In 1996 five guys got together, formed a band, made an album, and changed the world, all in one shot. That's the basic story behind the quintet known as *NSYNC. Five talented young men from across the country, joined together in Orlando and created one of the most successful groups in music history. Each guy brought their own flavor to the group, as well as lending the last letter of each of their first names, to create the name and feel of the band. They learned to dance, to write songs, and in the process, they sold ten million copies of their self-titled debut album. Without question, the story of *NSYNC is just as compelling as the music itself.
They teamed up in Orlando, where they created the name *NSYNC out of the last letters of each of their first names. They arranged a few pop/dance songs, learned the high-energy dance moves that accompanied them and headed for Europe. The guys toured Germany, building up a fan base, before signing to BMG Ariola Munich. From there, the singles, "I Want You Back" and "Tearin' Up My Heart" were released, and turned *NSYNC from a little known dance act into the hottest act in Europe. The band toured the continent, became huge stars and then decided that it was time to head back across the Atlantic, and test their music on the U.S. market. They aced that test!
Their self-titled first album went diamond, selling over ten million copies in 1998, and reaching number two on the charts. Its success was followed by the seasonal release of their holiday album Home For Christmas, which went multi-platinum. Then the guys hit a snag, as they entered into legal disputes with their management. The band fought for finances, freedom and even their own name. The guys went back in the studio, and after a highly publicized court battle, they signed a new record deal with Jive Records and released the No Strings Attached album. The album was released in March of 2000 and broke records with one million copies sold the very first day and 2.4 million albums purchased within the first week. The first single "Bye, Bye, Bye" which was later nominated for a Grammy award for song of the year, was a huge success, and was followed by the equally popular "It's Gonna Be Me" and "This I Promise You."
The "No Strings Attached" Tour was just as
groundbreaking as the album itself and sold out every arena and stadium that the
The 2001 POPODYSSEY Tour brought with it, not only
the hit songs from their albums, but allowed them to bring to life their cutting
edge videos. The five band members oversaw every aspect of the concert, from
choreography and sound, to stage props and lighting, all to ensure that the fans
who were buying out every stop on the POPODYSSEY Tour were getting more than
their money's worth. The tour was a huge success, and left the fans begging for
more. However, the guys decided to take a well-deserved break, and take in all
they had accomplished in the past four years.
In July of 2003 the guys got together in Miami for their annual Challenge For The Children charity basketball event. The event drew a wide variety of celebrities, including actress Shannon Elizabeth, R&B singer Brian McKnight, and football star Eddie George and raised over $3.5 million. It was at that event that the guys made it clear to everyone that although they had each tasted their own private success they were looking forward to returning to the studio together, in the fall, to start work on their fourth album. The story of *NSYNC is almost unbelievable, but it all really happened. They broke into the business together, reinvented the industry, and are now getting ready to once again take the world by storm.
-- Official *NSYNC Site Bio