Album: No Strings Attached (2000)
By selling more than 2.4 million copies in its debut week, the album set a
U.S. one-week sales record that remains intact to this day; with compact
disc sales in decline, the record is not expected to be equaled or topped
in the near future.
Before the release of No Strings Attached, 'N Sync's second album, the band
acrimoniously split from their old management and signed to Jive Records. The
ensuing legal battle caused No Strings Attached to be delayed several times;
initially, the album was slated to arrive as early as the fourth quarter of
1999. The first single, "Bye Bye Bye" was serviced to radio stations
before the release date for the album was finalized; as a result, the song
appeared more than two months before the album finally hit shelves. The song
was a radio smash, and the shifting dates only served to increase anticipation
for the album. When the album finally appeared, it flew off shelves, setting
records for most albums sold in one day (over 1 million) and most albums sold
in a single week (2.41 million), shattering the record set less than one year
prior by rival band the Backstreet Boys, with their 1999 album 'Millennium'.
No Strings Attached topped the charts for eight consecutive weeks and went
on to become the biggest-selling album of 2000, shifting 9,936,104 units in
2000 - according to Nielsen Soundscan, the most albums sold in a single year.
It has sold more than 17 million copies and is the group best selling album.
The title of the album was a reference to the band's newfound freedom from
Lou Pearlman and their former management team. In interviews, the band, and
Justin Timberlake in particular, referred to the style of music as "dirty
pop", which subsequently entered the pop-culture lexicon and served as
the inspiration for the band's future single, "Pop".
The album spun off three U.S. top 10 singles: The aformentioned "Bye Bye
Bye"; the number one smash "It's Gonna Be Me", and the ballad "This
I Promise You."
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