Until the End of Time (Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé song)

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"Until the End of Time"
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Single by Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé
from the album FutureSex/LoveSounds
A-side "Summer Love"
B-side "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"
Released November 13, 2007 (2007-11-13)
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length 5:22
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Timbaland
  • Timberlake
  • Danja
Justin Timberlake singles chronology
"The Only Promise That Remains"
(2007)
"Until the End of Time"
(2007)
"Summer Love"
(2007)
"The Only Promise That Remains"
(2007)
"Until the End of Time"
(2007)
"Summer Love"
(2007)
Beyoncé singles chronology
"Green Light"
(2007) Green Light2007
"Until the End of Time"
(2007) Until the End of Time2007
"Love in This Club Part II"
(2008) Love in This Club Part II2008

"Until the End of Time" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake from his second studio album FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006), written and produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Nate "Danja" Hills. The song was later re-recorded as a duet featuring American singer Beyoncé, which was released as a single on November 13, 2007 and included on the Deluxe Edition of the album; this version is noted for the fact that it is a duet between two former lead singers of their respective groups, NSYNC and Destiny's Child.[2][3] It reached the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, being the sixth single from the album to do so, with Timberlake becoming the only male artist in the decade to achieve this.[4] During the concert tour FutureSex/LoveShow, Timberlake performed the song as a piano solo.[5]

Composition[edit]

"Until the End of Time" is an quiet storm ballad, R&B slow jam.[1][6][7] The song utilizes Linn drums, which Ben Williams of New York compared to Prince's "The Beautiful Ones".[8]

Critical reception[edit]

In his review for Entertainment Weekly, Michael Slezak opined the single "sounds like another smash. The original flavor was already a treat —a stripped-down slow jam with a gorgeously simple melody."[9] For Complex, Tannis Spencer wrote, "Justin and Beyonce got nice and comfy on this ballad and complement each from start to finish. The beat is slow with an accompanying string section that serves as the perfect backdrop for when Justin hits his high notes. The record has a sultry sound which helps offset the super futuristic sound on the rest of the album."[10] Billboard editor Adelle Platon described it as a "dreamy love song."[11] Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters wrote that "Until the End of Time" is heavily reminiscent of Prince's work, adding "both songs (with "Sexy Ladies") are album highlights, but they don’t seem to strive for the same level of innovation as other songs in the set."[12] Sputnikmusic's Amanda Murray called the song "excessively bland."[13]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, the solo version of "Until the End of Time" entered the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart issued October 20, 2017, making him the first solo male artist that decade to spawn six top 40 singles from the same album. The previous male soloist to achieve that feat was Michael Jackson with Dangerous, which generated seven top 40 Hot 100 entries during 1991-1993. The previous album overall to do so was Shania Twain's Come On Over, which had six top 40 singles during 1997-1999. The same week, the song entered the top five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[14]

Eventually, the song (duet version) became the sixth US top 20 entry from the album and Timberlake became the first to do that since Michael Jackson in 1991.[10]

It also became Beyoncé's highest charting single on US Adult R&B radio peaking at number 2, until "Love On Top" in 2012.[15]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Digital download (3-track)[16]
  1. "Until the End of Time" – 5:22
  2. "Summer Love" (Main Version – Clean) – 4:12
  3. "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" (Justice Remix) – 4:43
Remixes EP[17]
  1. "Until the End of Time" (Jason Nevins Extended Mix) – 7:20
  2. "Until the End of Time" (Jason Nevins Mixshow) – 5:42
  3. "Until the End of Time" (Ralphi Rosario BIG Radio Mix) – 3:53
  4. "Until the End of Time" (Johnny Vicious and DJ Escape Remix) – 8:35
  5. "Until the End of Time" (Mike Rizzo Global Club Mix) – 7:30
  6. "Until the End of Time" (Jonathan Peters Club Mix) – 8:50

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from FutureSex/LoveSounds booklet:[18]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[32] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States November 13, 2007 12" Jive [33]
Singapore November 26, 2007 Digital download (EP) Sony BMG [34]
Germany December 7, 2007 CD single [35]
Singapore December 24, 2007 Digital download (Remixes, version 1) [36]
Digital download (Remixes, version 2) [37]
Sweden December 10, 2007 Digital download (EP) [38]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Until The End Of Time - Duet with Beyonce". Deezer. 
  3. ^ "Justin Timberlake Looks Back to the Future". MTV News. November 26, 2007. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Justin Timberlake makes US chart history". Digital Spy. October 12, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sexy sure is back". The Advertiser. November 2, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé: "Until the End of Time"". Rolling Stone. November 15, 2007. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Justin Timberlake Revs Up His Sex Machine". Rolling Stone. September 21, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ Williams, Ben (September 11, 2006). "The Men Who Would Be Prince". New York. New York Media. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Snap judgment: Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé's new duet". EW.com. September 28, 2007. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "The 25 Best Justin Timberlake Songs". Complex. March 15, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ Platon, Adelle (December 27, 2016). "Justin Timberlake's 14 Best Hip-Hop/R&B Collaborations". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ Huff, Quentin B. (October 5, 2006). "Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveSounds". PopMatters. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ Murray, Amanda (September 17, 2006). "Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ October 10, 2007. "Timberlake Hits Big With 'Until the End of Time'". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Chart Juice: Beyonce Banks First Adult R&B No. 1". Billboard. February 23, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Until the End of Time – Duet With Beyonce – Single" (in German). iTunes Store (Apple Inc.). Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Until the End of Time – EP" (in German). iTunes Store (Apple Inc.). Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Liner notes". FutureSex/LoveSounds (Compact Disc). Justin Timberlake. Virginia Beach, Virginia: Jive, Zomba. 2006. p. 20. 8 28768 80622 7. 
  19. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Justin Timberlake & Beyoncé – Until the End of Time". Tracklisten. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Justin Timberlake & Beyoncé – Until the End of Time". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Justin Timberlake & Beyoncé – Until the End of Time". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  22. ^ "Justin Timberlake – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Justin Timberlake. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  23. ^ "Justin Timberlake – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay for Justin Timberlake. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  24. ^ "Justin Timberlake – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Justin Timberlake. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  25. ^ "Justin Timberlake – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Justin Timberlake. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  26. ^ "Justin Timberlake – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Justin Timberlake. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  27. ^ "Justin Timberlake – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Justin Timberlake. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  28. ^ "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs & Singles Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs & Singles Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs & Singles Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  31. ^ "DECADE END CHARTS Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  32. ^ "American single certifications – Justin Timberlake – Until the End of Time". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  33. ^ "Justin Timberlake - Until the End of Time [Vinyl] - Amazon.com Music". 
  34. ^ http://sg.7digital.com/artist/justin-timberlake/release/until-the-end-of-time-duet-with-beyonce
  35. ^ "Summer Love/Until the End of Time Duet With/Basic". Amazon.com (DE). Amazon Inc. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Until The End Of Time". 7digital. 
  37. ^ "Until The End Of Time". 7digital. 
  38. ^ http://se.7digital.com/artist/justin-timberlake/release/until-the-end-of-time-duet-with-beyonce

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