The Backstreet Boys Tap Timbaland, Diplo, Zedd, Steve Aoki And The Chainsmokers For New Album

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The Backstreet Boys' are NOT messing around with their ninth studio album.

The guys are some of Las Vegas' newest resident performers, and it's got their creative juices flowing. In their new interview with Paper Magazine, the guys admit they've aligned with label RCA and want their sound to return to their roots, but updated.

"It's just the tip of the iceberg -- we just signed a major deal with RCA -- and we're just now brainstorming, talking ideas, talking direction, reaching out to producers," AJ McLean told Paper. "This is our ninth studio album. We definitely want to go back to the five-part harmony, that signature Backstreet Boys sound, but we're a little bit more mature and grown up. We're fathers and a little older, so we may not be so bubble-gummy -- but not raunchy either. Just sexy, fun music."

In a separate interview with ET, the band gets specific, admitting they've tapped some major EDM heavy hitters / producers for the next installment.

“We’re reaching out to people who we were always inspired by or who may have been fans and we didn’t even know,” AJ tells them. “We’ve all made friends with different people. Nick’s been talking to Steve Aoki, Howie talked to Zedd, who’s been a big, big fan [and] Diplo, we’ve also talked to. We’ve also done stuff with The Chainsmokers and those guys are amazing and out in Vegas with a residency as well, so who knows.”

They’re even holding out for a Timbaland collab. “We’re talking with a bunch of producers and seeing what makes the most sense and this made a lot of sense since Nick’s been working with [Timbaland] on Boy Band,” Howie Dorough says. “We’re all huge fans of him and we’ve never had a chance to work together, so we were just talking and vibing to see if it might make sense to [record] together.”

He adds: “He said he’s pretty much worked with everybody except us and was like, ‘I’m not sure how that fell through the cracks,’” adds McLean. “I told him, ‘Dude, it’s overdue!’”


In this interview, they double down on the sound. “I can definitely say with complete faith that this album’s going to go back to what’s true about the group -- great melodies, great songs, great harmony,” McLean says. “I don’t think we’re going to try to go outside of who we are. This has been working, so let’s stick to what we know!”

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