FutureSex/LoveSounds

AlbumbyJustin Timberlake

Released in 2009, 17 tracks, 92 min

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"FutureSex/LoveSounds"

The Album that Birthed Justin Timberlake 2.0

When former NSYNC star Justin Timberlake started out his solo career, anyone would have been forgiven to think it’ll be hard for the fresh-faced popstar to make a name for himself as a solo artiste. His debut album Justified did just enough to correct that notion as it spun-hit tracks like “Cry Me A River” and “Rock Your Body.” Timberlake then took a 4-year hiatus off the music scene, a period in which he acted in movies and even contemplated going back to his boyband NSYNC before deciding to ditch them altogether. Justin Timberlake then returned with Future Sex/Love Sounds in 2006, an album that’s lyrically similar to Justified but that does explore a wider range of genres which include trance, rock and funk. This album sees the pop icon offer a different sound and that is not so surprising as it was entirely produced by veteran producer Timbaland. This was the album that officially signaled Timberlake’s transition from pop hitmaker to a legitimate force as a musician and actor with elemental sounds from the album still being felt in today’s music with Zayn in particular giving us the feel-good vibe Timberlake brought into the music scene. The fact that Justin Timberlake recorded this gem of an album without jotting a single lyric down in a paper further cements his status as an artiste who was well ahead of his time. But like Justified that had to rely on the push it was given by four solid tracks on the project, the same can be partly said of Future Sex/Love Sounds but Justin’s input alongside Timbaland’s masterpiece of a production created an album a step ahead of Justified and arguably one of the best albums of the 2000s. The album produced at the very least six singles that went on to attain chart success; including US Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles: "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around... Comes Around.” The album also went on to receive several Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, with “SexyBack” and “My Love” in which he featured rapper T.I, both winning their categories. Future Sex/Love Sounds has been certified multi-platinum in many countries worldwide, and has sold over 10 million copies, with four million in the United States alone. The album has also been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's musical library and archive. It is often mostly regarded as Justin Timberlake’s best album till date, and rightly so.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension
May 31, 2019

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"FutureSex/LoveSounds"

Released

  • Mar 31, 2009

Genres

  • Dance-Pop
  • Pop
  • Teen Pop

Label

  • Jive
  • Zomba

Producer

  • Justin Timberlake (also exec.)
  • Timbaland
  • Danja
  • JAWBreakers
  • Rick Rubin

Studio

  • Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research (Los Angeles)
  • Arch Angel Studios (Los Angeles)
  • Capitol Recording Studios (Hollywood)
  • Chung King Studios (New York City)
  • Conwaystudios (Hollywood)
  • The Document Room (Malibu)
  • Encore Studios (Burbank)
  • The Studio (Philadelphia)
  • Thomas Crown Studios (Virginia Beach)

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FutureSex/LoveSounds is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was released on September 8, 2006 by Jive Records and its affiliated label of the Zomba Group of Companies. During a two-year hiatus, Timberlake resolved his feelings on being unable to record any new material, and as he returned to record some new music, he began collaborating with his longtime record producer Timbaland, alongside the latter's colleague Danja. The album's contents were produced at Timbaland's Thomas Crown Studios. The album shares some lyrical themes with Timberlake's debut album Justified (2002), although FutureSex/LoveSounds was influenced by a wider range of genres, including trance, funk and rock. The reprises and interludes interspersed on the album's tracks were created by the production team with the goal of channeling Timberlake's influences.
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