Justin Timberlake Ready To Drop First Album In Five Years

14 April 2023 | 8:46 am | Mary Varvaris

Timbaland also revealed that Missy Elliott would be heading into the studio soon.

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It’s been a while since we heard from Justin Timberlake, and when we last heard new material from the pop music superstar, he didn’t sound like what we usually expect from his music. 

Man Of The Woods, his fifth album, released in February 2018, remains Timberlake’s most experimental album, leaning towards Southern American music - blues, country, and soul.

Now, however, he’s gearing up to release a new album closer to his 2006 classic, FutureSex/LoveSounds.

In a new interview with Variety, Timberlake’s collaborator and producer Timbaland revealed that a new record is coming soon.

"We just finished up, and everything sounds great. Now it's really on him how and when he envisions it to come out, but it's done, and it's coming," Timbaland revealed.

After producing the 2002 smash hit single, Cry Me A River, Timbaland produced Timberlake’s subsequent works, 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds and 2013's The 20/20 Experience.

The ultra-successful producer continued, "It's fun Justin - it's like FutureSex/LoveSounds but nothing too heavy, just giving you what you expect from us. 

"Music is a young sport - of course, we've both seen a lot of life, but you have to bring out the 13-year-old kid again, you know? We had songs that maybe were too complicated, so we said we want it to feel like FutureSex part two, so we did songs that will fit that.”

Timbaland also revealed that music icon Missy Elliott would be heading into the studio soon. “We’ve got a lot of songs we’re gonna start recording soon, and my dream is to have it out around her birthday in July,” he told Variety.

He continued, “I know how Missy works: It’s got to be new and fun — or maybe not so much new as kind of underground, and everything is upbeat. Some of it has a kind of Latin feel to it, almost a Bad Bunny effect, some of it’s kinda like underground Brazilian funk. People gonna eat it up — and it might reach a just a different demographic of people. It’s like it’s her doing… not reggaeton but Missy-ton (laughter).”

In 2019, Timbaland remixed the Dean Lewis hit Waves, which you can check out here.