For their self-titled album, see *NSYNC (album).
'N Sync, 2000. From Left to Right: Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, and Joey Fatone
Origin Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Genres Teen pop, Pop, Dance
Years active 1995-present
Labels RCA Records (1998-1999)
Jive Records (1999-present)
Associated acts Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, Westlife
'N Sync (occasionally stylized as *NSYNC) is a American boyband. They have sold more than 56 million records worldwide.
Formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich, NSYNC consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick and became the 2nd highest selling boyband of all-time (behind the Backstreet Boys). After heavily publicized legal battles with their former manager Lou Pearlman and former record label Sony BMG, the group's 2nd album No Strings Attached sold 1.1 million copies in one day and 2.4 million copies in one week, giving it the highest first week album sales ever in US and #5 worldwide. In addition to a host of Grammy nominations, 'N Sync has performed at the Academy Awards, the World Series, the Super Bowl and the Olympics, and sang or recorded with the likes of Mandy Moore, Aerosmith, Mary J Blige, Britney Spears, Nelly, Michael Jackson, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, and Gloria Estefan. The group also appeared as themselves on The Simpsons, in an episode entitled "New Kids on the Blecch", which aired on February 25, 2001. The band are among the highest selling musical acts of the 2000s, and have emerged as one of the most acclaimed boy bands.
While 'N Sync announced a "temporary hiatus" in spring 2002, the band has not recorded new material since. The group's official website shut down in summer of 2006, and in 2007, a rumor occured that Lance Bass confirmed that the group has "definitely broken up."
* 1 History
o 1.1 1995-1998: Group formation and debut album
o 1.2 1998-1999: Breaking the American market and legal battles
o 1.3 2000-2001: Groundbreaking success and No Strings Attached
o 1.4 2001-2002: Celebrity and "Pop"
o 1.5 Post-Celebrity
* 2 Marketing
o 2.1 Awards
* 3 Hiatus
* 4 Members
o 4.1 Former Members
* 5 Discography
o 5.1 Studio albums
o 5.2 Compilations
o 5.3 Tours
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
 1995-1998: Group formation and debut album
'N Sync formed in Orlando, Florida by Adam Foote in 1995. After being the first runner-up for a spot in the Backstreet Boys, Chris Kirkpatrick approached Lou Pearlman about forming another pop group. Pearlman suggested that Kirkpatrick find other young male singers, which prompted Kirkpatrick to call Joey Fatone, a friend he had met while working at Universal Studios. Then, Fatone and Kirkpatrick approached Lou Pearlman for more suggestions. Pearlman looked through some tapes they had, and one of Justin Timberlake from the Mickey Mouse Club caught their eye. Timberlake soon joined the group and recommended his friend JC Chasez, who also was a cast member on the Mickey Mouse Club. Soon, they decided to even out their sound by finding a bass singer. Initially, their fifth member was to be Jason Galasso. After several weeks of rehearsals, the group set up a showcase and began planning to officially sign with Pearlman's Trans Continental Label. However, at the last minute, Galasso decided he was displeased with the direction of the group and dropped out. He was not fond of the direction the act was going musically. Galasso claimed that being a teen idol was never a goal of his. In need of a bass, the group auditioned several people without success. Timberlake soon called his vocal coach, who suggested a 16-year-old from Mississippi named Lance Bass. Bass flew to Orlando to audition and was immediately accepted into the group.
The group got their name after Timberlake's mother, Lynn Harless, commented on how "in sync" their voices were. The group's name was also a play on the letters of each member's first names - JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, LansteN, and JC. The band later nicknamed Bass, "Lansten," so as not to throw off the last-letter theme of their name. It was also suggested that the band go by Justin +4, but Timberlake balked at the idea of the +4. From there, Pearlman set the five boys up in a house in Orlando, where they rehearsed constantly, learning dance routines and vocal parts, and working on promotion for their first public performance at Pleasure Island on October 22, 1995. Pearlman hired Johnny Wright, manager of the Backstreet Boys, to manage the group. 'N Sync sent him a two-song demo-tape including "I'll Be Back for More" and "We Can Work It Out", which impressed him. The group performed for him and a group of BMG executives. Although the record company had some concerns with the name and Bass's dancing abilities, they actually agreed to sign the group to BMG Ariola Munich with Wright as their manager.
After being signed to BMG Ariola Munich, the group was sent to Sweden to begin working on their debut album with the help of producers such as Denniz Pop, Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson. The album's official lead single, "I Want You Back", was released in Germany on October 7, 1996 and entered the top 10 in Germany on November 18, 1996. With a record deal finally secured, the boys began touring first in German speaking countries and later in other European territories. Their self-titled debut album was initially released by BMG Ariola Munich on May 26, 1997 in Germany, which peaked at number one in the second week after its release, and the group soon became an overnight success throughout much of Europe. The album also charted successfully both in Switzerland and Austria The group released their second and the third singles, "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "Here We Go", both of which managed to reach the top-10 in numerous countries in Europe. *NSYNC captured the attention of Vincent DeGiorgio, an A&R rep for RCA Records. After seeing the group perform in Budapest, he eventually signed them to RCA in 1998. The American label had the group record some new tracks to adjust their album for the U.S. market.
 1998-1999: Breaking the American market and legal battles
The group released their American first single, "I Want You Back" on January 20, 1998. It reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. An album followed on March 24, 1998. Album sales were sluggish, debuting at #82 on the Billboard 200, but were helped when the Disney Channel aired a concert on July 18, 1998. The concert was first offered to the Backstreet Boys but they turned it down. Three weeks before the concert, the album sat at #85 on the albums chart. Three weeks after the concert, the album reached number nine. Six months after the release of their debut album, the group was in the Top 10. The group released their second single, "Tearin' Up My Heart", in April of that same year. It was the top of radio airplay charts and was played on MTV and on Total Request Live. It peaked at #2 in October 1998. They toured regularly, including an opening spot on Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope Tour. The album got a Diamond Certification for sales of over 10 million by the RIAA.
The group appeared on the television series Sabrina The Teenage Witch on February 5, 1999, performing "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You." 'N Sync also performed the track "Somewhere, Someday," for the soundtrack of Pokémon: The First Movie. 'N Sync's 1998 hit, 'Tearin' Up My Heart' was also featured as #30 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of The 90's" in 2007, nine years later. On November 10, 1998, the group released a holiday album, Home for Christmas. The album peaked at #7 and sold 2 million copies. With this, 'N Sync achieved the rare feat of having two albums in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time. The group scored their first top 10 on the Hot 100 with their third single, "God Must Have Spent A Little More Time on You", which peaked at #8 in February 1999. Country group Alabama later re-recorded the song and released it as a single that featured vocals from 'N Sync. The fourth and final single from the album, "I Drive Myself Crazy", was a modest chart hit, but a mainstay on TRL. In September 1999 the group collaborated with Gloria Estefan on a song for the soundtrack for her movie, Music of the Heart. The track, "Music of My Heart", reached #2 on Billboard's Top-100 single chart and served as a stopgap between album releases.
In 1998, 'N Sync had a publicized legal battle with Lou Pearlman, due to what the group believed were illicit business practices on his part. 'N Sync sued Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, for defrauding the group of more than fifty percent of their earnings, rather than his promise of only receiving one-sixth of the profits. The group threatened to leave and sign with Jive Records, which prompted Pearlman and RCA to countersue *NSYNC for $150 million US and the use of the name. NSync, citing breach of contract. The injunction was thrown out of court. After reaching a settlement out of court, *NSYNC signed with Jive.
 2000-2001: Groundbreaking success and No Strings Attached
With their legal woes behind them, 'N Sync refocused and worked on tracks for their second album. In January 2000, the group released "Bye Bye Bye", an upbeat dance track, which shot into the top 5 of the Hot 100 and would spend 5 weeks atop the Hot 100 Airplay chart. The song is often considered the group's signature song. They performed at the Latin Grammy show in 2001 singing the Spanish version of their song, This I Promise You, "Yo Te Voy A Amar."
The accompanying album, No Strings Attached, was released on March 21, 2000. It sold a record 2.4 million in its first week of release. By the e