NYC: A Japanese boy band formed by three members of NYC Boys (stylized NYC boys) in 2010. NYC Boys was formed on June 7, 2009, to promote the FIVB World Grand Prix 2009, an event that began on July 31 and ended on August 23, 2009. They performed the theme song “NYC” in Tokyo and Osaka before each game.
Next of Kin: They were discovered after former Young Guitarist of the Year Mark Bass played a guitar in the Musical Exchanges music shop in Birmingham, the brothers visiting the shop because an event that they had planned to attend at the nearby NEC had been cancelled, prompting shop owner Gary Chapman to put them in touch with manager Ian Allen. They were signed by Allen and to former Spice Girls-manager Simon Fuller’s 19 Productions, and signed a record deal with Universal Records. They played on the Smash Hits tour in 1998 and supported Boyzone on their UK tour in 1999.
soulDecision: The group was formed in Vancouver under the original name Indecision by singers Trevor Guthrie and David Bowman, and keyboard player Ken Lewko, who were studying music together at Capilano College. Before signing a record deal, they released a couple of singles that received national top 40 radio airplay. The success of those singles led them to a record deal with Universal Music. However, due to naming conflicts, they had to change their name from Indecision, a requirement they were unhappy with; they in fact, allowed their manager to choose the new name soulDecision. Although launched at the height of the boy band era, soulDecision wrote their own music and played their own instruments, unlike some other similar groups.
PureBoys: PureBoys is a Japanese actors unit and pop group under endorsement of popular celebrity blogging service AmebaBlog. PureBoys was originally conceived as a promotional subsection of Ameba featuring young actors with blogs hosted under the service, therefore members are all not signed to one talent management company or recording label. Each member is individually managed by his respective agency, and the group’s records are released through indie label Pullup Records.
Take That: A BRIT award-winning English pop band consisting of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, and Jason Orange. Barlow acts as the group’s main songwriter. Each member primarily performs vocals, though each has some instrumental/songwriting capability. In the early to mid 1990s, the band achieved major success as a five person boyband act with Robbie Williams. The current lineup reformed without Williams in 2005 and achieved new success as a four-piece man version of the band. Formed in Manchester in 1990, Take That sold more than 25 million records between 1991-96.
The Moffatts: A Canadian pop/rock band, composed of brothers Scott, Clint, Bob and Dave Moffatt. Eldest brother Scott was born on March 30, 1983 in Whitehorse, Yukon. Less than a year later, on March 8, 1984, triplets Bob, Clint and Dave were born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although born on the same date, Bob and Clint are identical twins while Dave is a fraternal triplet.