I’d walk halfway around the world
For just one kiss from you
Far beyond the call of love
The sun, the stars, the moon
Can you believe that “Anywhere For You” was released 23 years ago? That’s right, on February 24, 1997, the Backstreet Boys released the song as the fifth single from their international debut (also known as the red album).
Nineteen years ago today, the Backstreet Boys kicked off the first leg of their Black & Blue Tour in Sunrise (near Miami), Florida. They next headed to Charlotte and then Atlanta to play the Georgia Done where they set a world record the year before during the Into The Millennium tour.
Yes, that title is right. On January 13, 1998, “All I Have To Give” was officially released as a single for the first time, in Europe and Canada, making it the last single released from “Backstreet’s Back.”
Can you believe that 10 years ago today the Backstreet Boys’ album, “This Is Us” was released? While it was released on September 30th in Japan, it was not released in the United Kingdom until October 5, 2009 and October 6, 2009 in the United States.
Can you believe that 16 years ago today, Nick Carter released his very first solo album, “Now or Never”?
Sixteen years later, the album is still one of my favorites and I have so many memories with the music from the album, that time period and just Nick in general during those two years that he toured to support it.
On October 24, 2007, the Backstreet Boys’ released their sixth studio album, “Unbreakable,” in Japan. A week later on October 30, the album was released in the United States and North America.
The album was the first of two without Kevin Richardson who left the group the previous year. It was also their only album that did not include any work from Max Martin and Kristian Lundin.
The Backstreet Boys mostly worked with Dan Muckala as far as producers went, along with JC Chasez, who co-wrote “Treat Me Right” with AJ McLean. They also worked with Emanuel Kiriakou, John Shanks and Billy Man.
Can you believe that 17 years ago today, the Backstreet Boys’ released their follow-up to “Millennium,” “Black and Blue?” It was also 17 years ago that they landed in New York after their 100 hour tour around the world to celebrate the release and meet with fans from every continental.
The first week the album was released, it sold over 5 million copies globally, making it have the best international sales in a week for an album in history. In the U.S., it sold 1.6 million copies in the first week, breaking ‘NSync’s “No Strings Attached,” and made the group the first in Soundscan history to have two million-plus sales weeks with back to back albums.
So far, according to Wikipedia, the album has sold 24 million copies world wide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
To promote the album, the group went on a 100 hour world tour in a Backstreet Boys’ branded 757. The trip found them in Stockholm, Sweden for the MTV Europe Awards and then flew to Tokyo, Japan. From Tokyo, they went down under to Sydney, Australia and then Cape Town, South Africa. From South Africa, they went to Rio de Janiero, South America and then on to New York City.
The entire trip was documented in a VHS (and now DVD) released called “Around The World,” where it shows the boys’ in each stop with exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage. (Click here to buy a copy on DVD from Amazon.)
Here are a few videos from that Nov. 21, 2000 or that week leading up to the album release.
2000 – MTV Diary
2000 – Backstreet Boys listening to “Black & Blue” in a van after leaving the airport
2001 – Nov. 21 – MTV Special – Backstreet Over Broadway
2000 – MTV Special – TRL presents the Best of Backstreet
2000 – Australia TV Special for “Black & Blue”
2000 – MTV Europe Awards performance of “Shape of My Heart”
2000 – MTV Europe Secret Diary (almost same as USA MTV Diary)