Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee)
is an American singer who came to fame as a vocalist in the pop
Justin Timberlake's career began after a childhood stint on the American
television talent show Star Search, when he became a cast member
of The New Mickey Mouse Club teenage variety show. His co-stars on
the show included fellow pop singers Britney Spears and Christina
Aguilera, as well as *NSYNC bandmate Joshua Chasez.
Timberlake began dating Britney Spears after *NSYNC took off and Spears
began her pop career. Both were wildly popular teen idols, and their
relationship and breakup made headlines. Spears and Timberlake made
more headlines when Britney disclosed the pair had been intimate after
Timberlake's interview with Barbara Walters in which he divulged information
on their sex life. She had once publicly vowed she would "save
herself" for marriage, but admitted that she had lost her virginity
In November 2002, Timberlake released his debut solo album, Justified,
which received critical acclaim. As opposed to many of his earlier
recordings with *NSYNC that have been classified as teen pop, Justified
has a heavy R&B influence thanks to production from hip-hop stalwarts
The Neptunes and Timbaland. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200
album chart, and has sold over 3 million copies in the US alone and
over 7 million copies worldwide.
Near the end of 2002, Timberlake became the first star ever to get
Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher on the premiere episode of this MTV series,
which was aired at the beginning of 2003. Kutcher and his team convinced
Timberlake that the IRS was seizing his property and boarding up the
doors and windows of his home for not paying his taxes.
Timberlake supported the album by touring with Christina Aguilera
on the Stripped tour, which ran throughout 2003. Like Spears and Aguilera,
Timberlake has traded the squeaky-clean image created by his handlers
for a far-more raunchy persona, as typified by his staged groping of
Kylie Minogue's backside as they performed at that year's Brit Awards.
In February 2004, during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII,
Timberlake performed with Janet Jackson before an audience of over
100 million. In the course of the performance, as Jackson sung the
lyrics "gonna have you naked by the end of this song," he
tore off a part of her costume, briefly baring most of her right breast.
CBS, the NFL and MTV, which produced the halftime show, denied all
responsibility under a hailstorm of controversy, calling the incident
a "wardrobe malfunction". Jackson released a taped apology,
using the "wardrobe malfunction" phrase. Timberlake issued
a scripted apology of his own while accepting his first of two Grammy
Awards in early 2004 (one for Best Pop Vocal Album for Justified, and
the other for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Cry Me a River).
The FCC announced an investigation.
Timberlake began dating American actress Cameron Diaz in early 2003.
Many fans were disturbed at their age difference of almost ten years,
but it does not appear to bother Timberlake. Timberlake is set to co-star
in the thriller Edison, due out in 2005 which co-stars Kevin Spacey
and Morgan Freeman, as well as the movie "Alpha Dog" based
on the life of the drug dealer, Jesse James Hollywood.
When recording the single Signs with Snoop Dogg he allegedly discovered
a throat condition. Nodules were removed in an operation that took
place on 5 May 2005 to save his singing career. He was advised to not
sing or speak loudly for at least a few months.
He is featured on the track "My Style" on the Black Eyed
Peas album Monkey Business. He also appears in the hip-hop group's
hit single "Where Is The Love?" from their previous album,
Elephunk. The song was the top single of 2003 in the U.K. Because his
own album was just recently released, his record company requested
that his contribution to "Where Is The Love?" be officially
unacknowledged on the track. However, Timberlake often appeared with
the Black Eyed Peas to perform the track live, as he did during the
2004 MTV Europe Music Awards.
In the summer of 2005, Timberlake started his own record company,
JayTee Records, in which he promptly signed underground hiphop artist,
Joshua B, as the labels 1st act.