Even though it’s summer and the holiday season is still a few months away, the Backstreet Boys have just announced the release of their very first Christmas album. They also revealed that it took them many years to create the record.
The band shared the announcement on their official Instagram account, saying the Christmas album was “almost 30 years in the making,” but it’s finally happening.
They added that the group “couldn’t be more excited to share it with all of you. Tell your friends the holidays are starting early this year.” (via People Magazine)
The album, titled “A Very Backstreet Christmas”, will be available for streaming from October 14. Fans can visit their official website to pre-order CDs and vinyls.
The next disc will contain 13, including three originals, while the others are covers of Christmas classics.
The official tracklist is listed below:
1. “White Christmas”
2. “The Christmas Song”
3. “Winter Wonderland”
4. “Have a merry little Christmas”
5. “Last Christmas”
6. “O Holy Night”
7. “This Christmas”
8. “Even Ole Lang Syne”
9. “Silent Night”
10. “I’ll be home for Christmas”
11. “Christmas in New York”
13. “Happy Days”
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A Target edition will also be available and will include bonus tracks like “Feliz Navidad” and “It’s Christmas Time Again”.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Howie Dorough gave fans a preview of what to expect on their new project, saying they’ve decided ‘Last Christmas’ will be the album’s lead single.
It took them so long to release the album because they had a hard time deciding which songs to add to their record because they had over 50 choices.
The Backstreet Boys also had the opportunity to work on the album during the pandemic when their highly anticipated DNA World Tour was cancelled.
Dorough viewed the onset of the pandemic as a “gift of time” for them to work on the record.
“We started working on it about two years ago. Normally during regular hours we’re always on tour. So now that we have some free time, we started working on it,” the singer said.
Today, the band are currently traveling across the United States on their tour. They added new dates in cities like Nashville, Portland, Memphis and other European locations starting in Portugal on October 3.
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