NUMBER 1: Justin Timberlake
He went from boy band member to solo superstar and then ditched his singing success to try his hands in film. Timberlake proved to be the shining star of his hit boy group in 2002 with his debut solo album Justified that had you Crying a River (“Cry Me A River”) and Rocking Your Body (“Rock Your Body”). It was a huge commercial success and showed the world what quality pop mixed with a little hip hop and R&B sounded. He was the Pop prince and his sophomore album only proved his longevity. FutureSex/LoveSounds sounded ahead of its time. Again with his go-to producer Timbaland, Timberlake created another classic pop album creating number-one hitters “SexyBack,” “My Love,” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.” With only two solo albums he’s won six Grammy Awards and four Emmys.
There seemed to be nothing getting in Timberlake’s way until he just decided to stop making music for his own albums completely and concentrated on perfecting his acting craft. He appeared on a couple features with T.I., 50 Cent, and Timbaland to name a few but when it came to putting out another album it seemed the southern singer was no longer interested. You couldn’t get an album from him but you could catch him in movies like Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits.
Not on album out since 2006 things were looking grim for JT music fans until now. The Grammy winner recently announced he was back to making music, going to be putting out an album this year, and put out his first single on Sunday (Jan 13) “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z and produced by none other than Timbaland. JT fans rejoice.