h: boybands

No. 28 | It’s Gonna Be Me by Nsync. 

Part of my #MTJ 90s Boybands series. Posting 3 times a week. 

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Indieheads Demographics Survey
This anonymous we don't actually do anything with this data (except forward it to the NSA)

indieheads, which is the most popular indie music subreddit, did a demographic survey and the results are hilariously stereotypical. Of 3753 responses:

  • 91% male
  • 84% white

  • 82% straight

  • 88% regularly read Pitchfork

  • most common favorite recording artist is Radiohead, followed by Kanye West and Animal Collective

  • most common favorite TV show is Breaking Bad

  • most common favorite movie is Pulp Fiction, followed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Her

  • most common favorite book is 1984, followed by Infinite Jest

No. 29 | No More by A1. This was posted on my instagram account before i went on a break, i forgot to post this here. I’m still on a break but I will be posting new work soon. 😊😊 

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No. 30 | Larger than Life by the Backstreet Boys. (Part of my 90s boybands series) 

Hello!!! I’m back!! 😊😊 something didn’t feel right with my previous pages but i didn’t know what it was or how to change it, so i decided to take a little break as i try to figure it out. 

When i started this project, i didn’t know where this was going and i didn’t have a plan, all i know was it’s going to be about mark tuan + lettering + illustrations, but as the project progresses, it kinda have a life of it’s own and it decides the path that it’s going to take. So i decided to let the project have it’s own way, and put the lettering in the side line so that the focus will be on the story. I will still try to squeeze in some lettering in a creative way as long as it is not distracting. 

What do you think of the change? Let me know 😊😊 

P.s. As these spreads are taking longer to draw and the stories take a bit more time, i won’t be able to post 3 times a week anymore, but i will still post regularly as much as i can because i have to reach the goal of finishing this sketchbook before the year ends. 😊😊

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daily complaint about boyband fans

it drives me bonkers when men who think of themselves as serious music listeners because they listen to hard rock constantly deride young female pop singers for having “no taste,” and then when the pop girl shows at least mild interest in the genre by covering nirvana or whatever the dudes start crying about how she “ruined it.” 


Yooooo have a watch Smash or Pass: Kpop Boys Edition

With the Grammys airing last night, I was reading some comments about 1D never even attending the awards and that got me thinking. 

I grew up with the Backstreet Boys and *Nsync and I loved them both dearly. I even liked 98 Degrees. Now, none of these Boybands ever won a Grammy, but they were at least nominated and performed at the ceremony. BSB and *Nsync have 15 nominations between the two of them. 

I don’t think One Direction fans really grasp how much of a phenomenon the Backstreet Boys and *Nsync popularity was. It was insane. Some may argue that they’re just as popular, they might tell me numbers and statistics, and yes, some might be significant. However, with the popularity and visualization of social media, 1D’s popularity did seem bigger than it probably was. The Boyband era in the late 90s and early 2000s was still during the cavemen times when it came to the Internet. This was before Youtube, this was before Twitter and Facebook. 

Could you imagine how many followers or views they would have had. Remember, *Nsync’s “No Strings Attached” sold 2.4 million copies (physical CDs) in it’s first week on sale. I’ll never forget that number. BSB’s “Millennium” sold 1.59*. And if I’m not mistaken, they may still hold the top two spots in the record books. (*ETA, *Nsync has the top two spots and BSB is number four.)

Maybe someone else with more insight on some of their accomplishments can add to this post when it comes to touring and other categories, but I hope that people can see where I’m going with this. 

I’ll add something that I’ve always said: *Nsync seemed to be the bigger act in America, where BSB seemed to be the bigger act around the globe. Again, I loved them both dearly, but back in the day the fans did have quite the rivalry going. :)