June 17, 2010
Brian recently did a interview with Windy City Times and was asked about leaving Jive and the next album.
WCT: The big news that you posted May 27 on your website, under the title, “Freedom,” is that you are no longer singing for Jive Records. What does freedom mean for the Backstreet Boys’ career moving forward?
BL: It’s simply continuing to move forward, to make new memories. A lot of people are stuck with what was of the Backstreet Boys a few years ago. And there’s a lot of songs to be sung, a lot of music to be made, a lot of shows and a lot of tours to come for us in the future. And I think the freedom that we have really is to be ourselves, to continue to make music that makes us happy first because as long as we’re happy with it and content with it then we can continue to share it with the world.
WCT: Did your contract with Jive expire or was it a mutual parting of the ways?
BL: Not to get into crazy, crazy detail but we have one more record to deliver to Jive but we were able to get out of that contract based upon giving them a certain territory where they can market the record, that being Japan. Japan is our number-one market, Japan and Southeast Asia. So they wanted to keep that market because of the money being made there. So it’s basically a win-win for them but it’s also a win-win for us in regards to really being able to cut our ties to focus on new memories and new goals that we can set as a group and as a band.