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20 Points In My Argument That Howie D Was The Most Underrated Backstreet Boy

Twenty-two years have passed since the Backstreetflies Boys put out their first album Backstreet. These days looking at the amazing five, it’s hard to imagine the boys of Backstreet being different than they are. Still, during the group’s evolution, many of the voices and lyrics have changed. Something that might surprise you is that Howie D, the groups most underrated member was set to be the start of the group.

Here’s a look at 20 otherfacts about Howie, the group’s only and greatest Latino that you totally loved and couldn’t have enough of.

1. Howie was originally the lead singer of the group.

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Over the years, AJ, Brian, and Nick got more love as leads with Kevin and Howie rounding out the sound. But originally, Howie was supposed to be the big boy of the band.

2. Howie has said that he thinks his voice didn’t gel with the sound producers wanted the band to have.

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“The sound that I brought to the group was not exactly the Max Martin sound that we were going in, so I had to take a little bit more of a step back,” Howie told Collider in an interview.

3. Over the years BSB’s dynamic changed.

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The more the band grew and became popular,  fans begged to hear more of Howie and Kevin. For the group’s third album, Millennium, Howie got a chance to sing lead on the track “Spanish Eyes,” while both he and Kevin were awarded more solos. Years later, when Kevin took a break from the band, Howie got to sing his solos, like that last verse of “I Want It That Way,” as well.

4. Birth of a heartthrob.

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Howie was born to Hoke and Paula Dorough, on August 22, 1973, in Orlando, Florida. Howie’s father is Irish and his mother is from Puerto Rico.

5. Making the Backstreet Boys

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Howie Dorough auditioned for the Backstreet Boys under the name Tony Donetti. After building up a European fan base, the group put out their debut album stateside which sold 13 million copies.

6. Being the last to go solo.

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Each member the band put out an album on his own after many years of being part of BSB. In 2006 he created a record focusing on Spanish/Latin songs. He actually never put it out but five years later in 2011, he released his first solo album Back to Me. Nick Carter helped co-write one of the songs.

7.  Being a lupus advocate.

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In 1998 Howie’s sister Caroline died to complications with Lupus. Howie started the Dorough Lupus Foundation to raise awareness and fund research for the cure of the disease.

8. He’s super taken.

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Howie married Leigh Boniello on December 8, 2007. The two met in 2000 when she was working as a designer for the Backstreet Boys’ website.

9. He’s a DILF.

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Howie and his wife Leigh welcomed their first son, James Hoke in 2008 and in 2013 they had a son named Holden.

10. He acts.

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Your one true love has acted in various films including the 1989 film “Parenthood,” he appeared in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” as Strum in 2002 and he  lent his voice to the show Dora The Explora where he played Santa in” A Present For Santa And The Singing Bridge In Dora’s Pirate Adventure.”

11. He’s got a bunch of nicknames.

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According to IMDB he’s known by the names Latin Lover, Howie D and Sweet D

12. Your extraordinary crush is not so average in height.

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Howie stands at 5’7.

13. He was actually trying to be an actor.

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In 1992, at the age of 19,  Howie was trying to find work as an actor. During this time he kept running into A.J. Mclean and Nick Carter and the three decided to create a singing group.

14. Initially, Howie was the one who thought they should add another member to the group.

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They did auditions and found Kevin Scott Richardson, who was working in Orlando and suggested hey add his cousin Brian Thomas Littrell.

15. He’s big on Lupus advocacy.

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Dorough and his family and celebrity friends raise money for his foundation. They have raised millions of dollars since they began.

16. He’s the youngest and oldest.

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Howie is the youngest brother of Pollyanna Dorough and uncle of Chelsea Herring. He’s also one of the oldest members of the group behind Kevin.

17. He’s from O-town.

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Howie grew up in Orlando, graduated from Edgewater high school in Orlando, Florida in 1991 and went to Valencia College.

18. He’s the group’s best dancer.

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Howie has been trained in classic ballet, tap and jazz at a performing arts academy of singing and dance.

19. He went to school with Tina Summerford.

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Howie and Summerford attended Edgewater High School together.

20. He worked at Universal Pictures.

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Howie’s first jobs were acting in “Parenthood” and “Cap and Half”. Laer he was a touristic guide in “Universal Pictures.”


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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

The year 2017 marks a time of major multilingual and multicultural musical collaborations. With Luis Fonsi’s remix of “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, climbing to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, and J Balvin and Willy William’s remix for “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, making it to the No. 3 spot, the western music market is opening up to music in Spanish. But these aren’t the only collaborations bridging different cultures and genres. In the era of globalization, K-pop, short for Korean pop music, is an international phenomenon, and the genre is beginning to meld its addictive melodies with urban Latin pop. Evidence: K-pop boy band Super Junior’s recent collaboration with Leslie Grace.

Debuting in 2005, the fellas of Super Junior are the kings of Hallyu — the Korean wave. At their height, 15 men donned the Super Junior title, but, due to departures, mandatory military service and other issues, only Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Shindong, Yesung, Heechul and Leeteuk are currently active. As a group, the men have led a revolution in the industry, spurring forward electro-pop and R&B-influenced dance tracks.

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And among K-pop, they also have one of the strongest fan bases in Latin America. The group has long captivated these audiences with hits like “Sorry Sorry,” “Mr. Simple” and “Mamacita,” and Super Junior has made sure to visit their Latin American E.L.F — what they call their fans — on three separate tours since 2013, holding arena shows in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. It must be noted that the group has yet to hold a single solo show in the U.S.

For many years, Super Junior and SM Entertainment, their label, had seen the excitement from their supporters in Latin America and wanted to show their gratitude by releasing a song partly sung in Spanish. In March, the group dropped “Lo Siento,” a tune about finding romance on the dance floor, featuring Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace and the Latino production duo Play-N-Skillz as part of the extended version of their eighth album, Replay.  

“The song with Super Junior and Play-N-Skillz came out of nowhere. None of us really knew each other,” Leslie Grace, who was recommended to the K-pop group by the Argentine-Venezuelan sibling duo Play-N-Skillz, told FIERCE. “The beauty of it was [having the opportunity of] discovering something that’s been happening hugely in its own right in a different side of the world, and discovering it for the first time and saying, ‘Man, I wanna be a part of that. I don’t know anything about it up until this point, but I really want to be a part of that.’”

While it’s commonplace for K-pop groups to release records in Japanese or Mandarin in order to cater to Asian music markets, or English one-offs for international fans, no act had ventured into singing in Spanish or acknowledged their Latin American fans with a song quite like Super Junior.

“Lo Siento” is a true K-pop and urban Latin-pop mashup. It plays up the typical Spanish guitar and blends a familiar Latin flair with the energy and the mix of pop, dance and hip-hop that K-pop is known for. The music video, shot in South Korea, even features the “Díganle” singer dancing along with the guys of Super Junior.

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The trilingual track debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Latin digital sales chart, the first K-pop entry ever. A bit over two weeks after the music video dropped, “Lo Siento” surpassed 20 million views, which was three times more than what their last Korean single, “Black Suit,” accumulated.

While “Lo Siento” isn’t the first time K-pop artists have teamed up with Latin ones nor used Latin genres in their music, it is the first instance that we can actually call a real collaboration. In 2016, for instance, Ricky Martin released a version of his hit “Vente Pa’ Ca” featuring Wendy from K-pop girl group Red Velvet, though she sang in English, and Mexican boy band CD9 released “Get Dumb” with Korean girl group Crayon Pop. In both cases, the artists simply exchanged vocals, put them together and released the song with little fanfare. With “Lo Siento,” however, not only did Leslie fly to Korea to be in the music video, but Super Junior invited her and Play-N-Skillz on their Latin American tour last month.

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Stopping in Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago and Mexico City, Leslie, Play-N-Skillz and Super Junior played before a total of 55,000 fans. The stars blew up the stage with “Lo Siento,” but both Play-N-Skillz and Leslie also had the chance to perform their own sets during the show.

“It never stops being a surprise, with my most recent released single ‘Duro y Suave,’ for [the crowd] to sing it back to me,” the 23-year-old singer, who came to fame after the release of her bachata remake of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” in 2013, told us. “I know it’s Super Junior’s crowd. I know that their fans are so accepting and loving, and I knew that they would be attentive during the show, but you don’t expect everyone to connect, especially a crowd that’s so different, to your music when you’re the special guest.”

Leslie is currently finishing her new album, which she says will drop by the end of the year. She’s also very excited about potentially finishing another leg of the tour with Super Junior. “They’re trying to see if we can do some more shows in Latin America, in Central America, go to the countries we didn’t get to go to in South America, like Colombia [and] Brazil,” she said.

Just like with “Despacito” and “Mi Gente,” “Lo Siento” is bringing together different cultures, languages and even fandoms from various parts of the world that don’t get to interact as much through music in a compact, smooth earworm.

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“For us to come together just fully based off of mutual artistic respect, and for something like this to happen, and now everybody really enjoying it despite the cultural differences, that to me was the biggest takeaway and the biggest blessing to now be a part of Super Junior’s story and them a huge part of mine,” Leslie said.  

During an interview in Times Square, the dominicana gave the boys a quick dance lesson — and it was all caught on camera.

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“Bridging cultures one dance step at a time! First Super Junior with me and ‘Group Dance’ in their land South Korea, and now me with them and ‘Bachata’ in my home NYC,” Grace, 23, captioned a video of the dance sesh she posted on Instagram. “Proud to be your instructor, @eunhyukee44 hahaha! You are officially baptized the best bachatero out of Korea by the princess of bachata — BOOM!”

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