The '90s boy band is releasing their first song in over two decades
*NSYNC is tearing up ‘90s kids’ hearts with their recent reunion.
After sparking reconciliation rumors back in August 2023, the ‘90s boy band — comprised of Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone — officially reunited at the MTV VMAs a month later, their first joint appearance together in more than five years.
Naturally, the impromptu outing caused a fan-frenzy, with even Taylor Swift fangirling over the reunion as she accepted best pop video from the group on stage.
On the heels of their VMAs appearance, the group kept the momentum going with the announcement of their new track for the Trolls Band Together soundtrack.
While this isn’t the first time the group has reunited — having previously joined forces for their Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2018 and Justin Timberlake’s Video Vanguard Award performance in 2013 — the new song will mark their first in over two decades.
Here’s a look at their recent reunion timeline.
March 28, 2023: Trolls Band Together trailer seems to make a reference to *NSYNC
*NSYNC’s musical reunion was first teased in March 2023 as Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Trolls Band Together. The third film in the franchise, in which Timberlake voices one of the main characters Branch, follows a boy band-centric plot.
Notably, the film's trailer made some cheeky references to several iconic '90s boy bands, with a character saying, "We’re out of sync. We’ve gone from boys to men, and now there’s only one direction for us to go: the backstreets."
August 2023: *NSYNC spark reunion rumors with cryptic Trolls Band Together posters
Months after theTrolls Band Together trailer was released, eyebrows were raised again as posters for the film were posted in New York, featuring the first letter of the *NSYNC logo and a QR code.
When fans scanned the QR code, it took them to a site with a "play" button; when pressed, a whistling tune was played. (It now teases the song's official drop on Sept. 29.)
September 12, 2023: *NSYNC record a video in an elevator together
Just moments before taking the VMAs stage together, the group was filmed joking around in an elevator, which was shared on their social media profiles with the caption, “5 *NSYNC members walk into an elevator…. 🤩”
September 12, 2023: *NSYNC reunite at the MTV VMAs to present best pop video
During the MTV VMAs, *NSYNC shocked fans as they appeared on stage together to present best pop video. “Listen, y’all, This is an iconic moment,” host Nicki Minaj prefaced before introducing the band.
The appearance was met by huge screams from the crowd, including Taylor Swift who later received best pop video from the band (and a few friendship bracelets).
“Are you doing something? What's going to happen now?” Swift asked the band on stage. “They're going to do something and I need to know what it is!" *NSYNC all coyly smiled as Chasez and Kirkpatrick made "shhhh" motions with their hands.
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September 12, 2023: *NSYNC have dinner together after the VMAs
Shortly after their whirlwind VMAs performance, the group was seen dining together at Ambra restaurant in the West Village. Also photographed outside the restaurant was Timberlake’s music manager, Johnny Wright, who previously worked with the band in their early years.
September 13, 2023: *NSYNC post a cryptic Instagram set to Friends audio
A day after their VMAs appearance, the band kept fans theorizing as they posted a cryptic video of them on Instagram. In the clip, they lip-synced to a scene from the sitcom Friends.
"Do you know something?" Timberlake mouthed along to Joey's lines while addressing his four bandmates, to which Fatone quickly responded with the same question to Timberlake. "I might know something," answered Kirkpatrick along with the audio track, with Chasez chiming in, "I might know something, too," to Rachel's voice.
September 13, 2023: *NSYNC are photographed outside the Sony Music building in N.Y.C.
The same day they posted their cryptic Instagram, the band, whose music label is Sony Legacy Records, was photographed leaving the Sony Music building in N.Y.C., prompting more rumors of new music.
September 14, 2023: *NSYNC announce their first single in over two decades
A day later, the band finally put the rumors to rest as they confirmed they’ll be teaming up for a brand-new song for the Trolls Band Together soundtrack. Titled “Better Place,” the song will mark their first as a band in over two decades.
The full song will be released on Sept. 29, but fans can also hear portions of the song on TikTok.
September 14, 2023: *NSYNC posts a video of them in the studio
That same day, *NSYNC’s Instagram account shared a heartwarming video of the group reuniting in the studio to record the new song. Timberlake also posted the clip on his Instagram account, writing, “When the stars align… got my brothers back together in the studio to work on something fun and the energy was special. Better Place is coming 9/29 🙏🏻 LOVE Y’ALL”
September 15, 2023: Justin Timberlake shares more photos from their reunion
Justin Timberlake posted another carousel of photos to his Instagram featuring the group catching up and laughing backstage and over the course of the week.
September 20, 2023: *NSYNC recreate a throwback photo of themselves
In a fun social media video, the boy band recreated a memorable 2001 photo of them making silly faces to each other. Soundtracked by Simple Plan's "I'm Just a Kid," the clip sees all five performers walking into the camera frame before assuming their more than 20-year-old poses.
September 21, 2023: *NSYNC appear on Hot Ones with Sean Evans
Following their VMAs reunion, the group appeared on camera again as they filmed in an episode of Hot Ones, answering questions about their career while eating spicy wings. During the interview, they also addressed the famous "It's Gonna Be Me" meme and the specific way Timberlake pronounces the word "me" which sounds like "may."
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