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N Sync Biography

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Birth Place: Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Years Active: 1995–2002
Genres: Pop, Dance, Teen Pop, Soul, Bubblegum Pop, Acapella

*NSYNC (sometimes stylized as 'N Sync) was an American boy band. Formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995 and launched in Germany by BMG Ariola Munich, *NSYNC consisted of JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick and became the second highest selling boyband of all-time (behind the Backstreet Boys).

The group released its American first single, "I Want You Back" on January 20, 1998. It reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. An album called “*NSYNC” followed on March 24, 1998. Album sales were sluggish, debuting at #82 on the Billboard 200. The group released its second single, "Tearin' Up My Heart", in April of that same year. It was the top of radio airplay charts and was played on MTV and on Total Request Live. It peaked at #2 in October 1998. The album got a Diamond Certification for sales of over 10 million by the RIAA. On November 10, 1998, the group released a holiday album, “Home for Christmas.” The album peaked at #7 and sold 2 million copies. With this, *NSYNC achieved the rare feat of having two albums in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time. The group scored its first top 10 on the Hot 100 with their third single, "God Must Have Spent A Little More Time on You", which peaked at #8 in February 1999.

In January 2000, the group released "Bye Bye Bye", an upbeat dance track, which shot into the top 5 of the Hot 100 and spent 5 weeks atop the Hot 100 Airplay chart. After heavily publicized legal battles with their former manager Lou Pearlman and former record label Sony BMG, the group's second album “No Strings Attached” sold over one million copies in one day and 2.42 million copies in one week, giving it the highest first week album sales ever. “No Strings Attached” was both the best-selling album of the decade and top-selling album of 2000. “No Strings Attached” is currently the eighth best selling album of the SoundScan era which received a Diamond Certification from RIAA for sales of over 11,099,000. The second single, "It's Gonna Be Me", became the group's first #1 single in US. The third and final single, "This I Promise You" reached the Top-5 on Billboard's Top-100 single chart.

The group's third album, “Celebrity,” released on July 24, 2001, produced three singles: "Pop" (#19 US), "Gone" (#11 US) and "Girlfriend" (#5 US).

While *NSYNC announced a "temporary hiatus" in spring 2002, the group has not recorded new material since. The group's official website shut down in summer of 2006, and in 2007, Lance Bass confirmed that the group has "definitely broken up." In March 2010, the group's website was relaunched to keep fans updated on the various members' projects.

In addition to a host of Grammy nominations, *NSYNC has performed at the Academy Awards, the World Series, the Super Bowl and the Olympics, and sang or recorded with the likes of Elton John, Mandy Moore, Aerosmith, Mary J Blige, Britney Spears, Nelly, Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, and Gloria Estefan. The group is among the highest selling musical acts of the first decade of the 21st century, and has emerged as one of the most acclaimed boy bands. The band has sold more than 56 million records worldwide.