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Aaron Carter

Carter in June 2005
Background information
Birth name Aaron Charles Carter
Born December 7, 1987 (1987-12-07) (age 22)
Origin Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Pop, dance-pop, Hip pop
Occupations Singer, rapper, songwriter, actor, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997—present
Labels Edel Music America (1996–1998)
Jive/Zomba (1998–2003)
Sony BMG (2006–present)
Website Official Aaron Carter MySpace

Aaron Charles Carter[1] (born December 7, 1987)[1] is an American singer. He is the younger brother of singer Nick Carter, from the boy band Backstreet Boys. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late-1990s, establishing himself as a star among preteen and teenage audiences during the early-2000s.[2] Carter, who has also launched an acting career, is known for media reports regarding his personal life, including his relationships with Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, and his legal problems, some involving his mother.

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Biography

Early life

Carter was born at the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida,[1] where his parents ran the Garden Villa Retirement Home; the family was originally from upstate New York,[1] where his brother Nick was born. Carter is named after his maternal grandfather Douglas "Charles" Spaulding and paternal grandfather (Aaron Charles Carter).[1]

Aside from his older brother Nick, he also has three sisters: twin sister Angel (a model), BJ and Leslie. He also has an older half-sister named Ginger, from his father's first marriage,[3] and a younger half-brother, Kaden (from his father's new marriage). He also has a younger stepsister, Taelyn, by his father's new wife. Carter has said that the mood in his home was often tense because of his parents' divorce. His parents would often argue about his money and Carter would often be in the middle of the fight, trying to stop it. Carter also remembers being pushed into show business when he was too young.

Carter attended the Frank D. Miles Elementary School and the Ruskin School in Florida.[1]

Career

Music

Carter's music consists of hip-hop and romantic ballads. He plays several instruments, including drums, piano, guitar, and saxophone; however, he normally does not perform as a member of his band during concerts. Carter is a dancer who has done some of his own choreography.

Carter began his performing career at the age of seven, as the lead singer of a local band, Dead End. He left the band after two years because they were leaning towards alternative music and he wanted to do pop. He made his first solo appearance, singing a cover of The Jets' "Crush on You", when opening for the Backstreet Boys in Berlin in March 1997. The performance was followed by a record contract, and in the fall of 1997, he released his first single, "Crush on You". His first full-length album was released on December 1, 1997. The eponymous debut album achieved gold status in Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada, and Germany, and was released in the United States on June 16, 1998. On November 17, 1996, Carter released the EP Let The Music Heal Your Soul. The record was a fund-raising project that featured vocals by Carter, The Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, The Moffatts, and other artists (collectively referred to as the "Bravo All Stars" after the German youth magazine Bravo).

Carter's parents later filed a lawsuit against his former manager, Lou Pearlman (now in federal prison for major fraud), alleging failure to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties on Carter's 1998 album, which was released through Pearlman's label and production company, Trans Continental. On March 13, 2003, Pearlman was declared in contempt of court for ignoring a court order to produce documents relating to royalty payments.[4]

Carter's vocals have been included on several soundtracks, including a collaboration with musician Patrick Kilcoyne on Pokémon: The First Movie (1999), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Princess Diaries (both 2001). His next album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It) was released in the United States on September 26, 2000 under the Jive label. The album achieved triple-platinum certification, selling more than 1.5 million copies in the United States.[2] The album was followed by a compilation of music videos (October 10, 2000) and a concert DVD (July 31, 2001). At the age of 13, Carter recorded the album Oh Aaron, which was released on August 7, 2001 and featured his first duet recording with his brother, Nick. Oh Aaron was accompanied by a music video/DVD of the same name, which was released on March 26, 2002 and included footage of his 2001 concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as music videos and interviews. Play Along Toys also created an Aaron Carter action figure in conjunction with the album's release.[5]

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Carter and his brother Nick were among the many artists who participated in the recording of the charity single "What More Can I Give", written and composed by Michael Jackson, which was supposed to raise money for the victims' families. Sony refused to release the track and forbade Michael Jackson to release it with the help of another label.

Carter in concert in June 2005

Carter's next album, Another Earthquake, was released on September 3, 2002, during the "Rock, Rap, and Retro" tour. The album featured the patriotic-themed "America A.O." and the ballad "Do You Remember". Carter's Most Requested Hits, a collection including tracks from his last three albums as well as a new single, "One Better", was released on November 3, 2003. Carter's most recent CD single was "Saturday Night", which was released on March 22, 2005 and promoted by Carter during his summer 2005 Remix Tour. The song was released by Trans Continental label, with Lou Pearlman as executive producer. The single was also featured in the soundtrack of the film Popstar, in which Carter starred.

On March 21, 2006, Trans Continental filed a lawsuit against Carter within the Los Angeles Superior Court, citing that Carter allegedly reneged on a recording deal. Carter had signed the contract on December 7, 2004, when he was 17 and underage. A year later, his attorney notified the record company that Carter had the right to "cancel or void various agreements" that were signed when he was a minor.[6]

Carter was one of the many artists to record a song on the album DisneyMania. Carter recorded "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King.

On Carter's show House of Carters, and on one of his official myspace.com sites, he says he's writing, recording and producing an album.[citation needed] Aaron is currently in the studio working on his new album co-writing and recording with Eddie Galan.[7]

One of Carter's more recent concert appearances took place on November 22, 2008 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, California, as part of the first annual San Fernando Children's Day celebration.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

On April 24, 2009, Aaron performed with his sister Leslie Carter at the Luxy Nightclub 1 Year Anniversary Red Carpet Gala.[14][15]

During a chance encounter at a mutual friend's recording studio on May 10, 2009, Aaron wrote and recorded the song, "I Love Everything About You" with MTV reality show host Tila Tequila.[16]

On May 23, 2009, "I Ain't Gonna Take No More," a song intended for inclusion on Carter's next album, was leaked to the media.[17] Aaron's sister, Angel Carter, verified via her Twitter site that the single was not released with Carter's permission.[18]

Carter's new song "Let Go" has been issued as a promo single and is widely speculated to be about Hilary Duff.[19] "Let Go" is currently featured on Carter's MySpace, along with portions of two other new songs ("The Perfect Storm" and "I Ain't Gonna Take No More") which are available for purchase via Bandbox.

Aaron carter's latest single "Dance with Me" featuring Flo Rida is now available on Itunes.

Acting career

Carter has become active as an actor, making guest appearances on several television series, including Lizzie McGuire, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and 7th Heaven. In April 2001, he made his Broadway debut, playing JoJo the Who in Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Carter made his feature film debut in a cameo in the 2004 comedy, Fat Albert. He voiced a soldier named Joseph Plumb Martin in Liberty's Kids. His first lead role in a feature was in Popstar (2005), a direct-to-video film that was based heavily on his own life as a performer. A real-life motocross racer, Carter also appeared in 2005's Supercross.

Carter and his siblings star in a reality show, House Of Carters, which premiered in October 2006 on E!. The series features all five Carter siblings reuniting to live in the same house.[2]

Personal Life

Hobbies

Carter is active in sports, including water sports, soccer, golf, baseball, football and motocross bike racing. He is also an avid basketball player; he plays basketball with his tour mates, and has been known to shoot baskets on stage during his concerts. He collaborated with athlete Shaquille O'Neal for the music video to "That's How I Beat Shaq". In January 2005, he joined brother Nick in Whittier, California and played a game with the Hollywood Knights celebrity basketball team, raising money for local Los Angeles schools.

In addition to sports, Carter enjoys working out.[20] At the age of fourteen, he took up weightlifting and boosted his body weight from 120 lb to 140 lb. He bulked up mainly in his arms, abdomen and chest. He is also a gymnast, and he frequently performs back flips, handstands, and one-arm cartwheels in his concert appearances.

Carter is also a passionate advocate for the protection of the Everglades habitat in his native Florida. At the age of fifteen he appeared in a United States Coast Guard video promoting the use of life jackets among boaters and anglers.

Aaron Carter, "Santa Claus" and Major Douglas Martin, Canadian Forces, Deputy Director of NORAD Public Affairs in October 2002.

In 2002, Aaron Carter was an "honorary Santa Tracker" and provided voiceover commentary for NORAD Tracks Santa.[21]

Relationships

Carter has dated actresses Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan and resulting in a high profile feud between the two.[22] He had later admitted to having cheated on Duff. Later, reports circulated that Aaron had dated Paris Hilton, after Nick, Aaron's brother, broke up with her. This led to a well publicized spat between the brothers on the E! cable network reality show, House of Carters.[23] Also, according to a Maxim interview with Hulk Hogan, Carter was literally thrown out of Hogan's house while trying to court Brooke Hogan because the elder Hogan found him to be arrogant and disrespectful.

Carter's parents separated in March 2003 and later filed for divorce. In December 2003, Carter filed for legal emancipation from his mother, alleging she had taken more than $100,000 from his bank account without his permission. Carter mentioned in a 20/20 interview that he was missing sums amounting to $6,400,000. Carter and his mother resolved their differences the following January, and the filing was withdrawn. Since his parents' divorce, Carter has lived with his father in Marathon, Florida. Aaron Carter has since moved out on his own. He spent several months in 2006 living with his brother Nick and their sisters, Angel, BJ (Bobbie Jean), and Leslie. When filming wrapped in August, Carter returned to Florida briefly, then moved back to California, where he has his own apartment. Carter traveled with his older brother on some of the stops the Backstreet Boys' Unbreakable Tour in 2008.

On September 18, 2006, it was reported that Carter was engaged to former beauty queen and Playboy model Kari Ann Peniche.[24][25] US Weekly later reported that Carter had broken off his engagement to Peniche, saying he was impulsive in proposing to her.[26] Later in 2006 he dated singer Kaci Brown.[27]

On February 21, 2008, Carter was arrested in Kimble County, Texas, when he was pulled over for speeding, and authorities found less than two ounces of marijuana in his car.[22]

Aaron Carter is a member of the Hollywood Knights celebrity basketball team, making frequent appearances for charitable causes. On August 14, 2008, Carter joined the Hollywood Knights for a game in Bergen, Norway. On August 13, 2008, Carter posted a video message to his fans, officially announcing the Bergen appearance on YouTube. On August 14, 2008, at the Hollywood Knights postgame VIP Party, Carter performed his new song, "Swagged Up", with sixth season American Idol runner-up, Blake Lewis (who was also on the Hollywood Knights roster for the Bergen appearance). A video of this Carter/Lewis performance can also be viewed on YouTube. Some of Carter's most recent Hollywood Knights appearances were on November 19, 2008 at Warren High School (Downey, California),[28] March 4, 2009 at El Monte High School in El Monte, California,[29] and March 21, 2009 at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.[30]

On July 3, 2009, Aaron and his brother Nick Carter hosted a party at Mai nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee which was attended by former NFL quarterback Steve McNair shortly before his death.[31]

Also on July 3, 2009, Carter created a YouTube account under the user name, "The Crazy Carter."[32]

On August 17, 2009 the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) announced that Carter would be joining season 9 of their prime time reality series, Dancing With The Stars.[33][34]

On November 10, 2009 he was eliminated from the show along with his partner Karina Smirnoff. They finished in 5th place.

Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars Performances

With Professional Dancer Karina Smirnoff

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha cha cha 7 8 7 Safe
2 Quickstep 9 9 9 Safe
3 Rumba 8 6 7 Safe
4 Lambada 6 6 6 Bottom Two
5 Argentine Tango 8 8 8 Bottom Two
6 Waltz/Mambo Marathon 8 9 8 Safe
7 Jive/Team Paso Doble 9 10 10 Safe
8 Foxtrot/'90s Samba 7/9 8/9 8/9 Eliminated

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

EPs

  • 1996: Let The Music Heal Your Soul
  • 1999: Surfin' USA

Filmography

References

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  2. ^ a b c "ShowBuzz". Nick And Aaron Carter Get Real. http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/12/tv_realty_tv/main1798485.shtml. Retrieved 2006-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Backstreet Boys Ginger Carter Biography Page". Lakesnw.co.uk. 1972-10-16. http://www.lakesnw.co.uk/bsbweb/biography_ginger. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ Hiatt, Brian (2002-06-26). "'Pearl' Jam | Music". EW.com. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,266164,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  5. ^ "About.com". Aaron Carter from Play Along Backstreet Boy's Brother to Be a Figure. http://actionfigures.about.com/library/press/bl0801aaronc.htm. Retrieved 25 June 2006. 
  6. ^ "Yahoo! Music". Aaron Carter Coming of Age in Court. http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/31006293. Retrieved 25 June 2006. 
  7. ^ "17x Platinum Songwriter/Producer - Eddie Galan - 31 - Man - South Pasadena, California - myspace.com/eddiegalan". MySpace. http://www.myspace.com/eddiegalan. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  8. ^ Look To The Stars Official Site
  9. ^ Childrens Day 2008 Official Site
  10. ^ Salute To Kids
  11. ^ Hip Celebrity
  12. ^ The Jewish Journal
  13. ^ Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney
  14. ^ Luxy Club. "Luxy Night Club". Luxyclub.ca. http://www.luxyclub.ca/. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  15. ^ http://www.meetmeinto.com/display_pics2.asp?event=2009-04-24_luxy&alt=luxy%20pictures
  16. ^ http://www.tilashotspot.buzznet.com/web/tila/journals/tilatequila/entry/4077981/
  17. ^ "Aaron Carter - I Ain't Gonna Take No More". DailyTunez. 2004-02-26. http://www.dailytunez.com/2009/05/aaron-carter-i-aint-gonna-take-no-more.html. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
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  19. ^ "Aaron Carter’s “Let Go” is About Hilary? « Crushable". Hilarynews.com. 2009-06-26. http://www.hilarynews.com/2009/06/26/aaron-carters-let-go-is-about-hilary. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  20. ^ "Teen People". Teen People Chat With Aaron Carter. http://www.aaroncarter.de/interviews/teenpeoplechat.html. Retrieved 25 June 2006. 
  21. ^ "Aaron Carter Named NORAD's Honorary Santa Tracker, November 25, 2002 by Yahoo Music" (in en). Yahoo News. http://new.music.yahoo.com/aaron-carter/news/aaron-carter-named-norads-honorary-santa-tracker--12059763. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  22. ^ a b "Report: Aaron Carter Arrested for Investigation of Marijuana Possession". FOX News. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,331861,00.html. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  23. ^ Hollywood Heartbreaker article
  24. ^ "Breaking: Aaron Carter Engaged". US Magazine. http://www.dose.ca/celeb/story.html?id=57856016-e49a-42b4-9abb-cbdb4ba99d2e&k=34444. Retrieved 18 September 2006. 
  25. ^ Aaron Carter Pops the Question
  26. ^ "Aaron Carter Finds Love with Singer Kaci Brown". People Magazine. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20004427,00.html. Retrieved 18 December 2006. 
  27. ^ Kimberly Lansing (2006-12-18). "Aaron Carter Finds Love with Singer Kaci Brown". People.com. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20004427,00.html. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  28. ^ Hollywood Knights Official Site: Warren High Event
  29. ^ Hollywood Knights Official Site: El Monte Event
  30. ^ Hickam AFB Services
  31. ^ Nashville Post
  32. ^ Aaron Carter's YouTube
  33. ^ ABC.com
  34. ^ Joyce Eng (17 August 2009). "Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/Dancing-Stars/Dancing-Stars-2009-1009007.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  35. ^ New Album Announcement
  36. ^ Music Rooms Article

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