Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The band originally consisted of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson. They rose to fame with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys (1996). In the following year, they released their second international album, Backstreet's Back (1997) and their debut album in the United States which continued the group's success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with their album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000). After a three-year hiatus, the band regrouped and have since released three albums: Never Gone (2005), Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009). Richardson left the group in 2006 to pursue other interests, leaving the band as a fourpiece, but the remaining members did not rule out a possible return of the singer. The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them thebest-selling boy band of all time. According to Billboard, they are the first group since Sade to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. The Backstreet Boys are sometimes referred to as BSB.


Nick Carter. Brian Littrell. who met each other and later discovered Nick Carter through auditions who joined the two for local commercials. Lou Pearlman.J.. initially began singing in local church choirs and festivals while they were children. south of Orlando. realizing at one audition. and McLean through a co-worker.J. Pearlman held an open casting call during which hundreds of young performers danced and sang at his blimp hangar in Kissimmee. Kevin Richardson. In January 1993.Chapter I Formation and early years (1992–1995) Cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell. Carter. that they all shared a great affection for classical soul which they were able to harmonize together. he met Dorough. In the course of all this. Florida. in early 1992 had placed an ad in Orlando Sentinel announcing auditions to compose a boy band. Howie Dorough and A. theater. and the four decided to form a group. where he took a job as a tour guide at Disney World and concentrated on music at nights. both of whom came from Lexington. Brian Littrell was later invited to join. and television. and Howie Dorough were selected meeting Pearlman's expectations. turning the group into a quintet. McLean were natives of Orlando. Meanwhile. Richardson moved to Orlando. A. Eventually. who was the first to audition for Pearlman in his living room. Eventually. became the group's first member. The three. Pearlman decided to call the group Backstreet Boys naming it after 2 . Kentucky. decided to form a trio.

"I'll Never Break Your Heart". it was later released in Canada in October.Orlando's Backstreet flea market. In November 1995 they filmed their second video music for their second international single. The group earned their first platinum record in Germany in 1996 for selling 500. 69 by December. the single. They finished recording their first album Backstreet Boys in April 1996 and filmed their fourth music video. which was only issued in Europe on February 12. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" reached a Gold status there for selling 250. Chapter II Backstreet Boys (1996–1997) The first single that was chosen to be released was "We've Got It Goin' On" which was sent to radio in August and released as a physical single on September 5. in the meantime. They released "Anywhere For You" as the last single off their international album 3 .000 units of their debut album Backstreet Boys during which time they began touring Asia and Canada. France and the Netherlands. with an exception of the US and the Canadian markets.000 units. European success sent them on a summer tour there and shifted the Backstreet Boys' promotion being mostly done in Europe. Austria. enjoyed quite a success in Europe entering the top-5 in Germany. however. their debut album was released internationally. European popularity grew and the Backstreet Boys kicked off 1996 being voted the No. The group had its very first performance at Sea World Orlando in May 1993. "If You Stay". Switzerland. On May 6. 1995. The Backstreet Boys quickly became one of the most successful debut artists in the world collecting awards such as Germany's Viva Comet Awards in 1996 for the category of Durchstarter (Best Newcomers) Chapter III Backstreet's Back and American success (1997–1998) The Backstreet Boys began recording their second album Backstreet's Back and also recorded the song. however. "Get Down (You're the One for Me)" in Germany. 1 international group by TV viewers in Germany. for the Booty Call soundtrack later released in February 1997. 1996. 1996. 1996. The song was a minor success in the States peaking at only No.

on August 12. which consisted of songs from Backstreet's Back and the previous self-titled international version of Backstreet Boys.S. In the following year. debut. Norway. album chart.on February 17. The U. Brian Littrell brought a lawsuit against Lou Pearlman and Trans Continental claiming that Pearlman has not been truthful about the earnings made by the group. New Zealand. Norway. which eventually sold 14 million copies at their home. 4 on the U. Switzerland. Belgium and Austria. Littrell had been struggling with a heart murmur since he was born. Brian Littrell underwent an openheart surgery (which he had postponed twice in the past) at the insistence of his then girlfriend (and now wife) Leighanne. In 1998.S. the Backstreet Boys canceled an appearance in Minnesota after learning that Howie Dorough's sister had died of lupus. While the album Backstreet's Back was released internationally (with an exception of the US market) in August 1997. In 1997. 1997. their self-titled U. the Netherlands. in the course of their US sold-out 39-city tour. Switzerland. Finland. Germany.S. Austria.. the second international release Backstreet's Back had already peaked at No. All versions of Britney Spears' . Meanwhile. The worldwide hit single "I Want It That Way" which topped the single-charts in many countries including the UK. 1 in Germany. McLean. was released in U. selling well over five million units in Europe alone.S. the international version and the U. 1997.Baby One More Time album released prior to May 18. Richardson and Dorough joined the lawsuit which eventually resulted in a number of settlements.S. self-titled debut peaked at No. 1999 featured previews of tracks from their upcoming album Millennium. The two self-titled albums. Millennium was 4 . 2 on Billboard Hot 100 eventually earning them a platinum-award for selling over one million units. 14 million of which were sold in U. made anticipation for Millennium high. debut album managed to climb as high as No.S. almost dying at the age of 4 due to a bacterial infection. they began recording the follow-up to their 1997 releases at the beginning of October 1998.. Shortly after. version of Backstreet Boys sold more than 28 million copies worldwide. The single "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" released in May 1997 for their upcoming U. Chapter IV Millennium (1999–2000) While in the middle of a lawsuit.S.

The first single off the album was "Shape of My Heart. Black and Blue never matched up to the hype that their first two albums made. Switzerland (No. "It's True". the song entered the Top-5 in Germany (No. As of the end of December 2008.6 million discs in the first week making them the first artist since The Beatles to achieve back-to-back million plus first week sales.445. They released the album's first single.1. By October 1999. 1999. They began recording their next album on July 1. Meanwhile overseas. Australia. soon striking one of the largest record deals ever valued at $60 million with Jive. 2000 to a compilation sold by Burger King.3).S. eventually selling over 12 million copies in the United States and being certified 13 times platinum.1). to radio on October 3. with 11 million shipment. 55 of the hours were spent traveling and 45 were spent making public appearances. It recorded the best international sales in a week for an album in history by selling over 5 million copies in its first week of sales. the Backstreet Boys faced new problems declaring their current Jive contract null and void. Brazil.732 albums. Japan.4)." In the first week of release. and "The One". it sold 1. the Netherlands (No.1). Despite the initial excellent sales. "Shape of My Heart". Black & Blue's first single "Shape of My Heart" was played on 170 out of 171 of the Top 40 stations in the U. and eventually peaked at No.134. the boys traveled around the world in 100 hours to Sweden. was released on August 28. A song completed during the July recording sessions." followed by "The Call" and "More Than That.2). The Backstreet Boys released their next studio album Black & Blue on November 21. Millennium remained on the Billboard chart for 93 weeks. Millennium became the best-selling album of 1999 in the U. 2000 in Stockholm Sweden.. Sweden (No. the album stands as the fourth best selling album in the US of the Sound Scan era. Chapter V Black & Blue and Greatest Hits (2000–2001) A trip to the Bahamas was made by the group members in May 2000 to write songs for their album.000 copies in its first week of release. and to promote the release of the album. In the United States. "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely". 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2000. and the US. 2000.S. "Larger than Life". It also holds the record for most shipments in one year. South Africa. Austria (No. 5 . which wrapped up its recording sessions in September. on which day the Backstreet Boys made a heavily publicized appearance on MTV's Total Request Live Millennium .released on May 18. Four singles were released from Millennium: "I Want It That Way". selling 9. and managed to sell 1. The album entered the Billboard 200 at No.

the Netherlands and New Zealand. "Drowning". Finland (No.5). Nick Carter chose to remain with The Firm to manage his solo career.1). the Backstreet Boys revised their 1994 contract and committed to releasing two further albums for Zomba.1). (No. The Firm.5) and New Zealand (No.4). The Hits: Chapter One. the band expressed a strong desire to leave their management company.J. In exchange for delivering them on time as part of a predetermined schedule. The second leg of "The Black & Blue Tour" was put on hold when it was reported that A.1). had no choice but to bank on releasing Carter's solo album by the end of the year. Tampa. Germany (No. 2001 was a collection of the Backstreet Boys 's classic hits and a previously unreleased song. 6 . released on October 30. the group would receive multiple non-returnable payments that would serve as advances against future royalties. United Kingdom (No. The tour also had extremely expensive production costs. the album was certified platinum by IFPI (Europe) also for selling over one million units there.4) and Canada (No. in front of an audience at the Super Bowl XXXV at the Raymond James Stadium. McLean had checked himself into rehab to battle alcoholism. in November 1999. The relationship with Jive worsened when the Backstreet Boys filed a $75–100 million lawsuit against Zomba Music Group (Jive's parent company) claiming breach of contract. Florida. Similarly. comeback with Never Gone. According to the suit. it managed to enter the top-10 in Switzerland. ahead of the next Backstreet Boys' album. 2001. Australia (No. While the album entered the top-5 in the U.3). the Backstreet Boys performed the American national anthem. On January 28. The group stated the label promoted Nick Carter's solo album Now or Never at the expense of the group who wanted to promote their fourth album. The Hits: Chapter One was certified platinum for selling over one million units. and Kevin's departure (2002–2006) In 2002. Austria. Chapter VI Hiatus. according to industry observers. which was due in early 2003. cocaine addiction and depression after Richardson had held an intervention for him at a Boston hotel. Italy (No. It became apparent that this was reason for their lack of resistance to the Backstreet Boys moving on and this unexpected move forced the band to take a break. In the US. Three sold-out shows for Air Canada Centre were postponed until September. the Backstreet Boys kicked off the first leg of their "The Black & Blue Tour".S. in which they were to perform on five continents. In January 2001. In late February 2001. Jive.Norway (No. the album's second single "The Call" made it into the Top10 in the UK and the third single "More than That" made it into the Top-20.1).

S. visiting Mexico City and Monterrey and performing all new material. only peaking at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The drastic style change drew negative criticism from magazines such as Rolling Stone. which gave the album one star. ” In the 48 hours following the departure of group member Kevin Richardson. Pakistan. Florida. Tokyo and Manila. and the third singles were "Crawling Back to You" for the US and "I Still. they began recording for the new album on June 25. "Crawling Back to You" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. issuing a statement on band's website on June 23. 2005. chart with first week sales of 291. marking the first time the Backstreet Boys had appeared together in public in almost two years. 2006 to be released later in the year. Never Gone has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide.000 copies.J. The Backstreet Boys entered the studios in January 2004 to start writing the new album and mentioned they had recorded four songs for the album in February. 2005.In November 2003..S.. McLean appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show where he talked for the first time in public about his addiction to alcohol and drugs. It was one of the group's weakest performing U." internationally. 2006. In June 2006. which they spent more than a year recording. They also started performing together to promote their return to the music scene. Based on the success of this tour. A. The episode later aired in December 2003 to nationwide audiences. singles. Brazil and South Korea. After a three-year hiatus. visiting Beijing. Never Gone was certified platinum in the US and four singles were released from the album. but was not as successful in the United States. and #1 debuts in Bangladesh. While Richardson didn't specify what exactly his next steps in life will be. The Backstreet Boys began the first leg of their The Never Gone Tour in July in West Palm Beach. I have decided that it is time to leave the Backstreet Boys. On June 14. Shanghai. Richardson left the Backstreet Boys to pursue other interests. It was their first Australian tour. "Incomplete". The rest of the band surprised him by arriving in person to give him support.. Chile. In September they kicked-off a small Asian tour. India. The album debuted at #3 on the U. 7 .. was released to radio stations on March 28. the Backstreet Boys released their comeback album Never Gone. planning to start recording a comeback album at beginning of the next year. Never Gone ' s second single "Just Want You to Know" hit the top 10 in the UK. they announced a Mexican tour. Germany." debuted at #1 on the Japan International Singles Chart. It was a very tough decision for me but one that was necessary in order to move on with the next chapter of my life. The third US single. the second single was "Just Want You to Know". their single. he stated: “ After 13 years of what can only be described as a dream come true. and his struggles rising to fame. The third international single "I Still. The first single was "Incomplete". The band began to reform and reconcile their differences. The album is named after a song on the album which mourns the loss of Kevin Richardson's father.

000 copies in its first week of release. Never Gone." It reached #21 on the US Adult Contemporary Charts. Two weeks after its debut. Unbreakable opened at #7 on The Billboard 200. While the album had received positive reviews. Europe. the first single was confirmed as "Inconsolable. "Helpless When She Smiles" was the next single to be released from Unbreakable. it did not perform as well as its predecessor. debuting at #1 on the Japanese Oricon weekly album charts and staying there for another week." a piano-driven power ballad similar to Never Gone 's "Incomplete. 2007. 2007.Chapter VII Unbreakable (2007–2008) The Backstreet Boys' sixth album Unbreakable. It was their first effort since Richardson's departure. but has yet to be released. Japan on February 16. It only managed to reach #52 in the US Adult Contemporary charts and in turn failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 charts. 2008. 8 . Canada and The United States. However. They recorded a tour DVD in London's The O2 Arena which can be seen on YouTube. selling 81. the album dropped out of the top 100. Mexico. Dates were confirmed for the tour being titled the Unbreakable Tour in Australia. UK. Asia. 2008 for the last North American stop of the Unbreakable Tour. but managed only #86 on the Billboard Hot 100. Richardson rejoined the rest of the band in Los Angeles at the Palladium in Hollywood on November 23. The group went on a 45 date World tour to promote Unbreakable in Tokyo. On July 25. it performed well in Japan. Japan. was officially launched on October 30.

The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200. it was confirmed that they were planning to have a joint tour with New Kids on the Block in 2011. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but managed to peak at #18 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. "Don't Turn Out the Lights" and "All in My Head". which will continue to the beginning of 2011 in Latin America. RedOne. It was their last album for Jive Records. Unlike Unbreakable. the group went on the This Is Us World Tour. A second Backstreet Boys greatest hits album has been released on January 26. 2010. Pitbull. 2009.Chapter VIII This Is Us (2009–present) In 2009. the group began working on a new album that was released on October 6. The compilation is titled Playlist: The Very Best of Backstreet Boys and is part of a series of similar Playlist albums issued by Sony Legacy. The second single off the album was "Bigger". On October 30. selling 42.000 copies. It peaked at #2 in Japan and was certified Platinum for shipments of 250. This Is Us' sound went back to their original dance-pop beats and contains a more R&B sound. Alex James. On August 27. On November 8. and were confirmed to be working with Max Martin. including two new song. Eddie Galan. called This Is Us. OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder. contents Introduction 9 . Brian Kennedy. as they parted ways with the label. Rami Yacoub. 2009. the first single. Claude Kelly. Ne-Yo. T-Pain. The new super group released an album of their biggest hits.000 copies in its first week of release. Jim Jonsin. 2010. 2009. Kristian Lundin and many others. "Straight Through My Heart" was released.

Chapter I Formation and early years (1992–1995) Chapter II Backstreet Boys (1996–1997) Chapter III Backstreet's Back and American success (1997–1998) Chapter IV Millennium (1999–2000) Chapter V Black & Blue and Greatest Hits (2000–2001) Chapter VI Hiatus. and Kevin's departure (2002–2006) Chapter VII Unbreakable (2007–2008) Chapter VIII This Is Us (2009–present) Precis 10 . comeback with Never Gone.

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