Here are some of the boy bands in our generation that refute the "boy band norm:"
The Wanted is one of the groups who debuted in 2010. With their self-titled debut album, they've managed to snag a spot in the UK Top 40. You might see them on E! News as they have their own reality show, where they show the viewers how they "live the wanted life" and where they party hard almost every night. They don't dance and they also don't look very preppy. And, they're not that young as compared to the usual teenage boy band. Reasons like these make them a little bit different than the rest.
If you watch (or used to watch) Nickelodeon, you probably know who they are. And you probably liked them too even for a nanosecond. Come on admit it! BTR was originally a TV series on Nick which debuted on 2009, and it was on 2010 that they released their album called, "B.T.R.". Unlike the Wanted and other boy bands, they conform to the stereotypical image of a boy band. They have the similar outfits, the straight edge image, the dance moves, and the overly catchy pop music to prove it. The acting bit is a bonus though!
Another American boy band that follows the stereotype is Midnight Red. Formerly known as FLYTE, they haven't actually released an album yet but they do have an EP. They opened for the NKOTBSB Tour back in 2011, and is now working on their debut album to be released next year. Their only difference to Big Time Rush is that they have more choreographed steps, and the only way they don't conform to the norm is in the looks department (I'm sorry, I'm just being honest!).
I don't think they're that popular in the US, but JLS has made it big in the UK. Even though they finished 5th in the X Factor in 2008, the boy band won numerous awards for their debut album and single, probably because of their impeccable voices. Like The Wanted, they differ from typical boy bands because they are in the older age group (late 20s), they also don't dance, and they sing pop and R&B.
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