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Backstreet Boys “Halfway Done” With New Album

November 19, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Billboard spoke with the Backstreet Boys at the American Music Awards and they say they are halfway done with a new album. It will arrive on time for their 20th anniversary, which is next year.

The band are back together completely now that Kevin Richardson has returned. They recorded fifteen songs in London earlier this year with producer Martin Terefe (Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”). They are working with other producers in Los Angeles.

Nick Carter said that they are working with Mrogna Taylor Reid and The Fliptones, along with other “young cats”. He said: “Up and coming guys who I really think have a sound that hasn’t been heard yet.

While Howie Dorough said the album was 50% done, Carter says it’s closer to 75%. The untitled album (their seventh in the US) will be their first since leaving Jive Records in 2010. They are the label’s highest selling act of all time. Howie said: “We’re writing a lot for this album, working with a lot of producers. We’re now free agents on our own label now. So we’re really in charge of making this album ourselves and it’s great, it’s something we’ve always wanted to do.

After six years away, Richardson rejoined Carter, Dorough, Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean in early 2012. They appeared together on Good Morning America in August and Richardson said it “just felt right. I feel inspired to make music again with these guys.”

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