1. The Backstreet Boys (often abbreviated as BSB) formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993.
2. The group consists of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell.
3. In the following year they released their second international album Backstreet’s Back (1997), and their U.S. debut album which continued the group’s success worldwide.
4. After a two-year hiatus, they regrouped and released a comeback album Never Gone (2005).
5. After the conclusion of the Never Gone Tour in 2006, Richardson left the group to pursue other interests. The group then released two albums as a quartet: Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009).
6. In 2012, the group announced that Richardson had rejoined them permanently. In the following year they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released their first independent album, In a World Like This (2013).
7. The group also released their first documentary movie, titled Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of in January 2015.
8. The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, and one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
9. They are the first group since Sade to have their first nine albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and the only boy band to do so.
10. They also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22, 2013.
11. Cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, both from Lexington, Kentucky, sang in local church choirs and festivals when they were children. Meanwhile, Richardson moved to Orlando in 1990, where he worked at Walt Disney World and concentrated on music at night.
12. Eventually, he met Dorough, Carter, and McLean through a co-worker, and the four decided to form a group.
13. The Backstreet Boys had their very first performance at SeaWorld Orlando on May 8, 1993. With a change in management in the fall, they began to tour schools across the U.S. (including Littrell’s former school, Tates Creek High School), building a fan base while trying to get a record deal.
14. Mercury Records nearly signed them in 1993, but the deal fell through at the last minute because longtime Mercury recording artist John Mellencamp threatened to leave the label if they got in boy band business.
15. In June 1995, the group flew to Sweden to record some songs with Max Martin and Denniz PoP, including “We’ve Got It Goin’ On”, which ended up being their very first single.
16. “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” was sent to radio in August 1995 and released as a physical single on September 5, 1995.
17. In North America, Mix 96 in Montreal broke the group after the programmers heard it on the radio in Europe. European success sent them there on a summer tour and shifted their promotion being mostly done in Europe.