History[ edit ] — Eventually, he met Dorough, Carter, and McLean through a co-worker, and the four decided to form a group. Thus, April 20 became their anniversary date. Mercury Records nearly signed them in , but the deal fell through at the last minute because longtime Mercury recording artist John Mellencamp threatened to leave the label if they got into the boy band business. In North America, Mix 96 in Montreal broke the group after the programmers heard it on the radio in Europe.
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They were then booked to perform at many venues such as high schools and shopping malls and eventually managed to sign a contract with Jive Records in They slowly became popular in European countries, starting with Germany, and embarked on a tour in support of their debut album. The album slowly climbed up to the top ten slots in most countries and was on its way to sell more than 8 million copies. As their second album, Backstreet's Back was being released in Europe, they released their first album in the United States which was a compilation of both their international debut and Backstreet's Back. The album climbed to No. Meanwhile, Backstreet's Back became an even bigger success than their debut album, opening at the number one spot in many countries. They started recording Millennium in and released it in May