*NSYNC are tearin’ up our hearts with news of their reunion single, “Better Place,” and Justin Timberlake kept the buzz going on Thursday (Sept. 14) when he shared footage alongside JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass in the studio.
“So many stars aligned and that’s why I hit y’all and was like, ‘Hey, something came up,'” Timberlake is heard telling his former bandmates in the clip, as scenes of the group laying down vocals and harmonies, before jamming out to their upbeat pop track, weave across the screen. “If we do this song, it’s a love letter to our fans. I would be honored to have the group on this song.”
“I don’t mind that the world spins faster, faster, faster / Just let me take you to a better place,” the boy band sings in the song’s breezy chorus.
The song — which appears to follow in the upbeat footsteps of Trolls lead single “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and Trolls World Tour opener “The Other Side” — is available to pre-save now but won’t be released until Sept. 29.
The song marks *NSYNC’s first musical release since 2002 (when the Neptunes remix of “Girlfriend,” featuring Nelly, arrived) and it comes just days after the group stepped onstage together at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards to present the award for best pop to Taylor Swift for “Anti-Hero.” The group last took the VMAs stage in 2013, for Timberlake’s Video Vanguard Award medley performance.
Watch the full behind-the-scenes clip on JT’s Instagram page here.