Millennium (Backstreet Boys album)

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Millennium
Millennium cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 18, 1999
RecordedOctober 1998 – March 1999
StudioBattery Studios
(New York City, New York, US)
Parc Studios
(Orlando, Florida, US)
Cheiron Studios, Polar Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Length48:11
LabelJive
ProducerMax Martin, Kristian Lundin, Rami Yacoub, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Stephen Lipson, Mattias Gustafsson, Timmy Allen, Edwin "Tony" Nicholas, Eric Foster White
Backstreet Boys chronology
Backstreet Boys
(1997)
Millennium
(1999)
For the Fans
(2000)
Singles from Millennium
  1. "I Want It That Way"
    Released: April 12, 1999
  2. "Larger than Life"
    Released: September 3, 1999
  3. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely"
    Released: December 21, 1999
  4. "The One"
    Released: May 16, 2000

Millennium is the third studio album (second in the US) 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 US debut album, and their second internationally released album. It was their first album to be released in both the US and internationally in the same form, at the same time.

In the United States, it holds the record for most shipments in one year, with 11 million in 1999. It was nominated for five Grammy Awards and spawned four Top 40 singles, including the single "I Want It That Way". Three of the singles, "I Want It That Way", "Larger than Life" and "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely", became some of their most successful and remembered hits of all time, with "I Want It That Way" becoming their biggest hit to date. Millennium has since become one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 24 million copies worldwide.[1] The band promoted the album by the Into the Millennium Tour, which became one of the fastest-grossing tours of all time.

Singles[edit]

Four singles were released from the album.

  • "I Want It That Way" is the lead single from the album, released on April 12, 1999. It is one of the Backstreet Boys' most commercially successful songs and is often regarded as the group's signature song.
  • "Larger than Life" is the second single, released on September 3, 1999.
  • "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" was released as the third single, released on December 21, 1999. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 18, 2000.[2]
  • "The One" is the fourth and final single from the album, being released on May 16, 2000. "Don’t Want You Back" was originally going to be the fourth single based on a TRL fan vote. However, when Nick Carter called in to vote for "The One", the fans followed suit.[3]

Tour[edit]

The album's supporting tour, Into the Millennium Tour, started from June 2, 1999 and ended on March 15, 2000 with a total of 123 shows in 84 cities spanning three legs.[4] The first leg of the North American tour initially sold 53 dates (40 announced and 13 added) due to demand[5] in 39 cities, scheduled to run from September 14–December 2, 1999.[5][6] The concert at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, was the 5th most attended concert in American history and the most attended concert by a pop artist.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[9]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, writing that "Millennium has no pretense of being anything other than an album for the moment, delivering more of everything that made Backstreet's Back a blockbuster."[8] Jim Farber from Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B-, stating that they have taken risks in their lyrics, as "Teen acts normally can’t acknowledge their romantic power. They have to remain the longing ones in order to seal the twin fantasies of purity and accessibility."[9]

In a mixed review, Arion Berger of Rolling Stone commented that the album was "prefabricated, too pretty, suspiciously well choreographed", criticizing Nick Carter's straining vocals on "I Need You Tonight", feeling that "It's Gotta Be You" was a rehash of "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and mentioning how "The Perfect Fan" evaporated throughout the song. However, he praised "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely", describing it as "digging its melodic claws into your skull on the first listen [...] it's the swooniest blending of the five vocalists' timbres to date, and mighty pretty besides."[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

All versions of Britney Spears's debut album ...Baby One More Time that were released prior to the album featured previews of three tracks.[12] Millennium debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, where it remained for 10 non-consecutive weeks. It sold 1,134,000 copies in its first week of release, breaking the previous Nielsen SoundScan record held by Garth Brooks for single-week record sales.[citation needed] This record was subsequently overtaken in 2000 by NSYNC with the release of No Strings Attached.[13] Millennium sold nearly 500,000 copies in the US on its first day alone, setting a record for first-day sales,[14] and became the best-selling album of 1999, selling 9,445,732 albums.[15] It remained on the Billboard chart for 93 weeks, eventually selling over 13 million copies in the United States and being certified 13 times platinum.[16]

As of October 2014, the album stands as the fifth best selling album in the United States of the SoundScan era with 12,250,000 units sold.[17] In 2003 it was also reported as being the fourth biggest seller for Music Club sales in the US over the past 14 years with sales of 1.59 million.[18] In Canada, Millennium was the seventh biggest selling album since 1995 in the Canadian Soundscan sales era up to end of December 2007,[19] while in Japan, sales went up to 1 million according to Billboard.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Larger than Life"Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Brian LittrellLundin3:52
2."I Want It That Way"Martin, Andreas CarlssonMartin, Lundin3:33
3."Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely"Martin, Herbert CrichlowMartin, Lundin3:54
4."It's Gotta Be You"Martin, Robert John "Mutt" LangeMartin, Lange, Rami Yacoub2:57
5."I Need You Tonight"Andrew FrommLange4:23
6."Don't Want You Back"MartinMartin, Yacoub3:26
7."Don't Wanna Lose You Now"MartinMartin, Yacoub3:55
8."The One"Martin, LittrellMartin, Lundin3:46
9."Back to Your Heart"Kevin Richardson, Gary Baker, Jason BlumeStephen Lipson, Timmy Allen[a]4:21
10."Spanish Eyes"Andrew Fromm, Sandy LinzerAllen, Mattias Gustafsson3:55
11."No One Else Comes Close"Joe Thomas, Baker, Wayne PerryAllen, Edwin "Tony" Nicholas3:43
12."The Perfect Fan"Littrell, Thomas SmithEric Foster White4:15

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies additional vocal production

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Millennium adapted from AllMusic.[21]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[54] 3× Platinum 180,000^
Australia (ARIA)[55] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[56] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[57] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[58] 2× Platinum 500,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[59] Diamond 1,000,000^
Colombia[60] Gold 30,000[60]
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[61] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[63] Platinum 42,525[62]
Germany (BVMI)[65] 3× Gold 750,000[64]
Japan (RIAJ)[66] 4× Platinum 1,000,000[20]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[67] 4× Platinum 600,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[68] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[69] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[70] Gold 50,000*
Portugal (AFP)[71] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[72] Platinum 80,000^
South Korea (KMCA)[74] 4× Platinum 250,000[73]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[75] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[76] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[79] 13× Platinum 15,402,000[A]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[80] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide 24,000,000[1]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As of March 2015, the album has sold 13,812,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan, which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Club, where it sold 1.59 million units as of February 2003.[77][78] Combined, it has sold over 15,402,000 copies in the United States.

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