In a unique way to say thank you to his fans in the Mid-South, Justin Timberlake sent fans on a unique twist of scavenger hunt last Friday, March 29.
Through his Twitter account, Timberlake said he placed five personally signed vinyl albums of his latest release "The 20/20 Experience" in five locations across the United States.
One of the locations he placed his exclusive vinyl record was in metro Memphis at the Shelby Forest General Store in Millington.
Leigh Hubbard found it.
"When I got home from work I just checked my Twitter again and it said Shelby Forest General Store," Hubbard said. "I was like, 'How long ago?,' and it said five minutes ago. So I ran out of my house, jumped in my truck. I'm like two minutes from there. Drove like 70 miles an hour!"
If Hubbard sounds like a huge Timberlake fan, with the exception of his mom, Hubbard could very well be his biggest fan in the world. She lives just down the road from Shelby Forest General Store.
"He's an amazing guy," she said. "I saw him when he was in the eighth grade in 1994. My daughter and him were in a Christmas program at G.G. Geeter (Middle) and he sang, 'Oh Holy Night,' with no music. The music messed up and he was just like, turn it off. He sang that whole song. No music, and it sent... you know, I knew he was going to be a superstar right then. I mean that hooked me."
Hubbard is no fly by night Timberlake fan. In fact, she got his newest album the minute it came out.
"I already had it pre-ordered. When I woke up the morning it came out it was on my iPod," she said.
But this exclusive vinyl was something special. An album from him, for her. But would she be in time?
"When I walked in I saw his parents in the back of the store," Hubbard said. "Oh, yeah, everybody in a small town knows everybody and I was like, somebody probably hasn't got it if they are still here. I said, 'Hey, how are y'all,' and they were like, 'Good.' I said, 'I was looking for 'The 20/20 Experience' and they were like, 'Yeah,' and they just kept kind of smiling and as I got closer to them. It was sitting on a table close to them and I went 'Yes!! I got it!' I was so excited that I was the first one."
Timberlake and his management team, well, were was pretty fired up too.
"Oh they were just as excited!," Hubbard said. "Lynn, his mom, was videoing me while I was jumping up and down screaming. They were just, seemed like they were just as happy as I was."
Just like the rest of us, his mom was so excited she hit the wrong button and that video never got shot. Stuff like that even happens to Timberlake's mom, which is fitting, because Hubbard said that is just the way these folks are. Timberlake is, well he's just one of the folks.
"I've hit golf balls with him on the driving range at Mirimichi," she said. "It's just like me and you hitting golf balls. It's no big deal we just hang out hitting golf balls. Jessica (Biel, his wife) was there. I mean they are really down to Earth people.
"What other artist do you know that promotes the way he does?," Hubbard questioned. "I mean, that's just genius to connect to your fans like I feel like he was talking to me on Twitter, and he did after I won. He congratulated me and that just made my year."
More than 18 million people follow Timberlake on Twitter. "The 20/20 Experience" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 and has sold almost 1 million in its first week - Timberlake's best sales week ever.
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