Four years after his first album release, Timberlake releases a second full length studio recording. Though nine million copies sell worldwide – with four million sales in the United States alone – the album initially receives poor reviews, and sells less than a million copies in the first week.
When put it out, everybody was laughing at me – critics, radio programmers and to their credit, I understand why. But I wanted to do something different at that time. I wanted to do something that was like, this is like nothing I hear on the radio. That was my effort with that one.