We’re still in our “New Year/New Decade” mindset over here! And, what better way to reflect on the last 10 years than to take a peek at the music videos from our favorite guys!? And — even better — let’s look back at these videos TRL-style!

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2018 has been the year of the Backstreet Boys in more ways than one.

Kevin, Brian, AJ, Nick, and Howie celebrated their 25th anniversary and went on a sold-out cruise. They released their first single with RCA Records and it was a smash. And did we mention the Grammy nomination? Don’t get us started.

Actually, get us started.

We asked you guys on Twitter what your top Backstreet Boys moments of 2018 were and you weren’t shy with your answers. 

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In particular will always be the best, I love all the songs… but their new songs make Me go beyond, more adults and with lots of emotion and love!!! Let more songs come tops as you are!! I love you boys! Kisses!!

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My favorite moment was being able to see them even though from afar in Vegas, each day a different emotion… loved everyone!! ???

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The Backstreet Boys’ hit song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” has landed on Billboard Magazine’s Top 100 songs of 2018!

The Grammy-nominated song, which was released in May and was the first single from their upcoming album, “DNA” (out January 25, 2019), was a radio staple this summer. 

According to Billboard:


56. Backstreet Boys, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
The Backstreet Boys’ 2018 chart comeback is one of the year’s most unexpected — and welcome — surprises. And while this midtempo plea to a lover is a throwback, it’s not to the ’90s: It goes back even further to draw on the atmospheric fist-pumpers of the ’80s, with twinkling synths and an insistent, thudding beat that complements their still-immaculate harmonies and that delicious, impossible-to-sing-along-to falsetto. — J. Lynch

In addition to Billboard’s top charts, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” came in at No. 19 on the Year-End Adult Contemporary charts and No. 28 on the Adult Pop Songs year-end chart. 

The song peaked at No. 63 this summer on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. 

US Billboard Hot 100: 63
US Adult Contemporary: 8
US Adult Top 40: 9
US Dance Club Songs: 17
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay: 28
US Mainstreet Top 40: 18

Billboard.com

One of the things I’ve seen most on Twitter and Facebook is people complaining about the new Backstreet Boys album not being out yet, or having a set date. People seemed to think that it was coming out in October, then November and according to AJ and Howie yesterday at the Germany Con, January.

And it puts people in a frizzy.

But you know what? We have to trust them!

The Backstreet Boys aren’t new artists and they know what they are doing. Yes, they should probably ride in on all the attention that “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” received, but they have already shot a new music video for “Chances,” the next single.

Ya’ll, they know what they are doing.

We also have to remember that it’s not just them deciding when to release an album. They are with a new record label – a GOOD record label – and they aren’t just making the decisions anymore like they did with “In A World Like This.” Do you remember how much they talked about “Black & Blue” being rushed after “Millennium” because Jive wanted to ride that wave of success that the boys were on? Do we want them to be unhappy with this album? Do we want them to sour their relationship with RCA? No, we don’t.

There’s a reason for everything that the boys do and RCA must think that this new single is going to be hella good and be a jumping off point for the album release.

Artists do things differently now than they did 20 years ago. They don’t release an album after one single anymore. Sometimes artists put out three or four singles before the album is released, especially artists who aren’t on the level of Taylor Swift and Beyonce. The industry has changed so much, just in the last ten years. Now video views on YouTube count towards where you land on the Billboard charts. Twenty years ago, we didn’t have that.

Now having buzz on social media is the equivalent of having a good review in “Rolling Stone” in 1999. So when you question why the boys aren’t doing what they did in 1999 or even in 2000, that’s why. It’s a whole different game. Digital ranks over physical copies of albums now (even though we LOVE the physical copies).

Having been one of the lucky ones to hear some of the songs during Kevin’s event on the 2018 Backstreet Boys cruise, I know this album is going to be possibly the best one that they’ve done since “Millennium” and “Never Gone” (my two favorite BSB albums). The music is GOOD and the writing is INCREDIBLE.

So whether it’s November, December or January, we are going to get that new Backstreet Boys album. Trust me. Trust them. Trust the label. Trust the music.

 


Since 2016, the Backstreet Boys have slowly been making what some would call a comeback. However, to their army of fans, we know that they have never went away. They have always been here, performing, making music videos, entertaining us on Instagram and working their butts off.

They’ve recently won a CMT Award, broke a record on “Good Morning America” for attendance again and have a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.

But there are a few things that I believe have helped the boys get back in the limelight and to be played on the radio again.

VEGAS

With the boys signing on to do a 9-show residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, it was bound to become something bigger. It turned into a multi-year deal, with over 200 shows and will run until April of 2019. And the boys themselves will tell anybody that Vegas is one of the reasons they are on a surge right now in popularity again.

Not only has it given them a spot to entertain fans of all ages in one spot, but it also has become a vacation spot for fans to celebrate birthdays, bachelorette parties and just plain ‘ole getaways from reality. I mean, they are the fastest selling Vegas residency in history.

LABEL

I am one of those that believe that if the Backstreet Boys had a strong label behind them, that believed in them with their final records with Jive Records, the albums and songs would have done better on the charts and with sales. They did not have that. RCA has been AMAZING to the boys, helping promote them not only to radio, but in general and in a way that’s not too overbearing or that’s keeping them away from their families. It’s the perfect match.

NOSTALGIA

Sure, the ’90s are back with a vengeance with neon colors, scrunchies and yes, even the music for some reason and we aren’t complaining.

While the ’80s rocked, the ’90s is where it was at. Suddenly it’s cool to like the Backstreet Boys again. Of course, to fans, it was never not cool, but the little surge in ’90s nostalgia has definitely helped push the boys back in the limelight.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

Some may disagree with this, but I have to give Tyler and Brian K. from Florida Georgia Line some props at this resurgence in the Backstreet Boys fandom. If you remember, FGL invited the boys out on stage at the I Heart Radio music festival two years ago to perform “Everybody” and shortly after, the boys came out to do their own small performance of a few songs. Then “God, Your Mama and Me” was released on their “Dig Our Roots” album and then it became a No. 1 hit on country radio. They went on to perform on various award shows that they would never have performed on if it weren’t for FGL.

THE SONG

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” may be the most “current” sounding song the Backstreet Boys have released in a while. It’s a “bop” as the kids say. God, I sound old saying, “as the kids say.” It’s the truth though. Look at how well the song is doing on the radio. It’s possibly the biggest hit the guys have had since the “Black & Blue” album. And don’t get me started on the music video. While it’s simple, it’s energetic, it’s bouncy, it’s sexy – it’s everything it should be and more.