If you were a teen in the late 1990s to early 2000s, you could not escape the pull of the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC.
The boy bands were a cultural phenomenon, influencing fashion and music trends and shaping the sound of pop music for a generation. Backstreet Boys sold 130 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling boy bands of all time, while NSYNC followed closely behind with 70 million records sold.
The man behind the bands was a larger-than-life character named Lou Pearlman — literally, he was said to weigh around 330 pounds.
Initially a blimp salesman (we kid you not), Pearlman became one of the most successful
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