Justin Randall Timberlake a.k.a. Justin Timberlake, born on January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee, is an American singer and actor who often sang himself to sleep. His debut solo album "Justified" (2002) led him to bring home the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album and to achieve the 2004 Brit Award for Best International Album.
His successful accomplishment in music started when he joined boyband NSYNC in 1996. It was surely a stepping-stone for the singer who once appeared on "Star Search" as Justin Randall. After selling million of copies worldwide for the boyband's albums, Justin, who was singing and writing most of the group's songs, at last felt enough and later made use his talent as a solo singer.
After one album, Justin tried to explore his talent in acting as he later played in two 2005 movies "Edison" and "Alpha Dog". For his role as Joshua Pollack in the thriller "Edison", he was praised by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey. His talent in big screen got Bruce Willis hooked as the movie veteran once tried to persuade him to star as his son in 2007's "Live Free or Die Hard".
Justin, who marked his fifth appearance in the "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" list conducted by Teen People in 2005, was widely known for his relationship with pop singer Britney Spears. Unfortunately, the two-year romance ended and he later dated senior actress Cameron Diaz, who's nine years older. Sadly to say, this one didn't work either.
They confirmed their split on January 11, 2007, "We have, in fact, ended our romantic relationship, and have done so mutually and as friends, with continued love and respect for one another." In the wake of the split, Justin was romantically linked to Hollywood movie beauty Jessica Biel. After repeated denials of any hookup rumor and his public claim that Biel was just "a very dear friend," the pair gradually made public of their romance.
In somehow more shocking news than his break-up with pop diva Spears was the infamous scandal Justin caused at the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII. During his performance at the halftime show of the game that was broadcast live, he accidentally tore off Janet Jackson's costume, baring her right breast. Many protests pointed to him, but Justin was able to manage the scandal as he and Janet later apologized for the so-called wardrobe malfunction.
It was difficult at first to erase public's remembrance on the incident, but as time went by, Justin's singing and acting career continued rocketing. However, becoming a successful singer and actor was yet enough for him. Thus, Justin spread his wings, establishing the Timberlake Foundation to promote music education and launching his own record label.
By the year 2005, he teamed up with hisbest friend Trace Ayala to create a clothing line, "William Rast," named after their grandfathers. "We just kind of picked the two people who are most influential in our lives, and that's our grandfathers. William is my grandfather's first name and Rast is Trace's grandfather's last name," Justin said. The line consisted of T-shirts and jeans, besides a few extras addition in form of Italian suits.
Focusing back on his music career, Justin began working on his second solo album, recruiting a trio of producers Rick Rubin, Timbaland, and Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am to help him finish the set. While working on the album, the guy also was busy collaborating with senior singer Nelly Furtado on her album "Loose", released on June 20, 2006.
Prior to the release of his album "FutureSex/LoveSounds" on September 12, the first single of the set titled "SexyBack" hit the radios beginning on July 7. The track, which was his first in three years, successfully debuted at number 13 on the U.K. singles chart and hit hard the U.S. music industry, placed on the very top position of Billboard Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.
Meanwhile, the album where the song appeared gloriously secured the No. 1 position on Hot 200 and sold 684,000 units in just one week on the stores. The follow-up singles from the same album also received huge enthusiasm from fans that all of them garnered a place in the chart.
Already embedding his name in showbiz as a successful singer, Justin took it to the next level by sitting on the CEO chair of Tennman Records in May 2007. Together with notorious producer Ken Komisar, he ran the Interscope Geffen distributing company to sign new artists worth to be launched.
The very same year, he also invaded the big screen by taking part in many movie projects, providing the voice of Artie in summer blockbuster "Shrek the Third" and starring in both "Black Snake Moan" and "Southland Tales". His other films included comedic flick "The Love Guru" (2008) alongside the likes of Mike Myers and Jessica Alba.
Justin's music hiatus finally came to an end in 2013, a few months after he tied the knot with his on-off girlfriend Biel. He dropped a single "Suit & Tie" that featured Jay-Z as featured guest and Timbaland in the production crew. It debuted at No. 84 on Hot 100 after only two days of airplay and then jumped to No. 4 with with 315,000 first-week downloads sold.
The sale number marked the heftiest start for a song by a male artist since Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" began with 521,000 the week of April 14, 2012. It's also Justin's best sales week ever for a download, surpassing the 250,000 debut of "SexyBack" in 2006.
"Suit & Tie" is confirmed to be listed in his new album "The 20/20 Experience" due March 19 in the U.S. Ahead of the album release, he will perform in a pre-Super Bowl concert, rock 2013 Grammy Awards, and book a live concert at the Hollywood Palladium among other major gigs.
The album then landed at No. 1 on Billboard 200 upon its release with the biggest sales week of 2013. Later that year, Justin returned to the chart's top slot with its follow-up, "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2". He supported his double albums with "The 20/20 Experience World Tour" that kicked off after he wrapped up the "Legends of the Summer" tour with co-headliner Jay-Z.
In 2014, Justin appeared on Michael Jackson's second posthumous record "Xscape" on the song "Love Never Felt So Good", which he co-produced with Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon. The following year, he welcomed his first child with wife Jessica Biel. The baby boy, Silas Randall Timberlake, was born in April 2015.
Justin finally returned to music in May 2016, when he dropped "Can't Stop the Feeling". He crafted the feel-good tune with Swedish hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for the soundtrack of DreamWorks' new animated film, "Trolls". The song made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first hit to land atop the chart in 9 years.
In addition to the film's soundtrack, Justin worked on his new solo album. According to some photos he's shared in the past few months on Instagram, the LP would include collaborations with super producers like Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.
While working on his new album, Justin took the time to lend his voice on the new version of Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love?". The proceeds of the single went to educational programs and college scholarship. On February 26, 2017, he opened the 89th Academy Awards with a performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling", which was nominated for Best Original Song at the award.
Also in the same year, Justin starred along with Kate Winslet and Juno Temple in Woody Allen's drama film "Wonder Wheel". He also headlined several festivals and live sets, including the United States Grand Prix, Rock in Rio and the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. Justin also received an achievement that year. He was included in Billboard's list of "Greatest of All Time Pop Song Artists".
Justin was also involved in a business partnership that year. Together with Tiger Woods, he acquired an ownership stake in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. He also joined Eminem in helping raise over $2 million for Manchester Arena attack victims.
Justin announced that he would headline the Super Bowl LII halftime show in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018. This will mark his first performance at the annual championship since his infamous "nipplegate" incident in 2004. While many people were disappointed over his performance announcement, Justin reassured them that the incident would not happen again.
In the following year, the singer announced that he would be releasing his latest album "Man of the Woods" on February 2, just two days before his Super Bowl performance. The lead track off the album, "Filthy", was released on February 5 along with its accompanying music video, which was directed by Mark Romanek. Justin will also embark on a North American tour in support of the album. The tour will kick off on March 13 in Toronto and wrap up on May 30 in Memphis.