In the mid-1990s he formed the iconic boy bands responsible for hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Quit Playing Games” from the Backstreet Boys and “Bye Bye Bye,” from *NSYNC. An official cause of death was not announced.
Pearlman boosted the careers of entertainers who later achieved solo fame, like ex-Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and former *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake.
Aaron Carter, brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, tweeted Sunday about Pearlman, “Karma is real.”
With Pearlman at the helm, the Backstreet Boys shot to stardom in 1996 and became one of the top-selling boy bands, selling more than 130 million records, according to the band’s website.
Shortly after the launch of the Backstreet Boys, Pearlman followed up with a second boy band called *NSYNC – which sold more than 55 million records.
The Backstreet Boys haven’t released an album since 2013, and in recent years members took time to focus on individual projects.
The Backstreet Boys are also working on a new album and t are plans for a short residency for the group in Las Vegas.