Six years, two newborns and one hit Las Vegas residency later, the Backstreet Boys are plotting their return with their 10th studio album "DNA," out January 25.
It's the pop group's first full-length effort since "In a World Like This" in 2013, in which time the guys have expanded their families, released a documentary (2015's "Show 'Em What You're Made Of") and charted their 18th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart," which peaked at No. 63 in July).
"After 25 years, to be played on the radio and get as much love as ("Heart") has gotten, is still overwhelming," says AJ McLean, who makes up one-fifth of the band with Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough. "We feel extremely blessed to know that the past 5-7 years of us doing everything we can to rebuild the brand and get us back to this place has definitely paid off. This (song) has really been setting things up perfectly and we're about to be off to the races soon."
First up, there's anthemic new single "Chances," out Friday. Co-written by Shawn Mendes and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, the gushy love song talks about the "two-in-a-million" chance you'll meet the love of your life in the most precarious, everyday scenario.
"You don't necessarily have to be set up on a date or go on a dating app to meet that special someone," McLean says. As illustrated in its dance-heavy music video, which the Boys co-directed and appear in, "you could literally miss your train and happen to lock eyes with this person, and just lose yourself in that moment and go to whatever lengths to actually be with that person."
"Chances" was one of the last songs that the group recorded for "DNA," which aims to go back to basics while pushing their sound forward in new and interesting ways. "Honey, I'm Good" singer Andy Grammer, Lauv (Charli XCX's "Boys") and Mike Sabath (Liam Payne & J Balvin's "Familiar") have writing credits on the album, which was gradually recorded over the past three years between Vegas, Los Angeles and Nashville.
The latter city informed the country/blues-rock feel of tracks such as "No Place," which is largely autobiographical.
"I've been all around the world, done all there is to do, but there's no place like home," says Richardson, 47. "That's a song that we were inspired by our families and children to make."
Backstreet's broods will travel with them for portions of their 69-date world tour, which marks their biggest arena trek in 18 years and kicks off its North American leg July 12 in Washington DC, following a two-month European run. Tickets for the tour, which lasts through mid-September, go on sale Nov. 14 at LiveNation.com and a full list of dates can be found on the band's official website.
Coming off their record-breaking "Larger Than Life" residency in Vegas, which wraps its two-and-a-half-year run next April, "we have to go big," McLean says. The show will have a live band, as opposed to dancers, and run 1½ to 2 hours. "You'll get to hear all the hits and probably half of the new record, with some little surprises sprinkled in as well. We just locked in the stage design recently and it's going to be mind-blowing."
2019 Backstreet Boys Tour Dates
12 Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
15 Bell Centre, Montreal
17 ScotiaBank Arena, Toronto
20 Xcel Energy Center, Minneapolis
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
24 ScotiaBank Saddedome, Calgary
25 Rogers Place, Edmonton
27 Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver
29 Angels of the Winds Arena, Seattle, Washington
30 Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
1 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
3 Staples Center, Los Angeles
4 SAP Center, San Jose, California
5 Honda Center, Anaheim, California
7 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
8 Pepsi Center Arena, Denver, Colorado
10 United Center, Chicago
12 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
14 TD Garden, Boston
15 Barclays Center, New York
17 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
18 Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania
20 PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
21 State Farm Arena, Atlanta
23 BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
24 Amway Center, Orlando
26 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
27 Fed Ex Forum, Memphis
28 BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
30 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
31 Toyota Center, Houston
1 American Airlines Arena, Dallas
3 Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana
4 The Legacy Arena at the BJCC, Birmingham, Alabama
6 Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
7 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
8 CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska
10 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
11 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
13 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
14 PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
15 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey