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Justin Timberlake
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Timberlake at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2013
Born Justin Randall Timberlake
(1981-01-31) January 31, 1981 (age 34)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Other names JT[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • record producer
  • businessman
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Jessica Biel (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Associated acts
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Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of the boy band NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.

During the group's hiatus, Timberlake released his solo studio albums Justified (2002) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006); the former included the songs "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body", while the latter debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". With each album exceeding sales of 10 million copies worldwide, he was established as one of the most commercially successful singers of the decade. From 2007 through 2012, Timberlake focused on his acting career, effectively putting his music career on hiatus; he held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, In Time, and Friends with Benefits.

In 2013, Timberlake resumed his music career with his third and fourth albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, exploring neo soul styles with the song structures of 1960s and 1970s rock. The former became the best-selling record of the year and spawned the top-three singles "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors", while the latter produced the top-ten song "Not a Bad Thing". Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and 2013. Timberlake's work has earned him numerous awards, including nine Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards. His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.

Early life

Timberlake was born January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) Harless and Randall Timberlake, a Baptist church choir director.[2][3][4] Timberlake grew up in Shelby Forest, a small community between Memphis and Millington.[5] He has two half-brothers, Jonathan (born 1993) and Steven Robert (born August 14, 1998), from Randall's second marriage to Lisa Perry. His half-sister Laura Katherine died shortly after birth on May 12, 1997, and is mentioned in his acknowledgments in the album *NSYNC as "My Angel in Heaven."[6] He was inspired to become a performer by Janet Jackson, saying "She didn't just stand there and sing her song," fascinated by her "energy and exuberance."[7] At the age of 11, Timberlake appeared on the television show Star Search, performing country music songs as "Justin Randall."[5] In 1993 and 1994, he was a cast member in The Mickey Mouse Club, where his castmates included future girlfriend and pop superstar Britney Spears, future tourmate Christina Aguilera, future bandmate JC Chasez, and future movie actors Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell.[8] Timberlake then recruited Chasez to be in an all-male singing group, organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman, that eventually became NSYNC.[9]


1995–2004: NSYNC and Justified

The boy band NSYNC formed in 1995, and began their career in 1996 in Europe; Timberlake and Chasez served as its two lead singers.[10] In 1998, the group rose to prominence in the United States with the release of their self-titled debut studio album, which sold 11 million copies and included hit single "Tearin' Up My Heart". Their second album No Strings Attached (2000) sold 2.4 million copies in the first week,[11] and included a #1 single, "It's Gonna Be Me". NSYNC's third album Celebrity (2001) was also financially successful. Upon the completion of the Celebrity Tour, the group went into hiatus in 2002. In its lifetime, NSYNC was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards,[12] the Olympics,[13] and the Super Bowl,[14] as well as selling more than 50 million copies worldwide, becoming the third-best selling boy band in history.[15]

In late 1999, Timberlake appeared in the Disney Channel movie Model Behavior. He played Jason Sharpe, a model who falls in love with a waitress after mistaking her for another model. It was released on March 12, 2000.[16] The rise of his own stardom and the general decline in the popularity of boy bands led to the dissolution of NSYNC. Band member Lance Bass was openly critical of Timberlake's actions in his memoir Out of Sync.[17]

Timberlake in London on his Justified World Tour, December 2003

In August 2002, Timberlake performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, where he premiered his debut solo single "Like I Love You";[18] it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.[19] and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.[20] His debut solo studio album Justified was released in November[21] and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 439,000 copies, fewer than previous 'N Sync releases. It went on to sell over three million copies in the U.S. and more than seven million copies worldwide.[22] Its R&B influence, provided by hip-hop producers The Neptunes and Timbaland,[23] was complimented by music critics. The album spawned the top five singles "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body".[19] In summer 2003, Timberlake and Christina Aguilera headlined the Justified/Stripped Tour.[24] Later that year he recorded a song "I'm Lovin' It", used by McDonald's as the theme to its "I'm Lovin' It" campaign. The deal with McDonald's earned Timberlake an estimated $6 million. A tour titled Justified and Lovin' It Live was included with the deal, following his initial Justified World Tour.[25] Timberlake was featured on Nelly's song, "Work It", which was remixed and included on Nelly's 2003 remix album.[26]

Near the end of 2002, Timberlake was the first celebrity to appear on Punk'd, a "candid camera" type show created by Ashton Kutcher to trick celebrities.[27] Timberlake, who cried during the episode, later admitted to being under the influence of cannabis when he was pranked. Three episodes later, he set up Kelly Osbourne to be "punk'd", thus making him the first celebrity to appear on the show more than once.[28] Timberlake later spoofed Ashton Kutcher and Punk'd in a 2003 episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.[29] Timberlake co-starred in skit titled The Barry Gibb Talk Show alongside comedian Jimmy Fallon, where the duo portrayed Bee Gees brothers Barry and Robin Gibb. It marked the beginning of a long-running friendship and collaboration with Fallon.[30]

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 more than 140 million viewers. At the end of the performance, as the song drew to a close, Timberlake tore off a part of Jackson's black leather costume in a "costume reveal" meant to accompany a portion of the song lyrics. Jackson's representative explained Timberlake intended "to pull away the rubber bustier to reveal a red lace bra. The garment collapsed and her breast was accidentally revealed."[31] Part of the costume detached, and Jackson's breast was briefly exposed.[32] Timberlake apologized for the incident, stating he was "sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl...."[33] The phrase "wardrobe malfunction" has since been used by the media to refer to the incident and has entered pop culture.[34] Timberlake and Jackson were threatened with exclusion from the 2004 Grammy Awards unless they agreed to apologize on screen at the event. 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").[35] 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.[36]

2004–07: Acting and FutureSex/LoveSounds

After the Super Bowl controversy, Timberlake put his recording career on hold to act in several films, having starred in a few feature films earlier in his career.[8] The first role he took during this time was as a journalist in Edison Force, filmed in 2004 and received a direct-to-video release on July 18, 2006.[37] He also appeared in the films Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Richard Kelly's Southland Tales, and voiced Prince Artie Pendragon in the animated film Shrek the Third, released on May 18, 2007.[38] He also appeared as a young Elton John, in the video for John's song "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore".[39] Timberlake was considered to play the role of Roger Davis in the film version of the rock musical Rent, but director Chris Columbus had insisted that only the original Broadway members could convey the true meaning of Rent, so role was reprised by Adam Pascal.[40]

He continued to record with other artists. After "Where Is the Love?", he again collaborated with the Black Eyed Peas on the 2005 track "My Style" from their album Monkey Business.[41] When recording the 2005 single "Signs" with Snoop Dogg, Timberlake discovered a throat condition.[42] Nodules were subsequently removed from his throat in an operation that took place on May 5, 2005.[43] He was advised not to sing or speak loudly for at least a few months.[44] In 2005, he began his own record company, JayTee Records.[45]

Timberlake performing at a concert in St. Paul, Minnesota in January 2007 during the FutureSex/LoveShow

Timberlake released his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, on September 12, 2006. The album, which Timberlake created from 2005 to 2006, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 684,000 copies its first week.[46] It became the biggest album for pre-orders on iTunes, and beat Coldplay's record for the biggest one-week sales of a digital album.[47] 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 Snoop Dogg, Three 6 Mafia, T.I. and[48] A studio representative described it as being "all about sexiness" and aiming for "an adult feel".[43]

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.[49] "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". 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.[50] 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".[49] He was the special guest performer at the 2006 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for being where he sang "SexyBack", "My Love" and "LoveStoned".[51]

Timberlake hosted many music events, including the European MTV Music Awards in 2006. On December 16, 2006, Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live, doing double duty as both host and musical guest for the second time. During this appearance, he and Andy Samberg performed an R&B song for a skit titled "Dick in a Box", which some radio stations aired as an unofficial single from Timberlake. Called "one of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history" by Billboard, it became a viral hit and one of the most viewed videos on YouTube at the time.[52] Rolling Stone listed the skit at number three on their "50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All Time".[53] The song earned him an Emmy Award and was later featured on The Lonely Island's debut album Incredibad.

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.[54]

2008–12: Musical hiatus and focus on acting

The song "4 Minutes", was first played by Timbaland at Philadelphia's Jingle Ball on December 17, 2007.[55] When released on March 17, 2008, "4 Minutes" was revealed to be a duet between Timberlake and Madonna, with backing vocals by Timbaland. It was lead single from Madonna's eleventh studio album Hard Candy, which featured four other song-writing collaborations with Timberlake. The single was an international hit, topping the charts in over 21 countries worldwide.[56] Timberlake also appears in the music video, which was directed by Jonas & François. On March 30, 2008, Timberlake performed the song at Madonna's Hard Candy Promo Show at Roseland Ballroom in New York City.[57] On November 6, 2008, Timberlake performed the song with Madonna on the Los Angeles stop of her Sticky & Sweet Tour.[58]

In June 2007, Timberlake co-wrote, produced and provided vocals for the songs "Nite Runner" and "Falling Down" for Duran Duran's album Red Carpet Massacre, released on November 13, 2007. "Falling Down" had been released as a single in the UK on the previous day.[59] Also in 2007, Timberlake made an appearance on 50 Cent's third album, Curtis. Timberlake, along with Timbaland, is featured on a track called "Ayo Technology", which was the album's fourth single. Also, another possible collaboration was to occur with Lil Wayne for his album Tha Carter III with Nelly Furtado and Timbaland.[60] With the wrapping up of the FutureSex/LoveSounds tour of Australasia and the Middle East in November 2007, Timberlake resumed his film career. Projects underway early in 2008 were starring roles in Mike Myers' comedy The Love Guru (released June 20, 2008) and Mike Meredith's drama The Open Road (released August 28, 2009). In March 2008 it was announced that he was to be an executive producer in an American adaptation of the hit Peruvian comedy My Problem with Women for NBC.[61] On November 20, 2008, TV Guide reported that Timberlake's next single, "Follow My Lead", which also featured vocals by Timberlake's protégée, former YouTube star Esmée Denters, would be available for exclusive download through Myspace. All proceeds would go to Shriners Hospitals for Children, a charity dedicated to improving pediatric care for sick children.[62]

Timberlake (left) with Andrew Garfield (right) at an event for The Social Network in Madrid, October 2010

In February 2008, Timberlake was awarded two Grammy Awards. At the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony, he won the Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "What Goes Around...Comes Around", and the Award for Best Dance Recording for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows".[63]

In 2008, a collaboration between Timberlake and T.I., "Dead and Gone" featured on T.I.'s sixth studio album, Paper Trail, and was released as its fourth single late in 2009. In November 2008, it was confirmed that Timberlake would make a guest appearance and produce some tracks on R&B/pop singer Ciara's upcoming album Fantasy Ride due out May 5, 2009. Timberlake featured on Ciara's second single "Love Sex Magic", the video being shot on February 20, 2009.[64] The single became a worldwide hit, reaching the top ten in numerous countries and peaking at number one in several countries including Taiwan, India, and Turkey. The song was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Timberlake hosted the 16th ESPY Awards, which musical number "I Love Sports" was later nominated for an Emmy award.[65] Timberlake and his production team The Y's, along with Mike Elizondo, produced and co-wrote the song "Don't Let Me Down" for Leona Lewis's second studio album, Echo, released on November 17, 2009. Timberlake also co-wrote and performed on "Carry Out", the third single from Timbaland's album Shock Value II, released on December 1, 2009.[66] Timberlake appeared on Jimmy Fallon's debut as host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on March 2, 2009.[67] Timberlake was the executive producer on the MTV reality series The Phone, which premiered on April 21, 2009.

From 2010, Timberlake increased his acting work. He played Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, in the acclaimed film The Social Network (2010). He also appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010.[68] In 2011, he starred alongside Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher and then alongside Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits, and played Will Salas, the protagonist of In Time, a science fiction film by Andrew Niccol.[69] He provided a feature and appeared in the music video for the song Motherlover from The Lonely Island's second album Turtleneck & Chain,[70] and directed and made a cameo in the FreeSol music video "Hoodies On, Hats Low" which was released in August 2011.[71] The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon sketch "History of Rap" was performed for the first time by both Fallon and Timberlake in 2010.[72] In July 2011 United States Marine Kelsey De Santis uploaded a YouTube video asking Timberlake to be her date to the United States Marine Corps birthday ball; they attended the event on November 13, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia.[73]

His fifth Saturday Night Live episode, as host and musical guest, was the most-watched episode since January 7, 2012, with Charles Barkley as host and Kelly Clarkson as musical guest.[74]

2013–present: The 20/20 Experience and 2 of 2

Timberlake performing during The 20/20 Experience World Tour, July 2014. It is Timberlake's highest-grossing tour and one of the highest grossing tours of the decade

Timberlake began work on his third studio album The 20/20 Experience in June 2012, with "no rules and/or end goal in mind".[75] He publicly announced his return to the music industry in January 2013,[76] releasing the album's lead single "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay Z later that month, which would eventually peak at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. After four years not performing in concert, Timberlake appeared the night before the 2013 Super Bowl and performed during the "DirecTV Super Saturday Night", on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans.[77] On February 10, 2013, he performed "Suit & Tie" with sepia-toned lighting at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, with Jay Z joining him from the audience. On February 11, 2013, "Mirrors" was released as the second single from The 20/20 Experience.[78] The song would eventually peak at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The 20/20 Experience was released on March 19, 2013[79] through RCA Records due to the disbandment of Jive Records.[80][81] The album set a digital sales record for being the fastest-selling album on the iTunes Store[82] and debuted at number one on the charts by moving just over 968,000 copies in the U.S., the biggest sales week of 2013.[83] It eventually became the best-selling album of the year.[84] Afterward, Timberlake officially announced The 20/20 Experience World Tour, following Justin and Jay Z's co-headlining concert tour Legends of the Summer.[85] Timberlake also appeared on Jay Z's twelfth studio album Magna Carta... Holy Grail on three songs including: "Holy Grail", "BBC" (along with Nas, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Niigo & Beyoncé) and "Heaven".[86] On August 25, 2013, Timberlake received the MTV Video Vanguard Award at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. He also took home three competitive awards, including Video of the Year for "Mirrors".[87]

Timberlake's fourth studio album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 was released on September 30, 2013[88] and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.[89] Its lead single "Take Back the Night" was released on July 12, 2013,[90] following by the second single "TKO."[91] Timberlake was given a production and writing credit on track six on Beyoncé's self-titled fifth studio album, which was given a surprise iTunes release on December 13, 2013.[92] At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Timberlake was nominated for seven awards, eventually winning three: Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl", Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Holy Grail" , and Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie".[93] On February 25, 2014, "Not a Bad Thing" was released as the third single from The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2.[94] The song reached the top 10 on the Hot 100 and topped the Mainstream Top 40. On the latter, he became the male artist with the most number-one songs and top 10 singles.[95] In 2014, Timberlake appeared on Michael Jackson's second posthumous record Xscape on the song "Love Never Felt So Good", which was produced by Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon and Timberlake.[96] On May 14, 2014, a music video was also released featuring clips of Jackson, Timberlake and a number of Jackson's devoted fans performing some of Jackson's well known moves. The video was directed by Timberlake and Rich Lee.[97]

Timberlake returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as a guest to perform a sixth edition of the sketch "History of Rap" in September 2015.[98] Timberlake will compose the soundtrack and serve as music supervisor for the upcoming 2016 film The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which his wife Jessica Biel will produce and have a role in.[99] Entertainment Weekly has reported Timberlake and director Jonathan Demme are making a concert film together showcasing his 20/20 Experience World Tour.[100] According to The Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake will voice the lead character in DreamWorks Animation's musical comedy Trolls opposite Anna Kendrick. The film is set to be released in November 2016.[101]

Personal life

In early 1999, Timberlake began dating fellow former The New Mickey Mouse Club cast member and singer Britney Spears. Their relationship ended abruptly in March 2002.[102] In April 2003, he began dating actress Cameron Diaz soon after they met at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. After much speculation of breakups throughout their relationship,[103] the couple split in December 2006 shortly after she introduced him as musical guest on Saturday Night Live.[104]

In January 2007, Timberlake began dating actress Jessica Biel.[105] They became engaged in December 2011, and married on October 19, 2012 at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy.[106] Timberlake and Biel have one son, Silas Randall Timberlake, born in April 2015.[107]

Forbes magazine began reporting on Timberlake's earnings in 2008, calculating that he earned $44 million between June 2007 and June 2008 for his music, tour, commercials and hospitality made him the 4th world's best-paid music personality at the time, above Madonna and Celine Dion.[108] They placed him twelve on the Celebrity 100 list[109] and second on the "Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30" list.[110] According to Billboard, Timberlake was the third highest-paid musician of 2013, with earnings of $31 million.[111] He was ranked 26th with earnings of $57 million on the Celebrity 100 list for 2014,[112] and 19th on the 2015 list with $63 million.[113] Timberlake was listed at number three on Billboard Money-Makers List of 2014.[114]


A 23-second sample of Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" song where the song is built around a pounding bass beat, electronic chords, and beat box sounds.

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Timberlake has a lyric tenor vocal range.[115] During the production of FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake was interested in rock music.[116] This inspiration was used in his approach in recording the songs, rather than in composing them. Timberlake reveals, "I wanted to sing the song like a rock and roll singer, not an R&B singer."[117] On the influences he drew from, he said that if Justified was "characterized" by Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, FutureSex/LoveSounds is more like David Bowie and Prince.[118] Other influences include late INXS-frontman Michael Hutchence,[119] Arcade Fire, David Byrne, The Killers, The Strokes, and Radiohead.[116]

Unlike his previous record that was intended to focus on R&B and pop genres,[120] FutureSex/LoveSounds is less concentrated on one particular sound, thus representing a wider range. Timberlake explains, "It's more broad as far as the styles I wanted to mix in to my own type of thing."[121] A musically "complex" album, FutureSex/LoveSounds is a fusion of rap, rock, funk, soul, gospel, new wave, opera, and world music.[118] Entertainment Weekly noted that the album's sound is a "sonic departure" from both NSYNC and Justified.[122] Although "What Goes Around" sounds similar to Justified, Timberlake admitted that it is the only song in the new album to have such similarity.[120] The 20/20 Experience is a neo soul album partly inspired by the expansive song structures of 1960s and 1970s rock.[123] Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times found its elaborate structures ambitious in the vein of Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Michael Jackson.[124]

Timberlake performing on his 20/20 Experience Tour in Charlotte, North Carolina

Longtime critic Robert Hilburn for the Los Angeles Times praised Timberlake's act after attend the Justified and Stripped Tour in 2003, considering him "born for the stage (with) the savvy instincts to put together a show that works. Rather than make himself the constant center of attention, he was comfortable enough at times simply to be part of a talented ensemble."[125] In 2013, Timberlake introduced his big-band orchestra called the Tennessee Kids for Legends of the Summer and The 20/20 Experience World Tour which includes guitarists, dancers, background singers, drummers, bassists, keyboardists, a percussionist and a saxophonist.[126] The 20/20 Experience allowed Timberlake to throw back to the big-band era,[127] its stage production embraced a vintage sheen and everyone in classic suits. The Hollywood Reporter's Emily Zemler described him as a performer who is "genuinely having fun, never lost momentum,"[128] whereas Jon Pareles of The New York Times commented that the singer "reveals something darker, more fiery and intense" while performing post-breakup revenge songs, such as "Cry Me a River” and “What Goes Around... Comes Around”.[129] Billboard editor Phil Gallo praised Timberlake's medley performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, saying he "gave the show its heart and center," also mentioning his place as a modern recording artist and a solid link in the lineage of the most acclaimed performers in the show's history.[130] Described as a "consummate showman",[127][131] Timberlake usually plays guitar, piano and keyboard in his shows.[132]

Public image

Timberlake was given Sexiest Man titles by Teen People and Cosmopolitan magazines.[133] On February 17, 2009, Timberlake was named the "Most Stylish Man in America" by GQ magazine.[134] In 2011, he ranked No. 46 on AskMen‍ '​s annual rundown of the 49 Most Influential Men.[135] VH1 listed him at number three on its 100 Sexiest Artists List.[136] Wax figures of Timberlake are found at Madame Tussauds Wax Museums in New York,[137] Hollywood,[138] Berlin,[139] Amsterdam,[140] and London.[141] His costume for the Saturday Night Live skit "Dick in a Box" is displayed at "Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition" in New York.[142]

The New York Times' editor Sia Michel wrote in 2007 "since his last tour, for 2002’s multiplatinum Justified, he has learned how to project sex-symbol edge" adding "he's a rock star who can commit."[143] Napster's founder Sean Parker, portrayed by Timberlake in The Social Network, stated "I don’t think I look anything like Timberlake, but it's not so bad being played by a sex symbol."[144] Timberlake's fashion and style evolution, from "boy-band synchronized wardrobe days" to "a notable source of fashion inspiration to men all over," has been noticed by the media.[145][146] According to American fashion designer Tom Ford, who has dressed Timberlake since 2011 and created more than 600 exclusive pieces for The 20/20 Experience World Tour, Timberlake "has a kind of effortless cool that makes classic menswear tailoring modern."[147]

After New York legalized same-sex marriage in 2011, Timberlake voiced his support for LGBT equality in the U.S., stating "we should be using our differences to bring ourselves closer together. Not be afraid of something that we don’t know."[148][149]

Other ventures

Timberlake golfing in 2006

Business ventures

Timberlake has co-owned or provided celebrity endorsement for three restaurants in the United States: "Chi" opened in West Hollywood, California in 2003,[150] and "Destino" and "Southern Hospitalty" in New York opened in 2006 and 2007, respectively.[151] In 2005, Timberlake launched the William Rast clothing line with childhood friend Juan ("Trace") Ayala. The 2007 line contained cord jackets, cashmere sweaters, jeans, and polo shirts.[152] The pair reports inspiration from fellow Memphis native Elvis Presley: "Elvis is the perfect mixture of Justin and I," Ayala says. "You can go back and see pictures of him in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and a nice button-down shirt, but then again you can see him in a tux and a collared shirt with rhinestones on it and slacks. We like to think 'If he was alive today, what would he be wearing?'"[153] Target has announced that a William Rast collection, including denim, outerwear and sportswear for men and women, would launch in December and be available for a month.[154] An avid amateur golfer, in 2007 Timberlake purchased the run-down Big Creek Golf Course in his home town of Millington, Tennessee, which he redeveloped as the eco-friendly Mirimichi Golf Course at a cost of some $US16 million. It was reopened on July 25, 2009 but closed again on January 15, 2010 for further improvements expected to take six months.[155] In October 2011, Timberlake received the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Awards for his green-conscious golf course.[156] It was reported on November 7, 2014, that Timberlake had sold Mirimichi to Three Star Leasing LLC for $500,000.[157] Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel are minority owners of the Memphis Grizzlies.[158]

Timberlake provides celebrity endorsement for many commercial products, this aspect of his business being managed by IMG since April 2008.[159] Major endorsements in 2009 included Sony electronic products,[160] Givenchy's men's fragrance "Play", [161] the Audi A1,[162] Callaway Golf Company products,[163][164] and in 2011, Myspace.[165][166] In 2012, he hosted Walmart's annual shareholders meeting[167] saying, "I buy a lot at Walmart."[168]

In 2014, Timberlake partnered with Sauza Liquors to re-launch his own version of the beverage as part of the Sauza franchise: Sauza 901.[169]


Timberlake has been active in several charitable pursuits, initially through NSYNC's "Challenge for the Children" aimed at a range of charities, and since 2001 through his "Justin Timberlake Foundation," which initially funded music education programs in schools, but now has a much broader agenda.[170] In October 2005, the Grammy Association presented Timberlake with an award for his humanitarian efforts in Tennessee, alongside writer/director Craig Brewer, also a Memphis native.[171]

In November 2007, he donated $100,000 from takings from his Australian tour to Wildlife Warriors founded by Steve Irwin.[172] On March 23, 2008, he donated $100,000 to the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum and another $100,000 to the Memphis Music Foundation.[173]

On November 12, 2007, the PGA Tour announced that Timberlake, an avid golfer who plays to a 6 handicap,[174] would become the host of the tour's Las Vegas tournament starting in 2008. With Timberlake's agreement to host the tournament, its name was changed to the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He played in the celebrity pro-am on the day before the competitive tournament and hosted a charity concert during the week of the tournament.[175] The activity was a success, and was repeated in 2009. A review of the value of celebrities to fundraising concluded that Timberlake's contribution to Shriners Hospitals for Children was the single most valuable celebrity endorsement in the U.S. during 2009, and worth over $US9 million.[176]

However, in 2012, the event's chair Raoul Frevel told reporters Timberlake would no longer be involved with the event: "We tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren't on, he disappeared."[177]

Awards and recognition

Justin Timberlake has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career: nine Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, seven American Music Awards, three Brit Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, and 11 MTV Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Video Vanguard Award.[87] Timberlake has been referred to as the "President of Pop"[178] and "Prince of Pop".[179] In 2003, Rolling Stone named him the biggest pop star of the year and featured him on the magazine's cover, commenting that he "attained the one thing most pop stars don't, and the one thing he wanted more than anything else: credibility."[180] He was ranked 66th on the VH1 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time.[181] Timberlake appeared for the first time on the Time 100 list in 2007.[182] In 2013, Timberlake made his second appearance on the 100 list, with Stevie Wonder writing "Justin has accomplished a lot at a young age, taking advantage of all the possibilities, and yet he’s found time to give of himself too — he gets and gives back. He has a spirit. He does God’s work through using the most of his talent."[183]

On the Billboard Year-End charts for 2013, he topped nine charts including Billboard 200 Artists[184] and Billboard 200 Albums.[185] Timberlake was named Artist of the Year with the No. 1 top-selling album by Apple Inc.'s annual list of best-sellers.[186] The following year, Justin was placed at number one on Billboard Year-End's Top Male Artists chart.[187] He received the Innovator Award at the 2nd iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2015.[188] In October 2015, he will be inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, becoming its youngest member.[189][190]

According to Billboard, FutureSex/LoveShow was the third highest-grossing concert tour of 2007 and drew more than 1.6 million people worldwide.[191] The 20/20 Experience World Tour was an international success and became Timberlake's most successful tour to date. The tour was the second highest-grossing, and highest-grossing led by a solo artist, in 2014.[192]

His album FutureSex/LoveSounds was placed at 46 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s.[193] "Cry Me a River", which is also considered by Rolling Stone to be one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[194] ranked at number 20 on the magazine's 100 Best Songs of the 2000s.[195]

Timberlake's work has influenced numerous artists, including Maroon 5,[196] Jason Derulo,[197][198] Lloyd Banks,[199] Britney Spears,[200] Marilyn Manson,[201][202] Bridgit Mendler,[203] Ed Sheeran,[204] Tori Kelly,[205] Hunter Hayes,[206] Liam Payne,[207][208] Justin Bieber,[209] and Shawn Mendes.[210] Nick Jonas has cited him as one of his role models.[211] Christian hip hop artist tobyMac has stated he's inspired by Timberlake's work, commenting "he’s setting himself up to be a classic, making decisions and moving on them. That’s a great place to be."[212]





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