Joey Fatone Calls *NSYNC’s VMAs Reunion ‘Surreal’ at 90s Con: ‘We Fell into Place’

*NSYNC‘s Joey Fatone reveals what it really felt like getting the band back together for the first time in over two decades.

“It was fun!” Fatone, 46, told the crowd at 90s Con Florida Sunday while speaking on a panel alongside Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough and AJ McLean and TLC’Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. “MTV Awards was really cool. It was fun for me and the guys to get back together. It was surreal in the sense of we kind of just stepped back from each other. Literally, we fell into place.”

Last week, the boy band, consisting of Fatone, Justin TimberlakeJC Chasez, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick, announced that their first single in over 20 years titled “Better Place” would appear in the soundtrack for Universal’s Trolls Band Together.

We’re excited for *NSYNC to come out with a song, which is crazy to say after 25 years,” Fatone told panel moderator and PEOPLE Senior Editor Breanne L. Heldman at 90s Con in Tampa. “And no, I don’t know if there is a tour!”

Fatone offered his advice on how to make an *NSYNC tour happen. “If the fans want it that much yell at the companies, yell at Sony, yell at them,” he said.

When asked by Heldman whether *NSYNC and BSB had a boy band rivalry, Fatone and Dorough, 50, had different answers, with Fatone saying “no” and Dorough saying “yes.” McLean, 45, said “it was all healthy competition” and that “there was more internal competition” among the bandmates than external.

“Back in the day all the different magazines would pit us against each other even though Howie went to college with Chris, I’ve known Joey for years, I’ve known Lance for years,” McLean, continued.

The Backstreet Boys simply “wanted to make good music and just have fun and perform for you guys,” McLean explained. “That was it but the press was like, ‘*NSYNC or Backstreet Boys?'”

Now, McLean feels like the rivalry has softened. “There was a line drawn back then, but what I love today is the line has blurred because mostly both of our fans, all of our fans, are fans of music,” he said. “So, if you like the song, you like the song, it doesn’t matter who sings it.”

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Billboard: Justin Timberlake Shares Behind the Scenes Look at *NSYNC in the Studio: ‘So Many Stars Aligned’

*NSYNC are tearin’ up our hearts with news of their reunion single, “Better Place,” and Justin Timberlake kept the buzz going on Thursday (Sept. 14) when he shared footage alongside JC ChasezChris KirkpatrickJoey Fatone and Lance Bass in the studio.

“So many stars aligned and that’s why I hit y’all and was like, ‘Hey, something came up,’” Timberlake is heard telling his former bandmates in the clip, as scenes of the group laying down vocals and harmonies, before jamming out to their upbeat pop track, weave across the screen. “If we do this song, it’s a love letter to our fans. I would be honored to have the group on this song.”

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PEOPLE: Watch *NSYNC Reunite in Studio for First Time in 20+ Years for Upcoming Single: ‘Love Letter to Our Fans’

*NSYNC is about to take us to a “Better Place” — a world where they’re back together in the studio.

In case you missed the group’s surprise appearance at the MTV VMAs, or their several silly viral reunion clips, the eight-time Grammy nominated boyband are making headlines yet again. And this time, it’s not for an album anniversary. It’s for their upcoming comeback single.

On Thursday, after the announcement that their single “Better Place” will appear in the soundtrack for Universal’s Trolls Band Together, group member Justin Timberlake posted a behind-the-scenes clip of all the guys — himself, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick — back together again in the studio for the song’s recording.

“So many stars aligned,” Timberlake, 42, said in the clip while speaking to his bandmates. “That’s why I hit y’all, I was like, ‘Hey, something came up.’ If we do this song, it’s a love letter to our fans. I would be honored to have the group on this song.”

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Billboard: *NSYNC Reunite for ‘Trolls Band Together’ Song ‘Better Place’: See the Release Date & New Trailer

After decades of fans hoping for an *NSYNC musical reunion, the day has finally come: The five-member boy band’s Trolls Band Together soundtrack contribution “Better Place” was announced first thing Thursday (Sept. 14) along with a new trailer for the animated threequel.

The song — which appears to follow in the upbeat footsteps of Trolls lead single “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and Trolls World Tour opener “The Other Side” — is available to pre-save now but won’t be released until Sept. 29.

The song marks *NSYNC’s first musical release since 2002 (when the Neptunes remix of “Girlfriend,” featuring Nelly, arrived) and it comes just days after the group — Justin TimberlakeJC ChasezChris KirkpatrickJoey Fatone and Lance Bass — stepped onstage together at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards to present the award for best pop to Taylor Swift for “Anti-Hero.” The group last took the VMAs stage in 2013, for Timberlake’s Video Vanguard Award medley performance.

Rumors of *NSYNC’s reunion began swirling after a number of Trolls Band Together posters popped up in New York, featuring the first letter of the *NSYNC logo and a QR code. The code takes you to this site — — which teases the whistling pop tune. Timberlake stars in the upcoming film, returning as the troll Branch alongside Anna Kendrick’s Poppy, but the new movie’s plot follows as Branch reunites with his brothers to get their childhood boy band, BroZone, back together. While *NSYNC comes back together for the soundtrack, in the film, Timberlake’s bandmate brothers are voiced by Troye SivanEric AndréDaveed Diggs and Kid Cudi.

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ET: See NSYNC Reunite in the Recording Studio for New Song ‘Better Place’: ‘It’s a Love Letter to Our Fans’

The new video comes after all five men reunited onstage at the 2023 MTV VMAs.

Justin Timberlake shared a new video of him casually hanging with the fellas of NSYNC and working on their first new single in decades

In a new video shared on Instagram, Timberlake gives his followers a behind-the-scenes look at his, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick’s studio session working on “Better Place,” from the upcoming Trolls: Band Together soundtrack.

“When the stars align… got my brothers back together in the studio to work on something fun and the energy was special. Better Place is coming 9/29 🙏🏻 LOVE Y’ALL,” Timberlake wrote.

The video starts with a sentimental moment, led by the “Sexyback” singer as he tells his former bandmates how important the moment is. 


“So many stars aligned, that’s why I hit y’all. I was like, ‘Hey, something came up.'” he says. “If we do this song, it’s a love letter to our fans. I would be honored to have the group on this song.”

“Who’s ready for a reunion?” someone asks.

The video continues with Timberlake sitting behind the sound board and reacting as each member lays down his vocals for the track. Giving the fans a taste of what’s to come, the song plays in the background.  

“Sounds good, sounds like it’s finished,” Kirkpatrick says, giving the song his seal of approval. 

Bass then reminds the room how long it’s been since they made music. 

“That’s the first NSYNC song finished in 23 years,” he says.

Ending the video on a sweet note, Timberlake and Fatone embrace, as Fatone uses the moment to make a joke.

Bringing the emotions back, Timberlake tells his friends, “Listen, man, I love you guys That sh*t is epic.”

NSYNC has been tearin’ up their fans hearts all week with their reunion. On Wednesday, it was announced that “Better Place” will be in support of the upcoming film, Trolls: Band Together. The popular animated franchise features Timberlake as the voice of Branch. 

The song is a particularly appropriate choice for the upcoming film, which revolves around the reuniting of a Troll boyband, BroZone, who come back together after years of estrangement.

Fans learned about the new song one day after Timberlake reunited with Chasez, Bass, Fatone and Kirkpatrick onstage at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday. The brief (yet iconic) moment was the first time the group hit the stage together since 2013, when they performed during Timberlake’s Video Vanguard performance.

“Better Place” drops Sept. 29. Trolls: Band Together hits theaters Nov. 17.

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Billboard: *NSYNC’s 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

*NSYNC tore up our hearts and the Billboard charts with their hit songs, including “Bye, Bye, Bye,” “It’s Gonna Be Me” and more.

The blockbuster boy band — made up of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick — had a revolving door of hits on the Pop Airplay chart in the late 1990s and early 2000s, scoring two No. 1s on the chart in just over four years of activity. “Bye Bye Bye,” from 2000’s No Strings Attached, spent 10 weeks atop the chart in 2000, while “It’s Gonna Be Me” from the same project had five weeks at No. 1 later that year. Including their pair of No. 1s, *NSYNC scored nine top 10 hits on the Pop Airplay chart overall.

Over on the Billboard Hot 100, the quintet scored six top 10s and a lone No. 1 hit; “It’s Gonna Be Me” spent two weeks atop the list in spring 2000. Their longest-charting hit on the Hot 100 was “This I Promise You,” also from No Strings Attached, which spent 26 weeks on the chart in late 2000, peaking at No. 5.

No Strings Attached rewrote the record books when it was released in March 2000, selling a record-shattering 2.4 million copies in its first week — a feat that they held until Adele’s 25 album surpassed its week-one sales in 2015. The album also spent eight weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. The group’s only other No. 1 on the albums chart is Celebrity, which spent a week atop the tally in August 2001.

Below, revisit the group’s 10 biggest hits on the Pop Airplay chart.

*NSYNC’s 10 Biggest Billboard Hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Pop Airplay chart, through the Sept. 9, 2023, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 40 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

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