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*NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, specifically a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. The group members are James Lance Bass, Joshua Scott Chasez (JC), Joseph Anthony Fatone Junior (Joey), Christopher Alan Kirkpatrick (Chris), and Justin Randall Timberlake.


History

The group formed in 1995 under the funding of Lou Pearlman, who hired Johnny Wright (former manager of New Kids On The Block ) to be their tour manager. Lance Bass, who coincidentally sang bass, was not originally part of the group. The bass part was sung by Jason Watkins, who left the group early on because he did not like the type of music *NSYNC was performing.

The logic behind the name *NSYNC came from Justin's mother, Lynn Harless. It was created from the last letter of each member's name: Justin, Chris, Joey, Jason, and JC. After Lance joined, the group claimed to call him "Lansten" so his name would fit in the *NSYNC acronym.

Shortly after their breakthrough, *NSYNC fought a court battle against their manager citing mismanagement. *NSYNC left Pearlman to be managed by Johnny Wright of Wright Entertainment Group. Their defining album, No Strings Attached, released shortly thereafter, proved that the boys were back in business.

The group produces a blend of pop, dance, and R&B that they call "dirty pop". No Strings Attached was the first album to feature this type of music; they gave the style a name with their latest album Celebrity.

Their debut album, released by BMG, did well in Europe and the US as did the seasonal Home For Christmas. After moving from BMG to Jive Records, home of rival boy band Backstreet Boys, No Strings Attached, released in March 2000, sold 2.4 million copies in its first week of release—the highest record sales in music history (1.1 million of which was attributed to the first day of release).

Their fourth album, Celebrity comes in at number two, with 1.8 million records sold in its first week. Their albums have been boosted by a number of successful single releases, including "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. Recent hits such as "Gone" and "Girlfriend" have expanded the group's influence and fan base into the hip-hop crowd as well.

The group went on hiatus in 2002, as two of its members released solo albums -- Justin Timberlake released Justified on November 4, 2002 and JC Chasez released his solo album, Schizophrenic, on February 24, 2004.

Chris closed his clothing business, Fuman Skeeto. Lance abandoned his plans to be the first celebrity in space. Joey is acting in movies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and on Broadway (Rent).

Plans to work on their fifth album are being discussed, however details are uncertain. Rumors have circulated that Justin Timberlake quit the group, thus, disbanding NSYNC.

Discography

  • NSYNC (1998, RCA/BMG) #2 US, #30 UK
  • Home For Christmas (1998, RCA/BMG) #7 US
  • The Winter Album (1998, BMG)
  • No Strings Attached (2000, Jive) #1 US, #14 UK
  • Celebrity (2001, Jive) #1 US, #12 UK

Hit singles

  • 1997 "Tearin' Up My Heart" #40 UK
  • 1998 "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" #8 US
  • 1999 "I Want You Back" #13 US, #5 UK
  • 1999 "Tearin' Up My Heart" (re-release) #9 UK
  • 2000 "Music of My Heart" (with Gloria Estefan) #2 US, #34 UK
  • 2000 "Bye Bye Bye" #4 US, #3 UK
  • 2000 "I'll Never Stop" #13 UK
  • 2000 "It's Gonna Be Me" #1 US, #9 UK
  • 2000 "This I Promise You" #5 US, #21 UK
  • 2001 "Pop" #19 US, #9 UK
  • 2001 "Gone" #11 US, #24 UK
  • 2002 "Girlfriend" #5 US, #2 UK

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Rumors have circulated that Justin Timberlake quit the group, thus, disbanding NSYNC. As of 2004, founding group member June Pointer had been removed from the group due to reported drug problems; she was "replaced" with Ruth's daughter, Issa, and the group continues to perform. Plans to work on their fifth album are being discussed, however details are uncertain. They were also one of the featured acts at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Joey is acting in movies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and on Broadway (Rent). In 1994 they were honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and began touring with a production of Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehaving. Lance abandoned his plans to be the first celebrity in space. They entertained US troops in the Persian Gulf in 1991 with Bob Hope.

Chris closed his clothing business, Fuman Skeeto. In recent years years they have maintained a lower public profile but have continued to perform. The group went on hiatus in 2002, as two of its members released solo albums -- Justin Timberlake released Justified on November 4, 2002 and JC Chasez released his solo album, Schizophrenic, on February 24, 2004. The sisters left Planet Records to record for Motown and released several group albums and individual solo albums, but these projects did not achieve the level of success they had earlier attained. Recent hits such as "Gone" and "Girlfriend" have expanded the group's influence and fan base into the hip-hop crowd as well. These singles marked the end of their run of US Top 10 hits, with their subsequent releases "Dare Me" in 1985, and "Goldmine" in 1986, reaching numbers 11 and 33 respectively. Their albums have been boosted by a number of successful single releases, including "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. These songs also marked their only appearances in the UK Top 10, with "Automatic" peaking at number two.

Their fourth album, Celebrity comes in at number two, with 1.8 million records sold in its first week. They received Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Jump (For My Love)", and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices for "Automatic". After moving from BMG to Jive Records, home of rival boy band Backstreet Boys, No Strings Attached, released in March 2000, sold 2.4 million copies in its first week of release—the highest record sales in music history (1.1 million of which was attributed to the first day of release). "Automatic" reached number 5, "Jump (For My Love)" reached number 4, a rerelease of "I'm So Excited" reached number 10, and their single from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack "Neutron Dance" reached number 6. Their debut album, released by BMG, did well in Europe and the US as did the seasonal Home For Christmas. In 1984 they achieved four top ten singles in a row. No Strings Attached was the first album to feature this type of music; they gave the style a name with their latest album Celebrity. With the advent of MTV the sisters were able to exploit their visual style and extend their audience.

The group produces a blend of pop, dance, and R&B that they call "dirty pop". All were significant hits. Their defining album, No Strings Attached, released shortly thereafter, proved that the boys were back in business. "American Music" and "Should I Do It" were 1950s pop, while "I'm So Excited" was a frenetic contemporary dance track. *NSYNC left Pearlman to be managed by Johnny Wright of Wright Entertainment Group. In 1980 the medium tempo dance single, "He's So Shy", reached number three on the charts, and the following year a slow, sultry, country and western flavoured song "Slow Hand" reached number two. Shortly after their breakthrough, *NSYNC fought a court battle against their manager citing mismanagement. Over the next few years they achieved their greatest commercial success and continued to demonstrate their versatility.

After Lance joined, the group claimed to call him "Lansten" so his name would fit in the *NSYNC acronym. In 1979 they released an album of cover versions titled "Priority" and while it was not a commercial success, it received positive critical reviews. It was created from the last letter of each member's name: Justin, Chris, Joey, Jason, and JC. The first single, a cover version of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" climbed to number 2 on the US singles charts, and an upbeat dance song, "Happiness", also charted well. The logic behind the name *NSYNC came from Justin's mother, Lynn Harless. They signed with Planet Records, and with producer Richard Perry began working on an album of contemporary music which was released in 1978 with the title "Energy". The bass part was sung by Jason Watkins, who left the group early on because he did not like the type of music *NSYNC was performing. Unsure of what style to follow, they unanimously agreed to dispense with the 1940s nostalgia that had become their image.

Lance Bass, who coincidentally sang bass, was not originally part of the group. As they did so, they began talking about the future of the group and what direction it should take. The group formed in 1995 under the funding of Lou Pearlman, who hired Johnny Wright (former manager of New Kids On The Block ) to be their tour manager. Now a trio, the remaining sisters could not contemplate the group continuing in its current style without her so they cut back their schedules and concentrated on raising their families.
. In 1977 Bonnie left the group to sign a contract with Motown Records, and this led to a shortlived successful solo career. The group members are James Lance Bass, Joshua Scott Chasez (JC), Joseph Anthony Fatone Junior (Joey), Christopher Alan Kirkpatrick (Chris), and Justin Randall Timberlake. They scored a few R & B hits from the same album, and in 1976 appeared in the film Car Wash.

*NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, specifically a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. In 1975 the group won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Fairytale", and Anita and Bonnie were nominated as songwriters for Song of the Year. 2002 "Girlfriend" #5 US, #2 UK. Based on this success the group was invited to Nashville, Tennessee where they achieved the distinction of becoming the first black female singers to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. 2001 "Gone" #11 US, #24 UK. The song "Fairytale" written by Anita and Bonnie was Country and Western, and while it reached number 13 on the pop charts, it became a major hit on the country charts. 2001 "Pop" #19 US, #9 UK. It continued in the jazz and be-bop style of its predecessor but provided one exception that caused a great deal of interest.

2000 "This I Promise You" #5 US, #21 UK. The following year they released their second album titled "That's A Plenty". 2000 "It's Gonna Be Me" #1 US, #9 UK. A second single also charted well, and the group's thrift shop style began to catch on with fans, many of whom would attend their shows in similar attire. 2000 "I'll Never Stop" #13 UK. The first single from it, "Yes We Can-Can", reached number 11 on the pop charts. 2000 "Bye Bye Bye" #4 US, #3 UK. Their self titled first album, was released in 1973 and received positive reviews, with the group being lauded for their versatility and originality.

2000 "Music of My Heart" (with Gloria Estefan) #2 US, #34 UK. Shortly after they made their television debut on "The Helen Reddy Show". 1999 "Tearin' Up My Heart" (re-release) #9 UK. They made their debut performance at the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles in May 1973 and the reaction from the crowd was enthusiastic. 1999 "I Want You Back" #13 US, #5 UK. In searching for a visual style they remembered the poverty of their childhood and their mother's ability to improvise, and used their experience to assemble a collection of vintage 1940s clothes from various thrift shops, that would comprise their costumes and give them the distinctive look they were searching for. 1998 "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" #8 US. They agreed that they did not want to follow the current trend of pop music, but wanted to create an original sound that combined jazz, scat and be-bop music.

1997 "Tearin' Up My Heart" #40 UK. Before they began to record their first album, the trio had become a quartet. Celebrity (2001, Jive) #1 US, #12 UK. The resulting single failed to win an audience but the sisters were enjoying themselves, and the temptation to join them finally overwhelmed Ruth. No Strings Attached (2000, Jive) #1 US, #14 UK. They began touring and performing and provided backing vocals for such artists as Grace Slick, Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop, and it was while supporting Bishop at a nightclub appearance that the sisters were signed to a recording deal. The Winter Album (1998, BMG). Shortly after this, Anita quit her job to join the group.

Home For Christmas (1998, RCA/BMG) #7 US. After leaving school it was Bonnie who sought a show business career, and she convinced June to join her to form a duo, "The Pointers - A Pair". NSYNC (1998, RCA/BMG) #2 US, #30 UK. When June brought home a copy of the Elvis Presley record All Shook Up, she was surprised that her mother allowed her to play it, until she discovered that her mother had been pacified by the "B" side of record, "Crying In The Chapel". They regularly sang at the church but as they grew older their love of other styles of music began to grow. As children the girls were encouraged to sing gospel music by their parents Reverend Elton and Mrs Sarah Pointer, but in their household they were told rock and roll and the blues were "the devil's music", and it was only when they were away from their watchful parents that they could sing these styles of music.

They achieved their greatest success as a trio after Bonnie left the group to commence a solo career. The group originally comprised four sisters: Ruth (born March 19, 1946), Anita (born January 23, 1948), Bonnie (born July 11, 1951) and June, (born November 30, 1954). The Pointer Sisters was an American vocal group and recording act that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s.

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