1. Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.
2. He appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child.
3. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.
4. During the group’s hiatus, Timberlake released his debut studio album Justified (2002), which included the successful singles “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body”, and earned his first two Grammy Awards.
5. His second record, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006), distinguished from his previous release by its wide-range of musical influences, debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “SexyBack”, “My Love”, and “What Goes Around…
6. With his first two albums exceeding sales of 10 million copies worldwide, he was established as one of the most commercially successful singers of the decade.
7. From 2008 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.
8. 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.
9. The former became the best-selling record of the year in the US with the largest sales week, and spawned the top-three singles “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors”, while the latter produced the top-ten song “Not a Bad Thing”.
10. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and 2013.
11. Timberlake’s work has earned him numerous awards, including nine Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards, the latter being for his appearances on Saturday Night Live.
12. His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.
13. Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) Harless and Randall Timberlake, a Baptist church choir director. He has two half-brothers, Jonathan (born 1993) and Steven Robert (born August 14, 1998), from Randall’s second marriage to Lisa Perry.
14. The boy band NSYNC formed in 1995, and began their career in 1996 in Europe; Timberlake and Chasez served as its two lead singers. 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”.
15. Their second album No Strings Attached (2000) sold 2.4 million copies in the first week, and included a #1 single, “It’s Gonna Be Me”.
16. Upon the completion of the Celebrity Tour, the group went into hiatus in 2002.
17. In its lifetime, NSYNC was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards,
18. In late 1999, Timberlake appeared in the Disney Channel movie Model Behavior.
19. He played Jason Sharpe, a model who falls in love with a waitress after mistaking her for another model.
20. It was released on March 12, 2000. The rise of his own stardom and the general decline in the popularity of boy bands led to the dissolution of NSYNC.
21. Band member Lance Bass was openly critical of Timberlake’s actions in his memoir Out of Sync.
22. In August 2002, Timberlake performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, where he premiered his debut solo single “Like I Love You”; and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 439,000 copies, fewer than previous ‘N Sync releases.
23. It went on to sell over three million copies in the U.S. and more than seven million copies worldwide. was complimented by music critics.