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Backstreet Boys back in Belfast

By Emily Moulton

They are one of the biggest selling boy bands in the world, thanks to their clean-cut image and catchy pop songs, and in a few months time they will be here in Belfast.

It was around this time last year that the Florida four-piece, who have sold more than 76 million albums worldwide, dazzled audiences with their spectacular show.

Now Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean will return to the Odyssey Arena in November as part of a European tour to promote their seventh studio album, This is Us, which is out in October.

Since they first burst onto the scene as a five-piece 15 years ago, the Backstreet Boys have dominated the pop music charts. Their first two US releases both received the Diamond Award for sales of more than 10 million: Backstreet Boys in 1997 and Millennium in 1999 which reached number one in 25 countries.

Following the departure of Kevin Richardson in 2006, the group has had a bit of a hiatus but have returned stronger than ever by collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music business such as T-Pain, Max Martin, RedOne, Soulshock and Karlin, Jim Jonsin and Claude Kelly to produce what some have described as a ‘finely crafted R&B and pop album’ thanks to the lead single, Straight Through My Heart, to the more reflective soar of Bigger.

Northern Ireland fans eager to hear the boys performing their latest album as well as some of their chart-topping hits will not have to wait long. The Backstreet Boys will be back on November 12 with tickets on sale on Friday August 21.

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