Bye Bye Bye

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This article is about the song by 'N Sync. For the song by Cute, see Bye Bye Bye!.
"Bye Bye Bye"
Single by 'N Sync
from the album No Strings Attached
Released January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)
Format CD single, Cassette single, 7-inch
Recorded July 1999
Battery Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Pop
Length 3:19
Label Jive
Writer(s) Kristian Lundin, Jake Schulze, Andreas Carlsson
Producer(s) Kristian Lundin, Jake Schulze
'N Sync singles chronology
"Music of My Heart"
(1999)
"Bye Bye Bye"
(2000)
"It's Gonna Be Me"
(2000)
Music video
"Bye Bye Bye" on YouTube

"Bye Bye Bye" is a song by American boy band 'N Sync from their second studio album No Strings Attached. It was released on January 11, 2000 by Jive Records as the lead single of the album. It is the first song on the album.[1] The song was written and produced by Kristian Lundin and Jake Schulze, with additional production by Andreas Carlsson. "Bye Bye Bye" is a pop song, with elements of dance-pop. Its lyrics describe the end of a romantic relationship; it was reported to also reference the group's separation from their manager Lou Pearlman and their record label RCA Records. This song was also featured on the 2001 American compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 6.

"Bye Bye Bye" was a commercial success, peaking at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and within the top 10 in almost every country it charted in. The song received a Grammy nomination in 2001 for Record of the Year, but lost to U2's "Beautiful Day".

Background[edit]

"Bye Bye Bye" was written and produced by Kristian Lundin and Jake Schulze, as part of Cheiron Productions, with additional production by Andreas Carlsson. Lundin stated that the song was "totally production driven" and "created from the kick and the bass up".[2] It was originally intended to be recorded by English boy band Five, although they later rejected the song.[3]

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Bye Bye Bye" is a pop and dance-pop song; it also incorporates elements of adult contemporary and teen pop.[4] Lyrically, the song describes a man's desires to end a romantic relationship. During production of 'N Sync's second album No Strings Attached (2000), the group sued their manager Lou Pearlman, who they alleged had been stealing their profits. This brought about allegations that the lyrics also addressed their separation from Pearlman and subsequent departure from RCA Records.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"Bye Bye Bye" was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the song as a "piledriving dance number with the catchiest chorus they've ever sang";[6] Robert Christgau commented that it featured "prefab rhythm at its most efficient."[7] Rolling Stone, however, listed "Bye Bye Bye" as the 17th most annoying song of all time in 2007.[8] The song won "Best Pop Video", "Best Choreography in a Video", and "Viewer's Choice" at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, the most awarded to a single video that year. It also won a Radio Music Radio award in 2000 for best song of the year. The song was nominated for "Record of the Year" and "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Other awards included 3 Teen Choice Awards in 2000 (Choice Single, Choice Music Video, and Song of the Summer), MuchMusic Video Music Award (Favorite International Group for "Bye Bye Bye") and Blockbuster Entertainment Award 2001 (category Favorite Single for "Bye Bye Bye"). The song was voted the number 1 boy band/girl band song on U Choose 40 on C4 in New Zealand.

Chart performance[edit]

"Bye Bye Bye" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #42, the week of January 29, 2000, reaching the Top 10 by the week of March 4. The song remained in the Top 10 through May 20, 2000, for 12 weeks. The single peaked at #4 in April 2000 for two consecutive weeks. The song was the most added pop single to radio of all time, being added to over 200 radio stations in the first week alone. The record was previously held by rivals the Backstreet Boys.[9] The song was a bigger hit internationally, reaching the top of the charts in Australia and New Zealand and number 3 in the United Kingdom. On the week of March 24, 2014, the song re-entered the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 14.[10]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Wayne Isham and choreographed by Darrin Dewitt Henson, features *NSYNC as puppets controlled by an evil puppetress (played by Kim Smith). She cuts Joey and Chris loose first, and they run over the top of a speeding train, then hide among the passengers to escape her. She cuts Justin loose next, and he outruns her trained dogs through a warehouse, eventually escaping into the pouring rain. Then Lance and JC are cut loose and fall into a red Dodge Viper RT/10. They speed away from her, while being chased by her silver BMW Z3. All this is interspersed with shots of the band dancing in a blue box with a fixed camera, making them appear as though they are on different planes of gravity. The video edit of the song also adds a few cuts where Justin lands in the warehouse, and when Lance and JC start the car chase, and adds an additional final chorus.[11]

The video premiered on MTV's Making the Video and features the same actress as appears in "It's Gonna Be Me". It originally held the record for longest streak of being #1 on TRL with 25 straight days at the top spot, until another one of their videos ("I Drive Myself Crazy") made it to 26 straight days at #1.[12] The video placed at #60 on MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos. The video debuted on TRL January 24, 2000.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2013 the Glee cast covered the song in the episode "Feud" as a mashup with Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way".
  • The music video for "Walks like Rihanna" by British/Irish boy band The Wanted parodies the music video for this song.
  • The song's chorus was briefly featured in the film X2, in a scene where Pyro plays the song from the radio in Cyclops' car, while he, Wolverine, Rogue and Iceman are making their way to Boston. However, the song is too loud and seems to be annoying everyone (especially Wolverine), and therefore Pyro quickly turns it off.
  • The song was featured in the Scrubs (TV series) episode My Mirror Image as Turk's ringtone.
  • The music video for "Like Nobody's Around" by American boy band Big Time Rush pays tributes to five hit songs from five bands, including The Temptations, The Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. The music video includes many distinctiveness from the "Bye Bye Bye" video, including the set, wardrobe and the Big Time Rush logo in the style of 'N Sync's.[13]
  • What About Love, Austin Mahone song has a lot of resemblances with "Bye bye bye" track and features line "Please help me remember, the reason that you said, bye bye bye"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Result
2000 MTV Video Music Awards
Video of the Year Nominated
Best Group Video Nominated
Best Pop Video Won
Best Dance Video Nominated
Best Choreography Won
2000 MuchMusic Video Awards
People's Choice: Favorite International Group Won
Viewers Choice Won
2001 Grammy Awards
Record of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2001 Kids' Choice Awards
Favorite Song Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Awards
Choice Single Won
Choice Music Video Won
Song of the Summer Won

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Bye Bye Bye" – 3:19
  2. "Bye Bye Bye" (instrumental) – 3:19
  3. "Could It Be You?" – 3:41

Remixes[14]

  1. "Bye Bye Bye" (Teddy Riley's Funk Remix) – 4:50
  2. "Bye Bye Bye" (Teddy Riley's Club Remix) – 5:28
  3. "Bye Bye Bye" (Riprock 'n' Alex G. Club Remix) – 6:32
  4. "Bye Bye Bye" (Riprock 'n' Alex G. Club Remix Radio Edit) – 4:53
  5. "Bye Bye Bye" (Sal Dano's Peak Hour Dub) – 8:30

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manning, Kara (January 3, 2000). "'NSYNC Lines Up Release Dates In Wake Of Settlement". MTV Networks. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Interview With Kristian Lundin". HitQuarters. Jan 7, 2003. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Andy Greene (April 9, 2012). "Exclusive QA: Simon Cowell on One Direction's Rise to Stardom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bye Bye Bye - *NSYNC". Allmusic. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bye Bye Bye by *NSYNC". Songfacts. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "No Strings Attached - *NSYNC". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: 'N Sync". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  8. ^ The 20 Most Annoying Songs | 2007 | Rolling Stone
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ N Sync - Bye Bye Bye - YouTube
  12. ^ ATRL - The TRL Archive - Number Ones
  13. ^ Like Nobody's Around - Big Time Rush
  14. ^ "*NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ Billboard - Google Books
  16. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  17. ^ Billboard - Google Books
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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