After an extended break and the loss of original member Kevin Richardson, the Backstreet Boys will return Oct. 30 with their next, as-yet-untitled studio album for Jive Records. The first single, the

After an extended break and the loss of original member Kevin Richardson, the Backstreet Boys will return Oct. 30 with their next, as-yet-untitled studio album for Jive Records. The first single, the piano-heavy rock ballad "Inconsolable," will hit U.S. radio outlets Aug. 27.

Richardson, who exited in June 2006, was not replaced in Backstreet Boys, which also features Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean. The group is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Jive this year.

The new album is the follow-up to 2005's "Never Gone," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 747,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Among the collaborators are producers Rob Weiss and Dan Muckula.

While taking time away from Backstreet Boys, Littrell found success in the Christian music world with the 2006 album "Welcome Home" (Reunion). The project reached No. 3 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart.

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