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    [Article]Digitalspy Interview with AJ about new album

    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 27 Jul 2009, 6:30 pm

    Source: www.digitalspy.co.uk

    Backstreet Boys
    Monday, July 27 2009, 06:10 BST
    By Lara Martin, Entertainment Reporter

    It seems horribly clichéd and
    oh-too-easy to revert to the old Backstreet's Back line... but it's
    true! The '90s heartthrobs-turned-suave foursome are returning with
    their "best album since Millennium"
    (their words) and a frankly fantastic lead single straight from the
    RedOne school of stuck-in-your-head-and-won't-ever-get-out pop anthems
    (our words). More than a little excited, we called AJ McLean from the
    group to find out more.

    How would you describe 'Straight Through The Heart', the new single?
    "I'd
    use two words - Backstreet Boys. Obviously we've worked with a current
    producer so it's got an updated sound, but the one thing that we were
    very adamant about, after hearing feedback from fans, was that we
    wanted to go back to being us. There was a formula that worked for us
    and this is exactly that."

    How did you come to work with RedOne, who's obviously Lady GaGa's producer?
    "Well,
    it was really down to me and Nick because we're friends with a couple
    of guys who work with RedOne. I kept bringing up GaGa because I have a
    crush on her, so Nick called the guys we know and finally we got
    through to Red. Then it sort of fell apart and didn't happen and we
    lost hope. Then, just when we thought we were done making the record,
    we got a phone call from our management saying Red had three amazing
    songs for us. We did them and we got our first single!"

    Did you have another lead single lined up beforehand then?
    "We
    had a few options before we worked with Red, but then we heard
    'Straight Through The Heart' and knew it was meant to be. It hits the
    nail on the head. It's Backstreet Boys. It's dance, it's pop, it's
    urban, it's current, it's fresh, it's new. We actually had a good
    problem, which was having five or six options for the single. We made
    this record hit for hit and we honestly believe it's our best since Millennium."

    You've worked with Max Martin, your Millennium producer, on the album. Was that a conscious decision to try to recreate your classic sound?
    "We
    met with him while we were touring the last record just to see if he
    was even interested. Obviously he's busy with Pink and Kelly Clarkson
    and people like that. He sent us a track called 'Bigger' and we loved
    it - it's like the new 'I Want It That Way'. He's one of the reasons
    why we've had the hits that we've had."

    Would you say 'Straight Through My Heart' is reflective of the rest of the album?
    "It
    was actually the icing on the cake. We went into this album wanting to
    do pop and R&B, which is what we're known for, but we really pushed
    to have more uptempo songs so we could bring them to the live shows. My
    favourite song on the record is called 'PDA', which we did with Kevin
    Borg, who's the Black Eyed Peas' musical director. It's pretty awesome
    - definitely a club record. Before we got with RedOne, it was looking
    like the first single, so for all we know it could be the second!"

    Some tracks from the album leaked earlier this year. How did you deal with that?
    "At
    first we were P.O.ed because we were trying our hardest to keep this
    record a secret, but it was actually a good thing in the end. It was
    interesting because we got to see which songs were more popular than
    others. The ones we thought were better weren't necessarily the ones
    the fans liked - it was a 50/50 thing, which is good."

    This is your second album without Kevin. Was it any easier as a four-piece this time around?
    "Definitely
    easier. It's been almost four years now. What was a little bit
    nervewracking is that this record is exactly what Kevin wanted us to do
    before he left. He heard some of the songs when we were demoing stuff
    and he loved it. We're still contracted for one more record, so
    hopefully - maybe - he'll be back for the last one. That would be
    pretty awesome! Since he left, we've told him the door is always open.
    He's family."

    You're touring later this year - what can we expect from the show?
    "We
    want a true Backstreet Boys show with lots of cool little gags - not
    over-the-top, just a well-performed show. We'll be doing a couple of
    really old songs like 'Get Down' and 'We Got It Going On', but they're
    going to be remixed which will be pretty cool."

    Do you still remember the old dance moves?
    "We
    do, but we're getting a brand new choreographer so we're going to start
    from scratch. It's about time we got rid of the hat routine from 'All I
    Have To Give'! We might do the signature 'Backstreet's Back' move for
    the fans though, but for most of the songs it's all going to be new.
    We'll be in dance rehearsals for six weeks which will make for an
    amazing show!"

    Speaking of the old routines, what do you think when you look back at some of your earliest videos?
    "Oh
    dear God! Some of them we can live without! Not the video, but the
    wardrobe, which only really made sense in that time and era. Hands down
    the worst of the worst was 'Quit Playing Games'. We were in the rain
    with fluorescent shirts showing our pecs and stuff. It was like 'OK?
    Really? Seriously?!'"

    Backstreet Boys release 'Straight Through My Heart' on September 29. The album This Is Us follows on October 5.


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