Inconsolable

I close the door
Like so many times, so many times before
Filmed like a scene on the cutting room floor
I wanna let you walk away tonight without a word

I try to sleep, yeah
But the clock is stuck on thoughts of you and me
A thousand more regrets unraveling
OOoh, if you were here right now,
I swear I’d tell you this

[Chorus:]
Baby I don’t wanna waste another day
Keepin it inside, it’s killing me
Cause all I ever wanted comes right down to you (to you)
I wish that I could find the words to say
Baby I would tell you, every time you leave
I’m inconsolable

I climb the walls, yeah
I can see the edge,
But I can’t take the fall, no
I’ve memorized the number
So why can’t I make the call
Maybe cause I know you’ll always be with me
In the possibility

[Chorus]

No, no, no

I don’t wanna be like this
I just wanna let you know

Unbreakable 2007

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In a recent INROCK interview, Brian Littrell said the Backstreet Boys newest album will include various music styles, combining their earlier mid-90’s sound with their most recent guitar driven pop/rock sound.

The Backstreet Boys have set an October 30th release for their new album ‘Unbreakable’ (title confirmed by Brian and AJ during an interview at 104.5 on August 13th).The final track-listing , however , has not yet been decided. The group’s follow-up to 2005’s Never Gone will be the first effort since the departure of longtime member Kevin Richardson last summer.

JoJo from 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles posted a new ballad called “Happily Never After” on http://www.jojoontheradio.com on May 8th, 2007. It’s available for streaming on that website. It had been hand-delivered to him by Backstreet Boys’ manager, Johnny Wright, the day before. It is now expected that the song will be on an album by another artist. The chances that it will remain on this one are very slim.

Helpless When She Smiles“, a cover of Bastiaan Ragas‘ rock ballad, was also leaked online on May 9th. It was to be the first single (said by Brian) but when found that it was sung by another artist, was withheld.

“Any Other Way”, an uptempo pop/rock song from the Backstreet Boys upcoming record was leaked to music rating sites at the end of May. The song was produced by Dan Muckula, who wrote and produced their 2005 hit single “Incomplete.” It was written by Dan Muckala, Jess Cates, and Lindy Robbins.

On July 25th, the first single was confirmed as “Inconsolable,” a piano driven power ballad similar to Never Gone’s “Incomplete.” It will be released to radio on August 27th. . Inconsolable was written and produced by Emanuel Kiriakou (Nick Lachey “What’s Left Of Me”, Katherine McPhee “Ordinary World”), and co-written by Lindy Robbins and Jess Cates. It was premiered on August 6 by Jive at Z-100, New York’s Hit Music Station.

On August 13th, Brian and AJ had confirmed that the album title is “Unbreakable“.

Comeback: Never Gone 2005-2006

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After a three-year hiatus, their new hit single, “Incomplete“, was released to radio stations on March 28, 2005 and quickly became the #1 most requested song in top markets in both U.S. and overseas]. The drastic style change drew negative criticism from magazines such as Rolling Stone (who gave the album only 1 star) who thought they should have stayed true to their traditional pop sound. Fans did, however, applaud their effort on the album.

On June 14, 2005, the Backstreet Boys released their comeback album Never Gone, which they spent more than a year recording. The album debuted at #3 on the U.S. chart with substantial first week sales of 291,000 copies, including #1 debuts in Japan, Pakistan, Germany, India, Chile, Brazil and Korea. In that year Brian Littrell scored a #1 hit on the US Christian Charts with the single “In Christ Alone”. The Backstreet Boys began the first leg of their Never Gone Tour in July in West Palm Beach, Florida. This would be the group’s first Australian tour.

Never Gone was certified platinum in the US and four singles were released from the album. Their first single “Incomplete”, the second single was “Just Want You To Know”, the third singles were: “Crawling Back To You” for the US and “I Still…” (international). Never Gone has sold over 3 Million copies worldwide

Track Listing of Album Never Gone :

1. Incomplete

2. Just Want You To Know

3. Crawling Back To You

4. Weird World

5. I Still…

6. Poster Girl

7. Lose It All

8. Climbing The Walls

9. My Beautiful Woman

10. Safest Place To Hide

11. Siberia

12. Never Gone

The Hits: Chapter One

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In October 2001, the boys released The Hits: Chapter One, a disc of their greatest hits. The band members say they resisted the album, feeling that it was too early in their careers for a “greatest hits” collection, and that it would ruin their long held plan to mark the group’s 10th anniversary in 2003 with such a release.[3] The record sold over 6 million copies worldwide, and yielded an international top 10 hit “Drowning”. The Boys performed at the United We Stand concert in Washington, D.C. as well as The Concert for New York City (two benefit concerts for the victims of September 11) and were a part of the All Star Tribute benefit single “What’s Going On” (with proceeds going to AIDS and 9/11 charities). By the end of 2001 and into 2002, it became clear that the Backstreet Boys were on an extended break with no new recordings or releases.

Track Listing of Album The Hits : Chapter One

1. I Want It That Way

2. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

3. As Long As You Love Me

4. Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely

5. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)

6. All I Have To Give

7. Larger Than Life

8. I’ll Never Break Your Heart

9. The Call

10. Shape Of My Heart

11. The One

12. More Than That

13. Drowning

Black and Blue (2000-2001)

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In November 2000, the group released a new album, Black & Blue, with the idea of the title of the album coming from Brian as the boys were in Los Angeles for a photoshoot when they were all dressed in black and standing in front of a blue background when out of the blue, Brian suggested the album be called Black & Blue. To promote the release of Black & Blue, the boys traveled around the world in 100 hours to Sweden, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and the US; 55 of the hours were spent traveling and 45 were spent making public appearances. The album debuted with 1.6 million units sold in the first week in America, making the band the first ever artist to have two albums sell a million or more copies in the first week. In November 2000, Black & Blue had sold more than five million copies worldwide in its initial week, setting a new first-week record in international sales. Globally, Black & Blue — whose 13-song selection features six songs co-written by members of the group, including two written by all five Backstreet Boys — achieved platinum status in over 30 countries and gold certification in 10 regions around the world during its first week of release.[citation needed] In the first week of release, Black & Blue’s first single “Shape of My Heart” was played on 170 out of 171 of the Top 40 stations in the U.S.[citation needed] Meanwhile overseas, the song immediately jumped into the Top Five in Sweden (#1), Norway (#1), Canada (#1), Germany (#2), Switzerland (#4), Austria (#5) and Holland (#5) and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Towards the end of 2000, McLean first started using cocaine while shooting for the video “The Call”.[citation needed] The album’s second single “The Call” made the Top 10 in the UK and the third single “More Than That” made the Top 20.

In 2001, the Backstreet Boys kicked off the 1st leg of their “2001 Black & Blue World Tour”, in which they were to perform on five continents within the span of 100 hours. The tour also had extremely expensive production costs. The tour was featured on a CBS TV special, The Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life. To coincide with the special, TV Guide issued six different covers of the boys: five individual shots and one group photo.

The second leg of Black & Blue summer tour was put on hold when it was reported that A.J. McLean had checked himself into rehab to battle drinking, drug addiction, and depression, after Richardson had held an intervention for him at a hotel in Boston. The tour was postponed until September. Another tragedy struck when the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred, killing a Backstreet Boys crew member, Daniel Lee, who had been using time off in the tour schedule to travel from Boston to Los Angeles to be with his pregnant wife. The death caused the cancellation of the band’s plans for overseas tours.[citation needed] Despite the tragedy in New York that day, the Backsteet Boys went ahead with a planned concert that night in Toronto, where they performed to less than 5000 fans, and angered many in a public struggling to cope with the enormity of what had happened.[citation needed]

Track Listing of Album Black and Blue :

1. The Call

2. Shape of My Heart

3. Get Another Boyfriend

4. Shining Star

5. I Promise You (With Everything I Am)

6. The Answer to Our Life

7. Everyone

8. More Than That

9. Time

10. Not For Me

11. Yes I Will

12. It’s True

13. How Did I Fall in Love With You

Millennium: The follow-up album 1999-2000

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On May 18, 1999, the Backstreet Boys released the albumMillennium”, which sold over 1.13 million units in its first week, setting, at the time, a record for first week sales,until April 2000, when ‘N Sync‘s second album, “No Strings Attached sold 2.4 million units in its first week. The album also recorded the most sales for an album’s second and third weeks. Rolling Stone reports that sales might have been bigger if some stores had not run out of CDs. The album dominated the worldwide charts, landing at the #1 spot in 25 nations. It was certified 11 times platinum on December 22, 1999, and went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.The first single “I Want It That Way” was a significant hit, reaching the #1 spot in over 18 countries. In addition to receiving gold and platinum awards in 45 countries, the band’s second album was nominated for 5 Grammy Award‘s including Album of the Year. In August, the Backstreet Boys sold out a 39-city tour in less than a day, selling over 765,000 tickets in a matter of hours, prompting additional shows in many markets and shattering a number of box-office records selling out all 53 concert dates of their Into The Millennium Tour which kicked off in September.The tour drew over 2 million fans, breaking the record for largest indoor audience.

In 2000, the Backstreet Boys graced the pages of the new millennium’s first issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Burger King made a deal with the boys for tour sponsorship, videos, and CDs with unreleased live tracks that were available for sale at Burger King restaurants in August and September. In February, Littrell and Richardson confirmed their engagements to their fiancees.

Track Listing of Album Millenium :

1. Larger Than Life

2. I Want It That Way

3. Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely

4. It’s Gotta Be You

5. I Need You Tonight

6. Don’t Want You Back

7. Don’t Wanna Lose You Now

8. The One

9. Back To Your Heart

10. Spanish Eyes

11. No One Else Comes Close

12. The Perfect Fan

Backstreet Back 1997

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By 1997, pop music was returning to the forefront in United States, with the likes of the Spice Girls. Jive and Pearlman decided to bring the boys back to their home country after 8.5 million discs had been sold worldwide. They began recording their second album, Backstreet’s Back, releasing “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” in August, coinciding with the release of their second international album, the band released a self-titled album in the US which collected songs from both international albums. They hit big on the U.S. charts, and debuting at #1 in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Finland and Austria. The two albums sold over 28 million copies worldwide (14 million copies in the U.S.).In December 1997, the band embarked on a 60-city, 20-country tour. In 1997, Littrell (soon joined by McLean, Richardson and Dorough) brought a lawsuit against Lou Pearlman, in which they claimed that Pearlman had hidden and misused money earned by the band. The case was settled in 1998.

In 1998, Littrell underwent open heart surgery in the middle of their sold-out US 39-city tour, at the insistence of his then girlfriend (and now wife) Leighanne Wallace; he had twice postponed the surgery in the past. He had been struggling with a heart murmur since he was born, almost dying at the age of 4 due to a bacterial infection. Littrell needed about 8 weeks to recover from the surgery. Shortly after, the Backstreet Boys cancelled an appearance in Minnesota after learning that Howie Dorough’s sister had died of lupus. In October 1998, the band received the keys to the city from the mayor of Orlando in honor of the tornado relief concert the group headlined in March.

On February 17, 1999, the Boys received their first Diamond award from the RIAA for shipment of 10 million copies of their self-titled album. At that time, they had hired a new manager team called “The Firm”, famous for managing bands including Limp Bizkit and Korn. Along with their new management team, the Backstreet Boys sued Pearlman several more times, until he renegotiated the settlement on terms more favorable to the band. Executives of the Firm stated that the Backstreet Boys had bought out Pearlman’s stake in the band, but he denied this.

Track Listing of Album Backstreet Back:

1. We’ve Got It Goin’ On

2. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)

3. As Long As You Love Me

4. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

5. All I Have To Give

6. Anywhere For You

7. Hey, Mr. DJ (Keep Playin’ This Song)

8. I’ll Never Break Your Heart

9. Darlin’

10. Get Down (You’re The One For Me)

11. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

12. If You Want To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)