“Backstreet’s Back!”

May 15, 2013
It’s been 20 years (yes 20 years, makes you feel old doesn’t it?) since 5 young men by the names of  Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell (cousins),  A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter began their career with their very first performance at SeaWorld Orlando on May 8, 1993.  Later going on to put in the essential fan-base building groundwork of mall and high school performances while they dreamed of that life-changing record deal.  Such a deal came in February 1994 when Zomba/Jive Records/Zomba Music Publishing spotted the lads performing at a high school in Cleveland, and signed them to their first record deal.  Mercury Records nearly signed them in 1993, but an artist at the label voiced an opposition to boy bands and threatened to leave the label if they were signed so the deal never saw the light.  Mercury must surely be ruing that day because the group became a phenomenon in the true sense.  Releasing their début album “Backstreet Boys” in 1996 (featuring memorable pop classics such as “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” , “Anywhere For You” and “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”) platinum records and awards were rolling in as the band started touring and became one of the most successful début artists in the world.
Fast forward to 2013 and over 130 million albums sold from their 8 hugely successful albums later we arrive at the vocal harmony group’s 20th anniversary which fell on 20th April this year and they’re celebrating with a brand spanking new album ” In A World Like This” (scheduled to be released on July 30th this year) and an accompanying World Tour!
If you’re lucky enough to be in the U.S, China, Canada or Japan you can expect them in your country very soon as they embark on the “In A World Like This” World Tour beginning in Beijing, China on May 25th this year with 24 shows throughout August – September.  However, in the UK and the rest of Europe we can expect an announcement on tour dates in the not too distant future. This tour will see them performing the old classics (they have to, imagine a Backstreet Boys concert without “I Want It That Way” there’d be outrage!) but not surprisingly, the main focus will be on the music from the latest album.  Nick Carter announced the tour on RyanSeacrest.com saying: “Backstreet Boys are going on tour this summer.  That’s right, baby!  All five of us are back together.  It’s our 20th anniversary tour.  We’ve got a brand new album coming out”
They previewed a few of the songs from the new album at a special fan event on 20th April along with teaser clips from their upcoming documentary film (scheduled for release in 2014) and as if this weren’t enough, the delightful crooners also received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on 22nd April to mark what will now always be known as “Backstreet Boys Day” (watch the ceremony here: http://www.backstreetboys.com/news/147231 ).  I’d  like this to be acknowledged as a worldwide holiday, perhaps in the UK it could be a public holiday so I can have a day off work and blast their songs whilst festooning the town with bunting? Foreseeing the Prime Minister’s reaction as being less than enthusiastic, I can at least take great heart in the knowledge that I will have a new album to enjoy very soon.  Take a listen to a mashup of some of the new songs here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmo1y8_AIyI
They’ve had a rollercoaster ride with band members falling ill, leaving and a long saga of disputes relating to their earnings and the record company they were signed to, but there isn’t a Backstreet Boys album I haven’t enjoyed over the last 20 years and I’m not alone.  Their popularity has sustained their ability to be able to tour over two decades (quite some feat) and if it were up to the majority of their lifelong fanbase, they would be continuing to tour into the next two decades.
Tickets for North America and Asia are available here: http://www.backstreetboys.com/events
-Lucy J

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