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“What Goes Around… Comes Around” (known as “What Goes Around…/…Comes Around (Interlude)” on the album version) is a song by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was written and produced by Timberlake, Nate “Danja” Hills, and Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley for Timberlake’s second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). The song was said by Timberlake to be about betrayal and forgiveness, and was described by some music critics as a “sequel” to his 2002 single “Cry Me a River”. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics.
The song was sent to United States radio on January 8, 2007, as the album’s third single. It became Timberlake’s third consecutive number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally the song was also successful, reaching the top ten in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and Australia. The song was later certified two-times platinum in Australia, platinum in the United States and gold in New Zealand. The song received positive reviews from music critics. The song won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards, where it also received a nomination for Record of the Year.
The Samuel Bayer-directed music video was released February 7, 2007. Actress Scarlett Johansson plays Timberlake’s love interest in the video. The video received the award for Best Direction at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and was also nominated for Video of the Year.