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Who is Justin Randall Timberlake?

Who is Justin Randall Timberlake?

[1] The world knows him as Justin Timberlake, he is an American pop singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. He has won six Grammy Awards as well as an Emmy Award.
Justin Timberlake came to fame as a lead singer of the pop vocal harmony group ("boy band") 'N Sync, whose launch was financed by Lou Pearlman. In 2002, he released his debut solo album, Justified, which sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Timberlake's second solo release, FutureSex/LoveSounds, was released in 2006 with the U.S. number-one hit singles "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around". The album also spawned three additional U.S. top twenty hits ("Summer Love", "LoveStoned", and "Until the End of Time").
As of January 2008, FutureSex/LoveSounds has sold more than 8.6 million copies. With his first two albums, Timberlake has sold more than 18 million records worldwide alone, as well as more than 50 million copies as one of the two lead singers in 'N Sync. His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.


Timberlake was born January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee,

the son of Lynn Harless and Randall Timberlake.[1] He has English ancestry, although he has also claimed some American Indian ancestry, probably through unconfirmed descent from Henry Timberlake.[2][3] His paternal grandfather, Charles L. Timberlake, husband of Bobbye Joice, was a Baptist minister, and Timberlake was raised Baptist; he considers himself more "spiritual than religious", though still a Christian.[4][5]
His parents divorced about 1985 and both have remarried; his mother, who now runs an entertainment company called Just-in Time Entertainment, remarried to Paul Harless, a banker, when Justin was aged five; while his father, a choir director at a Baptist church, has two children, Jonathan (born c. 1993) and Steven Robert (born August 14, 1998), from his second marriage to Lisa Perry. Timberlake's half-sister, Laura Katherine, died shortly after birth on May 14, 1997 and is mentioned in his acknowledgments in the album *NSYNC as "My Angel in Heaven".[6] Timberlake grew up in Shelby Forest, a small community between Memphis and Millington. His first attempts at a singing career were country music songs on Star Search as "Justin Randall".[7]
In 1993, Timberlake joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club. His castmates included future girlfriend and pop superstar Britney Spears, future tourmate Christina Aguilera, and future bandmate JC Chasez.[8] The show ended in 1994, but late in 1995 Timberlake recruited Chasez to be in an all-male singing group organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman;[9] that eventually became 'N Sync.

Timberlake and JC Chasez,

who had known each other in the Mickey Mouse Club,

were the two lead singers of the popular 1990s boy band, 'N Sync.[10]

The group formed in 1995 and started their career 1996 in Europe, and hit it big in the United States two years later in 1998 with the release of their debut album *NSYNC

in the US. *NSYNC sold 11 million copies alone.[11] The album included a number of hit singles such as Tearin' Up My Heart.

For the next two years, they, encouraged by similar situations in the Backstreet Boys,

engaged in a lengthy legal battle with corrupt manager Lou Pearlman.

Eventually they signed with Jive Records.[12] They released a long-awaited album, No Strings Attached,

in March 2000, which became the fastest-selling album of all time with 2.4 million copies sold in its first week[13] and produced a #1 single, It's Gonna Be Me.

"Bye Bye Bye"

The release was followed by their third album, Celebrity,

which held the title of the second-fastest selling album of all time. In 2002, after the completion of their Celebrity Tour and release of Girlfriend,

the third single from Celebrity the group decided to take time off, at which point Timberlake began work on his first solo album and the group went into a hiatus. In its lifetime, NSYNC was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards,[14] the Olympics,[15] and the Super Bowl,[16] as well as selling more than 50 million copies worldwide,[17] becoming the third best-selling boyband in history.[18]
During late 1999, Timberlake made his acting debut in the Disney Channel movie Model Behavior,

in which he played Jason Sharpe, a model who falls in love with a waitress after mistaking her for another model. It was released on March 12, 2000.[19]
As a member of 'N Sync, Timberlake developed into a major celebrity in his own right, as well as gaining respect as a musician, being writer or co-writer of all three singles from Celebrity. The rising of his own stardom and the falling popularity of "boy bands" led to his reticence to end 'N Sync's hiatus, although the group has never officially disbanded. Bandmember Lance Bass

has stated he believes the group is finished,[20] and is openly critical of Timberlake's actions in his memoir Out of Sync. However Chris Kirkpatrick

remarked in August 2008 that the five remain friends and he believed a reunion was possible,[21] and early in September Bass also made similar conciliatory comments.[22]

In August 2002, after months of recording the album, Timberlake

performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, where he premiered his first single, "Like I Love You",

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a sparse dance track produced by The Neptunes.

[23] The song reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.[24] Following the single, Timberlake released his debut solo album, Justified, on November 5, 2002.[25] The album sold fewer copies than previous 'N Sync efforts. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 439,000 copies in its first week of release. It eventually went on to sell more than three million copies in the U.S. and more than seven million copies worldwide.[26] The album also received critical acclaim, thanks to its heavy R&B influence provided by hip-hop producers The Neptunes and Timbaland.[27]

It spun off hits throughout late 2002 and 2003, including the top ten singles "Cry Me a River"

and "Rock Your Body".[24]

Timberlake supported the album by co-headlining the Justified/Stripped Tour with Christina Aguilera

in the summer of 2003.[28] At the end of the year, Timberlake recorded a song entitled "I'm Lovin' It".

It was used by McDonald's as the theme to their "I'm Lovin' It" campaign. The deal with McDonald's earned Timberlake an estimated $6 million. A tour entitled, Justified and Lovin' It Live was included with the deal as well.[29]
In February 2004, during the halftime show of the Super Bowl XXXVIII broadcast on the CBS television network, Timberlake performed with Janet Jackson

before a television audience of more than 140 million viewers. At the end of the performance, Timberlake tore off a part of Jackson's black leather costume in a "costume reveal" meant to accompany a portion of the song lyrics. Part of the costume became detached, and Jackson's breast was briefly exposed.[30] Timberlake apologized for the incident saying that he was "sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl...".[31] The phrase "wardrobe malfunction" has since been used by the media to refer to the incident and has entered pop culture.[32]

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