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This eight-minute vulnerable epic finds Timberlake wooing a girl. "You're shining something like a mirror," he sings, "and I can't help but notice you reflecting this heart of mine." Timberlake adds that he has come, "to the realization" that she is his "other half." The song was offered as a free download when pre-ordering The 20/20 Experience after Timberlake's performance at the 2013 Grammys. Once it was made available rumors started circulating that the track could be about the singer's relationship with his wife, Jessica Biel.
The song was helmed by Timbaland, who executive-produced Timberlake's previous albums Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Timberlake debuted the song during the BRIT Awards 2013 ceremony at the O2 Arena in London on February 20, 2013. His performance was an edited version of the eight minute track that can be found on The 20/20 Experience.
This was Timberlake's second solo UK #1 hit, following "SexyBack
" The former NSYNC singer has also featured on three other UK chart-topping singles, Timbaland's "Give It To Me
," Madonna's "4 Minutes
" and as an uncredited vocalist, The Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is The Love?
At 8 minutes 5 seconds length, this was the longest running UK #1 single since Oasis' "All Around The World
" topped the charts in 1998 with a running time of 9 minutes 20 seconds.
The song's music video opens with a dedication to Timberlake's grandma Sadie Bomar and late granddad William Bomar, who passed away in December 2012. The eight-minute clip traces an elderly couple throughout different stages of their lifetime as they "reflect" on their time together over the years. Timberlake doesn't appear in the video until after the five minute mark, where he performs some dance moves alongside mirrors. The clip was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who helmed The Runaways movie.
The song's visual won the VMA for Video of the Year at the 2013 MTV awards show. The clip also won Best Editing at the same ceremony. Timberlake also picked up moonmen for Best Direction for the David Fincher-directed "Suit & Tie
" clip and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, which is essentially a lifetime achievement prize.
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