Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
NSYNC (1998), the self-titled debut album, was designed for fans of bubble gum pop. The fans responded. The album went platinum (1 million+ sales) and then diamond (10 million+ sales) in the USA.
Chris Kirkpatrick was the last applicant cut during auditions for a group called Backstreet Boys. But he got Lou Pearlman, the group’s founder, to approve forming another one. Kirkpatrick recruited his buddy Joey Fatone and two former Mickey Mouse Club members: J.C. Chasez and Justin Timberlake. Jason Galasso, the group’s bass singer, quit before they began recording. Lance “Lansten” Bass was chosen to replace him.
The album’s first single was “I Want You Back” (not to be confused with the Jackson Five classic debut single). It led a string of singles and remixes from the album that would become hits around the world.
NSYNC recorded only one album for Pearlman’s BMG Ariola label before parting ways and exchanging lawsuits, but went on to release two more platinum albums. Their mistrust of Pearlman was vindicated in 2008, when he was sentenced to prison for fraud, money laundering, and operating a Ponzi scheme. Timberlake left NSYNC in 2000 to pursue a solo career in music and acting.
This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
According to music trivia, NSYNC took its name from its members: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, LansteN, and J.C.