CSPC: Backstreet Boys Popularity Analysis

Backstreet Boys Career CSPC Results

Backstreet Boys

So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each Backstreet Boys album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1BackstreetBackstreet Boys17,342,0007,900,0006,894,0001,740,000
(5,800,000)
405,000
(2,700,000)
375,000
(04/02/22)
403,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 220
17,342,000
2Backstreet'sBackstreet's Back28,945,00010,800,00014,427,0001,770,000
(5,900,000)
930,000
(6,200,000)
926,000
(04/02/22)
1,018,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 690
LD: 750
28,945,000
3MillenniumMillennium30,813,00023,800,0003,206,0001,230,000
(4,100,000)
975,000
(6,500,000)
1,486,000
(04/02/22)
1,602,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 870
LD: 900
30,813,000
4BlackBlack & Blue13,701,00011,500,0001,009,000495,000
(1,650,000)
240,000
(1,600,000)
425,000
(04/02/22)
457,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 240
13,701,000
5NeverNever Gone3,101,0002,650,00010,000120,000
(400,000)
135,000
(900,000)
173,000
(04/02/22)
186,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 90
3,101,000
6UnbreakableUnbreakable1,246,0001,050,0002,00015,000
(50,000)
105,000
(700,000)
69,000
(04/02/22)
74,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
1,246,000
7ThisThis Is Us1,029,000750,0001,00015,000
(50,000)
188,000
(1,250,000)
71,000
(04/02/22)
75,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
1,029,000
8InIn a World Like This670,000450,00003,000
(10,000)
105,000
(700,000)
107,000
(04/02/22)
112,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
670,000
9DNADNA270,000000
(0)
0
(0)
255,000
(04/02/22)
270,000
(08/13/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 110
270,000
10Orphan909,0000136,00015,000
(50,000)
300,000
(2,000,000)
458,000
(04/02/22)
N/AN/A909,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 04/02/22.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


If the average sales per studio album was already great, as seen above, the final CSPC’s figures look naturally stronger as the Backstreet Boys also managed big cumulative sales from other full length releases, especially compilations and music videos, plus other formats, amongst them physical singles, digital downloads songs and streaming.

All in all, the first two albums get the strongest benefit due to their second self-titled album, Backstreet Boys, released only in the USA and featuring tracks from its predecessors. It sold over 14 million in the biggest worldwide market and all those, naturally, are split between the first self-titled album and Backstreet’s Back.

Backstreet Boys – the original studio album – jumps from 7,9 million to a more fittingly massive 17 million, whereas Backstreet’s Back generated an extra 17,4 million equivalent album sales to nothing less than 28,2 million CSPC’s sales.

Despite such strong figures, Millennium remains their biggest album ever, their signature LP. At 29,55 million, this is firmly established in the upper side of their catalogue, albeit not by such a strong margin as on pure albums sales.

After their biggest album, they lost ground as already mentioned. Black & Blue, however, still generated 13,3 million unit sales overall and Never Gone almost 3 million. This Is Us and In A World Like This, their last two outputs, failed to reach 1 million. The most striking fact pointing out the incredible meltdown after their first split is the cumulative tally of 5,8 million from their last 4 albums combined, all together they reach barely 40% of their weakest seller among the first part of their career, e.g. Black & Blue.

Nevermind, Backstreet Boys amassed the impressive total of 94,43 million equivalent album sales. A total that puts them alongside some of their peers like Britney Spears who’s up to 99,8 million. The bad thing is that, at current trends, it will take long before they reach 100 million CSPC sales. Such a huge result is nothing to feel shy about yet.

Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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Michael

Hi Chartmasters team. Is Westlife ever going to be studied? I feel like u guys already covered all the big 90s teen pop acts and the only one missing is Westlife. Im really curious as to how much bigger their sales is in Asia and Europe compared to Backstreet Boys and Britney. I have read a couple of times on the net that they were much bigger there.

MJD

Hi Michael!

To be honest they aren’t in the pipe right now. There is one teen pop act we considered from time to time that hasn’t been studied so far but that one is NKOTB.

Nicli

Hi MJD, i’m also curious to see the Boyz II Men data… I know that they were considered the best boyband from 1987 to 2012 in the USA

Last edited 1 year ago by Nicli98
pauluke

hi can you do the update for the backstreet boys since they had their latest album dna in 2019..also, im confused, do they have total sales of 130m as im reading elsewhere or just over 100m?thanks..

Jsak

Did the first two albums sell 7,900,000 and 10,800,000 physical copies, excluding sales in the United States? An enormity !!!!

Michael

Its not an enormity. They never released their first 2 studio albums in the US. As an alternative they released a greatest hits album from the first 2 album they have at that time in the US in 1997, selling 14 million albums. This greatest hits are later distributed into the CSPC results. For an Americam act Backstreet Boys career journey are kinda weird. They got big globally first before hitting the US market.

Jsak

To me they look like a lot of copies honestly, considering also that the first two albums in Europe sold more than Millennium, if they had published them also in the United States they could really arrive more or less at the same number of copies in the world.

Pang

Can you please do BSB global heatmap? I know they’re big everywhere. But how big are they throughout the continents has me wonder.

Michael

Yes. I would love to see that too. Seems like they have enequal sales in various parts of the world. In certain countries they were super massive while in othet coubtries their sales looks non existent

Jackie Milla

Please update Backstreet Boys DNA 2018 album

MJD

An overall comment on all these awards dudj: you seem to be using the thread “Certifications Levels Around The Globe” in UKmix. AutomaticBR did a great job there, but recaps miss some levels for multiple countries. In SK, there has been a 30/60k level in-between 50/100k and 15/30k periods.

djddj

But 4xP seems like official award so can only be equal to 400.000 since M released in 1999

MJD

It’s unclear as to when exactly the award changed its criteria and also the release date doesn’t matter but instead the certification date, same as in the Netherlands. It’s safe that it hasn’t been certified for 400k units since by the end of 11/1999 it had shipped exactly 215,255 copies and then dropped out in December 1999 when the cut was under 10k!

djddj

Wasn’t M certified 3xP=300.000 in 6 months acc to what you posted?

MJD

This number was manually added by Nelson back in 2004 at UKmix, using certifications as displayed on Billboard in 3/18/1999. Checking them back, he got a few criterias wrong, which isn’t surprising considering the huge mess the internet still was back then. It was very hard to retrieve accurate / official information online 15 years ago. Realistically, it was certified for 180k sold. The figure I posted here (215k) was published by MIAK which used to provide official monthly shipments for South Korea back in the day. I feel old thinking of me retrieving them so long ago! About countries… Read more »

dhhd

https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Billboard-Magazine.htm
There was no 1999/03/18 on Billboard…

djddj

What countries still used critetia based on the certification date except SK and Netherlands then?

Mauricio

MJD Just said most countries do it like that now, with only some countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Germany still certifying based on release date.

SHJ

I don’t think Britney Spears sold nearly 4 million pure albums less than Backstreet Boys.Britney has detailed sales for most countries because Sony published them but BB don’t have.So it would be a little error.

Michael

It wouldnt. BSB has way bigger sales than Britney in Japan. They have comparable sales in South East Asia but considering BSB sold a lot more albums during the Boom album sales era. It is most probably they outsell Britney it that era too. And the way you speak as if Britney is so huge during her golden years in Asia, which is true. But seems like you are forgetting how massive BSB was in Asia back then. As big as Britney was, BSB has larger fan base. The biggest male singers in every era always have larger fan base… Read more »

MJD

That’s it Michael!

There is no doubt that Britney was huge in Latin America and Asia in her early years, but the BSB were even bigger. They collapsed so fast afterwards that we tend to downgrade their sales but they did monstrous numbers back then!

Michael

Agree. Im willing even to bet, that had they not taken the 5-6 years break thet had. Their sales wouldnt have collapsed as big as they did when they made their comeback in 2006. By then, people already forgot who BSB was.

SBSB

Their both biggest album sold about the same, at around 23.8 million. And Britney outsold BSB in CSPC by over 6 million.How do you dare to say BSB sold way more albums than Britney?Keep dreaming.

MJD

Hi SBSB!

Michael clearly refers to the golden years of both acts. BSB’s albums from 1996 to 2001 shifted a combined 74,8 million pure album sales with 4 studio albums and compilations, Britney from 1999 to 2004 did 65,8 million with 4 studio albums and compilations. These are sales to date, considering Britney’s albums sold more after their initial release, the gap during their hey-days is only bigger.

SBSB

I think 2003&2004’s market was weaker.

MJD

Hi SBSB!

Well, not that much. They’ve got 1999/2001 in common, so 2003/2004 really compares with BSB’s 1996/1997 and these were similar markets. Sales went a bit down in some countries, but also up in others (in the UK for example they went up by over 20% from 197m to 239m between 1997 and 2004).

I would say the main difference between Britney’s and BSB’s golden eras is that the BSB were bigger where they were big, while Britney sold a little less in general but broke more markets.

Michael

First of all I was talking about Asian sales. Not global sales. And btw MJD was absolutely right. Britney and BSB was basically at the same par. But obviously at their peak BSB was bigger. Over the course of the long run she has catch up and beat them obviously.

Duddy

//Hi again Duddy! Obviously, the market evolved, but not on those proportions. First, CSPC method make up for most of the drop. Second, even factoring in the market overall drop, they are still way too far. 1D had 5 albums, they sold less than 24 million units combined in pure album sales, 43 million CSPC. The first 3 and a half (as 2 came out as 1 in the US) BSB albums sold 68 million pure albums and 87 million CSPC. Twice as much as 1D with only two thirds of 1D’s albums. Millennium alone sold the same in pure… Read more »

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