Unbreakable: Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The band originally consisted 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). In the following year, they released their second international album, Backstreet’s Back (1997) and their debut album in the United States which continued the group’s success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with their album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000). After a three-year hiatus, the band regrouped and have since released three albums: Never Gone (2005), Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009). The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band of all time.cording to Billboard, they are the first group since Sade to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. Richardson left the group in 2006 to pursue other interests, leaving the band as a four-piece, but the remaining members did not rule out a possible return of the singer.

Nick Carter

Carter went on to release a solo album called Now Or Never during their hiatus. He has made occasional television appearances and starred in his own reality show, House of Carters. As a solo artist he sold over 500,000 records worldwide. He is also the older brother of singer Aaron Carter.

AJ McLean

McLean also suffered drug and alcohol addiction which he went to rehab for in 2001 (and again in 2002) following an intervention by the Backstreet Boys headed by former member Kevin Richardson. He checked into rehab for the 3rd time on January 10, 2011 citing “personal reasons” which are most likely related to his history of alcohol abuse. In preparation for the NKOTB and Backstreet Boys tour, McLean has said, “I want to be healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest.” His time in rehab is not expected to affect the tour.

Brian Littrell

Littrell is also a contemporary Christian recording artist and released a solo album, Welcome Home, in 2006. He was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.

Howie Dorough

Dorough guest-starred in the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in the episode “The Big Head” as an egotistic rock star named Strum. He also guest starred on an episode of Roswell, and voiced Santa Claus on the Nickelodeon preschool animated series Dora the Explorer in the Christmas episode “A Gift for Santa”.

Kevin Richardson

On the November 4, 2010 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Richardson reunited with the group, appearing first in a pre-taped segment in which they surprised a fan who thought she was merely being flown in to participate in a “Backstreet Boys’ Biggest Fan” contest. Moments later, Richardson joined the group live in the Oprah Winfrey Show studio to perform a live rendition of their hit, “I Want It That Way.” He has been a model for Versace with Ashton Kutcher. He also modeled for Vogue and he is a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer.

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