Celebrity (album)

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Celebrity
Celebrity cover.png
Studio album by NSYNC
Released July 24, 2001 (2001-07-24)
Recorded 2001
Genre
Length 49:31
Label Jive
Producer
NSYNC chronology
No Strings Attached
(2000)
Celebrity
(2001)
Greatest Hits
(2005)
Singles from Celebrity
  1. "Pop"
    Released: May 15, 2001
  2. "Gone"
    Released: October 24, 2001
  3. "Girlfriend"
    Released: December 30, 2001

Celebrity is the third and final studio album by American boy band NSYNC. It was released on July 24, 2001 by Jive Records. The album was the band's second to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1,879,495 copies, the second best debut-week sales in the country at the time, only behind its predecessor No Strings Attached and also becoming their third consecutive top ten album in the United States. As of 2015, the album has the third best-debut week sales in the US of all time.[2] Upon release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

At the 2000 Billboard Music Awards on December 5, 2000, NSYNC announced that they would begin "experimenting with new music" for their fourth studio album in January 2001 at a recording studio in their native Florida. Justin Timberlake revealed that they plan to spend two months there to "see what [they] can come up with", while Joey Fatone stated that the group may "move out of state" as the project progresses. NSYNC revealed that they while they plan to do more songwriting and producing for the album, they hope to work with Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs and Richard Marx, who had collaborated with them on their third studio album, No Strings Attached (2000). Fatone said that working with Marx was "such a cool feeling", as the singer was someone that he had listened to when he was younger and "looked up to".[3]

The group sought to express more creative control on the album than they did with their previous work.[4] As such, the album features more songwriting and production from the group's members than any of their previous albums.

Promotion[edit]

A television special entitled The Road to Celebrity was broadcast on MTV from July 21 to 22, 2001.[5] The album spawned three singles: "Pop", "Gone" and "Girlfriend". which peaked at numbers nineteen, eleven and five on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.

The band embarked on two tours to promote the album. The first one was PopOdyssey, which began in May 2001 and concluded in September. Earning over $90 million, it was one of the biggest tours of 2001.[6] The second tour was the Celebrity Tour, which began in March 2002 and concluded in April. It earned nearly $30 million.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[9]
Blender 4/5 stars[8]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[10]
Entertainment Weekly B[11]
NME 8/10[12]
Q 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[1]

Celebrity received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 65 based on 11 reviews.[14] Upon the album's release, AllMusic senior editor, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5, writing that Celebrity is NSYNC's "most varied album yet, but the emergence of Timberlake and Chasez as credible soulful singers and, yes, songwriters makes it their best album yet, and one of the best of the teen pop boom of 1999-2001".[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Celebrity debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Although it did not sell as much as its predecessor, Celebrity still managed to gain the second-best debut-week sales at the time since SoundScan began monitoring record retailers in 1991, selling 1,879,955 copies.[15] On August 22, 2001, the album was certified five-time Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting five million shipments. The album also debuted at number one in Canada by selling 71,245 copies.[15]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Celebrity — American and Canadian edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Pop"  
  • BT
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
3:57
2. "Celebrity"  
3:17
3. "The Game Is Over"  
  • Riprock 'n' Alex G
  • Chasez
3:25
4. "Girlfriend"   The Neptunes 4:13
5. "The Two of Us"  
  • Chasez
  • Greggs
  • Daymond
  • Riprock 'n' Alex G
  • Chasez
3:50
6. "Gone"  
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
4:51
7. "Tell Me, Tell Me... Baby"   Rami 3:36
8. "Up Against the Wall"  
  • Chasez
  • Timberlake
  • Greggs
  • Daymond
  • Riprock 'n' Alex G
  • Chasez
3:36
9. "See Right Through You"  
  • Timberlake
  • Larry "Rock" Campbell
  • Robson
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
2:52
10. "Selfish"  
Brian McKnight 4:19
11. "Just Don't Tell Me That"  
  • Lundin
  • Schulze
3:02
12. "Something Like You"  
  • Timberlake
  • Buchanan
  • Wiley
4:14
13. "Do Your Thing"   James Moss PAJAM 4:19
Total length:
49:31
Deluxe edition bonus disc
No. Title Length
1. "Pop" (Pablo La Rossa's Funktified Remix) 5:38
2. "Pop" (Deep Dish Cha-Ching Mix) 11:49
3. "Pop" (Terminalhead Vocal Mix) 5:35
4. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Remix) 5:57
5. "Gone" (Spanish version) 4:22
6. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix Featuring Nelly) 4:43
7. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix Instrumental) 4:43
8. "Pop" (music video) 3:57
9. "Gone" (music video) 4:51
10. "Girlfriend" (music video) 4:13
11. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix featuring Nelly) (music video) 4:43

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Japan July 18, 2001 CD Sony [29]
United Kingdom July 23, 2001 RCA [30]
Canada July 24, 2001 CD Sony [31]
United States
  • Cassette
  • CD
Jive [32]
United Kingdom April 29, 2002 CD (special edition) RCA [33]
Japan August 7, 2002 CD (reissue) Sony [34]
June 20, 2007 [35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Caulfield, Keith. "Adele's '25' Is the 20th Album to Sell a Million Copies in a Week: See the Full List". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Vanhorn, Teri (December 7, 2000). "'NSYNC to Hit Studio in January". MTV News. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "'N Sync: True Tales of the Pop Life". Rolling Stone. August 16, 2001. 
  5. ^ Flick, Larry. "'N Sync: Shouldering The Burden of Celebrity". Billboard. Billboard. Archived from the original on June 30, 2001. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (December 21, 2001). "U2, 'NSYNC, Backstreet Top List Of 2001's Biggest Concert Grossers". MTV News. MTV Networks. Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (December 20, 2001). "Britney, 'NSYNC Buried In Ticket Sales By McCartney, Stones". MTV News. MTV Networks. Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2009. 
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  9. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Celebrity – *NSYNC". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: 'N Sync". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ Browne, David (July 27, 2001). "'N Sync: Celebrity Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Needham, Alex (July 31, 2001). "Album Reviews – *NSYNC : Celebrity". NME. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ Walters, Barry (July 9, 2001). "Celebrity". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ Celebrity (2001): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on November 23, 2015
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  16. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=hRIEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=August 11, 2001
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  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity". Music Canada. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  27. ^ "British album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 25, 2012.  Enter Celebrity in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  28. ^ "American album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 25, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  29. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00005J4HW
  30. ^ Release of Celebrity in the United Kingdom:
  31. ^ http://www.amazon.ca/Celebrity-NSYNC/dp/B000065FM9
  32. ^ Release of Celebrity in the United States:
  33. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celebrity-Special-N-Sync/dp/B0000665FH
  34. ^ http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/ZJCI-10087
  35. ^ http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/BVCM-37906

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