Justified is the debut studio album by pop/R&B singer Justin Timberlake. Released during the hiatus of the group *NSYNC, the album signaled Timberlake's desire to craft a more mature image than that of a "boy band member". The album features guest performances by Timbaland, Clipse, Bubba Sparxxx, and Janet Jackson. The final song, "Never Again", featured Brian McKnight on nearly all of the instruments. Justified was honored with two Grammy Awards at the 2004 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The album has sold more than seven million copies.

Chart performance

The album was fronted by "Like I Love You", a hit single that proved Timberlake's solo sales could rival his former band's success. It was produced by the famous hip-hop production duo The Neptunes, and was accompanied by a music video that showed Timberlake's veneration for pop icon Michael Jackson.

The album peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200, selling 450,000 copies and was eventually certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.

Justified debuted at #6 on the UK Albums Chart selling 38,842 copies. However, 11 weeks later the album shot to #1 (staying there for 7 weeks) and was eventually certified 5x Platinum.

The popularity of the first single was equalled or surpassed by the releases which followed:

"I'm Lovin' It"

In 2003, a fifth single was released, titled "I'm Lovin' It". The song, partly a leftover song from the Justified sessions, did not appear on the album, which proved extremely lucrative when it was sold to the McDonald's Corporation for use in a massive TV and radio advertising campaign of the same name. Justified was not re-released to include the song.

Track listing

Note: The Neptunes are officially credited as "Williams and Hugo" in the album's liner notes.
# Title Songwriters Producer(s)
1. "Señorita" (Chad Hugo, Timberlake, Pharrell Williams) The Neptunes 4:54
2. "Like I Love You" (Feat. Clipse) (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams, G. Thornton, T. Thornton) The Neptunes 4:43
3. "(Oh No) What You Got" (T. Mosley (Timbaland), Timberlake) Timbaland 4:31
4. "Take It from Here" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 6:14
5. "Cry Me a River" (Timberlake) Timbaland, co-produced by Scott Storch 4:48
6. "Rock Your Body" (Hugo, Timberlake, Norreen, Williams) The Neptunes 4:27
7. "Nothin' Else" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 4:58
8. "Last Night" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 4:47
9. "Still on My Brain" (H. Mason Jr., D. Thomas, Timberlake) The Underdogs 4:35
10. "(And She Said) Take Me Now" (Feat. Janet Jackson) (Mosley, Storch, Timberlake) Timbaland, co-produced by Scott Storch 5:31
11. "Right for Me" (Feat. Bubba Sparxxx) (T.Mosley, Timberlake) Timbaland 4:29
12. "Let's Take a Ride" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 4:44
13. "Never Again" (Brian McKnight, Timberlake) Brian McKnight 4:34
14. "Worthy Of (Japan/UK/Australia Bonus Track)" (Justin Timberlake, Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Valvin Roane, Frank Romano) 4:09
15. "Take Away Your Love (Why, When, How?) (iTunes Bonus Track)" (Hugo, Timberlake, Williams) The Neptunes 3:58

Charts and certification

Charts Peak
Certification Sales/Shipments
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 9 3× platinum 210,000
Austrian Albums Chart 33 Gold 15,000
Belgian Walloon Albums Chart 8 Gold 25,000
Belgian Flemish Albums Chart 10
Canadian Albums Chart 3 2× platinum 200,000
Danish Albums Chart 4 Platinum 30,000
Dutch Albums Chart 4 2× platinum 160,000
European Top 100 Albums n/a Platinum 1 million
Finnish Albums Chart 7
French Albums Chart 30 Gold 210,500
German Albums Chart 11 Platinum 300,000
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 5 Platinum 15,000
Norwegian Albums Chart 9
Swedish Albums Chart 21 Gold 20,000
Swiss Albums Chart 22 Platinum 40,000
UK Albums Chart 1 5× platinum 1.8 million
U.S. Billboard 200 2 3× platinum 3.5 million
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums


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