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. Originally due for release in 2004, the release date for the album was pushed further 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.


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 second biggest western artist's album for 2005.[1] 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)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Blender 2/5 stars[2]
Common Sense Media 2/5 stars[5]
E! Online C[6]
Entertainment Weekly C[7]
People 2/4 stars[8]
PopMatters 2/10 stars[9]
Robert Christgau C[10]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3/4 stars[12]

Initial critical response to Never Gone were surprisingly generally negative due to the change from the band's traditional pop style. 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.[2]

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

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Providers Certification Sales or
United States RIAA Platinum[22] 1,000,000+
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 2x Platinum[27] 500,000+
Mexico AMPF Gold[28] 50,000+
Switzerland IFPI Gold[29] 15,000+
United Kingdom BPI Gold[30] 100,000+


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