Shaggy Tops *NSYNC For Yearly Sales Nod

The RIAA has recognized the six times platinum ‘Hotshot’ as the best selling album of the year, beating out Enya’s ‘A Day Without Rain’ and ’s ‘Celebrity’. RIAA president/CEO Hilary Rosen said in a statement, “When the industry has a year when you can mention Shaggy, Enya, and ‘N Sync in the same breath, there is a clear indication that Americans are not turning to any one genre of music.”

Vibe Editor Says *NSYNC R&B Effort Ironic

December 22, 2001 – spoke with Mimi Valdes, editor at large for Vibe magazine, about the new single from *NSYNC titled ‘Girlfriend.’ Valdes said, “Girlfriend’s lyrics are pure and innocent, and the song brings a cool R&B vibe to the marketplace. I think R&B was just missing [that]. It’s just ironic that these white boys just brought that back.”

Melinda Posts Happy Holidays Update

December 20, 2001 – Melinda posted an update for *NSYNC fans telling them “Happy Holidays from the *NSYNC Family.” As for their holiday plans, she says, “The guys are finally taking a couple weeks to be with their family and friends during the Holidays. All will go be with their families and give their office people a chance to catch up.”

Britney & *NSYNC Top AOL Search Queries

December 20, 2001 – AOL revealed today that was the most searched for person for the year beating out Nostradamus and Oprah. Britney also had the #3 poll of the year asking ‘Where Will Britney Be in Five Years?’ with 35% saying she will be Mrs. Timberlake. As for Justin, he and his *NSYNC bandmates were the most searched band on their website for the year beating out the Backstreet Boys at #2 and O-Town at #3.

Conan Receives *NSYNC X-Mas Card

December 20, 2001 – Conan O’Brien joked during a bit on Wednesday, “I got a [Christmas] card from *NSYNC. Isn’t that nice? Oh, well, you’ll love this then. No, it’s true. Look at this. *NSYNC sent me this. It says — “During the holidays, it’s more important to give than to receive.” And then it says — “Fortunately, we can do both.” Love, *NSYNC! Lawsuit in five, four — Not my problem, they sue the network. They show some liquor ads, and they get the money back!” The card featured naked members of the group in a choo-choo train position with a black rectangular bar blacking out their privates.

New *NSYNC Video For New Year’s Eve

December 20, 2001 – The new *NSYNC video for ‘Girlfriend’ will premiere on December 31 on MTV’s New Year’s Eve 2002 special. The video will feature Justin Timberlake drag racing a vintage Ford Mustang in footage filmed earlier this month.


December 19, 2001 – The New York Daily News reports *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Lance Bass visited the set of “Men in Black II” after getting an invite from makeup artist Rick Baker, a six-time Oscar-winner. What had people talking though was Joey wearing a T-shirt saying, ‘N Stink’. Fans though realize it’s nothing unusual for the guys in the group.

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