How the Backstreet Boys Just Upstaged Themselves

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Anyone who’s ever heard the 1998 hit, “Everybody” can guess what comes next in parenthesis…(Backstreet’s Back). The Backstreet Boys are the self-proclaimed ‘biggest band in the world.’ And according to the 130 million records they sold in the 90s, the world agrees. For that reason alone, it could be said that the band’s new documentary is the greatest idea any 90s band has ever come up with. In a broader sense, this documentary is better than three major BSB moments. 

Backstreet Boys Day: Yes, it exists. In 1998, the bands hometown of Orlando, Florida declared October 7th as Backstreet Boys Day. The band received the keys to the city, which were given to them in honor of a hurricane relief concert they performed for. The concert was responsible for raising over $250,000. This documentary is better than that. 

Millennium: In 1999, the Backstreet Boys’ fifth album turned out to be the bestselling album of all time. The album brought us timeless pop songs like “I Want it That Way” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” It produced four Top 40 singles and was nominated for five Grammys. Eleven million copies were sold in the first year. This documentary is better than that too.

Kevin Leaves: In 2006, band member Kevin Richardson announced that he was temporarily leaving the band. Kevin left to focus on his personal life. He stated in a recent interview, “In 2006, there were some things I wanted to do in my own life and start a family and be normal for a while… I didn’t feel inspired.” This was a life that paid off when he had two children with his wife Kristin. Kevin returned to the band in 2012 when they decided to begin touring again. This documentary is better than all of these events, simply because it not just one event. It’s all of them. 

Every boy band from O’ Town to ’N Sync has attempted to resurface by way of a world tour that sells like crazy, but is then followed up with an album that doesn’t sell very well. This wasn’t the case for the Backstreet Boys. In 2012, they reunited and decided to tour. Then, they released their eighth studio album, In A World Like Thison their own record label, K-BAHN, in 2013. Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, explains the beginning of BSB’s career until recently, as the band is working on their comeback. To answer Brian Littrell’s recent question, “What do you do when you’re a full-grown man in a boy band?” Well, you make an awesome documentary about how awesome you are; perhaps the world forgot.

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