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The Backstreet Boys will perform in Seoul next month to promote their latest album. Provided by Donice

If you lived the ‘90s, chances are you remember the era when the Backstreet Boys rocked the charts and attracted crowds of female fans.

If you were in your teens or 20s back then, perhaps you even sang along to songs like “Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart),” “As Long As You Love Me” and “I Want It That Way.”

In February, fans will have a chance to see the band when they bring their world tour to Seoul.

Industry sources often point to the Backstreet Boys as the band that launched teen pop and the boy-band craze. The fact that the band has managed to survive in the pop music industry for 16 years, becoming one of the most successful pop groups in music history, is also significant, the sources say.

BSB have sold over 130 million albums worldwide, making them one of the biggest selling groups of all time.

When the group debuted in 1993, it offered a mixture of mid-90s dance-pop and a clean-cut, boy-next-door image. But when the band came back in 2005 after a three-year hiatus, their sound had shifted to power ballads and adult contemporary rock, which allowed them to keep their old fans while enticing new ones.

Through it all, the band has remained popular in Korea. Their albums have sold over one million copies here and they have performed here twice to large crowds, once in 2006 and again in 2008.

To promote their latest album, “This is Us,” the band has been touring the world since October. They will make a stop in Korea next month.

In a statement they made last year before going on the road, the band expressed excitement about meeting their fans from around the world.

“We can’t wait to see what the fans think of this new show,” the statement said. “We’ve worked very hard to bring an entertaining show to you all.”

In the sea of new boy bands, this concert offers fans a chance to see what a veteran boy band can do, and what they mean when they say This is Us.

*The Backstreet Boys will perform on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at Melon-AX Hall in Gwangjin District, eastern Seoul. Tickets cost 110,000 won ($97). For reservations, call 1544-1555 or visit

By Kim Hyung-eun []

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