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Nick Carter corralled a couple of his former Backstreet Boys to co-star in his post-apocalyptic Western, Dead 7. That apparently wasn’t enough boy band wattage for his liking. He enlisted former members of N Sync, 98 Degrees and O-Town to fight off a zombie plague.

Not only did the former rivals share the screen together in the campy pseudo update of Seven Samurai, but they also recorded an original song, “In The End,” for the Syfy film. It’s vintage ballad 90s realness at its best. I’m kinda digging the whistle intro. I kinda get the feeling Carter was going for a “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi-type of vibe.

Though it’s premiering on April 1 on Syfy, Dead 7 is no April Fool’s Day joke. It’s actually legit. Give “In The End” a listen below, along with the trailer for Dead 7, if you haven’t done so already.

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If a zombie apocalypse ever comes, we can take comfort that boy bands will be there to save the day. Though it’s premiering on April 1 on Syfy, Dead 7 is no April Fool’s joke. It’s a legit thing.

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter not only stars in the post-apocalyptic Western but he also co-wrote it. Emmy voters take note 😉 He enlisted members from his own group and guys from N Sync, 98 Degrees and O-Town to fight off a zombie plague. During the 90s they may have been rivals, but now they’re all on the same team. It’s amazing what a pay cheque will do.

For those looking for Justin Timberlake, Brian Littrell, Ashley Parker Angel or the Lacheys (Nick and Drew), you’re sh*t out of luck. Everyone but them are participate in this campy pseudo update of Seven Samurai.

Check out the trailer below which features A.J. McLean, and Howie Dorough from The Backstreet Boys, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick from ’N Sync, Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees and O-Town’s Erik-Michael Estrada, Jacob Underwood, Trevor Penick, and Dan Miller.

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BET announced it’s developing a miniseries about New Edition. The three-night event will be co-produced by members of the 80s boyband, but with one glaring omission. Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have all signed on but not Bobby Brown despite being one of the founding members of the Boston act.

“It’s been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition’s journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes,” New Edition said in a statement. The boy band added, “We are happy to have New Edition Enterprises collaborate with BET Networks’ Debra Lee and Stephen Hill along with Jesse Collins Entertainment. From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and Jackson 5 – we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you.”

With the actual members on board, the project should be entertaining. The TLC biofilm on VH1 was successful due to T-Boz and Chilli working behind the scenes. I expect a similar outcome here. Production is set to begin in early 2016 with a premiere later that year. Check out some of my favorite tracks from New Edition below.

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Zayn Malik Officially Quits One Direction

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If I was a betting man, I would’ve placed all my money on Zayn Malik being the first to leave One Direction. Even before he took a break from touring last week due to stress, I had a feeling he was the Ginger Spice of the group.

The announcement was made today via the band’s Facebook page. Those worried that this means this is the end of 1D, fear not. They will continue as a quartet much like Spice Girls did when Geri Halliwell left.

Question is, for how long? Sans Ginger, the Spice Girls only lasted for another album which performed mediocrely compared to their previous albums. Check out Zayn’s official statement below.

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.” – Zayn Malik

read One Direction and Simon Cowell’s statements after the jump

General consensus dictates that every boy band has at least one gay member. While ‘N Sync and New Kids on the Block have Lance Bass and Jonathan Knight respectively, Backstreet Boys still has a homo population of zero. If I had to bet my money on any of them, it would be on either Nick Carter or AJ McLean. Well, it seems the latter is not gay but a self-proclaimed “fag hag.” That’s at least something, right?

The 35-year-old singer talks about dressing in women’s clothing, the boy band’s gay fan base, posing naked, and much more LGBT-related topics with his chat with PrideSource’s Chris Azzopardi. Check out several quotes from his interview below.

On First Time He Knew BSB Had A Gay Following

“We were in our trailer and we were watching these guys changing. We thought these were chicks – and all of a sudden they were taking off their clothes and I’m like, “Wait, that girl’s got, like, pecs. And oh, that’s a penis.” I was like, “What the hell is going on?”

We did three or four songs, the crowd went nuts and I was standing next to this 6-foot-6 drag queen who gave me a hug and a kiss. I was beside myself, and that was when we first knew that we had a big gay following. I was just like, “Wow, this is kind of friggin’ crazy.” Thinking back on it, I’ve been in this business since I was 3 and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight.”

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Lance Bass Talks Rumored ‘N Sync Reunion @ MTV VMAs

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Rumors of a possible ‘N Sync reunion at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards spread like wildfire on social media yesterday. Due to the fact Justin Timberlake is receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, it could very well happen. A tribute featuring his old bandmates would make a lot of sense. If Beyonce could slum it up with Michelle Williams for the Super Bowl, I’m sure Timberlake could as well with Chris Kirkpatrick and crew for the prestigious award.

Not surprisingly, Lance Bass is the first one to talk publicly about the rumored reunion. He addressed the reports during his SiriusXM show, “Dirty Pop.” Even though he neither confirms nor denies the highly-anticipated reunion, I get the feeling he’s trying extremely hard not to let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Much like when Michelle Williams skirted the Destiny’s Child Super Bowl reunion during a red carpet interview. Boys and girls, I firmly believe an ‘N Sync reunion is taking place this weekend. Brace yourselves. Check out Bass talking about the rumors below.

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Backstreet Boys Debut Two Brand New Tracks

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In anticipation of the release of their eighth studio album, In A World Like This, Backstreet Boys are previewing a couple tracks. The first premiered on Entertainment Weekly and has a Jason Mraz vibe to it. “Trust Me” is the perfect song to listen to while relaxing on the beach somewhere. Very laid-back with its gentle guitar strums.

On the flip side “One Phone Call,” has a more anthemic feel to it. Co-written by Howie Dorough, the mid-tempo track has the boys delivering an apology of sorts from behind bars. Looks like someone was in the doghouse when they wrote this track 😉 Based on these two tracks and the already-released awesome title track, I have a feeling BSB will score a solid comeback. Give both tracks a listen below.

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If some of your favorite Backstreet Boys tracks are “Shape of My Heart” and “I Want It That Way,” their new song might appeal to you. The boy brand reunite with their longtime collaborator Max Martin for “In A World Like This.” The up-tempo track is by a long shot their best track since their prime. It’s about finding love when you need it the most. Here’s what AJ Maclean recently told MTV News about their new single.

“I think ‘In a World Like This,’ both in a pop world that we’ve been living in for the past 20 years, and just the world that we live in with all the different things, positive things [and] negative things going on in this entire world. We’re still here 20 years later, living in this world that we’ve created. And I think it’s positive actually. It does kind of sound a little dark, but I think it’s positive.” – AJ Maclean

In A World Like This” is the lead cut from their upcoming album scheduled to drop in July. While their other boy band compatriots band together for The Package Tour, BSB are hitting the road with DJ Pauly D and Jesse McCartney. Give their latest a listen below. I have a feeling you might like it. PS. The 90s are definitely back.

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