Backstreet Boys Wish One Direction, The Wanted Best of Luck: 'Stay on Your Own Path' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
After six years apart, the '90s fan-favorite quintet is making a comeback. The fab five — Nick Carter, A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson — have reunited to record a brand-new album in honor of their 20th anniversary, joining forces in the studio for the first time since 2005.
And the best-selling boy band ever — having sold more than 130 million albums worldwide — are out to prove they can still make fans swoon with their longing lyrics, pitch-perfect harmonies and classic dance moves.
"I think we want to defy Father Time and just keep moving," Carter told Celebuzz at Old Navy's Rockstar Jeans fashion show in New York City. "You can call it our reunion album, but we really have never quit. [You] can’t stop. Once you stop, you get old."
How have the guys stuck together after all these years?
"I don't know if we necessarily have a secret other than just good chemistry," Carter confessed. "I think we love our music. We love what we do."
Richardson credits their collective "persistence" for the group's longevity. After spending years focusing on solo albums, starring in reality shows and starting families, the Backstreet Boys have their nose to the grind for their forthcoming album, due out in 2013. And they promise this record will be more mature than earlier work.
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“We just came back from London on a three-week writing trip," explained Richardson. "So far, the songs that we’re writing are kind of personal. I wrote one about my son. Whether it makes the album or not, we’re not sure. We’re still in a creative phase where we’re writing and experimenting."
"We want it to be a personal album about what’s happening in our lives now," he continued. "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."
So what advice does Backstreet — who have been making female fans scream since before Justin Bieber was even born — have for new-to-the-scene boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted?
"Just stay on your own path," said McLean. "We’ve stayed true to ourselves and here we are 20 years later. Just stay on your own path and you do your own kind of thing. And we all wish them the best of luck."
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