‘N Sync fans got a pleasant surprise this week when they saw the band’s name resurface on the charts, with The Essential *NSYNC, a new double album featuring many of the group’s greatest hits. The CD was dropped by the group’s label, Sony Legacy Records, on Tuesday, but fans weren’t the only ones in the dark about its release. The guys of ‘N Sync apparently had no idea that the album was coming out, either.
Lance Bass first made the news known by tweeting a photo of the Amazon link to the album on Monday. “I love when the record label doesn’t even tell you they are releasing a new ‘NSYNC album tomorrow! #TheyCare,” he wrote alongside the picture.
Later that day, he talked more about the apparently secret release on his Sirius XM radio show, Dirty Pop with Lance Bass. “There’s a lot of these songs I don’t think I’ve ever heard, I remember recording them but I’ve never heard them before, so I’m interested in just hearing it,” he said of the CD’s tracklist.
Sorry, fans — that doesn’t mean that there are brand new songs on the album. But there are some more obscure tracks that you may have not heard before or at least, haven’t heard in quite a while. In addition to big hits like “Bye, Bye, Bye,” “Tearing Up My Heart,” and “I Want You Back,” the two-disc CD also features a previously unreleased TV version of “Believe in Yourself,” which the group performed on Sesame Street in 2000, and their own rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”