BACK, AND IN GREAT ‘SHAPE’

'Shape Of My Heart' will be the first release from the forthcoming album 'Black & Blue'...

Backstreet Boys have confirmed that the first single from their new album ‘BLACK & BLUE’ will be ‘SHAPE OF MY HEART’, set for release at the end of October.

‘Black & Blue’ is released on November 20 through Jive, and the single has already been the target of Napster hoaxers, one prankster even posting Robert Miles‘ song ‘Children’ and claiming it to be a new BSB track.

The Boys are soon to begin working with video director Matthew Rolston on the promotional clip for the single.

Meanwhile, the studios where Backstreet Boys recorded all their material – Cheiron in Stockholm – is set to close its doors on a major chapter in pop history at the end of this year. In an announcement last month, Tom Talomaa and Max Martin said that they no longer intended to continue with the studio: “Cheiron was created with the intention of having fun, making a few hits and not getting too serious about it… We feel that the ‘hype’ of Cheiron has become bigger than itself, and it’s time to quit while we’re ahead.”

The decision to close the studio came after the death of their partner Denniz Pop. In addition to BSB, the trio had worked with stars from Britney Spears, Westlife and *NSync to Celine Dion, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams.

Backstreet Boys’ last album ‘Millennium’ sold more than 30million copies worldwide, and last year they played sold-out dates in 42 cities in Europe on top of two sold-out American tours.

They are likely to embark on another world tour in early 2001.