Backstreet vs. *NSYNC vs. Britney: Who’s 2nd album will reign supreme?

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With the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again,” I thought it would be fitting to rank the late 90s-early 00s big three’s second albums to see which album was the better album. In case you are lost, the big three are the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears. You can fight me on this because we all know that I am right. Let’s dive into this. It’s time to go war in the Pop Project Arena!

Click here to find out who’s better: *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys

The rules

So here’s how we are going to decide whose album will reign on top: I’ll be looking at how many records sold worldwide. I got my facts from Wikipedia because frankly, it’s all there and sited. While I don’t fully trust it on certain things, records sales are something that I believe. The reasoning behind worldwide records is that it’s the easiest to find. Keep in mind; these albums came in in a time where the internet was just getting started. Information isn’t easy to find from that time. Feel to state in the comments below your thoughts and which album is your favorite. Without further ado, let’s get started.

3rd Place: *NSYNC’S ‘No Strings Attached’

No Strings Attached” was released on March 20, 2000, it was the second album from *NSYNC. It was their first album on their new label Jive Records, the same label as Britney and Backstreet Boys. It was their first album to incorporate more of an R&B feel to the songs as well as them having more control over the record and production.

The album spawned four singles with “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” being the top singles of both the album and their career. Worldwide, “No Strings Attached” sold 15,970,000 records. It also held the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 200 charts for eight weeks. It was one of the longest-running number-one albums of 2000. Fun Fact: This album held the record for most albums sold in one week. This record was previously held by Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium.” “No Strings Attached” is the album that *NSYNC is known for, and it’s easy to see why.

2nd Place: Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!… I Did It Again”

Click here for the review of “Oops!… I Did It Again”

Oops!… I Did It Again” was released on May 16, 2000. The album signaled the start of Britney’s exploration period. While it followed elements of teen pop from “Baby One More Time,” the album also saw her dive into the R&B genre. She would explore and perfect this more with the follow-up albums. The album debuted on the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 200. It would only be there for one week, but it held the number two spot for 15 weeks after Eminem’s third album “The Marshall Mathers LP” dethroned it.

The album was the highest debut-week album sales by a female artist for 15 years. It also spawned four singles with the title track and “Lucky” being the top singles off of the record. “Oops!… I Did It Again” sold 20,000,000 albums worldwide. As stated in the review for the album, this is the album that made Britney a household name.

1st Place: Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’

Click here for the review of “Millennium”

Millennium” was released on May 18, 1999. While this album was the second album in the States, it was the third album overall (BSB started internationally). It’s also their first number one album in the US. It held that spot for ten weeks. After being called a “one-hit wonder” based on their previous works, “Millennium” was the album. The album had a mix of the usual boy band tropes as well as more mature lyrics based around events that occurred while they wrote the album

The album spawned four singles with “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I Want That Way.” The latter being the most popular and iconic song. “Millennium” is still the hold the record of the most shipment sold in one year with 11 million in 1999. The album is one of the best-selling albums of all time with “Millennium” selling 24,000,000 albums worldwide. This album is pretty much iconic.

Thought?

I’m not shocked by how the albums did. Backstreet Boys was more well rounded than the other two in the beginning when it came to promotion. It’s kind of like *NSYNC as they didn’t perform as well internationally as they. Did in the States. Backstreet Boys performed better abroad than they did in the states before “Millennium.” Britney performed well both internationally and the States after “Oops!… I Did It Again.” I am shocked that Britney did better than her then boo Justin Timberlake. Overall, all three albums are fantastic. I recommend checking them out as they are a treat. Especially as throwback albums that define what pop sounded like in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ is still iconic as ever

On May 18th, 1999, the Backstreet Boys gave the world an album would become one of the top selling albums of all time. It’s the 20th anniversary of their second album “Millennium.” Now, I originally “reviewed” this album back in the day. That review sucked and I’m calling redo. Welcome to Pop Project Redux.

yep, it’s this album

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I’ll be the one, I’ll be the light

Millennium was released on May 19th, 1999. It was the highly anticipated follow up to their 1996/1997 debut album. Fun fact: Backstreet released three different first album. Two was for international fans in 1996 and 1997. The one we know in the States was in 1997 and was just made up of the other two. Because of this, “Millennium” is their third or second album depending on where you live. The album had Max Martin write and produce many of the songs on the album. In case you forgot, Max Martin the Swedish pop god.

This album starts off with “Larger Than Life” and I could not have thought of a better way to start off this album. One downside is the album is that’s extremely front-loaded. Three of the four singles are the first three songs in on the album. This more than likely wasn’t planned out this way but even so, the flow of the album. Going from a high intense song “Larger Than Life” to two slower bops like “I Want It That Way” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” It’s not just like a gradually slow down. It just stops and kicks into the slow jams. It then kicks back into the dance banger right after. I’m not sure if it is attentionally but it just hurts the pacing of the album.

The album also ends on rather a weird note. The final song on the album is called “The Perfect Fan.” It’s a song about their mothers and thanks to them for all being there. It’s a sweet song but it’s just awkward. There are a chorus and full orchestra backing. This would have been better in the middle of the album and not at the end. Simply rearranging the track list would make it a little better when it comes to flow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this album is pop perfection beside its flow and being a heavily front loaded album. That is easily made up for by how good the songs are. Even the filler songs are extremely well done. The vocals are what we come to expect from the boys. This album is what everyone thinks of when think of boy bands and Backstreet boys.

“Millennium” is the definition of the 90’s boy bands music. While it’s the flow of the album hurts every song after track three, every song on the album is worth the listening to because it’s the pop perfection. The songs are what makes up for the flow on the album. I cannot tell you how much good this album is. It’s one of those albums. I highly recommending listening to this album. I listened to it this weekend and still enjoyed everything about it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Are these lyrics *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys?

It’s time that you take the hardest quiz that you will probably ever take. It’s even harder than most quizzes you took in school. It’s time to test your knowledge on the lyrics of *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys. Get ready and good Luck! If you like the quiz, feel free to share this page with your friends

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Backstreet Boys’ ‘Incomplete’ is still underrated banger

With the reunion of *NSYNC, I’ve been kind of a boy band/90s pop music mood lately. Because of this, I’ve re-discovered many classics that I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed in my “current era” little bubble. One of those classics is frankly underrated single from the greatest boy band in the history of mankind, Backstreet Boys. So let’s talk about “Incomplete” and why you should love it.

I’m awake but my world is half asleep

“Incomplete” was released in April of 2005. It came after the boys took two years off from making music as a quintet. It was from their fourth album “Never Gone.” It was a massive departure from their previous pop style. “Incomplete” was a more mature pop-rock ballad than a teen pop bop. Don’t get me wrong, the song is a bop. But it’s a far cry from songs like “Larger Than Life” and “As Long As You Love Me.” The more mature vibe that was given in “Black & Blue” was finalized with this song. It’s set the tone perfectly for what their sound would be be for “Never Gone.”

This song is extremely well done and produced. The instrumental track behind the vocals was just simply amazing. Starting with the piano and then kicking in with more of an orchestral feel after the first chorus. AJ and Nick shared the lead vocals and honestly, it works so well. Their voices blend so well together. You really don’t get the full backing of the group until the middle of the song right after AJ sings “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

The video itself is extremely well produced. Every shot has a meaning and just tells the story the really amazing lyrics. It seems that each member has their own element. These elements come out as the boys are just hanging out in the desert at an abandon gas station. Brian is water, Nick is the fire, Howie D is rain, Kevin is the snow, and AJ is the sun. I’ll give them a break that some of these elements are the same and/or just weather. The video is still just beautiful.

“Incomplete” is one of the many reasons that the Backstreet Boys have been able to stay around for how they have. If you have not listened to any of their music after their hiatus, then you are missing out. I highly recommend checking out “Incomplete” as well as their other work after. You won’t be disappointed at all.

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