On January 18th, Backstreet Boy AJ McLean phoned into Joey Fatone’s radio show based in Orlando. Joey asked what’s up with the Backstreet Boys because he just heard from Howie Dorough that the group was recording again. He told AJ that he and Howie were supposed to arm wrestle and asked who’d win. AJ said Joey would definitely beat Howie. Joey and AJ hung out together on AJ’s birthday at a porn convention. They talked about some of the freaks they saw there, including a pregnant stripper and a woman with humongous breasts. Joey asked again when BSB was hittin’ the studio because *NSYNC wanted to beat them to the punch. AJ said January 26th. Joey’s response: “Darn it.” AJ said they’re going in with an open mind and are just gonna write hit songs. Joey asked AJ what song he’d like to hear on the air. AJ’s response: ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ by Prodigy, clarifying that he doesn’t actually smack bitches up; he just likes the song. Then after AJ hung up, Joey and the other DJ argued about who was better, the Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC. Joey said *NSYNC. The other DJ said the Backstreet Boys because he likes their songs and prefers ‘I Want It That Way’ over ‘Bye Bye Bye’ and ‘Backstreet’s Back’ over ‘It’s Gonna Be Me.’ Download the 4-minute interview here.
Carson Daly Embarrassed For Introducing Britney & *NSYNC
January 27, 2004 – Leighton Ginn of The Desert Sun caught up with Carson Daly for a Q&A session and asked the TRL host what embarrassing music he enjoys. “I’m the guy who premiered Britney Spears and *NSYNC on national television,” he responded. “I don’t know what’s more embarrassing than that. I don’t know. That’s pretty good, right?” Asked if after dating Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tara Reid he’d consider dating a girl who would act, Daly responded, “(Much laughter) That’s hilarious. No, I think I’m done with the actors. Unless Jennifer Garner got single, then I would take a tour, but I don’t think so. I think I got it out of my system.”
*NSYNC, Eminem & 50 Cent At The Palms This Weekend
January 12, 2004 – On Friday night, *NSYNC minus Justin Timberlake had a skybox next to us at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms hotel and once again on Saturday and Eminem and 50 Cent were at the downstairs VIP room. All of them plus Tara Reid were also at The N9NE Restaurant at the Palms on Saturday. I also saw Shaggy and Melic from the Real World, and Franky from the new Real World. I thought it was pretty cool because I was not expecting to see any celebrities the weekend after New Year’s. There was a Electronics Convention (CES) and a Porn Convention and Awards this weekend in Vegas. It was a wild weekend. My friend kissed Joey Fatone. I guess he kisses good. I think he is ugly but that is pretty cool. Well just wanted to tell somebody.