Inspired by New Kids on the Block, impresario Lou Pearlman decided to launch a new boyband. After a series of auditions he recruited A.J.McLean, Nick Carter and Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and his cousin Brian Littrell to complete the Backstreet Boys line-up. They released their first single We've Got It Goin' On in August, 1995, although it wasn't until I'll Never Break Your Heart a year later that their close harmony vocals, sleek dance routines and clean-cut image captured the imaginations of teenage fans. Intensely promoted, Millennium became America's biggest-selling album of 1999, turning them into international hearthrobs and has now sold over 40 million albums - making it one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. To promote follow-up Black & Blue in 2000, they crossed the world in 100 hours making personal appearances. Kevin Richardson left in 2005 and attention was also diverted by Nick Carter's solo success but they returned in 2009 with a new album, This Is Us.
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