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The Backstreet Boys were a late-1990s pop sensation that managed to crack several records of the music business.

The band was formed in 1993 in Orlando (Florida) as a vocal trio by Alexander James McLean, Nick Carter and Howie Dorough. Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson joined a little later. Richardson and Littrell (who are cousins, both from Kentucky) form the core of the band. The quintet was influenced by doo-wop and rhythm and blues, and by the success of the Boyz II Men.

Backstreet Boys (Jive, 1995) turned them into an overnight sensation in Britain, where We've Got It Goin' On was a massive hit, but was hardly noticed in the United States, where Get Down and Quit Playing Games will become hits only years later. It eventually went on to sell some 13 million copies in five years.

Backstreet's Back (Jive, 1997) was the album that created the phenomenon in the United States, thanks to As Long As You Love Me , All I Have To Give, Everybody.

The quintet's Millennium (Jive, 1999) sold 12 million copies in one year (I Want It That Way , one of Max Martin's earliest successes, Larger Than Life, I'll Never Break Your Heart). That's about all there is to say about their music. They share with the Beatles the mass hysteria of their fans and the complete lack of originality in their music.

It would be hard to make a more predictable album than Black & Blue (Jive, 2000) and its first single Shape Of My Heart. The childish celebration of Everyone is the closest they get to producing some music.

Never Gone (2005) was one of the least imaginative albums of tedious ballads ever assembled.

The real founder of the band was Louis Pearlman, who went on to found N Sync.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Valentina Mota)

I Backstreet Boys sono stati un avvenimento della fine degli anni ’90 e si sono distinti per aver battuto molti record di cifre del mondo musicale.

La band nacque nel 1993 a Orlando (Florida) come trio vocale grazie ad Alexander James McLean, Nick Carter e Howie Dorough. Brian Littrell e Kevin Richardson si unirono poco dopo. Richardson e Littrell (due cugini provenienti dal Kentucky) divennero il nucleo del gruppo. Il quintetto subì le influenze del doo-wop e del rhythm and blues e risentirono del successo di Boyz II Men.

L’album Backstreet Boys (Jive, 1995) andò subito a segno in Inghilterra, dove We’ve Got It Goin’ On ottenne uno strepitoso successo, mentre fu accolto tiepidamente negli Stati Uniti, in cui Get Down e Quit Playng Games entrarono fra le hit solo alcuni anni dopo. In cinque anni arrivarono a vendere circa 13 milioni di copie.

Backstreet’s Back (Jive, 1997) è l’album che portò alla ribalta il gruppo negli Stati Uniti, grazie a As Long As You Love Me, All I Have To give e Everybody.

Millenium (Jive, 1997) vendette 12 milioni di copie in un solo anno (I Want It That Way, Largher Than Life, I’ll Never Break Your Heart). È quasi tutto quello che si deve sapere su quest band. Si può dire che condividano con i Beatles il fatto di suscitare l’isteria di massa tra i fan e una perdita totale di originalità nella loro musica.

È difficile pensare un album più prevedibile di Black & Blue (Jive, 2000) e del suo primo singolo Shape of My Heart. Di tutta la loro produzione, la puerile celebrazione di Everyone è quella che più si avvicina a una qualche forma musicale.

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