Breakthrough in the U.S.. 1997 – 1999
After the release of their next single «Quit playing games» in August, the group began recording their new album. In August 1997 the band released the album «Backstreet’s Back».Pop music back to the States with such groups as the Spice Girls and Hanson. In the U.S., their album was supposed to be a debut, so the band released «Backstreet Boys (US edition)», a compilation of songs from the European version of «Backstreet Boys» and «Backstreet’s Back». The album had a huge worldwide success, selling 28 million copies. Group soared to the top of the charts with several singles: «Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)», «Everybody» and «I’ll Never Break Your Heart». Backstreet Boys were nominated for a Grammy as Best New Artist.
In December 1997, began a concert tour, which covered 60 cities in 20 countries.In 1998, Brian Littrell in the middle of the tour for 39 U.S. cities endured open heart surgery, at the urging of his girlfriend (now wife) Leanne Wallace. The operation has already twice been postponed at the request of management.After 8 months of recovery time, a tour in support of their second album continued. In October 1998, the Backstreet Boys was handed the keys to the city from the mayor g.Orlando in gratitude for the assistance to victims of a tornado.In February 1999, the group refused the services of management, replacing them on the company «The Firm»,
«Millennium»: the next album. 1999 – 2000
Work on the new album was in September 1998. Expectations, fueled by success of the new single, «I want it that way» were high.May 18, 1999 was released the next album – «Millennium», the songs from which was co-written with band members. The album was launched on the Billboard 200 in the first place and stayed there for ten weeks. In the first week after the release of the album broke sales records (1,134,000 copies). «Millennium» has received 5 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year. It is eight in the list of best-selling album in the world, with sales of more than 40 million copies. This summer the band is going to perform a huge tour do not forget to buy Backstreet Boys Tickets.