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Backstreet Boys Self-Titled U.S. Debut Released 20 Years Ago

The day after Backstreet Boys released their second international album Backstreet’s Back their self-titled debut album in the U.S was released on August 12, 1997. The album consisted of songs from their international debut album and Backstreet’s Back. The album didn’t have much of an impact during the first week. It only managed to sell 40,000 which landed the album at #29 on the Billboard 200. The following week the album jumped 14 spots to #15. The higest position on the Billboard chart came January 31, 1998 at #4. Their U.S. debut went on to sell 14 million copies and was certified Diamond for having sold over 10 million copies. On the first release of the album the song Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) was not included. In early 1998 a re-release of the album included the track after seeing the success the song had in other countries.

The singles released were Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), As Long As You Love Me, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), I’ll Never Break Your Heart and All I Have To Give. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) managed to reach #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot 100 Airplay charts making it the highest charting single they released from the album.

Read more about the Boys debut album by clicking on the album cover below!