K: Kirkpatrick, Chris
After failing to make the cut for the Backstreet Boys (way back in 1995), Chris Kirkpatrick set out to form his own boy band. The singer turned to Lou Pearlman, manager of BSB, LFO and O-Town, to create N SYNC. And so the story goes: Kirkpatrick called Joey Fatone, both of them found JT, who recruited JC Chasez, then they rounded out the group with Jason Galasso, who dropped out and was replaced by Lance Bass. From there it’s boy band history.
L: “Like I Love You”
After N SYNC (see: K) went on hiatus in 2002, JT quickly began working on his solo debut, Justified. The album, largely produced by the Neptunes, marked the singer’s transition from pop to R&B. The lead single, “Like I Love You,” was the first track written and recorded for the album and eventually peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Any doubts about going solo were quickly squashed. JT’s N SYNC days were behind him.
Less than a year after The Social Network debuted in theaters, Timberlake bought Facebook’s competitor, MySpace. The move was largely a surprise to fans who thought of the site as a dying networking platform. Since then, JT has helped launch the “new MySpace” with a larger focus on music and developing a new audience. It’s still remains to be seen what the singer will gain out of his deal with the platform or if he can bring it back to the forefront of social networking. But what’s clear is that a billion dollar company is way cooler.
N: New Mickey Mouse Club, The
It would be easy to ignore the Disney era of Timberlake’s career if it weren’t for how pivotal TNMMC became to late-90s pop culture. The ’90s revival of the show included a roster of ‘before they were famous’ cast members including, Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell, Britney Spears. It was on the show that JT became brothers with the human meme after JT’s mother became Gosling’s legal guardian for six months during film. “His mother had to keep her job in Canada the second year that we were on the television show,” Timberlake told Ellen DeGeneres. “We were probably a little closer that the rest of the kids that were on the show just because we had to share a bathroom.”
O: Other Projects
It’s the paragraph in every entertainer’s Wikipedia page that showcases that person’s talents that go beyond their initial fame. It says to the reader, “Hey, I’m a businessman.” And JT sure hasn’t slacked in his efforts to diversify his portfolio (see: M). He has his own record label (Tennman Records), William Rast a clothing line launched with his best friend Tace, multiple restaurants (Destino and Southern Hospitality) and his own tequila. Anyone up for shots of 901?