Backstreet Boys Celebrate 20 Year Career With
Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Watch the complete Backstreet Boys star ceremony at the end of this article.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the Backstreet Boys were honored today with a star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. “Fans from around the world have been waiting for this big day since the Backstreet Boys’ selection was announced in 2012,” stated Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “We had a huge crowd of enthusiastic fans that flew in from Spain, Brazil, Albania and many from the United States, right here at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard!”
Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber or Commerce and guest speakers Max Martin, along with a special BSB fan, Lori Meono helped the Backstreet Boys unveil the 2,495th Star in the Category of Recording at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard near the Live Nation Building.
“Backstreet Boys fans who couldn’t make it to the star ceremony were able to watch the event on www.walkoffame.com!” said Martinez. “Fans can continue to watch the star ceremony again and again!”
Making history remains second nature for Backstreet Boys.
“The multi-platinum pop-powerhouse has solidified itself as the biggest and best-selling boy band in history with sales exceeding 130 million albums worldwide. Meanwhile, they’re also one of the only music artists to release seven consecutive albums in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200.
Two decades into their career, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter are as strong as ever, and they’re not stopping!”
They initially formed in 1993 and began turning heads with their self-titled first album in 1996. Driven by the single “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys instantly became pop stars. Superstar status soon followed with the release of their 1997 effort Backstreet’s Back and a RIAA diamond certification for their debut—placing them in an elite club with Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Billy Joel. Closing out the century with a bang, Millennium set the record for first-week sales in the United States at the time, moving 1.1 million units in merely seven days.
At the 1999 Billboard Music Awards, the band won the highest honors of “Artist of the Year,” “Album Artist of the Year,” “Album Artist Duo/Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for Millennium.
Backstreet Boys upped the ante higher for 2000. They kicked off the year gracing the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, while Black & Blue topped their previous record and sold more than 1.6 million copies during release week. One month later, it was certified eight-times platinum. The subsequent tour grossed revenue of more than $100 million. Backstreet Boys released in 2005 Never Gone whichalso went platinum, thus continuing their bona fide hot streak and once again proving their staying power. In the meantime, they enjoyed high-profile collaborations with everyone from Elton John to Sting.
Their hits include such songs as Quit Playing Games (with my heart), I Want it That Way, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), As Long As You Love Me and many more.
Kevin Richardson left the band in 2006 to pursue acting. During this time Backstreet Boys continued as a quartet and released two albums, Unbreakable and This Is Us. Both albums debuted Top 10 on the Billboard 200 charts and have since become fan favorites.
In 2010, Backstreet Boys took to the high seas for the inaugural Backstreet Boys Cruise. The S.S. Backstreet Boys has become an annual adventure that strengthens their bond with fans. One of pop’s biggest moments occurred when Backstreet Boys historically merged with New Kids on the Block forming 2011’s supergroup NKOTBSB and selling out arenas full of screaming fans worldwide.
This year marks 20 years of Backstreet Boys! With Kevin Richardson returning to the band, the Backstreet Boys will release new music and a new tour with the original five member lineup. The band has put together a 20th Anniversary Fan Celebration that took place two days ago at the Fonda Theatre on April 20th. The celebration was an event for fans around the world and is just one of the many ways the guys will thank their fans over the next 12 months. For more information visit, Backstreetboys.com http://Backstreetboys.com.
The Backstreet Boys are involved with the numerous charities such as Angels Clinic Foundation, Brian Littrell’s Healthy Heart Club for Kids, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Dorough Lupus Foundation, Lupus LA, Make A Wish Foundation, True Colors Fund, UNICEF, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), and VH1’s Save the Music.
There’s more Backstreet Boys history to be made. We’re still living in the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium.
Fan can visit the official website www.backstreetboys.com; twitter.com/backstreetboys;
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