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*NSYNC

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*NSYNC
© Jive Records

*NSYNC Formed:

1996 in Orlando, Florida.

*NSYNC Members:

  • Lance Bass
  • JC Chasez
  • Joey Fatone
  • Chris Kirkpatrick
  • Justin Timberlake

*NSYNC Formation:

In 1996, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez arrived in Orlando, Florida to work as presenters for Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club due to their earlier affiliations with the television show. Meanwhile, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone were working right down the street at Universal Studios. The four teenagers eventually got to know each other through work and acquaintances. Each had a similar love for entertaining and talks about forming a band soon became a reality as the quartet added bass Lance Bass as a final vocal touch. In no time, the five were choreographing and harmonizing their first songs.

Immediate Success:

*NSYNC quickly caught the attention of high profile producers and music executives. In late 1997 and early 1998, the band released the singles “I Want You Back” and “Tearing Up My Heart” which became immediate smashes across Europe. By performing in many small venues throughout the America, combined with the growing radio play of the band’s lead singles, *NSYNC was able to successfully release their self-titled debut album stateside in the Spring of 1998.

Top *NSYNC Pop Singles:

  • It's Gonna Be Me - 2000 - #1
  • Music of My Hear with Gloria Estefan - 1999 - #2
  • Bye Bye Bye - 2000 - #4
  • This I Promise You - 2000 - #5
  • Girlfriend featuring Nelly - 2002 - #5
  • (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You - 1999 - #8

Trivia Fact About *NSYNC:

The band’s name was created by using the last letters of each of the member’s first names.

American Superstars:

After the band’s lead album became a major hit, *NSYNC toured across America and even taped a live concert for The Disney Channel. They then released the highly successful holiday set Home For Christmas at the end of 1998. However, the group’s high-flying status came to a temporary halt in the fall of 1999 when *NSYNC decided to fire manager Lou Pearlman and sign a deal with Jive Records. Lawsuits were filed back and forth for a time before the boy band finally walked away with little damage done.

In early 2000, *NSYNC's legal woes diminished as a new song, “Bye Bye Bye” began garnering radio airplay and quickly became one of the biggest hits of the group’s career. The single preceded the album No Strings Attached, which shattered the all-time record for most copies sold in an album's first week of release with 2.4 million. The second single “It’s Gonna Be Me” hit number one on the pop singles chart, and the group’s sophomore set went on to sell 17 million copies worldwide.

Following extensive touring and a short break, *NSYNC released Celebrity in July, 2001. The album was their last studio album to date, and although successful, selling 9 millions copies worldwide, the disc was unable to sell nearly as well as their previous effort. This is partly because of its lack of producing major hit singles, as well as a poor timing for release in relation to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In 2002, the group went indefinite hiatus as each member broke away and pursued independent projects. To date, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone have strongly pursued acting, while Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez continued in music by releasing solo projects. Chris Kirkpatrick has worked on several entrepreneurial endeavors, as well as working with independent music labels and bands. An *NSYNC Greatest Hits album was released in late 2005.

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