Background[ edit ] Timberlake in In November , Justin Timberlake released his debut album, Justified ,  and produced the U. In October , he hosted and was the guest musician on the late-night variety show Saturday Night Live , where he showcased his acting potentials. 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. According to him, he was concerned with how they would reinvent their music.
Both producers were "impressed" by the live band-driven late-night shows Timberlake had participated in and wanted to incorporate this in his music. Motivated by the "sad state" of pop radio, he decided he needed to experiment with music. Timbaland had previously collaborated with Timberlake, producing four tracks for Justified including "Cry Me a River". Early in their sessions, they reportedly were "fooling around" and "freestyling". 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 Let's go far left and just see what happens. When production began, 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.
For his new project, Timberlake collaborated with only few producers. In three weeks, after that transitional moment with "What Goes Around For the production, they are credited as Jawbreakers, a production team of their own established during their collaboration for The Black Eyed Peas' album. Actor 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.
Timberlake suggested that the collaboration was meant to "do the anti-whatever-you-want-to-call-it that [Timbaland and] I came up with". Danja revealed that it "changed the whole album",  and the energy derived from the song was sustained throughout the process.
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. Timberlake explains, "It's more broad as far as the styles I wanted to mix in to my own type of thing. The song "Sexy Ladies" takes on Minneapolis funk. Most of the songs' lyrics were not written down on paper,  as Timberlake believed it would only slow him down.
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. 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. 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. Regarding the song, Timberlake surmised he did not sound like he did before. Comes Around " in early January 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. Commercially, the album's first three singles have been the most successful in the domestic music market. The release included extra footage including a song-by-song commentary by Timberlake and pre- and post-show clips.
Comes Around" at the Madison Square Garden, Josh Tyrangiel of Time magazine ranked it second on its list of top ten live performances in Timberlake was nominated in the categories Top Tour, Top Draw and Breakthrough Artist;  he won the latter that was announced during the awards show on November 15, 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 The main album included with the Deluxe Edition is the edited version; and an explicit version was not issued.
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. On the book The Music Industry: