Almost 20 years after their last number one album, Backstreet Boys are back at the top of the Billboard 200 charts with the boy band’s new album DNA. The last time the Backstreet Boys had a number one album was in the fall of 2000 when CD sales were at their commercial peak and music streaming platforms did not exist. The band also announced the DNA World Tour in support of the album, set to begin in May 2019.
‘DNA’ was released on the band’s home label K-BAHN, via RCA Records, on 25 January. The set earned 234,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending 31 January according to Nielsen Music. DNA is also the top-selling album of the week.
The album was the only new release in the top 10 which also marks Backstreet Boys’ 10th top 10 album. Their first top 10 came with their self-titled U.S. debut, which hooked at No. 29 on the list dated 30 August 1997, and eventually peaked at No. 4 on 31 January 1998. The group previously led the list with Millennium (10 weeks at number one in 1999) and Black & Blue.
The band’s latest offering has the largest sales week, overall, for any album since Carrie Underwood’s ‘Cry Pretty’ sold 251,000 copies in its premiere week (list dated 29 September 2018). ‘DNA’s opening sales is the biggest for a pop album since Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ sold 242,000 in its first frame. DNA’s sizable sales are powered strongly by those generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the act’s upcoming U.S. arena tour. The trek starts 12 July in Washington D.C., and is slated to play over 30 dates.
This was the biggest week for a Pop Album in nearly a year. DNA’s opening sum of 234,000 units earned is the biggest week for a pop album since Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods bowed at number one on the 18 February 2018-dated list with 293,000 units. DNA has the largest week among all albums, regardless of genre, since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V launched at No. 1 on 13 October 2018 with 480,000 units.
This was also the Backstreet Boys’ largest sales week since 2005. DNA’s total unit start of 234,000 units, album sales comprise the bulk of that sum 227,000. That’s the biggest sales week for any Backstreet Boys album since the 2 July 2005-dated chart, when Never Gone arrived at No. 3 which sold 291,000 copies.
DNA was preceded by the single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which reached No. 18 on the Pop Songs airplay chart last August. It marked the group’s first top 20 hit on the tally since 2005’s “Incomplete” peaked at No. 8. The Grammy Award-nominated track also reached No. 9 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart — the group’s first top 10 ever on the chart. DNA’s new single, “Chances,” holds at No. 19, its peak, on the newest Adult Pop Songs airplay chart. Backstreet Boys’ last number one LP ‘Black & Blue’ released in November 2000 selling 227,000 total copies in its first week of release.