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O-TOWN AROUND TOWN


Published in The Orlando Sentinel on August 13, 2000

Here`s where you can see and -- very briefly -- hear the newest Orlando boy band:


O-Town is slated to sing "Happy Birthday" to Orlando at a celebration today at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Word is the band will sing between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

On Aug. 27, band members will autograph copies of Popstar magazine and perform one song ("All For Love") at Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney. Admission is free.

THE COMPETITION

There are plenty of teen groups that don`t have TV shows. Here`s a short list of O-Town`s competition:


M2M: Norwegian teens Marit E. Larsen and Marion E. Raven apparently are a bigger deal in the fjords of their homeland than they are in America. The band`s album is Shades of Purple.

Innosense: This five-member girl group from Orlando is the brainchild of Lynn Harless, the mother of `N Sync`s Justin Timberlake. The girls are scheduled as the opening act for some Britney Spears shows this summer and fall. The songs are "Wherever You Are" and "Go Baby Go."

Boyz-N-Girlz United: This Orlando-based quartet -- two boys and two girls, DUH -- was created by Orlando manager and record producer Johnny Wright. The songs include "That`s What You Get" and "Can`t Stop Loving You."

No Authority: These four highly coiffed guys from Southern California scored a modest hit with "What I Wanna Do." They also have opened for Britney Spears.

Youngstown: This Hollywood Records trio -- Dallas, Sammy and D.C. -- are masters of multimedia convergence. Their songs have turned up on soundtracks for the film Inspector Gadget and the Disney Channel`s The Famous Jett Jackson.

A*Teens: It sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit, but this Swedish quartet is a teen group that devotes itself to singing ABBA covers. If you don`t know what ABBA is, ask your parents