The Backstreet Boys finally broke and broke big in America during , as if by design. They had been Euro sensations for a couple of years, but it wasn't until Backstreet's Back was unleashed in the U. And sequel is the appropriate word -- 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. There's a familiar blend of ballads and dance-pop, a similar shiny production, a reliance on the Boys ' charisma that brings to mind the debut. If Millennium were anything other than big, glossy mainstream pop, such calculation may be a little unseemly, but in this context, it can be rather fun. True, the album doesn't pack as much punch as its predecessor -- there's a number of good songs, but more filler than before, and the Backstreet sound isn't as fresh as it was the first time around -- but it does deliver what fans want: more of the same.
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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 Millennium has since become one of the best-selling albums of all time , selling over 24 million copies worldwide.
The release of Millennium was unlike any other event for Backstreet Boys in the U. It confirmed that they had finally achieved the success that they had always deserved in their home country and breaking the record that week for most albums sold EVER was only the beginning. Millennium is a collection of songs that has something for everyone — then and now. For some, it was a simpler time.