Joey Fatone Denies *NSYNC Split, But No New Music

In an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, Joey Fatone was asked if the People magazine story was true and that Justin Timberlake wanted out of *NSYNC. Fatone said no, that Timberlake is just not even into doing music right now and wants to focus on his movies and that it’s just not the right time for any of them to get back together right now because they’re all doing other things.

Justin Timberlake Hints His *NSYNC Days Are Done

August 13, 2004 – In the August issue of GQ magazine, Justin Timberlake seems to hint that his *NSYNC days may be over. When asked about doing the group’s next album, Justin responded, “You’re never contractually obligated to do anything. I think A Tribe Called Quest has been contractually obligated to do another album for, like, 10 years.”

Justin Timberlake Tells *NSYNC: I’m Out

August 12, 2004 – A source tells People magazine Justin Timberlake has told his *NSYNC bandmates he’s not interested in being in the group’s next album. “Justin said he’s not in the mood and doesn’t think it will work,” the source revealed. “He doesn’t want any part of it.” His bandmates aren’t happy. “They aren’t really talking to [Justin],” the insider said. “They haven’t taken it so well.”

Johnny Wright Discusses Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC Future

Johnny Wright, who manages several entertainers including the Backstreet Boys and Justin Timberlake, spoke about a few of his clients during a radio interview with Chet Buchanan on Las Vegas radio station 98.5 KLUC on Monday afternoon. Wright, who was in town to judge at a talent competition at the New York, New York Hotel/Casino, had this to say about the Backstreet Boys’ return to music: “They’re all working extremely hard and the result has been an incredible album,” Wright said. “If everything goes as planned, the first single will drop this fall and around that time, they’ll be touring in some intimate venues, to get the fans back in the groove. They realize they still have a solid, rabid fanbase, but it’s almost like a new beginning for them so they have to build their way up again. That’s what a long absence does to anyone’s career.”

He was asked about the controversy surrounding Paris Hilton and Nick Carter, but refused to comment, saying, “I don’t talk about their personal or individual lives. And really, I don’t know anything.”

He also discussed Justin Timberlake and what the future holds for *NSYNC. “To be honest, we’re waiting for some important decisions to be made. Justin is in a position where he has a great solo career and if, indeed, he does go back to *NSYNC, it really has to be in his best interest. The same goes for the other guys. Joey has his own Broadway career, Lance is producing movies, Chris has his clothing line and other endeavors, JC is doing his music. I wish I could say something that was concrete, but you just can’t speak on these things until they’re worked out.”

When asked if there will be another *NSYNC album, he said, “I have no doubts that, in the future, there will be. The bond between these guys is air tight. But the timing must be perfect.”

Wright also said that while things are being decided on, the fans can look forward to seeing Justin on the big screen early next year, when ‘Edison’ is supposed to hit theaters. “Justin is going to surprise everyone — it’s huge, just huge for him and all the guys are excited about it,” said Wright.

*NSYNC’s Challenge For The Children VI

All the guys from *NSYNC, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Gimenez, Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Lindsay Lohan, Nick Cannon, and Usher were on hand for *NSYNC’s Challenge for the Children VI at various venues in Miami Beach, Florida over the weekend. Check out pictures from WireImage, TheSun, and GettyImages.

*NSYNC In Charity Flap

July 25, 2004 – On the weekend of *NSYNC’s Challenge for Children Foundation fundraiser, Culinary Workers Union 226 is alleging to The New York Post that the charity “does not meet Better Business Bureau standards” for giving away money, and also says they’ve obscured this fact in IRS filings. The union has filed “investigation requests” with the BBB, the IRS and the Florida attorney general’s office, since Challenge for the Children’s next fundraiser is in Miami this weekend. CFTC rep Melinda Bell insisted, “We are well within the IRS guidelines. Our books are open.”

Timberlake A Stumbling Block In *NSYNC Reunion Plans

July 15, 2004 – The Mirror reports that plans for a *NSYNC greatest hits album have stalled because Justin Timberlake is reluctant to return to the boy band after enjoying huge solo success. “There’s meant to be a greatest hits coming out in November and a possible Christmas TV special, but it’s all now up in the air,” an insider revealed. “Justin’s had so much success that he doesn’t need to get back with the band. He’s also very busy and finding the time to do stuff with the band is hard, but if he really wanted to make it work it could.”

*NSYNC’s Future To Be Determined Later This Month

July 15, 2004 – After *NSYNC’s performance in Miami to benefit its Challenge for the Children Foundation on July 25th, band member Joey Fatone tells The New York Daily News that the boy band will be “having a meeting to discuss when we are going to start writing” for a new album.

JC Talks With *NSYNC Bandmates ‘All The Time’

*NSYNC star JC Chasez was on ‘MuchOnDemand’ last month and was asked if he ever spends time with his *NSYNC bandmates. “Absolutely,” JC confirmed. “You know, first of all we talk all the time. I mean on the phone or whether I’m passing– when I’m in LA, you know, Lance and Joey are always around. They always pop up because we’re all traveling. Like I said, we talk on the phone all the time. I talk to at least two members of *NSYNC a week. It’s like whatever; life is good. We’re always going to be friends. You keep in touch with your friends.”

Challenge For The Children VI Host Hotel Announced

May 5, 2004 – *NSYNC announced Roney Palace Beach Resort as the official host hotel for the sixth annual Challenge For The Children that will take place on the shores of South Beach in the Miami Beach area on July 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2004. A spectacular group of celebrity friends will join the boy band to raise awareness and money for The Challenge For The Children Foundation.

Justin Timberlake Wants Bigger Payout To Return To *NSYNC

According to Groovevolt.com, the hiccup in getting *NSYNC to re-unite is Justin Timberlake’s demand for a larger share of the pie thanks to his huge solo success. “This is the kind of of thing that goes along with the territory. You build on your success without thinking about how your band mates may feel,” a source said, adding, “Timberlake could very well end up like Sisqo and Dru Hill who reunited after his successful solo album and never seemed to gain the respect of their fans again.”

The entire Guess What update, including gossip on Jennifer Lopez, has since been removed at Groovevolt.com.

*NSYNC’s CFTC Ticket Sales News

April 19, 2004 – According to *NSYNC’s fan club tickets for this year’s Challenge For The Children, to be held again in South Beach, Florida, will go onsale to the general public Saturday, May 22nd. For fanclub members the sale will take place Monday, May 17th and end Thursday, May 20th. Read on for prices for all sales.

Saturday-Celebrity Skills Challenge (Collin’s Park-on the beach event)

All sections: $35

Sunday-Celebrity Basketball Game (Ft. Lauderdale)
Price Level One: $40
There will be other price levels for $30 and for $20 available through the general ticket sales if you wish to wait for these.

Two-Day Tickets (discounted price)
Price Level One: $65
There will be other price levels for $55 and $45 through the general ticket sales if you wish to wait for these.

General sales will happen at all Ticketmaster locations and at ticketmaster.com starting on May 22nd.

*NSYNC’s Jay-C?

*NSYNC star JC Chasez’s promotional tour of England may not be going over as well as hoped if the writings of The Sun’s Victoria Newton are any indication. Newton, a huge fan of JC’s bandmate Justin Timberlake — whom she dubbed ‘Trousersnake’, writes: “Former NSYNC singer JAY-C will launch his solo career this summer – and to celebrate successful talks with record bosses during a UK visit, he took Rod Stewart’s ex Rachel Hunter out to dinner.”

Justin Timberlake Will Be Back With *NSYNC For One-Off Summer Gig

The Glasgow Daily Record reports JC Chasez says *NSYNC will be back on stage for a one-time performance, including Justin Timberlake. “I still speak to everyone in *NSYNC. We had a conference call the other day. The guys are all great,” Timberlake said. “Joey is deciding whether to shoot an independent film or go back to Broadway. Chris is finishing off his solo record. Lance is working on a TV show and is still hoping to go into space as the world’s youngest cosmonaut. Meanwhile, we are going to get together in July for a charity event, then we’ll get back together after that once the right songs are in place. When the right material gets together, we’ll cut a record. We’re all talking about it. Making a record together again is going to be fun. People have asked why we want to be in a band when we can be doing our own things. But why not do both? The solo life is lonely, but being in a band is great. Justin is cool with it. He understands why it’s a good idea. The band is inseparable and we figure if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Radio Disney Knows Tweens Are The Ones To Watch

April 5, 2004 – According to The Hollywood Reporter, when it comes time to launch the next generation of stars with tween appeal, Radio Disney appears poised to be an integral part of the strategic planning sessions by the music industry’s hippest decision-makers. “They’re responsible for a lot of success,” says Joe Riccitelli, senior vice president of pop promotion at Jive Records, which represents many among the first generation of mega-artists of teen and tweendom, including Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. “I can’t say that they’re responsible for Britney Spears being the icon that she’s become, but if you look at their playlist, ‘Oops! … I Did It Again’ is still being played 30 times a week.” The entire story at hollywoodreporter.com has since been removed.
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Lance Bass & Joey Fatone Confident About *NSYNC Reunion

People magazine caught up with *NSYNC stars Joey Fatone and Lance Bass at the release party for bandmate JC Chasez’s debut solo effort, ‘Schizophrenic’, where both were confident a reunion would happen. “I’m sure we will,” Fatone remarked at New York hotspot Marquee. “It’s odd to say, you may not believe it, but yeah, we are. Everybody’s doing their own thing right now JC has his CD, (Justin Timberlake is) shooting a movie but we do want to get together.” Bass added, “We’re waiting for Justin to finish his movie and then we’ll get back to the studio. We’ll have a new album by 2005 at least, that’s my opinion.”

Will *NSYNC’s Chris Be Kerry’s Secret Weapon In Florida?

March 24, 2004 – The Los Angeles Times reports *NSYNC star Chris Kirkpatrick is brainstorming ways to bring together friends in the music industry to do something on the behalf of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry after meeting the Massachusetts senator in December. Kirkpatrick liked what Kerry had to say, and the fact that he was a Vietnam veteran. The boy band star didn’t vote in the razor tight election in 2000, when the presidential campaign ended in a long recount battle in his home state of Florida – he was on tour in Europe.

JC Chasez Praises *NSYNC Bandmate Justin Timberlake

JC Chasez took part in a Q&A with Seventeen magazine and was asked what he thought about his *NSYNC bandmate Justin Timberlake’s work and him as a friend. “He is one of my best friends; he’s a wonderful human being,” Chasez said. “I think he was the best pop artist of 2003. I’m so proud of him. I hope to achieve the same with my solo album.”

Joey Fatone On *NSYNC And Solo Album Plans

The New York Daily News caught up with *NSYNC star Joey Fatone at the party for Tommy Hilfiger’s new line, H Hilfiger, to get the status of *NSYNC recording a new album. “Everybody’s doing their side projects here and there, so once that dies down, we’ll start picking back up again,” he commented. In the meantime, is he plotting his own solo work? “I’ve thought about doing a comedy album. That would be fun,” he responded.

*NSYNC To Carry On Without Justin Timberlake?

March 20, 2004 – HitsDailyDouble.com reports that the guys from *NSYNC plan to enter the studio to record a new album, but insiders close to the Justin Timberlake camp say he currently has no plans to join them.

Justin Timberlake’s Message To Fans At NSYNC.com

March 14, 2004 – Justin Timberlake posted a couple messages on the official *NSYNC message board on Wednesday. On one he simply wrote “Hi everyone!”, while on the other, he talked about being up in Canada filming ‘Edison’ adding that he hoped to “see you all on the next *NSYNC tour. Next Year? We will try to speed it along as soon as possible.” If Justin typed up the messages himself, he typed them up in all caps. Scans have since been removed.

Elysa Gardner Comments On Boyband Comeback Hopes

March 4, 2004 – USA Today music critic Elysa Gardner took part in an online chat with readers on Tuesday, and was asked her opinion about the hopes for the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC to find success after extended breaks, or whether their time is up. “That’s the question we’ve been asking forever, isn’t it,” she asked. “I don’t know; with *NSYNC’s most prominent members, [Justin Timberlake] and [JC Chasez], getting recognized as mature solo artists, I don’t know that *NSYNC will be able to do their thing full force. As for Backstreet, people were writing their obituary two years ago, so who knows?” Check out the entire transcript here.

Lance Bass: No New *NSYNC Album Until 2005

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com was on hand for Justin Timberlake’s gig at the rooftop of the Hyatt Hotel in West Hollywood on Thursday night, where *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass was on hand, but not Cameron Diaz. Lance told Friedman that there wouldn’t be a new *NSYNC album until 2005, after Justin finishes his role in the movie ‘Edison’ and a new solo album. “We just have to wait for him,” Bass said. Friedman also has news on jailed private investigator Anthony Pellicano who may have been taping former client Michael Jackson. Read more.

Lance Bass Insists *NSYNC Will Record Again

February 19, 2004 – The San Fransisco Examiner reports *NSYNC star Lance Bass says rumors that the boy band is finished now that Justin Timberlake has found solo success are bogus and claims that he, Justin, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone are going back into the studio soon to work on a new album. “We’re 100 percent going ahead with another *NSYNC project,” Bass said.

Lance Bass Watches Grammys With George Maloof

February 10, 2004 – The Las Vegas Sun reports after watching the Grammy Awards at a suite in the Palms, George Maloof, Lance Bass of *NSYNC and a group of friends partied in the exclusive Red Room at OPM in the Forum Shops at Caesars.

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