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Backstreet Boys Plan to Mix a Bit of Country Music Into New Album

After hearing positive responses to their collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, the famous pop boy band wants to play around with the idea of a twangier sound.

Written by Kelly Brickey
Backstreet Boys Plan to Mix a Bit of Country Music Into New Album
Backstreet Boys; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

The Backstreet Boys reigned over the pop world back in the early 2000s, and now the group hopes to try their hand at a more country-inspired sound on their upcoming release.

After their collaboration on Florida Georgia Line’s “God, Your Mama, and Me” blew up all over country radio, the famous boy band’s fanbase asked for more of the twangier sound when they decided to work on some new music. Taking a hint from their supporters, the Backstreet Boys stayed close to the Music City roots and laid down some tracks reminiscent of their FGL hit.

“We cut some Nashville songs recently, and just yesterday I was in the vocal booth,” said Kevin Richardson of the band to Rolling Stone at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year event. “So we’re in the lab playing around, experimenting.”

With their tenth studio albums set to hit shelves in the next coming months and their big 25th anniversary of a band rising in 2018, the guys thought there was no better time to bring these different sounds to their own music and they’ve learned the ropes by witnessing the popularity of country music through their collaborative efforts.

The Backstreet Boys even gained greater knowledge of their adopted genre by touring with Florida Georgia Line, as well as Nelly and Chris Lane, on the Smooth Tour throughout the year. Their experience reflected quite well as seen in their CMT Crossroads episode with FGL, where the guys string together on harmonic melodies for “H.O.L.Y.” and other radio singles.

In the meantime though, the Backstreet Boys will look toward their explosive year ahead with a world tour and the continuation of their Las Vegas residency show in the works. There is no word when their tenth studio album will be released at this time.