Justin Timberlake returned over the weekend (Timbaland produced track featuring Jay-Z that has some fans ecstatic with excitement over his return–and some fans ecstatic about the new Robin Thicke song. Seriously, Justin Timberlake’s comeback single had Robin Thicke trending on twitter this morning due to confusion/comparisons around their similar falsetto approach to blue-eyed soul (God, please don’t let Mayer Hawthorne jump on this thing or r&b fans will think we’re all cousins). Next thing you know Ryan Leslie jumped on an unofficial remix (which appears to be have been removed) just to add to the falsetto confusion. It’s all added value to the r&b consumer of course, and even without the free R-Les thrown in, Jay-Z, J. Timberlake & Timbaland is a whole lot of powerhouse on one song. Stream below, purchase the single on iTunes and read Timberlake’s open letter to his fans (including details on the new Justin Timberlake album The 20/20 Experience) after the jump.
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).