Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist from Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Timberlake appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child before rising to fame in the late 1990s, as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of the boy band 'N Sync.
During the group's hiatus, Timberlake released his solo studio albums Justified (2002) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006); the former spawned hits "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body", while the latter debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". With each album exceeding sales of seven million copies worldwide, he was established as one of the most commercially successful singers.
From 2007 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.
In 2013, Timberlake released his third and fourth albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. The 20/20 Experience became the best-selling records of the year and spawned hits "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors", while the latter is preceded by lead single "Take Back the Night". The 20/20 Experience The album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in U.S. history by a male artist. The 20/20 Experience held the #1 spot in both the Top 200 (3 weeks) and R&B album chart (10 weeks). In just its first week of release all 10 tracks charted on the digital songs chart and have sold over 7 million tracks in the US. The album has reached platinum status in three other countries as well as gold status in nine other countries tracks.
Timberlake's work has earned him nine Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards.
His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.