If you were to ask the average music fan about the Backstreet Boys, they would probably say they were a worldwide phenomenon 15 years ago. But if you were to ask a diehard Backstreet Boys fan about the Backstreet Boys, they would tell you that they haven’t missed a concert since their U.S. release in 1997 and have purchased all seven of their albums. Seven? Yes. While they have not been a regular part of the American Top 40 since their last single off Black and Blue, they have still been going strong internationally, thus proven with 130 million album sales.
BSB fell off the American radar and radio as pop/punk and hip-hop became more popular with listeners in the early 2000s. As it’s been over a decade, a lot has changed with the Boys. Nick Carter (34) overcame drug and alcohol addiction and recently married his long-time girlfriend Lauren Kitt in 2014. Carter also released two solo albums. A.J. McLean (36) also overcame drug and alcohol addiction, married Rochelle Karadis, with whom they now have a 2-year-old daughter Ava. McLean also released a solo album back in 2011, titled Have It All. Howie Dorough (41) married Leigh Boniello in 2007, with whom they have two sons. Dorough also released a solo album, Back to Me, in 2011. Kevin Richardson (43) has been the only member to take time off from the group, between 2006 and 2012, when he pursued his theatrical aspirations. Richardson has been married for 14 years to Kristin Willits, with whom he has two children. Brian Littrell (39) released a Christian album in 2006, titled Welcome Home. Littrell has been married for 14 years to Leighanne Wallace, with whom they have one son, Baylee, who opened for them on their In A World Like This tour in 2014.
Together, out of their seven albums, four have been released since Black and Blue, the most recent album being In A World Like This, released in July 2013. In 2014, they embarked on a world tour selling out arenas in every country they visited. So, you might wonder why people still consider them a band of the past. The upcoming documentary, Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, will take you behind the scenes of their latest album, their worldwide tour, their 20th anniversary celebration, and so much more. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a grown man in a boy band, they can definitely fill you in. It’s bound to be a fun and intriguing documentary for BSB fans or any music lover interested in the industry’s ups and downs. The documentary will be released in theatres and VOD on January 30.