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Millennium

1999, 12 tracks, 50 mins 59 sec

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Jun 20, 2019

Warning: Don’t listen to this if you have no business falling in love

It is often believed that romance and love were a really big deal in the 90s and fresh-faced boy band Backstreet Boys keyed perfectly into what was the pop culture back then. The group’s band members, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrel had rose to fame with the release of their self-titled debut album Backstreet Boys in 1996, which was followed up with Backstreet’s Back in 1997. These albums had seen them spin out hits like “Quit Playin Games”, “As Long As You Love Me” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” which had made them household names already before the release of their third album Millennium. Millennium was released officially on the 18th of May 1999 to worldwide excitement as it had been hugely anticipated following the successes experienced by the band’s previous albums. It has since gone on to be the band’s biggest and most successful album, an album I can rightly say has no bad songs and one that definitely earns its right to be named as one of the best pop albums of all time. Millennium got five Grammy nominations with three of its singles; “I Want It That Way”, “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely” and “Larger Than Life” going on to become some of their most successful and remembered hit tracks with “I Want It That Way” in particularly becoming their biggest single of all time. Millennium with its commercial success has also gone on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 30 million copies worldwide with its accompanying Into The Millennium Tour becoming one of the fastest-grossing tours of all time. Millennium isn’t all hype as it has rightfully earned its place amongst the greats with sound production and beautiful vocals and trademark BSB harmonics merging up perfectly to produce magical love ballads which is what the majority of the album seem to revolve around. The album had the production and writing inputs of Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Rami, Robert John "Mutt" Lange and a host of other producers. I have been a staunch fan of the band since I got to know about them and having listened to Millennium time and time again, I had tried so hard to pick out flaws over the years and it had proved hard with the album setting the standard for the band’s musical direction, a path which they have rarely deviated from on projects released since then.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension

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Album Info

"Millennium"

Released

  • May 18, 1999

Genres

  • R&B

Label

  • Jive

Producer

  • Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Rami, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Stephen Lipson, Mattias Gustafsson, Timmy Allen, Edwin "Tony" Nicholas, Eric Foster White

Studio

  • Battery Studios(New York City, New York, U.S.)Parc Studios(Orlando, Florida, U.S.)Cheiron Studios, Polar Studios(Stockholm, Sweden)

About

Millennium is the third studio album (second in the U.S.) by American vocal pop group, the Backstreet Boys, released on May 18, 1999 by Jive Records. It was a highly anticipated follow-up to both their U.S. debut album, and their second internationally released album. It was their first album to be released in both the U.S. and internationally in the same form, at the same time.
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