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Fans Get Nostalgic As *NSYNC Returns From 20-Year Hiatus With New Song

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By Afouda Bamidele on September 29, 2023 at 12:47 PM EDT
Updated on September 29, 2023 at 1:56 PM EDT

In case you have not heard *NSYNC is back, and it does not feel like it's been 20 years away. The band was one of the most successful acts on the scene in the late 1990s and recently got back together on stage at the 2023 VMAs in the most epic way.

*NSYNC took a break in 2002 following Justin Timberlake's decision to record a solo album. However, the band never returned from the break, causing heartbreak. Now, the Power Squad has released new music, and the fandom is enveloped in nostalgia, mixed reactions, and many other feelings we can not wait to show you.

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*NSYNC Marks Return With The Release Of 'Better Place'

The group's appearance on the VMA stage sent shock waves down the spine of beloved fans and music enthusiasts. Timberlake already set the tune as he shared a picture of the group on their way to the venue on Twitter with the caption, "So five guys walk into an elevator."

It immediately got a reaction from fellow celebrities Rita Ora, Lily Collins, and Will Smith, who commented, "Y'all better be makin' music in that elevator!" Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick got together on stage to carry out an important duty for the first time in about two decades.

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Fans Get Nostalgic As NSYNC Returns From 20-Year Hiatus With New Song
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The group presented the Best Pop award to Taylor Swift for the "Anti Hero" music video, and Timberlake described her as unstoppable. A stunned Swift could not hide her adoration for the legendary boy band as she hugged them and even shared that she had their dolls growing up.

The reunion further emboldened rumors that the band was working on a major music project together for an upcoming movie. Timberlake had previously shared a snippet of the track on his Instagram as he also voiced a character in the franchise per The Blast.

The cat is out of the bag as the boys have released a new hit soundtrack titled "Better Place" for the "Trolls Band Together" movie. With glossy and layered electronic harmonies and a feel-good beat, the upbeat piece has sent social media into a frenzy.

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Fans on X [formerly Twitter] can't get enough of this almost 4-minute track, as one fan shared, "So surreal to listen to a new @NSYNC song on the radio after two decades. Geeked out in the car with my sister just now, just like those days in our old bedroom," while a second added:

"God I wish this was an entire album because I just wanna play it over & over & over & over. @NSYNC."

Another nostalgic X user wrote, "Did I wake up in 2001? @NSYNC has the #1 charting song?!! Nah, still 2023, they are just that damn good! Congratulations gentlemen." One more user quoted a "Trolls" tweet stating they've been listening to "Better Place" on replay.

A fifth commenter affirmed that they're "the best boyband of all time" and would have "given these boys all my love and money."

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The track, which Timberlake described as "something fun," has gathered over 150k views on YouTube and many positive comments, as one listener wrote:

"Thank you so much for this song and incredible moment! It means so much to us. Forever supporting all of you." While a second described hearing JC's voice again as "a dream come true."

The track even charted at #1 on iTunes, a feat duly celebrated by *NSYNC fans.

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Lance Bass Once Signed The Boys Up On Babysitting Duties

Before their famous reunion and this new release, Bass and his husband, Michael Turchin, shared they would be parents to a set of twins.

The Blast shared in 2021 that Bass was expecting a boy and a girl via IVF and surrogacy after three years of trying to expand their family. Following the announcement, Bass immediately curated a list of babysitters, including some of his former *NSYNC bandmates.

The dancer's top picks were Timberlake and Fatone, who have had enough experience with kids. Bass also revealed that he initially did not consider Kirkpatrick, but he changed his mind at the last minute as he's a great dad to his kid.

The actor tied the knot with Turchin in 2014 and stayed private with details surrounding their marriage until this exciting announcement. In preparation for the arrival of their bundles of joy, Bass shared they've received tons of advice from his family and friends, including Timberlake and Kirkpatrick.

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