Justin Randall Timberlake was born on Jan. 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tenn. He started singing at the Baptist church where his father, Randall, was a choir director, and eventually competed on “Star Search” in 1992. Though he lost, he was picked up the following year as a cast member on "The New Mickey Mouse Club." He remained on the show until its cancellation in 1995.
'N Sync Success
Soon after, Timberlake joined the boy band, ‘N Sync. The group’s debut album has been certified Platinum 10 times in the U.S., and the sophomore release, “No Strings Attached,” went Platinum 11 times. “No Strings Attached” also broke—and still holds—the record for most sales of an album in one week, with 2.4 million copies sold.
2003 - Launch of Solo Career
‘N Sync announced a hiatus in 2002, and in November, Timberlake released his first solo album, "Justified." It sold over 400,000 copies in the first week and earned three GRAMMY nominations, including Album of the Year. Three singles landed in the top 20 including “Like I Love You,” “Cry Me a River,” and “Rock Your Body.” From there, Timberlake went on to co-headline a promotional tour with Christina Aguilera in 2003.
Following his infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show with Janet Jackson, Timberlake released his most successful solo album to date, "FutureSex/LoveSounds." The lead single, "Sexyback," ranked in the top 5 on the charts in over 15 countries. In 2007, Timberlake was amongst those listed on TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list.
After completing his FutureSex/LoveShow tour in late 2007, Timberlake turned the focus on his budding acting career. In 2010, he joined the cast of the Academy Award-winning film, “The Social Network,” and also starred in the 2011 comedies, "Friends with Benefits" and "Bad Teacher." On the small screen, Timberlake made waves during appearances on "Saturday Night Live" in 2009 and 2011, winning three EMMY Awards between the two spots.
Return to Music
In January 2013, Timberlake released his first single in over five years, "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z. The duo later announced a brief Legends of the Summer Tour lined up for stops at North American stadiums in July and August. Timberlake's chart-topping album, "The 20/20 Experience," debuted in March, and shortly after, he announced that the album’s second half would be released later in the year and that he'll be embarking on a worldwide solo tour to follow.
Timberlake used his solo career to break away from his boy band stereotype and leans toward the following genres:
Timberlake's backing band, "The Tennessee Kids," was rounded up by his music director, Adam Blackstone, and includes backup singers, keyboardists, percussionists, guitarists, trumpeters, saxophonists, and a flutist.
Justin Timberlake has been nominated for 20 GRAMMY Awards as a solo artist, and has won six times. Since 2003, he has won three American Music Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards, and three BRIT Awards. Each of his albums has been certified Multi-Platinum in the United States, and the first two albums went Platinum at least once in Australia, Canada, Germany, and the U.K.