About Justin Timberlake
Justin Randall Timberlake, professionally known as Justin Timberlake, was born on January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee. From an early age he was exposed to music due to influences from his uncle, grandfather, and father. His uncle was in a bluegrass band and his grandfather taught him how to play the guitar. Timberlake and his grandfather would listen to Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash together while his father would play him music by The Eagles and Queen. Timberlake was also raised Baptist, so he gained experienced singing in the church choir. All of his musical influences prompted him to participate in the television show Star Search at the young age of 11 years old. Then in 1993 and 1994, Timberlake was a cast member in The Mickey Mouse Club along with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell. Timberlake’s appearance on the The Mickey Mouse Club would help him land a spot in the hit boy band NSYNC.
Chris Kirkpatrick contacted manager Lou Pearlman about forming a boy band. Pearlman told Kirkpatrick he would support the band financially if Kirkpatrick could find male singers. Kirkpatrick called up Joey Fatone to recruit him as the first member of the band. Then when Pearlman was looking through tapes for more members, he came across Timberlake on The Mickey Mouse Club. The group then recruited Timberlake who recommended cast member JC Chasez as the fourth member of the group. Lance Bass was recruited as the fifth member and Kirkpatrick, Fatone, Timberlake, Chasez, and Bass became the official members of NSYNC. In 1998, the group released their debut studio album, selt-titled ’N Sync. The debut album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and is now certified Diamond in the US by the RIAA. Two years later, the group released their second studio album called No Strings Attached. No Strings Attached set a record for most one-week sales in the US, with 2.4 million copies sold within the first week (this record was broken by Adele 15 years later). The album included the iconic singles “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me”, helping No Strings Attached become the best-selling album of 2000. NSYNC’s third and final studio album was titled Celebrity (2001). Celebrity debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and became certified 5X Platinum by the RIAA. After the release of Celebrity, the boy band craze began to die down and Timberlake began to explore his options as a solo artist.
Timberlake premiered his first solo single at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, called “Like I Love You”. It was followed by the release of Timberlake’s debut solo studio album entitled Justified. The album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over ten million copies around the world. At the 45th Grammy Awards Justified won Best Pop Vocal Album and the single “Cry Me a River” won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Justified was also nominated for Album of the Year. Around a year after the release of the debut album, Timberlake co-headlined the Justified and Stripped Tour with Christina Aguilera. In 2003, Timberlake made his debut on Saturday Night Live where he performed a skit called The Barry Gibb Talk Show alongside Jimmy Fallon. This would be the first of many hysterical appearances Timberlake would make on the late night show.
Timberlake continued to collaborate with other artists before released his next album. He worked with the Black Eyed Peas for the track “My Style” and Snoop Dogg for the single “Signs”. In 2005, Timberlake started his own record label with Interscope Records called Tennman Records. Timberlake dropped his second studio album on September 12, 2006 entitled FutureSex/LoveSounds. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 becoming Timberlake’s first number one solo album. FutureSex/LoveSounds featured artists such as Snoop Dogg, Three 6 Mafia, T.I., and will.i.am. The album was produced by Timbaland, Danja, will.i.am., Rick Rubin, and Timberlake himself. This collaboration of producers created a very successful piece of work, as the album eventually became certified 4X Platinum by the RIAA. In 2007, Timberlake’s album was nominated at the Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album. At the same Grammy’s, he won Best Dance Recording for “SexyBack” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “My Love”. At the Grammy Awards a year later, Timberlake won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “What Goes Around…Comes Around” and Best Dance Recording for “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows”.
Acting and Other Musical Features
In the summer of 2007, Timberlake co-wrote, produced, and was featured on Duran Duran’s album Red Carpet Massacre. Around that same time, Timberlake was also featured on 50 Cent’s album Curtis. Madonna featured Timberlake on her hit single “4 minutes” which was released in December of 2007. The track was the lead single for Madonna’s Hard Candy and peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. After Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds Tour wrapped up, he became more involved with acting. In 2008 he starred in two films: The Love Guru and The Open Road. That same year Timberlake was featured on T.I.’s hit song “Dead and Gone” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, Timberlake was involved with producing some tracks for Ciara’s Fantasy Ride. He was also a feature on the second single for the album, called “Love Sex Magic”. Timberlake began to land hit roles in big movies. In 2010, Timberlake played Sean Parker in The Social Network. The Social Network was wildly successful, receiving eight Academy Award nominations and winning four Golden Globe Awards. A year later Timberlake starred in Bad Teacher with Cameron Diaz and in Friends with Benefits with Mila Kunis. Following his big screen features, Timberlake decided to return to the music industry.
The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2
Justin Timberlake’s third studio album dropped on March 15, 2013. The album was titled The 20/20 Experience and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming his second solo album to do so. It was also the best-selling album of 2013. The lead single for the album, “Suit & Tie”, features legendary rapper Jay-Z. The second single for the album was “Mirrors” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Part two of the album was released a year later, entitled The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. This album also peaked at number 1 and featured Jay-Z on one of the tracks. The two albums were later released together as a compilation album called The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience. The compilation album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. “Mirrors” was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance and “Suite & Tie” was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performances. Timberlake won Grammy Awards for “Suite & Tie” Best Music Video and Best R&B on for “Pusher Love Girl”. After the release of The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake and Jay-Z co-headlined the Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour to promote the album. Shortly after, Timberlake embarked on the 20/20 Experience World Tour in promotion of both 20/20 Experience albums.
Man of the Woods
Timberlake’s fifth studio album, Man of the Woods, was released on February 2, 2018. The album debuted at the top of the charts and featured the track “Filthy” as the lead single. “Supplies” and “Say Something” (feat. Chris Stapleton) were also released as singles. The album also includes a track called “Morning Light” which features the powerful R&B singer, Alicia Keys. If you want to see Justin Timberlake perform live, now is your chance! The pop star is currently on his Man of the Woods Tour make stops at venues across North America. The tour is set to end on January 29, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. TicketNetwork is your access to Justin Timberlake tickets. You do not want to miss out on seeing Justin Timberlake perform live so make sure to grab your Man of the Woods Tour tickets today!