Justin Timberlake's career: A look back from his NSYNC days to recent projects

He’s taken the world by storm over the span of his career

Justin Timberlake started his pop career way back in the 90s with boyband NSYNC, before launching his solo career that’s spanned over two decades, releasing hits such as ‘Mirrors’, ‘Cry Me A River’, and ‘What Goes Around… Comes Around’.

As well as being a very talented singer, he also starred alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, in films such as The Social Network, Trolls World Tour and the upcoming Trolls Band Together. Here’s everything you need to know about the superstar that is Justin Timberlake…

Who is Justin Timberlake?

Justin Timberlake is an American musician, presenter and actor that took the world by storm in the early stages of his life. His parents are Lynn and Randy and he has two half-brothers, Jonathan and Stephen.

How old is Justin Timberlake?

His birthday is the 31st January 1981, and in 2023 he turned 42-years-old!

Where is he from?

Justin Timberlake is from Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Shelby Forest, a small community between Memphis and Millington. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.

How did the singer become famous?

Justin started his career as a TV star, he was a runner up on Star Search when he was just 11-years-old, going under his first and middle names Justin Randall.

Then, in 1993 and 1994 he joined The All New Mickey Mouse Club, where he met Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and future girlfriend Britney Spears.

Speaking about his experience, he told Hollywood Reporter in 2017: “We were at the age when you just soak in everything. We were taking acting classes, music classes, dance classes. We were learning how coverage and editing and cinematography work. And being put in front of a live audience, learning how to engage the crowd to get a laugh. Honestly, it was like ‘SNL’ for children.”

Not long after the show was cancelled, Justin joined NSYNC in 1995 and the rest, as they say, is history.

What band was Justin Timberlake in?

Justin Timberlake earned his superstardom as one of the frontmen for NSYNC, one of the most popular boy bands of the late 90s and early 00s. The band formed in 1995 with Justin Timberlake and Chasez as the two lead singers, but it wasn’t until 1998 when the group became more well-known in the US with the release of their first album, which sold 11 million copies.

The band’s first album was self-titled and was released in 1998. It was a huge hit and included the hit single ‘Tearin’ Up My Heart’, the album reached Number 2 in the US.

NSYNC’s second album ‘No Strings Attached’ was released in 2000 and sold 2.4 million copies in the first week alone. It went straight to Number 1 and went 10x Platinum. It included the Number 1 single ‘It’s Gonna Be Me.’

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NSYNC’s third album was called ‘Celebrity’ and was released a year after the previous, in 2001. It was also financially successful selling 5 million copies and reached Number 1 in the US.

In 2002, the group went on a hiatus that was intended to be temporary, but until 2023 the band hadn’t recorded any new music, and only reunited for special occasions.

In September 2023, NSYNC released a new song called ‘Better Place’ which features on the new Trolls movie, Trolls Band Together, which is due out in November 2023.

Justin Timberlake’s albums

‘Justified’

Justin Timberlake performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards where he premiered his debut solo single ‘Like I Love You.’ The song peaked at Number 11 on the Hot 100 and Number 2 in the UK. Soon after he released his debut album, ‘Justified’, in November.

The album sold 439,000 copies in its first week, fewer than NSYNC’s previous releases. It then went on to sell over 3 million copies in the US and over 10 million copies worldwide. The album ‘Justified’ earned a triple platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. The singles ‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Rock Your Body’ were huge hits and earned him his first two Grammy Awards.

‘Futuresex/Lovesounds’

The second studio album released by Justin was ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ in 2006. On the album he collaborated with his longtime record producer Timbaland and Danja. ‘SexyBack’ was the first single off the album and despite it not being similar to his previous sound, the song became his first Number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 from his ‘Futuresex/Lovesounds’ album.

Due to the successes of the album, Justin embarked on the ‘FutureSex/LoveShow’ tour, his first concert tour on a global scale. It went to North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, with 119 venues all together. The tour drew in 1.6 million people and was the third top-grossing concert tour in 2007.

‘The 20/20 Experience’

Justin teamed up with Timbaland again to produce his third studio album ‘The 20/20 Experience’ which was released in 2013. The first week of sales totalled 968,000, the biggest sales week of the year, leading the album to debut at Number 1 on the US Billboard 200. It was Justin’s second Number 1 album on the chart and it became the best selling album of 2013 in the US.

‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’ were released as singles from the album and both achieved chart success. ‘Suit & Tie’ peaked within the top 5 worldwide and ‘Mirrors’ reached Number 1 in the UK and Number 2 in the US. Through the success of the album, he embarked on another world tour.

‘Man of the Woods’

After Justin headlined the Super Bowl LII halftime show, he released his next studio album ‘Man of the Woods’ in February 2018, which went to Number 1 in the US after its release, remaining in the top 10 for four weeks.

New album

At present there is no news on a new album from Justin Timberlake, when we hear of any updates we’ll let you know! However, in August 2023 he revealed he would be releasing a new song called ‘Keep Going Up’ with Timbaland and Nelly Furtado. The song was released on 1st September.

What is the story behind Justin Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors’?

‘Mirrors’ was inspired by Justin’s relationship with his wife Jessica Biel, and the marriage of his grandparents. The song was recorded in 2012, released in 2013 for his album ‘The 20/20 Experience’, and reached Number 1 in the UK, where it stayed for three weeks.

Despite the song not being released until 2013, it was revealed in an interview with Billboard, that it was conceived many years earlier. J-Roc, who produced the album, told Billboard, that during a recording session for Timbaland’s third studio album ‘Shock Value II’, Justin thought he would save the idea of his album.

“He’s (Timberlake) like, ‘I’m gonna save this one, and this is gonna go on my album.'” J-Roc explained. We never knew when he was going to put it out – we were like, ‘Aw man, you’re in movies now!’ We could have waited another 10, 15 years. But then he surprised us last year and said he was ready, and he brought (‘Mirrors’) over to the project as well.”

Which other artists has Justin Timberlake worked with?

Read up on all of Justin Timberlake’s collaborations right here.

Although not a direct collaboration, samples from Justin’s song ‘Like I Love You’ were also featured on James Hype and Kim Petras’ song ‘Drums’.

Justin Timberlake’s band

Who exactly are the Tennessee Kids you might ask? Well they are both Justin Timberlake’s band, and his fan club. The band accompany the singer on his tours, and also have their own Twitter account.

The band are also mentioned in his 2013 song ‘That Girl’, which is by JT and The Tennessee Kids. Have a listen below.

Justin Timberlake’s best looks through the years:

What films has he been in?

Justin has starred in many films throughout his career, the first being the Disney movie Model Behavior in 2002. Since then he’s starred in Shrek the Third, Yogi Bear, Trolls, sequel Trolls World Tour and The Love Guru.

He also played Sean Parker, friend and colleague of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Justin starred alongside his ex Cameron Diaz in the 2011 film Bad Teacher and had a lead role in Friends with Benefits alongside Mila Kunis, also starring in Wonder Wheel and Trouble with the Curve.

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How tall is Justin Timberlake?

Justin is 1.8 meters tall which is just over 6 foot.

Who is Justin Timberlake’s wife?

Justin Timberlake met actress and singer Jessica Biel in 2007 and shortly after announced that they were a couple. They became engaged in 2011 and were married the following year in Italy.

Does Justin Timberlake have children?

Justin Timberlake has two sons with wife Jessica – Silas, born in 2015, and Phineas, born in 2020.

Was Justin Timberlake married to Britney Spears?

No, Justin never married Britney Spears. In early 1999, he had dated the singer when they were both pre-teen ‘Mousketeers’ on the Mickey Mouse Club show. The pair called it quits in 2002 and Justin later dated Cameron Diaz for a while.

What is his net worth?

Justin Timberlake has turned his name into a household brand, has become one of the richest singers in the world and has succeeded in his acting career. As 2023, according to the website Wealthygorilla.com, Justin’s net worth is $250 million.

How much did Justin Timberlake sell his music catalogue for?

In May 2022, Justin sold his music catalogue to a fund backed by private-equity firm Blackstone Inc. in a deal that was said to be worth just over $100 million. At the time it was the venture’s largest music-rights acquisition. The deal included around 200 songs written, or co-written by Justin.

Is Justin on social media?

Justin Timberlake is on social media! His X (formerly Twitter) account is @jtimberlake and his Instagram is JustinTimberlake.

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