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Backstreet Boys Talk Heartbreak & First New Music in 5 Years (Exclusive)

Don’t go breaking Howie Dorough’s coronary heart!

Nearly 5 years since their final album, In a World Like This, the Backstreet Boys have dropped their catchy new single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and to mark the long-awaited launch, Dorough will get private with ET about his earliest expertise with heartbreak.

“I unfortunately remember it really well,” Dorough says throughout dance rehearsals for the band’s upcoming appearances. “I was 21 and dating my singing partner right as the group was starting to take off and it was tough on her knowing I was going to be gone a lot and there would be a bunch of ladies around. Out of fairness to her, we separated and it broke my heart.”

“It was the primary time I felt what it was wish to have that bizarre feeling in your abdomen and people ideas in your head that make you loopy … if you simply can’t let go of that considered any person. It makes you wish to cry and pour your coronary heart out!” he provides.

While Dorough, 44, received by means of his sorrow and finally discovered love along with his beautiful spouse of 10 years, Leigh, the theme stays the middle of numerous pop songs, together with many in the boy band’s 25-year catalog, which options hits like “Shape of My Heart,” “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” “Back to Your Heart” and “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart).”

In the case of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the monitor was written by Los Angeles singer-songwriter Wrabel, who has toured with Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer, and Dorough says the tune merely had the “hit factor” when it got here to deciding on a single.

“We were very blessed with a lot of great songs, but this one was like, ‘Wow, this is an undeniable hit and if we don’t do it, somebody else is going to,’” Dorough says about selecting the tune with bandmates Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter. “It had that wow factor from the demo through to its final recording.”

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Released by RCA Records, the monitor was the second tune they recorded for his or her forthcoming 10th studio album. The GRAMMY-nominated group toyed with totally different genres whereas making the document, considering whether or not to capitalize on the nation success spawned by their collaborative monitor with Florida Georgia Line (“God, Your Mama, and Me”) or proceed constructing on deejay connections they’ve developed since launching their Larger Than Life residency in the EDM hub of Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We’ve had a lot of love from the country world lately, so we definitely explored that and at one point even talked about doing a straight-up country record,” Dorough shares. “Not to say that isn’t still on the table and something we’ll consider down the line, but we kept coming back to the fact that our roots remain in the pop world. And, with all the nostalgia of everything right now, we know we’re essentially a pop band.”

“But at the same time, we’ve been exploring the EDM world and have done great collaborations with The Chainsmokers and gotten to know Steve Aoki and Zedd,” he continues. “Being out in Vegas with this residency has definitely lent us the opportunity to meet and collaborate with these producers and deejays, so that definitely played into the musical direction. I’m very proud that the record is a little bit of everything — we’ve got our signature pop melodies and harmonies, and also dabbled into dance, country and R&B while staying true to ourselves.”

And, it’s not simply their sound that the boys, who celebrated their 25th anniversary in April, are staying true to. The group has additionally launched a rocking video for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” with killer choreography paying homage to their game-changing “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” video in 1997. Featuring slick strikes, horny girls and colourful visuals, the video was directed by choreographer brothers Rich + Tone Talauega, who’ve labored with Madonna, Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, and created choreography for Backstreet Boys’ previous excursions and record-breaking residency at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater.

“We’re at that age now where most people think we’re not moving and dancing anymore,” says Dorough, who has two sons, 9-year-old James and 5-year-old Holden. “When they come to our Vegas show, most people are blown away with how much movement we’re doing. Were in our mid-forties, but dancing as hard as we did in our twenties. Sure, the next day it hurts a bit more and we’re taking a bit more Advil! But we’re still moving it and shaking it, so this video really encompasses showing that side of us.”

While Dorough’s uncertain when the album will drop, he says it must be earlier than the 12 months’s finish. Until then, the fellows have a string of appearances developing, together with KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on June 2 and Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on July 13. They may also resume their Larger Than Life residency on Jul. 25.

“We’re going to finish up some dates in our Vegas residency in July, August, October, November and February, then the plan is to take this album and all of our greatest hits on a world tour,” says Dorough, who’s additionally engaged on a partly biographical musical, How We Do, with composer Tor Hyams and Broadway performer Lisa Rothauser. “We’re going to take this tour all around the world!”

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