10 Year Anniversary of *NSYNC’s History-Making No Strings Attached
Great article about the 10th anniversary of No Strings Attached, as posted at our affiliate site, jc-chasez.net:
This Sunday, March 21st marked the 10-year anniversary of the release of the album that made musical history: ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached. It didn’t make history because of its groundbreaking sound, or because it spun off a record number of singles — it made history because of how many copies it sold. In its first week, No Strings Attached sold an astounding 2.4 million copies. No album had ever sold that many copies in one week, and no album since then has come close to matching it. These days, thanks to the ongoing demise of the traditional music industry and the CD as a format, an artist is lucky if they sell that many copies over an entire year.
The victory was sweet for ‘N Sync, because the unbelievable sales of No Strings Attached had beat the previous record of 1.1 million copies sold in a single week, set the previous by their longtime rivals, The Backstreet Boys. After a month, No Strings Attached has sold some seven million copies, and it ended up topping the album chart for eight straight weeks. ‘N Sync’s Joey Fatone said at the time, “We knew we were gonna sell something, but not to that [extent]…we’re very thankful, ’cause we didn’t really break the record, the fans broke the record. Y’know, they’re the ones that helped us do that, and we can’t thank them enough.”
No Strings Attached spun off three top-five singles: “Bye Bye Bye,” “This I Promise You” and the group’s first U.S. #1 hit, “It’s Gonna Be Me.” By the end of 2009, the disc stood at 11.1 million copies sold, making it the second best-selling album of the 2000′s. It was outsold only by The Beatles’ hits collection, 1, which sold 11.5 million copies.
A year after No Strings Attached, ‘N Sync released Celebrity, their third and, it turned out, final studio album. It sold 1.88 million copies in its first week. Lance Bass later claimed in his autobiography Out of Sync that Jive Records’ decison to release only singles featuring Justin Timerlake [sic] from the album led him to pursue a solo career, effectively ending the group as a recording and touring entity. Since then, Lance has come out of the closet and competed on Dancing with the Stars, while JC Chasez has released a solo album, written and produced music for other acts and acted as a judge on America’s Best Dance Crew. Joey Fatone also competed on Dancing with the Stars and has done hosting work. Chris Kirkpatrick did voiceover for animation, appeared on the VH1 reality show Mission: Man Band and worked in radio. As for Justin Timberlake…so far, there doesn’t seem to be anything he can’t do.
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