In the past three decades, we have seen many boy bands come and go. pop artists such as the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and One Direction have all seen great success, with armies of fans supporting their music and careers. Because of the popularity of such groups, a system has developed within pop culture that allows boy bands to quickly rise to the top of the charts and reach a staggering amount of fame like never seen before. In August 2017, a new boy band by the name of In Real Life has emerged. This group is taking full advantage of that system, and has the potential to make boy band history.

In Real Life officially formed August 24th, 2017 through a competitive TV series called "Boy Band" which aired through the network ABC. On the show, 18 talented young men competed to earn America's votes in order to become one of the five members of what what pitched as "America's next boy band".

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Chance Perez, 19.

The five lucky contestants who have now become the members of In Real Life are Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor. Their ages range from 15 to 19 years old. They hail from all parts of the United States, from California to New York. (AN: Even Ohio, my home state, is represented by Michael. Proof that good things can come out of the Midwest.)

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Michael Conor, 18.

From a systematic standpoint, the show was genius. Having media coverage right from the start of an artist's career can propel that artist directly towards fame. Throughout the show, the audience was able to learn everything there was to know (or that the producers wanted audiences to know) about the boys; their lives, their interests, and their goals were aired for everyone to see. That immediate connection allows the audience to understand that the boys came from backgrounds that people could relate to.

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Drew Ramos, 19.

Boy Band also allowed for an immediate following of the band; fans of the individual contestants would in turn become the first fans of In Real Life. Social media plays a huge factor into how soon the band reaches stardom. The five boys have gained followers by the thousands since ABC's Boy Band first aired on June 22nd, 2017. Twitter, Instagram, and other social media websites are now a major part of the system which is currently benefiting In Real Life.

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Brady Tutton, 15.

The start-up of a boy band, or any other artist, can be difficult without being signed to a label. The show's promise of an instant record deal was kept: In Real Life is under the label Hollywood Records, which isn't surprising; the Disney Company owns both ABC and Hollywood Records. Artists such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Nick Jonas first got their start through Disney's primary record label. In Real Life's first single, Eyes Closed, debuted on August 24th, 2017, and charted at #9 on the iTunes sales chart on the day of its release. Although this position was only kept for 5 days, the sheer number of fans that the band gained through ABC's Boy Band is worth noting.

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Sergio Calderon, 16.

Although the band is still fairly new and has not yet become a staple in pop culture today, I predict that the names of In Real Life's members will soon become celebrities in the households of teenage girls, and eventually become as commonly known as the likes of Justin Timberlake and Harry Styles.