AlbumbyJustin Timberlake

Released in 2002, 13 tracks, 63 min

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Justified Expunges Justin Timberlake’s Bubblegum Boy Band Image and Helps Him Metamorphose Into a Bonafide Pop / R&B Artist with an Adult Following

When Justin Timberlake emerged as part of the boy band *N Sync in 1995 and as they gained massive worldwide success, it was clear that he had what it takes to make it as a solo artist. Only time was going to tell when that solo breakout was going to happen. You could say the band was still at the peak of their success when Timberlake released his solo debut album Justified – and it showed all the promise that Timberlake was already showing off as a younger performer. Justified brings him out of the teenybopper world and right smack into the world of adult music, working with top producers Pharrell and Timbaland who gave him that urban R&B sound that suits the image of an adult performer Timberlake was aiming for. Transitioning from a boy band member adored by millions of screaming teenage girls to wanting acceptance in the music industry as an adult performer can be tricky business but when it pays off, the dividends can be that good! Michael Jackson famously did it a few decades earlier – and one can see that the young Michael Jackson was just oozing with talent – it was a no-brainer he had to have a solo career. In a way, the same thing can be said about Justin Timberlake, who, if we listen to Justified was aiming for that Michael Jackson ‘sound’ and even ambitiously aiming for the prince of pop throne when the career of the king of pop at that time was slowing down. Justified was a solid debut for Timberlake not only because it managed to give him a mature image and erase that bubblegum boy band image he had for years – but it was also a portent of things to come in his future – as he aimed to make his music racier and more funky – one that defined a shift in the pop and R&B sound at that time.

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  • Nov 04, 2002


  • Dance-Pop
  • Pop
  • Teen Pop


  • Jive


  • The Neptunes
  • Timbaland
  • Scott Storch
  • The Underdogs
  • Brian McKnight


Justified is the debut solo album by American singer Justin Timberlake. It was released on November 5, 2002 by Jive Records. The album was written and recorded in a six-week period, during the hiatus of Timberlake's band NSYNC. For the album, Timberlake began to adopt a more mature image as an R&B artist opposed to the previous pop music recorded by the group. The majority of the album was produced by The Neptunes (credited as "Williams and Hugo") and Timbaland, and features guest appearances by Janet Jackson, Clipse, and Bubba Sparxxx. Primarily an R&B album, Justified also contains influences of dance-pop, funk, and soul music.
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