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Justin Timberlake is a man of many talents.
The music mogul, who released part two of his 20/20 Experience album last September, is not only a hit maker when it comes his own music, but for other artists as well.
While Timberlake is known for his soulful voice, the "Mirrors" crooner also plays acoustic guitar and piano--skills he showed off on some of the songs on 20/20.
During his six-year hiatus from music before returning with the album in 2013, Timberlake not only took time to focus on his acting career, but also honed his skills as a record producer and songwriter as well.
While he was away from the music spotlight, Timberlake played the drums and keyboard on Playlist: The Very Best of Charlie Wilson, and the drums and keyboard for songs on Matt Morris' album, When Everything Breaks Open.
Aside from numerous other producing and writing credits, Timberlake also co-wrote "Suit & Tie" along with Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, James Fauntleroy, and Jay-Z--which he and Jay Z used as a catalyst for their sold-out Legends of the Summer tour that same year.
Timberlake was also one of the few people in Beyoncé's circle let in on her secret self-titled album, which he helped co-write last year.
The Runner, Runner star co-wrote the superstar songstress' "Yonce'/Partition," and "Rocket," which she talked about in part five of her documentary series for the album called, "Honesty."
"One of the things I loved about this project was how willing all of these wonderful artists were to write together," Beyoncé said. "Justin Timberlake, Miguel and myself all worked together to write "Rockets."
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"It was a moment in the studio where I didn't want to stop singing it and I just kind of zoned out."
While she recorded the track with Timberlake in the studio, the Runner, Runner star was so impressed by her vocals that he said, "Wow…There's something wrong with you. Wow... there is something wrong with you."
As for his own comeback album, Timberlake told fans in an open letter, "The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything out of it."
"I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career... Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process."
When the video was released for Suit & Tie Jan. 10, Timberlake dished on his music-making process in a clip, saying, "I'm the one that sits and is obsessive about it before you even get to hear it."
"As close as I get to it, I don't think I can physically torture myself that much, year in and year out, and expect it to fulfill me the way that it does and the way that it is right now. I don't want to put anything out that I feel like is something I don't love. You just don't get that every day. You have to wait for it."
"I'm ready," he said in closing.
And he certainly was.
According to Time, the 20/20 Experience went on to become the best-selling album of 2013.