'N Sync is ready for a little respect. The group sold 14 million copies of 2000's "No Strings Attached" worldwide, according to Jive Records. It set a SoundScan record by selling 2.4 million copies in

'N Sync is ready for a little respect. The group sold 14 million copies of 2000's "No Strings Attached" worldwide, according to Jive Records. It set a SoundScan record by selling 2.4 million copies in the U.S. during its first week of release. Now, the group's new album, "Celebrity," is due July 24 in North America.

"The truth is that it can be tiresome to be continually blasted by critics because we don't fit their preconceived notion of what a 'credible' group is," Justin Timberlake tells Billboard in an exclusive interview for the July 7 issue. "I wonder if they listen to our music before venturing an opinion."

Enter "Celebrity," which finds Timberlake and 'N Sync colleague J.C. Chasez co-writing 10 of its 13 tracks. The two also participated in the album's production, collaborating with BT, Rodney Jerkins, Brian McKnight, and the Neptunes, among others. First single "Pop" is No. 25 on The Billboard Hot 100 in its sixth week.

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