With A.J. McLean back in the fold, the Backstreet Boys are preparing to release a compilation of their greatest hits but don't even think about calling it that.
"We were thinking about it," Nick Carter said this weekend during the group's tour-resuming show in Milwaukee (see "Backstreet's Back: Tour Resumes With A.J. And Lots Of Love"). "We're not gonna be calling it 'greatest hits,' because we think it's like, once you put out the greatest hits, everybody's like, 'That's it, they're gone.' "
Instead, the collection, due October 23, may be titled something like Chapter One, according to fellow BSB member Kevin Richardson.
"We're gonna put out something that means the end of a chapter in our lives and the beginning of another," Richardson said.
The hits collection BSB's first release since last November's Black & Blue will also include "Drowning," a previously unheard track from the sessions for that album.
Carter and Richardson described the song's sound as a mix of "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" and "I Want It That Way," with a bit of country group Lonestar's "Amazed" thrown in.
"We wanted to put [the song] on the album, but we never got to it," Carter said.
The group has already shot the song's video, which finds the group performing in front of aquatic-themed backdrops: waterfalls, fountains and rivers.
Backstreet Boys' next tour stop will be Monday night (August 27) in Kansas City, Missouri. (Click for photos from Friday's show.) Their tour delayed while McLean was treated for alcoholism, anxiety and depression is slated to end October 20, three days before the hits collection's release.
The group is scheduled to present at the MTV Video Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from New York's Metropolitan Opera House on September 6 (see "Jay-Z, Linkin Park Performing; BSB Presenting At VMAs").
For a feature interview with Backstreet Boys, check out "Backstreet Boys: 'We Want To Be Honest.' "
For complete coverage of A.J.'s recovery and return, check out "Backstreet Boys: The A.J. Files."