30 Not-So-Known Facts About NSYNC Every Fan Must Know

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NSYNC, often stylized as *NSYNC or 'N Sync, considered to be the best boy band of the late 90s and 2000s, has made its mark in the pop history, despite having one of the most short-lived boy band careers. The boy band, since their inception, was often thought to be a clone of the Backstreet Boys, but NSYNC obliterated that notion with their second studio album “No Strings Attached.” In fact, with that album, they went on to be become a serious rival of Backstreet Boys. Their albums have been listed among the “best albums that marked the decade,” and their singles have been ingrained as “the sound of a new millennium.” Even today, there are millions of fans, who expect the band to reunite again, at least for one single. Here are some facts about the band that will make you love them more:

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  1.  The boy band’s instant success was recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments of all time.”
  2.  Their album “No Strings Attached” was certified nine-times platinum on April 19, 2000, by RIAA, becoming the highest-certified single disc album in the initial RIAA audit.
  3.  With this, NSYNC broke the record for highest-certified single disc album, previously set by The Bodyguard soundtrack which was certified six-times, in the year 1993.
  4.  Their third album “Celebrity” sold 1,879,955 copies in its first week, making it the second-fastest-selling album in SoundScan history at the time, only after their “No Strings Attached.”
  5.  The debut of the “Celebrity” album was recognized by the Billboard Music Awards with a special award for "biggest one-week sales for an album in 2001."
  6.  In the year 1995, Chris Kirkpatrrick was introduced to Lou Pearlman, by mutual acquaintance. Impressed with Chris’s talent, Pearlman immediately started talking about forming a group.
  7.  Pearlman went on to promise Chris that he would help finance the new group, if Kirkpatrick could form a group of other young male singers to join him.
  8.  After some calls, through a talent agent, he contacted Justin Timberlake, who has been on the TV show “The Mickey Mouse Club,” and asked him about joining the club.
  9.  With “The Mickey Mouse Club” ending in 1994, Timberlake and JC Chasez were trying to pursue a musical career and were writing demos together with Robin Wiley, a songwriter and vocal coach.
  10.  When Timberlake received the call from Kirkpatrick, he immediately accepted the offer and also recommended Chasez. The trio ventured in Orlando, Florida, in search for a baritone.
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  12.  They met with Joey Fatone, who was Kirkpatrick’s acquaintance from Universal Studios Florida. After several auditions, the group recruited Jason Galasso as their bass singer.
  13.  Chris Kirkpatrick, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, and Jason Galasso formed the group and decided to finalize the name NSYNC, after Timberlake's mother commented on how "in sync" the group's singing voices were.
  14.  The group’s name is also a play on the last letter of the names of the initial members – JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC.
  15.  After several weeks of rehearsal, when the band was almost ready to officially sign with Pearlman’s Trans Continental Label, Jason Galasso dropped out.
  16.  The group went on to audition several people, without any success. Finally, Timberlake’s vocal coach suggested Lance Bass, a 16-year old from Mississippi.
  17.  Just after his first audition, Bass was immediately accepted into the group, and was nick named “Lansten” in order to keep the name “NSYNC.”
  18.  The five boys were set together in Orlando, Florida, where they constantly rehearsed, working on promotion of their first public performance at Pleasure Island, on October 22, 1995.
  19.  Pearlman hired Johnny Wright to manage the group, who was impressed with the band’s four-song demo-tape, which included “I’ll Be Back for More,” and “We Can Work It Out.”
  20.  Initially BMG was hesitant to sign the group, with concerns over the name of the band, as well as Bass’s dancing abilities, but still, agreed to sign them to BMG Ariola Munich.
  21.  In 1999, NSYNC entered a publicized legal battle with Lou Pearlman, as the group believed that illicit business practices on his part.
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  23.  The band sued Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, for defrauding the group of more than fifty percent of their earnings.
  24.  NSYNC threatened to sign with Jive Records, which led to Pearlman and RCA countersue NSYNC for $150 million, in an effort to prevent the band from moving to Jive.
  25.  After reaching a settlement out of court, the band officially signed with Jive Records. The band refocused and worked on their second album “No Strings Attached.”
  26.  The band released "Bye Bye Bye", an upbeat dance track in January 2000, which is considered to be the group’s signature song, having spent 5 weeks atop the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
  27.  Their album "No Strings Attached" sold over 2.4 million copies in its first week in the US, setting the record for the first album to have sold more than two million copies in a single week.
  28.  The album held the record for over 15 years, until it was surpassed by Adele's album "25," which sold over 2.433 million albums within just three days of its release.
  29.  "No Strings Attached" topped the Billboard 200 chart at number one, and retained the position for eight consecutive weeks, becoming one of the longest-running number-one albums of 2000.
  30.  In promotion of their third album “Celebrity,” the group went on a four-month stadium tour – PopOdyseey Tour, which earned over $90 million, becoming one of the biggest tours of 2001.
  31.  After the tour, the group went on a temporary hiatus, at the suggestion of Timberlake, who was interested in recording a solo album. However, the group never recorded music together again.
  32.  On August 25, 2013, the members of NSYNC regrouped for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. NSYNC reunited to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018.
  33.  NSYNC Net Worth: $30 Million

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