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FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was released on September 8, 2006 by Jive Records
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
FutureSex/LoveSounds
was influenced by a wider range of genres, including R&B, funk and rock.[2] The reprises and interludes interspersed on the album's tracks were created by the production team with the goal of channeling Timberlake's influences. FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
received mostly positive reviews from critics, who noted its wide range of influences and collection of eclectic sounds. The album produced six singles that attained chart success; including US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
number-one singles: "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". With "Summer Love", the album achieved four US Mainstream Top 40
Mainstream Top 40
number-one songs. Many music publications considered it among the best albums of the 2000s. Aside from earning numerous best-of-the-decade lists, the album received several Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nominations, including Album
Album
of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, while its first four singles won in their respective categories. It has been certified multi-platinum in many countries worldwide, and has sold over 10 million copies, with four million in the United States. The album has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's musical library and archive.

Contents

1 Background 2 Recording 3 Production 4 Music 5 Lyrics 6 Singles 7 Tour 8 Release and promotion 9 Critical reception

9.1 Accolades

10 Awards 11 Commercial performance 12 Legacy 13 Track listing 14 Personnel 15 Charts

15.1 Weekly charts 15.2 Year-end charts 15.3 Decade-end charts 15.4 All-time chart

16 Certifications 17 Release history 18 See also 19 References 20 Bibliography 21 External links

Background[edit]

Timberlake in 2006

In November 2002, Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
released his debut album, Justified,[3] and produced the U.S. top-five singles "Rock Your Body" and "Cry Me a River".[4] "Cry Me a River" in particular was credited for having helped the album sell and peak on the music charts.[5] Justified ended selling four million copies in the United States alone.[5] Although the album established Timberlake's career outside his then-band *NSYNC,[6] Timberlake (who was 22 years old at the time), was "at a crossroads" and felt he was at the stage of being "burnt out",[5][7] and thought he had lost his voice "in regards to knowing what (and how) he wanted to sing".[7] Timberlake stated that Justified had been years in the making, and a record that would re-create its success would be a challenge he was not ready to take.[8] In the following years, Timberlake went partially idle in the music industry.[5] His being "burnt out" partly caused him to try acting in films. In October 2003, he hosted and was the guest musician on the late-night variety show Saturday Night Live, where he showcased his acting potentials. He also paired with American actor Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
on The Barry Gibb Talk
Talk
Show. After the show, Timberlake was reportedly "inundated" with acting offers, which he readily accepted partly because he needed inspiration and did not want to pass up the opportunities.[5][9] Before returning to music, Timberlake shot four films; including Edison Force (2005) and Alpha Dog
Alpha Dog
(2006).[5] Timberlake opted not to pursue the reunion with *NSYNC, which he considered after Justified. According to him, he was concerned with how they would reinvent their music.[6] In late 2004, Timberlake then contacted record producers Rich Harrison
Rich Harrison
and Rodney Jerkins, who had produced songs for *NSYNC. Both producers were "impressed" by the live band-driven late-night shows Timberlake had participated in and wanted to incorporate this in his music.[10]

Recording[edit]

We had no direction at all ... other than 'Cry Me a River,' and not in the sense of mimicking the track, but in how big the song was. There was no direction for how he wanted the song to sound, because there was no direction for how he wanted [FutureSex/LoveSounds] to sound.

 —producer Danja speaking to MTV
MTV
News[11]

In 2005, Timberlake felt inspired to record songs again. Motivated by the "sad state" of pop radio, he decided he needed to experiment with music.[5] Reportedly, it was not until Timberlake turned to producer Timbaland
Timbaland
"that he figured out the direction he wanted the record to take".[12] In November 2005, Timberlake visited Timbaland's brand-new Thomas Crown Studios
Thomas Crown Studios
in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. Timbaland
Timbaland
had previously collaborated with Timberlake, producing four tracks for Justified including "Cry Me a River".[5][9] Once in the studio, however, the team had no clear direction for the album as there were no concepts being discussed.[11][13] Aside from having "Cry Me a River" to draw from, they had no "game plan" and no working title for the new album.[11] Timberlake thought that if he could make a record that would live up to Justified, he "would have".[7] So he asked Timbaland
Timbaland
if he could reproduce the likes of "Cry Me a River" by four or six times.[5] While in the studio, Timbaland
Timbaland
played on the stereo plenty of songs by American singer and musician Prince for them to listen to. Early in their sessions, they reportedly were "fooling around" and "freestyling".[11] One night, Danja was playing a guitar riff and caught the attention of Timberlake, who then started humming to the melody and later sung the lyrics. Timbaland, who was at their side, added drums onto the progressing sound. After an hour, with no lyrics written on paper, Timberlake recorded in the vocal booth a song that would become "What Goes Around... Comes Around".[11] Timberlake, having been teased by Timbaland, said to the latter: "Let's do something we would never do. Let's go far left and just see what happens."[7] Production[edit] Official production for FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
started in December 2005. When production began, Jive Records
Jive Records
Chairman and CEO, Barry Weiss, asked when the album would be completed, to which Timberlake replied that it could possibly take a year.[14] The title was not finalized until Jive Records
Jive Records
gave Timberlake a deadline on finishing what would become FutureSex/LoveSounds.[15] The collective thought the album is comparable with Michael Jackson's landmark record, Thriller, dubbing their own as Thriller 2006.[5] According to Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
is like a "fashion editorial, YSL and Gucci
Gucci
suits, which goes with the sonics".[16] The album's artworks were shot by American fashion photographer Terry Richardson.[16] The cover features Timberlake stomping a disco ball using his black pointy shoe.

Timbaland
Timbaland
guested on several dates on Timberlake's 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow
FutureSex/LoveShow
worldwide concert tour. Timbaland, his protégé Danja, and Timberlake wrote and produced a majority of tracks that appeared on the album.

For his new project, Timberlake collaborated with only few producers.[15] With no concrete plans, however, Timberlake's goal for the album was "'to capture moments' with a vivid, raw, off-the-cuff sound".[17] Timberlake, who included record production in his repertoire, managed the recording sessions with no formula.[15] His sessions with Timbaland
Timbaland
and Danja were described as free-flowing, and he referred to themselves in the process as "looking like [mad men], a mad scientist".[18] On his collaboration with Timbaland, Timberlake asserted that they "have a very interesting connection" in music.[15] In ten days, they composed at least eight to ten songs with the lyrics, melodies, and vocals all in place. In three weeks, after that transitional moment with "What Goes Around... Comes Around", the collective was able to produce songs like "My Love", "SexyBack", and "Sexy Ladies".[19] Unlike Justified which was recorded in six weeks, Timberlake said that FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
took one year to complete.[16] Sessions for the album also saw Timberlake collaborating with Rick Rubin and will.i.am, the latter himself a member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, whose 2003 single "Where Is the Love?" Timberlake lent vocals to. For the production, they are credited as Jawbreakers, a production team of their own established during their collaboration for The Black Eyed Peas' album.[15] Four songs were produced with will.i.am,[15] although only "Damn Girl" made it to the standard edition of the album. Actor Chris Rock
Chris Rock
recommended producer Rubin to Timberlake, who considered the idea and discussed it with Rubin when he saw him at a music festival in Coachella, California.[8][16] Timberlake went to singer-songwriter Neil Diamond's studio, where Rubin played him some demos, one of which was a ballad that would become "(Another Song) All Over Again". Timberlake suggested that the collaboration was meant to "do the anti-whatever-you-want-to-call-it that [ Timbaland
Timbaland
and] I came up with".[17] Music[edit] During the production of FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake was interested in rock music.[20] This inspiration was used in his approach in recording the songs, rather than in composing them. Timberlake reveals, "I wanted to sing the song like a rock and roll singer, not an R&B singer."[12] On the influences he drew from, he said that if Justified was "characterized" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Stevie Wonder, FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
is more like David Bowie
David Bowie
and Prince.[16] Other influences include late INXS-frontman Michael Hutchence,[17] Arcade Fire, David Byrne, The Killers, The Strokes, and Radiohead.[20] Although Timberlake expressed interest in recording songs with rock influences, Timbaland
Timbaland
was initially reluctant to pursue the idea because he was not accustomed to producing such music.[18] Nonetheless, he suggested that they could produce a handful, since they were afraid of alienating Timberlake's urban fan base.[18] Because of this concern, they produced several reprises, encores and preludes with a rock influence, instead of full-length songs.[18] As to the sound of FutureSex/LoveSounds, "My Love", the second song composed, steered the album's direction. Danja revealed that it "changed the whole album",[13] and the energy derived from the song was sustained throughout the process. On his inspiration for the infusion of R&B with trance on the album, Danja remembers:

I heard dance and techno and was always interested in it but didn't really know where to go. But I went to a club one night and saw that people were losing their mind to these dance tracks. It wasn't really that I wanted to mimic that sound. I just wanted to have that energy and have people going crazy. So I knew the fusion was putting R&B with trance.[13]

Unlike his previous record that was intended to focus on R&B and pop genres,[18] FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
is less concentrated on one particular sound,[8] thus representing a wider range. Timberlake explains, "It's more broad as far as the styles I wanted to mix in to my own type of thing."[8] A musically "complex" album, FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
is a fusion of rap, rock, funk, soul, gospel, new wave, opera, and world music.[16] Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
noted that the album's sound is a "sonic departure" from both * NSYNC
NSYNC
and Justified.[21] Although "What Goes Around" sounds similar to Justified, Timberlake admitted that it is the only song in the new album to have such similarity.[18] Critics noted that the influences and styles are varied across the album's track list. The title track "FutureSex/LoveSound" incorporates early 1980s new wave and industrial rock. The song "Sexy Ladies" takes on Minneapolis funk.[22] Another funk song on the album is the lead single "SexyBack", the style of which is described by Timberlake as "club funk".[12] Meanwhile, the track "Damn Girl", which was produced by the Jawbreakers, incorporates '60s soul music.[23] Gospel music
Gospel music
is infused in "Losing My Way", which is the only song on the album that features choir arrangement. Lyrics[edit]

Rick Rubin
Rick Rubin
produced "(Another Song) All Over Again", the only song on the album that was written on paper.

Most of the songs' lyrics were not written down on paper,[18] as Timberlake believed it would only slow him down.[9] For most of the album's production, Timberlake composed the lyrics in his head and would record the song shortly after. Some songs were conceptualized within a relatively shorter time, while others took longer because Timberlake had wanted to incorporate variation. For instance, the lyrics to "Losing My Way" were in a narrative style which took Timberlake longer to write.[18] The only song that Timberlake wrote down on paper was the Rick Rubin-produced "(Another Song) All Over Again". Rubin felt it was unusual for Timberlake because he requested the latter to write the lyrics first instead of recording it directly in the vocal booth.[18] Sharing common themes with Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
contains songs that are thematically based on and, according to Timberlake, were motivated by sex and love.[24] MTV
MTV
editor Jennifer Vineyard summarizes that the album illustrates "the very nature of how sex and love are interchangeable and immutable and contradictory and complementary all at once".[24] The first half of the album, FutureSex, generally focuses on themes about sex that are evident on songs like the title track "FutureSex/LoveSound", "LoveStoned", "Damn Girl" and "Sexy Ladies".[24] The second half, LoveSounds, is the album's "sweet side",[24] encompassing songs such as "My Love", the slow jam "Until the End of Time" and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". Meanwhile, "LoveStoned" transitions to the two-minute prelude "I Think She Knows".[24] Although themes of sex and love are dominant on the album, the song "Losing My Way" diverges to a more serious topic, which was inspired by a documentary of crystal meth addiction that Timberlake watched.[24] Meanwhile, "(Another Song) All Over Again" is a homage to soul musician Donny Hathaway, according to Timberlake.[17] The lyrics to "What Goes Around... Comes Around" are thought to have similar meaning to "Cry Me a River". In an interview, he revealed that the song was based on one of his friends' experience.[17] "My Love" was also noted as "arguably" similar with "Cry Me a River".[16] Timberlake however confirmed in many interviews that the record is not autobiographical, although he himself had an experience from which to draw.[16][24] Singles[edit] Six major singles were issued from the album, led by "SexyBack" which was released on July 7, 2006, two months prior to the publication of the album. Regarding the song, Timberlake surmised he did not sound like he did before.[25] "SexyBack", which lacks his distinctive falsetto, is seen as a complete departure from Timberlake's recognized sound,[26] and his management thought it might risk being unrecognizable as a " Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
song".[25] But that risk nonetheless appealed to Timberlake,[25] who reportedly insisted to have "SexyBack" released as the album's lead single.[25] Jive Records executive Barry Weiss, who initially doubted the suggestion, later told in an interview in February 2007 that albeit an "unusual record", it was a "risk that clearly paid off".[27] "SexyBack" was followed with the release of "My Love" in the third quarter of 2006, and "What Goes Around... Comes Around" in early January 2007. The single releases for the standard edition of the album spanned a year, during which time the fourth single, "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows", was released. When the deluxe edition was issued, the duet version of "Until the End of Time" was also released in the same month. The single version includes as its B-side the "Set the Mood (Prelude)", which is juxtaposed with "Summer Love" in the album's track listing. The European release of "Until the End of Time" omits "Set the Mood (Prelude)", and instead included "Summer Love" as double A-side. Commercially, the album's first three singles have been the most successful in the domestic music market. They each peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving Timberlake credit as the only artist to achieve such feat since R&B singer Usher accomplished four chart-topping singles between February and December 2004.[28] "SexyBack" and "My Love" have since been certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), an achievement that was seen as "rare" amidst free file-sharing in the Internet, which had made reaching the million mark in sales a struggle in the music industry.[29] Tour[edit]

Timberlake performing at St. Paul, Minnesota, one of the venues of his first worldwide tour, the FutureSex/LoveShow

Main article: FutureSex/LoveShow In support of the album, Timberlake embarked on the FutureSex/LoveShow, his first concert tour on a global scale. Promoted primarily by AEG Live, the concert tour reached North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, with 119 venues in total. It began on January 8, 2007, in San Diego, California, and culminated in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on December 6, 2007. FutureSex/LoveShow, which drew 1.6 million people worldwide, grossed a total of US$126.8 million, the third top-grossing concert tour in 2007.[30] In May 2007, it was announced that Timberlake signed a deal with HBO network to broadcast the live concert. Timberlake had previously appeared on HBO, which aired the * NSYNC
NSYNC
Live From Madison Square Garden concert in 2000. FutureSex/LoveShow
FutureSex/LoveShow
was taped on the second night at the Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
on August 16, 2007. The footage was broadcast by HBO
HBO
on September 3, 2007, and later on September 6 due to demand.[31] On November 20, 2007, a two-disc edition of FutureSex/LoveShow: Live from Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
was released on DVD
DVD
and Blu-ray formats that were sold exclusively by the retailer Best Buy. The release included extra footage including a song-by-song commentary by Timberlake and pre- and post-show clips.[32] In 2008, the broadcast earned Timberlake an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
in the category Outstanding Picture Editing For A Special
Special
(Single Or Multi-Camera).[33] For Timberlake's performance of "What Goes Around... Comes Around" at the Madison Square Garden, Josh Tyrangiel of Time magazine ranked it second on its list of top ten live performances in 2007. Tyrangiel writes, "It's a little on the long side, but Timberlake earns this symphonic take on What Goes Around from his HBO
HBO
special."[34] On October 31, 2007, Billboard magazine announced the finalists for the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards, which was based on actual box office performance from January 1, 2007, to September 30, 2007. Timberlake was nominated in the categories Top Tour, Top Draw and Breakthrough Artist;[35] he won the latter that was announced during the awards show on November 15, 2007.[36] Release and promotion[edit] FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
was released worldwide on September 13, 2006.[37] More than a year after its initial release, a deluxe edition of the album was issued on November 27, 2007.[38] This edition contains three additional tracks on the album, each featuring guest artist. One of the tracks is a re-recording of "Until the End of Time", now a duet between Timberlake and American R&B singer Beyoncé. Also included with the Deluxe Edition is a bonus DVD, which contains footage from Timberlake's live performances and behind the scenes on the music videos of four singles, including "SexyBack" and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". The main album included with the Deluxe Edition is the edited version; and an explicit version was not issued. According to Billboard magazine, Jive's mother company Sony BMG offered 71 distinct products to tie in with FutureSex/LoveSounds. This was an attempt at finding solutions to declining sales in physical albums, and Timberlake's album was among those offered in various configurations and versions. Aside from the album itself, the project included digital versions, ringtones, wallpapers and individual tracks.[39] Before, an artist's release was made available in less than ten formats.[40] In recent years, however, versioning strategies have been increasingly applied to the recording industry. On the 2010 book The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud which examines such context, author Patrik Wikström noted FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
as one "high-profile" example.[41] From the project, a total of 115 versions or products have been sold.[40] According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the project has sold as of 2008[update] more than 19 million units worldwide, 20 percent of which were sales on CD format.[41] Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 70/100[42]

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [43]

Blender [44]

Entertainment Weekly B−[45]

The Guardian [46]

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times [47]

NME 8/10[48]

Pitchfork 8.1/10[49]

Q [50]

Rolling Stone [51]

Uncut [52]

FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
was met with generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70, based on 25 reviews.[42] Torque commended Timberlake for "manag[ing] to surprise with an eclectic collection of sounds, and in a good way".[53] Katy Kroll of Billboard noted the album's sound as a "bit different, but the music's sex appeal remains a force to be reckoned with".[54] Ann Powers
Ann Powers
of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times suggested that the album is not "an easy listen at first", but "repeated listening helps the tunes unravel".[47] AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine commended Timberlake's "clear musical vision" and stated, "Graceless he may be, [he] is nevertheless kind of fascinating on FutureSex/LoveSounds".[43] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times
The New York Times
stated, "How well do Mr. Timberlake and Timbaland
Timbaland
work together? So well that they can make even the world's most irritating percussion instrument, the human beatbox, sound pretty good."[55] He also took notice of the album's preludes and interludes, writing, " Timbaland
Timbaland
has long been known for hiding little surprises near the end of songs, and here he takes his obsession with transformation to new heights."[55] In a mixed review, Uncut magazine found the album "laudable, but overreaching."[52] Vibe felt that Timberlake and Timbaland's songwriting is "frustratingly awkward".[56] Alexis Petridis, writing for The Guardian, said that the album "almost works: close, but no enema."[46] Ben Williams of New York magazine commented that Timberlake is "better at being sappy than sexy" and concluded, "If he hasn't yet invented a persona intriguing enough to live up to his music, give him credit for being one of the few white men still brave enough to make black music."[57] Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
of Rolling Stone found Timberlake's "best new" songs "thrilling", although "some of the up-tempo stuff flirts with mechanical muscle-flexing" and "Losing My Way" is a "well-meaning" but "clueless embarrassment."[51] In his consumer guide for MSN Music, he cited "My Love" and "SexyBack" as highlights and gave the album a three-star honorable mention,[58] indicating "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure."[59] Accolades[edit] The album earned numerous best-of lists in 2006[26] and the following years. Music magazine Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
listed FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
as their 26th among 2006's top 50 albums of the year.[60] On the British newspaper The Observer, the album made it at number 47 on the publication's list best 50 albums of 2006.[61] On the general publication Time, the album is ranked eighth among its list of ten best albums in 2006. The publication notes that Timberlake "levitates into a falsetto that honors Prince and Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
without stealing from them".[62] FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
earned numerous best-of-the-decade lists. Rolling Stone ranked it 46th on their top 100 albums of the 2000s - calling it "an avant-garde sprawl of abstract electronica and hallucinatory space funk."[63] Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
ranked the album at number nine on their list of 10 best albums of the decade. It says that FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
is an album that "redefined pop's cutting edge".[64] Earlier in 2008, the album made it at number 31 on the magazine's 100 new classics in music.[65] The album received additional acclaim from Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
and Slant Magazine, ranking the album at number 79 and 49 on their respective "Best of the 2000s" lists.[66][67] In 2013, Vibe named it the greatest album of the 2000s and ranked it at 5 on their list of "The Greatest 50 Albums Since '93".[68] In 2015, Spin made a list of the 300 best albums of the past 30 years (1985-2014), raking the album at number 101.[69] Awards[edit] In 2007, the album received four nominations at the Grammy Awards, including Album
Album
of the Year and Pop Vocal Album.[70] Timberlake lost the two; however, he won Best Dance Recording for "SexyBack" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "My Love", featuring rapper T.I.[71][72] The following year at the Grammys, "What Goes Around... Comes Around" was nominated for Record of the Year; Timberlake won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the same song and another Best Dance Recording for " LoveStoned/I Think She Knows
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows
(Interlude)".[73][74] In 2007, Timberlake was nominated for seven categories at the MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards, winning four, including Artist of the Year. He also earned the Quadruple Threat Award, an accolade that recognizes those artists who have excelled in multiple media including music, fashion and acting.[75] For the album, Timberlake won Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Album
and Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Album
at the American Music Awards of 2007.[76] For the album and its singles, Timberlake won World's Best Selling American Artist and World's Best Selling Pop Male Artist at the 2007 World Music Awards.[77] It also won Foreign Album
Album
of the Year at the Danish Music Awards[78] and was awarded IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award for Ten Best Sales Releases, Foreign.[79] Among others, it was nominated for International Album
Album
of the Year at the Juno Awards,[80] Album
Album
of the Year at the MTV
MTV
Australia Awards,[81] International Album
Album
of the Year at the NRJ Music Awards,[82] and International Album
Album
at the Brit Awards.[83] In the two latter he won their awards for International Male Artist of the Year.[82][83] Commercial performance[edit] Fueled by its lead single "SexyBack",[84] FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
sold more than 684,000 units in its first week, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200, the official US albums chart. It became Timberlake's first number-one album as a solo artist.[85] The album has sold over four million units in the United States, and has been certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[86] FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
became the eighteenth best-selling album of 2006 in the United States.[87] As of 2018, the album has accumuladed 6.49 million album-equivalent units in the country, combining sales (4.7 million copies sold) and equivalent streams.[88][89] Internationally, the album was also well received, selling almost equal units and topping many charts worldwide.[26][90] Sony BMG distinguished FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
as the biggest-selling album among the record company's releases in 2006.[90] Weiss noted that in the past three to five years before the album's release, American artists found it increasingly hard to achieve commercial success in international music markets. He found that Timberlake was among those few "that successfully sells in every country around the world".[21] According to MTV, the album has since sold more than 10 million units worldwide.[91] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one.[90] FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
became the biggest pre-order album in iTunes history, breaking the all-time record for one week digital sales previously held by the English alternative rock band Coldplay.[90] Elsewhere in Europe, the album debuted at number one in Ireland, and opened at number two in Sweden and Switzerland.[92] In Australia, the album peaked at number one and has since been certified five-times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association, denoting shipments of over 350,000 units.[93] FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
was the thirty-fourth best-selling album of 2006 in Australia, and third in the following year.[94][95] Legacy[edit] The success of FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
affected both Timberlake's and Timbaland's careers. For Timberlake, it further established his career as a solo artist. He comments, "'SexyBack' was the point when people stopped asking me when * NSYNC
NSYNC
[sic] were going to reunite and started asking what I was going to do next."[96] Timberlake has also beefed up his fan base, gaining "hipster" fans in the wake of the album's success.[97] Combining the international success of Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
and Nelly Furtado's Loose, demands for Timbaland's work reportedly surged.[29] Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Chris Willman remarked that FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
is "like Timberlake's 'cred' record",[98] although Chris Collis said Timbaland nearly stole the spotlight, sharing with Timberlake the "star" status.[99] Aside from earning critical acclaim for the album, according to Sia Michel of The New York Times, Timberlake was responsible for popularizing in 2006 the catchphrase "I'm bringing sexy back",[21][100] which is culled from the lead single "SexyBack". It spawned a "phenomenon" in which video-makers spoofed the song. At least four parodies gained attention such as "SweatyBack" and "HairyBack".[101] In 2007, Timberlake is ranked among Time magazine's 100 men and women "whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world". For the publication, Timbaland
Timbaland
writes, "It's as if Justin had been born 26 years ago to deliver music to the world. There are those who follow and those who lead. Justin is a leader, setting the bar for what's expected of others."[102] The album has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's musical library and archive.[103] Andrew Barker of Variety (2016) stated the album "helped recalibrate the sonic frequency of several years' worth of pop-radio trends."[104] In 2013, Maura Johnston from Vibe called it an "ambitious classic", writing FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
"musically propelled the pop&B genre with audio novellas, interlude twists, Timbaland's weirdo sound effects and that irresistible falsetto" and "embraced the hard/soft duality implied by the title to thrilling effect—and because of their mastery of that balancing act, FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
would go on to influence, if not define, much of the pop music that came after it." also adding it "pushed boundaries more forcefully than works by fellow crooners R. Kelly and Usher."[68] For its 10th anniversary, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
editor Brittany Spanos wrote "Ten years ago, Timberlake destroyed any doubt of his artistry or potential with the mature, innovative FutureSex/LoveSounds. The pop star experimented with R&B, funk and rock to create a piece of music well ahead of its time. Today, the LP's influence can still be heard in everything from the worldly electro-soul of Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
to the moody sound of newcomers like Bryson Tiller. The album also signaled Timberlake's transition from pop hitmaker and Hollywood
Hollywood
It Boy to a legitimate force as a musician and actor."[2]

"It changed the game. A bold departure from the warm, synthesized soul that The Neptunes helmed on Justified, FutureSex was steely and sweaty, a universal dance opus that made room for intimacy. The album had some of Timbaland's smartest work as a producer, with beds of elastic funk and electro-pop for Timberlake to roll around in. The album also had adult themes and f-bombs, speeding up the transition from Curly-Haired Boy to Shaved-Head Man for Timberlake. And it was so blindingly successful, from blockbuster sales to hit singles to a huge tour to real critical acclaim, that the pop world grew deeply anxious while awaiting Timberlake's post-FutureSex return, which finally occurred seven years later with The 20/20 Experience. And still, to me, those are not the greatest achievements of Timberlake's 2006 album. Ten years later, it's more clear than ever: FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
had the best first half of any pop album in 25 years. You have to go back to 1979 for Off The Wall, by JT's idol Michael Jackson, to find a pop album with a first half that matches up." — Fuse TV's music critic Jason Lipshutz writing for the 10th anniversary of the release.[105]

Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley and Nate Hills; produced by Timbaland, Timberlake and Nate "Danja" Hills; except where noted.

FutureSex/LoveSounds – Standard edition

No. Title Length

1. "FutureSex/LoveSound" 4:01

2. "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland) 4:02

3. "Sexy Ladies / Let Me Talk
Talk
to You (Prelude)" 5:32

4. "My Love" (featuring T.I.) (writers: Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Clifford Joseph Harris) 4:36

5. " LoveStoned
LoveStoned
/ I Think She Knows (Interlude)" 7:24

6. "What Goes Around... / ...Comes Around (Interlude)" 7:28

7. "Chop Me Up" (featuring Timbaland
Timbaland
and Three-6-Mafia) (writers: Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Jordan Houston, Paul Beauregard) 5:04

8. "Damn Girl" (featuring will.i.am) (writers: Timberlake, Will Adams, J. C. Davis) (producers: JAWBreakers) 5:12

9. "Summer Love / Set the Mood (Prelude)" 6:24

10. "Until the End of Time" 5:22

11. "Losing My Way" 5:22

12. "(Another Song) All Over Again" (writers: Timberlake, Matt Morris) (producers: Rick Rubin) 5:45

Total length: 66:12

FutureSex/LoveSounds – Digital download and vinyl edition

No. Title Length

1. "FutureSex/LoveSound" 4:01

2. "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland) 4:02

3. "Sexy Ladies" 3:58

4. "Let Me Talk
Talk
to You (Prelude) / My Love" (featuring T.I.) (writers: Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Harris) 6:10

5. " LoveStoned
LoveStoned
/ I Think She Knows (Interlude)" 7:24

6. "What Goes Around... / ...Comes Around (Interlude)" 7:28

7. "Chop Me Up" (featuring Timbaland
Timbaland
and Three-6-Mafia) (writers: Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Houston, Beauregard) 5:04

8. "Damn Girl" (featuring will.i.am) (writers: Timberlake, Adams, Davis) (producers: JAWBreakers) 5:12

9. "Summer Love" 4:12

10. "Set the Mood (Prelude)/Until the End of Time" 7:33

11. "Losing My Way" 5:22

12. "(Another Song) All Over Again" (writers: Timberlake, Morris) (producers: Rubin) 5:45

Total length: 66:12

FutureSex/LoveSounds – British, Norwegian, Japanese and Best Buy edition (bonus track)

No. Title Length

13. "Pose" (featuring Snoop Dogg) (writers: Timberlake, Adams, Calvin Broadus, Caleb Speir) (producers: JAWBreakers) 4:46

Total length: 70:59

FutureSex/LoveSounds – iTunes Store pre-order edition (bonus track)[106]

No. Title Length

13. "Boutique in Heaven" (writers: Timberlake, Adams, Mike Shapiro) (producers: JAWBreakers) 4:08

Total length: 70:20

FutureSex/LoveSounds – Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)

No. Title Length

13. "Until the End of Time" (duet with Beyoncé) 5:22

14. "SexyBack" (DJ Wayne Williams Ol' Skool Remix featuring Missy Elliott) (writers: Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Melissa Arnette Elliott) (producers: Timbaland, Timberlake, Danja, Larry "Rock" Campbell[a], DJ Wayne Williams[a]) 4:16

15. "Sexy Ladies" (featuring 50 Cent) (writers: Timberlake, Mosley, Hills, Curtis Jackson) 3:50

Total length: 79:40

FutureSex/LoveSounds – Deluxe edition (DVD)

No. Title Length

1. "SexyBack" (behind-the-scenes) 14:55

2. " Michael Haussman
Michael Haussman
Interview" (director of "SexyBack") 2:06

3. "SexyBack" (video) 4:27

4. "Paul Hunter Interview" (director of "My Love") 2:13

5. "My Love" (video) 6:11

6. "What Goes Around... Comes Around" (behind-the-scenes) 4:16

7. "What Goes Around... Comes Around" (video) 9:25

8. "Robert Hales Interview" (director of "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows") 2:02

9. " LoveStoned
LoveStoned
/ I Think She Knows" (video) 5:29

10. " LoveStoned
LoveStoned
/ I Think She Knows" (live from Concert Prive, Paris) 7:43

11. "My Love" (Parkinson UK TV performance) 4:12

12. " SexyBack
SexyBack
/ My Love / LoveStoned
LoveStoned
/ I Think She Knows" ( MTV
MTV
Europe Music Awards performance) 5:20

13. "My Love / SexyBack" ( MTV
MTV
VMA performance) 5:37

Total length: 73:56

Notes

"Damn Girl" contains a sample of "A New Day (Is Here at Last)", written and performed by J. C. Davis. ^[a] signifies a remix producer.

Personnel[edit] Credits are adapted from Allmusic.[107]

Justin Timberlake – beat box, choir arrangement, choir director, composer, executive producer, guitar, keyboards, piano, producer, lead vocals, background vocals Timbaland – audio production, beat box, composer, drums, mixing, producer, programming, rap, vocals, background vocals Richard Adkins – violin Peggy Baldwin – celli Davis A. Barnett – viola Brian Benning – violin Charlie Bisharat – violin Paul Blake – guitar Ida Bodin – bass Kevin Brandon – bass Mark Cargill – contractor, violin Lenny Castro – percussion Susan Chatman – violin Giovanna Moraga Clayton – celli Jeff Clayton – flute Mary Collymore – choir, chorus Heather Covington – choir, chorus Mario Díaz de León – violin Yvette Devereaux – violin Jenny DLorenzo – cello Andrew Duckles – viola Melvin Dunlap – bass Ernest Ehrhardt – celli James Ford – trumpet Matt Funes – viola James Gadson – drums Pamela Gates – violin Larry Gold – conductor, string arrangements David Campbell – conductor, string arrangements Smokey Hormel – guitar Gloria Justin – violin Suzie Katayama – cello Valarie King – flute Emma Kummrow – violin Timothy Landauer – cello Hope Lawrence – choir, chorus Natalie Leggett – violin Jennifer Levin – violin Rafael Madeira – bassoon Darrin McCann – viola Clarence McDonald – organ Roudy Michel – choir contractor Melinda Michelle – choir, chorus Patrick Morgan – viola Oresa Napper – choir, chorus Cameron Patrick – viola Darryl Pearson – bass Bill Pettaway – guitar Michele Richards – violin Jimbo Ross – viola Renee Smith – choir, chorus Caleb Speir – bass Tereza Stanislav – violin Igor Szwec – violin T.I. – rap, vocals Three 6 Mafia – rap, vocals Mari Tsumura – violin Josephina Vergara – violin Pastor Hezekiah Walker – narrator Ahmed Wallace – choir, chorus Thomas Warren – choir, chorus Imani Welch – choir, chorus will.i.am – rap John Wittenberg – violin The Benjamin Wright Orchestra – orchestra Phillip Broussaard – assistant Venus Brown – A&R Lindsay Chase – production coordination Jeff Chestek – engineer, string engineer Jimmy Douglass – engineer, mixing Scott Elgin – assistant engineer Catherine Furniss – grooming Serban Ghenea – mixing Ricardo Gutiérrez – assistant Dave Hampton – technical director John Hanks – digital editing Lynn Harless – management Paul Harless – management Padraic Kerin – engineer Jason Lader – engineer Doug Lloyd – creative director, design Robert Montes – assistant engineer Dana Nielsen – engineer Frankie Payne – hair stylist Herb Powers – mastering Terry Richardson – photography Andros Rodríguez – engineer Nancy Roof – A&R Rick Rubin – producer Andrew Scheps – mixing John Stahl – assistant Craig Wiggins – choir arrangement, choir director Ethan Willoughby – engineer Stephanie Cooper Willoughby – production coordination Johnny Wright – management Joe Zee – stylist

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2006–14) Peak position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[108] 1

Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[109] 5

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Flanders)[110] 5

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Wallonia)[111] 2

Canadian Albums (Billboard)[112] 1

Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[113] 3

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[114] 4

Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[115] 5

French Albums (SNEP)[116] 5

German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[117] 3

Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[118] 20

Irish Albums (IRMA)[119] 1

Italian Albums (FIMI)[120] 7

Japanese Albums (Oricon)[121] 18

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[122] 4

Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[123] 5

Polish Albums (ZPAV)[124] 1

Portuguese Albums (AFP)[125] 20

Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[126] 30

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[127] 2

Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[128] 2

UK Albums (OCC)[129] 1

US Billboard 200[130] 1

US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[131] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Rank

Australian Albums Chart[132] 34

Australian Urban Albums Chart[133] 4

Swiss Albums Chart[134] 3

US Billboard 200[135] 18

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[136] 6

Chart (2007) Rank

Australian Albums Chart[137] 3

Australian Urban Albums Chart[138] 1

Swiss Albums Chart[139] 4

US Billboard 200[140] 7

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[141] 4

Chart (2008) Rank

US Billboard 200[142] 126

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[143] 9

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–09) Rank

US Billboard 200[144] 20

All-time chart[edit]

Chart Position

US Billboard 200[145] 97

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[146] 6× Platinum 420,000^

Belgium (BEA)[147] 2× Platinum 100,000*

Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[148] Gold 30,000*

Canada (Music Canada)[149] 5× Platinum 500,000^

Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[150] Gold 18,005[151]

France (SNEP)[152] Platinum 200,000*

Germany (BVMI)[153] 2× Platinum 400,000^

Hong Kong ( IFPI Hong Kong)[154] Gold 7,500*

Ireland (IRMA)[155] 6× Platinum 90,000^

Japan (RIAJ)[156] Gold 100,000^

New Zealand (RMNZ)[157] 3× Platinum 45,000^

Poland (ZPAV)[158] Platinum 20,000*

Portugal (AFP)[159] Gold 10,000^

Russia (NFPF)[160] Diamond 60,000*

Switzerland ( IFPI Switzerland)[161] 2× Platinum 60,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[162] 3× Platinum 1,136,081[163]

United States (RIAA)[164] 4× Platinum 4,720,000[89]

Summaries

Europe (IFPI)[165] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Edition Format Label Ref.

Germany September 8, 2006 Standard CD Sony [166]

Australia September 9, 2006 [167]

United Kingdom September 11, 2006 RCA [168]

Canada September 12, 2006 Sony [169]

United States

Jive Zomba

[170]

Japan September 20, 2006 Sony Japan [171]

Canada October 3, 2006 LP Sony [172]

United States

Jive Zomba

[173]

United Kingdom October 16, 2006 RCA [174]

Germany November 22, 2007 Deluxe CD+DVD Sony [175]

United Kingdom November 26, 2007 RCA [176]

Canada November 27, 2007 Sony [177]

United States

Jive Zomba

[178]

Japan December 19, 2007 Sony Japan [179]

March 25, 2009 Standard CD [180]

December 23, 2015 [181]

See also[edit]

Book: FutureSex/LoveSounds

List of UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
number ones of the 2000s List of number-one albums of 2006 (Australia) List of number-one albums of 2006 (Canada) List of number-one albums of 2006 (Ireland) List of Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one albums of 2006

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Studio albums

Justified FutureSex/LoveSounds The 20/20 Experience The 20/20 Experience
The 20/20 Experience
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Compilation albums

12" Masters – The Essential Mixes The 20/20 Experience
The 20/20 Experience
– The Complete Experience

Video albums

Justin Timberlake: Live from London FutureSex/LoveShow: Live from Madison Square Garden Justin Timberlake
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Concert tours

The Justified World Tour Justified and Stripped Tour FutureSex/LoveShow Legends of the Summer The 20/20 Experience
The 20/20 Experience
World Tour Man of the Woods
Man of the Woods
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