A boy band that sprouted up along with The Backstreet Boys, this band proves to be just as interesting as the other. Below are but a few interesting facts about the life of the band as well as the formation of it.
Lou Pearlman Again
Before Lou was wrapped up in a scandal around a ponzi scheme, Pearlman helped with managing the band along with managing The Backstreet Boys. He was technically the one behind launching NSYNC after seeing the success from another boy band, New Kids on the Block.
During the time of managing, Pearlman caused a lot of hardship for the band, most notably was him making himself an honorary sixth member which entitled him to a sixth of the money on top of the commissions and fees he charged.
The Name And Band Formation
NSYNC came up first when Chris Kirkpatrick failed to make it into The Backstreet Boys. At the time Howie Dorough, a member of that band, introduced Chris to Lou, who then sold him the idea of NSYNC.
From there, Chris recruited Joey Fatone, Lou asked Justin Timberlake to join. It wasn’t long after that that the other two members, Joey and JC, joined the fold.
The band name NSYNC came about from the last letter of each one of the member’s first name: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC. The idea was first proposed by Justin’s mother, Lynn.
Shortly after the formation of that though, one of the singers, Jason Galasso, left the band. He was eventually replaced by singer Lance Bass. In order to keep the acronym going, Lance was nicknamed “Lanceton.”
Lance joined the band after hearing that the band was looking for someone to replace their missing singer. He was told this by his vocal coach who had also past experience training Timberlake.
Album Debut & Movie Appearances
In the band’s debut, “I Want You Back,” the song first made it’s showing in Germany in 1996, one year before the single was launched in the US in 1998. Until 1998, Germany was also treated to another album called ’N Sync, which was released on May 26, 1997. Similarly, that album wasn’t launched in the US until March 24, 1998.
At the time of launching ’N Sync, the sales for the album were particularly slow. What sped the band to popularity was due to the massive exposure the Disney Channel gave them. In July 1998 a Disney Channel special called “NSYNC Live In Concert,” was aired and sales were boosted.
From the boost in popularity, some of the members made their appearance in a handful of films. In one of the episodes of Touched by an Angel, you can see the band playing as street performers. The band was also going to make a cameo appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Clone Wars, but was pulled out after fan outcry.
Outside of that, band members Joey and Lance appeared in a Lance-produced feature length film. Both members co-starred in a 2001 film called On the Line.
Furthermore the band also made an appearance in the film Longshot, which was produced by Pearlman to promote the artists he managed: NSYNC, Britney Spears, LFO, and Take 5. That film never made an appearance in theatres.