Justin Timberlake is known for taking lengthy hiatuses between albums. His Justified album was released in 2002 and he didn’t reappear until 2006, when he released what’s regarded as his best work, the inventive FutureSex/LoveSounds album, produced entirely by Timbaland. 7 years later, Timberlake and Timbaland hooked back up for two more albums, The 20/20 Experience 1 and 2, both released in 2013.
So, 3 years is a relatively brief hiatus for Mr. Timberlake, but at midnight on Friday, the former N*SYNC frontman dropped a new single, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” a feel-good radio-ready song that will appear on the official soundtrack for a forthcoming Dreamworks animated movie, Trolls. Though “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is an unlikely candidate for the lead single for Timberlake’s next campaign, the Memphis singer has revealed to radio jock Carson Daly that he is in fact working on a new album.
I don’t know exactly when I’m going to put it out, but yeah, I’m definitely working on a new album.
Timberlake went on to discuss some of the influences behind it; of course his hometown of Memphis, one of America’s richest cities in terms of musical history, was mentioned.
Growing up in Tennessee, very central of the country, Memphis is known as being the birthplace of rock and roll, but also the home of the blues, but Nashville’s right down the street so there’s a lot of country music.
JT admitted that he has no idea when he’s going to put the album out, but images of him in the studio with Pharrell Williams are promising signs.