'N Sync and Justin Timberlake
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'N Sync , 3/10
No Strings Attached , 4/10
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'N Sync, a vocal group from Florida whose age ranged from 17 to 27 when they debuted (Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick), took by storm the teen-idol market that the Backstreet Boys seemed to control so tightly (they were launched by the same man, Louis Pearlman). 'N Sync (RCA, 1998) spawned two hits, I Want You Back and Tearing Up My Heart, although the band sounded like a parody of rhythm and blues vocal harmonies (but with a honest flair for the love ballads).

At the end of 1999 the band went through a costly litigation with their former employer but came out stronger. The single Bye Bye Bye skyrocketed to the top of the charts and the album No Strings Attached (Jive, 2000) sold in excess of one million copies just on the first day it was released, a record that made the Beatles look like obscure artists. It would sell about ten million copies by the end of the year.

Justin Timberlake went on to become one of the most famous pop stars of the 2000s, one of the most obnoxious white singers of all times who delivered some of the most ridiculous muzak of all times on Justified (2002), sculpted by the Neptunes, and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006), mostly created by producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley. Timbaland also shaped the shameless retro-soul excursions of The 20/20 Experience (2013) and The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 (2013). Timberlake was widely considered divine punishment for those who had criticized Michael Jackson.

Pearlman died in prison aged 62 while serving a 25-year sentence for a multi-million dollar fraud.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Nicola Mecca)

Gli ‘N Sync (un gruppo vocale della Florida, l’età media dei componenti del quale andava dai 17 ai 27 anni al momento del loro debutto) rivoluzionarono il mercato dei divi per teenagers che i Backstreet Boys controllavano, apparentemente indisturbati (furono lanciati dallo stesso uomo, Louis Pearlman). 'N Sync (RCA, 1998) produsse due hit, I Want You Back e Tearing Up My Heart, anche se la band suonava più come una parodia delle armonie vocali rhythm’n’blues (ma con una inclinazione naturale per le ballad d’amore).

Alla fine del 1999 la band si ritrovò impegnata in una costosa controversia legale con il loro ex manager, ma ne uscì corroborata. Il singolo Bye Bye Bye schizzò subito in cima alle classifiche e l’album No Strings Attached (Jive, 2000) vendette più di un milione di copie soltanto nei primi giorni in cui venne pubblicato, un record che fa sembrare i Beatles degli artisti semisconosciuti. Entro la fine dell’anno venderà più di dieci milioni di copie.

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