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Black & Blue

2000, 13 tracks, 48 mins 47 sec


Jun 14, 2019

The Boyband’s Sojourn To Mega Superstardom

I was less than 10 years old when I first heard Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” and I had been stuck on their music ever since. Following the success of Millennium, their third studio album (second in the United States), the Pop band comprising of AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough released Black and Blue on the 21st of November 2000. Production on the album had similar sounds to the band’s previous three albums as they once again teamed up with Max Martin who was heavily involved in the band’s previous albums. The album went on to record the best international sales in a week for an album in history by selling over 5 million copies in its first week of sales globally. Although it was hard to beat the massive acceptance tracks like “I Want It That Way” and “Quit Playing Games” got upon release on the Millennium album, Black and Blue still boasts of a few hit tracks that are listened to up to this day. There were a few words around what the name of the album could possibly symbolize with Entertainment Weekly editor David Browne defining the album as representing the band’s two musical sides; Black (as in the R&B inflections of their upbeat tracks) and Blue (their inclination toward mushy crooning). The album majorly features trademark love ballads, heavy dance tracks as well as acoustic sounds that are certain to warm up even the coldest of hearts. Black & Blue debuted at number-one on the US Billboard 200 as it made huge sales strides in as early as its first week of release. The album sold 1.6 million copies in its first week at retail in the United States making the pop group the first act in history to achieve sales more than a million copies in the first week with back-to-back releases. The album received mixed to positive reviews with a few critics suggesting it didn’t even come close to previous album Millennium. Its heavy inclusion of dance

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Album Info

"Black & Blue"


  • Nov 20, 2000


  • R&B


  • Jive


  • Timmy Allen
  • Babyface
  • Larry "Rock" Campbell
  • Franciz & LePont
  • Rodney Jerkins
  • David Kreuger
  • Kristian Lundin
  • Per Magnusson
  • Max Martin
  • Rami


  • Cheiron and Polar Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)Darkchild Studios (Pleasantville, New Jersey)Parc Studios (Orlando, Florida)Brandon's Way Recording (Hollywood, Los Angeles)


Black & Blue is the fourth studio album by American vocal-pop group Backstreet Boys. It was released on November 21, 2000 by Jive Records. It is their follow-up album to their 1999 studio release Millennium. The album recorded the best international sales in a week for an album in history by selling over 5 million copies in its first week of sales globally. In the United States, Black & Blue sold 1.5 million copies in its first week of release, making the Backstreet Boys the first group in Soundscan history to have million-plus first-week sales with back-to-back albums. As of 2007, the album has sold 24 million copies worldwide.
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