The influential boy bands who once ruled the music charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s, from New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and ‘N SYNC, have been surging in popularity again recently as they have been releasing new albums and performing together. The latest pop group that largely appealed to teen girls of the Millennial Generation to reportedly be getting back together is the platinum-selling band, O-Town.
The musicians are set to make a special announcement about their plans through their official website tomorrow at noon PST. The group posted a countdown on the homepage of their website, reminding fans to return for the announcement regarding their plans for a new album and single tomorrow.
O-Town first rose to fame on the first cycle of the 2000 ABC reality competition series, ‘Making the Band.’ The first season chronicled how singers Ashley Parker Angel, Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick and Dan Miller (who eventually replaced original member Ikaika Kahoano) were chosen by hopeful contestants of the singing competition to form the group.
‘Making the band,’ which was the first reality series to chronicle the lives of the same group of people for more than one season, then moved to MTV. The second and third seasons showcased the group working on their two albums, their 2001 debut, ‘O-Town,’ and their 2002 sophomore effort, ‘O2.’ The band, who’s most well-known for their hit number three single, ‘All or Nothing,’ also garnered attention for their debut song, 2000’s gold-certified ‘Liquid Dreams.’ O-Town also gained attention for 2001’s ‘We Fit Together’ and 2002’s ‘These Are the Days,’ their last charted song. The group subsequently disbanded in 2003, as the popularity of boy bands began to wane.
Reports that O-Town were first going to reunite surfaced in 2011. At the time, Angel told TMZ that he had no intentions of taking part in the comeback, saying, “I have made the decision not to be a part of an O-Town reunion. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately necessary to move on with the next chapter of my career.” Since the band parted ways, he released a solo album, 2006’s ‘Soundtrack to Your Life,’ starred in ‘Hairspray’ on Broadway and in such films as 2010’s ‘Wild Things: Foursome’ and joined the group Mansions of Arcadia. Underwood, Estrada, Penick and Miller are all expected to take part in the O-Town reunion.
Written by: Karen Benardello