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No Strings Attached ('N Sync album)

No Strings Attached is the second album by American boy band 'N Sync, released on March 21, 2000 (see 2000 in music). By selling more than 2.4 million copies in its debut week, the album set a U.S. one-week sales record. It also has the #5 one-week sales worldwide ever.

Before the release of No Strings Attached, 'N Sync's second album, the band acrimoniously split from their old management and signed to Jive Records. The ensuing legal battle caused No Strings Attached to be delayed several times; initially, the album was slated to arrive as early as the fourth quarter of 1999.

Chart performance

No Strings Attached topped the Billboard 200 charts for eight consecutive weeks selling over 1 million in one day and selling 2.41 million copies in one week and went on to become the biggest-selling album of 2000. The RIAA certified No Strings Attached Gold, Platinum and seven times platinum on April 19, 2000 and eleven times platinum on May 10, 2001, denoting shipments of 11 million in the United States alone—making it their best-selling album. The album shipped 10 million copies domestically in 2000 alone, of which 9,936,104 were sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan, which is the most albums sold in a single year. Worldwide, No Strings Attached is the best selling 'N Sync album, garnering 15 million copies sold.

The title of the album was a reference to the band's newfound freedom from Lou Pearlman and their former management team. In interviews, the band, and Justin Timberlake in particular, referred to the style of music as "dirty pop", which subsequently entered the pop-culture lexicon and served as the inspiration for the band's future single, "Pop".

The album spun off three U.S. top 5 singles: "Bye Bye Bye", "It's Gonna Be Me", "This I Promise You."

The group broke Amazon sales records, and hit the #1 spot on 2 days before the release date.

The first single, "Bye Bye Bye" was serviced to radio stations before the release date for the album was finalized; as a result, the song appeared more than 2 months before the album finally hit shelves. The song was a radio hit, and the shifting dates only served to increase anticipation for the album. When the album was released it set records for most albums sold in one day (over 1 million) and most albums sold in a single week (2.41 million) in U.S., beating the record set less than one year prior by the Backstreet Boys, with their 1999 album Millennium.

Track listing

  1. "Bye Bye Bye" (Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin, Jake Schulze) – 3:20
  2. "It's Gonna Be Me" (Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson, Rami Yacoub) – 3:12
  3. "Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)" (with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) (JC Chasez, Lopes) – 4:23
  4. "Just Got Paid " (Gene Griffin, Aaron Hall, Johnny Kemp, Teddy Riley) – 4:10
  5. "It Makes Me Ill" (Kandi Burrus, Kevin Briggs) – 3:27
  6. "This I Promise You" (Richard Marx) – 4:44
  7. "No Strings Attached" (Chasez, Bradley Daymond, Alexander Greggs) – 3:48
  8. "Digital Get Down" (Chasez, David Nicoll, Veit Renn) – 4:23
  9. "Bringin' da Noise" (Chasez, Renn) – 3:32
  10. "That's When I'll Stop Loving You" (Diane Warren) – 4:51
  11. "I'll Be Good For You" (Kevin Antunes, Reginald Calloway, Vincent Calloway, Teddy Pendergrass, Justin Timberlake) – 3:56
  12. "I Thought She Knew (A Cappella)" (Robin Wiley) – 3:22

Bonus songs and B-sides

In some countries, the album and single releases had the following bonus tracks/B-sides:

  • "I'll Never Stop" (Kristian Lundin, Max Martin, Alexander Kronlund)
  • "This Is Where The Party's At" (Jolyon Skinner; Veit Renn)
  • "Could It Be You" (Jolyon Skinner; Veit Renn)
  • "If I'm Not The One" (Anders Wikstrom; Fredik Thomander)
  • "Are You Gonna Be There?" (Diane Warren)
  • "If Only Through Heaven's Eyes" (Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds)
  • "Yo Te Voy Amar" (Spanish version of This I Promise You) (Marx)
  • "Just Got Paid (Remix)" with Krayzie Bone


  • Lance Bass - Vocals
  • JC Chasez - Vocals
  • Joey Fatone - Vocals
  • Chris Kirkpatrick - Vocals
  • Justin Timberlake - Vocals
  • Michael Thompson — Guitar
  • David Cole — Engineer, Mixing
  • Jez Colin — Drum Programming
  • Mick Guzauski - Mixing
  • Scott Humphrey — Engineer
  • Mario Lucy — Engineer
  • Richard Marx - Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangement
  • George Mayers — Engineer
  • Pat McMakin — Mixing
  • Carl Nappa — Engineer, Mixing
  • Teddy Riley - Producer
  • Guy Roche — Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, Drum Programming
  • Dushyant Bhakta — Engineer, Mixing
  • Chris Trevett — Engineer
  • Michael Tucker — Engineer, Mixing
  • Franz Verna — Engineer
  • Diane Warren - Executive Producer
  • Robin Wiley — Arranger, Producer
  • Tom Bender — Mixing Assistant
  • Michael Railton — Keyboards
  • Charles McCrorey — Assistant Engineer

  • Cesar Ramirez — Assistant Engineer
  • Esbjörn Öhrwall — Guitar
  • Jason Piske — Mixing Assistant
  • Veit Renn — Producer
  • Chaz Harper — Mastering
  • *NSYNC — Vocals (background), Vocal Arrangement
  • Adam Barber — Engineer, Vocal Engineer
  • Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - Rap, Performer
  • John Amatiello — Pro-Tools
  • Joe Smith — Engineer, Mixing
  • Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake - Rap
  • Brady Barnett — Digital Editing
  • Jake — Producer
  • Riprock — Producer, Mixing
  • Kristian Lundin - Producer
  • Ok Hee Kim — Assistant Engineer
  • JC Chasez - Producer, Mixing
  • Rami — Producer
  • Joe Woods — Assistant Engineer
  • Kandi — Vocal Arrangement, Vocal Producer
  • Shane Stoneback - Mixing Assistant
  • Jake Lundin — Producer
  • Alex G. - Producer, Mixing
  • Bray Merritt — Assistant Engineer
  • Toby Dearborn — Assistant Engineer

See also

Number-one albums of 2000 (U.S.)



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