'N Sync

June 30, 1979

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  • Timberlake and Chasez were in The Mickey Mouse Club before forming the group.
  • The name 'N Sync comes from the last letter each member's first name. The second N comes from Lance Bass' nickname, Lansten.

    So why the star? It was added at the suggestion of Israeli illusionist Uri Geller, who believes in the power of symbolism. "We sat down and I wrote, on a napkin, NSYNC, and I drew a star in the cafe [in London's Covent Garden]." Geller recalled to The Huffington Post in 2015. "And I told them, if they place that star on their first CD, they're going to shoot up to #1."

    Geller added that he "thought that a star would bring them that connection to see the synchronicities of the universe of success," continuing, "I think drawing and writing down their name and creating that star gave them that subliminal push to go for it."

    Geller wasn't quite right. 'N Sync's first self-titled CD ended up reaching #2 on the US album chart.
  • Every year they help organize a celebrity basketball game for the Challenge For Children charity.
  • Their album No Strings Attached holds the record for first week sales with 2.4 million. Their next album, Celebrity, is second with 1.88 million.
  • Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were an official couple for over two years. It's rumored that Britney broke it off with Justin because he couldn't keep his hands off of his backup dancer, Jenna.
  • 'N Sync's first time touring in the US. was as an opener for Janet Jackson.
  • Fatone had a small supporting role in the movie My Big Greek Wedding.
  • Kirkpatrick had his own clothing line called FuMan Skeeto.
  • Mattel created three 'N Sync barbies. >>
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  • After 'N Sync announced the start of a "temporary hiatus" in spring 2002, the band didn't record any more new material. However, it wasn't until 2007 that Lance Bass confirmed the group had "definitely broken up."

    Looking back at the end of 'N Sync with The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Timberlake recalled: "We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big. It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche. And, also, I was growing out of it."

    "I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group," he added. "I felt like I had other music I wanted to make and that I needed to follow my heart."

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