AJ McLean explains why solo initiatives by no means divided the Backstreet Boys

“Each thing goes hand in hand. If I have a successful album, it only reflects on my success with the group, where I started and where I will always return to,” McLean informed CNN en Español through Zoom.

The music trade has witnessed repeatedly how bands like *NSYNC or One Route have gone their separate methods for good after a number of members pursue their very own endeavors, breaking hearts worldwide. However McLean stated with regards to BSB, going sturdy since 1993, “even if I have the most successful period solo, I’m still not going anywhere.”

“That is my home,” he stated. “That is where I belong. But I don’t see there being a problem with having the best of both worlds.”

This unity and understanding they’ve one another’s again has given them the boldness to discover different avenues. Kevin Richardson, who left the group for six years interval from 2006-2012, has finished Broadway; Brian Littrell did a Christian album and Howie Dorough launched a kids’s document. In the meantime, Nick Carter has been in motion pictures, launched a number of solo albums and teamed up with Jordan Knight from the New Children on the Block for his or her duo Nick & Knight.

“The number one priority amongst the five of us is Backstreet Boys, which is at the epicenter,” he stated. “And, some of us, not all of us, are aspiring to do things outside of the group.”

Earlier this month, McLean launched “Smoke,” the primary single of his upcoming album “Sex and Bodies.”

The music attracts inspiration from Prince and George Michael and incorporates funk falsettos that distinction with the singer’s signature raspy voice. The music celebrates love and the way a relationship ought to really feel “as easy as blowing smoke,” McLean stated.

“No pun intended, but I lit a cigarette and I was like, you know, sometimes relationships can be as easy as blowing smoke,” he stated. “Like, that’s how easy it is if this person is the one. That’s kind of what inspired the title.”

“Sex and Bodies” might be McLean’s second solo album and is about to launch in early 2023.

“I keep saying it’s an incredible record. I’m so proud of it. And even though ‘Smoke’ is an amazing record, it’s still not the best record on the album.”

McLean is at the moment touring america with the Backstreet Boys. The profitable second leg of the DNA World Tour is displaying how sturdy the Backstreet Boys are after three a long time.

“The rest of the tour is sold out. Europe is sold out. Latin America is sold out,” McLean stated. “It’s a testament to each other. It’s a testament to our fans, and it’s a testament to the music.”

He added: “I’m honored to say that I’m a Backstreet Boy, and I’m proud to be a Backstreet Boy in 2022.”