Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is a song by American boy band Backstreet Boys. It was released as the first single from their second international studio album Backstreet's Back in June 1997, and the third single from their self-titled debut US studio album in March 1998. The music video was directed by American director Joseph Kahn.

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
The band is standing in front of a purple background.
Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Backstreet's Back (int'l), Backstreet Boys (US)
B-side
ReleasedJune 30, 1997 (1997-06-30)
Recorded1996
Studio
GenrePop
Length4:45 (Extended Version)
3:45 (Radio Edit)
LabelJive
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Pop
  • Martin
Backstreet Boys singles chronology
"Anywhere for You"
(1997)
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
(1997)
"As Long as You Love Me"
(1997)
Backstreet Boys US singles chronology
"As Long as You Love Me"
(1997)
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
(1998)
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
(1998)
Alternate cover
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) (Backstreet Boys single - cover art).png
Music video
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" on YouTube

Background and releaseEdit

Zomba chairman Clive Calder suggested that "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" should be released as a single, which was met with resistance from Jive Records president Barry Weiss, as he believed that it would be weird to have a song called "Backstreet's Back" on the Backstreet Boys' first US album. The band suggested it could just mean that they were back home. After Canadian markets began playing the song, US markets near the border began picking the song up. They met with Weiss and asked that the song be added to the US album after the first million units had already been produced.[1]

There are two versions of the song. The international album features the album or 7" version, which is the standard recording. The US album features the extended version of the song which includes an extended breakdown section, but cuts the bridge. The music video for the song was cut to both versions of the song, with the extended video released to the US market, and the standard video released everywhere else.[citation needed]

Critical receptionEdit

Larry Flick from Billboard commented that "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" contained a "contagious dance/pop beat and catchy hook that perfectly showcases this talented group's voices".[2]

Commercial performanceEdit

Written and produced by Max Martin and Denniz Pop, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is one of the Backstreet Boys' most successful singles to date, reaching number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100, running 22 weeks, and number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. It is certified platinum in the United States with 2.1 million sales.[citation needed]

Music videoEdit

BackgroundEdit

The music video was directed by American director Joseph Kahn, and filmed in Los Angeles, California from June 16–18, 1997. Kahn was contacted by Jive to direct a project with a "white Jodeci". He initially didn't know who the Backstreet Boys were, but was shocked by the group's European sales figures after being given a cassette tape and publicity release about them. Kahn initially started out as a grunge and hip-hop director, but wanted to explore the pop genre, since he grew up listening to music from the 1980s.[3]

The haunted house aesthetic was based on a treatment Kahn envisioned for rapper Ice Cube a few months prior, and was inspired by the music video of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Kahn and the Backstreet Boys wanted Antonio Fargas to portray the bus driver, as they were fans of Starsky & Hutch. The video shoot lasted for 36 hours, with Nick Carter's mummy shot being filmed last. Jive did not get behind the concept of the band in costumes or the $1 million requirements, and did not believe MTV would respect the video. The band ultimately had to put up their own money to shoot the video and had to fight with the label to get reimbursed once it was successful.[3] The video premiered outside the United States in July 1997, although viewers with MuchMusic USA were able to see it as at the time it was still mostly a simulcast of the Canadian channel.[citation needed] In a 2017 interview with Billboard, Kahn stated that the video's impact broadened his view of pop culture, while creating a new scene in the US.[3]

SynopsisEdit

 
The aesthetic of the haunted house was inspired by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video.[3]

The video is bookended by scenes framing the context. When the Backstreet Boys' bus breaks down, their bus driver (Antonio Fargas) insisted that they spend a night at a nearby haunted house while he gets help. It then shows Brian Littrell preparing to sleep in one of the bedrooms. While he is in bed, he pulls out a scary animal from under his covers, making him scream in horror. The musical portion of the video plays as a dream sequence in which each band member appears as a different movie monster: Littrell as a werewolf; Howie Dorough as Dracula; Nick Carter as a mummy; AJ McLean as Erik, the Phantom of the Opera; and Kevin Richardson as Two-Face-like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The band, as monsters, mainly appear in their own individual vignettes related to their character, while they collectively appear in the foyer of the house, performing a dance routine with a group of additional dancers. Supermodel Josie Maran appears as Dorough's companion in his vignette. At the end of the video, Litrell wakes up realizing that all was a nightmare. He talks with the members about his dream, while trying to leave the house. However, the driver turns out to be the Frankenstein's monster, making the boys scream in horror.

There are two cuts of the video; one for the US market, and one for the international market, each of which features the edit of the song released on the album for that market. The international video cuts from the opening bookend to the first verse. The bridge of the song is intact and the first half of the dance routine, a ballroom dance portion, is intercut with the vignettes under it. This leads into the second half of the dance portion during the final choruses of the song which are not intercut with the vignettes. In the US cut, the ballroom half of the dance routine and the beginning of the second half are used at the start of the song during the first rhythm-only breakdown, and is not intercut with the vignettes. The second breakdown, which replaces the bridge, is accompanied only by shots from the vignettes, along with some shots of Littrell tumbling in the foyer and in the various vignettes. When the final chorus begins, the second half of the dance routine is shown again from the start, but is intercut with vignette scenes. Most of the remainder of the video is cut identically, other than several minor instances of alternate scenes or takes being used. The dance floor in the video was painted.

Awards and nominationsEdit

MTV Video Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" Best Group Video Won[4]
Best Dance Video Nominated

Nickelodeon Kids Choice AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1999 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Favorite Song Won

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1999 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Best New Artist Nominated

MuchMusic Video AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Peoples Choice Favorite International Group Won

MTV Movie AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 This Is the End (Performance) Best Musical Moment[5] Won

Track listingEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[57] 4× Platinum 280,000 
Belgium (BEA)[58] Gold 25,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[59] Gold 45,000 
Germany (BVMI)[60] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[62] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[64] Platinum 630,000[63]
United States (RIAA)[66] Platinum 1,200,000[65]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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