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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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  1.   Song
  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.   Just Got Paid
  20.   You Got It
  21.   Sailing
  22.   Here We Go
  23.   It Makes Me Ill
  24.   I Just Wanna Be With You
  25.   Giddy Up
  26.   Just Don't Tell Me That
  27.   Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)
  28.   Crazy for You
  29.   Selfish
  30.   Bringin' da Noise
  31.   No Strings Attached
  32.   Everything I Own
  33.   The Game Is Over
  34.   I'll Never Stop
  35.   For the Girl Who Has Everything
  36.   See Right Through You
  37.   Digital Get Down
  38.   Falling
  39.   It's Christmas
  40.   On the Line featuring Christian Burns
  41.   That Girl (Will Never Be Mine)
  42.   Celebrity
  43.   I Need Love
  44.   Are You Gonna Be There
  45.   The Lion Sleeps Tonight (A Capella Version)
  46.   Something Like You
  47.   Tell Me (Tell Me... Baby)
  48.   You Don't Have to Be Alone (On Christmas) by James Horner
  49.   I Thought She Knew
  50.   That's When I'll Stop Loving You
  51.   Somewhere, Someday
  52.   If Only in Heaven's Eyes
  53.   U Drive Me Crazy
  54.   Close The Door
  55.   Higher
  56.   Found Love
  57.   Turn Off The Light
  58.   Feel the Love
  59.   The Two of Us
  60.   If I'm Not the One
  61.   I Just Want to Be With You
  62.   Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)
  63.   I'll Be Good for You
  64.   Forever Young
  65.   Best of My Life
  66.   Love's in Our Hearts on Christmas Day
  67.   In Love on Christmas
  68.   All I Want Is You This Christmas
  69.   The Only Gift
  70.   Kiss Me at Midnight
  71.   Under My Tree
  72.   I Never Knew the Meaning of Christmas
  73.   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  74.   Can U Feel It
  75.   Riddle
  76.   More Than a Feeling
  77.   I Guess It's Christmas Time
  78.   Do Your Thing

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