Saturday, December 02, 2000

Backstreet an international success
The Backstreet Boys set an international sales record with the release of "Black & Blue".

The boys sold five million copies of the album during its first week of release, Reuters reports.

According to Backstreet's publicist, that's a new international record. But, Backstreet failed to break *Nsync's sales record in the U.S. selling 1.6 million units of "Black & Blue" compared to *Nsync's 2.4 copies of "No Strings Attached".

But the boys don't have to worry too much. They are still the first act to have sold over a million copies of back-to-back albums during the first week of release in the U.S. The group's last record, "Millennium," sold 1.1 million copies in May 1999. That album's current world-wide sales are at over 30 million.

Although *Nsync still holds the sales crown in the U.S., Nick, Brian, AJ, Kevin and Howie reign supreme here in Canada.

JAM! writer Paul Cantin reports that "Black & Blue" entered the Canadian album charts in first place. It sold 156,207 copies during its first week compared to 104,897 copies *Nsync sold in the first week of release for "No Strings Attached".

Meanwhile, "Black & Blue" has already gone multi-platinum in countries such as Japan, Korea, Mexico, Ireland and Italy.

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Backstreet special on MTV
If you have access to MTV, and you're a Backstreet Boys fan, you'll be excited to hear about a special set to air this Saturday, Dec. 2.

"Diary" is a one-hour special on the Backstreet Boys, zap2it.com reports. for of their new album, "Black & Blue".

The special will show the boys flying form city to city on their special plane. The show will also include backstage footage as the group prepares to perform.

"Diary: Backstreet Boys" will air on MTV on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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