Great Job, Internet!: Backstreet Boys fan frenzy peaked with Black & Blue and a 100-hour world tour

When the Backstreet Boys released Black & Blue 15 years ago on November 21, 2000, they were at the height of their boy-band powers: The record sold a staggering 1.6 million copies in its first week in the U.S.—their second straight album to break the million-selling threshold, with the first being 1999’s Millennium—and an even more impressive 5 million copies worldwide.

Fittingly, to promote the album, the group launched a Round The World In 100 Hours tour, which found them visiting Stockholm, Sweden; Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; New York City; and Rio. To achieve this time zone-defying trek, the band had a branded 757 plane emblazoned with their logo. Naturally, it was fancy: “This is like a mansion that flies,” Backstreet Boys bad boy A.J. McLean noted in a clip from 2001’s Around The World DVD—after all, the …

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