People: Lance Bass Says He Was Surprised *NSYNC Fandom ‘Would Go This Nuts’ Over Reunion — and Blames Taylor Swift

Lance Bass is blaming Taylor Swift for the positive reaction to *NSYNC reuniting at the 2023 MTV VMAs.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at iHeartRadio Musical Festival in Las Vegas on Friday, Bass, 44, spoke about the fan reaction to the band coming together again.

“It is beautiful, you know? To be this age and the fans are still this excited, it is a dream come true,” he said. “I had no idea the fandom would go this nuts.”

“I blame Taylor Swift,” Bass jokingly added in his conversation with ET, laughing. “I think she sicced the Swifties on us and I think the Swifties and the *NSYNCers just kind of created this tsunami.”

“And I think it’s been so fun!” he said.

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ET Canada: Lance Bass Says There Were Many ‘Tears’ When *NSYNC Reunited

The NSYNC singer and pop star spoke with ET at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday.

After coming together once again at the 2023 MTV VMAs, Lance Bass is still in awe of how special it felt to reunite with his *NSYNC bandmates on stage, to the massive cheer of the crowd.

Bass walked the red carpet on night one of this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival on Friday, and he spoke with ET’s Cassie DiLaura about the unforgettable experience of joining together at the VMAs.

“It is beautiful, you know? To be this age and the fans are still this excited, it is a dream come true,” Bass shared with a smile. “I had no idea the fandom would go this nuts.”

“I blame Taylor Swift,” he added with a laugh, in reference to how the group’s reunion culminated in presenting a star-struck Swift with the award for Best Pop Video. “I think she she sicced the Swifties on us and I think the Swifties and the *NSYNCers just kind of created this tsunami. And I think it’s been so fun!”

Bass was joined on stage by bandmates JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick when they handed Swift her award, and the celebrated songstress couldn’t contain her excitement as being near the pop icons.

“I’m not doing well pivoting from this to this,” Swift said of her award, telling the group. “I have your dolls! You’re pop personified, so to receive this from your golden pop hands is really too much”

And the singer spoke for *NSYNC fans everywhere when she speculated what the reunion might mean for the group’s future: “They’re gonna do something and I need to know what it is!”

Although, despite the public outcry, Bass says there’s no definitive plans for a reunion tour or special as of now.

“I’ve been telling the fans, like, we don’t have solid plans right now. Because, you know, we’re waiting for the strike to end we’ve got things to do,” Bass said. “But [the fans are] definitely shaping our future.”

That being said, the group did recently record their first original song in over 20 years, “Better Place,” for the upcoming soundtrack for the upcoming animated film “Trolls Band Together” — the third film in the “Trolls” franchise, which featured the voice acting talents of Timberlake himself.

Earlier this month, Timberlake took to Instagram and gave his followers a behind-the-scenes look at the studio session in which they laid down the track.

“It was pretty emotional, the first time we all got in the studio together,” Bass recalled of the recording session. “Back in March, we decided to you know, get back together and have some fun and it was like no [time] had passed.”

“But there was there was a lot of tears. It was just tears of joy. And it was just a beautiful moment,” he continued. “Like, time does so much and for us to finally be together, it just feels right.”

Fans will get a chance to listen to the group’s song when it drops on Sept. 29, well ahead of the release of “Trolls Band Together” on Nov. 17. Check out the video below to hear more about the band’s recent reunion.

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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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EW: Justin Timberlake and Lance Bass say they were ‘so butthurt’ over their NSYNC bandmates’ Star Wars cameosEW:

Justin Timberlake and Lance Bass were secretly very happy about their fellow NSYNC bandmates’ cut cameos from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Timberlake says he and Bass were “so butthurt” when they learned that Joey FatoneJC Chasez, and Chris Kirkpatrick had been tapped for small Jedi roles without them after they went to Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch and Industrial Light & Magic in the early 2000s. (Neither Timberlake nor Bass were present at the tour.)

When asked on the latest episode of Hot Ones to confirm rumors that they had been cast for the guest roles, Timberlake quipped, “Now we’re getting to the nitty-gritty questions.”

“A few of us, yeah,” Chasez confirmed, adding that the chosen trio had to train for some sword choreography.

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*NSYNC Addresses ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’ Meme and Pronunciation: ‘It Was a Specific Note’

*NSYNC see the memes every year and would like to clear the air. 

The recently reunited pop group appeared on Hot Ones and clarified why band member Justin Timberlake sings “me” in a way that sounds like “may” on their 2000 hit “It’s Gonna Be Me,” which fans frequently post memes of at the end of every April. 

Host Sean Evans asked the group featuring TimberlakeChris KirkpatrickJC ChasezJoey Fatone and Lance Bass if the “SexyBack” singer, 42, was directed by the acclaimed Swedish songwriters behind the song — Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson, and Rami Yacoub — “to say it more like, ‘may,’ like a meaner ‘me’” while recording the track. 

The “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” artist told the Hot Ones host, “I don’t remember if the specifics were ‘a meaner me,’ but I sang, ‘It’s gonna be me,’ and he was like, ‘No, no, no, no. It’s mayMay!” 

Chasez, 47, then jumped in to explain that it came down to differences in pronunciation. “You have to remember their Swedish accents,” he clarified. 

“They had done a demo of it and they were like, ‘It’s like this,’” Chasez said, while mimicking a Swedish accent. 

Timberlake continued to explain why that actually benefited the “Bye Bye Bye” band and other pop superstars at the time who worked with the iconic songwriting team. He said, “You know what’s funny, specifically to Max Martin, the parts of their English that were broken actually made them catchier songwriters because they put words in a way that almost didn’t make sense, but when you sang them, they were more memorable.”

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*NSYNC Drop a Record Amount of F-Bombs, Wave ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’ to Taste Buds on Epic ‘Hot Ones’ Episode

Back in the day, promo tours for *NSYNC might have found the boy band visiting MTV’s TRL for some light grilling, or stopping by radio stations and network morning shows for a performance and chat. But this is 2023, so of course the guys — Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone — had to make the now-obligatory stop at the YouTube series Hot Ones, where the questions were easy, but the damage was real.

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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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IHeart: Justin Timberlake Shares BTS of *NSYNC Reuniting in the Studio

Justin Timberlake is just as excited about the *NSYNC reunion as we are! After officially confirming the beloved boyband is returning with their first new song in over two decades, Timberlake shared some behind-the-scenes footage from working in the studio with his bandmates JC ChasezJoey FatoneLance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick. The video shows the group recording their new song, which will be featured in the new Trolls movie, Trolls Band Together.

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

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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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