Oprah Winfrey’s new season of her hit motivational series, “Oprah’s Master Class” on the OWN Network began season 4 with a bang when Justin Timberlake stopped by to talk about everything from his personal life, career and how a chance encounter with Michael Jackson encouraged his solo career that may have never been.
Timberlake rose to fame as 1/5 of the wildly popular boy band, *NYSNC and in 2002, decided to try his hand at a solo career. On Winfrey’s “Master Class,” Timberlake reveals his mixed feelings about his major decision. “It was one of the best/worst things I’ve ever done, because it was bittersweet…It was hard to kind of say goodbye to that era, but I felt it changing. I felt music changing, and I felt myself changing.”
Timberlake’s 2002 Album, Justified, produced mostly by The Neptunes, solidified Timberlake as a serious solo artist and put him on the map for Pop and R&B music. Timberlake talks about how his follow up album, “Future Sex/ Love Sounds” biggest hit “Sexy Back” wasn’t taken seriously as the artist attempted to reinvent himself. “I had to convince people that “Sexy Back” was my song. People didn’t even think it was me; they thought it was a joke. I had to call up a couple radio programmers and say “No, seriously, this is my song.’ I got in a full on argument with the President of the label I was signed to at the time: ‘This song will never work.’ I said ‘Just put the song out.’ “
Going solo was the best move Timberlake has made as an artist. While a successful stint in *NYSYNC, Timberlake’s solo career has opened doors for him to work alongside music’s biggest names. Tune into the OWN Network to catch “Oprah’s Master Class” series every Sunday at 10PM (EST). In the meantime, catch a few clips from Sunday’s season opener with Justin below.
On the almost rejection of “Sexy Back”
The Michael Jackson Story we never knew of