Justin Timberlake first gained fame as a member of the boy band *NSYNC. With the release of his first solo album Justified in 2002, Justin Timberlake earned even more acclaim. Both of his studio collections have sold in excess of three million copies and six singles as lead artist as well as five appearances as featured artist reached the pop top 10.
"My Love" was released as the second single from the album FutureSex / LoveSounds, but it is arguably the album's masterpiece. The combination of Timbaland's wildly percussive production and Justin Timberlake's flawless vocals resulted in a second consecutive #1 pop hit. "My Love" won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung collaboration.
"Cry Me a River" is one of the top pop breakup songs. It was written after a difficult conversation between Justin Timberlake and former girlfriend Britney Spears. The song became his first top 10 pop hit as a solo artist and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Cry Me a River" went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal.
Justin Timberlake's second album FutureSex / LoveSounds was introduced by the single "SexyBack." It was an arresting, aggressive return combining rock oriented vocals with an R&B influenced production from Timbaland. Justin Timberlake claimed influence by David Bowie, David Byrne, and Prince. "SexyBack" went straight to #1 on the pop charts and sold over four million copies.
"Mirrors" is an epic eight minute long song, and it is the track that will convince any doubters that a Justin Timberlake return is a good thing for mainstream pop music. The extended closing section of the song reminds us just how beautiful collaborations between Justin Timberlake as performer and Timbaland as producer can be.
Striking out on his own after gaining fame as a member of the boy band *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake released "Like I Love You" as his first solo single. Produced by the Neptunes, the song is distinctively R&B influenced. "Like I Love You" reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed all the way to #1 on the dance chart.
Many considered the swirling, simmering "What Goes Around...Comes Around" to be a sequel of sorts to the hit "Cry Me a River." The beautiful pop melody turned the song into an instant hit. "What Goes Around...Comes Around" became Justin Timberlake's third consecutive #1 hit. It also won his second Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy Award and was nominated for Record Of the Year.
Producer Timbaland released "Give It To Me" as his first single from the album Shock Value. It features guest vocals from both Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado who were the beneficiaries of Timbaland's production on their own hit solo albums. The song is noted for escalating a rivalry between Timbaland and fellow producer Scott Storch. "Give It To Me" climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Distinguishing itself from other Justin Timberlake's singles with its Latin influence, "Senorita" was also influenced by Stevie Wonder. It was released as the fourth single from his debut album Justified. "Senorita" peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 but climbed clear to the top 5 on the pop radio chart.
"LoveStoned" seems to embrace both classic disco and funk. It was the fourth single from the album FutureSex / LoveSounds. It has a shimmering sound that helped it win a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. "LoveStoned" also climbed into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Following their massive commercial success working together, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland were invited to work on the lead single from Madonna's album Hard Candy. It is a brash, percussive pop song notable for the use of marching band sounds, cowbells, and foghorns. "4 Minutes" hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over three million copies. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.