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Following us Billboard Selected staff list The 100 Greatest Songs of 2000this week we are writing about some of the stories and trends that set the year for us. Here, * NSYNC co-founder vocalist C. K. Fazes looks back over 20 years No strings attached – A sophisticated music album by the Boys Orchestra featuring Chase, expanding his investment in songwriting and production, and set a new precedent for cosmic pop domination.

Y2K's apocalyptic rage heralds a shift where pop singers have become easier to take risks with digitized sounds Aaliyah The futuristic acid-rap merge continues "Try again" to: Britney Spears a turbo that dances with its outer space "Wow … I did it again."

* NSYNC: was one of the main navigators of the band's Sonic spacecraft thanks to the band's sophisticated album No strings attached. This album (which turns 20 on March 20) saw the quintet transition from their 1998 self-titled Swedish synth heavy jams, exploring their urban influences. The end result. New Jack Swing's thousand-year-old commentary and staccato rap streams, formerly the main stream of Destiny's Child and TLC.

The lead was helped by JC Chasez, who along with his NSYNC lead vocalist Justin Astin Timberlake earned the credits for his first official album No strings attached. She has put her four talents together to create and combine her talents with the help of composer Wait Ren and production duo Riproch & # 39; n & # 39; Alex G. "Digital Go Down", "Bringin & # 39; da Noise" and the title.

"From a business point of view, this is when we became more involved and took control," says Chase. Billboardbecause * NSYNC had to postpone the album's 1999 release: a messy legal battle with former manager Lou Perlman. “We always had our opinions about our music and we were trying to be open-minded. We recorded the songs we don't like and what we do, and that's just part of the experimental process. "

This experiment brought immediate success. It made history as the first album to release over 2 million copies in its first week (record) later broken by Adel With 2015 25:), and the three best five singles of birth ("Bye Bye Bye", "It Gonna Be Me" – which topped the Hot 100 in the first two weeks and "This I Promise You"). In 2001, she also won a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Below, JC Chasez talks Billboard about the stories of the songs he helped to entertain, the legacy No strings attached leaves behind, and what is he? really thinking about a touring outfit to raise the boy's eyebrows. Conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.

No strings attached much more R&B inspired than NSYNC *. It was intentional.

We grew up in the states, and music at that time had more urban influences, even before our first record was released. I think that's what happened, and it could only be me to shoot the dark, we moved to Europe to record our first album. And you are the result of your environment. You get excited about things from the people around you, so we were actually opening our minds to something new up until that point. We were in the middle of it, so we got these (Swedish) influences. For No strings attached to record, we returned home and essentially called in to the influences within us that were always there. We were just in the environment to let those things flourish. It happens naturally.

What particular inspirations did the boys take from you?

I think the main thing when we were working on the songs was that we wanted it to be translated live. We always saw the song live in our minds. We knew we had to be some kind of theatrical because it was more fun to see. And we were very passionate about our shows. So when we were recording the songs, we would think: "It would be great if we did it and the crowd responded like that" or "Everyone can sing this part." We knew our audience.

Can you remember any fun stories while you were recording?

When you are in it, don't you think it's crazy then? But then people look back at you and say, "Everyone was nuts." (Is laughing) I didn't even think so. But since "It Will Be Me" became a May remembrance, it was interesting when we cut that record. In fact, it was a very well-known choice to say so, because we wanted it to really punch.

For some words we turned our backs. We hit L's hard on "losing". Instead of saying, "You don't want to lose," which would be kind of boring, we would be like, "You don't want NLUUSE:"But when you hear someone in the studio singing like that, at first you are like, 'What's wrong with you?' But you have to dig and hit consonants and vowels of these different forms to give them. energy: Instead of saying, "It will be I:"We said "ET GONNA BAY MAY MAY!" to make it stronger.

Those conscious choices from the outside look fun, but when it all comes together, it looks amazing. There were no pigs back then, but we knew it was necessary more.

What was the decision, getting more involved with Riprock & # 39; n & # 39; In writing and producing with Alex G.

I've always wanted to get involved, and even at the beginning I wrote a couple of screenplays that we put into our (record) deal. When we signed up, we moved to Europe to record, and it was a little fishy water (experiment). I was recording on an amateur level during my production and writing skills. When you are pushed out into the world, you need to develop these skills and be with other top musicians.

So the first album was a great learning experience for me to be around all these writers and producers. I acted like a sponge and learned as much as possible inside the process still being myself and giving my point of view to my vocals. When the second record came, I felt I had learned a bit and wanted to use that knowledge.

Riprock & # 39; n & # 39; Alex G were producers of their own who came together as a remix. They've rolled some of our tracks. One day we worked in different studio rooms and started talking and exchanging ideas. We became friendly, and as you know it, we worked together. It was a very easy working relationship and company.

I want to get into the songs you've worked on personally, starting with "Space Cowboy". You are all in the studio when the Left Eye recorded his piece.

Yes, he was a really kind person. I went to Atlanta to cut that record in Dallas Austin's studio, and he had people he loved working with. So I met this whole team. It was not like a huge circle. It was TLC is A group of girls, and they were the people I was listening to. So I was just excited to be able to work with her.

The song really covers the Y2K signature of that signature. Have you guys experienced that paranoia then?

Look, the song was written for that purpose. Some songs you want to be on time, others you talk about. And that was absolutely one of the songs where I had the opportunity to do it. I wanted it to be fun and entertaining, and it was also a little interesting to capture that moment. Fortunately, it came out the way I wanted, which was exciting.

I always thought you had one of the more powerful pop vocals at that time, and your voice really shines on the title track.

It is very nice of you to say. I think I got the opportunity to sing loudly and aggressively. (Is laughing) That was the whole point. I was thinking about how it would pump energy into the record and into a room full of people.

Every time your name grows on Twitter, where fans think you haven't received your proper credit. Have you ever felt that way?

Uh no! (Is laughing) Look, I'm fully aware of my investments and I'm confident in that. I mean, if you listen to the songs, you'll hear me sing on them. I'm fine with that.

"Digital Descent" has always stood out to me, guys, thematically pushing your sexual boundaries. You were warned about this.

It was just an instinct. It was like: “Look man, this is going to happen. We can either avoid it or go with it. " (Is laughing) As an artist, I don't think you have to run yourself. You can't be afraid everything. The sound of the song gave him a tapestry, which might have been less offensive. It was more dance-setting than any of us, and it wouldn't be so intrusive, as if we did it slowly and sexually, and really put it on someone's face. We had fun with it, but still, we got our point.

Oh the point was definitely made. Can you confirm if the song is really about cybersex?

I don't know, "cybersex" is the exact term I would use. I would say that it uses digital construction to fix it. It may be as simple as you want it to be, but it actually removes your barriers and divides something through digital streaming.

«Bringin» to Noise » definitely more than we expected * from NSYNC with its synth-y, Europop sound.

Initially, I think there was something about the soundtrack to the film. So I started there (the song). The sound of the sound went away, so he thought that it would have to go all the way. Because to me it's like a little brother "We started" on the first album. Leaving it on the album was made for a little bit of continuity as we wanted some songs to be different from the last record. But you don't want to leave your entire fanbase just doing something that they can't relate to anyone. So we thought: "Hey, if you liked the first record, here's something that still lives on."

Are there any songs that came easier than others? Or the process was a little difficult because it was the first time your pen could really shine.

I was worried that my pen was shining, I just hoped my songs were good. With each artist you believe in these songs yourself, but you never know how people are going to accept them. But the song, which was at the same time the most difficult, but the easiest, was "No Strings Attached". The chorus was what I wrote first, but I didn't have the "no strings" line at the end; It was a terrible thing.

So I never set foot on the track, because it was really going nowhere. Suddenly, when we came up with the title of the album, I now had the "No Strings Attached" concept in my mind every day. I revisited the old song and thought: "Wait, if I just turn it off and find a way to connect to these (ideas), this can be really interesting." What was initially rude to the song, as I liked its pieces and struggled with it, became very easy at once (album title). Then the song wrote itself.

How involved have you been in selecting partners for this record? You finally reunited with some Swedish producers who worked * NSYNC:.

They were crazy and fun to work with, so when it came time to make the second record, we were excited to work with Swedish producers again. After selling records, everyone wants to start working with you. Then it is up to you to figure out who is pushing you and stay calm and stay yourself. As soon as Max (Martin), Christine (Lundin), Ramy (Jacob) and all those guys had some songs that they thought were 2.0, we were ready to hear it. We went to the races to cut them.

It Makes Me Ill was such a record-breaking album.

We just wanted a concept note. We were excited to work with producers and writers Candy (Burrows) and Shakespeare (Briggs). They had a great run at that time. And again, guarding the foam on Atlanta that was going on, that killer went down there. So we ended up lucky that we worked with these people again and again. When we were working on the melody, we were thinking: "How do we prepare this pop? How is this translation on stage? "

What was your initial reaction to Ariana Grande's form? used the song last year for the word "Break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored".

I thought it was great. You never know which songs will translate or become untimely. So listening to a piece of our song has to be put in a modern environment, and actually interpreted in its way, because it's not right. He took a piece of something he liked at an early age and gave it a new identity. I thought it was a rad. I am always excited to see people go to the next step.

I was personally happy to hear it because I think "It makes me sick" is one of NSYNC's top five deep cuts.

It is 100 percent better. And we also feel that way, by the way. (Is laughing) For me, that song is BOP.

What were some of your favorite songs? No strings attached?

"It Will Be You" will always be one of my favorites. "Bye Bye Bye" is fun because everyone loves to dance. "This is what I promise you" is such a good memory for me, just working with Richard Marx. It was a full moment, because the first thing I ever sang in public was Richard Marx's song. (Editor's note: JC Chasez sang for him Marx's "Right Here Waiting") Pan-Mickey Mouse Club hearing in 1989)

Full disclosure. "This I Promise" will be my next wedding song.

It is good: It's a beautiful song. He writes treasures, that guy. When he gets the guitar in his hand and has an idea, he's incredible. Because we sold so much on the first record, everyone was ready to work on that record. And we were lucky enough to have people like Marx and Diane Warren come to us and say, "We want you to record this." It was an absolute honor.

I really wanted to bring fashion during this time. All of you have worn beautiful outfits, especially so No strings attached.

Look, I'd like those things again. I think if you're in front of 20,000 people on stage, don't get bored and don't count it. If you are so big on the stage, your dresses should be big. You have to give people a theater. I find it more interesting to watch.

I have always enjoyed when people are pushing themselves. We have adopted the mindset that we must elevate reality. If we were just going on stage to the same thing that everyone was wearing at the time, we would just be confused. And the point of getting on stage is to use bigger steps. (Performing) "Digital Descent" It was a perfect example. We might be like robots, but it was not that successful. So we were like, “Let's cut a piece and put some silver in it and shine a light through it. MORE:» (Is laughing)

Have you saved your stage outfit?

I have a ton of stuff like that. We finished a star on the road to glory (two years ago), and we wanted to do a popup shop for any fan who wants to check it out. So we took out different items for each warehouse and threw them there. We wanted everyone to see the real in person.

Every time your name grows on Twitter, where fans think you haven't received your proper credit. Have you ever felt that way?

Uh no! (Is laughing) Look, I'm fully aware of my investments and I'm confident in that. I mean, if you listen to the songs, you'll hear me sing on them. I'm fine with that.

Looking back No strings attached 20 years later, how do you think it fits into Y2K's pop legacy?

I don't really care much about the idea of ​​"heritage". I hope people have fun, you know. The whole reason we were able to get out there and sing those songs is that people seemed to have fun. We wanted to make sure we did it for the (fans) who invested in us. When I look back on it, I think I've tried everything to show you a good time. Everything was so high back then, but we didn't lose perspective again. Understand that it is uplifting and crazy, and laugh about it.

I know you guys had your head on the ground while recording guys. But is there anything else that stands out from this era besides the album's main thank-yous?

It just felt great. At the time, you just feel that everything is up and (on a level) 12. That's the best way to explain it. There has never been a day when you have woken up and did not feel that something was in danger. It was a pressure cooker, of course, but we made delicious food. (Is laughing)

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