A Whodunit mystery has ignited over a manuscript that takes a scathing look at Louis J. Pearlman and his Orlando Florida boy band factory otherwise known as Trans Continental Records. The tell-all is already creating debate over whether it is penned by one of the BackStreet Boys or *NSYNC. Both of these Pearlman created supergroups have had messy legal clashes with him which they may now want to talk, albeit anonymously.
“Obviously I can’t say much about who the author is”, says publicist Robert Lloyd, “But I can say that the author is not a group but rather one person; the author is male and all proceeds go to charity specifically The Boys and Girls Clubs of America”, continued Mr. Lloyd. The official title is: Pop Pimp: From Planes to Preteens: The real story of how Louis Pearlman made pop music history by turning acts like the BackStreet Boys, *NSYNC and O-Town into “musical prostitutes”, by Anonymous. It compares Pearlman’s management of groups like the BackStreet Boys, *NSYNC and O-Town to that of a Pimp. Pop Pimp also takes to task other well-known music moguls who practice Pimp style artist management.
Understandably interest in Pop Pimp is high since publishers consider its darker, edgier, non-bubblegum perspective a fresh take on the profitable fan-book category. “Actually the existence of the manuscript was prematurely leaked after ‘confidential’ talks we had with an agent resulted in a TV producer calling us the next day about buying TV rights”, said Mr. Lloyd, “we are still seeking agent representation but it’s important that our client’s identity remains protected”, he continued.
The manuscript has sparked a frenzy of speculation on teen and music related websites as to the identity of the author. In a Teen.com chat room one teen said, “I think it is one of the O-Town guys because after all his time they haven’t made any real money, so I think they’re secretly bitter”. On MTV.com a surfer said, “I think it’s JC Chasez (of *NSYNC) because he really doesn’t like Lou at all”. A Sonicnet.com chat room person suspects that the author is anonymous because Pearlman has his acts sign nondisclosure clauses that prevent them from writing about him. “This way they can write a book like this and not get sued by Pearlman”.