N Sync To Reunite?
The last two years has seen New Kids On The Block, Take That and Back Street Boys all contending to reclaim the former glory of their long-gone chart topping days, and with considerable success.
Take That's legendary re-union, sans-Robbie Williams, materialised an album 'Beautiful World' that sold over 1.5 million copies in the UK, two wins at the 2008 BRIT Awards, and a sell out tour.
NKOTB's fifth studio album 'The Block' (released 14 years after their initial split) landed at number 1 on the Billboard Charts, and general consensus is their tour, due to start on September 18, will be a sell-out. Backstreet Boys also had a positive reception at the news they'll be reuniting, with a successful tour and new album in the pipeline.
Without a doubt, the once-faded market for grown men performing choreographed moves in matching attire has been revived, so it's no surprise other long forgotten boy bands have crept out of the woodwork before the faze recesses once again.
'N Sync is latest to have hinted at a reunion, but not for the reasons you may think. Yes, the promise of sell out tours and platinum selling albums has appeal, but the real reason is because they still owe their old label bosses an album or two!
Once heralded by Rolling Stone magazine as "the biggest band in the world", the five piece went on hiatus a few years back to allow front man Justin Timberlake to launch a solo career. But when Justin's fine acting/dancing/singing chops blasted his career into the stratosphere, a reunion with the moderately successful 90s band seemed unlikely.
However, former band mate Lance Bass says, " We're definitely itching to do some music. We've always discussed it. It's always a possibility and we still owe some records to the record companies. It could be possibly a year, it could be five years from now. It depends on everyone's schedules kind of aligning together."
As for the real star of the group, Bass says, the groups is "pretty serious, [but] it's gonna be hard to get Justin to calm down and get off tour. He has not stopped since our last tour. He's a workaholic."
And this time they're gonna do things differently, he promises.
"We'll do it on our own time. We're going to make it very organic and it won't be rushed, that's for sure!"
While there's the possibility the reunion could do damage to Justin's cooler-than-thou cred, the reunion has the added benefit of giving the rest of the band a chance to revive their bank balances to their former splendor.
But they'd better get in quick, chances are this boy band fad will retreat back into the music industry's callous black hole of 'could've beens' faster than you can sing 'Bye Bye Bye'.