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Backstreet Boys Album Sets Record

May 26, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Backstreet Boys sold 1.13 million copies of their new album last week, shattering a sales record and illustrating the growing potency of the teen-aged music market.

The teen heartthrobs broke the mark for one-week sales in the U.S. set less than six months ago by country star Garth Brooks, according to Soundscan, the company that measures music purchases.

``We expected a great first week,″ said Tom Carrabba, general manager of Jive Records, which marketed the release. ``We just didn’t know it could be this great.″

The album, ``Millennium,″ is the successor to the band’s 10 million-selling debut, which came out almost two years ago, and contains the hit song, ``I Want it That Way.″ The album went on sale May 18.

Soundscan has been measuring album sales in the United States since 1991; precise sales figures before then are considered somewhat unreliable. Brooks’ ``Double Live″ album sold 1.08 million in its first week of release in November.

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