This was the boys' second ever single, and it remains their best-selling single in the UK, despite not reaching number one. The song was a last minute addition to their debut album, as Clive Calder, the chairman of their label, heard the song and called Jive Records president Barry Weiss, who then contacted their manager. Many critics have questioned the song's meaning, mainly the line, "I want it that way. None of the sentiments in the chorus seem to go with any of the other ones.
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The album features 15 songs by the group, as well as a new song, " Drowning ". A video album, featuring all of the videos from the release, was made available around the same time as the album. The album sold over 6 million copies worldwide. The Backstreet Boys' label, Jive Records , decided to release a Backstreet Boys greatest-hits CD by Christmas as they had not released a blockbuster album that year. The group resisted the release as they felt that it was too early in their career for such an album and that it would ruin their plan to mark the group's 10th anniversary in with a greatest-hits release. And the record company was going to put it out anyway. So it's either promote, or fight with your label, don't promote it and risk it doing very badly. But ultimately, who is it that's going to get hurt? It's not going to hurt our label.
We're not playing games: BSB blessed you with their first U. Ready to feel old? Saturday marks 20 years since Backstreet Boys released their self-titled U. This came more than a year after they had already dropped their international debut, also called Backstreet Boys. To celebrate the anniversary of this milestone moment in boy-band history, EW ranks the 20 best Backstreet songs and gives you a playlist — all right! Still, this piano-driven power ballad finds Backstreet right in their lane. But who can resist the '90s nostalgia of this new jack swing jam? Even so, he conjured up some of the old magic on this guitar-pop ode to a girl who's "bigger than me. The frenzied production amps up the histrionics, making the whole thing play out like a guilty-pleasure soap.
Although the album only peaked at 4 on the US album chart, steady sales turned it into one of the biggest debut albums of all time. It has been certified fourteen times platinum. They had previously been best known for a series of hit collaborations with Lisa Lisa and helping launch Samantha Fox into the pop top The song peaked at 5 on the pop chart in the US and in the top 10 in many other countries around the world.