JT Southern is a retired American professional wrestler. Though he achieved most notoriety during his 1992 feud with Van Hammer in World Championship Wrestling, Southern competed for Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association, Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, in UWF International in Japan. After debuting in the AWA-affiliated Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis in 1986, Southern joined the American Wrestling Association where he received a push early on in 1987, forming a tag team with D. J. Peterson, he teamed with Jimmy Snuka and won the International Tag Team Championship. The title belts were taken from Southern and awarded to The Mercenaries when Snuka left the territory. After a few appearances with the short-lived Oregon Wrestling Federation, Southern disappeared from the area as well, he next turned up in Windy City Wrestling appearing for its debut show "Battle of the Belts" in Chicago on January 30, 1988. He wrestled on the undercard with Big Bubba in a tag team match against "Playboy" Buddy Rose and Doug Somers.
After spending time working the indy circuits, Southern had a brief appearance as Wolfe Wilde, the drummer of "The Tough Guys" band at Clash of the Champions X where he fought Cactus Jack Manson after Jack lost to Mil Máscaras and confronted the band who were playing during the commercial break. In June 1991, Southern traveled to Japan to try his hand at UWF International, he made his debut against Nobuhiko Takada but was dismissed by one commentator as "pretty but ineffective" as he lost badly - it was the first time in UWFi history that a fighter had failed to take a single point off his opponent. He went on to lose every one of his fights there against Japanese martial-arts fighters who ruthlessly exploited his weak defense against their explosive kicks. In a one-sided fight, Southern showed so little fighting spirit that his opponent Kazuo Yamazaki was enraged by what he saw as Southern's cowardice; the commentators noted that, as a result, Yamazaki began treating Southern with contempt and a total lack of respect.
He proceeded to humiliate him by inflicting upon him several indignities which fellow fighters are spared from. Yamazaki showboated, grabbed hold of JT's leg only to push him down falling unceremoniously onto his backside grinded Southern's face into his armpit and kicked Southern in the face. At one point the referee had stepped in to temporarily halt the fight and check on Southern's wellbeing, but Yamazaki refused to respect the pause and swept JT's legs from under him anyway, sending him crashing once again onto the floor. After JT had lost the fight by surrendering to Yamazaki's submission hold, Yamazaki refused to release the hold, leaving Southern squirming frantically on the canvas for some time until the referee intervened to rescue him. JT had endured a torrid time but his ordeal was still not over yet as Yamazaki came back, towered over a demoralised JT, now collapsed prostrate on the ground and able to stand, continued to taunt him and threaten further punishment; the referee stepped in to stop Yamazaki doing any further damage.
His legs suffered severe bruising, JT decided enough was enough and he quit the UWFI after suffering four straight defeats. He got his big break with World Championship Wrestling in 1992 - with long blond locks and good guitar-playing skills, he was given a rock-star wrestler gimmick and was brought in to start a feud with fellow rocker Van Hammer, he made his WCW debut on the March 28 edition WCW Power Hour against Chris Sullivan. He was known for his garishly camp outfits and flamboyant persona - he would come to the ring playing an electric guitar and wearing a fringed tiger-striped jacket and fluorescent shredded tights, his interviews and out-of-ring promotional work were all well-received, but his wrestling skills were regarded as below-par and the crowds were not entertained, as Southern made hard work of defeating "jobber" and mid-card wrestlers like Joey Maggs and Firebreaker Chip. Maggs commented that "J. T. Southern was so bad, but the fact that nobody else could get a match out of him made me feel good."In March 1992, he brought his friend Scotty Flamingo to WCW as a sidekick to help regenerate interest in his feud with Van Hammer, but before long Flamingo's popularity had surpassed Southern's and his talent had made him into one of WCW's most marketable stars.
With Southern unable to compete with him, he was demoted to the role of being Flamingo's groupie - he would do the ring-entry with Flamingo and remain at ringside for his fights, sometimes interfering if Scotty was struggling. However, Southern's actual wrestling matches became more and more infrequent - he suffered a few losses to his arch rival Van Hammer but these matches did not get any screen time as other matches were chosen for the TV shows instead. In one of Flamingo's matches against Johnny B. Badd, ring-commentator Tony Schiavone cheekily asked co-commentator Jesse Ventura whether Southern was Flamingo's manager, his lack of prowess in the ring led to insiders cheekily suggesting that'JT' stood for "Just Terrible". Southern was released by WCW in the summer of 1992. After leaving WCW, Southern returned to his old stomping grounds in Memphis, where the CWA was now known as the United States Wrestling Association. However, after wrestling two matches, h
Adler's Appetite Suki Jones, is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 2003. The band's current lineup consists of drummer Steven Adler, vocalist Constantine Maroulis, rhythm guitarist Carl Restivo, lead guitarist Michael Thomas. Along with original material, the band performs covers of Adler's former band Guns N' Roses songs from the album Appetite for Destruction. Former Slash's Snakepit guitarist Keri Kelli first formed the band in 2003, with the original lineup consisting of Adler, Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat, former Ratt bassist Robbie Crane as well as then-Ratt singer Jizzy Pearl formerly of Love/Hate; the band toured the US and Europe, with a number of musicians filling in for band members due to touring commitments. Following the departure of Muscat in 2004, they recorded and released the Adler's Appetite EP in January 2005; the same year, Adler announced a new lineup of the band, adding singer Sheldon Tarsha, Enuff Z'nuff bassist Chip Z'nuff, former Beautiful Creatures and Tuff guitarist Michael Thomas as well as Izzy Stradlin guitarist JT Longoria in place of Pearl and Kelli.
Adler's Appetite toured before going on hiatus in 2006. They returned in 2007, with Hollywood Roses singer Colby Veil replacing Tarsha, Pretty Boy Floyd guitarist Kristy Majors replacing Longoria; the following year, Tarsha returned to the band, while Majors was replaced by former Quiet Riot and Beautiful Creatures guitarist Alex Grossi. Tarsha's return would be short-lived, once again departing the band with Ladyjack vocalist Rick Stitch joining in his place. With this lineup, they released the singles "Alive," "Stardog" and "Fading" in 2010; when Quiet Riot reformed the same year, Grossi departed Adler's Appetite in 2011, with Ladyjack guitarist Robo filling in for a European tour. However, following the tour, both Stitch and Robo departed the band, replaced by Aces'N' Eights singer Patrick Stone as well as guitarist Lonnie Paul, former lead singer of Tilterworld and former Still Standing guitarist; the band dissolved once the tour was completed, with Adler and Paul forming new band "Adler".
Adler reformed the band in 2018 with a new lineup. After being fired from Guns N' Roses in 1990, drummer Steven Adler worked on a number of projects, reforming pre-Guns N' Roses band Road Crew, with members of Vain, joining BulletBoys, before joining a band, in 2003, formed by former Slash's Snakepit guitarist Keri Kelli, which consisted of Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat, former Ratt bassist Robbie Crane as well as then-Ratt singer Jizzy Pearl formerly of Love/Hate. Choosing the name Suki Jones, the band toured the US, making their live debut in Kingman, Arizona in March of the same year, their sets included songs from the Guns N' Roses albums Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies as well as the Live from the Jungle EP and songs by AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Queen. For a May tour of the East Coast, Suki Jones enlisted Warrant guitarist Erik Turner to fill in for Muscat, who had prior touring commitments with Faster Pussycat; the following month, they renamed the band Adler's Appetite, after Adler and the Appetite for Destruction album that they performed material from regularly.
The band parted ways with singer Pearl, replaced by Sean Crosby, before he rejoined the band months later. Billed as Suki Jones, Adler's Appetite performed a show at the Key Club in Hollywood where they were joined onstage by Adler's former Guns N' Roses bandmates and Izzy Stradlin, for renditions of "Mr. Brownstone," "Paradise City" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". A tour of Europe and the US followed from January–February 2004, however, a number of the US shows were cancelled, after the promoter failed to pay for transport and the band for the shows they performed. Adler's Appetite began writing material for their debut album and signed with Shrapnel Records for its release. A tour of Europe followed from June 25 – July 10, preceded by two US shows in May, during which former Beautiful Creatures and Tuff guitarist Michael Thomas filled in for Kelli, who had joined Vince Neil's solo band. Adler's Appetite began pre-production on their new album in September, with recording of an EP beginning in November.
However, prior to recording, guitarist Muscat departed Adler's Appetite. Self-produced, they recorded the album at Dinky Music Recording Studios, in Corona and Vibeville, in Irvine, California; the EP entitled Adler's Appetite featured two covers. A cover of Hanoi Rocks song "Obscured" was to be included on the EP, but was replaced with the Thin Lizzy cover. Adler's Appetite was completed and released, through the band's official website, in January 2005, was followed by a tour of the US, UK and Europe, they were to support Hanoi Rocks for one show in the UK. However, they soon pulled out after Adler made disparaging comments about Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy's wife during an interview. For a number of the headlining shows, guitarist Craig Bedford filled in for Kelli. For a March tour of Japan, Adler's Appetite enlisted Bang Tango and Beautiful Creatures singer Joe Lesté to fill in for Pearl, who cited personal obligations for his absence. Following the tour, it was announced that they had parted ways with Pearl, though he left on good terms with singer Sheldon Tarsha brought in as his replacement.
A three-date tour of Argentina followed, with the lineup consisting of Adler and Tarsha along with substitute musicians Enuff Z'nuff bassist Chip Z'nuff, former Beautiful Creatures guitarist Michael Thomas and Izzy Stradlin guitarist JT Longoria, in place of Kelli and Crane, who couldn't take part in the tour due to other commitments. A number of US shows preceded the Argentina tour. A
Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy is a literary persona created in the 1990s by American writer Laura Albert. JT was presented as the author of three books of fiction, which were purportedly semi-autobiographical accounts by a teenage boy of his experiences of poverty, drug use, emotional and sexual abuse in his childhood and adolescence from rural West Virginia to California. Albert wrote these works, communicated with people in the persona of JT via phone and e-mail. Following the release of the first novel Sarah, Albert's sister-in-law Savannah Knoop began to make public appearances as the supposed writer; the works attracted considerable literary and celebrity attention, the authenticity of LeRoy has been a subject of debate as details of the creation came to light in the 2000s. Albert published as Terminator and JT LeRoy. Sarah By turns magical and realistic, the novel Sarah is narrated by a nameless boy whose mother Sarah is a lot lizard: a prostitute who works the truck stops in West Virginia.
She can be abusive and abandoning, yet he longs for her love and tries to follow in her world, working for a pimp who specializes in "boy-girls."The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Ten short stories that form a novel about the childhood of Jeremiah, torn from his foster parents at age four when his disturbed mother reclaims him and runs away with him. She alternately clings to Jeremiah and abandons him, subjecting him to patterns of abuse and exploitation she has suffered throughout her life. Harold's End The novella follows a young heroin addict, befriended by Larry, an older man, from whom he receives an unusual pet. Illustrations are by Australian artist Cherry Hood. Published by Last Gasp. Work credited to LeRoy was published in literary journals such as Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and Oxford American magazine's Seventh Annual Music Issue. LeRoy was listed as a contributing editor to BlackBook magazine, i-D and 7x7 magazines, is credited with writing reviews all of which include the character Justin Wayne Dennis and interviews for The New York Times, The Times of London, Film Comment, Flaunt, Shout NY, Index Magazine and Vogue, among others.
LeRoy's work has appeared in such anthologies as The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003, MTV's Lit Riffs, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits, Nadav Kander's Beauty's Nothing, The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes. LeRoy is listed as guest editor for Da Capo's Best Music Writing 2005. Additionally, LeRoy was credited with liner notes and biographies for musicians Billy Corgan, Liz Phair, Conor Oberst, Bryan Adams, Marilyn Manson, Nancy Sinatra and Courtney Love and profiled award-winner Juergen Teller. Calling a suicide hotline in the 1990s, Albert reached Dr. Terrence Owens, a psychologist with the McAuley Adolescent Psychiatric Program at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. Owens did not know her as Laura Albert at the time, but as "Jeremiah" or "Terminator". Owens is credited with encouraging "Jeremiah" or "Terminator"—who became known as JT LeRoy—to write during their phone therapy sessions; the writings that "LeRoy" shared with Owens made their way into the collection of short stories in 1998.
Laura Albert recorded conversations without Owens' consent, these illegally recorded phone calls made their way into the documentary Author. Laura Albert explained the circumstances of JT's existence in a Fall 2006 Paris Review interview with Nathaniel Rich, she attested that she could not have written from raw emotion without the right to be presented to the world via JT LeRoy, whom she calls her "phantom limb". At her trial, Albert described JT LeRoy as her "veil". Throughout the 1990s no one had glimpsed the reclusive author. In 2001, a person wearing a wig and sunglasses began appearing in public, claiming to be LeRoy. In August 2005, journalist John Nova Lomax published the article "Coal Miner Mother of a Mess" in the Houston Press, casting doubt on the particulars of LeRoy's story. Lomax recounted his frustrated attempts to contact LeRoy by e-mail, pointed out several obvious discrepancies of fact, cast doubt on LeRoy's existence. A few months Stephen Beachy, in an October 2005 article in New York magazine, revealed that "JT LeRoy" was indeed a fictional creation, invented by writer Laura Albert, that LeRoy's purported public appearances in wig and sunglasses were made by an actor.
Beachy asserted that Albert had been posing as LeRoy's caretaker and spokesperson, calling herself "Speedie", LeRoy lived with Albert and her husband Geoffrey Knoop, who used the pseudonym "Astor". In January 2006, journalist Warren St. John revealed his finding in The New York Times that the person posing as LeRoy in a wig and sunglasses for six years was 25-year-old Savannah Knoop, Geoffrey Knoop's sister. In a subsequent article, St. John published details of an interview with Geoffrey Knoop, in which Knoop confirmed that "JT LeRoy" did not exist, that his sister was LeRoy's public face. Knoop admitted to St. John that Laura Albert had written the works published as LeRoy's. In 2008, Savannah Knoop published a memoir, Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy, about her six-year career as an impersonator. Antidote International Films, Inc. and its president Jeffrey Levy-Hinte announced plans for a film adaptation of Sarah to be directed by Steven Shainberg. According to The New York Times, when Shainberg "learned who had written Sarah an inspiration came to him to make a'meta-film', a triple-layered movie that would blend the novel with the lives of its real and purported authors in a project he took to calling Sarah Plus."
The New York Times reported that this new project "required the rights to Lau
Johnathan Dean Thurston is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the National Rugby League. Thurston was an Australian international, Queensland State of Origin and Indigenous All Stars representative, he was a noted goal-kicker. In 2015, he became the first four-time Dally M Medallist for the NRL season's best player, that year became the first three-time winner of the Golden Boot Award for the World's best player. During his career he had been regarded as the greatest to have played the game. Johnathan Thurston started his career at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2002, where he won the 2004 NRL premiership, before moving to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2005, playing in that year's grand final. In that year, he made his debut for Queensland, before making his Australian debut in 2006, he was the 2008 Wally Lewis medalist for State of Origin player of the series. In 2008, he was named as halfback of the Australian Aboriginal team of the century. Thurston was the only player to play in all 24 games of Queensland's eight-year State of Origin winning streak from 2006, having played 36 consecutive Origin matches from his debut in 2005.
Thurston broke the record for most points in State of Origin history during the 2015 State of Origin Series. In 2015, Thurston co-captained the North Queensland Cowboys, along with teammate Matt Scott, to their inaugural NRL Premiership, he was the 2015 Clive Churchill Medallist for grand final man of the match. In 2018, Thurston founded and launched the Johnathan Thurston Academy of, he now the Managing Director; the JTAcademy provides a forum, which encourages Australian youth to access the educational and vocational resources needed to secure meaningful employment. Thurston was born in Brisbane, Australia, to a Gunggari mother and a New Zealand-born father, he began playing rugby league at a young age for Souths Sunnybank RLFC in Brisbane's southside. At 12 years of age Thurston signed a scholarship deal with the South Queensland Crushers. During his youth he moved to Toowoomba where he attended St. Mary's College, playing rugby league for the school and the Toowoomba Rugby League's All Whites club.
Although a stand-out player at school and club level at 18 years of age, none of the National Rugby League clubs were willing to sign the Queenslander with many citing his small size as a problem. According to Thurston's manager, Sam Ayoub, a number of the clubs were not willing to take him for free. Only St George Illawarra Dragons coach Nathan Brown was willing to sign him because he was going to play for nothing. Ayoub negotiated with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to sign him as he had promised Thurston's mother he would keep an eye on him, Belmore was closer to where he lived; the Bulldogs signed Thurston in the 2001 NRL season for'nil playing fee'. Once Thurston had the opportunity he was selected for the Queensland U-19 side that year. Thurston made his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 13 of the 2002 NRL season against the Penrith Panthers, coming off the interchange bench in the 38-24 win at Penrith Stadium. In Round 21 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Thurston scored his first and second NRL career tries in the Bulldogs 34-26 win at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Thurston scored. As a specialist in the halves, Thurston was behind established Bulldogs halves pairing Brent Sherwin and Braith Anasta and many of his critics still believed he was still too small in stature to be competitive in the NRL. Thurston played in 15 matches and scored four tries in 2003. Although Thurston never cemented a starting position and only took part in 29 matches throughout three seasons at the Bulldogs, in his final year in 2004, he was part of the Premiership-winning side, coming off the bench in the Bulldogs 16-13 win over the Sydney Roosters in the 2004 NRL Grand Final. Thurston wore jersey #18 for the match as he had been a late inclusion for regular captain Steve Price who, in the lead up to the match, was ruled out with a knee injury; as Price had housed and mentored him upon his arrival in Sydney, Thurston gave his premiership ring to Price as a thank you. Price was able to give Thurston another ring in return. Towards the end of the season it was announced that 2004 would be his final year for the Sydney club as he was signed by the North Queensland Cowboys for 2005.
Thurston played 7 scored 4 tries for the year. At the end of the season, Thurston was approached by New Zealand but turned them down in favour of representing Australia and Queensland. In 2015, it was revealed that Thurston wanted to stay at Canterbury beyond the 2004 season but the management at the club had re-signed Brent Sherwin and Braith Anasta. According to Thurston's manager Sam Ayoub, the player wanted to stay at Canterbury if it meant a diminished salary but he was told that leaving was the best option. In round 1 of the 2005 NRL season, Thurston made his club debut for the Cowboys against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium at five-eighth in the Cowboys 29-16 loss. In round 4, against the Newcastle Knights, Thurston scored his first club try for the Cowboys in the 52-18 win at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Thurston's return to Queensland proved to be a major turning point in his career, he became the starting halfback for the Cowboys, his consistency earned him his first Queensland State of Origin jersey.
In his debut match for Queensland in Game 1 of the 2005 State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium, Thurston was voted Player's Player after being in the top 4 tacklers and kicking a field goal to force the game into ext
Step by Step (TV series)
Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons. It ran on ABC as part of its TGIF Friday night lineup from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 moved to CBS, where it aired from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers star as single parents, each with three children, who spontaneously marry during a Jamaican vacation after developing a budding relationship while Frank is Carole’s client, resulting in their becoming the heads of a large blended family. Frank Lambert, a divorced contractor, has three children: John Thomas and Brendan. Carol Foster, a widowed salon owner has three children: Dana and Mark. Both families live in Wisconsin. Frank and Carol marry while vacationing in Jamaica after a whirlwind courtship and Frank plans an identical vacation to “accidentally” run into Carol, they planned to keep their marriage a secret, but Frank accidentally reveals to J. T. they are married during a barbecue he and Carol hold to introduce all the children, leaving them surprised and angry at first.
Each episode depicts typical situations for a new blended family. Family members’ differences cause arguments and resentments, but over time they grow to tolerate and become loyal to one another. Suzanne Somers as Carol Foster-Lambert, the matriarch of the Foster family, who works as a beautician and runs a hair salon out of a room in her house with the cooperation of her mother and sister, Penny. With Frank's help, she opens a bigger studio at a stand-alone location in the sixth season. Staci Keanan as Dana Foster, the eldest child in the Foster family, she is depicted as a wisecracking feminist. She is seen being hostile to the Lamberts J. T. Frank, Cody, she and J. T. do not get along. Angela Watson as Karen Foster, the middle child in the Foster family, she is an aspiring model and sometimes a country singer, is portrayed as vain and not bright, but with frequent moments of level-headedness. Christopher Castile as Mark Foster, the youngest child in the Foster family, until Lily is born, he has a tendency to be timid.
Patrick Duffy as Frank Lambert, the patriarch of the Lambert family, who works as a contractor with his own company. He is laid back and an avid sports fan of the Green Bay Packers. Brandon Call as John Thomas "J. T." Lambert, the oldest child in the Lambert family. He is a slacker, into sports—like his father, he is a Packers fan—and academically challenged, attributed to dyslexia, he resents his new stepfamily Dana. Christine Lakin as Alicia "Al" Lambert, the middle child in the Lambert family, she is a tomboyish, all-American girl, who matures and softens. She is addressed by her nickname, the more masculine name "Al", is referred to as "Alicia". Several episodes during the seventh season centered on her newfound interest in acting, she is hostile to her stepfamily. Josh Byrne as Brendan Lambert, the youngest child in the Lambert family, until Lily is born, he is shy and one of the most accepting of his new stepfamily. He appears less and less as the show progresses after Lily is introduced in the season four episode "A Foster/Lambert Production".
When the show moved from ABC to CBS, he was written out of the series. Sasha Mitchell as Cody Lambert, Frank's nephew who lives in the driveway. Mitchell appears as a recurring cast member in the first season was upgraded to a regular cast member in the second season. Sporting a crew cut and a Valley teen accent, he shows maturity and intelligence belying his dimwitted veneer. Mitchell was written out of the series after the fifth season, he returned as a guest star for one episode in the seventh season. Mitchell played James Beaumont, the nephew of Duffy's character Bobby Ewing in Dallas. Patrika Darbo as Penny Baker, Carol's man-hungry sister, she was written out of the series after the first season. Peggy Rea as Ivy Baker, Carol's outspoken mother, she was written out of the series after the first season. Emily Mae Young as Lily Foster-Lambert and Carol's biological child. Lily is introduced in the season four episode "A Foster/Lambert Production". Depicted as a baby, her age is retconned to five in the sixth season after she is SORASed.
For her age, she is always asking questions of everyone. Jason Marsden as Rich Halke, J. T.'s best friend. He is depicted as being both a slacker and a devoted person, he began dating Dana in the sixth season. He was named after Richard P. Halke, who served a member of the series' writing staff from seasons one through three, served as a story editor during the third one. In his one appearance in the latter he plays a guy named Doug. Jeff Juday as Jake "Flash" Gordon, a goofy, but well-meaning handyman hired by Frank towards the end of the fifth season, he joins the family on their trip to Walt Disney World. In the fifth season finale and Carol invite him to move in with them, which he accepts. Afterwards, he is never mentioned again. According to Jeff Juday, Flash was written in as a replacement for Cody; the following season, Flash was replaced b
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Timberlake began to adopt a more mature image as an artist with the release of his debut solo album, the R&B-focused Justified, which yielded the successful singles "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body", earned his first two Grammy Awards, his critically acclaimed second album FutureSex/LoveSounds, characterized by its diversity in music genres, debuted atop the U. S. Billboard 200 and produced the Hot 100 number-one singles "SexyBack", "My Love", "What Goes Around... Comes Around". Established as a solo artist worldwide, his first two albums both exceeded sales of 10 million copies, he continued producing records and collaborating with other artists.
From 2008 through 2012, Timberlake focused on his acting career putting his music career on hiatus. He held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, In Time. Timberlake resumed his music career in 2013 with his third and fourth albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, exploring neo soul styles inspired by the expansive song structures of 1960s and 1970s rock; the former became the best-selling album of the year in the US with the largest sales week, spawned the top-three singles "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors", while the latter produced the top-ten song "Not a Bad Thing". For his live performances, including the eponymous concert tour for the albums, he began performing with his band The Tennessee Kids, composed by instrumentalists and dancers. Timberlake voiced the lead character in DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, whose soundtrack includes his fifth Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single, "Can't Stop the Feeling!". His fifth studio album Man of the Woods became his fourth number-one album in the US.
The album was supported by the two top ten singles, "Filthy" and "Say Something". Man of the Woods concluded 2018 as the sixth best-selling album of the year. Throughout his solo career, Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums and 56 million singles globally, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. Cited as a pop icon, Timberlake is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards. According to Billboard in 2017, he is the best performing male soloist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and 2013, his other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality. Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn Harless and Charles Randall Timberlake, a Baptist church choir director. Timberlake grew up in a small community between Memphis and Millington.
He has two half-brothers and Stephen, from Charles' second marriage to Lisa Perry. His half-sister Laura Katherine died shortly after birth on May 12, 1997, is mentioned in his acknowledgments in the album NSYNC as "My Angel in Heaven", his family circle includes a number of musicians. Performing as a child, Timberlake sang country and gospel music: at the age of 11, he appeared on the television show Star Search, performing country songs as "Justin Randall". By that time, he began listening to rhythm and blues musicians from the 1960s and 70s, such as Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, he had listening sessions with his father of studio albums by the Eagles and Bob Seger. In 1993 and 1994, he was a cast member in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, where his castmates included future girlfriend and singer Britney Spears, future tourmate Christina Aguilera, future bandmate JC Chasez, future movie actors Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. Timberlake recruited Chasez to be in an all-male singing group, organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman, that became NSYNC.
The boy band NSYNC formed in 1995, began their career in 1996 in Europe. In 1998, the group rose to prominence in the United States with the release of their self-titled debut studio album, which sold 11 million copies and included the hit single "Tearin' Up My Heart", their second album No Strings Attached sold 2.4 million copies in the first week, included a No. 1 single, "It's Gonna Be Me". NSYNC's third album Celebrity was financially successful. Upon the completion of the Celebrity Tour, the group went into hiatus in 2002. In its lifetime, NSYNC was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, as well as selling more than 70 million records worldwide, becoming the fifth-best selling boy band in history. In late 1999, Timberlake appeared in the Disney Channel movie Model Behavior, he played Jason Sharpe, a model who falls in love with a waitress after mistaking her for another model. It was released on March 12, 2000; the rise of his own stardom and the general decline in the popularity of boy bands led to the dissolution of NSYNC.
Band member Lance Bass was critical of Timberlake's actions in his memoir Out of Sync. By 2002, when the group went on a hiatus and members were following individual projects, he partnered with Pharrell Williams of the produc
JT is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, his first album for Columbia Records. Released in June 1977, two hit singles were spawned from the album: "Handy Man", a Jimmy Jones cover, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the Adult Contemporary chart. "Your Smiling Face", the other big hit, peaked at #20. The record contains other Taylor classics such as "Secret O' Life" and "Terra Nova", with the participation of Taylor's then-wife Carly Simon. At the 1978 Grammy Awards, Taylor won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his version of "Handy Man". JT itself was nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. JT was Taylor's highest-charting album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, stands as Taylor's biggest-selling studio album in the United States with over 3.5 million copies sold. All songs were written by James Taylor. Side One "Your Smiling Face" – 2:50 "There We Are" – 3:02 "Honey Don't Leave L. A." – 3:05 "Another Grey Morning" – 2:44 "Bartender's Blues" – 4:12 "Secret O' Life" – 3:34Side Two "Handy Man" – 3:17 "I Was Only Telling a Lie" – 3:24 "Looking for Love on Broadway" – 2:23 "Terra Nova" – 4:32 "Traffic Jam" – 1:58 "If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight" – 3:01 James Taylor – guitar, vocals Peter Asher – percussion Red Callender – tuba David Campbell – string arrangements, viola Dan Dugmore – steel guitar Danny Kortchmar – guitars Leah Kunkel – vocals Russell Kunkel – drums, percussion Clarence McDonald – keyboards Linda Ronstadt – vocals David Sanborn – saxophone Carly Simon – vocals Leland Sklar – bass