The Backstreet Boys are hoping for a fair chance from the record-buying public when they return next month with a new single, ahead of the June release of their new Jive album. It will be their first

The Backstreet Boys are hoping for a fair chance from the record-buying public when they return next month with a new single, ahead of the June release of their new Jive album. It will be their first new set since 2000's "Black and Blue," which has sold 5.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, including a blazing 1.6 million in its first week of release.

"That's the first thing we thought about when we started making the record," group member Howie Dorough tells Billboard. "That's why we said we weren't going to give ourselves a time limit. We wanted to make sure this album would give us a shot again to be around for the long haul so people will realize that we're not, hopefully, a flash in the pan in their eyes."

The group is narrowing down the album's final 12 tunes from more than 40 that it cut with such producers as John Shanks, Billy Mann, the Underdogs and Max Martin.

"The music has matured," Dorough says. "It's a little more stripped down, a little more organic. There's not necessarily five-part harmony on everything you hear." One song sure to feature that trademark harmony, however, is their remake of the Eagles' "Best of My Love" -- if it makes the cut.

Look for Backstreet Boys to hit U.S. clubs this spring, with four dates confirmed so far, beginning March 24 at the Avalon in Boston.