NOUGHTIES boyband legends NSYNC are set to release their first song together in 22 years.
The group, comprised of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass have recorded new track Better Place for the Trolls Band Together soundtrack.
After making their much-publicised appearance at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards this week, the five-piece made the announcement, which The Sun first revealed in August.
Dropping on the 29th of September, a sample of the tune has been teased on recent promotional materials which include a QR code.
Justin voices the character Branch in the film and the other boyband members are also expected to have surprise roles in the movie, which is coming out on October 20, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The group haven’t released a song together since 2001’s Girlfriend.
The surprise reunion is hinted at in a trailer for the film, in which a character named Floyd tells Justin’s character: “We’re out of sync.
“We’ve gone from boys to men, and now there’s only one direction for us to go: to the back streets.”
The band originally formed in 1995 but split in 2002 as Justin’s solo career flourished, thanks to songs including Rock Your Body and Cry Me A River.
The group last reunited in April 2018 when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The following year, four members joined Ariana Grande on stage during her headline performance at Coachella, but Justin was unable to make it as he was on his own tour.
Asked in 2021 about the prospect of an NSYNC reunion, while promoting his movie Palmer, Justin said: “I don’t have a crystal ball for what will happen with the music industry in the months, or years, to come.
“That’s something that weighs on my mind in a heavy way.
“We will have to see what happens in terms of live music and I appreciate the question, but my focus right now is on Palmer.”
However, the song is unlikely to lead to a full NSYNC album as Justin’s pal Nelly Furtado recently let slip that he had been working on new solo music with producer Timbaland.
Speaking last week, Nelly teased that the three of them have a collaboration coming out.
She said: “It started with Tim and JT. Tim texted me like, ‘Yo, I’ve got a track for you, it’s a dance vibe, for a trio,’ and I was like, ‘You mean with JT?’ And he was like, ‘Yes.’
“Him and JT have been working on music for like a year already, separately from me, so they just had an idea and they wanted me to woman the ship a little in my direction so they could feed off that. We just cooked it up.”