*NSYNC Members Playfully Say 'Bye Bye Bye' to U.S. Sales Record as Adele Says 'Hello'
By Sophie Schillaci
They had a good run, but it's time for *NSYNC to pass the crown.
More than 15 years after the release of No Strings Attached (and more than 13 years after wrapping their final tour together), *NSYNC's longstanding single-week U.S. album sales record has officially been broken by Adele.
As of Tuesday morning, just over three day after hitting shelves, Adele's 25 has sold more than 2,433,000 albums. *NSYNC's No Strings Attached had previously set the record with 2,416,000 copies during the week ending March 26, 2000.
The guys of *NSYNC, who last reunited at Justin Timberlake's MTV Video Vanguard Award performance in 2013, seem to be taking the news in stride. Lance Bass offered a particularly clever congratulations on his WhoSay page.
"We officially say Bye Bye Bye as @Adele says Hello to the World Record of Most Albums Sold In a Single Week. Congratulations!! #IDemandARecount #NSYNC #Adele," he teased.
"In all honesty, Adele is the truth -- kinda excited a rare talent like hers is in the same breath as our group. I'm a huge fan," Joey Fatonetold Billboard on Tuesday. "I even bought the damn album."
Radio silent on the subject is Timberlake, who has yet to comment publicly on the news. But, to be fair, he's always busy. Just last month, the 34-year-old got emotional while being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. See him shed a tear, and comment on the "f**king coolest thing that has ever happened to me" in the video below.