Jay McGuiness tells MTV News they plan to redefine the boy band on the follow-up to 2011's Battleground.By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Audrey Kim
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The Wanted may be "Chasing the Sun" on the charts with their recently released U.S. debut EP, but the British boy banders aren't taking any breaks. Hot on the heels of the release, they are back in the studio, hard at work on their next proper release, a follow-up to 2011's Battleground.
"Well, you know, it's going to be a new leaf for us because we've compiled all our three years of stuff into the EP, so now it's a new, fresh start for us," Jay McGuiness explained to MTV News. "The singles we started writing and recording, so far, we're excited about. But it's still gonna be parties for the Wanted. I think it's gonna be a few surprises too."
Those surprises could come in the form of some cameos on the in-the-works record. Siva Kaneswaran added, "[It] could be collabs or it could be rapping. There's not gonna be any rapping; I'm just kidding. But it is surprising for ourselves, too, because we are just going to try and be daring and try and step it up a bit, so hopefully the fans will like it."
While rapping won't make the final cut, the guys have teased that they'd love to get Justin Bieber or Chris Brown on board for the album. "We talked about it, and we have a song that we think he'd sound great on," McGuiness teased about working with Bieber.
"We've talked to Chris Brown as well, which would be really good," Kaneswaran revealed. "We talked to Chris actually at 'The Voice,' and he said he was down as well."
"We have got a song we think would be perfect," Max George added.
The bottom line is, the guys said, is they want to make good music that defies their boy-band label. "We went out there and we're like, 'You know what? I think we can change people's perspectives of the '90s boy bands,' " Parker explained. "And that was our aim: just to make good music."
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