Original Album Sales – Comments
1996 Backstreet Boys – 7,900,000
1997 Backstreet’s Back – 10,800,000
1999 Millennium – 23,800,000
2000 Black & Blue – 11,500,000
2005 Never Gone – 2,650,000
2007 Unbreakable – 1,050,000
2009 This Is Us – 750,000
2013 In a World Like This – 450,000
With 8 studio albums, the Backstreet Boys can be proud to have accumulated such a massive tally as they sold almost 59 million studio albums, an average of 7,3 million per title. This includes their 4 last LPs, without them the average would have been an even more impressive 13,5 million. It proves their fort isn’t quite their longevity but, in fact, the way they dominated the scene at their peak period. The best evidence of that dominance is Millennium which moved an impressive 23,8 million units.
It must be said that both Backstreet Boys and Backstreet’s Back weren’t issued in the US which got instead Backstreet Boys, some kind of compilation with songs from those two early albums. That US LP moved a tremendous 14,2 million copies there, bringing their totals even higher. That record will be seen in the Remaining Long Formats category as usual.
A side note about album sales breakdowns. Several figures posted here are under officially certified amount. Black & Blue is 8xPlatinum in the US, representing 8 million units, as well as Platinum in the Netherland for 80,000 units. Those markets sales are estimated on 6,6 million and 65,000 units respectively. In the same way, Never Gone is certified for 1 million units in the US and 100,000 units in the UK, being estimated at 850,000 and 85,000 units. Those are not mistakes but instead records massively shipped upon release with copies that ended up being returned due to proportionally disappointing sales in regards to expectations. This brought a lot of mockery against Black & Blue, although in all fairness shifting 6,6 million copies in the US is still an incredible success no matter what.