Earlier today, the first single from NKOTBSB — the superband of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys — appeared on YouTube, only to be quickly removed by Sony Music Entertainment because it was a leak not yet intended for release. The group’s first self-titled album drops on May 24, so expect to hear the song in its entirety in the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, we tracked down a sample from the Backstreet Boys cruise late last year.
In the video from December 2010, A.J. McLean — who would check himself back into rehab in January 2011 — and Brian Littrell introduce a recording of the song, to screaming fans. “Don’t Turn Out the Lights” is a high-tempo dance song that, despite its probable use of Auto-Tune, is still infectious and has a great hook. McLean and Littrell sing the first verse, with Jordan Knight and Nick Carter picking up the next one. Unfortunately, we only get to listen to those two verses, but it’s enough to make us wait eagerly for May 24.
In the video, Littrell and McLean bring their group lawyer Jordan Keller up to explain why they could play the sample only once, and they goodnaturely rag on him — for instance, when he says something about YouTube, they retort, “We love YouTube!” So do we.