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Boys To Men

WITH A LARGER-THAN-LIFE CAREER SPANNING OVER 23 LONG YEARS, HERE’S WHAT MAKES BACKSTREET BOYS THE GREATEST BOY BAND OF OUR GENERATION.

Germaine Cheah

From The Beatles to the Jonas Brothers, The Jackson 5 to One Direction, boy bands have been around for as long as we can remember. But as we move through the times, there’s always that one act that rises above to be the defining group of the decade. And when it comes to the ’90s, this honour definitely goes to the Backstreet Boys. What exactly is the secret to their longevity?

They Don’t Know How To Quit

When members leave, it’s inevitable for the remaining few to consider disbanding the group all together, but that wasn’t the case for BSB. Even after Kevin Richardson went on a six-year hiatus, the quartet managed to pull through – releasing two albums, 2007’s Unbreakable and 2009’s This Is Us – though the big brother eventually re-joined the band in 2012. While they may not be at their peak now, BSB’s steady stream of high-performing tracks have led to them being credited as the best-selling boy band of all-time, with over 130 million records sold worldwide.

Reinvention Is Key

As BSB graduated from baby-faced idols to full-fledged pop kings, we also witnessed a new level of maturity in their sound as the boys moved past the heydays of bubblegum pop. What is perhaps their most mature effort to date is their latest release, In A World Like This. Blending contemporary poprock with real-life experiences from the members, it proved that the guys – n


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