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Justin Timberlake
Hip popster, in-demand actor and philanthropist, Justin Timberlake’s gone from being a punch line as a member of boy band NSync to the most popular male performer on the planet at this moment. A natural entertainer, it seems that everything Timberlake does is cool ~ and if it isn't, he makes it so. From music to film to fashion, he’s already left an indelible stamp on mainstream culture; even GQ magazine just gave him the coveted International Man of the Year award in London. With his latest sexually charged hit driven album Future Sex/Love Sounds, he’s out to prove to the world that he’s not a fake, plastic, manufactured music idol but the new king of pop music.

His Place On The Fame Scoreboard
Part of the cast of young showbiz stars that spawned from Disney's The All New Mickey Mouse Club, he first came into the spotlight as the most famous face of NSync, the biggest pop group of the late nineties. Even as the youngest member, he stood out as the leader of the group with his undeniable talent as a singer and dancer. Formed in 1995, the band soon became a household name thanks to #1 hits like Tearing Up My Heart, I Want You Back and Bye Bye Bye. The group will always be remembered as one of music history's most successful boy bands; their second release, 2000’s No Strings Attached, sold 2.4 million copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album of all time.

He then soared to even greater fame as Britney Spears’s first boyfriend. For the four years they dated, the relationship was constantly under the public eye before an equally public break up. After stepping away from NSync and his ex-girlfriend, he released his first solo album Justified in 2002. The album sold seven million copies, took him to #1 on both sides of the Atlantic, and come Grammy night he picked up two awards at the 2004 ceremony. The pop princess must have spent the last couple of years kicking herself; when Britney ended her relationship with Timberlake, she was the more famous one. Now Timberlake's fame is off the scoreboard after his success as a solo artist. King Of Pop Michael Jackson has all but stated that Timberlake is the successor to his throne.

Brand Justin
Timberlake has become his own brand of pop royalty. Why? Far from a passive bump and grind pop musician, Timberlake is a sexual soul. With each hit release, he has millions imitating the jargon and every move.

He’s become the idol of aspiring pop stars everywhere, and if the recent past is any indication, count on seeing plenty more of Timberlake. His popularity in the world today is phenomenal; he’s rarely left the pages of the newspapers and tabloids this century. And now with his new role as a Hollywood movie star in the making; one can only imagine the frenzy he’ll create. The role to watch out for ~ in 2007 he voices the rebellious prince Artie (a young King Arthur) alongside current girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the third installment of the highly popular Shrek animated series. The tours, awards, collaborations and film scripts keep on coming and there seems to be no reason for him to ever stop.

And with his own fashion line, Timberlake is the object of desire for countless women. He’s almost never photographed without some sort of a fashionable hat atop his head, while the rest of his wardrobe is equally stylish. When he started his own fashion line, he did it right. From street style to runway couture, the clothing is quality and cutting edge. Even when his fashions are more laid-back, he maintains his style. You might catch him in a classic ensemble of a black leather jacket over a black T-shirt, but you're just as likely to spot him in a white tee on torn jeans. Criticized in NSync for his outlandish style, few can now deny that he’s a sharp dresser.

The Bad Boy Of Pop
Timberlake's relatively untroubled, middle class upbringing makes for an unlikely sexually charged bad boy of pop music. His exploits have now defined what pop stars are supposed to do to flaunt their celebrity. There was the time a young female fan filed a lawsuit against him after he allegedly pinned her against a wall in a St. Louis hotel and shouted insults at her, all because she had asserted that NSync’s JC was cuter.

A raunchy duet with Kylie Minogue at a 2003 awards ceremony put him back in the tabloids, for he copped a feel on her behind and then declared to the media that he was obsessed with it. He was then seen at Missy Elliott's birthday bash in a passionate and steamy make-out session with Janet Jackson, and the next day was spotted doing the same with a Hollywood hottie much to the delight of the paparazzi. But his biggest moment was yet to come. In a now world-famous incident, during the 2004 broadcast of MTV's Super Bowl halftime show, Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson's costume at the end of his duet with her. He exposed her right breast on television live in front of millions, and the outrage that followed was extraordinary. Justin claimed it was a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ and promised it would never happen again.

Plenty of male pop stars through the ages have flaunted their sex appeal. But it’s been over twenty years since anyone posed naked for the cover of Rolling Stone and Timberlake aims to set that right. Let's face it guys, when you have a six-pack and a big smile, you're going to attract a few ladies by taking it off. He has a reputation as a soulful ladies man, and is known as the pin-up boy who set a million schoolgirls' hearts aflutter. The fact that he’s dated some of the most desired women in the world is proof enough about his sex appeal.


You can read the rest of our cover story on Justin Timberlake in the September 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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