Backstreet Boys

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Backstreet Boys
Background information
Origin Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Pop, pop rock, R&B, teen pop, adult contemporary
Years active 1993–2001, 2004-present
Labels Jive, Legacy Recordings
Associated acts New Kids on the Block, Elton John
N Sync, Pitbull, Hilary Duff, Nick Lachey, 98 Degrees
Website backstreetboys.com
Members
Brian Littrell
Nick Carter
A. J. McLean
Howie Dorough
Kevin Richardson

Backstreet Boys, also known as BSB, is an American pop supergroup that became popular during the 1990s and 2000s. They are the highest selling boy band of all time with 130 million records sold. The members are Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, A. J. McLean, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell. Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006 and rejoined in 2012.

History[change | change source]

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 early line-up of the group were Howie Dorough (19), AJ McLean (15), Nick Carter (13), Sam Licata and Charles Edwards. However Licata and Edwards left in early 1993 for personal reasons. In April 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.

Members[change | change source]

  • Howie Dorough 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 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 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 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 June 23, 2006 and rejoined in April 29, 2012.
  • Brian 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 and certifications[change | change source]

Year Award Category
2013 Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on the Walk of Fame
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
Teen.com 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[change | change source]

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

News[change | change source]

  • 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.
  • Kevin Richardson has returned to the group in April 2012.
  • The Group is currently recording the new album.

Discography[change | change source]

Comprehensive list of the recordings made.

Albums[change | change source]

Date Title
2013 In A World Like This
2009 This Is Us
2007 Unbreakable
2005 Never Gone
2000 Black & Blue
1999 Millennium
1997 Backstreet's Back
1996 Backstreet Boys

Singles[change | change source]

Date Title
2012 Its Christmas Time Again
2010 Bigger
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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