NSYNC went Bye, Bye, Bye, but still got their star.
It’s been 16 years since they entered into a hiatus, but the fervor for all things NSYNC has still remained strong for those who grew up with the boy band. To mark the shift in pop culture when they came crashing into the music industry in 1998, the group was honored this week with their own star on the iconic Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
On Monday, April 30th, members Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass came together for the ceremony honoring their contributions to the music industry.
NSYNC hit the scene in 1998 with their self-titled debut album. Though it underperformed upon release, a concert special was released via the Disney Channel later that year and sales skyrocketed launching the boy band into pop music legends. Their first single “Tearin’ Up My Heart” went to no. 1 and became one of the most iconic songs of the 90s.
After a holiday album success, the group released one of their most defining songs “Bye, Bye, Bye” off of their second album No Strings Attached. By this time, the group had achieved global fame. Each single had debuted at no. 1 and each subsequent headlining tour was a sold out success.
Just after the new millennium, they released what would be their final album together as a group, Celebrity. The album sold almost 2 million albums on the first day of its release and yielded singles such as “Pop,” “Girlfriend” which entered the charts twice first as a single and then as a remix with Nelly, and “Gone.” After touring the album around the world twice, the group entered a hiatus that has proven to be permanent.
Though the group has come back together for a handful of performances over the last almost two decades, they never formally regrouped. However, their staying power has proven the power of the boy band era of the late 90s/early aughts. Despite not putting out new music since 2001, singer Justin Timberlake still pays tribute to his former boy band days at his shows. On his 2006 Future Sex/Love Show tour, he played “Gone” each night.
When the singer was set to performer once again at this year’s Super Bowl halftime performance, fans went wild wondering if he would be pulling a Beyonce and asking his former members to perform with him.
There was a sad Internet when the hopes were dashed and the former members were not included which in turn lead to a campaign for a Vegas residency a la Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys, but one that was quickly shot down.
The star ceremony saw many fans camping out overnight decked out in *NSYNC “blankets, shirts and homemade attire” according to ABC 7 News and reached ear splitting volume when the group stepped up to the podium.
NSYNC repeated Beatlemania for a new generation and paved the way for a group like One Direction to take the world by storm when they did.
They were a definitive part of many’s childhood or adolescence. For what they did in such a short amount of time, they are more than deserving of this accolade.
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