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'N Sync

2006-07-23 16:06

  Emerging from the depths of Orlando, Fla. ——home also to the group's rivals the Backstreet Boys——the five squeaky1-clean young lads of 'N Sync seem destined to duplicate2 the success of musically like-minded3 performers such as the Spice Girls.

  Fittingly, perhaps, the group's professional origins can be traced to the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club, on which Joshua " J.C." Chasez and Justin " Curly" Timberlake appeared together for nearly three years. Following the program's demise4, the two headed for Nashville, Tenn., where they shared a vocal coach and took dance lessons while working on respective solo projects.

  Fate soon brought Joshua and Justin back to Orlando, and, upon their return, they teamed up with Pittsburgh native Chris Kirkpatrick and New Yorker Joey Fatone. With the addition of bass vocalist Lance Bass, things came together.

  By late 1997, the quintet5 managed to land a contract with RCA Records. Enlisting the help of several high-profile producers, the newly christened 'N Sync created a batch6 of crisp7, radio-friendly pop songs and issued its debut album exclusively in Europe, a move that had worked to perfection for the aforementioned8 Backstreeters. Subsequently, the fivesome headed overseas, where it was fervently9 embraced in Germany and the Netherlands. Returning10 home triumphantly in the spring of 1998, the burgeoning dancemeisters11 felt confident enough to unleash their self-titled debut on America.

  'N Sync was slow in getting out of the gate in the United States, but by early fall, two Top 40 hits (I Want You Back and Tearin' Up My Heart) had propelled12 the album to platinum sales. In the fall of 1998, 'N Sync released Home for Christmas, a holiday album that crept up the charts rapidly and that featured the band's version of classics like Chestnuts13 Roasting on an Open Fire and O Holy Night. As 1999 began, the boys were finishing their sold-out U.S. tour, planning a studio stint14 to record their next album, and watching sales of their eponymous15 debut skyrocket16.

  Things kept looking up for 'N Sync, as the year ended with their debut album at No.11 on a list of the 20 best-selling albums of 1999 (with more than 3.27 million copies sold)。 In January, 2000, the band released Bye, Bye, Bye, the first single off No Strings, to both radio and MTV and began a string of non-stop TV appearances all in preparation for the March 21 release of the new record.

  While relative success was certain, little did it know just how well No Strings would do. The album debuted at the top of the charts with a whopping17 2.4 million copies sold in its first week of release, setting a new all-time single-week sales record. With a successful tour under their belts18; a spirited appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, where they snagged three awards; and movie appearances on the horizon19 (Grease 3 is a very real possibility for the fivesome), 2000 has turned into a banner 20 year for the " other" boys from Orlando.

  "超级男孩"乐队来自佛罗里达中部奥兰多市,也是该乐队的竞争对手"后街男孩"的故里。五名嗓音尖细清脆的小伙子似乎命里注定要重现音乐上志同道合的艺人们的成功轨迹,如"辣妹"组合。

  恰当地说,这支乐队的职业生涯也许可追溯到迪斯尼频道的米老鼠俱乐部,"J.C."乔舒亚·查西和"卷毛"贾斯廷·廷伯莱克共同在这档节目中演出将近三年。节目终止后,两人又前往田纳西州的纳什维尔,师从同一名声乐教师,并在各自发展独唱事业的同时学习舞蹈。

  然而命运很快又将乔舒亚和贾斯廷带回奥兰多。他们一返回故乡,就同匹兹堡人克里斯·柯克帕特里克和纽约佬乔伊·法托内组成了乐队。贝司手兼演唱兰斯·巴斯加盟后,便万事俱备了。

  1997年底,这支五人乐队设法与RAC唱片公司成功签约。在几位知名制作人的帮助下,以"超级男孩"命名的乐队演唱了一系列节奏明快、适宜电台播放的流行歌曲,并仅在欧洲发行了首张专辑。上文提及的"后街男孩"也曾有类似之举,取得了极佳的效果。五人乐队随后转向海外发展。他们在德国和荷兰都受到热烈欢迎。1998年春,乐队凯旋而归,声望日隆、能歌擅舞的男孩们感到有足够信心在美国发行乐队的同名专辑。

  "超级男孩"在美国起动较慢,但到初秋,两支跻身排行榜前40名的歌曲(《我想你回来》和《撕裂我的心》)促使专辑卖到了白金唱片的销量。1998年秋,"超级男孩"为圣诞节发行了《家》。这张假日专辑在排行榜上迅速攀升,它包含了乐队的经典曲目,像《火上烤栗》和《噢,圣诞夜》。1999年伊始,男孩们已在结束他们在全美的一路满座巡演,为录制下张专辑拟定了录音室工作计划,同时还目睹了乐队首张同名专辑的冲天销量。

  "超级男孩"的行情继续看涨。1999年底,他们的首张专辑在1999年20张最畅销唱片中名列第11(唱片销量超过327万张)。2000年1月,乐队在电台和音乐电视里演唱了专辑《自由自在》的首支单曲《再见,再见,再见》,并在电视里频频露面,为3月21日发行的新专辑全力打造声势。

  虽然已有相对成功的把握,但《自由自在》的成绩如何仍不敢预料。此专辑首度荣登排行榜之冠,在第一星期内就卖到了令人咋舌的240万张,创下了单周发行量的历史新高。他们结束了成功的巡演,又精神抖擞地出现在9月举行的"音乐电视颁奖典礼"上,连夺三奖;不久他们又将现身银幕(五人乐队极有可能出演《油脂III》)。2000年已变成除"后街男孩"之外,另一队奥兰多男孩的丰收年。

  注释:

  1.squeaky adj.嗓音尖细的

  2.duplicate vt.重复,比得上

  3.like-minded adj.志趣相投的

  4.demise n.终止,结束

  5.quintet n.五重唱小组

  6.batch n.一批,一组

  7.crisp adj.轻快的,有生气的

  8.aforementioned adj.前面提到的

  9.fervently adv.热情地,热诚地

  10.burgeon vi.发展,迅速生长

  11.dancemeister n.能歌擅舞者

  12.propel vt.推动,推进

  13.chestnut n.栗子

  14.stint n.定额工作,定量

  15.eponymous adj.以本名命名的

  16.skyrocket n.箭式上升,猛涨

  17.whopping adj.巨大的,巨额的

  18.underone'sbelt[口]为某人所获得

  19.onthehorizon即将来临的

  20.banner adj.特别好的,该赢得锦旗的

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