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Justin Timberlake: Cry Me a River (Video 2002) Poster

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The song was inspired by Timberlake's former relationship with singer Britney Spears.
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Ranked #24 on Billboard's list of the Best Music Videos Since 2000.
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"Cry Me a River" is an R&B song about a brokenhearted man who moves on from his last girlfriend, who had cheated on him with another man.
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The song earned several lists of best of the year and the decade (2000s).
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Rolling Stone included it on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at 484.
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It won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 ceremony.
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The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Pop Songs charts and charted in the top ten in other countries.
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It was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
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The clip won the awards for Best Male Video and Best Pop Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Timberlake performed "Cry Me a River" on his four major concert tours: The Justified World Tour (2003-04), Justified and Stripped Tour (2003), FutureSex/LoveShow (2007), and The 20/20 Experience World Tour (2013-15).
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The song has been covered by various recording artists, including Leona Lewis and Taylor Swift.
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"Cry Me a River" was recorded at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles.
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"Cry Me a River" is written in the key of G minor, in alla breve, with a tempo of 74 beats per minute.
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Billboard magazine critics called "Cry Me a River" a bittersweet song, in which Timberlake's "familiar tenor belting" is tempered with a soulful falsetto and a "convincingly aggressive rock-spiked baritone" rasp.
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David Browne of Entertainment Weekly labeled the song "a haunted, pained farewell".
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A Rolling Stone reviewer called the song a "breakup aria".
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According to Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian, "Cry Me a River" stands out for its "slow-building sense of drama", which highlights Timberlake at his "husky best".
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Peter Robinson of NME called it a "twisted epic" and "an acidic, filthy little song teeming with spite and retribution, with Timbaland's pounding."
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The single won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 award ceremony.
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It was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards.
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VH1 ranked "Cry Me a River" at number 59 on their list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s.
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Rolling Stone ranked "Cry Me a River" at number 20 on their list of the 100 Best Songs of the 2000s; a columnist for the magazine wrote that the real inspiration behind the song was the formation of the Timberlake-Timbaland team, "a match made in pop heaven".
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The Daily Telegraph listed the song at number 40 on the "100 songs that defined the Noughties."
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In 2018, Rolling Stone ranked the song 46 on their list "The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century".
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As of 2018, the song has sold 1.2 million copies in the USA.
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It was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 35,000 units.
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In 2013, Billboard editor Jason Lipshutz opined the clip was "one of the more brilliant musical moments in pop music since the dawn of the century."
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In 2018, Billboard critics named it the 24th "greatest music video of the 21st century."
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American singer Selena Gomez performed an acoustic version of "Cry Me a River" at the UNICEF charity concert in New York City.
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Justin Bieber recorded a cover of the song together with Kanye West's 2007 single "Stronger", which he posted on his YouTube account.
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United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum certification with 600,000 sales.
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