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 four-piece, 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 the best-selling boy bands 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.

Formation and early years

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

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, 1995. The song was a minor success in the States peaking at only No. 69 by December, the single; however, enjoyed quite a success in Europe entering the top-5 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Netherlands. European success sent them on a summer tour there and shifted the Backstreet Boys’ promotion being mostly done in Europe. In November 1995 they filmed their second video music for their second international single, “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”, which was only issued in Europe on February 12, 1996. They finished recording their first album Backstreet Boys in April 1996 and filmed their fourth music video, “Get Down (You’re the One for Me)” in Germany. On May 6, 1996, their debut album was released internationally, with an exception of the US and the Canadian markets; however, it was later released in Canada in October, 1996.

European popularity grew and the Backstreet Boys kicked off 1996 being voted the No. 1 international group by TV viewers in Germany, in the meantime, “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” reached a Gold status there for selling 250,000 units. The group earned their first platinum record in Germany in 1996 for selling 500,000 units of their debut album Backstreet Boys during which time they began touring Asia and Canada.. 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).

The Backstreet Boys began recording their second album Backstreet’s Back and also recorded the song, “If You Stay”, for the Booty Call soundtrack later released in February 1997. They released “Anywhere For You” as the last single off their international album on February 17, 1997. The single “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” released in May 1997 for their upcoming U.S. debut album managed to climb as high as No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 eventually earning them a platinum-award for selling over one million units.While the album Backstreet’s Back was released internationally (with an exception of the US market) in August 1997, their self-titled U.S. debut, which consisted of songs from Backstreet’s Back and the previous self-titled international version of Backstreet Boys, was released in U.S. on August 12, 1997.

The U.S. self-titled debut peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. album chart, which eventually sold 14 million copies at their home. Meanwhile, the second international release Backstreet’s Back had already peaked at No. 1 in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria, selling well over five million units in Europe alone. The two self-titled albums, the international version and the U.S. version of Backstreet Boys sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, 14 million of which were sold in U.S.

In 1997, 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. In the following year, McLean, Richardson and Dorough joined the lawsuit which eventually resulted in a number of settlements.[28]

In 1998, in the course of their US sold-out 39-city tour, Brian Littrell underwent an open-heart surgery (which he had postponed twice in the past) at the insistence of his then girlfriend (and now wife) Leighanne. Littrell had been struggling with a heart murmur since he was born, almost dying at the age of 4 due to a bacterial infection. Shortly after, the Backstreet Boys canceled an appearance in Minnesota after learning that Howie Dorough’s sister had died of lupus

In 2009, the group began working on a new album that was released on October 6, 2009, called This Is Us,[72] and were confirmed to be working with Max Martin,[73] OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder, RedOne, Ne-Yo, Brian Kennedy, Pitbull, Claude Kelly, Jim Jonsin, Eddie Galan, T-Pain, Rami Yacoub, Kristian Lundin and many others.[74] Unlike Unbreakable, This Is Us’ sound went back to their original dance-pop beats and contains a more R&B sound.[75]

The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, selling 42,000 copies in its first week of release.[76] It peaked at #2 in Japan and was certified Platinum for shipments of 250,000 copies.[77] On August 27, 2009, the first single, “Straight Through My Heart” was released. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but managed to peak at #18 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.[78] The second single off the album was “Bigger”. On October 30, 2009, the group went on the This Is Us World Tour, which will continue to the beginning of 2011 in Latin America.

A second Backstreet Boys greatest hits album has been released on January 26, 2010. The compilation is titled Playlist: The Very Best of the Backstreet Boys and is part of a series of similar Playlist albums issued by Sony Legacy. It was their last album for Jive Records, as they parted ways with the label. On November 8, 2010, it was confirmed that they were planning to have a joint tour with New Kids on the Block in 2011.

Backstreet Boys
Background information
Origin Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Pop, pop rock, R&B, teen pop,[1] adult contemporary[1]
Years active 1993–present
Labels Jive Records
Website backstreetboys.com
Members
Brian Littrell
Nick Carter
A. J. McLean
Howie Dorough
Past members
Kevin Richardson
Backstreet Boys Lyrics
Comments
  1. michael says:

    Backstreet is gonna make their next album within this week.
    I must gift you.

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