Thursday, January 31, 2008

Justin Timberlake

Happy birthday today to Justin Timberlake!
Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American pop singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He came to fame as one of the lead singers of pop boy band 'N Sync and has won four Grammy Awards as well as an Emmy Award. In 2002, he released his debut solo album, Justified, which sold over 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") making it the first time a male artist has achieved six top twenty hits from one album since Michael Jackson did so from 1991-1992, with his album "Dangerous". As of January 2008, FutureSex/LoveSounds has sold over 8 million copies. With his first two albums, Timberlake has sold over 18 million records worldwide. He has started a record label called Tennman Records and a fashion label, William Rast.

Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Randall Timberlake and Lynn (née Bomar). He has British ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Charles L. Timberlake, husband of Bobbye Joice, was a Baptist minister, and Timberlake was raised in the Baptist religion, although he considers himself more "spiritual than religious", though still a Christian.
In 1993, he joined the The Mickey Mouse Club. There he met future girlfriend and pop superstar Britney Spears, future tourmate Christina Aguilera, and future bandmate JC Chasez. When the show ended in 1995, Timberlake recruited Chasez to be in a new all-male singing group organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman
Timberlake was a member of the popular 1990s boy band, 'N Sync, and was considered a teen idol. The group formed in 1995 and started their career 1996 in Germany and hit it big in the States two years later in 1998, eventually releasing the fastest-selling album of all time, No Strings Attached in 2000. In 2002, after the completion of their Celebrity Tour and release of "Girlfriend", the third single from their 2001 album Celebrity, the group decided to take time off, at which point Timberlake began work on his first solo album. Looking back at those days concerning the management by Lou Pearlman. *NSYNC (also stylized 'N Sync) was an American boy band, widely regarded as one of the most successful pop acts of the late '90s and early 2000s, selling over 56 million records worldwide. Formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995, the group consisted of Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Justin Timberlake. After heavily publicized legal battles with their former manager Lou Pearlman and Sony BMG, the group's 2000 album No Strings Attached sold 1.1 million copies in one day and 2.4 million copies in one week, giving it the highest first week album sales in music history, and their 2001 album, Celebrity, holds the record for the second-highest first full week of sales. In addition to a host of Grammy nominations, 'N Sync has performed at the Academy Awards, the Super Bowl and the Olympics, and sang or recorded duets with the likes of Michael Jackson, The Jackson Five, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder. The group also appeared as themselves on The Simpsons, episode "New Kids on the Blecch" which aired on February 25, 2001.

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", a sparse dance track produced by The Neptunes. The song reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the single, Timberlake released his debut solo album, Justified, on November 5, 2002. The album was also a success, despite selling considerably less 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 over three million copies in the U.S. and over seven million copies worldwide. The album also received critical acclaim, thanks to its heavy R&B influence provided by hip-hop producers The Neptunes and Timbaland. It spun off hits throughout late 2002 and 2003, including the top ten singles "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body".

Timberlake supported the album by co-headlining the Justified/Stripped Tour with Christina Aguilera in the summer of 2003. For many dates, The Black Eyed Peas served as the opening act; Timberlake appeared uncredited on their smash hit "Where Is the Love?" which was also released in the summer of 2003. His record company did not want Timberlake to be credited for fear that it would take focus away from his solo releases; still, Timberlake often appeared with The Black Eyed Peas to perform the track live, including during the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards. By 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.

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 over 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, "gonna have you naked by the end of this song". Part of the costume became detached, and Jackson's breast was briefly exposed. 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... It was not intentional and is regrettable". A few days later, Timberlake told Los Angeles television station KCBS-TV a few days following the Super Bowl that his own family was offended by the Super Bowl mishap. The phrase "wardrobe malfunction" has since been used by the media to refer to the incident and has entered pop culture.

As a result of the controversy, Timberlake and Jackson were banned from the 2004 Grammy Awards unless they agreed to apologize on screen at the event. Jackson, who already gave a public apology, declined to issue a second one. Timberlake attended and issued a scripted apology when accepting the first of two Grammy Awards he received that night (Best Pop Vocal Album for Justified and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Cry Me a River"), causing some from the black entertainment community to label him a "punk" and"sell out" and call for his "Black Pass" to be revoked. He had also been nominated for Album of the Year for Justified, Record of the Year for "Cry Me a River", and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Where Is the Love?" with The Black Eyed Peas.

In an interview with MTV News in 2006, Timberlake admitted that he "probably got 10 percent of the blame," later explaining that "America's harsher on women" and "unfairly harsh on ethnic people," referring to the backlash following his halftime show performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The halftime show had also sparked a nationwide controversy and debate over broadcast decency, leading to a $550,000 fine for CBS. Georgia senator Zell Miller denounced Timberlake at the United States Senate over the Super Bowl halftime show, claiming it as proof of what he believed was a "deficit of decency" in America.

Timberlake had a cameo in the video for Nelly Furtado and Timbaland's single "Promiscuous". He released his second solo album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, on September 12, 2006. The album, which Timberlake created in 2005, debuted in the number one position on the Billboard chart, selling 684,000 copies its first week. It is the biggest album for pre-orders on iTunes, and beat Coldplay's record for the biggest one-week sales of a digital album. The album was produced by Timbaland and Danja (who produced a bulk of the album),, Rick Rubin and Timberlake himself, and features guest vocals by Three 6 Mafia, T.I. and A studio representative described it as being "all about sexiness" and aiming for "an adult feel".

The album's lead single, "SexyBack", was performed by Timberlake at the opening of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for seven consecutive weeks. "My Love", the album's second single, also produced by Timbaland and featuring rapper T.I., reached number one on the Hot 100, as did third single "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around Interlude". The song is reported to have been inspired by the break-up of his childhood friend and business partner, Trace Ayala, with actress Elisha Cuthbert. In October 2006, Timberlake said that he would focus on his music career rather than his film roles, specifying that leaving the music industry would be a "dumb thing to do at this point". He was the special guest performer at the 2006 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for being where he sang Sexyback. In January 2007, Timberlake embarked on the FutureSex/LoveShow tour. "Summer Love/Set the Mood Prelude" was the fourth U.S. single off the album, and the next single in the UK was "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude". The song "Give It to Me", a Timbaland single on which Timberlake guests with Nelly Furtado, reached the Hot 100 number-one spot.

In April 2007, Timberlake was seen entering a London studio with Madonna, thus confirming rumors that he was collaborating with the pop star. He revealed that "we actually wound up with 5 or 6 really good songs, some finished, some unfinished, and we're gonna go back in July and finish some more stuff." When asked if he would be singing with Madonna, he said, "possibly, yeah!". The new single produced by Madonna, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and Justin is reported to be "4 Minutes To Save The World" which Timbaland played at Philadelphia's Jingle Ball
1. NSYNC "Tearin' Up My Heart" (Martin/Lundin) – 3:28
2. NSYNC "I Just Wanna Be With You" (Full Force) – 4:03
3. NSYNC "Here We Go" (Aris/Cottura) – 3:34
4. NSYNC "For The Girl Who Has Everything" (Renn/Skinner) – 3:40
5. NSYNC "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" (Sturken/Rogers) – 4:42
6. NSYNC "You Got It" (Veit Renn) – 3:34
7. NSYNC "I Need Love" (Gary Carolla) – 3:14
8. NSYNC "I Want You Back" (Pop/Martin) – 3:20
9. NSYNC "Everything I Own" (D. Gates) – 3:57
10. NSYNC "I Drive Myself Crazy" (Rick Nowels/Allan Rich/Ellen Shipley) – 4:00
11. NSYNC "Crazy For You" (Hamm/Bertoni) – 3:40
12. NSYNC "Sailing" (Christopher Cross) – 4:36
13. NSYNC "Giddy Up" (*NSYNC/Renn) – 4:07
NSYNC "U Drive Me Crazy" (Radio Edit)
NSYNC "Some Dreams" (usually mis-printed as "Sundreams" due to a typo on the outside of the German import release)
NSYNC "Sailing" (Live)

No Strings Attached

1.NSYNC "Bye Bye Bye" (Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin, Jake Schulze) – 3:20
2. NSYNC "It's Gonna Be Me" (Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson, Rami Yacoub) – 3:12
3. NSYNC "Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)" (with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) (JC Chasez, Lopes) – 4:23
4. NSYNC "Just Got Paid " (Gene Griffin, Aaron Hall (singer), Johnny Kemp, Teddy Riley) – 4:10
5. NSYNC "It Makes Me Ill" (Kandi Burrus, Kevin Briggs) – 3:27
6. NSYNC "This I Promise You" (Richard Marx) – 4:44
7. NSYNC "No Strings Attached" (Chasez, Bradley Daymond, Alexander Greggs) – 3:48
8. NSYNC "Digital Get Down" (Chasez, David Nicoll, Veit Renn) – 4:23
9. NSYNC "Bringin' da Noise" (Chasez, Renn) – 3:32
10. NSYNC "That's When I'll Stop Loving You" (Diane Warren) – 4:51
11. NSYNC "I'll Be Good For You" (Kevin Antunes, Reginald Calloway, Vincent Calloway, Teddy Pendergrass, Justin Timberlake) – 3:56
12. NSYNC "I Thought She Knew (A Cappella)" (Robin Wiley) – 3:22

Bonus Songs & B-Sides

In some countries, the album and single releases had the following bonus tracks/B-sides:

NSYNC "I'll Never Stop"
NSYNC "This Is Where The Party's At"
NSYNC "Could It Be You"
NSYNC "If I'm Not The One"
NSYNC "Are You Gonna Be There"
NSYNC "If Only In Heaven's Eyes"
NSYNC "Yo Te Voy Amar"
NSYNC "Just Got Paid (Remix)" with Krayzie Bone


Lance Bass - Vocals
JC Chasez - Vocals
Joey Fatone - Vocals
Chris Kirkpatrick - Vocals
Justin Timberlake - Vocals
Michael Thompson - Guitar
David Cole - Engineer, Mixing
Jez Colin - Drum Programming
Mick Guzauski - Mixing
Scott Humphrey - Engineer
Mario Lucy - Engineer
Richard Marx - Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangement
George Mayers - Engineer
Pat McMakin - Mixing
Carl Nappa - Engineer, Mixing
Teddy Riley - Producer
Guy Roche - Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, Drum Programming
Dushyant Bhakta - Engineer, Mixing
Chris Trevett - Engineer
Michael Tucker - Engineer, Mixing
Franz Verna - Engineer
Diane Warren - Executive Producer
Robin Wiley - Arranger, Producer
Tom Bender - Mixing Assistant
Michael Railton - Keyboards
Charles McCrorey - Assistant Engineer
Cesar Ramirez - Assistant Engineer
Esbjörn Öhrwall - Guitar
Jason Piske - Mixing Assistant
Veit Renn - Producer
Chaz Harper - Mastering
*NSYNC - Vocals (background), Vocal Arrangement
Adam Barber - Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - Rap, Performer
John Amatiello - Pro-Tools
Joe Smith - Engineer, Mixing
Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake - Rap
Brady Barnett - Digital Editing
Jake - Producer
Riprock - Producer, Mixing
Kristian Lundin - Producer
Ok Hee Kim - Assistant Engineer
JC Chasez - Producer, Mixing
Rami - Producer
Joe Woods - Assistant Engineer
Kandi - Vocal Arrangement, Vocal Producer
Shane Stoneback - Mixing Assistant
Jake Lundin - Producer
Alex G. - Producer, Mixing
Bray Merritt - Assistant Engineer
Toby Dearborn - Assistant Engineer

1. *Nsync "Pop" (BT, J. Timberlake, W. Robson) – 3:59
2. *Nsync "Celebrity" (J. Valentine, W. Robson, J. Timberlake) – 3:18
3. *Nsync "The Game Is Over" (JC Chasez, Daymond, Greggs) – 3:28
4. *Nsync "Girlfriend" (Chad Hugo, Timberlake, Pharrell Williams) – 4:15
5. *Nsync "The Two Of Us" (Chasez, Bradley Daymond, Alexander Greggs) – 3:52
6. *Nsync "Gone" (Timberlake) – 4:54
7. *Nsync "Tell Me, Tell Me...Baby" (Max Martin, Rami Yacoub) – 3:39
8. *Nsync "Up Against The Wall" (Chasez, Daymond, Greggs) – 3:27
9. *Nsync "See Right Through You" (Larry Campbell, Robson, Timberlake) – 2:55
10. *Nsync "Selfish" (Chasez, Veit Renn, Jolyon Skinner) – 4:21
11. *Nsync "Just Don't Tell Me That" (Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin, Jake Schulze) – 3:04
12. *Nsync "Something Like You" (Timberlake, Robin Wiley) – 4:15
13. *Nsync "Do Your Thing" (James Moss) – 4:21

Bonus Songs/B-Sides

In some countries, the album and single releases had the following bonus tracks/B-sides:

*Nsync "That Girl (Will Never Be Mine)" (Carlsson, Lundin, Schulze) – 3:25
*Nsync "Falling" Producer Roy "Royalty" Hamilton (Chris Kirkpatrick, Bryan Poppin, Gary Brown, Ira Schickman) – 3:48
*Nsync "Gone"(in Spanish) (Sometimes also called "NO") – 4:54


Alan Armitage - engineer
Brady Barnett - digital editing
Kenny Blank - guitar
Stuart Brawley - engineer, mixing
BT - Arranger, programming, producer, engineer, mixing
Christopher Carroll - mixing
JC Chasez - producer
J. Valentine - background vocals, writer, producer
Bradley Daymond - mixing
Todd Fairall - engineer
Tony Flores - mixing
Michael Forbes - engineer
Richard Fortus - bass, guitar (electric)
Brian Garten - engineer
Steven Gerstein - stylist
Alexander Greggs - mixing
Paul Gregory - engineer
Kevin Guarnieri - engineer, digital editing, assistant engineer
Chris Haggerty - digital editing
Hampton String Quartet - strings
Chaz Harper - mastering
Jean-Marie Horvat - mixing
Bill Importico - engineer
Rodney Jerkins - multi instruments, producer
Joel Kazmi - engineer, assistant vocal engineer
Scott Kieklak - mixing
Michael Landau - guitar (electric)
Michael Lang - piano
Kristian Lundin - producer, engineer, mixing
Brian McKnight - keyboards, producer
Peter Mokran - mixing
J. Moss - producer, engineer, rap, mixing
Dylan Koski-Budabin - engineer
Pablo Munguia - engineer, assistant engineer
Jackie Murphy - art direction, design
Anthony Nance - drum programming
Esbjörn Öhrwall - guitar
Paulino Oliveira - assistant engineer
John O'Mahoney - mixing
Frankie Payne - hair stylist
Charles Pollard - programming, engineer, string arrangements
Rami - producer, engineer, mixing
Wade Robson - arranger, multi instruments, producer
Jacob Schulze - producer, engineer, mixing
Mark Seliger - photography
Talley Sherwood - engineer
Mary Ann Souza - assistant engineer
Rich Tapper - assistant engineer, mixing
Michael Hart Thompson - guitar (acoustic)
Justin Timberlake - arranger, multi instruments, producer, beatbox
Michael Tucker - engineer, assistant engineer, mixing, vocal recording
Carlos Vazquez - beat programming
WaWa - chant
Robin Wiley - producer, digital editing, string arrangements
Stevie Wonder - harmonica
Chris Wood - engineer
Yasu - string engineer

1. Justin Timberlake "Señorita" (Chad Hugo, Timberlake, Pharrell Williams) The Neptunes 4:54
2. Justin Timberlake "Like I Love You" (Feat. Clipse) (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams, G. Thornton, T. Thornton) The Neptunes 4:43
3. Justin Timberlake "(Oh No) What You Got" (Feat. Timbaland) (T.Mosley, Timberlake) Timbaland 4:31
4. Justin Timberlake "Take It from Here" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 6:14
5. Justin Timberlake "Cry Me a River" (Feat. Timbaland) (T.Mosley, Scott Storch, Timberlake) Scott Storch, co-produced by Timbaland 4:48
6. Justin Timberlake "Rock Your Body" (Feat. Vanessa Marquez) (Hugo, Timberlake, Norreen, Williams) The Neptunes 4:27
7. Justin Timberlake "Nothin' Else" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 4:58
8. Justin Timberlake "Last Night" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 4:47
9. Justin Timberlake "Still on My Brain" (H. Mason Jr., D. Thomas, Timberlake) The Underdogs 4:35
10. Justin Timberlake "(And She Said) Take Me Now" (Feat. Janet Jackson) (Mosley, Storch, Timberlake) Timbaland, co-produced by Scott Storch 5:31
11. Justin Timberlake "Right for Me" (Feat. Bubba Sparxxx) (T.Mosley, Timberlake) Timbaland 4:29
12. Justin Timberlake "Let's Take a Ride" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 4:44
13. Justin Timberlake "Never Again" (Brian McKnight, Timberlake) Brian McKnight 4:34
14. Justin Timberlake "Worthy Of (Japan/UK/Australia Bonus Track)" (Justin Timberlake, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Valvin Roane, Frank Romano) 4:09

1. Justin Timberlake "FutureSex/LoveSound" (Justin Timberlake, Tim Mosley, Nate Hills) – 4:02
2. Justin Timberlake "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland) (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills) – 4:02
3. Justin Timberlake "Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk to You (Prelude)" (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills) – 5:32
4. Justin Timberlake "My Love" (featuring T.I.) (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Clifford Joseph Harris) – 4:36
5. Justin Timberlake "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows (Interlude)" (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills) – 7:24
6. Justin Timberlake "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around (Interlude)" (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills) – 7:28
7. Justin Timberlake "Chop Me Up" (featuring Timbaland and Three 6 Mafia) (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Jordan Houston, Paul Beauregard) – 5:04
8. Justin Timberlake "Damn Girl" (featuring (Timberlake, Will Adams/J.C. Davis) – 5:12
9. Justin Timberlake "Summer Love/Set the Mood (Prelude)" (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills) – 6:24
10. Justin Timberlake "Until the End of Time" (featuring The Benjamin Wright Orchestra) (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills) – 5:22
11. Justin Timberlake "Losing My Way" (featuring Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Choir) (Timberlake, Mosley, Hills) – 5:22
12. Justin Timberlake "(Another Song) All Over Again" (Timberlake, M. Morris) – 5:45
13. Justin Timberlake "Pose" (featuring Snoop Dogg) – 4:47
14. Justin Timberlake "Boutique in Heaven" - 4:08

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