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. Carey’s Glitter

Mariah Carey 'Glitter' album cover

Hector The Rock Dog reviewed Mariah’s upcoming album ‘Glitter’ and says if the album wasn’t a soundtrack, you’d call it unfocused, “Mariah Carey doesn’t know if she wants to be Barbra Streisand or Missy Elliot. Her success was based initially on taking the Streisand path but somewhere along the journey off she trotted down Missy Elliot Highway.”

Britney Performance To Close VMA Awards, Animals Involved

The New York Post talked to Salli Frattini, an executive producer of this year’s VMAs, who says Britney’s show this year may upstage her strip tease act of 2000. Frattini tells the Post, “She’s trying to anticipate giving us a production number that was even better than last year.”

Spears has been working hard on the show ending performance as Frattini added, “There are animals involved. It’s a really elaborate staging that she’s been rehearsing for weeks.”

You can catch the VMAs this Thursday at 8 PM on MTV.

Mean Madonna Called “Andrea Yates” By Crew

The Las Vegas Review Journal’s Norm Clarke reports Madonna has been so moody and difficult to deal with on her Drowned World tour that her crew members have resorted to referring to her in code name as the Texas woman who drowned her children.

A spy tells Clarke, “They’re calling her Andrea, as in Andrea Yates, the Texas woman who drowned her children. Even when she’s around, they use the name because she doesn’t have any idea.”

Lourdes Tagging Madonna Clothes

September 2, 2001 – The Las Vegas Review Journal’s Norm Clarke reports Madonna’s daughter Lourdes has become a terror backstage scribbling with crayons all over backstage at her Drowned World tour.

Madonna’s backstage rider calls for two bottles of Absolut vodka, not to be drank as Madonna isn’t a drinker, but to remove stains from her Jean-Paul Gaultier costumes.

Madonna’s wardrobe mixes the vodka with a small amount of water to remove the stains from her outfits.

Britney/Madonna Set For Head To Head Matchup

September 1, 2001 – Peoplenews reports Britney and Madonna are set to go head to head in a battle of the titans with both singers releasing their albums early November.

A source told the site, “We expect to see Britney’s next album and Madonna’s next greatest hits going onto the shelves in early November. Nothing boosts sales like a decent diva feud.” Madonna’s rep laughed off the talk saying, “We haven’t even confirmed that the album is going to be released this year,” adding, “There would be no deliberate confrontation.”

Britney Mum On Justin Sex Details

Britney Spears tells YM that her and Justin’s parents didn’t know the two were living together until after the fact. Britney also refused to go into details on the couple’s sex life to the magazine saying, “It’s personal. The press will ask me things like how far I’ve gone or what’s the worst thing I’ve done sexually. I’m not going to go there.”

Carson Daly Suing Motorola

Carson Daly Thursday filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit accusing Motorola of breaking a promise to renew a contract with the host of Total Request Live because of troubles in the economy.

Daly’s suit says Motorola was “motivated by declining earnings and the effect of the same on its advertising budget, reneged on its agreement.”

Julie Cordua, a spokeswoman for Motorola, denied the claims of the suit saying, “We did not feel that bringing Carson on board would be the right decision for Motorola. A contract between Carson Daly and Motorola did not exist.”

More Britney & Justin Wedding Talk

Peoplenews is reporting Britney’s reps aren’t sure whether reports her and Justin are engaged as the British rep admitted, “As far as we are aware, these stories are not true. Britney has always said in interviews that she is too young to get married. She and Justin have bought each other matching Cartier rings, but that doesn’t mean they are engaged.” The American rep said in a ‘sounding guilty’ huff, “I have no comment at this time, I have no comment at this time!”

Christina Aguilera To Co-Host Latin Grammys With Jimmy Smits

Cristina’s spokesperson has confirmed that Christina will co-host the Second Annual Latin Grammy Awards with Jimmy Smits. In addition to co-hosting, Christina is nominated for – Record of The Year (‘Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti’) and Best Female Pop Vocal Album (‘Mi Reflejo’).

The show will be held on Tuesday, September 11 in Los Angeles, CA at the Great Western Forum.

The event will air on CBS live from 9-11 PM Eastern.