'N Sync (album)

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'N Sync
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 26, 1997 (1997-05-26)
  • Trans Continental
  • RCA
NSYNC chronology
'N Sync
Home for Christmas
Alternate artwork
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Singles from 'N Sync
  1. "I Want You Back"
    Released: October 7, 1996 (1996-10-07)
  2. "Tearin' Up My Heart"
    Released: February 10, 1997 (1997-02-10)
  3. "Here We Go"
    Released: May 5, 1997 (1997-05-05)
  4. "For the Girl Who Has Everything"
    Released: August 18, 1997 (1997-08-18)
  5. "Together Again"
    Released: November 8, 1997 (1997-11-08)
  6. "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"
    Released: February 9, 1999 (1999-02-09)
  7. "I Drive Myself Crazy"
    Released: February 15, 1999 (1999-02-15)

'N Sync is the debut studio album by American boy band NSYNC, initially released in Germany on May 26, 1997 by Trans Continental Records and internationally on March 24, 1998 by RCA Records. Following the success of the album's initial release, with singles "I Want You Back" and "Tearin' Up My Heart" reaching the top ten on the Official German Charts, and the album reaching number one on the Offizielle Top 100.

The album has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide, with the album earning a diamond certification in the US, as well as peaking at number two on the Billboard 200.

Background[edit source | edit]

In 1995, Chris Kirkpatrick met with Lou Pearlman to talk about forming a pop group. Pearlman said that he would finance the group if Kirkpatrick would find other young male singers to be with him in the band. This prompted Kirkpatrick to call Joey Fatone, a friend he had met while working at Universal Studios. Fatone and Kirkpatrick then approached Pearlman for more suggestions. Pearlman looked through some tapes they had, and one of Justin Timberlake from The Mickey Mouse Club caught their eye. Timberlake soon joined the group and recommended his friend Joshua "JC" Chasez, who also was a cast member on the Mickey Mouse Club. Soon, they decided to even out their sound by finding a bass singer.

Initially, their fifth member was to be Jason Galasso. After several weeks of rehearsals, the group set up a showcase and began planning to officially sign with Pearlman's Trans Continental Label. However, at the last minute, Galasso dropped out as he was not fond of the group's musical direction, claiming that being a teen idol was never a goal of his.[3] In need of a bass, the group auditioned several people without success. Timberlake soon called his vocal coach, who suggested a 16-year-old from Mississippi named Lance Bass. Bass flew to Orlando to audition and was immediately accepted into the group. After being signed to BMG Ariola Munich, another of Pearlman's labels, the group was sent to Sweden to begin working on their debut album with the help of producers such as Denniz Pop, Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson.

Singles[edit source | edit]

Initial release[edit source | edit]

The album's official lead single, "I Want You Back", was released in Germany on October 4, 1996,[4] and reached the top 10 on November 18, 1996.[5] The group's second single, "Tearin' Up My Heart", was released on February 10, 1997,[6] also peaking within the top 10.[7] The third single, "Here We Go", was released on May 5, 1997,[8] just three weeks prior to the release of the album, to similar success.[9][10] Their self-titled debut album was then released by BMG Ariola Munich on May 26, 1997, which peaked at number one on the second week of release in Germany.[11] The group soon became an overnight success throughout much of Europe.[12] The album also charted successfully in both Switzerland and Austria eventually selling 820,000 units in GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) region and Eastern Europe.[13][14] Two further singles, "For the Girl Who Has Everything" and "Together Again", were subsequently released on August 18 and November 3, 1997, respectively, achieving success in Germany and other European territories.[15][16]

International breakthrough[edit source | edit]

Following their success of their début album in several European territories, the band captured the attention of Vincent DeGiorgio, an A&R rep for RCA Records. After watching the group perform a rendition of their single "Together Again" in Budapest in November 1997, he offered them a record deal with RCA, which the group immediately agreed to. On January 20, 1998, their first German single, "I Want You Back", was released in both the United Kingdom and the United States, becoming their first single in both territories, achieving success on both the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100. Around this time, RCA Records announced that they wished to release the group's debut album, which was previously only released in Germany, in both the U.K. and the U.S., however, wanted to make adjustments to suit both markets. This resulted in the tracks "Riddle", "Best of My Life", "More Than a Feeling", "Together Again" and "Forever Young" being cut altogether, and new mixes of "I Want You Back", "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "For the Girl Who Has Everything" being recorded. The new version of the album also included four new tracks: "I Just Wanna Be with You", "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You", "Everything I Own", "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)". This version of the album was subsequently released in the United States on March 24, 1998.

On June 30, 1998, the group's second German single, "Tearin' Up My Heart", was released in both the U.K. and the U.S., once again achieving success on both charts. Further edits were made for the British version of the album, including remixes of "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)", "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" and "For the Girl Who Has Everything", plus an all-new track, "U Drive Me Crazy", written exclusively for the British market. This version of the album was released in the UK on July 5, 1998. At first, sales of the album were mediocre in both British and American territories, until the band's worldwide broadcast Disney Summer Concert in 1998. After the concert was aired, sales of the album began to skyrocket. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and shipped over 10 million copies in the United States alone, making it certified 10× Platinum and earning the group an RIAA diamond award.[17] On February 9, 1999, a third single from the new version of the album, "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You", was released exclusively in the United States, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. They then went on to become the #3 top-selling boy-band group of all time.

Commercial performance[edit source | edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[18]
Robert ChristgauTemplate:Rating-Christgau[19]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[20]

The album debuted at number eighty two on the Billboard 200 the week of April 11, 1998, with sales of approximately 14,000 units.[21][22] After six months, on October 10, 1998, the album reached and peaked at number 2 on the chart and remained on it for one hundred nine weeks.[23] It spent a total of thirty weeks inside the top 10. The album spent three weeks at number 2 from September 1998 to January 1999. It peaked behind three different number-one blockbuster albums: Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Garth Brooks' Double Live and Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time.[24] According to Nielsen SoundScan, it was the fifth best selling record of 1998 in the United States with 4,400,000 copies sold.[25] The album was certified ten times platinum by the RIAA on January 5, 2000, denoting shipments of ten millions.[26] The album has sold 9,854,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen Music (as of March, 2015) with an additional 1.50 million units at the BMG Music Club (as of early 2003).[27] In the United Kingdom the album debuted and peaked at number 30 on July 11, 1999, and remained on the chart for only three weeks.[28] Worldwide, the album has sold 15,540,000 copies.[29]

The album was ranked as the 137th best album of all time on the Billboard Top 200 Albums of All Time.[30]

Track listing[edit source | edit]

All lead vocals provided by JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake.

1."Tearin' Up My Heart"Lundin4:48
2."You Got It"Veit RennRenn3:34
3."Sailing"Christopher CrossRenn4:36
4."Crazy for You"
  • Christian Hamm
  • Alain Bertoni
Gary Carolla3:40
5."Riddle"Pat ReinizRenn3:42
6."For the Girl Who Has Everything"
  • Jolyon Skinner
  • Renn
7."I Need Love"CarollaCarolla3:14
8."Giddy Up"
9."Here We Go"
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • V. D. Toorn (co.)
  • Rollocks (co.)
10."Best of My Life"
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • Toorn
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • Toorn
11."More Than a Feeling"Tom ScholzJaap Eggermont3:44
12."I Want You Back"
  • Pop
  • Martin
13."Together Again"
  • Andy Reynolds
  • Tee Green
  • Corolla
  • Renn (vocal)
14."Forever Young"
Total length:56:18

Charts[edit source | edit]

Certifications and sales[edit source | edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[52] Gold Expression error: Missing operand for *.*
Canada (Music Canada)[53] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Germany (BVMI)[54] Gold Expression error: Missing operand for *.^
Poland (ZPAV)[55] Gold Expression error: Missing operand for *.*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[56] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Diamond 11,354,000[upper-alpha 1]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit source | edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Germany May 26, 1997 CD Ariola [57]
Japan November 1, 1997 CD Sony [58]
United States March 24, 1998
  • Cassette
  • CD
RCA [59][60]
Japan June 5, 1999 CD Sony [61]
United Kingdom October 1, 1999 BMG [62]
Germany January 12, 2018 LP Music on Vinyl [63]
United Kingdom January 19, 2018 [64]

See also[edit source | edit]

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. As of March 2015, the album has sold 9,854,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan, which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Club, where it sold 1.50 million units.[27] Combined, it has sold over 11,354,000 copies in the United States.

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