The Backstreet Boys are splitting up just two months after they reformed - but member AJ McLEAN still believes the group has more pop hits to come.

The 28-year-old - who is planning a solo effort in his time away from the I WANT IT THAT WAY group - promises the band's hiatus will not be as lengthy as the period leading up to their latest album, NEVER GONE.

He says, "We're going to go our separate ways for a while. But Backstreet are definitely going to do another record. We're not going to wait another five years."