BMG Signs Backstreet Boys for Publishing, Recordings

1:00 AM PST 07/19/2013 by Ian Bernstein

On July 30, BSB will release "A World Like This," the first album to feature founding member Kevin Richardson since he left the group in 2006.

The Backstreet Boys celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the milestone, will release their eighth album, In A World Like This, through BMG on July 30. (The group was previously signed to Jive Records.) The title track is out now and is the first single recorded with founding member Kevin Richardson since his departure from the group in 2006.

The album was produced by Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, Train, James Morrison) and recorded in London and Los Angeles,and features co-writes with Max Martin, who wrote and produced many of the songs that catapulted the band into superstardom earlier in its career.

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BMG also announced that the group has signed a publishing deal for all territories outside of Japan.

“Backstreet Boys‘ new deal with BMG represents the 'Best of Both Worlds' ... BSB gets to own their album while at the same time they have a real team behind the marketing and promotion of their music," said BSB's management team at Prospect Park. It’s a win-win for both teams."

Added Richard Blackstone, evp creative & business development at BMG Chrysalis North America: "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."

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One of the biggest boy bands of all time, Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million albums worldwide and scored numerous chart-toppers, including the pop-R&B ballads “I Want It That Way,” “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” and “Quit Playing Games With My Heart.”

A tour to coincide with the release of In A World Like This kicks off on Aug. 2. 

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