*NSYNC May Or May Not Be Reuniting For The VMAs

Pop fans, the wait for *NSYNC‘s return may be nearing an end.

The New York Post ran a story yesterday claiming an inside source had informed them *NSYNC would be reuniting this Sunday, August 25, as part of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The article did not name a source, but cited the presence of former band members Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick at Justin Timberlake‘s Miami show last weekend as proof something was in the works. The Internet caught on to this news in a matter of minutes, sparking trending topic themes around the band, but this morning new information has surfaced that is making us second guess the Post’s reporting.

Taking to his SiriusFM radio show last night, Lance Bass addressed the reports as rumors, and explained to listeners where he thought the news originated. Bass never directly said the group would or would not be reuniting this Sunday, but what he did say has lead many to think it’s all a hoax. He said:

I have to address the rumors. This morning, I woke up to a lot of rumors flying [around] that the *NSYNC reunion is happening after eleven years at the VMAs this Sunday. Well, let me tell you how this all came about. Justin Timberlake is getting the Michael Jackson [Video] Vanguard Award this Sunday at the awards, so of course people are automatically going to think we’re going to be there performing, but this is exactly how it happened and I knew these rumors were going to fly. We all came down here [to Miami] except for J.C. [Chasez]”J.C. stayed in California, he had to work¦ (more…)

Sound And Vision: What Will George Michael Do with His Second Chance at Life?

It’s been nearly eight years since George Michael released an entire album of new music, and three since he put out a single that wasn’t a cover of New Order’s “True Faith.” But in 2011, the singer-songwriter starred in what must have been one of the year’s most gripping YouTube videos, two minutes as gripping and heartfelt as anything on Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, his essential 1990 album.

There was no music, and Michael didn’t sing a note. In the clip, which was posted on December 23, Michael gave a press conference in which he discussed his recent near-death experience that began on November 21 on the Vienna stop of his forty-eight-date European tour and which he described as “the worst month of my life.” The normally robust singer, who had contracted a chest infection that was later diagnosed as life-threatening pneumonia and spent a month in hospital in Vienna (including ten days in the intensive-care unit), appeared gaunt and gray, often struggling to catch his breath.

In a year that took so many of music’s greats (R.I.P., Amy Winehouse, Nikolas Ashford, Phoebe Snow, Vesta Williams, Clarence Clemons, Dobie Gray, Billie Jo Spears), Michael is truly lucky to be alive ”and he knows it. So what’s next? First, as he said in the interview, he will reschedule the cancelled dates on the Symphonica Tour that he was staging throughout Europe and the UK when his illness struck. The shows featured Michael performing his own hits and non-hits as well as select covers (including Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game”) with a symphonic orchestra.


The Boy Band Boom

Do you ever miss the days when boy bands reigned supreme? When *NSYNC dominated the charts and when having a crush on Nick Lachey was totally acceptable? At the risk of losing all of our indie cred, we’ll admit that we still rock out to “It’s Gonna Be Me” from time to time. And we must not be the only ones who miss the choreography, matching outfits and frosted tips, because last week VH1 announced that they’re giving ex-*NSYNC member Lance Bass his own boy band-themed reality show.

Looking good, bro.

The series, which is still unnamed, will feature Bass and fellow *NSYNC-er Joey Fatone, as well as former boy band juggernauts A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys, Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block and maybe even New Edition‘s Bobby Brown. From what we’ve heard so far, it’s sounding kind of like an all-male version of NBC’s The Voice” the former stars will each coach a group of young men, who will then compete to determine who will be the next made-by-TV band to crash and burn shortly after the series ends. (R.I.P. O-Town.)

If this sounds like it’s just a group of washed-up ex-celebs making a desperate last ditch grab at their former “glory”, well, that’s probably because it is. But hey, in a world where the Rolling Stones can tour into their seventies, why shouldn’t these guys stretch out their careers as long as possible? As long as this show includes at least one Backstreet Boys cover in every episode, we’re willing to overlook the crows feet and slightly less nimble dance moves.

The original cast of "Reservoir Dogs"?

Besides, Bass isn’t the first boy band star to get a career facelift over the last few years. New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are in the middle of an expansive summer tour to support their latest effort NKOTBSB”a thirteen-track collaboration that peaked at Number 7 on the Billboard Top 200. And sure, if this was 1999 that would have been a Number 1 album, no question. But seven ain’t nothing to sneeze at, and their ability to sell out arenas on this tour may be proof that they’ve still got it. As we pointed out a few months back, fans of these bands may have been broke teens during their heyday, but now these same fans have enough cash to drop upwards of $50.00 on a ticket. If they choose to tune in every week, the same demographic that’s keeping the NKOTBSB tour alive could be enough to prevent Bass’ show from flopping.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that this show is another ill-fated venture in the vein of VH1’s Mission: Man Band. (Remember that series? Exactly. No one does. It was awful.) But after seeing the success of NKOTBSB and other more current boy bands like the Jonas Brothers, maybe we’re all just nostalgic enough for Lance Bass and co. to stand a chance in the music scene of 2011. Either way, we’re going to start relearning the dance moves to “Bye Bye Bye.” Just in case.

Monday, June 20, 2011