The Chilling True Story Of How The Backstreet Boys And NSYNC Were Scammed By Their Manager

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While BTS, One Direction and the Jonas Brothers have taken the world by storm in recent years, little can compare to the fame and influence held by the boy bands of the mid-1990s. Of these, two groups far outshone the rest – the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. With their slick looks and choreographed dance routines, these young men seemed to have it all. Only later did they  – and we – realize that the musical megastars were enmeshed in a terrible scam.

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Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson are better known to their many fans as the Backstreet Boys. The group was formed in 1993 following an audition process in Kissimmee, Florida. And just three years later, following the release of their debut album in 1996, the band were enjoying international success.

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The Backstreet Boys’ self-titled first album brought them success in Europe, though it wasn’t released in the United States. Some singles did enjoy releases in the U.S., however. And the band’s song “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” was a hit with American audiences. Consequently, it reached number two in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and eventually sold over a million copies.

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