Everything you need to know about boy band before you see 'This Is Us'
By Frank Paiva Special to MSN Movies
Every generation has their boy band. The Backstreet Boys just released their
seventh studio album, the Monkees just finished a U.S. tour and New Edition just
reunited on the ... more Soul Train Awards to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Solo stars who started in boy bands are doing even better: 'N Sync's Justin
Timberlake released a hit album in March and he's got a second one coming in
September; Menudo's Ricky Martin was a major draw on Broadway in last year's
revival of "Evita"; Perennial heartthrob Donny Osmond has been headlining
alongside his sister, Marie, for the past five years at the Flamingo in Las
If you were ever a straight young woman or a gay young man, chances are you
fawned over Jordan Knight, or imagined getting married on a white horse to Nick
Lachey. Maybe you even sent embarrassing fan mail to Micky Dolenz. I bet he
really appreciated that lock of your hair.
Why have boy bands proven so consistently popular over the decades? It's
simple: A cute guy is way cuter if he can sing. And if he's singing about how
much he loves you and wants to be with you forever, and you're 13 and don't know
any better? That combination is a license to print money.
Five lads from the U.K. are the latest group to cash in on the trend. They're
called One Direction: Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn
Malik, and Harry Styles. They're adorable, they have adorable accents and
they sing about adorable things like how a girl's imperfections are what make
her truly beautiful. It's no wonder they have millions of fans falling at their
Which One Direction member is the cutest? Are you excited to see
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