Thursday, 5 February 2015

Backstreet’s back in Malaysia

By Dennis Chua

From left, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys pose for a portrait in promotion of their theatrical documentary "Show 'Em What You're Made Of" in Los Angeles. AP photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The world's best-selling boy band, the Backstreet Boys, will be heading to Malaysian shores as part of their "In A World Like This" tour on May 3.

Their showcase will be at Stadium Negara and is organised by The Livescape Group.

The one-night show is set to attract over 6,000 fans.

"We are thrilled to be working with Livenation to bring the Backstreet Boys back to Malaysia. As one of the world's largest and foremost boy bands, we are sure that their appearance in Kuala Lumpur will be highly anticipated", said The Livescape Group's director of live events Rahul Kukreja.

The five-member American pop vocal group was formed in 1993 and consists of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.

The band shot to fame with their self-titled debut album, Backstreet Boys in 1996.

Following the success of their first album, they released their second international album Backstreet's Back in 1997.

Singles from this album include "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", "As Long As You Love Me" and "All I Have To Give".

The single "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "All I Have To Give" peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number four and five respectively.

The then teenage heartthrobs not only won the hearts of many with the success of their first two albums but rose to greater heights and superstardom with their third album Millennium in 1999.

Singles from this album include "Larger Than Life" which peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 25, "I Want It That Way" which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Top 40 Tracks and the UK Singles Chart, and "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" which peaked at number six on the US Billboard Top 100.

The Backstreet Boys released a fourth album, Black And Blue in 2000 and the most popular single from this album was "Shape Of My Heart" which peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number nine.

They have sold over 130,000 million records worldwide.

The group took a two-year break before releasing a comeback album Never Gone in 2005.

After this, Richardson, left the group to pursue a solo career in singing, modelling and acting.

Nevertheless, the Backstreet Boys continued as a four-member group and released two albums, Unbreakable in 2007 and This Is Us in 2009.

In 2012, Richardson rejoined the Backstreet Boys and a year later, the band celebrated their 20th anniversary by releasing their first independent album, In A World Like This.

Tickets are priced between RM208 and RM688.

Backstreet Boys members Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter attend the premiere of Gravitas Ventures' "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of" in Hollywood, California. AFP

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