He first started recording music at the age of 8 on the heels of his brother's band's success at the prompting of his mother, who wanted to cash in on him, since Nick didn't include her in his business plans. He subsequently became world famous as a preteen idol, playing large crowds, recording three major-selling albums in as many years, and had many guest spots on kids' TV shows. He starred as JD McQueen, a pop star who's put in a normal high school, in the direct-to-DVD movie Popstar in 2006 and had a bit part in the 2004 live action Fat Albert movie. After, basically, falling off the map afterwards, he participated in the 2009 season of Dancing with the Stars, then began to pick up where he left off with his career in 2013, with starting to book and perform over that year in a tour covering the U.S. and Canada, then performed on a worldwide tour in 2014, beginning preproduction on a forthcoming album by writing songs and performing some of them. He then recorded and released an EP in 2017; LØVË, then released an album of the same name in 2018 comprising of songs from the EP and several more.
However, he ran into some troubles in the several years prior, as his sister Leslie passed away in 2012, then filed bankruptcy in late 2013, then in 2017 went on The Doctors to get checked out for his possible health issues, as he'd developed a "shockingly gaunt" appearance due to him being under intense amounts of grief, stress, and abusing prescription medications, as well as suffering as a victim of body shaming from various trolls on social media. He subsequently was given a clean bill of health, but had to subsequently check into a rehab facility to both get his body fully healthy, as well as not depend on drugs. He also became ostracized from a lot of his family over the last several years, but appears to be doing a lot better since he checked into rehab.
- Aaron Carter (1997)
- Aaron's Party (Come Get It) (2000)
- Oh Aaron (2001)
- Another Earthquake! (2002)
- LØVË (2018)
Tropes related to his works:
- Adults Are Useless: Both "Aaron's Party" and "Leave It Up To Me" are about how adults are boring fun-haters.
- All Just a Dream: "That's How I Beat Shaq." Then again..."If it was a dream
And it wasn't real
How'd I get a jersy with the name O'Neil?"
- Big "WHAT?!": Nick's reaction in "Oh, Aaron" when Aaron wants him to buy 3,000 concert tickets for his friends and their families.
- Boastful Rap: "Stride (Jump On The Fizzy)," "Bounce," and of course "That's How I Beat Shaq."
- Cover Version: "I Want Candy", "Iko Iko", "The Clapping Song" and "Hang on Sloopy."
- Darker and Edgier: His fifth album has this feel, as he was 30 by the time it was released and had grown out of the teen idol range he previously had and been replaced by other teen idols like Jesse Mc Cartney and Justin Bieber, whom was compared to him when he started.
- Hidden Depths: Despite most of his music being bubblegum vocal pop, he's a skilled multi-instrumentalist.
- Kid-anova: Many of his songs, such as "Aaron's Party" and "Oh, Aaron," depict him as as a charmer who'll do anything for a cute girl.
- New Sound Album: The dark pop of LØVË firmly establishes that he's no longer the same singer who did "Aaron's Party."
- Sampling: "Stride (Jump on the Fizzy)", which uses a lyrical interpolation of "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder as its chorus.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Has this on his older albums' recordings.
- Silly Love Songs: It doesn't get sillier than his. "Girl You Shine" and "Baby It's You" are prime examples.
- Spiritual Successor: He has since been replaced as a Teen Idol by Jesse Mc Cartney and Justin Bieber.
- Teen Idol: One of the most successful of the early 2000s.
- Wild Teen Party: Well, wild adolescent party, but "Aaron's Party (Come and Get It)" otherwise fits the bill.