BACKSTREET BOYS Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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They are recognised as the biggest pop group in the world of music today having dominated the charts throughout the world since 1996. In just four years BACKSTREET BOYS (Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean and Kevin Richardson) have accomplished this global domination by achieving Gold and Platinum awards in 45 countries, including 11-times platinum in the USA for their debut album “Backstreet Back” and have sold over 51 million albums world-wide.


The group have recently been hailed as one of the fastest selling acts in South East Asia where the album “Millennium” sold in excess of three million copies. BACKSTREET BOYS have been honoured with numerous awards and in the last twelve months alone this has included four Billboard Music Awards, five Grammy nominations, three World Music Awards, an MTV Europe Award as well as two American MTV Award nominations.


BACKSTREET BOYS’ success is set to continue with the release of their fourth album “Black & Blue” in November of this year. The group members have taken a lead role in the writing and producing of the 14-track album which covers a broad spectrum of musical styles. Brian Littrell explains: “It1s probably the most diverse album we have ever made and we hope everyone really likes it. This album is a little more real, it talks about life and loss, love and cheating, all aspects of life. It1s a very diverse album".


So how did five boys from America rise to the top so fast? BACKSTREET BOYS’ story began in Orlando, Florida. It was there that high school students A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough and junior high student Nick Carter began to run into each other at local acting auditions. The three became friends and formed a singing group. The trio then decided to expand. Kevin Richardson was the next to join the group, and soon Kevin1s cousin Brian Littrell completed the fivesome. They quickly became one of Florida1s hottest live acts and were signed immediately.


In 1995, BACKSTREET BOYS released their first single, “We1ve Got It Goin’ On", an urban pop song by writer/producer Denniz PoP. The song took off in Europe, UK and across the world - BSB’s brand of R&B/pop was gaining a foothold. In Europe, BACKSTREET BOYS entered a market which was familiar with ‘boy bands’, but unlike a lot of those other groups, BACKSTREET BOYSwere more than just a bunch of pretty guys - they could sing. Their live shows proved it with sweet acapella harmonies driving audiences wild. Meanwhile, their second single, “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” climbed the charts.


BACKSTREET BOYS kicked off 1996 by being voted No.1 International Group by TV viewers in Germany - “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” went gold there and hit No.1 in Austria. By February, they had hit similar heights in Canada and BSB sold out show after show - some within 20 minutes of tickets going on sale. Hordes of screaming fans soon became the stuff of legend across Europe and Canada. If BSB could accomplish that with only two singles, imagine the reaction when the debut album saw the light of day!


That summer, BSB embarked on a sold-out 57 date headlining European Tour. By autumn, BSB fever had swept Asia and Australia. Still on the road, the band wrapped up a second European Tour before the end of the year - including 13 dates in Britain.