Justin Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Randall
Timberlake and Lynn Bomar; his paternal grandfather, Charles L.
Timberlake, was a Baptist minister, but Timberlake considers
himself more "spiritual than religious". His parents are now
divorced and both have re-married; his mother, who now runs an
entertainment company called JustinTime Entertainment, has
re-married to Paul Harless, a banker, while his father, a choir
director at a Baptist church, has two children, Jonathan and
Stephen, from his second marriage.
Timberlake grew up in Millington, a small town just north of Memphis. In 1993, He got his first taste of fame when he joined the ranks of The Mickey Mouse Club. There he met future girlfriend and pop superstar Britney Spears, future tour mate Christina Aguilera and, perhaps most importantly, future bandmate JC Chasez. When the show ended in 1995, JC recruited Justin to be in a new all-male singing group he was forming with friend Chris Kirkpatrick. The group would come to be known as 'N Sync.
Justin was a member of the popular 1990s boy band, 'N Sync, and was considered a teen idol. The group formed in 1995, and hit it big in 1998, eventually releasing the fastest-selling album of all time, No Strings Attached in 2000. In 2002, after the completion of their Celebrity Tour and release of "Girlfriend", the third single from their 2001 album Celebrity, the group decided to take time off, at which point Timberlake began work on his first solo album. He hoped the album would shed him of his squeaky-clean boyband image in favor of a s--ier, more mature look and sound. Around this same time, in March of 2002, Timberlake split from long-time girlfriend and fellow popstar Britney Spears. The break-up heavily influenced Timberlake's writing for his upcoming album, as many songs touched on the topic, most notably the hit single "Cry Me A River".
On August 29, 2002, after months of recording the album, Justin Timberlake gave a much-hyped performance at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, where he premiered his first single, "Like I Love You", a sparse dance track produced by The Neptunes. The song became a hit, reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the successful release of the single, Timberlake released his debut solo album, Justified, on November 5, 2002. The album was also a success, despite selling considerably less than previous 'N Sync efforts. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 439,000 copies in its first week of release. It eventually went on to sell over 3.5 million copies in the U.S. and over 7 million copies worldwide. The album also received critical acclaim, thanks to its heavy R&B influence provided by hip-hop producers The Neptunes and Timbaland. The album spun off hits throughout late 2002 and 2003, including the top ten singles "Cry Me A River" and "Rock Your Body". Timberlake supported the album by co-headling the Justified/Stripped Tour with Christina Aguilera in the summer of 2003. For many dates, The Black Eyed Peas served as the opening act; Timberlake appeared uncredited on their smash hit "Where Is The Love?" which was also released in the summer of 2003. His record company did not want Timberlake to be credited for fear that it would take focus away from his solo releases; still, Timberlake often appeared with The Black Eyed Peas to perform the track live, including during the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards. By the end of the year, Timberlake recorded a song entitled "I'm Lovin' It." It was used by McDonald's as the theme to their "I'm Lovin' It" campaign.
Justin Timberlake has made an effort to trade the squeaky-clean image of his teenage years for a more edgy, s--ualized persona. He has added numerous tattoos, and also performed at the SARStock Festival, a concert staged in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, following the 2003 SARS scare to revive the city's tourism industry.
In February 2004, during the halftime show of the Super Bowl XXXVIII, Justin Timberlake performed with Janet Jackson before a television audience of over 140 million viewers. At the end of the performance, Timberlake tore off a part of Jackson's black leather costume in a "costume reveal" meant to accompany a portion of the song lyrics, "gonna have you naked by the end of this song". More of the costume became detached than intended, and Jackson's right breast and nipple were briefly exposed. Timberlake apologized for the incident by saying that he was "sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl... It was not intentional and is regrettable". The phrase "wardrobe malfunction" has since been used by the media to refer to the incident and has entered pop culture.
As a result of the controversy, Justin Timberlake and Jackson were both banned from the 2004 Grammy Awards unless they agreed to apologize on screen at the event. Jackson declined to apologize. Timberlake attended and issued a scripted apology while 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"). 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.
After the Super Bowl controversy, Timberlake put his recording career on hold in an attempt to jumpstart his acting career. Timberlake had had a few minor acting roles during his early music career, including a bit part as a model in the 2000 made-for-television film Model Behavior, and a cameo in the 2001 film On the Line, but he wanted more substantial roles. The first role he took during this time was as a journalist in the thriller Edison Force, which was filmed in 2004 and will receive a direct-to-video release on July 18, 2006. He will also appear in the films Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Richard Kelly's Southland Tales, and voice a young King Arthur in the animated film Shrek the Third, which will be released in 2007.
Meanwhile, Justin 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. Additionally, Timberlake was featured on Nelly's song,
"Work It", which was remixed and included on Nelly's 2003 remix
album. When recording the 2005 single "Signs" with Snoop Dogg,
Timberlake discovered a throat condition. Nodules were
subsequently removed from his throat in an operation that took
place on May 5, 2005. He was advised not to sing or speak loudly
for at least a few months. In the summer of 2005, Timberlake
started his own record company, JayTee Records.
Timberlake had a cameo in Nelly Furtado and Timbaland's video for her single "Promiscuous". He will release his second solo album, which will be entitled FutureS--/LoveSounds, on September 12, 2006; the album is produced by Timbaland, will.i.am, Rick Rubin, and Timberlake himself, and will feature guest vocals by Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Nelly Furtado. A studio representative described the album as being "all about s--iness" and aiming for "an adult feel". A new single, "S--yBack", began receiving radio and Internet play on July 7, 2006. His next single is said to be "My Love" which is also produced by Timbaland and features the rapper T.I. Harris. "A promotional tour of Europe and Japan is set for July, with an American tour launching in August.
Justin admitted to Observer Magazine (UK) that he does drugs, and references to heroin. "The drugs that I do have been done in my own private time. I've never been arrested... though that's not to say I won't". "I've done way too many drugs already."Timberlake later claimed that his comments were taken out of context.
Justin Timberlake has opened several U.S. restaurants. He also began the William Rast clothing line with a close friend, Trace Ayala. Timberlake describes the line as being "A little bit of Hollywood, a little bit of Tennessee" (Timberlake's home state). In 2004, ABC hired Timberlake to write a song for its NBA coverage.
In October of 2005, the Grammy Association awarded Timberlake for his humanitarian efforts in Tennessee, alongside writer/director Craig Brewer, also a Memphis native.
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. 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. Timberlake later spoofed Ashton Kutcher and Punk'd in an episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
In 2003 Justin Timberlake released a non-album track called "I'm Lovin' It" as a single. Although the song did not chart as well as his previous singles, it was chosen by McDonald's as their theme song. Advertising for the new campaign initially involved samples of the song, including Timberlake's voice. Eventually the company phased Timberlake out their ads but continued to use the phrase, "I'm Lovin' It" as their slogan.
Timberlake dated fellow pop singer Britney Spears for several years. The two appeared on the New Mickey Mouse Club together and broke up in 2002, amid rumors of Spears' infidelity. Timberlake has since dated singer Janet Jackson (during the summer of 2002), actress-singers Alyssa Milano (between August and September of 2002), as well as his former 'N Sync backup dancer, Jenna Dewan.
Justin Timberlake is currently dating actress Cameron Diaz. In June 2006, several tabloids reported that the couple had broken up, citing the age difference between them and Justin's apparent desire to 'sow his wild oats' when he embarks on a world tour in the near future (dates unknown). A representative for the couple says that the two are still together.
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