Backstreet Boys Perform In New York Tuesday

AJ returned to New York to perform for the first time since his rehab stint. NY Daily News writer Isaac Guzman reports McLean told the crowd, “I want to thank you for allowing me some time to myself to get better. Today is 62 days sober. It’s like having a birthday every day. It’s wonderful.”

Mariah Cancels 20/20 Interview

Mariah Carey cancelled her 20/20 appearance where she was to be interviewed by Barbara Walters citing a need for more rest.

Walters responded to the news saying, “We were concerned to hear that Ms. Carey would be unable to do the interview at this time, and wish her well.”

More Cheetah Criticism From PETA

The New York Post reports PETA has added itself to organizations upset over Britney’s planned use of cheetahs in her VMA performance on Thursday.

PETA’s Dan Mathews released a letter asking Britney to stop her plans saying, “We hope you’ll open your heart to the plight of captive -wild’ animals caged and forced to tolerate bright lights, crowds, and frightening levels of noise.”

J.Lo Sample Stealing Sends Mariah Over The Edge

Mariah Carey 'Loverboy' single cover

The New York Post reports Jennifer Lopez was the reason Mariah was sent over the edge. Mariah had sampled Firecracker by Japan’s Yellow Magic Orchestra when she recorded Loverboy six months ago but freaked after J. Lo released I’m Real with the same sample.

Mariah thought ex-hubby Tommy Mottola was behind the stealing of the sample and passing it off to his Sony prodigy Lopez.

During her interview w/ Allure in June, Carey ripped Lopez responding to writer Vanessa Grigoriadis’ revelation she had interviewed Lopez saying, “I bet that was really intellectually stimulating. I bet you could just see the depth in her eyes.”

As far as Lopez’s claim of being able to get 8 hours of sleep a night, Mariah retorted, “If I had the luxury of not actually having to sing my own songs, I’d do that too.”

J. Lo Reveals Rump Is Real

September 4, 2001 – Jennifer Lopez tells German magazine TV Movie that her infamous backside is the real deal, “I’m a true Latino and that’s just how our bottoms are.”

J. Lo also talked of her relationship with Cris Judd saying it was fate she hooked up with him following her breakup with Puffy. Lopez admits, “Up until now I was always a giver in relationships and now I am taking something back. I’m not putting up with it any more.”

J. Lo Signs On To Latin Grammy Awards

August 28, 2001 – Confirming earlier reports, Jennifer Lopez has now booked herself on the Latin Grammy Awards following the decision to move the show from Miami to Los Angeles.

The Latin Grammys will air Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. Also scheduled for the event are Lou Diamond Phillips, Celia Cruz, Juanes, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz, Thalia and father and son act, Alejandro and Vincent Fernandez.

Billy Masters Blind Item… Not So Blind?

This week’s Billy Masters blind item should have people talking as it states, “Could it be that a certain performer is trying desperately to back out of that high-profile gala for personal reasons? Rumor has it that if he bails, he-ll take his boys with him, proving that one bad apple can indeed ruin it for the entire bunch. While publicly flip-flopping about their availability (citing the all encompassing scheduling conflicts), the woodsman was made uncomfortable by the ever-growing closeness with the captain. Let-s just say that a tense moment occurred when the honoree tried to free willy and things came to a head – or, rather, didn’t come to a head. By the way, I’m embarrassed to say that the scary man once appeared in a Lindsay Wagner movie! Oh, the shame.”

Britney’s Cheetah Act Draws Fire

Peoplenews reports the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is criticizing Britney’s use of cheetah’s for her VMA performance Thursday. A spokeswoman said: “Our main concern would be the noise levels at the show, Cats have keen senses of sound and react to different levels. These cats are probably well trained, but by using them Britney is giving out the message that it’s OK to use animals in this way and it isn’t.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On Britney/Christina

In an interview with, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine gave his opinion of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera saying, ” I think that Britney has blown more things than the gearbox on her Ferrari lately and Christina is living proof that you can polish a turd.”

Beyonce Glad Mariah Doing Better

Beyonce sent her best wishes to Mariah and lamented about the work stars must do nowadays saying, “So many people want so much from you that it’s very hard to find time for yourself. It’s really important to surround yourself with people who love you and tell you when to slow down because it’s so easy to just want to work, work, work.” Beyonce adds, “I’m very happy that Mariah’s doing well.”

Howie: Backstreet Will Remain Boys

Despite some wishing the Backstreet Boys should change their name to Backstreet Men because of their ages, Howie Dorough revealed, “I feel we’re definitely growing. Boys for us will always be in the name of Backstreet Boys, because boys to us is a name for, just friends.”

Howie points out other bands with the name ‘boys’ never changed their monikers saying, “There’s the Beach Boys, the Pet Shop Boys. They never changed their names to the Beach Men or the Pet Men. So we decided to keep it boys.”

Backstreet Boy Joins Commodores Onstage Saturday

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Brian Littrell joined the Commodores onstage during their Saturday performance at Chastain Park.

Littrell was their with wife Leighanne at had taken a seat near the stage when the group invited him up to perform the group’s hits “Brick House” and “Three Times a Lady.”

The event was hampered by a slight rain preventing a sellout, but the surprise appearance by Littrell no doubt made up for the weather.