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Along with the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, *NSYNC dominated the teen pop explosion of the late '90s with a blend of group harmonies, gauzy ballads, and well-produced dance textures. Although the group emerged in 1996 in Orlando, FL, singers JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake had previously co-starred on The Mickey Mouse Club before relocating to Nashville, where they worked on solo projects with the same vocal coach and songwriters. Timberlake soon returned to Orlando, where he befriended Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone. Along with Chasez, the four agreed to form a boy band, and *NSYNC officially launched after the addition of bass singer Lance Bass. The group recorded its self-titled debut LP with help from a series of producers, including Denniz Pop (whose protégé, Max Martin would later work with the band after Pop's death in 1998). The album was initially released by BMG Ariola Munich, and *NSYNC soon became an overnight success throughout much of Europe, where the singles "I Want You Back" and "Tearing Up My Heart" became sizable hits. The album was then released in America during the spring of 1998. Accompanied by a tour of the nation's roller rinks, it became immensely popular and eventually sold more than ten million copies, thus establishing the singers as teen pop titans. Home for Christmas followed later that same year and went double-platinum, while a similar version was released in Europe under the title The Winter Album. Although already celebrated as one of pop music's biggest acts, *NSYNC rose to greater heights with the release of No Strings Attached in 2000. The album was originally slated to appear in 1999, but a series of legal battles with former manager Lou Pearlman delayed its arrival by several months. After successfully escaping from Pearlman's contract and signing with Jive Entertainment, *NSYNC happily watched as sales of No Strings Attached topped one million during its first day of release. Nearly two and a half million copies were sold by the end of the week, and three singles soon cracked the Top Five in America: "Bye Bye Bye" (which many viewed as a sendoff to the band's old management), "It's Gonna Be Me," and the ballad "This I Promise You." Supported by a 76-date American tour that grossed over $75 million, No Strings Attached proved to be the most popular album of 2000, selling nearly ten million copies. *NSYNC returned to the road in early 2001, this time to promote the impending release of Celebrity. The album appeared that summer to continued fanfare, with first-week sales reaching nearly two million -- a feat that made Celebrity the second fastest-selling album of all time, bested only by No Strings Attached. The album featured a stronger debt to hip-hop and included several songs written by Timberlake and Chasez, an opportunity that may have whetted their desire to pursue respective solo careers. Following an elaborate stadium tour, the group went on hiatus in mid-2002. Timberlake released his solo debut that same year, successfully making the jump from boy band vocalist to critically acclaimed solo artist, while Chasez found less success with his own record, 2004's Schizophrenic. Meanwhile, Joey Fatone launched a movie career and later performed on Broadway, Chris Kirkpatrick starred in the reality TV series Mission: Man Band, and Lance Bass became a certified cosmonaut in the hopes of making it to outer space. The group's website shut down in 2006, however, prompting increased speculation about *NSYNC's future. Responding to such rumors in 2007, Bass informed the Orlando Sentinel that the group had "definitely broken up" in light of Timberlake's desire to continue his solo career. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  2.   Bye Bye Bye
  3.   Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
  4.   God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You
  5.   This I Promise You
  6.   Tearin' Up My Heart
  7.   It's Gonna Be Me
  8.   I Want You Back
  9.   The First Noel
  10.   Pop
  11.   Girlfriend
  12.   Music of My Heart
  13.   Gone
  14.   O Holy Night
  15.   I Drive Myself Crazy
  16.   Up Against the Wall
  17.   Home for Christmas
  18.   I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You
  19.   Here We Go
  20.   Crazy for You
  21.   Just Got Paid
  22.   You Got It
  23.   Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)
  24.   It Makes Me Ill
  25.   No Strings Attached
  26.   I Thought She Knew
  27.   Bringin' da Noise
  28.   I Need Love
  29.   For the Girl Who Has Everything
  30.   Just Don't Tell Me That
  31.   Something Like You
  32.   Sailing
  33.   Selfish
  34.   See Right Through You
  35.   Celebrity
  36.   It's Christmas
  37.   Do Your Thing
  38.   Giddy Up
  39.   The Only Gift
  40.   That's When I'll Stop Loving You
  41.   Digital Get Down
  42.   Forever Young
  43.   U Drive Me Crazy
  44.   I Just Wanna Be With You
  45.   I Guess It's Christmas Time
  46.   Under My Tree
  47.   The Game Is Over
  48.   Close The Door
  49.   On the Line featuring Christian Burns
  50.   Are You Gonna Be There
  51.   Higher
  52.   Found Love
  53.   The Lion Sleeps Tonight (A Capella Version)
  54.   Feel the Love
  55.   Falling
  56.   That Girl (Will Never Be Mine)
  57.   The Two of Us
  58.   You Don't Have to Be Alone (On Christmas) by James Horner
  59.   I Just Want to Be With You
  60.   Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)
  61.   I'll Never Stop
  62.   I'll Be Good for You
  63.   Together Again
  64.   Best of My Life
  65.   Somewhere, Someday
  66.   If Only in Heaven's Eyes
  67.   Everything I Own
  68.   Love's in Our Hearts on Christmas Day
  69.   In Love on Christmas
  70.   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  71.   Kiss Me at Midnight
  72.   Turn Off The Light
  73.   Riddle
  74.   Can U Feel It
  75.   If I'm Not the One
  76.   More Than a Feeling
  77.   Tell Me (Tell Me... Baby)
  78.   I Never Knew the Meaning of Christmas
  79.   All I Want Is You This Christmas

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