As far as “things that will never lose their luster” go, Backstreet Boys teaching non-Backstreet Boys how to do the choreography from the “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” music video has to be in the top 10. No, top five. On Tuesday, Backstreet Boy AJ McLean wrote on Instagram, “Gonna be doing something fun today with Liam from One Direction so stay tuned ????” Uh, say what now? What could it be? A few hours later, we got our answer in the form of a Boomerang. In the looping video, McLean and Payne do a move from “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” together. And yes, it is awesome.
McLean wrote in the caption,
“Ran into the bro @liampayne at the secret society of boyband members meeting!! Lol #StripThatDown #Everybody #AJSoloAlbum.”
Hold the phone. Why did McLean tag his and Payne’s video with “#AJSoloAlbum”? Could Payne be on McLean's forthcoming second solo record? Are... are these two esteemed boy banders working on music together? Is the "AJSoloAlbum" the "something fun"? Or is the "#AJSoloAlbum" just there for kicks? Are we reading too much into that hashtag? Quit playing games with our hearts, hashtag.
Hold the phone again. According to Teen Vogue, Payne and McLean stopped by Musical.ly's Muser Mingle on Tuesday to commemorate the addition of “Strip That Down” to the app. And at some point during the event, McLean sang “I Want It That Way.” Well, that sure does sound like "something fun." Looks like the "something fun" mystery has been solved.
Oh, and at another point, Payne and McLean decided to record a most special gift for all of us. Here are two members of two of the best boy bands of all time doing The Rock Your Body Right together:
*Grabs paper bag.* *Breathes into paper bag.* *Says sorry to paper bag.* *Tells paper bag to not worry.* *Tells paper bag it’ll be a late one so don’t wait for the freakout to slow its roll.*