Cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell both grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, singing and acting in local church choirs and fairs—where they sang doo-wop and new jack R&B. Two other remaining members of the group, Howie Dorough and A.J. Mclean, hailed from Orlando, Florida and a third, Nick Carter, from New York City. The three met through auditions for local television commercials, theater and television. Each one held a deep love for classic soul and when they blended their voices together they made beautiful music. Almost immediately after the three boys got together, Kevin Richardson moved to Orlando, where he became a tour guide at Disney World; at night, he focused all of his time and efforts toward becoming an accomplished musician. When he finally met Dorough, Carter and McLean through a co-worker, the four decided to create a band, deriving their name from an Orlando fleamarket; Litrell was eventually asked to join the group, making it a five-some.
Record producer and friend, Louis J. Pearlman, introduced the boys to managers Donna and Johnny Wright, who sent the boys on small tours and encouraged a few A&R reps to come see the guys live. In 1994, Jive Records signed with the Backstreet Boys and hooked them up with producers Veit Renn and Tim Allen, who spent many tedious months with the band to create their album. The Backstreet Boy’s album was released in Europe and North America in late 1995. The record was a huge hit in Europe, in the UK, the Backstreet Boys were named Best Newcomers of 1995 at the Smash Hits Awards. Ironically, despite their Top 10 success in Europe, the guys did not do so well in North America. This did not last for long, as soon as the boys released Backstreet’s Back in 1997, they began to climb the charts in the US, achieving hits with the singles “Quit Playin Games (With My Heart)” and “As Long As You Love Me”. Their succeeding album, Millennium, was released in 1999 along with the band’s Christmas album.
1. Larger Than Life
2. I Want It That Way
3. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
4. It’s Gotta Be You
5. I Need You Tonight
6. Don’t Want You Back
7. Don’t Wanna Lose You Now
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Band Name: Backstreet Boys
Members: Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean
Music Styles:Pop, Dance
The Backstreet Boys were, in many ways, a contradictory band. Comprised entirely of white middle-class Americans, the group sang a hybrid of new jack balladry, hip-hop, R&B, and dance club pop that originally found its greatest success in Canada and Europe, with their 1996 debut album charting in the Top Ten in nearly every country on the Continent. Ironically, success in their native land did not follow until nearly two years later, when teen pop enjoyed a commercial explosion in America. Along with such artists as NSYNC and Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys rose to the forefront of popular music during the turn of the 21st century, with albums like Backstreet’s Back, Millennium, and Black & Blue enjoying worldwide success.
It’s hard to believe that 15 years have passed since Backstreet Boys redefined the modern musical landscape, ushering in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world’s radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records, and launched a new generation of teen idols for millions of youth. You were there: Remember the cool, silken harmonies, the passion-fueled mania that followed their every move? Perhaps you even had a BSB poster on your wall. In all, the group has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. Their first two U.S. releases both received the Diamond Award for sales of more than 10 million: “Backstreet Boys” in 1997 and quintessential “Millennium” in 1999, which reached No. 1 in 25 countries. They have scored a dozen top 40 hits, including top 5 smashes “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart),” “As Long As You Love Me,” Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and “All I Have To Give.” A lot has changed since 1997, when we first got to know the five singers comprising Backstreet Boys: Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson.