Backstreet Boys fans (who are probably now all pushing 30 at this point) are a patient lot. The ’90s boy band, who haven’t released an album since 2001, have been promising a comeback for ages now, but have yet to deliver. According to Billboard.com, the Backstreet loyal will be awarded for their patience in 2005, when there will be not one, but two Backstreet-y albums in stores.
First up, the original five Backstreet Boys are still reportedly working hard on the long-awaited follow-up to their 2001 album, Black And Blue. The boys, who are all surely men by now (especially that Nick Carter, who fell into the evil clutches of Paris Hilton), teased fans earlier this year with a short tour, proving that they still exist as an entity. A concrete date hasn’t been set for Backstreet’s mighty return, but the album is expected in the first quarter of 2005.
Just because the band are still active, it doesn’t mean that the individual boys don’t have time to venture out on solo projects, though.
Brian Littrell, the most morally upstanding of the boys (at a Rolling Stone photo shoot he was the only member of the group who refused to pose with a pack of naked ladies) has just snagged himself a new solo deal. According to Billboard, Littrell has signed with Christian label Reunion Records, which is part of the Sony BMG family. For now, not much is known about the album, except that Littrell has apparently been working on a spiritual album for some time.
Littrell is the second Backstreet Boy to try it on his own. In 2002, Nick Carter released his album, Now Or Never, which failed to achieve Justin Timberlake-level success.