Amid nervous red carpet newcomers, a trio of boy band legends — AJ McLean, Lance Bass and Nick Lachey — coldly mingled with the press ahead of the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (September 12).
On the mat, McLean, a member of the Backstreet Boys, revealed to Billboard that “If You Want It to Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)” was the band’s most “hated” song in their entire catalog. “It’s our least favorite song we’ve ever recorded,” he says. “We never sang it live, we never will.”
The track was a deep cut from their 1997 second album, Backstreet’s Back, and reappeared on their subsequent self-titled compilation album, which was later certified RIAA 14 times platinum. But now you know what [the song] means for your fans,” Lachey added.
McLean replied: ‘But now we know it’s toxic for 5 year olds. I have a daughter of almost 5 years old, I don’t want that for her. He shares two daughters Lyric Dean and Ava Jaymes with his wife, Rochelle.
The trio – who presented BTS with the Best K-pop award for their chart-topping single “Butter” – also spoke about the lasting impact of boy groups. “They’ll never go away,” insisted Lachey, who rose to prominence as a member of platinum-selling band 98 Degrees. “We were lucky to be in a time when it was so celebrated and we had the time of our lives. It goes through a cycle and it’s going to start again. It will always be part of the music.
The Backstreet Boys recently announced via Twitter the postponement of their upcoming holiday album and holiday-themed Las Vegas residency. “We unfortunately had to postpone our Christmas residency to next year, as the Christmas album is not yet complete. We are still a bit wary about COVID and want our fans and ourselves to be safe,” added McLean.