New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys made headlines in early November when they announced a 2011 joint tour. The groups (all nine of them!) made their official debut with a performance on the American Music Awards on Nov. 21. The tour is set to launch in early summer 2011 with several stops in cities across the U.S.
All this boy band talk has us a little nostalgic for the simpler days of the ’90s when BsB, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and *Nsync ruled the radio airwaves and MTV’s TRL. It made us wonder: what is the *NSYNC crew doing now?
*NSYNC: Where Are They Now?
*NSYNC battled the Backstreet Boys for the Kings of the Boy Band crowd during the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Backstreet Boys initially won the battle, but *NSYNC won the war by selling 2.42 million copies of their second album, “No Strings Attached” in the first week of release. The album went on to sell over nine million copies by the end of 2000, making it the best selling album of the decade.
The group went on a “temporary hiatus” in 2002, but they haven’t performed together since. What are the *NSYNC guys up to now?
Justin Timberlake — We haven’t had time to wonder where Justin’s been, because he’s everywhere! Justin Timberlake has achieved true superstar status with his numerous solo albums, including Justified and “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” He’s also found success in acting, with numerous high-profile movie roles in films like “Alpha Dog” and “Social Network.” However, it’s his hilarious turn on Saturday Night Live in the Digital Short “D–k in a Box” that won Timberlake an Emmy in 2007.
JC Chasez — JC Chasez also pursued a solo music career after *NSYNC. His first single “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” went on the soundtrack for the movie “Drumline” and eventually made it onto his 2004 solo release “Schizophrenic.” The album wasn’t a huge commercial success and Chasez was dropped from Jive Records after his second album failed to produce any hit singles. He now writes songs for other musicians, including the British band McFly and “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta and serves as a judge on the MTV show “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Lance Bass — Bass chose to forego a solo music career in favor space travel. Bass traveled to Star City, Russia in 2002 to train with cosmonauts in hopes of making it into space. His trip was scraped after financial backing fell through and he returned to the United States. He later came out as a homosexual in a July 26, 2006 “People Magazine” cover story after months of rumors and spottings at gay bars with then-boyfriend Reichen Lehmkuhl. He now avoids the spotlight most of the time by producing reality shows and competitions for LOGO and other cable networks.
Joey Fatone — Much of Fatone’s post-boy band career has consisted of various guest appearances on shows like “Hannah Montana” and movies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” He’s also hosted NBC’s “The Singing Bee” and appeared on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and in lead roles in Broadway productions of “Rent” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” He’s the only married father out of the *Nsync boys: he married high school sweetheart Kelly Baldwin in 2004 and together they have two daughters, Brianna and Kloey.
Chris Kirkpatrick — Kirkpatrick also tried his hand at a solo career after the group disbanded — he performed two singles with the group “Little Red Monsters.” His solo career never took off, but it’s not for lack of trying. Kirkpatrick signed on for two different reality shows — CMT’s “Gone Country” and VH1’s “Mission: Man Band” to try and regain his *NSYNC success. Now, Kirkpatrick makes appearances, guests hosts various television programs and plays with his new band, Nigels11.