This was the first single from the second 'N Sync album, No Strings Attached
, which set a record by selling 2.4 million copies the first week it was out. By 2000, there was a hysteria for the group, which had some modest hits from their first album ("I Want You Back
," "God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You
") but nothing crazy. That album was issued internationally in 1997 to test their appeal, then released in America in 1998. With New Kids On The Block off the radar since 1991, many wondered if the boy band genre was over, but both 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys made inroads, and when BSB issued their album Millennium
in 1999, it started the frenzy. Already established as their closest competitors, 'N Sync rode that wave with No Strings Attached
, which went on to sell over 12 million copies in America. After that wave crested, they released one more album - Celebrity
in 2001 - which sold 5 million, and then they broke up. Justin Timberlake ended up being the breakout solo star with his first album, Justified
, in 2020.