Backstreet Boys pose for photos during a news conference in Beijing May 23, 2013.
Thanks to ChinaDaily.com.cn.
For the first time since Kevin Richardson left the Backstreet Boys in 2006, the group has reunited as a full quintet on their new album, In a World Like This, set for release on July 30th. It’s a big time for the group, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a tour that kicks off stateside on August 2nd in Chicago.
The tour setlists will be full of fan favorites; the group tells Rolling Stone they will play every hit from their last 20 years. However, when it came time to make a new album, the five of them wanted to assert their independence and maturity; they touch on subjects like fatherhood, as four of the band members are parents. The beats and melodies suggest their familiar pop formula in “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” and also borrow from the current dance craze on “In Your Arms.”
Members AJ McLean and Howie Dorough were very enthusiastic to talk to Rolling Stone about the trip to London that shaped this record, breaking out old choreography and how A Tribe Called Quest and Metallica helped influence the upcoming BSB documentary.
AJ announced several days ago that he’ll be doing a Q&A on Socialcam May 8 (today). The Q&A will start at 9am PDT, 12pm EDT. You still have time to submit your question. Just go to his social cam video he sent regarding the Q&A here.
Update: AJ started his socialcam Q&A a hour later than originally planned. Below are all the questions and answers so far.
What is your dream duet? #ama https://socialcam.com/s/OUXybvL3
What songs did you write on the new album? #AMA https://socialcam.com/s/hTQZR5i7
What’s your favorite Friends episode? #ama @Miss Criss https://socialcam.com/s/kSTLTpFR
Can you cook? #ama @Rose Rivera https://socialcam.com/s/IQGZrGsI
What’s up with Alexander Jaymes line? #ama @Leslie Fry https://socialcam.com/s/zMJwvG6B
What’s your favorite Shakespearean Sonnet? #ama @Medina Goudelock https://socialcam.com/s/ASWCeyki
How did you pick the name Baby Ava? #ama @BACKSTREETARIA https://socialcam.com/s/OCkNXR9x
Music Break! “Life Is Just” #ama https://socialcam.com/s/GICXGrxb
Do you ever get mistaken for another Backstreet Boy? #ama @Melissa (ETownMelly) https://socialcam.com/s/RNFX0lhA