Artists | Backstreet Boys
Pop culture remains on a first-name basis with the five singers that comprise BSB: Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson. When they scored in the U.S. with the debut platinum single “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”-followed by such radio staples as “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “All I Have To Give” and the No. 1 (in 18 nations) “I Want It That Way”- the Backstreet Boys grew to personify an unprecedented and celebrated youth-driven era in popular music.
As teen idols, they sold more than 13 million copies each of their first two U.S. albums, “Backstreet Boys” (1997) and the No. 1 (in 25 nations) “Millennium” (1999). “Black and Blue” followed (2000), moving 8 million copies, and then “Hits: Chapter One” (2001), another platinum triumph. Along the way, the group logged 12 top 40 hits, 8 of those reaching the top 10.
In 2005, they returned to the charts with “Incomplete”, the first single from their platinum-certified album “Never Gone”.
Following Kevin Richardson’s 2006 exit, the group continued as a four-piece releasing two albums; “Unbreakable” in 2007 and “This Is Us” in 2009.
After performing with New Kids On The Block at the American Music Awards in 2010, the two groups joined forces to embark on an 80-date world tour, and the release of compilation greatest hits album “NKOTBSB”. During their performance at London’s O2 Arena on April 29th 2012, the Backstreet Boys confirmed Richardson’s permanent return to the group.
Later that summer, the group began working on their eighth studio album, due for release in 2013.