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Backstreet is one of the most celebrated American r&b groups of all time. Found in 1994 by Teddy Riley, other members include Chauncey Hannibal, Eric Williams, and Terrell Philips, whilst Joe Stonestreet, Levi Little, David Hollister, and Mark Middleton have also all played a part over the years.
As soon as they released their debut album they saw chart success and singles such as “Booti Call” and “Before I Let You Go” both became Top 40 hits.
It was their collaboration with Dr Dre, “no Diggity”, though, that really shot them to global stardom and since then they have never looked back.
In their time the band has also collaborated with Jay Z on “The City is Mine”, with Janet Jackson on “Girlfriend” and Michael Jackson among others. A third album came in 1999 in the form of Finally and was the last one before the group split. Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and hit number three on the Billboard chart, whilst “No Diggity” is ranked at number 91 on Rolling Stone and MTV’s 100 Greatest Pop Songs, and Blackstreet comes in at 214 of the Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years. The band reunited in 2006 and began touring again and another album came in 2003 in the form of Level II.
Their funky, low slung sound resonates to this day and still makes people get up and dance and so they remain a key part of the American r&b story.