NSYNC was an iconic American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995. Consisting of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass, NSYNC has received a host of Grammy Award nominations, as well as performed at the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and the World Series.
The super-popular band has also recorded or performed with a host of other mega-stars, including:
- Elton John
- Stevie Wonder
- Michael Jackson
- Janet Jackson
- Britney Spears
- Phil Collins
- Celine Dion
- Left Eye
- Mary J. Blige
- Gloria Estefan
In 2002, the band announced the beginning of a “temporary hiatus,” but NSYNC hasn’t recorded any new material since then. But it wasn’t until 2007 that Lance Bass confirmed that the group had “definitely broken up.”
Now that you know a little of the band’s history, here are some fun facts about the band that you may not have known.
How They Got Their Name
The mega-popular band’s name actually has an interesting, if not endearing, story. It’s said that NSYNC got its name after Justin Timberlake’s mother made a comment on how “in sync” the group’s singing voices were. The spelling/format of the name is also a play on the last letter of each of the initial members’ names: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC.
How the Band’s Initial Members Came Together
Chris Kirkpatrick, who’d missed the cut for the Backstreet Boys, met with manager Lou Pearlman in 1995 to talk about forming another boy band. Pearlman said that he would finance the group, but only if Kirkpatrick would find other young male singers for the new group.
This prompted Kirkpatrick to reach out to Joey Fatone, a friend he’d met while working at Universal Studios. Once Fatone had agreed to be a member of the new band, he and Kirkpatrick approached Lou Pearlman together for more suggestions.
Pearlman looked through some tapes he had, and by chance, one of Justin Timberlake from The Mickey Mouse Club caught his eye. Timberlake soon joined the new group, and then recommended his friend, JC Chasez, who was also a cast member on Walt Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club. The forming group soon decided to even out their sound, leading them to recruit Jason Galasso as their bass singer.
The Highly Publicized Legal Battle
In 1999, NSYNC began a highly public legal battle with Lou Pearlman, their manager, due to what the group believed were sketchy business practices on Pearlman’s part.
NSYNC sued Lou Pearlman, and his record company, Trans Continental, for defrauding the band of more than 50% of their earnings, as opposed to his promise of receiving only one-sixth of the group’s profits, similar to his promise of one-sixth of the profits with the Backstreet Boys (who he was also defrauding).
NSYNC threatened to leave Trans Continental and sign with Jive Records, which prompted Pearlman and RCA (the record label) to countersue NSYNC for $150 million and the use of the band’s name.
Pearlman requested a preliminary injunction against the band, but it was denied.
Pearlman, RCA, and NSYNC eventually reached a settlement out of court, and NSYNC went on to sign with Jive Records.
Lance Bass Wasn’t the Original Fifth Member
Originally, the fifth member of NSYNC was a singer named Jason Galasso, but Galasso quit shortly after the band was formed; he was replaced by Lance Bass.
Lou Pearlman Was Technically a Member of NSYNC
Original manager Lou Pearlman made himself a sixth member of NSYNC in their contract, without the band’s consent, allowing him to take a sixth of the group’s total profits, on top of his commissions and fees.
NSYNC’s First Top 10 Single on the Billboard Hot 100
The band’s first Top 10 single on Billboard Hot 100 was “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You.” It reached number 8.
NSYNC’s First Full-Fledged North America Tour
The band’s first full-fledged tour in Northern America was an opening act for Janet Jackson on her The Velvet Rope Tour.
Lance Announced His Sexuality to Joey First
Joey was the first member of the band to find out that Lance is gay. He went on to tell the rest of the band a few months later.
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