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Backstreet Boys' A.J. to One Direction: 'Put the music first and really value your fans'

American superstars Backstreet Boys have enjoyed incredible success over their long collective career and they have given some words of wisdom to boyband One Direction on how to follow in their footsteps. 

Member A.J. McLean told OK! magazine in Britain that he would tell the heartthrobs to always respect and acknowledge their fans because it will help with their longevity and popularity.

He explained that they're famous for their music so they should remember that and keep it in the spotlight: "Hold on tight and enjoy the ride! Make it about the music first and then obviously have fun doing what your doing. Always take time for your fans cause we wouldn't be here 22 years late without the fans."

Backstreet Boys, meanwhile, are currently promoting their documentary film Show 'Em What You're Made Of', which was released in cinemas across Europe yesterday (February 26). The behind-the-scenes movie features clips taken from the group’s late ‘90s/early ‘00s heyday as well as footage of the Backstreet Boys during the recording of their most recent album, ‘In A World Like This’.

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Watch footage from One Direction's BRIT Awards win earlier this week here: