Celebrity (album)
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Celebrity Album

Celebrity
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 24, 2001 (2001-07-24)
Recorded2001
Genre
Length49:31
LabelJive Records
Producer
*NSYNC chronology
No Strings Attached
(2000)
Celebrity
(2001)
Greatest Hits
(2005)
Singles from Celebrity
  1. "Pop"
    Released: May 15, 2001
  2. "Gone"
    Released: September 4, 2001
  3. "Girlfriend"
    Released: April 15, 2002

Celebrity is the fourth and final studio album by American boy band NSYNC. It was released on July 24, 2001 by Jive Records. The album was the band's second to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1,879,495 copies, the second best debut-week sales in the country at the time. As of 2015, the album has the third best-debut week sales in the US of all time.[2]

Background

At the 2000 Billboard Music Awards on December 5, 2000, NSYNC announced that they would begin "experimenting with new music" for their fourth studio album in January 2001 at a recording studio in their native Florida. Justin Timberlake revealed that they plan to spend two months there to "see what [they] can come up with", while Joey Fatone stated that the group may "move out of state" as the project progresses. NSYNC revealed that while they plan to do more songwriting and producing for the album, they hope to work with Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs and Richard Marx, who had collaborated with them on their third studio album, No Strings Attached (2000). Fatone said that working with Marx was "such a cool feeling", as the singer was someone that he had listened to when he was younger and "looked up to".[3]

Composition and lyrical content

The album's first track "Pop" refers to the band's longevity during a period of celebrity culture.[4] The song contains "massive DJ loops, scratches, and a hefty amount of editing".[5] John Hugar of Uproxx described the song as "a sort of proto-salvo against in the rockist vs. poptimists argument", and stated that it was the precursor to "Rock Your Body".[6] The next track "Celebrity" is lyrically themed around the band's struggle of being accepted in celebrity culture without being manipulated.[4] The song was produced by Rodney Jenkins.[7] "The Game is Over", a track utilizing "arcade noises and video game beeps", was acknowledged for encapsulating NSYNC's efforts to evolve from their first two albums.[5] The fourth track "Girlfriend" is an R&B song produced by The Neptunes.[7] The remix, which featured rapper Nelly, gave the song "a distinct hip hop feel".[4] The songwriting and production skills shown by Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez on "The Two of Us" were noted by Bianca Gracie of Fuse.[7] The seventh track "Gone" was described by Billboard staff as being "harrowing, relentless and unmistakably final".[8] The ballad was also noted by Hugar as the precursor to "Cry Me a River".[6]

The seventh track "Tell Me, Tell Me... Baby" contained "pounding synth beats with a large dose of DJ scratching and random sound looping", and utilized Lance Bass' supporting vocals along with Timberlake's "brilliant lyrical quality".[5] "Up Against the Wall" is an R&B song with genres of new jack swing and two-step. JC's powerful vocal range is demonstrated as instrumentation is scaled back.[5] "See Right Through You" is the ninth track in the album, which has an R&B sound.[7] The Brian McKnight produced "Selfish" used "JC's affectionate and warm vocals" with an adult contemporary sound.[9] "Just Don't Tell Me That" is a teen pop track similarly compared to songs by Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.[10] The twelfth track "Something Like You" is a ballad additionally compared to the discography of 98 Degrees, with Stevie Wonder playing the harmonica.[9] The thirteenth and final track in the US album "Do Your Thing" is described by David Browne as "mild electronica".[9]

Promotion

A television special entitled The Road to Celebrity was broadcast on MTV from July 21 to 22, 2001.[11]

Tours

The band embarked on two concert tours to promote the album. The first one was PopOdyssey, which began on May 23, 2001 at the Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, and concluded on September 1, 2001 in Mexico City.[12] Earning over $90 million, it was one of the biggest tours of 2001.[13] The second tour was the Celebrity Tour, which began in March 2002 and concluded in April. It earned nearly $30 million.[14]

Critical reception

Celebrity received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 65 based on 11 reviews.[15] Upon the album's release, AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that Celebrity is NSYNC's "most varied album yet, but the emergence of Timberlake and Chasez as credible soulful singers and, yes, songwriters makes it their best album yet, and one of the best of the teen pop boom of 1999-2001".[16]

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly stated that the album was "the consummate teen-pop experience", praising their diversification of genres ranging from R&B, ballads, self-expression and Europop.[9] In a review from Rolling Stone, Barry Walters highlighted how the anxiety in their vocals have allowed them to "pave a new high road for teen pop's future".[10]

Commercial performance

In the United States, Celebrity debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Although it did not sell as much as its predecessor No Strings Attached, Celebrity still managed to gain the second-best debut-week sales at the time since SoundScan began monitoring record retailers in 1991, selling 1,879,955 copies.[22] On August 22, 2001, the album was certified five-time Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting five million shipments. The album also debuted at number one in Canada by selling 71,245 copies.[22]

As of March 2015 the album sold 5,002,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen Music.[23] It sold an additional 826,000 units at the BMG Music Club as of February 2003.[24]

Track listing

All lead vocals provided by Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez.

Celebrity -- American and Canadian edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Pop"
  • BT
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
3:57
2."Celebrity"
3:17
3."The Game Is Over"
  • Riprock 'n' Alex G
  • Chasez
3:25
4."Girlfriend"The Neptunes4:13
5."The Two of Us"
  • Chasez
  • Greggs
  • Daymond
  • Riprock 'n' Alex G
  • Chasez
3:50
6."Gone"
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
4:51
7."Tell Me, Tell Me... Baby"Yacoub3:36
8."Up Against the Wall"
  • Chasez
  • Timberlake
  • Greggs
  • Daymond
  • Riprock 'n' Alex G
  • Chasez
3:36
9."See Right Through You"
  • Timberlake
  • Larry "Rock" Campbell
  • Robson
  • Timberlake
  • Robson
2:52
10."Selfish"
  • Chasez
  • Jolyon Skinner
Brian McKnight4:19
11."Just Don't Tell Me That"
  • Lundin
  • Schulze
3:02
12."Something Like You"
  • Timberlake
  • Buchanan
  • Wiley
4:14
13."Do Your Thing"James MossPAJAM4:19
Total length:49:31
Deluxe edition bonus disc
No.TitleLength
1."Pop" (Pablo La Rosa's Funktified Remix)5:38
2."Pop" (Deep Dish Cha-Ching Mix)11:49
3."Pop" (Terminalhead Vocal Mix)5:35
4."Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Remix)5:57
5."Gone" (Spanish version)4:22
6."Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix featuring Nelly)4:43
7."Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix Instrumental)4:43
8."Pop" (music video)3:57
9."Gone" (music video)4:51
10."Girlfriend" (music video)4:13
11."Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix featuring Nelly) (music video)4:43

Personnel

NSYNC

Instrumentation

  • Kenny Blank - guitar
  • Bryan Popin - piano, cello, strings, writer ("Falling")
  • Richard Fortus - bass guitar, electric guitar
  • Hampton String Quartet - strings
  • Michael Landau - guitar (electric)
  • Michael Lang - piano
  • Michael Hart Thompson - guitar (acoustic)
  • Anthony Nance - drum programming
  • Esbjörn Öhrwall - guitar
  • WaWa - chant
  • Stevie Wonder - harmonica
  • Yasu - string engineer

Production

  • BT - arranger, programming, producer, engineer, mixing
  • Rodney Jerkins - multi instruments, producer
  • Kristian Lundin - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Brian McKnight - keyboards, producer
  • James Moss - producer, engineer, rap, mixing
  • J. Valentine - background vocals, writer, producer
  • Rami - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Wade Robson - arranger, multi instruments, producer
  • Jake Schulze - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Robin Wiley - producer, digital editing, string arrangements

Technical

  • Alan Armitage - engineer
  • Brady Barnett - digital editing
  • Stuart Brawley - engineer, mixing
  • Christopher Carroll - mixing
  • Bradley Daymond - mixing
  • Todd Fairall - engineer
  • Tony Flores - mixing
  • Michael Forbes - engineer
  • Brian Garten - engineer
  • Alexander Greggs - mixing
  • Paul Gregory - engineer
  • Kevin Guarnieri - engineer, digital editing, assistant engineer
  • Chris Haggerty - digital editing
  • Chaz Harper - mastering
  • Jean-Marie Horvat - mixing
  • Bill Importico - engineer
  • Joel Kazmi - engineer, assistant vocal engineer
  • Scott Kieklak - mixing
  • Peter Mokran - mixing
  • Dylan Koski-Budabin - engineer
  • Pablo Munguia - engineer, assistant engineer
  • Paulino Oliveira - assistant engineer
  • John O'Mahoney - mixing
  • Charles Pollard - programming, engineer, string arrangements
  • Talley Sherwood - engineer
  • Mary Ann Souza - assistant engineer
  • Rich Tapper - assistant engineer, mixing
  • Jim Tobin - FOH Manager
  • Michael Tucker - engineer, assistant engineer, mixing, vocal recording
  • Carlos Vazquez - beat programming
  • Chris Wood - engineer

Other

  • Steven Gerstein - stylist
  • Jackie Murphy - art direction, design
  • Frankie Payne - hair stylist
  • Mark Seliger - photography

Charts

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[26] 24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[27] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[28] 47
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[29] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[30] 7
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[31] 42
European Albums (Billboard)[32] 12
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[34] 25
Icelandic Albums (Tonlist)[35] 5
Irish Albums (IRMA)[36] 25
Italian Albums (FIMI)[37] 54
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[38] 11
Malaysian Albums (IFPI)[39] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[40] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[41] 16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[42] 15
South African Albums (RISA)[43] 9
Spanish Albums (Promusicae)[44] 21
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[45] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[47] 12
US Billboard 200[48] 1

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] Gold 35,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[50] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] 2× Platinum 200,000^
South Africa (RiSA)[52] 2× Platinum 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[54] 5× Platinum 5,828,000[A]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Japan July 18, 2001 CD Sony [55]
United Kingdom July 23, 2001 RCA [56]
Canada July 24, 2001 CD Sony [57]
United States
  • Cassette
  • CD
Jive [58]
United Kingdom April 29, 2002 CD (special edition) RCA [59]
Japan August 7, 2002 CD (reissue) Sony [60]
June 20, 2007 [61]

See also

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External links

Notes

  1. ^ As of March 2015, the album has sold 5,002,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan, which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Club, where it sold 826,000 units as of February 2003.[23][24] Combined, it has sold over 5,828,000 copies in the United States.

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