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5 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Backstreet Boys

5 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys were one of the largest boy bands back in the day and since their revival from the surge of new boy bands, people are still talking about them. But despite their massive popularity as a band, there may be some little tidbits you didn’t know about the band.

Below is a short list of some interesting facts we bet you didn’t know about the group and the individual artists: Brian, Nick, Kevin, Howie, and AJ.

Ryan Gosling Was A Member

Ryan Gosling

The group made it’s official debut and name back in 1993, however before the band was formed, AJ Mclean invited Ryan Gosling to the group in 1992. During the time, AJ was living in the same building as Gosling but also with singers Justing Timberlake and Britney Spears. He regularly shot hoops with Ryan and at one point AJ invited Gosling into the band. All Ryan did was nod.

The Band Was Scammed

During the beginning of the band’s career, life was very difficult. Their efforts at playing in stadiums gave them barely enough to pay for living expenses. Little did they know that they were actually being scammed by their manager at the time, Lou Pearlman. At the time, Pearlman managed the teenage boy band, they would play at stadiums and earn roughly $100 or less. Pearlman was later caught up in an illegal ponzi scheme that he had been running for 25 years, freeing the band and allowing them to flourish.

AJ Mclean Wasn’t So Clean

AJ Mclean

It’s no surprise that at various periods, some band members run into drug problems. We’ve seen it all before where some members go to rehab to help sort out the issues. Oddly enough The Backstreet Boys are actually one of the cleanest band in pop music. Up until the early 2000s, not one of the members had to go to rehab or even dipped in drugs.

All of that changed once AJ got his first dose of cocaine around the time that the band was at the peak of their fame. By that point, AJ was already dabbling a little, however it took a bad turn when they filmed “The Call”. For AJ’s part in particular, his shot wasn’t set up until 3:30am so his friend suggested to try some cocaine to help him perk up. When AJ got to the set, he was visibly high. This might explain why he had the sunglasses on in the music video.

From that experience though, AJ developed an addiction towards the drug, eventually getting into rehab by 2001. AJ did come back again in 2002 when Kevin Richardson did an intervention.

The Band Watched Porn Together

When Lou Pearlman was their manager, the band often went to his house to not play video games or shoot some hoops, but to watch porn. On a regular basis they would watch porn after finding Pearlman’s stach of porn movies. This was apparently the first time Howie has seen two women kissing each other.

Kevin’s Life Before The Band

Of course each member had a thing they were doing before the band. For Kevin, he would use his vocal talents by dressing up and performing as Aladdin at the Disney World theme park. He also did work on the side as a model for Versace.

What other facts do you know about this band? Which ones shocked you the most? Leave a comment below!

Can Music Truly Benefit Health

Many people who are active fans of listening to music can tell you that certain songs and tunes can trigger some type of emotional response – whether it be happiness, sadness, anger, or just a calm. As an example, couples who danced to their first song at a wedding usually associate it with happiness, love, and sometimes even tears due to the significance of the event, or in other cases, some songs might remind you of a hard breakup.

The senior advisor or policy and research at the American Therapy Association, Barbara Else, stated that we as humans have always had a deep connection to the music we hear because it becomes hardwired into both our brain and overall body. She finished that music can affect us psychologically in most cases.

Some universities, such as McGill University in Canada, have done studies to see the correlation between music and humans. In 2011 the university found that actively listening to music can increase the amount of dopamine produced in our brain, dopamine being the chemical that makes you feel happy and good, and that means it can help with people who are suffering from depression. Another study that was published linked listening to music and the improvement, not cure, for some mental health disorders.

In the time of all these medical studies and more music being released weekly, we have taken the time to view a few ways of how listening to music can positively affect people.

1. Reducing Pain and Anxiety

One study that was done involved making 7,000 randomized patients who received surgeries, no matter what kind, listen to music after their procedures. Many of the patients that started left feeling less anxious and pain than the patients who did not listen to music afterwards. The ones who listened to music were also noted to not need as many pain medications after the fact.

To further this study, researchers in Denmark studied is music had any effect with people suffering with chronic illnesses. In March 2014 they concluded that music could be beneficial to patients who have fibromyalgia – a chronic disorder that is known to cause intense pain in the muscles and joints, along with fatigue. Listening to calming and relaxing music that the patients were able to choose, have shown a decrease in the effects of the disorder amongst 22 patients.

The real question if why and how does music ease pain. Despite being studied constantly, the truth behind it remains unclear. Though many researchers believe that due to music releasing dopamine and natural opioids in a person’s brain, it can serve as a natural biological pain reliever.

2. Stress Reliever

Many people, such as yourself, may have noticed that when you are feeling stressed out, listening to music may help you relieve it in one way or another. Though, this isn’t a random occurrence as there are many studies that prove the correlation between music and stress relief.

One study that was posted by MNT showed that infants were able to remain calmer for longer periods of time when a soft melody was played in the background- even longer than speaking to the baby using baby talk. Another study done by the University of Canada concluded that the rhythm of the beats in the music can cause people to distress due to having something steady to focus on.

Music has also been shown to affect the heart rate as well. Many researchers follow the rule of thumb that has been based from an array of studies that the slower and more relaxing the bet it, the more likely the patient’s heart will falter and come to a relaxed rate.

3. Memory and Music

Certain songs have shown that they can remind us of certain time periods in our lives along with significant events. Once researchers found this out, they have concluded an array of studies – many with older patients – to test the accuracy of this claim.

In 2013, a study that was published gathered 60 adults who were learning a language, Hungarian. In the study, the adults were randomized to do one of three tasks: to speak unfamiliar Hungarian terms and phrases, speak the same phrases in a rhythm, or sing the phrases. When asked to recall the phrases, people who sang them in a melodic tune had a much higher recollection of the words compared to the other two groups.

Due to the evidence gathered from studies such as this, it shows a hope in the improvement of memory for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Though, patients with dementia were studied to have a higher memory recollection over the course of a ten-week period where they could listen to certain music and tunes that they may have heard in their past. Results from this study have shown that people who have illnesses to lose memory can have a chance to recall these memories, along with improving their mod, simply by listening to music.