The boyband member said that he and his bandmates have discussed in detail their goals for the new record and hope to convey the ups and downs of their daily lives, as they have changed dramatically since Backstreet Boys' early days.
"We all discussed, we want this to be a personal record," Richardson explained in a new interview with MTV News.
"We want it to be authentic to us and who we are and where we're at in our lives. We want to talk about the things that are relevant in our life, and we want to be authentic and make a great record that we're proud of, and that's kind of where we're starting."
Richardson went on to reveal that plans for the group's new album are already under way and began even before their recent stint on the New Kids on the Block tour.
"Before they did the European leg of the NKOTBSB tour, I flew over to London, and we met with a producer, Martin Terefe - he did Train's 'Hey, Soul Sister' and Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours'," Richardson recalled. "So, we had kind of been looking around at producers, and we chatted with him over the phone. We flew to London and met with him and wrote for a day and talked about the direction that we wanted and kind of the ideas that were floating around.
"We brainstormed, and then woke up the next day and went into the studio and wrote a song in like an hour. It felt really good, and so we think it's the right fit. And hopefully, he's going to produce the entire record."
It was recently announced that the Backstreet Boys will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
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