As the group continues to put the finishing touches on its eagerly awaited new album, the Backstreet Boys have settled on a title and release date for the effort, as well as its first single.
Sources tell MTV News that the Boys will deliver "Black And Blue," their third studio album, to stores on November 21. Fans will get a taste of the new LP on October 3 when the first single, "Shape Of My Heart," hits radio.
The group gave fans their first glimpse of what awaits on the album last month with "It's True," a new track included on a series of CDs made available through Burger King (see Backstreet Boys Say 'It's True' On Burger CDs"). That song turned up on a series of three CDs released by the fast-food chain that also included live Backstreet material.
While the rest of the new album remains under wraps, Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean has said that fans can expect to see various influences, from
rock and R&B to hip-hop and country (see "Backstreet's A.J. Dishes On New Record").
The disc will also find the Boys once again teaming with pop mastermind Max Martin, who produced the group's first two albums, as well as tracks for 'NSYNC and Britney Spears.