Backstreet Boys talk new music, their upcoming cruise with fans (Video)
The Backstreet Boys attended the 40th anniversary of the American Music Awards on November 18, making time to chat about their new holiday single, their upcoming album and how they've lasted the test of time.
The popular boy band, which rose to fame almost 20 years ago in the 1990s, talked to OTRC.com's George Pennacchio at the November 18 ceremony, gushing about their upcoming holiday single, "It's Christmas Time Again."
"I think it's just a good song with good melodies, and we've always wanted to do, like, a Christmas album," Nick Carter explained to OTRC.com. "In the meantime while we're preparing for our future album that we're going to release next year, our first single comes out, we put this out - and it's called 'It's Christmas Time Again,' and it's on iTunes right now - and it's a great song, we just think it's a really good song for people to remember us by."
The group performed on "Good Morning America" in August 2012. It was their first official performance with all five members since Kevin Richardson left the group about six years ago. Richardson explained why the popular "boy band" has lasted the test of time.
"Absolutely -- it's our fans," Richardson explained to OTRC.com. "If it wasn't for our fans, we would not be here. I mean, that's the truth."
The Backstreet Boys also plan to embark on an upcoming performance concert cruise for their fans, which marks the group's third annual sea performance. The voyage, which is set to feature Q&A sessions and time to hang out with band members, is slated to set sail in 2013.
"Yeah, actually this is our third annual cruise," Dorough explained to OTRC.com. "We have such a close relationship with our fans, and they're always so supportive seeing us on stage, and coming to our charity events, and we just wanted to do a little something different."
"We put this idea together three years ago -- it's been amazing, the boat, this third year here, it's sold out," he continued. "It's a chance for our fans to just hang with us, and get a chance to see us outside of the normal stage atmosphere. We're playing games with them, we're drinking with them, we're partying with them, just having a good time."
Last year, Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell, 37, Carter, 32, A.J. McLean, 34, and Dorough, 39, toured in arenas across the country with fellow all-male pop group New Kids on the Block.
While the group's success already seems to be reaching new heights, band member Littrell explained how the group still has plenty of good things to come in the near future.
"Well, we're getting ready to get back together, do a sold out -- hopefully a sold out tour -- reunion tour, 20 years, so we've got a lot of things going on," Littrell explained to OTRC.com. "We are actually having a star on the Hollywood walk of fame this coming april, so we're excited about that. So hopefully we'll have another 20 [years]."
Watch the video of the group's "Good Morning America" performance below.