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TOP TEN: All Synced Up

It's gonna be them.

It’s gonna be them.

They were one of the biggest boy bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s, selling millions of records and playing to sold out dates around the world. They had t-shirts, bedspreads, lunch boxes… all the merchandise under the sun. They also managed to be pitted against the Backstreet Boys in the biggest boy band rivalry of all-time. Then, in 2002, the boys took a hiatus, with Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez pursuing solo efforts, and although there’s always been speculation that *NSYNC will reunite, there hasn’t been a rumor as loud as the one recently that the band will be back together and performing at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday. Cue the screaming girls! Before they (potentially but probably) hit the stage, let’s do a rundown of my favorite songs from the band, both singles and album tracks:

10. “MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS”
Home For Christmas / 1998

While you were waiting for Santa Claus to sneak the presents under the tree, this original song from their holiday-themed album was a favorite both on MTV’s Total Request Live and on all-holiday music radio stations.

09. “I WANT YOU BACK”
*NSYNC / 1998

Ah, yes, the one the started it off for the boys here in the States. The cool pop track, co-written by Max Martin, caught on very quickly at radio, going to #5 on the pop airwaves, while cruising up to #13 on the Hot 100.

08. “MUSIC OF MY HEART” (with Gloria Estefan)
Original Soundtrack to Music Of The Heart / 1999

This is the band’s only collaboration on the list, a duet with Estefan. She also starred in the film with Angela Bassett and Meryl Streep. Due to strong physical sales, “Heart” went to #2 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1999.

07. “HERE WE GO”
*NSYNC / 1998

Although never released as a single in the U.S., “Go” was a top ten success in Austria and Germany and went to #5 on the Swiss Singles Chart. It was also promoted in conjunction with the 1998 Disney film A Bug’s Life.

06. “I DRIVE MYSELF CRAZY”
*NSYNC / 1999

Originally titled “Thinking Of You”, this was the fourth U.S. single from *NSYNC. Unfortunately, they “made a mistake” releasing two ballads in a row; “Crazy” topped out at #12 on CHR radio and #67 on the Hot 100.

05. “TELL ME, TELL ME… BABY”
Celebrity / 2001

This is the highest non-single on the list, although one of the local stations sold it as the “second single” from Celebrity before it was officially announced as “Gone”. It’s as glossy as they come, fusing pop with dance.

04. “IT’S GONNA BE ME”
No Strings Attached / 2000

I’m sure you remember the video where they appeared as toy dolls, or at least for the “It’s gonna be May” meme that goes around every year. “Gonna” spent six weeks at #1 at CHR radio and also topped the Hot 100.

03. “TEARIN’ UP MY HEART”
*NSYNC / 1998

This was the first song I ever heard of theirs, mainly from seeing the video so much on the now defunct Fox Family Countdown. It’s a classic pop record. It tore up the radio charts too, going to #5 in the fall of 1998.

02. “POP”
Celebrity / 2001

This one came in with a bang and crashed just as quickly, which was too bad because it’s just an excellent song. Plus, member Lance Bass named his SiriusXM show after it, Dirty Pop. This landed at #5 on CHR radio.

01. “BYE BYE BYE”
No Strings Attached / 2000

Call it the “Holy Grail” of *NSYNC singles (I see what you did there, Adam) but it was ultimately the song that built the hype up that lead No Strings Attached to a debut week of over 2.4 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. I certainly couldn’t wait for it, and for a time, I knew most of the moves in the music video. I’ll have to brush off my steps and see how I can do. “Bye” went to #1 for ten weeks at CHR and top ten on the Hot 100.

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Leaders Of The Club: The Mouseketeers Go Mainstream (Again)

Those Disney darlings.

Those Disney darlings.

20 years ago, three tweens auditioned for the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club and from then on, music history would never be the same. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake rose to the top of the charts in the heat of the late 90’s bubblegum pop explosion with hit albums and singles, eventually branching out into reality television, film and other endeavors. I was 3 in 1993 when the trio first made their mark on the Club; the show was done the next year (though I saw it in repeats) and I’m betting a lot of people didn’t think those performers would do anything substantial. Heck, The Party, the quintet formed from cast members in the early 90’s, had only one top-40 hit and they were done. No big deal there.

Something was different with Aguilera, Spears and Timberlake. The latter two joined groups; one flopped and one flourished. I think you know which one is which. The two ladies then pursued solo careers, all three became superstars, etc. That was then. I’m now 23, and all three of them are top ten on iTunes’ top-selling songs chart, the first time that this has likely ever happened, or at least one of the first. As of the early morning, Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” (featuring Jay-Z) stands at #5, Aguilera’s feature on Pitbull‘s “Feel This Moment” is holding down #8, and “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am and Spears is down to #9.

At CHR radio, “Moment” is the only one to not be within the top ten, but its large gains should put it there soon. (It’s currently #16; “Scream” is #4 and “Suit” is #10.) Since I like to focus on the radio aspect of the industry, I thought it would be interesting to point out the last time that all three singers were simultaneously in the top 40 and in the top 10 together on the format. Trust me, it’s been a while. Each singer has had their shares of ups and downs over the years, but this unification of the three so high on the charts nearly 15 years after each singer debuted at radio is certainly something to be celebrated.

According to the archives of Mediabase 24/7 data, this is the last published chart that all three singers appeared in together:

Mediabase CHR Chart – January 18, 2009
#04: Britney Spears“Womanizer”
#31: T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake“Dead And Gone”
#40: Christina Aguilera“Keeps Gettin’ Better”

In this example, Spears was on the decline after peaking at #1 for two weeks in late December and early January. “Dead” was in its second week in the top 40. The collaboration with T.I. would eventually peak at #4 in April. Aguilera’s “Better” quickly peaked at #11 for two non-consecutive weeks in late October and early November before quickly falling, though it spent several weeks in the 30’s (and this last week at #40) thanks to year-end chart airplay. All three would make the top 40 several times between then and their current songs, with Aguilera accumulating the last singles (2), followed by Timberlake (3; all featured appearances) and then Spears with 8. Often times, two of them would be in the top 40 at the same time, but nothing panned out between the three until now.

If you’re looking for the last survey where all three singers appeared as main-credited acts, then we’ll need to travel back even further to 2003:

Radio & Records CHR Chart – November 21, 2003
#11: Britney Spears featuring Madonna“Me Against The Music”
#15: Christina Aguilera featuring Lil’ Kim“Can’t Hold Us Down”
#40: Justin Timberlake“Señorita”

Spears once again comes in highest on this survey with her first single from In The Zone. It was at its peak, though it hit the #10 spot unofficially at midweek. Next release “Toxic” would return her to the top after a four-year absence. Aguilera’s song was trending downward after spending a month at #3 starting in mid-September. It was the fourth single from Stripped, the biggest of which was “Beautiful”, her fourth and last #1 on the CHR chart to date. This was the last week in the top 40 for “Señorita”, probably the least remembered release from Justified. It too was a fourth single, and spent two weeks at #5 in September. I wasn’t really a fan of it back in the day, though I’ve learned to like it over the years. He largely remained absent from the charts until 2006, then Spears had zero charting singles between late 2004 and late 2007, and Aguilera became really hit or miss after the Back To Basics era. In short, things didn’t match up until the beginning of 2009. You see how rarely these things happen.

Now, for the big question. When was the last time these three all appeared in the top ten together? Wait for it…

Radio & Records CHR Chart – June 16, 2000
#01: Britney Spears“Oops! I Did It Again”
#02: *NSYNC“It’s Gonna Be Me”
#09: Christina Aguilera“I Turn To You”

“You’re kidding me!” Nope, our three Mouseketeers haven’t been in the top ten together on the pop chart since the summer of 2000, nearly thirteen years. I remember it well. Spears was spending her last of three weeks at #1 with “Oops!” before Timberlake and his group would take over the #1 spot for six weeks. Both acts were riding high on albums that sold north of one million copies in their first week, with *NSYNC‘s No Strings Attached pulling in a record 2.4 million copies in sales during its first seven days on shelves. (Let’s not forget that a fourth member of the Club, JC Chasez, was also in the group.) Aguilera didn’t exactly see the same numbers, but her debut album put four singles into the top ten, “Turn” being her third. It peaked at #6 a few weeks earlier.

Do you feel old yet? I do. Those darn chart retrospectives. Hope you’ve enjoyed this look back in time and congratulations to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake for lasting this long on the charts, together for what could be the last time. M-I-C… see you real soon with more chart stories. (Follow me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.)

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TEARIN’ UP MY CHART: The Return of Justin Timberlake (“Suit & Tie” + “The 20/20 Experience”)

He drives himself... crazy.

He drives himself… crazy.

EDIT: Both titles have been CONFIRMED. Check out a followup post here.

(EDIT: Myself and the members of the Pulse Music Board are guessing, based on Timberlake’s webpage, that the leadoff single from his album, which we think is entitled The 20/20 Experience, is a song called “Suit & Tie”. Timberlake has also tweeted out the hashtag #YouNeverKnow in reply to several tweets, as well as “AND, AS LONG AS I GOT MY SUIT AND TIE…”  and “I’MA LEAVE IT OUT ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT.” Is this the chorus of the single? Everything will be confirmed on Monday morning.) (My original tweet.) (Followup on PMB.)

Alright, calm yourself down, Pop fans. You still have a few days before the new Justin Timberlake track premieres, which is rumored to be featuring Jay-Z and Beyoncé. The song, which will make its debut on Monday at 12:01 AM, according to his website, will be the leadoff single from Timberlake’s forthcoming studio album, due in 2013. It is produced by Timbaland. (View the semi-announcement video here.) Before the song makes its glorious debut on the internet, let’s take a look at how the singer came in and dominated the music world.

Timberlake began in the boy band *NSYNC, who first broke onto the American scene in 1998 with hits like “I Want You Back” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart”. It was the group’s second release, however, that launched them into superstardom. No Strings Attached, released in the spring of 2000, sold 2.43 million copies in the first week and nearly 10 million before the year was done, and this was all in the United States alone. “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me”, the effort’s first two single, became huge #1 hits on CHR radio. Though their followup, Celebrity, didn’t do nearly as well as its predecessor, it still kept the band on the charts and doing well at a time when the boy band bubble burst for acts like 98 Degrees, the Backstreet Boys and others.

By the end of 2002, Timberlake had gone solo with Justified, which debuted at #2 on the album chart. Lead single “Like I Love You” showed a more urban side to the singer, but it was further singles “Cry Me A River” and “Rock Your Body” (#1 at CHR radio) that established him as a force at mainstream radio. He additionally provided the chorus on the first major breakthrough record for the Black Eyed Peas, “Where Is The Love?”, which hit #1 in 2003. Though the album’s promotion was done by late 2003, Timberlake managed to stay on the radio as a feature on singles by Nelly in 2004 and Snoop Dogg in 2005, leading to his eventual return in 2006 with the 80’s-inspired FutureSex/LoveSounds and the #1 hit “SexyBack”. The album debuted at #1 in September with sales just under 700,000 copies in its first week and produced six singles, four of which hit the top spot on mainstream radio: the aforementioned lead single, “My Love”, “What Goes Around… Comes Around” and “Summer Love”. A fifth release, “LoveStoned”, hit the top 5.

Timberlake’s been primarily focused on acting during the last few years, most notably portraying Napster co-founder Sean Parker in The Social Network. Though he’s collaborated with Ciara, Jamie Foxx, and T.I. in the past few years, Timberlake hasn’t been credit on a top-40 hit since 2010, so it shall be interesting to see if radio and retail was easily embrace him again as they did many years before. In the meantime, watch out for more news as it comes right here on POP! Goes The Charts.

EDIT: Both titles have been CONFIRMED. Check out a followup post here.

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