Their first song on the Hot 100 in 11 years. Their first Grammy nomination in 17 years. Their biggest arena tour in 18 years. We’re not going to say Backstreet’s back (all right!), but as the group enters their 25th year together, it’s safe to say they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
It started in May 2018 with the release of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the first single off their 10th studio album, DNA (out Jan. 25). Suddenly the boy band — which found stardom in the late ’90s with hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Larger Than Life” — had returned to the radio with the kind of catchy, upbeat dance tune made for summertime drives with the windows down. “That was the first song that really got us all excited,” Kevin Richardson says. Six months later, they dropped the record’s second single, “Chances,” co-written by songwriter Ryan Tedder and pop star Shawn Mendes.