Jive Records releases Timberlake’s debut studio album. Guest vocalists featured on the recording include Janet Jackson, Bubba Sparxxx, and others. The album sells more than 7 million copies worldwide. Timberlake says:
Half of this album is autobiographical and the other half is a fantasy. When I’m in the studio, there are no boundaries. You know, when you’re writing the song, it’s about what goes from the first bar to the last. It’s not about “Oh, am I going to hurt somebody’s feelings?” Right there, you’ve killed the whole thing that’s special about writing.