Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake


Justin Timberlake, born January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, producer and actor. He is considered one of the greatest versatile artists in the history of the show by editor Scott Feinberg. Nicknamed president and prince of pop by contemporary journalists, he gives rise to honorary nicknames in popular music.

He debuted in the American boy band NSYNC and won nine Grammy Awards as well as two Emmy Awards during his career. In 2002, he released his first solo album, Justified, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Her second album, FutureSex / LoveSounds, was released in 2006, including the singles SexyBack, My Love, What Goes Around and Love Stoned. With his two albums, Justin Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums worldwide. He also created his own studio and record label Tennman Records.

He developed in parallel with the cinema: after supporting roles in independent thrillers (Alpha Dog, Southland Tales, Black Snake Moan), he tried his hand at comedy with sketches in the show Saturday Night Live and the parody Love Gourou.

He gained recognition in 2010 through his portrayal of Sean Parker in David Fincher’s acclaimed biopic, The Social Network. He then followed up on commercial projects: the schoolboy comedy Bad Teacher, the romance Sex between friends, the science fiction thriller Time Out.

He then returned to a more serious register with the drama A New Chance, the musical biopic Inside Llewyn Davis, the Polar Players and the comedy drama Wonder Wheel.


Justin Randall Timberlake was born from the union of Randall Timberlake, and Marianne (née Bomar). He grew up in Millington, a small town north of Memphis. Her paternal grandfather, Charles L. Timberlake, husband of Bobbye Joice, was a Baptist minister9. His mother, who then worked in the entertainment company Just In Time Entertainment, married Paul Harless, a banker, while Justin Timberlake was only 5 years old [ref. desired], while her father, a choir director in a Baptist church, has two children, Jonathan (born 1993) and Stephen (born 1998) from his second marriage to Lisa Chwieseni. Her half-sister, Laura, died shortly after her birth in 1997 and is mentioned in the tribute song My Angel in Heaven10. His very first attempt to break into the music industry took place on the American show Star Search under the name Justin Randall.

In 1993 and 1994, he joined the Mickey Mouse Club; There he meets his future girlfriend and pop singer Britney Spears, his future teammate on the Justified / Tripped Tour, pop singer Christina Aguilera and his future NSYNC partner JC Chasez11. When the show ended in 1994, Timberlake recruited Chasez to be part of the new boy band, managed by Lou Pearlman12, called ‘N Sync.

Musical career

N Sync, Justified (album), and Super Bowl (1995-2004)

The boy band ‘N Sync was formed in 1995 and began its career in 1996 in Germany. The group reached the United States two years later, releasing their eponymous album titled N’Sync, which sold over 11 million copies and launched with the hit track Tearin ‘Up My Heart. The second album No Strings Attached (2000) sold 2.4 million copies a week after release14 and featured the single, Bye Bye Bye. The group’s third album, Celebrity (2001), was also a financial success. After the end of the Celebrity Tour, the group became inactive in 2002. Throughout its career, ‘N Sync became popular internationally and even went on to the Academy Awards15, the Olympics16, the Super Bowl17, and managed to sell more than 50 millions of copies of their albums around the world18, making it the third highest-grossing boy band in history. In 1999, Timberlake starred in the TV movie Mannequin for a Day. He plays the role of Jason Sharpe, a model who falls in love with a waitress. It was released on March 12, 200020. The growing popularity of Timberlake and the declining popularity of ‘N Sync led to the band’s disbandment.

In August 2002, Timberlake performed his first solo single, Like I Love You, at the MTV Video Music Awards21; the single reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 10022. His solo studio album, Justified was released in November of that year23, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 439,000 copies sold, slightly less than previous’ N’s albums. Sync. A total of more than 3 million copies are sold in the United States, and 7 million worldwide. His RnB style, inspired by hip-hop producers The Neptunes and Timbaland25, is complimented by the specialist press. The album features the hit singles Cry Me a River (song by Justin Timberlake) and Rock Your Body. In summer 2003, Timberlake and Christina Aguilera participate in the Justified / Stripped Tour. Later that same year, he recorded I’m Lovin ‘It, used in McDonald’s commercials. This contract with the restaurant chain is estimated at $ 6 million. A tour called Justified and Lovin ‘It Live is also part of the contract27. Timberlake participates in Nelly’s song, Work It, which was remixed and featured on Nelly’s 2003 remix album.

In February 2004, during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII broadcast on the CBS television channel, Timberlake sang alongside Janet Jackson in front of an estimated 140 million viewers. At the end of the performance, Timberlake tears part of Janet Jackson’s leather costume, while at the same time he sang “gonna have you naked by the end of this song” (in French: “tu sera nue à la fin of this song ”). Part of the costume is therefore unhooked, and Janet’s breast is temporarily exposed. Subsequently, Timberlake will apologize for this “costume incident” (wardrobe malfunction, a term that will enter popular culture29) by explaining to be “sorry for all the people who were offended by this incident during half-time. of the Super Bowl. This was not my intention and I regret it. A few days later, Timberlake, live from Los Angeles on the KCBS-TV set, admits that even his own family was offended by the event. Timberlake and Jackson are then threatened with banning from the 2004 Grammy Awards unless they apologize onstage at the event. Janet Jackson, who has already made a public apology, declines this solution. Timberlake, for his part, “comes with” a letter of apology when he receives one of his two Grammy Awards of the evening (in the categories “Best pop album” for Justified, and “Best pop music” for Cry Me a River It was also nominated for Album of the Year for Justified, Music of the Year for Cry Me a River and Best Rap Collaboration for Where Is The Love? With The Black Eyed Peas .

Cinema and FutureSex / LoveSounds (2004-2007).

After the controversy of the Super Bowl, Timberlake put his musical career aside, to embark on a film career. During this period, he played a young journalist in the thriller Edison, released directly on DVD in 2005. He also appeared in the films Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Southland Tales by director Richard Kelly, and lent his voice to young King Arthur in the original version of the animated film Shrek the Third, released in May 200734. He also plays the role of young Elton John, in the music video This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore35. Timberlake was also to play the role of Roger Davis in the film version of the musical Rent, but director Chris Columbus considered that only the original Rent actors could contribute to the harmony of the film, and the role is therefore assigned to Adam Pascal .

Timberlake continues to work alongside other musicians. After Where Is The Love ?, he collaborated a second time with the Black Eyed Peas in 2005 on My Style published on the album Monkey Business37. While recording the single Signs in 2005 with Snoop Dogg, Timberlake discovered a throat problem. Nodules were subsequently displaced from his throat during an operation on May 5, 2005. He was then advised not to sing, and not to speak too loudly for several months40. In the summer of 2005, Timberlake launched his own label, JayTee Records.

Timberlake released his second solo album, FutureSex / LoveSounds, on September 12, 2006. The album, which he recorded in the studio from 2005, debuted directly at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 684,000 copies as of its first week42. The album holds the record for pre-sales on iTunes, and breaks Coldplay’s record for best-selling digital album in one week. FutureSex / LoveSounds is produced by Timbaland, Danja, Will.i.am, Rick Rubin, and Timberlake himself, thus mixing several musical styles (pop, dance, rap, funk…). It contains several collaborations, such as Three 6 Mafia, T.I. and Will.i.am44. The studio representing the album describes it as a “knowledge of eroticism” and targeting “strong carnal sensations. ”

The album’s first single, SexyBack, premiered during Timberlake’s public performance at the opening of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, and went straight to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, while as the third single What Goes Around … Comes Around45. The song is known for highlighting the breakup of childhood friend and co-creator of William Rast, Trace Ayala, with actress Elisha Cuthbert. In October 2006, Timberlake declared that he did not abandon his musical career in favor of that of actor, specifying that this abandonment would be the “last thing to do45. »He is the special guest of the fashion night of Victoria’s Secret, still in 2006, for his interpretation of SexyBack. Timberlake also makes an appearance in Nelly Furtado and Timbaland’s Promiscuous music video. In January 2007, he began his FutureSex / LoveShow tour. Summer Love is the album’s fourth single, while the next in Europe is LoveStoned. He also participates in the song Give It To Me, taken from Timbaland’s Shock Value album, alongside Nelly Furtado, which reached number one on the American Billboard Hot 10047. In February 2008, Timberlake won two Grammy Awards. At the 50th ceremony, he was awarded in the categories “Best Male Pop Performance” for What Goes Around … Comes Around, and “Best Dance Song” for LoveStoned / I Think She Knows.

Musical break and acting career (2007-2012)

After his tour, he called on big names in hip-hop and RnB like Missy Elliott, 50 Cent and Beyoncé Knowles for remixes produced by disc jockey Wayne Williams Ol Skool, which feature on the FutureSex Deluxe Edition. / LoveSounds. Titles like Until The End of Time, Sexy Ladies and SexyBack are brought up to date by these contemporary artists who are enjoying enormous national and global success. During the summer of 2007, Justin Timberlake recorded several songs in London with Madonna. Finally, five songs he co-wrote will be featured on the Hard Candy album, including the duo 4 Minutes which is a success all over the world. On March 30, 2008, Timberlake performed the song at the Hard Candy Promo Show, at Roseland Ballroom in New York.

From 2008, Justin took a break from his solo music career, to devote himself entirely to his other passions. He invests in his clothing brand William Rast, produces the artists of his label Tennmann Records (Esmée Denters and Matt Morris) as well as Ciara, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, Torpedo, Jamie Foxx, Game, etc. He also favors his cinematographic career, by multiplying the films. After having played a few years earlier in films like Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan, David Fincher offers him in 2010 the role of Sean Parker, co-creator of Napster and co-owner of Facebook, in The Social Network. The film is a great success and Justin makes a good impression. He later stars alongside Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher released in June 2011 in the United States. He also plays in Andrew Niccol’s film Time Out, also released in 2011 where he plays the hero of the film. The same year, he plays in Sex between friends alongside Mila Kunis.

The 20/20 Experience and 2 of 2 (since 2013)

Timberlake started working on his 3rd album in June 2012 with “no idea and / or no goal in mind. He publicly announced his return to the music industry in January 2013, releasing his first promotional single Suit and Tie in collaboration with Jay-Z a few days later. After 4 years without any live performances, Timberlake made an appearance the day before Super Bowl XLVII, during DirecTV Super Saturday Night on February 2 in New Orleans. On February 10, 2013, he sang his hit Suit and Tie a black and white play of light live, with Jay-Z joining him from the audience55. His new album The 20/20 Experience was released on March 19, 201356, on the RCA Records label, due to the division of Jive Records. It starts directly at the first place in the musical rankings with around 980,000 copies.

The next singles will be Mirrors and Tunnel Vision. In this same period, Timberlake also appears on Jay-Z’s 12th studio album Magna Carta … Holy Grail ‘in three tracks including: Holy Grail, BBC and Heaven60.

Timberlake’s fourth album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, was released on September 30, 2013, with his single Take Back the Night, available since July 12, 2013. The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 He also debuts at # 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s second single will be TKO63. July 19, 2013 begins the tour in collaboration with Jay-Z: Legends of the Summer: Justin Timberlake & JAY-Z, consisting of 15 dates mainly in North America. Musical direction is entrusted to Adam Blackstone. In that same year, Timberlake participated in the production and writing of 2 tracks for Beyoncé’s 5th studio album.

On May 14, 2016, Justin Timberlake performed in Stockholm during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. He sang his new song, Can’t Stop the Feeling! It will be the very first performance of an international artist on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2016, he appeared in the parody film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Parallel activities

On December 16, 2006, Justin Timberlake showed his humorous qualities during an episode of the famous Saturday Night Live show, of which he was the guest of honor64. There he performs hilarious sketches, including the clip Dick in a Box, in duet with Andy Samberg and produced by The Lonely Island, where they parody the contemporary RnB singers of the 1990s. The parody was so marked that the title is broadcast on American and British radio stations and is very successful on YouTube. This video even had a sequel, Motherlover, on May 9, 2009. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake has made numerous other appearances on Saturday Night Live. At the same time, he was invited to perform the title The Only Promise That Remains on Reba McEntire’s opus Reba Duets.

A big fan of golf, he signed a five-year contract with the PGA (Association of Professional Golfers) to host tournaments and play with the best players in the world.

In 2008, Parfums Givenchy announced their partnership with the singer for the fragrance Play.

Justin Timberlake is also a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers football team.

Back in the studio

Following the announcement of the release of “The Trolls 2: World Tour”, Timberlake teased potential collaborations with a number of artists, through a series of Instagram posts, which included frequent collaborators Pharrell Williams, Nate “Danja Hills and Rob Knox, as well as new collaborators like Anderson .Paak, Brandy Norwood, Lizzo and Meek Mill. Singer SZA also confirmed she had been in the studio with Timberlake.

Private life

From 1994 to 1996, Justin Timberlake was in a relationship with a man named Danielle Ditto66, before dating actress Veronica Finn from 1996 to 1998. During the summer of 1998, he had a brief affair with singer Fergie.

In June 1999, at the age of 18, he began an over-hyped relationship with singer, Britney Spears. They split in March 2002 following Britney’s alleged infidelities with choreographer Wade Robson71,72. Following their breakup, Justin composed the song Cry Me a River (2002) and, for his part, Britney composed the song Everytime (2004).

He then had a short story with actress and dancer Jenna Dewan from March to August 2002, then with actress Alyssa Milano from August 2002 to January 2003. At the beginning of 2003, he had an affair with the singer Emma Bunton79, before forming a couple with the actress Cameron Diaz in April 2003. The couple separated in December 2006.

In January 2007, he became the companion of actress Jessica Biel. They separated in March 2011, before being reconciled seven months later, in October. They got engaged two months later, on December 22, 84 then married on October 19, 2012 in Fasano, Italy. They have two children: Silas Randall Timberlake (born April 8, 2015)and Phineas Timberlake (born July 31, 2020) .

In an interview, Justin Timberlake says he suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) mixed with attention deficit.

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