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Howie Dorough, from left, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys pose in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Backstreet Boys have a new album, and they just unveiled the secret to such prolonged success.

Brian Littrell and AJ McLean sat down with NPR to talk about the new album, which already earned a Grammy nomination with the song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Addiction: McLean said staying in the band so long isn’t easy. He said he was surprised to still be in the entertainment business at age 41.

  • “I just turned 41. To be 41 and still be sitting here talking to you is a miracle within itself. With drugs and alcohol and all these things that I've had to overcome, it will forever be a daily struggle. And that's why we've always prided ourselves on just being honest with our fans and being honest with each other.”

Family: McLean said the band members are like family, which helped them through their struggles.

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  • “We're family, we're brothers, we've seen the highs and lows with each other. We've been through everything together. We're all fathers now, we're all married. We've literally lived lives together — good, bad or indifferent.”

Elsewhere: The band made headlines elsewhere this week for performing as chickens on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Utah: The band will arrive in Utah on Aug. 7 for a concert at Vivint Arena, according to the Deseret News.