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The day after performing on “The Tonight Show” and the day before her new album “Lost On You” came out, LP stopped by to chat with me about her late night talk show appearance, the new record and the path from artist to songwriter and back to artist.

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Miley Cyrus and Jared Leto are hooking up. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also talked about Kanye West’s very expensive iPhone case and Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean’s secret “Friends” tattoo on “Ralphie Tonight.”

In an interview that aired Monday evening on “The Ralphie Show,” Backstreet Boy Nick Carter revealed that he and his fiancé are currently shopping a new reality show to a large cable network.

“Lauren (Kitt) and I are… we’re in negotiations, talking with VH1 right now about possibly doing a reality show based on our wedding,” Carter said.

The program would give viewers a unique perspective on a former teen heartthrob officially exiting the market for good. But as the Backstreet Boys celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year, many fans have also moved on in their personal lives. Even the guys themselves are all married with children… with the exception of Carter.

“The running joke is that everyone says… (all of the Backstreet Boys) have kids except for Nick,” the singer states. “Well, Kevin is actually my dad.”

All kidding aside, the band has a busy summer ahead with the release of In A World Like This and the kickoff of its summer tour, both on July 30. Carter will then release a memoir in the fall, which he hopes will inspire others to overcome some of the demons that he has faced with regards to drug and alcohol abuse. There will of course be a marriage, and maybe a reality show mixed in. Through it all, it doesn’t seem the Backstreet Boys are planning on leaving the spotlight.

“In relation to other artists out there, I think our fans are kind of like KISS fans,” Carter noted. “They don’t care about anybody else out there. They love what we represent. It’s a great relationship that we have.”

Carter credits the fans and that relationship with the 20 year existence of BSB, and he wasn’t finished comparing their situation to others.

“There’s some groups out there that don’t even care, and take 10 years off, and then all of the sudden they come back,” the Backstreet Boy said – perhaps taking a dig at 98 Degrees, who basically did exactly that for the group’s recent reunion on “The Package Tour.” “This isn’t a reunion tour. We’ve been touring and making albums consistently even since Kevin left.”

After test screenings, producers decided that the movie “This Is The End” needed a better ending. So, at the suggestion of Seth Rogan’s wife, the Backstreet Boys were called in.

“We didn’t really tell anybody except our wives or like family,” AJ McLean said about the cameo. He, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson stopped by “The Ralphie Show” on Tuesday. “I’ve been getting texts almost every other day from friends going, ‘Dude! Wow, that was awesome! I had no idea; you guys rocked!’”

McLean also cited the positive online reviews of the film, and it’s ending, when he and the guys talked about their involvement in it

“I wanted to see the script, to see what context we were going to be in,” said Richardson of the band’s only request before agreeing to the appearance. “We found out that Seth and Jay (Baruchel) are from Canada, and that’s where we first broke in North America.”

With a quick rehearsal and a solid amount of editing, McLean revealed that BSB’s total time investment for the shoot was a mere four hours. The timing of the cameo itself couldn’t have worked out better, with the band prepping its first independent record label album for this July. The title track, “In A World Like This,” serves as the lead single, and was just released on iTunes.

“I think the fans will hopefully have a deeper connection because this is really, truly coming from the five of us,” McLean noted about the project. “As opposed to the label ciphering through music, sending us songs, saying ‘Go do this, go do that; sing this, sing that.’ We had complete, 100% creative control from start to finish, and wanted to make a more personal record.”

The album is mastered after about a year of work. It will be available on July 30. Backstreet Boys kick off a tour to support it and commemorate its 20th anniversary on the day of the release. The North American trek continues through the beginning of September with supporting acts Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D.

Backstreet’s Ba… okay, we’ll stop. But seriously, can you believe the Backstreet Boys are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the group’s formation this year? Time does fly. In addition to releasing In A World Like This, the fellas will tour the country with Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D in tow.

My, oh my, the time has flown by. The Backstreet Boys are preparing an album to commemorate its twentieth anniversary next year.

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Before hitting the big 2-0 though, the guys thought it’d be a good idea to finally release a Christmas song – the first in its 19 year history.

If the nostalgia hasn’t peaked yet, once-bad boy A.J. McLean is now a father.

“She is an absolute dream,” McLean said of his daughter, born Ava Jaymes McLean on November 27. “She only cries here and there, she sleeps most of the time, and her poop is hardly even there as of now. I’ve probably changed 50 diapers, and I love it.”

The new duties haven’t seemed to weigh McLean down, literally or figuratively, as the Backstreet Boys promote its new single, “It’s Christmas Time Again.”


“We’ve tried to have Christmas albums, but never seemed to find the time,” explained McLean. “We were either on tour, or we were working on a brand new Backstreet record, or we were taking down time for the holidays usually.”

A.J. said the single not only fills the holiday music void for the band, but also gives its fans something to have until the new BSB single drops next year, the first for an album that will commemorate the group’s 1993 formation.

“As soon as I’m off with you guys, I will be heading off to the studio to meet up with the fellas,” said McLean. “We’re actually in the studio for the rest of this week, and then the first couple days of next week.”

After a short break, it’s off to New York, where the Backstreet Boys will perform on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” It’s 19 years later, and the quintet is still doing media as if they’re from One Direction.

“We’ve had a couple of chances to meet both One Direction and The Wanted,” recalled McLean. BSB performed on the same bill with the latter boy band at the Summer MixTape Festival in Hershey, PA earlier this year. “They’re awesome guys. We just tell them the same thing, like, ‘Listen, you guys stay on the path that you’re on. You’re all humble, humble guys. Just don’t ever forget that it’s because of your fans and because of the music that you have the success that you have.”

McLean’s other piece of advice to the guys: enjoy it, because it could be gone tomorrow.

If you’re wondering, that is how a pop act sticks around long enough in this day and age to celebrate a twentieth anniversary.

Backstreet’s back… again… and apparently, so is Christmas too. Tis the season!

Before One Direction and The Wanted, before N’Sync, the Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees, there was New Kids on the Block. The music between the aforementioned acts spans three decades, and New Kids singer Donnie Wahlberg is happy the genre has exhibited staying power.

“In some ways, [One Direction and The Wanted] validate us,” the NKOTB star told me via telephone. “And I think our reunion has validated us in many ways as well. The fans that grew up with us came back.”

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Wahlberg speaks proudly on not just his group’s return, but also the new generation of fans that have new music to grow up with.

“I think there’s a place in society for all different types of music,” he explained. “I’m glad that the young bands are coming out now and doing well because I think it validates what we did 25 years ago.”

Generations will collide August 17 and 18 in Hershey, PA, when New Kids on the Block, the Backstreet Boys, The Wanted, Kelly Clarkson, LL Cool J, and more converge on Hersheypark Stadium for the inaugural “Summer Mixtape Fest.” While Wahlberg seemed happy to speak about the state of pop music, he channeled personal experiences when commenting on the groups specifically.

“My opinion or my advice to them is really inconsequential,” Wahlberg stated, before offering his reasoning. “Yunno, the same way when I was 19 and they interviewed everyone from The Monkeys to Donny Osmond to one of The Beatles to whomever to give advice or to ask what they thought of us. When I was 19, I didn’t care what any of those guys thought about me.”

At 42 years old, it is easy for Wahlberg to reminisce on the path his group helped blaze given New Kids’ past success. The trip down memory lane becomes a little sweeter though when you factor in the group’s current run, which has lasted since 2008 and brought the band to new destinations that none of them thought were possible.

“It’s a really humbling experience; it’s been an amazing journey,” Wahlberg, who will turn 43 on the first day of the festival, said. “[The reunion] sort of turned a 19-20 year-old sort of college age experience that I look back on fondly in to a very mature and different experience now.”

The experience continues to play out, as New Kids will tour across five continents in 2012.

Boston-born singer Michael Africk has been around the block a few times, and by block, I mean world. The former teen superstar opened for N’Sync, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys. How in was the singer with these acts? None of them made him sign a confidentiality agreement. Africk also made a huge name for himself in Japan, playing sold out shows and becoming a sushi connoisseur of sorts in the process.

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Now, Africk is marking his return with “Make it Loud” – an uplifting dance track that he called in to chat about on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”


I suppose you could add another bullet point to the resume or bio after my interview with Joe Jonas aired last week on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” All three family members that comprised The Jonas Brothers have now joined my show for interviews.

– LISTEN: Kevin Jonas (8/11/2008)
– LISTEN: Nick Jonas (1/19/2010)
– LISTEN: Joe Jonas (7/21/2011)
Next up… all five members of N’Syncthe Backstreet BoysNKOTSB perhaps?