Justin Timberlake is not the only ‘NSYNCer releasing solo material this year.
JC Chasez will have at least one song on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie “Drumline” and appears to be well into his own album.
Dallas Austin, who’s producing the film and the soundtrack, has recorded four songs with Chasez, including “Blowin’ Me Up,” a strong contender to be the soundtrack’s first single.
“We’ve been doing some great, great material,” Austin said Wednesday from his Atlanta home. “At first he wasn’t going to do a record, but I think now he’s kind of interested, so we’ll probably just keep recording. We were just writing songs for the movie and we caught a niche and it was like, ‘Oh sh–, this is cool for you, let’s keep going.’ ”
So far Chasez and Austin have recorded fun, fast-paced songs and mid-tempo ballads.
“It’s back to George Michael and Prince and that ’80s era, where even though you had up-tempos, they still had songs to them, they had a lot of attitude,” Austin explained. “It was a trip because we didn’t realize how far away music had gotten from doing real songs until we started working on this stuff.”
The soundtrack — due December 10, according to Jive Records — will also include Alicia Keys, Monica, Petey Pablo and Jive newcomer Nivea, who was featured on Mystikal’s “Danger (Been So Long).”
A collaboration between Joe and Jadakiss called “A Girl Like You” and the first teaming of fellow Atlanta producers Austin and Jermaine Dupri, “Been Away,” were recorded for the album as well.
“Drumline” is based on Austin’s experiences in his high school marching band and is due in theaters January 10. Nick Cannon (Nickelodeon’s “The Nick Cannon Show”), Zoe Saldana (“Crossroads”) and Orlando Jones (“The Replacements”) star in the movie.
Second to Timberlake, Chasez has been the most hands-on member of ‘NSYNC, co-writing material and standing out in concert (see “‘NSYNC Tour Opener: It’s The Justin And JC Show!” ).
Timberlake’s Justified is due November 5 (see “Timberlake, Janet Jackson Make Sexy Pair On Justified” ).