Synopsis of Pop Music
“It might sound crazy,
But it ain’t no lie,
Baby, bye, bye, bye...”
When performers like Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys hit it big, some pop fans were tempted to dismiss their teen-pop sound as a passing fad. However, any doubters were quickly proven wrong by the phenomenal success of ‘N Sync. This boy-band quintet became hitmakers in the late 1990’s with a slickly-harmonized combination of honey-sweet ballads and churning dance grooves. In the process, they became one of the best-selling acts in the history of pop music.
‘N Sync grew out of a friendship that began on the set of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club: JC Chasez met Justin Timberlake on this show while working alongside another future star, Britney Spears. JC and Justin stayed in touch after their work on the show ended and later decided to form a quartet with friends Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. After rehearsing a bit, they realized they needed a bass voice to round out their sound. They found what they needed with Lance Bass (yes, it’s his real name). The quintet soon landed a record contract and set their eyes on conquering Europe.
In late 1997, ‘N Sync released their debut album in Europe. It was a slick set of danceable pop tunes graced with the band’s smooth five-part harmonies. By this time, the group had toured Europe, Asia, South America and Mexico for two years as they built up a major fanbase. They returned home in early 1998 as their first album was issued in the U.S. They soon landed a hit with the exuberant pop-soul of “I Want You Back” and began to tour the U.S., wowing audiences everywhere with their combination of slick dance moves and a polished harmony sound. By October, their debut album was a #2 hit in the U.S.
‘N Sync released a holiday album entitled Home For Christmas in November of 1998, giving them another Top-10 album. They also undertook a successful winter tour with fellow teen stars Britney Spears and B’Witched. In 1999, the soulful “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You” became a Top-10 hit as the group made appearances on The Tonight Show and Sabrina The Teenage Witch. The group continued to tour to sold-out audiences of screaming fans (mostly young girls) throughout the U.S. and even got their own $1 postage stamp from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In late 1999, ‘N Sync moved to Jive Records, home of Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. The next year, they released their first single for their new label, “Bye Bye Bye.” It mixed a forceful dance groove with the group’s rock-solid harmonies to create a smash hit. This single was quickly followed by the release of group’s next album, No Strings Attached. It made history by becoming the first album to sell more than one million copies in a day and also set a new record for most albums sold in one week (beating the previous record set by their labelmates, the Backstreet Boys).
By the start of the 00's, the boys in ‘N Sync had already hit levels of superstardom that most pop bands only dream of. But with a strong 2001 album, Celebrity, the quintet showed no signs of slowing down any time soon. Boasting a strong fanbase all over the world and hits galore, the future for ‘N Sync looks very bright.
Artist Release History1998 - 'N Sync
1998 - Home for Christmas
2000 - No Strings Attached
2001 - Celebrity
Pop Sub Categoriespop
Essential Music AlbumsNo Strings Attached (Jive)
Band MembersJustin Timberlake vocals
Joshua Chasez vocals
Chris Kirkpatrick vocals
Joey Fatone vocals
Lance Bass vocals