Many Blogcritics regulars were surprised when a moderately complimentary and seemingly innocuous review of the debut album of boy-band R & B group B5 ignited torrents of adulations from what seemed to be hundreds of young girls. The comment “ALL YALL GIRLS BEAT OVER BRYAN CAUSE HE IS MINE AND IF YALL SAY SOMETHING 2 ME I WILL COME BACK AT U,” is somewhat typical of the comments, more than 800 of which have been posted since last summer. The B5 post has been among the most commented on since last July.
It seems that the furor is not limited to internet discussion. At a free B5 concert at a mall in Minnesota, the stage was swarmed by over 2,000 female fans. I saw this on Fox News this morning, which brought it to my attention, but apparently the ten security guards were insufficient.
Instead, 70 police officers from 23 surrounding towns had to converge on the scene of the chaos. They took 45 minutes to clear the crowd away.
The record producers behind the group have found a lucrative untapped market for an R & B boy band, and it’s hard to know how long the groups enormous popularity will last– probably until their current fan base grows out of them.