Johnny Wright, who manages several entertainers including the Backstreet Boys and Justin Timberlake, spoke about a few of his clients during a radio interview with Chet Buchanan on Las Vegas radio station 98.5 KLUC on Monday afternoon. Wright, who was in town to judge at a talent competition at the New York, New York Hotel/Casino, had this to say about the Backstreet Boys’ return to music: “They’re all working extremely hard and the result has been an incredible album,” Wright said. “If everything goes as planned, the first single will drop this fall and around that time, they’ll be touring in some intimate venues, to get the fans back in the groove. They realize they still have a solid, rabid fanbase, but it’s almost like a new beginning for them so they have to build their way up again. That’s what a long absence does to anyone’s career.”
He was asked about the controversy surrounding Paris Hilton and Nick Carter, but refused to comment, saying, “I don’t talk about their personal or individual lives. And really, I don’t know anything.”
He also discussed Justin Timberlake and what the future holds for *NSYNC. “To be honest, we’re waiting for some important decisions to be made. Justin is in a position where he has a great solo career and if, indeed, he does go back to *NSYNC, it really has to be in his best interest. The same goes for the other guys. Joey has his own Broadway career, Lance is producing movies, Chris has his clothing line and other endeavors, JC is doing his music. I wish I could say something that was concrete, but you just can’t speak on these things until they’re worked out.”
When asked if there will be another *NSYNC album, he said, “I have no doubts that, in the future, there will be. The bond between these guys is air tight. But the timing must be perfect.”
Wright also said that while things are being decided on, the fans can look forward to seeing Justin on the big screen early next year, when ‘Edison’ is supposed to hit theaters. “Justin is going to surprise everyone — it’s huge, just huge for him and all the guys are excited about it,” said Wright.