Timeline: 12 years with the Backstreet Boys. Follow along the peaks and valleys from their formation in '93 to the '05 return to TRL

By Tim Stack
May 23, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

1993 The Backstreet Boys form.

1997 BSB’s self-titled U.S. debut album stays in Billboard’s top 10 for 44 consecutive weeks.

1998 The boys spend much of the year in lawyers’ offices, suing to end relationships with band founder Lou Pearlman and manager Johnny Wright. Both suits are settled out of court.

February 1999 BSB receive a Grammy nod for Best New Artist.

June 1999 Millennium debuts at No. 1 and sells a record 1.1 million copies in its first week.

March 2000 ‘N Sync sell a record 2.4 million copies of No Strings Attached in its first week. Nick Carter constructs a Justin Timberlake voodoo doll.

November 2000 Black & Blue sells 1.6 million copies in its first week. Justin feels shooting pains in his left arm.

January 2001 The group watches as ‘N Sync, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, and a tube sock on Britney Spears’ arm coheadline the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show.

July 2001 AJ enters rehab for alcoholism and depression.

Oct. 29, 2002 Nick’s solo project, Now or Never, is released; former fans resoundingly cry, ”Never!”

January 2004 Nick begins dating Paris Hilton. The couple, who frequent New York, L.A., and Star magazine, are dismayed to learn that laser surgery may erase his-and-her tattoos, but not bad relationships.

March 5, 2005 Nick is arrested for DUI.

April 28, 2005 The ”Incomplete” video debuts on MTV’s TRL. Fifteen-year-old girls everywhere remember what it’s like to simultaneously weep and cheer.