"Cry Me a River" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his debut studio album, Justified (2002). 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.