The announcement comes as Backstreet Boys celebrate their 20th Anniversary and see all five original members back together again. The Grammy nominated pop vocal group has generated sales of over 130 million albums worldwide, won countless music industry awards, and ushered in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world’s radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records, and launched a new generation of teen idols. Backstreet Boys were recently honored with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame.
BMG will exclusively release the record-breaking group’s eighth album In A World Like This around the world outside Japan. The forthcoming album features 12 tracks, mostly co-written by members of the group themselves. The album was recorded in London and LA, with production by Martin Terefe [Jason Mraz, Train, James Morrison], as well as top notch hitmakers like Max Martin, Morgan Reid & Prophet, Dan Muckula and Justin Trugman.
The first single from the album – the first to include all five members of the original line-up since Kevin Richardson left in 2006 – is the title track ‘In A World Like This’ and is already available for download. Long-time BSB collaborator and legendary songwriter/producer Max Martin, who has already written and produced several of the group’s hit singles such as ‘Quit Playing Games With My Heart’ and ‘I Want It That Way,’ produced the song that has the band revisiting the groundbreaking dance-pop sound that first made them international superstars.
In A World Like This will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Denmark on July 29th; the US, Canada and Italy on July 30th; followed by Germany and Benelux on August 2nd and other territories soon after.
Backstreet Boys are introducing the new album with a worldwide tour extending from the rest of 2013 throughout the summer of 2014. Having just returned from a sold out tour of China in June, the tour picks up next in major amphitheaters and arenas in the US and Canada starting on August 2nd in Chicago.
BMG offers its artists full creative control with a partnership-based approach to releasing records in which the artist and company jointly agree on every aspect of a release including budget, and artists can potentially earn far more than is possible under a traditional record deal. Unlike an increasing number of labels, BMG does not seek to share in live or merchandising revenues.
“Backstreet Boys‘ new deal with BMG represents the “Best of Both Worlds” for the artist. BSB gets to own their album while at the same time they have a real team behind the marketing and promotion of their music. It’s a win-win for both teams,” said Backstreet Boys‘ management team at Prospect Park.
Richard Blackstone, EVP Creative & Business Development at BMG Chrysalis North America, commented: “Having worked with the Backstreet Boys over 20 years ago, it is of great personal satisfaction to be working with them again. Their careers are quite remarkable and it is probably safe to say that they have claimed their place in history as the greatest male pop group of all time. Moreover, these guys remain just as ambitious and passionate as the day they started and we are so proud that they have put their trust in BMG.”