90s Heartthrob Aaron Carter Returns to the Stage

Courtesy of ixdaily.com
Courtesy of ixdaily.com

If you still want candy, you can come get it, because 90s and 00s teen idol Aaron Carter is back for another party. He recently embarked on his Wonderful World Tour, which includes 50 shows from now until January 2015.

The tour will feature two dancers, a DJ, and a live drummer. Fans (and certainly a few screaming females) can expect to hear brand new music alongside the throwback hits, including his October 14th release, “Ooh Wee.” The new pop track, which marks his first single in over a decade, was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Aaron Pearce (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber).

FDRMX will be catching his Gramercy Theatre performance in New York City this Friday. But several of his upcoming shows will take place in smaller venues, including a Penn State campus show on November 4th.

“I have to rebuild my relationship with (the fans), basically,” explained Carter. “That’s my way of doing it – continuing to market myself in places that most people wouldn’t think of normally. That’s kind of the approach I take.”

Aaron Carter began fueling preteen crushes in the late 90s as a pop, hip-hop, and dance-pop singer. His older brother, Nick Carter, was already melting hearts in the Backstreet Boys, but Aaron made his own mark with hits like “I Want Candy,” “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” and “Bounce,” which received airplay on both Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. All from his 2000 release, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), the singles quickly propelled the album to platinum status.

Like any heartthrob, he had his share of celebrity relationship drama. An overlapping affair involving fellow 00s stars Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff created a bit of a scandal, as well as a feud between the two actresses. The singer has faced many personal, financial, and legal hardships in recent years, but has taken positive steps to work through them. In 2011, Carter successfully completed a month of rehabilitation, and in 2013, he filed for bankruptcy to settle his $3.5 million in tax-related debt. He has since resolved these issues and is looking forward to reconnecting with his fans on his worldwide tour.

“I am definitely seeing a resurgence. I’ve put a lot of effort into this,” said Carter. “My music is allowing me to live my dream and tour and perform – (to do) what I love. Professionally, it’s allowing me to improve and better myself. My main goal is to see as many fans as I can and re-introduce myself to as many people as I can.”