NSYNC was an American boy band, consisting of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass, who originated in Orlando, Florida, in 1955. They released their first album, N’SYNC, in 1997 and then later released their second album, No Strings Attached in 2000, which sold over one million copies in one day and 2.42 million copies in one week. They attained the fifth position in the Best- Selling Boy Band list as they did five nationwide concert tours and has sold between fifty to seventy million records. The group, however, disbanded and last recorded new material in 2002.
Chris Kirkpatrick was the first one to initiate the formation of the group, after missing the cut for the Backstreet Boys in 1955. He met with Lou Pearlman and asked him to finance the group. Pearlman agreed, and soon Chris started his search for band members. He first called up his friend, Fatone, and asked him to join the band, he agreed. They then contacted Justin Timberlake after seeing his work in The Mickey Mouse Club House. After Justin joined the group, he suggested a 16-year-old, Lance Bass, from Mississippi as their bass singer.
After forming their band, Johnny Wright was appointed as their manager by Pearlman. They were signed to BMG Ariola Munich and went to Sweden to work on their debut album, which was released on May 26, 1997. They released their album’s official lead single, “I Want You Back,” in Germany, which soon entered the top 10 in Germany in 1996. Their second and third lead single, “Tearin’ Up My Heart” and “Here We Go,” respectively, reached the top 10 in Europe.
While performing in Budapest, they caught the attention of an American label, RCA records. They approached NSYNC and were successful in signing them in 1988. RCA asked them to release some new songs for the American market, so they released “I Want You Back” on January 20, 1988, as their debut American single. It became very successful and soon reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
NSYNC was able to make two of their albums reach the Billboard Top 10 at the same time when their holiday album “Home for Christmas,” which was released on November 10, 1998, sold 2 million copies and peaked at number 7. They released another album, “The Winter Album,” on November 16, 1998, in Germany, which contained one song called “ U Drive Me Crazy,” which peaked at number 4 in Spain.
In February 1999, their third single “God Must Have Spent A Little More Time on You” was also a significant hit and peaked at number 8. Their fourth single, “I Drive Myself Crazy,” however, didn’t gain much popularity and was a modest chart hit. They also released a track, “Music of My Heart,” that acted as a stopgap between album releases and also reached number 2 on Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart.
In 1999, NSYNC sued Pearlman for unlawful business practices on his part. They defrauded the group of more than fifty percent of their earnings. Later, NSYNC signed with Jive.
Their signature song “Bye Bye Bye” which was released in January 2000 peaked at number five of the Hot 100. Their second album ‘No Strings Attached’ was released on March 21, 2000, sold over 9.9 million copies by the end of 2000. It had sales of over 11,099,000, which helped them in receiving a Diamond Certification from RIAA. “It’s Gonna Be Me,” their second single, was at number one position on The Billboard Hot 100 from July 29 to August 11, 2000.
Their third album Celebrity was the second fastest-selling album in Soundscan history at that time and sold 1,879,955 copies in its first week. The tour of this album was one of the biggest tours of 2001, as it earned over $90 million. After the tour, the group disbanded, and the members went on their separate ways.
After the disbandment, they were seen together at the 2003 Grammy Awards to pay tribute to the band “Bee Gees” by singing a televised version of their medley. They were again seen together in the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Awards & Achievements
The group has many achievements to their name. They have received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, named as the fifth best-selling boy band in history, was able to have two albums in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time, released songs that always peak at the top positions in The Billboard charts, received a Diamond Certification and also released an album called ‘No Strings Attached’ that received the honor of gaining the title of both the best selling album of the decade and top-selling album of 2000.
They were nominated several times for the Grammy awards but sadly didn’t win. Some of their work that got chosen are: “Music of My Heart,” “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You,” “Bye Bye Bye,” “ No Strings Attached,” “Gone,” “Celebrity” and “Girlfriend.”
Net Worth of NSYNC in 2020
As of December 2020, The net worth of NSYNC is around $30 million. They earned a fortune singing and performing record-breaking songs.
NSYNC was an American Boy Band who was known for their record-breaking songs and mesmerizing performances. Their songs were also at the top and were always successful in attaining the post positions in The Billboard charts. They earned millions from their record-breaking songs and their tours. Their disbandment broke the heart of millions, and their fans eagerly wait for their reunion.