Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys


4/9/1992, Orlando, Florida, USA

Birth Name

Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell


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The Backstreet Boys are the most famous and Grammy-nominated pop band of the 1990s. Their first performance was in July of '93. They held high ratings all around the world and were considered the all time best selling boy band, having sold over 110 million albums worldwide. From…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005, their Never Gone album sold over 528,000 copies in Japan, making it the second largest western band's album sold there in that year.

    • To celebrate the coming of the new millennium, Nick wrote in fan mail replies to their Millennium album a numberical code: 5483-5433-86-843-3855378-367-843-388873-47-722723. Translated, it means "Live Life To The Fullest For The Future Is Scarce."

    • The airport scene in their I Want It That Way music video was shot at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

    • Their first music video, Helpless When She Smiles, was in black and white.

    • In 1998, they were given the key to the City of Orlando, FLorida.

    • When Kevin and Brian joined the band, they were replacing former members Sam Licata and Charles Edwards who each left for a different reason.

    • Kevin is the only left-handed person in the band.

    • For their music video of Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely, they used clips from Brian's heart surgery (which was May of '98).

    • In Orlando, Florida, October 7 was declared "Backstreet Boys Day" as a result of them raising nearly $250,000 at a their concert for tornado victims.

    • Nick Carter is the youngest in the band.

    • For a short time, they sold their cds at Burger King.

    • In 2005, they performed on The Today Show as a way to kick off their summer tour.

    • For the song The Perfect Fan, Nick doesnt sing in it since he was sick.

    • In 1996, The Backstreet Boys were voted the #1 International Group by TV viewers in Germany.

    • The Backstreet Boys have never won a Grammy, but they've been nominated seven times.

    • The Backstreet Boys spent a total of 84 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 between January 30, 1999 and September 2, 2000 with five different songs.

    • After being on hiatus, the Backstreet Boys reunited on Oprah on December 10, 2003.

    • Their band name, The Backstreet Boys, comes from the Backstreet Flea Market (a teen hangout) in Orlando, Florida.

    • Inconsolable was the first single released after Kevin had left the group. It was hoped that he'd return so they didn't replace him and instead recorded it with just the four of them.

    • Even though the single We've Got It Goin' On was released in 1995 in other markets and was a major success, it wasn't until 1997 that the album, Backstreet Boys, was released in the United States.

    • As a result of the massive success of their single We've Got It Goin' On in Europe, they received the British Best Newcomers Award at the Smashing Hits Awards.

    • Drowning was the only new song in their album The Greatest Hits, the others were from their previous three albums.

    • At first, they didn't want I Want It That Way to be their single from Millennium since it was similar sounding to their last album, but they were eventually persuaded to do so by their record company.

    • Although it is known that Just Want You To Know was written about the death of someone's girlfriend, it is unclear as to who's girlfriend it is referring to. Some hypothesize that it could be connected to the song's writer, Max Martin, while others believe it refers to Kevin.

    • The Backstreet Boys earned their first platinum record in Germany.

    • Howie suggested the idea for them to record the Spanish version of their song I'll Never Break Your Heart, which is called Nunca Te Hare Llorar (means "I'll Never Make You Cry").

    • Although the introduction of their song Drowning sounds like O-Towns' Nothing at All, Backstreet Boys' song was recorded first.

    • Their song I Want It That Way was used for the soundtrack of the movie Drive Me Crazy.

    • Incidentally enough, their song I Want It That Way was their first and only #1 hit in England.

    • Prior to the release of 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, the Backstreet Boys' third album, Millennium, held the record for the fastest selling album; selling over 1.13 million in its first week.

    • Their first concert was at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida on July 8, 1993. They performed for 3,000 teenagers.

    • Their hit song Incomplete was written in memory of Kevin's father.

    • On June 23, 2006, Kevin Richardson left the band to pursue a solo career.

    • On the Billboard Top 100, the Backstreet Boys charted 12 of the top 40 hits.

    • In October of 1995, their first single, We've Got It Goin' On, was released. It was No. 1 in Germany, No. 54 in the United Kingdom, and No. 69 in the United States.

    • The Backstreet Boys signed their recording contract with Jive Records in 1994.

    • They are in the Guiness Book of World Records for "biggest boy band in history".

    • They gave eight total performances at the Grammy's in 2000.

    • The Backstreet Boys sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXV on January 28, 2001 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

  • Quotes

    • Nick Carter: To us the word 'boys' is slang for 'brothers'.

    • Nick Carter: *if the Backstreet Boys were dogs* Brian, he's a pitbull, AJ's a Great Dane, Howie's kinda sweet and yappy so he's just like a little chihuahua, Kevin's a rottweiler and me? I'm a scottish terrier!

    • Nick Carter: I think we're now the closest we've ever been. The five of us, we definitely have each other's backs. We know that people around us may come and go, but there will always be the five of us.

    • Nick Cater: No matter what happens, if any of us go off, we're always going to come back together. The Backstreet Boys' name will always be there, no matter what.

    • Nick Carter: There's a few people who have inspired me in my life, and it's these four guys. They've raised me like a pack of bulls since I was 13.

    • A.J. McLean: We've been blessed with some amazing writers and some amazing producers over the years, and I was blessed with four other great friggin' singers who were talented enough to keep this name going for 15 years.

    • Brian Littrell: Songwriting is fun. It's always nice to get together and sit around and try to come up with the concept of what you want to write about, getting everybody's feedback at once on the topic that you're writing about. It's fun to understand everybody's different views, and how they view either a relationship song or a dance song or something like that.

    • Howie Dorough: (on how they came up with the title of their album, Black and Blue) We were struggling for a month to figure out a name. Then one day we happened to be wearing black against a blue background for a photo shoot, so Brian said, why don't we just call it Black and Blue? When we found out about the Stones' album, we thought, Well, they're legends and people follow in their footsteps, so maybe people can follow in ours.

    • A.J. McLean: There are always going to be haters, there are always going to be people who don't like us. But those are the types that are insecure with themselves and are just trying to get attention from girls.

    • A.J. McLean: (about their relationship with the band N'Sync) We are all from the same neck of the woods, and we had a healthy competition as there always is between similar groups. But they are all talented guys, so our relationships were great.

    • Kevin Richardson: (about his favorite song from the album, Never Gone) My favorite song on the album is probably "Weird World." We did that with John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting. I just think it really speaks to what's going on in the world today.

    • Brian Litrell: If the kids want a CD that they can play and their mom and dad don't have to break into their room and skip a track on it, they can pick up our Backstreet record.

    • Nick Carter: (talking about the new single, "Inconsolable") "Inconsolable" is about a person who really really loves somebody, but they just can't go there because of something that has happened in the past. I personally love the song because it's a great representation of what we are about.

    • Nick Carter: (about what part of a meal him and the band would be) I think I would be the dessert because I'm satisfying and I'm a guilty pleasure. A.J. would be the meat.

    • Brian Littrell: We've spent quite a few holidays in Germany in our 15 year career. If I could choose the people I was going to spend Thanksgiving with, outside of my family, it would be the guys. It was good to get together.

  • They were good in the past.They broke up after a while then came back together.After that they weren't good.

    The only reason they got a 9 is because they had good songs long ago.After N'SYNC was gone I ony had this group.They had good songs back then like Larger Than Life and Tell Me The Meaning of being Lonely.My Second favorite is As Long as You Love Me and favorite of all is Drowning.Then when they made Incomplete they became bad.So all I am saying is that I could give them a 2 considering todays music is bad.But since I still like their music from the past,I give them a 9.moreless
  • I love Backstreet boys

    The backstreet boys are the best group EVER. I loved their music since i was 7. Nick is the hottest of the group and I don't like it when others think that he's fat. Can't want until their new cd comes out. It really sucks that Kevin left the group, but I bet the new cd will be good also.