Marketing androgyny: The evolution of the Backstreet Boys

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Abstract

The trend in popular culture away from idealising mature, strong 'men' in favour of young, androgynous 'boys' can in part be traced to how pop music impresarios such as Lou Pearlman present sexuality to their huge market of young listeners. During their time under the management of Wright Stuff, 1996-1998, the Backstreet Boys were the most popular manufactured boyband in the world, and as such influenced the sexual development of millions of young women and men. This paper examines how, during this period, the presentation and marketing of the Backstreet Boys, and their youngest member Nick Carter in particular, encouraged queer readings, and how those subtle queer subtexts in the music and videos may have affected their (mostly) young, uncritical audience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-258
Number of pages14
JournalPopular Music
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Music

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