The upcoming eighth studio album by the Backstreet Boys is planned to be released in 2013 to coincide with their 20th anniversary. It's a follow-up to 2009's This Is Us. It will be the first album featuring all five original members in six years since Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006 to focus on his family and pursue other interests. Richardson has permanently rejoined the group in 2012. It will also be their first album without their old label Jive Records. In July 2012, the group moved into a house together in London to work on the album.[2]


In May 2010, the Backstreet Boys left their long-time label, Jive.[3] The group then was looking to sign with Interscope Records, but the members couldn't agree on whether to take a one-album deal or a three-album deal. In June 2010, Nick Carter revealed that they had started working on new material for the next album,[4] and Brian Littrell said in a separate interview that they were planning to release the album in early 2011.[5]

However, in late 2010 they teamed up with New Kids on the Block for a joint tour called NKOTBSB planned for 2011 and they had to push back the release of the album as they had to find time to work on the album in between tour dates. In March 2011, during a press conference in Vietnam, the group stated that for the first time ever they have full creative control because they were no longer with Jive.[6][7]

In November 2011, after the US leg of NKOTBSB tour ended, Carter said in an interview that they were hoping to get a single out in spring 2012 and the album in summer 2012.[8] However, Carter's sister Leslie's unexpected death at the end of January 2012 made the group once again postpone the recording until the end of February 2012 to give him time to cope with his loss. Howie Dorough stated later that month that they would not rush the album and that they would try to release the album in 2012 or 2013 at the latest.[9]

In April 2012, a week before the European leg of NKOTBSB tour started, the group, along with original member Kevin Richardson, went to London to meet with producer Martin Terefe and to write some songs.[10] On April 29, 2012, the group announced that Richardson had rejoined them permanently and they would go back to London in July to continue working on the album.[11]


On July 9, 2012, the group revealed via Twitter that they were in London and that they had started recording,[12] and on July 17, 2012, they appeared on Good Morning America live via satellite from London to publicly announce that they were recording a new album.[2] In an interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest on July 24, 2012, McLean mentioned that they've written about 20 songs so far.[13] Besides Terefe, they also had written songs with Sacha Skarbek and Craig David.[14][15]

The group held a lottery for fans to win a chance to hear rough mixes of their new album at the studio on July 27, 2012.[16] There were 10 fans in total who were brought into the studio. They were told that they were going to get to listen to some new tracks in the studio where the group were recording, but that the group themselves were unable to attend. However, one minute into the first song, the group walked in and surprised all of the fans. They listened to five new tracks together, and the group also answered some questions and took pictures with the fans.[17]

In July 2012, Richardson stated in an interview that the album will be authentic and personal, and that they were hoping Terefe would produce the entire record.[10] They also will write a lot on it and a lot of songs will be based on their own life experiences.[18] In an interview with Clizbeats, Carter talked about reinvention and drastic changes and he said that he didn't feel that they were at that point anymore. "It's more about going forward for future albums whatever we do. I think it's gonna be more about staying true to what we do, keeping it pop music and keeping it so that we are not trying to do something out of this world and alienate our fans. But I think it's all about having fun and expressing yourself and saying something, because we have to sing the songs and I'd rather sing something that I can feel and say instead of just songs that are like 'Hey it sounds good, let's record it.'"[19]

On August 1, 2012, Dorough stated that they have "finished 15 potential songs for album consideration and plan to get back into the studio in the near future to finish the record."[20] Later that month, Littrell confirmed via Twitter that they're planning to release the album sometime around the group's 20th anniversary,[21] which is on April 20, 2013. Two days later, American/Finnish production/songwriting team GoodWill & MGI, who had been working on McLean's solo project, posted on their website that they were working on some songs for the Backstreet Boys' upcoming album.[22] In late August, Carter revealed via Twitter that the group was recording Everybody (Backstreet's Back) in Spanish, and the song might be featured in the new record for Latin markets.[23] On August 31, 2012, Richardson stated on Good Morning America that they hoped to get the album ready in early 2013.[24]

On September 14, 2012, during a Twitter Q&A session in an Old Navy fashion show event in New York, they revealed that they were planning to have the first single along with the album ready at the top of 2013[25][26] and not in April 2013 as Littrell previously suggested. Richardson also revealed that he wrote a song about his son, although they weren't sure if it's going to make the album as they were still in a creative phase where they're writing and experimenting. "We want it to be a personal album about what’s happening in our lives now. A.J. is getting ready to be a father. Howie, Brian and myself are fathers already. So we’re just trying to make it a personal record."[27] Carter also worked with Lucas Hilbert, Geo Slam, and Porcelain Black in September for the new Backstreet Boys album.[28][29]

On September 29, 2012, during a video chat with fans, Carter and Dorough revealed two potential song titles, "Light On" and "Madeline". They also mentioned that they will cut 50-60 songs by the time they are done recording.[30]

On the red carpet of American Music Awards on November 18, 2012, the Backstreet Boys stated that they were more than halfway done with the new album and they're working with "up and coming guys who have a sound that hasn't been heard yet" such as Morgan Taylor Reid and The Fliptones.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Schneider, Marc (November 19, 2012). Backstreet Boys Are 'Halfway There' to First Indie Album. Billboard. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Reunited Backstreet Boys Announce ‘Good Morning America’ Concert. ABC News (July 17, 2012). Retrieved on July 17, 2012.
  3. Backstreet Boys part ways with longtime label Jive: 'This is the best thing that could happen to us'. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  4. Q&A: Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys. Sound Spike. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  5. Murphy & Denise interview Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys (Audio). Kosi 101. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  6. Backstreet Boys hứa trình diễn hết nội lực (Vietnamese). Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  7. Exclusive: Backstreet Boys Talk Details of Next Album from HCMC Vietnam. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  8. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Talks NKOTBSB, BSB Cruise (Video). Watch Mojo. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  9. The Kelly Alexander Show - Week of February 9–15, 2012 (Audio). Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson Onboard For New Album. MTV. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  11. Backstreet Boys Welcome Back Kevin Richardson. MTV. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  12. Backstreet Boys Twitter update. Retrieved on July 12, 2012. “First day in London working on our next album has already been amazing. So much great new music out here. This is gonna be fun!”
  13. Backstreet Boys Give Details On Their New Album [AUDIO]. Ryan Seacrest Productions (July 24, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2012.
  14. AJ McLean Twitter update (July 18, 2012). Retrieved on July 18, 2012. “Day 10! Working with mr Craig David today what!!!!!!”
  15. Kevin Richardson Twitter update (July 18, 2012). Retrieved on July 18, 2012. “Day#10: a little writing with @Craigdavid”
  16. Brian Littrell Twitter update (July 26, 2012). Retrieved on July 27, 2012. “Off to bed. Lottery pick at the studio on Friday. A chance to hear rough mixes of the new BSB record. 5 lucky winners. That's BIG!”
  17. BSB Surprises Fans In The Studio!. Backstreet Boys (July 27, 2012). Retrieved on July 27, 2012.
  18. Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson as you've never seen him before.... Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on July 12, 2012.
  19. News Beat: Nick Carter Talks NKOTBSB And Future Backstreet Boys Projects. (July 25, 2012). Retrieved on July 28, 2012.
  20. Howie's Blog From the Studio. Howie D (August 1, 2012). Retrieved on August 2, 2012.
  21. Brian Littrell Twitter update (August 11, 2012). Retrieved on August 12, 2012. “next year. 20th anniversary for BSB”
  22. Update August/September 2012: Backstreet Boys/AJ Mclean, GoodWill & MGI co-write new INNA single, Jontte signs w/ EMI!. Goodwill & MGI (August 13, 2012). Retrieved on August 29, 2012.
  23. Nick Carter Twitter update (August 28, 2012). Retrieved on August 29, 2012. “We are recording backstreets back in Spanish. Omg what's going on! Maybe well put it on the new record for Latin markets. En español”
  24. The Backstreet Boys Reunite On 'Good Morning America,' Announce Backstreet Cruise For 2013 (VIDEO). Huffington Post (August 31, 2012). Retrieved on August 31, 2012.
  25. Marinelli, Gina (September 18, 2012). The Backstreet Boys Spill On "Sucky" Fashion, Parachute Pants, & Yes, A New Album. Refinery29. Retrieved on September 19, 2012.
  26. Old Navy Twitter update (September 14, 2012). Retrieved on September 19, 2012. “Yo @Teamcrazybrian Next year. When it’s ready! ;)”
  27. Lopez, Cory (September 20, 2012). Backstreet Boys Wish One Direction, The Wanted Best of Luck: ‘Stay on Your Own Path’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO). Celebuzz. Retrieved on September 20, 2012.
  28. Nick Carter's Instagram Photo (September 22, 2012). Retrieved on September 23, 2012. “Been in the studio all day long. 2 different writing sessions. One with Lucas hilbert and the other geo slam from red ones camp. I am hustling for this new BSB record!”
  29. Porcelain Black's Twitter update (September 22, 2012). Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  30. Backstreet Boys Cruise Planning Party (September 29, 2012). Retrieved on September 29, 2012.
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