July 31, 2001 - BT tells
Launch.com that the focus should be on the quality of Celebrity and not
sales. BT says, "I just think that no matter what happens, it's an absolute
creative home run." Read more.
31, 2001 - Access Hollywood's Pat O'Brien injured his hand at Challenge
for the Children last weekend.
July 31, 2001 - WireImage.com
has a gigantic gallery of photos from the 3rd annual Challenge for the
Children basketball charity event with *NSYNC and Britney Spears, amongst
others. Check the photos out here.
Also, check out photos from the event's after party here.
July 31, 2001 - Entertainment
Tonight previewed Justin Timberlake's stint on The Brady Show.
July 31, 2001 - Justin Timberlake
tells MTV that the economy is to blame for *NSYNC's inability to break
No Strings Attached sales record. Justin says, "People probably don't think
we think about this kind of stuff, but if you really wanna get technical
about it, the whole country, the economy, is down 15 percent." Read more.
July 31, 2001 - Dees Sleaze
has a interview Monday with Jeannie, who spent the weekend with *NSYNC.
Jeannie says Britney was a very good basketball player and that Justin
was an 'amazing basketball player.' Check out her story here.
July 30, 2001 - AP profiled
the frequency pop stars are pumping out music with Alan Light, editor of
Spin magazine admitting, "The 'N Syncs of the world ... they know the clock
is running. You can't be a boy band forever, so you've gotta go for everything
that you're able to get for that time." Read more.
July 30, 2001 - *NSYNC was
featured on CNN where they talked about the group's popularity and new
July 30, 2001 - Variety's
Phil Gallo summed up his thoughts on the *NSYNC PopOdyssey tour saying,
"In short, PopOdyssey is one long encouragement to spend, spend, spend."
July 29, 2001 - Pagesix.com
reports Britney, *NSYNC, and other artists performing with Michael Jackson
at Madison Square Garden in September are being asked to pay at least $10,000
to a charity Jacko hasnít even chosen yet. Read more.
July 28, 2001 - A national
survey of teenagers released Friday found that Freddy Prinze Jr. and Britney
Spears top the charts when it comes to rating which celebrities have the
'best smile.' Also in the running on the guy's side, Josh Harnett, Heath
Ledger, and Chris Klein; singers Justin Timberlake, Sisqo. On the gal's
side, Christina Aguilera, Brandy, Beyonce Knowles, and Mandy Moore, Tara
Reid and Sarah Michelle Gellar trailed Britney. Britesmile conducted the
survey as they've recently begun offering 1 hour light-activated tooth
whitening procedures to teens. For more information on the company that
is also ironically my largest stock holding (NASDAQ: BSML), check Britesmile.com.
July 28, 2001 - In an abstracts.net
poll asking if you thought of *NSYNC's new sound in Pop, 87.3% said they
loved it, while 9.4% said it was ok, and 3.2% said they disliked the sound,
with 2346 total votes cast.
July 28, 2001 - The Star
reports Britney Spears appears to be packing on pounds recently and insiders
say she's "eating her heart out." The same insiders say her relationship
with Justin is on the outs as well.
July 28, 2001 - I received
word that the New York Daily News will do an article on Will's allegations
of using drugs with members of *NSYNC in the Sunday edition of Daily Dish.
Not certain though if it will focus on Will's loose lips regarding his
celebrity encounters or specifically on *NSYNC... we'll find out soon though.
July 27, 2001 - Shocking
allegations from Big Brother 2's Will as late Tuesday night, he admitted
to smoking pot with Chris Kirkpatrick before a show where he gave the guys
flu shots and at Joey Fatone's house on another occasion. Will also said
JC was apparently "too interested in what he had to say" and called Justin
a "goody goody" with his mother always around. CBS cut the web feed before
more details were divulged.
July 27, 2001 - Geoff
Mayfield, the charts guru at Billboard magazine tells the New York Post
that Celebrity "won't be what the last one was, but it has a shot at 2
million, or it will be close to that." Read more.
July 27, 2001 - Justin Timberlake
talked to Rolling Stone about doing a duet with Britney saying, "I want
it to be something new that they haven't heard us do, that they didn't
think we could do," he tells the magazine. It definitely would be a spectacle
- it would be huge."
July 27, 2001 - More details
on Celebrity from MTV.com as they report Bob Bell, pop/rock music buyer
for the Wherehouse Music chain revealing, "Based on what I'm seeing so
far, I'm projecting 2 million in sales nationwide." Read more.
July 26, 2001 - HitsDailyDouble.com
reports early reports from leading accounts indicate that NSYNCís Celebrity
is on track to sell in the 1.8 to 2 million range, making it the 2nd highest
first week selling album in history, behind only the group's previous effort.
(requires signup/use fake email).
July 26, 2001 - A staffer
at Virgin's downtown Vancouver store reports sales of Celebrity aren't
quite matching the performance of No Strings Attached but said, "It is
still very important music for us." Read more.
July 25, 2001 - Foxnews.com
reports on troubles that Lou Pearlman is having at his company, Trans
Continental Entertainment. Read more.
July 25, 2001 - *NSYNC were
on Access Hollywood Tuesday where they were in the studio talking to Nancy
July 25, 2001 - Thanks PandaBear.
Entertainment Weekly reviewed the Celebrity CD track by track.
July 25, 2001 - *NSYNC were
on Entertainment Tonight Tuesday where they were on hand for the premiere
July 25, 2001 - Launch.com
reports comments from *NSYNC as celebrity hits store shelves with Lance
admitting, "I think the cool thing about us is, we as best friends will
go on to do a lot of things together. I think *NSYNC will be around really
forever." Read more.
July 25, 2001 - BT praised
*NSYNC telling Sonicnet, "What's so refreshing about these guys is that
they don't take themselves too seriously. You get more attitude from a
guy working behind the counter at Starbucks than you do from these guys.
They're just regular people." Read more.
July 25, 2001 - WireImage.com
has several photos of *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and
many others from the record release party for *NSYNC's Celebrity in West
Hollywood on Monday. Check them out here.
July 24, 2001 - *NSYNC appeared
on the Tonight Show last night and performed Pop.
July 24, 2001 - The New York
Daily News reports Justin Timberlake said of girlfriend Britney Spears,
"Outside of my mother, I've never been so impressed by how big [someone's]
heart is. I see the side of her that others don't see. To be picked
on as much as she is...I see her get hurt by what's said, and she
still goes out there without really thinking about it."
July 24, 2001 - *NSYNC were
on ET Monday from the set of their Rolling Stone cover shoot.
July 24, 2001 - Justin Timberlake
wrote a special message to Britney "Pinky" Spears on the Celebrity
album sleeve stating, "Pinky - I love you more and more each day
and if all this stopped tomorrow I would be OK knowing that you would
be by my side no matter what. I can't breathe without you. Don't
ever forget that."
July 24, 2001 - *NSYNC received
5 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards including Best Group Video,
Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, Viewer's Choice, Best Editing In A Video,
and Breakthrough Video, all for Pop. Check out all the nominations here.
July 24, 2001 - WireImage.com
has images from *NSYNC's Popodyssey Concert in Oakland on Saturday. Check
them out here.
July 24, 2001 - Emily posted
a great recap of *NSYNC's appearance on The View yesterday.
July 24, 2001 - Launch.com
talked about *NSYNC's publicity plans ahead of the release of Celebrity
today. Check it out here.
July 23, 2001 - Rollingstone.com
has a huge section on *NSYNC ahead of Celebrity's release tomorrow. You
can hear Lance talk about how Britney and Justin have dated since the end
of 1999 tour where Britney opened for *NSYNC. Check it out here.
July 23, 2001 - KISS 92 FM's
Mad-Dog and Billie interviewed *NSYNC last month and the archive is available
for listening here.
July 23, 2001 - How many
albums do you think *NSYNC's Celebrity will sell the first week out?
July 22, 2001 - MTV aired
the *NSYNC Road to Celebrity special on Saturday from San Diego.
July 21, 2001 - USA Today
reports the pressure is on for the future of boybands as *NSYNC releases
their new album Tuesday. Chris Kirkpatrick admits, "There's definitely
pressure on us now, but it all comes from critics and the media. You know,
we could sell 15 million copies of our new album, which is more than our
last one sold, and it would still be considered a failure if we sell only,
say, 1.5 million copies the first week - because we won't have broken our
own record." Read more.
July 21, 2001 - CDNow.com's
Miss Truth reports Britney and Justin did end up catching the Craig David
show in LA as expected. Read more.
July 21, 2001 - With CD sales
for the first half down 8 percent from last year, the industry hopes new
releases from *NSYNC and Britney will make up for the lag. Read more.
July 19, 2001 - Thanks JustNsync2001.
The MSN chat transcript with *NSYNC last night is posted on our message
boards but unfortunately only Joey apparently showed up for the chat.
July 18, 2001 - The Sun reports
Britney Spears has demanded tickets to Craig David's gig in LA later this
month. Britney will take her boyfriend Justin Timberlake to the show.
July 18, 2001 - Melinda posted
another update from the road on Monday. Check it out here.
July 18, 2001 - News.com.au
reports Justin Timberlake reportedly said in 'very crude terms' that while
his girlfriend was technically a virgin, he was still getting a lot of
attention in the bedroom. Read more.
July 18, 2001 - *NSYNC will
be chatting live on MSN.com today at 9 PM EST. The group is MSN's Artist
of the Month.
July 15, 2001 - Thanks Mick.
TV Hits Australia interviewed *NSYNC in their August 2001 issue.
July 15, 2001 - The National
Post interviewed *NSYNC where Justin was asked who would he like as a sixth
member of the group, "Eminem. He would totally fit in with us." Read more.
July 15, 2001 - Melinda wrote
another update on NSYNC.com on the 4th and 12th of July. Check them out
July 15, 2001 - Justin Timberlake
is featured in an autographed photo auction on ebay. The photo, item 1446333399,
is bid at $34.95 and the auction ends July 18th.
July 14, 2001 - *NSYNC will
be musical guests on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, July 23rd.
July 14, 2001 - Justin Timberlake
and JC are shown here riding Batman the Escape roller coaster at Six Flags
Astroworld in Houston on July 6th. Lance and 20 of the bands friends went
along as well.
July 14, 2001 - *NSYNC's
JC commented on the problems A.J. McLean is facing during a telephone press
conference saying, "I really don't know what to say about that, except
for, you know, I hope he gets better. It's kind of sad that he's got a
problem like that, and I wish the guy the best. I hope he pulls it together.
At least he's admitted to himself that he has a problem. And that's pretty
much the first step." Read more.
July 14, 2001 - Worldpop
has two video clips of *NSYNC talking about surviving
the tour and their friendship.
July 13, 2001 - The New York
Daily News reports ticket prices for Michael Jackson's concert September
7th which will include performances by *NSYNC and Britney will range from
an mind-boggling $15,000 to $50,000 per ticket.
July 13, 2001 - The Sun reports
Britney Spears traveled 1,200 miles to visit an ailing Justin after he
injured his ankle.
July 13, 2001 - Foxnew.com's
Roger Friedman reports he received a lot of negative mail from *NSYNC fans
following his slamming of *NSYNC Monday. Read more.
July 13, 2001 - Johnny Wright
commented on the AJ McLean situation to TRL saying, "Although I no longer
have a professional relationship with A.J., my personal relationship still
remains very strong. I consider him apart of my family and I am very proud
of A.J. for reconizing he needs help. Not only myself but all five members
of *NSYNC send our thoughts and prayers."
July 10, 2001 - The always
smarmy Roger Friedman of Foxnews.com ripped into *NSYNC in his column Monday
saying Pop is "already a Dud with a capital D". Friedman also says "One
of their songs [on Celebrity] just shamelessly rips off the Beatles' Can't
Buy Me Love with this couplet: 'If I couldn't buy you diamond rings/And
all those other expensive things.' Of course, no one ever accused *NSYNC
of originality in the past." Read more.
July 9, 2001 - The Orlando
Sentinel reports Justin Timberlake and Lance Bass were with Britney for
the Pepsi 400 race Saturday where an onlooker revealed, "Britney looked
bored." Edwin McCain, who performed the National Anthem before Britney
said, "Gentlemen, start your engines" slammed Britney saying, "She's no
musician. She's a pop star." McCain added, "Six months before they invented
her. They told me she would be a major star. I guess they were right."
July 7, 2001 - Melinda posted
another update from the road.
July 7, 2001 - Reuters' Gary
Graff interviewed *NSYNC ahead of the release of Celebrity, where Lance
revealed Jive execs weren't too excited about the group's new musical direction.
Bass said, "They were like, 'I don't know. I don't like that song. I don't
think you should go there. It's too different. And we're like, 'No, that's
what we want to do. We don't want to do 10 'Bye, Bye, Byes' or three 'God
Must Have Spents.' That's why every song on this album is different from
each other. And they're all ... cool." Read more.
July 7, 2001 - The Star reports
Britney Spears was spotted cuddling with another Justin, Justin Murdoch,
25, on the night of June 26 at the Standard Bar on L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard.
July 7, 2001 - *NSYNC's video
Pop is up for final nominations in the MTV Viewer's Choice awards where
nominees will be announced later this month after voting concludes for
the September 6th awards show. Vote for *NSYNC here.
July 7, 2001 - Worldpop reports
Chris Kirkpatrick dreads part of the Pop Odyssey set saying, "During Space
Cowboy we drop down from the top of the stage about 100 feet. It kills
me every time I go up there because I have a phobia of heights. I scream
like a little girl."
July 7, 2001 - *NSYNC chatted
with the BBC's Lisa Rogers. Check out the video interview here.
July 4, 2001 - The Britney
and Justin look-alike contest on PlanetHollywood.com is over. Check out
the final standings here.
July 4, 2001 - Nick Lachey
made the list of the "hottest guys in music" in the August issue of Teen
People magazine where he admitted his goal is to write a song on an *NSYNC
album joking, "I could sell frickin' 15 million records and be a millionaire
off of one song!"
July 3, 2001 - FIVE band
member Jason J Brown blasted the video for *NSYNC's Pop telling NME, "It
looks like there was far too much f***ing money ploughed into their video.
I think it's a bit mad. It's this whole pop thing, and I know I'm part
of it but it's spilling over into the whole music business." Read more.
July 3, 2001 - Filth2go.com
reports the underwear that JC recently admitted he leaves behind while
on the road, while unknown to him, is being picked up by maids at several
hotels and later sold on the web, though I couldn't find any recent listings
July 1, 2001 - After being
fired for spreading the false rumor that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
got in a car accident, DJ's Kramer & Twitch have landed a show from
12 noon to 3 p.m. on WKRK-FM in Detroit. Read more.
July 1, 2001 - The Detroit
Free Press' Brian McCollum reviewed *NSYNC's show in Detroit's Comerica
Park Friday where he said, "..the guys need to realize there's GOOD pop
music and BAD pop music. If the songs previewed Friday night from Celebrity
are any indication, they may be on the cusp of breaking away into something
worth bragging about." Read more here.
Check out photos from the show here.
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