MÃ´ táº£: 'N Sync (often stylised *NSYNC) was a five-part American pop boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida. The group members were Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Justin Timberlake. As of 2006, only 2 of the 5 former-band mates (Tim......>>
'N Sync (often stylised *NSYNC) was a five-part American pop boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida. The group members were Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Justin Timberlake. As of 2006, only 2 of the 5 former-band mates (Timberlake & Chasez) have released solo albums.
The group was first formed in 1995. The logic behind the name *NSYNC came from Timberlake's mother, Lynn Harless. It was created from the last letter of each member's name: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, LansteN (a nickname created for Lance Bass, so the name scheme created before the departure of original member Jason would continue to fit), and JC.
Their self titled debut album did well in Europe and the U.S. as did the seasonal Home For Christmas, which was released on November 10, 1998. In 1999, after their American breakthrough, *NSYNC fought a court battle against former manager Lou Pearlman's management company, TransCon, citing illicit business practices on Pearlman's part. *NSYNC left Pearlman to be managed by Johnny Wright of Wright Entertainment Group.
After the lawsuit, the band broke their record contract and signed to Jive Records, home of rival boy band Backstreet Boys (ironically, another Pearlman creation). The highly anticipated, No Strings Attached, released on March 21, 2000, sold 2.4 million copies in its first week of releaseâthe highest first week album sales in music history (1.1 million of which was attributed to the first day of release).
Their fourth album, Celebrity, released on July 24, 2001 came in at number two, with 1.8 million records sold in its first week. All four of the band's albums have been boosted by a number of successful single releases, including "I Want You Back" and "Tearin' Up My Heart" from *NSYNC, "Music of My Heart" recorded with Gloria Estefan for the movie Music of the Heart, "Bye Bye Bye", "It's Gonna Be Me" and "This I Promise You" from No Strings Attached. More recent hits such as "Gone", "Pop" and "Girlfriend" from the album Celebrity have expanded the group's influence and fan base into the hip-hop community as well.
The band has made guest appearances in the television series The Simpsons Episode (#261) "New Kids On The Blecch," which aired on February 25, 2001. Other appearances include Clueless, Touched by an Angel, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Robot Chicken.
The group went on hiatus in 2002, as two of its members released solo albums â Justin Timberlake released Justified on November 4, 2002 and JC Chasez released Schizophrenic, on February 24, 2004. Justin released his sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds on September 12, 2006. JC reportedly has a follow-up album in the works.
Kirkpatrick closed his clothing business, FuManSkeeto, and has become involved with several indie/punk rock bands on a business level, including Hawaii-based National Product. He has also been recording as a solo artist as well as with his other band, Nigels 11. He has also done voice work for the Nickelodeon show The Fairly Oddparents, as teen heart-throb Chip Skylark. Bass became a certified astronaut after months of training in Russia in 2002, but has yet to realize his goal of heading into outer space due to lack of funding. He has instead been focusing on his film production company, Bacon and Eggs, with several projects in the works including the upcoming Lovewrecked. He also starred in his own movie, On the Line, with fellow bandmember Joey Fatone. Bass also recently announced that he is gay, after months of speculation on gossip columist Perez Hilton's website. Fatone has been filling up his resume with acting gigs in the movies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Cooler, Red Riding Hood, Homie Spumoni) and on Broadway (Rent, Little Shop Of Horrors).
Plans for the group to work on their fifth album have been discussed, but details remain uncertain. Rumors circulating that Timberlake has quit the group have added to the uncertainty over the group's future, though all group members vehemently deny these rumors. Also, 2006 will be the first year in which the group will not reunite for its annual charity event, Challenge for the Children.
In 2006, Justin Timberlake was interviewed on MTV's "All Eyes On" series entitled "All Eyes On Justin Timberlake" and inadvertently admitted that he was responsible for NSYNC's demise. He also mentioned that even if the band were to re-unite, he was unsure of what they would be able to do, as the music they once created lost its popularity. Therefore, there are currently no plans set for the near future. On August 31, 2006 Justin Timberlake reunited with one of his old bandmates (JC Chasez) on his SexyBack tour at the Roseland Ballroom. Chasez performed 'Until Yesterday', his new single from his upcoming album due out early 2007.