HOLLYWOOD — With Justin Timberlake's solo career booming and JC Chasez's looming, will other 'NSYNCers break out with records of their own?
"I'm a bass singer. No bass singers have solo albums," Lance Bass quipped at General Motors' pre-Oscar party on Tuesday.
Bass may not be able to justify going it alone, but he did reveal the next member of his pop group preparing for the leap.
"I know Joey's going to do a comedy album, which is going to be pretty funny," Bass said. "He's going to do a Weird Al Yankovic-type funny album, all parodies. You'll hear some Justin songs on there and all kinds of stuff. I'm pretty sure 'Cry Me a River,' something about a liver. He'll have fun with it."
Meanwhile, Bass will continue to develop film and television projects for his A Happy Place production company, and he'll serve as the lead judge on NBC's "The Search for the Most Talented Kid in America," debuting March 21. "It's awesome little kids," Bass said. "It's very cool and very positive for television."
Elsewhere in 'NSYNC land, Chris Kirkpatrick just signed on to manage the Dallas band Ohno, according to a Jive Records spokesperson, while Chasez is finishing his solo album for a late July release.
And of course Timberlake is gearing up for the Justified and Stripped Tour, which kicks off June 4 in Phoenix (see "Justin Timberlake/ Christina Aguilera Tour Dates Announced").
The solo endeavors are expected to wind down in September, and 'NSYNC plan to reunite in the studio early next year.
"We've already started writing about a month ago," Bass said. "JC and Justin have been writing a lot and are going to have stuff that didn't make their albums that's more 'NSYNC-style, so I don't know what direction this will go, it will definitely be interesting.
"If it was up to me, I'm really influenced by the '80s lately, so I could see some '80s rock in there, some fun '80s pop," he added. "I love how it's come back in style, and it's just fun music."
'NSYNC hope to work with the Neptunes again, but Bass said the group will be producing a lot of the album on its own. When the LP drops the guys will launch a world tour. "Of course Justin will do some solo stuff, and JC will," Bass said of the outing. "If Joey gets his album, he will too."
Bass was enthused about the plethora of 'NSYNC happenings but noted that he felt guilty walking the red carpet while soldiers were preparing for battle in the Middle East.
"I have a lot of friends from Orlando and Mississippi that are over there right now," he said. "It's very scary, and my prayers are with them."