The 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.
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.
The Glorious Noise compound was alive with laughter after the 45th Annual Grammy Awards concluded last Sunday night. Sure, this year’s show featured numerous artists who made the big decision to actually sing, which is a real milestone, since it happens so rarely anymore. And performances from Eminem, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, and Yo Yo Ma were entertaining for different reasons. But in the end, it was just another howler of an award show, and it deserves to be eviscerated. Yes, of course it’s an easy target. But so is MTV’s John Norris. And you don’t see Glorious Noise making fun of that corpse-like fancypants, do you?
What follows then is a quick rundown of this year’s show. Fred Durst is in aggreeance with Glorious Noise that it sucked, and Peace is cool, or something.
I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing I could strap certain pop musicians to a rocket and blast them into outer space. Of course, it’s not really a feasible way to deal with the Britneys, the Backstreets, the Christinas, etc. There’s just not enough money in the NASA budget to rid the world of these awful musicians in this highly inefficient though potentially entertaining way. Fortunately, at least one of these popsters seems willing to provide his own funding. Lance Bass of Nsync is rounding up sponsors to pay the Russians $25 million to head into orbit aboard a Soyuz rocket. Apparently “Gordo” Bass has dreamed of boldy going where no talentless celebrity has gone before, ever since he attended Space Camp as a child. The ‘sync-er says, “I am completely overwhelmed at the invitation,” unsurprising considering lancebass.com reports that his favorite country to visit is Liechtenstein.