Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Backstreets Back... Not Right!

Their new single "Inconsolable" hits radio this month, but it doesn't describe how the Backstreet Boys felt when Kevin Richardson told them during a conference call last year that he was not going to be part of their sixth album, due Oct. 30. Despite feeling "kind of a shock," at first, said Nick Carter, "everyone understood. There were no hard feelings and that's just the way it needs to be. We've been through a lot in 14 years together, and there's no need to get angry or overly emotional."

In fact, the group – Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McClean – still talk to Richardson, whose wife Kristin gave birth to son Mason in July. "I just saw Kevin a couple days ago," said Howie. "He's got a glow that is unbelievable, and I'm happy for him. And he's happy for us as well – he's not bitter. He's totally like, 'I want you guys to do your thing and not have weirdness.' " The as-yet untitled new album features the usual Backstreet Boys fare that fans expect, says Nick: "Dance tracks, poppy rock songs, really beautiful ballads and R&B vocals. We're being what we are and have been for years. There are no catches. We just want to cater to the fans." Promises Howie: "Backstreet Boys comes first." Adds Nick: "This album is definitely going to be a little different when there's only four of us, but the door's always open for Kevin whenever he wants to come back."

Source: People.com

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