In celebration of the big milestone, the Backstreet Boys released a special version of the "I Want It That Way" music video, containing behind-the-scenes facts

By Maria Pasquini
April 12, 2019 01:58 PM
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Ain’t nothing but a heartache…for anybody who isn’t listening to “I Want It That Way” right now!

Friday marks 20 years since the Backstreet Boys dropped the iconic single, and to celebrate, the group has released a special “Millennium 20 Edition” of the video filled with tons of behind-the-scenes facts and secrets.

“20 years of ‘I Want It That Way’ have really flown by! Thank you all for your support since the release in 1999,” the group wrote in a message on their official Twitter account.

“It really means the world to us and we released a little special edition of the video for its anniversary. #IWantItThatWay20,” the message continued.

“I Want It That Way” was released on April 12, 1999, as the lead single from the group’s third studio album Millennium, which also featured hits “Larger Than Life” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.”

The song became a huge hit with fans, hitting the no. 1 spot on the charts in over 25 countries. The success of the single helped the band go on to sell 1.1 million copies of Millennium in its first week of sales, which was then a record, according to the Washington Post.

“I Want It That Way” was also a critical success, and was even nominated for three Grammy Awards, including song and record of the year. However, the song lost out to Santana and Rob Thomas’ collaboration “Smooth” in both categories.

Backstreet Boys.

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The “Larger Than Life” hitmakers, who recently celebrated 25 years together, previously told PEOPLE they could not feel more grateful for this new chapter.

“For a group like us to still be here 25 years later is a huge testament to the music and a huge testament to our fans — the most loyal fans in the world — sticking with us the entire time and they continue to push us to strive and be better,” said A.J. McLean.

Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough
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On Jan. 25, the group released their ninth studio album, titled DNA — and after their 4-month Las Vegas residency Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life comes to an end on April 27, they’ll be embarking on their biggest arena tour in 18 years.

The DNA World Tour kicks off in Portugal on May 11.