Celebrity is the third and final studio album by American boy bandNSYNC. It was released on July 24, 2001 as the band's second album under 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. As of 2015, the album has the third best-debut week sales in the US of all time. Upon release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics.
At the 2000 Billboard Music Awards, NSYNC announced that they would be returning to a studio in Florida in preparation for the follow up to their landmark second album, No Strings Attached. The group sought to express more creative control on the album than they did with their previous work. As such, the album features more songwriting and production from the group's members than any of their previous albums.
To promote the album, the band embarked on a four-month stadium tour entitled the PopOdyssey Tour. The outing began in May 2001, two months before the album's release, and concluded in September. Earning over $90 million, it was one of the biggest tours of its year. A video of the concert titled PopOdyssey Live was later released on home video. Following the PopOdyssey's tour success, in 2002, the band embarked on the Celebrity Tour, which earned nearly $30 million.
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. 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".
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. 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.