Backstreet Boys Score Major Comeback With First Number One Album in Nearly 20 Years
The Backstreet Boys are back.
The Backstreet Boys scored their first number one album on the Billboard 200 charts in nearly 20 years with the release of DNA. The last time they appeared at number one was in December of 2000 with their fourth LP, Black & Blue.
The band released DNA on January 25 via RCA Records. According to Billboard, the album hit number one this weekend, selling more than 230,000 units.
The 18-year gap between number ones is the longest since Paul McCartney’s Egypt Station became his first number one album in 36 years. It’s also the biggest week for a pop album since Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods debuted on top last year.
The good news followed a buzz-filled weekend for the group, who starred in a Super Bowl commercial with Chance The Rapper for Doritos. They also recently announced their final show dates for their record-breaking Las Vegas residency, “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life,” which will run through April 2019.
Rolling Stone reports that the band tapped top songwriters for DNA, including Shawn Mendes, Ryan Tedder and Grammy-nominated Stuart Chricton.
The group, comprised of Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough, is also nominated for a 2019 Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”