Ten Of The Best: Boy Bands
Created in 1993 by the now-fallen ‘talent scout’ and manager Lou Pearlman, these boys are the biggest selling boyband of all time with over 100 million albums sold!
Formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma by brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson. They are best known for the 1997 hit song “MMMBop” from their major label debut album Middle Of Nowhere, which earned three Grammy nominations. Despite the enormous commercial success of Middle Of Nowhere, the band suffered from the merger that eliminated Mercury Records and were moved to Island Def Jam Music Group, which they eventually left after conflict with the label about creative input. The band now records under its own label, 3CG Records.
Boyz II Men
BoyzIIMen was formed in Philadelphia in 1988. After catching the attention of Bell Biv Devoe at a conert in 1989, the group was re-christened BoyzIIMen and entered the studio to record their first album. Since that time the group have become the biggest selling r&b group of all time.
Put together in early 1997 by Bob and Chris Herbert, the same guys that formed the Spice Girls, and were signed to Sony BMG by Simon Cowell.
Another Lou ‘Big Poppa’ Pearlman creation back in 1995, we think that the N in NSYNC, JustiN, will go on to bigger and better things… just a hunch.
Originally created by Loius Walsh in 1993 as the Irish Take That, the boys made their TV debut on Ireland’s ‘Late Late Show’ the day after they formed, famously treating us to the vigorously camp, bare-chested rave-out dance we will always remember them for.
The 1990 Nigel Martin-Smith-created group was a play on the success of the US’s New Kids On The Block. Having lost member Robbie Williams to a solo carreer, the remaining boys split… then recently reformed to pursue a comeback tour with a few more record sales thrown in.
No boyband roundup would be complete without the inclusion of the group that took their name from their Walthamstow postcode. The cockney cheeky chaps were created in 1992 when songwriter Mortimer was promised a record deal only if he could get some gritty guys to back him. Result.
New Kids On The Block
Created by producer manager Maurice Starr as a white counterpart to his New Edition, The Kids counted Donnie and Mark Wahlberg as original members plus a few neighbourhood friends, but Mark soon opted out due to their bubblegum pop direction… and went on to form ‘The Funky Bunch’. Sweet.
Originally named IOU, then Westside, the biggest UK-selling, number one-hounding boyband was apparently created in 1998 by Louis Walsh after he was contacted by lead singer Shane Filan’s mum, or something.
Another Level had seven Top Ten singles in two years, including 1998′s UK Number One “Freak Me” (a cover of the 1993 hit by US group Silk), and a platinum selling, eponymous debut album.
This chavtastic 10-piece actually reached number 1 with ‘Crossroads’, a cover version of the Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony original. Gangsta.
The band was formed in 1995 and in May 1996, they released their debut single. They split in 2000, but returned in 2005, when they participated in ITV reality TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time.
Formed by band manager Tim Byrne, who also formed Steps. They had relative success in the charts with two number 1s and eight top 10 hits.
Rumoured to be reforming for a comeback tour, the Blue boys were created in 2001 and after a successful spell in the charts, split up in 2004.
Formed by original members James Bourne and Matt Willis, after various name and member changes, including Tom Fletcher from McFly, eventually opted for Charlie Simpson and the name ‘Busted’.
Formed in 2004 by Tom Fletcher ‘on the rebound’ from Busted and Danny Jones after meeting at another boyband audition.
Color Me Badd
US group discovered by Kool And The Gang in 1990 and most famous for their romantic lovers’ classic ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’.
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