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Backstreet Boys

Background information
Origin Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Pop
Pop rock
Teen pop[1]
Adult contemporary[1]
Years active 1993–present
Labels Jive Records
Brian Littrell
Nick Carter
A. J. McLean
Howie Dorough
Former members
Kevin Richardson

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. In 2006 Richardson left the group to pursue other interests leaving the band as a four-piece,[2] but the remaining members did not rule out a possible return of the singer.[3]

The band has released 7 studio albums to date and has sold over 130 million records worldwide,[4] making them one of the biggest selling groups of all time. According to the US Billboard 200, the Backstreet Boys are the first artist since Sade to have each of their albums reach top 10 on the chart.[5]



Formation and early years: 1992–1995

Cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, both of whom came from Lexington, KY, initially began singing in local church choirs and festivals while they were children.[6] Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean were natives of Orlando, FL, who met each other and later discovered Nick Carter through auditions who joined the two for local commercials, theater, and television.[6] The three, realizing at one audition, that they all shared a great affection for classical soul which they were able to harmonize together, they decided to form a trio.[6] Meanwhile, Richardson moved to Orlando, where he took a job as a tour guide at Disney World and concentrated on music at nights.[6] Eventually, he met Dorough, Carter, and McLean through a co-worker, and the four decided to form a group.[6] Brian Littrell was later invited to join, turning the group into a quintet.[7] In the course of all this, Lou Pearlman, in early 1992 had placed an add in Orlando Sentinel announcing auditions to compose a boy band.[8] A.J., who was the first to audition for Pearlman in his living room, became the group's first member.[8] 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.[8] Eventually, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough were selected meeting Pearlman's expectations.[8] Pearlman decided to call the group Backstreet Boys naming it after Orlando's Backstreet flea market.[8] The group had its very first performance at SeaWorld Orlando in May 1993.[8]

Afterward Pearlman called on Bob Curiano to write and produce for the Backstreet Boys. Pearlman booked them at grade-school assemblies and shopping malls, and assigned management duties to Johnny Wright and Donna Wright,[7] the former of whom had previously worked with New Kids on the Block. The Wrights organized performances for the group and invited several A&R representatives to the shows, which resulted in having a contract with Jive Records in March 1994.[9][10] Jive introduced the Backstreet Boys with such producers as Veit Renn and Tim Allen who helped them with their first album.[9] The album was released throughout Europe and enjoyed rather big success spending many consecutive weeks on the Top-10 charts in most countries.[9] In the first several months of recording for Jive Records, they worked mainly at studios located in Florida.

Rise to stardom: 1995-1998

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,[11] the single; however, enjoyed quite a success in Europe entering the top-5 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Netherlands.[12][13] 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.[14] 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,[15] with an exception of the US and the Canadian markets; however, it was later released in Canada on February 1, 1997.[16]

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.[17] 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.[17] 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).[18]

The Backstreet Boys began recording their second album Backstreet's Back in January 1997. They also recorded the song, "If You Stay", for the Booty Call soundtrack in January 1997. They released "Anywhere For You" as the last single off their international album on February 17, 1997.[19] The single "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" released on June 10, 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.[20][11][21] 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.[20]

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.[9] Meanwhile, the second international release Backstreet's Back had already peaked at No. 1 in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria,[22][23] selling well over five million units in Europe alone.[24] 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.[25]

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 number of settlements.[26]

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.[27] Shortly after, the Backstreet Boys canceled an appearance in Minnesota after learning that Howie Dorough's sister had died of lupus.[28]

Further commercial success: 1999-2001

While in the middle of a lawsuit, they began recording the follow-up to their 1997 releases at the beginning of October 1998.[29] All versions of Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time album released prior to May 18, 1999 featured previews of tracks from their upcoming album Millennium.[30] The worldwide hit single "I Want It That Way" which topped the single-charts in many countries including US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, New Zealand, made anticipation for Millennium high.[11][12][31] Millennium was released on May 18, 1999, on which day the Backstreet Boys made a heavily publicized appearance on MTV's Total Request Live Millennium .[32] The album entered the Billboard 200 at No.1, and managed to sell 1,134,000 copies in its first week of release.[33] [34] Four singles were released from Millennium: "I Want It That Way", "Larger than Life", "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely", and "The One".

Millennium became the best-selling album of 1999 in the U.S., selling 9,445,732 albums.[35] It also holds the record for most shipments in one year, with 11 million shipment.[36] Millennium remained on the Billboard chart for 93 weeks, eventually selling over 12 million copies in the United States and being certified 13 times platinum.[37][38] As of the end of December 2008, the album stands as the fourth best selling album in the US of the SoundScan era.[37]

By the end of 1999, the Backstreet Boys faced new problems declaring their current Jive contract null and void, soon striking one of the largest record deals ever valued at $60 million with Jive.[39]

A trip to the Bahamas was made by the group members in May 2000 to write songs for their album.[40] They began recording their next album on July 1, 2000 in Stockholm Sweden, which wrapped recording in the September.[41][42][43] A song from the July recording sessions, "It's True", was released on August 28, 2000 to a compilation sold by Burger King.[44] They released the album's first single, "Shape of My Heart", to radio on October 3, 2000.[45] The Backstreet Boys released their next studio album Black & Blue on November 21, 2000,[46] and to promote the release of the album, the boys traveled around the world in 100 hours to Sweden, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and the US; 55 of the hours were spent traveling and 45 were spent making public appearances.[47] It recorded the best international sales in a week for album in history by selling over 5 million copies in its first week of sales.[48] In the United States, it sold 1.6 million discs in the first week making them the first artist since The Beatles to achieve back-to-back million plus first week sales.[49] Despite the initial excellent sales, Black and Blue never matched up to the hype that their first two albums made. The first single off the album was "Shape of My Heart," followed by "The Call" and "More Than That." In the first week of release, Black & Blue's first single "Shape of My Heart" was played on 170 out of 171 of the Top 40 stations in the U.S. and eventually peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11] Meanwhile overseas, the song entered the Top-5 in Germany (No.2), Switzerland (No.1), Austria (No.4), the Netherlands (No.3), Sweden (No.1), Norway (No.1), Finland (No.3), Italy (No.1), Australia (No.5) and New Zealand (No.1).[12][50] In late February 2001, the album's second single The Call made it into the Top-10 in the UK and the third single "More than That" made it into the Top-20.[51]

In January 2001, the Backstreet Boys kicked off the first leg of their "The Black & Blue Tour", in which they were to perform on five continents. The tour also had extremely expensive production costs. The second leg of "The Black & Blue Tour" was put on hold when it was reported that A.J. McLean had checked himself into rehab to battle alcoholism, cocaine addiction and depression after Richardson had held an intervention for him at a Boston hotel.[52] Three sold-out shows for Air Canada Centre were postponed until September. On January 28, 2001,[53] the Backstreet Boys performed the American national anthem, in front of an audience at the Super Bowl XXXV at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.

The Hits: Chapter One, released on October 30, 2001 was a collection of the Backstreet Boys's classic hits and a previously unreleased song, "Drowning".[54] While the album entered the top-5 in the U.S. (No.4),[33] United Kingdom (No.5),[51] Germany (No.4)[22] and Canada (No.1)[16], it managed to enter the top-10 in Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and New Zealand.[55] In US, The Hits: Chapter One was certified platinum for selling over one million units.[56] Similarly, the album was certified platinum by IFPI (Europe) also for selling over one million units there.[57]

Hiatus, comeback and Kevin's departure: 2002–2006

In 2002, the band expressed a strong desire to leave their management company, The Firm.[58] Nick Carter chose to remain with The Firm to manage his solo career. 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. Jive, according to industry observers, had no choice but to bank on releasing Carter's solo album by the end of the year, ahead of the next Backstreet Boys' album, which was due in early 2003.

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.[59] 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. According to the suit, in November 1999, the Backstreet Boys revised their 1994 contract and committed to releasing two further albums for Zomba. In exchange for delivering them on time as part of a predetermined schedule, the group would receive multiple non-returnable payments that would serve as advances against future royalties.

In November 2003, A.J. McLean appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show where he talked for the first time in public about his addiction to alcohol and drugs, and his struggles rising to fame.[60] The rest of the band surprised him by arriving in person to give him support, marking the first time the Backstreet Boys had appeared together in public in almost two years.[60] The episode later aired in December 2003[61] to nationwide audiences. The band began to reform and reconcile their differences, planning to start recording a comeback album at beginning of the next year.[62]

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[63]. They also started performing together to promote their return to the music scene. In September they kicked-off a small Asian tour, visiting Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Manila. Based on the success of this tour, they announced a Mexican tour, visiting Mexico City and Monterrey and performing all new material.

After a three-year hiatus, their single, "Incomplete", was released to radio stations on March 28, 2005. The album is named after a song on the album which mourns the loss of Kevin Richardson's father. The drastic style change drew negative criticism from magazines such as Rolling Stone, which gave the album one star.[64] On June 14, 2005, the Backstreet Boys released their comeback album Never Gone, which they spent more than a year recording. The album debuted at #3 on the U.S. chart with first week sales of 291,000 copies, and #1 debuts in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Germany, India, Chile, Brazil and South Korea. The Backstreet Boys began the first leg of their The Never Gone Tour in July in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was their first Australian tour. Never Gone was certified platinum in the US and four singles were released from the album. Their first single was "Incomplete", the second single was "Just Want You to Know", and the third singles were "Crawling Back to You" for the US and "I Still..." internationally. Never Gone has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide.[65] Backstreet Boys' second single "Just Want You to Know" hit the top 10 in the UK, but was not as successful in the United States. It was one of the group's weakest performing U.S. singles, only peaking at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The third international single "I Still..." debuted at #1 on the Japan International Singles Chart. The third US single, "Crawling Back to You" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.

In June 2006, Richardson left the Backstreet Boys to pursue other interests, issuing a statement on band's website on June 23, 2006.[66] While Richardson didn't specify what exactly his next steps in life will be, he stated:

After 13 years of what can only be described as a dream come true, I have decided that it is time to leave the Backstreet Boys. 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.[66]

In the 48 hours following the departure of group member Kevin Richardson, they began recording for the new album on June 25, 2006 to be released later in the year.[67]

As a four-piece: 2007–present

The Backstreet Boys' sixth album Unbreakable, was officially launched on October 30, 2007. It was their first effort since Richardson's departure. While the album had received positive reviews, it did not perform as well as its predecessor, Never Gone. Unbreakable opened at #7 on The Billboard 200, selling 81,000 copies in its first week of release.[68] Two weeks after its debut, the album dropped out of the top 100. However, it performed well in Japan, debuting #1 on the Japanese Oricon weekly album charts and staying there for another week.

On July 25, 2007, the first single was confirmed as "Inconsolable," a piano-driven power ballad similar to Never Gone's "Incomplete." It reached #21 on the US Adult Contemporary Charts, but managed only #86 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Helpless When She Smiles" was the next single to be released from Unbreakable. It only managed to reach #52 in the US Adult Contemporary charts and in turn failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

The group went on a 45 date World tour to promote Unbreakable in Tokyo, Japan on February 16, 2008. Dates were confirmed for the tour being titled the Unbreakable Tour in Australia, Japan, Mexico, UK, Europe, Asia, Canada and The United States. They recorded a tour DVD in London's The O2 Arena which can be seen on YouTube, but has yet to be released. Richardson rejoined the rest of the band in Los Angeles at the Palladium in Hollywood on November 23, 2008 for the last North American stop of the Unbreakable Tour.[69]

In 2009, the group began working on a new album that was released on October 6, 2009, called This Is Us,[70] and were confirmed to be working with Max Martin,[71] OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder, RedOne, Ne-Yo, Brian Kennedy, Pitbull, Claude Kelly, Jim Jonsin, Eddie Galan, T-Pain, Rami Yacoub, Kristian Lundin, many others.[72]

It was announced on the official website that Sony would be releasing a second Backstreet Boys greatest hits album 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.





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The Backstreet Boys are a Grammy-nominated pop group that enjoyed enormous success in the mid-late 1990s and 2000s

  • "It was ironic looking at Billboard record and seeing Black & Blue at number 1 and the Beatles album at number 2, that Backstreet Boys album is hotter. I love how they are more hands on with the writing process, ya gotta' love that." ~ Mariah Carey 2000.
  • "You could be a fan of the Backstreet Boys and you can admit that...that's cool because the songs are so .. they're good." ~ Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) 2001.
  • "The Backstreet Boys is the most successful Boyband ever existed on this planet and they are really talented. ~ Jessica Simpson
  • "They're really great guys, and I'm glad we share the same record label, I think I'm in love with them" ~ Aaliyah 2000.
  • "The Backstreet Boys can sing their asses off. I'm not so sure about those other boy bands. But Backstreet Boys have my ultimate respect." ~ Elton John
  • "The Beatles were basically the Backstreet Boys of their time, then they began doing drugs and became one of the most revolutionary bands in the world. Maybe if we gave the Backstreet Boys drugs, we could see what would happen, who knows, maybe they would change the world too" ~ System of a Down
  • "I love the Backstreet Boys" ~ Daisy Fuentes 1999
  • "Without Nick, I wouldn't be where I am. He's my hero." ~ Aaron Carter
  • "I'm a big Backstreet Boys fan. I always give y'all shoutouts. I love the things y'all do." ~ Sean Combs (to Nick Carter)
  • "I've got a lot of respect for Backstreet boys...when I did Men Strike Back with them I had a blast..." ~ D'Angelo
  • "I think that the Backstreet Boys should've taken home those 5 awards, they are a great group of guys.~ Santana at the Grammy's
  • "They are Larger Than Life! My God, in some ways more than others!" ~ Christina Aguilera
  • "We got a lot of support from the Backstreet Boys...and they were like our Idols, still our idols...And we were like crying ..we couldn't believe that we are gonna be on the same stage as The Backstreet Boys..." ~ Westlife
  • "Everybody has there own sound of music, we even think the Backstreet Boys are cool. They make music, they love there fans, and thats all that matters, they have my respect & wishes!" ~ Ed from Collective Soul
  • "I actually have their CD's and I really like them" ~ Seth Green
  • "They're inspirational to me" ~ Mandy Moore
  • "I met BSB at a benefit gig we were both doing, and they are really humble, nice guys - and very hard working" ~ Usher
  • "I'm hoping to go out there and give them some pressure so that they can go out there and whup some ass even better, because I like them guys.Yeah. I actually like them better than all those boy and girl bands for the simple fact that I've known them since 1992, man. I remember in 1992 in Birmingham, England, they opened for me, and I remember going through Europe and seeing these guys do malls and their little routines when it was a handful of people in front of them. If anybody worked for this sh!t and deserves it, they do. 'N Sync and Christina Aguilera and all, they just came in on the coattails, man; these boys broke the damn thing open. They certainly deserve everything, and! I respect them for that." ~ Shaggy
  • "I love the Backstreet Boys! I think they're very talented and I think their harmony is wonderful." ~ Beyonce Knowles
  • "They're all too talented" ~ Brandy
  • "Whenever they're here in L.A. doing a concert or something, we just have to go see them" ~ Jennifer Love Hewitt & Lacy Chabert
  • "Those teen pop S***ts they do..., seeing all those girls screaming their A** off, and even their albums sells in records...that leaves me no choice but to like them...but do I?...I really don't give a damn about 'N Suck and Britney or any other boy band A**holes, but when it comes to Backstreet...I mean seeing them on the TV, it really gets me not to turn of my Tv...well, that can mean I like their sh**s..." ~Eminem
  • "We've known them for a loong time, their good friends of ours" ~ LFO
  • "BACKSTREET BOYS ROCKKKK!!!!!!!" ~ Tom Green
  • "BSB are my personal favorites" ~ Dr.Dre
  • "Yeah, they're a great group" ~ Madonna
  • "They're a tight-ass group man" ~ Jay-Z
  • "It's great to see a bunch of hard working guys that care so much for their fans" ~ Bryan White
  • "I want to find out more about how the Backstreet Boys get their incredible sound. I've got both their albums and I would love to cover one of their songs" ~ Tom Jones
  • "It was also great to have the Backstreet Boys appear on stage with me because I have gotten to know them all a little bit just recently, and not only are they great performers, but they also very hard working professionals and really nice guys." ~ Elton John
  • "I like songs that evoke emotion. I mean, in my neighborhood, you don't listen to this kind of song, but one day I caught the video, and they were doing things like using crescendos and decrescendos, different kinds of instruments, doing break downs in the middle of the song. Musically it's just terrific. ~ Sisqo on "Larger Than Life"
  • "I met a young chap from the band. He was a nice! bloke, unaffected by the industry and I really liked him f! or that" ~ Johnny Rotten of the S.E.X Pistols on Nick Carter
  • "I absolutely love them and their music" ~ Shania Twain
  • "Before my show every night on tour on the bus I just blast the Backstreet Boys to pump up for the show." ~ Shania Twain
  • "The Backstreet Boys....they really do have good music!" ~ Enrique Iglesias
  • "The Band...,the guys, their just great, I mean it's really cool to see them performing on stage, I like them when they sing accapella versons of their songs" ~ Chyna (WWF Diva)
  • "If you go to the postings you will see moronic statements by many who just don't get life/creativity/exploration and music at all! Am I never supposed to write a song for anyone else?... Am I never to change my style as I and music evolve???... It just blows my mind how retarded people are!! I've been asked to write for Ozzy, I've written many songs for the Crue, my solo stuff etc... Who gives a flyin fu** who I write with! I only want to work with talented artists! Fu**... I'm not joining the Backstreet Boys, I was asked by [[Nick[[ after he heard my last 2 CD's production and sound if I would help him get a more aggressive sound for his new CD!!... And why not?... That mother fu**er can sing his nuts off!!...And what?... Is he never to do anything but pop music?? He's a huge rock music fan... You all would be very surprised... Do I judge your work!?!!?... Trust me... It wouldn't get me off posting to everyone how you burn the burgers you flip at Jack in the Box!! So run along..... Your boss is calling you." ~ Tommy Lee
  • ”We have a sorta strange relationship. We have been kinda hanging out, but nothing serious, he just means a lot to me." ~ Alexandra Bachelier of American Idol on Nick Carter
  • “When people throw crap at them they keep walking. And, of course, keep winning” ~ Rolling Stone on BSB
  • "Anyone who says the Backstreet Boys can't sing is crazy. They're probably just reading some highbrow critic who hates anyone the general public embraces. I'm sorry, but those boys sing their butts off. They work hard on their choreography, and on their harmonies. Their tracks are tight and solid. Their songs are musical and memorable." ~ Tony Orlando
  • "'Untapped gay market'! I'll tell you what it was. When I first heard the songs and I heard some of the other songs that those guys had written, they just sounded like mini-Mutt Lange's. The ideas, the way they structured the songs, Andreas Carlsson, Per Aldeheim and obviously Max Martin. They used to be in hardrock bands when they were younger and were very much influenced by what Def Leppard were doing in the eighties. And they've taken that on to such an extent that Max Martin made Backstreet Boys very famous. A lot of the Backstreet Boys stuff, if you listen to it, is very much like a lot of stuff Def Leppard do, minus the guitars. "POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME" could've been a Backstreet Boys song. The big Backstreet Boys song - "LARGER THAN LIFE" I think it's called - but, given to us, we could've done it and people wouldn't have thought it was completely different." ~ Rick Savage of Def Leppard’s response to being asked about working with Max Martin
  • "We were inspired by boy bands like the Backstreet Boys, Westlife, those guys, They're famous and their music is really cool." ~ Hassan Ali Alfaluji,
  • “I just think most boybands that come out of the UK aren't bad, but they're just not great. I think if you look at bands like B2K, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. They're great bands. Great music and great singers. I just think that noone from here has really put on a great show like that, since Take That." ~ Triple 8
  • "I'd be jealous of the Backstreet Boys when they sold more than me. The only reason you think of jealous of you Ja Rule is because you know you sound like me. That's common fu**ing sense, man. You think Backstreet Boys are jealous of N'Sunk or whatever the fu** they name is? Fu** no - they have better things to worry about." As for his label dissing him, X added, "Goin' back to Backstreet. They made their label huge and brought them in sh**loads of money and now they can't record, I heard, because their label is fu**ing them around. I feel them. They're real mutha fu**as in their own way, but their management 'team' refuses to recognize that sh**. I feel those men or boys or whatever the fu** you wanna call them. We give our souls to our music. We put our lives on the fu**ing wax and the labels treat us like sh**." ~ DMX on the Backstreet Boys and label problems (XXL Magazine)
  • “For those of you who have a problem with us touring with Nick Carter... GET OVER IT! Nick Carter has been awesome to us over these past 2 shows. The tour started off with a bang in Toronto and continued tonight in Detroit! Our expectations of fans and crew and even Nick Carter himself has blow our minds at how at much fun and good people they all have been to SEV. Much love and thanks to everyone for making us feel welcome." ~ Sev (the Opening Act on Nick’s ‘Now or Never’ tour)
  • “Nick has been a blast and the fans have been really nice to us." He added of Carter, He's this huge star who treats everyone so nicely. ...You should always be nice to the opening act!" ~ Justin Roman of Vi3 (Opening Act on Nick’s ‘Now or Never’ tour)
  • "We want to be like the Backstreet Boys...we want to be that big!" ~ Westlife
  • “If System of a Down works for them, then great. If the Backstreet Boys work for them, that's cool too. See, I don't think anyone has the right to tell people what's good or bad. It's all about personal taste. It's about where you come from and what has brought you here... Let's take the Backstreet Boys for example - no one has the right to criticize them unless they know what they have been through, what their influences were. It really fu**ing bugs me when people slam other stuff, without knowing anything about it. If it's not what you like, that's fine, but if other people like that, so be it. Those people who don't like our music, that's their right. Their stuff might not be my thing, but other people like it." ~ John Dolmayan of System of A Down on BSB
  • “I hear a lot of you freaking out because some guy compared CC and the Backstreet Boys. The funny thing is that for quite a few of us in the band, the New Kids were a huge early influence and in a lot of ways, the Boys are the descendants of that music so I still dig it. They're not as funky as N'Sync, but they always had more of a sensitive side. I wondered how long it would take someone to spot the connection between "Black and Blue" and "Miami". I even titled the other song "Black and Blue" on "Hard Candy" as a sort of a hint. Good call crowman69. Without a truly open mind, you can never really understand music. I know the rest of you are going to stick up your noses at this, but I bet a lot of you have never even heard a Backstreet Boys album in its' entirety. Give 'em a chance. The singles don't really tell the whole story. They've always been more of an album band. I'm constantly surprised by how narrow all your musical tastes are and that the music you like is so different from the music we like.” ~ Adam Duritz of Counting Crows
  • "Speaking of hot sh**, as in for young teenage girls, Howie from the Backstreet Boys was there talking to The Miz," she said. "I wasn't quite sure if it was in fact Howie (in my head, I apologized for calling him The Housewife back when he was ironing his hair), but soon enough I would know. Anyway, Mike reached down in his purse to pay his way and his homeboy's way and sometimes his cousin's way, and mine of course, and then I looked up and next thing you know he's introducing me to Howie. I shook his hand, grabbed my $5, said I had social paranoia and must get thee to the bar and godspeed. It wasn't that serious, but I had to bounce. Two RW people and a Backstreet boy, what am I? The Surreal Life?" ~ Melissa from Real World: New Orleans
  • “He was so cool. We talk all the time, and we're really kinda, you know...we're friends. ~ Brittany Snow from American Dreams on Nick Carter
  • "This guys are the most successful pop group of all time...there's no mistake" ~ Hulk Hogan (WWE Hall Of Hall Of Fame Inductee).
  • "My closet CD that I don't admit that I really listen to is Celine Dion. My husband's sister passed away in a car accident, and she was a huge Celine Dion fan. 'It's All Coming Back to Me Now' was her favorite song, so that's kind of my guilty pleasure. We just drove down to San Antonio to see Emily give birth, and we listened to the Backstreet Boys the whole way down there.” ~ Marnie from the Dixie Chicks on [Pop] music

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The Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys, also known as BSB, is a pop group that became popular during the 1990s and 2000s. They are considered to be the highest selling boy band of all time due to their several hits that topped the chart and unique charisma to the people. Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006. The remaining four singers are Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, A. J. McLean, and Brian Littrell.



Backstreet Boys originated in Orlando, Florida and was formed on April 20, 1993 by Lou Pearlman with the help of a producer, Lil’ Shy. The original member of the group consists of Howie Dorough (19), AJ McLean (14), Nick Carter (12) and two more departed members, Sam Licata and Charles Edwards. In 1993, Kevin Richardson along with his cousin Brian Littrell completed the group.

After series of tours and the failure of possible Mercury Records, the Backstreet Boys was finally spotlighted in Cleveland, Ohio by Jive Records in February 1994. They recorded their very first single, “We’ve Got it Goin’, written by Denniz PoP and included in Backstreet Boys’ first self titled album that was released in summer of 1996.

Howie Dorough
Howard Dwaine Dorough, one of the original members of the Backstreet Boys was born on August 22, 1973 in Orlando Florida, USA. Howie started his entertainment career at a tender age of six when he participated in an Orlando Production, The Wizard of Oz. As he grew old, he became more active in their school choir and theatre. Howie has also performed in various Nickelodeon productions and other movies.

A. J. McLean
Alexander James McLean was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 9, 1978. Like Howie Dorough, he was also a product of Nickelodeon and Disney Productions. With huge passion for singing, AJ joined the BSB group after a series of auditions with original co-members, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter.

Nick Carter
Nickolas Gene Carter was born in Jamestown, New York on January 28, 1980. Being the youngest member of Backstreet Boys, Nick at his very young age of 12 hit the music industry along with his co-members with his rasping but melodic voice. True artist at heart, he also auditioned in several acting roles and appeared in the popular in 1990, the Edward Scissorhands. Nick together with AJ McLean and Howie Dorough was recruited by Lou Pearlman in his forming group. Nick Carter is the elder brother of singer Aaron Carter.

Kevin Richardson
Kevin Scott Richardson, a former member of Backstreet Boys was born in Lexington, Kentucky, USA on October 3, 1971. Kevin grew up in a farm with his parents and two siblings. After graduating in high school, Kevin left his family to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and a singer. He along with his older brother went to Orlando, Florida to try his luck. He became a model, tour guide at Walt Disney World and a dance instructor. At age 21, he joined Backstreet Boys and convinced his cousin, Brian Littrell to also join the group. Kevin left the group on January 23, 2006.

Brian Littrell
Brian Thomas Littrell completed the Backstreet Boys group as its fifth member in 1993 after a phone audition to Lou Pearlman. Brian is the cousin of Kevin Richardson, a fellow member of BSB. Born on February 20, 1975 in Lexington, Kentucky USA, Brian began singing as a child in a nearby church. He went to Orlando, Florida and completed the group on April 20,1993.

Awards & Certifications

Year Award Category
2006 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Music Group (Nomination)
TRL Awards Italy Best Group (Nomination)
MTV Asia Awards Favourite Pop Act
Bravo Supershow - OTTO Awards Superband Pop 2005
2005 Star Shine Magazine (RCA awards) Artist Of The Year
Star Shine Magazine (RCA awards) Album Of The year: Never Gone
MTV Latin American Awards Favorite International Artist
Teen Choice Award Nominated Choice Love Song: Incomplete
LiveDaily's Best of 2005 Best Performers
Entertainment Weekly Best 25 entertainers of the past 25 years (1980 - 2005): No. 17 Backstreet Boys
Celender World's Biggest Money Makers (Concerts and Album Sales) 1997-2005: #1
2004 Q Magazine Top 50 bands of all time, #22
2003 MTV Japan Video Music Awards Best New Artist in a Video, Nick Carter
Tony Awards Audience Awards: Favorite Male Replacement- Kevin Richardson
VH1 100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years, I Want It That Way
2002 People's Choice Award Faveorite Musical Group
MTV Asia Awards Favorite Pop Act
Grammy Awards Nominated:Best Pop Vocal Performance by a duo or group: Shape Of My Heart
Rit Dye Entertainment Style Awards Most stylish group
Teen Scene Magazine Group That Rocks Your World
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Musical Group
MTV Japan Video Music Awards Best Group
2001 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group World's Best-selling American Group,World's Best-selling Pop Group,World's Best-selling Dance,World's Best-selling R&B Group Artist
Teen Scene Magazine Best Pop Group,Best Body: Nick Carter,Best Album: Black & Blue
Grammy Awards Nominated:Best Pop Vocal Performance duo or group, Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
Guinness Book of Records "The Highest Selling Boyband In History" with over 77 million sales
Viva Comet Awards Band of the Year (U.S. Choice)
MTV Europe Music Awards Nominated:Best Group, Best Pop
MTV Video Music Awards The Call:Viewer's Choice,Best Pop Video
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Music Group
Teen Choice Awards Choice: Pop Group, Album:Black& Blue,Love Song:Shape of my Heart,Single: The Call
MuchMusic Video Awards Favorite International Group
My Vh1 Awards Favorite Group
Hollywood Walk of Fame The Boys receive a Star on Walk of Fame
2000 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
Sonicnet/Addicted to Noise Readers Poll Artist of the Year, Millenium for Album of the Year,Artist Website of the Year
Grammy Awards I Want It That Way:Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group,Song of the Year,Record of the Year
Premios Amigo Awards (Spain) Best International Band
People's Choice Awards Favorite Musical Group
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Musical Group
Teen People Music Special: Sexiest Pop Band Entertainment Awards Best Group, Best Song (Group): Larger Then Life,Best CD: Millennium
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Pop Group,Favorite CD: Millennium
Viva Comet Awards Band of the Year (U.S. Choice)on their 4th year
Teen Choice Awards Choice: Pop Group, Album: Millenium,Single: Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
World Music Awards World's Best-selling American Group,World's Best-selling R&B Group,World's Best-selling Dance Artist
California Music Award Outstanding Group, Outstanding Album for Millennium
MTV IMMIES (India) Best Pop, Best CD
LiveDaily's Best of 2005 Artist Of The Year,Best Performers,Best Official Website
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Group,Best Pop
Radio Music Awards Nominated:Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for Show Me the Meaning Of Being Lonely
Guinness Book of Records Best International Sales Week in History @ 5 million: "Black & Blue", First artists in history to achieve back-to-back million-plus first week sales
VH1 Favorite Group
MTV 2000s Biggest Money Makers: CD Sales
1999 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
People's Choice Awards Favorite Musical Group
World Music Awards World's Best-selling American Group,Best-selling Pop Group,Best-selling R&B Group,Best-selling Dance Artist
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Pop Group,Favorite CD: Backstreet Boys
Artist Direct Web Honours Artist Of the Year,Favorite Pop Group,Best Pop Fan-site
Viva Comet Awards Third Year as Band of the Year (U.S. Choice)
Teen Choice Awards Music Video of the Year: All I Have To Give
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Group, Best Album, Best Pop
Smash Hits Awards Best Band on Planet Pop,Best Non-British Band,Best Album: Millennium
WB Radio Music Award Favorite Make-Out Song I'll Never Break Your Heart
MuchMusic Video Awards Favorite International Group
Make-A-Wish Foundation Entertainment Awards Wish Grantors of the Year
Teen People poll Best Boy Band,Best Milk Mustache,Musical Act With All The Right Moves: Backstreet Boys
VH1 Poll Band and Album Of The Year
LiveDaily's Best of 1999 Artist and Album Of the Year, Best Performers, Best Fan Site
Billboard Music Awards Artist of the Year, Album of the Year: Millennium, Albums Artist Group/Duo of the Year, Albums Artist of the Year
Guinness Book of Records Best Sales Week in History @1.13 Million Albums (Millennium)
People Magazine Number One 25 Most Intriguing People Of The Year
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I Want It That Way, #4 (Songs that helped define the '90s)
1998 World Music Awards World's Best-selling Dance Artist
MTV Video Music Awards Best Group Video
Best Group Video Favorite International Group
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Pop, Nominated as Best Group
Viva Comet Awards Second Year as Band of the Year (U.S. Choice)
E! Online 1998's biggest non-soundtracks: (#1) Backstreet Boys
People Magazine Number 3:Men We Love
Rolling Stone #1 Best New Band Of The Year: Reader's Poll
1997 Viva Comet Awards Best Group, Band of the Year (U.S. Choice)
Echo Awards Best International Group
Popcorn Magazine Best Group
Bravo & Pop Magazine Best Group
Smash Hits Awards Best Band On Planet, Best International Band, Best Album: Backstreet's Back
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Group, Best Group (Viewer's Choice)
Best Group Video Favorite International Group
1996 London's Red Nose Magazine Best Newcomers
Viva Comet Awards Best Newcomers
Best Newcomers Best Newcomer, Best Group (Phone-in Poll),Select: Get Down (You're the One For Me)
1995 Smash Hits Awards Best New Tour Act

Chart Toppers

Year Title US Peak US Weeks UK Peak UK Weeks Album
2005 Just Want You To Know 70 3 8 2 Never Gone
Incomplete 13 20 8 15 Never Gone
2001-2002 Drowning 28 80 4 7 Greatest Hits: Chapter 1
2001 More Than That 27 20 12 5 Black & Blue
The Call 56 2 8 5 Black & Blue
2000 Shape of My Heart 9 20 4 9 Black & Blue
The One 30 15 8 8 Millennium
Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely 6 24 3 12 Millennium
1999 Larger Than Life 25 19 5 14 Millennium
I Want It That Way 6 45 1 14 Millennium
1998-1999 All I Have to Give 5 21 2 12 Backstreet Boys/Backstreet's Back
1998 I'll Never Break Your Heart 35 2 8 11 Backstreet Boys/Backstreet's Back
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) 4 22 8 11 Backstreet Boys/Backstreet's Back
1997 As Long As You Love Me - - 3 19 Backstreet's Back
Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart) 2 43 2 10 Backstreet Boys/Backstreet's Back
Anywhere For You - - 4 8 Backstreet Boys
1996 Get Down (You're the One For Me) - - 14 8 Backstreet Boys
1995 We've Got It Goin' On 69 20 3 8 Backstreet Boys


  • CCM Magazine readers voted Brian Littrell “Best Artist” this year and his highly acclaimed solo debut, Welcome Home (Reunion), as “Best Album.” More on this news...
  • Kevin Richardson left the Backstreet Boys on June 23, 2006 to pursue his interests that he could not do while in the group. The other members have said Kevin is always welcome to return.

Tours & Concerts

December 11th in Denton, TX



Comprehensive list of the recordings made.


Date Title
2009 This Is Us (Yet To Be Released)
2007 Unbreakable
2005 Never Gone
2000 Black & Blue
1999 Millennium
1997 Backstreet's Back
1996 Backstreet Boys


Date Title
2009 Straight Through My Heart
2007 Helpless When She Smiles
2007 Inconsolable
2005 I Still...
2005 Crawling Back to You
2005 Just Want You to Know
2005 Incomplete
2001 Drowning
2000 More Than That
2000 The Call
2000 Shape of My Heart
1999 The One
1999 Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely
1999 Larger Than Life
1999 I Want It That Way
1997 All I Have To Give
1997 I'll Never Break Your Heart
1997 Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
1997 As Long As You Love Me
1996 Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
1996 Anywhere For You
1996 Get Down (You're The One For Me)
1996 We've Got It Goin' On

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  • Backstreet Boys' group name came from a flea market in Orlando.
  • The three members, Howie, Nick and AJ were the first three to form the group.
  • Nick Carter was only 12 years old when he joined the Backstreet Boys.
  • Nick Carter is a licensed Scuba Diver.
  • Kevin Richardson played Billy Flynn in the Musical Theatre Hit 'Chicago'.
  • Backstreet Boys has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards in their time.
  • Backstreet Boys worked with Marvel comic's Founder to do the 'Backstreet Project' that made each member a superhero.
  • Howie Dorough's nickname is "Sweet D".
  • Nick Carter appeared in Edward Scissohands when he was 10 years old.
  • AJ McLean used to be a child model.


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