'NSYNC motivated by friendly competition with Backstreet Boys

10/10/00, 1 p.m. ET) - The 'N Sync </music/artistpage/1,,1033340,00.html>-versus-Backstreet Boys </music/artistpage/1,,1001612,00.html> rivalry may be going strong, but that's only in the minds of the fans, according to 'N Sync. The group harbors no ill will toward its labelmates and says that the two acts are pitted against each other by outside forces, as 'N Sync member JC Chasez tells LAUNCH. "I think everybody puts us in direct competition with them," he says. "We really don't care either way. We just do our thing day to day and we're thankful that we've achieved what we have. We don't want to take anything away from them--I mean, hey, they're just trying to do their thing, so we have nothing against them. We know what it's like to try and make a living at this."

While 'N Sync denies any negative relationship with the Backstreet Boys, there is a healthy sense of competition that produces positive results, as Chasez explains. "I guess people set it up that way, and in a way it's a good thing, 'cause it really kind of helps drive everybody and it motivates everybody to do positive."'N Sync is gearing up for the second leg of its No Strings Attached tour, which will kick off in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 17. The tour will wrap up on December 1 in San Diego, California, after which the group will head into the studio to record its next album. 'N Sync is hoping to have the new project completed by February.

-- Margy Holland, Nashville