Backstreet Boys

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Backstreet Boys
Background information
OriginOrlando, Florida, United States
GenresPop, pop rock, R&B, teen pop, adult contemporary
Years active1993-present
LabelsJive, Legacy Recordings
MembersAJ McLean
Howie Dorough
Nick Carter
Kevin Richardson
Brian Littrell

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 AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, 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]

Backstreet Boys at KISS FM Jingle Bell Bash 8.
  • Howie Dorough was born in Orlando, Florida on August 22, 1973. He 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 theater. Howie has also performed in various Nickelodeon productions and other movies.
  • AJ McLean was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 9, 1978. Like Howie, he was also a product of Nickelodeon and Disney Productions. AJ joined the 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 on 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. 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.

Charts[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

Discography[change | change source]

Comprehensive list of the recordings made.

Albums[change | change source]

Date Title
2019 DNA
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
2019 No Place
2018 Chances
2018 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
2013 Show ’Em (What You’re Made Of)
2013 In a World like This
2012 Its Christmas Time Again
2009 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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