Controversial Music Mogul Lou Pearlman Dies Age 62
He died at the Federal Correctional Institute in Texarkana, Texas, on Friday, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons record. He reportedly suffered a stroke in 2010 and has suffered ill-health since then. Pearlman was also sued by most of his acts – the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, Take 5, Natural, and Aaron Carter – for fraud and misrepresentation. Despite their checkered past, many of his former protegees have paid tribute to the late record producer on Twitter upon hearing the news of his death. “I hope he found some peace,” Justin Timberlake wrote. “God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.” His former NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass tweeted, “Word is that #LouPearlman has passed away. He might not have been a stand up businessman, but I wouldn’t be doing what I love today wout (without) his influence.
O-Town’s Ashley Parker Angel also mentioned his former manager’s criminal past, and told his fans, “Love him or hate him, Lou gave many of us our start. It’s a shame he let greed get in his way. #RIP #LouPearlman.” Meanwhile, bandmate Jacob Underwood took the time to even joke a little about Pearlman allegedly siphoning money from the groups he managed: “Hard to describe what I’m feeling,” he wrote. “He was always nice to me, even when he was stealing from me. RIP, ” while Erik-Michael Estrada expressed similar sentiments: “Mixed emotions,” he simply stated. Pearlman first struck success in the 1990s after setting up his own record label and launching a multi-million dollar talent search, during which he discovered five unknown singers to form a new boy band called the Backstreet Boys. AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell, went on to become one of the bestselling boy bands of all time, with 130 million record sales worldwide. Two years later, in 1995, he repeated the formula to create NSYNC. The Backstreet Boys filed legal action against Pearlman, claiming they were owed almost $3.5 million. The case was finally settled, after the band accepted a $99,000 payout. They also regained ownership of the master recordings of a number of their songs. NSYNC and Aaron Carter also launched lawsuits against him.
#LouPearlman my old manager died in prison… Rip Lou not the best business guy really at all but he did discover me karma is real— KiD CaRTer (@aaroncarter) August 21, 2016