People: Liam Payne Shares New Single ‘Teardrops’ — Written Alongside *NSYNC’s JC Chasez!

Liam Payne‘s latest single is the product of a studio session with a fellow boybander… but not any of the guys you may be thinking of!

On Friday, the 30-year-old One Direction alum dropped his latest single “Teardrops,” a heartfelt ballad written alongside songwriter Jamie Scott and none other than JC Chasez of *NSYNC.

The track, which marks Payne’s first new single in three years, arrives nearly five years after his debut studio album LP1 and follows what Payne has called a “year long process of self-reflection” in the studio with longtime collaborator Scott.

Teardrops is about the vulnerability of heartbreak and the challenge of overcoming those moments,” the singer said in a release.

“This song marks the start of a new beginning, there’s lots more to come in 2024.”

On Instagram, Payne shared with fans Friday that the song itself was “born from many tears, not all mine.”

“I hope you love it like I do and not too many of you can relate,” he wrote, also sharing an image of his 5-year-old son Bear Payne looking up at a promotional billboard for the track with the caption: “I want to be on a billboard one day daddy.”

Chasez, 47, commented some praise for the singer underneath one of his latest Instagram posts, too. “Congrats my guy! Was a pleasure creating with you 🙌,” he wrote.

Songwriting is familiar territory for Chasez, who has previously written for or with the likes of Taemin, NU’EST, DiploDavid Archuleta and The Cheetah Girls. Scott, on the other hand, has worked with Payne in the past on 1D fan favorites such as “Through the Dark,” “What a Feeling” and “Fools Gold.”

Last July, Chasez chopped it up with PEOPLE about how he’s now been writing for himself, too — specifically by crafting two musicals “at the same time.”

“It’s a long haul, but that doesn’t bother me at all. Again, that’s just work, which is fine. And the fun part is you just keep creating, because even with these pieces, they’re not done,” Chasez said. “They’re just at this stage, and the fun part is they’ll get better. But as far as going the distance, I’m going the distance, I’ve gone this far, I’m going all the way.”

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Rolling Stone: 1D Meets ‘NSync as Liam Payne, JC Chasez Team Up for New Song ‘Teardrops’

THE MULTI-GENERATIONAL BOY band crossover event to end them all is here: One Direction and ‘NSync have linked up — well, kind of. Liam Payne has got a new song out today, “Teardrops,” which he co-wrote with ‘NSync’s JC Chasez.

Fittingly, the track harkens back to that late-90s/turn-of-the-millenium sound, with a somber, twinkling guitar weeping behind booming pop production. In a statement, Payne said, “’Teardrops’ is about the vulnerability of heartbreak and the challenge of overcoming those moments. This song marks the start of a new beginning, there’s lots more to come in 2024.”

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Variety: Justin Timberlake Slyly Confirms NSYNC Will Appear on New Song ‘Paradise’ for His Upcoming Album

The NSYNC reunion continues… on Justin Timberlake‘s new album?

After teasing fans with the deluxe vinyl edition of “Everything I Thought It Was,” Timberlake’s new album set for release on March 15, the singer took to TikTok to confirm that one of the tracks features his former NSYNC bandmates.

“Blink twice if *NSYNC is on a song called ‘Paradise,’” wrote a fan in the comment section of Timberlake’s deluxe edition announcement video. On Wednesday, Timberlake responded to that comment with a candid video that showed him moving his sunglasses to reveal his eyes, intentionally blinking twice before flashing a sly smile.

Adding to the confirmation, NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick responded with eye emoji comments and Lance Bass responded with his own video. Members JC Chasez and Joey Fatone have yet to comment on the revelation.


Deadline Hollywood: Justin Timberlake’s New Album Will Feature *NSYNC On Song

The *NSYNC reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards wasn’t the last hurrah.

Justin Timberlake, 43 has teased a new song, Paradise, with JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone, which will appear on his upcoming album, Everything I Thought It Was.

Timberlake teased the project today when he responded to a fan’s TikTok comment that said, “Blink twice if *NSYNC is on a song called Paradise.” On Wednesday, Timberlake shared a response video that featured him pulling down a pair of sunglasses and blinking twice, before pulling them back up and smiling.

The comment was made on a video that showed Timberlake holding copies of the deluxe vinyl edition of his new album, which is set for release on March 15.

In the original video, he previewed the deluxe edition, which comes with postcards, receipts, a film strip, and an air freshener.

Timberlake previously hinted at new music from *NSYNC during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in January. “We’ve been in the studio, so there may be a little something in the future, too,” he told Clarkson.

*NSYNC reunited on the song Better Place, which was released in September as part of the soundtrack of the film Trolls Band Together. “That was fun,” he said. “It’s kind of crazy, like, there’s so much that just picks up right where it left off as far as the chemistry.”


Audacy: Justin Timberlake invites *NSYNC fans to ‘Paradise’ on upcoming song with the boy band

Gearing up to drop his new album, Everything I Thought It Was, on March 15, Justin Timberlake is using his time (very wisely in our opinion) to pretty much confirm *NSYNC will make an appearance on the tracklist.

Here’s the series of events that led the Internet to freak out about a boy band reunion on the album.

Between JT taking to TikTok to show off the contents of the deluxe vinyls, and posting a video montage of the “MAKING OF THE EITIW VINYLS,” on IG, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the tracklist on the back of the sleeve, which seemed to show that the a track called “Paradise,” will feature Timberlake’s former boy band, *NSYNC.

After the internet did its thing, Timberlake took to TikTok once more to reply to a follower who commented “Blink twice if *NSYNC is on a song called Paradise.” For his response, JT remained silent, stared straight into our souls, dropped down his sunglasses and very deliberately blinked twice, confirming the news.

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BILLBOARD: Justin Timberlake Confirms *NSYNC Collab on Upcoming Album

Buckle up, *NSYNC fans! There’s more new music on the way.

It all started earlier this week when Justin Timberlake took to TikTok to show fans the vinyl packaging for his upcoming album, Everything I Thought It Was, which will arrive on March 15. While displaying the cinema-inspired cover art and all the goodies that come inside, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the track list on the back of the sleeve seemed to show that the track “Paradise” will feature Timberlake’s former boy band, *NSYNC.

Timberlake noticed the comments, and ended up responding to one in a coy follow-up video shared on Wednesday (Feb. 28). “Blink twice if *NSYNC is on a song called Paradise,” one fan commented with an eyes emoji. In response, the “Mirrors” singer dropped down his sunglasses and very deliberately blinked twice, confirming the news.To make it even more obvious, fellow *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick commented on the post with two more eyes emojis.

Timberlake had already hinted at more *NSYNC music last month, following the release of “Better Place” for the Trolls Band Together soundtrack in September. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the star strongly hinted that he and bandmates JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Kirkpatrick are cooking up a follow-up to their comeback single. “That was fun,” he began, recalling how the guys reunited for “Better Place.” “It’s kind of crazy — there’s so much that picks up right where it left off as far as chemistry.” 

“We’ve been in the studio,” he continued in the clip. “So there may be a little something in the future.” 


News Roundup

Lots of news to get to! We have added all remaining dates for Justin’s “Forget Tomorrow’ tour, Joey’s “Joey and AJ Present: A Legendary Night” and we will add more as they are added to the touring schedule.

Joey and AJ will appear on Good Morning America on March 4th to promote the tour and perform.

Rumors are swirling that *NSYNC appear on Justin’s track “Paradise” on the new album which will be released in March. Stay tuned for the ~official annoucnement!

Billboard: Watch *NSYNC Re-Create a Hilarious Group Photo: ‘Who Had Us Pose Like That?!’

As *NSYNC revisit their boy-band days ahead of the release of their first new song in more than 20 years, they have one question: “Who had us pose like that?!”

On Tuesday (Sept. 19), the quintet posted a new Instagram video with that caption, that shows the five bandmates casually entering a room together, soundtracked by Simple Plan’s 2002 song “I’m Just a Kid,” only to fall into a completely ridiculous group pose. We then flash to the original photo, taken in January 2001, which has every guy making an over-the-top facial expression without any context or explanation against a white backdrop.

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LA Mag: *NSYNC Is in a ‘Better Place’ as Boy Band Reunites for ‘Trolls Band Together’ Song

“Perfect, perfect, perfect,” sings animated boy band BroZone throughout Trolls Band Together, a new film in the Trolls series — and *NSYNC fans will likely leave theaters chanting the same words after the film drops on November 17.

The third movie in the franchise celebrates boy bands as well as the ’90s and marks the first new music from *NSYNC — Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass — in more than two decades, with feel-good track “Better Place.”

With just days to go until the hotly-anticipated recording is released on Sep. 29, Los Angeles magazine scored a preview of the song during an advance screening of Trolls Band Together in Beverly Hills.

Co-written by Timberlake and recorded with Chasez, Fatone, Kirkpatrick and Bass in L.A., the track starts off slow and mellow with Timberlake’s leads accompanied by smooth acapella backing from his bandmates, before bursting into the snappy, cheerful chorus that has had *NSYNC fans watching the film’s trailer on repeat.

By the end of the upbeat song, it’s “bye bye bye” to the group’s signature lyric, as the “Better Place” line “faster, faster, faster” is an instant earworm.

Likewise, Timberlake’s “dance, dance, dance” — from his 2016 Trolls smash “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — promptly makes way for “perfect, perfect, perfect,” from the catchy BroZone hit “Perfect,” which he also co-penned for the movie.

While the film marks a massive moment for *NSYNC — whose animated versions appear on the big screen with character names like “Boom” and “Hype” – it’s also a celebration of ’90s music and culture, from roller-skating and puffer jackets to songs like Salt-n-Pepa’s “Push it” and Shaggy’s “Boombastic.”

Of course, it’s the endless boy band references and performances that make the film a must for any ’90s pop fan — New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Menudo and Boyz II Men get a nod. Branch (voiced by Timberlake) and his girlfriend Poppy (Anna Kendrick) set out to get BroZone back together in order to save Branch’s former bandmate Floyd (Troye Sivan) from pop villains led by a diva who declares, “I wanna be famous, but don’t want to work for it!” 

John Dory (voiced by Eric André), Spruce (Daveed Diggs) and Clay (Kid Cudi) round out BroZone, who experience everything a real-life boy band goes through, from backstage disagreements, stage mishaps, and developing rock-hard abs, to the pull of a solo career.

Although Timberlake couldn’t resist that pull, he’s back with his boys for “Better Place,” releasing via RCA Records. *NSYNC smash “I Want You Back,” also features in the film, with Timberlake reportedly re-recording the song with André and Diggs.

While rumors of an *NSYNC comeback had long been brewing, fan speculation went into overdrive as key art for the movie was revealed. Featuring the group’s logo, the ads began popping up around New York and Los Angeles in August. The quintet then came together at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they presented an award to Taylor Swift, who ecstatically questioned the musicians about what they had in store.

Two decades of patience finally paid off for Swift and other fans when the group followed up their VMAs cameo by announcing the release of “Better Place.”

In a video posted on Instagram, they were shown reuniting in L.A. to record the track. “If we do this song, it’s a love letter to our fans,” Timberlake says in the clip. “I would be honored to have the group on this song.”

Speaking days after the announcement, Fatone said reuniting with his bandmates felt natural.

“It was great being together with the guys again,” Fatone told to Los Angeles at fan convention ’90s Con in Tampa, Florida, on Friday (Sept. 15). “It’s funny because it’s almost like time doesn’t pass. It does in the sense that we’re older — although I’m not sure if I’m also wiser! But it’s crazy how we all just fell into place again.”

Despite unwavering fan demand for a reunion, Fatone was gob-smacked by the global response to the group’s VMAs appearance. His manager, Joe Mulvihill, watched as all five guys walked off stage looking stunned.

“They were completely shocked at the response,” Mulvihill says. “When you’re not together for so long, then you walk out and get that reaction, it’s crazy. They came off stage and were like, ‘Wow!’ Nobody expected those responses.”

Of course, being back under such an intense spotlight means being subject to the level of scrutiny the group faced during their heyday. This became evident on VMAs night after a backstage video showing Megan Thee Stallion seemingly arguing with Timberlake went viral. The two quickly put rumors to rest by posting a clip showing them having fun together after the show, but Fatone remains surprised at how quickly the misconstrued video spread.

“People run with whatever story they see,” added Fatone, who joined forces with AJ McLean to perform both *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys hits at Friday’s Joey Fatone & Friends gig. “They see a picture, make a conclusion and I’m like, ‘That’s not what it was.’ Or you’ll hug somebody and the minute you get too close, everyone’s like, ‘They made out.’ You take a photo and that’s just what happens — things are misconstrued a lot of the time!”