04/05/2013 09:21 am ET

Backstreet Boys Album '90 Percent Done,' Says Nick Carter

Backstreet's almost back! Nick Carter says the group's album is "90 percent done" in an interview with the Associated Press, much to the delight of the band's fans.

The record will also include a collaboration with hit-maker extraordinair Max Martin, the man behind some of pop music's most enduring jingles. Martin is responsible for the group's own "I Want It That Way," "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," so the boy band must have been thrilled he was ready to sign on for another go.

Martin's discography also includes Robyn's "Show Me Love," NSYNC's "I Want You Back" and "It's Tearing Up My Heart," Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy," Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes" -- and that's just up to 2004. In recent years he's also penned monster jams for the likes of Katy Perry and Ke$ha, and brought "22," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" to life for Taylor Swift.

Carter promises the new Martin single will resonate. "It's a smash," he said. "A beautiful song."

For his part, Carter is staying busy planning a wedding that may be televised and shopping three screenplays he has written.

The Backstreet Boys will also be profiled in an upcoming documentary.

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