Justin Timberlake teams up with Jay-Z on his first new jam in seven years.
Shocking as it may sound, Justin Timberlake's last album, Futuresex/Lovesounds, came out in 2006, when George W. Bush was still in the White House, Osama Bin Laden was still alive, and Honey Boo Boo was nothing but a zygote. Well, with the release of "Suit & Tie" we're happy to report that JT still has it. Produced by longtime collaborator Timbaland, and featuring a verse by Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie" is a sexy slice of 21st century soul that reminds us that acting was never Justin's forte (the Love Guru notwithstanding.) In an open letter to his (very patient) fans pasted below, Timberlake describes the new project as "my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC,". . . which is totally cheesy, but what are you going to do? Regardless, consider this the first shot fired across the bow of all the Justin-come-latelys that have been clogging the airwaves over the last seven years. And, yes, we're looking at you Bieber (the world's only big enough for one high-voiced dance machine named Justin). Now, would a duet with Beyonce at the Super Bowl (featuring another "wardrobe malfunction") be too much to hope for?
"An Open Letter to you (the fans):
I hope this gets to you the right way. It's the only way I know to do it. Some people may criticize me for the last 3 days. But it was fun, right?? Right?!?! Besides, I'd rather speak directly to all of you. And, who can knock me for having a little bit of fun with it?
Well... No more teasing. Although, it was A LOT of fun. (Did I mention that I'm having fun with this?? Ha!)
*Makes a serious face*
So, here goes:
This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the "grapevine," I'm gearing up for a big 2013.
Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.
The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career... Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.
What I came up with is something I couldn't be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I've discovered along the way.
I'm calling it "The 20/20 Experience," and it's coming out this year.
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.
That's all I'm giving you for now... I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!!
Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me)."
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