Welcome to the all-new Lou Pearlman website. A few months ago I was assigned to do a school paper on Louis J. Pearlman (Lou Pearlman) form a business standpoint for one of my business classes. My first thoughts were that this should be an easy paper to write. I have already known that Lou Pearlman was in the music business, and that his first massive success was the Backstreet Boys.
As I sat at my computer and started to do some research I started to find that Lou was into a whole lot more than just music, and that this paper was going to take me much longer to write than I was originally thinking. Just my luck, I had a funny feeling this was going to happen to me.
Let's start this story from the beginning... Louis J. Pearlman spent his early years in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Flushing where his father was a dry cleaner. For those of you that do not know Flushing is in Queens, New York. Music has always played a big part in Lou Pearlman's life. Lou played guitar for a band in his hometown when he was in his teen years. Art Garfunkel is also Lou's first cousin, but when success in the music industry initially proved elusive, he turned his attention to his other passion: his love for aviation.
Armed with a strong blueprint for success, Lou Pearlman convinced a few Wall Street investors to help him begin an air charter service. His blueprint came to fruition as Trans Continental Airlines was born. Oddly enough, it was Trans Continental Airlines that would eventually lead Lou Pearlman to his unbelievable success in the music industry.
After a few years of chartering jets for music industry giants like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Phil Collins, Louis Pearlman received a charter request from the pop musical group, New Kids on the Block. After learning that these five young kids had made more than $100 million in record, tour and merchandise sales, Louis Pearlman decided it was time to once again re-enter the music industry from a different angle. With that decision Lou created Trans Continental Records.
The first band to sign to Trans Continental Records was the Backstreet Boys. In no time at all the Backstreet Boys sold 65 million records worldwide and hitting gold and platinum in 45 different countries. Not long after that Lou Pearlman and Trans Continental Records repeated their success with the band 'N SYNC, which sold over 56 million records globally.
In just a few short years, the Trans Continental Records roster grew to include many other big name hit sensations including LFO and O-Town, a band that Lou Pearlman created for the ABC/MTV award-winning series, "Making the Band," the first network reality TV show witch made Pearlman launch Trans Continental Productions. O-Town's debut single made recording history when it entered the Billboard single sales chart at number one. Artists currently on the Trans Continental's label include Aaron Carter, Jordan Knight, Natural, Sean van der Wilt, C Note, and Smilez & Southstar.
Louis J. Pearlman's musical empire in Orlando has continued to expand by leaps and bounds with the creation of a maga entertainment complex that features a state-of-the-art recording studio. Trans Continental Studios has been utilized by in-house artists and also by music industry super stars such as Britney Spears, Fallout Boy, Creed, Matchbox 20, Mandy Moore, Alicia Keys, Art Garfunkel, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Kenny Rogers, Eminem, Dr. Dre and many others.
Lou Pearlman’s Talent Rock hosts unique talent search events showcasing thousands of aspiring vocalists, actors, models, dancers and comedians from all over the world. Talent Rock events are setting a new standard in the industry by combining professional opportunity and workshop learning experiences with fun, exciting locations and musical entertainment.
Lou Pearlman also produced "Longshot," a full length motion picture featuring some of today’s hottest recording stars. Louis Pearlman has also been a producer and occasional guest for MTV's "Making the Band II" with P. Diddy. and, as if being a music mogul wasn't enough for Pearlman, he has also added author to his resume with the release of his book, "Bands, Brands and Billions: My Top Ten Rules for Success in Any Business."
In addition to Lou Pearlman's various music and transportation companies Pearlman also owns a few restaurants, bars, clubs and sports teams. Is there anything this guy does not have his hands in? Let take a few minutes to cover a few over these other business ventures.
Information about Lou Pearlman's other business ventures will be coming soon. I need to stop for now and give my poor fingers a rest.