23 January 2012
The Backstreet Boys (sometimes referred to as BSB) are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993.
The band originally consisted of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson. Their original manager, Lou Pearlman, wanted to create a group similar to the popular New Kids on the Block. (The two groups eventually recorded an album together titled NKOTBSB.
He decided to call the group Backstreet Boys, naming it after Orlando's Backstreet Market where the guys used to hang out. The group had its very first performance at SeaWorld Orlando in May 1993.
They rose to fame with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys (1996). In the following year, they released their second international album, Backstreet's Back (1997) and their debut album in the United States which continued the group's success worldwide.
They rose to superstardom with their album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000).
After a three-year hiatus, the band regrouped and released their comeback album: Never Gone (2005). They continue to tour and record.
The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band of all time.
According to Billboard, they are the first group since Sade to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200.