Anti-27 Club: Justin Timberlake

The “27 Club,” a club filled with influential musicians and singers with enormous talent and a promising future — but a club no one wants to be a part of. All of their hard work and productivity suddenly stop; you think to yourself, “what kind of music/movies would they be putting out if they were still alive?”

Though interesting to think about how much of a game changer Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain would have been for Rock ‘n’ Roll beyond the age of 27, let’s take a look and appreciate the singers/musicians we still do have.

Through this “Anti-27 Club” Series, I will browse through musicians who are already over the age of 27 and will appear as the Grim Reaper, if you will, and delete everything released on and after their 28th birthday, making the deadline for this exhibition at 27 years and 364 days.

Justin Timberlake

Born January 31st, 1981

Rewind: It is now January 30th, 2009, and all productivity has ended. Let’s first take a look at what has been accomplished.

The Mickey Mouse Club- In 1993-’94, he was able to showcase his talents as a pre-teen, but this was only the start….

*NSYNC- From 1995-2002, this boy band made a huge imprint in pop music. Justin Timberlake, as you know, played a large part in the success of the group.

Justified- Released December 23rd, 2002, Timberlake’s first solo album featuring “Like I Love You,” “Cry Me A River,” and “Rock Your Body.”

FutureSex/LoveSounds- Released September 8th, 2006, featuring “SexyBack,” “My Love,” and “What Goes Around… Comes Around,” would be Timberlake’s second, but last album before January 30th, 2009.

Releasing four albums (including a Christmas album,) with *NSYNC and two successful solo albums, Timberlake’s legacy doesn’t stop there; he was cast and featured in multiple movies. His appearances before January 30th, 2009 include, Longshot (’00), Model Behavior (’00), Edison (’05), Alpha Dog (’06), Black Snake Moan (’07), Southland Tales (’07), Shrek The Third (’07), The Love Guru (’08), five out of ten appearances on SNL, and his 2004 Super Bowl appearance.

What wouldn’t have been

Rest In Peace, The 20/20 Experience (’13), and his newest album Man Of The Woods (’18), as well as his appearances in, The Open Road (’09), The Social Network (’10), Yogi Bear (’10), Bad Teacher (’11), Friends With Benefits (’11), In Time (’11), Trouble With The Curve (’12), Runner Runner (’13), Inside Llewyn Davis (’13), Trolls (’16), Wonder Wheel (’17), SNL, The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, and of course, The Super Bowl LII halftime show.

It’s safe to say that “J.T.” would have been a huge loss for music, movies, and all of his fans. Some critics may question whether or not musicians/actors/actresses actually had much left in the tank to prolong a successful career; Knowing everything that came after Timberlake’s 28th birthday, he absolutely would have lived up to his potential.

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