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Cry Me a River
Cry Me a River Cover
Song by Justin Timberlake
Released November 25th, 2002
Format CD single · maxi single · 12"
Genre Funk · R&B
Format CD single · maxi single · 12"
Album Justified
Label Jive
Writer(s) Justin Timberlake ·Timothy Mosley · Scott Storch
Producer(s) Timbaland

Cry Me a River is a song recorded by Justin Timberlake for his debut studio album, Justified. It was written by Timberlake and Scott Storch with producer Timbaland, and was inspired by Timberlake's former relationship with pop singer Britney Spears. Jive Records released the single to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio in the United States on November 25, 2002, as the album's second single. Accompanied by an electric piano, beatbox, guitars, synthesizers, Arabian-inspired riffs and Gregorian chants, "Cry Me a River" is a funk and R&B song about a brokenhearted man who moves on from his last girlfriend, who had cheated on him with another man. However, the girlfriend gets her comeuppance when the man she cheated on her previous boyfriend with ends up cheating on her with another woman. She attempts going to her ex-boyfriend for sympathy, but he responds with the title of the song.

The single received generally positive reviews from critics, who considered it a stand-out track on Justified and praised Timbaland's production. It won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 ceremony. 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. It was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and silver by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP).

Filmmaker Francis Lawrence directed the music video for "Cry Me a River" in Malibu, California. In the video, Timberlake's character spies on his ex-lover and shows her the love for his new partner. Spears alleged that the video was a publicity stunt, but Timberlake maintained that she did not inspire the production. The clip won the awards for Best Male Video and Best Pop Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Timberlake performed "Cry Me a River" on his four major concert tours: Justified World Tour (2003–04), Justified/Stripped Tour (2003), FutureSex/LoveShow (2007), and The 20/20 Experience World Tour (2013-2014). The song has been covered by various recording artists, including Leona Lewis, Taylor Swift. and Glen Hansard. Spears recorded an answer song titled "Everytime" for her 2003 studio album In the Zone.

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