One Direction took the stage in Stockholm, Sweden for their Take Me Home tour on May 8, where they paid tribute to a man who's a Swedish national treasure: Max Martin, writer and producer of some of the best pop songs ever recorded. He's the man behind the Backstreet Boys' 'I Want It That Way,' and 1D delivered an impromptu performance of the tune live.
In case you didn't have enough magic in your life, here's a good amount: The Backstreet Boys are in the studio. With Max Martin. Fans of pop music should be absolutely over the moon at this news, because Martin is the man behind such aural perfection as 'I Want It That Way,' which is regarded as one of the best pop songs ever recorded.
Backstreet's back … alright!
Before there were One Direction and the Wanted, there were the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. Few people know the boy band lifestyle better than those vets (and BSB's frequent tourmates, New Kids on the Block, forming supergroup NKOTBSB). As a result, BSB singer Howie D. is offering some words of wisdom to 1D as their star continues to rise.