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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. They brought out a greatest hits package: Hits and organised a music festival: Auto (held at Rotherham's Magna centre) where they played their last gig before embarking on a temporary hiatus from the music industry. Plans to work on their fifth album are being discussed, however details are uncertain. In 2002 the band announced they were leaving their label, Island. Joey is acting in movies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and on Broadway (Rent). Produced by Scott Walker, it was a much happier and more popular album than Hardcore. Lance abandoned his plans to be the first celebrity in space. Pulp then spent a few years in the wilderness before reappearing in 2001 with a new album, We Love Life, symbolising another new phase in Cocker and Pulp's development.

Chris closed his clothing business, Fuman Skeeto. Pulp also collaborated with Patrick Doyle on the song "Like A Friend" for the soundtrack to the movie Great Expectations. 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. Many of the fans who had so enjoyed the happier, more amusing and light-hearted approach of Different Class were somewhat turned off by the darker tone of the new record. Recent hits such as "Gone" and "Girlfriend" have expanded the group's influence and fan base into the hip-hop crowd as well. The fallout of all of this, and the ensuing depression induced by finding the one thing he'd been after all his life (fame) and then deciding that it wasn't really up to much, was the subject matter of the follow-up album This Is Hardcore: a trawl through the seedy world of Soho, which during its more navel-gazing, depressed-singer-in-a-hotel-room moments stylistically approached Pink Floyd's The Wall. 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. Cocker was also having difficulty with the celebrity lifestyle, resulting in the breakup of a long-term relationship.

Their fourth album, Celebrity comes in at number two, with 1.8 million records sold in its first week. It was during this period of intense fame that long time member and major innovator in the band's sound, Russell Senior, decided to call it a day to spend time with his family (and out of the tabloid press). 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). This incident propelled Cocker into even greater notoriety in the UK, and having spent the last 15 years trying to be famous, he grabbed the attention with both hands. Their debut album, released by BMG, did well in Europe and the US as did the seasonal Home For Christmas. But domestic attention was never really equaled in the rest of the world, and if Pulp are known beyond the UK at all it is perhaps more likely the result of Cocker's antics at the infamous 1996 Brit Awards, when he invaded the stage in protest during Michael Jackson's performance (for which he spent the night in the cells on the ungrounded charge of having injured some of the children that Jackson was "healing"). No Strings Attached was the first album to feature this type of music; they gave the style a name with their latest album Celebrity. saw the opportunity to steal the crown, and "Common People" was arguably the stand-out single of the year, if not the decade.

The group produces a blend of pop, dance, and R&B that they call "dirty pop". While Blur and Oasis were fighting it out over which band were the true kings of Britpop, Jarvis Cocker and co. Their defining album, No Strings Attached, released shortly thereafter, proved that the boys were back in business. This album, with its disco-infused pop-rock, and the trademark sordid yet witty lyrics about sexual encounters and working class life, is for most fans what Pulp are about. *NSYNC left Pearlman to be managed by Johnny Wright of Wright Entertainment Group. 1995 saw the peak of Pulp's fame, with the release of their No.2 UK Hit single "Common People", their much loved performance at the Glastonbury festival (standing in for the Stone Roses at the last minute) and their Mercury award winning album Different Class (the first album featuring Pulp fan-club president Mark Webber, who became a permanent member of the band on guitar and keyboards). Shortly after their breakthrough, *NSYNC fought a court battle against their manager citing mismanagement. This sudden increase in popularity was certainly helped by the massive media interest in a new wave of Britpop ushered by the likes of Suede and Blur, the latter of which Pulp supported on a US tour in 1994.

After Lance joined, the group claimed to call him "Lansten" so his name would fit in the *NSYNC acronym. These were followed by the Ed Buller produced album His 'n' Hers which reached No.9 in the UK charts, and which, sonically, was not a million miles away from Suede. It was created from the last letter of each member's name: Justin, Chris, Joey, Jason, and JC. Island Records then released the singles "Do You Remember the First Time" and "Lipgloss", to modest chart success. The logic behind the name *NSYNC came from Justin's mother, Lynn Harless. The three singles released on Gift were later compiled on the album Intro which was released when they were signed up by Island Records. 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. Fire attempted to capitalise on this by finally releasing Separations.

Lance Bass, who coincidentally sang bass, was not originally part of the group. Frustrated that Separations still hadn't been released, Pulp signed to Warp Records imprint Gift Records in 1992. 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. In the meantime, however, in 1991, a 12" recording - "My Legendary Girlfriend" became music periodical The NME's single of the week, and it was this that ushered Pulp's first steps towards fame.
. Like Freaks, its release was delayed, to an extent lessening the potential impact. The group members are James Lance Bass, Joshua Scott Chasez (JC), Joseph Anthony Fatone Junior (Joey), Christopher Alan Kirkpatrick (Chris), and Justin Randall Timberlake. This album, Separations, was a progression of the style of Freaks, with Leonard Cohen-esque ballads on side one and a more disco / Acid House infused track-listing on side two.

*NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, specifically a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. They recorded another album for Fire after a separate deal fell through. 2002 "Girlfriend" #5 US, #2 UK. The fold was short-lived however, and a new line-up, consisting of Cocker, Senior, Candida Doyle, Nick Banks (drums) and Steve Mackey (bass) emerged. 2001 "Gone" #11 US, #24 UK. This gave Cocker ample time to consider his direction, and when, later, Freaks failed to be a success, Pulp folded, with Jarvis going off to London to study film. 2001 "Pop" #19 US, #9 UK. It was during this mid-80s period that Cocker fell out of a window while trying to impress a girl, and ended up in hospital, and temporarily wheelchair-bound.

2000 "This I Promise You" #5 US, #21 UK. It is either loved or hated by fans, and might be considered the antithesis of the happy and optimistic It. 2000 "It's Gonna Be Me" #1 US, #9 UK. Its release ended up being delayed for a year, and the record was not well received. 2000 "I'll Never Stop" #13 UK. These releases were followed by an album, Freaks in 1986, recorded in one week due to pressure from the label. 2000 "Bye Bye Bye" #4 US, #3 UK. These tracks were much darker in tone than those on It, and often veered towards the likes of The Fall.

2000 "Music of My Heart" (with Gloria Estefan) #2 US, #34 UK. Following her first performance with the band, they were signed to a label called Fire Records, and began to record a number of singles that were later released as the compilation album Masters of the Universe. 1999 "Tearin' Up My Heart" (re-release) #9 UK. Having survived a number of ill-fated gigs, Allcard left to be replaced on keyboards by Doyle's sister Candida. 1999 "I Want You Back" #13 US, #5 UK. The three of them established a new, more experimental, artier, and noisier direction for Pulp, and were subsequently augmented by Peter Mansell (bass) and Tim Allcard (keyboards, saxophone, poetry). 1998 "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" #8 US. He was all set to throw the towel in and go to university, when he decided to hold a practice with Russell Senior (violin, guitar, vocals) and Magnus Doyle (drums).

1997 "Tearin' Up My Heart" #40 UK. But fame was still not knocking, and Cocker was becoming unhappy with his chosen musical direction, especially after being forced to cut a single in the style of the then prevalent pop-group Wham!. Celebrity (2001, Jive) #1 US, #12 UK. This largely consisted of jangly, happy-go-lucky, folkish, romantic pop tunes, and was a change of direction from the Peel Sessions. No Strings Attached (2000, Jive) #1 US, #14 UK. They managed to get enough local backing to record a mini-album in late 1982 entitled It. The Winter Album (1998, BMG). A new set of musicians was gathered: Simon Hinkler (who later joined The Mission and produced All About Eve), David Hinkler, Wayne Furness, Peter Boam, Gary Wilson, and Cocker's sister, Saskia.

Home For Christmas (1998, RCA/BMG) #7 US. Despite the exposure on national radio, success was not forthcoming, and most of the then line-up left for university. NSYNC (1998, RCA/BMG) #2 US, #30 UK. Amazingly they landed a Peel Session, and the tracks they recorded were pretty much in the typical Sheffield sound of the time (cf. Human League, Comsat Angels) - sort of electronic new wave. They played their first proper gig at Rotherham Arts Centre in July 1980, and made a demo tape the following year which they gave to the DJ John Peel. The first line-up was Cocker, David Lockwood (musician), Mark Swift and Peter Dalton, though this soon disintegrated into a fairly un-set membership of Cocker and whoever else was around at the time.

They are most famous in the UK, where their blend of disco-influenced pop-rock coupled with the amusing down-to-Earth kitchen-sink lyrics of lanky, rubber-limbed front-man Cocker, saw them become popular during the mid 1990s. They were originally known as "Arabacus Pulp", but this was soon shortened.
The pop group Pulp were formed in Sheffield, England, in 1978 by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). Mark Sturdy, Truth & Beauty: The Story of Pulp (Omnibus Press, 2003) - comprehensive biography.

April 2002 "Bad Cover Version" #27. October 2001 "Sunrise/The Trees" #23. September 1998 "Party Hard" #29. June 1998 "A Little Soul" #22.

March 1998 "This is Hardcore" #12. November 1997 "Help the Aged" #8. April 1996 "Something Changed" #10. December 1995 "Disco 2000" #7.

October 1995 "Mis-Shapes/Sorted for E's and Wizz" #2. June 1995 "Common People" #2. June 1994 "The Sisters EP" (Babies / Your Sister's Clothes / Seconds / His 'n' Hers) #19. April 1994 "Do You Remember the First Time" #33.

November 1993 "Lipgloss" #50. Hits - greatest hits compilation (2002) #71 UK. Countdown 1992-1983 (1996) #10 UK. Masters of the Universe - non-album singles compilation (1994).

Intro - non-album singles compilation (1993). We Love Life (2001) #6 UK. This Is Hardcore (1997) #1 UK, #114 US. Different Class (1995) #1 UK.

His 'n' Hers (1994) #9 UK. Separations (1991). Freaks (1986). It (1983).

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