It's Gonna Be Me

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"It's Gonna Be Me"
ItsGonnaBeMe.jpg
Single by NSYNC
from the album No Strings Attached
B-side "This Is Where the Party's At"
Released June 12, 2000[1]
Format
Recorded
Length 3:12
Label Jive
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Rami
NSYNC singles chronology
"Bye Bye Bye"
(2000)
"It's Gonna Be Me"
(2000)
"I'll Never Stop"
(2000)

"Bye Bye Bye"
(2000)
"It's Gonna Be Me"
(2000)
"I'll Never Stop"
(2000)
Music video
"It's Gonna Be Me" on YouTube

"It's Gonna Be Me" is a song by American boy band NSYNC. It was released in June 12, 2000 as the second single in the United States and third in Europe from their second studio album No Strings Attached. The song became NSYNC's only Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, making it their highest-charting single. It topped the chart for two consecutive weeks and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The lyrics are addressed to a woman who apparently had bad experiences in previous relationships. The man who shows interest in her assures the woman that he is nothing like her past lovers, and that he is prepared to wait for her. When she is ready to love someone again, he maintains that "It's gonna be me".[3] It is written in the key of C minor.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In 2015, Rolling Stone staff ranked it as the 15th greatest boy band song of all time.[5]

Music video[edit]

The members of the group as plastic dolls in the clip.

The music video was directed by Wayne Isham. The video debuted on MTV's TRL on May 23, 2000. It was released on MTV's "Making the Video". Joji Tani, known by Screaming Mad George, provided make-up work for the video.

The video begins in a large toy store, with "Bye Bye Bye" playing in the background. Each group member is an animated plastic doll version of themselves in a box similar to their album cover. They punch through the plastic front of their boxes and try to attract the attention of the girl shopping (Kim Smith, who also appears as the puppeteer in "Bye Bye Bye") so that they can be bought. Army men abseil down from a higher shelf, destroy their boxes, and laugh at them when they are purchased. Next, the boys spot a set of Barbie-like dolls and go hang out with them. The Barbies drop a net on them, and again tease them when they are bought and NSYNC is not. Finally, the group gets back to their shelf and does a dance for the shopping girl. She buys them, and upon scanning, each doll becomes the real-life version of each group member. All of this is interspersed with the band in a color-lit room singing and dancing with the lights changing colors.

The video was released on the group YouTube's Vevo channel on October 24, 2009. As of April 2018, the video has received over 73 million views.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Following the release of the video, dolls like those portrayed by the band were created, with strings attached as a reference to the group's smash hit video "Bye Bye Bye".

Throughout the song, Justin Timberlake pronounces the word "me" such that it sounds more like "May," particularly at the song's end. This oddity has led to an internet craze in which memes of Timberlake's face above the inscription "It's Gonna Be May!" are shared on the internet by numerous users every April 30 (including American President Barack Obama and Timberlake himself).[7][8][9] Views on YouTube also garner five times as many daily views on April 30 as they do in mid-April, seven times as many searches, and 23% more views on all *NSYNC music videos.[9] When asked about why he pronounced "me" in that manner, he replied producer Martin had asked him to sing the word in that way, as he probably wanted Timberlake to sound like he was from Tennessee.[10]

In 2016, Fall Out Boy created a follow-up music video for their song "Irresistible" featuring Demi Lovato, which is also directed by Isham and featured cameos from Chris Kirkpatrick as a toy factory worker and Joey Fatone as a toy store employee.

Track listings and formats[edit]

U.S. single 1 limited edition

  1. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Single Version) – 3:11
  2. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Maurice Joshua Radio Mix) – 4:11

U.S. single 2

  1. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Single Version) – 3:11
  2. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Jack D. Elliot Remix Radio Edit) – 3:49
  3. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Digital Black-N-Groove Club Mix) – 8:07
  4. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Jazzy Jim's Remix) – 3:49
  5. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Azza's Groove Mix) – 3:46
  6. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Jack D. Elliot Club Mix) – 6:04
  7. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Digital Black-N-Dub) – 5:15

U.S. vinyl

  1. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Digital Black-N-Groove Club Mix) – 8:05
  2. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Radio Edit) – 3:11
  3. "Bye Bye Bye" (Riprock & Alex G Club Remix) – 4:53

International single

  1. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Single Version) – 3:11
  2. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Instrumental) – 3:13
  3. "This Is Where the Party's At" (previously unreleased version) – 3:42
  4. "Bye Bye Bye" (Teddy Riley Mix) – 3:40

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording[11]
Personnel[11]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "'N Sync". MTV. 
  3. ^ Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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  5. ^ Walters, Barry; Stevens, Kat; Spanos, Brittany; Murray, Nick; Benjamin, Jeff; Johnston, Maura (September 24, 2015). "50 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  6. ^ NSYNCVEVO (2009-10-24), NSYNC - "It's Gonna Be Me", retrieved 2017-08-26 
  7. ^ "Let Justin Timberlake Remind You That 'It's Gonna Be May'". 
  8. ^ "Great Thing of the Day: Barack Obama Has Out-Memed Us All". 1 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "*NSYNC Gets a YouTube Boost From 'It's Gonna Be May' Meme". Billboard. May 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ Capital London (17 June 2016). "Justin Timberlake Re-Enacts The "It's Gonna Be May" Meme" – via YouTube. 
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  32. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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