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Encyclopedia > Millennium (Backstreet Boys album)

== Backstreet Boys ==


The Backstreet Boys are among the top-selling artists in the SoundScan era. They have sold over 40 million albums in the U.S. alone and 75 million worldwide.

In 1999 they set a record of most albums sold in its debut week with Millennium. That record was later overtaken by rival group *NSYNC's No Strings Attached. In 2000, the group set another record being the first artist to have two albums sell more than a million records in its first week with Black & Blue. It sold 1.6 million. They also set the record of most albums sold in the world in one week with 5 million.

Track Listing:

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 8. The One 9. Back To Your Heart 10. Spanish Eyes 11. No One Else Comes Close 12. The Perfect Fan


MILLENNIUM entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #1, having sold 1,134,000 copies in its first week of release and shattering the previous SoundScan record held by Garth Brooks for single-week record sales (his was a double album released during the Christmas buying season). Significantly, MILLENNIUM sold nearly 500,000 copies alone on its first day out in the U.S. It was released May 18, 1999 in the U.S.

MILLENNIUM dominated the worldwide charts, landing at the #1 spot in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.

MILLENNIUM is certified thirteen times platinum in the U.S. and has spent more than 77 weeks on Billboard's "Top 200 albums" chart. In addition to receiving gold and platinum awards in 45 countries, MILLENNIUM was honored with five 1999 Grammy nominations including "Album of the Year."

"I Want It That Way" reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts; #1 on the Billboard "Top 40 Tracks"; and #6 on Billboard "Hot 100." The song also reached #1 in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Holland, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Germany and Pan Europe and the song entered the charts at #1 in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Holland, Canada, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

By February 1999, the boys received their first Diamond award by the RIAA for shipment of 10 milion copies of their album. After a strong first single, "I Want It That Way", from their new album Millennium, the boys' sophomore album sold over 1.1 million units in its first week setting a record for most albums sold in its debut week. The boys were now at a super star level. In August, they sold out a 39-city tour in less than a day. By the end of 1999, the Backstreet Boys met new problems declaring their Jive contract null and void, soon striking the largest record deal ever valued at $60 million with Jive.

"I Want It That Way" was voted #10 in the MTV/Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Pop Songs."

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Backstreet Boys | Biography | MTV (752 words)
The core of Backstreet Boys is cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, who both hail from Lexington, KY. The two began singing while they were children, performing in local church choirs, as well as festivals, where they sang doo wop and new jack R&B in the style of Boyz II Men.
The album continued to spin off hits into 1999, with "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "I'll Never Break Your Heart," and "All I Have to Give" all landing on the charts; both the former and the latter were platinum Top Five hits, and the album ended up with sales of over 13 million copies.
Millennium was released in the summer of 1999, and debuted at number one with first-week sales of over a million copies.
Backstreet Boys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1680 words)
In 2001, the Backstreet Boys were put on hold as one of their own, A.J., checked himself into rehab to battle drinking, drug addiction, and depression.
The Backstreet Boys' worldwide debut album, which didn't top the US charts, but gave them their highest certified album to date (it was released in September 1996 in the UK).
The Backstreet Boys are among the top-selling artists in the SoundScan era.
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