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The Story Behind N’sync And Backstreet Boys’ Rivalry; How The Two Bands Rose To Fame Despite The Competition

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Let us take a break from BTS and go back to the ’90s.

According to the ’90s kids, there are only two types of people in this world: ‘N Sync fans or Backstreet Boys fans.

Back in the early days, fans were crazy about the boy bands’ music. It was an era of both fame and stardom for the all-male groups as they battle to top the pop charts, which adds more flames to the fire.

Aside from their music, one thing has left into every fan’s memory since the ’90s even now; the bands’ rivalry.

The man responsible for the booming career of super-groups like ‘N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, LFP, and O-Town is Lou Pearlman who died in 2016. However in the ’90s, Pearlman knew exactly what boy band would rise to stardom, and he eventually saw a big chance for a profit if the two groups compete in the music industry.

However, their manager, who turned into a father figure, is also the key person who turned their success into devastation. ‘N’sync member Lance Bass created a documentary entitled ‘The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story,’ features members of multiple boy bands and their families who experience deceit and disloyalty during their time working with former manager Lou Pearlman.

The rivalry started when the two warring legions of loyal fans created fanbase and events held in different parts of the world. It was the start of an era where shirts and other merchandise items with images of each dominates almost every mall around the globe. Even the fashion taste of the members from their hairstyle down to their boots became a hot topic for fans to argue. Considering the impact of fans’ feud to each of the band and its members, the competition got tighter which almost ruined their careers.

BSB was an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993, while ‘N’Sync was created two years after. The former rose to fame with their international album ‘Backstreet Boys’ debuted in 1996. According to E! News, Pearlman launched a talent contest with his own money in the hopes of finding the next great boy band. And just like that, Backstreet Boys were formed with A.J McLean as the first member. It was a long story of hard work with the boys traveling all over Europe to make a name for themselves before finally making a splash in the U.S.

In the documentary of ‘The Boy Band Con’ which first premiered in March at the 2019 SXSW Festival in Austin, BSB revealed that Pearlman is called ‘Big Poppa’ by the group who cultivates a family dynamic and hangs out with them in his mansion. He provided all the social needs of the group including parties and big dinners. But what BSB didn’t know though was Lou, and the rest of the management team are quietly working with another competing boy band.

‘N’Sync first member Chris Kirkpatrick, met with Lou Pearlman in 1995 to talk about forming a second group.  Kirkpatrick and the rest of the group were set in a house in Orlando, Florida where they regularly rehearsed to learn dance routines and vocal parts for their promotion at Pleasure Island.

‘Where there’s Coke, there’s Pepsi; somebody’s going to come along with the BSB knockoff so why shouldn’t it be us,’ is how Pearlman inculcated in the minds of ‘N’Sync. It was the time when Lou also had his favorite soft drink, with the success of BSB, ‘N’Sync said that they couldn’t enter the record label because the employees didn’t know such group existed. The band’s existence became a secret especially when Lou did not want to upset the Backstreet Boys.

But as the saying goes, secrets can’t remain as ‘secrets’ forever. In the same documentary, Kevin (from Backstreet Boys) recalled how Pearlman broke the news to him in 1995 and how the announcement devastated the group. It was a betrayal on their part, especially when they found out that there is going to be another competing band in the picture.

The betrayal raises a question to the music industry; why did the management stage and encourage this rivalry? It is because Pearlman wanted a monopoly on boy bands.

As the two groups started their career, the management set them apart by giving them different looks and slightly different sounds. For Backstreet, their image was a ‘little bit darker’ so they wore darker clothing, while ‘N’Sync were the guys who lightly took music by wearing basketball shoes, jerseys and shorts. In 1998, BSB was offered the chance to do a special number for Disney Channel but turned it down due to a hectic schedule, but ‘N’Sync found the offer to be a breakout moment and dance their way into the slot. After the special was aired, the latter soared up into fame and overtook BSB.

BSB was not happy with the booming of the other band, Donna Wright, the group’s former manager said. They weren’t pleased with Pearlman because he put another band to compete with them.

That rivalry was real for the bands and their fans. Battle lines were drawn for every teenage girl around the world where they had to choose which group to pledge their undying loyalty to. Today, BSB has continued its success and officially resurfaced in the music industry after launching its 2019 ‘DNA’ album, while ‘N’Sync regrouped for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Music Awards and also released songs titled ‘The Essential’ in 2014.

Although both bands have rallied against each other, we cannot deny the fact that they have contributed a lot in the entertainment world, and achieved numerous milestones. And in some time during the ’90s, people cannot forget how they were inspired by the best-selling boy bands of all time.

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‘Young Sheldon’ Season 2 Finale: What’s Meant To Be Will Always Find Its Way To You

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As you get older, sometimes do you also think and reflect if you are moving closer to your goals in life? Did you become a better person than you were a year before? Are you making good use of your talents or potential? What if you’re falling behind or what if you don’t achieve that thing you wanted to have in the future?

Last May 16 in Young Sheldon’s Season 2 finale episode titled A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast, I somehow learned that “what’s meant to be will always find it’s way to you” and won’t just pass by.

Young Sheldon is about a nine-year-old genius from East Texas who turned out to be a brilliant theoretical physicist in the hit comedy sitcom Big Bang Theory. In the mentioned episode, he invited some of his family and friends to have a Nobel Prize Announcement party, to listen to the radio broadcast of 1990 Nobel Prize dedication. But nobody joined him.

During that time, he was heartbroken, and he thought he was a neutrino fated to be sad and lonely forever. But in the future, he was happy to be wrong. It turns out he’s a quark.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a quark is one of the primary forms of matter that make up an atom. Anyways, he said that one of the remarkable characteristics of quarks is that they are bonded together.  After the voice over, we see Sheldon’s younger Big Bang Theory friends at different sides of the world. Sheldon was not alone after all.

The young Leonard Hofstadter was also listening alone in his room, in his table, we can see his inhaler. Penny (Leonard’s future wife) is sleeping.  Raj (the future Astrophysicist) was doing his homework in his rocket/spaceships themed room. Howard (the future Engineer and astronaut) was playing a video game in his bedroom which was full of magic kit items. Bernadette (Howard’s future wife) was also sleeping, and in her night table, we can see her glasses, a photo of her and a pageant trophy. Lastly, Amy (Sheldon’s future wife) is still awake, but she’s not listening to the Nobel prize broadcast. She is reading a book.

The episode was shown in CBS, a few minutes in CBS after BBT‘s last episode ever. Fans were overjoyed and teary-eyed to have this surprise. It proves that even though Sheldon was alone during that time, in the end, he’ll meet real friends who will love, support and accept him as he is, who will also be there for him when he wins the Nobel Prize.

According to Steve Molaro, they somehow want to honor Big Bang Theory in their momentous night and give a love letter in the form of a cross over. Without BBT, Young Sheldon won’t be possible.

The series is an origin story set in 1989; it centers on how Sheldon Cooper became the guy that he is in Big Bang Theory and how he survived high school at a very young age. In this show,  we’ll get to know more about  Sheldon and his love for trains, his fanboy tendencies to Professor Proton and his childhood friends like Tam. The cast includes  Ian Armitage (young Sheldon), Zoe Perry (Mary, Sheldon’s mom), Lance Barber (George, Sheldon’s dad), Reagan Revord (Missy, Sheldon’s twin sister), Montana Jordan ( George Jr, Sheldon’s big brother) and Annie Potts (Meemaw, Sheldon’s grandma). 

Young Sheldon is somehow different from the Big Bang Theory. It is shot using a single camera while BBT is shot using a three-camera in front of a live studio audience.  Parsons is one of the Executive Producers of the show. At the same time in the series, we can hear him narrate as adult Sheldon in some of the significant parts of the show.  Zoe Perry (who plays Young Sheldon’s mother) is the biological daughter of Laurie Metcalf (who plays the Older Sheldon’s mother in BBT).

According to the producers Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro, they have been interested in and discussing plans on having Sheldon’s childhood story for almost ten years. But, The prequel series started with Jim Parsons’ idea when he was bonding with his intellectually gifted nephew. He plays the older Sheldon in Big Bang Theory. He then emailed Chuck Lorre, BBT’s co-creator. Young Sheldon’s first ever episode premiered last September 25, 2017.

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Spotify Goes Big On Podcasts

The popular music streaming app, Spotify, is all-in with podcasts as it launches a redesigned user interface (UI) that refocuses Spotify into two different audio categories

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Spotify redesigns UI to put focus on podcasts as the company goes big by spending $500 million on acquisitions to improve their standing in the podcast market. They also encourage users to create new podcasts using new tools. Click To Tweet

The popular music streaming app, Spotify, is all-in with podcasts as it launches a redesigned user interface (UI) that refocuses Spotify into two different audio categories: Music and Podcasts. While it is not new that podcasts and audio shows are already thriving in the app, Spotify makes it easier for listeners to navigate the app to search for their favorite podcast shows.

The new redesigned UI is only available for a limited number of users as of now, though, and was first reported last week. The new design emphasizes bolded headings for both “music” and “podcasts” on the app’s library page. Currently, Spotify users have to sift through six categories at the top of their library pages to find a dedicated podcast section. While Spotify confirmed that they were testing “new products,” they declined to comment on when the new redesigned UI would roll out to all users.

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According to Spotify, last year, “seven million people in the US produced podcasts—and even more, people consumed them.” And it makes sense why the app company is putting money on podcasts on its platform. Spotify has spent up to $500 million on podcasts alone. The spending included their acquisition of major companies like Gimlet Media. The equivocal emphasis of Spotify to spend on promoting podcasts on its platform says so much about its goal to compete with Apple and Luminary to try to become the go-to place for podcast listeners, and improving “discoverability” and ease of use is necessary to achieve their goal.

A few days ago, Spotify also released a tool called Soundtrap for Storytellers to encourage podcast producers to produce more shows on Spotify. Soundtrap for Storytellers is a comprehensive podcast creation tool that offers recording, remote multi-track interviewing with video chat, smart editing of audio as a text document, full audio production, direct-to-Spotify publishing of the podcast, and transcript publishing to optimize SEO all in one service.

In an event hosted by Spotify for the launch of Soundtap for Storytellers, they invited popular podcast producers to talk about their craft and how they can use the new tool in their podcasts. Hannah Berner, the host of the popular podcast show Berning in Hell, said that she “think(s) a lot of podcasters don’t have any knowledge about the importance of SEO, or getting found in unique ways, besides just promoting on our social media. So having a transcript of what you’re saying that also helps with SEO is incredible.”

Soundtrap demo at the Spotify Office. Photo: Spotify

Lindsay Metselaar, host of We Met At Acme, said that the prospect of being able to record with people who are not physically with her is what excites her the most about the new podcast creation tool.

“The fact that you can record with someone when they’re not physically with you is huge. I’m not able to do that right now because the sound quality is just not the same with other programs or over the phone. But Soundtrap allows two computers to have the same recording situation set up. That’s huge for podcasting,” she said.

The new podcast tool is available starting May 14 online and on iOS and Android, with pricing starting at $14.99/month and an annual plan starting at $11.99/month.

In addition to Soundtrap for Storytellers, Spotify is also encouraging new artists to create more podcasts on its newly acquired tool called Anchor. Anchor is a free-to-use podcast creation, distribution and monetization platform that says its mission is to “democratize audio.” It was one of two New York-based podcast companies (alongside Gimlet Media) acquired by Spotify in February for $343 million combined.

“There’s no doubt that podcasting is expanding like crazy, and if you have a story to tell, someone out there is dying to hear it,” writes Spotify in the news post.

“For those who are ready to experiment, have fun, and try out a new way to connect with fans, here’s why it’s time for you to start using Anchor.”

Spotify is making a concerted effort to encourage more of its platform’s 3.9 million artists and dedicated-podcast creators to use its marketplace tools – like Anchor and Soundtrap for Storytellers. If successful, Spotify will make itself a one-stop-shop for podcast producers, hosts, and artists, and might be able to top competitors like Apple and Luminary in the podcast wars online.

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‘John Wick 3’: Parabellum Has The Best Fight Scenes

John Wick 3: Parabellum has the best fight scenes in the entire action movie industry by going for better rather than just bigger. Click To Tweet

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The unstoppable avenging hitman is back in cinemas for its third installment, and we can’t disregard to talk about it. Nonetheless, John Wick 3: Parabellum is finally here; expect mild spoilers ahead.

For those who’ve been living under a rock and has decided to come out to watch John Wick 3: Parabellum, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a legendary hitman with cool nicknames like the Boogeyman or “Baba Yaga.” He lives in a world like our own but with more assassins in every corner than rats living in your attic, and complete with a whole set of underground government ruled by the High Table.

In the first movie, he retired his guns and knives because he fell in love. Unfortunately, his wife passed away early, but she left him a dog named, Daisy. On a very unnecessary day, Iosef Tarassov–a Russian Gangster–got mad when Wick refused to sell his car and knocks Wick out and killed Daisy on his way out. Infuriated, Wick sets out on a path of vengeance that ultimately sets off the entire series.

On his path to vengeance, he triggers old boss Viggo Tarassov when he can’t talk Wick out of his senseless parade of violence on his son, Iosef. As a result, he places a $2 million bounty on his head. In the end, he kills both Viggo and Iosef simply because nothing will stop John Wick from seeking revenge. The movie ends with him leaving with a freed pitbull set for euthanization, cute.

Moving over to the second movie, John Wick is forced to get out of retirement, again! Remember when he needed to accomplish an impossible task before retiring? He required the aid of Italian crime lord, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). Santino, in return, gave him a coin, which they call the “marker” which basically signifies a favor waiting to be returned. Santino asks Wick to kill his sister, Gianna, before she ascends to sit o the High Table, which he wants for himself.

The “marker,” which is one of the two unbreakable cardinal rules in Wick’s world, forces him to pay the favor back and kills Gianna. However, Santino decides to double cross Wick and tries to kill him to cover his tracks as he ascends to the High Table.

Wick escapes, Santino places a $7 million bounty on his head, but ultimately he kills Santino, newly named at the High Table. We are talking about John Wick, he’s practically un-killable. These assassins should have known better.

One problem, though. Wick killed Santino in the middle of a Continental Hotel–a supposed sanctuary for the world’s hitmen where they’re safe and can’t be killed and also the other unbreakable cardinal rule.

John Wick 3: Parabellum picks up moments before Wick becomes “excommunicato” for killing a person from the High Table at the Continental Hotel. The hotel’s manager, Winston (Ian McShane), gives him an hour head-start.

We’ll see Wick scramble to find allies and guns, a lot of it, as his status isn’t only just within New York City but is extended to the whole world with a $14 million bounty. Everyone from the underground world of hitmen and assassins will be wanting a piece of that, and there’ no sanctuary for him to run to this time.

The title refers to the old adage, Si vis pacem, para Bellum: “If you want peace, prepare for war.” Wick has essentially declared war on the High Table, and the escalation plays out exactly as you’d expect when everyone’s favorite dog-loving hitman is involved.

Favorite takeaways from the movie are Wick killing a 6-foot tall assassin in between tight library hallways using a book, almost all of the well-choreographed fight scenes, and Sophia (Halle Berry) having a swath of vicious dogs attack in her behalf.

In conclusion, without giving too much away, John Wick 3: Parabellum knows how to keep the ball rolling within its storyline without sacrificing the brusque-noir vibe that made the film great. Moreover, the fight scene is only getting better with one of the best executions compared to other movies where they tend to go bigger rather than better.

On other news, we’re pulling the trigger on this one, John Wick 3 also hinted a coming John Wick 4. About the when we’re not sure as the John Wick series usually takes years in between each other. Nonetheless, we’re too excited about it.

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