"Our relationship goes way deeper than records. We're friends, those are my brother" - Justin Timberlake Nsync
Nsync - Boyband Rockets!
The phenomenally successful Boyband has sold an astonishing 56 million albums world wide even though they have released only 3 studio albums. The band with their cool image, high-energy choreographed and extravagant concerts captured North America. Their album "No String Attached" sold 1 million copies on the very first day of release, a feat which has never been equaled. The bands infection pop melodies and hyper dance sound with rich production made them a global phenomenal.
The World of Nsync
They rivaled the Backstreet Boys in album sales and tours. The band created by Lou Pearlman who also created the Backstreet Boys was only second behind the Backstreet Boys in terms of album sales and concert tours. The band has sold over $200 million dollars in concert ticket sales as well. After the Pop Odyssey World Tour they went on a hiatus and their last televised appearance was at the 2003 Grammy Awards, singing a medley for a tribute to the Bee Gees
The bands roots can be traced to Orlando, Florida. Lou Pearlman who had created the Backstreet Boys was buoyed by his first boy bands success and wanted to follow it up with another. Chris Kirkpatrick first contacted Lou Pearlman to start a new boy band and they started to put together the band. Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass and JC Chasez completed the line up. They started rehearsing under the watchful eyes of their manager calling themselves as Nsync.
The Band Formation
Their first performance was at an amusement park and also started recording demos. They signed to Sony BMG who were initially reluctant but new of Pearlman's know how in the Boyband genre. The band relocated to Sweden to capture the European market and released their first single in 1996 "I want you back"; it reached the top 10 in Germany. They began touring Europe and getting used to the stage shows to gain enough experience before entering the US market. The self-titled first album was released in Germany and immediately made an impact. The album reached no.1 in several countries in Europe.
Lou Pearlman meanwhile started to arrange record executives to travel to Europe to see his new protégés perform. The band signed up with RCA and now started recording for the US market. They released the first album on heavy MTV promotion and marketing - the album managed to reach NO. 82 but a concert performance on Disney channel saw it catapult to No.9. An opening act for the Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope tour got them a bigger fan base.
The Boys are Rising
Several carefully planned media appearances, TV shows, MTV programming and online marketing has made the album sell 10 million copies in the US.
A quickly produced Christmas album in 1998 sold 2 million copies cementing their superstar status. Lour Pearlman had his second big band.
Prior to the release of the new album, the relationship with Lou Pearlman and the band soured. They had a much publicized legal battle where the band contested that the manager was eating away their share and was responsible for illicit business practices. A court battle resulted in the bands favor and they signed with Jive records.
The Global Success
The band released their No.1 single "Bye Bye Bye" the catchy pop tune was a global success, prompting the album to sell 1 million copies on its very first day of release. It said to have sold 5 million copies in 5 weeks! By the end of the year it had sold 10 million. The band quickly moved into their first headline "No String Attached US Tour" which had Pink as an opening act. Playing large arenas the band grossed 70 million.
In 2001, the band released "Celebrity" which was a slight change in the musical sound as they produced a more creative effort. The band used hip-hop production more than their previous records. The album debut at No.1 and the single "Pop" with its cool video was a smash hit. The ensuing tour dubbed the "Pop Odyssey" tour was a stadium juggernaut which saw the band grossed nearly a $100 million
By 2003, after a small hiatus, the band realized the decline of the boy band genre and gradually drifted into their solo careers. Nsync folded as a band leaving a list of great commercial achievements and signaling the end of boy bands as well.
- The bands album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies in its debut week making it the highest selling debut of all times
- Nsync band member Lance Bass became a certified NASA astronaut but failed in his attempt to go on a space flight due to financial issues
- Nsync have performed at the Academy awards, World Series, SuperBowl, VMA's and MTV awards - the only band ever to do so