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Release Date: May 18, 1999 Record Label: Jive Records

Millennium

Play # Title Duration
1 Larger Than Life 03:55
2 I Want It That Way 03:36
3 Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely 03:57
4 It’s Gotta Be You 02:58
5 I Need You Tonight 04:25
6 Don’t Want You Back 03:30
7 Don’t Wanna Lose You Now 03:59
8 The One 03:49
9 Back to Your Heart 04:24
10 Spanish Eyes 03:56
11 No One Else Comes Close 03:45
12 The Perfect Fan 04:16

It was a highly anticipated follow-up to both their United States debut album, and their second internationally released CD. It was their first record to be released in both the U.S. 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 1999. It was nominated for five Grammy Awards and spawned four Top 40  singles, including the single "I Want It That Way." Three of the singles, "I Want It That Way", "Larger Than Life" and "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely", became some of their most successful and remembered hits of all time, with "I Want It That Way" becoming their biggest hit to date. It has since become one of the best selling albums of all time.

Preceded by the worldwide hit single "I Want It That Way", anticipation for Millennium was high. On May 18, 1999, the day of the album's release, the Backstreet Boys made a heavily-publicized appearance on MTV's Total Request Live. Over 5,000 fans showed to catch a glimpse of the group, prompting police to shut down Times Square, where TRL was taped.

Millennium entered the Billboard 200 at number one, where it remained for 10 non-consecutive weeks. It sold 1,134,000 copies in its first week of release, shattering the previous Nielsen SoundScan record held by Garth Brooks for single-week record sales. This record was subsequently overtaken in 2000 by Britney Spears with Oops!... I Did It Again, and then again by 'N Sync with No Strings Attached. Millennium sold nearly 500,000 copies in the U.S. on its first day alone, setting a record for first-day sales.

Millennium became the best-selling album of 1999, selling 9,445,732 albums. Millennium remained on the Billboard chart for 93 weeks, eventually selling over 13 million copies in the United States and being certified 13 times platinum. As of the end of December 2008, the album stands as the fourth best selling album in the US of the SoundScan era with 12,104,000 units sold. In 2003 it was also reported as being the fourth biggest seller for Music Club sales in the US over the past 14 years with sales of 1.59 million. In Canada, the album is seventh biggest selling album since 1995 in the Canadian Soundscan sales era up to end of December 2007.

Millennium dominated the worldwide charts, landing the number-one spot in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.

Millennium was honored with five 1999 Grammy Award nominations including "Album of the Year." Also "I Want It That Way" was rated number three on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's.

1. "Larger than Life" (Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Brian Littrell)
2. "I Want It That Way" (Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson)
3. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" (Max Martin, Herbert Crichlow)
4. "It's Gotta Be You" (Max Martin, Robert John "Mutt" Lange)
5. "I Need You Tonight" (Andrew Fromm)
6. "Don't Want You Back" (Max Martin)
7. "Don't Wanna Lose You Now" (Max Martin)
8. "The One" (Max Martin, Brian Littrell)
9. "Back to Your Heart" (Gary Baker, Jason Blume, Kevin Richardson)
10. "Spanish Eyes" (Andrew Fromm, Sandy Linzer)
11. "No One Else Comes Close" (Gary Baker, Wayne Perry, Joe Thomas)
12. "The Perfect Fan" (Brian Littrell, Thomas Smith)
13. "I'll Be There For You" (Asian, Japanese & Australian Bonus Track)
14. "You Wrote The Book On Love" (Australian Bonus Track)

* The Japanese edition includes a special cover booklet
* The Taiwanese edition includes a mouse-pad, plastic "CD Player" and collector cards
* The Asian edition includes a bonus CD with eight remixes of "Larger Than Life" / "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely"
* The Asian Multi-Platinum edition includes a bonus VCD including several videos

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