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After 29 Years, Some Fans Are Finally Realizing What NSYNC Means

Despite being formed back in 1995, fans are still learning new things about one of the biggest boy bands in the world, NSYNC. While boy bands may feel like a thing of the past, some people simply can’t get enough of them. NSYNC, whose original members consisted of Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Justin Timberlake, still have scores of fans around the world.

Hiatus and Reunion – Origin of the Name

17JAN2000: Pop group NSYNC at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Paul Smith / Featureflash
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The group left fans devastated when they announced they were going on hiatus in 2002. Seemingly at the height of their fame after releasing iconic hits like “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me.” However, they reunited last year, releasing the song “Better Place” as part of the soundtrack for Trolls Band Together, the animated film featuring Timberlake and Anna Kendrick.

But amazingly, despite their major success in the late 90s and early 2000s, as well as Timberlake’s monumental solo career, many still don’t know why the boy group opted for their name. Amazingly, NSYNC has Timberlake’s mother to thank for their moniker, at least for part of the reason.

The “In Sync” Story & The The Hidden Letter Connection

Pop group NSYNC at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre, Hollywood. They won the awards for Choice Single and Choice Concert. 12AUG2001. Paul Smith/Featureflash
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The group, all of various ages, had to learn to sing together and seemed to hit it off pretty easily. This led to Timberlake’s mother commenting on how ‘in sync’ they were when they sang. “My mother came up with the name,” Timberlake told CNN in 2001. “The first time we sang together, she goes, ‘Man, you guys sound really in sync.’ And we were like ding, ding, ding.”

But beyond this, the last letter from each member’s name actually spells out NSYNC: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, LanstoN, and J.C. The revelation recently surfaced on Reddit, and many users claimed they had never heard the story despite being fans of the music group.

Fan Reactions

17JAN2000: Pop group NSYNC at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Paul Smith / Featureflash
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“Why on earth would they use all the last letters? Surely JCJJJC is much cooler,” joked one user. Another added: “I was a big fan of NSYNC in the 90s, and I remember watching an interview where they mentioned Justin’s mom was who initially brought up the ‘in sync’ moniker. I didn’t realize the letters were used from their names.”

A third, who was less than impressed with the information, commented: “Last letter of each member’s first name is legitimately ridiculous.” However, someone else hit back: “No, it’s not. That would be too many people. Last letter of each member’s first name is legitimately ‘n s y n c.’” The more you know, I suppose. The next time someone asks you about NSYNC, you will have one heck of an anecdote to tell them. You are welcome.

Rise to Fame & Breaking Records

'NSync at 2002 Grammy Awards, LA, CA 2/27/2002
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Beyond their name, NSYNC’s journey to fame was marked by significant milestones and moments that cemented their place in pop culture history. Formed in Orlando, Florida, the group quickly gained popularity with their debut single “I Want You Back.” Their self-titled debut album was released in 1998 and became a massive hit, propelling them to stardom.

NSYNC’s success continued with their sophomore album, “No Strings Attached,” released in 2000. This album not only solidified their status as pop icons but also broke records, selling over 2.4 million copies in its first week. The album featured some of their most memorable hits, including “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me,” both of which became anthems for a generation.

Continued Success – Solo Endeavors

LOS ANGELES - APR 30: NSYNC Star at the *NSYNC Star Ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA
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Their third album, “Celebrity,” released in 2001, further showcased their growth as artists. With a mix of pop, R&B, and dance tracks, NSYNC continued to dominate the charts and win over fans with their infectious energy and undeniable talent. However, despite their success, the group decided to take a hiatus in 2002, leaving fans heartbroken.

In the years that followed, Justin Timberlake embarked on a successful solo career. While the other members pursued various projects in music, television, and theater. Despite their individual successes, the bond between the members remained strong. Their reunion for the Trolls Band Together soundtrack was a testament to their enduring friendship and musical chemistry.

Cultural Impact, Their Recognition and Legacy

LOS ANGELES - APR 30: Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, NSYNC at the *NSYNC Star Ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA
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NSYNC’s influence on pop culture extends beyond their music. They were known for their elaborate music videos, memorable choreography, and trendsetting fashion. Their impact on the boy band genre paved the way for future groups and continues to inspire new generations of artists.

In recent years, the group has been recognized for their contributions to music and entertainment. In 2018, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an honor that celebrated their legacy and the lasting impact they’ve had on the industry.

Final Thoughts

Chris Kirkpatrick, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and JC Chasez of NSYNC at the LA premiere of 'Trolls Band Together' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on November 15, 2023.
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As fans continue to celebrate NSYNC’s music and legacy, new stories and trivia about the group continue to emerge. Whether it’s the origin of their name or behind-the-scenes anecdotes, there’s always something new to discover about this iconic boy band.

So, the next time you find yourself reminiscing about the 90s and early 2000s pop scene, remember NSYNC and the incredible journey they embarked on. From their humble beginnings to their record-breaking success and beyond, NSYNC remains a beloved part of music history. Their story continues to captivate fans old and new.

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