One Direction Vs. Big Time Rush

March 21, 2012 by staff 

One Direction Vs. Big Time Rush, It seems like we can never say goodbye, bye, bye to boy bands. A decade after ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys dominated the entertainment world, boy bands have returned and are making a comeback.

One Direction, the British quintet that placed third on the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2010, will see its album “Up All Night” debut high on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart this week. The Wanted, another U.K.-based quintet, is spending its second week at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart with the jam “Glad You Came.”

Big Time Rush, a four-member boy band that also has a hit Nickelodeon show readying its third season, recently wrapped a sold-out tour at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and will embark on a larger U.S. and Canadian trek this summer. And Mindless Behavior, formed by the man who discovered Lady Gaga – record executive Vincent Herbert – debuted at No. 2 on the R&B charts in late 2010 with its album “(hash)1 Girl,” and has toured with Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber, among others.

“It’s just exploding,” said Ernie D., the creative director and on-air personality for Radio Disney. “It’s really amazing to see, especially on my end, hearing all the calls from the listeners. … So that fever is definitely growing for sure.”

It’s reminiscent of a time when ‘N Sync battled the Backstreet Boys as music’s top act, selling millions of albums and concert tickets, thanks to the millions of girls who invested time, their parents’ money and screamed pleas for their favourite boy band. ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, who rose to fame in the 1990s and carried that through the new millennium, were followed by others successful boy bands, such as 98 Degrees, O-Town and Dream Street.

Before that, it was New Edition who exploded on the scene in the 1980s, followed by the massive success of New Kids on the Block. And before that, there was the Jackson Five and the Osmonds, and so on.

The Jonas Brothers made it big in the mid-2000s with its hit Disney TV series, films and albums. They started to fade years later, though, as the oldest, Kevin, got married, and Joe and Nick launched solo careers.

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