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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's baby son with wife Jessica Biel is already proving to be a "serious ham", just like his fun-loving father.
The celebrity couple welcomed its first child, Silas, last year (15) and celebrated his first birthday last month (Apr16).
Proud mum Jessica admits watching her baby develop his own personality has been a great experience, and she reveals Silas is quickly taking after his dad.
"He's a ham (joker), just like his dad. Serious ham!," Jessica smiled as she talked about her lad on U.S. breakfast show Today. "He thinks everything is funny. He thinks sneezing is funny. He's in that moment, where bodily function is really funny."
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Actress Jessica Biel was hurt when critics took aim at her family-friendly restaurant project before the doors opened.
The Total Recall star recently launched Au Fudge, a kid-friendly eatery which incorporates a mostly organic menu of California-French comfort food with an imaginative play space supervised by au pairs, in Los Angeles, but she wasn't prepared for the backlash from people who were quick to compare her business venture to those of other Hollywood stars, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Reese Witherspoon, who have left the film sets behind to start successful lifestyle initiatives.
One critic even suggested Jessica's Au Fudge was little more than an exclusive celebrity play pen.
"You can’t help but get your feelings hurt,” she admitted to C California Style magazine. “You think, 'Well, hold on a second. I’m just trying to do something cool for my community. Why is this getting so turned around?’ But it inspired us to keep moving forward because we know our hearts are in the right place.”
Continue reading: Jessica Biel: 'Restaurant Criticism Hurt My Feelings'
Jessica Biel has revealed her low-key plans with 12-month-old son Silas for Mother's Day.
The 34-year-old actress said that she would prefer a relaxing day spent at home in her garden with her son and husband, singer Justin Timberlake.
Jessica hosted the Baby2Baby Mother’s Day Playdate at her restaurant Au Fudge in Los Angeles on Wednesday (27Apr16), during which 37 low-income children and their mothers enjoyed a morning of playing and pampering.
"It would be fun to bring a picnic blanket in the yard, read books, just hang,” she told People.com of her plans.
Continue reading: Jessica Biel On Low-key Mother's Day Plans
British pop star Rita Ora is feeling lost following the death of her friend and collaborator Prince.
The music legend died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on Thursday (21Apr16), and tributes have been pouring in from celebrity friends and fans across the world.
Ora, who was invited to record with Prince at his home studio in 2014, has since added her name to the long list of collaborators mourning his loss.
She took to Twitter.com shortly after the news broke on Thursday and shared a note which read: "This is coming from a place I never new (sic) existed in my heart. You were so special to me your presence the Music we created the dance-off's (sic) we used to have the laughing we shared. The funk oozing out of you was un-controllable."
Continue reading: Rita Ora And Justin Timberlake Post Heartfelt Tributes To Prince
Katy Perry, Gene Simmons, and Chaka Khan are leading the tributes to superstar Prince following his shock death on Thursday (21Apr16).
The Purple Rain icon passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57, and musicians from all genres have taken to social media to express their sadness at the unexpected loss.
Perry wrote, "And just like that... the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...", while KISS veteran Simmons posted, "PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans."
"I LOVED him, the world LOVED him," mourned Khan, who famously covered his 1979 song I Feel for You and became a collaborator. "Now he's at peace with his Father. Rest in power, @prince, my brother."
Continue reading: Tributes Pour In For Prince
Justin Timberlake - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival - 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' premiere at BMCC John Zuccotti Theater - Arrivals at Zuccoti Theater, Tribeca Film Festival - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 14th April 2016
Justin Timberlake - 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' premiere at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016 in New York City. at Tribeca Film Festival - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 14th April 2016
Jessica Biel joked she was husband Justin Timberlake's boss on their latest movie.
The 34-year-old actress starred in and produced The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, while her spouse was in charge of overseeing the film's music.
As the pair attended the premiere of the movie during the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday night (14Apr16), Jessica spoke about how she found working alongside her partner on the project.
"He's much better left to his own devices," Jessica told Entertainment Tonight. "I mean, I like to say that I was his boss, but I wasn't really acting as his boss. So we had a good working relationship."
Continue reading: Jessica Biel: 'I Like To Think I Was Justin's Boss!'
Justin Timberlake didn't invite his 'N SYNC bandmates to his 2012 wedding.
Gossips have speculated about the missing pop stars at Justin and actress Jessica Biel's nuptials, and now Lance Bass has revealed he and the other Bye, Bye, Bye hitmakers were simply not asked to attend.
Bass was quizzed about the band no-show during an appearance on Khloe Kardashian's U.S. chat show Kocktails With Khloe on Wednesday (13Apr16), and he revealed he would have flown to Italy for the bash had he been invited.
"Everyone always asks that (if we were invited)," he said, "and here's the real answer... We were not."
Continue reading: Lance Bass: 'I Wasn't Invited To Justin Timberlake's Wedding'
Taylor Swift has hailed Justin Timberlake her “hero” as the singers shared their mutual admiration on Instagram.
Taylor is currently riding high after cleaning up at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night (03Apr16), where she won four prizes including album of the year. Justin was on hand to pay tribute to his pal as he presented Taylor with the accolade for best tour, and the kind words continued to flow after the ceremony.
"Hero status, friend status, all time fav status. @justintimberlake thank you for absolutely everything," Taylor gushed as she posted a black and white photo of them chatting backstage at the show.
The 26-year-old Shake it Off singer was responding to Justin’s earlier Instagram dedication, which he had posted two hours before.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Hails Justin Timberlake As Her 'Hero'
Pop stars Justin Timberlake and Niall Horan surprised young athletes during a golf competition on Saturday (02Apr16).
The singers joined professional golfer Justin Rose at the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Course, where the annual Masters Tournament kicks off next week (07Apr16).
In a video posted on the Masters Twitter account, the One Direction star served as chauffeur and picked up both Justins as he drove them to the revered course to meet the young athletes.
In the clip, the trio discussed their favourite holes to play at the "iconic venue" in Augusta, and Rose even joked with the two stars and avid golfers, saying, "You guys are bringing sexy back with golf."
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake And Niall Horan Surprise Young Golfers
The bosses of world famous circus troupe Cirque du Soleil are suing Justin Timberlake.
The showmen claim the Cry Me a River singer and his producer pal Timbaland ripped off their original music for a track on Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience album.
Cirque du Soleil's owners are convinced the pop star's Don't Hold the Wall track features music from their Steel Dream tune, according to documents obtained by TMZ.com.
The human circus bosses want a cut of all the profits Justin and Timbaland made off the track, which wasn't one of the eight singles released from the album.
Date of birth
31st January, 1981
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