'N Sync (previously stylised as *NSYNC) was an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida. The group consisted of JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. 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.
The group released its American first single, "I Want You Back" in January 1998. Their debut album, *NSYNC, followed in March and The Disney Channel aired a concert special for them on July 18, 1998. Three weeks after the concert, the album reached number nine. "Tearin' Up My Heart" became hit on pop radio and one of the "100 Greatest Songs of the 90's" according to VH1. Regular touring, including an opening spot on Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope Tour, and television spots on shows like "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" also bolstered sales for the album, which was eventually certified diamond for shipments in excess of 10 million units.
In November 1998, the group released a holiday album, Home for Christmas. The album peaked at #7 and sold 2 million copies. With this, 'N Sync achieved the rare feat of having two albums in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time. In September 1999, the group collaborated with Gloria Estefan on a song for the soundtrack for her movie Music of the Heart.
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. The song is often considered the group's signature song. They performed at the Latin Grammy show in 2001 singing the Spanish version of their song, This I Promise You, "Yo Te Voy Amar."
The accompanying album, No Strings Attached, was released in March 2000 and sold a record 2.42 million in its first week of release. By the end of 2000, it had sold over 9.9 million copies. 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.
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 also embarked on a World No Strings Attached Tour that year. The adventures of preparing for the tour were featured on an MTV special "Making the Tour", which was later released on DVD.
The group's third album, Celebrity, released in July 2001, produced three singles: "Pop", "Gone" and "Girlfriend". The album was also notably more heavily influenced by hip-hop than the group's previous releases. As such, rapper Nelly contributed a verse to a remix of the single "Girlfriend". The album was generally well-received, but album sales were substantially less than previous releases.
While 'N Sync announced a "temporary hiatus" in spring 2002, the band has not recorded new material since. The group's official website shut down in the 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.