NSYNC (album)

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Studio album by NSYNC
Released May 26, 1997 (Germany)
March 24, 1998 (U.S.)
(See Release history)
Recorded August 1996 – February 1997 (Germany)
August 1996 – February 1998 (U.S.)
Length 56:19 (German edition)
50:06 (worldwide edition)
NSYNC chronology
Home for Christmas
Singles from NSYNC (German edition)
  1. "I Want You Back"
    Released: October 7, 1996
  2. "Tearin' Up My Heart"
    Released: February 10, 1997
  3. "Here We Go"
    Released: May 5, 1997
  4. "For the Girl Who Has Everything"
    Released: August 18, 1997
  5. "Together Again"
    Released: November 3, 1997
Singles from NSYNC (worldwide edition)
  1. "I Want You Back"
    Released: January 20, 1998
  2. "Tearin' Up My Heart"
    Released: June 30, 1998
  3. "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You"
    Released: February 9, 1999
  4. "I Drive Myself Crazy"
    Released: February 22, 1999
Alternative artwork
Original German release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (neither)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[3]

NSYNC is the self-titled debut studio album by American boy band NSYNC. It was first released in Germany on May 26, 1997, before receiving a worldwide release in 1998.


On the U.S. version of the album, the songs are mainly performed by lead singers, Justin and JC. JC performs solo on "For the Girl Who Has Everything", "Sundreams" and "Sailing". Justin performs solo on "Riddle". Chris performs solo on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Chris performs with Justin and JC on the two tracks: "Everything I Own" and "I Drive Myself Crazy". Joey performs with Justin and JC on one track: "You Got It". Joey and Chris performs with Justin and JC on one track: "Together Again".


In 1995, Chris Kirkpatrick met with Lou Pearlman to talk about forming a pop group. Pearlman said that he would finance the group if Kirkpatrick would find other young male singers to be with him in the band. This prompted Kirkpatrick to call Joey Fatone, a friend he had met while working at Universal Studios. Fatone and Kirkpatrick then approached Pearlman for more suggestions. Pearlman looked through some tapes they had, and one of Justin Timberlake from The Mickey Mouse Club caught their eye. Timberlake soon joined the group and recommended his friend Joshua "JC" Chasez, who also was a cast member on the Mickey Mouse Club. Soon, they decided to even out their sound by finding a bass singer. Initially, their fifth member was to be Jason Galasso. After several weeks of rehearsals, the group set up a showcase and began planning to officially sign with Pearlman's Trans Continental Label. However, at the last minute, Galasso dropped out as he was not fond of the group's musical direction, claiming that being a teen idol was never a goal of his.[4] In need of a bass, the group auditioned several people without success. Timberlake soon called his vocal coach, who suggested a 16-year-old from Mississippi named Lance Bass. Bass flew to Orlando to audition and was immediately accepted into the group. After being signed to BMG Ariola Munich, another of Pearlman's labels, the group were sent to Sweden to begin working on their debut album with the help of producers such as Denniz Pop, Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson.


The album's official lead single, "I Want You Back", was released in Germany on October 7, 1996, and entered the top 10 in Germany on November 18, 1996.[5] The group's second single, "Tearin' Up My Heart", was released in Germany on February 10, 1997, also peaking within the top 10.[6] A third single, "Here We Go", was released in Germany on May 5, 1997, just three weeks prior to the release of the album, to similar success.[7][8] Their self-titled debut album was then released by BMG Ariola Munich on May 26, 1997, in Germany, peaked at number one in the week of release.[9] The group soon became an overnight success throughout much of Europe.[10] The album also charted successfully in both Switzerland and Austria eventually selling 820,000 units in GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) region and Eastern Europe.[11][12] Two further singles, "For the Girl Who Has Everything" and "Together Again", were subsequently released on August 18 and November 3, 1997 respectively, achieving success in Germany and other European territories.[13][14]

Following their success of their début album in several European territories, the band captured the attention of Vincent DeGiorgio, an A&R rep for RCA Records. After watching the group perform a rendition of their single "Together Again" in Budapest in November 1997, he offered them a record deal with RCA, which the group immediately agreed to. In January 1998, their first German single, "I Want You Back", was released in both the United Kingdom and the United States, becoming their first single in both territories, achieving success on both the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100. Around this time, RCA Records announced that they wished to release the group's debut album, which was previously only released in Germany, in both the U.K. and the U.S., however, wanted to make adjustments to suit both markets. This resulted in the tracks "Riddle", "Best of My Life", "More Than a Feeling", "Together Again" and "Forever Young" being cut altogether, and new mixes of "I Want You Back", "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "For the Girl Who Has Everything" being recorded. The new version of the album also included four new tracks: "I Just Wanna Be with You", "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You", "Everything I Own", "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)". This version of the album was subsequently released in the United States on March 24, 1998.

On June 30, 1998, the group's second German single, "Tearin' Up My Heart", was released in both the U.K. and the U.S., once again achieving success on both charts. Further edits were made for the British version of the album, including remixes of "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)", "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" and "For the Girl Who Has Everything", plus an all-new track, "U Drive Me Crazy", written exclusively for the British market. This version of the album was released in the UK on July 5, 1998. At first, sales of the album were mediocre in both British and American territories, until the band's worldwide broadcast Disney Summer Concert in 1998. After the concert was aired, sales of the album began to skyrocket. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and shipped over 10 million copies in the United States alone, making it certified 10× Platinum and earning the group a RIAA diamond award.[15] On February 9, 1999, a third single from the new version of the album, "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You", was released exclusively in the United States, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. They then went on to become the #3 top-selling boy-band group of all time.

Chart performance[edit]

The album peaked at number 2 on Billboard 200. It spent a total of thirty weeks inside the top 10. The album spent three weeks at number 2 from September 1998 to January 1999. It peaked behind three different number-one blockbuster albums: Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Garth Brooks' Double Live and Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time.[16]

Track listing[edit]

NSYNC — 1997 German version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tearin' Up My Heart"   Lundin 4:47
2. "You Got It"   Veit Renn Renn 3:33
3. "Sailing"   Christopher Cross Renn 4:36
4. "Crazy for You"  
  • Christian Hamm
  • Alain Bertoni
Gary Carolla 3:42
5. "Riddle"   Pat Reiniz Renn 3:41
6. "For the Girl Who Has Everything"  
  • Jolyon Skinner
  • Renn
Renn 3:51
7. "I Need Love"   Carolla Carolla 3:14
8. "Giddy Up"  
  • Renn
Renn 4:09
9. "Here We Go"  
  • Bülent Aris
  • Toni Cottura
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • V. D. Toorn
  • Rollocks
10. "Best of My Life"  
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • Toorn
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • Toorn
11. "More Than a Feeling"   Tom Scholz Jaap Eggermont 3:42
12. "I Want You Back"  
  • Denniz Pop
  • Martin
13. "Together Again"  
  • Andy Reynolds
  • Tee Green
  • Corolla
  • Renn
14. "Forever Young"  
NSYNC — 1998 North American version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tearin' Up My Heart" (U.S. version) Kristian Lundin, Max Martin 3:31
2. "I Just Wanna Be with You"   Full Force 4:03
3. "Here We Go"   Bonny Aris, Toni Cottura 3:35
4. "For the Girl Who Has Everything" (U.S. version) Jolyon Skinner, Veit Renn 3:46
5. "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"   Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers 4:43
6. "You Got It"   Veit Renn 3:33
7. "I Need Love"   Gary Carolla 3:15
8. "I Want You Back" (U.S. version) Denniz Pop, Max Martin 3:22
9. "Everything I Own"   David Gates 3:58
10. "I Drive Myself Crazy"   Rick Nowels, Allan Rich, Ellen Shipley 3:59
11. "Crazy for You"   Christian Hamm, Bertoni 3:41
12. "Sailing"   Christopher Cross 4:37
13. "Giddy Up"   NSYNC, Veit Renn 4:08
NSYNC — 1998 European version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tearin' Up My Heart" (radio edit)
  • Max Martin
  • Kristian Lundin
Lundin 3:35
2. "I Just Wanna Be with You"   Full Force Full Force 4:03
3. "Here We Go" (radio cut)
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • Aris
  • Cottura
4. "For the Girl Who Has Everything" (club mix)
  • Skinner
  • Renn
  • Aris
  • Cottura
5. "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" (remix)
  • Sturken
  • Rogers
  • Joe Smith[a]
  • Tony Battaglia[a]
6. "You Got It"   Renn Renn 3:33
7. "I Need Love"   Carolla Carolla 3:14
8. "I Want You Back" (radio edit)
  • Denniz Pop
  • Martin
  • Denniz Pop
  • Martin
9. "Everything I Own"   David Gates Full Force 3:59
10. "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)" (remix)
  • Nowels
  • Rich
  • Shipley
Renn 4:00
11. "Crazy for You"  
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
Carolla 3:42
12. "Sailing"   Cross Renn 4:36
13. "Giddy Up"  
  • Renn
Renn 4:09
14. "U Drive Me Crazy" (radio edit)
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • Rookee
  • Toorn
  • Rollocks
  • Aris
  • Cottura
  • Rookee


  • Alan Armitage – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Adam Barber – engineer, mixing assistant
  • Travis McGehee – engineer, mixing assistant
  • Tony Battaglia – guitar
  • Kim Biggs – artwork
  • Gary Carolla – producer, mixing
  • Elizabeth Chang – violin
  • Roger Che – mixing assistant
  • Full Force – arranger, group, producer, engineer, performer, vocal arrangement
  • Al Hemberger – engineer
  • Kristian Lundin – producer
  • Sara Gabrys-Shuert – design
  • Max Martin – producer
  • Mark Matteo – guitar
  • Daniel Miller – cello
  • Maxine Neuman – cello
  • Lou Pearlman – executive director
  • Denniz Pop – producer
  • Veit Renn – guitar, producer
  • Evan Rogers – producer
  • Bob Rose – mixing
  • Jolyon Skinner – bass guitar
  • Justin Star – mixing assistant
  • Carl Sturken – acoustic guitar, producer
  • Michael Tucker – engineer, mixing assistant
  • Johnny Wright – executive producer
  • Alexander Yudkovsky – violin

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Germany May 26, 1997
United States March 24, 1998
United Kingdom July 5, 1998
Canada April 13, 1999


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997–98) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[17] 58
Austrian Albums Chart 2
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Dutch Albums Chart 59
European Top 100 Albums Chart[18] 8
German Albums Chart 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[19] 3
Malaysian Albums Chart[20] 9
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 34
Norwegian Albums Chart 40
Scottish Albums Chart[21] 54
Swedish Albums Chart 56
Swiss Albums Chart 5
UK Albums Chart 30
US Billboard 200 2

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[22] 17


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[23] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 250,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[26] Gold 50,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[27] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] Diamond 10,000,000^

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: nsync". robertchristgau.com. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 593. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "VH1's Driven's *NSYNC Episode Summary". VH1.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  5. ^ "CHARTS-DEUTSCHLAND:Single Top 100 (18.11.1996)" (in German). Charts.de. 
  6. ^ "Tearin' Up My Heart: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  7. ^ "*NSYNC – Tearin' Up My Heart". GfK Dutch Charts. 
  8. ^ "'N SYNC – Here We Go". GfK Dutch Charts. 
  9. ^ "Charts-Deutschland:Album Top 100 (09.06.1997)". Media Control (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  10. ^ "N Sync Pictures, Biography, Discography, Filmography, News, Ringtones, Videos". Starpulse.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  11. ^ "*NSYNC – *NSYNC (ALBUM)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  12. ^ N Sync's Inderect Path to the Top. Billboard. 1999-03-20. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  13. ^ "For The Girl Who Has Everything: N Sync: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  14. ^ "Together Again/Enhanced: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  15. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - November 26, 2015". http://www.riaa.com.  External link in |work= (help)
  16. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: You Won’t Believe These Albums Stalled At #2". Yahoo Music. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  17. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  18. ^ "Billboard". google.ca. 
  19. ^ http://zene.slagerlistak.hu/top-40-album-dvd-es-valogataslemez-lista/1997/25
  20. ^ "Billboard". google.ca. 
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". officialcharts.com. 
  22. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Austrian album certifications – *NSYNC – *NSYNC" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter *NSYNC in the field Interpret. Enter *NSYNC in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – *NSYNC – *NSYNC". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ( *NSYNC; '*NSYNC')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  line feed character in |title= at position 25 (help)
  26. ^ "Polish album certifications – *NSYNC – *NSYNC" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ( *NSYNC; '*NSYNC')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  line feed character in |title= at position 56 (help)
  28. ^ "American album certifications – *NSYNC – *NSYNC". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH