"Cry Me a River" is the second single from Justin Timberlake's solo debut album Justified. Released on December 17, 2002, the single, which features guest vocals and production by Timbaland & Scott Storch, won Timberlake a Grammy Award for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" in 2004. The song title comes from Cry Me a River written in 1953 by Arthur Hamilton and sung by Julie London in the cult Jayne Mansfield movie "The Girl Can't Help It".
According to the Cry Me a River Songfacts, Timberlake wrote this song about Britney Spears . Timberlake and Spears were in Disney's Mickey Mouse Club together when they were younger. They dated for two and a half years before breaking up in 2002. Timberlake claimed she cheated on him with her choreographer, Wade Robson. Britney responded with Everytime. In her 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer, "Who is the song for?" Spears stated, "I'll let the song speak for itself." Many believe the song was written about ex boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
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