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New 'N Sync Album Should Arrive Just As Tour Kicks Off

‘N Sync are ready to tear up a few more hearts with a new studio album and major tour. Justin Timberlake says that he, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass are busy in the studio laying down tracks for the as-of-yet-untitled third album (due in June), and they can’t wait to get out and perform again. The group will hit the road on May 12th, starting with a performance in Miami to an already sold-out audience.

“I didn’t think it was going to be this crazy,” Timberlake says. “Something keeps happening every time we put an album together that this vibe kinda kicks in. It’s so intense but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.”

Timberlake, who says he had a chance to do a lot more writing on the album this time around, credits the presence of several producers for the group’s new sound. “We tapped into a lot of different flavors, even for us and our style,” he says. Timberlake worked with famed producer Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears) for one of the tracks he co-wrote. “I did a ballad that is totally R&B. It sounds like R. Kelly could have sang it.”

Trying to do something different also meant that the boys would deliberately schedule the tour right around the record release time. “People will be able to pick up the album and see that immediately live,” Timberlake says. “That’s something we wanted to do, try something different, to have the tour and the album around the same time. It’s kind of like you don’t really give the music a chance to sink into their heads before they’re already watching it on stage.”

‘N Sync’s Confirmed Tour Dates:

  • May 12, 1 – Miami, Florida – Pro Player Stadium
  • May 15, 1 – Tampa, Florida – Raymond James Stadium
  • May 18, 1 – Jacksonville, Florida – Alltel Stadium
  • May 20, 1 – Jackson, Mississippi – Veterans Memorial Stadium
  • May 26, 1 – Hershey, Pennsylvania – Hersheypark Stadium
  • May 28, 1 – Hershey, Pennsylvania – Hersheypark Stadium
  • June 1, 1 – Foxboro, Massachusetts – Foxboro Stadium
  • June 3, 1 – East Rutherford, New Jersey – Giants Stadium
  • June 10, 1 – Buffalo, New York – Ralph Wilson Stadium
  • June 19, 1 – Toronto, Ontario – Skydome
  • July 4, 1 – Little Rock, Arizona – War Memorial Stadium
  • July 8, 1 – Irving, Texas – Texas Stadium
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