Battle of the Grown-Up Boy Bands: BSB and NKOTB Face Off In 2019


Wizened hunks New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are each touring and releasing new music this 12 months. How do their careers -- together with their run as super-guy-group NKOTBSB -- stack up?


Years Active: 1984-1994, 2008-present

Billboard 200 Top 10 Entries: 6

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Singles: 9 (all consecutive hits between 1988 and 1990)

Biggest Single-Night Crowd So Far: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.; Nov. 24, 1990 (37,997 tickets)

Signature Moves: Hangin’ robust in Boston; not announcing their Rs

Thirstiest Lyric: “If you didn’t need it, you shoulda let me know/But because you didn’t need it, then lady you bought to go/Don’t assume you can play me, and jerk me throughout/You was my child, now your ass is within the pound” (“Dirty Dawg,” 1993)

Most Memorable Facial Hair: The group ’stache

What's Next: On March eight, the 30th-anniversary rerelease of Hangin’ Tough with a number of new tracks; the next 53-date MixTape area tour with fellow ’90s youngsters Salt-N-Pepa, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Naughty by Nature


Years Active: 1993-present

Billboard 200 Top 10 Entries: 9

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Singles: 6

Biggest Single-Night Crowd So Far: Georgia Dome, Atlanta; Feb. 19, 2000 (73,337 tickets)

Signature Moves: Five-part harmonies; dressing like 2003 NBA draft picks

Thirstiest Lyric: “I don’t have a flowery automotive/To get to you I’d stroll a thousand miles/I don’t care if he buys you good issues/Does his presents come from the center? I don’t know” (“As Long As You Love Me,” 1997)

Most Memorable Facial Hair: Kevin Richardson’s Gomez Adams goatee

What's Next: The Jan. 25 launch of recent album DNA adopted by a 91-date area world tour


Years Active: 2010-2012

Billboard 200 Top 10 Entries: 1

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Singles: zero

Biggest Single-Night Crowd So Far: Fenway Park, Boston; June 11, 2011 (33,588 tickets)

Signature Moves: Smoothly synchronized dance strikes; charmingly self-aware capitalization on boy band nostalgia

Thirstiest Lyric: “So don’t prove the lights now, lights now, lights now/’Cause in a minute we’ll be feeling like by no means earlier than/We’ll gentle up the night time now, night time now, night time now/I’ll be no matter you want and extra” (“Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” 2011)

Most Memorable Facial Hair: AJ McLean’s free assortment of unconnected beard strips

What's Next: Maybe a reunion? “You by no means know,” stated NKOTB’s Jonathan Knight on the 2018 Billboard Live Music Summit. “Talk to these guys,” added bandmate Danny Wood. Your name, BSB!

This article initially appeared within the Jan. 12 situation of Billboard.