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Lou Pearlman Sentenced to 25 Years

Lou PearlmanThe guy who gave us the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync has been sentenced to 25 years in the joint for bilking investors out of millions of dollars.

According to the AP, it was the maximum sentence the boy band mogul could receive for allegedly swindling some $300 million from investors and banks since the early 1980s.

The judge will allow Lou Pearlman to reduce his sentence by one month for every $1 million he returns to investors. Prosecutors allege Pearlman scammed individuals out of an estimated $200 million, and banks out of another $100 million, so a complete repayment will buy his way out of jail, but his lawyer thinks that is unlikely to happen.

“I want to say clearly that there’s no pot of gold out there,” defense attorney Fletcher Peacock said.

Old Lou better hit the weights.

Previously: Boy Band Creator/Diddler Outed.

Boy Band Creator/Diddler Outed

Vanity Fair is claiming that Lou Pearlman, the creator of N*Sync and the Backstreet Boys, was a sexual predator. Page Six has juicy excerpts.

Pearlman was “definitely inappropriate” with Nick Carter. Nick’s mom, Jane Carter, wouldn’t get into specifics, but said, “Certain things happened and it almost destroyed our family. I tried to warn everyone. I tried to warn all the mothers . . . I tried to expose him for what he was years ago.”

Tim Christofore, a member of Take 5, recalls that during a sleepover at Pearlman’s house, the music czar swan-dived onto his and another boy’s bed and wrestled with them wearing only in a towel, which came off. “We were like, ‘Ooh, Lou, that’s gross.’ What did I know? I was 13,” Christofore told Vanity Fair.

Rich Cronin, lead singer of LFO, recalled Pearlman told him of an “ancient massage technique that if I massage you and we bond in a certain way, it will strengthen your aura.”

I suppose this shouldn’t surprise anybody. But still, ew.

Update: Vanity Fair posted the whole thing online: Mad About the Boys.

Glorious Noise exclusively reveals photographic evidence of Lou Pearlman’s long-lost twin after the jump…

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Turn Out the Lights

“‘If Clive’s selling, you don’t want to be buying,’ said longtime music mogul David Geffen. “I can’t think of a more opportune moment for him to do it. His big acts are all in decline.”

“‘It’s a great time to get out,” said music veteran Irving Azoff, who co-manages the Backstreet Boys.”

That’s from an above-the-fold, front-page story in the June 12, 2002, The Wall Street Journal, a story about how Clive Calder, “the reclusive majority of Zomba Music Group,” is planning to have Bertelsmann AG buy Zomba, a company that has on its roster the aforementioned Backstreet Boys, as well as the troubled R. Kelly, the fortunately absent Michael Bolton, the band now known more for a member wanting to go in space than its music, ‘N Sync, and the woman who is photographed tugging down the top of her trou, Britney Spears. The Journal has only been running photos for a number of weeks now; ol’ Brit looks positively Tiger Beat in the shot.

Back in the ’60s there was a category of music that was known as “Bubble Gum.” Part of it was associated with asinine lyrics like “Yummy, yummy, yummy, I’ve got love in my tummy,” which not even a fast-food franchise has deigned to pull out of the stacks. The other part was that it was well known that like a piece of chewing gum, the flavor doesn’t last. To borrow a notion from James Gleick’s Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything, the pop chews of today are firmly affixed to the bottoms of seats not long after their wrappers have been removed. A bottle of screw-top merlot has better legs than some of these performers.

As we consider the list of the acts that Bertelsmann is going to be, apparently, forced to pick up (there is some sort of contractual deal that exists between Zomba and Bertelsmann), all we can say is, “G├╝ten nacht.”