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.
Timberlake's doctor ordered him to pull out of his MSG show on Wednesday.
Justin Timberlake was forced to cancel his show at Madison Square Garden this week because he’s suffering from “severely bruised” vocal cords.
The 37 year old star is currently plugging his latest Man of the Woods solo album, and had been set to play New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night (October 24th). However, with just hours to go before stage time, Timberlake took to social media to tell him that he had decided to cancel the show on the advice of his doctor.
“Hey guys, I’m sorry to announce I have to postpone the show at MSG tonight on doctor’s orders. My vocal cords are severely bruised,” the singer revealed on Instagram. “I’m gonna make this up to you and the new show will be on my birthday.”
The actress shares three-year-old Silas with singer Justin Timberlake
Even the most perfect little families are not immune from the horror of internet trolling: something superstar couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel discovered after their recent trip to Paris. The parents travelled to the French capital with their three-year-old, Silas, amid a Europe wide trip for Justin’s Man of the Woods Tour.
The superstar couple share three-year-old son, Silas
During one day out in Paris, proud papa Justin posted a sweet snap of his wife and son kissing.
Because it's gonna be May... get it?
Justin Timberlake and the rest of Nsync have received their first award in sixteen years by being honored with a star on the Hollyood Walk of Fame. It's the 2,636th star in fact, and came at the most appropriate moment as fans everywhere screamed 'It's Gonna Be May'.
NSYNC receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The 90s boyband reunited for a truly star-studded ceremony yesterday (April 30th 2018), with Justin Timberlake joining bandmates Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick fresh of the back of his weekend shows at the Forum in Inglewood. NSYNC join the likes of other Boulevard Stars - Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and New Edition - but the thing about this ceremony is the absolute perfect timing.
Sam Smith has said Justin TImberlake ''smashed'' his Super Bowl LII half-time show performance, which included an on-screen duet with late 'Purple Rain' icon Prince.
The 'Too Good at Goodbyes' hitmaker appeared to be glued to his screen during the 'Can't Stop The Feeling' singer's extravagant set, which included performing with late icon Prince, who appeared as a video projection.
Taking to Twitter during the live show, Sam tweeted: ''JT smashed the Super Bowl so hard. (sic)''
Continue reading: Sam Smith Praises Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Show
Did he go against the late singer's wishes?
Justin Timberlake's eagerly anticipated halftime show at Super Bowl LII has become the subject of some controversy after his tribute to Prince seemingly went against the late singer's wishes for his legacy. It wasn't the hologram that was previously suggested, but it came close.
Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards
When fans heard that Justin and his team were thinking of a holographic tribute to the deceased legend for the halftime show, given that the Super Bowl LII game was being held in his hometown of Minneapolis, there was an outpouring of opposition towards it. Drummer Sheila E., a close friend of Prince, was one of the most vocal about it.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl LII Prince Tribute Gets Mixed Response
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
Justin Timberlake at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of 'Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids' held at Roy Thompson Hall - Toronto, Canada - Tuesday 13th September 2016
Date of birth
31st January, 1981
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