The Backstreet Boys are synonymous with the boy band revolution of the mid-90's and early-2000's. They were the first, the highest selling, and some say the most popular boy band of their era, creating several hit albums, copious international tour dates, and fistfuls of awards.
The Backstreet Boys formed in 1993 when A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, and Howie Dorough answered an ad in the Orlando Sentinel for boy band auditions. The band was quickly signed to Jive records and their first self-titled album was released only in Europe and Asia, due to their success in the area. The album was later retooled and released in the US with additional tracks.
In the midst of a lawsuit with manager Lou Pearlman, the Backstreet Boys began recording their third album, Millennium. The album was an instant hit with over a million copies selling in the first week and the album topping the Billboard charts for 93 weeks. The album was the number one selling record of 1999 and eventually went platinum thirteen times. Their next album, Black and Blue, wasn't as huge as success as the first two, but still a success by normal standards by selling over 5 million copies internationally in the first week alone. At the start of 2001, the Backstreet Boys set up international tour dates for The Black and Blue Tour, which would span five continents. Shortly afterward, in 2002, the Backstreet Boys began having troubles with their management group and it prompted a break for the band.
After three years on hiatus, the band began to reform to work on their comeback album, Never Gone. The album took on a more serious tone and marked a sophistication for the Backstreet Boys as a band and individuals. Shortly after, Kevin Richardson left the band to pursue independent endeavors. This didn't stop the remaining members, and the Backstreet Boys released Unbreakable in 2007. Their latest album, This is Us, debuted in 2009 and marked the band's return to their upbeat dance songs fused with R&B. The album also marked a comeback of sorts for the band, showing that they could maintain their talent even with the loss of bandmate Kevin Richardson.
In 2011, the quartet embarked on a concert tour with the remaining members of New Kids On The Block, where they sang hits from both bands. The supergroup released a eponymous compilation further rekindled public interest in a new Backstreet Boys album and tour. Fans got their wish in 2013 when the boys set out on a sweeping international tour in support of their newest album, In a World Like This, which broke into the top 5 on the charts in the US. Now, more than ever, Backstreet's back.
Born in 2004, young Grace VanderWaal began composing her first songs at the age of 3. Inspired by a Twenty One Pilots video, Grace bought herself a ukelele with money from her 11th birthday. She then began to play small, local open mic nights, and released many original compositions on her YouTube channel.
VanderWaal finished first on the 2016 season of America's Got Talent, where Simon Cowell called her "the next Taylor Swift". Since her win on the show, she has released her debut EP, Perfectly Imperfect, which debuted at an astounding number nine on the Billboard 200.