Celebrity (album)

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Studio album by NSYNC
Released July 24, 2001
Recorded January–April 2001
Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, ON
Genre Pop, R&B, dance-pop, teen pop
Length 49:47
Label Jive
Producer BT, JC Chasez, Rodney Jerkins, Kristian Lundin, Brian McKnight, PAJAM, Riprock 'n' Alex G, Wade Robson, Jacob Schulze, Justin Timberlake, The Neptunes, Robin Wiley, Rami Yacoub
NSYNC chronology
No Strings Attached
Greatest Hits
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 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.[1] 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.[2] The group sought to express more creative control on the album than they did with their previous work.[3] As such, the album features more songwriting and production from the group's members than any of their previous albums.

Promotion and singles[edit]

The album spawned three singles: "Pop", "Gone" and "Girlfriend". which peaked at numbers nineteen, eleven and five on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.

PopOdyssey and Celebrity Tours[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Entertainment Weekly B[9]
NME 8/10[10]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[12]

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.[13] 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".[7]

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.[14] 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.[14]

Track listings[edit]

U.S. edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Pop"   Wade Robson, Justin Timberlake BT, Robson, Timberlake 3:58
2. "Celebrity"   Robson, Timberlake, J. Valentine Rodney Jerkins, Robson, Timberlake 3:18
3. "The Game Is Over"   JC Chasez, Brad Daymond, Alex Greggs Chasez, Riprock 'n' Alex G 3:28
4. "Girlfriend"   Chad Hugo, Timberlake, Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:14
5. "The Two of Us"   Chasez, Daymond, Greggs Chasez, Riprock 'n' Alex G 3:51
6. "Gone"   Robson, Timberlake Robson, Timberlake 4:54
7. "Tell Me, Tell Me...Baby"   Max Martin, Rami Yacoub Rami 3:38
8. "Up Against the Wall"   Chasez, Daymond, Greggs, Timberlake Chasez, Riprock 'n' Alex G 3:37
9. "See Right Through You"   Larry "Rock" Campbell, Robson, Timberlake Robson, Timberlake 2:55
10. "Selfish"   Chasez, Veit Renn, Jolyon Skinner Brian McKnight 4:20
11. "Just Don't Tell Me That"   Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin, Jake Schulze Lundin, Schulze 3:03
12. "Something Like You"   Timberlake, Robin Wiley Timberlake, Wiley 4:15
13. "Do Your Thing"   James Moss PAJAM 4:19
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


Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Vanhorn, Teri (December 7, 2000). "‘NSYNC To Hit Studio In January". MTV News. 
  3. ^ "'N Sync: True Tales of the Pop Life". Rolling Stone. August 16, 2001. 
  4. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (2001-12-21). "U2, 'NSYNC, Backstreet Top List Of 2001's Biggest Concert Grossers". MTV News. MTV Networks. Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b c "Reviews for Celebrity by *NSYNC". Metacritic. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Celebrity – *NSYNC". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: 'N Sync". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ Browne, David (July 27, 2001). "'N Sync: Celebrity Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Needham, Alex (July 31, 2001). "Album Reviews – *NSYNC : Celebrity". NME. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ Walters, Barry (July 9, 2001). "Celebrity". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (July 22, 2001). "*Nsync: Celebrity". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ Celebrity (2001): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2015-11-23
  14. ^ a b "*NSync No. 1 but can't match record". Jam!. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=hRIEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=11 August 2001
  16. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/41930/ranking/cd_album/
  17. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oricon.co.jp%2Fsearch%2Fresult.php%3Fkbn%3Dja%26types%3Drnk%26year%3D2001%26month%3D8%26week%3D1%26submit5.x%3D4%26submit5.y%3D12&sandbox=1
  18. ^ Billboard - Google Books
  19. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/scottish-albums-chart/20010729/40/
  20. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 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
  25. ^ "American album certifications – *NSYNC – Celebrity". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Songs in A Minor by Alicia Keys
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 11–17, 2001
Succeeded by
Now 7 by Various artists