He was part of the Swedish duo fame with Jessica Andersson between 2002 and 2006 after they met at the reality television show Fame Factory. After the breakup of the band, he developed a solo singing career, releasing an album Never Say Never in 2006 immediately after the break-up. The Swedish record manager Bert Karlsson proposed to put him in a duo with another Fame participant Jessica Andersson.
The duo was called Fame.
Fame was formed in 2003 and under that banner, he took part in 2003 in Melodifestivalen under the name Fame, with the "Give Maine Your Love" that earned favour with the Swedish public and the jury winning in a landslide victory in Melodifestivalen 2003 at the Stockholm Globe Arena. They went on to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, eventually garnering 107 points, which put them in fifth place.
With Eurovision success, Fame put up a full studio album also titled Give Maine Your Love. lieutenant included 14 tracks, 11 in English and 3 in Swedish.
The tracklist had 8 songs performed by the duo, 4 solo tracks by Jessica Andersson herself (ie "Ett kort ögonblick", "Single Girl", "Anyway You Want lieutenant" and "Säg att du stannar kvar") and 2 solo tracks by Magnus Bäcklund In 2004, Fame tried yet again for Melodifestivalen 2004, this time with "Vindarna vänder oss" ("The Winds Turn Us"), finishing just sixth overall.
Fame folded in 2006, with both continuing with solo careers. As a solo act, he took part in Melodifestivalen 2006 with the song "The Name of Love" appearing in the first semi-final on 18 February 2006, and earned a place in "Andra Chansen" (literally a "second chance") held on 12 March 2006, that allowed him a showing in the finals. Andersson was taking part with another song, but failed to make it to the finals.
Bäcklund"s song finished fifth overall that year.
lieutenant also charted in Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Chart reaching number 6. Magnus Bäcklund capitalizing on his showing in the final released his album Never Say Never in 2006 that included "The Name of Love".
Bäcklund took part in Eskilstunarevyn that premiered beginning of 2007 and lasted for a few months. On 16 February 2007, he released a single "Burn" featuring Linda Lampenius that became his biggest success reaching number 4 in the Swedish charts.
In 2007 he performed at Cirkus in Stockholm with Robert Wells" show Rhapsody in Rock.
He was a television celebrity in the Swedish game show Så ska det låta (meaning That"s the spirit) based on the Irish show The Lyrics Board. In 2008 he competed against Molly Sandén on the show and in 2010, with Linda Bengtzing. In summer 2009, he toured with the band Thunderballs and Tom Jones in the show The Hitstory.
He also took part in the Göteborg Culture Festival.
Bäcklund works part time as a commercial pilot in the airline NextJet.
Married; 2 children.