed parties.

A post on the band's website reads, "This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime ...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 20

2/20/2010 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to:

Caribbean singer Rihanna (1988)

The Darkness drummer Ed Graham (1976)

Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell (1975)

Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain (1967; d. 1994)

Supermodel Cindy Crawford (1966)

Socialite Patty Hearst (1954)

English actor Anthony Stewart Head (1954)

Actress/model Jennifer O'Neill (1948)

"Peter Pan" actress Sandy Duncan (1946)

English actress Brenda Blethyn (1946)

"The Fifth Element" actor Brion James (1945; d. 1999)

Film director Mike Leigh (1943)

Songwriter/artist Buffy Sainte-Marie (1941)

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson (1937)


Celebrity Birthdays, January 28

1/28/2010 3:00am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Happy Birthday to

Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan (1968)

"Lord of the Rings" hobbit Elijah Wood (1981)

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (1980)

*NSync elder Joey Fatone (1977)

"Cold Case" actress Kathryn Morris (1969)

Eric B.'s partner Rakim (1968)

Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs (1968)

Model/actress Barbi Benton (1950)

English musician Robert Wyatt (1945)

MASH star Alan Alda (1936)

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Celebrity Birthdays, January 9

1/9/2010 3:00am EST
Dave Matthews
Happy Birthday to

Singer Dave Matthews (1967)

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean (1978)

Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell (1967)

"Nip/Tuck" actress Joely Richardson (1965)

"Vera Drake" star Imelda Staunton (1956)

American country singer Crystal Gayle (1951)

New York Doll David Johansen (1950)

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (1944)

British actress Susannah York (1942)

60s singer/activist Joan Baez (1941)

"Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver (1935; d. 2005)

"The Good The Bad and The Ugly" actor Lee Van Cleef (1925; d. 1989)

Guitarist/inventor Les Paul (1915; d....

The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

11/15/2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...

Top 10 Films With Numbers In The Title

9/26/2009 1:52pm EDT
In honor of the recent Tim Burton film 9 we're spotlighting numerals and numbers in film. What they have contributed to movies over the years goes beyond simply differentiating an original from a sequel.

For the most part this list excludes sequels. Sorry. It's just too easy. Also, much too simple are the straight up number films. But the English language loopholes are definitely abused throughout this top ten to reflect the best and, well, most viewed options. Check them out!

1. The First Wives Club.

This is the smartass chick's chick flick with a message. Bette Midler. Goldie ...

80s Vs. 90s: Which Decade Was The Best In Entertainment?

9/26/2009 10:03am EDT
Eighties and Nineties nostalgia are running rampant in pop culture right now. Television networks and film companies are resurrecting TV shows and movies like 90210, Melrose Place, Halloween, and Transformers. This obsession with the 80s and 90s have lead to TV specials and debates about which decade is better. Both provided us with fascinating films to watch, memorable music to listen to, and new forms of entertainment that we still use today. But when it comes to entertainment, which decade was better?


In the 80s, there were only three major broadcast networks - ABC, NBC,...

Kaci Battaglia Talks Past, Present & Being 'Crazy Possessive'

9/25/2009 6:00pm EDT
Kaci Battaglia Interview
Kaci Battaglia might be one of the best new pop artists but in fact she is not exactly new. Nearly a decade ago and in her early teenage years, she had multiple top ten hits in Europe and after a short hiatus Kaci is back on the dance/pop scene.

A southern girl from the Tampa Bay, Florida area, Battaglia took a short break from the entertainment business at the age of 18 to pursue academic dreams in Cambridge, UK.

Although she might be the only pop star ever to think International Politics and Economics is exhilarating, Battaglia admits her academic dreams are not a priority right n...

Weekly Fashion Wrap Up: Kate Beckinsale, Kim Kardashian & More

9/11/2009 2:15pm EDT
Weekly Fashion Wrap Up
In this week's "Fashion Wrap Up" there are more losers than winners - but we expect next week's list to be full of both with Fashion Week starting in New York City. See the photos after the jump!


Jennifer Morrison: Our worst dressed of the week. Yikes, just yikes!

Image © PR Photos

Kim Kardashian: Not so much about the fashion (her outfit wasn't half bad), but what was Kim thinking about her hair? What is that on the side of her head?

Image © PR Photos

Lily Collins: Maybe it's mean, but this whole ensemble is terrible. The color, the cut...ouch!