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NSYNC releasing first new song in decades

It's official, NSYNC is back with new music.
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Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Justin Timberlake of NSYNC appear at a ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

WASHINGTON — NSYNC is releasing their first new song in two decades.

Fans can hear snippets of "Better Place" on the new trailer for the animated movie "Trolls Band Together." The full song is set to be released on Sept. 29.

The announcement comes a day after one of the biggest boy bands in history reunited at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, handing the best pop video award to Taylor Swift.

In coordinating suits, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez shared the stage with Swift. Bass handed her a friendship bracelet, just as fans do at the superstar’s shows. “You’re pop personified,” she told the group, while wondering if their appearance at the VMA's was just a tease for something bigger. 

“Are you doing something? What’s going to happen now? They’re going to do something and I need to know what it is,” Swift speculated onstage

Thursday's announcement of NSYNC's first new music release since 2002 confirmed the VMA reunion wasn't just a one-off event. However, fans hoping for a new album or even a reunion tour may want to temper expectations. 

TMZ reports there are no plans for a new album or tour...at least, not yet. The last time the group publicly performed together was at the VMAs in 2013. 

"Trolls Band Together" is the third installment of the animated franchise starring the voices of Anna Kendrick and NSYNC's Justin Timberlake. 

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Justin Timberlake of NYSYNC presents the award for best pop during the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023.

For the first "Trolls" movie in 2016, Timberlake's song "Can't Stop the Feeling!" received an Academy Award nomination. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Justin Timberlake of NSYNC present the award for best pop video to Taylor Swift during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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