MTV's Family Legacy (2022-2023): Season 1, Episode 2 - Boyband Babies - full transcript

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- ♪ MTV ♪

[electronic music]

MTV has given fans
unparalleled access

to the world's hottest artists.

Let us formally
introduce ourselves.

- Brandy's in the house.
- What's up?

We're the Backstreet Boys.

Notorious B.I.G.
Don't move.

And created some of
the most iconic moments

in music history
along the way.

MTV!



Now our cameras are
at it again.

Hey.
Get in here.

- What's up?
- Welcome.

Come on in.
Let's take a seat.

As we get the inside scoop

from the ones
who know these legends best

and continue their legacy
today: their kids.

This the legacy right here.
We are the legacy.

It was definitely not
a regular childhood experience.

My mom is
a fucking rock star.

[breathlessly]
Hold on a sec.

Wait, what?

We have to make
a grand entrance.

My Pops changed the game forever.



That was the moment
when I realized

that my dad was something else.

'Cause to them, they're not
just music's biggest names;

they're also Mom or Dad.

- Why are you busting on me?
- [laughs]

Ooh! No she did not.

Yeah!

This is an insane moment
for my dad.

Gives me goose bumps
every time.

In this episode,
cue the screams.

These are the two biggest
boy bands in the world.

Backstreet Boys!

NSYNC!

What's up, MTV?
I'm Joey Fatone.

This is the B-Rokster Brian.

Music is in my DNA.

- And this is my family legacy.
- Family legacy.

[electronic music]

♪ ♪

[laughing]
Wait, wait, one more.

[laughter]

What's up, guys? Come on in.

[Backstreet Boys'
"Larger Than Life"]

I'm Baylee Littrell.

I'm a singer-songwriter,

musician, second generation.

My dad is Brian Littrell
from the Backstreet Boys.

♪ I may run and hide ♪

♪ When you're screaming
my name, all right ♪

I mean, just some boy band
group from the '90s, I mean.

♪ I want it that way ♪

No big deal.

[laughter]

♪ Quit playing games
with my heart ♪

The Backstreet Boys,
they're not only

the best-selling boy band
of all time,

but they're one of the best-
selling artists of all time.

♪ Rock your body ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

It didn't really hit me,

the Backstreet Boys and Dad
were as big as they were,

until I was eight years old
at CVS

and I see a bin of 99 cent CDs
and there's "Millennium."

Dad walks over and I was like,
"Is this you?"

And he's like, "I keep trying
to tell you, bud,

we were pretty big
back in the day."

♪ Larger than life ♪

I grew up on the road.

I got to be a rockstar
at three years old.

My first crib was basically
a bunk bed on a tour bus.

I didn't know that
that wasn't normal.

On the road especially,

Dad and I are usually too lazy
to cook on the bus,

so we just go for the cereal.

Solo cup, Cocoa Pebbles,
Horizon milk. There you go.

[upbeat music]

I think one of my favorite
stories is,

I used to always want to be

part of the security team
on the road, always.

And I don't know
how I convinced them

to give me a walkie-talkie.

I would have it on
all the time.

So we'd just be on the bus
and you'd hear, like,

[imitates static crackling]
"Where's Brian and Baylee?

Are they on the bus right now?"

I'm like, "Yep, copy.
Dad's eating cereal.

He's very much enjoying it."

It was so annoying for Dad,
probably, but I loved it.

I thought I was gonna be
a security guard

for the Backstreet Boys.

And they took that thing
from me in about five days.

[laughs]

♪ Looking back on
the things I've done ♪

I kinda look at the guys
as my four uncles.

Fun fact: Kevin's my cousin.

Kevin's actually the reason
Dad is in the Backstreet Boys.

Way back in 1993,
Dad was in school at the time.

Yo, what up?
This is the B-Rokster Brian.

Kevin calls him
and he's like, "Yo, man."

What's up, what's up?
This is Kev.

"I just got into
this boy band.

Now, I want you to come down
and audition."

And Dad was just nervous.

He was gonna go to
Cincinnati Bible College

and his brother said, "Do it."

Dad goes down,
gets in the group,

and the rest is
literally history.

♪ Tell me why ♪

♪ Ain't nothin'
but a heartache ♪

- ♪ Tell me why ♪
- ♪ Ain't nothing-- ♪

It first blew up in Germany,

then it gets to France,
and then Canada,

and then bled its way down
through the US and New York.

I think that's crazy that
that's just how it works.

♪ I want it that way ♪

The Boys' first time
on "TRL" was 1998.

And that was at the beginning
of the hype of it all.

[cheers and applause]

I haven't seen this one.

[crowd screaming]

Here we go, kids.

Here are the Backstreet Boys

doing "I'll Never
Break Your Heart."

Uh-oh.

I love this song.

[soft music]

♪ From the first day ♪

Still can't get over
those glasses.

♪ That I saw
your smiling face ♪

♪ Honey, I knew that
we would be ♪

♪ Together forever ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, yeah ♪

♪ Ooh, when I asked you out ♪

[singing along]
♪ You said "no" but ♪

- ♪ I found out ♪
- Goodness gracious.

♪ Darling,
that you'd been hurt ♪

♪ You thought that
you'd never love again ♪

Oh, my God,
he looks so young.

♪ 'Cause I deserve a try,
honey, just once ♪

♪ Give me a chance and
I'll prove this all wrong ♪

♪ You walked in,
you were so quick to judge ♪

♪ Honey, he's nothing like me ♪

all: ♪ I'll never break ♪

Feel like I'm in
the audience right now.

Need a flashlight.

[singing along]
♪ I'll never make you cry ♪

♪ I'd rather die
than live without you ♪

Their fandom, like,
grew like wildfire.

Even seeing the fandom then,

it's so crazy to see just
the impact that they have.

- ♪ I know you're afraid ♪
- ♪ Know you're afraid ♪

- ♪ To let your-- ♪
- It's so beautiful to see,

like, that little piece
of history.

It's crazy.

- ♪ Just once ♪
- ♪ Give me a chance ♪

Extremely.

♪ You walked in,
you were so quick to judge ♪

♪ Quick to judge ♪

♪ Honey, he's nothing like me ♪
- [scoffs]

Freaking Dad had to go
make me cry.

♪ I'll never make you cry ♪

crowd: ♪ I'll give you
all of me, honey ♪

Everybody knows the words.
Everybody's singing it.

Still, to this day,
they fill an arena and do that.

Absolutely love it.

[sighs]

That killed me,
right there at the end.

I got through the whole thing
and I couldn't hold it in. Ugh.

♪ That's no lie ♪

[cheers and applause]

I'm pulling a Kevin.
I'm crying.

Runs in the family.

All right,
ladies and gentlemen,

the Backstreet Boys.

I think "TRL" really
gave the Boys

their first taste of, like,
"Hey, you are special.

You can do this. We're gonna
help you get there."

And that exposure, I mean,
changed their entire career.

[exciting music]

♪ ♪

Backstreet Boys' first
VMA performance

and VMA win was 1998.

[crowd screaming]

Does that have
padded shoulders on it?

I see a little pad there.

When they were nominated
for the first time,

that was insane.

And the winners are...

Backstreet Boys, "Everybody."

[Backstreet Boys'
"Everybody" playing]

Yeah, look at Dad.
He's like, "Whoo!"

He looks so pumped.

♪ ♪

He was taking this all in, completely.

I think he was in shock.

Who would have ever dreamed,
six years ago,

the Backstreet Boys,
when we first started,

that we would be standing here

accepting Mr. Planet Man.

[laughs]
"Mr. Planet Man."

All right, hold on.

I gotta show you guys something.

Gonna take you guys
back in time

to Dad's trophy cabinet.

So these right here

are the Europe Music Awards,

and then, up top,
is the Asia MTV Award.

What are you messing with
my trophy cabinet for?

Do you remember
what you called this

on live television
when you first won it?

This was the first one
right here.

Um, hold on, hold on.
Let me think, let me think.

What did I call it?
Did I call it "Planet Man"?

Apparently,
that was his word of choice.

"Planet Man."
Planet Man.

A lot of people don't assume

that this is really that heavy.

You could use that as a weapon
if you wanted to.

You might not wanna put that
in the program.

Planet Man.

Backstreet Boys,
we're world renowned, you know?

We can't just look at
the moon like,

"Pfft, come on."
Planet Man.

Get out of my trophy cabinet.

You don't belong here.
You did not ask for authority.

I don't know why--where's Mom?
[laughter]

But that's not the only
first the Boys had that night.

♪ Everybody ♪

♪ Rock your body ♪
- This is gonna be crazy

to see them move, like,
25 years younger.

♪ Everybody ♪

all: ♪ Backstreet's back,
all right ♪

♪ ♪

Whoo!

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ Oh, my God,
we're back again ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Brothers, sisters ♪
both: ♪ Everybody sing ♪

Adding some flavor
to the whole mixture here.

♪ Am I everything you need?
You better rock your body now ♪

The vest!

♪ Yeah ♪

Dad, when he looks back
at this,

said he looked like
a youth minister.

And then you got, like,
youth minister Brian.

I'm going to church.
[angelic tones]

[laughs]

♪ ♪

Did he just do a front flip?

♪ ♪

Uh-oh,
the notorious dance breaks.

♪ ♪

Oh, my goodness.

See, this was smooth back then.

This was real slick.

I would've been in the crowd
wanting to do this dance

but now...

I can't dance in cowboy boots.
This is not gonna work.

♪ Backstreet's back,
all right ♪

Oh, my goodness.

I don't know if it gets
much more iconic.

The exposure that started
it all.

Thank you, MTV.

[Backstreet Boys'
"All I Have To Give"]

♪ But if you were my girl ♪

I've been blessed to have

a super close relationship
with my parents.

The song,
"As Long As You Love Me,"

it means everything
to my parents.

I mean, I can never think
about that song

without thinking about Mom and
Dad meeting for the first time.

Mom and Dad just met
on the set.

And they gave
all the guys headshots

and he stopped on Mom's.

He was like, "I'm gonna marry
that girl one day."

♪ I've tried to hide it
so that no one knows ♪

- I think Mom came up to Dad
and she was like,

"Hi, my name's Leighanne,"
and Dad goes, "I know."

I think Dad said he was like,

"You know, well,
we're pretty big in Europe."

And Mom was like,
"Oh, yeah, me too."

And he's like,
"No, I'm serious."

And she's like,
"Oh, I'm serious too."

And a couple weeks later, like,

they filmed
"Backstreet's Back."

So she got to see that
and she was like, "Uh-oh.

It's about to explode."

He was trying to be all suave

and she was probably thinking,
"Really?"

But I think it worked.

[laughter]
I think it worked.

♪ I'll never break
your heart ♪

Finally, I put a wrench in
everything somewhere in there.

I was born November 26th, 2002.

Last night,
Brian and his wife, Leighanne,

became the proud parents

of a six pound, seven ounce
baby boy.

Seriously, been with
you guys my whole life.

Growing up, I played
a billion different sports.

Dad taught me how to
dribble a basketball

at four years old.
I mean, I don't know

if anyone can beat
Dad's competitive spirit.

I can't, and I thought
I was competitive.

What's up?

The Backstreet Boys were
the first band ever

in "TRL" history
to shut down Times Square.

A lot of people hear about it
without seeing it

and I've heard about it
my whole life.

I don't know if you can ever
top this moment.

"Millennium" was the height
of it all.

[crowd screaming]

"TRL," 1999.

It's spring in New York,

the kids in Times Square
are screaming.

Backstreet Boys hit
the primetime.

[crowd screaming]

They literally took control
of New York City.

Since midnight last night,
people have been camping out.

I got to work at 6:15
this morning.

There was already
1,000 people there.

[chuckles]

It's so crazy.

This is overwhelming.
It's amazing.

And we want--we want everybody
in Times Square to know

that the New York
Police Department's

not allowing us
to go to the windows

and wave at everybody
because they're afraid

somebody's gonna get hurt.

Goodness gracious,
shutting down Times Square.

Think about what that would
have to do to your--your mind.

Like, trying to
comprehend that.

Describe today for you guys

and what it must be like
to see, A, the crowd out here

for you guys, and, of course,

the long awaited release
of "Millennium."

It's heart-stopping.

I know what's going through
Dad's mind. Just like...

"Wow."

Never a normal day
in his life again.

It's so special.

For him to be that young

and to reach
that level of success,

I mean, that's everybody's
dream right there.

I think we, the Backstreet
Boys, we have to thank

a big "thank you" to MTV.

MTV catapulted the Boys
to stardom.

When I think of MTV, I think
of the Backstreet Boys.

You can't think of one
without the other.

This is still probably,
to this day,

one of the most significant
moments in history,

definitely for "TRL," MTV.

That's like a golden moment.

Absolute golden moment.

♪ That makes you
larger than life ♪

But the Backstreet Boys,

they're still going
really hard.

♪ Baby,
don't go breaking my heart ♪

♪ Breaking my heart ♪

♪ 'Cause it's the only one
I got ♪

Still touring as of,
literally--

well, Dad flew in today.

♪ ♪

♪ Baby, don't go ♪

I still see girls cry
and pass out.

20 years later, you know,
25 years later at this point

and, like, it's so crazy

to see just the impact
that they have.

♪ Baby, don't go ♪

I think Dad has definitely
lit a fire into me

in the midst of, like,

I would love to be able
to make a huge impact.

♪ ♪

♪ Baby, don't go ♪

[cheers and applause]

We were on tour
and I was like,

"Can I be like the sixth
Backstreet Boy?"

Dad, he was like, "One day
you're gonna be doing this."

I was about 15.

I went up to Nashville,

I started recording
some songs.

I got to go on tour
with the Backstreet Boys.

Dad and Mom, who both told me,

"You know,
we can only shelter you so much

"and try to take you away from,
you know,

the things you'll experience,
but eventually, you will."

Being able to open
for your dad,

playing 18,000 seat arenas

and then you're making
$5 in tips at a dive bar

in Nashville, you know?

It's been a monumental journey

but I wouldn't have it
any other way.

"Boxes" was, like,
my first breakout song.

♪ You check all my boxes,
yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

So my first EP dropped
September 9th.

So my dad and I
had a afterparty show

at a little speakeasy.

It was a super, just cool,
intimate experience

for the fans to come
and hear some new music.

I feel like when
I'm on stage with him,

there is no nerves.

both:
♪ Locked dead until dawn ♪

♪ I'm gonna love you ♪

He's kinda like my armor
in battle there.

It brings us closer
every time we play.

♪ Drink that morning coffee
and make you breakfast in bed ♪

We write together
all the time.

We just wrote a song
a couple weeks ago

that we absolutely
fell in love with.

Sometimes,
we'll be sitting there,

I'll be singing something
and he looks at me

and he's like,
"Wow, you just took me back

to when I was your age."

I was, like, 19 when we did
some of the records.

The number one thing
in our lives is family.

Music comes second...

I thank you very much.

Thank you guys so much!

But family's number one, always.

And that's--that's the legacy.

Whoo!

[cheers and applause]

Just a second. Sticks.

[NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me"]

[laughs]

I hate him.
Oh, my God.

My name is Briahna Fatone

and my dad is Joey Fatone
from NSYNC.

♪ Baby, when you finally ♪

♪ Get to love somebody ♪

♪ Guess what? ♪
- ♪ Guess what? ♪

♪ It's gonna be me ♪

NSYNC's like that pop,
preppy boy band...

♪ This must be pop ♪

Leaders of the boy band community.

♪ I wanna see you
out that door ♪

♪ Baby, bye, bye, bye ♪

Joey's definitely, like,
the goofball in the group.

JC's like that pretty boy face.

Everybody knows who Justin is.
- [chuckles]

Chris sings "Shiny Teeth"
from "Fairly OddParents."

Lance is my godfather.

Honestly, I see him most
frequently out of all of them.

♪ With or without you ♪

Me and my dad
are super close.

He's actually here right now

watching me do this interview.

My dad and I's relationship is
very goofy, very playful.

Rarely do we take things seriously.

Singing in the car is a big
thing for us.

Our sense of humor
is almost identical.

I heard you have a baby
that swears constantly.

Says "mama," "dada," and
something else I can't say.

[laughs]

I feel like I finally grasped
how famous he was

when we did the Walk of Fame.

How many people showed up
there was just insane.

[all harmonizing]
♪ Here we go ♪

NSYNC first performed on MTV
in 1998 on "MTV Live."

Please say hello to NSYNC.

♪ I want you back ♪

What's with these
striped shirts? [chuckles]

♪ ♪

♪ It's hard to say
"I'm sorry" ♪

- ♪ It's hard to-- ♪
- Oh, he was probably excited.

Like, you could see
when he's dancing,

he's like, jumping up around.

Like, when the camera goes
by him, you'll see,

he'll look at--directly at it

and like make a face
or something.

Oh, can he do that kick now?

He probably could.

♪ You're all I ever wanted ♪

This looks almost like
he was, like,

at a high school performance,

like, with the curtain
in the background.

[laughs]

♪ ♪

Oh, get it.
That was good.

♪ ♪

Oh, they let him
be in the front.

[laughs]

♪ I want you back ♪

MTV definitely helped
NSYNC blow up.

If you were on MTV, like,
everybody knows who you are.

It's iconic.

[NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye"]

So this is
the NSYNC marionette doll.

♪ Hey, hey ♪

♪ Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye ♪

This came out when their
"No Strings Attached" album

was released.

♪ Bye, bye ♪

So this was definitely
a symbol from them

cutting ties with
their management,

literally meaning there was
no strings attached.

Back in the day, this was
definitely, like, pretty cool.

[NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me"]

♪ ♪

NSYNC's performance in 2000 was
definitely a wild one.

♪ I'm doing this tonight ♪

♪ You're probably gonna
start a fight ♪

♪ I know this can't be right ♪

Having those big TV screens

and doing the timing
with their dance moves

with the screens--

first of all, prerecording that
was probably hilarious to do--

but then also trying to do
the timing of it on stage

and they were pretty--
not to be funny, but--

in-sync, as you might say.

♪ I wanna see you
out that door ♪

♪ Bye, bye, bye ♪

I swear, I get, like, the ick
every time I hear this song.

I've heard it so much.

I got pretty intoxicated
at a wedding one time

and I actually did the dance.

You just hear it and you,
like, wanna do it.

♪ Bye, bye, bye, bye ♪
[bright chime]

It's like a reflex, sadly.

- I know.
- [chuckles]

♪ I just wanna tell you
that I had enough ♪

"Bye Bye Bye,"
we'll always hear about it.

It's iconic. It'll never die.

Ladies!

all: ♪ One, two, three,
to the four ♪

- Come on!
- What? What?

all: ♪ I think it's time
to get on the floor ♪

♪ Believe in no man, no cry ♪

♪ Maybe that's why ♪
- Stop!

[breathing heavily]
Hang on, hold on a sec.

I really hope
that was his idea.

[chuckles]

Man!

all:
♪ Every little thing I do ♪

♪ Never seems enough for you ♪

♪ It's gonna be me ♪

[heavy breathing]

Hear 'em breathing...
[sighs, laughs]

Thank you.

♪ ♪

This is where
I pretty much grew up.

It was definitely fun
for a kid.

What's up, MTV?

I'm Joey Fatone

and I'm here at my house

and I'm gonna show you around.

So come on inside
and check it out.

♪ ♪

Over here, it's like
my trophy, office room.

We got marionette puppets.

These are the actual
original set.

Little creepy things.

Anyway, so that's that.

This is obviously
one of the things

you guys like, is the Moon Men.

It's kinda heavy,
for people that don't know it.

They are.
I almost dropped one.

And the flags come out too.

We got seven of 'em,
so thanks MTV,

One time, I got in trouble.

So I was at Lance's house

when all of his Moon Men were
on, like,

shelves in the bathroom

and I sprayed all the Moon Men

with, like, cleaning product.

I got yelled at for that.

Thank you very, very much.

I don't know why
I started cleaning them,

but apparently they were dirty.
I don't know.

This is my master bedroom.

I used to hang off of
the top bars.

This is where the magic
does not happen all the time.

It's not because
we don't want to.

It's just that we have
a five year old daughter

that comes in and goes,
"Mommy, Daddy." [whimpers]

[laughs]

It's true.

♪ ♪

My daughter's gonna
come down now.

There's me.

There's so many frogs
in that slide.

Here she comes. Oh, wow.
[laughs]

♪ ♪

Cut my foot on
that cliff too.

I'm a Benihana freak,
so I got a Benihana table.

One time, they made
a mega-pancake on there.

Someone made, like,
a special spatula

to actually flip it over.

But they wanted to make one
the size of the griddle,

which was really cool.

Oh, this was fun, too,
to hang out in.

kids: Hi, MTV!

This is my grotto.

We'd watch TV
and eat ice pops in there.

[soft upbeat music]

That's cute.

Little picture
of Briahna as a baby.

How cute.

♪ ♪

Obviously, she loves dolls,
stuffed animals.

Oh, my God, my snow globe--

half of those broke
in the move.

I was so pissed.
I still collect snow globes.

I know you have all of them.

They're--
half of them are in storage

or they're in my room.

- Mm-hmm.
- Mm-hmm.

[mutters mockingly]

Now get the heck out of here.

Goodbye. Thank you.
See you later.

I think my dad's biggest MTV
moment was the 2013 VMAs.

[upbeat hip-hop music]

♪ ♪

It's been about 11 years
since the band has

all been together on one stage.

They've been out of the game
for so long.

I was not the downfall
of NSYNC.

I was born on March 23rd, 2001.

A lot of people are like,
"Oh, 2001.

That's kinda like
when they broke up."

I'm like, "No, not my fault.
I promise."

♪ ♪

People were going crazy
in the crowd.

It was absolutely nuts.

People had no idea
and it was a huge secret.

You asked for it.

And all of a sudden,
you just see NSYNC on stage

and you're like, "Wait, what?"

♪ ♪

♪ Bye, bye ♪

♪ ♪

I couldn't tell anybody.
People were asking.

I'm like, "Oh, no,
my dad's home. Like, whatever."

It was definitely shocking
for a lot of people.

I know even, like, Taylor Swift
freaked out about it.

You could see her face
going like, "Oh, my God!"

So, yeah, it meant a lot
for a lot of people.

- ♪ May hate me but it ♪
- ♪ Ain't no lie ♪

- Go 'head!
- ♪ Bye, bye, bye ♪

The NSYNC days, I don't
really remember, per se.

[laughing]
My mom was pregnant with me.

She was mainly, like,
on tour with them.

So backstage in that sense.

Ever since I saw the VMAs,
I've always wanted to go.

We got in, like,
I think maybe two sets before

they were gonna go.

So seeing, like, him
perform on stage,

I think that was like,
honestly, one of the first

times I got to see him perform
as a group.

Actually seeing it live was
really cool for me, at least.

He was probably exhausted
doing this.

He hadn't done it in so long.

He's gonna tell you it's not
true but it is. [snorts]

♪ Don't wanna be
a fool for you ♪

- Hey!
- ♪ Just another player ♪

♪ In your game for two ♪

♪ Might sound crazy but it
ain't no lie, bye, bye, bye ♪

[cheers and applause]

Hey, for being rusty,
he did good.

What, you making fun of me?

[laughs]

[cheers and applause]

[bell chimes]

[bell chimes]

For a fan,

this was definitely, like,
their best moment.

Seeing them on stage, like,
after all this time,

now, probably, with, like,
even their own daughters too

and they get to share
that moment as well,

which is everything for them.

That was definitely
one of the most iconic

MTV moments that they've had.

NSYNC.

I think my family
has definitely left

a musical mark on the world.

- [chuckles]
- Watch this.

♪ Ever wonder why ♪

Everybody in my family is
pretty much either a musician

or has worked in
the entertainment business.

I do sing
but mainly in the shower.

When I was younger,
I was very interested

in singing and pursuing that

and then I think once I got,
like, sort of a taste of it,

I realized that just kinda
wasn't for me.

I've always, like, been
obsessed with science.

Bit of a nerd
if you can't tell.

I'm pretty much the black sheep
in the family,

going off and doing college.

I go to Michigan State University.

I'm studying to be a doctor.

My dad was, like, pretty proud.

♪ This must be pop ♪

Something my dad
has taught me is,

never trust a fart.
[snickers]

- [laughs]
- I'll say a serious one too.

I think, definitely,
my dad has instilled in me,

don't take life too seriously.

As long as you're having fun
with it, like,

then you're living
life to the fullest.

I love you!

This way.

- [squeaks]
- [chuckles]

[upbeat music]

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- ♪ MTV ♪