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Why Backstreet Boys' new single was almost Maroon 5's latest hit

Denise TruscelloThe Backstreet Boys' new single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" is off to a great start, but if things had gone differently, their new single would have been "Wait" -- the same song that's currently a hit for Maroon 5.  Turns out Adam Levine had the inside track on the song, and called dibs first.

"That song was submitted to us and we said, 'Yeah, we like it,'" Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson told reporters in Nashville over the weekend. "And all of a sudden, we heard that Maroon 5 cut it."

"In all fairness, we kinda got a little heads up that there was talks about them using it," Howie Dorough explained. "We were one of the few who had the have the song, but [Adam] had the opportunity to go forward with the track and release it." 

AJ McLean added, "Adam Levine and Jacob Kash, the writer of the track, they're really close."

The Boys were in Nashville last week to perform at the CMT Music Awards, where they won an award for their CMT Crossroads performance of “Everybody" with their buddies Florida Georgia Line.  On Sunday, they joined FGL onstage as the duo performed as part of the annual event known as CMA Fest.

During CMA Fest, country music fans descend on Nashville, and nearly every country star shows up to sign autographs, take photos, host parties and perform for them.  An impressed Brian Littrell told reporters, "What I take from this experience is that other genres of music should do this."

"I don't know if it's maybe attitude...just the "Oh, I'm bigger and better than you and I sold more" that [pop musicians] don't do that," he added."Maybe we should head up some event and try to get other pop stars to join in!"

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