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->''I wanna see you out that door...''

Think of late '90s/early '00s pop music, and chances are that one of your thoughts will be of *NSYNC.

With one successful BoyBand under his belt, Lou Pearlman sought to strike gold twice. In [[TheNineties 1995]], Pearlman approached Chris Kirkpatrick (age 23), an employee of Universal Studios Orlando and singer for The Hollywood Hi-Tones, to form a vocal group in the same vein as the BackstreetBoys. Chris called up Music/JustinTimberlake (age 14), an alumnus of the 1990s revival of TheMickeyMouseClub, whom he'd met at various auditions around Orlando. Justin then called JC Chasez (age 19), his former castmate on MMC. Chris and JC invited Joey Fatone (age 18), a mutual acquaintance, after running into him at a club. Chris and Joey met while working at Universal Studios, Joey as the Wolfman in the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue. JC and Joey, meanwhile, were old friends and ran in the same social circles during JC's time on MMC. Joey then recruited Jason Galasso, a friend of his from high school.

Sometime later, the group was set for a live showcase at Pleasure Island in Orlando and started negotiations with Pearlman's label, Trans Continental Records. Galasso suddenly dropped out a few weeks before the showcase, unhappy with the group's direction, and left the others scrambling to find a replacement. Justin eventually called his old vocal coach in search of a bass singer, who recommended a kid from Mississippi named Lance Bass (age 16). October 1, 1995, *NSYNC officially formed.

The showcase was filmed and sent out to record labels and the boys signed to Trans Con. Unforunately, the musical climate in the US was still very much entrenched in the {{Grunge}} scene and no labels were willing to take them on. Europe, however, was another story. Johnny Wright, former manager of Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock and then current manager of the Backstreet Boys, was on the look out for more American acts to bring overseas. Impressed with the guys' demo tape and showcase, he brought over reps from BMG Entertainment in Germany to Orlando to meet with the group. The reps liked what they saw and were ready to sign NSYNC, but not without a few stipulations. First, they wanted the group to change their name, due to not understanding the meaning and it being difficult for German people to pronounce. Second, they wanted Lance out of the group, as they felt he was not at the same level as the other guys. The boys fought back and after some negotiating they were signed to BMG Germany and they brought in Wright to manage them.

They were sent to Sweden to begin work on their first album. Their first single, "I Want You Back" was released on October 7, 1996 and they set off on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Their debut album, '''N Sync'', was released May 26, 1997 and reached number one in Germany by its second week. They released several other singles, such as "Tearin' Up My Heart", "Here We Go", and "For The Girl Who Has Everything", before getting the attention of [=Vincent DeGiorgio=], an A&R rep for RCA Records, the American subsidiary of BMG Entertainment. They were eventually signed to RCA and began retooling their album for the US market.

They released "I Want You Back" in the US on January 20, 1998, which charted moderately well. Their reworked album, featuring an altered tracklist including newly recorded songs and now titled ''*NSYNC'', was released March 24 the same year. The album floundered for a bit, but they soon received their big break by way of, funnily enough, the Backstreet Boys, who bowed out of a concert special for the Disney Channel. The offer was then given to NSYNC. The special was just what the group needed; after its initial airing (and subsequent reairings) ''*NSYNC'' shot up through the Billboard charts and they suddenly found themselves in high demand. They made several television appearances, including a Christmas special for the Disney Channel and a spot in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, recorded a Christmas album, ''Home for Christmas'', which went multi-platinum, and after some time opening for Music/JanetJackson's ''Velvet Rope World Tour'', set off on their own headlining tour in the US.

By 1999, NSYNC had successfully broken into the US market. They were also being severely overworked. With their ''Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now Tour'' still in full swing, they began work on their next album while also filming for television specials and making various other public appearances. In May 1999, Lance collapsed following the filming of Summer Jam, a televised concert on ABC and it was discovered that Lance had an undiagnosed heart condition and that the collapse was caused by a heart murmur triggered by stress and general exhaustion. Having been restless for quite some time at that point, this would be the event that led the group to finally break away from Lou Pearlman and Trans Continental Records. For several years Pearlman had been withholding money from the group, stating that boys had yet to break even. Despite their non-stop touring and multi-platinum album sales, their first real paycheck amounted to a meager $25,000 per member. While they first aimed to simply renegotiate, they quickly changed their tune after looking through their contracts, in which they discovered the full percentages Pearlman was taking from them as well as a clause in their original contract with Trans Con which stated that their first album was to be released in the US within a certain time frame; not only was the time frame not met, but the fact that they were first released in Germany was technically a violation of the contract. In September 1999, they announced they were breaking their contract with RCA and Trans Con and signing on to Jive Records.

NSYNC was then embroiled in a nasty legal battle for the next 3 months. BMG and Trans Con filed a $150 million lawsuit against NSYNC and Jive for breach of contract, intending to prevent the group from moving to Jive and releasing anything under the name NSYNC. The group counter-sued for $25 million, accusing Pearlman and Trans Con of exploitation and endangerment. The suit was settled out of court and by December 1999 NSYNC finalized their move to Jive Records. For those curious, the percentages Pearlman was receiving from the group: 55% gross and 37.5% net of both touring revenue and celebrity endorsements, 75% record royalties, 80% merchandising, and 100% music publishing.

NSYNC continued their work on their next album, releasing the single "Bye Bye Bye" in January 2000. The song was a hit and further solidified the group as a pop mainstay. Propelled by their victory against Pearlman, the guys underwent a media blitz and made countless television appearances, including a rather memorable appearance on Series/SaturdayNightLive. They were regulars on Creator/{{MTV}} and practically took over the network the week leading up to the release of their much anticipated third album, ''No Strings Attached''. Released on March 21, 2000, the album went platinum on its first ''day'' and by the end of the week sold a record 2.42 million. Curiously, their next single, "It's Gonna Be Me", would be their only #1 Billboard hit. In May 2000, they embarked on their ''No Strings Attached Tour'', the making of having been documented on the MTV special ''Making the Tour'', the tour's stop at Madison Square Garden filmed and broadcast on HBO, and a condensed film of the tour released to IMAX theaters.

They took a break in early 2001, during which Lance and Joey filmed the movie ''On the Line'', which was critically panned. Although they were not expected to begin work on their next album for some time, Justin's and JC's sudden stream of song writing would cut short the group's break and recording for the next NSYNC album began with Lance and Joey still in the midst of filming. Their single "Pop" was released in May 2001 and they set off on a stadium tour, titled the ''[=PopOdyssey=] Tour'', months before the release of their album. ''Celebrity'' was released on July 24, 2001 and although it sold substantially less than the previous album, it still sold a record 1.88 million its first week.

In March 2002 they embarked on the second leg of their ''[=PopOdyssey Tour=]'', rebranded the ''Celebrity Tour'', after which they went on hiatus. Justin kickstarted his massively successful solo career, Joey went on Broadway, Lance became a licensed cosmonaut, Chris got on an RV and traveled the US, and no one really knows what JC was up to, though he did release his own solo effort in 2004. Work on the next NSYNC album was to begin in the fall of 2003, but plans ultimately fell through. They still attended awards shows and even regrouped for the 2003 Grammys, where they performed an a cappella tribute to Music/TheBeeGees. Their last public appearance together would be 2005's Challenge for the Children VII, their annual charity event they had been holding since 1999.

In 2007, Lance released an autobiography, titled ''Out of Sync'', in which he described what was essentially their break up. At 2004's Challenge for the Children VI, NSYNC sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for what would be their final public performance together. At some point during the event Justin admitted to the others that he didn't want to return to the group. JC was intent on carrying on with NSYNC without Justin, but Chris refused to go on without all of them and with only three members willing to continue, they called it quits. However, since there has been no official statement regarding a breakup, they're technically still on hiatus. They briefly reunited at the 2013 [=VMAs=], but have stated they have no further plans for the group.

In the end, they turned out to be pretty damn successful. ''No Strings Attached'' and ''Celebrity'' currently hold the records for highest opening week album sales in the US, they've sung with the likes of Music/{{Aerosmith}} and Music/MichaelJackson, they've performed at the SuperBowl and the {{Olympics}}, and they have their own wax figures. Not too bad.

Now has a [[Characters/{{NSYNC}} Character Sheet]].

'''Albums:'''
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum *NSYNC]]'' (1997-98)[[note]]Released in 1997 in Germany, and '98 in the US.[[/note]]
* ''[[ChristmasSongs Home For Christmas]]'' (1998)
* ''The Winter Album'' (1998)[[note]]Released only in Germany. Half Christmas album, half compilation album.[[/note]]
* ''No Strings Attached'' (2000)
* ''Celebrity'' (2001)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Greatest Hits]]'' (2005)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Collection]]'' (2010)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Essential *NSYNC]]'' (2014)

'''Tours:'''
* ''For The Girl Tour'' (1997)[[note]]Germany only[[/note]]
* ''Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now Tour'' (1998-99)[[note]]Also known as *NSYNC in Concert, Second II None Tour, Boys of Summer Tour, and The Winter Shows[[/note]]
* ''No Strings Attached Tour'' (2000)
* ''[=PopOdyssey=] Tour'' (2001)
* ''Celebrity Tour'' (2002)

'''Home Video Releases:'''
* ''We Are 'N Sync'' (1997)[[note]]Released in Germany[[/note]]
* ''*N The Mix'' (1999)
* ''Live from Madison Square Garden'' (2000)[[note]]aka the ''No Strings Attached Tour''[[/note]]
** ''Making the Tour'' (2001)
* ''[=PopOdyssey=] Live'' (2001)
* ''The Reel NSYNC'' (2002)[[note]]Footage recorded by Joey documenting their early days in Europe[[/note]]
* ''Most Requested Hit Videos'' (2003)
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is6gtilerPk "I Want You Back" (European version)]]
** [[https://vimeo.com/87537838 "I Want You Back" (US version)]]
* [[http://vimeo.com/68752195 "Tearin' Up My Heart"]]
* [[http://vimeo.com/83006586 "Here We Go"]]
* [[http://vimeo.com/83006587 "For the Girl Who Has Everything"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GouYR7Evccs "Together Again"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1VcOwmLLQk "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"]]
* [[https://vimeo.com/87529743 "U Drive Me Crazy"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKj92352UAE "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"]]
* [[https://vimeo.com/84284136 "I Drive Myself Crazy"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocYID5ZvBjs "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fxh7jAJR8U "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blz-npEbOHA "Music of My Heart"]] (Collaboration with GloriaEstefan)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-KmOd3i7s "Bye Bye Bye"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQMlWwIXg3M "It's Gonna Be Me"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhwj_zb77fU "I'll Never Stop"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6thmPrTxBtI "This I Promise You"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIl0-whRM-Q "Yo Te Voy a Amar"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWZKw_MgUPI "Pop"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbRwSI8yi1o "Gone"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xPkJU8-Pj4 "Gone" (Spanish version)]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saxnXiBKEaY "Girlfriend"]]
** [[http://dai.ly/xe0078 "Girlfriend (The Neptunes Remix feat. Nelly)"]]
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!!Tropes related to the band and their music:

* ACappella: Their musical basis and a point of pride amongst the group, they were notable for regularly singing a cappella and for their five-part harmony arrangement, with JC and Justin as tenors, Chris as countertenor, Joey as baritone, and appropriately enough, Lance as bass. Their final television performance (prior to the 2013 [=VMAs=]) was an a cappella tribute to Music/TheBeeGees for the 2003 Grammys. In addition, both Joey and Chris were members of (separate) a cappella groups before NSYNC formed.
-->'''Justin''': Everything that we did was based around a cappella harmonies. That's what we wanted to be in the beginning an a cappella group. So that is why we put five guys in the group.
** "I Thought She Knew" closes out their second album, ''No Strings Attached'', and they did an a cappella arrangement of "O Holy Night" for their Christmas album. They have also contributed an a cappella version of "When You Wish Upon a Star" for the [=DisneyMania=] CD series and have performed their a cappella rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the 2000 World Series and 2002 Winter Olympics.
* AccidentalMisnaming: The lead single off their ''Celebrity'' album is called "Pop", not "Dirty Pop". The latter was a made up term coined by the group to describe their particular brand of pop music.
* AudienceParticipationSong: They'd get the audience to chime in on chants during "Here We Go" and "Tearin' Up My Heart".
** Their 2001 [=PopOdyssey Tour=] had a chant section in the middle of "It's Gonna Be Me" that pitted one side of the audience against the other.
* AutoTune: Used to distort the vocals in "Digital Get Down"
* BadassBoast: "Pop" was basically this. "We got the gift of melody[=/=]We're gonna bring it til the end."
** And when they reunited with Justin on stage at the [=VMAs=]: "Let's show these young boys how to do it!"
* BlatantLies: They claim that "Digital Getdown" was about how awesome technology was...and absolutely ''not'' about cybersex.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: For a brief while, Joey had fire engine red hair, while Justin and Lance were blond and Chris and JC were brunet.
* BoyBand: Probably the biggest in US history, rivaled only by Music/BackstreetBoys. Though Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock aren't that far behind, and Music/OneDirection is catching up fast.
** It should be noted that despite the moniker, they were not pulled together by a record company and for the most part came together organically, all of them (except Lance) having already known each other before forming the group. As a result they don't ''quite'' fit into the typical boy band archetypes and there's a bit of overlap.
*** '''The Cute One''' - Justin
*** '''The Rebel''' - Chris
*** '''The Heartthrob''' - JC
*** '''The Older Brother''' - Joey
*** '''The Shy One''' - Lance
** Or, in the words of TheNostalgiaChick:
*** '''The Cute One''' - Justin
*** '''The Hot One''' - JC
*** '''The Gay One''' - Lance
*** '''The One Who Dressed Like an Idiot''' - Chris
*** '''Does Anyone Remember His Name?''' - Joey
* BreakupBreakout: Justin's solo career has still shown no signs of stopping, a full decade after the group's breakup.
** While obviously not on the same level as Justin's career, JC was a judge on ''America's Best Dance Crew'' and does production work, Joey found success as a television host, Lance has a popular drive-time radio show on [=SiriusXM=]'s [=OutQ=] channel and is heavily involved with gay rights and other political causes, and Chris owns a production and recording studio.
* BreakupSong: "I Want You Back", "I Drive Myself Crazy", "Bye Bye Bye", "It Makes Me Ill", "I Thought She Knew", "The Game is Over", "Gone", "See Right Through You"
** "Bye Bye Bye" also has a DoubleMeaning, as it was allegedly written about their "breakup" with Lou Pearlman.
* CallBack: They used to play a game of hacky-sack for good luck before every performance. They brought their pre-show ritual back when they reunited for the 2013 [=VMAs=].
** Their 2001 ''[=PopOdyssey Tour=]'' reused elements from their performances at the 2000 [=VMAs=] and 2001 Grammys as well as opening with the monk robes they used to close their ''No Strings Attached'' tour.
** See also SongOfSongTitles below.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: [[http://stillnsync.com/photogallery/displayimage.php?album=30&pos=29 Duh.]] And lampshaded on a sketch for MTV:
-->'''Justin''': We're the best rag-tag group of pretty boys on the planet!
* CelebrityEndorsement: At the height of their fame, they did ads for [=McDonald=]'s, Chili's, Verizon, and other endorsements in exchange for tour sponsorships. More recently, Joey has been endorsing Bosley Hair Restoration.
* ChaseScene: The entire premise of the "Bye Bye Bye" music video. The PsychoExGirlfriend runs after Chris and Joey on a train, sics two Dobermans after Justin, and engages JC and Lance in a high speed car chase.
* ChristmasEpisode: The *NSYNC *Ntimate Holiday Special, and a holiday concert for the Disney Channel.
* ChristmasSongs: The Christmas album ''Home For Christmas'' and the Germany-only ''Winter Album''.
** An interesting variation: the 1997 German single "Together Again" wasn't intended to be a Christmas song, but it sounded vaguely seasonal enough for them to pass it off as one and they filmed a Christmas video for it anyway.
* CoordinatedClothes: Kind of a staple during [[http://i.imgur.com/jLvE27X.jpg their]] [[http://i.imgur.com/vziCMy6.png Europe]] [[http://i.imgur.com/PVuS5ov.png days]]. The matching outfits were eventually phased out as time went on but they did indulge in this every so often, especially for their [[http://i.imgur.com/Al70Kaz.jpg touring/performance]] [[http://i.imgur.com/8uwvbcf.jpg costumes]]. Their brief reunion at the 2013 [=VMAs=] featured them in matching outfits [[http://i.imgur.com/06Wkc8p.png once again]], right down to the shoes.
** NonuniformUniform: When their stage costumes and public appearance outfits weren't matching, or worse, clashing, they generally adopted an overall themed look with modifications for each member. (See their NSA Tour [[http://i.imgur.com/go4SeuN.png marionette costumes]] or the [[http://i.imgur.com/K6fCnWD.jpg "Bye Bye Bye" single photoshoot]].)
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: A minor example. Their cover of Janet Jackson's "That's The Way Love Goes" changed the line "Go deeper baby deeper" to "''I'll'' go deeper baby deeper".
* CoverVersion: As required for any boy band or teen idol, they've done some covers. Conversely, "(God Must Have Spent) a Little More Time on You" was covered by Music/{{Alabama}} with *NSYNC providing the backing vocals.
** "Sailing" (Christopher Cross), with whom they performed for the 1999 Blockbuster Awards
** "That's The Way Love Goes" (Music/JanetJackson)
** "Just Got Paid" (Johnny Kemp), and produced by the song's original co-writer, Teddy Riley.
** "More Than a Feeling" (Music/{{Boston}})
** "Everything I Own" (Bread)
** "When You Wish Upon a Star" (yes, Jiminy Cricket's theme)
** "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (The Tokens/Solomon Linda)
** "We Can Work It Out" (The Beatles), from their 1995 demo tape and Pleasure Island showcase
** They often performed cover medleys, like their aforementioned tribute to Music/TheBeeGees. Their tours have contained medleys consisting of songs by The Jackson 5, Music/TheBeatles, and The Temptations.
* CrazyJealousGuy: "It Makes Me Ill"
* CreatorCameo: Their real life manager Johnny Wright plays a prominent role in the music video for "U Drive Me Crazy". Lou Pearlman also makes an appearance early into the video.
* CutSong: When they reworked their self-titled album for the US, they ended up dropping 5 songs from the original 1997 German release -- "Riddle", "Best of My Life", "More Than a Feeling", "Together Again", and "Forever Young".
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** "I Drive Myself Crazy" is their only US single in which someone other than Justin or JC is given a solo, with Chris singing the lead-in verse. (The European version of the song has JC singing Chris' verse, however.)
** The pre-US single "Together Again" has Chris and Joey on leads in addition to Justin and JC.
** Joey and Chris share verses and lines throughout their self-titled and Christmas albums and they both get a verse on "I Thought She Knew".
** Chris' falsetto is brilliantly showcased in "O Holy Night", "The Star-Spangled Banner", and their a cappella Bee Gees medley. He's also the lead on their cover of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
** Their musical tribute to the 70s and 80s on their Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now tour lets Chris and Joey sing lead, with Chris leading a Jackson 5 medley and Joey leading a cover of "Celebration!".
** While the studio version gives the leads to Justin and JC, Chris sings the live version of "Falling" during their ''[=PopOdyssey=] Tour''.
** During the Atlantis Concert, a 2001 television special, each of the boys gets a solo during a medley with Music/TimMcGraw, including Lance who sings the first verse of "Lean On Me."
** The Beatles/Temptations medley from the ''Celebrity Tour'' also has the boys splitting leads amongst all five of them.
** Interestingly, Chris and Justin, rather than JC and Justin, were the two members who recieved solo lines during the "Walk This Way" portion of their Super Bowl XXXV performance.
** Lance and Joey's acting efforts were their attempts at this... it didn't go over so well.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome:
** The music video for "Gone" is filmed in black and white, intercut with a sepia-toned {{Retraux}} story that's essentially a tribute to silent movies and Creator/CharlieChaplin's Tramp.
** The music video for "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You".
* DemotedToExtra: Chris and Joey. They had a lot more solos pre-''No Strings Attached''.
* DesertedIsland:
** The music video for "For The Girl Who Has Everything" features them stranded on one.
** PlayedForLaughs in one of their Chili's commercials.
* DisguisedInDrag: One of the gags employed in the video for "U Drive Me Crazy" was the boys sneaking into the music executive's pool party as ''The Spice Girls''. Naturally, the gag hilariously backfires as they're quickly found out and chased out. And in Joey and Chris's case, it was also IncrediblyConspicuousDrag.
* DistractedByTheSexy: By a group of Barbie dolls in "It's Gonna Be Me". ItMakesSenseInContext.
* DoggedNiceGuy: "It's Gonna Be Me", "No Strings Attached"
* DreamTeam: Collaborated with Music/PhilCollins and Music/GloriaEstefan, performed live with Music/TimMcGraw, Music/CelineDion, Music/{{Aerosmith}}, Music/MaryJBlige, and Music/MichaelJackson.
** Music/RichardMarx specifically wrote "This I Promise You" for them and ended up doing the production for it.
** JC was a guest vocalist for Basement Jaxx and Music/{{BT}}. (BT did the production for "Pop" and JC returned the favor.)
** Brian [=McKnight=] produced "Selfish".
** Music/StevieWonder played harmonica on "Something Like You".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album was decidedly techno/dance-pop and soft rock inspired, likely due to a lack of creative control early in their career. They frequently cited Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, and other similar artists as their main source of inspiration, which was eventually reflected in the R&B and hip-hop influences in ''No Strings Attached'' and ''Celebrity''.
* EntitledToHaveYou: Occasionally overlaps with DoggedNiceGuy, depending on how cynical you view the lyrics. "Girlfriend" and "No Strings Attached" are about a guy telling a girl that her boyfriend is terrible and she should leave him for the guy.
* {{Europop}}: Due to the fact that they were signed to a German label and started out in Germany, their first album was heavily steered by Europop and techno. So when they decided to release the album in America, they wisely cut out most of the techno. (The only remaining evidence on the album is "I Need Love".)
* FakeShemp: During tour rehearsals, Joey was severely injured by malfunctioning equipment, which forced him to sit out most of the filming of the "Pop" video. He was filmed from the waist up and in sitting positions while their choreographer Wade Robson replaced him on full body shots of the band dancing.
* FanService: Parodied during their ''[=PopOdyssey=] Tour'', in which Chris performs a clumsy striptease after "Space Cowboy" while stage hands prep for the next song.
* FollowTheLeader: Originally created because Lou Pearlman wanted to duplicate his success with the Backstreet Boys.
* FriendlyRivalry: With Music/BackstreetBoys. It's their ''fans'' that hate each other.
* FunWithAcronyms: Justi'''N''', Chri'''S''', Joe'''Y''', Jaso'''N''', J'''C'''. After original member Jason left, they nicknamed Lance "Lansten" as a joke so the acronym would still work. (It still works anyway, it's just the placement of the second "N" would now be in the middle of Lance's name rather than at the end.)
** The name of the company under which they distributed their merchandise, ZEEKS Inc., was made up of the last letters of their family names - Chase'''Z''', Timberlak'''E''', Faton'''E''', Kirkpatric'''K''', Bas'''S'''.
** They had a similarly named company, SKEEZ LLC., that dealt with tour management.
* FundraiserCarnival: Their Challenge For The Children charity event was kind of like this. The first two years it was held it was just a celebrity basketball game, but from 2001 on it expanded to a 3 day event including a club/bar night, charity auctions, treasure hunts, sand castle competitions, bowling, various celebrity team challenges, and the headlining basketball game.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In "It's Gonna Be Me", Lance is seen yelling "That's my box!" when one of the GIJoe dolls pushes one of the band's boxes off the shelf. [[spoiler:The box is actually Justin's.]]
** In the "Making The Video" for "It's Gonna Be Me", Chris makes faces and mocks JC behind his back as the latter is talking to the camera.
** Towards the end of "This I Promise You" where they're all seated at a table, Joey is seen putting ketchup on his food while the others are singing. And in another shot, Lance and Joey appear to be having a conversation while Justin sings to the camera.
** In the American version of the "I Want You Back" video, the guys play pool and while the camera is on Justin, Lance, and Joey, Chris attacks JC with his pool cue.
** In "U Drive Me Crazy", while JC, Joey, and Justin mug for the camera, Chris is seen strumming JC's guitar and Lance ducks from the ceiling fan.
* FunPersonified: In comparison to Backstreet and their other peers, it's pretty obvious *NSYNC were having a lot more fun doing things just for the sheer hell of it and enjoying the ride. Their concerts and music videos were seen as much more fun.
** JC explicitly said that ''No Strings Attached'' is intended to be a fun album.
** In an amusing instance of irony, Aaron Carter has been quoted a few times saying he preferred *NSYNC over his [[BackstreetBoys older brother's band]] for this exact reason.
* FunTShirt: Chris and Joey often sported these, but the other guys got in on the fun [[http://i.imgur.com/j1a0dPG.jpg as well.]]
* GenreRoulette: The music video for "U Drive Me Crazy" has them disguise themselves as a HairMetal band, the [[Music/MichaelJackson Jackson 5]], [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a rap group]], and the ''[[Music/SpiceGirls Spice]] [[DisguisedInDrag Girls]]'' in an attempt to get the attention of a music executive (played by their real life manager Johnny Wright).
* GoldDigger: "Celebrity" and "Just Don't Tell Me That"
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Once mocked by Chris.
--> '''Chris:''' The first time we performed somebody said, "These guys really stink." And we said, "What did he say?" He said, "These guys really stink." "Did he say 'in sync'? That's a great name for the band!"
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Greatest Hits'', ''The Collection'', and ''The Essential *NSYNC''. The Germany-only ''Winter Album'' sort of counts, as it's half Christmas album and half compilation album.
* HeavyMeta: "Pop"
* HomeBase: Orlando, Florida was where the group called home. More specifically, a majority of the group's business dealings and tour rehearsals were done at the WEG (Wright Entertainment Group) Compound. Before that, Pearlman bought the guys an actual home to use as rehearsal space. Only Justin, JC, and Chris used it as a place of residence and all three moved out by early 1998. As of 2014, only Chris still calls Orlando home as the others have relocated to Los Angeles.
* InDaClub: "Up Against The Wall"
* InsistentTerminology: Though a lot more accepting of the label than say, the Backstreet Boys, they preferred to call themselves a vocal harmony group rather than a boy band.
** During the Making the Video for "It's Gonna Be Me", Chris was fairly adamant in clarifying that they were ''puppets'', not dolls.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Digital Get Down"
* LargeHam: Joey Fatone. This has served him well in his career as a television presenter after the band split.
** JC, in particular, can get pretty hammy in their music videos. He even outhammed ''Joey'' in the "I Drive Myself Crazy" video.
** Justin and JC turn the ham up when they sing, as if they're in a competition to belt out those notes the highest and longest.
* LiteralMusicVideo: "I Drive Myself Crazy"
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: "Crazy For You", "U Drive Me Crazy", and "I Drive Myself Crazy", which deserves bonus points for the music video setting them in a sanitarium.
* LivingToys: The concept of the "It's Gonna Be Me" video: the band are toy marionettes fighting other toys for the attention of a pretty girl.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "I Want You Back".
* MelismaticVocals: Justin and JC can be pretty guilty of this at times, especially on the ballads and definitely during live performances.
* MeaningfulName: Their name is actually a Meaningful PunnyName as Justin's mother supposedly coined their name from hearing how well their voices blended together in sync. It also takes on a DoubleMeaning when FunWithAcronyms is taken into account.
* MultipleChoicePast: There are a few conflicting stories as to how Chris first got in contact with Lou Pearlman, the most common one being him auditioning for the Backstreet Boys and not making the cut; notably, this is the story given in Lance's book. Another has Howie Dorough of BSB, whom he attended college with, referring Chris to Pearlman after the Backstreet Boys were already formed. The "official" story, as documented by VH1's ''Driven'' series, has Pearlman approaching Chris after catching him performing with The Hollywood Hi-Tones.
** Another difference from their "official" backstory is Pearlman's claims that [[http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/11/pearlman200711 JC had once worked for him as a personal assistant]]. In addition, according to Lance's autobiography, JC and Chris knew one another before NSYNC formed and it was JC, not Justin, who Chris first recruited. Justin also acknowledges JC and Chris having known one another on ''*N The Mix''. Chris has later clarified that he worked with Pearlman for two years on a separate group before actually recruiting the others.
** There's also two different stories they tell about how their got their name: the above FunWithAcronyms and the PunnyName from Justin's mother. Chris and Joey have confirmed that the PunnyName came first, then the FunWithAcronyms meaning.
* NewSoundAlbum: Their debut album was heavily steered by {{Europop}} and soft rock. ''No Strings Attached'' steered them into a more hip-hop driven direction, while ''Celebrity'' further cemented their R&B, hip-hop, and garage influences. (''Celebrity'' also foreshadowed the direction that Justin's solo music would be going.)
* NoodleIncident: At some point in 2001, Chris broke his hand and had to wear a cast for a while. No one really knows what happened; unlike all other times group members were injured or out of commission, they were curiously tight lipped on the subject.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: [[http://stillnsync.com/photogallery/displayimage.php?album=30&pos=24 And]] [[http://fuckyeahnsync.tumblr.com/post/5799987935 how!]] A decade later and [[http://marionettes-and-ostriches.tumblr.com/post/59605209315 they still don't get the concept]].
* NumberedSequels: This was how they titled their annual charity event, Challenge for the Children -- 1999 CFTC I, 2000 CFTC II, 2001 CFTC III, etc.
* ObsessionSong: "I'll Never Stop" and "Tell Me, Tell Me... Baby"
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Justin's solo career and fame has eclipsed the band's, it does warrant a mention that they've sold over 25 million records, toured football stadiums, and ''No Strings Attached'' and ''Celebrity'' set the fastest first-week sales records in the United States with 2.4 million and 1.8 million, respectively. Those records have yet to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fastest-selling_albums_worldwide broken]].
* PacManFever: "The Game is Over" [[{{Sampling}} samples]] the VideoGame/PacMan Theme.
* PeoplePuppets: The cover of ''No Strings Attached'' and the concept of the "Bye Bye Bye" video.
** Hell, their ''No Strings Attached'' tour opens with them dangling from the roof like puppets and dressed like patchwork rag dolls.
* PepTalkSong: "Do Your Thing"
* PerformanceVideo: The video for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is this, interspersed with clips of the guys goofing off behind the scenes.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Justin is the obvious case, while JC had shades of this, especially when they spoke. The idea was even parodied in "U Drive Me Crazy".
* PsychoExGirlfriend: The girl from the "Bye Bye Bye" video. (She also re-appears in the "It's Gonna Be Me" video, implying that it's a prequel to "Bye Bye Bye".)
* RearrangeTheSong: Performed a reggae flavored "Bye Bye Bye" and a funk version of "It's Gonna Be Me" for their stripped down *Ntimate Holiday Special. They also performed a blues version of "I Want You Back" for their 2002 ''Celebrity Tour''.
* RummageSaleReject: [[http://www.fabsugar.com/NSYNC-Fashion-Retrospective-MTV-VMAs-31165408 And]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/these-pictures-of-nsync-reunited-will-basically-make-you-die famously]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/why-the-world-needs-an-nsync-reunion so]], [[http://www.complex.com/style/2013/08/nsync-worst-looks/ regularly]] landing on "Worst Dressed" lists. The Huffington Post was [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/25/nsync-vmas-costumes-2013_n_3813528.html disappointed]] that their VMA reunion outfits were simple and tasteful. The guys have acknowledged that they looked like [[http://i.imgur.com/Xev0j2S.jpg idiots]] back then and their reasoning was simply boiled down to RuleOfFun.
-->'''Buzzfeed''': [''upon seeing on one of the group's outfits''] Sweet Baby Lord Jesus. Pray for them.
** Lampshaded by Chris when he sees the designs for their tour costumes:
-->'''Chris''': Oh my god! Whatever happened to the days where we went down to the mall and picked up shirts?
* ScaryBlackMan: Their security team, known as Sexual Chocolate, consisted of quite a few of these. They weren't so much scary as they were imposing, which makes sense considering their line of work, and were well loved by the fandom.
** One of them actually appears in the "I Drive Myself Crazy" video as one of the patients. He's the big guy with the bunny ears.
** Another one is the bouncer on "Just Got Paid".
** Justin and JC once took a picture of themselves climbing their bodyguard and biting his ankles.
* {{Scatting}}: "Trashin' the Camp", their collaboration with Music/PhilCollins for Disney's Disney/{{Tarzan}}, consists entirely of non-lyrical vocalizations.
** Also pops up in other tracks, most notably the bridge of "I Drive Myself Crazy".
* SelfDeprecation: They were far more self-aware than their peers about their boy band image and were absolutely not afraid to make fools of themselves.
-->'''JC''': It's fun to make fun of your friends. You can't take yourself seriously all the time.
-->'''Chris''': We're not dolls, we're puppets. If you're a doll, your career is over.
-->'''Lance''': I get confused myself, like, was it 98 Degrees? Backstreet? I always had to google it myself to make sure.
-->'''Chris''': We make fun of ourselves more than anybody.
** They parodied themselves on the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and made a cameo on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' as a boy band named No Refund who sang in nothing but food innuendos. They even did one of TRL's infamous shout outs as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=173UFV-Pg1I&feature=youtu.be&t=1m45s No Refund]].
** Chris, Lance, and Joey have participated in animated parodies of boybands and teen idols. (Chris was on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Lance and Joey were on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Joey was on ''Series/RobotChicken'', and Lance was on ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.)
** JC parodied himself on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo''.
** Chris even had an [[http://i.imgur.com/yqrwP9l.jpg "*[=NSUCK=]" baseball cap]] printed up and they all owned t-shirts with the words "Boy Bands Suck" printed on them.
** In the opening cutscene of their [=PopOdyssey=] tour, Justin's shirt has "*[=NStink=]" emblazoned on it.
** One of their [=McDonald's=] commercials had Lance sneak into the audience and hold up a sign saying "[[NobodyLovesTheBassist Lance is cool too]]".
** Lance later trolled ''everyone'' with his own parody "[=Heart2Heart=]". He's also appeared in gay-themed parodies making fun of himself.
** Joey's Twitter profile: "They call me the FAT-ONE!"
** Joey's sole motivation to appear in the SyFy movie ''Jersey Shore Shark Attack'' as an exaggerated version of himself? He wanted to be eaten by a shark.
** One of their commercials for Chili's lampooned Justin's tendency for MelismaticVocals as he starts grabbing at JC while belting out notes. (Chris, Lance, and Joey walk away in irritation as Lance rolls his eyes and Chris mimics strangling Justin.)
** Lance poked fun as his failed attempt at space on an episode of ''Review with Forrest [=MacNeil=]'' and he appeared on a sketch on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' riffing on his own name.
* SelfTitledAlbum: 'N Sync/*NSYNC, natch.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared on Sesame Street and have made cameos on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
* SexySoakedShirt: A relatively short segment with a small waterfall in the music video for "For the Girl Who Has Everything".
* SillyLoveSongs
* SingerNamedrop: "Here We Go"
-->Yes yes yes, here we go\\
NSYNC has got the flow\\
...\\
You know the party's here\\
Sing along and have no fear\\
NSYNC is here to make you people scream
* SongOfSongTitles
** The single version of "Girlfriend" has Nelly referencing the songs "Bye Bye Bye" and "Gone" as well as sneaking in a [[SingerNamedrop shout-out]] to the group.
--->I'll be your personal shrink boo\\
I care what you think\\
I bought the Bentley in pink\\
'Cause my dough '''in sync'''\\
So tell your man '''bye bye'''\\
And tell him you're long '''gone'''\\
Ain't no needin' wait up\\
You done found you another home
** The Blues version of "I Want You Back" from their 2002 ''Celebrity Tour'' references even more of their songs.
--->'''This I promise you'''\\
'''It ain't no lie''' [[note]]from "Bye Bye Bye"[[/note]]\\
'''It's tearin' up my heart''' since you said '''bye bye bye'''\\
'''It's gonna be me''' that makes your loneliness stop\\
If you won't be my '''girlfriend'''\\
My heart will surely\\
'''Pop'''\\
\\
I'd like to spend '''a little more time with you''' [[note]]from "God Must Have Spent"[[/note]]\\
'''Doin' our thing''', be '''sailing''', like we used to do\\
'''No strings attached'''\\
''I want you back''\\
'''But the truth remains...'''[[note]]from "Gone"[[/note]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: There have been so many different renderings of their name over the years that they finally had to comment on it on [[http://marionettes-and-ostriches.tumblr.com/post/63302545748/nsync-is-100-done-with-people-spelling-their Twitter]]. Technically speaking, both 'N Sync and *NSYNC are correct. The first spelling was used throughout their time in Europe and they began stylizing their name as *NSYNC when they made their debut in the US.
* TakeThat: The title of their second album, "No Strings Attached," alongside all of the "puppet on a string" imagery of the album art (and the videos for "Bye, Bye, Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me,") came about after a rather nasty legal battle with former manager Lou Pearlman.
** The general fan consensus of their BadassBoast at their VMA reunion was that it was a quick jab at One Direction and similar teen idols.
* TakeThatCritics: "Pop"
-->Sick and tired of hearing all\\
These people talk about\\
What's the deal with this pop life\\
And when is it gonna fade out?\\
The thing you've got to realize\\
What we're doing is not a trend\\
We've got the gift of melody\\
We're gonna bring it till the end
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Justin (Performer) and JC (Technician). While they're both the best dancers and the lead singers, Justin was better at engaging the audience while JC was more focused on hitting the marks. Justin full out admits that JC is the superior singer.
** Dance-wise, Justin is actually a Technician, a singer who learned how to dance like a Performer while [[http://sajinokami.tumblr.com/post/67922626352 JC]] was the Performer, a natural dancer who learned how to sing like a Technician.
** They were also the Performer (skillfully elaborate performances, willingness to experiment with their genre) in contrast to Backstreet's Technician (skilled but more simplistic performances, preferred staying within their genre).
* TeenIdol
* ThemeTuneCameo: "Bye Bye Bye" plays in the beginning of the "It's Gonna Be Me" video.
* TitleTrack: "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "No Strings Attached", "Celebrity".
* TranslatedCoverVersion: "This I Promise You" was re-recorded into Spanish as "Yo Te Voy a Amar" and they even performed it at the Latin Grammys. They also recorded a Spanish version of "Gone".
* TruckDriversGearChange
* VFormationTeamShot: The choreography for "I Want You Back" and "Bye Bye Bye" end with this pose. Their choreography in general will work this formation into it as well as the majority of their photo shoots.
* VocalTagTeam: NSYNC songs typically have Justin and JC handling the solo verses, with Chris regularly providing secondary harmonies for them and the other two relegated to the choruses. Chris is a distant third when it comes to number of solos, Joey having even fewer, and Lance essentially none. They were often criticized for this and compared to the rivaling Music/BackstreetBoys, who gave every member at least one line in most of their songs.
** That said, there are actually a number of songs that spread out the solos more evenly among the group, though they are not as well known. As stated above, Chris was was the most likely to be given solo verses in addition to Justin and JC, though many of these songs were outside their album releases. About half of the songs from ''Home For Christmas'' contain solos from Chris and Joey and "The Only Gift" features solos from all five members. The Beatles/Temptations medley from their 2002 ''Celebrity Tour'' and the Tim [=McGraw=] medley from the Atlantis Concert also showcases solos from all five members. "Together Again" is their only single release in which Justin, JC, Joey, and Chris sing lead. They've also contributed a song called "Here and Now" to the soundtrack of the German film ''Widows'', which features leads from everyone but Joey. And if their 1995 demo tape is anything to go by, they originally intended for Chris and Joey to lead as often as Justin and JC.
** There are several songs that avert this by having only one member lead the entirety of a song. JC was the most frequent soloist, leading "Sailing", "For the Girl Who Has Everything", "Some Dreams", and "Bringin' Da Noise". Justin leads "Riddle" and "Gone" and even Chris got "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" for himself.
*** Live versions of the first two songs play this straight, however; the live version of "Sailing" has Chris sharing the final verse with JC, while the music video, radio, and live versions of "For The Girl Who Has Everything" give the second verse to Justin.
* WallBangHer: "Up Against The Wall"
* AWildRapperAppears:
** "Space Cowboy" featured the late Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes of Music/{{TLC}}.
** The single version of "Girlfriend" featured Nelly.
** Justin and Chris rap the bridge in their "Just Got Paid" cover.
** The Europe-only single "U Drive Me Crazy" features the German rapper Toni Cottura.
** "Do Your Thing" features a rapped bridge by the song's writer, gospel artist J. Moss.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: "U Drive Me Crazy" and "Bringin' Da Noise".
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