The American boy-band that rocked the 90s ‘Backstreet Boys’ are the best-selling boy band in history. They are also among the world’s best selling music artists with record sales of more than 100 million. After Sade, they were the first group to have their first 9 albums reach top 10 positions on the Billboard 200. They are also the only boy-band to achieve this feat.
Backstreet Boys consist of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter. The band was formed in Orlando, Florida. The debut international album ‘Backstreet Boys’ in 1996 sky rocketed them to popularity. They backed it up with yet another successful album ‘Backstreet’s Back’ (1997). They continued the success story with a self-titled US Album in 1997, followed by Millennium in 1999 and then Black&Blue (2000).
They took a two year hiatus, after which they come up with Never Gone (2005). The album met with a lackluster reception in popularity circles as the fans were surprised because the band had changed tunes literally from their traditional pop style to adult contemporary music. On July 23, 2006, Kevin Richardson announced departure from Backstreet Boys on amicable grounds. He said that he wanted to invest emotionally in other creative pursuits. Of course, he returned in 2012. In between, there was an offer in a reality show to find another member to fit the shoes of Richardson but the band was against it.
Boyzone released two more albums ‘Unbreakable’ in 2007 and This is Us (2009). Though they were critically appreciated, they couldn’t hold a candle to the popularity swing they received in the 90s. The boy-band released their first independent album ‘In a World like This’ which was a moderate success.
Backstreet Boys came up with their first documentary movie called “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made of’ in January 2015. The documentary has received positive reviews widely because it chronicles the lives of the five members and their journey towards success.