Where Are They Now? 1999's Biggest Pop ActsFind out what New Radicals, Lou Bega, Backstreet Boys, Limp Bizkit and more are up to these days
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Then: Singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander started New Radicals with former child actress Danielle Brisebois, who sang in the original Broadway production of Annie, and a rotating cast of studio pros. They broke out in a big way in '99 with "You Get What You Give," a sunny pop-rock tune in which Alexander casually trash-talked several popular acts of the day. ("Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson/Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson/You're all fakes, run to your mansions/Come around, we'll kick your ass in!") VH1 and MTV put the song into regular rotation, and Marilyn Manson voiced his anger at the lyrical insult – which only fueled more press coverage for New Radicals.
Now: Turns out that Alexander didn't care much for fame. "The fatigue of traveling and getting three hours sleep in a different hotel every night to do boring 'hanging and schmoozing' with radio and retail people is definitely not for me," he told an interviewer shortly after "You Get What You Give" became a hit. Alexander proceeded to break up the band later that year – one of the quickest post-success splits in rock history. He turned his attention towards producing and writing for other acts, co-writing Santana's 2002 hit "The Game of Love"; Brisebois followed a similar path, co-writing Natasha Bedingfield's 2004 smash "Unwritten."