Class is in session, and now it’s time to sit up straight and get an education! In the case of Pop School, it’s artists who are teaching you a lesson on their classic hits. Start taking notes!
Just 10 days before the *NSYNC reunion at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that left us shaking and crying (and then begging for more), we sat down with JC Chasez for a one-on-one tutoring session, if you will. While we couldn’t get the pop star to spill on any VMA details (he doesn’t have the loose lips of Joey Fatone, Sr.), the now 37-year-old was more than happy to educate us on two of the beloved boy band’s most memorable music videos: “It’s Gonna Be Me” and “Bye Bye Bye”.
In case you lost your long term memory while trying to erase Miley’s foam finger dance from your brain, “It’s Gonna Be Me” and “Bye Bye Bye” were the first two singles from the band’s second studio LP, No Strings Attached. The album title symbolized the freedom that came with a new label deal and new management at the turn of the millennium. It also gave them their first (and only) number one Hot 100 hit.
Both videos were directed by Wayne Isham and were perfect examples of the big budget music videos that were possible back in the glory days of TRL. Up top, watch JC breakdown the best and worst parts of shooting “It’s Gonna Be Me”, and what style choices he regrets the most from his boy band days. Then head below to watch the blue-eyed crooner detail working on his one of his favorite of *NSYNC’s videos, “Bye Bye Bye”.