Pop music is in turmoil. Britney is drowning in her success, Justin crossed over to hip-hop and Pink went punk and lost touch with fans.
Billboard’s bookies are feverishly looking to make up for what’s lost. Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera aside, bookmakers bank on comeback records from golden oldies like Prince, Blondie, Alanis and even “MMMbop” boy trio Hanson who are releasing new music in April.
More potent remedies to the pop slump are in closer reach than you might think. Take for example JC Chasez’s debut album “Schizophrenic.” This effort will surprise many even though the odds are against him.
The lead singer of teen sensation *N SYNC is challenged to shed his tame boyband image while avoiding comparisons to band mate and pal Justin Timberlake.
This odd case of double jeopardy has worked fully in Chasez’s favor. “Schizophrenic” starts where Timberlake left off. The album has a distinct mature sound, versatile vocals and no less than 15 diverse tracks that should withstand the public’s rigorous test of comparison.