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The Backstreet Boys (sometimes referred to as BSB) are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, and Kevin Richardson. They rose to fame with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys (1996), and to world superstardom with their album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000).

After a two-year hiatus, they regrouped and released their comeback album Never Gone (2005). Richardson left the group in 2006, several months after the conclusion of the Never Gone tour to pursue other interests. The group then recorded and released two albums as a four-piece: Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009).

In 2011, the group co-headlined the NKOTBSB Tour with New Kids on the Block, and in 2012 Richardson rejoined them right after they finished the tour. As of July 2012, all members of the group are living together working on their new album in London.

The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band of all time, and one of the world's best-selling music artists. According to Billboard, they are the first group since Sade to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

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"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is the first single from the Backstreet Boys' second international album Backstreet's Back in 1997, and the third single from their debut US album in 1997. It is one of their signature songs. The US debut was originally released without the song, which references the band's return via their second international album. However, once it was decided to release the single in the US, the album was re-released with "Everybody" included.

Written by Max Martin and Denniz PoP, "Everybody" is one of the Backstreet Boys' most successful singles to date, reaching #4 in the US Billboard Hot 100, running 22 weeks, and #3 in the UK Singles Chart. It is certified platinum in the United States with 2.1 million sales. There are two versions of the song.

Zomba chairman Clive Calder first suggested the song as a single, but Jive president Barry Weiss thought it would be weird to have a song called "Backstreet's Back" on the band's first US album. The band suggested it could just mean that they were back home. After Canadian markets began playing the song, US markets near the border began picking the song up. The band met with Weiss and asked that the song be added to the US album after the first million units had already been produced.

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Backstreet Boys performing at KISS 106.1 Jingle Bell Bash 8, December 4, 2005.

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Did you know?

  • ... that October 7 in Orlando, Florida is declared as Backstreet Boys Day by the mayor in 1998?
  • ... that the song "I Want It That Way" reached number 1 in over 25 countries?
  • ... that Black & Blue holds the record of best international sales in a week for an album in history by selling over 5 million copies in its first week of sales?
  • ... that Nick Carter was only 12 when he joined the group?
  • ... that the concert at Georgia Dome in Atlanta from Into the Millennium Tour is the most attended concert by a pop artist?
  • ... that the group starred as superheroes in their own comic book called Backstreet Project?
  • ... that Kevin Richardson rejoined the group in 2012 after a 6-year hiatus?
  • ... that all members of the group live together in a house in London while they work on their 8th studio album in 2012?

In the news

  • May 31, 2013, Backstreet Boys hold pandas and feed them. Read more...
  • May 13, 2013, Backstreet Boys to embark on a 20th anniversary world tour in 2013. Read more...
  • April 23, 2013, Backstreet Boys gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read more...
  • March 25, 2013, Backstreet Boys do the Harlem Shake. Read more...
  • February 9, 2013, Backstreet Boys – The Movie set for a Q1 2014 release. Read more...
  • January 22, 2013, Backstreet Boys announce world tour, starting in China. Read more...
  • December 25, 2012, Backstreet Boys perform at 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Read more...
  • December 22, 2012, Backstreet Boys and NKOTB not responsible for stagehand injury, Judge dismisses $5 million lawsuit. Read more...
  • November 19, 2012, Backstreet Boys presenting at AMAs, says they are halfway there to first indie album. Read more...
  • November 6, 2012,"It's Christmas Time Again" Premiere: Backstreet Boys rings in Holiday season with new song. Read more...
  • September 20, 2012, Backstreet says Old Navy ad is a great way to show people that they're back. Read more...
  • September 13, 2012, Backstreet Boys featured in an Old Navy commercial, and they are to perform at an Old Navy event during Fashion Week. Read more...
  • August 31, 2012, Backstreet Boys perform on Good Morning America, confirm new album and cruise in 2013. Read more...
  • August 24, 2012, Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough to have a second son. Read more...
  • July 17, 2012, Backstreet Boys to perform at GMA's Summer Concert Series on August 31, 2012. Read more...
  • July 13, 2012, Backstreet Boys and New Kids sued by stagehand after near-fatal fall. Read more...
  • July 9, 2012, Backstreet Boys' new album will be authentic and personal. Read more...
  • July 4, 2012, AJ McLean's first baby will be the first "Backstreet Girl". Read more...
  • July 2, 2012, AJ McLean gives a boy band advice to One Direction and BSB update. Read more...
  • June 23, 2012, Kevin Richardson to star in a vampire-themed movie. Read more...
  • June 22, 2012, Backstreet Boys to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013. Read more...
  • June 21, 2012, A Syrian rebel sings Backstreet Boys. Read more...
  • June 10, 2012, Backstreet Boys song "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" helped reroute the course of an Islamic extremist's life. Read more...
  • April 29, 2012, Kevin Richardson rejoined the Backstreet Boys, and the group is to record a new album in July. Read more...


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Alexander James "A.J." McLean is an American musician, singer, dancer, actor, and entertainer. He is a member of the Backstreet Boys. He was born on January 9, 1978 in West Palm Beach, Florida to Bob and Denise (née Fernandez) McLean. He is of Latino and German ancestry on his mother's side, and Scottish, Irish and English on his father's side. His parents divorced when he was four years old and he never saw his father again until the Backstreet Boys reached its fame in 1997.

In January 1986 at 8 years old, he acted in his first role as Little Mike in the 1986 film Truth or Dare. In 1990, he moved to Orlando, Florida with his mother and grandparents to concentrate on his acting and singing career. As a child, he was involved in various Nickelodeon and Disney projects, including the Nickelodeon show GUTS, Welcome Freshmen, and a comedy series called Hi Honey, I'm Home! on which he played a character named "Skunk". He later quit high school to pursue his show business career.

Together with Howie Dorough and Nick Carter, he formed a trio that would later be the Backstreet Boys in 1992. In 2000 he created a character named "Johnny No Name", to use as his alter ego. He established a foundation called the JNN Foundation to raise funds for diabetes research and other causes like keeping music programs in schools. McLean also did a nine-city tour to support VH1 Save the Music as Johnny No Name.

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