'N Sync will reunite for charity event. They'll sing together for the first time in a year and a half, and they're mulling making a new album, says JC Chasez

By Gary Susman
Updated June 10, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Justin Timberlake’s solo career has made him so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget he used to be one-fifth of a top-selling boy band not long ago. That would be ‘N Sync, who will reunite, albeit briefly, at the quintet’s annual charity event next month, the sixth annual Challenge for the Children, which runs July 23 to 25 in Miami Beach. According to a statement released by the band, on the last day of the event, at a charity basketball game, the group will perform one song (the National Anthem), marking their first time singing live together since their Bee Gees medley at the 2003 Grammys a year and a half ago.

And that may not be the end of it, says JC Chasez. He told MTV News that the dormant group will discuss its future during that weekend, including the prospect of recording a follow-up to 2001’s smash CD ”Celebrity.” Making a new album is ”always in the back of all of our minds,” Chasez told MTV. ”And it’s definitely going to be a topic of discussion, so we’ll see what goes down.”

Besides Timberlake and Chasez, who toured this spring behind his solo release ”Schizophrenic,” the members of ‘N Sync have been keeping busy, sort of. Joey Fatone has been acting in musicals on Broadway. Chris Kirkpatrick has been designing clothes and playing in celebrity golf tournaments. And Lance Bass has been judging competitors on ”America’s Most Talented Kid” and appearing on ”Hollywood Squares.” With dance cards that full, will they really have time to get together in the studio again?