Backstreet Boys have left Jive Records after 16 years signed to the label. Despite rumours that they were dropped due to falling album sales, the band maintain that actively chose to split from the label.

A post on the band's official website reads, "So the news is out! The Backstreet Boys are no longer signed to long time record label Jive Records. The amicable split is very exciting for the group."

Brian Littrell commented, "This is the best thing, at the best time that could have ever happened for us. We are confident in the future of our band, and are looking forward to the new things to come. 2011 is going to be a great year for us."

Backstreet Boys signed to Jive Records in 1994, and released all seven of their studio albums on the label.