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April 3rd, 2019

Source: PEOPLE.com

New country artist Baylee Littrell will open for the Backstreet Boys on the North American leg of their DNA World Tour this summer.

Baylee Littrell is following in his dad’s footsteps — literally!

The 16-year-old new country artist will be joining his dad Brian Littrell and the rest of the Backstreet Boys on the North American leg of their DNA World Tour this summer, which be the group’s biggest arena tour in 18 years.

“Since I was 6 years old, my dream has always been to go on tour,” Littrell, 16, exclusively told PEOPLE. “I wanted to do what my dad did. One of their shows — I think it was the tour after their album This Is Us from 2009 — they went out on the road and I remember right before they went on, I put on one of my dad’s jackets from one of his outfits in his dressing room and I stood in front of the mirror. He comes in and is like, ‘Hey Bubs, what are you doing?’ and I’m like, ‘Well I want to be like you.’ I asked, ‘Can I get up there instead one day?’ He was like, ‘Well, you never know.’ And now the opportunity to open for him and the guys is like that 6-year-old self standing in front of that mirror in his dressing room with his jacket on. It’s a dream come true.”

Littrell — who dropped his new single “Don’t Knock It” in November — will be releasing his first album this summer and could not be more thrilled.

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February 13th, 2019

Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson dish on Chance the Rapper, favorite childhood snacks and what’s always on their rider.

For a group that’s been in the game for almost 26 years, the Backstreet Boys don’t show any signs of slowing down. So far in 2019, they’ve been busy dropping their tenth studio album, DNA; filming and promoting their new Doritos Super Bowl commercial (also featuring Chance the Rapper); giving their all on-stage in Vegas, where their residency is coming to a close in April and putting the finishing touches on the DNA World Tour, their largest arena tour in 18 years. We’d say Backstreet’s back, but have they really gone anywhere?

PEOPLE chatted with Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson, the cousins of the group, to find out what the rest of 2019 has in store for the Boys—and what they’ll be eating along the way.

Self-proclaimed foodies, the Backstreet Boys love to sample the local fare of whatever city, state or country they’re in during their downtime. “We just came from Japan, and we had some incredible meals while we were in Tokyo,” Richardson recalls. “Hibachi, Wagyu beef, sushi, a couple noodle spots…we always like to get out and experience the local cuisine.”

Sometimes, though, they’re stuck eating backstage, and for those times, they have a rider—a list of requests written into their performance contracts. And despite being the best-selling boy band of all time (with hundreds of millions of records sold, but who’s counting) the Backstreet Boys keep it pretty simple. Richardson and Littrell say chicken wings are always on the rider.

“We like to have a little protein powder, too” Richardson says. “If we want to go a little lighter, a little healthier, we’ll do a protein powder drink before we hit the stage instead of eating a big meal.”

“We also ask for a coffee maker,” Littrell adds. “That’s changed over the years. We’re getting a little older, we need a little caffeine!” he laughs.

In addition to coffee and chicken wings, the Backstreet cousins have similar snack preferences, likely due to their shared roots. Both Boys grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and share a set of grandparents.

“When we would go over to my Papaw’s house and spend the night, Papaw always had a bag of Fritos in the cupboard,” Richardson says. “A sandwich that’s good is if you take a big old-school bologna sandwich and put some Fritos on it.” Littrell goes one step further: “Fritos dipped in peanut butter. You don’t know unless you try.”

The Backstreet Boys took their snacking habit to the Super Bowl this year, starring in the new Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nacho commercial, which features Chance the Rapper spitting Dorito-related verses on top of the Backstreet Boys’ classic hit, “I Want It That Way.”

“When they mentioned Chance the Rapper we were like ‘Oh my God,’” says Littrell, 43. “You know, it was taking an original and putting some hot sauce on it.”

No matter what their diet, Littrell and Richardson assure fans that they will always give their all on stage, and the upcoming DNA tour will be no exception. The tour, which will hit 27 countries and 43 North American cities, will be full of the same upbeat energy the Backstreet Boys are known for. It kicks off on May 11 in Lisbon, Portugal.

“We put an incredible show together to take around the world and we want to take fans down memory lane with the classic hits,” Richardson says. “And we’re also going to sprinkle in a couple of our favorites from the new DNA album.”

Fans hoping to bop to classics like “I Want It That Way” and “Everybody” are sure to be in luck, so be sure to dust off the old BSB concert tees and merch.

“We want to take fans in a time machine and transport them back to the days they didn’t have a job and bills to worry about,” Richardson says. We’re grateful, we’re blessed. We just want them to have a party with their boys.”


Source: People.com



February 13th, 2019

20 years inside the Hollywood scene haven’t put a dent in Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson’s strong-held midwestern values.

The Backstreet Boys have had a huge 2019, hitting the Grammys this week as nominees and starring in one of the Super Bowl’s most talked-about commercials, a Doritos spot with Chance the Rapper. But despite endless opportunities to embrace a hard-partying lifestyle, Littrell and Richardson have stuck to their roots — and as parents, that choice has proven pivotal.

“I always say it starts at home,” Littrell told AOL. “Kevin and I both had very strong home-valued lives with Mom and Dad at the house, being there for you through thick and thin, through anything in life. It was just what we knew, and now as dads, I find that it’s easy to instill those rules or way of life because it’s instilled in us already.”

Littrell, 43, and Richardson, 47, who are cousins, grew up in Kentucky and were already in their early 20s when the Backstreet Boys became a household name. Both got engaged just a few years into their superstardom; Littrell to Leighanne Wallace, who he met at a music video shoot, and Richardson to Kristin Kay Willits, a Disney World co-worker he met when they were both park entertainers.

“I was the first Backstreet Boy [to become a] dad,” Littrell said. (His 16-year-old son, Baylee, is launching his own music career.) “Kevin and I grew up in church. It’s a blessing to be in the situation we are today, to be parents and well-rounded people, now just artists. We’re dads. It’s taught us a lot about life. We have a reason to work hard every day to provide for our families and teach our kids true values.”

That all said, boyband heartthrob status can never truly be escaped — especially when other parents and teachers grew up with Backstreet Boys posters on their walls.

“When you drop the kids off at carpool, you get some looks,” Richardson admitted. “It’s been real chill and relaxed and nothing crazy, but yeah, we get recognized. My littlest is like, ‘Dad, why does that woman want to hug you?'”

Today, all five of the Backstreet Boys are fathers, which makes it more difficult for them to get on the road for their upcoming DNA World Tour — but their kids have quickly managed to find the bright side.

“My five-year-old is a kid in a candy store,” Richardson said. “Every time he sees us perform he wants to get up onstage and dance. It’s a blessing.”

Source : AOL.com



December 3rd, 2018

Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys pose with his Baylee Littrell at Baylee Littrell’s 16th Birthday Celebration on Dec. 1, 2018 in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell isn’t the only musically inclined one in the family. His 16-year-old son Baylee jumped in on the action with the release of his debut country single, “Don’t Knock It,” on Friday (Nov. 30).

“It really felt right,” former Broadway Disaster! actor Baylee told People. “My mom, dad and I were just talking about it one night and they said they thought now was the perfect time to start.”

The warm, twangy, sunshine-filled jam was inspired by the Backstreet Boys collab with Florida Georgia Line, “God, Your Mama, And Me.” Baylee’s relaxed voice cruises through the chorus about turning a girl country: “Four wheel drivin’ on some dirt/ Mama’s cookin’ after church/ Maybe just maybe you’ll like it/ So girl don’t knock it ’til you try it.”

Just days after his birthday, Baylee’s mom, Leighanne, threw him a sweet 16 party in Atlanta where he performed his new single for friends, family and Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson. He said he’s excited to be doing what he loves.

“My dad has always been my champion, so he’s always told me to just do what I want to do and follow my dreams, and to do my best and not overthink it,” Baylee told the magazine. “It’s really just taken so much pressure off.”

Source: Billboard.com



December 2nd, 2018

Source: People.com


Like father, like son!

Backstreet Boys’ Brian Littrell has shown his 16-year-old son Baylee the meaning of following his dreams. On Friday, Baylee released his single “Don’t Knock It,” marking the launch of his country music career.

“It really felt right,” Baylee tells PEOPLE about the timing of the single’s release just days after celebrating his 16th birthday. “My mom, dad and I were just talking about it one night and they said they thought now was the perfect time to start. We chose November, the month of my birthday, to release the first single.”

But the celebrations didn’t stop there! Because mom is always right, Baylee says “of course” it was mom Leighanne’s “amazing idea” to throw a huge Sweet 16 bash in Atlanta and show partygoers a good time by performing his new track.

“When it comes to family, it’s a completely different energy, so I’m so nervous to perform in front of my family,” Baylee says leading up to his debut performance on Saturday night.

Going for “a cool Rat Pack-type of vibe,” Baylee dressed to the nines for the black-tie bash in a tux jacket, black trousers, black suspenders, a white shirt and a bowtie with a cowboy hat top it off. In addition to a room full of close family and friends, Baylee was also joined by cousin and fellow Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson.

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October 27th, 2018

The 43-year-old singer’s son Baylee – whom he has with wife Leighanne Wallace – has appeared on Broadway in musical ‘Disaster!’, but his father doesn’t think he should follow his boyband footsteps.

Appearing on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’, Brian joked: “I told my son to go solo! I’m just saying, my son’s name is Baylee, he’s going to turn 16 in November, and he was already on Broadway in New York!

“So he’s got it in his blood, but I would encourage him to go solo, just saying.”

Brian and the rest of the group – completed by AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson – have all settled down and raised families since first bursting onto the scene with their self titled debut album in 1996.

Explaining why they’ve been gone so long – their last album ‘In A World Like This’ came out in 2013 – Kevin said: “We’re busy at home with our families, our kids, and also we have a Las Vegas residency that we’ve been doing as well. And making an album!”

It means now that the group move at a different pace, and make sure that they all get time to be with their families.

AJ added: “You have to plan accordingly. We all try to be respectful of each other, our private time.

“We try to map tours around solo endeavors, birthdays, our kids’ birthday, or if we just need a nice little break.”

He also explained that the key to their longevity and continued success is “communication”.

He said: “We just have a really good sense of communication. We all try to have each other’s back, as well as we have really, really amazing wives that keep us grounded back home.”

Source : femalefirst.co.uk



May 25th, 2018

Source: People.com

With their first single out in nearly five years, a hit Las Vegas residency, a tenth studio album on the way, plus an upcoming world tour, the Backstreet Boys are stronger than ever.

Last week, the “Larger Than Life” hitmakers, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, released their new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — and fans can’t stop raving about it.

“It sounds like something that we would do,” band member Brian Littrell, 43, tells PEOPLE exclusively about the single. “It sounds like Backstreet Boys. We’re not trying to be anything that we’re not. We’re just trying to be what we are now.”

“We run a democratic way of doing business where we all vote on things and we kind of just knew,” he adds about the process. “When we all heard the song, this is one of those moments where you have five guys that hear the same thing and they all agree that it’s a smash. It’s been a long time that we’ve been in this business, so you kind of just know what you can pull off.”

Currently working on BSB’s upcoming album — which will have “a little bit of edge to it” — Littrell says their fans have matured over the years but remain just as passionate.

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May 18th, 2018

Backstreet’s Back! The guys recently celebrated 25 years together, and just released their brand new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” their first new music since their 2013 In a World Like This album.

The legendary boy band will also be performing at the upcoming 2018 iHeartRadio KIIS FM Wango Tango in Los Angeles at the all-new Banc of California Stadium, alongside a lineup of superstar artists including Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, NF, Miguel, Janelle Monáe and Marshmello with a special guest performance by Logic, and more to be announced. In addition, BSB is also returning to Las Vegas this summer for their “Larger Than Life” residency at the Zappos Theater.

While catching up with Backstreet Boys, the guys showed us some never-before-seen photos from their personal camera rolls. Fans can see some throwback photos that the guys have of each other, cute pics of their kids, and more.

Credits : iHeartRadio.com



May 17th, 2018

Source: ew.com

Let’s face it: The Backstreet Boys never really left, and to prove it they just dropped a new single titled “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which will be followed by a jam-packed year. Not only will the Boys return to their Vegas residency for more dates, but considering that 2018 marks their 25th year together, they’ll also be dropping a new album … or two.

EW talked to band members Brian Littrell and AJ McLean about what to expect from BSB in 2018 and beyond.

The new single

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was released Thursday.

LITTRELL: We’ve recorded maybe 10 or 12 songs and this one just hit. It kind of screams Backstreet Boys.

MCLEAN: To me it sounds like if you were to mash-up The Weeknd with the Bee Gees. It’s reminiscent of old-school Backstreet Boys, like Millenium days, with a more modern twist to it. It’s a feel-good record.

The new album

The band’s upcoming 10th studio album is expected in the fall.

MCLEAN: The album is slowly starting to take shape. There’s been songs that are pop-country, songs that are straight urban R&B, songs like “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which is almost borderline EDM. We’re fans of all walks of music and that’s what you’re going to hear on this album.

LITTRELL: That was a great answer, AJ. I’m not even going to attempt that one.

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May 17th, 2018

Source: etonline.com

Don’t go breaking Howie Dorough’s heart!

Nearly five years since their last 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 release, Dorough gets personal with ET about his earliest experience with heartbreak.

“I unfortunately remember it really well,” Dorough says during 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 first time I felt what it was like to have that weird feeling in your stomach and those thoughts in your head that make you crazy … when you just can’t let go of that thought of somebody. It makes you want to cry and pour your heart out!” he adds.

While Dorough, 44, got through his sorrow and eventually found love with his gorgeous wife of 10 years, Leigh, the theme remains the center of countless pop songs, including many in the boy band’s 25-year catalog, which features 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 track was written by Los Angeles singer-songwriter Wrabel, who has toured with Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer, and Dorough says the song simply had the “hit factor” when it came to deciding on a single.

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