*NSYNC's "Bye,Bye,Bye" has been nominated for 6 MTV Video Music Awards. They have been nominated in the following categories: "Best Group Video", "Best Dance Video", "Best Pop Video", "Best Choreography in a Video", "Video of the Year", and "Viewer's Choice". They were on hand at the MTV Time's Square studio last Tuesday morning, July 25th to announce the nominations. The guys will also be performing on the awards to be held at Radio City Music Hall in NY on September 7, 2000.
Spears and *NSYNC Partner With McDonald's
By Ed Christman & Barry A. Jeckell
July 16, 2000
McDonald's unveiled its Summer Music Event 2000 music promotion today (July 20) with a simultaneous press conference with 'N Sync, Sisqo, and Joe at a McDonald's restaurant in Philadelphia and Britney Spears at the Ronald McDonald House in San Antonio. The promotion includes three, eight-track CDs: "The Groove CD" R&B/hip-hop compilation (including 702, DMX, Mary J. Blige), "The Rhythm CD" Latin compilation (including Carlos Vives, Enrique Iglesias, Selena), and "Your #1 Requests ... And More" (featuring new songs from 'N Sync and Britney Spears). The CDs are specially created for McDonald's and will be sold for $4.99 each with the purchase of any regularly priced menu item. Spears and 'N Sync also appear in a 35-minute video, featuring interviews with the artists and behind-the-scenes footage from music video shoots. The video will also retail for $4.99 with a purchase. Each CD and the video offers the chance to win a concert ticket/backstage pass giveaway to upcoming concerts by Spears, 'N Sync, Joe, and Vives. A recorded message on the winning disc or video will give further details. The low-price CD promotion is similar to one the fast food chain ran in 1994, which featured specially compiled CDs of Garth Brooks, Tina Turner, Elton John, and other artists. That promotion proved unpopular with music specialty merchants, who complained about being bypassed and about the low price; those retailers had no such complaints when asked about the new promotion. McDonald's has also partnered with Tiger Electronics to roll-out the HitClips Micro Music Player, which clips to clothing and comes with a single "earbud"-style headphone. Available in three colors for $4.99 at McDonald's for a limited time, the player comes with a quarter-sized Tiger Micro Music Clip of either Spears' "Stronger" or 'N Sync's "It's Gonna Be Me." The Micro Music Clip chip is compatible with the HitClips Rockin' Micro Boombox and HitClips Alarm Clock.
'N Sync Supersized
by Josh Grossberg
Jul 19, 2000
Sure, the Backstreet Boys may sing "Larger than Life," but come this fall, their rivals in 'N Sync plan on actually being larger than life. The 'N Syncers are planning to release a big, big-screen Imax concert movie. Shot Tuesday during a performance at Detroit's Pontiac Silverdome, the aptly titled 'N Sync: Bigger than Live will give fans an up-close look at Justin, JC, Lance, Joey and Chris strutting their stuff on stage. The film, the first big-screen concert since The Rolling Stones--Live at the Max rocked the large-format screen back in 1990, is scheduled to hit theaters in October. The Los Angeles-based Really Big Film Corp., a company which deals in large-format films, is producing and distributing the movie. Bigger Than Live is not to be confused with the popsters' other movie project, currently 'N development, which the group announced at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Although details are scarce, the quintet apparently will star, cowrite and coproduce the feature-length film. However, unlike other rock movies (see: Spice World), the guys will be playing characters other than their superstar selves. The project is slated to go before cameras next year. In the meantime, the boys are continuing with their monster sold-out tour in support of their chart-topping, platinum-selling No Strings Attached album.
**Attn: The lip balm project has since been cancelled.**
Ever dream about one of the boys of 'N Sync pressed against your mouth? Well, pucker up, because now is your chance. Sort of. Prepare to say "Bye Bye Bye" to chapped lips forever. Famous Fixins, a producer of celebrity-licensed promotional products, including Britney Spears bubble gum, announced Wednesday that it had inked a deal with the top-selling boy band to launch a new line of flavored 'N Sync lip balms (But not, alas, 'N Sync-flavored lip balms).
The various balms will be sold separately and as a five-pack. Each 'N Sync member will have their own flavor: Green Apple (Joey Fatone), Blue Raspberry (Lance Bass), Watermelon (J.C. Chasez ), and Strawberry (Chris Kirkpatrick). Justin Timberlake? He's Vanilla.
'N Sync lip balm will be available via supermarkets, drug stores, and select retailers. Look for it on shelves mid-summer.
*NSYNC Coming to Big Screen
By Stephen M. Silverman
Further details are emerging about the big screen movie on JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake -- who are collectively known as *NSYNC -- though not THAT many details are known. What was revealed in Los Angeles yesterday is that they won't be playing themselves in the new movie, whose plot and title will not be revealed until a May 14 news conference at the Cannes Film Festival. The film will begin shooting next year, said Gerald Green, chairman and CEO of Total Film Group, which is producing the film with Phat Free Productions. The record-breaking group (whose recent release, "No Strings Attached," sold the most copies ever in a single day and the most of any album in its first week of release), previously announced a film project they intend to make with Tom Hanks's production company. This still appears to be on track.
*NSYNC Shatters Sales Record
By: Robert Mancini
To steal a phrase originally coined for Frank Sinatra: it's 'NSYNC's world, we just live in it.
When SoundScan sales figures were released on Wednesday, the boy band cemented its full-blown phenom status as the group sold a whopping 2.4 million copies of its "No Strings Attached" album in just one week in stores. The mark sets a new record for best one-week sales and more than doubles the previous record set by the Backstreet Boys' "Millennium," which sold 1.13 million its first week out in May 1999.
'NSYNC's monster sales figures are also almost ten times greater than that of the number two record album in the country, Santana's "Supernatural," which sold 265,000 copies last week. And for even more perspective, ponder this: "No Strings Attached" sold more copies last week than the rest of the "Billboard" top 20 combined.
'NSYNC's record week may not have been simply the result of a wide fan base and effective marketing. Many 'NSYNC fans were spotted buying numerous copies of "No Strings Attached," some simply to have more than one, and others to specifically help the group break the Backstreet Boys' sales record.
'N Sync has formed two new companies to assist in administering future business for the group. SKEEZ, LLC. will handle the group's touring and ZEEKS, INC. will oversee merchandising, recording and all other ancillary activities.
'N Sync broke the previously held record of 145 adds held by Jive's Backstreet Boys by grabbing over an unbelievable 200 adds for "Bye Bye Bye" in its first week on radio!
'N Sync's debut album has gone DIAMOND! 10 million copies of 'N Sync's self-titled debut album have been sold in the US as of January 5th, 2000 according to the Record Industry Association of America.