After *NSYNC reunited at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards Tuesday (September 12) night, the band had fans hopeful for a performance at the show (which didn’t happen). Or at least, news of some new music. Now, the secret is out: the boy band is releasing their first new song in over two decades. The song, titled “Better Place,” was announced early Thursday, with parts of the song featured in the new Trolls Band Together trailer.
The full song will be released later this month on September 29, but fans can also hear portions of the song on TikTok. Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass “trolled” the release of the new single earlier Wednesday, in a clip where they lip-synced to a scene from Friends. Fans began speculating about what it could all mean. One person commented, “Um.. well whatever this is.. I know for a fact that I will not be able to recover from this financially.” Another wrote: “I have grown-up money to spend for whatever is happening and ready to go in grown-up debt if need be.” Meanwhile, one fan commented: “We have waited long enough for this. We are old and tired. Just tell us already.”
In the video, the bandmates are in front of a blue screen as they lip-sync along to a scene from the season 5 episode “The One With all the Resolutions.” Timberlake, 42, kicks off the video by asking his bandmates, “Do you know something?” Fatone, 46, quickly responded with the same question to Timberlake. Then Kirkpatrick, 51, answered, “I might know something,” while Chasez, 47, chimes in, “I might know something, too.” Bass then asked, “What’s the thing you know?” Timberlake responds, “Oh no, I can’t tell you until you tell me what you know.” Fatone said, “I can’t tell you what I know,” with Kirkpatrick replying, “Well, then I can’t tell you what I know.” Finally, Chasez says, “OK, fine,” and the band playfully shrugs and exits the studio space.
“Better Place” will be *NSYNC’s first new song since 2002. The pop group reunited for a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013 and, in 2018, got together once again for their Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony.