Never Gone

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Never Gone
Studio album by Backstreet Boys
Released June 14, 2005
Recorded January 26, 2004–January 2005;
Westlake Audio, Henson Recording Studios, Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA)
Dr. Luke's New York (New York)
Woodland Ranch (Woodland Hills, CA)
Maratone Studio (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Village Recorder, The Underlab (Los Angeles, CA)
Turtle Sound Studios (New York City)
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop
Length 47:41
Label Jive
Producer Max Martin, John Shanks, John Ondrasik, Dan Muckala, Gregg Wattenberg, Mark Taylor, Billy Mann, Dr. Luke, Johan "Brorsan" Brorsson, Paul L. Wiltshire, Jay Orpin, Victoria Wu, John Fields, Rami Yacoub
Backstreet Boys chronology
The Hits: Chapter One
Never Gone
Singles from Never Gone
  1. "Incomplete"
    Released: April 1, 2005
  2. "Just Want You to Know"
    Released: October 4, 2005
  3. "Crawling Back to You"
    Released: October 11, 2005
  4. "I Still..."
    Released: January 31, 2006

Never Gone is the fifth (fourth in the U.S.) studio album released by American vocal group Backstreet Boys as the follow up to their fourth (third in the U.S.) studio album Black & Blue after a short hiatus. Never Gone was originally due for release in 2004, but the release date for the album was pushed to June 14, 2005 for unknown reasons. The album varies musically from their previous albums, with a rock sound to the album. Unlike previous albums, the album featured only live instruments. The album is named after a song on it which mourns the loss of Kevin Richardson's father.


Backstreet Boys at Never Gone Tour.

Never Gone was certified as a Platinum record in the U.S. It sold 293,000 copies in U.S during first week, and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. In Japan, it sold 528,000 copies and was the second biggest western artist's album for 2005[1] To date, it sold with a total of 750,000 copies.[2] The shipment moved to 10 million worldwide.[3] This was the last album to feature Kevin Richardson, who departed from the group in 2006 to pursue other interests, until his return in 2012.

The Never Gone Tour commenced soon after the album's release. On December 20, 2005, the group released the DVD Never Gone: The Videos, which included behind the scenes footage and the music videos for "Incomplete", "Just Want You to Know", and "I Still...". The DVD also includes a slideshow with the instrumental audio of "Just Want You to Know", and an interview in Germany regarding their upcoming tour.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (40/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars[5]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]
Blender 2/5 stars[4]
E! Online C[7]
Entertainment Weekly C[8]
People 2/4 stars[9]
PopMatters 2/10 stars[10]
Robert Christgau C[11]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[12]
USA Today 3/4 stars[13]

Initial critical response to Never Gone were surprisingly generally negative due to the change from the band's traditional pop style to a more mature adult contemporary sound. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 40, based on 7 reviews.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Incomplete"   Dan Muckala, Jess Cates, Lindy Robbins Muckala 3:59
2. "Just Want You to Know"   Max Martin, Luke Gottwald Martin, Gottwald 3:53
3. "Crawling Back to You"   Chris Farren, Blair Daly John Fields 3:44
4. "Weird World"   John Ondrasik Gregg Wattenberg 4:12
5. "I Still..."   Martin, Rami Yacoub Martin, Rami 3:49
6. "Poster Girl"   Billy Mann, Rasmus Bähncke, René Tromborg Mann 3:56
7. "Lose It All"   Alexander Barry, Shelly Peiken, Wally Gagel Fields 4:04
8. "Climbing the Walls"   Martin, Gottwald Martin, Gottwald 3:43
9. "My Beautiful Woman"   Paul Wiltshire, Victoria Wu Wiltshire 3:38
10. "Safest Place to Hide"   Tom Leonard, Robin Lerner John Shanks 4:40
11. "Siberia"   Alexandra Talomaa, Martin, Rami Christian Nilsson, Johan Brorson 4:17
12. "Never Gone"   Gary Baker, Kevin Richardson, Steve Diamond Mark Taylor 3:45


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[14] 6
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 4
Belgium Flanders Albums Chart[14] 13
Belgium Walonia Albums Chart[14] 19
Brazilian Albums Chart[15] 7
Canadian Albums Chart[16] 1
Danish Albums Chart[14] 11
Dutch Albums Chart[14] 3
European Top 100 Albums[17] 2
Finnish Albums Chart[14] 5
French Albums Chart[14] 19
German Albums Chart[18] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[19] 8
Irish Albums Chart[20] 13
Italian Albums Chart[14] 4
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[21] 3
New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 21
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 20
Portuguese Albums Chart[14] 8
Spanish Albums Chart[14] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 3
Swiss Albums Chart[14] 3
UK Albums Chart[22] 11
U.S. Billboard 200[16] 3

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA) Gold[23] 35,000+
Canada (Music Canada) Platinum[24] 100,000+
Germany (BVMI) Gold[25] 100,000+
Ireland (IRMA) Gold[26] 7,500+
Japan (RIAJ) 2× Platinum[27] 500,000+
Mexico (AMPF) Gold[28] 50,000+
Switzerland (IFPI) Gold[29] 15,000+
United Kingdom (BPI) Gold[30] 100,000+
United States (RIAA) Platinum[31] 1,000,000+


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