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Justin Timberlake (born 31.1.1981)
Justin Timberlake is an American singer / songwriter who first found fame with the boy band *NSYNC. He has won six Grammy awards and an Emmy Award.
Justin Timberlake: Childhood
Justin Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee. His parents were Lynn Harless (nee Bomar) and Randall Timberlake, giving him both English and Native American ancestry. Justin's grandfather, Charles L. Timberlake, was a Baptist minister.
Justin has two half brothers, Stephen (b. 1998) and Jonathan (b. 1993). His half sister, Laura, died shortly after childbirth in 1997. Justin acknowledged Laura as "My Angel In Heaven" in the liner notes of one of his records.
Timberlake grew up in a small town named Millington. His first attempt at singing success was performing country songs on the TV show, Star Search. He was billed as Justin Randall.
Justin Timberlake joined The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993. It was here that he met fellow performer Christina Aguilera as well as future band mate, JC Chasez and future girlfriend Britney Spears. It was when the show disbanded in 1995 that Justin and JC began an all-boy band, masterminded by boy-band manager Lou Pearlman. The group became known as *NSYNC.
Justin Timberlake: The *NSYNC Years
Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez were the two lead singers of *NSYNC. The band formed in 1995 and began their career in 1996. The release of their debut album, *NSYNC in 1998 saw them hit the big time. The album sold over 11 million copies in the US alone.
For the next two years, the band was involved in a legal battle with their manager, Lou Pearlman. Although Pearlman financed the launch of their careers, he was found to have been the con man behind a number of scams. Once released from contract with Pearlman, *NSYNC signed with Jive Records.
2000 saw the release of the next album, No Strings Attached. The album became the fastest selling album of all time, shifting 2.4 million units in its first week on sale.
*NSYNC's third album, Celebrity, became the second fastest selling album of all time. After completing the Celebrity tour in 2002, the band decided to take some time off. It was at this point that Timberlake began work on his first solo album.
Justin Timberlake: The solo years
In August 2002, Timberlake performed at the MTV Music Video Awards, premiering his debut solo single, 'Like I Love You', a track produced by The Neptunes. The single reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Justified was released later in 2002 and although it sold fewer than *NSYNC's albums, it debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. 439,000 copies were sold in the first week and the album went on to sell over seven million copies worldwide.
As well as huge commercial success, the album received critical acclaim, largely owing to the production skills of Timbaland and The Neptunes.
In summer 2003, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera co-headlined a tour to promote their album releases. Later that year, McDonald's used a Timberlake song, 'I'm Lovin' It' to promote their ad campaign. The deal reportedly earned Timberlake $6 million.
In 2004, Timberlake performed alongside Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl XXXVIII. The performance was televised and turned out to be highly controversial. During the performance, Timberlake tore off a portion of Jackson's attire, revealing her breast, complete with nipple adornment.
Justin was forced to make a public apology at the Grammy Awards (2004) in order for the organisers to agree to let him attend. He read a scripted apology when accepting the first of two awards he received that night. Timberlake won 'Best Pop Vocal Album' and 'Best Male Pop Vocal Performance'. He also won a joint award with Black Eyed Peas (Best Rap / Sung Collaboration) for 'Where Is the Love?'
During a period of rest for the singer, after nodules were removed from his vocal cords, Justin set up his own record label, Jay Tee records.
On his return to the music scene, Timberlake featured in Nelly Furtado & Timbaland's 'Promiscuous' and then released his second solo album in 2006. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The producers of this album were Timbaland, Danja, will.i.am and Rick Rubin. Timberlake himself also gained some production credits for this album.
He lead single from the album was 'SexyBack' which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Timberlake gained yet another number one single when he performed alongside Nelly Furtado on a Timbaland single, 'Give It To Me.'
In February 2008, Justin Timberlake won another two Grammy Awards, this time for 'male Pop Performance' and 'Dance Recording Award'.
Justin Timberlake: Acting career
Justin Timberlake has appeared in a number of high-profile movie roles, including Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan. He also voiced the character of King Arthur in Shrek the Third.
Justin Timberlake: Personal Life
Justin Timberlake has been involved in a number of high profile, long-term relationships. Perhaps the most well known was his lengthy relationship with Britney Spears, which ended abruptly in 2002, amid speculation that Spears had been unfaithful.
In 2003, Justin embarked on another long-term relationship with actress Cameron Diaz. This relationship ended in 2007.
Mostly recently, thee singer has been linked to Jessica Biel.
Justin Timberlake has admitted he has accepted being known as a pop artist, but it motivated him to make music that just feels right to him
Justin Timberlake admitted he was inspired to be open with his music after realising he may not shake his 'pop star' label.
The 'SexyBack' singer was initially a little disappointed when reviews for his 2002 debut solo album 'Justified' kept him in the more mainstream genre despite his efforts in pushing for a more R&B-influenced sound after his time with boy band Nsync.
Speaking with Zane Lowe on 'Beats 1', he said: ''I was like, 'Wow I really made an R&B album.' I really wanted to make an R&B album.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Accepts Pop Label
Timberlake was involved in the infamous Janet Jackson 'wardrobe malfunction' back in 2004.
Ahead of his upcoming headlining spot at the Super Bowl half-time show, Justin Timberlake has recalled the infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ incident with Janet Jackson that happened the last time he took part in it.
In a hilarious but rather shocking incident during the 2004 Super Bowl’s half-time performance, Timberlake ripped off the right panel of Janet Jackson’s bodice costume, but instead of showing a red lace bra, the choreography went wrong and her breast was revealed to a stunned audience of 14 million viewers – and that was just in the States.
Although both artists apologised profusely for the incident, infamously branded a ‘wardrobe malfunction’, it was Jackson who got heavily fined and then blacklisted by American radio and MTV.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Recalls Super Bowl 'Wardrobe Malfunction'
He releases the first set of tour dates for 'Man of the Woods'.
With the release of his fifth studio album 'Man of the Woods' coming next month, Justin Timberlake gives his fans a taste of what to expect from the following world tour - which begins this Spring - in a video clip showing him doing some preparation.
Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards
The singer has already spoken about how his Tennesseean roots have had a huge impact on his latest record, and that is something he's eager to demonstrate in his forthcoming live shows. It seems he wants to create a visual spectacle, reflecting the outdoorsy theme of the music.
It's nothing like the country vibe we were anticipating.
Whatever we were expecting from Justin Timberlake, it's safe to say we weren't expecting this. Far from a departure of his usual pop sound, the singer has reverted to type with his brand new song 'Filthy' - and it's about as far away from the country sound he hinted at as you can get.
Justin Timberlake at the PGA Awards
'Filthy' is very much 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' Justin Timberlake rather than the country-focused sound we were expecting from his forthcoming new album 'Man of the Woods'. Co-written by Timbaland, Danja, James Fauntleroy and Lawrence Dopson, the track comes alongside a very futuristic video.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake's Promised New Song 'Filthy' Is A Total Curveball
Timbaland has suggested he had to win over some of Justin Timberlake's team when he worked on the production for his chart topping 2006 single 'SexyBack'
The super producer was behind the desk for the singer's lead single - taken from his second album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' - and while he immediately believed in the track, others weren't so sure.
Speaking to the 'Complex's Blueprint' video series, he said: ''I knew it was a feeling. Everybody was like, 'That ain't it.' I said, 'Yes, it is, that's the one' ... The beauty of a hit is not knowing it's a hit but you know it feels good.''
Continue reading: Timbaland Believed In SexyBack
Many fans are still unconvinced by this change of direction.
Justin Timberlake might be from Memphis, Tennessee, but he's made a career out of the pop industry that has been very much apart from his country roots. This year, however, he plans to return to his origins with a new musical direction on his new album 'Man of the Woods'.
Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards
The 36-year-old 'Can't Stop The Feeling' hitmaker has decided to strip down his sound for a more country vibe on his upcoming fifth album, while still maintaining a large team of producers such as Pharrell Williams, The Neptunes, Timbaland and Danja, of course.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Goes Back To His Roots With 'Man Of The Woods'
He's ready to show his face at the biggest sporting event of the year again.
It has finally been confirmed that Justin Timberlake will be next year's headliner at the all-important Super Bowl halftime show, performing thirteen years after his last appearance which resulted in a major wardrobe malfunction controversy with Janet Jackson. Let's hope there will be fewer slip-ups for 2018.
Justin Timberlake at the Oscars
The 36-year-old 10-time Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl LII halftime show for the second time in his life; this time as the headliner at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Last year saw Lady Gaga take to the stage as the headliner at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, which she has since recounted as a momentous event in her singing career.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Returns To Headline Super Bowl LII Halftime Show
The singer would be following hot on the heels of Lady Gaga - lauded by critics as the best halftime show ever
It’s one of the biggest performances of an artists’ life: America’s Superbowl halftime show. The set has had some of the most famous names in the world grace its stage including Beyonce, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and last year, Lady GaGa - a show which critics called the best halftime show is Superbowl history.
Is Justin Timberlake set to be the next Superbowl performer?
Now it seems Pop Prince Justin Timberlake is finalising paperwork for 2018’s show.
Continue reading: Is Justin Timberlake 2018's Superbowl Halftime Performer?
They joined each other on stage at the Pilgrimage Music Festival last week.
Justin Timberlake embraced his country roots again by bringing special guest Chris Stapleton onto the stage at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Tennessee over the weekend for a few duets, two years after they hit the CMA stage together. Chris' wife Morgane was also in attendance.
Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards
As the cherry on top of a very delicious cake, Justin invited country stars Chris Stapleton and Morgane Hayes to sing along with him during his home state set at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin on Saturday (September 23rd 2017) - an event that the singer co-produces in its third year running.
Pharrell Williams knelt down in protest at the 'Concert for Charlottesville' event on Sunday (24.09.17) which featured the likes of Justin Timberlake and the Dave Matthews Band
Pharrell Williams knelt down in protest as he joined a star-studded line up for the 'Concert for Charlottesville' on Sunday night (24.09.17).
The 'Happy' singer performed with The Roots as he joined the likes of Justin Timberlake and Ariana Grande at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium, where hometown heroes The Dave Matthews Band headlined an emotional show.
During his hit-filled set - which included the songs 'Freedom', 'Happy' and his Daft Punk collaboration 'Get Lucky' - the star made reference to Donald Trump's condemnation of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Kneels At Concert For Charlottesville
Jessica Biel seen alone and with Justin Timberlake at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017
Max Martin, Justin Timberlake and Karl Johan Schuster at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017
Date of birth
31st January, 1981
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