In 1998, the group rose to prominence in the United States with the release of their self-titled debut studio album, which sold 11 million copies and included the hit single "Tearin' Up My Heart".
Their second album No Strings Attached (2000) sold 2.4 million copies in the first week, and included a No. NSYNC's third album Celebrity (2001) was also financially successful.
Upon the completion of the Celebrity Tour, the group went into hiatus in 2002. Could we do, like, 'N Sync featuring Michael Jackson', or 'Michael Jackson featuring 'N Sync'?
In its lifetime, NSYNC was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards,"[He] called me on the phone and said that he wanted to cut the record ("Gone"), but he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I... And he was very absolute about the fact that he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I..
By that time, he began listening to rhythm and blues musicians from the 1960s and 70s, such as Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, and he had listening sessions with his father of studio albums by the Eagles and Bob Seger.