Ovation: Backstreet Boys To Reunite For 20th Anniversary.
I admit it. I enjoyed the “boy bands” of the 1990s more than I should have. I often, mostly when alone in my car, found myself singing along with 98 Degrees, Color Me Badd and *NSYNC. The music was fun. It was simple and there were always harmonies that were not difficult to master. But my favorite of all the boy bands was most certainly Backstreet Boys.
The Backstreet Boys, or “BSB” to their loyal fans, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. Members A.J. McClean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson rose to fame with their debut album, Backstreet Boys, in 1996. “Quite Playing Games (With My Heart)” was one of the biggest songs of the year topping charts overseas and rising to the #2 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their follow-up album, Backstreet’s Back, included the title track and the chart-topper “As Long As You Love Me”. Their third album, Millennium, holds the record for most shipments in one year, with eleven million in 1999, was nominated for five Grammy Awards and included four Top 40 singles including “I Want It That Way”, “Larger Than Life” and “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely”. Their fourth album, Black and Blue, was also a huge success selling 1.6 million copies in its first week of release. After a well-deserved break from recording, Richardson left the group in 2006 to pursue other interests and the remaining four members recorded two albums as a quartet: Unbreakable and This Is Us.
Not to be outdone by the Rolling Stones on their 50th, this week BSB announced that it is planning a full reunion with all five members later this year in honor of their 20th anniversary in April 2013. Next month, the band will take the stage on Good Morning America to formally kick off their 20th anniversary reunion with both a new album and a tour in the works. They’re also rumored to be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
It’s amazing to think that twenty years has passed since these guys first started getting attention in the music industry. Long since married and raising families, the “boys” are now grown men but the music of their heyday is still a fun and lyrical reminder of the 90s before so many singers learned to rely on auto tune and anyone with a YouTube channel could become an overnight sensation.
Did you sing along with the Backstreet Boys? Do you have a favorite “boy band”?
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