Time does not heal all wounds. Back in 2002 the boys of ‘N sync merely said they were taking a break, going on a “hiatus” if you will and that there was nothing to worry about. Once Justin Timberlake’s Justifed was released later that year some started to question whether or not this boyband would ever release another album together. Those fears have been more than realized as here we are almost two decades later and the men seem to be allergic to the word “reunion”.
Like the Backstreet Boys, ‘N sync found early success overseas before hitting it big in the US after securing their own Disney Channel special, guest appearance on hit TV show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and opening for Janet Jackson on her “Velvet Rope Tour”. Their debut album would go on to be certified diamond for selling more than 10 million copies. In 1998 they released a Christmas album and would later file a lawsuit to break free of their management.
After much contention and threat of losing their name, ‘N sync prevailed and found a new home and released their record setting album, No Strings Attached in March of 2000. Selling 2.42 million records in the first week of release, this record would stay in place until 2015. In 2001, Celebrity was released selling 1.8 million in its first week and spurred a stadium tour that would go on to gross 90 million dollars. They embarked on an arena tour in 2002 that has since become their last tour ever.
How are the solo efforts going?
Justin Timberlake – He may be the granddaddy of them all, the one every boyband member breaking free from their boyband hopes to be. Justin Timberlake took pop music by storm as a fresh faced, ramen noodle headed 16 year old. Jump to 20 YEARS LATER and JT is still as smooth as silk, most recently getting nominated for an Academy Award for his song “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. Timberlake’s first solo effort debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart selling 439,000 copies in its first week. Since then, the album has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. His second effort wouldn’t be released until four years later, Future Sex, Love Sounds debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and an extensive tour followed. His latest efforts The 20/20 Experience Part 1 and 2 were released separately but they both debuted at number one. This tour would last for two years and become one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade. Fans are impatiently waiting his next studio album.
JC Chasez – Arguably the best singer in the group, once JT made his debut it seemed obvious that JC would follow suit. His first effort at solo stardom came in the shape of 2002’s “Blowin Me up with Her Love” from the Nick Cannon movie, Drumline. Peaking at number 35 on the Hot 100 this often forgotten about song was simply overshadowed by his own friend’s debut. Two years later, Chasez released his album, Schizophernic that boasted the names of Basement Jaxx and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. The album was aptly titled because there wasn’t a cohesion from one song to the next. Failing to propel him in the same way Justified did, Chasez left his label and through internet leaks, he seemed to have what appeared to be enough songs to release a 2nd effort but it never made its way out of the studio. He has since gone behind the scenes writing songs for pop stars, including Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean.
Chris Kirkpatrick – The eldest member of ‘N sync joined another band, Nigels 11, he competed on CMT’s Gone Country (and faired quite well) and also appeared on VH1’s Mission: Man Band which had Bryan Abrams of Color me Badd fame, the late Rich Cronin of LFO and Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees all move into Kirkpatrick’s house to form a “Man Band” called Sureshot. The group lived together for three weeks and recorded songs to pitch to record executives to get a record deal. They did not get a record deal and needless to say this group was short lived. Kirkpatrick has lent his voice to Nickelodeon's cartoon The Fairly Oddparents.
Neither Lance nor Joey tried their hand at releasing music outside of ‘N sync. Instead they both took turns on Broadway, competed on Dancing with the Stars and have stayed in the spotlight in other ways. Most recently, Lance Bass was part of Meredith Vieira’s morning talk show and Joey Fatone hosted Rewrapped on the Food Network, competed on Chopped and has opened his own hot dog and Italian ice eatery, Fat One’s inside the Florida Mall in Orlando, Fl.
While ‘N sync did take the stage at the MTV VMA’s in 2013, the short lived “reunion” was a mere tease of even lesser things to come. It is clear that the guys are still friends, as they are photographed at each other’s birthday parties but there has been no indication from anyone that they would ever release new music or tour as a legacy act. ‘N sync is expected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this year but the chances of ever seeing the guys perform again seem to be slim to none.
Verdict? Staying solo.
This concludes our #TBT series of boybands gone solo. Reread our features on One Direction, The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.
Written by Kristen
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